Friday, December 12, 2014

Dec. 13-14

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Time Ordered Races/Entries - printable file

December 14, 2014 - Sha Tin 

Results, Race Replays, Commentary, Hong Kong

Congratulations to the HKIR winners!  Summary of races, photos, etc.

Hong Kong Vase Results page  Race Replay   TDN write-up
Hong Kong Sprint Results page  Race Replay   TDN write-up
Hong Kong Mile Results Page  Race Replay   TDN write-up
Hong Kong Cup Results page  Race Replay   TDN write-up

Able Friend Bolts Up in Hong Kong Mile
Moreira conquers on Rome in Hong Kong Cup
Ambitious Dragon withdrawn from Mile
BloodHorse write-up on the four HKIR race results

RESULTS: Hong Kong International Race/Sunday:
G1 Hong Kong Cup: Designs On Rome victorious... Little Mike 9th
Chart and VIDEO: Hong Kong Cup [click on 'Multi Angle Race Replay' for video replay]
G1 Hong Kong Mile: Able Friend easily
Chart and VIDEO: Hong Kong Mile [click on 'Multi Angle Race Replay' for video replay]
G1 Hong Kong Sprint: Aerovelocity leads home Hong Kong one-two
Chart and VIDEO: Hong Kong Sprint [click on 'Multi Angle Race Replay' for video replay]
G1 Hong Kong Vase: Flintshire wins
Chart and VIDEO: Hong Kong Vase [click on 'Multi Angle Race Replay' for video replay]

John Moore, an accidental kind of trainer
Some insights into Hong Kong racing and why it's considered the envy of every other racing jurisdiction in the world.


Pre-race coverage: The Longines Hong Kong International Races, also known as the Turf World Championships, have become recognised in this millennium as one of the pre-eminent race meetings of the world alongside Royal Ascot, the Arc Day, the Melbourne Cup, the Breeders' Cup and the Dubai World Cup.

The Longines Hong Kong International Races meeting is one of the most important fixtures for the world's leading horses, jockeys, trainers and owners. Tens of thousands of racing fans from around the world are attracted each year to Sha Tin for this premier Hong Kong sporting event. 
One reason is the prize money: a colossal HK$83 million (about $11 Million USD) divided between the four International G1s.

The Longines Hong Kong Cup was originally run as the Hong Kong Invitation Cup on 24 January 1988 when overseas entries were restricted to those from Malaysia and Singapore. Since then the number of countries and regions competing has increased significantly to include Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. The LONGINES Hong Kong Mile, Longines Hong Kong Vase and Longines Hong Kong Sprint were added in subsequent years to create the 4-race world event we have today.

Recognized as the “Turf World Championships”, the Longines HKIR races offer some of the world’s richest race prizes while attracting the world’s leading horses, trainers and jockeys to compete here annually.

The International Races on December 14, 2014, overview for each fixture:
LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m, HK$25,000,000 US$3,225,000)
LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m, HK$23,000,000 US$2,967,100)
LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m, HK$18,500,000 US$2,386,700)
LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m, HK$16,500,000 US$2,128,600)

International stars such as:  CIRRUS DES AIGLES, MILITARY ATTACK, CALIFORNIA MEMORY, ABLE FRIEND, GOLD-FUN, AMBITIOUS DRAGON, SOLE POWER, LUCKY NINE, SPALATO, FLINTSHIRE, RED CADEAUX, will be on hand looking for the four Group 1 events.  Some of the world's top jockeys and trainers will also be on hand. 
There is a 13-hour time difference between New York and Hong Kong, so The Hong Kong Cup, Sprint, Mile, Vase are the 4 main races for the day with a post time at 1:00 a.m. EST Sunday for the Vase (Race 4). I watch these races on TwinSpires that live streams the races, in English. You do have to set up an account, however, you do not have to bet, and you will love the interface. There are other services I'm sure that will air coverage, including I believe HRTV, and check with TVG to see what they will do.

TDN: 'Power' to attempt to go one better in Sprint
Earlier this week, Sabena Power’s Sole Power (GB) (Kyllachy {GB}) was named the Horse of the Year in Ireland. This coming Sunday, the 7-year-old will look to improve off a runner-up effort in last year’s G1 Hong Kong Sprint.

Hong Kong Jockey Club - Home page
Flintshire 'fresher' in Hong Kong than at Santa Anita
YouTube channel
DESIGNS ON ROME, DOMINANT and GOLD-FUN tune up on the turf - News - 2014 HKIR
Old classic CIRRUS DES AIGLES still has what it takes - News - 2014 HKIR
Video - Two Minutes with Cirrus Des Aigles trainer
Jockey Challenge results - video


Eighttofasttocatch retirement ceremony at Laurel Park

SUNBEAN has a chance to raise his earnings to over $1Million

Sunbean repeats in Louisiana Classic
Race Replay - Result LA Classic

Brittlyn Stable’s Sunbean will look to become only the sixth millionaire in the history of Louisiana-bred thoroughbreds on Saturday when the 4-year-old gelding defends his title in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic against 4 other charges.  If he does so, it will be his third added-money victory in just six weeks.
“He’s doing really good right now,” said trainer Ron Faucheux.  “We have every reason to run him.  He’s training really well and we can probably give him about two months after this to freshen him.  We’re going to go for it.”  Read more
Take Charge Brandi wires field in Starlet - Video embedded

A couple of races for two year olds:  the G1 STARLET on Saturday for 2 year old fillies, and the KING GLORIOUS on Sunday for 2year old colts.  D. Wayne Lukas' Breeders Cup G1 Juvenile Fillies winner and recent winner of the G3 Delta Downs Princess, TAKE CHARGE BRANDI is entered in the STARLET on Saturday.

