Friday, October 17, 2014

Oct 18-19


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FLASH!  FRANKEL'S LITTLE BROTHER TAKES THE BRITISH CHAMPION STAKES! 

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From U.S., to Canada, to Australia, to Great Britain, and Japan
Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file

WEEKEND RACING, PRIMARILY OVERSEAS: With the lull before our own Breeders Cup coming up, the top class racing will take place outside the U.S. this weekend, but there are a couple of races in the U.S. that might be of interest. First on Friday, Rosalind runs in the G3 Pin Oak Valley View at Keeneland (a friend of mine has an interest in Goldy Espony also in this race). Then on Saturday, the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run at Keeneland has several 3 yr old fillies whose sires are of... interest: Street Sense (2 entries), A.P. Indy, Tapit, Flatter, Birdstone, Speightstown (2 entries). 

Also in the U.S. will be the biggest day of American hunt races at Far Hills, New Jersey. See more info below.
 
In our own backyard, on Sunday, our Canadian friends will be celebrating the running of the PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL. Brown Panther (the Irish St. Leger winner), Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy), and Hillstar (another British invader, to be ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Sr. Michael Stoute) head a field of ten.

The biggest races, however, are taking place overseas: Saturday, AUSTRALIA'S G1 CAULFIELD CUP, one of the lead-up races to the Melbourne Cup; GREAT BRITAIN, BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS. Sunday: JAPAN's G1 SHUKA SHO, the final leg of the Japan Fillies Triple Crown. Due to the time difference for Australia and Japan, it will be easier to catch the replays later in the day.

There are some races around the U.S. for state-breds in Maryland, New York,  Oklahoma, and West Virginia.  Check out any races you might have an interest in at BloodHorse racing index
 
BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS - SATURDAY OCTOBER 18

The BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS can be seen in the U.S. starting Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. New York time, with the two key races -- the QE II at 10:30 ET, and the Champions Stakes at 11:05 a.m. The race at 8:45 a.m. is the Long Distance Cup, which will feature the Queen's Estimate in what could be her last race. Despite many of the biggest stars being ruled out for conditions, injury or retirement, Cirrus des Aigles, the 8 year old wonder gelding, is expected to be in the lineup for the Champions Stakes, along with Noble Mission (Frankel's brother), Al Kazeem, and Ruler of the World. Conditions at Newmarket are expected to be "testing" (wet!). More to come!
British Championships - Champions Day info
Champions Day looks short of champions

British Championships - Entries
Advance Going: Heavy 
British Champions Day - All races on one page
Result will show up at the CARD link
9:20 a.m. ET  BC Sprint Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1)  (3YO plus) - 6f   Gordon Lord Byron
9:55 a.m. ET  BC Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) (Class 1)  (3YO plus) - 1m 4f  Replay
10:30 a.m. ET  Queen Elizabeth II S (One Mile G1 3+, 1m  Race Replay - Charm Spirit
11:05 a.m. ET  Champion Stakes G1, (BC Middle Distance (3YO plus) - 1m 2f  Race Replay - Noble Mission
11:45 a.m. ET  Balmoral Handicap 3YO + - 1m

More on today's races
Estimate profile
Estimate given go ahead for crack at long distance Cup

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Oct 4-5



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Note:  The full card at Longchamp Sunday is being live streamed via HRTV (stream/TV) and TwinSpires. 
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IT'S TREVE!

Treve and her jockey, Theiry Jarnet
 
Two time Arc winner - Treve
 
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CAN SUNDAY SILENCE BRING THE COVETED ARC TROPHY HOME TO JAPAN THIS YEAR?

If the Japanese are to ever get that coveted Arc win, it likely will be Sunday Silence who will take them there.  "...what had changed in the 1980s and ‘90s was the nature and quality of the Japanese Thoroughbred in an era when the mighty yen could buy almost any stallion it wanted. And what changed after that was the arrival in Japan of Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Sunday Silence, whose impact on the class of the Japanese herd was transformative."  Read article
Sunday Silence

Since 2006 through 2013, the Japanese have had 10 entries, with all save one having Sunday Silence in their first or second generation.  They are getting closer to victory, with two horses winning second (Orfevre, 2012 & 2013; Nakayama Festa in 2010).  There had been entries dating back to 1969, however, none until recent years has had a serious chance at even getting close.  That Sunday Silence has had a profound influence upon the Thoroughbred in Japan is not in question.

This year, Japan is fielding 3 entries:  Just A Way, Gold Ship, and Harp Star (filly).  All have Sunday Silence in their second generation back.  Just A Way has been ranked as the world's best racehorse by Longine's for several months in 2014.

Hopes have been dashed, and the Japanese take it hard when they have come up short.  In 2006, when Deep Impact ran, it is estimated that more than 5,000 Japanese fans made the trip to France, and no less are expected this year. 

So, what shall it be? If it happens this year, there will be a big, black stallion looking down, with a hint of a smile (and only a slight smirk for all those American breeders who turned their backs on him).  With nearly $1 Billion in progeny earnings to his credit, Sunday may well consider it just another day at the office, but not to the island of Japan.  It will erupt like one of the many volcanos the small island is noted for.  Regardless of who you are rooting for in the Arc, if Japan takes the trophy, we can all celebrate.
A look at the three entries for the Arc on Sunday, Oct 5

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MAJOR RACING ACTION IN U.S., AND FRANCE, WITH SIDE TRIPS TO GREAT BRITAIN, JAPAN, AND AUSTRALIA.  For comprehensive coverage, check out www.TheTDN.com.
Keeneland unveils its new dirt track, as well as opening its Fall meet with 6 Grade 1 races this weekend.  Wise Dan, the grand old man, faces a stiff test in the Shadwell Mile on Saturday.    Keeneland meet opens with rich stakes and new dirt surface  Last of the Win and You're In Breeders Cup races this weekend.


 
 





















Kingston Hill in perfect shape for his run at history in the Arc
In the 94-year history of the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, France’s premier race has yet to be won by that season’s St Leger winner but that did not stop Roger Varian putting up a convincing argument on Thursday for a good showing from this year’s Doncaster hero, Kingston Hill, on Sunday.

There are, of course, “lies, damned lies and statistics”. Not many Leger winners ever try to follow up at Longchamp and it is perhaps worth remembering that the last dual winner of the Arc, Alleged, was runner/-up to Dumferline in the 1977 Leger before the first of his two famous victories.  Read more at source

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RACING ON TV:
Saturday, Oct. 4, NBC/SN 4:30-6:00 ET
Sunday, Oct. 5, NBC  5-6 ET

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Other helpful links for racing info:
www.BloodHorse.,com
www.DRF.com
www.brisnet.com
www.followhorseracing.com

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Note:  Once a U.S. race has been completed, you can return to the CARD below for the result and video replay.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sept. 27-28



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 would be appreciated.  Thanks!

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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

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 BELMONT SUPER SATURDAY
 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

NOT TO BE OUTDONE, SANTA ANITA OFFERS UP ITS OWN VERSION OF SUPER SATURDAY!

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


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HRTV'S PURSUIT OF THE CUP - VIDEO - click here
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

GAME ON DUDE DAY AT SANTA ANITA!  - click here
Courtesy Brisnet.com

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.

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 RACING ON TV/LIVE STREAM:

UPDATE!  THEY'VE ADDED ADDITIONAL 30 MINUTES - COVERAGE BEGINS AT 5:30 p.m. EDT!
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
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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.