Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sept. 27-28

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One of the best summaries of racing action in the U.S. and World Wide is the UPI Weekend Preview!  Check it out! Click here

 Fields set for Belmont's Super Saturday extravaganza
On Sept. 27, Belmont Park will host Super Saturday, which will include six graded stakes, including 5 Grade 1s, worth a total of $3.4 million. Topping the list is the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup for three-year-olds and up.

The 1 1/4-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup is expected to attract V. E. Day, Wicked Strong and Tonalist, the respective top three finishers of the August 23 Travers at Saratoga. Also probable are Whitney winner Moreno, Suburban Handicap victor Zivo, Grade 2-scoring millionaires Last Gunfighter and Prayer for Relief, multiple Group 1-placed Big Cazanova and Grade 2-placed stakes hero Stephanoatsee. Fellow Grade 2-placed stakes winner Speak Logistics is possible.

Fillies and mares will travel 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame. Stopchargingmaria, victorious in the Alabama and Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga, was scratched from Saturday's Cotillion at Parx Racing against her own age group to take on older runners for the first time in the Beldame. Probables also include Delaware Handicap vixen Belle Gallantey as well as Grade 3 scorers Hot Stones and Stanwyck.

A star-studded field is expected for the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. The prospective lineup for the 1 1/2-mile turf marathon is likely to feature last year's runner-up and two-time Grade 1 king Big Blue Kitten as well as Main Sequence.  Read more at source


OKTOBERFEST, with 5 Grade 1 races, including the Awesome Again, Chandelier, Front Runner, Zenyatta, and Rodeo Drive, worth $1.5 Million

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.

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.

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. Read more at source

Santa Anita Featured Events

Preview of this weekend's racing along with a look ahead at the Breeders Cup

Andy Serling previews Super Saturday at Belmont

Matt Bernier/Dan Illman handicap the Eddie D Friday, Opening Day Santa Anita - Video
Jay Hovdey ties to sort through the veritable plethora of Grade 1 races this Saturday!
Steve Andersen - Eddie D potential launching pad for Ambitious Brew
Steve Andersen - Santa Anita opens with a flurry of stakes first two weekends


You can be sure to catch this ceremony today by going to the Live Stream at Santa Anita (here) between 6-7 pm EDT (3-4 PDT).  You may need to register or sign in, but no catch, no charge to watch live racing at the site.


Saturday, September 27 - television
5:30-8 pm, EDT, NBC/SN

Also, watch LIVE STREAM at Santa Anita Park, Saturday, Sept 27,
You will need to register, but it's free.  First post 1:00 p.m. PDT/4:00 EDT

Time Ordered List of Races below...return here after the race has been run, click on the CARD and see the result and replay by BloodHorse. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sept. 20-21

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Photo America's Best Racing
The return of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable and several graded events for the speedballs highlight the weekend racing schedule.


The battle for 3-year-old honors and, possibly, for Horse of the Year as well, shapes up Saturday at Parx Racing and next weekend at Santa Anita.  California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, has not raced since his Triple Crown bid was stymied in a fourth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes. He came out of that race somewhat the worse for wear and old-school trainer Art Sherman has given him plenty of R & R.  Read more at source


LIVE STREAM OF PENNSYLVANIA DERBY - The free Pennsylvania Derby live stream can be accessed Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m. EDT on the America’s Best Racing homepage:

The highly anticipated return of 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome in the $1-million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20 will be streamed live at America’s Best
Racing (

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET, the 90-minute telecast from Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., outside Philadelphia, will be a feed of the regional broadcast produced by The Comcast Network. The $1-million Cotillion Stakes for elite 3-year-old fillies and the Gallant Bob for 3-year-old sprinters also will also be shown during the live stream.


