Thursday, July 7, 2011

JULY 9-10

1980 Kentucky Derby - Genuine Risk
 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.

Two big G1 races this weekend include the Hollywood Gold Cup, $500,000 G1 for 3 yo and up, and the Man O' War, $600,000 turf for 3 yo and up. 

A filly will add to the interest of the Hollywood Gold Cup. Miss Match (Santa Margarita Invitational), who many think may be overmatched.  Add to this mix the cast of characters that were involved in the 12-minute stewards' inquiry in the Big Cap race Santa Anita H. in March:  Twirling Candy (The Californian), Setsuko (a bridesmaid in 2 G1s, a G2 and G3, and will be seeking a first graded stakes win) and Game on Dude, (Santa Anita H) who finished first.  They blamed the fiasco on Twirling Candy, who really got banged around, but a technical examination of who did what to whom revealed it was actually the winner, Game on Dude, who got out of his lane and bumped TC who bumped Setsuko.  Game on Dude got the win and no penalties were assessed against Twirling Candy, even though he was found to be at fault, because he finished so far back.  Here is a link to view the  race and the controversial stewards' inquiry:  Santa Anita H. - Stewards' Inquiry

Awesome Gem (Lone Star H) will be there to defend his title from 2010.  He beat Game on Dude and Flat Out (Suburban H) in the Lone Star Handicap, so he has a legitimate claim to favorite status, although that position will likely be held by Twirling Candy.  Awesome Gem will get 6 pounds from Twirling Candy, who will carry top weight of 122 lbs.

Gio Ponti (2009 and 2010 turf champion), will be trying to make it three-in-a-row in the Man O' War, while the UK's top trainer, Aidan O'Brien, is sending in Cape Blanco to try and stop the 2010 Turf champ.  These two last met in the Dubai World Cup last March, where Cape Blanco finished 4th in front of Gio Ponti.

From Diary #289 - Photo by Sarah Campion
ESPN to feature a ZENYATTA update.  ESPN cameras were at Lane's End on Thursday, and their piece will be shown during the Hollywood Park Gold Cup proceedings on Saturday! As Zenyatta  would say, this is TOO CUTE!!! Check ESPN local listings for race info and time.

FLASH!!  From DRF:  Fans of 114-Beyer debut winner MACLEAN'S MUSIC will be delighted to know that the 3-year-old son of Distorted Humor is back in training at Churchill Downs "after a few weeks off from a minor setback," according to an e-mail from Lesley Howard of Stonestreet Farms.

FLASH!!  TTimes: Uncle Mo to Pletcher July 11 - Points to Kings Bishop Aug 27

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!!

DRF: Arlington Park Million preview day has international flavor
Brisnet: Willcox Inn, Wasted Tears highlight Arlington Preview Day

American Derby | G2T  | $200,000 | 3yo | 1 3/16 mi |  5:12pm  | Race 9
BHorse: American Derby Race Card

Arlington H  | G3T |  $150,000 | 3&up | 1 1/4 mi| 5:41 pm | Race 10
BHorse: Arlington H Race Card

Modesty H | G3 | $150,000 | 3&up | f/m | 1 3/16  | 4:43 pm   | Race 8
Wasted Tears arrives for Modesty
BHorse: Modesty H Race Card
BHorse: Wasted Tears - Profile - Won 3rd straight Ouija Board
BHorse: Fantasia ran 2nd in the G1 Just a Game Stakes in June - Video

Brisnet: Gio Ponti aims to make history!
Can Cape Blanco stop Gio Ponti's three-peat?
Aidan O'Brien trained Cape Blanco looking to stop Gio Ponti
Man o' War  | G1T |  $600,000 | 3&up | 1 3/8 mi | 5:17 pm | Race 9
BHorse: Man O' War Stakes Race Card

Calder's Summit of Speed gets a few surprise entrants
Brisnet: Sassy Image aims for big road win
DRF: Champagne d'Oro rested & ready Princess Rooney H
DRF: Sassy Image seeks Princess Rooney Crown
Princess Rooney H | G1 |  $350,000 | 3&up | f/m | 6f |  5:32pm  | Race 12
BHorse: Princess Rooney H Race Card 

