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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

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Suffolk Downs faces finish line after vote

Thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs is likely to cease this fall after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday voted 3-1 to approve a $1.6 billion Wynn Resorts casino north of the Boston-area track.

Suffolk Downs had aligned itself with Mohegan Sun, whose proposed $1.3 billion casino would have been located on racetrack property. The owners of Suffolk Downs made commitments to the continuation of live racing at the track if the Mohegan Sun plan were approved.

"We are extraordinarily disappointed as this action is likely to cost the Commonwealth (of Massachusetts) thousands of jobs, small business and family farms," said Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs.

"We will be meeting with employees and horsemen over the next several days to talk about how we wind down racing operations as a 79-year legacy of Thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts will be coming to an end, resulting in unemployment and uncertainty for many hard-working people," Tuttle said.

The 2014 Suffolk Downs meet is scheduled to conclude September 29.

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Suffolk Downs faces finish line after vote

Thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs is likely to cease this fall after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday voted 3-1 to approve a $1.6 billion Wynn Resorts casino north of the Boston-area track.

Suffolk Downs had aligned itself with Mohegan Sun, whose proposed $1.3 billion casino would have been located on racetrack property. The owners of Suffolk Downs made commitments to the continuation of live racing at the track if the Mohegan Sun plan were approved.

"We are extraordinarily disappointed as this action is likely to cost the Commonwealth (of Massachusetts) thousands of jobs, small business and family farms," said Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs.

"We will be meeting with employees and horsemen over the next several days to talk about how we wind down racing operations as a 79-year legacy of Thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts will be coming to an end, resulting in unemployment and uncertainty for many hard-working people," Tuttle said.

The 2014 Suffolk Downs meet is scheduled to conclude September 29.

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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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Breeding & Sales News

$375,000 Curlin colt paces beginning of Keeneland Week 2

Keeneland posted across-the-board gains on Monday, highlighted by a 22.8 spike in the median price (Keeneland Photo)
A Curlin three-quarter brother to Grade 2 winner Bel Air Beauty (Smart Strike) sold for the top price of $375,000 at Monday's seventh session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which marked the beginning of Book 3. J.W.S. purchased the Kentucky-bred, listed as Hip No. 1823, from the consignment of Lane's End, agent.

The February 23 chestnut is out of the stakes-placed Awe That (Boundary), who produced Bel Air Beauty to the cover of Curlin's sire Smart Strike. Bel Air Beauty scored both of her stakes victories at Keeneland, taking the 2006 Alcibiades (G2) on the Polytrack and the 2007 Valley View (G3) on turf. Also placed in the Pucker Up (G3) and Audubon Oaks, Bel Air Beauty compiled a record of 9-2-2-1, $380,649. She has gotten off to a solid start as a broodmare herself, foaling Grade 2-placed Valentino Beauty (Vindication) and Stacked Deck (First Samurai), winner of the July 5 Charlie Barley.

Awe That is the dam of three other winners, including the stakes-placed Dynafortwo (Dynaformer). Her current juvenile, Screaming Skylar (Smart Strike), sold for $505,000 at OBS March and finished fifth as the 6-5 favorite in her only start at Santa Anita June 5. Herself a half-sister to Grade 3 victress Anklet (Wild Again), Awe That comes from the family of Grade 1-winning millionaire Grecian Flight (Cormorant) and Grade 1 hero Bullsbay (Tiznow).

The top filly came early on Monday, when Stonestreet Stables went to $290,000 for a half-sister to Grade 2-placed juvenile Bad Read Sanchez (Warrior's Reward) by Tiz Wonderful. Touring the ring as Hip 1664, the March 21 foal was offered by Mulholland Farm.

The Kentucky-bred bay is the third registered foal from the winning Pulpit mare Past Twilight. Her only runner so far is the two-year-old Bad Read Sanchez, a 10-length debut winner at Santa Anita who has since finished second in the July 13 Willard L. Proctor Memorial and third in the August 3 Best Pal (G2). This is the prolific female line of champion Lord Avie (Lord Gaylord), and more recently, Grade 2 winners Ventana (Toccet) and Ellafitz (Tiznow).

The Tiz Wonderful filly, who topped the leaderboard for most of the day, just held the runner-up spot from a $285,000 Sky Mesa filly. Consigned by Clearsky Farms, agent, as Hip 1782, the Kentucky-bred chestnut was sold to trainer Mark Casse, agent.

The January 31 foal is a full sister to Grade 3 heroine Sky Girl, the winner of last September's Dogwood (G3) and third-placer in the Arlington Oaks (G3). Their dam, Vargas Girl (Deputy Minister), is in turn a half-sister to Grade 1 victor Bevo (Prospectors Gamble) and Grade 3 scorer Moonlight Sonata (Carson City), who has produced Grade 2 heroes Wilburn (Bernardini) and Beethoven (Sky Mesa).

On Monday, Keeneland reported that 273 yearlings sold for $21,172,000, up 6.1 percent from the $19,952,000 realized by 292 sellers on day seven last year. The average rose 13.5 percent, from $68,329 to $77,553, and the median climbed 22.8 percent, from $57,000 to $70,000.

Now just past the midpoint of the 13-session sale, 1,290 horses have grossed $227,389,500, resulting in an average of $176,271 and a $120,000 median. The gross is down 4 percent from the $236,874,000 recorded at this juncture in 2013, when more yearlings -- 1,408 -- were sold. The cumulative average accordingly improved 4.8 percent over the $168,234 from a year ago, and the median is up 4.3 percent from $115,000.

The auction continues Tuesday and runs through September 21 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.

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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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Wynn Las Vegas unveils future book; Yum! extends KY Derby sponsorship

Fans can get a head start on their Derby homework (Courtesy of Churchill Downs)
Wynn Las Vegas unveiled Monday its future book for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The 141st edition of the "Run for the Roses" will be held at historic Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015.

Prominent on the list are Del Mar Futurity winner American Pharoah (40-1); Saratoga Special scorer I Spent It (50-1); Competitive Edge, who romped over I Spent It in the Hopeful, and Iroquois hero Lucky Player, both at 60-1; and the unraced duo of Jess's Dream and Cozmic One, the first foals of Horses of the Year Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, respectively, also at 60-1. Smashing Saratoga maiden winner El Kabeir (65-1), unbeaten four-time stakes scorer Wake Up Nick (75-1), Del Mar debut scorer Lord Nelson (85-1) and Belmont debut conqueror Daredevil (85-1) are likewise less than 100-1.

Also on Monday, Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) announced that Churchill Downs, its namesake racetrack, and Yum! Brands Inc., have signed a five-year agreement that extends Yum!'s role as the presenting sponsor of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby, one of America's most legendary sports and entertainment events.

This new agreement runs from the 2016 Kentucky Derby through the 2020 Kentucky Derby. The 2015 Kentucky Derby is covered under the current agreement that was signed in 2011. Under the agreement announced Monday, the race will continue to be run as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. Terms of the extended agreement were not released.

"Our partnership over the last nine years with Yum! Brands has been positive for both companies, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky's horsemen. Churchill Downs is very pleased to continue to work with a great corporate citizen right here in our hometown," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack.

"The Kentucky Derby is a great American tradition and we look forward to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 2."

"Yum! Brands is pleased to renew our presenting sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports," said Jonathan Blum, senior vice president, Yum! Brands, Inc.

"While millions of people know and love our leading restaurant brands, they may not know Yum! Brands. The sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby allows us to build awareness of Yum!, the world's largest restaurant company."

Churchill Downs, which opened with the running of the first Kentucky Derby on May 17, 1875, is the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Inc. Yum! Brands, a Fortune 500 company that operates over 40,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories, is the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell.

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Demonstrative the top weight in Lonesome Glory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wynn Las Vegas unveils future book; Yum! extends KY Derby sponsorship

Fans can get a head start on their Derby homework (Courtesy of Churchill Downs)
Wynn Las Vegas unveiled Monday its future book for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The 141st edition of the "Run for the Roses" will be held at historic Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015.

Prominent on the list are Del Mar Futurity winner American Pharoah (40-1); Saratoga Special scorer I Spent It (50-1); Competitive Edge, who romped over I Spent It in the Hopeful, and Iroquois hero Lucky Player, both at 60-1; and the unraced duo of Jess's Dream and Cozmic One, the first foals of Horses of the Year Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, respectively, also at 60-1. Smashing Saratoga maiden winner El Kabeir (65-1), unbeaten four-time stakes scorer Wake Up Nick (75-1), Del Mar debut scorer Lord Nelson (85-1) and Belmont debut conqueror Daredevil (85-1) are likewise less than 100-1.

Also on Monday, Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) announced that Churchill Downs, its namesake racetrack, and Yum! Brands Inc., have signed a five-year agreement that extends Yum!'s role as the presenting sponsor of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby, one of America's most legendary sports and entertainment events.

This new agreement runs from the 2016 Kentucky Derby through the 2020 Kentucky Derby. The 2015 Kentucky Derby is covered under the current agreement that was signed in 2011. Under the agreement announced Monday, the race will continue to be run as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. Terms of the extended agreement were not released.

"Our partnership over the last nine years with Yum! Brands has been positive for both companies, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky's horsemen. Churchill Downs is very pleased to continue to work with a great corporate citizen right here in our hometown," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack.

