Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mar 28-29, 2015

LET'S GO TO THE RACES  Mar 28-29, 2015


Note: This blog is non-commercial and was developed for my own personal use to organize my racing viewing activity.  Your comments as to its usefulness to you are welcomed & would be appreciated.  Thanks!
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A full day of racing from Dubai to Florida to New Orleans, to Santa Anita. 


Two Kentucky Derby preps and two Kentucky Oaks preps in the U.S., and a Derby Prep in Dubai will provide enough points for the top three finishers to likely make it to the starting gate.  In New Orleans, the LOUISIANA DERBY will see INTERNATONAL STAR, MR. Z and WAR STORY try for 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers.  A third or 4th place finish likely would provide the points for Mr. Z to get in the gate.

In Dubai, the only two in the UAE DERBY, a Derby prep, nominated for the Triple Crown are MUBTAAHIJ and MAFTOOL, and a first or second for either horse will likely bring both horses to the U.S. for the Kentucky Derby.  You can see the race replays and the rivalry between these two which took place in the World Cup Carnival from January to March 7 at the Dubai World Cup Day blog - click here.

In Florida, UPSTART, MATERIALITY, ITSAKNOCKOUT will duke it out and only Materiality needs points to ensure entry, with at least a second needed.  Upstart and Itsaknockout with 50 and 36 points respectively have already stamped their tickets, so the race is likely a sharpening and learning experience.  Kentucky Derby Leaderboard - click here

In the Kentucky Oaks division, things are a little more wide open, with the top three finishers of the Gulfstream Oaks and the Fair Grounds Oaks likely garnering enough points for entry to that division on May 1  Only BIRDATTHEWIRE (Gulfstream Oaks) and I'MACHATTERBOX (Fair Grounds Oaks) have their spots secured.  A first or second will ensure those runners gate entry,  with Eskenformoney (Gulfstream Oaks) possibly only needing a third to secure her spot.  Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard - click here

Streaking Phaeton heads Gulfstream Oaks
Imachatterbox the talk of the Fair Grounds Oaks

3-26 from BloodHorse:  With Main Sequence racing halfway around the world, Twilight Eclipse will be the one to beat in the $150,000 Pan American Stakes (IIIT) at Gulfstream Park March 28.

The 6-year-old Purim gelding took the 2013 Pan American, where he set the world record, covering 1 1/2 miles in a blistering 2:22.63. 

In his last five starts, however, Twilight Eclipse had the misfortune of racing against Main Sequence, the 2014 Eclipse Award champion turf horse and champion older male, hitting the board in each start, but failing to cash in on the top prize.

Twilight Eclipse was only beaten a combined four lengths in those five starts by Main Sequence, who is racing in Saturday's Sheema Classic (UAE-IT) in Dubai instead. Read more at source

TWILIGHT ECLIPSE looks to have the stage all to himself on Saturday at Gulfstream in the Pan American, while earlier in the day, his nemesis, MAIN SEQUENCE, will be battling it out with DESIGNS ON ROME, FLINTSHIRE, and HARP STAR in the  $6 Million Sheema Classic in Dubai.

For more on the Derby Trail and undercard action in the U.S. on Saturday, check in at Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown for March 28, which will be posted Friday.
Coalport seeks fifth straight in Marvin Muniz Handicap
Moreno makes Fair Grounds debut in New Orleans Handicap


For fans of route races of at least 1 1/2 miles or longer, three races look to provide some degree of satisfaction that for now anyway, these types of races are alive and well in the U.S.  The PAN AMERICAN and the ORCHID at Gulfstream, both on the turf, and the TOKYO CITY CUP at Santa Anita on the main track, are each 12 furlongs or about 1 1/2 miles.  As pointed out above, TWILIGHT ECLIPSE in the absence of his rival all of last year, Main Sequence, should be able to add to his trophy case in the Pan American at Gulfstream. 
Bronzo (Fusaichi Pegasus) vying for first U.S. win in the Tokyo City at Santa Anita

Handicapping the Louisiana Derby - HRN
Louisiana Derby Preview - HRN
Handicapping the Florida Derby - HRN

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Triple Crown - Kentucky Derby
James Scully's Kentucky Derby Report 3-25-15
Derby Prep Alert
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen - Mar 24
Jay Privman - Sunland Derby analysis - Firing Line
Matt Berneir and Dan Illman profile Dortmund - video
Take Charge Brandi out of Rebel and off Trail
Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown - March 28
ESPN Bill Finley: How is it that American Pharoah is not No. 1
ESPN Derby Rankings - 3-21-15 - It's a tie!
Courier-Journal's national media Kentucky Derby poll
Kentucky Derby.com  -  Updated points posted to Oaks and Derby qualif. races
DRF Road to the Derby - Preps, winners, replays
Derby Watch     Mike Watchmaker & Jay Privman keep a weekly tally on what's happening with their Top 20 Derby horses
BloodHorse KY Derby coverage

KY Derby Report - Mar 18 - James Scully - Brisnet
Avalyn Hunter profiles Upstart pedigree

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After a race is completed, the CARD for the American races below will have the race replay provided by BloodHorse.  Race replays for Dubai will be posted as soon as they are available.
 
