Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sept 24-25: PENNSYLVANIA DERBY / COTILLION

Let's Go To The Races - Sept 24-25, 2016
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing

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Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file
UPI Weekend Racing Preview
Robert Kieckhefer covers what is going on this weekend across the globe.

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Several options to watch




RESULTS
Songbird didn't let us down. She was awesome, winning her 4th Grade 1 in her usual easy fashion.
BloodHorse: Songbird untouchable in Cotillion
More on Songbird's flawless performance
TDN: Songbird makes it look easy in Cotillion



Connect outshines big-name stars in Pennsylvania Derby 
Connect puts it all together in PA Derby



Across the Pond - Lady Aurelia
Brave Anna digs deep as Lady Aurelia beaten in Cheveley Park
Great day for USA bred runners 1-2-3, with War Front's two fillies taking 1-2
Lady Aurelia defeated in Cheveley Park shock      Video Replay
TDN: Brave Anna wins a vintage Cheveley Park
Lady Aurelia to get time off for 3 months at Stonestreet

Down Under
Bart back in business with Underwood win

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Big Names on Saturday / Sunday
Preview of Keeneland Fall Meet
Songbird tops Cotillion
Nyquist, Exaggerator among 12 entered in PA Derby
Lady Aurelia odds-on for Cheveley Park at Newmarket
HASKIN: The slowing down of Nyquist
Songbird faces stiffest task at Parx; PA Derby has old foes in 7th meeting
BloodHorse
Thoroughbred Daily News
Daily Racing Form

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WARD: Lady Aurelia could run 'best-ever race'
Trainer Wesley Ward believes his unbeaten juvenile filly Lady Aurelia just might run of the best race of her young career in the Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) Sept. 24 at Newmarket.

The bay filly posted a Sept. 17 workout at Newmarket, bolstering Ward's confidence ahead Saturday's race.

"Lady Aurelia worked great on the Rowley Mile (Saturday) and is ready to run her best ever race," said Ward. "I have a lot to thank my 'assistant trainer' Frankie Dettori for! He's the only person to have ridden her since she came over from France after the Prix Morny, and I'm really excited to have such interaction race-to-race from the world's greatest jockey.

Lady Aurelia could face up to nine rivals in the Cheveley Park Stakes, including Jaber Abdullah's Frankel filly Queen Kindly, winner of last month's Lowther Stakes (Eng-II) at York for trainer Richard Fahey, as well as Aidan O'Brien-trained Brave Anna and Roly Poly, both Kentucky-bred daughters of Claiborne Farm sire War Front  , North America's current leading sire of 2-year-olds (Scat Daddy is second on the list).   Read more at BloodHorse

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FEATURED RACES

SATURDAY
International - UK

9:20 a.m. ET  Juddmonte Royal Lodge S, G2, 2yo, 1 mi  R2 CARD
Forecast: 15/8 Best Of Days, 3/1 Douglas Macarthur, 5/1 Montataire, 6/1 Bay Of Poets, 8/1 Arcada, 16/1 Kings Gift, 16/1 The Anvil, 33/1 Sea Fox

9:55 ET  Cheveley Park S  G1, $234,000,  2yof, 6f T  CARD
Forecast: 4/6 Lady Aurelia, 11/4 Queen Kindly, 11/2 Roly Poly, 20/1 Holy Cat, 33/1 Brave Anna, 33/1 Pellucid

10:30 a.m. ET  Middle Park S, G1, 2yo       R4  CARD
Forecast: 11/10 Blue Point, 5/1 Mehmas, 7/1 Intelligence Cross, 8/1 Peace Envoy, 10/1 Mokarris, 14/1 Mubtasim, 16/1 The Last Lion, 20/1 Silver Line, 33/1 Medicine Jack, 33/1 Koropick

