Saturday, July 23, 2011


 A quick reference tool meant to help the newer fan (like me!)
Note: Most links are current, however, some links update as of the Friday before Saturday race day.

COOL TIP:  Come back here after the races and click on the cards for the featured races below and see the RESULTS and Order of Finish, as well as VIDEO REPLAY of the race.  Also:  to get the results for all the races on a particular day, this is BloodHorse's results page:  Race Results  There will be a "short list" but scroll down and click on "View Full List".  Most will have videos of the races!! Easy way to get a roundup of a day's racing action quickly!!


Brisnet:  NBC kicks off 'Summer at Saratoga' with CCA Oaks

In May, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the NBC Sports Group announced a partnership to broadcast "Summer at Saratoga," the most extensive live national television coverage of racing from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York, over seven weekends this summer beginning Saturday and including the $1 million Travers S. (G1) on August 27.

The NBC Sports Group's seven straight weekends of "Summer at Saratoga" begins Saturday, 5-6 p.m. (EDT) on NBC, with live coverage of the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), a race for three-year-old fillies.  It's Tricky out-dueled Plum Pretty in a down-to-the wire finish.  VIDEO

The complete schedule is:

7/23CCA Oaks (G1)5-6 p.m.NBC
7/30Diana (G1), Jim Dandy (G2)5-6 p.m.VERSUS
8/6Whitney (G1), Test (G1)5-6 p.m.VERSUS
8/7A.G. Vanderbilt (G1), Honorable Miss (G2)5-6 p.m.VERSUS
8/13Sword Dancer (G1)5-6 p.m.VERSUS
8/20Alabama (G1)5-6 p.m.NBC
8/27Travers (G1), King's Bishop (G1)5-6 p.m.NBC
9/3Woodward (G1), Forego (G1)5-6 p.m.VERSUS
7/31    The Haskell (G1)                                            5-6 p.m.              ABC
BloodHorse - Stakes Entries Index for next several days

July 20 - Opening day
BHorse: Full field set for Del Mar Opener - Oceanside Stakes
Oceanside Stakes | Turf | $100,000 | 3yo | 1 mi
BHorse - Race Card - Oceanside Stakes  (Click to see results/video)
Steve Haskin: Poetry in MotionThat often-used phrase is popular because it creates the desired image one is searching for. So, I will use the phrase in describing the victory of Mr. Commons in the Oceanside Stakes on Del Mar’s opening day.  From the post parade to the run down the backstretch, to the powerful move on the far turn, to the stretch run, in which he drew off with magnificent strides, this colt made as impressive an appearance as I’ve seen all year. In a year loaded with talented 3-year-old grass horses, Mr. Commons definitely looks like the standout in California, and there is no telling how good this horse will become later in the year.  Read more...BloodHorse Steve Haskin - Random Thoughts scroll to bottom

July 23
Eddie Read S | 1 1/8 mi | G1T | $300,000 | 3&up | (turf) | 5:30pmET
BHorse - CARD - Eddie Read G1 - Acclamation wins - VIDEO

July 24
San Clemente H | GII | $150,000| 3yo f | 1 mi  |(turf) | 5:30pm ET | Race 8
BHorse: San Clemente Card - RESULT/VIDEO
DRF VIDEO - Dan and Mike discuss the San Clemente H

SARATOGA  Note:  NBC/Versus will begin 4-week coverage of races at Saratoga
Brisnet: SARATOGA OPENING - What you need to know

TVG Coaching Club American Oaks | 1 1/8 mi |  | G1 | $250,000 | 3yo | f | NBC 5-6pm ET
Royal Delta, Buster's Ready, It's Tricky, Plum Pretty, Joyful Victory
BHorse: American Oaks Card - Articles - NBC Coverage 5-6pm ET - RESULTS & VIDEO

July 24:
Sanford S | $150,000 | GII | 2 yo | 6f | Race 9 | 5:20 pm ET
BHorse: CARD for the Sanford - It's OVERDRIVEN - Result/VIDEO
VIDEO - YouTube - Overdriven romps home in Sanford

International - Juy 23:
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth | G1 | 1 1/2m | Turf | 3+ M | 11:30ET/4:30pm London

Stakes Entries - Video Replays
BHorse: Stakes Entries by Date, Track, Race - Click on Race for Race Card
BloodHorse Race Video Replays - Search by date range/track

Horse Profiles

GOODWOOD:  Sussex Stakes (G1) 1 mile, Turf; 3+ M, 10:30amET/3:30pm London
July 30
Saratoga:  Jim Dandy S | G2 | $500,000 | 3yo | 1 1/8 mi  |    Versus TV
Brisnet: Brilliant Speed, Alternation work for Jim Dandy

Saratoga: Diana H | G1T) | $500,000 | 3&up |  f/m | 1 1/8 mi |   Versus TV
July 31
Del Mar: Bing Crosby S | G1 |  $250,000 | 3&up | 6f |

Aug 6
Saratoga: Whitney Invitational | G1 | $750,000 | 3&up  | 1 1/8 |
Flat Out, Hymn Book, Rail Trip, Pool Play, Sidney's Candy, Giant Oak, Tizway, Morning Line, all possible
Saratoga: Test S | G1 | $250,000 | 3yo f | 7f |
Del Mar: Clement L. Hirsch S  | G1, $300,000 | 3&up | f/m | 8.5f |
Mountaineer Racetrack: West Virginia Derby | G2 |  $750,000  | 3yo |  9f |

Aug 20
Inglorious headed for The Alabama at Saratoga
The Alabama, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, will be run Aug. 20 at Saratoga and offers Grade 1 status and a purse of $500,000.
The Alabama  | G1 | 1 1/4mi  | 3yo f | $500,000 |
It's Tricky sets her sights on The Alabama Aug 20

