Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jan. 24-25, 2015

LET'S GO TO THE RACES - JAN. 24-25, 2015

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!  While the Kentucky Derby Trail has been under way for several months with a few races having been completed, the industry traditionally recognizes the HOLY BULL as the official start for the Triple Crown season.   Kentucky Derby prep season Game On in Holy Bull
Blue Grass Singer eyes Derby points

Sunday: Hong Kong Triple Crown:  The Triple Crown series at Hong Kong's Sha Tin Racecourse consists of three races at increasingly longer distances. Unlike most other Triple Crown events, these races are not confined to three-year-olds.  They are:
  1. Hong Kong Stewards' Cup at 1,600 metres (0.99 mi) Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
  2. Hong Kong Gold Cup at 2,000 metres (1.2 mi) March 1, 2015
  3. Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup at 2,400 metres (1.5 mi)  May 31, 2015
In 1994, River Verdon became the first, and to date, only horse to win the Hong Kong Triple Crown.  Read more...    Hong Kong Horse of the Year - History  

Bulletin:  ABLE FRIEND takes the Stewards' Cup easily, running next to last most of the race, then surging at the end to easily pass the field for a win by open lengths.  Results page with multi-angle video replay   Hong Kong Jockey Club Able Friend horse page with video replays of his races

History was made today at Leopardstown with the 5th Irish Champion Hurdle win by the great Hurricane Fly, who has now beaten the great Istabaq's record of 4. The Fly also has 22 Grade 1s, a world record. 

Special Treat:  Hurricane Fly will meet his nemesis, Jezki, in Sunday's Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.  The Fly will be going for his record-setting 5th straight Irish Champion Hurdle, and if he's successful, he will break the venerable Istabraq's all-time record of 4 straight.  Read more

Another mighty battle between the legendary HURRICANE FLY and Cheltenham Champion Hurdle hero Jezki is on the cards, with the score currently four-two in favour of Willie Mullins' superstar. It's quite astonishing how, at the age of 11, this son of Montjeu continues to compete at such a high standard and he can create more history by winning his fifth Irish Champion Hurdle (one more than Istabraq). He took his record to nine from nine around here when beating his old adversary by just half a length in the Ryanair, putting his head down and ears back as we have seen so many times in the past, and he will be near impossible to pass if arriving in the same stubborn mood. Jessica Harrington will be hoping for third-time lucky this term with Jezki and he should put up a good fight, but ultimately, he and Arctic Fire might be left to fight out minor honours again.

Handicapping Insights - Dick Powell - 1-23-15
But things are beginning to heat up for all of us and Saturday's Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park is a major step on the road to the Kentucky Derby (G1).

The field of 10 has a few things in common. None are graded stakes winners. Six are eligible for non-winners-of-one allowance conditions and two others would be eligible for most tracks' allowance conditions since their other wins came against state-bred foes. Only Bluegrass Singer (Bluegrass Cat) has won an open stakes race.

So basically, the Holy Bull is a good allowance race going 1 1/16 miles on the Gulfstream Park main track. And, let's remind ourselves that we are looking to solve the Holy Bull puzzle, not pick a horse that will win the Kentucky Derby.

DRF Handicaps the Cal Cup Derby and Sunshine Millions at Santa Anita
Handicapping the races at Santa Anita Saturday - HRTV - video
THS Holy Bull Stakes - Video
TCI Insider - Holy Bull Preview - Video
Sophomores spotlight weekend Holy Bull plus 4 other stakes
James Scully KY Derby Report - Brisnet - 1-21-15

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Jan. 16-19, 2015

Happy Presidents Day Weekend!