HRTV Pursuit of the Cup - Video

Note:  After a race has been completed, come back here, click on the CARD below for the BloodHorse result and race replay.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pleasantly Perfect - Redux

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Taylor Made Farms

Original post Dec. 5, 2012

September 18, 2014:  Pleasantly Perfect is in the news recently with one of his daughters putting in a maiden win at second asking, at Gulfstream Park, Sept. 18. Race 4:  Bella Collina, 9/18/14, Gulfstream, Race 4 - MSW - Result/Replay

One of my all-time favorite horses is Pleasantly Perfect (Pleasant Colony ex. Regal State x Affirmed), who by the way is an excellent example of a horse who was a late bloomer (biggest races weren't until he was 5 and 6).  He won the Breeders' Cup Classic as a 5 year old then went to Dubai as a 6 year old and won the World Cup, came back to U.S. that same year to win the Pacific Classic, and was 3rd defending in the BC Classic. 

He was part of the Richard Mandella amazing 2003 Breeders' Cup success story, where Mandella won the Classic, the Juvenile, the Turf, and the Juvenile Fillies, breaking D. Wayne Lukas' record of three Breeders Cup race wins in one day.  His most successful offspring has been Shared Account. 

Not quite fashionable for breeders/buyers who are looking for early maturers.  Just boggles the mind that a buyer wouldn't want the progeny of a horse who won $7.7 Million!!!!  Himself a Breeders Cup winner and a sire of a Breeders Cup G1 race.  Here is his stallion page at Taylor Made Farms:  Stallion profile- Taylor Made Farms - Pleasantly Perfect Be sure to watch the Taylor Made video of Pleasantly Perfect's big races, and those of two of his offspring, Cozi Rosie and Shared Account.  Will be interesting to see what Taylor Made sets his fee at for 2015.

B. 1998, Pleasantly Perfect didn't do much at all until he was 4 years old. It took him 4 tries to break his maiden, until at four, he did so and also winning a Grade 2. Then, at 5, he won the Breeders Cup Classic and the Goodwood, with a third in the San Antonio. At 6, he won the Dubai World Cup, the Pacific Classic and the San Antonio, ran second in the San Diego H., and a third in the Breeders Cup Classic. His bankroll when it was all said and done was a tidy sum of $7.8 Million!

He is the daddy of Nonios, Cozi Rosie, My Adonis, Rapid Redux, Setsuko, and his most successful offspring in the U.S. is a daughter, Shared Account, who earned $1.6 Million over two seasons. Retired at the end of 2011, she was booked to Bernardini.

Tough, durable, he is the son of Pleasant Colony who in 1981 won the KY Derby, the Preakness, the Wood, and the Woodward, all Grade 1 races, losing horse of the year honors to John Henry! (Yours truly was on hand for the 1981 Kentucky Derby. There is a slide show of my trip to see these two races and many of the photos on this blog header are from my trips.)

Who wouldn't want to have a foal from this family? His great grandaddy on his sire's side is the great Ribot; his dam's sire is none other than the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed. He has no inbreeding through the fifth generation. And this lovely guy stood most recently at Lane's End for $5,000!  Moved recently to Taylor Made Farms, his fee for 2015 has not been disclosed.

I should have titled this piece, "I just don't get it," because I absolutely just do not get why any buyer would want a yearling or two year old with champagne glass legs, a career that might last 12 months, total, and bypass a chance at a horse that would bring you nothing but sheer fun and joy watching him grow and develop into a mature, race-winning machine!!! This just shows how short-sighted today's buyers are, looking only for the early-maturing, fragile, youngsters that might make it through one season, and then poof, off to the breeding shed to breed more of the same. If I win the lottery, the very first thing I want to do is try to buy one of PP's youngsters and send him/her to Mr. Patience, John Shirreffs! I think that would be nirvana for me!

Career Statistics:
Starts: 18   Firsts: 9    Seconds: 3    Thirds: 2
Earnings: $7,789,880
Highest Speed Figure:  122
Timeform rated 130
Watch as Pleasantly Perfect comes from mid-pack to mow down the leaders, Medaglia d'Oro and Congaree, and win by daylight in the Classic, and then beats Medaglia d'Oro again in the World Cup! The duel between Medaglia d'Oro and Pleasantly Perfect in the Dubai World Cup is one of the most thrilling stretch runs ever!