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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

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Shared Belief records half-mile bullet work for Awesome Again

Shared Belief has yet to be seriously tested (Benoit Photo)

Shared Belief, a leading Horse of the Year contender following his smashing 2 3/4-length victory in the Pacific Classic, completed serious preparations for Saturday's Grade 1 Awesome Again at Santa Anita by working four furlongs in a bullet :47 3/5 at Golden Gate Fields Tuesday. It was the fastest of 14 moves at the distance.

Ricardo Gonzalez was up on the three-year-old gelding for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who saw his charge gallop out five furlongs in 1:01.

"It was a very good work," Hollendorfer said. "The track was a little faster today, so he went a little faster. He was really reaching out today."

Hollendorfer said Shared Belief would ship to Santa Anita Wednesday morning. Hall of Famer Mike Smith will ride Shared Belief in the $300,000 Awesome Again, a 1 1/8-mile race that serves as a prep for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 1.

Shared Belief, recipient of the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding two-year-old of 2013, was perfect from three starts as a juvenile and is three for three this year.

After being forced to miss the Triple Crown due to a foot problem, the son of Candy Ride returned to action with an easy win over allowance rivals at Golden Gate Fields in late May. His first four starts came on synthetic tracks but Shared Belief made a seamless transition to dirt in his next outing at Los Alamitos, the Grade 2 Swaps on July 5, winning in hand by a 4 1/4-length margin. He proceeded to make short work of older foes in the August 24 Pacific Classic at Del Mar, unleashing a scintillating turn on the far turn that carried him to another convincing victory.

Entries for the Awesome Again Stakes will be taken Wednesday morning.

Shared Belief is owned in partnership by Jungle Racing (Jim and Janet Rome), Hollendorfer, KMN Racing (Kevin and Kim Nish), Jason Litt, George Todaro, and Alex Solis II.  He has earned $1,372,200 in his six races.

Click here to view Shared Belief's Brisnet.com Lifetime Past Performances (report #5044).

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Shared Belief records half-mile bullet work for Awesome Again

Shared Belief has yet to be seriously tested (Benoit Photo)

Shared Belief, a leading Horse of the Year contender following his smashing 2 3/4-length victory in the Pacific Classic, completed serious preparations for Saturday's Grade 1 Awesome Again at Santa Anita by working four furlongs in a bullet :47 3/5 at Golden Gate Fields Tuesday. It was the fastest of 14 moves at the distance.

Ricardo Gonzalez was up on the three-year-old gelding for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who saw his charge gallop out five furlongs in 1:01.

"It was a very good work," Hollendorfer said. "The track was a little faster today, so he went a little faster. He was really reaching out today."

Hollendorfer said Shared Belief would ship to Santa Anita Wednesday morning. Hall of Famer Mike Smith will ride Shared Belief in the $300,000 Awesome Again, a 1 1/8-mile race that serves as a prep for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 1.

Shared Belief, recipient of the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding two-year-old of 2013, was perfect from three starts as a juvenile and is three for three this year.

After being forced to miss the Triple Crown due to a foot problem, the son of Candy Ride returned to action with an easy win over allowance rivals at Golden Gate Fields in late May. His first four starts came on synthetic tracks but Shared Belief made a seamless transition to dirt in his next outing at Los Alamitos, the Grade 2 Swaps on July 5, winning in hand by a 4 1/4-length margin. He proceeded to make short work of older foes in the August 24 Pacific Classic at Del Mar, unleashing a scintillating turn on the far turn that carried him to another convincing victory.

Entries for the Awesome Again Stakes will be taken Wednesday morning.

Shared Belief is owned in partnership by Jungle Racing (Jim and Janet Rome), Hollendorfer, KMN Racing (Kevin and Kim Nish), Jason Litt, George Todaro, and Alex Solis II.  He has earned $1,372,200 in his six races.

Click here to view Shared Belief's Brisnet.com Lifetime Past Performances (report #5044).

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Wise Dan works five-eighths on Keeneland turf

Wise Dan will run in the October 4 Shadwell Turf Mile before seeking a third straight win in the Breeders' Cup Mile (Breeders' Cup Ltd. Photo)

Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan worked on Keeneland's turf course Tuesday morning as he prepares for his next start in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile on October 4.

Clockers caught Wise Dan, with regular exercise rider Damien Rock aboard, in five furlongs around the dogs in 1:01 1/5.

"I thought he worked really good," trainer Charlie LoPresti said about the seven-year-old gelding by Wiseman's Ferry. "These cones are really far out. He galloped out good."

LoPresti said he would determine in the coming days whether Wise Dan will work again before the Shadwell Turf Mile.

"We'll just see how he comes out of this one," he said. "Maybe we'll work him on the dirt one more time."

Wise Dan has run in the Shadwell Turf Mile the past three seasons. In 2011, the gelding was fourth behind champion Gio Ponti. He won the Shadwell Turf Mile in 2012 and was second to Silver Max last year when the race was moved to the main track because of heavy rains.

In 2012-13, Wise Dan went on to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile.

A homebred racing for Mort Fink, Wise Dan has won 22 races in 30 career starts and has earned $6,952,920. He has won a record six stakes at Keeneland, including the Maker's 46 Mile in April 2013 and 2014.

This year, the gelding next won the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on May 3 and five days later underwent colic surgery. He returned to competition August 30 with a nose victory in the Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga.

Click here to view Wise Dan's Brisnet.com Lifetime Past Performances (report #5044).

Before Wise Dan's Tuesday move, two two-year-olds trained by Wesley Ward breezed in company on the turf. Grade 1 winner Sunset Glow, nominated to the $400,000 Alcibiades on October 3, covered five furlongs around the dogs in 1:02.

Hootenanny, in his first work since running second in the Prix Morny on August 24 in France, was clocked in 1:02 3/5. Hootenanny is nominated to the $250,000 Bourbon on October 5.

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Wise Dan works five-eighths on Keeneland turf

Wise Dan will run in the October 4 Shadwell Turf Mile before seeking a third straight win in the Breeders' Cup Mile (Breeders' Cup Ltd. Photo)

Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan worked on Keeneland's turf course Tuesday morning as he prepares for his next start in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile on October 4.

Clockers caught Wise Dan, with regular exercise rider Damien Rock aboard, in five furlongs around the dogs in 1:01 1/5.

"I thought he worked really good," trainer Charlie LoPresti said about the seven-year-old gelding by Wiseman's Ferry. "These cones are really far out. He galloped out good."

LoPresti said he would determine in the coming days whether Wise Dan will work again before the Shadwell Turf Mile.

"We'll just see how he comes out of this one," he said. "Maybe we'll work him on the dirt one more time."

Wise Dan has run in the Shadwell Turf Mile the past three seasons. In 2011, the gelding was fourth behind champion Gio Ponti. He won the Shadwell Turf Mile in 2012 and was second to Silver Max last year when the race was moved to the main track because of heavy rains.

In 2012-13, Wise Dan went on to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile.

A homebred racing for Mort Fink, Wise Dan has won 22 races in 30 career starts and has earned $6,952,920. He has won a record six stakes at Keeneland, including the Maker's 46 Mile in April 2013 and 2014.

This year, the gelding next won the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on May 3 and five days later underwent colic surgery. He returned to competition August 30 with a nose victory in the Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga.

Click here to view Wise Dan's Brisnet.com Lifetime Past Performances (report #5044).

Before Wise Dan's Tuesday move, two two-year-olds trained by Wesley Ward breezed in company on the turf. Grade 1 winner Sunset Glow, nominated to the $400,000 Alcibiades on October 3, covered five furlongs around the dogs in 1:02.

Hootenanny, in his first work since running second in the Prix Morny on August 24 in France, was clocked in 1:02 3/5. Hootenanny is nominated to the $250,000 Bourbon on October 5.

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Santa Anita Autumn Meet opens with Eddie D. featured

Unbridled's Note will be seeking his second Eddie D. victory in three years on Santa Anita's opening day (Benoit Photos)

America's top jockeys and trainers are set to compete beginning Friday as Santa Anita's 23-day Autumn Meet, which will be highlighted by the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships on October 31 and November 1, gets underway.

"We've got an incredible overall jockey colony and our horse inventory looks good as well," said Rick Hammerle, Santa Anita Vice President of Racing. "Our trainer roster is second to none and we're optimistic we're going to be able to provide our fans top-class racing and good betting opportunities."

Rafael Bejarano, who will be seeking his 20th leading rider title in Southern California, heads one of the nation's deepest jockey colonies that also includes the likes of Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who is the all-time winningest jockey in Breeders' Cup history.

Top trainers such as Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer, Peter Miller, John Sadler and Doug O'Neill figure to once again vie for leading trainer honors. Hollendorfer, who dead-heated atop the Santa Anita Spring standings with Sadler, has a deep and varied stable that is currently headed by the undefeated champion Shared Belief, who is slated to run next in the $300,000 Awesome Again on Saturday -- his final prep for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 1.

Recent winner of the Pacific Classic, Shared Belief will be the subject of a full color poster to be given away free of charge to the first 4,000 attendees on Friday.

The featured race on Friday's card is the Grade 3, $100,000 Eddie D., an about 6 1/2-furlong turf sprint that serves as a course-and-distance tune-up for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on November 1.

Unbridled's Note, who won the 2012 Eddie D. and finished third by a half-length in his title defense last season, is back for another go. The Steve Asmussen trainee's win two years ago came in the horse's grass debut, and the son of Unbridled's Song has subsequently won the 2013 editions of the Joe Hernandez Handicap and Daytona over the Santa Anita turf.

Unraced since February, Unbridled's Note ran second and fourth, behind the filly Mizdirection, in the past two runnings of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Ambitious Brew, undefeated in three starts on Santa Anita's turf, was last seen in February taking the $100,000 Sensational Star for California-breds and has been working lights-out at Los Alamitos for trainer Marty Jones.

Also likely to attract support are Pure Tactics, Lil Bit O'Fun, Global Power, and the three-year-old Home Run Kitten.

First post time on opening day will be at 1 p.m. (PDT). Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.

Santa Anita Autumn Meet opens with Eddie D. featured

Unbridled's Note will be seeking his second Eddie D. victory in three years on Santa Anita's opening day (Benoit Photos)

America's top jockeys and trainers are set to compete beginning Friday as Santa Anita's 23-day Autumn Meet, which will be highlighted by the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships on October 31 and November 1, gets underway.

"We've got an incredible overall jockey colony and our horse inventory looks good as well," said Rick Hammerle, Santa Anita Vice President of Racing. "Our trainer roster is second to none and we're optimistic we're going to be able to provide our fans top-class racing and good betting opportunities."

Rafael Bejarano, who will be seeking his 20th leading rider title in Southern California, heads one of the nation's deepest jockey colonies that also includes the likes of Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who is the all-time winningest jockey in Breeders' Cup history.

Top trainers such as Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer, Peter Miller, John Sadler and Doug O'Neill figure to once again vie for leading trainer honors. Hollendorfer, who dead-heated atop the Santa Anita Spring standings with Sadler, has a deep and varied stable that is currently headed by the undefeated champion Shared Belief, who is slated to run next in the $300,000 Awesome Again on Saturday -- his final prep for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 1.

Recent winner of the Pacific Classic, Shared Belief will be the subject of a full color poster to be given away free of charge to the first 4,000 attendees on Friday.

The featured race on Friday's card is the Grade 3, $100,000 Eddie D., an about 6 1/2-furlong turf sprint that serves as a course-and-distance tune-up for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on November 1.

Unbridled's Note, who won the 2012 Eddie D. and finished third by a half-length in his title defense last season, is back for another go. The Steve Asmussen trainee's win two years ago came in the horse's grass debut, and the son of Unbridled's Song has subsequently won the 2013 editions of the Joe Hernandez Handicap and Daytona over the Santa Anita turf.

Unraced since February, Unbridled's Note ran second and fourth, behind the filly Mizdirection, in the past two runnings of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Ambitious Brew, undefeated in three starts on Santa Anita's turf, was last seen in February taking the $100,000 Sensational Star for California-breds and has been working lights-out at Los Alamitos for trainer Marty Jones.

Also likely to attract support are Pure Tactics, Lil Bit O'Fun, Global Power, and the three-year-old Home Run Kitten.

First post time on opening day will be at 1 p.m. (PDT). Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.