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FEATURED RACES

International - Dubai

World Cup Day blog - for in-depth coverage, click here

First stakes race begins at 8:40 a.m. EDT
Note:  Times shown below are EDT - ATR card gives London time. Use the times in the left column for New York (EDT).

FREE PPs for Dubai runners

ALL RACE CARDS ON ONE PAGE - click here
First race is at 8:00 a.m. EDT
8:00   EDT  $250,000  Kahayla Classic (G1) – Dirt1 1/4 mi  R1  - non wagering
8:40   EDT  $1,000,000  Godolphin Mile (G2) 1,600 metres – Dirt - 1 mi R2 CARD
9:15   EDT  $1,000,000  Gold Cup (G2) 3,200 metres – Turf - 2 mi R3 CARD

9:55   EDT  $2,000,000  UAE Derby (G2) 1,900 metres – Dirt - R4  CARD
10:30 EDT  $1,000,000  Al Quoz Sprint (G1) 1,000 metres – Turf R5 CARD
11:05 EDT  $2,000,000  Golden Shaheen (G1) 1,200 metres – Dirt R6  CARD

11:40 EDT  $6,000,000  Duty Free (G1) 1,800 metres – Turf R7  CARD
12:15 EDT  $6,000,000  Sheema Classic (G1) 2,400 metres – Turf R8 CARD 
1:00  EDT   $10,000,000 World Cup (G1) 2,000 metres – Dirt R9  CARD
Fox Sports 1 televising the World Cup Live 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT
* KY Derby prep = 100-40-20-10 points
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North America
1:11 ET  Pan American S G2  GP  $150,000  4+  12f T  R13  CARD
1:50 ET  Skip Away S G3  GP  $150,000  4+  9.5f   R5  CARD
2:20 ET  Appleton S G3  GP  $150,000  4+  1 mi T  R 6 CARD
3:21 ET  Sir Shackleton S  GP  $100,000  4+  7f   R8  CARD
4:26 ET  Honey Fox S G2  GP  $300,000  4+ f/m  8f T  R10  CARD
4:55 ET  Mervin Muniz Mem'l H G2  FG  $300,000  4+  9f T  R8  CARD
5:00 ET  Orchid S G3  GP  $150,000  4+ f/m  12f T  R11  CARD

5:25 ET  Fair Grounds Oaks G2  FG  $400,000  3yo f  8.5f  #  R9  CARD
5:35 ET  Gulfstream Oaks G2  GP  $250,000  3yo f  8.5f   #  R12  CARD
5:54 ET  New Orleans Handicap G2  FG  $400,000  4+  9f   R10  CARD
6:24 ET  Louisiana Derby G2  FG  $750,000  3yo  9f  *  R11  CARD  
6:48 ET  Florida Derby G1  GP  $1,000,000  3yo  9f  *  R14  CARD
8:00 ET  Tokyo City Cup G3  SA  $100,000  4+  12f   R8  CARD
 
* or # KY Derby or KY Oaks preps = 100-40-20-10 points

More on today's races
Riposte primed for big effort in Orchid
War Correspondent, Lochte head Appleton
Commissioner eyes easier Skip Away prize

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NEWS

Shared Belief heded for Charles Town Classic
2015 Flat Season: 3-Year-Old Colts Preview: James Willoughby provides an update on the top European Classic prospects for 2015
California Chrome and Able Friend on Royal Ascot's wish list
Training legend Billy Turner shares his thoughts on training


Saturday, March 21, 2015

WORLD CUP DAY

WORLD CUP DAY - MARCH 28, 2015

DUBAI WEATHER - Races are run mostly at night
Friday, Mar 27 Overcast with a shower83° Lo 71°
Saturday, Mar 28  Partly sunny83° Lo 68° - Race day
Sunday, Mar 29  Pleasant with sunshine85° Lo 70°
 
 

(Subtract 4 hours from times shown to convert to New York Time)





Art Sherman - Renaissance Man
 
DUBAI WORLD CUP DAY!
$30 Million in one day of racing.  Coming in second you could still walk away a millionaire in some of the races!  There will be free live streaming in several places for this big event, which, because it is run in Dubai, will happen in the U.S. mostly on Saturday morning.  Dubai is 8 hours ahead of New York's EDT.  If it's 4 in the afternoon in Dubai, it's 8 a.m. in New York.