"The Kentucky Derby is a great American tradition and we look forward to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 2."

"Yum! Brands is pleased to renew our presenting sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports," said Jonathan Blum, senior vice president, Yum! Brands, Inc.

"While millions of people know and love our leading restaurant brands, they may not know Yum! Brands. The sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby allows us to build awareness of Yum!, the world's largest restaurant company."

Churchill Downs, which opened with the running of the first Kentucky Derby on May 17, 1875, is the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Inc. Yum! Brands, a Fortune 500 company that operates over 40,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories, is the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell.

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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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Demonstrative the top weight in Lonesome Glory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fiftyshadesofgold's the one to beat in Dogwood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Toast confirmed for BC Classic; Treve still to point for Arc

Toast of New York will try to transfer his synthetic prowess to dirt at Santa Anita (Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club)
Trainer Jamie Osborne will "roll the dice" and allow Pacific Classic runner-up Toast of New York to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita November 1.

Osborne acknowledges that the colt must overcome never having raced over dirt, but remains optimistic following the U.A.E. Derby winner's effort August 24 at Del Mar. Toast of New York finished an excellent second behind Shared Belief in the 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic, in which the venerable Game on Dude was fourth.

Should things go to plan at Santa Anita, Michael Buckley's colt will be pointed toward Meydan's Dubai World Cup in March of next year.

"That (the Breeders' Cup Classic) poses a lot of questions, but they are questions that need answering," Osborne told At The Races.

"People who know more about dirt racing than I do say he's got the physique and action of a dirt horse. We'll roll the dice and have a go.

"As a trial for (the) Breeders' Cup Classic, forgetting the surface issue, it (the Pacific Classic) was probably the best there has been. It wasn't flaky form --put it that way."

Plans are also crystallizing for star distaffers Treve and Estimate.

Treve will defend her Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe crown, trainer Criquette Head-Maarek announced Monday. The four-year-old was a close fourth, only 1 1/2 lengths behind Baltic Baroness, in Sunday's Prix Vermeille at Longchamp.

"She is fine and she hasn't lost any weight," commented Head-Maarek to Racing Post. " We'll see tomorrow and the day after when she goes out on the track, but first impressions are that she looks well. I spoke to Sheikh Joaan and for the moment there is no change in the plan."

The bay was undefeated in five starts as a sophomore including three Group 1s with scores in the Prix de Diane, Prix Vermeille and the aforementioned Arc. She went down by only a neck to Cirrus des Aigles in the Prix Ganay in her seasonal bow April 27 and was runner-up again in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot June 18.

Estimate will not run in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington, according to John Warren, bloodstock and racing advisor to The Queen.

Connections of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained mare will resist the urge to send the five-year-old to Australia for the coveted prize November 4, instead opting to stay closer to home after she impressively returned to winning ways in last Friday's Doncaster Cup. Estimate will now have one more start before retiring and beginning her career as a broodmare.

"After much consideration and in the best interest of the filly, it has been decided that Estimate will not be heading to the Melbourne Cup," Warren said in a statement. "Her final target will be either the British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot or the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp, after which she will be retired to The Royal Studs."

Last season's Gold Cup heroine may have run heroically to finish second in defense of her crown at Royal Ascot June 19, but just a month a later she returned a positive test for morphine. Estimate was one of a cluster of horses to have become embroiled in the case, with the source of the drug identified as a contaminated batch of horse feed and is still likely to be disqualified from this season's Gold Cup at a BHA hearing September 25.

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Top stars now eye British Champions Day

The Grey Gatsby, Australia, Free Eagle, Estimate, Brown Panther Sheikhzayedroad, Charm Spirit, Bow Creek and Pomology are some of the star names all set to head to British Champions Day at Ascot on October 18, the richest day in British racing.

In the latest round of their season-long rivalry The Grey Gatsby came out on top to win the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday in dramatic style from Australia.

"We'll have to see how he comes out of this race but we would love to meet Australia again and if our horse continues in the same order we'll be looking at Ascot," trainer Kevin Ryan said. "Ryan Moore has great faith in the horse, which is very important. He believed he could win the race. We'd love to keep Ryan on him and if he can ride him at Ascot that would be an added bonus."

Australia was second and trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "I'd imagine Australia's next race will be at Ascot over ten furlongs or a mile. I'm not ruling him out of anything but I'd say the Arc is unlikely."

Trading Leather, Mukhadram and Al Kazeem, third through fifth in the Irish Champion, also have entries in the £1.3m Champion Stakes.

Free Eagle, winner of a Group 3 race at Leopardstown on Saturday by seven lengths, also has the Champion Stakes in his sights.

"We can think of what might have been, but that's life," said Dermot Weld of Free Eagle, who has only run three times. "He's come back nicely, he's a very laid back horse and it was difficult to get him fit as I wanted for today, so there should be some natural improvement in him.

"I think the Champion Stakes at Ascot is the logical target for him, and that'll be it for this year."

Sheikhzayedroad may also head for the Champion Stakes after his victory in the Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine on Sunday.

"We've got an option of the Canadian International back here on (October 19). He's also got an entry at Ascot," trainer David Simcock said. "I'll speak to his owner and decide where he is going. We'll either come back here or go to Ascot and then he'll go to Dubai and start his travels again."

Following her impressive win at Doncaster in the Doncaster Cup, the Queen's filly Estimate could also return to Ascot, the home of her most famous win, to line up in the British Champions Long Distance Cup with racing manager John Warren saying, "There are three options...but Ascot could be favorite in the sense that the Queen could see her race again."

Opposing her will be Brown Panther following his brilliant victory in the Irish St Leger to claim his first Group 1 victory.

"We'll look at running him on Champions Day," trainer Tom Dascombe said.

For the £1 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Charm Spirit is firmly in the mix after his brave victory over the Hannon pair of Toronado and Night of Thunder in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on Sunday.

"I don't think we'll go to the Breeders' Cup -- we're thinking of going to Ascot on Champions Day," trainer Freddie Head said. "We might have to meet Kingman and he will have a fight."

After Bow Creek's victory in the Solonaway Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, Charlie Johnston said: "To win it shows he is on an upward curve. A Group 1 is almost certainly the next step. The only option left in Europe is the Queen Elizabeth II and that will definitely come in for strong consideration."

Pomology, who lost her unbeaten record by just a short head in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on Sunday, is on course for the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

"Pomology has been forced to make it and ran a superb race even though she was a little green and looked at the rail. All being well she'll go for the Fillies and Mares race," trainer John Gosden said.

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Toast confirmed for BC Classic; Treve still to point for Arc

Toast of New York will try to transfer his synthetic prowess to dirt at Santa Anita (Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club)
Trainer Jamie Osborne will "roll the dice" and allow Pacific Classic runner-up Toast of New York to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita November 1.

Osborne acknowledges that the colt must overcome never having raced over dirt, but remains optimistic following the U.A.E. Derby winner's effort August 24 at Del Mar. Toast of New York finished an excellent second behind Shared Belief in the 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic, in which the venerable Game on Dude was fourth.

Should things go to plan at Santa Anita, Michael Buckley's colt will be pointed toward Meydan's Dubai World Cup in March of next year.

"That (the Breeders' Cup Classic) poses a lot of questions, but they are questions that need answering," Osborne told At The Races.

"People who know more about dirt racing than I do say he's got the physique and action of a dirt horse. We'll roll the dice and have a go.

"As a trial for (the) Breeders' Cup Classic, forgetting the surface issue, it (the Pacific Classic) was probably the best there has been. It wasn't flaky form --put it that way."

Plans are also crystallizing for star distaffers Treve and Estimate.

Treve will defend her Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe crown, trainer Criquette Head-Maarek announced Monday. The four-year-old was a close fourth, only 1 1/2 lengths behind Baltic Baroness, in Sunday's Prix Vermeille at Longchamp.

"She is fine and she hasn't lost any weight," commented Head-Maarek to Racing Post. " We'll see tomorrow and the day after when she goes out on the track, but first impressions are that she looks well. I spoke to Sheikh Joaan and for the moment there is no change in the plan."

The bay was undefeated in five starts as a sophomore including three Group 1s with scores in the Prix de Diane, Prix Vermeille and the aforementioned Arc. She went down by only a neck to Cirrus des Aigles in the Prix Ganay in her seasonal bow April 27 and was runner-up again in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot June 18.

Estimate will not run in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington, according to John Warren, bloodstock and racing advisor to The Queen.

Connections of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained mare will resist the urge to send the five-year-old to Australia for the coveted prize November 4, instead opting to stay closer to home after she impressively returned to winning ways in last Friday's Doncaster Cup. Estimate will now have one more start before retiring and beginning her career as a broodmare.

"After much consideration and in the best interest of the filly, it has been decided that Estimate will not be heading to the Melbourne Cup," Warren said in a statement. "Her final target will be either the British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot or the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp, after which she will be retired to The Royal Studs."

Last season's Gold Cup heroine may have run heroically to finish second in defense of her crown at Royal Ascot June 19, but just a month a later she returned a positive test for morphine. Estimate was one of a cluster of horses to have become embroiled in the case, with the source of the drug identified as a contaminated batch of horse feed and is still likely to be disqualified from this season's Gold Cup at a BHA hearing September 25.