Three Chimneys buys interest in Palace Malice, who might race again

Palace Malice's physical condition will be evaluated in mid-November and he could return to the races in 2015 (Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm have announced the sale of 50 percent of Palace Malice to Three Chimneys in a scenario that may see the multiple Grade 1 winner go back in training for 2015, but ultimately stand at stud at Three Chimneys, according to Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable President.

"Breeders who had expressed interest were asked to submit bids on the horse to the Stoll Keenon Ogden law firm, in Lexington, on September 19. The somewhat unexpected and unique nature of the Three Chimneys offer was very enticing to us," Campbell said.

"Four straight graded stakes wins by Palace Malice in 2014 were followed with an uncharacteristic performance in the Whitney Stakes in early August. The colt, by champion Curlin out of Palace Rumor, was found to have a bone bruise in his left hind cannon bone. This eliminated the chance to race him further this year. However, Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood and Riddle felt he would heal perfectly with several months of inactivity, and could race as a five-year-old.

"Palace Malice will be examined by a panel of vets on November 15 and if he is 100 percent racing sound to the satisfaction of Three Chimneys and Dogwood, he will be shipped to Dogwood's barn in Aiken, South Carolina, and prepared for another campaign with Todd Pletcher, his trainer throughout his career. Upon retirement from racing, Three Chimneys will acquire full ownership of the horse," Campbell said.

Palace Malice would race in the name Three Chimneys Farm/Dogwood Stable, and in Dogwood colors.

"We have done business with Three Chimneys for many years, have a high regard for the outfit, and we are impressed with the fire power of the new leadership under Goncalo Torrealba. This joint ownership between Dogwood and Three Chimneys allows the owners of the four shares in Dogwood's Palace Malice partnership to take a fair bit of money off the table, and still look forward to racing a horse that has had only 17 starts, and will not have his fifth birthday until May 2," Campbell said.

"We are enthusiastic and hopeful about this collaboration with Mr. Campbell and the Palace Malice partners," Goncalo Torrealba said. "It is clear that Dogwood has done an exceptional job managing Palace Malice's career to date, and to join them on this journey is exciting. To be involved with the leading son of a two-time Horse of the Year, who demonstrated amazing versatility to win races like the Belmont Stakes and Metropolitan (Handicap), is what Three Chimneys is all about."

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Three Chimneys buys interest in Palace Malice, who might race again

Palace Malice's physical condition will be evaluated in mid-November and he could return to the races in 2015 (Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm have announced the sale of 50 percent of Palace Malice to Three Chimneys in a scenario that may see the multiple Grade 1 winner go back in training for 2015, but ultimately stand at stud at Three Chimneys, according to Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable President.

"Breeders who had expressed interest were asked to submit bids on the horse to the Stoll Keenon Ogden law firm, in Lexington, on September 19. The somewhat unexpected and unique nature of the Three Chimneys offer was very enticing to us," Campbell said.

"Four straight graded stakes wins by Palace Malice in 2014 were followed with an uncharacteristic performance in the Whitney Stakes in early August. The colt, by champion Curlin out of Palace Rumor, was found to have a bone bruise in his left hind cannon bone. This eliminated the chance to race him further this year. However, Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood and Riddle felt he would heal perfectly with several months of inactivity, and could race as a five-year-old.

"Palace Malice will be examined by a panel of vets on November 15 and if he is 100 percent racing sound to the satisfaction of Three Chimneys and Dogwood, he will be shipped to Dogwood's barn in Aiken, South Carolina, and prepared for another campaign with Todd Pletcher, his trainer throughout his career. Upon retirement from racing, Three Chimneys will acquire full ownership of the horse," Campbell said.

Palace Malice would race in the name Three Chimneys Farm/Dogwood Stable, and in Dogwood colors.

"We have done business with Three Chimneys for many years, have a high regard for the outfit, and we are impressed with the fire power of the new leadership under Goncalo Torrealba. This joint ownership between Dogwood and Three Chimneys allows the owners of the four shares in Dogwood's Palace Malice partnership to take a fair bit of money off the table, and still look forward to racing a horse that has had only 17 starts, and will not have his fifth birthday until May 2," Campbell said.

"We are enthusiastic and hopeful about this collaboration with Mr. Campbell and the Palace Malice partners," Goncalo Torrealba said. "It is clear that Dogwood has done an exceptional job managing Palace Malice's career to date, and to join them on this journey is exciting. To be involved with the leading son of a two-time Horse of the Year, who demonstrated amazing versatility to win races like the Belmont Stakes and Metropolitan (Handicap), is what Three Chimneys is all about."

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Breeders' Cup General Admission tickets on sale

The Breeders' Cup has announced that General Admission tickets to the 31st World Championships are now available for purchase at www.breederscup.com/tickets. The international event will be held at Santa Anita on October 31-November 1. To further encourage and excite fans, general admission tickets sold online offer lower price points than those at the gate on race days.

The Breeders' Cup has curated new entertainment and experiential programming for the track's Infield and General Admission ticket areas to further enhance the fan experience.

"We couldn't be more excited about the new programming we've implemented and the new activities for our fans," said Craig Fravel, Breeders' Cup President and CEO. "In addition to the 13 Championship races, we're utilizing the infield to provide unique experiences and entertainment options that are sure to appeal to attendees of all ages. This year's Breeders' Cup promises to be a true fusion of world class racing, luxury hospitality and live entertainment."

General Admission tickets will grant attendees access to the Breeders' Cup's first-ever Halloween Fright-Day, designed for school-aged children and their parents. Located in the infield, there will be trick-or-treating with local businesses, a petting zoo, pony rides, themed musical performances and bounce houses.

On Saturday, Infield guests will enjoy live music featuring the popular Southern California swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plus a beer garden and food truck festival with more than 25 of Los Angeles's best food trucks. Popular participating trucks include The Grilled Cheese Truck, Lobsta Truck, Komodo and Ragin Cajun. Admission to the Infield on Breeders' Cup Saturday is $10 with VIP packages available at $75.

Pricing for General Admission tickets is listed below, and all attendees will receive a complimentary official Breeders' Cup World Championships track program.

  • Advanced online General Admission prices: $10 for Championship Friday and $25 for Championship Saturday. General Admission tickets provide access to the first floor grounds of the facility including the Track Apron and Infield. Patrons can print tickets at home and bring them to the track for admission. Tickets may be purchased online until 12 a.m. (PDT) on October 30.
  • General Admission prices at the gate: $15 for Championship Friday and $40 for Championship Saturday.
  • Infield-Only Admission prices: $5 for Championship Friday and $10 for Championship Saturday. This ticket provides access to the Infield only and does not allow cross-over to the main facility without an additional fee of $10 on Friday and $30 on Saturday.
  • Tickets for the 31st running of the Breeders' Cup are also available in the following areas, all offering some of the best views of the track:

  • Grandstand Reserved seating ranging in price from $25-$125 per person for Championship Friday and $50-$200 per person for Championship Saturday.
  • Trackside premium dining options remain, but inventory is selling fast.
  • More details can be found by contacting the Breeders' Cup ticketing office at bctickets@breederscup.com or by calling 877-936-7183.

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    Breeders' Cup General Admission tickets on sale

    The Breeders' Cup has announced that General Admission tickets to the 31st World Championships are now available for purchase at www.breederscup.com/tickets. The international event will be held at Santa Anita on October 31-November 1. To further encourage and excite fans, general admission tickets sold online offer lower price points than those at the gate on race days.

    The Breeders' Cup has curated new entertainment and experiential programming for the track's Infield and General Admission ticket areas to further enhance the fan experience.

    "We couldn't be more excited about the new programming we've implemented and the new activities for our fans," said Craig Fravel, Breeders' Cup President and CEO. "In addition to the 13 Championship races, we're utilizing the infield to provide unique experiences and entertainment options that are sure to appeal to attendees of all ages. This year's Breeders' Cup promises to be a true fusion of world class racing, luxury hospitality and live entertainment."

    General Admission tickets will grant attendees access to the Breeders' Cup's first-ever Halloween Fright-Day, designed for school-aged children and their parents. Located in the infield, there will be trick-or-treating with local businesses, a petting zoo, pony rides, themed musical performances and bounce houses.

    On Saturday, Infield guests will enjoy live music featuring the popular Southern California swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plus a beer garden and food truck festival with more than 25 of Los Angeles's best food trucks. Popular participating trucks include The Grilled Cheese Truck, Lobsta Truck, Komodo and Ragin Cajun. Admission to the Infield on Breeders' Cup Saturday is $10 with VIP packages available at $75.

    Pricing for General Admission tickets is listed below, and all attendees will receive a complimentary official Breeders' Cup World Championships track program.

  • Advanced online General Admission prices: $10 for Championship Friday and $25 for Championship Saturday. General Admission tickets provide access to the first floor grounds of the facility including the Track Apron and Infield. Patrons can print tickets at home and bring them to the track for admission. Tickets may be purchased online until 12 a.m. (PDT) on October 30.
  • General Admission prices at the gate: $15 for Championship Friday and $40 for Championship Saturday.
  • Infield-Only Admission prices: $5 for Championship Friday and $10 for Championship Saturday. This ticket provides access to the Infield only and does not allow cross-over to the main facility without an additional fee of $10 on Friday and $30 on Saturday.
  • Tickets for the 31st running of the Breeders' Cup are also available in the following areas, all offering some of the best views of the track:

  • Grandstand Reserved seating ranging in price from $25-$125 per person for Championship Friday and $50-$200 per person for Championship Saturday.
  • Trackside premium dining options remain, but inventory is selling fast.
  • More details can be found by contacting the Breeders' Cup ticketing office at bctickets@breederscup.com or by calling 877-936-7183.

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    Undrafted, Something Extra square off at Kentucky Downs

    Jaipur winner Undrafted looks to give NFL star Wes Welker another big win as an owner (Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)

    Kentucky Downs, the all-turf track in Franklin, near the Tennessee border, concludes a successful five-day meeting on Wednesday with a trio of stakes, headlined by the $200,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash over 6 1/2 furlongs.

    A potential prep for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, the Turf Dash features Undrafted, NFL football star Wes Welker's Grade 3-winning gelding. Trained by Wesley Ward, Undrafted scored a 1 1/2-length victory in the Jaipur at Belmont Park in early June, and then ran a solid fourth against several of Europe's top sprinters in the July Cup at Newmarket the following month.

    The 5-2 morning line favorite is Something Extra, a multiple Grade 2 winner in Canada, where the Indian Charlie gelding has won the past two editions of the Connaught Cup and the July 6 Highlander, all over the Woodbine turf.

    Another with strong Canadian form is Dimension, who landed the 2013 Play the King, a Grade 2 event going seven furlongs on turf. Based at the Skylight Training Center in Kentucky, the six-year-old was most recently third when defending his title in the Play the King on August 10.

    Others of note are the filly To My Valentine, winner of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint last season; Stormy Going, runner-up in the More Than Ready Mile at Kentucky Downs September 13; multiple allowance winner Banzai Charge, who makes his stakes debut here; and Catalactic and Todge, both winners earlier this month over the Kentucky Downs course.

    The $200,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon, contested over 1 5/16 miles, attracted 23 fillies and mares and was split into two divisions. The first division features Cat's Claw, heroine of the $100,000 Waya at Saratoga in early August. Most recently, the Jonathan Sheppard trainee finished sixth in the Glens Falls when caught behind a slow pace.

    Customer Base looks to snap a five-race losing streak for trainer Tom Procter. A Grade 3 scorer in the Robert J. Frankel at Santa Anita last December, the five-year-old mare was most recently a half-length behind returning rival Ann of the Dance in the CTT & TOC Handicap at Del Mar over 1 3/8 miles.

    Other potential contenders are Street of Gold, third by a neck in the Modesty Handicap two back and seventh in the Beverly D. last time; the Mark Casse-trained Sky High Lady, an allowance winner over this course last season; and Angegreen, twice Grade 3-placed since her importation from Italy.

    The second division of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon includes Grade 3 queen Angel Terrace, who ran third in the race last year behind Mystical Star and Preferential. Grade 3-placed Tabreed, who makes her third start of the season in this race, appears to be rounding into form at the right time, while the Neil Drysdale-trained Topic looks to rebound off a poor try against males in the Del Mar Handicap.

    Auld Alliance and I O Ireland also figure to draw support.

