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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

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Street Cry put down due to neurological condition

Street Cry found success both on track and in the breeding shed (Michael J. Marten/Horsephotos.com)

Street Cry, one of the world's most successful stallions and a cornerstone of Sheikh Mohammed's racing and breeding operations for the past 14 years, has been put to sleep at the age of 16 after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition.

The runaway winner of the Dubai World Cup and Stephen Foster Handicap for Godolphin in 2002, Street Cry was retired to stand at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky in 2003 and has been a headline stallion ever since. His first crop included the incomparable Zenyatta and Street Sense -- still the only horse to win both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby.

Street Cry has made a similar impact in Australia, siring two Caulfield Guineas winners in Long John and Whobegotyou and Melbourne Cup winner Shocking. In all, Street Cry has sired 15 Grade/Group 1 winners and almost 150 black type performers worldwide to date.

His legacy as a sire of sires is already well established. Three of his young stallion sons have sired Grade 1 winners.

"Street Cry epitomized everything that Darley and Godolphin aim to achieve -- he was bred by Sheikh Mohammed in Ireland, excelled at the very highest level on the racecourse in Dubai and the United States, and then became the lynchpin of our stallion operations in both America and Australia," said Sheikh Mohammed's Bloodstock Advisor, John Ferguson. "His contribution to the breed has been significant and we have been so fortunate to have him. He will be sorely missed by everyone."

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Breeding & Sales News

Scat Daddy filly highlights ninth session of Keeneland September

Only a few days remain in the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale (Keeneland Photo)

Hip No. 2435, a dark bay filly by Scat Daddy, commanded the highest price during Wednesday's ninth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Consigned by Upson Downs Farm, agent, the Kentucky-bred miss was purchased for $350,000 by Solis/Litt Bloodstock.

The filly is the first registered foal out of the multiple stakes-placed Nina Fever (Borrego) and counts as her third dam Grade 3 heroine Good Potential (Relaunch). That mare would go on in the breeding shed to produce Grade 2 runner-up Automated (Repriced).

Farther back in this female line one can find Busanda (War Admiral), from whom is descended the likes of Horse of the Year Buckpasser (Tom Fool) and champion Outstandingly (Exclusive Native) as well as multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire and sire Polish Navy.

Tying as the highest-priced colt during the session were Hips 2694 and 2757, with each bringing $240,000.

Hip 2694, a son of Curlin, came from the consignment of Ashview Farm LLC (Bryan & Gray Lyster), agent, and was bought by Ben Glass, agent. The Kentucky-bred bay is the first registered foal out of the stakes-placed Dixie Unioness (Dixie Union). His third dam is stakes-placed Skybox (Spend a Buck), who foaled multiple Grade 3-placed stakes conqueror Sand Ridge (Known Fact) and Grade 1-placed stakes vixen Stopshoppingmaria (More Than Ready).

The colt's female family also includes Canadian champions Perfect Soul (Sadler's Well), Queen Louie (Crimson Satan) and Gentleman Conn (Bold Commander) as well as Grade 1 hero Flashy Bull (Holy Bull).

Later in the day, Hip 2757 saw a winning bid of $240,000 from Nick de Meric, agent, to tie as the highest-priced colt of the session. Consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent, the Ghostzapper colt is out of the French-bred mare Incredulous (Indian Ridge), making him a half-brother to Group 2 scorer Sir Gerry (Carson City).

The Kentucky-bred colt's fourth dam is Group 2 victress Sleat (Santa Claus), who is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Athens Wood (Celtic Ash).

Wednesday showed across-the-board gains over the corresponding session in 2013. A total of 289 yearlings were purchased for $13,467,500, at an average of $46,600 and a median of $35,000. Those numbers represent increases of 20.5 percent, 29.6 percent and 29.6 percent, respectively, from last year when 311 were bought for a gross $11,179,500, a $35,947 average and a $27,000 median.

With nine days now in the books, 1,877 yearlings have sold for a total $259,419,000, a slight decrease of 1.9 percent when compared to the $264,436,500 brought by 2,022 at this point 12 months ago. Both the cumulative average and median have risen, though, with the average increasing by 5.7 percent, from $130,780 to $138,209, and the median gaining 3.9 percent, from $77,000 to $80,000.

The auction continues Thursday and runs through Sunday with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m. (EDT).

For complete results, the catalog, updates, outs, and live video of the sale, log onto keeneland.com.

Racing Headlines

California Chrome jogs, Bayern gallops at Parx for Pennsylvania Derby

California Chrome looked picture perfect in his first visit to Parx (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard, made his first appearance over the track at Parx Racing Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. (EDT), getting his initial feel for the lay of the land at the Bensalem, Pennsylvania, track while slowly jogging a mile under beautiful sunny skies.

Bright and alert, the gleaming chestnut looked to be enjoying the moment as he prepares for Saturday's Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.

"He was great," assistant trainer Alan Sherman said. "He posed and strutted his stuff. Tomorrow we'll school him in the paddock and then take him out to gallop a mile and a half. Friday we'll school at the gate and he'll gallop one more time."

When asked about the issue of the long flight yesterday, Sherman replied, "He ships so good. He never turns a hair. He doesn't mind the travel one bit. It's given us the opportunity to take him wherever we want.

"It's horse racing," Sherman added philosophically when asked about the colt's defeat in the Belmont Stakes and the dashed dreams of a Triple Crown. "We can't dwell on that. He ran his heart out and that is all that matters. He tried and got beat, it's just one of those things."

It's been three months since the Lucky Pulpit colt competed in the Belmont, but not much has changed for the sophomore.

"He hasn't changed a whole lot," Sherman stated. "His weight is just about perfect and he's so good mentally. He's just a cool horse to be around. It makes our job a lot easier."

Knowing that their colt has been off for three months while undefeated three year-old rival and champion Shared Belief has been back racing and looking tremendous while winning at Los Alamitos and Del Mar has not been missed by California Chrome's connections.

"We look forward to facing him in the Breeders' Cup but we really didn't want to race against him right now," Sherman admitted.

Also on track Wednesday morning ahead of the Pennsylvania Derby was the Bob Baffert-trained Bayern, who is listed as the 7-2 morning-line second choice for Saturday's contest. The Offlee Wild colt galloped a mile under assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes.

"He worked on Sunday, walked Monday and Tuesday and today he went straight off and galloped out a mile," Barnes explained. "He went over the track very nice."

Bayern hopes to rebound in the Penn Derby off a last-placing in the Travers (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

Bayern recorded back-to-back romping victories in the Woody Stephens and Haskell Invitational but was unable to complete the graded hat trick when a well-beaten 10th and last in the Travers most recently at Saratoga.

"I didn't like the track after the rain," Barnes noted. "After the rain you never know what kind of track you are going to get. Saratoga is a funny track. You can't just go in there and ship in. It's not an easy track to win a race."

Bayern will try to rebound off that effort the same way his did when taking the Woody Stephens off a ninth-placing in the Preakness.

"If there is any time to do it, it's probably be now," Barnes said of taking on California Chrome again. "He is coming off a layoff, has good works. We're ready to take him on."

Barnes added that Bayern will gallop 1 1/4 miles Thursday morning.

Fellow Pennsylvania Derby contender Candy Boy, who arrived with California Chrome on Tuesday from California, walked the shedrow Wednesday. Trained by John Sadler, the bay son of Candy Ride finished second by a nose in the August 2 West Virginia Derby to another Pennsylvania Derby entrant in Tapiture.

"He shipped well, he ate well, and his temperature is normal," said Cesar Aguilar, Candy Boy's groom. "Sometimes my boss likes to see how the horse ships before doing much. He'll go to the track tomorrow."

Trainer Steve Asmussen reported that both Tapiture and Untapable, the 7-5 favorite for Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion, will be shipped Thursday from Saratoga at 5 a.m. to Parx.

In other Cotillion news, Jojo Warrior and Little Alexis both visited Parx's track on Wednesday. Jojo Warrior captured her last pair in the Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita and Del Mar's Torrey Pines while Little Alexis was third in the Test at Saratoga.

"She galloped a mile today," Barnes said of the Baffert-trained Jojo Warior. "She got over the track very nice It's a tough race, but she is on top of her game right now and I think we're in good shape."

"I think she deserves the chance," trainer Carlo Vaccarezza said about Little Alexis. "She is bred to go two turns and we've been prepping her down at Gulfstream Park to go two turns. She is lightly raced and she's been improving with every start. In her last race the Test at Saratoga she was in trouble from the get-go and she got bumped a lot down the backstretch."

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Street Cry put down due to neurological condition

Street Cry found success both on track and in the breeding shed (Michael J. Marten/Horsephotos.com)

Street Cry, one of the world's most successful stallions and a cornerstone of Sheikh Mohammed's racing and breeding operations for the past 14 years, has been put to sleep at the age of 16 after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition.

The runaway winner of the Dubai World Cup and Stephen Foster Handicap for Godolphin in 2002, Street Cry was retired to stand at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky in 2003 and has been a headline stallion ever since. His first crop included the incomparable Zenyatta and Street Sense -- still the only horse to win both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby.

Street Cry has made a similar impact in Australia, siring two Caulfield Guineas winners in Long John and Whobegotyou and Melbourne Cup winner Shocking. In all, Street Cry has sired 15 Grade/Group 1 winners and almost 150 black type performers worldwide to date.

His legacy as a sire of sires is already well established. Three of his young stallion sons have sired Grade 1 winners.

"Street Cry epitomized everything that Darley and Godolphin aim to achieve -- he was bred by Sheikh Mohammed in Ireland, excelled at the very highest level on the racecourse in Dubai and the United States, and then became the lynchpin of our stallion operations in both America and Australia," said Sheikh Mohammed's Bloodstock Advisor, John Ferguson. "His contribution to the breed has been significant and we have been so fortunate to have him. He will be sorely missed by everyone."

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California Chrome jogs, Bayern gallops at Parx for Pennsylvania Derby

California Chrome looked picture perfect in his first visit to Parx (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard, made his first appearance over the track at Parx Racing Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. (EDT), getting his initial feel for the lay of the land at the Bensalem, Pennsylvania, track while slowly jogging a mile under beautiful sunny skies.

Bright and alert, the gleaming chestnut looked to be enjoying the moment as he prepares for Saturday's Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.

"He was great," assistant trainer Alan Sherman said. "He posed and strutted his stuff. Tomorrow we'll school him in the paddock and then take him out to gallop a mile and a half. Friday we'll school at the gate and he'll gallop one more time."

When asked about the issue of the long flight yesterday, Sherman replied, "He ships so good. He never turns a hair. He doesn't mind the travel one bit. It's given us the opportunity to take him wherever we want.

"It's horse racing," Sherman added philosophically when asked about the colt's defeat in the Belmont Stakes and the dashed dreams of a Triple Crown. "We can't dwell on that. He ran his heart out and that is all that matters. He tried and got beat, it's just one of those things."

It's been three months since the Lucky Pulpit colt competed in the Belmont, but not much has changed for the sophomore.

"He hasn't changed a whole lot," Sherman stated. "His weight is just about perfect and he's so good mentally. He's just a cool horse to be around. It makes our job a lot easier."

Knowing that their colt has been off for three months while undefeated three year-old rival and champion Shared Belief has been back racing and looking tremendous while winning at Los Alamitos and Del Mar has not been missed by California Chrome's connections.

"We look forward to facing him in the Breeders' Cup but we really didn't want to race against him right now," Sherman admitted.

Also on track Wednesday morning ahead of the Pennsylvania Derby was the Bob Baffert-trained Bayern, who is listed as the 7-2 morning-line second choice for Saturday's contest. The Offlee Wild colt galloped a mile under assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes.

"He worked on Sunday, walked Monday and Tuesday and today he went straight off and galloped out a mile," Barnes explained. "He went over the track very nice."

Bayern hopes to rebound in the Penn Derby off a last-placing in the Travers (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

Bayern recorded back-to-back romping victories in the Woody Stephens and Haskell Invitational but was unable to complete the graded hat trick when a well-beaten 10th and last in the Travers most recently at Saratoga.

"I didn't like the track after the rain," Barnes noted. "After the rain you never know what kind of track you are going to get. Saratoga is a funny track. You can't just go in there and ship in. It's not an easy track to win a race."

Bayern will try to rebound off that effort the same way his did when taking the Woody Stephens off a ninth-placing in the Preakness.

"If there is any time to do it, it's probably be now," Barnes said of taking on California Chrome again. "He is coming off a layoff, has good works. We're ready to take him on."

Barnes added that Bayern will gallop 1 1/4 miles Thursday morning.

Fellow Pennsylvania Derby contender Candy Boy, who arrived with California Chrome on Tuesday from California, walked the shedrow Wednesday. Trained by John Sadler, the bay son of Candy Ride finished second by a nose in the August 2 West Virginia Derby to another Pennsylvania Derby entrant in Tapiture.

"He shipped well, he ate well, and his temperature is normal," said Cesar Aguilar, Candy Boy's groom. "Sometimes my boss likes to see how the horse ships before doing much. He'll go to the track tomorrow."

Trainer Steve Asmussen reported that both Tapiture and Untapable, the 7-5 favorite for Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion, will be shipped Thursday from Saratoga at 5 a.m. to Parx.

In other Cotillion news, Jojo Warrior and Little Alexis both visited Parx's track on Wednesday. Jojo Warrior captured her last pair in the Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita and Del Mar's Torrey Pines while Little Alexis was third in the Test at Saratoga.

"She galloped a mile today," Barnes said of the Baffert-trained Jojo Warior. "She got over the track very nice It's a tough race, but she is on top of her game right now and I think we're in good shape."

"I think she deserves the chance," trainer Carlo Vaccarezza said about Little Alexis. "She is bred to go two turns and we've been prepping her down at Gulfstream Park to go two turns. She is lightly raced and she's been improving with every start. In her last race the Test at Saratoga she was in trouble from the get-go and she got bumped a lot down the backstretch."

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Artemis Agrotera faces elders again in Gallant Bloom

Artemis Agrotera can enhance her championship credentials by beating older rivals again in the Gallant Bloom (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

In one of the more emphatic displays of superiority seen at the recent Saratoga meet, the three-year-old filly Artemis Agrotera slammed older rivals by 6 1/2 lengths in the August 23 Ballerina for her second career Grade 1 victory.

The daughter of Roman Ruler will attempt to replicate that outcome Saturday in the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park, a 6 1/2-furlong prep for the upcoming Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita.

As was the case in the Ballerina, Artemis Agrotera will break from the rail in the Gallant Bloom, with only five rivals to her outside. The New York-bred has proven a world-beater at the Spa, winning all three outings at the ancient Union Avenue course by a combined 28 1/2 lengths, but hasn't been quite as invincible elsewhere.

Although a 1 1/4-length winner of last year's Frizette over Sweet Reason, who endured a troubled trip, Artemis Agrotera finished up the track in both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and the June 7 Acorn at Belmont over a mile.

The Gallant Bloom figures to play out like the Ballerina with the sophomore chasing La Verdad early. That filly ran fifth in both the Honorable Miss and Ballerina during the Saratoga season after starting her career nine-for-11, but is undefeated in three outings over the Belmont strip. The Linda Rice trainee scored her most important victory at Aqueduct in April when she took the Distaff Handicap in wire-to-wire fashion by 3 3/4 lengths.

