Friday, July 31, 2015

The Haskell Invitational

Let's Go To The Races - August 1-2, 2015
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For most fans of horse racing, American Pharoah has brought some good news for a change to a sport that seems to be beleaguered with negative press. It is refreshing to browse the racing news each day and find that American Pharoah seems to be everywhere, spreading his own brand of sunshine and happiness. We all are well aware of the shortcomings of the sport, but for at least a little while, we can bask in the glow of having lived to see the 12th Triple Crown winner in history.

Lots of good racing over the next few days, including a Grade 1 race at Del Mar on Saturday, the Clement Hirsch will see BEHOLDER and WARREN'S VENEDA square off in the G1 Clement Hirsch; FROSTED, COMPETITIVE EDGE and TEXAS RED will meet in the G2 Jim Dandy; UNTAPPABLE, STOPCHARGINGMARIA, and TIZ WINDY in the G3 Shuvee.  And, of course, on Sunday, the return of AMERICAN PHAROAH in the G1 Haskell Invitational. For more details on racing in the U.S. as well as racing across the pond at Glorious Goodwood, see the UPI racing preview below.

Yesterday, Friday, July 31, American Pharoah gallops at Monmouth Park, video courtesy of Monmouth Park and TDN:  Video of American Pharoah gallop at Monmouth Park, 7-31-15

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Full NBC coverage of the Haskell Invitational on Sunday begins at 5:00 p.m. EDT

NBC coverage leading up to Sunday's Haskell - video - several videos

UPI Weekend Racing Preview - click here
Who could ask for more in a weekend of racing: Triple Crown champ American Pharoah returns, Solow at Glorious Goodwood, five graded stakes at Saratoga and another at Del Mar.  Oh, wait. There IS more. Lots more. The $750,000 West Virginia Derby highlights an eight-stakes card at Mountaineer. Beholder and Untapable, the top fillies of 2013 and 2014, are both in action. Woodbine has graded stakes action and Arlington has state-bred stakes as the International Festival of Racing looms just two weeks hence.
And in Canada, there will be no Triple Crown winner, eh?  Read more at source

NBC Sports analyst Laffit Pincay III takes a look back
NBC Sports covers American Pharoah arrival at Monmouth Park

American Pharoah - Courtesy Sarah K. Andrew

Steve Haskin: The Day the Haskell Came of Age

1987 Haskell Invitational - Bet Twice & Alysheba - Video
2009 Haskell - Rachel Alexandra - A filly for the ages

Haskell purse increased to $1.75 Million as American Pharoah arrives
Triple Crown Winners - Their second act - Jay Privman looks at Secretariat

American Pharoah arrives at Monmouth for the Haskell
American Pharoah installed as the 1-5 favorite in the Haskell
Monmouth's Pharoah Phan Phestival has something for everyone
Monmouth New Jersey racing enjoy spotlight

Arlington Park grandstand burned to the ground,
July 31, 1985 - Photo:

The day and night that Arlington died
Thirty years ago today, July 31, marks an amazing episode in the annals of horse racing. It was the day and night that Arlington Park, the scene of historic races by the likes of John Henry, Citation, Secreariat, Whirlaway, Native Dancer, and scores of others, as well as the home of the first 7-figure purse for a single race, was turned into a fiery rubble. What followed over the next three weeks was nothing short of a miracle and a true example of American ingenuity and can-do spirit.


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Time Ordered List of Races / Entries - printable file
Race Index

3:13 ET  AMSTERDAM S G2, SAR, $200,000, 3yo, 6 1/2f  R5   CARD
4:30 ET  West Virginia Governor's S, Mtn Prk, $200,000, 3+, 1 1/16m R7  CARD
5:03 ET  ALFRED G VANDERBILT H G1, SAR, $350,000, 3+, 6f R8   CARD
5:10 ET  WEST VIRGINIA DERBY G2, Mtn Prk, $750,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m  R8   CARD
5:38 ET  ET  BOWLING GREEN H G2, SAR, $250,000, 4+, 1 3/8mT  R9   CARD
6:13 ET  JIM DANDY S G2, SAR, $600,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m  R10   CARD
8:40 ET  CLEMENT HIRSCH S G1, Dlmr, $300,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16m R8 CARD