North America
2:10 ET  Durham Cup S G3  WO  $150,000  3+  9f AW R3  CARD
3:04 ET  Ashley T. Cole S  Bel  $125,000  3+ S  9f T R4  CARD
3:10 ET  Commonwealth Oaks G3  Lrl  $150,000  3yo f  9f T R5  CARD
3:12 ET  Alphabet Soup S  PRX  $100,000  3+ S  8.5f T R7  CARD
3:40 ET  Commonwealth Turf Cup G2 Lrl  $200,000  3+  8f T R6  CARD
3:41 ET  PA Derby Champion S  PRX  $150,000  3+  8.5f  R8  CARD
4:10 ET  Commonwealth Derby G2  Lrl  $200,000  3yo  9f T R7  CARD
4:14 ET  GALLANT BOB S G3  PRX  $300,000  3yo  6f  R9  CARD
4:55 ET  COTILLION S G1  PRX  $1,000,000  3yo f  8.5f R10  CARD
4:56 ET  Ontario Colleen S G3  WO  $150,000  3yo f  8f T R8  CARD
5:16 ET  Noble Damsel G3  Bel  $200,000  3+ f/m  8f T R8  CARD
5:45 ET  PA DERBY G2  PRX  $1,000,000  3yo  9f  R11  CARD
8:28 ET  Los Alamitos Derby G2  LRC  $200,000  3yo  9f R8  CARD
10:11 ET  Dogwood S (L)  CD  $100,000  3yo f  7f  R9  CARD


SUNDAY
3:50 ET  Classy 'n Smart S  WO  $125k  3+ f/m S  8.5f AW R6  CARD
4:56 ET  Kingarvie S  WO  $125k  2yo S  8.5f AW R8  CARD
5:13 ET  John Hettinger S  Bel  $125,000  3+ f/m S  9f T R8  CARD
5:52 ET  Remington Green S (L)  RP  $100,000  3+  9f T R5  CARD
6:20 ET  David M. Vance S  RP  $150,000  3+  6f  R6  CARD
7:41 ET  Governor's Cup (L)  RP  $175,000  3+  9f  R9  CARD
8:12 ET  Remington Park Oaks (L) RP  $200,000  3yo f  8.5f  R10  CARD
8:40 ET  OKLAHOMA DERBY G3  RP  $400,000  3yo  9f  R11  CARD

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NEWS
Breeders' Cup contenders, entries, handicapping, commentary
'Bart' on his way to clash with Winx in Cox Plate after today's win in G1 Underwood Stakes
Winx extends win streak to 11 in George Main
DRF: Road to Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby official web site



Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sept 17-18 - WOODBINE MILE

Let's Go To The Races - Sept 17-18, 2016
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing

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Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file - Updated w/Odds
UPI Weekend Racing Preview
Robert Kieckhefer covers what is going on this weekend across the globe.




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FEATURED RACES
Winx makes it Number 11 at Randwick
Race 6 Randwick  CARD  
Winx cruises to 11th straight victory and her 7th Group 1 - Video embedded in story
Winx video replay of 11th straight win

After a race is complete, click on the CARD for a replay.

SATURDAY
2:24 ET   ONTARIO DERBY  G3  WO  $150,000  3YO  9F AW R4  CARD
3:29 ET  Locust Grove S G3 CD  $100,000  3+ f/m  8.5f  R3  CARD
4:30 ET  CANADIAN S G2 BC  WO  $300,000  3+ F/M  9F T R8  CARD
5:34 ET  NORTHERN DANCER TURF S  G1 WO  $300,000  3+  12F T R10  CARD
5:45 ET  SANDS POINT S G2  BEL  $500,000  3YO F  9F T R9  CARD
5:59 ET  IROQUOIS SG3 BC CD  $150,000  2yo  8.5f  R8  CARD
6:29 ET  Open Mind S  CD  $100,000  3+ f/m  6f  R9  CARD
6:39 ET  WOODBINE MILE G1 BC  WO  $1,000,000  3+  8f T R12  CARD
6:59 ET  POCAHONTAS G2 BC  CD  $200,000  2yo f  8.5f  R10  CARD
8:28 ET  BARRETTS DEBUTANTE  LRC  $100,000  2YO F R  6.5F  R8  CARD
9:10 ET  Wild and Wonderful S (L)  CT  $100,000  3+  7f  R9  CARD
9:39 ET  Pink Ribbon S  CT  $100,000  3+ f/m  7f  R10  CARD
10:18 ET  CHARLES TOWN OAKS G3  CT  $350,000  3yo f  7f  R11  CARD

RESULTS
Tepin shows class, guts to conquer Woodbine Mile
The Pizza Man leaves world in his wake
On Leave keeps rolling in Sands Point
Ami's Gizmo rebounds for Ontario Derby score

SUNDAY
3:50 ET  SUMMER S G2 BC  WO  $200,000  2yo  8f T R6  CARD
4:56 ET  NATALMA S  G1 BC  WO  $250,000  2YO F  8F T R8  CARD
6:45 ET  Mrs. Henry D. Paxson Mem'l S  PID  $100,000  2yo f S  6f  R4  CARD
7:40 ET  Presque Isle Mile S (L)  PID  $200,000  3+  8f AW R5  CARD
8:28 ET  Barretts Juvenile  LRC  $100,000  2yo R  6.5f  R8  CARD

