Saturday, January 7, 2017

Jan 7-8

Let's Go To The Races - Jan 7-8, 2017
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing


California Chrome
The Horse of a Lifetime

Chrome and his groom, Raul Rodriguez: “The horse loves him,”
says Art Sherman. Photo: Susie Raisher/

Rain could be a factor in Saturday stakes
Scratches and Changes
Gormley gets back to work in the Sham



The 2016 Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are below with my choices indicated by ➨:
Horse of the Year: Arrogate, California Chrome, Songbird
Two-Year-Old Male: Classic Empire, Not This Time, Practical Joke
Two-Year-Old Filly: Champagne Room, Lady Aurelia, New Money Honey
Three-Year-Old Male: Arrogate, Exaggerator, Nyquist
Three-Year-Old Filly: Cathryn Sophia, Queen's Trust, Songbird
Older Dirt Male: California Chrome, Frosted, Lord Nelson
Older Dirt Female: Beholder, Cavorting, Stellar Wind
Male Sprinter: A.P. Indian, Drefong, Lord Nelson
Female Sprinter: Finest City, Haveyougoneaway, Paulassilverlining
Male Turf Horse: Flintshire, Highland Reel, Tourist
Female Turf Horse: Lady Eli, Miss Temple City, Tepin
Steeplechase Horse: Rawnaq, Scorpiancer, Top Striker
Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Inc., Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey, Spendthrift Farm LLC
Breeder: Clearsky Farms, Darley, WinStar Farm, LLC
Trainer: Bob Baffert, Chad Brown, Mark Casse
Jockey: Javier Castellano, Jose Ortiz, Mike Smith
Apprentice Jockey: Kevin Gomez, Lane Luzzi, Luis Ocasio

California Chrome leaves California Chrome  for last time
California Chrome arrives at Gulfstream Park
TDN Podcast - Interview with Perry Martin

Chrome logs final work in California - Workout video and video of interview with Art Sherman
Read more at source

"Everyone noticed his curiosity. But, when the owners and staff interacted with the already charismatic foal, they called him "Junior" because he looked so much like his sire, Lucky Pulpit, but with 2 extra white stockings (Lucky Pulpit had 2 white stockings and they both have a white blaze)." Read more at source


Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file
Stakes Entries

1:00 ET  Old Hat S (L)  GP   $100,000 3yo f  6f  R3  CARD
1:20 ET  Ladies H (L)  Aqu   $100,000 g 4+ f/m  8.32f  R3  CARD
1:30 ET  DANIA BEACH S G3  GP   $100,000 3yo 7.5f T R4  CARD 
4:03 ET  Ginger Brew S (L)  GP   $100,000 3yo f  7.5f T R9  CARD
4:30 ET  LAS CIENEGAS H G3  SA   $100,000 4+ f/m  abt 6.5f T R3  CARD
4:34 ET  Mucho Macho Man S (L)  GP  $100,000 3yo  8f  R10  CARD
6:30 ET  SHAM S G3  SA   $100,000 3yo  8f  *  R7  CARD
7:30 ET  SAN GABRIEL S G2  SA   $200,000 4+  9f T R9  CARD
8:35 ET  Pelican S  DeD   $100,000 3yo S  7f  R8  CARD

*KY Derby Points:  10-4-2-1


4:20 ET  Ruthless S (L)  Aqu   $100,000 3yo f  6f  R3  CARD
7:00 ET  SANTA YNEZ G2  SA   $200,000 3yo f  7f  R8  CARD


Saturday, December 17, 2016


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


Chrome cruises to record-breaking Winger Challenge rout!

Taking on Chrome in Winter Challenge
Chrome makes West Coast curtain call


Note: After a race has concluded, you can return here for a race replay by clicking on the CARD

3:43 ET  HARLAN’S HOLIDAY S G3, GP, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/16m R8 CARD
2:00 ET  RAMPART S G3, GP, $100,000, 3+, f/m, 1m R5 CARD
1:30 ET  SUGAR SWIRL S G3, GP, $100,000, 3+, f/m, 6f R4 CARD
1:18 ET NY Stallion S Great White Way Div. (r), Aqu, $150,000, 2yo, c/g, 6f R3 CARD
3:43 ET  Queens County S, Aqu, $125,000, 3+, 1 1/8m R8 CARD
3:32 ET  El Prado S, GP, $100,000, 3+, 7 1/2fT R8 CARD
4:34 ET  South Beach S, GP, $100,000, 3+, f/m, 7 1/2fT R10 CARD
3:58 ET  Soviet Problem S (r), LosAl, $100,000, 2yo, f, 1m R2 CARD
7:28 ET  Winter Challenge S, LosAl, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/16m R9 CARD

