Let's Go To The Races - April 22-24, 2016
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In the lull until the First Saturday in May, there are a few races around the country and also overseas that will be worth checking out.
Note: For U.S. races, you can return to the CARD below to watch a replay of the race at BloodHorse.
FRIDAY5:30 ET DOUBLEDOGDARE S G3, KEE, $100,000, 4+, f&m, 1 1/16m R9 CARD
SATURDAYInternational - Sandown
SPRINTER DOES IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!
WATCH: Sprinter Sacrewin the bet365 Celebration Chase SPRINTER WINS AT SANDOWN! VIDEO
Write-Up at Racing Post
The Impossible Dream video - the return of Sprinter Sacre
10:35 a.m. EDT Champion Chase G1 - Sandown - 5+ 2 mi R3 CARD
Forecast: 10/11 Sprinter Sacre, 11/8 Un De Sceaux, 12/1 Sire De Grugy, 14/1 Dodging Bullets, 50/1 Ulck Du Lin, 50/1 Solar Impulse
Sprinter Sacre out to steal Sandown "While the Gold Cup – over three miles and four furlongs, involving 24 fences – would normally be the highlight of the afternoon, it’s likely most attention will be on the preceding race, the Celebration Chase. "
Nicky Henderson: Sprinter Sacre looks too good not to run at Sandown. The black aeroplane will take on Willie Mullins’s Un De Sceaux in Celebration Chase. Read more at source
According to TimeForm: A fascinating rematch between UN DE SCEAUX and Queen Mother Champion Chase hero SPRINTER SACRE. The latter won that race fairly and squarely, but the prospect of a softer lead will surely help the former no end, and with Sprinter Sacre likely best fresh nowadays, the scales are tilted slightly in Un de Sceaux's favour.
4:38 ET Woodhaven S, Aqu, $100,000, 3yo, 1 1/16mT R7 CARD
4:48 ET New Providence S (r), WOO, $125,000, 3+, 6f R8 CARD
4:50 ET Robert Hilton Memorial, CT, $100,000, 3yo, 7f R10 CARD
5:11 ET NY Stallion S (r), Aqu, $100,000, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f R8 CARD
5:20 ET Sugar Maple S, CT, $150,000, 4+, f&m, 7f R11 CARD
5:30 ET ELKHORN S G2, KEE, $250,000, 4+, 1 1/2mT R9 CARD
6:05 ET CHARLES TOWN CLASSIC G2, CT, $1,250,000, 4+, 1 1/8m R12 CARD
8:28 ET GREAT LADY M G2, LA, $200,000, 3+, f&m, 6 1/2f R8 CARD
Note: TDN Rising Star Behrnik's Bank slightly favored in the NY Stallion Stakes in her 3 year old debut. She's the one that won her debut by 18 links and her second race, a listed stakes, by 13, then lost by a nose her third time out. Just couldn't mature enough to get on the Oaks Trail, I suppose, and don't know much more about her, but she sure is fun to watch!
Video replays of Behrnik's Bank prior starts, when she was a 2 year old:
Debut Nov 4 - Penn National Stakes debut Nov 25 - Penn National NY Stallion Stakes Dec 20
International - Hong Kong
Some familiar faces will contest the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup.
Sha Tin, Hong Kong, post time: 4:35 a.m. EDT (4:35 p.m. HK)
4:35 a.m. EDT Q E II CUP G1, HK Sha Tin US$2,578,324), 3yo/up, 2000mT R8 CARD
If you are up late, or early, try this link to watch the races at Sha Tin: Hong Kong Jockey Club Live Cast
Werther upsets Lovely Day at Sha Tin QEII
2:26 ET New York Stallion S (r), Aqu, $100,000, 3yo, c&g, 6 1/2f R3 CARD
4:48 ET Wando S, WOO, $100,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m R8 CARD
5:11 ET Memories of Silver S, Aqu, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT R8 CARD