BC  = Breeders Cup qualifying race

 
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NEWS
Arrogate fires bullet work at Santa Anita

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sept 10-11 - ST LEGER + IRISH CHAMPIONS WEEKEND

Let's Go To The Races - Sept 10-11
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing

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September 10-11 -  Leopardstown, The Curragh
Saturday, September 10 - Doncaster


TWO ST LEGERS -
EACH ENTIRELY DIFFERENT
The Vault: Brief History of English St Leger
Irish St. Leger - History

Harzand and Minding face off in cracking Irish Champion Stakes
Big Names in for Irish Champions Weekend
Irish Champion Stakes
Grand Opening National Heritage Center
National Heritage Center and Museum at historic Newmarket

Irish Champions Weekend - 2016 - Video
Irish Champions weekend - Fixtures - times
Irish Champions Weekend - Description of races
Running Order

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Summary:  In North America,  the emphasis is on grass racing with the biggest purses offered at Kentucky Downs and Laurel Park's greensward on full display.

No Grade 1s in North America, but plenty of top class racing overseas.

Saturday is Super Derby day at Louisiana Downs and British Columbia Derby day at Hastings Park.

Best place to get an overview of the racing landscape from Kentucky to Great Britain to Ireland and to France, plus check the action in Australia is the UPI Weekend Preview

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TURF, TURF AND MORE TURF! 
Some distance racing, not just overseas, but here in the Colonies and in Canada.

If you like Turf, if you like long distance racing, an action packed couple of days of racing awaits in North America, Across The Pond and on the Continent!
 
Kentucky Downs is a Thoroughbred horse racing track located on the border between Kentucky and Tennessee, in the city of Franklin, Kentucky, just off Interstate 65. It is unique among American tracks in that it is a European-style course — its surface is all turf (grass) instead of dirt, and it is not oval in shape.

Da Big Hoss, the defending champ, rides a three-race winning streak and is the early pick for  Saturday's $600,000, Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs at 1 1/2 miles.  He won the Grade III American St. Leger at Arlington in his last start.
 
Kentucky Downs Track Layout
Conventionally known as a “European style” track, the Kentucky Downs course is not only irregulary shaped, but features a number of small rises and dips as opposed to the more common flat-racing surface. This type of surface is frequently referred to as "undulating".

Built on the site of a historic, colonial 'dueling grounds' Kentucky Downs features turf racing only on one of the most unique courses in North America. The track was originally designed for steeplechase racing, and still holds a number of steeplechase races throughout the season.

Kentucky Downs enjoys full fields, Instant Racing
If simulcast players want full fields to bet, Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky, will fill the bill. The track races only five days, but on opening day on Saturday, 189 horses were entered in 10 races. That is not a misprint.

Horses go where the money is. The Kentucky Downs condition book is full of cash for horsemen. It includes purses of $130,000 for maiden special weights and $140,000 for first-level allowance horses. That is insane.

The purse account has swelled to where more than $7 million will be paid out for the five-day meet this year. But that alone is not the sole reason for its success.

Kentucky Downs officials have lowered takeout and fine-tuned their betting menu to earn the top ranking of the Horseplayers Association of North America for the past few years. Rather than pooh-pooh the HANA rankings, Kentucky Downs has used HANA as a sounding board for what horseplayers want.

Kentucky Downs will be open for three more days — Saturday, Sunday and Thursday. You will be fascinated by the European-style turf racing. The turf course is a 1 5/16-mile kidney-shaped course with slight undulations. If a horse isn’t dead fit, it isn’t winning. There is no dirt racing, either.

No lead is safe at Kentucky Downs. The stretch seems to go on forever, so it’s important for a jockey to save some horse for the final furlong. Favorites historically do not do well there, which should make simulcast horseplayers happy. Read more at source

Laurel Park Turf draws 200 Nominations
Laurel Park's Turf Festival, highlighted by five stakes worth $500,000 on Laurel's world-class turf course Saturday, Sept. 10, attracted more than 200 nominations.

The Turf Festival, which features $575,000 in total stakes purses, kicks off Laurel's lucrative fall season featuring 32 stakes (four graded) with purses of $3.25 million. Laurel's fall season begins Friday. First race post time will be 1:10 p.m.