    The festivities on Wednesday at Kentucky Downs begin at noon (CDT) with an autograph session with Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, the rider of the legendary 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Turcotte will be visiting with fans and signing autographs near the finish line from 12-1 p.m., and then continuing in the Clubhouse from 2-4 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation, with proceeds benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF).

    Post time for the first race is 1:35.

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    Undrafted, Something Extra square off at Kentucky Downs

    Jaipur winner Undrafted looks to give NFL star Wes Welker another big win as an owner (Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)

    Kentucky Downs, the all-turf track in Franklin, near the Tennessee border, concludes a successful five-day meeting on Wednesday with a trio of stakes, headlined by the $200,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash over 6 1/2 furlongs.

    A potential prep for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, the Turf Dash features Undrafted, NFL football star Wes Welker's Grade 3-winning gelding. Trained by Wesley Ward, Undrafted scored a 1 1/2-length victory in the Jaipur at Belmont Park in early June, and then ran a solid fourth against several of Europe's top sprinters in the July Cup at Newmarket the following month.

    The 5-2 morning line favorite is Something Extra, a multiple Grade 2 winner in Canada, where the Indian Charlie gelding has won the past two editions of the Connaught Cup and the July 6 Highlander, all over the Woodbine turf.

    Another with strong Canadian form is Dimension, who landed the 2013 Play the King, a Grade 2 event going seven furlongs on turf. Based at the Skylight Training Center in Kentucky, the six-year-old was most recently third when defending his title in the Play the King on August 10.

    Others of note are the filly To My Valentine, winner of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint last season; Stormy Going, runner-up in the More Than Ready Mile at Kentucky Downs September 13; multiple allowance winner Banzai Charge, who makes his stakes debut here; and Catalactic and Todge, both winners earlier this month over the Kentucky Downs course.

    The $200,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon, contested over 1 5/16 miles, attracted 23 fillies and mares and was split into two divisions. The first division features Cat's Claw, heroine of the $100,000 Waya at Saratoga in early August. Most recently, the Jonathan Sheppard trainee finished sixth in the Glens Falls when caught behind a slow pace.

    Customer Base looks to snap a five-race losing streak for trainer Tom Procter. A Grade 3 scorer in the Robert J. Frankel at Santa Anita last December, the five-year-old mare was most recently a half-length behind returning rival Ann of the Dance in the CTT & TOC Handicap at Del Mar over 1 3/8 miles.

    Other potential contenders are Street of Gold, third by a neck in the Modesty Handicap two back and seventh in the Beverly D. last time; the Mark Casse-trained Sky High Lady, an allowance winner over this course last season; and Angegreen, twice Grade 3-placed since her importation from Italy.

    The second division of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon includes Grade 3 queen Angel Terrace, who ran third in the race last year behind Mystical Star and Preferential. Grade 3-placed Tabreed, who makes her third start of the season in this race, appears to be rounding into form at the right time, while the Neil Drysdale-trained Topic looks to rebound off a poor try against males in the Del Mar Handicap.

    Auld Alliance and I O Ireland also figure to draw support.

    The festivities on Wednesday at Kentucky Downs begin at noon (CDT) with an autograph session with Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, the rider of the legendary 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Turcotte will be visiting with fans and signing autographs near the finish line from 12-1 p.m., and then continuing in the Clubhouse from 2-4 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation, with proceeds benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF).

    Post time for the first race is 1:35.

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    Homecoming Classic could be stepping stone to BC Classic for Cigar Street

    Lightly raced Cigar Street captured the Skip Away in his second, and final, start of 2013 (Courtney Heeney/Adam Coglianese Photography)
    Jake Ballis and Rashard Lewis' Grade 3 winner Cigar Street is expected to ship to Churchill Downs on Thursday in advance of Saturday's $125,000 Homecoming Classic for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

    Cigar Street's second-place finish in an August 22 allowance at Saratoga was his first start in 17 months, since capturing the Skip Away at Gulfstream in March 2013.

    Sent off as the odds-on favorite, the Street Sense five-year-old got out to an early lead on the muddy track, posting modest fractions of :24 4/5, :49 2/5 and 1:13 3/5. He held onto the lead until the final stages before being caught by Pick of the Litter, who crossed the wire a half-length in front, and re-opposes on Saturday.

    "There really wasn't a plan for him in Saratoga since he had been off for 17 months," Ballis said. "No one knew if he was going to like the mud either, but he's always either been on the lead or lay pretty close.

    "Before the race, (jockey) Johnny Velazquez just said he was going to let him break and get in a comfortable spot. He said he wasn't going to beat him up down the lane or anything; he just wanted to get him around and see how he would do after 17 months. He ran as well or better than I expected him to run though."

    Ballis said he would let the horse and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan dictate their own running style on Saturday, but expects them to be close in the 1 1/8-mile test.

    "I think it will be similar on Saturday," Ballis remarked. "We can go to the lead or lay off. He's won going gate-to-wire at Gulfstream and Fair Grounds, and then his other two wins he sat off, so he's versatile.

    Departing is hoping to return to the form that saw him romp in last year's WV Derby (Mountaineer Park/Coady Photography)
    "I think it will be a good stepping stone for him. I think it's good to have him back in stakes-company even though it's not graded. We'll see how he does and how he comes out of it and then we'll get a plan together for him for the rest of the year and early next year."

    Ballis said he would wait and see how the Homecoming Classic goes before making a decision on his colt's next start, but that the November 1 Breeders' Cup Classic was not out of the question. He also mentioned that the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Classic would be ideal for Cigar Street.

    "He can run all day long," Ballis asserted. "I think a mile-and-a-quarter is an ideal distance for him; he has a high-cruising speed. If he wins impressively I don't think the Breeders' Cup Classic is out of the question. We'll see how it goes."

    Cigar Street has flashed serious talent in his stop-start career. A 13-length maiden winner at Fair Grounds for Steve Margolis, he was a wide-trip fourth in his stakes debut in the 2012 Louisiana Derby. The dark bay was sidelined for nearly nine months before resurfacing with Mott at Gulfstream, where he reeled off a three-race winning streak culminating in the Skip Away.

    One of those Cigar Street will face in the Homecoming Classic is Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's multiple Grade 2 victor Departing, who worked a half-mile in :48 4/5 Sunday morning over Churchill's fast dirt. It was the War Front gelding's final move ahead of Saturday's race.

    Departing was on an upward curve last summer when dominating the West Virginia Derby and Super Derby, but the Al Stall Jr. trainee has been hit or miss since. After kicking off 2014 with a one-mile allowance score at Churchill in April, he was third in the Stephen Foster at this track and trip June 14, and exits a disappointing eighth in the August 2 Whitney at Saratoga. Robby Albarado retains the mount.

    Carve, another Claiborne Farm and Dilschneider product who races for Michael Langford has been in fine form. The Brad Cox pupil has won or placed in all but one of seven starts this season. Third to the now-retired Will Take Charge in the April 12 Oaklawn Handicap, he compiled a three-race winning spree over the summer, beating Pick of the Litter in a Churchill allowance and annexing the June 28 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker and August 2 West Virginia Governor's Stakes. Carve was most recently runner-up to Bradester in the September 6 Ack Ack here, and keeps Jesus Castanon in the saddle.

    Others entered in the Homecoming Classic are Call Me George (Leandro Goncalves), Perfect Title (Brian Hernandez Jr.) and the aforementioned Pick of the Litter (Julien Leparoux).

    Almost Famous is seeking a first stakes win while making his turf debut in the Jefferson Cup (Rickelle Nelson/Horsephotos.com)
    Also scheduled on Saturday at Churchill is the Grade 3, $100,000 Jefferson Cup, and the one-mile grass will feature the turf debut of Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC's Almost Famous.

    The Unbridled's Song sophomore exits a fourth-place effort in the Smarty Jones at Parx Racing, which followed third-place runs in the Ohio Derby and Matt Winn.

    "He's been doing great," trainer Pat Byrne said. "Unfortunately we haven't been able to work him on the turf, but he has two siblings that have both won on turf, so we're hoping he takes to it well."

    Those half-sisters are A Shin Epona, a Curlin filly who races in Japan, and the Tiznow juvenile Tiz Ladys Legs, who just broke her maiden at Del Mar August 31 for Neil Drysdale.

    "We thought about some other races, but with this one being restricted to three-year-olds, we figured we'd take a shot," Byrne said. "We'll see how it goes. If he likes the grass he should be right there."

    While Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel has ridden Almost Famous in three of his five starts under the Twin Spires, Byrne said Joe Rocco Jr. would get the call for Saturday's Jefferson Cup. Rocco was aboard when the dark bay made his stakes debut a fourth-place effort in last October's Street Sense under the Twin Spires.

    "I think we're going to get Joe Rocco to ride him just to mix things up," Byrne said. "He's been on him once before so hopefully he can guide him to a win on Saturday."

    Woodbine shippers Heart to Heart and Speightsland warrant respect. Heart to Heart invades for Brian Lynch. As might be expected from an English Channel colt, he has found his true home on turf, and comes off a three-length wire job in the August 20 Better Talk Now at Saratoga. Fellow Woodbine shipper Speightsland has run two strong races since Mark Casse switched him to turf, and the son of Grade 1 winner Pool Land looks ready for a stakes breakthrough.

    Centaur Stakes runner-up Captain Dixie shortens up to a more suitable distance off his fifth in the 1 5/16-mile Dueling Grounds Derby, while Stormy Pacific, second in the August 16 Straight Line over Arlington's Polytrack, is bred to prefer turf.

    Joseph Allen's homebred Battlefront makes his U.S., and belated sophomore, bow after beginning his career in France. Successful in two of six starts as a two-year-old when trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, the well-bred son of War Front returns from an 11-month holiday for new trainer Ben Colebrook.

    Dale Romans is double-handed with yet another War Front, Hesinfront, whose two career wins have both come over this course, and Sportscaster, a maiden winner here three starts back.

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    Homecoming Classic could be stepping stone to BC Classic for Cigar Street

    Lightly raced Cigar Street captured the Skip Away in his second, and final, start of 2013 (Courtney Heeney/Adam Coglianese Photography)
    Jake Ballis and Rashard Lewis' Grade 3 winner Cigar Street is expected to ship to Churchill Downs on Thursday in advance of Saturday's $125,000 Homecoming Classic for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

    Cigar Street's second-place finish in an August 22 allowance at Saratoga was his first start in 17 months, since capturing the Skip Away at Gulfstream in March 2013.

    Sent off as the odds-on favorite, the Street Sense five-year-old got out to an early lead on the muddy track, posting modest fractions of :24 4/5, :49 2/5 and 1:13 3/5. He held onto the lead until the final stages before being caught by Pick of the Litter, who crossed the wire a half-length in front, and re-opposes on Saturday.

    "There really wasn't a plan for him in Saratoga since he had been off for 17 months," Ballis said. "No one knew if he was going to like the mud either, but he's always either been on the lead or lay pretty close.

    "Before the race, (jockey) Johnny Velazquez just said he was going to let him break and get in a comfortable spot. He said he wasn't going to beat him up down the lane or anything; he just wanted to get him around and see how he would do after 17 months. He ran as well or better than I expected him to run though."

    Ballis said he would let the horse and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan dictate their own running style on Saturday, but expects them to be close in the 1 1/8-mile test.

    "I think it will be similar on Saturday," Ballis remarked. "We can go to the lead or lay off. He's won going gate-to-wire at Gulfstream and Fair Grounds, and then his other two wins he sat off, so he's versatile.

    Departing is hoping to return to the form that saw him romp in last year's WV Derby (Mountaineer Park/Coady Photography)
    "I think it will be a good stepping stone for him. I think it's good to have him back in stakes-company even though it's not graded. We'll see how he does and how he comes out of it and then we'll get a plan together for him for the rest of the year and early next year."

    Ballis said he would wait and see how the Homecoming Classic goes before making a decision on his colt's next start, but that the November 1 Breeders' Cup Classic was not out of the question. He also mentioned that the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Classic would be ideal for Cigar Street.

    "He can run all day long," Ballis asserted. "I think a mile-and-a-quarter is an ideal distance for him; he has a high-cruising speed. If he wins impressively I don't think the Breeders' Cup Classic is out of the question. We'll see how it goes."

    Cigar Street has flashed serious talent in his stop-start career. A 13-length maiden winner at Fair Grounds for Steve Margolis, he was a wide-trip fourth in his stakes debut in the 2012 Louisiana Derby. The dark bay was sidelined for nearly nine months before resurfacing with Mott at Gulfstream, where he reeled off a three-race winning streak culminating in the Skip Away.

