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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

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California Chrome schools, gallops for Penn Derby; Untapable, Tapiture arrive

California Chrome took a spin around Parx ahead of the Penn Derby (Kim Pratt)

After having a slow mile jog over the Parx surface Wednesday morning, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome had a more vigorous morning on Thursday, galloping between 1 1/2 miles and 1 3/4 miles, again with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard, as he prepares for Saturday's running of the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.

The gleaming chestnut initially visited the paddock to school and was then taken to the track to get his work in. In the eyes of assistant trainer Alan Sherman, all went well.

"He was striding out nicely today," Sherman said. "I thought he handled the track real well. He schooled great, looked around, taking everything in. I thought yesterday when he jogged, he looked around a bit, but today, I thought he was more focused. He'll gallop again tomorrow and I think he'll be even more focused tomorrow."

In a race of this caliber, even the smallest miscues could prove costly and California Chrome has had issues in the past at the start. He's also breaking from the inside post.

"He likes to rock in the gate," Sherman explained. "It's something he's always done and we have to deal with it. We'll school him at the gate tomorrow. There's a couple of speed horses in the race and we hope to maybe be sitting third. We want to make sure we get off the rail and don't get trapped."

California Chrome receives some loving from exercise rider Willie Delgado (Kim Pratt)

An expected date with unbeaten champion Shared Belief looms in the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic in six weeks for California Chrome, who hasn't raced in more three months. Sherman was asked about the significance of the race Saturday for the son of Lucky Pulpit.

"Obviously the ultimate goal is the Breeders Cup Classic," he replied. "We want to get a good race out of him on Saturday and we certainly hope he wins -- nobody likes to lose -- but yes, the ultimate goal is the Classic."

Haskell romper Bayern will most certainly pose a speedy threat to California Chrome's chances on Saturday. The Bob Baffert-trained son of Offlee Wild spent some time in the paddock after getting in a morning gallop of 1 3/8 miles on Thursday.

Composed and professional in the paddock, assistant trainer Jim Barnes has liked what he's seen from Bayern this week.

"He's a super good traveler," Barnes said of Bayern who, like California Chrome, flew in from the West Coast on Tuesday. "I couldn't be happier. He moves over this track real well."

Bayern schooled with Baffert's Group 1, $1 million Cotillion entrant Jojo Warrior. The Grade 2-winning daughter of Pioneerof the Nile was cool and relaxed as she galloped 1 1/4 miles on Thursday.

Untapable stepped off the van at Parx for Saturday's Cotillion (Kim Pratt)

A low key Barnes simply remarked, "She looks great."

Trainer Steven Asmussen shipped a pair of Tapit-sired runners -- Kentucky Oaks queen Untapable (Cotillion) and multiple Grade 2 victor Tapiture (Pennsylvania Derby) -- from Saratoga on Thursday and, according to assistant trainer Scott Blasi, the trip was uneventful for the Winchell homebreds.

"They shipped real well," he said. "It was an easy trip from Saratoga. Both just walked the (Parx) shedrow. Tomorrow they will have a little gallop in the morning and school in the paddock around 10 a.m. (EDT)."

Grade 2 hero Candy Boy, a nose second to Tapiture in the West Virginia Derby last out for trainer John Sadler, was also on the track Thursday preparing for the Pennsylvania Derby. He jogged once around the mile oval with exercise rider Jose Lopez in the irons.

"He is a lot more happy, feeling good," Lopez noted. "More frisky. So far so good. I expect to have a good race."

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California Chrome schools, gallops for Penn Derby; Untapable, Tapiture arrive

California Chrome took a spin around Parx ahead of the Penn Derby (Kim Pratt)

After having a slow mile jog over the Parx surface Wednesday morning, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome had a more vigorous morning on Thursday, galloping between 1 1/2 miles and 1 3/4 miles, again with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard, as he prepares for Saturday's running of the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.

The gleaming chestnut initially visited the paddock to school and was then taken to the track to get his work in. In the eyes of assistant trainer Alan Sherman, all went well.

"He was striding out nicely today," Sherman said. "I thought he handled the track real well. He schooled great, looked around, taking everything in. I thought yesterday when he jogged, he looked around a bit, but today, I thought he was more focused. He'll gallop again tomorrow and I think he'll be even more focused tomorrow."

In a race of this caliber, even the smallest miscues could prove costly and California Chrome has had issues in the past at the start. He's also breaking from the inside post.

"He likes to rock in the gate," Sherman explained. "It's something he's always done and we have to deal with it. We'll school him at the gate tomorrow. There's a couple of speed horses in the race and we hope to maybe be sitting third. We want to make sure we get off the rail and don't get trapped."

California Chrome receives some loving from exercise rider Willie Delgado (Kim Pratt)

An expected date with unbeaten champion Shared Belief looms in the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic in six weeks for California Chrome, who hasn't raced in more three months. Sherman was asked about the significance of the race Saturday for the son of Lucky Pulpit.

"Obviously the ultimate goal is the Breeders Cup Classic," he replied. "We want to get a good race out of him on Saturday and we certainly hope he wins -- nobody likes to lose -- but yes, the ultimate goal is the Classic."

Haskell romper Bayern will most certainly pose a speedy threat to California Chrome's chances on Saturday. The Bob Baffert-trained son of Offlee Wild spent some time in the paddock after getting in a morning gallop of 1 3/8 miles on Thursday.

Composed and professional in the paddock, assistant trainer Jim Barnes has liked what he's seen from Bayern this week.

"He's a super good traveler," Barnes said of Bayern who, like California Chrome, flew in from the West Coast on Tuesday. "I couldn't be happier. He moves over this track real well."

Bayern schooled with Baffert's Group 1, $1 million Cotillion entrant Jojo Warrior. The Grade 2-winning daughter of Pioneerof the Nile was cool and relaxed as she galloped 1 1/4 miles on Thursday.

Untapable stepped off the van at Parx for Saturday's Cotillion (Kim Pratt)

A low key Barnes simply remarked, "She looks great."

Trainer Steven Asmussen shipped a pair of Tapit-sired runners -- Kentucky Oaks queen Untapable (Cotillion) and multiple Grade 2 victor Tapiture (Pennsylvania Derby) -- from Saratoga on Thursday and, according to assistant trainer Scott Blasi, the trip was uneventful for the Winchell homebreds.

"They shipped real well," he said. "It was an easy trip from Saratoga. Both just walked the (Parx) shedrow. Tomorrow they will have a little gallop in the morning and school in the paddock around 10 a.m. (EDT)."

