Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18-20

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12:03 a.m., Sunday, April 20, 2014

DAY TWO of Sydney, Australia's THE CHAMPIONSHIPS on SATURDAY will feature the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the richest of the new series with a $4 Million (Aus) purse, with stars IT'S A DUNDEEL, GREEN MOON, SILENT ACHIEVER (one of three fillies/mares), and CARLTON HOUSE (Street Cry) (HRH Queen Elizabeth's horse, a gift of Sheikh Mohammed as a yearling). Also BOBAN (Bernardini), ROYAL DESCENT (filly, winner of Australian Oaks 2013), and HAWKSPUR. Most are Group 1 winners, with t...he exception of the hapless Carlton House who barely missed in the G1 Ranvet on Mar. 22 when he was nipped at the wire by Silent Achiever. Carlton House will be ridden by 23 year old Tommy Berry, twin brother to Nathan Berry who tragically died Apr. 3. Read more about The Championships at  

Retirement or on to Royal Ascot for It's A Dundeel?
BloodHorse write up about the win

Guide to Kentucky Derby / Triple Crown   Links to sites with replays, handicapping tools, etc.
Jeremy Plonk's Countydown to the Crown - Click on April 18
DRF's complete list of all prep races with replay video

Featured races below include the Card which will take you to the BloodHorse Race Replay after the race is concluded.
5:13 ET  Doubledogdare S G3, Kee, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16m  R9  CARD
More on today's races
12:30 a.m. ET  Queen of the Turf S-G1, A$1 Million (US$938,600), Rand 3yo/up, f/m, 1600mT
1:05 a.m. ET  Australian Oaks-G1, A$1 Million (US$938,600), 3yo, f, 2400mT
1:45 a.m. ET  Sydney Cup-G1, A$1 Million (US$938,600), 3yo/up, 3200mT
2:25 a.m. ET  Queen Elizabeth S.-G1, A$4,000,000 (US$3,754,400), 3yo/up, 2000mT

North America
3:02 ET  Stormy Blues S, Pim, $100,000, 3yo, f, 5fT  R5  CARD
4:00 ET  Miami Mile H G3, Calder, $100,000, 3&up, 1m R7  CARD
4:11 ET  Giant's Causeway S, Kee, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 5 1/2fT R7  CARD
4:26 ET  Primonetta S, Pim, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f  R8  CARD
4:37 ET  Star Shoot S, Woodbine, $125,000, 3yo, f, 6f  R8  CARD
4:57 ET  Distaff H G2, Aqu, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f R8  CARD
4:42 ET  Ben Ali S G3, Kee, $150,000, 4&up, 1 1/8m R8  CARD
4:43 ET  Third Chance H (r), Haw, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 6f  R5  CARD
4:55 ET  Henry S Clark S, Pim, $100,000, 3&up, 1mT  R9  CARD
5:10 ET  Sixty Sails H G3, Haw, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m  R8  CARD
5:12 ET  Robert S Molaro H (r), Haw, $100,000, 4&up, 6f  R6  CARD
5:13 ET  Lexington S G3, Kee, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m R9  CARD
5:34 ET  Federico Tesio S, Pim, $100,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m  R10  CARD
6:42 ET  Illinois Derby G3, Haw, $500,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m R9  CARD
9:15 ET  Robert Hilton Memorial, CT, $100,000, 3yo, 7f  R10  CARD
9:45 ET  Sugar Maple S, CT, $200,000, 4&up, f&m, 7f  R11  CARD
11:30 ET  Charles Town Classic G2, CT, $1,500,000, 4&up, 1 1/8m R12  CARD
7:00 ET  Santa Lucia S (r), SA Park, $75,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16m  R8  CARD


Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 11-13

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Saturday, April 12 Blue Grass S. (G1)
4:30 - 6 p.m. EDT
FOX Sports 1

The Kentucky Derby prep races are winding down to the final three, with two this weekend worth 100-40-20-10 qualifying points, and a "last chance" race next weekend worth 10-4-2-1.  Six Grade 1 races including the two Derby preps, plus an Oaks prep, the G2 Beaumont on Sunday at Keeneland. 

The other Grade 1 races are the Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland, which will feature reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan in his seasonal debut; the Apple Blossom for fillies and mares at Oaklawn Park, both races on Friday. On Saturday at Keeneland, two Grade 1 races for fillies and mares: the Jenny Wiley and the Madison.  The Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland and the Oaklawn Derby at Oaklawn Park wrap up the Grade 1 action and the two Derby preps.

Ed Da Rosa's blog for Saturday, April 12
Brisnet's James Scully's Derby Report 4-11
Brisnet's Dick Powell's Handicapping Insights 4-11

Brisnet write-up of the race

Brisnet write-up for the Apple Blossom

Road to the Crown - Links to all things KY Derby

Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown - 4-11 edition
Road to the Kentucky Derby - DRF's Derby Trail races with race replays, charts
DRF's Derby Top 20
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen Index
Video - Pursuit of the Crown - HRTV

Races listed below in time ordered format including a link to a printable file. After a race has completed, you can return here to the 'CARD' for a link to the replay of the race once it is posted at BloodHorse.