Merry Meadow has enjoyed a solid campaign this season, taking the course-and-distance Vagrancy Handicap by 3 3/4 lengths back in May, and following up with a photo-finish loss in the Bed o' Roses Handicap and a third in the Honorable Miss. The Henny Hughes filly has never finished out of the money in eight tries over Big Sandy.

Bridgehampton figures to show early gas as well. The Bernardini filly romped by more than five lengths in the My Juliet at Parx Racing two back, and last time trailed home fourth, by only 1 1/2 lengths, in the $95,000 Shine Again at Saratoga. That race's other three participants were Grade 1 winners Better Lucky and Grace Hall, and champion My Miss Aurelia.

Willet, one of three New York natives in the field, was a distant third in the Ballerina. The Grade 2-placed mare has won several state-bred stakes in recent years. Completing the field is Grade 2-placed Classic Point, who has posted strong works leading up to her debut for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, whose father Allen previously trained the Flatter mare.

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Miss Behaviour tackles competitive Charles Town Oaks

Miss Behaviour brings a trio of runner-up graded efforts into the Charles Town Oaks (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Miss Behaviour headlines an overflow field of 12 entered to sprint seven furlongs Saturday in the Grade 3, $500,000 Charles Town Oaks, the feature event scheduled for the track's sixth annual Race for the Ribbon program. The Phil Schoenthal trainee is suffering from a case of seconditis lately but could break through with a victory against this group.

The bay daughter of Jump Start is no stranger to the stakes ranks, recording wins in the Matron at Belmont and Monmouth Park's Sorority during her juvenile season. She ran second in the Sharp Cat back at Belmont before finishing fifth, her only unplaced run to date, in the Delta Downs Princess to close out 2013.

Thus far as a sophomore Miss Behaviour has captured the Miss Preakness and placed third in the Stormy Blues as well as second in her past trio of graded efforts -- the Prioress, Test and Victory Ride. The Test, a seven-furlong Grade 1 affair, saw the bay lass rally to just miss by a length on the wire behind Sweet Reason.

"I don't think there's any seconditis there," Schoenthal stated. "If that's the way it goes, there's no shame in defeat facing that type of horses. A lot of times it's the trip and the pace and how it shakes out. She's the kind of horse that gives her best effort and is always right there."

Schoenthal believes the setup on Saturday night may play to his filly's strengths.

"That (Delta Princess) was a mile at the end of a long campaign and shipping across the country and she probably just wasn't at her best that day. In the Victory Ride and Test she proved her worth against the best fillies in the country going six and a half or seven furlongs," he said.

"The bullring (at Charles Town) plays to her advantage. Hopefully she'll be on or near the lead turning for home and the closers will have to pick up their rally on the turn and weave through traffic on the turn rather than making their move."

With his filly installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite, Schoenthal hopes for an effort that keeps his stable star moving forward in the ranks of the country's top female sprinters.

"She is without question the greatest horse I've ever been around," he praised. "I want everyone to see how special she is."

Miss Behaviour will get a new pilot in jockey Jevian Toledo on Saturday.

Size is something of a puzzle in this race following a resounding defeat in the Alabama, but could return to form on the cutback to seven furlongs.

"The purse and the distance are the reasons to try the Oaks," trainer Bill Mott remarked. "We think she could be effective. She's proven that she's pretty good at a mile and a sixteenth. We think between she could be effective between seven furlongs and a mile and a sixteenth."

The First Samurai filly opened her career with three wins and a second over the spring and early summer, including victory in the Iowa Oaks on June 28. She was given seven weeks off following that contest and returned August 16 for the Alabama at Saratoga.

Unfortunately, Size was ninth and last in that 10-furlong contest, her first time running farther than 1 1/16 miles. The chestnut miss might enjoy Saturday's cutback in distance and keeps Junior Alvarado in the irons.

"I don't know what happened," Mott added. "She didn't want any part of a mile and a quarter. At least on that day she didn't."

Saintly Joan and Aqua Regia faced off in the Monmouth Oaks last out with the latter finishing second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of her third-place running rival. However, once the race had been declared official, their order had been reversed by the stewards. That gave Saintly Joan, winner of the Little Silver two races prior, the runner-up spot while Aqua Regia was forced to settle for third in just her second stakes attempt.

Saintly Joan has proven capable over multiple surfaces and distances (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

The Tom Albertrani-conditioned Aqua Regia will be cutting back to less than a mile for the first time since December and gets Eddie Castro returning to the saddle.

"For us, it looks like our filly is coming off a good race," Albertrani said of Aqua Regia. "We think she could handle the track. We're taking our chances with her stepping her up a little. But we felt our filly is coming off a nice race and felt this race might set up well for her."

The versatile Saintly Joan, who comes from trainer Patrick McBurney's shedrow, has competed short and long, on dirt, synthetic and turf, thus far in her short career. Angel Serpa was aboard the Northern Afleet filly for the Little Silver and has the call on Saturday.

"She was down on the inside and kind of saving ground and looking good," McBurney described Saintly Joan's troubled trip in the Monmouth Oaks. "It was almost at the point of the turn where there are a few little trees in there and we lost sight of her. When I picked her back up she was back in sixth place down on the inside. She actually hit the inside rail when the horse came down on her."

Come Saturday night, McBurney just hopes Saintly Joan not only gets a better trip, but also handles the configuration of the Charles Town oval.

"You never know when a horse shipping in will handle those turns, but we'll see," he added. "She's a good-sized, big three-year-old filly. Her running style is that she likes to be in the mix. Hopefully, we'll get a good stalking trip."

Stormy Novel ran second to Miss Behaviour in the Miss Preakness on May 16 and hasn't been seen in competition since taking the July 20 Miss Woodford. The John Servis charge will break from the rail while making her return in this spot under Kendrick Carmouche.

"To me, she went into the race really, really good, and she ran second out of the one hole, but it proved to me she was a quality filly," Servis said of Stormy Novel's effort in the Miss Preakness. "I ran her back a little soon in the Jostle, and it was home (at Parx), but it was too quick back for her. So I gave her some time, and she ran super in the Monmouth race (winning the Miss Woodford) and she's doing great for this race."

After winning the Miss Woodford, Servis decided to give his filly two months off -- a decision he attributes to little else but timing.

"The only other race in our timeframe was the Prioress, but I'd have to ship to Saratoga and then come right back in three weeks and ship to Charles Town," he explained. "I just figured I'd skip the Prioress and go right to this. My filly's doing awesome. If I'm not top three, she's just not good enough."

Also of note in the Charles Town's feature contest Saturday are Executive Allure and Nesso. The former scored her opening two races this year and exits a runner-up effort in Woodbine's Ontario Colleen. Nesso won the seven-furlong Gasparilla at Tampa Bay Downs in January and is already on her fourth trainer.

Stakes vixen Kiss to Remember and dual stakes-placed Pixie Dust complete the main body of the field. Discreetly Elusive, a half-length third in the Miss Woodford two back, and Saratoga maiden-claiming romper Sky Crew need defections to draw in from the also-eligible list.

There are five other stakes on the Race for the Ribbon card. Pants on Fire faces seven rivals in the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful going seven furlongs off a neck second in the Left Bank at Belmont Park on September 5. That followed a half-length second in the Philip H. Iselin and a third to open his seven-year-old season in the July 27 Monmouth Cup.

One race later, an overflow field of 12 distaffers has been entered to go the same distance in the $100,000 Pink Ribbon. Multiple Grade 2-placed Strike the Moon, the 2011 Charles Town Oaks heroine, finished second in this event 12 months ago and will take on multiple stakes queen Geeky Gorgeous and Flattering Bea, who is 5-4-0-0 over the track including the April 19 Sugar Maple.

There are three $50,000 stakes also scheduled, each carded at 4 1/2 furlongs and restricted to registered West Virginia-breds -- the It's Only Money for three-year-olds and up, the Henry Mercer Memorial for juveniles and the Rachel's Turn for two-year-old fillies which will kick off the stakes action for the day.

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Artemis Agrotera faces elders again in Gallant Bloom

Artemis Agrotera can enhance her championship credentials by beating older rivals again in the Gallant Bloom (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

In one of the more emphatic displays of superiority seen at the recent Saratoga meet, the three-year-old filly Artemis Agrotera slammed older rivals by 6 1/2 lengths in the August 23 Ballerina for her second career Grade 1 victory.

The daughter of Roman Ruler will attempt to replicate that outcome Saturday in the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park, a 6 1/2-furlong prep for the upcoming Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita.

As was the case in the Ballerina, Artemis Agrotera will break from the rail in the Gallant Bloom, with only five rivals to her outside. The New York-bred has proven a world-beater at the Spa, winning all three outings at the ancient Union Avenue course by a combined 28 1/2 lengths, but hasn't been quite as invincible elsewhere.

Although a 1 1/4-length winner of last year's Frizette over Sweet Reason, who endured a troubled trip, Artemis Agrotera finished up the track in both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and the June 7 Acorn at Belmont over a mile.

The Gallant Bloom figures to play out like the Ballerina with the sophomore chasing La Verdad early. That filly ran fifth in both the Honorable Miss and Ballerina during the Saratoga season after starting her career nine-for-11, but is undefeated in three outings over the Belmont strip. The Linda Rice trainee scored her most important victory at Aqueduct in April when she took the Distaff Handicap in wire-to-wire fashion by 3 3/4 lengths.

Merry Meadow has enjoyed a solid campaign this season, taking the course-and-distance Vagrancy Handicap by 3 3/4 lengths back in May, and following up with a photo-finish loss in the Bed o' Roses Handicap and a third in the Honorable Miss. The Henny Hughes filly has never finished out of the money in eight tries over Big Sandy.

Bridgehampton figures to show early gas as well. The Bernardini filly romped by more than five lengths in the My Juliet at Parx Racing two back, and last time trailed home fourth, by only 1 1/2 lengths, in the $95,000 Shine Again at Saratoga. That race's other three participants were Grade 1 winners Better Lucky and Grace Hall, and champion My Miss Aurelia.

Willet, one of three New York natives in the field, was a distant third in the Ballerina. The Grade 2-placed mare has won several state-bred stakes in recent years. Completing the field is Grade 2-placed Classic Point, who has posted strong works leading up to her debut for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, whose father Allen previously trained the Flatter mare.

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Miss Behaviour tackles competitive Charles Town Oaks

Miss Behaviour brings a trio of runner-up graded efforts into the Charles Town Oaks (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Miss Behaviour headlines an overflow field of 12 entered to sprint seven furlongs Saturday in the Grade 3, $500,000 Charles Town Oaks, the feature event scheduled for the track's sixth annual Race for the Ribbon program. The Phil Schoenthal trainee is suffering from a case of seconditis lately but could break through with a victory against this group.

The bay daughter of Jump Start is no stranger to the stakes ranks, recording wins in the Matron at Belmont and Monmouth Park's Sorority during her juvenile season. She ran second in the Sharp Cat back at Belmont before finishing fifth, her only unplaced run to date, in the Delta Downs Princess to close out 2013.

Thus far as a sophomore Miss Behaviour has captured the Miss Preakness and placed third in the Stormy Blues as well as second in her past trio of graded efforts -- the Prioress, Test and Victory Ride. The Test, a seven-furlong Grade 1 affair, saw the bay lass rally to just miss by a length on the wire behind Sweet Reason.

"I don't think there's any seconditis there," Schoenthal stated. "If that's the way it goes, there's no shame in defeat facing that type of horses. A lot of times it's the trip and the pace and how it shakes out. She's the kind of horse that gives her best effort and is always right there."

Schoenthal believes the setup on Saturday night may play to his filly's strengths.

"That (Delta Princess) was a mile at the end of a long campaign and shipping across the country and she probably just wasn't at her best that day. In the Victory Ride and Test she proved her worth against the best fillies in the country going six and a half or seven furlongs," he said.

"The bullring (at Charles Town) plays to her advantage. Hopefully she'll be on or near the lead turning for home and the closers will have to pick up their rally on the turn and weave through traffic on the turn rather than making their move."

With his filly installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite, Schoenthal hopes for an effort that keeps his stable star moving forward in the ranks of the country's top female sprinters.

"She is without question the greatest horse I've ever been around," he praised. "I want everyone to see how special she is."

Miss Behaviour will get a new pilot in jockey Jevian Toledo on Saturday.

Size is something of a puzzle in this race following a resounding defeat in the Alabama, but could return to form on the cutback to seven furlongs.

"The purse and the distance are the reasons to try the Oaks," trainer Bill Mott remarked. "We think she could be effective. She's proven that she's pretty good at a mile and a sixteenth. We think between she could be effective between seven furlongs and a mile and a sixteenth."

The First Samurai filly opened her career with three wins and a second over the spring and early summer, including victory in the Iowa Oaks on June 28. She was given seven weeks off following that contest and returned August 16 for the Alabama at Saratoga.

Unfortunately, Size was ninth and last in that 10-furlong contest, her first time running farther than 1 1/16 miles. The chestnut miss might enjoy Saturday's cutback in distance and keeps Junior Alvarado in the irons.

"I don't know what happened," Mott added. "She didn't want any part of a mile and a quarter. At least on that day she didn't."

Saintly Joan and Aqua Regia faced off in the Monmouth Oaks last out with the latter finishing second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of her third-place running rival. However, once the race had been declared official, their order had been reversed by the stewards. That gave Saintly Joan, winner of the Little Silver two races prior, the runner-up spot while Aqua Regia was forced to settle for third in just her second stakes attempt.

Saintly Joan has proven capable over multiple surfaces and distances (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

The Tom Albertrani-conditioned Aqua Regia will be cutting back to less than a mile for the first time since December and gets Eddie Castro returning to the saddle.

"For us, it looks like our filly is coming off a good race," Albertrani said of Aqua Regia. "We think she could handle the track. We're taking our chances with her stepping her up a little. But we felt our filly is coming off a nice race and felt this race might set up well for her."

The versatile Saintly Joan, who comes from trainer Patrick McBurney's shedrow, has competed short and long, on dirt, synthetic and turf, thus far in her short career. Angel Serpa was aboard the Northern Afleet filly for the Little Silver and has the call on Saturday.

"She was down on the inside and kind of saving ground and looking good," McBurney described Saintly Joan's troubled trip in the Monmouth Oaks. "It was almost at the point of the turn where there are a few little trees in there and we lost sight of her. When I picked her back up she was back in sixth place down on the inside. She actually hit the inside rail when the horse came down on her."

Come Saturday night, McBurney just hopes Saintly Joan not only gets a better trip, but also handles the configuration of the Charles Town oval.

"You never know when a horse shipping in will handle those turns, but we'll see," he added. "She's a good-sized, big three-year-old filly. Her running style is that she likes to be in the mix. Hopefully, we'll get a good stalking trip."

Stormy Novel ran second to Miss Behaviour in the Miss Preakness on May 16 and hasn't been seen in competition since taking the July 20 Miss Woodford. The John Servis charge will break from the rail while making her return in this spot under Kendrick Carmouche.

"To me, she went into the race really, really good, and she ran second out of the one hole, but it proved to me she was a quality filly," Servis said of Stormy Novel's effort in the Miss Preakness. "I ran her back a little soon in the Jostle, and it was home (at Parx), but it was too quick back for her. So I gave her some time, and she ran super in the Monmouth race (winning the Miss Woodford) and she's doing great for this race."