Grade 2 hero Candy Boy, a nose second to Tapiture in the West Virginia Derby last out for trainer John Sadler, was also on the track Thursday preparing for the Pennsylvania Derby. He jogged once around the mile oval with exercise rider Jose Lopez in the irons.

"He is a lot more happy, feeling good," Lopez noted. "More frisky. So far so good. I expect to have a good race."

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Breeders' Cup unveils Mattos' official poster art for Championships

Official BC Poster (Courtesy of Breeders' Cup)

The Breeders' Cup on Thursday announced that multi-award winning illustrator John Mattos has been named the official artist for the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

The Mattos collection features two brilliant art deco images celebrating the 31st running of the event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, on October 31-November 1. The Breeders' Cup, consisting of 13 races with purses and awards totaling $26 million, will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group, with the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic shown live and in primetime on NBC.

In his second year as the official artist of the Breeders' Cup, Mattos has evoked his retro-inspired style to capture the Art Deco setting of Santa Anita. The first image, which is the 2014 official poster, consists of a monumental Thoroughbred and rider seemingly etched into the San Gabriel Mountains. Below the towering symbol, an elegant crowd watches as the best Thoroughbreds in the world race toward a place in prestigious racing history.

The second image depicts a flamboyant female wearing a fascinator showcasing a montage of the racetrack, and is complimented by her trendy aviator sunglasses which reflect the day's racing action. Both images will appear on the Friday and Saturday official racetrack programs and on all event tickets to Santa Anita.

"John's portrayal of this year's event captures the elegance, style and excitement of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park," said Peter Rotondo, Breeders' Cup vice president of media and entertainment. "We are honored and delighted once again to display his images as part this year's festivities, and to provide fans an opportunity to take home some treasured memories of their 2014 experience."

"Drawing the majestic Thoroughbred in such a stunning and picturesque backdrop as Santa Anita Park has been an inspiring experience for the second consecutive year," Mattos stated. "It is a thrill once again to be a part of this tremendous international event and to share my work with fans attending from all corners of the world."

Official BC Friday Poster (Courtesy of Breeders' Cup)

Since his 2013 Breeders' Cup debut, Mattos has lent his distinctive style to a number of high profile projects both in the United States and abroad. His work has recently been featured on two United States Postal Service "Forever" stamps depicting classic hot rods. Showcased are two 1932 Ford "Deuce" roadsters, the fast, powerful vehicles that thrill-seeking enthusiasts have been modifying for nearly a century.

Mattos fans can watch his appearance on "Jay Leno's Garage" to learn about the USPS commission. Bruce Meyer, a consummate Los Angeles-based hot rod historian and owner of one of the quintessential cars, discusses the history along with Leno in the fascinating video.

Concurrent with the unveiling of the official art of the 2014 Breeders' Cup is the eminent debut of a year-long Mattos installation at one of London's hottest new hotels in Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair. The Beaumont Hotel is located moments from Selfridges and Bond Street, and is slotted to become a must see for Londoners and travelers alike. The work of famed British sculptor, Antony Gormley has provided a controversial facade element to the building, the interior of which is a $2,500 per night hotel suite. Mattos' work is prominently featured in the fashionable restaurant called the "Colony Room."

Named for various American "colonies" (cities), Mattos' images depict sporting events that reached their heyday in the 1930s in those particular towns. The series is titled, "American Geography Told Through Sport," and will be pivotal design elements in the Beaumont's American themed bar. Mattos' 12 sporting scenes will be stretched like fine art installations, varying in size from 6' to 12' wide. American sporting themes such as spring board diving, greyhound racing, polo, and airplane races are but a few of the vintage themes.

Mattos has numerous ties to the Los Angeles area. He graduated from internationally acclaimed Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and he has lectured at UC Berkeley, Stanford and C.C.A.C, among others. Another connection is his list of credentials for various film properties including Disney, MGM/UA and Coppola/American Zoetrope. The American Film Institute named his artwork for "The Rocketeer" in their 100 Best Movie Posters of all Time.

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Breeders' Cup unveils Mattos' official poster art for Championships

Official BC Poster (Courtesy of Breeders' Cup)

The Breeders' Cup on Thursday announced that multi-award winning illustrator John Mattos has been named the official artist for the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

The Mattos collection features two brilliant art deco images celebrating the 31st running of the event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, on October 31-November 1. The Breeders' Cup, consisting of 13 races with purses and awards totaling $26 million, will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group, with the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic shown live and in primetime on NBC.

In his second year as the official artist of the Breeders' Cup, Mattos has evoked his retro-inspired style to capture the Art Deco setting of Santa Anita. The first image, which is the 2014 official poster, consists of a monumental Thoroughbred and rider seemingly etched into the San Gabriel Mountains. Below the towering symbol, an elegant crowd watches as the best Thoroughbreds in the world race toward a place in prestigious racing history.

The second image depicts a flamboyant female wearing a fascinator showcasing a montage of the racetrack, and is complimented by her trendy aviator sunglasses which reflect the day's racing action. Both images will appear on the Friday and Saturday official racetrack programs and on all event tickets to Santa Anita.

"John's portrayal of this year's event captures the elegance, style and excitement of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park," said Peter Rotondo, Breeders' Cup vice president of media and entertainment. "We are honored and delighted once again to display his images as part this year's festivities, and to provide fans an opportunity to take home some treasured memories of their 2014 experience."

"Drawing the majestic Thoroughbred in such a stunning and picturesque backdrop as Santa Anita Park has been an inspiring experience for the second consecutive year," Mattos stated. "It is a thrill once again to be a part of this tremendous international event and to share my work with fans attending from all corners of the world."

Official BC Friday Poster (Courtesy of Breeders' Cup)

Since his 2013 Breeders' Cup debut, Mattos has lent his distinctive style to a number of high profile projects both in the United States and abroad. His work has recently been featured on two United States Postal Service "Forever" stamps depicting classic hot rods. Showcased are two 1932 Ford "Deuce" roadsters, the fast, powerful vehicles that thrill-seeking enthusiasts have been modifying for nearly a century.

Mattos fans can watch his appearance on "Jay Leno's Garage" to learn about the USPS commission. Bruce Meyer, a consummate Los Angeles-based hot rod historian and owner of one of the quintessential cars, discusses the history along with Leno in the fascinating video.

Concurrent with the unveiling of the official art of the 2014 Breeders' Cup is the eminent debut of a year-long Mattos installation at one of London's hottest new hotels in Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair. The Beaumont Hotel is located moments from Selfridges and Bond Street, and is slotted to become a must see for Londoners and travelers alike. The work of famed British sculptor, Antony Gormley has provided a controversial facade element to the building, the interior of which is a $2,500 per night hotel suite. Mattos' work is prominently featured in the fashionable restaurant called the "Colony Room."