More on today's races
Frosted, Texas Red square off in Jim Dandy
Scratches from Jim Dandy are Upstart and Competitive Edge, who will run in the Haskell
Made from Lucky heads to West Virginia Derby
Beholder, Warren's Veneda square off in the Clement Hirsch

12:57 ET  Lady's Secret S, Mth, $100,000, 3+, f&m, 1m 70yds  R4   CARD
2:06 ET  Caress S, SAR, $100,000, 4+, f&m, 5 1/2fT  R3   CARD
3:10 ET  Teddy Drone S, Mth, $100,000, 3+, 6f  R8   CARD
3:47 ET  MATCHMAKER S G3, Mth, $150,000, 3+, 1 1/8mT  R9   CARD
4:25 ET  MONMOUTH CUP G2, Mth, $200,000, 3+, 1 1/16m  R10   CARD
4:40 ET  Seagram Cup S (Can-G3), Woo, $150,000, 3+, 1 1/16m R8 CARD
5:05 ET  OCEANPORT S G3, Mth, $150,000, 3+, 1 1/16mT  R11   CARD
5:52 ET  HASKELL INV'L G1, Mth, $1,750,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m R12  CARD
6:07 ET  SHUVEE H G3, SAR, $200,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/8m  R10   CARD
7:10 ET  Real Good Deal S (r), Dlmr, $200,000, 3yo, 7f  R5   CARD

More on today's racing
Haskell undercard
Madefromlucky heads West Virginia Derby
Untapable looks for Shuvee relief
Lochte seeks winning for in Oceanport

For a look at the fields in all the races, be sure to check out the printable Time Ordered Races List
Sunday, Monmouth Park, post time: 5:52 p.m. EDT - NBC coverage 5:00 EDT
WILLIAM HILL HASKELL INV'L S.-GI, $1,750,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m
1 Upstart Flatter Bravo Violette Jr. 118            6-1
2 Competitive Edge Super Saver Smith Pletcher 118   8-1
3 Nonna's Boy Distorted Humor N/A Pletcher 118   30-1
4 American Pharoah Pioneerof the Nile Espinoza Baffert 122   1-5
5 Mr. Jordan Kantharos Lopez Plesa Jr. 118   15-1
6 Keen Ice  Curlin Dsrmeaux Romans 118   12-1
7 Top Clearance Majestic Warrior A. Castllno Catalano 118   30-1
8 Dontbetwithbruno  Tiz Wonderful N/A Pletcher 118    30-1



Thursday, July 23, 2015

July 24-26, 2015

Let's Go To The Races - July 18-19, 2015
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KING GEORGE PRODUCES THRILLING FINISH AND GUTSY CLUTCH VICTORY BY POSTPONED! Eagle Top briefly was in front in the last 100 yards, but Postponed would have none of it, sticking his nose in front at the wire, displaying bravery and determination where it counted.  The defections of Golden Horn and Flintshire in the King George opened the race up to produce one of the most thrilling finishes to the contest in years, with POSTPONED refusing to surrender to Eagle Top at the wire. A heart-stopping finish, and one sure to go down to rival the 1975 contest between Grundy and Bustino, which has often been referred to as the "race of the century" in the UK. The win by the son of Dubawi adds to the many other successes by this sire for the year.  Additional coverage by the UK Telegraph - click here  More of the story - click here   Full result - click here   Racing Post result with comments

Ten Up For King George | TDN
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth - History
Be sure to visit this web site. There are a couple of videos also of past praces

2014 Taghrooda  2014 King George - Taghrooda - Video
2013 Novellist  2013 King George - Novellist - Video Set a new record at 2:24.6
2012 Danedream 2012 King George - Danedream - Video

From Wikipedia:  In 1975, "The Race of the Century" between Grundy and Bustino
It is Britain's most prestigious open-age flat race, and its roll of honour features some of the most highly acclaimed horses of the sport's recent history. The 1975 running, which involved a hard-fought battle to the finish between Grundy and Bustino, is frequently described as the "race of the century". Many of its winners subsequently compete in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and a number go on to have a successful career at stud. The race is often informally referred to as the "King George".