Smile Sprint H | G2 | $350,000 | 3&up | 6f | 5:07pm  | Race 11
BHorse - Smile Sprint Race Card

Carry Back S  | G2 | $200,000 | 3yo | 6f | 4:40pm | Race 10
BHorse Carry Back Race Card

Azalea S | G3 |  $150,000 | 3yo f | 6f | 4:14pm  | Race 9
BHorse: Azalea S Race Card

Delaware Oaks  | G2  | $300,000g |  3yo f |  1 3/16 mi  | 4:51 pm EDT | Race 9
BHorse: Delaware Oaks Race Card
BHorse - St. Johns River looking to shine in Oaks
Brisnet: St. John's River seeks first stakes win in Delaware Oaks

Robert G. Dick Memorial S | G3 T | $200,000  | 3&up |  f/m |  1 3/8 mi | 3:57 pm EDT  | Race 7
BHorse: Robert G Dick Memorial Race Card

Barbaro S  | $100,000 |  3yo |  1 mi 70 yds  | 4:24 pm EDT | Race 8
BHorse: Barbaro Stakes race card

HRN: Will Twirling Candy go the distance in the Hollywood Gold Cup?
DRF: Twirling Candy drills for the Hollywood Gold Cup
DRF: New style closer paying off for First Dude
DRF: Awesome Gem will try to defend Hollywood Gold Cup title
TTimes: Twirling Candy vs. Baffert's Dudes in Gold Cup
Handicapping the Gold Cup: Setsuko, Dark Cove offer value
Blind Luck, nominated for the HGC, is opting for the Delaware H on Jul 16.
Hollywood Gold Cup | G1 | $500,000g | 3&up | 1 1/4 mi | 4:37 pm EDT | Race 8
BHorse: Hollywood Gold Cup Race Card

DRF: Boxeur des Rues stepping up for Swaps Stakes
BHorse: Coil ready for another step forward in Swaps
Swaps S  | G2 | $150,000g | 3yo | 1 1/8 mi | 2:34 pm EDT | Race 4
BHorse - Swaps Race Card

Horse Profiles
DRF: Inglorious skipping prince of wales straight to Alabama Aug 20
BloodHorse - Twirling Candy
Horse Profiles - Comprehensive List - Alpha - Search
Pedigree Query - Record - Dosage - Free Stakes Record view

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


July 16
Colonial Downs: Virginia Derby | G2T | $600,000 | 3yo | 10f Delaware Park: Delaware H | G2 |  $750,000 | 3&up | f/m | 10f
Delaware Handicap - $750,000 G2
BHorse: Have de Grace tunes up for Delaware H
DRF: Blind Luck/Hare de Grace will renew rivalry at Delaware H
Blind Luck opting for Delaware H
Hollywood Park: American Oaks | G1T | $250,000 | 3yo f |  10f

July 23 - Note:  NBC/Versus will begin 4-week coverage of races at Saratoga
Del Mar: Eddie Read S | G1T |  $300,000 | 3&up | 9f  |   
Saratoga: TVG Coaching Club American Oaks | G1 | $250,000 | 3yo f | 9f | 

July 30
Jim Dandy S | G2 | $500,000 | 3yo | 9f  | 
Mucho Macho Man expected to run
Saratoga: Diana H | G1T) | $500,000 | 3&up |  f/m | 9f | 

July 31
Del Mar: Bing Crosby S | G1 |  $250,000 | 3&up | 6f |
Monmouth Park: Haskell Invitational  | G1 | $1,000,000 | 3yo | 9f |

Aug 6
Saratoga: Whitney Invitational | G1 | $750,000 | 3&up  | 9f |
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 |

Aug 27
Saratoga: Uncle Mo possible for the King's Bishop
BloodHorse: Uncle Mo could be ready for Kings Bishop

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
Watchmaker and Crist Wrap Up the Triple Crown

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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