Named for various American "colonies" (cities), Mattos' images depict sporting events that reached their heyday in the 1930s in those particular towns. The series is titled, "American Geography Told Through Sport," and will be pivotal design elements in the Beaumont's American themed bar. Mattos' 12 sporting scenes will be stretched like fine art installations, varying in size from 6' to 12' wide. American sporting themes such as spring board diving, greyhound racing, polo, and airplane races are but a few of the vintage themes.

Mattos has numerous ties to the Los Angeles area. He graduated from internationally acclaimed Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and he has lectured at UC Berkeley, Stanford and C.C.A.C, among others. Another connection is his list of credentials for various film properties including Disney, MGM/UA and Coppola/American Zoetrope. The American Film Institute named his artwork for "The Rocketeer" in their 100 Best Movie Posters of all Time.

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Jockey Club stats: number of live foals down 1.4 percent

The Jockey Club today reported that 2,230 stallions covered 36,656 mares in North America during 2013, according to statistics compiled through September 9, 2014. These breedings have resulted in 21,697 live foals of 2014 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of September 9, 2014.

The Jockey Club estimates that the number of live foals reported so far is approximately 90 percent complete. The reporting of live foals of 2014 is down 1.4 percent from last year at this time when The Jockey Club had received reports for 22,001 live foals of 2013.

In addition to the 21,697 live foals of 2014 reported through September 9, The Jockey Club had also received 2,692 No Foal Reports for the 2014 foaling season. Ultimately, the 2014 registered foal crop is projected to reach 22,000.

The number of stallions declined 6.8 percent from the 2,392 reported for 2012 at this time last year, while the number of mares bred decreased 3.3 percent from the 37,908 reported for 2012.

The 2013 breeding statistics are available alphabetically by stallion name through the Resources -- Fact Book link on The Jockey Club homepage at jockeyclub.com.

The Jockey Club's Executive Vice President and Executive Director Matt Iuliano noted that the breeding statistics do not represent live foals born in each state or province, but are a count of live foals by conception area, regardless of where the foals were born. He also stated that the statistics do not represent the final fertility record of any stallion or conception area.

Kentucky annually leads all states and provinces in terms of Thoroughbred breeding activity. Kentucky-based stallions accounted for 43.3 percent of the mares reported bred in North America in 2013 and 51.1 percent of the live foals reported for 2014.

The 15,857 mares reported bred to 258 Kentucky stallions in 2013 have produced 11,089 live foals, a 3.4 percent increase on the 10,726 Kentucky-sired live foals of 2013 reported at this time last year. The number of mares reported bred to Kentucky stallions in 2013 increased 1.8 percent compared to the 15,569 reported for 2012 at this time last year.

Among the 10 states and provinces with the most mares covered in 2013, half produced more live foals in 2014 than in 2013 as reported at this time last year: Kentucky, California, New York, New Mexico and Texas. The following table shows the 10 states and provinces, ranked by number of state/province-sired live foals of 2014 reported through September 9, 2014.

  2013 Mares Bred   2013 Live Foals   2014 Live Foals   % Change
Kentucky 15,857   10,726   11,089   +3.4
California 2,508   1,582   1,629   +3.0
Florida 2,958   1,751   1,585   -9.5
Louisiana 2,057   1,172   1,037   -11.5
New York 1,637   971   1,025   +5.6
New Mexico 1,089   503   531   +5.6
Pennsylvania 997   608   514   -15.5
Oklahoma 1,091   470   455   -3.2
Ontario 903   684   454   -33.6
Texas 974   417   440   +5.5

The statistics include 338 progeny of stallions standing in North America but foaled abroad, as reported by foreign stud book authorities at the time of publication. In this category, 91 live foals by North American stallions were reported from Republic of Korea, 71 from Saudi Arabia, 42 from Great Britain, 30 from Japan and 28 from Ireland. Remaining countries on the list are Venezuela, 23; Philippines, 15; France, 9; India, 7; Turkey, 6; Russia, 4; Uruguay, 3; Argentina, 3; Qatar, 2; Jamaica, 2; Germany, 1; Barbados, 1.

The report also includes 73 mares bred to 13 stallions in North America on Southern Hemisphere time; the majority of these mares have not foaled.

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Jockey Club stats: number of live foals down 1.4 percent

The Jockey Club today reported that 2,230 stallions covered 36,656 mares in North America during 2013, according to statistics compiled through September 9, 2014. These breedings have resulted in 21,697 live foals of 2014 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of September 9, 2014.

The Jockey Club estimates that the number of live foals reported so far is approximately 90 percent complete. The reporting of live foals of 2014 is down 1.4 percent from last year at this time when The Jockey Club had received reports for 22,001 live foals of 2013.

In addition to the 21,697 live foals of 2014 reported through September 9, The Jockey Club had also received 2,692 No Foal Reports for the 2014 foaling season. Ultimately, the 2014 registered foal crop is projected to reach 22,000.

The number of stallions declined 6.8 percent from the 2,392 reported for 2012 at this time last year, while the number of mares bred decreased 3.3 percent from the 37,908 reported for 2012.

The 2013 breeding statistics are available alphabetically by stallion name through the Resources -- Fact Book link on The Jockey Club homepage at jockeyclub.com.

The Jockey Club's Executive Vice President and Executive Director Matt Iuliano noted that the breeding statistics do not represent live foals born in each state or province, but are a count of live foals by conception area, regardless of where the foals were born. He also stated that the statistics do not represent the final fertility record of any stallion or conception area.

Kentucky annually leads all states and provinces in terms of Thoroughbred breeding activity. Kentucky-based stallions accounted for 43.3 percent of the mares reported bred in North America in 2013 and 51.1 percent of the live foals reported for 2014.

The 15,857 mares reported bred to 258 Kentucky stallions in 2013 have produced 11,089 live foals, a 3.4 percent increase on the 10,726 Kentucky-sired live foals of 2013 reported at this time last year. The number of mares reported bred to Kentucky stallions in 2013 increased 1.8 percent compared to the 15,569 reported for 2012 at this time last year.

Among the 10 states and provinces with the most mares covered in 2013, half produced more live foals in 2014 than in 2013 as reported at this time last year: Kentucky, California, New York, New Mexico and Texas. The following table shows the 10 states and provinces, ranked by number of state/province-sired live foals of 2014 reported through September 9, 2014.