The Laurel Turf Festival will also play host to the Hops & Horses Beer Festival featuring more than 100 beers, a Beer Pong tournament, a Sam Adams Hoisting competition and live music. Read more at source

Louisiana Downs - Super Derby Day
Saturday is Super Derby day at Louisiana Downs and British Columbia Derby day at Hastings Park.
Saturday's $400,000 Grade III Super Derby at Louisiana Downs attracted seven. Ohio Derby winner Mo Tom is the 7-5 morning-line pick.

Emerald Downs Derby winner Opportunistic headlines Saturday's $150,000 (Canadian) Grade III British Columbia Derby at Hastings Park

Airoforce, Oscar face off at Kentucky Downs


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NEWS
California Chrome works easy at Los Alamitos
Kilmah sets the standard in May Hill at Doncaster
Idaho leads charge at Doncaster for upbeat Aidan O'Brien
One more run for Seven Heavens this season
Idaho leads charge at Doncaster for upbeat Aidan O'Brien
Winx third in a 1000-metre barrier trial under Hugh Bowman
Arrogate highest rating ever from Brusnet.com 123
Front rolls in for Allen
Tepin Leparoux back for Woodbine Mile Sep 17

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FEATURED RACES


IRISH CHAMPIONS WEEKEND
International - Great Britain / Ireland


THURSDAY, SEP 8
In the books:
Duke of Marmalade's Simple Verse bounces back in Park Hill
Last year's Leger heroine has triumphant return in Park Hill thriller
RESULT: Park Hill Doncaster Stakes   Replay - Finish  Replay - Full Race
RESULT: TDN - Includes race replay and race statistics


FRIDAY, SEPT 9
In the books:
10:40 a.m. ET  250th Doncaster Cup G2, $133,150, 3+, 2 mi2f T  R4 (16.40 BT) R4 CARD

Forecast:
10/3 Clondaw Warrior, 7/2 Quest For More, 7/2 Clever Cookie, 6/1 Sheikhzayedroad, 8/1 Curbyourenthusiasm, 8/1 St Michel, 12/1 Burmese, 20/1 Sweet Selection    
RESULT: Doncaster Cup  Race Replay - Finish  Race Replay - Full 
Doncaster Cup thriller goes to Sheikhzayedroad!
Sheikhzayedroad floors Quest For More in Doncaster Cup


SATURDAY, SEPT 10


Harbour Law gives trainer Laura Mongon first female winning trainer for St Leger


International - Great Britain / Ireland
10:45 a.m. ET  English St Leger, G1, $780,850 Don, 1mi6fT R4 (3.45 BT) R4  CARD
Forecast: 4/6 Idaho, 4/1 Muntahaa, 7/1 Housesofparliament, 12/1 Sword Fighter, 14/1 Ventura Storm, 25/1 Ormito, 25/1 Harbour Law, 50/1 Harrison, 50/1 The Tartan Spartan

Leger Lockdown

12:35 p.m. ET Fastnet Rock Matron S G1, Leo, $390,400, R5 1 mi (5.35 BT)R5  CARD
Forecast: 5/4 Qemah, 7/2 Persuasive, 5/1 Alice Springs, 8/1 Jet Setting, 10/1 Now Or Never, 16/1 Devonshire, 20/1 Hawksmoor, 33/1 Creggs Pipes    

1:45 p.m. ET Irish Champion S, G1 $1,394,400 Leo,  10fT R7 (6.45 BT)  R9  CARD    
Forecast: 5/2 Minding, 11/4 Harzand, 6/1 Almanzor, 8/1 Found, 10/1 Highland Reel, 10/1 New Bay, 14/1 Hawkbill, 20/1 Success Days, 25/1 The Grey Gatsby, 25/1 Sir Isaac Newton, 25/1 My Dream Boat, 25/1 Moonlight Magic, 100/1 Ebediyin

RESULTS
Almanzor takes Irish Champion Stakes for France
Cape Cross' Awtaad Swoops in the G2 Boomerang Stakes
Galileo's Alice Springs lands Matron
Harbour Law gives Mongon St Leger victory
Alice Springs earns Breeders Cup return in Matron victory