12:49 ET  NY Stallion S (Fifth Avenue Div) (r), Aqu, $150,000, 2yo, f, 6f R4 CARD
2:45 ET  Gravesend S, Aqu, $100,000, 3+, 6f R8 CARD
6:28 ET  King Glorious S (r), LosAl, $100,000, 2yo, c/g, 1m R7 CARD

Matt Bernier Pick Six Analysis Saturday Los Alamitos


Thursday, November 24, 2016


Let's Go To The Races - Nov 24-27, 2016
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing


Accelerated post times SATURDAY to avoid running Cigar Mile in darkness. There will be accelerated post times today at Aqueduct to help avoid running the biggest race of the meet -- the Grade 1 Cigar Mile -- in darkness as was the case with Friday's 10th race.
Thus, the Cigar Mile, originally scheduled for 4:20, will go off at 4:11. It is the last of 10 races on the card. First post remains 11;50 a.m.
Other stakes post times are:
Comely (12:48)
Demoiselle (2:15)
Remsen (3:13

  • Auction Season Ends With Market Stability
  • Misty Isle Rolled to Win in 1941 Falls City
  • Breeders' Cup Sprint Purse Withheld by CHRB
  • Breeders' Cup Runners in for Seabiscuit 'Cap
  • With Honors Returns to Turf in Jimmy Durante
  • Family Tree Dominant in Zia Park Oaks
  • Another Aqueduct Stakes for Miss Sky Warrior
  • Line of David to Red River Farms
  • Stakes Debut in Remsen for Shadwell's Takaful
  • Anchor Down Heads Cigar Mile
  • Savoye Named New Trainer at Merryland Farm
  • More News

  • From TwinSpires blog (Brisnet):
    Kentucky Derby points on the line in Kentucky Jockey Club, Remsen
    Thanksgiving Saturday is a big day in American racing. At Churchill Downs, McCracken and Daddy's Lil Darling top their respective fields in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and Golden Rod (G2). Both are qualifiers as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks series.

    Juveniles will also be in action at Aqueduct in other Derby and Oaks preps. Takaful will try and make it two-for-two in the Remsen (G2), while trainer Rudy Rodriguez has a three-pronged challenge in the Demoiselle (G2) for fillies.

    The feature at Aqueduct on Saturday is the $500,000 Cigar Mile (G1), led by one-turn mile specialist Anchor Down and Pennsylvania Derby (G2) winner Connect. Lewis Bay heads the Comely (G3) for three-year-old fillies.

    Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) runner-up Om head the field in the Seabiscuit H. (G2) at Del Mar, which also hosts the Jimmy Durante (G3) for juvenile fillies on the turf.

    Clark Handicap draws salty field of 10
    The $500,000 Clark H. (G1), the Black Friday feature at Churchill Downs, has come up salty with three-year-old Gun Runner challenging older rivals Noble Bird, Hoppertunity, Effinex, and Shaman Ghost.

    James Scully gives his scouting report on each horse in Pool 1 of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW), while Ed DeRosa has some information you can use before betting the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager.

    Japanese invader Nuovo Record is looking to rebound from a lackluster Breeders' Cup try in the Red Carpet (G3) at Del Mar on Thanksgiving Day, while Ashleyluvssugar is the one to fear in Friday's Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) at the seaside course.

    Not This Time retired, withdrawn from KDFW Pool 1
    Leading two-year-old Not This Time, a close second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), was unexpectedly retired on Monday to stand stud at Taylor Made Farm Monday after suffering a soft tissue injury. The colt was an immediate withdrawal from the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) Pool 1, which will be held November 24-27. The Mutual Field was made the 5-2 morning line favorite, followed by likely champion Classic Empire at 8-1.