  2013 Mares Bred   2013 Live Foals   2014 Live Foals   % Change
Kentucky 15,857   10,726   11,089   +3.4
California 2,508   1,582   1,629   +3.0
Florida 2,958   1,751   1,585   -9.5
Louisiana 2,057   1,172   1,037   -11.5
New York 1,637   971   1,025   +5.6
New Mexico 1,089   503   531   +5.6
Pennsylvania 997   608   514   -15.5
Oklahoma 1,091   470   455   -3.2
Ontario 903   684   454   -33.6
Texas 974   417   440   +5.5

The statistics include 338 progeny of stallions standing in North America but foaled abroad, as reported by foreign stud book authorities at the time of publication. In this category, 91 live foals by North American stallions were reported from Republic of Korea, 71 from Saudi Arabia, 42 from Great Britain, 30 from Japan and 28 from Ireland. Remaining countries on the list are Venezuela, 23; Philippines, 15; France, 9; India, 7; Turkey, 6; Russia, 4; Uruguay, 3; Argentina, 3; Qatar, 2; Jamaica, 2; Germany, 1; Barbados, 1.

The report also includes 73 mares bred to 13 stallions in North America on Southern Hemisphere time; the majority of these mares have not foaled.

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KY Farm Manager of Year Award renamed in honor of Bates

Effective September 2014, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club Farm Manager of the Year Award has been renamed the Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year Award in honor of life member, 1968 President and 1979 Farm Manager of the Year, Ted Bates. He is the permanent committee chairman for the annual selection committee for this award which is made up of the past and current Farm Managers of the Year and the past and current KTFMC Presidents along with Ted.

Ted, born Theodore Bright Bates in 1923 in Carrollton, Kentucky, comes from a farming background that includes his grandfather, Newton Bright, who served several terms in the Kentucky Senate and then was elected Commissioner of Agriculture. As a boy, Ted moved from Carrollton to Eminence where his grandfather's farms were located and where his father, Theodore W. Bates, began his law career in nearby New Castle. Ted later moved with his family to Louisville and graduated from Louisville Male High School. Ted always considered Eminence "home" and moved back there after high school where he spent a lot of time with his grandparents working on their farms as well as others in the area. Ted eventually continued his education at the University of Kentucky where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.

Ted's first job in the Thoroughbred industry was at Coldstream Farm under farm manager Charlie Kenney. Charlie also happened to have a foreman working for him by the name of Melvin Cinnamon with whom Ted developed a lifelong friendship. Ted said, "Mr. Kenney taught me the horse business, and Melvin Cinnamon taught me horse husbandry." Not able to afford marriage on his salary at Coldstream, Ted became the assistant county extension agent for Shelby County and shortly thereafter married his wife, Evelyn Nash.

In 1956 Melvin Cinnamon convinced Ted to become his assistant manager at Maine Chance Farm owned by Elizabeth Arden Graham. Not an easy lady to work for, Melvin Cinnamon, taking Ted with him, moved to Calumet in 1958 for Mrs. Gene Markey after her manager, Mr. Paul Eblehardt, was struck by lightning while playing golf and never completely recovered. In a career there lasting five years, Ted worked with a great roster of stallions headed by the premiere sire, Bull Lea. Ted's favorite horse while at Calumet was Triple Crown Champion Citation who impressed him with his speed, determination and intelligence.

While managing Foxtail Farm on Keene Road in Nicholasville, Fasig-Tipton approached Ted about bringing that sales company back to Kentucky and hired him as general manager in 1970. After a breeding stock and mixed sale the first few years, the decision was made to have a yearling sale in 1974. Fasig-Tipton had lost its lease at the Thoroughbred Training Center and leased Henry Alexander's farm on the Old Frankfort Pike where two barns were built for their first yearling sale. Out of that first July Sale of forty-eight yearlings came Derby and Belmont winner, Bold Forbes, and Preakness winner, Elocutionist. The next year Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew came out of the Fasig-Tipton July Sale and Fasig-Tipton was firmly established as an auction house once again in Central Kentucky.

Feeling an orientation towards the farm, Ted left Fasig-Tipton in 1978 and worked as manager of Wimbledon Farm for Hilary Boone for four years and then served a brief stint with BKY farm. After this he served in an advisory capacity for Paul Miller and Kermit Blackburn. When Elmer Whitaker had a dispersal of his stock, Ted moved onto a tract of Bwamazon Farm on the Paris Pike where he started and maintained his own breeding, boarding, breaking and sales operation under the banner of Ted Bates Farm for more than twenty-two years. Probably one of his favorite runners during this time was a filly named Miss Landy who was named for one of Ted's best clients over the years, Ms. Landy Armstrong, a New Jersey lady who bred and raced the dam of Miss Landy, the stakes winning mare All the Vees. When she died, Ted bought All the Vees from her estate and continued to keep her there and breed her.

Ted has been the recipient of many honors and has held many offices over the years in addition to being a Past President, Farm Manager of the Year and permanent member of the Farm Manager of the Year selection committee for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club. He has served as a trustee for the University of Kentucky and is a past president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Fasig-Tipton and is currently a Director Emeritus of Fasig-Tipton. He has also served as the 1976-77 President of the Thoroughbred Club of America. Ted is the 2013 recipient of the TOBA Hardboot Breeders Award which pays tribute to distinctive but unsung breeders that help make up the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry. He is also the father of Ted Bates, a vice president at Hilliard Lyons in Lexington, and Eve Bates Greathouse, a Scott County resident.

It is with great admiration, respect and gratitude for Bates and his service that the Club renames the Thoroughbred Farm Manager of the Year Award in his honor. By proclamation of the officers and board of directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club, it shall henceforth be known as the "Ted Bates Thoroughbred Farm Manager of the Year Award."

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KY Farm Manager of Year Award renamed in honor of Bates

Effective September 2014, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club Farm Manager of the Year Award has been renamed the Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year Award in honor of life member, 1968 President and 1979 Farm Manager of the Year, Ted Bates. He is the permanent committee chairman for the annual selection committee for this award which is made up of the past and current Farm Managers of the Year and the past and current KTFMC Presidents along with Ted.

Ted, born Theodore Bright Bates in 1923 in Carrollton, Kentucky, comes from a farming background that includes his grandfather, Newton Bright, who served several terms in the Kentucky Senate and then was elected Commissioner of Agriculture. As a boy, Ted moved from Carrollton to Eminence where his grandfather's farms were located and where his father, Theodore W. Bates, began his law career in nearby New Castle. Ted later moved with his family to Louisville and graduated from Louisville Male High School. Ted always considered Eminence "home" and moved back there after high school where he spent a lot of time with his grandparents working on their farms as well as others in the area. Ted eventually continued his education at the University of Kentucky where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.

