Friday, July 22, 2016

July 23-24, 2016 - SARATOGA

Let's Go To The Races - July 23-24, 2016
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing


California Chrome and Dortmund raise the rafters at Del Mar! Chrome by a neck

TDN Race details
California Chrome outduels Dortmund in San Diego Handicap


WAYS TO WATCH THE RACES  Jeff Siegel, Aaron Vercruysse, Millie Ball
DRF Live     DRF Live - Del Mar    DRF San Diego Handicap   San Clemente Handicap
Check out Television Fanatic - Free live streaming     Check out streaming and Live TV sources
New TV show will broadcast racing Saratogba Live across America
“The launch of Saratoga Live on July 22 means that, for the first time, the best racing in America from the most historic venue will be broadcast to a national audience of more than 65 million homes. The prospect of reaching experienced horseplayers where they live, while expanding our ability to develop new fans, is something about which everyone at NYRA is extremely excited.”

While FS2 and Altitude will air only the Saratoga show, MSG+ will carry Belmont Park Live from Sept. 9 through Oct. 2 with a special presentation added on Oct. 22 for the track’s New York Showcase Day. Allevato is hopeful of adding more shows in 2017, and while Belmont Park Live and Saratoga Live might be television shows, they are also a hub for NYRA to make use of its other platforms, such as its HD mobile app.

NYRA races are also shown on Roku and in the fall there are plans to launch new apps for IOS and Android, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. In 2017, apps for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be added.


Questions abound for the 153rd Summer Saratoga commences Friday

On Friday at 1 p.m. (EDT), the 153rd summer of racing at Saratoga gets underway. Forty racing days of classy Thoroughbreds, champion trainers, and Hall of Fame jockeys will include 37 stakes races, 18 of them Grade 1, and a total of nearly $19 million in purses will be given away before the meet ends on Labor Day.

The Ortiz brothers have had a lock on the New York standings dating back to the winter of 2015, having won seven of the last nine meet riding titles in the state. Older brother Irad won his first Saratoga meet title last summer; can younger brother José get his this summer?

The nationally hot jock Florent Geroux will spend his first summer full-time at the Spa, as will the Midwest's Ricardo Santana Jr. Geroux's got five mounts for four trainers on opening day, Santana's got three, two for New York-based trainers.

Steve Haskin: Saratoga rich in history
Saratoga Opening Day Friday
Saratoga Preview focuses on general issues
History of Saratoga
Thoroughbred racing has no finer setting than Saratoga Race Course, which was opened over 150 years ago. Named one of the world’s greatest sporting venues by Sports Illustrated, the past comes alive in the historic grandstand every summer as fans experience not only the best in racing, but the unmatched ambience and charm of historic Saratoga Springs.

Already famous for its mineral baths, Saratoga held its first thoroughbred meet just a month after the Battle of Gettysburg. Staged by gambler, casino owner, ex-boxing champion and future Congressman John “Old Smoke” Morrissey and beginning on August 3, 1863, the four-day meet drew thousands of locals and tourists who saw Lizzie W. defeat Captain Moore in the best-of-three series of races.

Saratoga Springs is home to the National Museum of Racing, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), the National Museum of the Dance, Skidmore College, and many art galleries. Resplendent in Victorian architecture, it also boasts Yaddo Rose Gardens, the Little Theatre at SPAC, the Saratoga Music Hall and the Foundation for Baroque Music. Nearby, Saratoga Battlefield in Stillwater is dedicated to “The Turning Point of the American Revolution,” while Ulysses S. Grant’s Cottage at Mt. McGregor is where the bankrupt former president and Civil War hero, wrote his memoirs and restored his family’s fortune.


The San Diego Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in late July/early August at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California. This Grade II race is open to horses, age three and up, willing to race one and one-sixteenth miles on dirt. It is considered the track's key prep race for its foremost attraction, the $1-million Pacific Classic Stakes
Inaugurated in 1937, it was first run on July 3 as part of the first-ever racecard at Del Mar Racetrack. Since inception it has been contested at various distances.

California Chrome and Dortmund are set to meet up in the San Diego Handicap on Saturday.



Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file
Race Index

5:02 ET  SCHUYLERVILLE S. G3, Sar, $150,000, 2yo, f, 6f  R8  CARD
5:40 ET LAKE GEORGE S. G2, Sar, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT R9  CARD
10:00 ET  Fleet Treat S. (r), Dlmr, $150,000, 3yo, f, 7f  R7  CARD

Dick Powsell: A Handicappers view of Saratoga

9:45 a.m. ET Princess Margaret Juddmonte S G3 ASC  $74,000  2yo f  6f T R2  CARD
Forecast: 8/11 Fair Eva, 8/1 Kilmah, 8/1 Magical Fire, 12/1 Nasimi, 16/1 Kachess, 16/1 How, 16/1 Kocollada, 20/1 Seduce Me, 20/1 Marie Of Lyon, 25/1 Madam Dancealot, 33/1 Poet's Princess, 33/1 Dainty Dandy, 50/1 Tallulah Rose

Frankel filly, Fair Eva, dazzles in Princess Margaret

11:30 ET  King Geo. VI / Queen Eliz. S G1 BC  ASC  $1,691,000  3+  12f T R5  CARD
Forecast: 2/1 Dartmouth, 5/2 Highland Reel, 7/2 Wings of Desire, 5/1 Erupt, 16/1 Sir Isaac Newton, 25/1 Second Step, 25/1 Western Hymn

Result: Highland Reel dominates King George
Highland Reel hopes to turn tables on Dartmouth in King George
Postponed to miss his King George title defense
North America
2:04 ET  Sanford S G3  Sar  $150,000  2yo  6f Dirt R3  CARD
2:27 ET  My Dear S  WO  $125,000  2yo f  6f AW R4  CARD
4:20 ET  Jersey Shore S G3  Mth  $100,000  3yo  6f R8  CARD
4:44 ET  Bold Venture S G3  WO  $150,000  3+  65f AW R8  CARD
5:55 ET  Diana S G1  Sar  $500,000  3+ f/m  9f T R10  CARD
8:10 ET  San Clemente H G2  Dmr  $200,000  3yo f  8f T R7  CARD
9:10 ET  San Diego H G2  Dmr  $200,000  3+  8.5f R9  CARD

Chrome has game face on -Fires Bullet in prep for San Diego H.
Chrome, Dortmund face off in San Diego Handicap
Dortmund prepares for San Diego Handicap
Six entered against California Chrome in San Diego Handicap
California Chrome brilliant in breeze
Dortmund returns to racing as a spoiler
Coaching Club American Oaks takes shape
Miss Temple City set for U.S. return in Diana
High Priced Sweet Loretta in Schuylerville
'Vegas' Be Mine, meet again in San Clemente

1:57 ET Toronto Cup S  WO  $125,000  3yo  9f T R3  CARD
4:20 ET  Boiling Springs S G3  Mth  $100,000  3yo f  9f T R8  CARD
4:46 ET  Nijinsky S G2 WO  $200,000  3+  9f T R8  CARD
6:18 ET  Coaching Club American Oaks G1 Sar  $300,000  3yo f  9f R10  CARD
6:40 ET  Cougar II H G3  Dmr  $100,000  3+  12f R4  CARD
8:40 ET  California Dreamin' S  Dmr  $150,000  3+ S  8.5f T R8  CARD

Songbird adds star power to Sunday's CCA Oaks
Hoppertunity, Aces entered in Cougar II
Elders try to prove themselves in Nijinsky

It's Songbird in CCA - Replay
Songbird all heart at Saratoga
Songbird wins toughest test yet in emphatic style


ABR: America's best Thoroughbreds
DRF's Steven Crist retires
Songbird, Nyquist drill at Del Mar
KY busy finding homes for abandoned horses


Friday, July 15, 2016

July 15-17 - Opening Del Mar

Let's Go To The Races - July 15-17, 2016
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing


Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file
UPI Weekend Racing Preview
 Robert Kieckhefer covers what is going on this weekend across the globe.
You can watch the Indiana races at DRF - click here

 The day Cigar Equaled Citation's 16-race winning streak 
THE INCOMPARABLE THE INVINCIBLE, THE UNBEATABLE CIGAR!! Prior to his historic "streak" of 15 straight wins, and before Cigar was to undertake to equal Citation's 16 race winning streak in Chicago, prior to that Cigar had had an undistinguished career mostly on the turf. In fact it was declared that he did not know how to win. Switched to dirt, he seemed to not know how to lose. The Streak began in October 1994 at Aqueduct in an Allowance race, culminating at the Invitational Ar...lington Citation Challenge, July 13, 1996. Embedded in the TDN article is a replay of the broadcast by CBS. You can skip to 11:30 on the tape to pick up the start of the race. You can also search at YouTube to watch Cigar's other history-making victories on his way to his 16 race winning streak, which included an amazing 10 grade 1 races, including the 1995 Breeders' Cup, the 1996 Dubai World Cup.   TDN: The Day Cigar rose to the challenge

