Friday, August 12, 2011


Biggest:  Arlington Million, 1 1/4mi, $1Million
Beverly D. , Secretariat S at Arlington Park, all  Grade 1 races on the turf.  A couple international stars will include Cape Blanco and Treasure Beach, two from the stable of renowned Euro trainer, Aidan O'Brien.

Weekend Warrior - Arlington Million - DRF

DRF: More videos, including Mike Watchmaker

BHorse: Wrap-up of Saratoga Fasig-Tipton Sale with some impressive numbers
DRF: Watchmaker looks at case for top 3 year old heading into Travers Aug. 27
Check the International racing section below for Goldikova's race next Monday at Deauville!
Also on the International scene, the British Champions Series continues with the renewal of the Juddmonte in the UK on Wednesday!

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!!
FLASH: Sheikh Mohammed, Bernardini match sale top at $1.2 Million! Read more...
FLASH: Del Mar: Blind Luck's next start still undecided! Read more...

"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 July 23 and including the $1 million Travers S. (G1) on August 27.  ABC will cover the Haskell on July 31 (Sun).  The complete TV 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

The 29th running of the Arlington Million (G1) will be carried live in HD on WGN-TV Channel 9 in Chicago and nationwide on WGN America on August 13 from 5:00-5:30 p.m. (CDT). The program will be rebroadcast locally on CLTV from 8:00-8:30 p.m.

Future ABC/ESPN telecasts will be the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) on August 28 and Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) and Goodwood Stakes (G1) October 1.

DRF: Watchmaker's Divisional Rankings - 8-9-2011
BloodHorse - Stakes Entries Index for next several days
Note: Some cards for races Sat/Sun not available until Wed. or Thurs.

Aug 13
DRF: Arlington Million Day Shaping Huge

TV COVERAGE:  The 29th running of the Arlington Million (G1) will be carried live in HD on WGN-TV Channel 9 in Chicago and nationwide on WGN America on August 13 from 5:00-5:30 p.m. (CDT). The program will be rebroadcast locally on CLTV from 8:00-8:30 p.m.

Arlington Million XXIX (gr. IT), 1 1/4 mi, $1,000,000, 3&up, Turf
BHorse: Arlington Million - CARD
HRN: Rematch highlights for Cape Blanco & Gio Ponti
BHorse: Gio Ponti working toward Arlington Million
Sporting Life: UK take on Gio Ponti and Cape Blanco meetup in Arlington Million
At Sporting Life, click on links for profiles of both Gio Ponti & Cape Blanco (A UK perspective)

Beverly D.  G1, 1 1/8 mi, $750,000g, 3&up, f/m, Turf
BHorse: Beverly D CARD
DRF: Arlington Park Beverly D deepest field in years
HRN: Champion Fillies & Mares invade Chicago in the Beverly D!

Secretariat S G1 $400,000g, 3yo, 10f Tturf
BHorse: Secretariat S - CARD
BHorse: European Treasure Beach Secretariat favorite

Sat, Aug. 13
DRF: Shirreffs looking at big weekend
DRF: Mr. Commons to miss La Jolla

La Jolla H (gr. IIT), $150,000g, 3yo, 8.5f (turf)
BHorse: La Jolla H - CARD
DRF: Midnight Interlude inherits role as favorite in La Jolla

Sun, Aug 14
John C. Mabee S (gr. IIT), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 9f (turf)

BHorse: John C Mabee S - CARD
Brisnet: John C Mabee turns tough - Wasted Tears & Harmonious
BHorse: Wasted Tears to defend John C Mabee crown

SARATOGA  Note:  NBC/Versus 7-week coverage of races at Saratoga
Brisnet: SARATOGA - What you need to know

Aug 13
Sword Dancer Inv. H (gr. IT), $500,000g, 3&up, 12f (turf) - NBC/Versus 5-6 pm
BHorse: Sword Dancer Inv. H - CARD
Brisnet: Teaks North and Winchester top Sword Dancer
DRF: Teaks North seeks third Grade 1 in Sword Dancer