Featured Races

Ann Maree's Time Ordered Races - printable file

5:13 ET  Maker's 46 Mile G1, KEE,$300,000g, 4&up, 8f  R9   CARD
6:37 ET  Bachelor S, OP, $100,000, 3yo, 6f  R9   CARD
7:12 ET  Apple Blossom H G1, OP, $600,000g, 4&up f/m, 8.5f  R10   CARD

3:30 ET  Las Cienegas S G3, SA, $100,000, 4&up f/m, abt 6.5f  R5   CARD
3:40 ET  Commonwealth S G3, KEE, $175,000, 4&up, 7f  R7   CARD
4:11 ET  Shakertown S G3, KEE, $100,000, 4&up, 5.5f  R8   CARD
 4:42 ET  Madison S G1, KEE, $300,000, 4&up f/m, 7f  R9   CARD
5:13 ET  Jenny Wiley S G1, KEE, $300,000, 4&up f/m, 8.5f  R10   CARD
5:45 ET  Toyota Blue Grass S G1, KEE, $750,000, 3yo, 9f  R11   CARD *
5:49 ET  Instant Racing, OP, $100,000, 3yo f, 6f  R9   CARD
5:10 ET  Northern Spur, OP, $100,000, 3yo, 8f  R8   CARD
6:27 ET  Oaklawn H G2, OP, $600,000, 4&up, 9f  R10   CARD
7:00 ET  Potrero Grande S G2, SA, $200,000, 4&up, 6.5f  R8   CARD
7:07 ET  Arkansas Derby G1, OP, $1,000,000, 3yo, 9f  R11   CARD *

Blue Grass Stakes Handicapping review - DRF

4:42 ET  Beaumont S G2, KEE, $200,000, 3yo f, abt 7f  R8   CARD #
5:00 ET  Santa Barbara H G3, SA, $150,000, 4&up f/m, 10f  R4   CARD
7:00 ET  San Simeon S G3, SA, $100,000, 4&up, abt 6.5f  R8   CARD

* Derby prep = 100-40-20-10
# Oaks prep = 10-4-2-1

International News
JAPAN: G1 Oko Sho (Japan 1000 Guineas) Sunday - Preview
Japan 1000 Guineas - Details



Sunday, April 6, 2014

California Chrome



HRTV Santa Anita Derby race replay - Video
HRTV Post Santa Anita Derby interview - Video

Steve Haskin profiles CC in his latest Derby Dozen - 4-7
"There is absolutely nothing more to say about this horse that I haven’t already said over the past two months. He is simply one of the most special young horses I’ve seen in years, and if the Triple Crown drought is ever to end, this is the kind of horse who will end it. Yes, I’m getting way ahead of myself, but I cannot remember the last time I’ve seen a horse as close to perfection as this guy. For a horse to keep piling up these freakish performances for so long is a rarity in racing today and he actually keeps getting better."

Mike Watchmaker, senior handicapper for the DRF, on CA Chrome
"We ask for clarity, so when it comes, we should acknowledge it. California Chrome is THE horse going into this Kentucky Derby. It’s as clear as day."

Jay Hovdey: The Butterfly Effect on California Chrome
UPI Weekend racing roundup
Work report Mar 27, 2014 - Interview Art Sherman
Link to California Chrome horse videos
Growing Up California Chrome - Video
California Chrome - TVG Report Mar 17, 2014 - Video
Horse Racing Nation - Zipse Blog
HRTV Video - Team Chrome is Derby bound
SA Derby post race interview

California Chrome record/PPs:
SA, 4/5/14, Race 10, SA Derby G1, 1st, Santa Anita Derby  Chart  Brisnet write-up of Santa Anita Derby
SA, 3/8/14, Race 5, San Felipe Stakes G2, 1st  San Felipe Stakes  Chart
SA, 1/25/14, Race 10, Cal Cup Derby, 1st  Cal Cup Derby   Chart
HP, 12/22/13, Race 10, King Glorious Stakes, 1st  King Glorious  Chart
SA, 11/1/13, Race 3, Golden State Juv S. 6th  Golden State Juv S  Chart
Dlmr, 9/4/13, Race 8, Del Mar Futurity G1, 6th  Del Mar Futurity  Chart
Dlmr, 7/31/13, Race 7, Graduation Stakes, 1st  Graduation Stakes  Chart
HP, 6/15/13, Race 8, Willard Proctor S, 5th  Willard Proctor Mem'l S  Chart
HP, 5/17/13, Race 8, MSW, 1st  MSW  Chart
HP, 4/26/13, Race 2, MSW, 2nd   MSW  Chart

California Chrome ready to crunch Ky Derby
Loads of down-home charm in the story of California Chrome and his connections. Working class types, the owners aren't Kentucky blue bloods with deep roots to the sport. And first time out of the box, they breed a winner, who incidentally has two full blood siblings out of the same sire and mare! Then there's Art Sherman, who was the exercise rider for another California bred, Swaps, who at 77 could become the oldest trainer to win the Derby.

Triple Crown prospects for California Chrome - Art Sherman - Video
LA Times - Bill Dwyre - SA Derby
California Chrome dazzles in Santa Anita Derby
California Chrome shines again in SA Derby
California Chrome big draw at Los Alamitos track
SA Derby recap
California Chrome and KY Derby

Mary Cage discusses career and pedigree of California Chrome - HRN

In the winner's circle