Ted's first job in the Thoroughbred industry was at Coldstream Farm under farm manager Charlie Kenney. Charlie also happened to have a foreman working for him by the name of Melvin Cinnamon with whom Ted developed a lifelong friendship. Ted said, "Mr. Kenney taught me the horse business, and Melvin Cinnamon taught me horse husbandry." Not able to afford marriage on his salary at Coldstream, Ted became the assistant county extension agent for Shelby County and shortly thereafter married his wife, Evelyn Nash.

In 1956 Melvin Cinnamon convinced Ted to become his assistant manager at Maine Chance Farm owned by Elizabeth Arden Graham. Not an easy lady to work for, Melvin Cinnamon, taking Ted with him, moved to Calumet in 1958 for Mrs. Gene Markey after her manager, Mr. Paul Eblehardt, was struck by lightning while playing golf and never completely recovered. In a career there lasting five years, Ted worked with a great roster of stallions headed by the premiere sire, Bull Lea. Ted's favorite horse while at Calumet was Triple Crown Champion Citation who impressed him with his speed, determination and intelligence.

While managing Foxtail Farm on Keene Road in Nicholasville, Fasig-Tipton approached Ted about bringing that sales company back to Kentucky and hired him as general manager in 1970. After a breeding stock and mixed sale the first few years, the decision was made to have a yearling sale in 1974. Fasig-Tipton had lost its lease at the Thoroughbred Training Center and leased Henry Alexander's farm on the Old Frankfort Pike where two barns were built for their first yearling sale. Out of that first July Sale of forty-eight yearlings came Derby and Belmont winner, Bold Forbes, and Preakness winner, Elocutionist. The next year Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew came out of the Fasig-Tipton July Sale and Fasig-Tipton was firmly established as an auction house once again in Central Kentucky.

Feeling an orientation towards the farm, Ted left Fasig-Tipton in 1978 and worked as manager of Wimbledon Farm for Hilary Boone for four years and then served a brief stint with BKY farm. After this he served in an advisory capacity for Paul Miller and Kermit Blackburn. When Elmer Whitaker had a dispersal of his stock, Ted moved onto a tract of Bwamazon Farm on the Paris Pike where he started and maintained his own breeding, boarding, breaking and sales operation under the banner of Ted Bates Farm for more than twenty-two years. Probably one of his favorite runners during this time was a filly named Miss Landy who was named for one of Ted's best clients over the years, Ms. Landy Armstrong, a New Jersey lady who bred and raced the dam of Miss Landy, the stakes winning mare All the Vees. When she died, Ted bought All the Vees from her estate and continued to keep her there and breed her.

Ted has been the recipient of many honors and has held many offices over the years in addition to being a Past President, Farm Manager of the Year and permanent member of the Farm Manager of the Year selection committee for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club. He has served as a trustee for the University of Kentucky and is a past president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Fasig-Tipton and is currently a Director Emeritus of Fasig-Tipton. He has also served as the 1976-77 President of the Thoroughbred Club of America. Ted is the 2013 recipient of the TOBA Hardboot Breeders Award which pays tribute to distinctive but unsung breeders that help make up the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry. He is also the father of Ted Bates, a vice president at Hilliard Lyons in Lexington, and Eve Bates Greathouse, a Scott County resident.

It is with great admiration, respect and gratitude for Bates and his service that the Club renames the Thoroughbred Farm Manager of the Year Award in his honor. By proclamation of the officers and board of directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club, it shall henceforth be known as the "Ted Bates Thoroughbred Farm Manager of the Year Award."

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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.

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HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

by Dick Powell

Great horses returning off a layoff at short odds are a recipe for pari-mutuel ruin. If they win, you barely win. If they lose, you lose. Not much reward for the risk. California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) fits that bill this Saturday in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G2) going nine furlongs at Parx Racing.

The winner of four straight graded stakes, including three Grade 1s and the first two legs of the Triple Crown, California Chrome was given a brief rest after the Belmont Stakes before returning to the workout tab at the start of August and looks like he has progressed in his training to be ready to go on Saturday.

Luckily, he does not carry a lot of weight so as long as he is sound -- and it looks like he is with his workouts on schedule each week -- he won't take too long to be fit and ready. And, he will have to be as the $1 million purse and nine-furlong distance has attracted a decent field.

For betting purposes, anything less than even-money is unacceptable. He is the most logical winner of the race by far but what usually happens in these kinds of races is that the next most logical contenders tend to get overbet as well.

Bayern (Offlee Wild) is back off his Travers (G1) debacle where we will never know if he could get 10 furlongs after being strangled early and out of the race before a mile was run. If the Bayern who won the Haskell (G1) going nine furlongs shows up, it should be a real horse race with California Chrome.

The problem is that I don't think he will be close to the 7-2 morning-line so we have the chance of having not one, but two overbet horses.

If both of the most logical winners are overbet, it's time to take a serious look at the less logical winners. Weighing the chance of winning and pari-mutuel return, I give Protonico (Giant's Causeway) a serious shot at a price even though he is trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano.

What Protonico has going for him is a win over the track in the Smarty Jones (G3), a pedigree that should see him get better with time and he still has an upside with only five career starts.

The dark bay made his 2014 debut a winning one off a seven-month layoff at Belmont where he beat first-level optional claiming foes going a mile. He came back a month later for his two-turn debut at Saratoga going nine furlongs in the Curlin Stakes where he was part of a three-way photo behind subsequent Travers winner V. E. Day (English Channel).

Not quite ready for the 10-furlong Travers, Pletcher set his sights on the lucrative Pennsylvania Derby for Protonico and used the Smarty Jones to get a race over the track. Farther back in the pack than normal, the colt raced between horses in the second tier behind a strong pace. At the top of the stretch, he looked hopelessly beat but Joe Bravo found room and split horses to make an improbable late run to get up at the wire.

Protonico earned a career-best BRIS Speed rating of 97, which doesn't put him in the mix here unless he can improve off that effort and go forward again. By Giant's Causeway, the Kentucky-bred is the first foal to race out of Alpha Spirit (A.P. Indy), who is herself a daughter of a Delaware H. (G2) winner.

Offspring of Giant's Causeway get better with age and this one looks to be no exception. Another reason I think that Protonico still has an upside is that he missed the entire Triple Crown campaign. He started getting cranked up at Payson Park in December but went to the sidelines until he showed up on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga in May.