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In brief

Euro Charline will make her first start for Todd Pletcher in Keeneland's QE II (Four Footed Fotos)
Euro Charline (Myboycharlie) will have the services of Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez when she pursues a second straight Grade 1 victory on October 11 in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. Team Valor International's filly will return to the three-year-old ranks after she upstaged her elders in the Beverly D. S. (G1) at Arlington on August 16 in her U.S. debut. Ryan Moore was in the saddle that day but cannot make the return trip to the states for the QEII because of a riding commitment in England. Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby (G1) for Team Valor on Animal Kingdom and is a longtime go-to rider for Euro Charline's new trainer, Todd Pletcher, who received the filly from English-based Marco Botti after the Beverly D. Euro Charline breezed a half mile in :50 in company on the inner turf course at Belmont Park on Sunday in her first workout for Pletcher. "She has really settled in here well," Pletcher said. With the Beverly D. triumph, Euro Charline earned a "Win and You're In" ticket to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) on November 1 at Santa Anita. "We're thinking about the Breeders' Cup, but the race we're really focused on and the one we brought her over to try to win is the Queen Elizabeth," Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin said...

Trainer Clive Brittain received a considerable boon Monday by the news Rizeena (Iffraaj) is likely to stay in training as a four-year-old. This season's Coronation S. (Eng-G1) winner turned in another fine effort in Ireland this weekend when she finished an honorable second behind Fiesolana (Aussie Rules) in the Matron S. (Ire-G1) at Leopardstown. Rizeena has already had a busy year, with Brittain keen to protect his prized asset with a view to next season. "She keeps running at a high level every time she runs," commented Brittain. "We were just beaten by a good one on the day, so there are absolutely no regrets about going there. The owners are keen to have her in training again next season so why empty the tank now? We've seen that happen to a lot of good horses over the years." Rizeena still holds entries in the Sun Chariot S. (Eng-G1) at Newmarket October 4 and the Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot October 18, should Brittain and owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook al Maktoum opt to go to the well once again...

Al Shaqab Racing's Olympic Glory (Choisir) will stand at Haras de Bouquetot in France in 2015. A triple Group 1 winner with wins in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Fr-G1) as a juvenile, the Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot last October and the Lockinge S. (Eng-G1), the handsome bay will make one more start this year in either the October 5 Prix de la Foret (Fr-G1) or will defend his title in the QE II. Olympic Glory, whose record stands at 14-7-3-1, $2,059,558, will arrive at Haras de Bouquetot in November. He joins fellow Al Shaqab stallions Style Vendome and Planteur, who both completed their first season at stud, as well as Uruguayan champion Boby Di Job, who will also be standing his initial season in 2015. A stud fee will be announced later. "Olympic Glory is the most amazingly consistent horse who we have enjoyed campaigning at the highest level for the past three years," commented trainer Richard Hannon Jr. "He has a wonderful temperament, and physically you could not wish to see a more imposing individual."...

Jeremy, pictured at Monmouth for the 2007 Breeders' Cup, sired current juvenile Kool Kompany (Michael J. Marten/Horsephotos.com)
Jeremy (Danehill Dancer) injured himself during routine exercise Sunday, and the 11-year-old stallion was put down after breaking bones in his knee recovering from surgery, according to a Monday report in Racing Post. The Sir Michael Stoute charge was purchased by the Brushwood Stable of Betty Moran for $375,000 as a Keeneland November weanling from the consignment of his breeder, Brookdale Farm. Jeremy was off the mark in October of his two-year-old year and captured the Jersey S. (Eng-G3) as a sophomore. He added the Sandown Mile S. (Eng-G2) as a four-year-old and was twice Group 1-placed in the Queen Anne S. and Sussex S. The dark bay ended his career with a 10th in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) behind Kip Deville after a tardy break and retired with a record of 16-4-6-1 and $459,538 in earnings. Jeremy originally stood at the Irish National Stud in 2008, but moved to Garryrichard Stud in Ireland as a dual-purpose sire in 2014. He is responsible for current multiple Group 2 -winning juvenile Kool Kompany, multiple Group 3 victress Yellow Rosebud and multiple stakes winner and Group 2-placed Pearl of Africa. The stallion's second dam was German highweight and Aral-Pokal (Ger-G1) victress Wind In Her Hair (Alzao), dam of Japanese Horse of the Year and supersire Deep Impact...

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...

The Keeneland Library Lecture Series returns September 23-24 with presentations of recent works about Thoroughbred racing. On September 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (EDT), Paul Roberts will discuss "Racecourse Architecture." The book, which Roberts wrote with Isabelle Taylor, is an exhaustive look at the history of the architecture at some of the world's greatest race courses, including Keeneland. Roberts, the director of Turnberry Consulting in London, has extensive experience as a strategic consultant to racecourses, including Saratoga and Belmont Park in New York, Ascot and York  in the United Kingdom, Flemington in Australia, and Leopardstown in Ireland. On September 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Roberts will talk about his book "The Spa: The Legendary Saratoga Race Course." The book is an architectural history of the race track, the oldest sporting venue in the U.S. Following both presentations, guests may stay for a reception and book-signing with Roberts. A limited number of copies of Racecourse Architecture and The Spa will be available for purchase. Each of the Keeneland Library Lecture Series is free, and ample parking is available...

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, Kentucky, announced Monday their array of popular programming will now be heard on new SiriusXM channels beginning this week. HRRN's trio of weekday talk shows will shift to Sirius 220 and XM 206 starting with Trainer Talk this Wednesday evening. The new channels will also be home to the network's Brisnet.com Call In Show on Thursday nights and the Weekend Stakes Preview on Fridays. All three shows can be heard live from 6-7 p.m. (ET). On weekends, HRRN programming will air on Sirius 92 and XM 92. The network's weekend schedule features their weekly Saturday morning talk show, the Equine Forum from 8-10 a.m. along with a multitude of live race coverage throughout the year including upcoming events such as the Charles Town Oaks (G3), Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), Awesome Again S.(G1), Keeneland's Fall Stars Weekend and the Breeders' Cup World Championships. In addition to SiriusXM, listeners can tune-in to all broadcasts via live streaming provided on the HRRN website and also available on smartphones and tablets. Select HRRN shows and race broadcasts are also carried on various terrestrial affiliates across the country. A complete broadcast schedule along with a listing of affiliates can be found on the schedule page of the HRRN website. Podcasts of all talk shows are also posted on both the HRRN site and on iTunes. Also included on the new Sirius 220/XM 206 channels is the daily talk show At the Races with Steve Byk. The show airs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon with replays airing from 6-9 a.m. each day...

The Arqana Arc Sale -- consisting of 48 lots of horses in training plus eight additional Wild Card lots to be added closer to the sale -- will be held at Saint-Cloud October 4. The catalog is available at www.arqana.com, and almost 70 percent are rated at 95 or higher, making these top candidates for the Dubai Carnival and the best meetings in Hong Kong, the United States and Australia. Highlights include Group 3 winners Citron Spirit (Invincible Spirit), Burnt Sugar (Lope De Vega) and Queen Bee (Le Havre) who will sell with an entry in the Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1).

Top stars now eye British Champions Day

The Grey Gatsby, Australia, Free Eagle, Estimate, Brown Panther Sheikhzayedroad, Charm Spirit, Bow Creek and Pomology are some of the star names all set to head to British Champions Day at Ascot on October 18, the richest day in British racing.

In the latest round of their season-long rivalry The Grey Gatsby came out on top to win the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday in dramatic style from Australia.

"We'll have to see how he comes out of this race but we would love to meet Australia again and if our horse continues in the same order we'll be looking at Ascot," trainer Kevin Ryan said. "Ryan Moore has great faith in the horse, which is very important. He believed he could win the race. We'd love to keep Ryan on him and if he can ride him at Ascot that would be an added bonus."

Australia was second and trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "I'd imagine Australia's next race will be at Ascot over ten furlongs or a mile. I'm not ruling him out of anything but I'd say the Arc is unlikely."

Trading Leather, Mukhadram and Al Kazeem, third through fifth in the Irish Champion, also have entries in the £1.3m Champion Stakes.

Free Eagle, winner of a Group 3 race at Leopardstown on Saturday by seven lengths, also has the Champion Stakes in his sights.

"We can think of what might have been, but that's life," said Dermot Weld of Free Eagle, who has only run three times. "He's come back nicely, he's a very laid back horse and it was difficult to get him fit as I wanted for today, so there should be some natural improvement in him.

"I think the Champion Stakes at Ascot is the logical target for him, and that'll be it for this year."

Sheikhzayedroad may also head for the Champion Stakes after his victory in the Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine on Sunday.

"We've got an option of the Canadian International back here on (October 19). He's also got an entry at Ascot," trainer David Simcock said. "I'll speak to his owner and decide where he is going. We'll either come back here or go to Ascot and then he'll go to Dubai and start his travels again."

Following her impressive win at Doncaster in the Doncaster Cup, the Queen's filly Estimate could also return to Ascot, the home of her most famous win, to line up in the British Champions Long Distance Cup with racing manager John Warren saying, "There are three options...but Ascot could be favorite in the sense that the Queen could see her race again."

Opposing her will be Brown Panther following his brilliant victory in the Irish St Leger to claim his first Group 1 victory.