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North America
2:32 ET  Seattle Slew Bel  $100,000  4+  8.5f  R3  CARD
4:10 ET  Lady Baltimore S (L) Lrl  $150,000  3+ f/m  8.5f T R7  CARD
4:36 ET More Than Ready Mile (L) KYD  $400,000  3+  8f T R7  CARD
4:51 ET  Ontario Debutante S  WO  $125,000  2yo f  6f AW R8  CARD
5:00 ET  President's Cup (L)  PRX  $200,000  3+  9f T R10  CARD
5:09 ET One Dreamer S  KYD  $150,000  3+ f/m  8.32f T R8  CARD
5:10 ET  Laurel Turf Cup (L)  Lrl  $100,000  3+  12f T R9 CARD
5:39 ET  Kentucky Turf Cup G3 KYD  $600,000  3+  12f T R9  CARD
5:40 ET  Laurel Dash S (L)  Lrl  $100,000  3+  6f T R10  CARD
5:55 ET  Super Derby G3  LaD  $400,000  3yo  9f  R11  CARD
5:56 ET  Arlington-Wash. Fut. G3  AP  $100,000  2yo  7f AW R8  CARD
6:09 ET  Ladies Sprint (L) KYD  $350,000  3+ f/m  6.5f T R10  CARD
6:46 ET  British Columbia Oaks (L)  HsT  $100,000  3yo f  9f  R5  CARD
7:57 ET  British Columbia Derby, G3 HsT  $150,000  3yo  9f  R7  CARD

Ben's Cat seeks third Laurel Dash victory
Super Derby: Mo Tom 7-5 favorite in 7-horse field
Dalmore ships east for Super Derby
Super Derby shapes up to four-way battle - Handicapping
Wellabled (Shackleford) heads Arlington-Washington Futurity

RESULTS
Wellabled, Diadura turn heads at Arlington
Wellabled becomes first stakes winner for Shackleford
Texas Chrome captures the Super Derby
Hard Spun filly runs to money in Chicago, becomes 'Rising Star'
Expensive Tapit colt cruises to 'Rising Star' Status at Belmont
Sky Mesa filly upsets Ontario Debutante
Myboycharlie remains perfect in LaDowns Stake
Another big win for Da Big Hoss

SUNDAY, SEPT 11
Note: Also today, Arc preview at Chantilly, France - This is for info only
View CARDS for all the races on the day - Chantilly races Sunday, Sep 11 - CARDS
Note: times are BT, subtract 5 hours for EDT

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International - Britain/Ireland
10:40  ET  Moyglare Stud S, G1, Curr,  $390,400 7fT   R4  (3.40pm BT) R4  CARD 
Forecast: Evens Rhododendron, 7/4 Promise To Be True, 8/1 Hydrangea, 14/1 Intricately, 16/1 Rehana, 25/1 Brave Anna, 50/1 Dawn Of A New Era                 
11:15  ET  Vincent O'Brien National S, G1, Curr, 7fT   R5  (4.15pm BT) R5  CARD
Forecast: 4/9 Churchill, 3/1 Mehmas, 10/1 Psychedelic Funk, 20/1 Lockheed, 25/1 Finn McCool, 33/1 Son Of Rest, 50/1 Lancaster Bomber
11:50  ET  Irish St Leger, G1, $446,200, Curr, 1mi6fT R6  (4.50pm BT) R6  CARD
Forecast: 2/9 Order Of St George, 5/1 Trip To Paris, 10/1 Wicklow Brave, 33/1 Unicorn, 50/1 Silwana, 50/1 Kellstorm
Order of St George primed for Irish Leger repeat

RESULTS
Churchiull takes command in National Stakes
National Stakes Replay for Finish & Full Race
Intricately gives Joseph O'Brien first Group One in Stud Stakes
Wicklow  Brave takes Irish St Leger Stakes - Replay for Finish & Full Race
Intricately finishes first for Joseph O'Brien - Replay for Finish & Full Race

North America
3:36 ET  Allied Forces  Bel  $100,000  3yo  6f T R5  CARD
3:48 ET  Ontario Jockey Club S  WO  $100,000  3+  7f T R6  CARD
4:53 ET  Colin S  WO  $125,000  2yo  6f AW R8  CARD
5:09 ET  Dueling Grounds Oaks  KYD  $200,000  3yo f  13f T R8  CARD
5:39 ET  Dueling Grounds Derby  KYD  $350,000  3yo  13f T R9  CARD
8:28 ET  Beverly Lewis S, $75,000, 3yo f, 6f  R8   CARD

Enola Gray tries open company in Beverly Lewis at Los Alamitos

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