Matt Bernier and Dan Illman handicap the STARLET, with this being TAKE CHARGE BRANDI'S push for end of year honors. She faces some good competition in FEATHERED, who has shipped in to challenge Brandi's position atop the Juvenile fillies division.

The $250,000 SPRINGBOARD MILE at Remington Park on Sunday for two year olds, with the $100,000 TRAPEZE for 2 year old fillies.

Entries index - BloodHorse
For North American races, as well as the Hong Kong races on Sunday, return to the CARD after the race has completed for a video replay.  May be a delay before the replay is posted.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

2015 KY Derby - Early Handicapping


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!


In the lead up to the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Jeff Siegel, among others will be making predictions based on the experience to date of the many runners who will be vying for post positions come the first Saturday in May 2015.  I enjoy having the information at hand to review the records of various horses.  This post will attempt to organize available information, including providing links to more sites.  These horses have all been added to the Horses To Watch blog:  Horses To Watch blog
In addition to active horses, Horseracing Nation has several categories for horses: Top 250 All-Time, Top 250 All-Time Females, Kentucky Derby Contenders, Oaks Contenders,  International Top 500.  It's a fun place to explore, since each horse has a profile and usually has some videos of key races.
Points races for qualifying for Kentucky Derby:  America's Best Racing - Road to the 2015 Triple Crown

TOP TEN AS OF 12-5-14

American Pharoah (2012)
Pioneerof the Nile - Littleprincessemma (Yankee Gentleman)
J: Victor Espinoza         T: Bob Baffert
O: Zayat Stables, LLC   B: Zayat Stables
Pedigree   Equibase
Profile on HRTV 9-14-14   
Debut was a dud; broke maiden in the G 1 Del Mar Futurity 9-3-14 by 4 3/4 - Replay
Frontrunner S 9-27-14 - Santa Anita - Replay  Beat Calculator by 3 1/4 Texas Red by 4 3/4 

Texas Red (2012)
(Afleet Alex - Ramatuelle (CHI), by Jeune Homme)
J: Kent J. Desormeaux    T: J. Keith Desormeaux
O: Brehm, Erich, Detmar, Wayne, Michaels, Lee, Desormeaux, J. Keith et al.
B: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC
Pedigree     Equibase
Breeders Cup Juvenile 2014  Soundly beats Carpe Diem, Upstart, Mr. Z and Souper Colossal

Dortmund (2012)  C.
Big Brown - Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat
J: Martin Garcia     T: Bob Baffert
O: Kaleem Shah, Inc.    B: Emilie Gerlinde Fojan
Pedigree    Equibase
Allow Opt Claiming 11-29-14 - Video - by 7 3/4

Blofeld (2012) C.
( Quality Road - Storm Minstrel, by Storm Cat)
J: John R. Velazquez
T: Todd A. Pletcher
O: Glencrest Farm LLC and JSM Equine
B: Keats Grove Farm
Pedigree    Equibase
Nashua S - 11-2-14 - Replay  Beats El Kabeir by 5

Carpe Diem  (2012
Colt by Giant's Causeway ex. Rebridled Dreams (Unbridled's Song) 

J: John R. Velazquez         T: Todd A. Pletcher
O: WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC   B: Coffee Pot Stable
Pedigree    Equibase
Another "brilliant baby" whose 2 year-old campaign resounds with promise.
Breeder's Futurity (video)10-4-14 - Keeneland Beat Mr. Z by 6 1/4

Breeders Cup Juvenile 11-1-14  Loses to Texas Red by 6 1/2, finishes in front of Upstart, The Great War, Mr. Z,  One Lucky Dane, Super Colossal 
MSW - 9-1-14 - Replay - Saratoga 

Competitive Edge (2012)
(Super Saver - Magdalena's Chase, by Cape Town)
J: John R. Velazquez   T: Todd A. Pletcher
O: Favreau, Nancy, Psoinos, Kathy and Tabor, Michael B.
B: WinStar Farm, LLC
Pedigree   Equibase
G1 Hopeful 9-1-14  Saratoga - Replay By 5 3/4 over I Spent It
Won MSW by 10 1/4 7-26-14 Saratoga

Ocho Ocho Ocho  (2012)
( Street Sense - Winner, by Horse Chestnut (SAF))
J: Mike E. Smith   T: James M. Cassidy
O: DP Racing, LLC     B: Siena Farms LLC
Pedigree    Equibase
BC Juvenile Turf Sprint 11-1-14 - Replay  Wins by 5 3/4
Delta Downs Jackpot 11-22-14 - Replay - Beats Mr. Z. by a nose