After winning the Miss Woodford, Servis decided to give his filly two months off -- a decision he attributes to little else but timing.

"The only other race in our timeframe was the Prioress, but I'd have to ship to Saratoga and then come right back in three weeks and ship to Charles Town," he explained. "I just figured I'd skip the Prioress and go right to this. My filly's doing awesome. If I'm not top three, she's just not good enough."

Also of note in the Charles Town's feature contest Saturday are Executive Allure and Nesso. The former scored her opening two races this year and exits a runner-up effort in Woodbine's Ontario Colleen. Nesso won the seven-furlong Gasparilla at Tampa Bay Downs in January and is already on her fourth trainer.

Stakes vixen Kiss to Remember and dual stakes-placed Pixie Dust complete the main body of the field. Discreetly Elusive, a half-length third in the Miss Woodford two back, and Saratoga maiden-claiming romper Sky Crew need defections to draw in from the also-eligible list.

There are five other stakes on the Race for the Ribbon card. Pants on Fire faces seven rivals in the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful going seven furlongs off a neck second in the Left Bank at Belmont Park on September 5. That followed a half-length second in the Philip H. Iselin and a third to open his seven-year-old season in the July 27 Monmouth Cup.

One race later, an overflow field of 12 distaffers has been entered to go the same distance in the $100,000 Pink Ribbon. Multiple Grade 2-placed Strike the Moon, the 2011 Charles Town Oaks heroine, finished second in this event 12 months ago and will take on multiple stakes queen Geeky Gorgeous and Flattering Bea, who is 5-4-0-0 over the track including the April 19 Sugar Maple.

There are three $50,000 stakes also scheduled, each carded at 4 1/2 furlongs and restricted to registered West Virginia-breds -- the It's Only Money for three-year-olds and up, the Henry Mercer Memorial for juveniles and the Rachel's Turn for two-year-old fillies which will kick off the stakes action for the day.

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Atreides breezes, East Hall likely for Indiana Derby

Atreides will take his game on the road for the Indiana Derby (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Atreides breezed a half-mile in :50 3/5 Wednesday morning over Gulfstream Park's fast dirt in preparation for a likely start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Indiana Derby on October 4 at Indiana Grand.

The undefeated three-year-old son of Medaglia d'Oro galloped out six furlongs well under exercise rider Elmer Nunez.

"It went nice. He was nice and relaxed," trainer Marty Wolfson said. "It was an easy half. He doesn't need fast works. He's a fast horse, and he galloped out nice."

Atreides has been untested in three impressive victories to start his career at Gulfstream during the summer meeting. The dark bay colt notched a maiden score in his career debut at the Hallandale Beach, Florida, venue on July 12 when he ran six furlongs in 1:08.69, just :00.57 off champion Big Drama's 2011 track record.

Following a first-level optional claiming win on August 10 at 6 1/2 furlongs, the Stonestreet Stables homebred romped to a 17 1/2-length triumph in the one-turn mile Monarchos on August 30, registering his third straight triple-digit BRIS Speed Figure.

Wolfson had been leaning toward running Atreides in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso going a one-turn mile against older horses at Belmont Park on September 27, but his inclination now is to run the Kentucky-bred colt in the 1 1/16-mile Indiana Derby.

"It's against three-year-olds instead of older horses and it's a faster track. The Belmont track is a little deep," Wolfson explained.

The Indiana Derby will be run around two turns, which would be a new experience for the long-striding Atreides.

"I don't know (if he'll be as effective around two turns), but he acts like it," Wolfson stated.

Atreides' half-sister, Grade 1 victress Dreaming of Julia, captured the 1 1/8-mile Gulfstream Park Oaks around two turns by 21 3/4 lengths in 2013.

In other Indiana Derby news, trainer Bill Kaplan reported Wednesday morning that his Ohio Derby winner, East Hall, is likely to run next in that race.

The three-year-old son of Graeme Hall, who had competed against top sophomores in the Florida Derby and Fountain of Youth during Gulfstream's Championship Meet earlier this year, broke through with a late-charging triumph in the Ohio Derby at Thistledown on July 12.

East Hall ran back in the September 6 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, finishing sixth after being steadied in traffic at the top of the stretch.

"He had a very tough trip in the Super Derby," Kaplan said. "He's nominated for the Indiana Derby, and he'll probably run there."

Although East Hall wasn't able to duplicate his Ohio Derby win at Louisiana Downs, Kaplan had an otherwise perfect afternoon with a pair of two-year-olds. He saddled Naval Command for a quarter-length triumph in the Happy Ticket Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf and My Point Exactly for a neck victory in the Sunday Silence at 1 1/16 miles on the green.

Naval Command, a daughter of Midshipman who had previously won two of three starts on dirt at Gulfstream, is being pointed to the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades over the new dirt course at Keeneland on October 3.

"Naval Command has awesome speed and awesome talent. The only thing she needs to learn is to relax, but she is getting better," Kaplan said. "That's why we brought her to Louisiana -- to see if we could get two turns with her and get her off the lead for part of it anyway and to have her finish. She did it; she accomplished that. We decided if she won the Louisiana race that we'd give her a shot in the Alcibiades."

My Point Exactly is staying close to home and is being pointed to Gulfstream's $75,000 Armed Forces Stakes on turf October 4.

Unbeaten Ekati's Phaeton, who has been extremely impressive while launching her career with a pair of commanding victories over Gulfstream's main track, is being pointed to the $75,000 Our Dear Peggy for two-year-old fillies on turf October 4.

"I knew she was talented from the very beginning," Kaplan said. "She has a world of talent combined with a very good mind.

Another Kaplan-trained juvenile, Moment of Delight, is scheduled to run in the $350,000 My Dear Girl, the final leg of the Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) at Gulfstream on October 4. The daughter of A.P. Warrior, who broke her maiden on August 16 by 4 1/2 lengths, finish a nose second in the FSS Susan's Girl division on September 6.

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Del Mar releases Bing Crosby Meet stakes schedule

Fourteen stakes races -- nine of them graded -- will serve as the touchstones for Del Mar's new November race meeting opening November 7 for a 15-day run through November 30. The total value of the stakes package is $2,250,000.

The seaside track picked up a majority of the racing dates from the fall meeting at the now-closed Hollywood Park and in the process transferred over many of that track's major stakes events. The Hollywood session had an emphasis on turf racing and Del Mar is carrying that forward with nine turf stakes on its agenda, including its two top offerings -- the $300,000 Hollywood Derby and the $300,000 Matriarch, both Grade 1 events that will be run on closing weekend, which is part of the long Thanksgiving holiday.

Additionally, Del Mar will employ its grass course to present the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup on a special early Thanksgiving Day program and the $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap the following afternoon. Both those races are Grade 2 events.

"We're going to have a strong emphasis on turf racing and two-year-olds," said David Jerkens, Del Mar's racing secretary. "We'll be reaching out to European interests and out-of-state stables to add some special spice to the meet. Our Thanksgiving weekend includes a half dozen major grass races which should be well-received by our local horsemen as well as an incentive for any outfits that are willing to ship runners."

In keeping with its fall "Bing Crosby Season" theme -- a throw-back salute to its celebrity founder -- Del Mar has renamed several of its stakes to honor show business stars from the past who had roots at the shore oval. Thus, for example, what was the Cat's Cradle at Hollywood Park now has become the Betty Grable; the Hollywood Prevue instead is the Bob Hope, and the Moccasin will be presented as the Desi Arnaz.

Del Mar will open its fall session with an overnight stakes for fillies and mares at a mile on the turf named the Kathryn Crosby. The track hopes to fete the late entertainment icon's widow -- now 80 and living in Northern California -- with a special in-person tribute that day.

The other overnight event -- the Let It Ride, named after the classic racing movie -- will be contested on November 8 at a mile on turf for three-year-olds. Both new overnight races will carry $75,000 purses.

The track's additional graded races are the $200,000 Native Diver on November 29; the $150,000 Jimmy Durante (formerly the Miesque) on November 29; the $150,000 Cecil B. DeMille (formerly the Generous) on November 30; the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap (formerly the Beverly Hills Handicap) on November 22; and the $100,000 Bob Hope on November 15. All are Grade 3 presentations.

Two of the black-type affairs will be for California-bred runners, the $100,000 Betty Grable on November 15 at seven furlongs for fillies and mares, and the $100,000 Cary Grant (formerly the On Trust) on November 30 at seven furlongs for three-year-olds and up.

The meet will end with a rush of seven stakes in its final four days, starting with the special Thanksgiving Day card beginning at 11 a.m. (PST) and climaxing with the Cecil B. DeMille and Matriarch doubleheader on closing Sunday.

Del Mar will race Friday through Sunday in its first week, then Thursday through Sunday for the remaining three. With the exception of Thanksgiving, post time throughout the fall stand will be 12:30 p.m. during Thursday and Friday cards, then noon on all Saturdays and Sundays.

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Atreides breezes, East Hall likely for Indiana Derby

Atreides will take his game on the road for the Indiana Derby (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Atreides breezed a half-mile in :50 3/5 Wednesday morning over Gulfstream Park's fast dirt in preparation for a likely start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Indiana Derby on October 4 at Indiana Grand.

The undefeated three-year-old son of Medaglia d'Oro galloped out six furlongs well under exercise rider Elmer Nunez.

"It went nice. He was nice and relaxed," trainer Marty Wolfson said. "It was an easy half. He doesn't need fast works. He's a fast horse, and he galloped out nice."

Atreides has been untested in three impressive victories to start his career at Gulfstream during the summer meeting. The dark bay colt notched a maiden score in his career debut at the Hallandale Beach, Florida, venue on July 12 when he ran six furlongs in 1:08.69, just :00.57 off champion Big Drama's 2011 track record.

Following a first-level optional claiming win on August 10 at 6 1/2 furlongs, the Stonestreet Stables homebred romped to a 17 1/2-length triumph in the one-turn mile Monarchos on August 30, registering his third straight triple-digit BRIS Speed Figure.

Wolfson had been leaning toward running Atreides in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso going a one-turn mile against older horses at Belmont Park on September 27, but his inclination now is to run the Kentucky-bred colt in the 1 1/16-mile Indiana Derby.

"It's against three-year-olds instead of older horses and it's a faster track. The Belmont track is a little deep," Wolfson explained.

The Indiana Derby will be run around two turns, which would be a new experience for the long-striding Atreides.

"I don't know (if he'll be as effective around two turns), but he acts like it," Wolfson stated.

Atreides' half-sister, Grade 1 victress Dreaming of Julia, captured the 1 1/8-mile Gulfstream Park Oaks around two turns by 21 3/4 lengths in 2013.

In other Indiana Derby news, trainer Bill Kaplan reported Wednesday morning that his Ohio Derby winner, East Hall, is likely to run next in that race.

The three-year-old son of Graeme Hall, who had competed against top sophomores in the Florida Derby and Fountain of Youth during Gulfstream's Championship Meet earlier this year, broke through with a late-charging triumph in the Ohio Derby at Thistledown on July 12.

East Hall ran back in the September 6 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, finishing sixth after being steadied in traffic at the top of the stretch.

"He had a very tough trip in the Super Derby," Kaplan said. "He's nominated for the Indiana Derby, and he'll probably run there."

Although East Hall wasn't able to duplicate his Ohio Derby win at Louisiana Downs, Kaplan had an otherwise perfect afternoon with a pair of two-year-olds. He saddled Naval Command for a quarter-length triumph in the Happy Ticket Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf and My Point Exactly for a neck victory in the Sunday Silence at 1 1/16 miles on the green.

Naval Command, a daughter of Midshipman who had previously won two of three starts on dirt at Gulfstream, is being pointed to the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades over the new dirt course at Keeneland on October 3.

"Naval Command has awesome speed and awesome talent. The only thing she needs to learn is to relax, but she is getting better," Kaplan said. "That's why we brought her to Louisiana -- to see if we could get two turns with her and get her off the lead for part of it anyway and to have her finish. She did it; she accomplished that. We decided if she won the Louisiana race that we'd give her a shot in the Alcibiades."

My Point Exactly is staying close to home and is being pointed to Gulfstream's $75,000 Armed Forces Stakes on turf October 4.

Unbeaten Ekati's Phaeton, who has been extremely impressive while launching her career with a pair of commanding victories over Gulfstream's main track, is being pointed to the $75,000 Our Dear Peggy for two-year-old fillies on turf October 4.

"I knew she was talented from the very beginning," Kaplan said. "She has a world of talent combined with a very good mind.

Another Kaplan-trained juvenile, Moment of Delight, is scheduled to run in the $350,000 My Dear Girl, the final leg of the Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) at Gulfstream on October 4. The daughter of A.P. Warrior, who broke her maiden on August 16 by 4 1/2 lengths, finish a nose second in the FSS Susan's Girl division on September 6.

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Fair Grounds releases 2014-15 stakes schedule

Fair Grounds has released a stakes schedule for its 2014-15 Thoroughbred meet, which begins on November 21.

A report in the Louisville Courier-Journal on Wednesday reports that daily average purses would be reduced by 17 percent and that stakes purses would decline 30 percent.

Fair Grounds told the Courier-Journal that an ongoing dispute with Quarter Horse horsemen, who have a lawsuit pending against the track claiming money from video slots has not been used to increase Quarter Horse purses, is the reason behind the Thoroughbred purse cuts, which total $2.7 million.

Churchill Downs Inc., the parent company of Fair Grounds, reportedly will restore the purses if the lawsuit is resolved in time.

The Fair Grounds meet will again be highlighted by the Louisiana Derby Day program on March 28, 2015. The $600,000 Louisiana Derby, the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, the $300,000 New Orleans Handicap, and the $200,000 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap -- all Grade 2 -- events will be run that day.

The Louisiana Derby prep series also includes the Grade 2, $300,000 Risen Star on February 21 and Grade 3, $150,000 Lecomte on January 17.

Other Grade 3 events held at the track are the $100,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap on January 17, and the $150,000 Rachel Alexandra, $100,000 Mineshaft Handicap, and $100,000 Fair Grounds Handicap on February 21.

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Del Mar releases Bing Crosby Meet stakes schedule

Fourteen stakes races -- nine of them graded -- will serve as the touchstones for Del Mar's new November race meeting opening November 7 for a 15-day run through November 30. The total value of the stakes package is $2,250,000.

The seaside track picked up a majority of the racing dates from the fall meeting at the now-closed Hollywood Park and in the process transferred over many of that track's major stakes events. The Hollywood session had an emphasis on turf racing and Del Mar is carrying that forward with nine turf stakes on its agenda, including its two top offerings -- the $300,000 Hollywood Derby and the $300,000 Matriarch, both Grade 1 events that will be run on closing weekend, which is part of the long Thanksgiving holiday.

Additionally, Del Mar will employ its grass course to present the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup on a special early Thanksgiving Day program and the $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap the following afternoon. Both those races are Grade 2 events.

"We're going to have a strong emphasis on turf racing and two-year-olds," said David Jerkens, Del Mar's racing secretary. "We'll be reaching out to European interests and out-of-state stables to add some special spice to the meet. Our Thanksgiving weekend includes a half dozen major grass races which should be well-received by our local horsemen as well as an incentive for any outfits that are willing to ship runners."