Aug 27
Saratoga: Uncle Mo possible for the King's Bishop
Uncle Mo breezes at Saratoga July 22 - VIDEO
BloodHorse: Uncle Mo could be ready for Kings Bishop

Aug 28
DEL MAR Pacific Classic $1,000,000 G1

SARATOGA - Overview
7-23: Saratoga: TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), $250,000g, 3yo f, 9f.
7-30: Diana H (gr. IT), $500,000g, 3&up, f/m, 9f (turf).
7-30: Jim Dandy S (gr. II), $500,000g, 3yo, 9f.
7-31: Ruffian H (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 9f
8-6: Whitney (gr. I), $750,000g, 3&up, 9f.
8-13: Sword Dancer Invitational H (gr. I), $500,000g, 3&up, 1 1/2 mi (turf)
8-20: TVG Alabama S (gr. I), $500,000g, 3yo f, 10f.
8-26: Travers S (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3yo, 1 1/4 mi
8-26: Ballerina S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 7f.
8-26: Foxwoods King's Bishop S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3yo, 7f.
8-28: Personal Ensign S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/4 mi *
9-3: The Woodward (gr. I), $750,000g, 3&up, 1 1/8 mi
* Connections for Havre de Grace have said they will run if the purse is doubled and Blind Luck runs. Brisnet is reporting that this is "likely".

DEL-MAR - Overview
7-20: Oceanside S (R), $100,000a, 3yo, 8f (turf)
7-23: Eddie Read S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3&up, 9f (turf)
7-24: San Clemente H (gr. II), $150,000g, 3yo f, 8f (turf)
7-29: Cougar II H (gr. III), $125,000g, 3&up, 1 1/2 mi
7-30: San Diego H (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 8.5f
7-31: Bing Crosby S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 6f
8-5: Sorrento S (gr. III), $150,000g, 2yo f, 6.5f
8-6: Clement L. Hirsch S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/16 mi
8-13: La Jolla H (gr. II), $150,000g, 3yo, 8.5f (turf)
8-14: John C. Mabee S (gr. II), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/8 mi (turf)
8-20: Del Mar Oaks (gr. I), $250,000g, 3yo f, 1 1/8 mi (turf)
8-27: Del Mar Mile (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 8f (turf)
8-28: TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3&up, 1 1/4 mi
8-28: Pat O'Brien S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 7f
8-28: Del Mar H (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 11f (turf)
9-3: Del Mar Debutante S (gr. I), $250,000g, 2yo f, 7f
9-4: Del Mar Derby (gr. II), $250,000g, 3yo, 9f (turf)

7-31: Monmouth: Haskell Invit (gr. I), $1,000,000, 3yo, 1 1/8 mi
Mountaineer: West Virginia Derby (gr. II), $750,000g, 3yo, 9f
8-13: Arlington Park: Arlington Million XXIX (gr. I), $1,000,000, 3&up, 1 1/4 mi (turf)
Arlington Park: Beverly D. (gr. I), $750,000g, 3&up, f/m, 9.5f (turf)
Arlington Park: Secretariat S (gr. I), $400,000g, 3yo, 1 1/4 mi (turf)

BloodHorse has a great video replay site to watch all the stakes action:
BloodHorse Race Videos
You can watch all stakes races for a particular DAY, or by TRACK, or a combination.  You can also watch INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC racing action!  Because these are links and not embedded videos, the site loads quickly.  Be sure to check out the Irish Derby at Curragh (International) and the Woodbine Queen's Plate (Domestic) races, all of which took place on Sunday, June 26.

DRF: Weekend stakes preview - videos

Note:  There are free sites to watch online: check out or NTRA Live Stream or or sign up for a free trial account at  You can also catch the replays right after the big races at   Calracing has live coverage of races - Will need to register

A really good site for the new fan:
NOTE: In order to enjoy and use the functionality of the various sites below, some sites may require you to register, however, there is no charge for most of what you will want access to.  If you want to go to the next level and actually place bets and learn more about handicapping, some of these types of services have a fee, but this is strictly your choice whether to use these services.

DRF Grid: Today's Action - Upcoming & Prior Race Days - Click on any track "day", and pull up that day's entries for each of the races
   The Weekend Warrior is updated on Thursday evening or Friday morning
One of the most useful sites I have found to keep up with Stakes results, to watch only the important races - Also, searchable by date range for past races

DRF - Starts with ACTIVE tracks - Click on the DAY next to the track name to see that day's full race card. 

Simple Alpha List of American Graded Stakes by Stakes Name, by Grade I, II, III

This includes a list of all American tracks

Twin Spires Race viewer - One of the best individual race video sites - You will need to register, free

Links to blogs and other sites I have found useful:
Abigail Anderson Blog - The Vault: Horse Racing Past & Present


Looking for a way to keep up with the horses, or a trainer?  Or, ever want to watch replays of races quickly and easily?  What's coming up today or this weekend?

You need to register - it's free....there are some pay type options, but all I have needed has been the "free stuff".

Click on "Handicapping & PPs", roll over to "Tools" and note there is a "Horse Watch" and a "Trainer Watch" on the drop down list.  I have entered several Horses to watch on the "Horse Watch" (you can even have it send you an email with updates, or you can check in and click on "Messages" and check out what is happening with your choice.  You can also write a short note (I usually drop in the horse's next race, when I know what it is). A few of my choices are Uncle Mo, To Honor and Serve (one of Bernrdini's colts), Dialed In, and Zazu.

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