LET'S GO TO THE RACES - JAN. 16-19, 2015

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California Chrome Derby win named NTRA Moment of the Year
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Friday, January 16, 2015) – Based on an online vote by nearly 2,000 racing fans, California Chrome’s authoritative win in the 140th Kentucky Derby was named the 2014 National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Moment of the Year. The results of the poll were announced this morning at the third annual ThoroFan Awards Breakfast at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla. California Chrome went off as the 5-2 Derby favorite coming off wins in four straight starts, including the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, all in his home state of California. Regular rider Victor Espinoza gave the modestly bred son of Lucky Pulpit a perfect ride, sitting just off the early pace in the third position before moving to the lead at the quarter pole. From there California Chrome opened up a five length lead in the stretch and easily held off the late closers to win by 1 3/4 lengths. It marks the second Derby victory for Espinoza and first for Art Sherman, who became the oldest Derby-winning trainer at 77, while propelling co-owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin to national stardom. Read more

SPRINTER SACRE making his first start in over a year in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. EST/3:00 London Time.  Barry Geraghty is "extremely hopeful" the brilliant Sprinter Sacre will show his true colours as one of the most exciting chasers of recent times makes his competitive comeback in the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot.  Read more

Result:  Sprinter outgunned by 'Bullets'   Barry says barring a win, "we can't be happier."  He ran good, just got a little tired, and probably needed the race, after more than a year off.  "Despite having failed to win, Geraghty could not have been prouder of Sprinter Sacre.  The jockey said: "He ran a great race. Obviously we'd have loved him to have won, but he just got tired. He looked brilliant, he felt great. He was a winner for me everywhere until we straightened up, when he started to tread water, which he was entitled to after a year off.   "We went a good gallop and I believe the time was very good. He was beaten fair and square on the day, but with a run under his belt he'd improve. Even his jumping would be rusty for him, so that would improve, too. Bar winning, you couldn't be happier."

Henderson expects Sprinter Sacre to have gained plenty from the run ahead of a possible attempt to regain his crown in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.  Full result

Time ordered List and Entries - printable file
Race Entries Index

3:48 ET  Busanda S, Aqu, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1m 70yds  R8  CARD - Race replay 
               Overprepared (2), Liberty Island (4), Diannestillworks (3)
5:21 ET  Fifth Season S, OP, $100,000, 4+, 1 1/16m   R8  CARD - Race replay
               Carve (4), Code West (3), Zee Bros (2)

10:00 a.m. EST - Clarence House Chase, Ascot, 2 mi, R5 CARD
Sprinter Sacre is the 4/5 favorite for his comeback after being away over a year.

1:23 ET  Interborough S, Aqu, $100,000, 4+, f&m, 6f   R3  CARD
2:36 ET  SM Sprint , GP, $100,000, 4+, 6f   R5  CARD
3:05 ET  SM Turf , GP, $100,000, 4+, 1 1/16mT   R6  CARD
4:03 ET  SM Distaff , GP, $150,000, 4+, f&m, 7f   R8  CARD
4:25 ET  Louisiana H, FG, $75,000, 4+, 1 1/16m   R7  CARD
4:32 ET  SM Filly/Mare Turf , GP, $100,000, 4+, f&m, 1 1/16mT   R9  CARD 
4:55 ET  Col ER Bradley H G3, FG, $100,000, 4+, 1 1/16mT   R8  CARD
5:01 ET  SM Classic , GP, $250,000, 4+, 1 1/8m   R10  CARD
5:24 ET  Silverbulletday S, FG, $125,000, 3yo, f, 1m 70yds   R9  CARD #
5:21 ET  Pippin S, OP, $100,000, 4+, f&m, 1 1/16m   R8  CARD
5:43 ET  Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile, TwyP, $75,000, 4+, 1mT   R7  CARD
5:44 ET  Pepsi Cola S , Sunland Park, $85,000, 3yo, 6f   R9  CARD
6:24 ET  Lecomte S G3, FG, $200,000, 3yo, 1m 70yds   R11  CARD *
6:30 ET  Megahertz S, SA, $75,000, 4+, f&m, 1mT   R7  CARD
6:45 ET  California Derby, GGF, $100,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m   R7  CARD
7:00 ET  La Canada S G2, SA, $200,000, 4yo, f, 1 1/16m   R8  CARD
9:45 ET  Fremont S , DD, $70,000, 4+, 1m R8  CARD
* KY Derby qualifying:  10 - 4 - 2 - 1
# KY Oaks qualifying:   10 - 4 - 2 - 1

Dame Dorothy set for the SM Distaff
Wildcat Red looks to get back on track in Sunshine Millions Classic
MGSW Wildcat Red (D'Wildcat) looks to return to his winning ways in Gulfstream's Sunshine Millions Classic Saturday.
Team Valor's Savoy Stomp preparing for Lecomte
WS Farish homebred Eagle (Candy Ride {Arg}) looks to secure his first black-type victory in the GIII Lecomte S.  Eagle looks to soar in Lecomte
Wildcat Red and East Hall square off in Sunshine Millions Classic 
Others in the Sunshine Millions events include 10 starters in the SM Turf and 11 set for the Filly and Mare Turf. 