You can slide the tab to 11:30 on the tape for the race start
With the Delaware Handicap on Saturday, it's a good time to look back at one of the best filly rivalries which culminated in the Delaware Handicap. Delaware Handicap Memories: Blind Luck & Havre de Grace
8:30 ET  Oceanside S. (r), Dlmr, $100,000, 3yo, 1mT R8  CARD
1:50 ET  MAIDEN, Curr, 3yo+, 1 1/2 miT , R8 CARD
Zenyatta's full brother, De Coronado, debut

11:45 ET  IRISH OAKS G1  Curr,  3yo f  1 1/2 mi T  R6  CARD
Irish Oaks: Where the winners have come from
Even Song tops Irish Oaks dozen at The Curragh
Even Song heads Irish Oaks
Forecast: 8/11 Even Song, 6/1 Architecture, 13/2 Ajman Princess, 14/1 Harlequeen, 14/1 Turret Rocks, 14/1 Pretty Perfect, 25/1 Seventh Heaven, 25/1 

O'Brien gets 5th Irish Oaks win with Seventh Heaven
Article comments on 9th place finish for De Coronado in debut
Heaven gives O'Brien Irish Oaks win
Two races later on the Irish Oaks card, Coolmore homebred De Coronado, a full brother to 2010 U.S. Horse of the Year Zenyatta, finished ninth in his career debut. The 3-year-old son of Street Cry—Vertigineux, owned by the Coolmore and partners Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith and trained by Aidan O'Brien, was rated toward the back of the 12-horse field and ultimately made no impression in the 1 1/2-mile race won by 4-6 favorite Twilight Payment

North America
2:32 ET  Rockville Centre S r, Bel, $125,000, 2yo, 6f R3  CARD
4:51 ET  Ontario Damsel S (r), Woo, $150,000, 3yo, f, 1mT R8  CARD
5:13 ET  Fobidden Apple S, Bel, $150,000, 4+, 1mT R8  CARD
5:15 ET  DELAWARE H G1, Del, $750,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/4m R9  CARD
6:57 ET  Gen'l Assembly Distaff, Ind, $100,000, 4+, f&m, 1 1/16mT R3  CARD
7:49 ET  Warrior Veterans S, Ind, $100,000, 4+, 1 1/16mT R5  CARD
8:15 ET  Mari Hulman George S, Ind, $100,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16m R6  CARD
8:41 ET  Michael G Schaefer Mem'l, Ind, $100,000, 3+, 1m 70yds R7  CARD
9:10 ET  YELLOW RIBBON H G2, Dlmr, $200,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16mT R9  CARD
9:11 ET  INDIANA OAKS G2, Ind, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m R8  CARD
9:41 ET  INDIANA DERBY G2, Ind, $500,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m R9  CARD
9:45 ET  KENT S G3, Del, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT R10  CARD
She's Not Here is a 3/4 sister to Zenyatta. She is by Street Cry out of Where's Bailey by Vertigineux, Zenyatta's dam.
2:42 ET  Victoria S, Woo, $125,000, 2yo, 6f  R4  CARD
4:51 ET  Ontario Matron S, G3, Woo, $150,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16m R8  CARD
5:45 ET  Lynbrook S r, Bel, $125,000, 2yo, f, 6f R9  CARD
6:10 ET  EDDIE READ S G2, Dlmr, $250,000, 3+, 1 1/8mT R9  CARD 
Coming Up Next Weekend

Saturday, July 9, 2016

July 9-10, 2016

Let's Go To The Races - July 9-10, 2016
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing


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


4:30 ET NBC's coverage of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series on Saturday features host Laffit Pincay III, analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and five-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner, analyst/handicapper Eddie Olczyk, reporter Donna Brothers,   and Daily Racing Form handicapper Matt Bernier.

Other Television coverage. TVG - Check your cable provider to see if TVG is available in your area.

Also, XBTV starting at 4:00 p.m. EDT



What's going on this weekend, and other news
Songbird confirmed for CCA Oaks; Catch a Glimpse, The Pizza Man headline weekend stakes action

Following is from and the TwinSpires blog:
Undefeated champion SONGBIRD has been confirmed to make her next start in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga on July 24.

Fellow champion and last-out Queen Anne (Eng-G1) heroine TEPIN is also preparing for a stay at the Spa, though her participation during the meet is still questionable.

Belmont Park will play host to six graded events on Saturday, and while the Belmont Derby (G1) features a unique blend of international and domestic runners, the Belmont Oaks (G1) is topped by Canadian Horse of the Year CATCH A GLIMPSE.