In keeping with its fall "Bing Crosby Season" theme -- a throw-back salute to its celebrity founder -- Del Mar has renamed several of its stakes to honor show business stars from the past who had roots at the shore oval. Thus, for example, what was the Cat's Cradle at Hollywood Park now has become the Betty Grable; the Hollywood Prevue instead is the Bob Hope, and the Moccasin will be presented as the Desi Arnaz.

Del Mar will open its fall session with an overnight stakes for fillies and mares at a mile on the turf named the Kathryn Crosby. The track hopes to fete the late entertainment icon's widow -- now 80 and living in Northern California -- with a special in-person tribute that day.

The other overnight event -- the Let It Ride, named after the classic racing movie -- will be contested on November 8 at a mile on turf for three-year-olds. Both new overnight races will carry $75,000 purses.

The track's additional graded races are the $200,000 Native Diver on November 29; the $150,000 Jimmy Durante (formerly the Miesque) on November 29; the $150,000 Cecil B. DeMille (formerly the Generous) on November 30; the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap (formerly the Beverly Hills Handicap) on November 22; and the $100,000 Bob Hope on November 15. All are Grade 3 presentations.

Two of the black-type affairs will be for California-bred runners, the $100,000 Betty Grable on November 15 at seven furlongs for fillies and mares, and the $100,000 Cary Grant (formerly the On Trust) on November 30 at seven furlongs for three-year-olds and up.

The meet will end with a rush of seven stakes in its final four days, starting with the special Thanksgiving Day card beginning at 11 a.m. (PST) and climaxing with the Cecil B. DeMille and Matriarch doubleheader on closing Sunday.

Del Mar will race Friday through Sunday in its first week, then Thursday through Sunday for the remaining three. With the exception of Thanksgiving, post time throughout the fall stand will be 12:30 p.m. during Thursday and Friday cards, then noon on all Saturdays and Sundays.

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Fair Grounds releases 2014-15 stakes schedule

Fair Grounds has released a stakes schedule for its 2014-15 Thoroughbred meet, which begins on November 21.

A report in the Louisville Courier-Journal on Wednesday reports that daily average purses would be reduced by 17 percent and that stakes purses would decline 30 percent.

Fair Grounds told the Courier-Journal that an ongoing dispute with Quarter Horse horsemen, who have a lawsuit pending against the track claiming money from video slots has not been used to increase Quarter Horse purses, is the reason behind the Thoroughbred purse cuts, which total $2.7 million.

Churchill Downs Inc., the parent company of Fair Grounds, reportedly will restore the purses if the lawsuit is resolved in time.

The Fair Grounds meet will again be highlighted by the Louisiana Derby Day program on March 28, 2015. The $600,000 Louisiana Derby, the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, the $300,000 New Orleans Handicap, and the $200,000 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap -- all Grade 2 -- events will be run that day.

The Louisiana Derby prep series also includes the Grade 2, $300,000 Risen Star on February 21 and Grade 3, $150,000 Lecomte on January 17.

Other Grade 3 events held at the track are the $100,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap on January 17, and the $150,000 Rachel Alexandra, $100,000 Mineshaft Handicap, and $100,000 Fair Grounds Handicap on February 21.

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California Chrome, Untapable star in Philadelphia

California Chrome became a mainstream sports star taking the first two legs of the Triple Crown (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)

The track in suburban Philadelphia which has undergone various name changes -- Keystone, Philadelphia Park, and now Parx Racing -- has become quite adept in recent years for attracting name horses.

On Saturday, the track which opened 40 years ago this November, will offer the public arguably its biggest jackpot of horseflesh in its history when dual classic winner California Chrome and leading three-year-old filly Untapable head stellar fields for the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby and Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion, respectively.

California Chrome, who became somewhat of a folk hero to racing and non-racing fans alike during his bid for the Triple Crown last spring, will be making his first start since finishing in a dead-heat for fourth in the June 7 Belmont Stakes. The California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit was virtually invincible this season leading up to the "Test of the Champion," winning five stakes including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Santa Anita Derby.

The colt's chances at a Triple Crown sweep, the first since 1978, were effectively dashed at the start of the 1 1/2-mile classic, when California Chrome stumbled and grabbed a quarter. Although in contention until the final furlong or so, the minor injury and the overall rigors of the classic campaign finally caught up with the modestly-bred chestnut owned by breeders Steve Coburn and Perry Martin.

Widely considered the leader of the division despite his summertime absence, California Chrome will attempt to regain some momentum in the championship race on Saturday. Shared Belief, last year's unbeaten juvenile champion who missed the Triple Crown due to injury, has come back with sterling performances in the Los Alamitos Derby and Pacific Classic, the latter against older horses. Shared Belief is not in the Pennsylvania Derby, but several other top three-year-olds are.

Bayern, whose 7 1/4-length tour de force in the Haskell Invitational remains one of the top efforts turned in by this year's three-year-old class, figures to be a primary target for the rail-drawn California Chrome. The son of Offlee Wild failed badly in his attempt to steal the 1 1/4-mile Travers over a less speed-friendly course last time, but should appreciate the cutback in distance. Bayern previously took on California Chrome in the May 17 Preakness, but was never in contention after a rough trip in the early stages kept him from being closer to the lead.

Bayern might be California Chrome's primary target in the Pennsylvania Derby (Carl J. Sari/Equi-Photo)

Tapiture and Candy Boy, separated by a nose in the West Virginia Derby in early August, have also whiffed in previous attempts against the favorite. Tapiture, who was 15th in the Kentucky Derby, has nonetheless carved out a successful campaign that also includes wins in the Southwest and Matt Winn, both Grade 3 events. The West Virginia Derby, despite the narrow margin of victory, was arguably his most impressive victory, though, as he was steadied trying to rally up the rail at the eighth pole, was switched outside for running room, and caught Candy Boy at the last jump.

Candy Boy, who has had a taste of both California Chrome and Shared Belief this season, kicked off 2014 with a half-length score in the Robert B. Lewis, finished a distant third in the Santa Anita Derby, and was 13th in the Kentucky Derby prior to garnering place honors in the Los Alamitos Derby and at Mountaineer.

The local prep for the Pennsylvania Derby, the Smarty Jones contested on Labor Day, has yielded two starters. Protonico, exiting a photo-finish third to subsequent Travers winner V. E. Day in a Saratoga stakes, overcame traffic to take the Smarty Jones by three-quarters over Classic Giacnroll. Those two are also joined by Noble Moon, who beat Classic Giacnroll in the Jerome at Aqueduct in early January and was most recently fourth in the seven-furlong King's Bishop at Saratoga following a layoff of more than four months.

The field is rounded out by C J's Awesome, a first-level allowance winner at Saratoga who might apply early pressure on Bayern.

Untapable, who is undefeated against her own sex in four starts this season, is so far in the driver's seat for divisional honors entering the 1 1/16-mile Cotillion. The Steve Asmussen trainee swept the Rachel Alexandra, Fair Grounds Oaks, Kentucky Oaks, and Mother Goose by an average margin of 7 3/4 lengths, which convinced her connections to roll the dice against males in the Haskell Invitational.

Untapable, shown here winning the Mother Goose, is undefeated against fillies this season (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Favored at 7-5 favorite in that Monmouth Park fixture, Untapable stumbled at the break, raced wide, and proved no threat to Bayern, who was left alone on an uncontested lead. Untapable wound up fifth, nine lengths back.

On paper, Untapable still lords over her competition, but a couple fillies could put themselves in the championship discussion if they were to upset. Stopchargingmaria, who fared poorly in her first two starts of the year, has reeled off consecutive wins in the Black-Eyed Susan, Coaching Club American Oaks, and Alabama, albeit against suspect company in generally slow times.

Sweet Reason has been a stronger one-turn performer, winning the Acorn and the Test after finishing a distant third in the nine-furlong Gazelle back in April. Heroine of the Spinaway last year and a troubled second in the Frizette, she might yet find 1 1/16 miles within her scope.

Likely to show speed in the Cotillion, thus setting the race up for all three major contenders, are Monmouth Oaks heroine Cassatt and the California-based Jojo Warrior, who enters off back-to-back wins in the Summertime Oaks and Torrey Pines.

Also of note are the multiple Grade 2-placed House Rules; Alabama and Delaware Oaks runner-up Joint Return; and Test third-placer Little Alexis.

Fast Anna, who just missed preserving his undefeated streak in the King's Bishop last out, is one of several fast three-year-olds in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gallant Bob over six furlongs. The Kathy Ritvo charge, who blew away maiden and allowance company at Gulfstream prior to his neck loss at Saratoga, will race without blinkers for the first time on Saturday.

Prudhoe Bay and Favorite Tale, one-two in last month's Jersey Shore at Monmouth Park, are the other main contenders in a field of seven.

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California Chrome, Untapable star in Philadelphia

California Chrome became a mainstream sports star taking the first two legs of the Triple Crown (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)

The track in suburban Philadelphia which has undergone various name changes -- Keystone, Philadelphia Park, and now Parx Racing -- has become quite adept in recent years for attracting name horses.

On Saturday, the track which opened 40 years ago this November, will offer the public arguably its biggest jackpot of horseflesh in its history when dual classic winner California Chrome and leading three-year-old filly Untapable head stellar fields for the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby and Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion, respectively.

California Chrome, who became somewhat of a folk hero to racing and non-racing fans alike during his bid for the Triple Crown last spring, will be making his first start since finishing in a dead-heat for fourth in the June 7 Belmont Stakes. The California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit was virtually invincible this season leading up to the "Test of the Champion," winning five stakes including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Santa Anita Derby.

The colt's chances at a Triple Crown sweep, the first since 1978, were effectively dashed at the start of the 1 1/2-mile classic, when California Chrome stumbled and grabbed a quarter. Although in contention until the final furlong or so, the minor injury and the overall rigors of the classic campaign finally caught up with the modestly-bred chestnut owned by breeders Steve Coburn and Perry Martin.

Widely considered the leader of the division despite his summertime absence, California Chrome will attempt to regain some momentum in the championship race on Saturday. Shared Belief, last year's unbeaten juvenile champion who missed the Triple Crown due to injury, has come back with sterling performances in the Los Alamitos Derby and Pacific Classic, the latter against older horses. Shared Belief is not in the Pennsylvania Derby, but several other top three-year-olds are.

Bayern, whose 7 1/4-length tour de force in the Haskell Invitational remains one of the top efforts turned in by this year's three-year-old class, figures to be a primary target for the rail-drawn California Chrome. The son of Offlee Wild failed badly in his attempt to steal the 1 1/4-mile Travers over a less speed-friendly course last time, but should appreciate the cutback in distance. Bayern previously took on California Chrome in the May 17 Preakness, but was never in contention after a rough trip in the early stages kept him from being closer to the lead.

Bayern might be California Chrome's primary target in the Pennsylvania Derby (Carl J. Sari/Equi-Photo)

Tapiture and Candy Boy, separated by a nose in the West Virginia Derby in early August, have also whiffed in previous attempts against the favorite. Tapiture, who was 15th in the Kentucky Derby, has nonetheless carved out a successful campaign that also includes wins in the Southwest and Matt Winn, both Grade 3 events. The West Virginia Derby, despite the narrow margin of victory, was arguably his most impressive victory, though, as he was steadied trying to rally up the rail at the eighth pole, was switched outside for running room, and caught Candy Boy at the last jump.

Candy Boy, who has had a taste of both California Chrome and Shared Belief this season, kicked off 2014 with a half-length score in the Robert B. Lewis, finished a distant third in the Santa Anita Derby, and was 13th in the Kentucky Derby prior to garnering place honors in the Los Alamitos Derby and at Mountaineer.

The local prep for the Pennsylvania Derby, the Smarty Jones contested on Labor Day, has yielded two starters. Protonico, exiting a photo-finish third to subsequent Travers winner V. E. Day in a Saratoga stakes, overcame traffic to take the Smarty Jones by three-quarters over Classic Giacnroll. Those two are also joined by Noble Moon, who beat Classic Giacnroll in the Jerome at Aqueduct in early January and was most recently fourth in the seven-furlong King's Bishop at Saratoga following a layoff of more than four months.

The field is rounded out by C J's Awesome, a first-level allowance winner at Saratoga who might apply early pressure on Bayern.

Untapable, who is undefeated against her own sex in four starts this season, is so far in the driver's seat for divisional honors entering the 1 1/16-mile Cotillion. The Steve Asmussen trainee swept the Rachel Alexandra, Fair Grounds Oaks, Kentucky Oaks, and Mother Goose by an average margin of 7 3/4 lengths, which convinced her connections to roll the dice against males in the Haskell Invitational.

Untapable, shown here winning the Mother Goose, is undefeated against fillies this season (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Favored at 7-5 favorite in that Monmouth Park fixture, Untapable stumbled at the break, raced wide, and proved no threat to Bayern, who was left alone on an uncontested lead. Untapable wound up fifth, nine lengths back.

On paper, Untapable still lords over her competition, but a couple fillies could put themselves in the championship discussion if they were to upset. Stopchargingmaria, who fared poorly in her first two starts of the year, has reeled off consecutive wins in the Black-Eyed Susan, Coaching Club American Oaks, and Alabama, albeit against suspect company in generally slow times.

Sweet Reason has been a stronger one-turn performer, winning the Acorn and the Test after finishing a distant third in the nine-furlong Gazelle back in April. Heroine of the Spinaway last year and a troubled second in the Frizette, she might yet find 1 1/16 miles within her scope.

Likely to show speed in the Cotillion, thus setting the race up for all three major contenders, are Monmouth Oaks heroine Cassatt and the California-based Jojo Warrior, who enters off back-to-back wins in the Summertime Oaks and Torrey Pines.

Also of note are the multiple Grade 2-placed House Rules; Alabama and Delaware Oaks runner-up Joint Return; and Test third-placer Little Alexis.

Fast Anna, who just missed preserving his undefeated streak in the King's Bishop last out, is one of several fast three-year-olds in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gallant Bob over six furlongs. The Kathy Ritvo charge, who blew away maiden and allowance company at Gulfstream prior to his neck loss at Saratoga, will race without blinkers for the first time on Saturday.

Prudhoe Bay and Favorite Tale, one-two in last month's Jersey Shore at Monmouth Park, are the other main contenders in a field of seven.

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Demonstrative the top weight in Lonesome Glory

Demonstrative will be going for a fifth Grade 1 triumph in the Lonesome Glory (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Summering at Saratoga proved time well spent for the seven-year-old gelding Demonstrative, who'll be favored to continue his recent success in Thursday's Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap, a 2 1/2-mile hurdle over Belmont Park's inner turf.

A nose second to the ill-fated Makari in the A.P. Smithwick Memorial at Saratoga on July 31, Demonstrative rebounded to take the August 25 New York Turf Writers Cup by a half-length over returning rival Barnstorming. It was Demonstrative's second win in the Turf Writers Cup, having taken the race in 2012, and his first win of any kind since a photo-finish nod in the Iroquois at Percy Warner Park in May 2013.

The multiple Grade 1-winning son of Elusive Quality, who will carry top weight of 158 pounds, has raced over hurdles at Belmont twice previously. Fourth by 4 1/4 lengths in the 2013 Lonesome Glory, Demonstrative registered a seven-length win in the 2011 William Entenmann Memorial, which will be renewed as the first race on Thursday's Belmont program.

Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard will have a three-horse entry consisting of the aforementioned Barnstorming, 2013 divisional champion Divine Fortune, and Bluegrass Summer. While Barnstorming remains in search of his first top-level win, the venerable Divine Fortune will attempt to get back to the form that saw him win the three-mile Iroquois by 3 1/4 lengths back in May. The 11-year-old left the course prior to the ninth fence in the Smithwick last time.

Bluegrass Summer, meanwhile, steps up in class after securing minor checks in the Jonathan Kiser and Michael G. Walsh -- a pair of novice stakes at Saratoga.

All Together, runner-up last year in the New York Turf Writers Cup and Lonesome Glory, enters this race off fourth-place finishes in the Smithwick and Turf Writers Cup. The field is rounded out by For Non Stop, Spy in the Sky, and Parker's Project.

The $75,000 Entenmann Memorial, for novices over 2 1/4 miles, features a field of nine, including Schoodic and Address Unknown, the one-two finishers from the August 14 Michael G. Walsh. Syros, a five-length allowance winner at Saratoga last month, also figures to attract support.

An interesting entrant is One Giant Step, who returns to action off a three-year layoff for Sheppard. He was the distant runner-up behind Demonstrative in the 2011 edition of the race.

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Demonstrative the top weight in Lonesome Glory

Demonstrative will be going for a fifth Grade 1 triumph in the Lonesome Glory (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Summering at Saratoga proved time well spent for the seven-year-old gelding Demonstrative, who'll be favored to continue his recent success in Thursday's Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap, a 2 1/2-mile hurdle over Belmont Park's inner turf.

A nose second to the ill-fated Makari in the A.P. Smithwick Memorial at Saratoga on July 31, Demonstrative rebounded to take the August 25 New York Turf Writers Cup by a half-length over returning rival Barnstorming. It was Demonstrative's second win in the Turf Writers Cup, having taken the race in 2012, and his first win of any kind since a photo-finish nod in the Iroquois at Percy Warner Park in May 2013.

The multiple Grade 1-winning son of Elusive Quality, who will carry top weight of 158 pounds, has raced over hurdles at Belmont twice previously. Fourth by 4 1/4 lengths in the 2013 Lonesome Glory, Demonstrative registered a seven-length win in the 2011 William Entenmann Memorial, which will be renewed as the first race on Thursday's Belmont program.

Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard will have a three-horse entry consisting of the aforementioned Barnstorming, 2013 divisional champion Divine Fortune, and Bluegrass Summer. While Barnstorming remains in search of his first top-level win, the venerable Divine Fortune will attempt to get back to the form that saw him win the three-mile Iroquois by 3 1/4 lengths back in May. The 11-year-old left the course prior to the ninth fence in the Smithwick last time.

Bluegrass Summer, meanwhile, steps up in class after securing minor checks in the Jonathan Kiser and Michael G. Walsh -- a pair of novice stakes at Saratoga.

All Together, runner-up last year in the New York Turf Writers Cup and Lonesome Glory, enters this race off fourth-place finishes in the Smithwick and Turf Writers Cup. The field is rounded out by For Non Stop, Spy in the Sky, and Parker's Project.

The $75,000 Entenmann Memorial, for novices over 2 1/4 miles, features a field of nine, including Schoodic and Address Unknown, the one-two finishers from the August 14 Michael G. Walsh. Syros, a five-length allowance winner at Saratoga last month, also figures to attract support.

An interesting entrant is One Giant Step, who returns to action off a three-year layoff for Sheppard. He was the distant runner-up behind Demonstrative in the 2011 edition of the race.

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Fiftyshadesofgold's the one to beat in Dogwood

Fiftyshadesofgold brings the strongest form to bear in the seven-furlong sprint (Coady Photography)
Fiftyshadesofgold puts her perfect two-for-two mark at Churchill Downs on the line in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Dogwood Stakes for sophomore fillies.

A smashing eight-length winner of last summer's Debutante beneath the Twin Spires, the Bret Calhoun trainee prevailed over Milam in the Eight Belles at this track and seven-furlong trip on May 2. Fiftyshadesofgold has performed creditably over longer, as evidenced by her distant second to Untapable in the March 29 Fair Grounds Oaks and her fourth in the June 7 Acorn.

But the Texas-bred is arguably better suited to this distance. Her only loss at seven furlongs came last time out in the prestigious Test Stakes at Saratoga, where she set a pressured pace before tiring late for fourth, beaten all of a length. Fiftyshadesofgold has fired a couple of bullets ahead of this class drop, and she looms as the one to beat with a returning Robby Albarado.

Two of her rivals are also exiting the Test -- sixth-placer Thank You Marylou, who was named by the Ramseys in honor of Marylou Whitney, and eighth Bird Maker, a Marylou Whitney homebred. Thank You Marylou has flashed talent without quite delivering on the big stage, but the equipment change  to blinkers could sharp the Michael Maker filly's focus. The Ian Wilkes-trained Bird Maker sports a two-for-three record at Churchill, reflecting a maiden score last November, a second in the Golden Rod and an 11-length allowance rout two starts back on May 25.

Milam, who came up a half-length short of upsetting Fiftyshadesofgold in the Eight Belles, has been a fairly consistent performer for Eddie Kenneally. Since her fourth to Untapable in the 1 1/16-mile Pocahontas here a year ago, the daughter of Street Sense has stuck to sprinting. She rebounded from a rare clunker in the January 4 Old Hat to crush the February 22 Pica Slew at Calder by eight lengths, and most recently finished a closing third in the June 29 Victory Ride. Corey Lanerie rode her to a Churchill allowance win last fall, and regains the mount.

Tom Amoss sends out Kiss to Remember, successful in a course-and-distance allowance on June 22. The Maggi Moss colorbearer rolled in the grassy Battle of New Orleans at Fair Grounds earlier this season, and two starts ago, she was second in the off-the-turf Indiana Grand.

Henny Jenney, the winner of the Inaugural at Presque Isle Downs May 11, has been predominantly a turf and synthetic type so far. Although she was a poor fourth in the Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies at Penn National in her only previous try on dirt, and still has something to prove on the surface, the William Connelly pupil has been training forwardly at Churchill.

Rounding out the 10-filly field are Enjoy the Family, Platinum Lady, Mizzen Miss and Honey's Ryan, who are moving up considerably in class from their last outings in allowances. 

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In brief

Grade 3 hero Divine Oath (Broken Vow) will square off against six sophomore rivals in Saturday's $150,000 Kent (G3) at Delaware Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Divine Oath will receive class relief in the 1 1/8-mile turf affair following a sixth in the Secretariat (G1) on the Arlington Million undercard. He captured the American Derby (G3) two starts back and will pick up a new rider in Jose Caraballo. Stakes victor Cabo Cat (Kitten's Joy) exits a third in the Saranac (G3) at Saratoga and Bashart (War Front), a Grade 2-winning juvenile, was fourth in the same event while making his first attempt for trainer Michael Matz. Craftsman (Craftsman) is the lone horse with a win over the Delaware turf, capturing the Nick Shuk Memorial two starts back for Graham Motion...

Grade 2 hero Wildcat Red (D'wildcat) departed Gulfstream Park by van Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. (EDT) in time to make a 7:30 a.m. flight to Oklahoma. The bay three-year-old colt is scheduled to run next in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park on September 28. The Jose Garofallo trainee turned in his final local prep for the 1 1/8-mile contest on Tuesday morning over Gulfstream's fast dirt, breezing a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 with Edgard Zayas aboard. "Zayas will ride Wildcat Red in the race," Garoffalo said. "He knows the horse very well." Zayas, the dominant rider at Gulfstream during the summer meet, rode Wildcat Red in his first three races. The duo finished first in all three but the colt was placed second by disqualification after getting to the wire first in the Juvenile Sprint to close out his two-year-old campaign on November 9...

Stellaris (Harlan's Holiday) has exited a disappointing trip in the Pucker Up S. (G3) in fine order, according to co-owner and trainer Mike Stidham. "She came out okay. She just hated the soft course. Other than that, she's excellent," Stidham said. Stellaris came home seventh of nine three-year-old fillies following runner-up finishes in the Del Mar Oaks (G1) and Arlington Oaks (G3). "We learned our lesson with the soft turf," Stidham explained. "Sometimes you just have to find out and move forward." Next on the docket -- like many of the Stidham team -- is a race at Keeneland. "We have her nominated to the (Valley View) S. (G3) against three-year-old fillies. We'll look at that," Stidham said. The Valley View, which is at 1 1/16-miles on the turf, is to take place October 17...

Godolphin's 2012 St Leger (Eng-G1) winner Encke (Kingmambo), who continued down a promising comeback trail with a third-place finish in last Sunday's Irish St Leger (Ire-G1), is likely to take in either the Long Distance Cup (Eng-G2) on British Champions Day at Ascot October 18 or the Canadian International (Can-G1) the following day. "He's come out of the (Irish St Leger) well -- we were happy with the run and he traveled well, too," said trainer Charlie Appleby. "There's a couple of options for him now. We could step him up again to two miles and look towards Champions Day or there is the possibility we could go the other way and drop back to a mile and a half for the Canadian International. We wouldn't want extremes of going for him and you don't really know what the weather will be like next month. We would have to supplement him for Ascot and if the ground was good or just on the easy side that would be fine, but if it were to be at either extreme, we might look to Canada and ride him more positively. I would say Ascot is realistically the more likely option, though."...

Secretariat S. (G1) winner Adelaide (Galileo), a fast-finishing third after meeting trouble in running in last Sunday's Prix Niel (Fr-G2) at Longchamp, will forego the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) and be trained for a tilt at the Cox Plate (Aus-G1) in Australia October 25. James Bester, Australian racing manager for Coolmore, told Sky Sports Radio the three-year-old should appreciate the fast going Down Under. "There was some temptation, given (the Niel) was a major Arc trial and that prior Arc favorite Treve (Motivator) flopped in her trial, to consider the Arc de Triomphe for him," Bester told the station. "That said, he's a horse that relishes really fast ground. In America, when he won his Grade 1, it was really firm ground. The firm ground that he is likely to encounter in Australia will suit him tremendously. As long as he gets through his quarantine okay, he has to have a serious chance in this race. This horse will thrive under Australian conditions."...

Australian racing will be governed by a new national body called Racing Australia, which will be a merger of the Australian Racing Board, Racing Information Services Australia, and the Australian Stud Book. "The Keeper of the Stud Book, Jacqueline Stewart, leads a very good team and we look forward to working with her to strengthen and expand the role and functions of the Stud Book in the interests of breeders and racing alike," said ARB Chairman John Messara. The legal and financial steps needed to establish Racing Australia will be implemented over the coming months, with the official commencement date for the new entity set for March 31, 2015.

The Meadowlands kicks off the first of 14-all turf race cards on Thursday with 53 horses entered across the six-race program. The Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will race on Thursdays and Fridays from September 18-26. Beginning in October the track will offer live cards on Fridays and Saturdays through November 1. First post nightly will be 7:00 p.m. (EDT), except for October 31 (Breeders' Cup Friday) and November 1 (Breeders' Cup Saturday), when post time will be 1:00 p.m. and noon, respectively. A full slate of activities and dining options will be available throughout the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, including fireworks on September 19 following the night's live racing action; Scotch-n-Smoke on October 4 with unique scotches and hand-rolled cigars; and, the Oktoberfest Food Truck Mash-Up on October 11. On the food side, Pink, the main restaurant at the New Meadowlands will be in full swing (reservations 201-460-4079), as will The Victory Sports Bar and The Lounge. There's free parking, free admission and free seating, both inside and out at the Meadowlands. Live programs will be $2, simulcast books $4. Valet parking will be offered for $5...

Click here to view Tuesday evening's Night School with the weekly Night School Rewind. Read all of Tuesday night's interaction as well as register in the archives to be eligible for weekly and seasonal prizes. Week 29 of Night School was entitled "Pedigree Handicapping." Sid Fernando of eNicks.com and James Scully of BRISnet.com looked at pedigrees from a "how and why" standpoint, as well as practical handicapping application. The week's study materials were particularly helpful on the subject and may be downloaded inside the chat box from the link.

Fiftyshadesofgold's the one to beat in Dogwood

Fiftyshadesofgold brings the strongest form to bear in the seven-furlong sprint (Coady Photography)
Fiftyshadesofgold puts her perfect two-for-two mark at Churchill Downs on the line in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Dogwood Stakes for sophomore fillies.

A smashing eight-length winner of last summer's Debutante beneath the Twin Spires, the Bret Calhoun trainee prevailed over Milam in the Eight Belles at this track and seven-furlong trip on May 2. Fiftyshadesofgold has performed creditably over longer, as evidenced by her distant second to Untapable in the March 29 Fair Grounds Oaks and her fourth in the June 7 Acorn.

But the Texas-bred is arguably better suited to this distance. Her only loss at seven furlongs came last time out in the prestigious Test Stakes at Saratoga, where she set a pressured pace before tiring late for fourth, beaten all of a length. Fiftyshadesofgold has fired a couple of bullets ahead of this class drop, and she looms as the one to beat with a returning Robby Albarado.

Two of her rivals are also exiting the Test -- sixth-placer Thank You Marylou, who was named by the Ramseys in honor of Marylou Whitney, and eighth Bird Maker, a Marylou Whitney homebred. Thank You Marylou has flashed talent without quite delivering on the big stage, but the equipment change  to blinkers could sharp the Michael Maker filly's focus. The Ian Wilkes-trained Bird Maker sports a two-for-three record at Churchill, reflecting a maiden score last November, a second in the Golden Rod and an 11-length allowance rout two starts back on May 25.

Milam, who came up a half-length short of upsetting Fiftyshadesofgold in the Eight Belles, has been a fairly consistent performer for Eddie Kenneally. Since her fourth to Untapable in the 1 1/16-mile Pocahontas here a year ago, the daughter of Street Sense has stuck to sprinting. She rebounded from a rare clunker in the January 4 Old Hat to crush the February 22 Pica Slew at Calder by eight lengths, and most recently finished a closing third in the June 29 Victory Ride. Corey Lanerie rode her to a Churchill allowance win last fall, and regains the mount.

Tom Amoss sends out Kiss to Remember, successful in a course-and-distance allowance on June 22. The Maggi Moss colorbearer rolled in the grassy Battle of New Orleans at Fair Grounds earlier this season, and two starts ago, she was second in the off-the-turf Indiana Grand.

Henny Jenney, the winner of the Inaugural at Presque Isle Downs May 11, has been predominantly a turf and synthetic type so far. Although she was a poor fourth in the Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies at Penn National in her only previous try on dirt, and still has something to prove on the surface, the William Connelly pupil has been training forwardly at Churchill.

Rounding out the 10-filly field are Enjoy the Family, Platinum Lady, Mizzen Miss and Honey's Ryan, who are moving up considerably in class from their last outings in allowances. 

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In brief

Grade 3 hero Divine Oath (Broken Vow) will square off against six sophomore rivals in Saturday's $150,000 Kent (G3) at Delaware Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Divine Oath will receive class relief in the 1 1/8-mile turf affair following a sixth in the Secretariat (G1) on the Arlington Million undercard. He captured the American Derby (G3) two starts back and will pick up a new rider in Jose Caraballo. Stakes victor Cabo Cat (Kitten's Joy) exits a third in the Saranac (G3) at Saratoga and Bashart (War Front), a Grade 2-winning juvenile, was fourth in the same event while making his first attempt for trainer Michael Matz. Craftsman (Craftsman) is the lone horse with a win over the Delaware turf, capturing the Nick Shuk Memorial two starts back for Graham Motion...