    One of those Cigar Street will face in the Homecoming Classic is Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's multiple Grade 2 victor Departing, who worked a half-mile in :48 4/5 Sunday morning over Churchill's fast dirt. It was the War Front gelding's final move ahead of Saturday's race.

    Departing was on an upward curve last summer when dominating the West Virginia Derby and Super Derby, but the Al Stall Jr. trainee has been hit or miss since. After kicking off 2014 with a one-mile allowance score at Churchill in April, he was third in the Stephen Foster at this track and trip June 14, and exits a disappointing eighth in the August 2 Whitney at Saratoga. Robby Albarado retains the mount.

    Carve, another Claiborne Farm and Dilschneider product who races for Michael Langford has been in fine form. The Brad Cox pupil has won or placed in all but one of seven starts this season. Third to the now-retired Will Take Charge in the April 12 Oaklawn Handicap, he compiled a three-race winning spree over the summer, beating Pick of the Litter in a Churchill allowance and annexing the June 28 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker and August 2 West Virginia Governor's Stakes. Carve was most recently runner-up to Bradester in the September 6 Ack Ack here, and keeps Jesus Castanon in the saddle.

    Others entered in the Homecoming Classic are Call Me George (Leandro Goncalves), Perfect Title (Brian Hernandez Jr.) and the aforementioned Pick of the Litter (Julien Leparoux).

    Almost Famous is seeking a first stakes win while making his turf debut in the Jefferson Cup (Rickelle Nelson/Horsephotos.com)
    Also scheduled on Saturday at Churchill is the Grade 3, $100,000 Jefferson Cup, and the one-mile grass will feature the turf debut of Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC's Almost Famous.

    The Unbridled's Song sophomore exits a fourth-place effort in the Smarty Jones at Parx Racing, which followed third-place runs in the Ohio Derby and Matt Winn.

    "He's been doing great," trainer Pat Byrne said. "Unfortunately we haven't been able to work him on the turf, but he has two siblings that have both won on turf, so we're hoping he takes to it well."

    Those half-sisters are A Shin Epona, a Curlin filly who races in Japan, and the Tiznow juvenile Tiz Ladys Legs, who just broke her maiden at Del Mar August 31 for Neil Drysdale.

    "We thought about some other races, but with this one being restricted to three-year-olds, we figured we'd take a shot," Byrne said. "We'll see how it goes. If he likes the grass he should be right there."

    While Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel has ridden Almost Famous in three of his five starts under the Twin Spires, Byrne said Joe Rocco Jr. would get the call for Saturday's Jefferson Cup. Rocco was aboard when the dark bay made his stakes debut a fourth-place effort in last October's Street Sense under the Twin Spires.

    "I think we're going to get Joe Rocco to ride him just to mix things up," Byrne said. "He's been on him once before so hopefully he can guide him to a win on Saturday."

    Woodbine shippers Heart to Heart and Speightsland warrant respect. Heart to Heart invades for Brian Lynch. As might be expected from an English Channel colt, he has found his true home on turf, and comes off a three-length wire job in the August 20 Better Talk Now at Saratoga. Fellow Woodbine shipper Speightsland has run two strong races since Mark Casse switched him to turf, and the son of Grade 1 winner Pool Land looks ready for a stakes breakthrough.

    Centaur Stakes runner-up Captain Dixie shortens up to a more suitable distance off his fifth in the 1 5/16-mile Dueling Grounds Derby, while Stormy Pacific, second in the August 16 Straight Line over Arlington's Polytrack, is bred to prefer turf.

    Joseph Allen's homebred Battlefront makes his U.S., and belated sophomore, bow after beginning his career in France. Successful in two of six starts as a two-year-old when trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, the well-bred son of War Front returns from an 11-month holiday for new trainer Ben Colebrook.

    Dale Romans is double-handed with yet another War Front, Hesinfront, whose two career wins have both come over this course, and Sportscaster, a maiden winner here three starts back.

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    In brief

    Fresh from a powerful front-running, track record-setting victory in last Saturday's Pennsylvania Derby (G2), Bayern (Offlee Wild) thrust himself into the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) picture as a major player, although Bob Baffert didn't rule out other options for the son of Offlee Wild. "He could run in three races: the Sprint (G1), the (Dirt) Mile (G1) or the Classic," Baffert said. "That's how versatile he is. That's how good he is. He's a pretty good horse if he can do all that, right? All the great ones can do that, though." Bayern has won at distances from seven furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. Of his five victories from nine starts, his combined margin of victory is just under 40 lengths, an average of nearly eight lengths per triumph...

    Airdrie Stud will offer Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Believe You Can (Proud Citizen) at Fasig-Tipton's November Sale on November 3. The home-bred five-year-old mare is in foal on a February 19 cover to the nation's Tapit. Believe You Can, a graded stakes winner at two, won the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 as well as the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). She won five additional stakes and retired with eight victories and earnings of $1,280,324. Boyd Browning, president of Fasig-Tipton, commented, "When you look at the honor roll of fillies to have won the Kentucky Oaks, and couple it with her being in foal to Tapit, the hottest sire at stud in North America, it is obviously a high privilege for us to offer Believe You Can for Airdrie. We are excited that as one of the most significant Thoroughbred offerings of 2014, she joins an exclusive cast for our sale on November 3."...

    Aaron Jones, the Oregon lumberman who with his wife, Marie, campaigned champions Lemhi Gold, Riboletta, and Tiffany Lass, among numerous major stakes winners, died of heart failure at his home in Eugene, Oregon, on Monday at the age of 93. The Joneses also bred champions Ashado and Speightstown, and Belmont S. (G1) winner Drosselmeyer, all of whom won Breeders' Cup races...

    The 2014 live racing season at Suffolk Downs will come to a close on October 4 in what will very likely mark the final racing day of the 79 year-old track's history. The 2014 live racing meet was originally scheduled to conclude on September 29, but Suffolk Downs' officials decided to postpone the final day of racing until a Saturday both to accommodate public interest in attending and to provide an extra week of work to seasonal employees. "There has been an outpouring of support since last week's events and we felt that it would be more fitting to have the last day of racing here on a Saturday than on a weekday to give more people a chance to take part in a fitting celebration of the end of an era here," said Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer. Suffolk Downs announced in April that this would be its last season of racing if the gaming license for the eastern region of Massachusetts was not awarded to its tenant, Mohegan Sun. Last week after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission made the decision to award the Region A casino license to Wynn Resorts, Suffolk Downs formally notified employees, horsemen and vendors of its plans to wind down operations by the end of the year. Upon the conclusion of live racing, the track plans to continue simulcasting until December...

    Irish Surf (Giant's Causeway), 8 1/4-length winner of the Cougar II H. (G3), worked five furlongs Tuesday at Santa Anita in 1:01 for trainer Dan Hendricks, who has designs on the John Henry Turf Championship (G2) on Sunday. Hendricks said the long-range goal is the $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon at 1 3/4 miles on dirt October 31...

    Undefeated world champion sprinter Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) will be bred to 2008 Golden Slipper S. (Aus-G1) hero and successful young sire Sebring for her second year at stud, according to Racing and Sports. "We have given the selection of a stallion for Black Caviar's second mating much consideration and sought expert opinion and have decided that Sebring is our choice for this breeding season," owner Gary Wilkie told Racing and Sports. "Being a son of More Than Ready, Sebring has both confirmation and pedigree on his side and we believe that he will be an excellent match for Black Caviar. He was a star on the track and has shown in his first seasons at stud that he can produce high quality foals that can deliver on the racetrack. We paid particular attention to the advice of Peter Moody who has had great success with the progeny of Sebring through Dissident and Bring Me the Maid, who was placed in this year's Golden Slipper." Standing at Widden Stud, Sebring was Australia's leading second-crop sire in 2013-14 by stakes winners, including multiple Group 1 winners Dissident and Criterion. Widden Stud's Anthony Thompson said the news came on the occasion of the stallion's ninth birthday. "What a great birthday present," Thompson told Racing and Sports. "Sebring is one of most exciting young stallions in Australia and we're honored that he's been chosen for Australia's greatest mare Black Caviar." Black Caviar won each of her 25 career trips to the post, 15 at the Group 1 level. She retired with earnings of A$6,873,050 and delivered her first foal, a filly by Exceed and Excel, on September 12...

    Jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who spent the last 11 years as Sheikh Mohammed's first-call rider in Australia, has decided to break ties with the operation to pursue a career as a freelance rider. "It has been a great association and I'm blessed to have been a part of it all and ride some fantastic horses," McEvoy told Racing and Sports. "To be whisked overseas as a 22-year-old and working with Frankie Dettori and those guys over there, I was able to learn so much from them and the whole Godolphin outfit, witnessing first hand how these big stables operate, it was a real eye opener." In recent months, Godolphin has shifted gears in Australia, splitting mounts in Sydney between McEvoy and New South Wales premiership winner James McDonald. "The landscape has changed a little bit in terms of the structure of jockey bookings," McEvoy told Sky Sports Radio. "I wasn't the contracted rider as such as I have been in other years and I felt it was the right time to part ways and head out as a free-lance jockey. There has been no bust up, it has been an amicable split and I am hopeful there will be opportunities if the stable sees fit to put me on in the future." McEvoy singled out his uncle Tony McEvoy as one option going forward, and it was also announced Tuesday that he would be the new rider for Rubick (Encosta de Lago) through the colt's spring campaign, set to begin in the Schillaci S. (Aus-G2) over 1000 meters at Caulfield October 11. The Group 3 winner is set to trial September 30 ahead of the Schillaci...

    Dan Excel (Shamardal) is suffering from a virus which will cause the six-year-old to miss his intended first-up run in Sunday's Sir Rupert Clarke S. (Aus-G1) at Caulfield and casting some doubt on his participation in his major goal, the Cox Plate (Aus-G1) October 25, Racing and Sports reports. The bay gelding has been shipped to Melbourne from Sydney, where he has spent the last month following his arrival from Hong Kong. Trainer John Moore is hopeful his charge can make a recovery quickly enough to have what will become a single Cox Plate prep in the Toorak H. (Aus-G1) over 1600 meters at Caulfield October 11. Moore told Racing and Sports that he will not unduly stress Dan Excel to make the Toorak and that he will have no problem calling time on the Australian campaign as the situation dictates. Dan Excel spent the majority of the 2013-14 racing season in the shadow of his more accomplished stable companion Military Attack (Oratorio), but emerged with a comprehensive victory in the International Cup (Mal-G1) in Singapore May 18, defeating favored Military Attack into third...

    Commanding Jewel (Commands) still has the Cox Plate (Aus-G1) as her near-term objective, but will use Friday night's W.H. Stocks S. (Aus-G2) at Moonee Valley against her own sex as a stepping stone to the event and not Sunday's Rupert Clarke S. (Aus-G1) as previously expected. A start in the Stocks opens the door to a final prep in the Caulfield S. (Aus-G1) over the Cox Plate distance of 10 furlongs. "That way we'll get to see how she handles the 2000 meters in the Caulfield S., rather than finding out for the first time in a Cox Plate," trainer Leon Corstens said. "If she didn't get the 2000 (meters), or wasn't happy in that, we could rethink and go back to the (1600-meter) Myer Classic ([Aus-G1] November 1) if we need." The Group 1 winner most recently won the Let's Elope S. (Aus-G2) at Flemington on September 13 for the second straight year...

    Thursday's $100,000 Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile over 6 1/2 furlongs at Presque Isle has attracted an overflow field of 13, including two looking to step up off their efforts in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) -- Bourbon Cowboy (Cowboy Cal) and Seraph (Kantharos). Bourbon Cowboy had been runner-up to eventual Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Recount (Limehouse) in their mutual debut before rallying to a convincing maiden score over the same Polytrack, but could do no better than fourth in their September 6 rematch. Seraph, a smart first-out winner at Indiana Downs, was sixth in his stakes and synthetic debut in the Arlington-Washington Futurity. Although that leaves his aptitude for the Presque Isle Tapeta uncertain, he was likely compromised by an awkward start as well, and is worth another chance on synthetic. Other promising types include Machination (Yes It's True), who ships in off a commanding maiden win at Monmouth for Kelly Breen; the respective top two from the September 7 Mark McDermott for state-breds here, Duff (Candy Ride) and Adventurous Fox (Canadian Frontier); locally based maiden scorer Less Than Perfect (Pleasantly Perfect), fourth in both the Swynford and Summer (Can-G2) at Woodbine; unbeaten Hazel Park invader Court's Ruling (Closing Argument); and the thrice-placed maiden Louisiana Brown (Big Brown), who has been competing in a few tough heats at both Churchill and Saratoga...