"We'll look at running him on Champions Day," trainer Tom Dascombe said.

For the £1 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Charm Spirit is firmly in the mix after his brave victory over the Hannon pair of Toronado and Night of Thunder in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on Sunday.

"I don't think we'll go to the Breeders' Cup -- we're thinking of going to Ascot on Champions Day," trainer Freddie Head said. "We might have to meet Kingman and he will have a fight."

After Bow Creek's victory in the Solonaway Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, Charlie Johnston said: "To win it shows he is on an upward curve. A Group 1 is almost certainly the next step. The only option left in Europe is the Queen Elizabeth II and that will definitely come in for strong consideration."

Pomology, who lost her unbeaten record by just a short head in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on Sunday, is on course for the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

"Pomology has been forced to make it and ran a superb race even though she was a little green and looked at the rail. All being well she'll go for the Fillies and Mares race," trainer John Gosden said.

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In brief

Euro Charline will make her first start for Todd Pletcher in Keeneland's QE II (Four Footed Fotos)
Euro Charline (Myboycharlie) will have the services of Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez when she pursues a second straight Grade 1 victory on October 11 in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. Team Valor International's filly will return to the three-year-old ranks after she upstaged her elders in the Beverly D. S. (G1) at Arlington on August 16 in her U.S. debut. Ryan Moore was in the saddle that day but cannot make the return trip to the states for the QEII because of a riding commitment in England. Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby (G1) for Team Valor on Animal Kingdom and is a longtime go-to rider for Euro Charline's new trainer, Todd Pletcher, who received the filly from English-based Marco Botti after the Beverly D. Euro Charline breezed a half mile in :50 in company on the inner turf course at Belmont Park on Sunday in her first workout for Pletcher. "She has really settled in here well," Pletcher said. With the Beverly D. triumph, Euro Charline earned a "Win and You're In" ticket to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) on November 1 at Santa Anita. "We're thinking about the Breeders' Cup, but the race we're really focused on and the one we brought her over to try to win is the Queen Elizabeth," Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin said...

Trainer Clive Brittain received a considerable boon Monday by the news Rizeena (Iffraaj) is likely to stay in training as a four-year-old. This season's Coronation S. (Eng-G1) winner turned in another fine effort in Ireland this weekend when she finished an honorable second behind Fiesolana (Aussie Rules) in the Matron S. (Ire-G1) at Leopardstown. Rizeena has already had a busy year, with Brittain keen to protect his prized asset with a view to next season. "She keeps running at a high level every time she runs," commented Brittain. "We were just beaten by a good one on the day, so there are absolutely no regrets about going there. The owners are keen to have her in training again next season so why empty the tank now? We've seen that happen to a lot of good horses over the years." Rizeena still holds entries in the Sun Chariot S. (Eng-G1) at Newmarket October 4 and the Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot October 18, should Brittain and owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook al Maktoum opt to go to the well once again...

Al Shaqab Racing's Olympic Glory (Choisir) will stand at Haras de Bouquetot in France in 2015. A triple Group 1 winner with wins in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Fr-G1) as a juvenile, the Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot last October and the Lockinge S. (Eng-G1), the handsome bay will make one more start this year in either the October 5 Prix de la Foret (Fr-G1) or will defend his title in the QE II. Olympic Glory, whose record stands at 14-7-3-1, $2,059,558, will arrive at Haras de Bouquetot in November. He joins fellow Al Shaqab stallions Style Vendome and Planteur, who both completed their first season at stud, as well as Uruguayan champion Boby Di Job, who will also be standing his initial season in 2015. A stud fee will be announced later. "Olympic Glory is the most amazingly consistent horse who we have enjoyed campaigning at the highest level for the past three years," commented trainer Richard Hannon Jr. "He has a wonderful temperament, and physically you could not wish to see a more imposing individual."...

Jeremy, pictured at Monmouth for the 2007 Breeders' Cup, sired current juvenile Kool Kompany (Michael J. Marten/Horsephotos.com)
Jeremy (Danehill Dancer) injured himself during routine exercise Sunday, and the 11-year-old stallion was put down after breaking bones in his knee recovering from surgery, according to a Monday report in Racing Post. The Sir Michael Stoute charge was purchased by the Brushwood Stable of Betty Moran for $375,000 as a Keeneland November weanling from the consignment of his breeder, Brookdale Farm. Jeremy was off the mark in October of his two-year-old year and captured the Jersey S. (Eng-G3) as a sophomore. He added the Sandown Mile S. (Eng-G2) as a four-year-old and was twice Group 1-placed in the Queen Anne S. and Sussex S. The dark bay ended his career with a 10th in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) behind Kip Deville after a tardy break and retired with a record of 16-4-6-1 and $459,538 in earnings. Jeremy originally stood at the Irish National Stud in 2008, but moved to Garryrichard Stud in Ireland as a dual-purpose sire in 2014. He is responsible for current multiple Group 2 -winning juvenile Kool Kompany, multiple Group 3 victress Yellow Rosebud and multiple stakes winner and Group 2-placed Pearl of Africa. The stallion's second dam was German highweight and Aral-Pokal (Ger-G1) victress Wind In Her Hair (Alzao), dam of Japanese Horse of the Year and supersire Deep Impact...

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...

The Keeneland Library Lecture Series returns September 23-24 with presentations of recent works about Thoroughbred racing. On September 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (EDT), Paul Roberts will discuss "Racecourse Architecture." The book, which Roberts wrote with Isabelle Taylor, is an exhaustive look at the history of the architecture at some of the world's greatest race courses, including Keeneland. Roberts, the director of Turnberry Consulting in London, has extensive experience as a strategic consultant to racecourses, including Saratoga and Belmont Park in New York, Ascot and York  in the United Kingdom, Flemington in Australia, and Leopardstown in Ireland. On September 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Roberts will talk about his book "The Spa: The Legendary Saratoga Race Course." The book is an architectural history of the race track, the oldest sporting venue in the U.S. Following both presentations, guests may stay for a reception and book-signing with Roberts. A limited number of copies of Racecourse Architecture and The Spa will be available for purchase. Each of the Keeneland Library Lecture Series is free, and ample parking is available...

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, Kentucky, announced Monday their array of popular programming will now be heard on new SiriusXM channels beginning this week. HRRN's trio of weekday talk shows will shift to Sirius 220 and XM 206 starting with Trainer Talk this Wednesday evening. The new channels will also be home to the network's Brisnet.com Call In Show on Thursday nights and the Weekend Stakes Preview on Fridays. All three shows can be heard live from 6-7 p.m. (ET). On weekends, HRRN programming will air on Sirius 92 and XM 92. The network's weekend schedule features their weekly Saturday morning talk show, the Equine Forum from 8-10 a.m. along with a multitude of live race coverage throughout the year including upcoming events such as the Charles Town Oaks (G3), Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), Awesome Again S.(G1), Keeneland's Fall Stars Weekend and the Breeders' Cup World Championships. In addition to SiriusXM, listeners can tune-in to all broadcasts via live streaming provided on the HRRN website and also available on smartphones and tablets. Select HRRN shows and race broadcasts are also carried on various terrestrial affiliates across the country. A complete broadcast schedule along with a listing of affiliates can be found on the schedule page of the HRRN website. Podcasts of all talk shows are also posted on both the HRRN site and on iTunes. Also included on the new Sirius 220/XM 206 channels is the daily talk show At the Races with Steve Byk. The show airs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon with replays airing from 6-9 a.m. each day...

The Arqana Arc Sale -- consisting of 48 lots of horses in training plus eight additional Wild Card lots to be added closer to the sale -- will be held at Saint-Cloud October 4. The catalog is available at www.arqana.com, and almost 70 percent are rated at 95 or higher, making these top candidates for the Dubai Carnival and the best meetings in Hong Kong, the United States and Australia. Highlights include Group 3 winners Citron Spirit (Invincible Spirit), Burnt Sugar (Lope De Vega) and Queen Bee (Le Havre) who will sell with an entry in the Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1).