1975 King George - Grundy & Bustino - Race of the Century Part 1
1975 King George - Grundy & Bustino - Race of the Century Part 2
King George Top Three Finishers in History

Dahlia won it twice, 1973-74, and she was third in 1975, in the epic contest noted above; and Swain 1997-98

Likely fields for opening weekend at Saratoga
An early look at the likely fields for Saratoga's opening weekend stakes
By: Kellie Reilly on July 19, 2015
In anticipation of Saratoga's opening weekend, NYRA has released the probables for Friday's Schuylverville (G3) and Lake George (G2), Saturday's Sanford (G3) and Diana (G1), and next Sunday's Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).

Photo of Stephanie's Kitten courtesy of NYRA/Coglianese
 Photography/David Alcosser

In the opening day Schuylerville for juvenile fillies, TONASAH will likely get another chance to compete against the top two from the June 4 Astoria, MOMENT IS RIGHT and DECKED OUT. I say another chance because TONASAH is the one who was set to make her career debut in the Astoria, only to run loose around Belmont Park and have to be scratched. The Todd Pletcher filly came back to wire a five-furlong maiden by 5 1/2 lengths. Pletcher is also expected to send out debut maiden winner POSITIVELY ROYAL.  Read more at source.

For replay of races, click on CARD below under Featured Races

Catch A Flight finds just enough in San Diego
Hard Not To Like stakes claim as best older turf mare in Diana
Uncle Vinny ascends questionable DQ in Sanford
Catch A Flight soars in San Diego 'cap winner's circle
For more recaps and links to race charts, click here
Big John B handles dirt and rivals in Friday's Cougar II
Big Book goes three-for-three in Fleet Treat
Favorites upset in Monmouth and Woodbine stakes

Come back here after a race has completed to see replay at the CARD, below.


Time Ordered Races - printable file - Revised
Race Index

5:29 ET  LAKE GEORGE S G2, Sar, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT  R9   CARD
2:39 ET  SCHUYLERVILLE S G3, Sar, $150,000, 2yo, f, 6f  R4   CARD
9:30 ET  COUGAR II H G3, Dlmr, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/2m  R6   CARD


International - Great Britain
10:50 a.m. ET  King George VI and Queen Eliz. S G1 3+ 12f TR5  CARD

Late scratches: Golden Horn and Flintshire
Forecast: 1/2 Golden Horn, 7/1 Eagle Top, 15/2 Snow Sky, 12/1 Flintshire, Postponed, 16/1 The Corsican, 33/1 Clever Cookie, Dylan Mouth, 50/1 Romsdal, 66/1 Madame Chiang

 North America
2:28 ET  Colin S, WO, $125,000, 2yo, 6f  R4   CARD
4:41 ET  Ontario Matron S G3, WO, $150,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16m  R8   CARD
5:32 ET  SANFORD S G3, Sar, $150,000, 2yo, 6f  R9   CARD
5:46 ET  JERSEY SHORE S G3, Mth, $100,000, 3yo, 6f  R11   CARD
6:07 ET  DIANA S G1, Sar, $500,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/8mT R10   CARD
6:09 ET  Fleet Treat S r, Dlmr, $200,000, 3yo, f, 7f  R3   CARD
6:28 ET  Rio Grande Senorita Futurity r, Rui, $175,000, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f  R9   CARD
9:40 ET  SAN DIEGO H G2, Dlmr, $200,000, 3+, 1 1/16m  R8   CARD

2:28 ET  Toronto Cup, WO, $125,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT  R4   CARD
4:41 ET  Royal North S G3, WO, $150,000, 3+, f&m, 6fT  R8   CARD
6:02 ET  Rio Grande Senor Futurity r, Rui, $175,000, 2yo, c&g, 5 1/2f  R8   CARD
6:07 ET  CC AMERICAN OAKS G1, Sar, $300,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m  R10   CARD
7:40 ET  BING CROSBY S G1, Dlmr, $300,000, 3+, 6f  R6   CARD
8:40 ET  Californiia Dreamin' H r, Dlmr, $150,000, 3+, 1 1/16mT  R8   CARD

More on today's races
Leigh Court, Ageless face off in Royal North
I'm A Chatterbox returns in CCA Oaks
Masochistic looms large in Bing Crosby



American Pharoah blitzes bullet at Del Mar

The downside to all this hoopla over AP's latest workout is it is likely to chase off competition and any races he runs in probably will not give him much of a challenge. I hope good horses will step up and enter races he runs in, but it may take the Breeders' Cup before we get to see him run against top horses. Playing against time here, and, there's always a chance he could have a hiccup, with even a small setback calling a halt to his career sooner rather than later. Baffert will do his part, I think, with a lot of history behind him to guide him through this journey. He's not likely to make some of the mistakes that were made with Secretariat or Seattle Slew in their post Triple Crown race schedule. Another good thing in AP's favor, I think, is the fact that he hasn't had that heavy of a racing schedule (not downgrading the Triple Crown, just that as far as the number of races he has run in, he is the lightest raced TC winner by a lot of races.)