Unlike the other Pletcher three-year-olds who are usually toast this time of year from racing on the concrete at Gulfstream Park, Protonico has been a fresh horse in the second half of the year and he could make some noise, at a price, in Saturday's Pennsylvania Derby.

In the race before the Derby, the $1 million Cotillion (G1) will be run for three-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track and it has attracted a stellar field.

Untapable (Tapit) is the 7-5 favorite despite finishing up the track against males in the Haskell. She had dominated her division prior to that with monster wins in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Mother Goose (G1). The daughter of Tapit has the typical series of easy breezes for trainer Steve Asmussen and gets Rosie Napravnik back aboard.

When Asmussen sent Untapable to the Haskell, it opened the door for the other sophomore fillies at Saratoga and Stopchargingmaria (Tale of the Cat) took advantage of her absence better than anyone. She won the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) by five lengths going nine furlongs then came back and captured the Alabama (G1) by three parts of a length going 10 furlongs.

Looming behind the top two is three-time Grade 1 winner Sweet Reason (Street Sense). She won the one-mile Acorn (G1), so another sixteenth of a mile should not be a big deal but the only win she has going two turns is against allowance foes on the inner dirt track.

Still, the bay miss comes in here in great form and her late kick is devastating. Can she unleash it going two turns is the big question. So far, the record shows that Sweet Reason is a long sprinter. With experience and maturity, can she be a middle distance filly going two turns? We'll see on Saturday in a race with Breeders' Cup implications for two races.

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 19, 2014

Study: Furosemide not Necessary to Realize Long-Term Racing Careers

Editor's Note: The Jockey Club believes that horses should compete only when they are free from the influence of medication. The following essay, written by Matt Iuliano, the executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, provides insights into a recent study pertaining to exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) and long-term racing performance.

by Matt Iuliano

A team of highly respected, international researchers and scientists recently found that in 98 percent of horses they studied there was no association between exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) determined after an endoscopic examination and long-term racing performance.

The findings challenge some long-held opinions in North American racing, including the contention that the use of the diuretic furosemide -- sold under the trade name Salix and commonly known as Lasix -- is necessary to ensure the long-term careers of equine racing athletes.

The study, "Prospective study of the association between exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage and long-term performance in Thoroughbred racehorses," was conducted by Kenneth Hinchcliff, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., a longtime researcher of EIPH and professor of veterinary science at the University of Melbourne in Australia, and Paul S. Morley, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at Colorado State University.

It was published online in the Equine Veterinary Journal this spring.

The unique, long-term study found a lack of significant association between EIPH and a productive racing career, except in the most severe cases. The researchers reviewed the careers of 744 horses racing in Australia, where race-day medication is prohibited. The vast majority of those horses had productive racing careers without the use of furosemide.

In 2003, those horses had been examined for EIPH and were the subjects of a study into how EIPH affected performance in a single race.  For their latest report, the researchers reviewed the entire careers of those horses to determine how their EIPH status affected their racing records.

EIPH is graded on a scale of 0 to 4, with 0 indicating the lowest, or no, indications of EIPH on endoscopic examination and 4 being the highest, often including epistaxis, or bleeding from the nostrils. The original Melbourne study found that horses with either no indication or the slightest indication of EIPH had better finish positions. Horses with mild to more moderate indications of EIPH were more often associated with impaired racing performance in the single race that was studied.

The latest study goes beyond a single race to look at entire racing careers.

Whereas the first study found that horses with EIPH grades greater than 1 had impaired racing performances, this latter study found no statistically significant difference among horses with EIPH graded from 0 to 3 in terms of:

*         Duration of careers on the racetrack,
*         Number of wins per start and,
*         Number of placings per start.

Only those horses with the most severe EIPH of grade 4 (1.7 percent of the population) had a significant reduction in lifetime racing performance. 

When the data was grouped, the authors reported that horses with EIPH scores of 2, 3 and 4 started an average of 2.8 fewer times during their lifetime when compared to horses with EIPH scores of 0 and 1. However, they noted the difference in lifetime starts was highly influenced by the low number of race starts in horses with EIPH graded as 4. 

Many of the horses with EIPH graded as 4 were retired from racing early on, which reduced the average number of lifetime starts for any group that included those horses. 

The lifetime racing performances of horses with EIPH that continued to race indicate these horses were successfully managed over a productive racing career in a jurisdiction where furosemide was not permitted.

Reviewing all the data, the researchers in the most recent comprehensive study concluded:

"The lack of significant associations between the most common forms of EIPH and long-term performance can be interpreted as indicating an absence of important clinical, physiological, or management factors that limit performance in these horses." 

With the latest research showing that less than 2 percent of the Thoroughbred population may have impaired lifetime racing performance attributable to EIPH, it is increasingly difficult to reconcile 95 percent of all North American starts occurring after the race-day administration of furosemide.

As The Jockey Club stated in 2011, overuse of an under-needed medication is not producing a level playing field. In all likelihood, it is doing just the opposite.

We believed then and we believe now that horses should compete only when they are free from the influence of medication.

A prohibition on all race-day medications levels the field.

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.).

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.

HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

by Dick Powell

Great horses returning off a layoff at short odds are a recipe for pari-mutuel ruin. If they win, you barely win. If they lose, you lose. Not much reward for the risk. California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) fits that bill this Saturday in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G2) going nine furlongs at Parx Racing.

The winner of four straight graded stakes, including three Grade 1s and the first two legs of the Triple Crown, California Chrome was given a brief rest after the Belmont Stakes before returning to the workout tab at the start of August and looks like he has progressed in his training to be ready to go on Saturday.

Luckily, he does not carry a lot of weight so as long as he is sound -- and it looks like he is with his workouts on schedule each week -- he won't take too long to be fit and ready. And, he will have to be as the $1 million purse and nine-furlong distance has attracted a decent field.

For betting purposes, anything less than even-money is unacceptable. He is the most logical winner of the race by far but what usually happens in these kinds of races is that the next most logical contenders tend to get overbet as well.

Bayern (Offlee Wild) is back off his Travers (G1) debacle where we will never know if he could get 10 furlongs after being strangled early and out of the race before a mile was run. If the Bayern who won the Haskell (G1) going nine furlongs shows up, it should be a real horse race with California Chrome.

The problem is that I don't think he will be close to the 7-2 morning-line so we have the chance of having not one, but two overbet horses.

If both of the most logical winners are overbet, it's time to take a serious look at the less logical winners. Weighing the chance of winning and pari-mutuel return, I give Protonico (Giant's Causeway) a serious shot at a price even though he is trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano.