Grade 2 hero Wildcat Red (D'wildcat) departed Gulfstream Park by van Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. (EDT) in time to make a 7:30 a.m. flight to Oklahoma. The bay three-year-old colt is scheduled to run next in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park on September 28. The Jose Garofallo trainee turned in his final local prep for the 1 1/8-mile contest on Tuesday morning over Gulfstream's fast dirt, breezing a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 with Edgard Zayas aboard. "Zayas will ride Wildcat Red in the race," Garoffalo said. "He knows the horse very well." Zayas, the dominant rider at Gulfstream during the summer meet, rode Wildcat Red in his first three races. The duo finished first in all three but the colt was placed second by disqualification after getting to the wire first in the Juvenile Sprint to close out his two-year-old campaign on November 9...

Stellaris (Harlan's Holiday) has exited a disappointing trip in the Pucker Up S. (G3) in fine order, according to co-owner and trainer Mike Stidham. "She came out okay. She just hated the soft course. Other than that, she's excellent," Stidham said. Stellaris came home seventh of nine three-year-old fillies following runner-up finishes in the Del Mar Oaks (G1) and Arlington Oaks (G3). "We learned our lesson with the soft turf," Stidham explained. "Sometimes you just have to find out and move forward." Next on the docket -- like many of the Stidham team -- is a race at Keeneland. "We have her nominated to the (Valley View) S. (G3) against three-year-old fillies. We'll look at that," Stidham said. The Valley View, which is at 1 1/16-miles on the turf, is to take place October 17...

Godolphin's 2012 St Leger (Eng-G1) winner Encke (Kingmambo), who continued down a promising comeback trail with a third-place finish in last Sunday's Irish St Leger (Ire-G1), is likely to take in either the Long Distance Cup (Eng-G2) on British Champions Day at Ascot October 18 or the Canadian International (Can-G1) the following day. "He's come out of the (Irish St Leger) well -- we were happy with the run and he traveled well, too," said trainer Charlie Appleby. "There's a couple of options for him now. We could step him up again to two miles and look towards Champions Day or there is the possibility we could go the other way and drop back to a mile and a half for the Canadian International. We wouldn't want extremes of going for him and you don't really know what the weather will be like next month. We would have to supplement him for Ascot and if the ground was good or just on the easy side that would be fine, but if it were to be at either extreme, we might look to Canada and ride him more positively. I would say Ascot is realistically the more likely option, though."...

Secretariat S. (G1) winner Adelaide (Galileo), a fast-finishing third after meeting trouble in running in last Sunday's Prix Niel (Fr-G2) at Longchamp, will forego the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) and be trained for a tilt at the Cox Plate (Aus-G1) in Australia October 25. James Bester, Australian racing manager for Coolmore, told Sky Sports Radio the three-year-old should appreciate the fast going Down Under. "There was some temptation, given (the Niel) was a major Arc trial and that prior Arc favorite Treve (Motivator) flopped in her trial, to consider the Arc de Triomphe for him," Bester told the station. "That said, he's a horse that relishes really fast ground. In America, when he won his Grade 1, it was really firm ground. The firm ground that he is likely to encounter in Australia will suit him tremendously. As long as he gets through his quarantine okay, he has to have a serious chance in this race. This horse will thrive under Australian conditions."...

Australian racing will be governed by a new national body called Racing Australia, which will be a merger of the Australian Racing Board, Racing Information Services Australia, and the Australian Stud Book. "The Keeper of the Stud Book, Jacqueline Stewart, leads a very good team and we look forward to working with her to strengthen and expand the role and functions of the Stud Book in the interests of breeders and racing alike," said ARB Chairman John Messara. The legal and financial steps needed to establish Racing Australia will be implemented over the coming months, with the official commencement date for the new entity set for March 31, 2015.

The Meadowlands kicks off the first of 14-all turf race cards on Thursday with 53 horses entered across the six-race program. The Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will race on Thursdays and Fridays from September 18-26. Beginning in October the track will offer live cards on Fridays and Saturdays through November 1. First post nightly will be 7:00 p.m. (EDT), except for October 31 (Breeders' Cup Friday) and November 1 (Breeders' Cup Saturday), when post time will be 1:00 p.m. and noon, respectively. A full slate of activities and dining options will be available throughout the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, including fireworks on September 19 following the night's live racing action; Scotch-n-Smoke on October 4 with unique scotches and hand-rolled cigars; and, the Oktoberfest Food Truck Mash-Up on October 11. On the food side, Pink, the main restaurant at the New Meadowlands will be in full swing (reservations 201-460-4079), as will The Victory Sports Bar and The Lounge. There's free parking, free admission and free seating, both inside and out at the Meadowlands. Live programs will be $2, simulcast books $4. Valet parking will be offered for $5...

Click here to view Tuesday evening's Night School with the weekly Night School Rewind. Read all of Tuesday night's interaction as well as register in the archives to be eligible for weekly and seasonal prizes. Week 29 of Night School was entitled "Pedigree Handicapping." Sid Fernando of eNicks.com and James Scully of BRISnet.com looked at pedigrees from a "how and why" standpoint, as well as practical handicapping application. The week's study materials were particularly helpful on the subject and may be downloaded inside the chat box from the link.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

KD, 9TH, ALW, $93,892, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6FT, 9-17.
6—SPRING INCLUDED, f, 3, Include--Spring, by Stravinsky. ($60,000 '12 FTKJUL). O-Lieblong, Alex and JoAnn, B-Robert B Trussell Jr (KY), T-Steve Hobby, J-Robby Albarado, $61,200.
2—Frabster, f, 4, War Chant--Tiz a Jewel, by Tiznow. O-Ragnar Korthase, B-Michael Cohen (IL), $10,000.
3—Crookedpathtoglory, f, 4, J Be K--Heavenly Halo, by Grindstone. ($20,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Ashby Thoroughbreds, B-Columbiana Farm (KY), $10,200.
Winning Time: 1:11 (fm)
 
BEL, 1ST, AOC, $78,400, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 9-17.
6—KENZADARGENT (FR), f, 3, Kendargent (FR)--Quiza Bere (FR), by Epistolaire (IRE). (8,000EUR '12 OSASEP; 140,000EUR 2013 ARQARC). O-Martin S Schwartz, B-Guy Pariente (FR), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Irad Ortiz, Jr., $48,000.
1—Rubindy, f, 3, Bernardini--Caroni, by Rubiano. ($475,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Cam Allard, B-Hargus Sexton, Sandra Sexton & Silve Fern Farm, LLC (KY), $16,000.
4—Image of Anna, f, 3, Ready's Image--French Gate, by French Envoy. ($40,000 '12 KEESEP; $42,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-The Elkstone Group LLC, B-Blandford Stud (KY), $8,000.
Winning Time: 1:35 1/5 (gd)
 
KD, 6TH, ALW, $72,833, 3YO/UP, 6FT, 9-17.
12—COUNTY CORRECTIONS, g, 4, Tiz Wonderful--Gwinnett, by Vindication. ($10,000 '11 KEESEP; $80,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Ragnar Korthase, B-Dr William M Hovis & Taylor Brothers Properties, LLC (PA), T-Jon M. Cowan, J-Florent Geroux, $30,000.
7—Forfeit, g, 3, Langfuhr--Intangible, by Diesis (GB). O-Catherine M Wills, B-Dr Catherine Wills (KY), $20,000.
10—Indiano Jones, g, 4, A.P. Indy--Sharp Susan, by Touch Gold. ($60,000 '11 KEESEP; $425,000 2012 OBSMAR). O-John C Oxley, B-Paul Fleming Thoroughbreds (KY), $10,000.
Winning Time: 1:10 4/5 (fm)
 
KD, 8TH, ALW, $71,167, 3YO/UP, 1 5/16MT, 9-17.
8—ALAKAZAN ALAKAZAN (BRZ), c, 4, Elusive Quality--Magic Rafaela (BRZ), by Royal Academy. O-Stud Golconda, B-Stud T N T (BRZ), T-H. Graham Motion, J-Joseph Rocco, Jr., $30,000.
3—Bingo Kitten, c, 4, Kitten's Joy--Bingo Queen, by Hennessy. O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Kenneth L Ramsey & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), $20,000.
4—Call Me West, c, 4, Tapit--Alpine Garden, by Lemon Drop Kid. ($375,000 '11 KEESEP). O-West, Gary and Mary, B-Peter Redekop BC Limited (KY), $10,000.
Winning Time: 2:12 3/5 (fm)
 
BEL, 8TH, ALW, $62,000, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 9-17.
10—BALDERDASH, c, 3, Grand Slam--Them There Eyes, by Holy Bull. O-Di Tomasso, Michael R and Feron, Kathleen M, B-Kathleen M Feron (NY), T-Kathleen M. Feron, J-Jose L. Ortiz, $37,200.
8—Blue Pigeon, g, 3, Mizzen Mast--Gdansking Queen, by Langfuhr. O-Tic Stables, B-TIC Racing Stable (NY), $12,400.
5—Iced Over, c, 3, Utopia (JPN)--Glimmer Ice, by Pine Bluff. O-Michael E Lauer, B-Michael E Lauer & Penny S Lauer (NY), $6,200.
Winning Time: 1:35 2/5 (gd)
 
BEL, 7TH, ALW, $62,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 9-17.
7—BLITHELY, f, 3, Exchange Rate--Merryland Monroe, by Allen's Prospect. O-Parsons, Jr, William and Howe, David S, B-David Howe & William Parsons (NY), T-Mark A. Hennig, J-Joel Rosario, $37,200.
6—Ms. Sylvia A., f, 3, First Defence--Distinctual, by Distinctive Pro. O-Gennett, Robert J and Gennett, Catherine, B-Tom Andreadakis & Helen Andreadakis (NY), $12,400.
8—My Girl Madison, f, 3, Forestry--The Name Was Gone, by Gone for Real. ($38,000 '12 FTNAUG; $26,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Bruno Schickedanz, B-Milfer Farm Inc (NY), $6,200.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (gd)
 
LRL, 5TH, AOC, $51,143, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 9-17.
1—JUST SAYIN, g, 5, Rahy--All the Words, by Allen's Prospect. ($10,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Rebecca B Davis, B-R Davis, Dr & Mrs T Bowman, Three Chimneys Farm, LLC et al (MD), T-Dylan Smith, J-Sheldon Russell, $30,139.
8—Tru Greek, g, 4, Greek Sun--Capote's Niner, by Capote. ($2,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Jones, M E and Graham, Robin, B-Marathon Farms Inc (MD), $11,104.
9—Golden Wheels, g, 5, Limehouse--Divine, by Topsider. ($7,500 '09 KEENOV; $10,000 '10 FTMOCT). O-Michele C Sanger, B-Elizabeth Jones Valando (KY), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:34 (fm)
 
LRL, 7TH, AOC, $47,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8MT, 9-17.
3—XMAS SKY, g, 5, Sky Classic--Noel, by Stormy Atlantic. O-James Hibbert, B-James A Hibbert (KY), T-Robin L. Graham, J-Horacio Karamanos, $26,790.
1—Two Months Rent, g, 5, Purim--Sharp Tradition, by Sharpen Up (GB). ($4,000 '10 KEEJAN). O-AJ Suited Racing Stable, LLC, B-McCann & Associates Inc & David E Hager II (KY), $9,870.
7—Manchurian High, g, 6, The Daddy--Corredor's Wind, by El Corredor. ($1,000 '09 OBSAUG). O-Lilli Kurtinecz, B-Greg Norman (FL), $5,170.
Winning Time: 1:46 (fm)
 
LRL, 8TH, ALW, $43,544, 3YO/UP, 6F, 9-17.
6—GRACED, g, 4, Activist--Nancy's Grace, by Attorney. O-Hold All Tickets Stable, B-Judith M Barrett (PA), T-H. Kathleen Dibben, J-Xavier Perez, $23,940.
8—Silver Legend, g, 4, Horse Greeley--Silver n Satin, by Silver Deputy. ($2,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Mountain View Racing LLC, B-At Last Farm LLC (MD), $10,364.
7—Cho Time, g, 4, Burning Roma--Cho Chang, by Unaccounted For. O-MCA Racing Stable LLC, B-Harold Queen (FL), $4,620.
Winning Time: 1:09 3/5 (ft)
 
IND, 8TH, ALW, $38,080, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7 1/2FT, 9-17.
5—BARONESS ROSE, f, 3, Curlin--Sandra's Rose, by Old Trieste. ($65,000 '12 KEESEP; $65,000 2013 FTFMAR). O-Hot Pink Stable, Sand Dollar Stable LLC, Raymond, Terry and Wagner, Jana, B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY), T-Michael J. Maker, J-Albin Jimenez, $20,400.
3—Wild Swava, f, 4, Offlee Wild--El Swava, by El Prado (IRE). O-William J Butler, B-John O'Meara (IN), $10,880.
4—Lizzie Belle, m, 5, Wilko--Stormagain, by Storm Cat. ($1,500 '10 KEESEP). O-Roger W Griffin, B-Adena Springs (FL), $3,400.
Winning Time: 1:31 1/5 (fm)
 
IND, 4TH, ALW, $36,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 9-17.
3—JIMNPAULS LAST TOY, f, 3, Cat Dreams--Idelikeatoy, by Ide. O-Paul H Adkins LLC, B-Paul H Adkins (IN), T-Tim Glyshaw, J-Ben Creed, $21,600.
1A—Grand Tuition, f, 3, Caiman--Gild the Lily, by Gilded Time. O-Cindy Patrick, B-Cheyanna Patrick (IN), $7,200.
5—Hope and Change, f, 3, Cat Dreams--Chorus Girl, by Maria's Mon. ($9,000 '12 INDOCT). O-Michael Boothe, B-Carmalley Valley Farm, LLC (IN), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:05 (ft)
 
PID, 3RD, ALW, $34,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 9-17.
1—EDDIE SET GO, g, 7, Eddington--Glittering Tax, by Artax. ($30,000 '08 OBSAUG; $32,000 2009 FTMMAY). O-Sabal Racing Stable, B-BryLynn Farm, Inc (FL), T-Darien Rodriguez, J-Willie Martinez, $19,200.
6—Chief Exchanger, g, 4, Exchange Rate--Lady Silverrod, by Marquetry. ($55,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Daniel Joseph Wukich, B-Silver Star Farm, LLC (PA), $8,320.
8—Solidario, c, 3, Burning Roma--Best Woman, by Broken Vow. O-La Surestada Stable, B-Don Louderback (FL), $3,200.
Winning Time: 1:09 1/5 (ft)
 
PID, 4TH, ALW, $30,300, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 9-17.
1—SPIRITSINTHEWIND, g, 5, Rani's Diablo--Myshareoflaughter, by Bianconi. O-Adam Rice, B-Leah Jo Therasse & Robert Nagy (PA), T-Adam Rice, J-Pablo Morales, $18,000.
4—Quiet Risk, g, 5, Risk and Reward--Quietmydear, by Real Quiet. O-Laurie Pratt, B-Laurie Pratt (PA), $6,000.
7—Secretsofthemind, g, 6, Freud--Stop the Song, by Hatchet Man. ($4,000 '08 KEENOV). O-Randall R Russell, B-Eugene E Weymouth (PA), $3,000.
Winning Time: 1:04 (ft)
 