Carryover Watch

For Tuesday or Next Raceday

WOODBINE:   High 5 -- $460,832
GULFSTREAM:   Pick 6 -- $50,000
ARLINGTON:   Pick 9 -- $31,317
    High 5 -- $14,654
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   Pick 5 -- $21,280
MONMOUTH PARK:   Pick 6 -- $17,936
LAUREL:   Pick 5 -- $10,904

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 7TH, ALW, $52,080, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 9-15.
8—SWEET ABANDON, f, 3, Sweet Return (GB)--Previous Pleasure, by Formal Dinner. O-Edward M Ridge, B-Red Oak Stable (FL), T-Penny Pearce, J-Roberto J. Rosado, $27,000.
5—Lover's Dream, m, 5, Jump Start--Just for Lust, by Not for Love. O-Freedom Acres, Inc, B-Y Kolybabiuk (PA), $12,600.
1—To Commercial, f, 4, Cat Thief--Mylittlerocket, by Star De Naskra. O-Anthony J Fontana, B-Michael Jester (PA), $6,930.
Winning Time: 1:04 1/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 8TH, ALW, $49,100, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 9-15.
6—AMULAY, f, 4, It's No Joke--Lost Romance, by Lost Soldier. O-Roddy J Valente, B-Mary Anne Hockensmith (KY), T-Bruce N. Levine, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $27,000.
3—Billygets Arrested, f, 3, Louis Quatorze--Monette, by Not for Love. O-Parapet Stable, B-Richard Simoff Inc (PA), $12,600.
4—Royal Suspicion, m, 5, Raffie's Majesty--Shady Lane, by Peaks and Valleys. O-WellSpring Stables, B-Majesty Stud LLC (NY), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:44 1/5 (ft)
 
PID, 7TH, ALW, $35,100, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 9-14.
4—KEYSTONE KELLY, f, 3, Bernstein--Kelly Mac, by Thunder Gulch. O-Thomas G McClay, B-Thomas McClay (PA), T-Nick Joseph Caruso, J-Erick D. Rodriguez, $23,400.
1—Serene Melody, f, 4, Street Cry (IRE)--Serena's Song, by Rahy. O-Robert B and Beverly J Lewis Trust, B-The Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust (KY), $6,000.
7—Babe's Ruler, f, 3, Roman Ruler--Leo's Gypsy Dancer, by Leo Castelli. ($75,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Alifyfe Racing, B-Bryan Hicks (FL), $3,000.
Winning Time: 1:39 (ft)
 
ZIA, 7TH, ALW, $27,085, 3YO/UP, 6F, 9-15.
5—SECOND PROPOSAL, g, 4, Successful Appeal--Spring Wedding, by Prized. ($16,000 '10 KEENOV; $16,000 '11 FTKOCT). O-Kings River Ranch, B-Christine A Hansen & Walmac Farm LL (KY), T-J. Eric Kruljac, J-Ry Eikleberry, $16,200.
3—Logansport L A, g, 3, Littleexpectations--Music Princess, by More Than Ready. ($1,000 '12 TEXAUG). O-Jon Allen Kelley, Jr, B-Millennium Farms at Moon Lake (LA), $5,940.
2—Redistribute, g, 4, Mutakddim--Sky Fraulein, by Sky Mesa. ($1,000 '11 FTKOCT). O-Kings River Ranch, B-Rhineshire Farm LLC (KY), $2,700.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $23,098, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 9-15.
3—SMITTEN BY GOLD, m, 5, Medallist--Deeply Smitten, by Not for Love. O-Peters, Michele W and Corbett, June, B-Michele W Peters & June Corbett (NY), T-Michael S. Ferraro, J-Daniel P. Vergara, $13,920.
2—Miss Rubycubes, f, 4, Read the Footnotes--Ruby's Rocket, by Polish Pro. O-Babcock, Kathleen and Brown, David E, B-Sequel Thoroughbreds LLC, Anthony Grey &David Brown (NY), $4,640.
6—Color Blind, m, 5, Giacomo--Triumph Arch, by Arch. ($7,500 '10 FTMOCT). O-Little Flower Farm, LLC, B-Milfer Farm Inc (NY), $2,320.
Winning Time: 1:46 3/5 (ft)
 
FL, 3RD, ALW, $19,200, 3YO/UP, 1M 40Y, 9-15.
3—ZEDDEMORE, g, 4, Ghostzapper--More Angels, by Slew of Angels. O-Gold Star Racing Stable, B-Roy S Lerman & Susan A Vitro (NY), T-Jeremiah C. Englehart, J-Jaime Rodriguez, $11,520.
7—St Patricks Appeal, g, 7, B L's Appeal--Naked Lies, by Keep Dreaming. O-Lanham, Craig and Filip Racing, LLC, B-Carol Mishken & Alan Epstein (NY), $3,840.
1—Do a Legger, g, 4, Run Away and Hide--Long March, by Time for a Change. O-Gumpster Stable LLC, B-Dr Rustin McIntosh & Run Away and HideSyndicate (NY), $1,920.
Winning Time: 1:43 1/5 (ft)
 
FL, 2ND, ALW, $19,200, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 9-15.
5—PRINCESS JENNY, m, 6, Fusaichi Pegasus--Princess Dixie, by Dixie Brass. O-Bond, Tina Marie and Towle, Roderick, B-CBF Corporation (NY), T-H. James Bond, J-Jaime Rodriguez, $11,520.
1A—Lemme Rock, f, 3, Bustin Stones--Menu Varnish, by Mr. Greeley. O-Mark Valentine, B-Roddy Valente & Thomas Lemme (NY), $3,840.
7—Jupiter Moon, m, 5, Defer--Jupiter Hollow, by Salt Lake. O-Charlton Baker, B-Phil Trowbridge (NY), $1,920.
Winning Time: 1:11 3/5 (ft)
 
SUF, 8TH, ALW, $18,620, 3YO/UP, A1MT, 9-15.
4—STEP BROTHER, h, 5, Spanish Steps--Marquet Niche, by Marquetry. O-Tocchio, John R and Roy-Mar Racing Stable, B-Lucy Edwards & Randell Edwards (FL), T-John R. Tocchio, J-Chelsey Keiser, $11,400.
1—Silver Endurance, g, 5, Silver Train--Well Hidden, by More Than Ready. ($21,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Arthur J Lyman, Jr, B-Grapestock LLC (KY), $3,800.
5—The B's and E's, g, 4, Marcavelly--I'm the Business (NZ), by Spectacularphantom. O-John R Grossi Racing Corp, B-Mark Dodson (ON), $1,900.
Winning Time: 1:41 1/5 (fm)
 
SUF, 7TH, ALW, $18,620, 3YO/UP, 6F, 9-15.
3—MR. WATANABE TOO, g, 4, Mr. Sekiguchi--Paid in Silver, by Silver Ghost. O-Ronald B Casey, B-World Thoroughbreds Racing Inc (KY), T-Ronald B. Casey, J-Vernon Bush, $11,400.
7—My Two Great Kids, r, 4, Stonesider--Higgie, by A P Valentine. O-Richie Rich Racing Stable, B-Lowell Kinch (NY), $3,800.
5—Track Magnet, g, 9, Western Expression--Glorious Gift, by Scarlet Ibis. O-Spitfire Racing Stable LLC, B-Karen S Nagleson (NY), $1,900.
Winning Time: 1:11 (ft)
 
FL, 6TH, ALW, $17,600, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 9-15.
2—OUR AMAZING ROSE, f, 3, Yes It's True--Just for You, by Silver Deputy. ($325,000 2013 OBSMAR). O-Repole Stable, B-Whispering Oaks Farm LLC & Ted W Lucas (KY), T-Jeremiah C. Englehart, J-Jaime Rodriguez, $10,560.
4—Box Office Smash, f, 4, Dixie Union--Bees, by Rahy. O-Christopher Progno, B-Courtlandt Farm (KY), $3,520.
3—Carla Sweetrevenge, f, 4, Stephen Got Even--Audrey's Secret, by Salt Lake. O-Hobby Horse Stables, B-Hobby Horse Stables LLC (NY), $1,760.
Winning Time: 1:06 2/5 (ft)

Notebooks

BELMONT NOTEBOOK

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A pair of grassy graded stakes topped the second week of racing of the fall meet at Belmont Park.

Sands Point S. (G2): Farish and Mooney's BALL DANCING (Exchange Rate) swung five-wide into the lane, outdueled the eventual runner-up inside the final furlong and won going away by a half-length for trainer Chad Brown. The talented sophomore filly went nine panels on the firm lawn in 1:50 with Joe Bravo in the silks.

Noble Damsel S. (G3): Bolton and Leidel's ANNECDOTE (Lucky Story) tracked near the back of the pack to the top of the lane, picked up nice momentum to get in range nearing midstretch and blew past her foes late en route to a 2 3/4-length romp beneath Irad Ortiz Jr. The Christophe Clement-conditioned import completed the mile in 1:35 on the firm lawn.

Track Stats

A total of 47 races were held at Elmont, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 34 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 65 percent of the wins during the week. From 21 races on the main oval, eight animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (38 percent), while three of the 26 races on the lawn were taken all the way on the front (12 percent).

Speed was pretty good on the main oval eight leading at every call on the way to victory, but a handful of those came in maiden dashes, which are often run in this manner. The dirt oval is playing fairly, with a slight edge to runners in the mix somewhat early on.

Inside posts did most of the damage on the dirt once again this week with no horse breaking outside of slot six coming home a winner from 21 races. If the trend continues, we will make more of it.

From a trio of wire jobs on the lawn, two came in route runs and one in a dash. Closing types are preferred somewhat right now, and even more so on the outer turf course.

Meet Totals

RACES:   76
DIRT:   34
TURF:   42
FAVORITES:   24 (31 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   13 (17 percent)
TURF WIRE:   7 (17 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   10 (29 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (9/10)

1ST -- The nine-year-old ITALIAN RULES (Tribal Rule) made pretty short work of this field and shows no signs of aging at this point. The Cal-bred came home in a blistering :23 2/5 and should be a fine claim for Jeremiah Englehart.

6TH -- TIZ A CHANCE (Tiz Wonderful) stalked near midpack and closed with good energy in a solid runner-up showing at first asking for Graham Motion. The juvenile colt took a ton of money and appeared to have something left past the wire, so he looks a logical candidate to win next time out, possibly with a bit more ground to work with.