Also set for Saturday at Belmont are the Suburban H. (G2), Dwyer (G3), Belmont Spring Championship (G3) and Victory Ride (G3).

MUBTAAHIJ and EFFINEX among eight entered for Saturday's $500,000 Grade II Suburban at Belmont Park, going 1 1/4 miles on the dirt.

Arlington's Million Preview Day on Saturday features four stakes, with five horses cross-entered between the Stars and Stripes (G3) and Arlington H. (G3), and the American Derby (G3) and Modesty (G3) each drawing competitive fields. Last year's Arlington Million winner, The THE PIZZA MAN headlines a cast of 10 entered for Saturday's $100,000 Grade III Stars and Stripes, the 1 1/2-miles local prep for next month's renewal of the Arlington Million.

Woodbine Oaks winner Neshama returns for the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Tiara, Sunday's Bison City S. at Woodbine.

Lumiere impressed on Thursday's opening day of the Newmarket July Festival while trainer Aidan O'Brien swept both of Friday's major July Festival events.

EURO CHARLINEand MONGOLIAN SATURDAY set to go at Newmarket, and more

Saturday's Stars & Stripes Festival at Belmont Park features an international cast in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby (G1) and $1 million Belmont Oaks (G1). Kellie Reilly examines the European raiders in the Derby and the Oaks, both of which feature challengers from the powerful Aidan O'Brien stable

Belmont Derby Preview



Time Ordered List of Races and Entries - Printable file
Entry Index 

Check out these preview videos from DRF- DRF's handicappers look at the betting opportunities on Saturday.

Return here and click on the CARD below for a race replay

11:35 ET DARLEY JULY CUP G1, New, $650,000, 6f  R5  CARD

North America
3:20 ET  VICTORY RIDE S G3, Bel, $150,000, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f R6 CARD
3:45 ET  MODESTY H G3, Arl, $100,000, 3+, f&m, 1 3/16mT R4 CARD
3:57 ET  DWYER S G3, Bel, $500,000, 3yo, 1m R7 CARD
4:04 ET  PARX DASH G3, Prx, $200,000, 3+, 5fT R8 CARD
4:15 ET  ROBERT  DICK MEM'L G3, Del, $200,000, 3+, f&m, 1 3/8mT R7 CARD
4:38 ET  BELMONT DERBY INV'L G1, Bel, $1,250,000, 3yo, 1 1/4mT R8 CARD
4:45 ET  STARS AND STRIPES S G3, Arl, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/2mT R6 CARD
4:51 ET  Long Branch S, MTH, $100,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m R9 CARD
5:13 ET  SUBURBAN H G2, Bel, $500,000, 4+, 1 1/4m R9 CARD
5:15 ET  ARLINGTON H G3, Arl, $125,000, 3+, 1 3/16mT R7 CARD
5:45 ET  DELAWARE OAKS G3, Del, $300,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m R10 CARD
5:45 ET  AMERICAN DERBY G3, Arl, $125,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT R8 CARD
5:46 ET  BELMONT OAKS INV'L G1, Bel, $1,000,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/4mT R10 CARD
6:23 ET  BELMONT SPRINT C'SHIP G3, Bel, $400,000, 3+, 7f R11 CARD
6:30 ET  Landaluce S, SA, $125,000, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f R5 CARD
8:00 ET  Santa Anita Juvenile S, SA, $125,000, 2yo, 5 1/2f R8 CARD
9:57 ET  Texas Futurity, LS, $100,000, 2yo, f, 5f R5 CARD
10:53 ET  Texas Futurity, LS, $100,000, 2yo, c&g, 5f R7 CARD


Still no catching City Zip filly in Belmont Oaks    "Faster than the boys"  
Belmont Derby : 2:00.51  1:59.
A KEY RACE "Who she has beat":
Horses behind Catch a Glimpse in the
2015 GI BC Juvenile Fillies Turf and their 2016 black-type
Alice Springs (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) G1SW-Eng
Nemoralia (More Than Ready) G1SP-Eng
Time and Motion (Tapit) MSW & GISP
Harmonize (Scat Daddy) SW
Mirage (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) SW
Pricedtoperfection (Temple City) GSW
Last Waltz (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) MSP
Thrilled (Uncle Mo) SW & GSP

Catch A Glimpse something to see in Oaks


2:32 ET  River Memories S, Bel, $100,000, 4+, f&m, 1 1/2mT R3 CARD
4:51 ET  Bison City S r, Woo $250,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m R8 CARD