PID, 4TH, ALW, $29,700, 3YO/UP, 1M, 9-16.
6—CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT, g, 3, Cowboy Cal--Saratoga Rhythm, by Saratoga Six. ($25,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Joseph F Novogratz, B-Martha H Buckner (KY), T-Glenn S. Wismer, J-Anthony Stephen, $18,000.
3—Fork in the Road, g, 4, Indygo Shiner--Ruby Friday, by Distinctive Pro. ($4,000 '11 FTKOCT). O-W John Bourke, B-Mr & Mrs James L Murray (KY), $6,000.
5—Music Critik, g, 4, Unbridled's Song--Critikal Reason, by Aptitude. ($140,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Farfellow Farm, Ltd, B-Farfellow Farms LTD & Unbridled's Song Syndicate (KY), $3,000.
Winning Time: 1:38 1/5 (ft)
 
ALB, 8TH, ALW, $27,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 9-16.
1—LADY CONTENDER, m, 5, Strong Contender--Gallant Jean, by Moro. ($1,700 2011 KEEJAN). O-Neugebauer, Preston and Rushton, Stacey, B-LaDona Hudson (KY), T-Stacey Rushton, J-Brian James Theriot, $16,500.
5—Joyful Tap, m, 5, Pleasant Tap--Judge Phylomina, by Judge Smells. ($8,000 '10 FTKOCT; $5,500 2011 BESMAY). O-Leyba, John and Leyba, Kathy, B-Jack R Swain (KY), $5,500.
3—Warrens Venedalucy, m, 5, Doc Gus--State the Obvious, by Carson City. O-Ace Racing Stable, B-Benjamin C Warren (CA), $2,750.
Winning Time: 1:15 1/5 (ft)
 
TDN, 3RD, ALW, $22,500, 3YO/UP, 1M, 9-17.
3—BLUEGRASS KID, g, 3, Bluegrass Cat--Future Saint, by Saint Ballado. ($5,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Wray I Lawrence, B-Patinack Farm (KY), T-Richard J. Rettele, J-Alvaro Hernandez-Lopez, $13,500.
1—Avgolemono, g, 3, Aljabr--Rose of Athens, by Alphabet Soup. O-Danielle Agnello, B-Kostas Diakoloukas (ON), $4,500.
5—Sailaway Kitten, c, 4, Kitten's Joy--Time to Indulge, by E Dubai. O-Richard H McCall, B-Kenneth L Ramsey & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), $2,250.
Winning Time: 1:40 3/5 (ft)
 
SUF, 5TH, ALW, $18,620, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 9-17.
5—MISS PASCO COUNTY, m, 6, Gibson County--Kiss N'tell, by Notebook. ($9,000 '08 OBSOCT; $9,500 2010 OBSAPR). O-Ramon Davilla Aguayo, B-Deirdre M Wulff (FL), T-Ramon Davilla Aguayo, J-Jean Claude Medina, $11,400.
2—To It and From It, m, 5, Simon Pure--Clown Factor, by Vision and Verse. O-Holly D'Abate, B-Holly D'Abate (FL), $3,800.
4—Amazing Dixie, m, 5, Eltish--Iam a Dixiechic, by Dixie Brass. O-Steve Hassig, B-Virginia Preston (NY), $1,900.
Winning Time: 1:12 2/5 (ft)
 
SUF, 3RD, ALW, $18,620, 3YO/UP, A5FT, 9-17.
8—ON THE THRONE, g, 5, Roar of the Tiger--Royal Damsel, by More Royal. O-Ed Chmyzinski, B-Kuehne Racing (FL), T-Michael J. Collins, J-Chelsey Keiser, $11,400.
1—Mangrove Pond, g, 7, Forest Wildcat--Stars in Your Eyes, by Pentelicus. ($2,500 2011 OBSOCT). O-M C Reardon, B-Eugene Melnyk (FL), $3,800.
7—Git On Bob, g, 5, Awesome of Course--Forsake Me Not, by Artax. O-Emmett Cadigan, B-Robert F Halliday (FL), $1,900.
Winning Time: :59 1/5 (fm)
 
SUF, 8TH, ALW, $18,620, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 9-17.
1—KALLIES KRUISIN, f, 3, U S Ranger--Divine Sanction, by Proud Citizen. ($1,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-William Downing, B-William L Jones & Kathy L Jones (KY), T-William Downing, J-David D. Amiss, $11,400.
2—Souparion, f, 4, Alphabet Soup--Arion, by High Yield. O-Bernard T Spellman, B-Ann Lorenson Lynch (FL), $3,800.
6—Darnley Bay, m, 5, Mineshaft--Queen St. West, by Smarten. O-Barry R Ostrager, B-Lambholm (FL), $1,900.
Winning Time: 1:41 1/5 (ft)

Features

COMMENTARY

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Rail post, stalking tactics could undermine Chrome's comeback

by James Scully

California Chrome returns in Saturday's $1 million Pennsylvania Derby and the dual classic winner will need to overcome the rail post in a field of eight, the same starting position that resulted in a dead-heat fourth in the Belmont Stakes.

As much as I would love to see jockey Victor Espinoza play "catch me if you can" from the start, I think there's little chance he'll utilize a major weapon in California Chrome's arsenal -- speed.

"I just hope he has a clean trip and gets in the clear," Art Sherman said this week.

That doesn't sound like a trainer who expects to be on the early lead. Indeed, it seems that California Chrome's connections would love to drop behind and alter course to the outside of Bayern during the early stages of the Pennsylvania Derby, and we saw how that strategy played out last time.

California Chrome may not have won the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes under any circumstances, but his best chance was on the lead after he drew the innermost post in the final leg of the Triple Crown. Despite the lack of any confirmed front-runners to his outside, Espinoza refused to send his mount after breaking forwardly, taking a hold and guiding California Chrome out wide for a stalking trip in fourth.

That left Commissioner showing the way and all you have to do is look at his past performances (click here to view) to see what a massive change in form it represented for the plodder. The front-end trip resulted in career-best performance, by a wide margin, with Commissioner refusing to yield until the final stride, recording a head second.

It's easy to understand Espinoza's Belmont strategy -- the stalking trip represented the least liability for the rider. If California Chrome sets the pace and coughs up the lead in the final furlongs, everybody can question the Espinoza's tactics. If the horse stalks the pace and comes short, California Chrome simply didn't have it that day.

The problem is that his speed gets lost in the equation. California Chrome was fast enough to easily outrun Commissioner during the early stages last time, and his BRIS Early Pace ratings show that's quick enough to be showing the way in the Pennsylvania Derby.

This is the same horse who recorded a couple of tour-de-force performances on the front end during the spring, including the San Felipe in which California Chrome established pressured splits of :23 and :45 2/5 before drawing off with the utmost ease, winning by more than seven lengths.

Granted, he changed tactics winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, settling a few lengths off the early pacesetter before offering his best, but both times he was breaking from a more favorable post position.

Those races seemingly resulted in a different mindset for California Chrome's connections, one where he was no longer a speed horse but a stalker.

The rail draw complicates matters once again on Saturday, with Espinoza being forced to negotiate a favorable trip if he doesn't seize the early initiative. California Chrome has the class to lead all the way at Parx Racing if he just breaks running.

Bayern won't get caught in a suicidal duel up front following the Travers debacle and the fact that he's drawn three positions to the outside of California Chrome should guarantee a tracking trip to the outside of his main rival.

But that's not the way I envision it playing out. Bayern's connections, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia, would probably love to see Espinoza take another early hold, leaving Bayern in the driver's seat. And that could easily happen.

I'll go with Bayern wire to wire.

North American Maiden Winners
Attila's Storm--Hollywood Moon by Gone Hollywood; LUNAR STORM, g, 2, ZIA, Mcl 12500, 9-16, 5 1/2f, 1:07 3/5. B-R. D. Hubbard (NM.).
Concerto--Holly at Law by Bernstein; HARMONY FOR HOLLS, f, 2, IND, Msw, 9-17, 6f, 1:14 . B-L. J. Gaudreau (IN.).
Invisible Ink--Megan Nicole by Wild Zone; INVISIBLE, c, 2, PID, Msw, 9-17, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-Dr. William J. Solomon (PA.).
Kitten's Joy--No Deadline by Skywalker; WALKING THE KITTEN, f, 2, KD, Msw, 9-17, 1mT, 1:39 1/5. B-Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey (KY.). *1/2 to Cannonball (G1P $636,448).
Tiz Wonderful--Kalookan Dancer (MSW$404,031), by Olympio; QUEZON, f, 2, BEL, Msw, 9-17, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-Apache Farm LLC (NY.). $90,000 '13 FTNAUG.
B L's a Runner--Calimisskris by Crusader Sword; CRUSADER KRIS, g, 3, SUF, Mcl 5000, 9-17, 6f, 1:14 . B-Frank Bertolino (FL.). ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE.
City Weekend--Case Adia by Gold Case; SIN CITY WEEKEND, g, 3, IND, Mcl 10000, 9-17, 5 1/2f, 1:05 . B-Connie Pass, Penny Ricketts & Nancy Oshier (IN.).
Future Lover--Keep the Profit by Darn That Alarm; SWAMPY, f, 3, PID, Mcl 7500, 9-16, 5f, :58 2/5. B-Richard E Wilson (FL.).
Grand Slam--Dynamism by Dynaformer; TIGER D, c, 3, BEL, Msw, 9-17, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 4/5. B-MDS Farms, LLC (NY.). $24,000 '12 FTKOCT.
Hear No Evil--Ubetwereven by French Deputy; DEVILS MATCH, g, 3, MNR, Mcl 5000, 9-16, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-Thomas O'Neill (FL.). *1/2 to Ima Jersey Girl (SW $258,454).
Laabity--Horseshoe's Pride by Zarbyev; BOUNDTOBESPECIAL, g, 3, ALB, Msw, 9-17, 1m, 1:38 1/5. B-Chad White (LA.).
Malibu Moon--So Probable by Storm Cat; MALIBU SPRINGS, g, 3, KD, Mcl 15000, 9-17, 1mT, 1:39 . B-Estate of Edward P. Evans (VA.). $230,000 '11 KEENOV; $300,000 '12 KEESEP; $115,000 2013 KEENOV.
Mineshaft--Golddigger Beware by Prenup; SASSY MOLLY, f, 3, PEN, Msw, 9-17, 1m, 1:41 4/5. B-Frances M. Hartwell (PA.). *1/2 to Golddigger's Boy (G3P $585,985) *1/2 to Dilatory ($298,923).
Mr. Mabee--Surina Star by Pleasant Colony; BILLY WHITE SHOES, g, 3, IND, Mcl 10000, 9-17, 1m, 1:40 3/5. B-Lake Shore Farm (IN.). $15,000 '12 INDOCT.
Pioneerof the Nile--Truly Enchanting (IRE) by Danehill Dancer (IRE); BOSTON STRONG, c, 3, BEL, Msw, 9-17, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 4/5. B-Grapestock LLC (NY.). $170,000 '12 FTNAUG; $145,000 2013 KEEAPR. *1/2 to Infinite Magic (G3 $229,052).
Sharp Humor--Subtle Difference by Valiant Nature; I TELLTHEJOKESHERE, f, 3, DEL, Mcl 5000, 9-17, 6f, 1:13 2/5. B-Dede McGehee DVM (KY.). $5,200 '12 FTKOCT; $15,000 2013 FTMMAY.
Street Cry (IRE)--Lady Pegasus by Fusaichi Pegasus; ALDARA, f, 3, KD, Mcl 30000, 9-17, 6 1/2fT, 1:18 4/5. B-Darley (KY.). $35,000 2014 FTKJU2.
War Front--Al Max Diner by End Sweep; GRACIE'S BUTTERFLY, f, 3, IND, Msw, 9-17, 5fT, :58 1/5. B-Douglas S Arnold (KY.). $130,000 '11 KEENOV; $150,000 '12 FTSAUG; $150,000 2013 FTMMAY.
With Distinction--Dare I Dream by Delaware Township; HEY KID, g, 3, SUF, Msw, 9-17, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Janet Erwin (FL.). $39,000 '12 OBSAUG; $31,000 2013 OBSJUN; $25,000 2014 OBSJAN.
Majestic Warrior--Crystal Illusion (MSW$304,752), by Silver Ghost; XENA'S ARROW, f, 4, PEN, Mcl 18000, 9-17, 1 1/16m, 1:48 4/5. B-Jo Ann Luedtke (KY.).
Master Command--Touch Me Once by Touch Gold; ARTEMUS PAPERBOY, r, 4, BEL, Mcl 20000, 9-17, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-McCann Bloodstock (KY.). $70,000 '11 KEESEP.
Milwaukee Brew--Samantha's Charm by Montbrook; VERY POTENT, g, 4, LRL, Mcl 16000, 9-17, 5 1/2f, 1:05 . B-Rousseau Racing LLC (FL.).

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UPCOMING STAKES

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Thursday, September 18
 
Lonesome Glory Steeplechase (NSA-G1), Belmont Park, $150,000, 4&up, 2 1/2mT.
 
Friday, September 19
 
Te Ata S. (r), Remington Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
Tishomingo S. (r), Remington Park, $50,000, 3yo, c&g, 7f.
 
Saturday, September 20
 
COTILLION S. (G1), Parx Racing, $1,000,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
PENNSYLVANIA DERBY (G2), Parx Racing, $1,000,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
CHARLES TOWN OAKS (G3), Charles Town, $500,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
GALLANT BLOOM S. (G2), Belmont Park, $300,000, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f.
GALLANT BOB S. (G3), Parx Racing, $300,000, 3yo, 6f.
KENT S. (G3), Delaware Park, $150,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
DOGWOOD S. (G3), Churchill Downs, $100,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
Overskate S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 7f.
Pink Ribbon S., Charles Town, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
Wild and Wonderful S., Charles Town, $100,000, 3&up, 7f.
Alphabet Soup S. (r), Parx Racing, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Musical Romance S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
Katella S., Los Alamitos, $75,000, 3&up, 6f.
Soul Starter H. (r), Parx Racing, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/8mT.
New Mexico State Fair Breeders' (r), Albuquerque Downs, $60,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Henry Mercer Memorial (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 2yo, 4 1/2f.
It's Only Money S. (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 3&up, 4 1/2f.
Rachel's Turn S. (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 2yo, f, 4 1/2f.
Alberta Oaks (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
Beaufort S. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Breeders' H. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Fall Classic Distaff (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Premier's Futurity S., Northlands Park, $50,000, 2yo, 6 1/2f.
Red Diamond S. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
Sturgeon River S. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Stockton Asparagus S., Stockton, $50,000, 3yo, 6f.
 
Sunday, September 21
 
Ontario Derby (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
Bertram F. Bongard S. (r), Belmont Park, $150,000, 2yo, 7f.
Joseph A. Gimma S. (r), Belmont Park, $150,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
La Lorgnette S., Woodbine, $125,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Downs at Albuquerque H., Albuquerque Downs, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/18m.
Jack Diamond Futurity (r), Hastings Park, $100,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
Sadie Diamond Futurity (r), Hastings Park, $100,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Las Madrinas S., Los Alamitos, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity (r), Albuquerque Downs, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
George Maloof Futurity (r), Albuquerque Downs, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Scarlet and Gray H. (r), Thistledown, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
 
Wednesday, September 24
 
Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon, Kentucky Downs, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 5/8mT.
Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, Kentucky Downs, $200,000, 3&up, 6 1/2fT.