    One race later on Thursday's card, the $100,000 H.B.P.A. S. features a few horses-for-the-course at Presque Isle. Defending champion Awesome Flower (Flower Alley) remained perfect here by adding the June 22 Windward Stakes, and the Mike Maker mare was last seen getting up in time in the off-the-turf Lady Canterbury July 12. Also bringing a two-for-two local mark are Star Pearl (Tapit), who topped a Graham Motion exacta over stablemate Cat's Holiday (Harlan's Holiday) in the July 13 Northern Fling two starts back, and Miss Mischief (Into Mischief), who just romped in an allowance at this mile and 70-yard trip for Dale Capuano. Rounding out the stakes triple-header is the $75,000 Mrs. Henry D. Paxson Memorial for Pennsylvania-bred two-year-old fillies. Arlington shipper Happy to Go (Saint Anddan) already has stakes form to her credit, with thirds in both the My Dear at Woodbine and the Arlington-Washington Lassie, while Chilly Start (Jump Start) boasts an unbeaten record from two starts over the track.

    In brief

    Fresh from a powerful front-running, track record-setting victory in last Saturday's Pennsylvania Derby (G2), Bayern (Offlee Wild) thrust himself into the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) picture as a major player, although Bob Baffert didn't rule out other options for the son of Offlee Wild. "He could run in three races: the Sprint (G1), the (Dirt) Mile (G1) or the Classic," Baffert said. "That's how versatile he is. That's how good he is. He's a pretty good horse if he can do all that, right? All the great ones can do that, though." Bayern has won at distances from seven furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. Of his five victories from nine starts, his combined margin of victory is just under 40 lengths, an average of nearly eight lengths per triumph...

    Airdrie Stud will offer Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Believe You Can (Proud Citizen) at Fasig-Tipton's November Sale on November 3. The home-bred five-year-old mare is in foal on a February 19 cover to the nation's Tapit. Believe You Can, a graded stakes winner at two, won the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 as well as the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). She won five additional stakes and retired with eight victories and earnings of $1,280,324. Boyd Browning, president of Fasig-Tipton, commented, "When you look at the honor roll of fillies to have won the Kentucky Oaks, and couple it with her being in foal to Tapit, the hottest sire at stud in North America, it is obviously a high privilege for us to offer Believe You Can for Airdrie. We are excited that as one of the most significant Thoroughbred offerings of 2014, she joins an exclusive cast for our sale on November 3."...

    Aaron Jones, the Oregon lumberman who with his wife, Marie, campaigned champions Lemhi Gold, Riboletta, and Tiffany Lass, among numerous major stakes winners, died of heart failure at his home in Eugene, Oregon, on Monday at the age of 93. The Joneses also bred champions Ashado and Speightstown, and Belmont S. (G1) winner Drosselmeyer, all of whom won Breeders' Cup races...

    The 2014 live racing season at Suffolk Downs will come to a close on October 4 in what will very likely mark the final racing day of the 79 year-old track's history. The 2014 live racing meet was originally scheduled to conclude on September 29, but Suffolk Downs' officials decided to postpone the final day of racing until a Saturday both to accommodate public interest in attending and to provide an extra week of work to seasonal employees. "There has been an outpouring of support since last week's events and we felt that it would be more fitting to have the last day of racing here on a Saturday than on a weekday to give more people a chance to take part in a fitting celebration of the end of an era here," said Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer. Suffolk Downs announced in April that this would be its last season of racing if the gaming license for the eastern region of Massachusetts was not awarded to its tenant, Mohegan Sun. Last week after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission made the decision to award the Region A casino license to Wynn Resorts, Suffolk Downs formally notified employees, horsemen and vendors of its plans to wind down operations by the end of the year. Upon the conclusion of live racing, the track plans to continue simulcasting until December...

    Irish Surf (Giant's Causeway), 8 1/4-length winner of the Cougar II H. (G3), worked five furlongs Tuesday at Santa Anita in 1:01 for trainer Dan Hendricks, who has designs on the John Henry Turf Championship (G2) on Sunday. Hendricks said the long-range goal is the $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon at 1 3/4 miles on dirt October 31...

    Undefeated world champion sprinter Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) will be bred to 2008 Golden Slipper S. (Aus-G1) hero and successful young sire Sebring for her second year at stud, according to Racing and Sports. "We have given the selection of a stallion for Black Caviar's second mating much consideration and sought expert opinion and have decided that Sebring is our choice for this breeding season," owner Gary Wilkie told Racing and Sports. "Being a son of More Than Ready, Sebring has both confirmation and pedigree on his side and we believe that he will be an excellent match for Black Caviar. He was a star on the track and has shown in his first seasons at stud that he can produce high quality foals that can deliver on the racetrack. We paid particular attention to the advice of Peter Moody who has had great success with the progeny of Sebring through Dissident and Bring Me the Maid, who was placed in this year's Golden Slipper." Standing at Widden Stud, Sebring was Australia's leading second-crop sire in 2013-14 by stakes winners, including multiple Group 1 winners Dissident and Criterion. Widden Stud's Anthony Thompson said the news came on the occasion of the stallion's ninth birthday. "What a great birthday present," Thompson told Racing and Sports. "Sebring is one of most exciting young stallions in Australia and we're honored that he's been chosen for Australia's greatest mare Black Caviar." Black Caviar won each of her 25 career trips to the post, 15 at the Group 1 level. She retired with earnings of A$6,873,050 and delivered her first foal, a filly by Exceed and Excel, on September 12...

    Jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who spent the last 11 years as Sheikh Mohammed's first-call rider in Australia, has decided to break ties with the operation to pursue a career as a freelance rider. "It has been a great association and I'm blessed to have been a part of it all and ride some fantastic horses," McEvoy told Racing and Sports. "To be whisked overseas as a 22-year-old and working with Frankie Dettori and those guys over there, I was able to learn so much from them and the whole Godolphin outfit, witnessing first hand how these big stables operate, it was a real eye opener." In recent months, Godolphin has shifted gears in Australia, splitting mounts in Sydney between McEvoy and New South Wales premiership winner James McDonald. "The landscape has changed a little bit in terms of the structure of jockey bookings," McEvoy told Sky Sports Radio. "I wasn't the contracted rider as such as I have been in other years and I felt it was the right time to part ways and head out as a free-lance jockey. There has been no bust up, it has been an amicable split and I am hopeful there will be opportunities if the stable sees fit to put me on in the future." McEvoy singled out his uncle Tony McEvoy as one option going forward, and it was also announced Tuesday that he would be the new rider for Rubick (Encosta de Lago) through the colt's spring campaign, set to begin in the Schillaci S. (Aus-G2) over 1000 meters at Caulfield October 11. The Group 3 winner is set to trial September 30 ahead of the Schillaci...

    Dan Excel (Shamardal) is suffering from a virus which will cause the six-year-old to miss his intended first-up run in Sunday's Sir Rupert Clarke S. (Aus-G1) at Caulfield and casting some doubt on his participation in his major goal, the Cox Plate (Aus-G1) October 25, Racing and Sports reports. The bay gelding has been shipped to Melbourne from Sydney, where he has spent the last month following his arrival from Hong Kong. Trainer John Moore is hopeful his charge can make a recovery quickly enough to have what will become a single Cox Plate prep in the Toorak H. (Aus-G1) over 1600 meters at Caulfield October 11. Moore told Racing and Sports that he will not unduly stress Dan Excel to make the Toorak and that he will have no problem calling time on the Australian campaign as the situation dictates. Dan Excel spent the majority of the 2013-14 racing season in the shadow of his more accomplished stable companion Military Attack (Oratorio), but emerged with a comprehensive victory in the International Cup (Mal-G1) in Singapore May 18, defeating favored Military Attack into third...

    Commanding Jewel (Commands) still has the Cox Plate (Aus-G1) as her near-term objective, but will use Friday night's W.H. Stocks S. (Aus-G2) at Moonee Valley against her own sex as a stepping stone to the event and not Sunday's Rupert Clarke S. (Aus-G1) as previously expected. A start in the Stocks opens the door to a final prep in the Caulfield S. (Aus-G1) over the Cox Plate distance of 10 furlongs. "That way we'll get to see how she handles the 2000 meters in the Caulfield S., rather than finding out for the first time in a Cox Plate," trainer Leon Corstens said. "If she didn't get the 2000 (meters), or wasn't happy in that, we could rethink and go back to the (1600-meter) Myer Classic ([Aus-G1] November 1) if we need." The Group 1 winner most recently won the Let's Elope S. (Aus-G2) at Flemington on September 13 for the second straight year...

    Thursday's $100,000 Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile over 6 1/2 furlongs at Presque Isle has attracted an overflow field of 13, including two looking to step up off their efforts in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) -- Bourbon Cowboy (Cowboy Cal) and Seraph (Kantharos). Bourbon Cowboy had been runner-up to eventual Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Recount (Limehouse) in their mutual debut before rallying to a convincing maiden score over the same Polytrack, but could do no better than fourth in their September 6 rematch. Seraph, a smart first-out winner at Indiana Downs, was sixth in his stakes and synthetic debut in the Arlington-Washington Futurity. Although that leaves his aptitude for the Presque Isle Tapeta uncertain, he was likely compromised by an awkward start as well, and is worth another chance on synthetic. Other promising types include Machination (Yes It's True), who ships in off a commanding maiden win at Monmouth for Kelly Breen; the respective top two from the September 7 Mark McDermott for state-breds here, Duff (Candy Ride) and Adventurous Fox (Canadian Frontier); locally based maiden scorer Less Than Perfect (Pleasantly Perfect), fourth in both the Swynford and Summer (Can-G2) at Woodbine; unbeaten Hazel Park invader Court's Ruling (Closing Argument); and the thrice-placed maiden Louisiana Brown (Big Brown), who has been competing in a few tough heats at both Churchill and Saratoga...

    One race later on Thursday's card, the $100,000 H.B.P.A. S. features a few horses-for-the-course at Presque Isle. Defending champion Awesome Flower (Flower Alley) remained perfect here by adding the June 22 Windward Stakes, and the Mike Maker mare was last seen getting up in time in the off-the-turf Lady Canterbury July 12. Also bringing a two-for-two local mark are Star Pearl (Tapit), who topped a Graham Motion exacta over stablemate Cat's Holiday (Harlan's Holiday) in the July 13 Northern Fling two starts back, and Miss Mischief (Into Mischief), who just romped in an allowance at this mile and 70-yard trip for Dale Capuano. Rounding out the stakes triple-header is the $75,000 Mrs. Henry D. Paxson Memorial for Pennsylvania-bred two-year-old fillies. Arlington shipper Happy to Go (Saint Anddan) already has stakes form to her credit, with thirds in both the My Dear at Woodbine and the Arlington-Washington Lassie, while Chilly Start (Jump Start) boasts an unbeaten record from two starts over the track.

