Monday, August 15, 2011


Sat, Aug 20
Saratoga: TVG Alabama  | G1 | 1 1/4mi  | 3yo f | $500,000 - NBC 5-6 ET
BHorse: It's Tricky seeks third straight G1 & Triple Tiara crown
Plum Pretty, Royal Delta, Inglorious, St. John's River challenge It's Tricky
Loaded field of 3 year old fillies, with multiple stakes winners jockeying for division position
BHorse: TVG Alabama CARD

Del Mar: Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT), $250,000g, 3yo f, 9f (turf)
BHorse: Del Mar Oaks CARD
Brisnet: Nereid, Cambina meet again in Del Mark Oaks
Nereid, Star Billing, John Shirreffs' trainees try to beat Cambina and Summer Soiree

Sun, Aug 21
Saratoga: Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (gr. II), $150,000g, 3yo f, 9f (turf)
BHorse: Woodford Reserve - CARD
HRN: All eyes on Winter Memories

Blind Luck likely to race in Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug 28
Moody mulls over Manikato for Black Caviar next race Sept. 30

The Juvenile Crop
Brisnet: Union Rags garners riches, respect in Saratoga Special
HRN: Future Star Watch - Jake Mo July 15, 2011
DRF: Zenyatta's breeder has two must-see fillies

FLASH: Havre de Grace confirmed for the Woodward Sept. 3! Read more...
FLASH: Del Mar: Blind Luck likely in the Pacific Classic Aug 28! Read more...

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!!

"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

10/7Darley Alcibiades S (G1), Ogden Phoenix S (G3)5-6 p.m.VERSUS
10/8Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (G1)5-6 p.m.VERSUS
10/9Juddmonte Spinster S (G1), Bourbon S (G3)5-6 p.m.VERSUS
10/15Queen Eliz. II Challenge (G1), Keeneland 75th Anniv5-6 p.m.NBC

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 - 8-15-2011
BloodHorse - Stakes Entries Index for next several days
Note: Some cards for races Sat/Sun not available until Wed. or Thurs.

Sat, Aug. 20
Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT), $250,000g, 3yo f, 9f (turf)
BHorse: Del Mar Oaks CARD
Brisnet: Nereid, Cambina meet again in Del Mark Oaks

Aug 21
Rancho Bernardo H (gr. III), $150,000g, 3&up, f/m, 6.5f.
BHorse: Rancho Bernardo H - CARD

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

Aug 20
TVG The Alabama  | G1 | 1 1/4mi  | 3yo f | $500,000 |   NBC 5-6 pm EDT
BHorse: TVG Alabama CARD
Brisnet: St. John's River turns in final prep for the Alabama
Inglorious headed for The Alabama at Saratoga, others include St. John's River, Plum Pretty, Royal Delta and It's Tricky, looking like the favorite.
Brisnet: It's Tricky tunes up for Alabama; Shackleford works towards Travers

Aug 21
Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (gr. IIT), $150,000g, 3yo f, 9f (turf)
BHorse: Woodford Reserve - CARD
YouTube: Winter Memories Lake George Race - Amazing!
HRN: All eyes on Winter Memories
BHorse - Six to take on Winter Memories in Lake Placid
BHorse: Like her dam, Winter Memories on a star path

Aug 20
Philip H. Iselin S (gr. III), $250,000g, 3&up, 9f
BHorse: Philip Iselin - CARD

Aug 20
Canadian Derby  $300,000, 1 3/8 mi, G3, 3 yo,  Race 11
Embellished, one of two fillies in the race, should get solid support. She has captured three consecutive races in 2011 for trainer Rick Hedge, including the Northlands Park Oaks July 31 by 2 1/2 lengths.
Owned by Amber Buniak and Ryan McLean, the talented Kentucky-bred daughter of Bellamy Road   has won five of seven lifetime starts, all at Northlands. Embellished will face males for the first time since finishing third in her maiden debut in June 2010. Regular rider Heribert Naherd Martinez has the call.
BHorse: Canadian Derby - CARD
BHorse: Plenty of options in 12 horse Canadian Derby


Stakes Entries - Video Replays

Horse Profiles

Aug 26
Saratoga:  Bernard Baruch H (gr. IIT), $200,000g, 3&up, 9f (turf)

Aug 27
Saratoga: Travers S (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3yo, 1 1/4 mi
Brisnet: Shackleford opts for Travers 8-7-11
Saratoga: 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)
Del Mar: Del Mar Mile (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 8f (turf)
Saratoga: Ballston Spa H (gr. IIT), $200,000g, 3&up, f/m, 8.5f (turf).

Aug 28
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
Monmouth Park: Molly Pitcher S (gr. II), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 8.5f.

Sep 3
Saratoga: The Woodward (gr. I), $750,000g, 3&up, 9f
Saratoga: Forego (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 7f.
Del Mar: Del Mar Debutante S (gr. I), $250,000g, 2yo f, 7f

Sep 4
Racing Post: Goldikova & Immortal Verse set for Moulin rematch Sept 4
Saratoga: Spinaway S (gr. I), $250,000g, 2yo f, 7f.
Del Mar: Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT), $250,000g, 3yo, 9f (turf)

Sep 5
Saratoga:  Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes Hopeful (G1) 7 f, Dirt; 2 Mi  $250,000
Jake Mo, J C's Pride, Overdriven

Brisnet 8-19: Overdriven's Hopeful bid up in the air
Parx Racing
: Turf Monster H (gr. IIIT), $350,000g, 3&up, 5f (turf).
Parx: Smarty Jones S
, $300,000g, 3yo, 8.32f  Pants on Fire a possible.
Sep 7
Del Mar
: Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), $250,000g, 2yo, 7f.
Sep 10
Louisiana Downs: Super Derby (gr. II), $500,000g, 3yo, 9f.

Sep 17
Belmont Park: Garden City (gr. IT), $250,000g, 3yo f, 9f (turf).
Charles Town: Charles Town Oaks, $400,000g, 3yo f, 7f.
Charles Town Juvenile, $100,000g, 2yo, 7f.

Sep 24
Parx Racing: Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), $1,000,000g, 3yo, 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
Brisnet: Big Drama, Apriority are Vosburgh bound
Belmont: Kelso H (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 8f
Hoosier Park: Indiana Derby (gr. II), $500,000a, 3yo, 8.5f.
Hoosier Park: Indiana Oaks (gr. II), $200,000a, 3yo f, 8.5f.
Hoosier Park: Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Mile S, $100,000a, 3&up, 8f.
Parx Racing: Cotillion S (gr. II), $750,000g, 3yo f, 8.5f.
Parx Racing: Brandywine S, $150,000g, 2yo f, 7f.

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

8-26: Saratoga: Bernard Baruch H (gr. IIT), $200,000g, 3&up, 9f (turf)
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
9-3: Saratoga: The Woodward (gr. I), $750,000g, 3&up, 9f.
9-3: Saratoga: Forego (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 7f

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)

BloodHorse has a great video replay site to watch all the stakes action:
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:


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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