Thursday, November 27, 2014

Nov. 27-30

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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. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nov. 22-23

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The Delta Downs Jackpot is the centerpiece of an 11-race program that will feature eight stakes races, two graded stakes and more than $2.3 million in total purse money.
Mr. Z, who hails from the barn of Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for the 12th running of the track's signature event. Fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile most recently, the Malibu Moon colt has finished second in three graded stakes this year, including the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland two starts back. Paco Lopez will pick up the mount. Read more at source

Take Charge Brandi looks to strengthen credentials for end of year honors in the Delta Princess


Overview Hong Kong International Races  Sunday's races are considered the Trials for the upcoming HKIR on December 14.

From TDN:  The three most recent Horses of the Year in Hong Kong, as well as almost every other important horse in the region, will prep for the Longines Hong Kong International Races in Sunday’s course-and-distance trial races at Sha Tin, a program sponsored by BOCHK Wealth Management.

In the G2 Jockey Club Cup over the 2000 meters, reigning Horse of the Year DESIGNS ON ROME (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) will look to move forward off an eighth-place effort behind 2012-13 Horse of the Year MILITARY ATTACK (Ire) (Oratorio {Ire}) in the Sha Tin Trophy H. Oct. 26, where he finished a one-paced eighth as the even-money favorite. Last year’s Hong Kong Derby and G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup winner had some things against him, however, as the 1600-meter trip was shy of his best and the pace never materialized, blunting his normally strong finish. To be fair, Military Attack is also best over 10 furlongs, and, despite racing first-up in the Sha Tin Trophy, carried Zac Purton to victory at 13-1. He should come on for the effort while trying to save something for the big day in a little more than three weeks.

The race has also attracted two-time G1 Hong Kong Cup hero CALIFORNIA MEMORY (Highest Honor {Fr}). In the Jockey Club Mile, GOLD-FUNGold-Fun (Ire) (Le Vie dei Colori {GB}) and one-time HOY AMBITIOUS DRAGON (NZ) (Pins {Aus}) will square off looking to improve on their second- and third-place finishes in the Sha Tin Trophy last time out. Gold-Fun was runner-up in last year’s G1 Hong Kong Mile, while Ambitious Dragon, winner of the latter event in 2012, was having his first run for 18 months after nearly being retired with a tendon injury. If either of those stub their toe, ABLE FRIEND (Aus) (Shamardal) should be there to pick up the pieces.

Japan:  Kyoto Racecourse will feature the Group 1 Mile Championship on Sunday, which has drawn a field of 18 runners, and boasts six G1 winners, including previous Mile Championship winners Sadamu Patek (in 2012) and Tosen Ra, NHK Mile Cup champions Grand Prix Boss and Mikki Isle.   The field of 6 Deep Impact-sired runners is topped by Fiero and Tosen Ra.

For North American races, return here after a race has been run for replays at the CARDS.  Many of the international races will have replays at their sites - follow the links for the cards.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


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Dedicated to Z Princess

Breeders Cup official web site 
Click on the Entries tab and each horse is a link to more information about record, commentary, etc.
Breeders Cup official site - Headlines

Viewer's Guide to Breeders' Cup - TV schedule

Breeders Cup favorites - biggest flaw for top contenders

DRF Mike Watchmaker handicaps race by race
Pull down menu loads each race for Watchmaker's comments and odds
DRF Handicapping videos, workouts, on-site reports

Bleacher Report - Comprehensive racing info

Jockey Club's fan site for news, information

Many of HRTV's videos are free and on demand

Return after the race for a replay by clicking on the "CARD"
The CARD will have the most up to date information for the entries, including any late scratches.


Time ordered races and entries - printable file
Joe Kristufek's 2014 Breeders Cup Picks - Friday
Joe Kristufek's 2014 Breeders Cup Picks - Saturday
TCI Insider - Jon and Joel with their picks - Video

Full Card Past Performances - Fri-Sat
Includes under-card races 1-5 on Friday

Friday, October 31, 2014
5:25 ET  Juvenile Turf   $1,000,000  1 Mile  Details   CARD
6:05 ET  Dirt Mile   $1,000,000  1 Mile  Details   CARD
6:50 ET  Juvenile Fillies Turf   $1,000,000  1 Mile  Details  CARD
7:35 ET  Longines Distaff  $2,000,000  1 1/8 Miles  Details CARD

Results/Replays for Friday

Juvenile Turf - Hootenanny  BloodHorse race write-up
Dirt Mile - Goldencents   BloodHorse race write-up
Juvenile Fillies Turf - Lady Eli   BloodHorse result write-up
Distaff - Untapable     BloodHorse race write-up

Distaff Cheat Sheet
Handsome Mike SCR in Dirt Mile

Saturday, November 1, 2014
3:05 ET Juvenile Fillies  $2,000,000  1 1/16 Miles  Details  CARD
3:43 ET Filly & Mare Turf  $2,000,000  1 1/4 Miles  Details CARD
3:21 ET   Filly & Mare Sprint   $1,000,000  7 F  Details   CARD
5:05 ET   Turf Sprint   $1,000,000  6.5 Furlongs  Details   CARD
5:43 ET   Sentient Jet Juvenile   $2,000,000  1 1/16 miles  Details CARD
6:22 ET   Longines Turf   $3,000,000  1 1/2 miles  Details   CARD
7:01 ET   Xpressbet Sprint   $1,500,000  6 Furlongs  Details  CARD
7:40 ET   Mile   $2,000,000  1 mile  Details  CARD
8:35 ET   Classic   $5,000,000  1 1/4 miles  Details CARD 

Results/Replays Saturday
Juvenile Fillies - Take Charge Brandi
Filly & Mare Turf - Dayatthespa
Filly & Mare Sprint - Judy The Beauty
Turf Sprint Replay - Bobby's Kitten
BC Juvenile - Texas Red
BC Turf Replay - Main Sequence
BC Sprint - Work All Week
BC Mile - Karakontie
BC Classic - Bayern - Toast of New York - California Chrome

Classic cheat sheet

American Pharoah scratch from Juvenile
Magician scratch from Turf
Free as a Bird scratch from Turf Sprint

The 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships will be broadcast live on NBC Sports:
Friday, October 31: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Saturday, November 1: 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Saturday, November 1: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC will live stream all races on Friday and Saturday. The live stream will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on Friday, October 31 and 12:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 1.

Breeders' Cup National Coverage in Canada:
Oct. 31: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (TSN2)
Nov. 1: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (TSN2)

For complete NBC coverage in Canada, watch online at To watch via mobile device (tablets/phones) download the TSN GO app for Apple or Android.

Breeders' Cup National Coverage in France:
Breeders Cup will be broadcast live on TV Channel Equidia Live and also live streamed on the Equidia website

DRF also providing online live streaming for the entire Breeders Cup
Click here to view race order and post times.

STEVE HASKIN:  Everything you ever wanted to know about the Breeders' Cup Classic, but were afraid to ask! (click here)
STEVE HASKIN: High Noon for Bayern and Moreno
Haskin: Top 3-year-olds abound in BC Classic

DRF pre-race videos - workouts

HRN - Breeders Cup Dashboard - click here - click on a race, click on a horse, scroll to the bottom of the page, past the comments, for a listing and link to view each of the past races for a particular horse.  Best site to view video past performances for individual horses

British BC contingent represented by 16 entries
Affordable at the Top - Runners in BC that sold under $50K