    Carryover Watch

    For Wednesday or Next Raceday

    GULFSTREAM:   Pick 6 -- $50,000
    ARLINGTON:   Pick 9 -- $42,628
        Pick 6 -- $11,390
        Pick 5 -- $11,278
    BELMONT:   Pick 6 -- $29,459
    LAUREL:   Pick 5 -- $19,297
    CHURCHILL:   Pick 6 -- $11,424

    Results

    NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

    IND, 5TH, AOC, $36,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5FT, 9-23.
    2—ANGIE'S PRIM LADY, f, 3, With Distinction--Optime', by Yes It's True. ($5,500 '12 OBSAUG; $52,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Dianne Hutcherson, B-Janet Erwin (FL), T-Brad H. Cox, J-Ricardo Santana, Jr., $21,600.
    8—Gift Receipt, f, 4, Songandaprayer--Great Buy, by Smart Strike. O-Bantry Farms, B-Brookdale Thoroughbreds LLC (KY), $7,200.
    5—Wild About Irene, f, 4, Offlee Wild--My Belonging, by Belong to Me. ($18,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Nebraska Racing Partners, B-Lothenbach Stables Inc (KY), $3,600.
    Winning Time: :57 2/5 (fm)
     
    PID, 1ST, ALW, $30,800, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 9-23.
    7—GRILLEDHAM'NCHEESE, m, 8, Gneiss--Odalea (ARG), by Pepenador. O-Laramie Racing Stable, LLC, B-Daystar Farm, Inc (KY), T-Nicholas Sideris, J-Erick D. Rodriguez, $18,000.
    1—J. J's Jewel, f, 4, Posse--Jolie's Julia, by West by West. O-Richard H Bosshard, Jr, B-Richard H Bosshard Jr (PA), $6,000.
    8—Gussied Up, m, 6, Duckhorn--Oh Say Annie, by Oh Say. O-Randall R Russell, B-Ronald G Lamb, Karen E Lamb & Thoro-Walk Farm (PA), $3,900.
    Winning Time: 1:04 (ft)
     
    MNR, 2ND, ALW, $20,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7FT, 9-22.
    7—CRACK YOUR WHIP, f, 3, Stephen Got Even--Relaxing Green, by Formal Gold. ($30,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Allied Racing Stable, LLC, B-Jack Swain (KY), T-Claudie Marshall Godsey, J-Christian P. Pilares, $11,800.
    3—Happy Hattie, f, 3, Chelsey Cat--Fuerza Marina, by Polish Navy. ($2,500 '12 OBSAUG). O-Team Ramgeet Racing Stable LLC, B-Nancy C Shuford (NC), $4,000.
    9—Savannah Star F F, m, 5, Bethestar--Anna Savannah, by Knight in Savannah. O-Harold W Fullerton, B-Harold William Fullerton (MT), $2,000.
    Winning Time: 1:23 3/5 (fm)
     
    FL, 8TH, ALW, $19,500, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 9-23.
    5—CALEB'S A SURVIVOR, g, 4, Stonesider--Crashing Through, by Senor Speedy. O-Joseph Gentile, B-Joseph Gentile (NY), T-James T. Wright, J-Emanuel De Diego, $11,700.
    2—More Zen Tea, g, 6, Roaring Fever--Lady Di Huntley, by Shuailaan. ($13 '08 NYBOCT). O-M Anthony Ferraro, B-Adam Madkour (NY), $3,900.
    6—Becker's Galaxy, g, 4, Greeley's Galaxy--Cheval De Joi, by French Deputy. O-Francis J Paolangeli, B-Allen S Becker (NY), $1,950.
    Winning Time: 1:46 (ft)
     
    FL, 7TH, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, 1M, 9-23.
    1—REPENT TWICE, g, 3, Repent--Double Edge, by Double Negative. O-Kupferberg, Saul J and Max, B-Saul Kupferberg & Max Kupferberg (NY), T-Michael S. Ferraro, J-David Michael Lopez, $10,140.
    2—Dreamboat, g, 3, Freud--Gretta's Dream, by Cozzene. O-Langpap Stables, B-Mia Gallo & Deborah Petrisak (NY), $3,380.
    5—Shipwrecked, g, 3, Singing Saint--Blue Ginger, by Ordway. O-Jeremiah C Englehart, B-Jesse J Englehart (NY), $1,859.
    Winning Time: 1:40 3/5 (ft)

    North American Maiden Winners
    Discreet Cat--Rising Lady by Elusive Quality; RISETOTHEOCCASION, c, 2, IND, Msw, 9-23, 5 1/2f, 1:03 3/5. B-Whitehall Stables (KY.).
    Lemon Drop Kid--Run Kate Run by Cherokee Run; INSTANT REPLAY, c, 2, PRX, Msw, 9-23, 1m, 1:40 3/5. B-Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (KY.). $440,000 '13 KEESEP. *Full to Kid Kate (G1P$478,829) *1/2 to Amie's Dini (G1P$296,814).
    Neko Bay--Minor Details (G2P$280,014), by General Meeting; TAKECHARGECOPELAND, c, 2, IND, Msw, 9-23, 1m, 1:39 . B-Sundance Thoroughbred (IN.).
    Song of Navarone--Lauras Last Music by Prospector's Music; SONG OF LAURA, g, 2, ZIA, Msw, 9-23, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Barbara M. Coleman (NM.).   ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
    Any Given Saturday--Desafinado by Pulpit; THE MOOCHE, g, 3, FL, Msw, 9-23, 1m, 1:41 3/5. B-Anstu Farm LLC (NY.).
    Broken Vow--Bandera Negra by Dynaformer; WORD OF HONOR, g, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 9-23, 1m, 1:43 . B-Y-Lo Racing Stables, LLC (FL.). $20,000 '12 OBSAUG.
    Dove Hunt--Acre of Diamonds by West Acre; HUNTING DIAMONDS, g, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 9-23, 5f, :59 1/5. B-Richard Hessee (AR.).
    Magna Graduate--Kimberlite by Mineshaft; FASTEEL, f, 3, MNR, Mcl 5000, 9-22, 1m 70y, 1:49 3/5. B-Elisabeth Alexander (KY.).
    Don't Get Mad--Valexi by Cold Digger; DRAGON TATTOO, f, 4, PRX, Mcl 10000, 9-23, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Fred H. Salter Jr. (PA.).
    Pulpit--Dowell House by Danzig; CONGO ROAD, g, 4, FE, Mcl 5000, 9-23, 6f, 1:13 2/5. B-Eugene Melnyk (ON.).
    Fortifier--Pineingmyheartaway by Pineing Patty; IMMINENT IMPACT, g, 5, IND, Mcl 5000, 9-23, 1m, 1:42 1/5. B-Michael Mann (IN.).
    Powerscourt (GB)--Ghazirella by Ghazi; LEFT UPPERCUT, m, 6, PID, Mcl 7500, 9-22, 6 1/2f, 1:19 3/5. B-Matties Racing Stable LLC (NY.).

    Notebooks

    BELMONT NOTEBOOK

    SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

    by John Mucciolo

    A single graded affair topped the week of racing at Belmont Park.

    Gallant Bloom H. (G2): Chester and Mary Broman's homebred ARTEMIS AGROTERA (Roman Ruler) was last after a half-mile, began to get closer nearing the turn for home and slowly wore down the leader in posting a head victory under Rajiv Maragh. The short-priced favorite sped 6 1/2 furlongs on the fast main oval in a swift 1:15 2/5 for trainer Michael Hushion.

    Track Stats

    A total of 48 races were held at the Elmont, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 29 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 50 percent of the wins during the week. From 26 races on the main oval, five animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (19 percent), while three of the 22 races on the lawn were taken all the way on the front (14 percent).

    We didn't notice a significant edge to being on the lead but staying close was often a key to success on the main oval. We wouldn't pay that close attention to the final times last week, especially in the latter portion as the main strip was producing some wicked final clockings. Expect more of the same this week as we progress toward the Super Saturday card.

    All three turf wire jobs took place on the inner lawn. We saw more runners going last-to-first on the green than leading throughout, and we will give an edge to runners from off the pace here going forward, especially on the outer course.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   124
    DIRT:   60
    TURF:   64
    FAVORITES:   38 (31 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   23 (19 percent)
    TURF WIRE:   10 (15 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   15 (25 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Wednesday (9/17)

    4TH -- QUEZON (Tiz Wonderful) appeared to be quite happy about this race moving to the main oval as the Robert Ribaudo trainee aired by six lengths in a fine debut showing. The juvenile filly showed speed and came home fast, leading us to believe that she will be a nice one with expected improvement.

    Thursday (9/18)

    7TH -- Conditioner Cahd Brown appeared to have unleashed a nice one when ACK NAUGHTY (Afleet Alex) rolled into contention and right on by late in a super first run. The juvenile filly got her final quarter-mile in a wicked :22 4/5 and could be a very nice one. It's also worth note that this debuter broke from the 11 post and never saved ground while off the rail throughout.

    Friday (9/19)

    9TH -- TRENSITA (Curlin) made a big late run into the lane and fell just short in a fine race despite the defeat. The juvenile filly from the barn of Michael Matz likely will not be a maiden for long.

    TWIST'N BAKE (Langfuhr) showed speed from the break and was in the hunt before tiring inside the final furlong in what we thought was a productive debut for conditioner George Weaver. The filly should progress out of this in what we thought was a pretty nice field.

    Saturday (9/20)

    7TH -- Euro import CASH FOR EVER (Teofilo) was near the back of the pack for much of her U.S. debut but put in a sustained late run to grab the place spot in a good effort under Jose Lezcano. The Eddie Kenneally trainee should be tighter and very tough next time.

    8TH -- Have always been high on ARTEMIS AGROTERA and remain convinced that she is one of the top one-turn fillies in training. She raced up close winning the Ballerina (G1) last time and showed her quality and versatility in this spot, rallying from off the pace. The Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is next and we just hope this race didn't knock too much out of her.

    9TH -- Trainer Tom Albertrani doesn't win all that often with first-time starters so when FIRST DOWN (Street Sense) swept to the lead with a big move and held on late, we took notice. The well-bred two-year-old colt could turn into a nice one in defeating a field we thought was pretty strong.

    STREET JERSEY (Street Cry) was bet down pretty hard at first asking and finished a decent third behind a pair of potentially nice ones. We're not accustomed to seeing a Barclay Tagg first timer get bet down like this, so we have a hunch this colt might be able to run to his pedigree somewhat.

    Sunday (9/21)

    4TH -- The Dale Romans-trained TEMPER MINT PATTY (Congrats) took command with ease prior to the turn for home and poured it on late en route to a facile 13 1/2-length stakes win under Irad Ortiz Jr. The New York-bred juvenile filly is no unbeaten from a pair of lifetime runs and earned a healthy 99 BRIS Speed number for her efforts in this dash.

    7TH -- JACARANDA (Congrats), a half-sister to 2014 Florida Derby (G1) winner Constitution (Tapit), made her debut a winning one in running away from her foes late in a five-length romp for conditioner Mike Hushion. The chestnut two-year-old filly handled the muddy, sealed oval with ease and just might be a chip off the old block.

    A Look Ahead

    Super Saturday is upon us, with a six-pack of high-quality graded races to take place. The Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup is the topper, and will be supported by the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Stakes; Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic; Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes; Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Stakes; and the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap.

    Sunday will play host to a pair of Grade 2 races on the turf for the juveniles -- $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes for the boys and the $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes for the ladies.

    BELMONT NOTEBOOK

    SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

    by John Mucciolo

    A single graded affair topped the week of racing at Belmont Park.

    Gallant Bloom H. (G2): Chester and Mary Broman's homebred ARTEMIS AGROTERA (Roman Ruler) was last after a half-mile, began to get closer nearing the turn for home and slowly wore down the leader in posting a head victory under Rajiv Maragh. The short-priced favorite sped 6 1/2 furlongs on the fast main oval in a swift 1:15 2/5 for trainer Michael Hushion.

    Track Stats

    A total of 48 races were held at the Elmont, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 29 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 50 percent of the wins during the week. From 26 races on the main oval, five animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (19 percent), while three of the 22 races on the lawn were taken all the way on the front (14 percent).

    We didn't notice a significant edge to being on the lead but staying close was often a key to success on the main oval. We wouldn't pay that close attention to the final times last week, especially in the latter portion as the main strip was producing some wicked final clockings. Expect more of the same this week as we progress toward the Super Saturday card.

    All three turf wire jobs took place on the inner lawn. We saw more runners going last-to-first on the green than leading throughout, and we will give an edge to runners from off the pace here going forward, especially on the outer course.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   124
    DIRT:   60
    TURF:   64
    FAVORITES:   38 (31 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   23 (19 percent)
    TURF WIRE:   10 (15 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   15 (25 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Wednesday (9/17)

    4TH -- QUEZON (Tiz Wonderful) appeared to be quite happy about this race moving to the main oval as the Robert Ribaudo trainee aired by six lengths in a fine debut showing. The juvenile filly showed speed and came home fast, leading us to believe that she will be a nice one with expected improvement.

    Thursday (9/18)

    7TH -- Conditioner Cahd Brown appeared to have unleashed a nice one when ACK NAUGHTY (Afleet Alex) rolled into contention and right on by late in a super first run. The juvenile filly got her final quarter-mile in a wicked :22 4/5 and could be a very nice one. It's also worth note that this debuter broke from the 11 post and never saved ground while off the rail throughout.

    Friday (9/19)

    9TH -- TRENSITA (Curlin) made a big late run into the lane and fell just short in a fine race despite the defeat. The juvenile filly from the barn of Michael Matz likely will not be a maiden for long.