What Protonico has going for him is a win over the track in the Smarty Jones (G3), a pedigree that should see him get better with time and he still has an upside with only five career starts.

The dark bay made his 2014 debut a winning one off a seven-month layoff at Belmont where he beat first-level optional claiming foes going a mile. He came back a month later for his two-turn debut at Saratoga going nine furlongs in the Curlin Stakes where he was part of a three-way photo behind subsequent Travers winner V. E. Day (English Channel).

Not quite ready for the 10-furlong Travers, Pletcher set his sights on the lucrative Pennsylvania Derby for Protonico and used the Smarty Jones to get a race over the track. Farther back in the pack than normal, the colt raced between horses in the second tier behind a strong pace. At the top of the stretch, he looked hopelessly beat but Joe Bravo found room and split horses to make an improbable late run to get up at the wire.

Protonico earned a career-best BRIS Speed rating of 97, which doesn't put him in the mix here unless he can improve off that effort and go forward again. By Giant's Causeway, the Kentucky-bred is the first foal to race out of Alpha Spirit (A.P. Indy), who is herself a daughter of a Delaware H. (G2) winner.

Offspring of Giant's Causeway get better with age and this one looks to be no exception. Another reason I think that Protonico still has an upside is that he missed the entire Triple Crown campaign. He started getting cranked up at Payson Park in December but went to the sidelines until he showed up on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga in May.

Unlike the other Pletcher three-year-olds who are usually toast this time of year from racing on the concrete at Gulfstream Park, Protonico has been a fresh horse in the second half of the year and he could make some noise, at a price, in Saturday's Pennsylvania Derby.

In the race before the Derby, the $1 million Cotillion (G1) will be run for three-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track and it has attracted a stellar field.

Untapable (Tapit) is the 7-5 favorite despite finishing up the track against males in the Haskell. She had dominated her division prior to that with monster wins in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Mother Goose (G1). The daughter of Tapit has the typical series of easy breezes for trainer Steve Asmussen and gets Rosie Napravnik back aboard.

When Asmussen sent Untapable to the Haskell, it opened the door for the other sophomore fillies at Saratoga and Stopchargingmaria (Tale of the Cat) took advantage of her absence better than anyone. She won the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) by five lengths going nine furlongs then came back and captured the Alabama (G1) by three parts of a length going 10 furlongs.

Looming behind the top two is three-time Grade 1 winner Sweet Reason (Street Sense). She won the one-mile Acorn (G1), so another sixteenth of a mile should not be a big deal but the only win she has going two turns is against allowance foes on the inner dirt track.

Still, the bay miss comes in here in great form and her late kick is devastating. Can she unleash it going two turns is the big question. So far, the record shows that Sweet Reason is a long sprinter. With experience and maturity, can she be a middle distance filly going two turns? We'll see on Saturday in a race with Breeders' Cup implications for two races.

RACING ON TV

Saturday, September 20   Cotillion (G1)
    Pennsylvania Derby (G2)
    Gallant Bob (G3)
    4:30 - 6 p.m.
    www.AmericasBestRacing.net
     
Saturday, September 27   Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)
    Awesome Again (G1)
    6 - 8 p.m.
    NBCSN

all times Eastern

COMMENTARY

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Study: Furosemide not Necessary to Realize Long-Term Racing Careers

Editor's Note: The Jockey Club believes that horses should compete only when they are free from the influence of medication. The following essay, written by Matt Iuliano, the executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, provides insights into a recent study pertaining to exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) and long-term racing performance.

by Matt Iuliano

A team of highly respected, international researchers and scientists recently found that in 98 percent of horses they studied there was no association between exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) determined after an endoscopic examination and long-term racing performance.

The findings challenge some long-held opinions in North American racing, including the contention that the use of the diuretic furosemide -- sold under the trade name Salix and commonly known as Lasix -- is necessary to ensure the long-term careers of equine racing athletes.

The study, "Prospective study of the association between exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage and long-term performance in Thoroughbred racehorses," was conducted by Kenneth Hinchcliff, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., a longtime researcher of EIPH and professor of veterinary science at the University of Melbourne in Australia, and Paul S. Morley, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at Colorado State University.

It was published online in the Equine Veterinary Journal this spring.

The unique, long-term study found a lack of significant association between EIPH and a productive racing career, except in the most severe cases. The researchers reviewed the careers of 744 horses racing in Australia, where race-day medication is prohibited. The vast majority of those horses had productive racing careers without the use of furosemide.

In 2003, those horses had been examined for EIPH and were the subjects of a study into how EIPH affected performance in a single race.  For their latest report, the researchers reviewed the entire careers of those horses to determine how their EIPH status affected their racing records.

EIPH is graded on a scale of 0 to 4, with 0 indicating the lowest, or no, indications of EIPH on endoscopic examination and 4 being the highest, often including epistaxis, or bleeding from the nostrils. The original Melbourne study found that horses with either no indication or the slightest indication of EIPH had better finish positions. Horses with mild to more moderate indications of EIPH were more often associated with impaired racing performance in the single race that was studied.

The latest study goes beyond a single race to look at entire racing careers.

Whereas the first study found that horses with EIPH grades greater than 1 had impaired racing performances, this latter study found no statistically significant difference among horses with EIPH graded from 0 to 3 in terms of:

*         Duration of careers on the racetrack,
*         Number of wins per start and,
*         Number of placings per start.

Only those horses with the most severe EIPH of grade 4 (1.7 percent of the population) had a significant reduction in lifetime racing performance. 

When the data was grouped, the authors reported that horses with EIPH scores of 2, 3 and 4 started an average of 2.8 fewer times during their lifetime when compared to horses with EIPH scores of 0 and 1. However, they noted the difference in lifetime starts was highly influenced by the low number of race starts in horses with EIPH graded as 4. 

Many of the horses with EIPH graded as 4 were retired from racing early on, which reduced the average number of lifetime starts for any group that included those horses. 

The lifetime racing performances of horses with EIPH that continued to race indicate these horses were successfully managed over a productive racing career in a jurisdiction where furosemide was not permitted.

Reviewing all the data, the researchers in the most recent comprehensive study concluded:

"The lack of significant associations between the most common forms of EIPH and long-term performance can be interpreted as indicating an absence of important clinical, physiological, or management factors that limit performance in these horses." 

With the latest research showing that less than 2 percent of the Thoroughbred population may have impaired lifetime racing performance attributable to EIPH, it is increasingly difficult to reconcile 95 percent of all North American starts occurring after the race-day administration of furosemide.