Thursday (9/11)

6TH -- The Kelly Breen-trained CALAMITY KATE (Yes It's True) took a short lead approaching the turn for home and poured it on late in a fine maiden tally under Paco Lopez. The Monmouth shipper made easy work of a field that may have had some quality to it, and we likely won't get 19-1 odds on her in her return, sadly.

8TH -- DEMANDER (Yes It's True) had little chance of rallying into the dawdling pace set by the wire-to-wire winner, but is was a decent effort and we still have some hopes for the Ian Wilkes trainee. A move to the lawn might be something to consider for the sophomore.

Friday (9/12)

1ST -- Kenny McPeek might have a good one after THE TRUTH OR ELSE (Yes It's True) drove home an impressive winner in a swift final time over a field with a pair of solid prospects. The well-bred colt should run long through his dam and he is one we will surely keep an eye on going forward, with his next likely run at Keeneland.

3RD -- PARIS BIKINI (Bernardini) took command early and held the 2-5 favorite at bay late in a sharp debut score for trainer Todd Pletcher. The juvenile filly is kin to the twice graded stakes-placed sophomore America, and this miss has a lot more early foot than that capable filly. She is interesting prospect going forward.

Saturday (9/13)

5TH -- RED GUARD (Bernardini) was last at the top of the lane but finished with fine energy in a very good fourth-place run in this grassy debut for trainer Shug McGaughey. The juvenile colt is bred to be a good one, and this was a nice start to his career for a barn that doesn't put much into their juveniles.

9TH -- DAREDEVIL (More Than Ready) sent notice as a juvenile colt to watch with this powerful debut win, leading at every call. The Pletcher pupil is a half-brother to 2009 Donn H. (G1) star Albertus Maximus and his pedigree suggests that he will run longer for sure.

Sunday (9/14)

10TH -- ODE TO THE HUNT (Artie Schiller) was never getting to the winner but did offer a nice turn of foot to be second in this turf debut for trainer Rick Violette. The two-year-old colt will be tough right back with expected improvement from a good barn with juveniles.

A Look Ahead

Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap is the lone graded race this weekend at Belmont Park.

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Balooga Bull 5G 1 1/8m (ft) ASD 9/13 Gold Cup S. 103
Stormin Monarcho 4G 1m 70y (sy) DEL 9/13 DTHA Governors Day S. 103
Locket 4F 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 Delta Colleen H. 98
Mr. Bowling 5H 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 S. W. Randall Plate H. 94
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Castletown 6G 6f (ft) CBY 9/12 H. B. P. A. Sprint S. 104
Calgary Cat 4G 6 1/2f (ft) WO 9/13 Bold Venture S. 101
Cactus Joe 3F 6f (ft) IND 9/10 Merrillville S. 100
Sucess Is Racing 4G 6f (ft) IND 9/10 Brickyard S. 97
Unzapped 5G 6f (sy) DEL 9/13 New Castle S. 97
Living The Life (IRE) 4F 6 1/2f (ft) PID 9/8 Presque Isle Downs Masters S. 94
Galiana 4F 6f (sy) DEL 9/13 Tax Free Shopping Distaff S. 93
Aireofdistinction 4F 6f (ft) CD 9/13 Open Mind S. 91
Slews Academy 7G 7f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred S. 86
Smile Lee 7M 7f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Fillies and Mares S. 82
He's Italian 4G 5 1/2f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred S. 75
Lost My Aura 4F 5 1/2f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Fillies and Mares S. 72
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Deceptive Vision 4F a1 1/8m (gd) WO 9/14 Canadian S. 107
Sheikhzayedroad (GB) 5G 1 1/2m (gd) WO 9/14 Northern Dancer Turf S. 106
I'm Already Sexy 4F 1m (fm) KD 9/13 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf S. 99
Regally Ready 7G 1m (fm) KD 9/13 More Than Ready Mile S. 99
Two Notch Road 7G 5 1/2f (fm) LRL 9/13 Punch Line S. 98
Trade Storm (GB) 6H 1m (gd) WO 9/14 Ricoh Woodbine Mile S. 97
Lubash 7H 1 1/8m (gd) BEL 9/14 Ashley T. Cole S. 96
Suntracer 6H 1 1/2m (fm) KD 9/13 Kentucky Turf Cup S. 96
Annecdote (GB) 4F 1m (fm) BEL 9/13 Noble Damsel S. 94
Lochte 4G 1 1/16m (gd) GP 9/13 The Vid S. 94
Embarr 6M 1 1/16m (fm) LRL 9/13 Brookmeade S. 93
Richies Party Girl 3F 6 1/2f (fm) KD 9/13 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint S. 93
Rose Brier 5G 1 1/16m (fm) LRL 9/13 Bert Allen S. 90
Heaven Knows What 5M 5 1/2f (fm) LRL 9/13 Oakley S. 89
Okie Ride 7G 5f (gd) RP 9/12 Remington Park Turf Sprint S. 89
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Cinco Charlie 2C 5 1/2f (sy) DEL 9/13 First State Dash S. 92
Grand Full Moon 2G 6f (ft) CBY 9/13 Shakopee Juvenile S. 88
Native American 2F 6f (ft) CBY 9/13 Shakopee Juvenile S. 88
Mound 2C 6f (ft) BTP 9/13 Loyalty S. 81
Saint Warlock 2G 3f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Two Year Old S. 80
Sharla Rae 2F 6 1/2f (ft) LRC 9/13 Barretts Debutante S. 80
Kawfee Fa Marfa 2F 5 1/2f (sy) DEL 9/13 Small Wonder S. 78
Wake Up Nick 2C 6 1/2f (ft) LRC 9/14 Barretts Juvenile S. 77
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Long On Value 3C 1m (fm) CBY 9/13 Mystic Lake Derby 100
Alert Bay 3G 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 British Columbia Derby 98
Zdeno 3G 1 1/8m (ft) ASD 9/12 J. W. Sifton S. 93
Ball Dancing 3F 1 1/8m (fm) BEL 9/13 Sands Point S. 92
Ole's Miss 3F 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 British Columbia Oaks 92
Sistas Stroll 3F 1 1/8m (sf) AP 9/13 Pucker Up S. 92
Belleofthebeach 3F 6 1/2f (ft) ALB 9/13 Casino at the Downs H. 89
Bobby J's Rush 3G 1m 70y (ft) SUF 9/13 John Kirby S. 85
Bradley Russell 3G a6f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Three Year Old S. 68
Go for the Gold 3F a6f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Three Year Old Fillies S. 66

North American Maiden Winners
Tribal Rule--Joyously by Half Term; JOYLICIOUS, f, 2, GG, Msw, 9-14, 6f, 1:11 1/5. B-Dr. & Mrs. William T. Gray (CA.). *Full to Joy Boy(MSP$331,438).
Broken Vow--Manda Island by Dynaformer; DECATUR PRINCESS, f, 3, EMD, Moc 30000, 9-14, 6f, 1:10 1/5. B-Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Field (KY.). $10,000 '12 KEESEP.
Dunkirk--Royal Confection by Candi's Gold; QUICK AND SILVER, g, 3, GG, Msw, 9-14, 6f, 1:10 1/5. B-Elizabeth P. Whelan, David J. Whelan,Teresa Murphy & Steve Murphy (FL.). $67,000 '12 FTKJUL; $25,000 '12 KEEJAN; $165,000 2013 OBSMAR.
Harlan's Holiday--Untamed Passion by Pulpit; VEGAS STRIP, c, 3, LRC, Msw, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:03 1/5. B-Craig L. Wheeler (FL.). $310,000 2013 OBSAPR.
Henrythenavigator--Key to My Heart by Mr. Prospector; MAPPING, g, 3, LRC, Mcl 20000, 9-14, 1m, 1:39 . B-George Ruggiero Jr. (KY.). $27,000 '12 KEESEP. *1/2 to Love N' Kiss S.(G3$383,150).
Stroll--Block by Dynaformer; CINDER BLOCK, c, 3, PRX, Msw, 9-15, 5fT, :57 1/5. B-Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneid (KY.). $30,000 '12 KEESEP. *1/2 to Lideris(G1).
Unbridled's Song--A Footstep Away by Giant's Causeway; TIFFANY, f, 3, MNR, Msw, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:08 2/5. B-Afootstepaway Syndicate (KY.). $335,000 '12 KEESEP.
First Defence--Booking by Farma Way; WHATEVERYOUSAY, g, 4, ZIA, Mcl 6500, 9-15, 6f, 1:12 2/5. B-Normandy Farm (KY.). $4,000 '11 KEESEP.
Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)--Balting Lass (IRE) by Orpen; SUPERBOOT (IRE), g, 4, ZIA, Msw, 9-15, 1m, 1:38 2/5. B-John Quigley (IRE.). 62,000EUR '11 TATIRE.
Stephanotis--Paid Entertainer by Pirate's Bounty; ROCKY'S AMIGO, g, 4, HST, Mcl 5000, 9-14, 6 1/2f, 1:18 4/5. B-Carl Berg (BC.).
With Distinction--Crafty Cosmah by Crafty Prospector; YANKEE SWAP, f, 4, SUF, Mcl 5000, 9-15, 5 1/2f, 1:09 . B-Verbarctic Farm (FL.).
Senor Conquistador--Buttonwood Ida by Loach; KNUTE, g, 6, SUF, Mcl 5000, 9-15, 1m, 1:45 3/5. B-Dorothy Gunther (MA.).