3:48 ET  Hollie Hughes H , Aqu, $100,000, 4+, 6f   R8  CARD
7:00 ET  Astra S, SA, $75,000, 4+, f&m, 1 1/2mT   R8  CARD
3:48 ET  Jazil S, Aqu, $100,000, 4+, 1m 70yds   R8  CARD
5:30 ET  Santa Monica S G2, SA, $200,000, 4+, f&m, 7f   R5  CARD
5:38 ET  Smarty Jones S, OP, $150,000, 3yo, 1m   R8  CARD

Mr. Z set for Smarty Jones
Upstart working for possible bid in Holy Bull Jan. 24

Take Charge Brandi to reappear in Martha Washington Oaklawn Jan 31

Coming up, Jan. 20:  BRISNET In Brief: The second annual Longines World's Best Racehorse Ceremony will be streamed live online from the Hotel Claridge's in London, England, on January 20. The stream will be available at both and The final 2014 rankings will be revealed at the gala, with the owner of the world's highest-rated horse receiving a rose gold chronograph from the Conquest Collection from Longines and a replica of the vase of the Longines World's Best Racehorse.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Jan 3-4, 2015


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Time Ordered Races / Entries - printable file
Stakes Entries Index

1:20 ET  Affectionately S., Aqu, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16m  R3   CARD - Replay
        America Gets Up in Affectionately
7:00 ET  Blue Norther S., SA, $75,000, 3yo, f, 1mT  R8  CARD - Replay
         Lutine Belle wins by 1 1/4

1:20 ET  Fred "Cappy" Capossela S., Aqu, $100,000, 3yo, 6f  R3 CARD - Replay
         Majestic Affair cruises to victory Caposella Stakes

2:07 ET  OLD HAT S. G3, GP , $100,000, 3yo, f, 6f  R4  CARD
2:29 ET  What a Summer S., LP, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 6f  R5  CARD
2:58 ET  Fire Plug S., LP, $100,000, 4&up, 6f   R6  CARD
3:27 ET  Nellie Morse S., LP, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, abt 1 1/16m  R7  CARD
3:43 ET  DANIA BEACH S. G3, GP , $100,000, 3yo, 7 1/2fT  R7  CARD
3:48 ET  JEROME S. G3, Aqu, $200,000, 3yo, 1m 70yds, R8 CARD
3:57 ET  Native Dancer S., LP, $100,000, 4&up, abt 1 1/16m  R8  CARD
4:03 ET  Spectacular Bid S., GP , $100,000, 3yo, 6f   R8  CARD
4:32 ET  Ginger Brew S., GP , $100,000, 3yo, f, 7 1/2fT  R9  CARD
5:01 ET Mucho Macho Man S., GP , $100,000, 3yo, 1m  R10  CARD
5:24 ET  Bonapaw S., FG, $60,000, 4&up, abt 5 1/2fT  R7  CARD
6:30 ET  SANTA YNEZ S. G2, SA, $200,000, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f  R7  CARD
7:00 ET  SAN GABRIEL S. G2, SA, $200,000, 4&up, 1 1/8mT R8  CARD
8:40 ET  Wintergreen S., TP, $60,000, 4&up, f&m, 1m  R6  CARD

More on today's races
'Rising Star' El Kabeir Tops Jerome Field
Mucho Macho Man stepping stone to bigger things

1:23 ET  Ruthless S., Aqu, $100,000, 3yo, f, 6f  R3  CARD
7:00 ET  MONROVIA S. G2, SA, $200,000, 4&up, f&m, abt 6 1/2fT  R8  CARD