Honor Code gears up for Whitney; Frosted leads Jim Dandy worktab
NBC SN Horse Racing Schedule
American Pharoah's jaw-dropping workout at Del Mar July 23, 2015 
In other news from the Spa, champion Untapable could wait for the August 29 Personal Ensign (G1) (story here) and multiple Saratoga Grade 1 star Palace (City Zip) is ready for the second half after a freshening (story here).

Friday, July 17, 2015

July 18-19, 2015

Let's Go To The Races - July 18-19, 2015
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One of the great rivalries in recent years: BLIND LUCK and HAVRE de GRACE!
After 5 straight seconds, Blind Luck takes back the rivalry by a nose in the 2011 Del 'Cap! This was to be the last time they would meet. Turned out to be "one for the ages"!

Video replays of their other great meetings:
2010 Delaware Oaks - A nose separates them
2010 Alabama - Another thrilling finish - By a neck
2010 - Dixon Cotillion - This time tables are turned - Again, a neck separates them
2011 Azeri Stakes - Longest margin of victory for either horse over the other
In the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic, neither filly won that one, but, Blind Luck finished ahead of Havre de Grace by 1

Soul Driver guts out close win in Oceanside S

Hangin' with Haskin

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International - Ireland
12:50 ET  Darley Irish Oaks, G1, Curr, $433,200, 3yo f, 1 1/2 miT  R6  CARD
CURVY has done nothing but progress this year, coming through the handicap ranks to land the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot. The way she moved through that race suggests she has plenty more to give, so she is narrowly preferred to the unexposed Words, who took the Munster Oaks last time. English raiders Covert Love and Gretchen command respect also, in what looks a competitive renewal.
Timeform 1-2-3
1: CURVY (2)   2: WORDS (10)  3: COVERT LOVE (1)
North America               
2:22 ET  Saginaw S r, Bel, $100,000, 4+, 1 1/16m  R3  CARD
3:55 ET  Rockville Centre S r, Bel $125,000, 2yo, 6f  R6  CARD
3:57 ET  Gen'l Assembly Distaff, Ind Grand, $100,000, 4+, f&m, 1 1/16mT  R6  CARD
4:15 ET  KENT S G3, Del Prk, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT  R7  CARD
4:36 ET  Ontario Damsel S r, Wood, $150,000, 3yo, f, 1mT  R8  CARD
5:21 ET  HANSHIN CUP S G3, Arl, $100,000, 3+, 1m R7 CARD
5:45 ET  DELAWARE H G1, Del Pk, $750,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/4m R10  CARD
6:42 ET  EDDIE READ S G1, Dlmr, $400,000, 3+, 1 1/8mT R4  CARD
8:15 ET  Mari H George S, Ind. Grand, $100,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16m  R6  CARD
8:41 ET  Michael Schaefer Mem'l S, Ind. Grand, $100,000, 3+, 1m 70yds  R7  CARD
9:11 ET  INDIANA OAKS G2, Ind Grand, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m  R8  CARD
9:41 ET  INDIANA DERBY G2, Ind. Grand, $500,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m  R9  CARD

Mr. Marti Gras wheeling back after week's rest in Hanshin Cup
Eleven sophomore fillies entered in Indiana Oaks
Mr. Z, Divining Rod resume rivalry, Island Town new shooter, in Indiana Derby
2:53 ET  Lynbrook S r, Bel, $125,000, 2yo, f, 6f  R4  CARD
3:36 ET  Duchess S, Wood, $125,000, 3yo, f, 7f  R6  CARD
4:40 ET  Nijinsky S Can-G2, Wood, $200,000, 3+, 1 1/8mT  R8  CARD
8:40 ET  SAN CLEMENTE H G2, Dlmr, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1mT  R8  CARD