Notebooks

BELMONT NOTEBOOK

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A pair of grassy graded stakes topped the second week of racing of the fall meet at Belmont Park.

Sands Point S. (G2): Farish and Mooney's BALL DANCING (Exchange Rate) swung five-wide into the lane, outdueled the eventual runner-up inside the final furlong and won going away by a half-length for trainer Chad Brown. The talented sophomore filly went nine panels on the firm lawn in 1:50 with Joe Bravo in the silks.

Noble Damsel S. (G3): Bolton and Leidel's ANNECDOTE (Lucky Story) tracked near the back of the pack to the top of the lane, picked up nice momentum to get in range nearing midstretch and blew past her foes late en route to a 2 3/4-length romp beneath Irad Ortiz Jr. The Christophe Clement-conditioned import completed the mile in 1:35 on the firm lawn.

Track Stats

A total of 47 races were held at Elmont, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 34 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 65 percent of the wins during the week. From 21 races on the main oval, eight animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (38 percent), while three of the 26 races on the lawn were taken all the way on the front (12 percent).

Speed was pretty good on the main oval eight leading at every call on the way to victory, but a handful of those came in maiden dashes, which are often run in this manner. The dirt oval is playing fairly, with a slight edge to runners in the mix somewhat early on.

Inside posts did most of the damage on the dirt once again this week with no horse breaking outside of slot six coming home a winner from 21 races. If the trend continues, we will make more of it.

From a trio of wire jobs on the lawn, two came in route runs and one in a dash. Closing types are preferred somewhat right now, and even more so on the outer turf course.

Meet Totals

RACES:   76
DIRT:   34
TURF:   42
FAVORITES:   24 (31 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   13 (17 percent)
TURF WIRE:   7 (17 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   10 (29 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (9/10)

1ST -- The nine-year-old ITALIAN RULES (Tribal Rule) made pretty short work of this field and shows no signs of aging at this point. The Cal-bred came home in a blistering :23 2/5 and should be a fine claim for Jeremiah Englehart.

6TH -- TIZ A CHANCE (Tiz Wonderful) stalked near midpack and closed with good energy in a solid runner-up showing at first asking for Graham Motion. The juvenile colt took a ton of money and appeared to have something left past the wire, so he looks a logical candidate to win next time out, possibly with a bit more ground to work with.

Thursday (9/11)

6TH -- The Kelly Breen-trained CALAMITY KATE (Yes It's True) took a short lead approaching the turn for home and poured it on late in a fine maiden tally under Paco Lopez. The Monmouth shipper made easy work of a field that may have had some quality to it, and we likely won't get 19-1 odds on her in her return, sadly.

8TH -- DEMANDER (Yes It's True) had little chance of rallying into the dawdling pace set by the wire-to-wire winner, but is was a decent effort and we still have some hopes for the Ian Wilkes trainee. A move to the lawn might be something to consider for the sophomore.

Friday (9/12)

1ST -- Kenny McPeek might have a good one after THE TRUTH OR ELSE (Yes It's True) drove home an impressive winner in a swift final time over a field with a pair of solid prospects. The well-bred colt should run long through his dam and he is one we will surely keep an eye on going forward, with his next likely run at Keeneland.

3RD -- PARIS BIKINI (Bernardini) took command early and held the 2-5 favorite at bay late in a sharp debut score for trainer Todd Pletcher. The juvenile filly is kin to the twice graded stakes-placed sophomore America, and this miss has a lot more early foot than that capable filly. She is interesting prospect going forward.

Saturday (9/13)

5TH -- RED GUARD (Bernardini) was last at the top of the lane but finished with fine energy in a very good fourth-place run in this grassy debut for trainer Shug McGaughey. The juvenile colt is bred to be a good one, and this was a nice start to his career for a barn that doesn't put much into their juveniles.

9TH -- DAREDEVIL (More Than Ready) sent notice as a juvenile colt to watch with this powerful debut win, leading at every call. The Pletcher pupil is a half-brother to 2009 Donn H. (G1) star Albertus Maximus and his pedigree suggests that he will run longer for sure.

Sunday (9/14)

10TH -- ODE TO THE HUNT (Artie Schiller) was never getting to the winner but did offer a nice turn of foot to be second in this turf debut for trainer Rick Violette. The two-year-old colt will be tough right back with expected improvement from a good barn with juveniles.

A Look Ahead

Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap is the lone graded race this weekend at Belmont Park.

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Deceptive Vision   WO   a1 1/8m (gd)   9/14   122.5
Trade Storm (GB)   WO   1m (gd)   9/14   122.1
Sheikhzayedroad (GB)   WO   1 1/2m (gd)   9/14   122.0
Regally Ready   KD   1m (fm)   9/13   121.3
Free World   CD   1m (fm)   9/13   121.1
Stormin Monarcho   DEL   1m 70y (sy)   9/13   120.9
Valid   GP   1m (sy)   9/11   120.9
I'm Already Sexy   KD   1m (fm)   9/13   120.8
Lubash   BEL   1 1/8m (gd)   9/14   120.6
Tap the Admiral   ZIA   1m (ft)   9/9   120.3
Unzapped   DEL   6f (sy)   9/13   120.2
Annecdote (GB)   BEL   1m (fm)   9/13   120.2
Conquest Harlanate   WO   1m (yl)   9/13   120.2
Calgary Cat   WO   6 1/2f (ft)   9/13   120.1
Tiz Windy   CD   1 1/16m (ft)   9/13   120.0

Features

RACING LEADERS

(through September 15, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Wicked Strong   7   2   1   0   1,361,610
3. Close Hatches   4   4   0   0   1,315,000
4. Imperative   8   1   2   3   1,259,700
5. Tonalist   6   3   3   0   1,198,250
6. Palace Malice   5   4   0   0   1,195,000
7. Moreno   6   1   2   1   1,160,500
8. Untapable   5   4   0   0   1,146,600
9. Vicar's in Trouble   7   3   0   3   1,100,000
10. Bayern   8   4   1   1   1,077,680
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   766   180   129   113   $17,468,454
2. Jerry Hollendorfer   777   178   158   109   9,213,619
3. Steve Asmussen   975   225   157   144   8,605,833
4. Mark Casse   605   105   105   80   8,557,321
5. Chad Brown   373   97   63   54   8,545,998
6. Bob Baffert   298   68   52   41   8,209,744
7. Bill Mott   500   72   81   71   7,686,586
8. Mike Maker   681   163   107   91   7,105,230
9. Graham Motion   545   106   80   77   6,568,569
10. Christophe Clement   350   71   67   57   6,448,341
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   1002   253   179   147   $19,095,982
2. Joel Rosario   933   160   159   137   15,689,134
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   1018   198   174   150   13,573,864
4. John Velazquez   652   116   110   85   12,062,304
5. Jose Ortiz   848   154   144   122   10,537,286
6. Mike Smith   403   85   59   52   10,238,718
7. Rosie Napravnik   703   154   102   98   9,185,914
8. Victor Espinoza   453   79   66   53   8,644,257
9. Rajiv Maragh   681   92   109   116   8,577,541
10. Jose Lezcano   656   100   102   111   8,420,173
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

RACING LEADERS

(through September 15, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Wicked Strong   7   2   1   0   1,361,610
3. Close Hatches   4   4   0   0   1,315,000
4. Imperative   8   1   2   3   1,259,700
5. Tonalist   6   3   3   0   1,198,250
6. Palace Malice   5   4   0   0   1,195,000
7. Moreno   6   1   2   1   1,160,500
8. Untapable   5   4   0   0   1,146,600
9. Vicar's in Trouble   7   3   0   3   1,100,000
10. Bayern   8   4   1   1   1,077,680
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   766   180   129   113   $17,468,454
2. Jerry Hollendorfer   777   178   158   109   9,213,619
3. Steve Asmussen   975   225   157   144   8,605,833
4. Mark Casse   605   105   105   80   8,557,321
5. Chad Brown   373   97   63   54   8,545,998
6. Bob Baffert   298   68   52   41   8,209,744
7. Bill Mott   500   72   81   71   7,686,586
8. Mike Maker   681   163   107   91   7,105,230
9. Graham Motion   545   106   80   77   6,568,569
10. Christophe Clement   350   71   67   57   6,448,341
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   1002   253   179   147   $19,095,982
2. Joel Rosario   933   160   159   137   15,689,134
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   1018   198   174   150   13,573,864
4. John Velazquez   652   116   110   85   12,062,304
5. Jose Ortiz   848   154   144   122   10,537,286
6. Mike Smith   403   85   59   52   10,238,718
7. Rosie Napravnik   703   154   102   98   9,185,914
8. Victor Espinoza   453   79   66   53   8,644,257
9. Rajiv Maragh   681   92   109   116   8,577,541
10. Jose Lezcano   656   100   102   111   8,420,173
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