TVG will broadcast on television (if you have this in your cable lineup), but HRTV will not.  Your best bet will be to check in at www.amwestentertainment.com where free live streaming of the day's events will be broadcast.  Also, DRF will provide live streaming.  TwinSpires is free if you set up an account, and don't be put off by thinking you have to bet, you don't.  So, there will be several platforms to watch this extravaganza on Saturday.

When is it?
The Dubai World Cup will be staged on Saturday, March 28. Gates open on World Cup night at midday, with the first race run at 4.30pm. (8:30 a.m. EDT)   Scroll down to Featured Races for races and approximate post times, adjusted to EDT.
 


Several sites will provide wide coverage of all the action on World Cup Day

Scroll down for several ways to watch the World Cup Live
 
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Pat Cummings handicaps all the races for Dubai World Cup Day! click here

American-based horses looking to make a serious impact in Dubai
Brisnet's John Mucciolo gives his take on the fields as they have taken shape. 
A very strong contingent of U.S.-based horses will take aim at various races during the 20th edition of the Dubai World Cup on Saturday at Meydan. With top runners in the most lucrative races on the day, the U.S. group might be leaving the desert with a lot of dirhams (dollars).

World Cup (UAE-G1)
Reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) looms the one to beat and could be a fairly short-priced favorite in the marquee event of the day. The Art Sherman trainee was a big second in the San Antonio (G2) in his 2015 bow, finishing behind arguably the best dirt horse in training right now, and 'Chrome appears to be training forwardly since the tightener. Proven at the trip, the four-year-old has reportedly settled in nicely since his arrival and could spearhead a one-two finish from the U.S. runners. Read more

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WATCH THE RACES LIVE!

Choose either AmWest site or DRF site for full Dubai racing experience

AMWEST ENTERTAINMENT - ALL ACCESS LIVE STREAMING
This site is comprehensive, handicapping, entries, race cards, and the LIVE STREAMING for each day's races.  Content will be added daily until March 28 at the AmWest site. 

DRF SITE w/cards, live streaming of races, click to see cards, links to handicapping with Pat Cummings and Jeremy Plonk

FOX SPORTS 1 WILL BROADCAST THE WORLD CUP, 12:30-1:30 EDT SATURDAY

 
  
DIRT IS BACK!
 
Doug Watson talks about the new dirt surface - How is it playing? 3-21-15

 

Scroll to Race Calendar/Replay section of blog at bottom of post for Replays
for all Carnival stakes


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DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL kicked off Thursday, January 8 and has run each Thursday in January, with a couple of Saturdays later in the meet in February and March.  AmWest Entertainment live streamed the races each day of the meet.  All the info you will need now for the World Cup Day will be provided by Pat Cummings and Joe Kristufek leading up to the big day, plus free PPs through  World Cup Day, March 28.  Catch up on what happened during the Carnival: 


The DIRT IS BACK as the main track surface for the first time since American trained Well Armed won the World Cup in 2009.  American participation in the carnival had dwindled in recent years when the main track surface went from dirt to Tapeta in 2010 with the opening of Meydan Racecourse.  Notable US winners included Cigar in the first World Cup in 1996, and followed with wins by other American trained horses included Silver Charm, Roses In May, Pleasantly Perfect, Curlin, all on dirt, and Animal Kingdom in 2013 on the Tapeta surface.  The new dirt surface is expected to lure more horses from the U.S.
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Full race cards listed below.  Replays will be posted as soon as they are available.

Mar 21-22, 2015

LET'S GO TO THE RACES  Mar 21-22, 2015


Note: This blog is non-commercial and was developed for my own personal use to organize my racing viewing activity.  Your comments as to its usefulness to you are welcomed & would be appreciated.  Thanks!
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HANDICAPPING:
Matt Bernier and Dan Illman handicap the Spiral and the Bourbonette - video
Watchmaker and Privman handicap the Derby preps

Jon Siegel, Joel Cunningham handicap two Derby preps this weekend


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DRF Live Streaming Gulfstream Park on Saturday and Sunland Park on Sunday
 