    TWIST'N BAKE (Langfuhr) showed speed from the break and was in the hunt before tiring inside the final furlong in what we thought was a productive debut for conditioner George Weaver. The filly should progress out of this in what we thought was a pretty nice field.

    Saturday (9/20)

    7TH -- Euro import CASH FOR EVER (Teofilo) was near the back of the pack for much of her U.S. debut but put in a sustained late run to grab the place spot in a good effort under Jose Lezcano. The Eddie Kenneally trainee should be tighter and very tough next time.

    8TH -- Have always been high on ARTEMIS AGROTERA and remain convinced that she is one of the top one-turn fillies in training. She raced up close winning the Ballerina (G1) last time and showed her quality and versatility in this spot, rallying from off the pace. The Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is next and we just hope this race didn't knock too much out of her.

    9TH -- Trainer Tom Albertrani doesn't win all that often with first-time starters so when FIRST DOWN (Street Sense) swept to the lead with a big move and held on late, we took notice. The well-bred two-year-old colt could turn into a nice one in defeating a field we thought was pretty strong.

    STREET JERSEY (Street Cry) was bet down pretty hard at first asking and finished a decent third behind a pair of potentially nice ones. We're not accustomed to seeing a Barclay Tagg first timer get bet down like this, so we have a hunch this colt might be able to run to his pedigree somewhat.

    Sunday (9/21)

    4TH -- The Dale Romans-trained TEMPER MINT PATTY (Congrats) took command with ease prior to the turn for home and poured it on late en route to a facile 13 1/2-length stakes win under Irad Ortiz Jr. The New York-bred juvenile filly is no unbeaten from a pair of lifetime runs and earned a healthy 99 BRIS Speed number for her efforts in this dash.

    7TH -- JACARANDA (Congrats), a half-sister to 2014 Florida Derby (G1) winner Constitution (Tapit), made her debut a winning one in running away from her foes late in a five-length romp for conditioner Mike Hushion. The chestnut two-year-old filly handled the muddy, sealed oval with ease and just might be a chip off the old block.

    A Look Ahead

    Super Saturday is upon us, with a six-pack of high-quality graded races to take place. The Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup is the topper, and will be supported by the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Stakes; Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic; Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes; Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Stakes; and the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap.

    Sunday will play host to a pair of Grade 2 races on the turf for the juveniles -- $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes for the boys and the $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes for the ladies.

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    NATIONAL

    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/15-9/21) - 3&up Dirt Routes
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Isn't He Clever 5G 1 1/8m (ft) ALB 9/21 Downs At Albuquerque H. 100
    Barfly's Survivor 5G 1 1/16m (ft) NP 9/20 Alberta Breeders' H. 89
    Brady's Tomboy 6M 1 1/16m (ft) NP 9/20 Fall Classic Distaff H. 85
    Irish Presence 4F 1 1/16m (ft) LRC 9/21 Las Madrinas S. 77
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/15-9/21) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Tiny Giant 7G 6 1/2f (ft) NP 9/20 Red Diamond Express H. 101
    Ol Donyo 4F 7f (sy) GP 9/20 Musical Romance S. 99
    Pants On Fire 6H 7f (ft) CT 9/20 Wild and Wonderful S. 99
    Paso Doble 8G 7f (ft) WO 9/20 Overskate S. 97
    Artemis Agrotera 3F 6 1/2f (ft) BEL 9/20 Gallant Bloom H. 95
    Geeky Gorgeous 5M 7f (ft) CT 9/20 Pink Ribbon S. 90
    Greenway Court 5G 4 1/2f (ft) CT 9/20 It's Only Money S. 89
    Crafty Blue Kat 3F 6f (ft) TDN 9/21 Scarlet & Gray H. 88
    Floral Sky 4F 6f (ft) TDN 9/21 Scarlet & Gray H. 88
    Seeking the Sherif 5G 6f (ft) LRC 9/20 Katella S. 87
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/15-9/21) - 3&up Turf
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Edge of Reality 4C 1 1/16m (fm) PRX 9/20 Alphabet Soup H. 93
    Surtsey 4F 7f (fm) WO 9/20 Avowal S. 91
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/15-9/21) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Temper Mint Patty 2F 7f (my) BEL 9/21 Joseph A. Gimma S. 99
    Saratoga Heater 2C 7f (my) BEL 9/21 Bertram F. Bongard S. 92
    Hear the Chatter 2G 4 1/2f (ft) CT 9/20 Henry Mercer Memorial S. 84
    Centrefire 2G 6 1/2f (ft) NP 9/20 Alberta Premier's Futurity 82
    Ginger Smash 2F 6 1/2f (ft) NP 9/20 Sturgeon River S. 76
    Humarumba 2F 6f (ft) ALB 9/21 Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity 75
    Burning It 2G 6f (ft) ALB 9/21 George Maloof Futurity 74
    Finality's Charmer 2F 6 1/2f (ft) HST 9/21 Sadie Diamond Futurity 74
    Harlan's Destiny 2F 4 1/2f (ft) CT 9/20 Rachel's Turn S. 74
    Lord Rosberg 2G 6 1/2f (ft) HST 9/21 Jack Diamond Futurity 74
    Jungle Story 2F 1m (gd) ASD 9/21 Buffalo S. 65
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/15-9/21) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Bayern 3C 1 1/8m (ft) PRX 9/20 Pennsylvania Derby 109
    Favorite Tale 3G 6f (ft) PRX 9/20 Gallant Bob S. 101
    Wild Legend 3G 1 1/16m (ft) NP 9/20 Beaufort S. 97
    Thank You Marylou 3F 7f (ft) CD 9/20 Dogwood S. 96
    Untapable 3F 1 1/16m (ft) PRX 9/20 Cotillion S. 96
    Miss Behaviour 3F 7f (ft) CT 9/20 Charles Town Oaks 94
    Divine Oath 3C 1 1/8m (fm) DEL 9/20 Kent S. 93
    Ghost Realms 3G 1 1/16m (ft) ALB 9/20 New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Breeders S. 91
    Sweater Weather 3F 1 1/16m (ft) WO 9/21 La Lorgnette S. 91
    Alpha and Omega 3G 7f (ft) RP 9/19 Tishomingo S. 90
    Florida Won 3C 1 1/8m (ft) WO 9/21 Ontario Derby 88
    Lively Vision 3F 7f (ft) RP 9/19 Te Ata S. 86
    Saint Sassy Sue 3F 1m (ft) NP 9/20 Alberta Oaks 86
    Can't Use Nellie 3F 1 1/16m (sy) ASD 9/20 Jack Hardy S. 82

    TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

    Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
    Temper Mint Patty   BEL   7f (my)   9/21   123.8
    Miss Behaviour   CT   7f (ft)   9/20   123.5
    Bayern   PRX   1 1/8m (ft)   9/20   122.2
    Artemis Agrotera   BEL   6 1/2f (ft)   9/20   121.5
    Card   AP   7f (ft)   9/19   121.3
    Pants On Fire   CT   7f (ft)   9/20   121.1
    Thank You Marylou   CD   7f (ft)   9/20   121.1
    Isn't He Clever   ALB   1 1/8m (ft)   9/21   120.6
    Untapable   PRX   1 1/16m (ft)   9/20   120.6
    Midnight Cello   GP   1m (sy)   9/18   120.5
    Transparent   BEL   1 1/16m (ft)   9/18   120.4
    Ol Donyo   GP   7f (sy)   9/20   120.3
    Geeky Gorgeous   CT   7f (ft)   9/20   119.9
    Kenzadargent (FR)   BEL   1m (gd)   9/17   119.8
    Blings Express   GP   6f (sy)   9/20   119.6

    Features

    RACING LEADERS

    (through September 22, 2014)

                         

    HORSES

                         
    Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. California Chrome   7   5   0   0   $3,327,800
    2. Untapable   6   5   0   0   1,708,600
    3. Bayern   9   5   1   1   1,639,680
    4. Wicked Strong   7   2   1   0   1,361,610
    5. Close Hatches   4   4   0   0   1,315,000
    6. Imperative   8   1   2   3   1,259,700
    7. Tonalist   6   3   3   0   1,198,250
    8. Palace Malice   5   4   0   0   1,195,000
    9. Moreno   6   1   2   1   1,160,500
    10. Vicar's in Trouble   7   3   0   3   1,100,000
                         

    TRAINERS

                         
    Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. Todd Pletcher   776   183   131   113   $17,653,573
    2. Steve Asmussen   1006   233   165   148   9,497,583
    3. Jerry Hollendorfer   780   178   158   110   9,221,885
    4. Bob Baffert   304   71   52   42   8,940,494
    5. Chad Brown   390   101   66   57   8,812,910
    6. Mark Casse   622   108   106   83   8,753,664
    7. Bill Mott   513   73   81   73   7,751,106
    8. Mike Maker   700   167   112   93   7,319,714
    9. Graham Motion   560   112   81   80   6,770,773
    10. Christophe Clement   359   71   70   58   6,514,948
                         

    JOCKEYS

                         
    Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. Javier Castellano   1027   256   185   153   $19,354,255
    2. Joel Rosario   955   165   161   141   16,159,078
    3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   1044   205   179   155   14,311,095
    4. John Velazquez   678   116   114   89   12,191,850
    5. Jose Ortiz   879   159   145   124   10,827,846
    6. Mike Smith   403   85   59   52   10,238,718
    7. Rosie Napravnik   720   158   109   100   10,118,515
    8. Rajiv Maragh   714   99   112   120   9,037,047
    9. Victor Espinoza   454   79   66   53   8,654,257
    10. Jose Lezcano   672   102   107   113   8,571.261
                         

    Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

    RACING LEADERS

    (through September 22, 2014)

                         

    HORSES

                         
    Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. California Chrome   7   5   0   0   $3,327,800
    2. Untapable   6   5   0   0   1,708,600
    3. Bayern   9   5   1   1   1,639,680
    4. Wicked Strong   7   2   1   0   1,361,610
    5. Close Hatches   4   4   0   0   1,315,000
    6. Imperative   8   1   2   3   1,259,700
    7. Tonalist   6   3   3   0   1,198,250
    8. Palace Malice   5   4   0   0   1,195,000
    9. Moreno   6   1   2   1   1,160,500
    10. Vicar's in Trouble   7   3   0   3   1,100,000
                         

    TRAINERS

                         
    Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. Todd Pletcher   776   183   131   113   $17,653,573
    2. Steve Asmussen   1006   233   165   148   9,497,583
    3. Jerry Hollendorfer   780   178   158   110   9,221,885
    4. Bob Baffert   304   71   52   42   8,940,494
    5. Chad Brown   390   101   66   57   8,812,910
    6. Mark Casse   622   108   106   83   8,753,664
    7. Bill Mott   513   73   81   73   7,751,106
    8. Mike Maker   700   167   112   93   7,319,714
    9. Graham Motion   560   112   81   80   6,770,773
    10. Christophe Clement   359   71   70   58   6,514,948
                         

    JOCKEYS

                         
    Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. Javier Castellano   1027   256   185   153   $19,354,255
    2. Joel Rosario   955   165   161   141   16,159,078
    3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   1044   205   179   155   14,311,095
    4. John Velazquez   678   116   114   89   12,191,850
    5. Jose Ortiz   879   159   145   124   10,827,846
    6. Mike Smith   403   85   59   52   10,238,718
    7. Rosie Napravnik   720   158   109   100   10,118,515
    8. Rajiv Maragh   714   99   112   120   9,037,047
    9. Victor Espinoza   454   79   66   53   8,654,257
    10. Jose Lezcano   672   102   107   113   8,571.261
                         

    Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    NATIONAL

    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/15-9/21) - 3&up Dirt Routes
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Isn't He Clever 5G 1 1/8m (ft) ALB 9/21 Downs At Albuquerque H. 100
    Barfly's Survivor 5G 1 1/16m (ft) NP 9/20 Alberta Breeders' H. 89
    Brady's Tomboy 6M 1 1/16m (ft) NP 9/20 Fall Classic Distaff H. 85
    Irish Presence 4F 1 1/16m (ft) LRC 9/21 Las Madrinas S. 77
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/15-9/21) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Tiny Giant 7G 6 1/2f (ft) NP 9/20 Red Diamond Express H. 101
    Ol Donyo 4F 7f (sy) GP 9/20 Musical Romance S. 99
    Pants On Fire 6H 7f (ft) CT 9/20 Wild and Wonderful S. 99
    Paso Doble 8G 7f (ft) WO 9/20 Overskate S. 97
    Artemis Agrotera 3F 6 1/2f (ft) BEL 9/20 Gallant Bloom H. 95
    Geeky Gorgeous 5M 7f (ft) CT 9/20 Pink Ribbon S. 90
    Greenway Court 5G 4 1/2f (ft) CT 9/20 It's Only Money S. 89
    Crafty Blue Kat 3F 6f (ft) TDN 9/21 Scarlet & Gray H. 88
    Floral Sky 4F 6f (ft) TDN 9/21 Scarlet & Gray H. 88
    Seeking the Sherif 5G 6f (ft) LRC 9/20 Katella S. 87
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/15-9/21) - 3&up Turf
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Edge of Reality 4C 1 1/16m (fm) PRX 9/20 Alphabet Soup H. 93
    Surtsey 4F 7f (fm) WO 9/20 Avowal S. 91
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/15-9/21) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Temper Mint Patty 2F 7f (my) BEL 9/21 Joseph A. Gimma S. 99
    Saratoga Heater 2C 7f (my) BEL 9/21 Bertram F. Bongard S. 92
    Hear the Chatter 2G 4 1/2f (ft) CT 9/20 Henry Mercer Memorial S. 84
    Centrefire 2G 6 1/2f (ft) NP 9/20 Alberta Premier's Futurity 82
    Ginger Smash 2F 6 1/2f (ft) NP 9/20 Sturgeon River S. 76
    Humarumba 2F 6f (ft) ALB 9/21 Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity 75
    Burning It 2G 6f (ft) ALB 9/21 George Maloof Futurity 74
    Finality's Charmer 2F 6 1/2f (ft) HST 9/21 Sadie Diamond Futurity 74
    Harlan's Destiny 2F 4 1/2f (ft) CT 9/20 Rachel's Turn S. 74
    Lord Rosberg 2G 6 1/2f (ft) HST 9/21 Jack Diamond Futurity 74
    Jungle Story 2F 1m (gd) ASD 9/21 Buffalo S. 65
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/15-9/21) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Bayern 3C 1 1/8m (ft) PRX 9/20 Pennsylvania Derby 109
    Favorite Tale 3G 6f (ft) PRX 9/20 Gallant Bob S. 101
    Wild Legend 3G 1 1/16m (ft) NP 9/20 Beaufort S. 97
    Thank You Marylou 3F 7f (ft) CD 9/20 Dogwood S. 96
    Untapable 3F 1 1/16m (ft) PRX 9/20 Cotillion S. 96
    Miss Behaviour 3F 7f (ft) CT 9/20 Charles Town Oaks 94
    Divine Oath 3C 1 1/8m (fm) DEL 9/20 Kent S. 93
    Ghost Realms 3G 1 1/16m (ft) ALB 9/20 New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Breeders S. 91
    Sweater Weather 3F 1 1/16m (ft) WO 9/21 La Lorgnette S. 91
    Alpha and Omega 3G 7f (ft) RP 9/19 Tishomingo S. 90
    Florida Won 3C 1 1/8m (ft) WO 9/21 Ontario Derby 88
    Lively Vision 3F 7f (ft) RP 9/19 Te Ata S. 86
    Saint Sassy Sue 3F 1m (ft) NP 9/20 Alberta Oaks 86
    Can't Use Nellie 3F 1 1/16m (sy) ASD 9/20 Jack Hardy S. 82

    TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

    Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
    Temper Mint Patty   BEL   7f (my)   9/21   123.8
    Miss Behaviour   CT   7f (ft)   9/20   123.5
    Bayern   PRX   1 1/8m (ft)   9/20   122.2
    Artemis Agrotera   BEL   6 1/2f (ft)   9/20   121.5
    Card   AP   7f (ft)   9/19   121.3
    Pants On Fire   CT   7f (ft)   9/20   121.1
    Thank You Marylou   CD   7f (ft)   9/20   121.1
    Isn't He Clever   ALB   1 1/8m (ft)   9/21   120.6
    Untapable   PRX   1 1/16m (ft)   9/20   120.6
    Midnight Cello   GP   1m (sy)   9/18   120.5
    Transparent   BEL   1 1/16m (ft)   9/18   120.4
    Ol Donyo   GP   7f (sy)   9/20   120.3
    Geeky Gorgeous   CT   7f (ft)   9/20   119.9
    Kenzadargent (FR)   BEL   1m (gd)   9/17   119.8
    Blings Express   GP   6f (sy)   9/20   119.6

    At a Glance
    INDIANA GRAND RACE COURSE AT A GLANCE
     
    Avg. Winning Odds: 5.13 - 1
    Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 75%
     
    EXOTICS PAYOFF
    Exacta80.96
    Daily Double97.50
    Trifecta581.45
    Pick 3560.78
    Superfecta4,491.18
    Pick 68,307.00
    Pick 42,609.96
    TRACK BIAS MEET(05/06 - 09/20)
    Distance #
    Race
    %
    Wire
    Best
    Style
    Best
    Posts
    5.5fDirt 157 39% E Outside
    6.0fDirt 253 32% E Mid/Out
    1 MileDirt 112 30% E Rail/Ins
    1 1/16mDirt 29 17% E/P Rail/Ins
    Turf Sprint 43 33% E/P Rail/Ins
    Turf Routes 56 20% E/P Rail
    TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/14 - 09/20)
    Distance #
    Race
    %
    Wire
    Best
    Style
    Best
    Posts
    5.5fDirt 8 38% E/P Outside
    6.0fDirt 12 33% S Rail/Ins
    1 MileDirt 9 33% E Middle
    1 1/16mDirt 2 50% E Inside
    Turf Sprint 7 29% E Mid/Out
    Turf Routes 2 0% P Inside
    Who's HOT, Who's NOT
     
    HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Winning
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Maker Michael J. 11 4 3 0 2.45 2 23%
    Hammond Kim 12 4 1 2 14.06 1 18%
    Nance Michael W. 12 4 3 0 9.79 3 19%
    Shorter Aaron 4 3 0 0 6.35 0 16%
    Sims Philip A. 3 2 0 0 6.47 1 13%
    Hughes Byron G. 5 2 0 2 9.68 0 13%
    Amoss Thomas M. 6 2 2 1 2.33 0 32%
     
    HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Winning
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
     
    COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Beaten
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Richardville Tianna 11 0 1 1 30.16 0 6%
     
    COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Beaten
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Ayuso Armando 14 0 0 4 10.91 1 10%
    Esquilin Carlos 12 0 0 2 51.17 0 4%
                   

    Racing Highlights

    For Wednesday

    BELMONT PARK (12:50): $85,000 ocl, 3&up, 7fT (7TH).
    CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $26,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f (7TH).
    DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $31,000 alw, 3&up, 1 1/2mT (6TH).
    INDIANA (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
    KENTUCKY DOWNS (2:35): $200,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (1st div), 3&up, f&m, 1 5/16mT (7TH); $200,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (2nd div), 3&up, f&m, 1 5/16mT (8TH); $200,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, 3&up, 6 1/2fT (9TH).
    LAUREL PARK (1:10): $42,000 ocl, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f (8TH).
    MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,600 alw, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f (7TH).
    PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $30,400 ocl, 3&up, 6f (4TH).
    SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $20,000 ocl, 3&up, 1m70yd (8TH).
    THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $22,500 alw, 3&up, 1m70yd (7TH).

    *all times Eastern

    At a Glance
    WOODBINE AT A GLANCE
     
    Avg. Winning Odds: 5.26 - 1
    Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 66%
     
    EXOTICS PAYOFF
    Exactor84.95
    Daily Double62.71
    Triactor569.75
    Pick 3610.09
    Superfecta5,915.16
    Pick 46,986.43
    Super High Five Jackpot91,595.09
    TRACK BIAS MEET(04/12 - 09/21)
    Distance #
    Race
    %
    Wire
    Best
    Style
    Best
    Posts
    6.5fDirt 49 16% P Inside
    7.0fDirt 165 22% E Outside
    1m 70yDirt 5 20% E/P Rail/Ins
    1 1/16mDirt 149 19% P Outside
    Turf Sprint 69 28% E Rail
    Turf Routes 80 13% P Inside
    TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/15 - 09/21)
    Distance #
    Race
    %
    Wire
    Best
    Style
    Best
    Posts
    6.5fDirt 5 0% P Outside
    7.0fDirt 5 20% E Inside
    1m 70yDirt 4 25% E/P Rail/Ins
    1 1/16mDirt 11 9% P Ins/Mid
    Turf Sprint 4 25% S Outside
    Turf Routes 1 100% E Inside
    Who's HOT, Who's NOT
     
    HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Winning
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Attard Kevin 15 6 1 1 7.41 1 17%
    Nosowenko Nicholas 7 3 0 0 16.26 0 13%
    Vella Daniel J. 9 3 1 0 10.92 1 10%
    Simcock David 2 2 0 0 3.85 0 40%
    Attard Steve 4 2 1 0 11.15 0 17%
    Katryan Abraham R. 5 2 0 1 17.07 0 6%
    Biamonte Ralph J. 6 2 1 0 3.39 1 22%
    Bowden Thomas R. 6 2 0 0 9.10 0 9%
    Drexler Martin 6 2 2 1 6.73 0 12%
    McKnight Norman 6 2 0 0 4.86 2 22%
     
    HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Winning
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Da Silva Eurico Rosa 21 8 3 4 5.47 2 20%
    Husbands Patrick 25 7 5 3 4.42 4 24%
     
    COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Beaten
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Cotey David 13 0 2 2 8.03 2 7%
    Fairlie Scott H. 10 0 1 0 7.08 1 14%
    Simon Stuart C. 10 0 2 0 6.69 2 11%
     
    COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Beaten
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Crawford Juan 13 0 0 0 33.28 1 9%
    Ramsammy Emile 12 0 0 0 30.23 0 6%
    Ryan Sheena 12 0 1 2 27.93 0 10%
    Olguin Gerry 11 0 2 1 21.94 0 11%
    Wong Tommy 11 0 2 1 40.19 0 6%
                   

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    At a Glance

    AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

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

    Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

    SPOT PLAYS

    For Wednesday

    TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
    Belmont Park   (1st) Pura Vida Zen, 5-1
        (8th) Ballerina Belle, 3-1
    Charles Town   (2nd) Wheres Your Sister, 3-1
        (7th) Morningisbreaking, 7-2
    Delaware Park   (3rd) Tahaddi, 7-2
        (4th) Drain, 7-2
    Indiana Downs   (1st) Finley's Sunrise, 7-2
        (6th) Sucess Is Racing, 7-2
    Kentucky Downs   (2nd) Watusi, 7-2
        (5th) Cozzetti, 9-2
    Laurel Park   (2nd) Flash Heart, 7-2
        (4th) Circular Rainbow, 4-1
    Mountaineer   (2nd) Ange Grise, 3-1
        (6th) Ready to Taunt, 6-1
    Penn National   (2nd) Seek Ye First, 4-1
        (9th) My Pippa, 4-1
    Presque Isle Downs   (2nd) Offlee Sinister, 5-1
        (5th) Lady Saxony, 3-1
    Suffolk Downs   (4th) Sun Time, 3-1
        (6th) Dot Those Eyes, 4-1
    Thistledown   (5th) Second Time, 3-1
        (8th) Impetuous Bay, 7-2
    Woodbine   (6th) Total Accounting, 6-1
        (8th) Bayport, 6-1

    HIGHLIGHTS

    For Wednesday

    BELMONT PARK (12:50): $85,000 ocl, 3&up, 7fT (7TH).
    CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $26,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f (7TH).
    DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $31,000 alw, 3&up, 1 1/2mT (6TH).
    INDIANA (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
    KENTUCKY DOWNS (2:35): $200,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (1st div), 3&up, f&m, 1 5/16mT (7TH); $200,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (2nd div), 3&up, f&m, 1 5/16mT (8TH); $200,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, 3&up, 6 1/2fT (9TH).
    LAUREL PARK (1:10): $42,000 ocl, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f (8TH).
    MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,600 alw, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f (7TH).
    PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $30,400 ocl, 3&up, 6f (4TH).
    SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $20,000 ocl, 3&up, 1m70yd (8TH).
    THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $22,500 alw, 3&up, 1m70yd (7TH).

    *all times Eastern

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