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Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 2 - Sept. 28
BELMONT PARK:   Sept. 5 - Oct. 26
BELTERRA PARK:   May 8 - Oct. 19
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 31
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   Sept. 5 - 28
DELAWARE PARK:   May 17 - Oct. 22
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 12 - Sept. 28
FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
FORT ERIE:   May 27 - Sept. 30
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 1 - Jan. 5
HASTINGS PARK:   April 27 - Oct. 26
HAZEL PARK:   June 29 - Oct. 11
INDIANA DOWNS:   May 6 - Nov. 1
KENTUCKY DOWNS:   Sept. 6 - 24
LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 5 - Dec. 31
LOS ALAMITOS:   Sept. 5 - 21
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 2 - Sept. 21
MEADOWLANDS:   Sept. 18 - Nov. 1
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 10 - Sept. 28
MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Dec. 20
NORTHLANDS PARK:   May 2 - Oct. 25
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PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 11 - Sept. 25
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 15 - Dec. 14
SUFFOLK DOWNS:   May 3 - Sept. 29
THISTLEDOWN:   April 18 - Nov. 16
WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
ZIA PARK:   Sept. 6 - Dec. 2
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
SANTA ANITA PARK:   Sept. 26 - Nov. 2

COMMENTARY

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Rail post, stalking tactics could undermine Chrome's comeback

by James Scully

California Chrome returns in Saturday's $1 million Pennsylvania Derby and the dual classic winner will need to overcome the rail post in a field of eight, the same starting position that resulted in a dead-heat fourth in the Belmont Stakes.

As much as I would love to see jockey Victor Espinoza play "catch me if you can" from the start, I think there's little chance he'll utilize a major weapon in California Chrome's arsenal -- speed.

"I just hope he has a clean trip and gets in the clear," Art Sherman said this week.

That doesn't sound like a trainer who expects to be on the early lead. Indeed, it seems that California Chrome's connections would love to drop behind and alter course to the outside of Bayern during the early stages of the Pennsylvania Derby, and we saw how that strategy played out last time.

California Chrome may not have won the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes under any circumstances, but his best chance was on the lead after he drew the innermost post in the final leg of the Triple Crown. Despite the lack of any confirmed front-runners to his outside, Espinoza refused to send his mount after breaking forwardly, taking a hold and guiding California Chrome out wide for a stalking trip in fourth.

That left Commissioner showing the way and all you have to do is look at his past performances (click here to view) to see what a massive change in form it represented for the plodder. The front-end trip resulted in career-best performance, by a wide margin, with Commissioner refusing to yield until the final stride, recording a head second.

It's easy to understand Espinoza's Belmont strategy -- the stalking trip represented the least liability for the rider. If California Chrome sets the pace and coughs up the lead in the final furlongs, everybody can question the Espinoza's tactics. If the horse stalks the pace and comes short, California Chrome simply didn't have it that day.

The problem is that his speed gets lost in the equation. California Chrome was fast enough to easily outrun Commissioner during the early stages last time, and his BRIS Early Pace ratings show that's quick enough to be showing the way in the Pennsylvania Derby.

This is the same horse who recorded a couple of tour-de-force performances on the front end during the spring, including the San Felipe in which California Chrome established pressured splits of :23 and :45 2/5 before drawing off with the utmost ease, winning by more than seven lengths.

Granted, he changed tactics winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, settling a few lengths off the early pacesetter before offering his best, but both times he was breaking from a more favorable post position.

Those races seemingly resulted in a different mindset for California Chrome's connections, one where he was no longer a speed horse but a stalker.

The rail draw complicates matters once again on Saturday, with Espinoza being forced to negotiate a favorable trip if he doesn't seize the early initiative. California Chrome has the class to lead all the way at Parx Racing if he just breaks running.

Bayern won't get caught in a suicidal duel up front following the Travers debacle and the fact that he's drawn three positions to the outside of California Chrome should guarantee a tracking trip to the outside of his main rival.

But that's not the way I envision it playing out. Bayern's connections, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia, would probably love to see Espinoza take another early hold, leaving Bayern in the driver's seat. And that could easily happen.

I'll go with Bayern wire to wire.

At a Glance
DELAWARE PARK AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.57 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 77%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta64.75
Daily Double68.76
Trifecta369.97
Pick 3476.21
Superfecta2,735.45
Pick 42,728.43
Pick 57,781.46
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/17 - 09/13)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 83 34% E Outside
6.0fDirt 119 33% E Middle
1 MileDirt 41 22% E/P Outside
1m 70yDirt 58 38% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 52 44% E Inside
Turf Routes 67 24% E Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/07 - 09/13)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 5 60% E Rail/Ins
6.0fDirt 5 20% E/P Middle
1 MileDirt 3 33% E Middle
1m 70yDirt 2 50% E Inside
Turf Sprint 5 60% E Inside
Turf Routes 3 0% S Middle
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Jones J. Larry 6 4 0 0 2.58 3 23%
Connor, III James P. 2 2 0 0 1.35 2 8%
Jacobson David 3 2 1 0 0.47 2 23%
Boucher Lilith E. 4 2 0 0 16.80 0 9%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Martinez Fray 12 3 1 1 12.05 0 17%
Cintron Alex 8 2 1 3 3.69 2 20%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
             

Features

UPCOMING STAKES

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Thursday, September 18
 
Lonesome Glory Steeplechase (NSA-G1), Belmont Park, $150,000, 4&up, 2 1/2mT.
 
Friday, September 19
 
Te Ata S. (r), Remington Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
Tishomingo S. (r), Remington Park, $50,000, 3yo, c&g, 7f.
 
Saturday, September 20
 
COTILLION S. (G1), Parx Racing, $1,000,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
PENNSYLVANIA DERBY (G2), Parx Racing, $1,000,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
CHARLES TOWN OAKS (G3), Charles Town, $500,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
GALLANT BLOOM S. (G2), Belmont Park, $300,000, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f.
GALLANT BOB S. (G3), Parx Racing, $300,000, 3yo, 6f.
KENT S. (G3), Delaware Park, $150,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
DOGWOOD S. (G3), Churchill Downs, $100,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
Overskate S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 7f.
Pink Ribbon S., Charles Town, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
Wild and Wonderful S., Charles Town, $100,000, 3&up, 7f.
Alphabet Soup S. (r), Parx Racing, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Musical Romance S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
Katella S., Los Alamitos, $75,000, 3&up, 6f.
Soul Starter H. (r), Parx Racing, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/8mT.
New Mexico State Fair Breeders' (r), Albuquerque Downs, $60,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Henry Mercer Memorial (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 2yo, 4 1/2f.
It's Only Money S. (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 3&up, 4 1/2f.
Rachel's Turn S. (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 2yo, f, 4 1/2f.
Alberta Oaks (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
Beaufort S. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Breeders' H. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Fall Classic Distaff (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Premier's Futurity S., Northlands Park, $50,000, 2yo, 6 1/2f.
Red Diamond S. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
Sturgeon River S. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Stockton Asparagus S., Stockton, $50,000, 3yo, 6f.
 
Sunday, September 21
 
Ontario Derby (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
Bertram F. Bongard S. (r), Belmont Park, $150,000, 2yo, 7f.
Joseph A. Gimma S. (r), Belmont Park, $150,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
La Lorgnette S., Woodbine, $125,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Downs at Albuquerque H., Albuquerque Downs, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/18m.
Jack Diamond Futurity (r), Hastings Park, $100,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
Sadie Diamond Futurity (r), Hastings Park, $100,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Las Madrinas S., Los Alamitos, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity (r), Albuquerque Downs, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
George Maloof Futurity (r), Albuquerque Downs, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Scarlet and Gray H. (r), Thistledown, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
 
Wednesday, September 24
 
Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon, Kentucky Downs, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 5/8mT.
Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, Kentucky Downs, $200,000, 3&up, 6 1/2fT.

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 2 - Sept. 28
BELMONT PARK:   Sept. 5 - Oct. 26
BELTERRA PARK:   May 8 - Oct. 19
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 31
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   Sept. 5 - 28
DELAWARE PARK:   May 17 - Oct. 22
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 12 - Sept. 28
FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
FORT ERIE:   May 27 - Sept. 30
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 1 - Jan. 5
HASTINGS PARK:   April 27 - Oct. 26
HAZEL PARK:   June 29 - Oct. 11
INDIANA DOWNS:   May 6 - Nov. 1
KENTUCKY DOWNS:   Sept. 6 - 24
LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 5 - Dec. 31
LOS ALAMITOS:   Sept. 5 - 21
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 2 - Sept. 21
MEADOWLANDS:   Sept. 18 - Nov. 1
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 10 - Sept. 28
MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Dec. 20
NORTHLANDS PARK:   May 2 - Oct. 25
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 11 - Sept. 25
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 15 - Dec. 14
SUFFOLK DOWNS:   May 3 - Sept. 29
THISTLEDOWN:   April 18 - Nov. 16
WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
ZIA PARK:   Sept. 6 - Dec. 2
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
SANTA ANITA PARK:   Sept. 26 - Nov. 2

At a Glance
GULFSTREAM PARK AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.38 - 1
Favorite Win%: 37%, Favorite Itm%: 72%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta88.24
Daily Double89.51
Trifecta675.23
Pick 3746.30
Superfecta5,833.67
Pick 44,988.89
Pick 521,846.30
Pick 6 Jackpot438,922.01
Pick 8602,352.90
Super High Five8,664.22
Z-5 Super Hi-59,770.90
TRACK BIAS MEET(06/25 - 09/14)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 435 37% E Rail/Ins
7.0fDirt 150 33% E Rail
1 MileDirt 289 24% E Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 96 23% E/P Inside
Turf Sprint 184 30% E Middle
Turf Routes 557 17% P Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/08 - 09/14)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 11 45% E Rail/Ins
7.0fDirt 4 50% E Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 4 50% E/P Outside
1 1/16mDirt 3 0% P Outside
Turf Sprint 2 50% E Middle
Turf Routes 12 8% E/P Rail/Ins
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Fawkes David 16 6 2 1 5.02 2 15%
Pinchin Jose 8 4 1 0 13.79 1 11%
Petro Michael P. 11 4 0 0 4.73 2 15%
Ward Dennis 4 3 0 0 2.20 1 15%
Ziadie Kirk 9 3 2 1 4.07 2 38%
Antonucci Jena M. 6 2 1 0 7.98 0 6%
Iadisernia Giuseppe 6 2 2 1 2.33 0 13%
Jerkens H. Allen 6 2 0 0 8.63 0 10%
Vaccarezza Carlo 6 2 0 0 6.00 0 18%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Zayas Edgard J. 30 9 4 2 5.37 3 21%
Cruz Manoel R. 12 3 3 2 5.53 2 14%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
O'Connell Kathleen 14 0 1 1 24.04 2 17%
Lutchman Padarath 12 0 1 1 29.47 0 7%
Rose Barry R. 12 0 1 1 33.95 0 3%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Gomez Jocelyne C. 11 0 2 0 21.97 1 11%

Racing Highlights

For Thursday

ARLINGTON (2:00): $34,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
BELMONT PARK (1:05): $150,000 Lonesome Glory (NSA-G1), 4&up, 2 1/2mT (2ND); $75,000 William Entenmann Memorial Hurdle, 4&up, 2 1/4mT (1ST).
BELTERRA (1:30): $17,400 alw, 3&up, 6f (7TH).
CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $27,000 ocl, 3&up, 4 1/2f (7TH).
GULFSTREAM PARK (1:15): $40,000 ocl, 3&up, 1m (9TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $38,000 ocl, 3&up, 7 1/2fT (7TH).
LAUREL PARK (1:10): $47,000 ocl, 3&up, 5 1/2fT (8TH).
LOS ALAMITOS (5:00): $46,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (6TH).
LOUISIANA DOWNS (3:50): $26,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m70yd (4TH).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $29,500 alw, 3&up, 1 1/16m (6TH).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $30,000 ocl, 2yo, f, 6f (7TH).

*all times Eastern

At a Glance

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

MONDAY:   Monmouth Park and Remington Park
TUESDAY:   Arlington and Los Alamitos
WEDNESDAY:   Louisiana Downs and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park
FRIDAY:   Belmont Park and Churchill Downs

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Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Thursday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Arlington   (2nd) Nate the Natural, 4-1
    (6th) That's a Kitten, 4-1
Belmont Park   (3rd) Untiltherewasyou, 7-2
    (10th) Dixie Gem, 5-1
Belterra   (3rd) Crash Magee, 7-2
    (6th) Nickel Pride, 4-1
Charles Town   (4th) Love Is Love, 3-1
    (8th) Gitano Boy, 7-2
Delaware Park   (4th) Gimlet Witha Twist, 9-2
    (7th) Sir Celtic Express, 3-1
Finger Lakes   (1st) Congaroo, 5-1
    (6th) Historically, 3-1
Gulfstream Park   (3rd) Va Banque, 3-1
    (4th) Summers Back, 7-2
Indiana Downs   (3rd) Set of J's, 9-2
    (8th) Bright Harborlites, 4-1
Laurel Park   (3rd) Anotherloveofmine, 3-1
    (5th) So Serene, 6-1
Los Alamitos   (1st) Jetbird, 7-2
    (5th) Eltoninadress, 9-2
Louisiana Downs   (3rd) Lil Yankee, 3-1
    (7th) Look Royal, 4-1
Meadowlands   (2nd) Smooth Sailing, 7-2
    (5th) Cynthia's New Car, 3-1
Penn National   (1st) Dude About Town, 3-1
    (9th) Point of Defence, 3-1
Presque Isle Downs   (5th) Moon Map, 5-1
    (7th) Already Red, 7-2
Remington Park   (6th) Bear O, 3-1
    (7th) Bethyl's Royalrose, 4-1

HIGHLIGHTS

For Thursday

ARLINGTON (2:00): $34,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
BELMONT PARK (1:05): $150,000 Lonesome Glory (NSA-G1), 4&up, 2 1/2mT (2ND); $75,000 William Entenmann Memorial Hurdle, 4&up, 2 1/4mT (1ST).
BELTERRA (1:30): $17,400 alw, 3&up, 6f (7TH).
CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $27,000 ocl, 3&up, 4 1/2f (7TH).
GULFSTREAM PARK (1:15): $40,000 ocl, 3&up, 1m (9TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $38,000 ocl, 3&up, 7 1/2fT (7TH).
LAUREL PARK (1:10): $47,000 ocl, 3&up, 5 1/2fT (8TH).
LOS ALAMITOS (5:00): $46,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (6TH).
LOUISIANA DOWNS (3:50): $26,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m70yd (4TH).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $29,500 alw, 3&up, 1 1/16m (6TH).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $30,000 ocl, 2yo, f, 6f (7TH).

*all times Eastern

HANDICAPPER'S EDGE is compiled by Bloodstock Research Information Services. This newsletter may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. Copyright 2011, Bloodstock Research Information Services. Information as to the races, race results and earnings was obtained from Equibase Company LLC and is utilized herein with the permission of the copyright owner, Equibase Company LLC.

Announcements

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