 
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Triple Crown - Kentucky Derby
Matt Berneir and Dan Illman profile Dortmund - video
Take Charge Brandi out of Rebel and off Trail
Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown - March 20
ESPN Bill Finley: How is it that American Pharoah is not No. 1
ESPN Derby Rankings - 3-21-15 - It's a tie!
Courier-Journal's national media Kentucky Derby poll
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen - Mar 17
Kentucky Derby.com  -  Updated points posted to Oaks and Derby qualif. races
DRF Road to the Derby - Preps, winners, replays
Derby Watch     Mike Watchmaker & Jay Privman keep a weekly tally on what's happening with their Top 20 Derby horses
BloodHorse KY Derby coverage

KY Derby Report - Mar 18 - James Scully - Brisnet
Avalyn Hunter profiles Upstart pedigree

Time ordered races and cards below.  In the U.S. after race has run, CARD will take you to replay of race.

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FEATURED RACES

Time ordered races / entries - printable file

SATURDAY

International - Australia
1:30 a.m. ET  GOLDEN SLIPPER-G1, Rosehill $2,672,600US, 2yo, 1200m  CARD
2:10 a.m. ET GEORGE RYDER S.-G1, Rosehill, A$1,000,000 (US$766,015), 3+, 1500mT CARD

Japan's Real Impact (Jpn) Wins G1 George Ryder - replay
Japan's World Ace, Real Impact contest the George Ryder
Real Impact wins the George Ryder in a photo! Video Replay - English
TDN Write-up - G1 George Ryder
Update:  Vancouver wins for Gai Waterhouse!  She ties her father's record of 6 Golden Slipper wins
Golden Slipper Glory for Medaglia d'Oro's Vancouver: 13th Group 1 winner for Darley's Medaglia d'Oro (USA)

North America
1:56 ET  Private Terms S  Lrl  $100,000  3yo  9f  R4  CARD
2:18 ET  Mr. Sinatra  Aqu  $100,000  4+ R  8.5f R3 CARD
2:52 ET  Caesar's Wish S  Lrl  $100,000  3yo f  8f  R6  CARD
3:31 ET  Conniver S  Lrl  $100,000  3+ f/m S  7f     R7  CARD
3:50 ET  Harrison  Johnson Mem'l S  Lrl  $100,000  3+  9f  R8  CARD
4:00 ET  Inside Information S G2  GP  $200,000  4+ f/m  7f  R7  CARD 
5:30 ET  Royal Delta S (Sabin), G2, GP, $200,000, 4+ f/m, 1 1/16 mi  R10 CARD

5:42 ET  Bourbonette Oaks G3  TP  $150,000  3yo f  8f AW  #    R10  CARD
6:09 ET  Gazebo S  OP  $100,000  3yo  6f     R9  CARD
6:28 ET  Cincinnati Spiral S G3  TP  $550,000  3yo  9f AW  *   R11  CARD
7:00 ET  San Luis Rey S G2  SA  $200,000  4+  12f Turf    R8  CARD
* Derby or # Oaks prep = 50-20-10-5 points

More on today's races
Firing Line, Lord Nelson square off in Sunland Derby
Royal Son, Metaboss top choices in Spiral
Metaboss, Royal Son, Imperia among dozen in Spiral
House Rules sentimental choice in Royal Delta S

SUNDAY

International - Japan
Hanshin Daishoten G2  Hanshin  $1,173,000 a 4+  15f Turf    R  CARD  Preview
Spring S G2  Nakayama  $942,000 a 3yo  9f Turf    R  CARD

North America

Matt Bernier and Dan Illman handicap the Sunland Derby


2:18 ET  Stymie S  Aqu  $100,000  4+  9f     R3  CARD
5:36 ET  Bill Thomas Memorial S  Sun  $100,000  3+  6.5f  R7  CARD
6:30 ET  Dream of Summer S  SA  $100,000  4+ f/m S  8f  R7  CARD
6:35 ET  Sunland Park Oaks (L)  Sun  $200,000  3yo f  8.5f #  R9  CARD
7:07 ET  Harry W. Henson H  Sun  $100,000  3+ f/m  8f     R10  CARD
7:40 ET  Sunland Derby G3  Sun  $800,000  3yo  9f   *    R11  CARD
* Derby or # Oaks prep = 50-20-10-5 points

Firing Line headlines Sunland Derby; Lord Nelson scratches
Callback tries the Sunland Oaks for Baffert
Where's The Moon - Sunland Derby - Profile video
 
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NEWS
2015 Flat Season: 3-Year-Old Colts Preview: James Willoughby provides an update on the top European Classic prospects for 2015
Probable fields for Dubai World Cup
California Chrome and Able Friend on Royal Ascot's wish list
Training legend Billy Turner shares his thoughts on training