As The Jockey Club stated in 2011, overuse of an under-needed medication is not producing a level playing field. In all likelihood, it is doing just the opposite.

We believed then and we believe now that horses should compete only when they are free from the influence of medication.

A prohibition on all race-day medications levels the field.

RACING ON RADIO

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    9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    6 - 9 a.m. (Replays)
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    Online 962; SXM On Demand
     
Thursdays   Brisnet.com Call-In Show
    6 - 7 p.m.
    Sirius 220 - XM 206
     
Saturdays   Down the Stretch w/ Don Knobel
    10 - 11 a.m.
    790 AM (WKRD)
     
Saturdays   Down the Stretch
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Sirius 93 - XM 208
     
Saturdays   Equine Forum
    8 - 10 a.m.
    Sirius/XM 92
     
Saturday, September 20   Charles Town Race for the Ribbon
    9 - 11 p.m.
    Sirius/XM 92 - HRRN website
     
Saturday, September 27   Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)
    Beldame (G1)
    Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1)
    Flower Bowl Invitational (G1)
    Vosburgh (G1)
    3 - 6 p.m.
    Sirius/XM 92 - HRRN website
     
    Awesome Again (G1)
    Zenyatta (G1)
    FrontRunner (G1)
    Chandelier (G1)
    6 - 9 p.m.
    Sirius/XM 92 - HRRN website

all times Eastern

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.

RACING ON TV

Saturday, September 20   Cotillion (G1)
    Pennsylvania Derby (G2)
    Gallant Bob (G3)
    4:30 - 6 p.m.
    www.AmericasBestRacing.net
     
Saturday, September 27   Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)
    Awesome Again (G1)
    6 - 8 p.m.
    NBCSN

all times Eastern

UPCOMING STAKES

Click here for the monthly August Calendar

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 ON RADIO

Monday thru Friday   At the Races w/ Steve Byk
    9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    6 - 9 a.m. (Replays)
    Sirius Premier 220; XM 206;
    Online 962; SXM On Demand
     
Thursdays   Brisnet.com Call-In Show
    6 - 7 p.m.
    Sirius 220 - XM 206
     
Saturdays   Down the Stretch w/ Don Knobel
    10 - 11 a.m.
    790 AM (WKRD)
     
Saturdays   Down the Stretch
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Sirius 93 - XM 208
     
Saturdays   Equine Forum
    8 - 10 a.m.
    Sirius/XM 92
     
Saturday, September 20   Charles Town Race for the Ribbon
    9 - 11 p.m.
    Sirius/XM 92 - HRRN website
     
Saturday, September 27   Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)
    Beldame (G1)
    Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1)
    Flower Bowl Invitational (G1)
    Vosburgh (G1)
    3 - 6 p.m.
    Sirius/XM 92 - HRRN website
     
    Awesome Again (G1)
    Zenyatta (G1)
    FrontRunner (G1)
    Chandelier (G1)
    6 - 9 p.m.
    Sirius/XM 92 - HRRN website

all times Eastern

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

UPCOMING STAKES

Click here for the monthly August Calendar

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.

At a Glance
BELMONT PARK AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.18 - 1
Favorite Win%: 33%, Favorite Itm%: 73%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Quinella22.58
Exacta81.96
Daily Double82.94
Trifecta531.94
Pick 3547.95
Superfecta4,782.19
Pick 645,100.75
Pick 44,134.47
Pick 516,331.00
Grand Slam182.44
TRACK BIAS MEET(09/05 - 09/17)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 14 43% E Middle
6.5fDirt 10 20% P Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 9 22% E/P Middle
1 1/16mDirt 3 33% E Rail/Ins
InTf Sprint 8 13% S Middle
Turf Sprint 6 33% P Outside
InTf Routes 12 25% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 19 11% P Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/11 - 09/17)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 9 56% E Middle
6.5fDirt 4 25% E Middle
1 MileDirt 4 50% E Rail
1 1/16mDirt 3 33% E Rail/Ins
InTf Sprint 3 33% E/P Mid/Out
Turf Sprint 4 0% P Outside
InTf Routes 8 25% E Mid/Out
Turf Routes 11 9% P Rail
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Jacobson David 21 7 3 0 4.59 4 23%
Rodriguez Rudy R. 12 4 2 2 5.82 2 20%
McPeek Kenneth G. 5 2 1 0 4.85 0 15%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Rosario Joel 24 7 4 4 4.99 3 20%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Rodriguez Israel O. 12 0 0 3 41.25 0 9%
Davis Dylan 11 0 0 0 30.57 1 12%
               
CHURCHILL DOWNS AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.86 - 1
Favorite Win%: 41%, Favorite Itm%: 70%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta72.32
Daily Double71.89
Trifecta516.84
Pick 3561.71
Superfecta2,638.10
Pick 42,613.07
Pick 523,892.43
Pick 6 Jackpot20,848.76
Super High Five6,805.90
TRACK BIAS MEET(09/05 - 09/14)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 22 9% E/P Rail
6.5fDirt 6 33% E Outside
1 MileDirt 9 11% P Mid/Out
1 1/16mDirt 10 10% E Rail
Turf Routes 7 57% E Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/08 - 09/14)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 11 0% E/P Rail/Ins
6.5fDirt 4 25% E/P Outside
1 MileDirt 2 0% P Inside
1 1/16mDirt 5 0% S Rail
Turf Routes 4 75% E Mid/Out
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Richard Chris 3 3 0 0 2.13 2 26%
Simms Garry W. 5 3 0 1 4.86 2 16%
Ward Wesley A. 5 3 0 0 5.34 1 21%
Kenneally Eddie 6 3 0 0 3.52 3 17%
Moquett Ron 9 3 0 1 8.63 0 15%
Nafzger Carl A. 5 2 1 0 5.12 2 19%
Sims Philip A. 5 2 0 0 13.52 0 13%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Santana, Jr. Ricardo 16 6 1 1 9.84 1 19%
Lanerie Corey J. 11 5 2 0 3.97 3 15%
Hernandez, Jr. Brian Joseph 14 4 2 3 9.69 2 14%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Pedroza Marcelino 14 0 1 1 13.77 0 12%

Features

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

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

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

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.

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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

Help Wanted

A horse racing website is currently hiring for part-time positions as a Customer Service Representative in Lexington, Kentucky. Must be available nights and weekends. Some weekdays may also be available. Computer literacy required, horse racing knowledge and customer service experience a plus. To schedule an interview, email or send your résumé to the following: Nancy.Kanaval@brisnet.com, P.O. Box 4097, Lexington, KY 40544.