Aug 14
Adirondack S (gr. II), $150,000g, 2yo f, 6.5f
BHorse: Adirondack S CARD

Aug 13
Monmouth Oaks (gr. III), $150,000g, 3yo f, 8.5f
BHorse: Monmouth Oaks - CARD


Aug 15 - Monday
Deauville, France - Jacques Le Marois Stakes 7f 209 (group 1) (3yo ) (Class 1)
Racing Post: Jacques Le Marois S CARD
Goldikova goes for 15th Grade 1 in the Marois at Deauville
Goldikova bids to recapture Prix Jacques Le Marois crown
Sporting Life: Goldikova tops 17 in the Marois

Aug. 17 - Wednesday
York 1540: Juddmonte Int'l, G1, 1 1/4 mi, Turf, 3&up
British Champions Series
Sporting Life: Juddmonte Int'l - CARD
Midday and Snow Fairy meet again to settle Nassau S score

Stakes Entries - Video Replays

Horse Profiles

Aug 20
Brisnet: St. John's River turns in final prep for the Alabama
Inglorious headed for The Alabama at Saratoga
Saratoga: The Alabama  | G1 | 1 1/4mi  | 3yo f | $500,000 |
Del Mar:  Del Mar Oaks (gr. I), $250,000g, 3yo f, 1 1/8 mi (turf)

Aug 21
Lake Placid Stakes (G2) 1 1/8 mi Turf, 3yo f - Winter Memories being pointed to this one

Aug 27
Saratoga: Travers S (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3yo, 1 1/4 mi
Brisnet: Shackleford opts for Travers 8-7-11
Ballerina S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 7f.
Foxwoods King's Bishop S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3yo, 7f
  (Uncle Mo, The Factor may meet)
Saratoga: Uncle Mo possible for the King's Bishop
Del Mar: Del Mar Mile (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 8f (turf)

Future ABC/ESPN telecasts in the series will be the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) on August 28 and Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) and Goodwood Stakes (G1) on October 1.

Aug 28
Del Mar: TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3&up, 1 1/4 mi - ABC
Del Mar: Pat O'Brien S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 7f
Del Mar: Del Mar H (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 11f (turf)
Saratoga: Personal Ensign S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/4 mi
BHorse: Blind Luck works 5 furlongs - 8-5-11 - Poss for Pacific Classic or Personal Ensign

Sep 3
Saratoga: The Woodward (gr. I), $750,000g, 3&up, 9f

Oct 1
Belmont: The Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I), $750,000g, 3&up, 10f. (gr. IT)
Belmont:  Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT), $500,000, 3&up, f/m, 10f (turf)
Belmont:  Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT), $500,000g, 3&up, 12f (turf)
Belmont:  Beldame Invitational (gr. I), $350,000g, 3&up, f/m, 9f
Belmont:  Vosburgh Invitational (gr. I), $350,000g, 3&up, 6f
Belmont: Kelso H (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 8f

SARATOGA - Overview - Brisnet: Saratoga Notebook - 7-28-11
7-23: Saratoga: TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), $250,000g, 3yo f, 9f.
7-27: Lake George Stakes | $150,000 | G II | 1 1/16 mi | 3 yo f | Turf

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 Invit. S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/8
7-31 - Fourstardave H, (G2), 1 1/16 mi,  $150,000, 3&up,
8-6: Whitney (gr. I), $750,000, 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.
8-21: Lake Placid Stakes (G2) 1 1/8 mi Turf, 3yo f - Winter Memories being pointed to this one
8-27: Travers S (gr. I), $1,000,000, 3yo, 1 1/4 mi
8-27: Ballerina S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 7f.
8-27: Foxwoods King's Bishop S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3yo, 7f (Uncle Mo, The Factor may meet)
8-28: Personal Ensign S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/4 mi  - Blind Luck, Havre de Grace, maybe?
9-3: The Woodward (gr. I), $750,000, 3&up, 1 1/8 mi

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 mi7-30: 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  Zazu, Switch, St. Trinians

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
8-6: 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.RECAP OF WEEKEND RACING ACTION:  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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