At a Glance
LOUISIANA DOWNS AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.84 - 1
Favorite Win%: 40%, Favorite Itm%: 75%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta71.48
Daily Double80.38
Trifecta484.05
Pick 3414.54
Superfecta2,738.03
Pick 41,597.93
Pick 5 Jackpot3,860.48
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/02 - 09/14)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 99 39% E Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 106 25% E/P Outside
1m 70yDirt 178 24% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 74 31% E Rail
Turf Routes 94 17% E/P Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/08 - 09/14)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 4 25% E/P Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 9 11% E/P Outside
1m 70yDirt 11 36% E Inside
Turf Sprint 3 33% E Middle
Turf Routes 2 0% E/P Outside
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Hodges James E. 8 4 0 1 4.19 3 15%
Nicks Morris G. 7 3 0 3 4.73 3 17%
Hutchinson Ronda 9 3 0 0 11.72 1 9%
Kaplan William A. 3 2 0 0 3.00 2 13%
Cates Al 6 2 1 0 11.78 1 17%
Maker Michael J. 6 2 2 1 2.25 2 23%
Nelson, Jr. Eric D. 6 2 1 0 9.82 1 7%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Meche Donnie J. 19 6 3 0 10.03 3 12%
Eramia Richard E. 21 6 3 4 2.59 6 20%
Johnson Patrick A. 9 3 1 1 13.23 1 10%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Balderas Alfonso 10 0 0 1 11.57 1 9%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Rodriguez Filemon T. 16 0 3 1 17.53 0 10%
Jude John 14 0 0 0 36.13 1 4%
Contreras Alfredo 12 0 2 1 19.67 0 7%
Martinez Odilon 10 0 1 1 19.44 0 7%
               

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Balooga Bull 5G 1 1/8m (ft) ASD 9/13 Gold Cup S. 103
Stormin Monarcho 4G 1m 70y (sy) DEL 9/13 DTHA Governors Day S. 103
Locket 4F 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 Delta Colleen H. 98
Mr. Bowling 5H 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 S. W. Randall Plate H. 94
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Castletown 6G 6f (ft) CBY 9/12 H. B. P. A. Sprint S. 104
Calgary Cat 4G 6 1/2f (ft) WO 9/13 Bold Venture S. 101
Cactus Joe 3F 6f (ft) IND 9/10 Merrillville S. 100
Sucess Is Racing 4G 6f (ft) IND 9/10 Brickyard S. 97
Unzapped 5G 6f (sy) DEL 9/13 New Castle S. 97
Living The Life (IRE) 4F 6 1/2f (ft) PID 9/8 Presque Isle Downs Masters S. 94
Galiana 4F 6f (sy) DEL 9/13 Tax Free Shopping Distaff S. 93
Aireofdistinction 4F 6f (ft) CD 9/13 Open Mind S. 91
Slews Academy 7G 7f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred S. 86
Smile Lee 7M 7f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Fillies and Mares S. 82
He's Italian 4G 5 1/2f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred S. 75
Lost My Aura 4F 5 1/2f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Fillies and Mares S. 72
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Deceptive Vision 4F a1 1/8m (gd) WO 9/14 Canadian S. 107
Sheikhzayedroad (GB) 5G 1 1/2m (gd) WO 9/14 Northern Dancer Turf S. 106
I'm Already Sexy 4F 1m (fm) KD 9/13 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf S. 99
Regally Ready 7G 1m (fm) KD 9/13 More Than Ready Mile S. 99
Two Notch Road 7G 5 1/2f (fm) LRL 9/13 Punch Line S. 98
Trade Storm (GB) 6H 1m (gd) WO 9/14 Ricoh Woodbine Mile S. 97
Lubash 7H 1 1/8m (gd) BEL 9/14 Ashley T. Cole S. 96
Suntracer 6H 1 1/2m (fm) KD 9/13 Kentucky Turf Cup S. 96
Annecdote (GB) 4F 1m (fm) BEL 9/13 Noble Damsel S. 94
Lochte 4G 1 1/16m (gd) GP 9/13 The Vid S. 94
Embarr 6M 1 1/16m (fm) LRL 9/13 Brookmeade S. 93
Richies Party Girl 3F 6 1/2f (fm) KD 9/13 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint S. 93
Rose Brier 5G 1 1/16m (fm) LRL 9/13 Bert Allen S. 90
Heaven Knows What 5M 5 1/2f (fm) LRL 9/13 Oakley S. 89
Okie Ride 7G 5f (gd) RP 9/12 Remington Park Turf Sprint S. 89
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Cinco Charlie 2C 5 1/2f (sy) DEL 9/13 First State Dash S. 92
Grand Full Moon 2G 6f (ft) CBY 9/13 Shakopee Juvenile S. 88
Native American 2F 6f (ft) CBY 9/13 Shakopee Juvenile S. 88
Mound 2C 6f (ft) BTP 9/13 Loyalty S. 81
Saint Warlock 2G 3f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Two Year Old S. 80
Sharla Rae 2F 6 1/2f (ft) LRC 9/13 Barretts Debutante S. 80
Kawfee Fa Marfa 2F 5 1/2f (sy) DEL 9/13 Small Wonder S. 78
Wake Up Nick 2C 6 1/2f (ft) LRC 9/14 Barretts Juvenile S. 77
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Long On Value 3C 1m (fm) CBY 9/13 Mystic Lake Derby 100
Alert Bay 3G 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 British Columbia Derby 98
Zdeno 3G 1 1/8m (ft) ASD 9/12 J. W. Sifton S. 93
Ball Dancing 3F 1 1/8m (fm) BEL 9/13 Sands Point S. 92
Ole's Miss 3F 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 British Columbia Oaks 92
Sistas Stroll 3F 1 1/8m (sf) AP 9/13 Pucker Up S. 92
Belleofthebeach 3F 6 1/2f (ft) ALB 9/13 Casino at the Downs H. 89
Bobby J's Rush 3G 1m 70y (ft) SUF 9/13 John Kirby S. 85
Bradley Russell 3G a6f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Three Year Old S. 68
Go for the Gold 3F a6f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Three Year Old Fillies S. 66

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Deceptive Vision   WO   a1 1/8m (gd)   9/14   122.5
Trade Storm (GB)   WO   1m (gd)   9/14   122.1
Sheikhzayedroad (GB)   WO   1 1/2m (gd)   9/14   122.0
Regally Ready   KD   1m (fm)   9/13   121.3
Free World   CD   1m (fm)   9/13   121.1
Stormin Monarcho   DEL   1m 70y (sy)   9/13   120.9
Valid   GP   1m (sy)   9/11   120.9
I'm Already Sexy   KD   1m (fm)   9/13   120.8
Lubash   BEL   1 1/8m (gd)   9/14   120.6
Tap the Admiral   ZIA   1m (ft)   9/9   120.3
Unzapped   DEL   6f (sy)   9/13   120.2
Annecdote (GB)   BEL   1m (fm)   9/13   120.2
Conquest Harlanate   WO   1m (yl)   9/13   120.2
Calgary Cat   WO   6 1/2f (ft)   9/13   120.1
Tiz Windy   CD   1 1/16m (ft)   9/13   120.0

At a Glance
WOODBINE AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.26 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 66%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exactor84.15
Daily Double61.86
Triactor568.61
Pick 3608.88
Superfecta5,981.90
Pick 47,032.74
Super High Five Jackpot29,719.85
TRACK BIAS MEET(04/12 - 09/14)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 166 30% E Rail/Ins
7.0fDirt 160 22% E Outside
1 1/16mDirt 138 20% P Outside
1 1/4mDirt 4 0% P Outside
Turf Sprint 65 28% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 79 11% P Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/08 - 09/14)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 11 45% E Middle
7.0fDirt 11 9% P Inside
1 1/16mDirt 3 33% S Rail/Ins
1 1/4mDirt 1 0% P Inside
Turf Sprint 0 0% - na
Turf Routes 5 0% P Inside
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Cappuccitti Larry 6 3 1 0 10.79 0 12%
Simcock David 2 2 0 0 3.85 0 40%
Barnett Robert Earl 4 2 0 0 16.53 0 15%
Attard Steve 5 2 1 0 8.56 0 17%
Drexler Martin 5 2 1 1 6.38 0 13%
Bowden Thomas R. 6 2 0 0 8.23 0 9%
McKnight Norman 6 2 0 0 5.62 2 22%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Husbands Patrick 26 9 5 4 4.69 1 24%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Crawford Juan 11 0 0 1 38.88 2 9%
Garcia David 11 0 0 1 32.88 0 6%
               

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

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

Racing Highlights

For Tuesday

FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,200 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (3RD).
FORT ERIE (2:00): $18,600 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (6TH); $18,600 ocl, 3&up, 5f (7TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (5TH); $36,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,600 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 7fT (3RD).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $32,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (3RD).

*all times Eastern

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Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Tuesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Finger Lakes   (1st) Dos Pasos, 3-1
    (8th) Al's Deputy, 3-1
Fort Erie   (2nd) Joyful Cheers, 3-1
    (5th) Get A Grip, 7-2
Indiana Downs   (3rd) Take Dat Puddy Tat, 5-1
    (5th) Victor Jara, 3-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Silent Honor, 9-2
    (5th) Shes Notable, 9-2
Parx Racing   (1st) Is She Hot, 9-2
    (6th) Bay State Justice, 7-2
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) Sprawling, 4-1
    (2nd) Little G, 5-1

HIGHLIGHTS

For Tuesday

FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,200 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (3RD).
FORT ERIE (2:00): $18,600 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (6TH); $18,600 ocl, 3&up, 5f (7TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (5TH); $36,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,600 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 7fT (3RD).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $32,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (3RD).

*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.