    Meanwhile, the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager has Tapit as the 10-1 top individual choice. The wager will be offered only once, from November 24-27.

    Thanksgiving Day brings great racing at Churchill Downs, with Include Betty and The Pizza Man the respective top weights in the $200,000 Falls City H. (G3) and $100,000 River City H. (G3).

    At Aqueduct on Turkey Day, Stallwalkin' Dude will be favored to take the venerable Fall Highweight H. (G3) under a 134-pound impost, while Green Gratto seeks to become the first male every to win the century-old race twice.

    On Thanksgiving Eve, racing fans can feast on lots of stakes action at Zia Park and Penn National

    From the weekend, Kellie Reilly recapped the final local preps for the Hong Kong International Races, as well as Mastery's comfortable victory in the Bob Hope (G3) at Del Mar.


    Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file
    Racing Index

    Don't forget, after a race has concluded, return here and click on the CARD for a replay, about a 10-15 minute delay.

    12:50 ET  Gio Ponti S, Aqu, $125,000, 3yo, 1 1/16mT R3  CARD
    1:50 ET  Furlough S, Aqu, $100,000, 2yo, f, 6f R5  CARD
    3:20 ET  FALL HIGHWEIGHT H G3, Aqu, $200,000, 3+, 6f R8  CARD
    3:53 ET  FALLS CITY H G2, CD, $200,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/8m R10  CARD
    4:22 ET  RIVER CITY H G3, CD, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/8mT R11  CARD
    5:00 ET  RED CARPET S G3, Dmr, $100,000, 3+, f&m, 1 3/8mT R7  CARD

    3:20 ET  Winter Memories S, Aqu, $125,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT R8  CARD
    5:56 ET  CLARK H G1, CD, $500,000, 3+, 1 1/8m R11  CARD
    5:27 ET  MRS REVERE S G2, CD, $200,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT R10  CARD
    6:00 ET  HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP G2, Dmr, $200,000, 3+, 1 1/2mT R6  CARD

    12:50 ET  COMELY S G3, Aqu, $250,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m R3  CARD
    2:00 ET  DEMOISELLE S G2, Aqu, $300,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/8m R6  CARD
    2:00 ET  MY CHARMER S G3, GPW, $100,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16mT R5  CARD
    3:01 ET  TROPICAL TURF H G3, GPW, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/16mT R7  CARD
    3:20 ET  REMSEN S G2, Aqu, $300,000, 2yo, 1 1/8m R8  CARD
    4:20 ET  CIGAR MILE H G1, Aqu, $500,000, 3+, 1m R10  CARD
    4:46 ET  Sir Barton S r, WOO, $125,000, 3+, 1 1/16m R8  CARD
    4:57 ET  GOLDEN ROD S G2, CD, $200,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m R9  CARD
    5:56 ET  KY JOCKEY CLUB G2, CD, $200,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m R11  CARD
    6:00 ET  JIMMY DURANTE S G3, Dmr, $100,000, 2yo, f, 1mT R6  CARD
    6:15 ET  BERKELEY H G3, GGF, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/16m R6  CARD
    7:00 ET  SEABISCUIT H G2, Dmr, $200,000, 3+, 1 1/16mT R8  CARD

    International - Japan


    JAPAN CUP - Preview
    Twenty one horses are in line for the big event this week at Tokyo Racecourse and 18 of them will be taking their places in the gate come Sunday. It is the 36th running of the Japan Cup, an icon of international color and now the richest horserace in Japan.

    This year, the JRA has boosted the bounty yet again, with a Japan Cup first-place catch now up 50 million yen from last year to an incredible 300 million yen. The total purse has been raised to 624 million yen.(approx. $5.2 Million US).

    This year, three horses from abroad have made the trip to Japan, two of them repeaters, all of them Grade 1 winners. France once again fields Erupt, and Germany fields two runners – first-time participant Iquitos and Nightflower, looking to better her 11th-place finish of last year.  More at source

    Japan Jockey Club  Barrier Draw
    DRF - Japan Cup - Steve Andersen

    North America
    CECIL B DEMILLE S G3, Dmr, $100,000, 2yo, 1mT R  CARD
    NATIVE DIVER H G3, Dmr, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/8m R  CARD
    Swynford S, WOO, $125,000, 2yo, 6f R8  CARD