Mr. Jordan (2012)  C.
(Kantharos - Miss Skeetd, by Cloud Hopping)
J: Gabriel Saez   T: Edward Plesa, Jr.
O: Melin, David, Ellman, Leon and Plesa, Laurie
B: Philip Matthews & Karen Matthews
Pedigree   Equibase
Juvenile Sprint S - 11-8-14 - by 3 - Replay
Smooth Air S - 11-29-14 - by 4 1/2 - Replay

Frosted (2012)
Tapit - Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister
J: Irad Ortiz, Jr.    T: Kiaran P. McLaughlin
O: Godolphin Racing LLC    B: Darley
Pedigree  Equibase
Remsen S - Aqueduct - 11-29-14 Lost the Remsen by 1/2 to Leave The Light On
MSW 10-30-14 - Aqueduct - Replay - Win by 5 1/4

Upstart  (2012)

The handsome UPSTART
Colt by Flatter ex. Party Silks (Touch Gold)
J: Jose L. Ortiz   T: Richard A. Violette, Jr.
O: Ralph M. Evans   B: Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen

Pedigree  Equibase
Breeders Cup Juvenile 2014 - 11-1-14 - 3rd behind Texas Red & Carpe Diem
Maiden win - 8/15/14 - Race replay   Race chart
Stakes win - Funny Cide - 8/24/14 - Race replay
HRTV Horizon - Profile

Articles/More links
Plesa looks ahead to 2015 with Mr. Jordan and Souper Colossal
Road to the Kentucky Derby - List of qualifying races/points

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Nov. 27-30

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!


TWO YEAR OLDS still have time to work on getting a foundation and avoiding the Apollo Curse*.  This weekend will see a number of contests both maiden and graded stakes for two year olds to help them sharpen their skills for the Derby Trail ahead.  On Saturday, among the races for juveniles are the G2 REMSEN at Aqueduct, CORONATION FUTURITY at Woodbine, and the G2 KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB at Churchill Downs.  On Sunday, the two year old turfers can test the grass at Del Mar in the CECIL DE MILLE stakes.  The FILLIES have a few options as well with the G2 DEMOISELLE at Aqueduct, the G2 GOLDEN ROD at Churchill Downs, and the G3 JIMMY DURANTE at Del Mar.

On Friday, the SEABISCUIT HANDICAP on the turf at Del Mar will see MR. COMMONS (8/1) try to break his dry spell against  5/2 favorite TOM'S TRIBUTE and  others that include ZA APPROVAL, PURE TACTICS, and BIG BANE THEORY. 

The $300,000 Grade 1 MATRIARCH for 3+ fillies and mares on Sunday at Del Mar includes a cross-entry by Lexie Lou, however, she is expected to run in the Hollywood Derby.

Now for the Marquee Events for the weekend:

The $500,000 Grade 1 CLARK on Friday represents an opportunity for the sophomores to meet their elders in a renewal that dates back to the opening of Churchill Downs, where it was first contested in 1875.  HOPPERTUNITY and CONSTITUTION are co-favorites at the morning line odds of 7/2.  Others expected to have a say in the outcome are DEPARTING and PRAYER FOR RELIEF.

The G1 $500,000 CIGAR MILE Saturday at Aqueduct will feature SECRET CIRCLE (2/1), PRIVATE ZONE (3/1), ITSMYLUCKYDAY (5/1), TRANSPARENT (6/1), VYJACK (8/1) as the single-digit favorites, with 4 others expected to complete the 9-horse lineup.

Sitting atop the weekend fare is the much anticipated clash of dual Classic winner, CALIFORNIA CHROME, and the Canadian QUEEN'S PLATE winner, LEXIE LOU meet 4 others in the $300,000 G1 HOLLYWOOD DERBY at Del Mar.

The 34th Japan Cup, the richest race of the Japan Racing Association -- about $4 Million USD -- fetched 19 nominations, including three from abroad – Trading Leather, Ivanhowe and Up With the Birds – and 13 Grade 1 winners. While past results in the Japan Cup have been near even with the hosts winning 19 times and the visitors 14, Japanese horses have owned the 2,400-meter competition in recent years, having won the last eight races. Alkaased, under Lanfranco Dettori, was the last champion from overseas in 2005 when he set the race record of 2 minutes, 22.1 seconds which still holds today.  Top Japanese horses include the world's top ranked horse, JUST A WAY, GENTILDONNA (2 time winner of Japan Cup), HARP STAR, DENIM and RUBY, ISLA BONITA, SPIELBERG.   Read  more at source...

Handicapper's report on Japanese horses
Training report - foreign horses

*Since 1882, no horse has won the Kentucky Derby who did not run as a Juvenile.  Named for the last horse to accomplish that feat, it has been known ever since as the "Apollo Curse".

DRF will LIVE STREAM the full card at DEL MAR on SUNDAY - click here

After a race has been completed, you can return here to watch replay at BloodHorse available through the CARD link.