Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Aug 27
Travers S (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3yo, 1 1/4 mi

BHorse: The Travers CARD
Coil (Haskell), Ruler On Ice (Belmont), Shackleford (Preakness), and Stay Thirsty (Jim Dandy). Nothing short of the Three Year Old Championship is on the line.
TTimes: Stay Thirsty favored for Travers over Haskell trio
DRF: Travers Stay Thirsty Can Claim Top Spot
Brisnet Feature: Championship implications abound in Travers - James Scully

Aug 28
Saratoga: Personal Ensign S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/4 mi 
BHorse: Personal Ensign - CARD

Del Mar: TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3&up, 1 1/4 mi - ABC
DRF: Pacific Classic Preview - VIDEO
BHorse: Pacific Classic CARD

FLASH: Blind Luck to skip Pacific Classic Aug 28! Read more...
FLASH:  Winter Memories, Hungry Island rematch 9-17 

DRF: 'Little Andy' having big impact at Spa (Beyer)
NYRA online - Live streaming of Talking Horses with Andy Serling - scroll to Talking Horses
Moody mulls over Manikato for Black Caviar next race Sept. 30

The Juvenile Crop
HRN: Future Star Watch - Jake Mo July 15, 2011
Brisnet: Union Rags garners riches, respect in Saratoga Special
DRF: Zenyatta's breeder has two must-see fillies
Sister Moon sets record in debut at Del Mar, 8-21-2011, Race 4

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 - 8-22-2011
BloodHorse - Stakes Entries Index for next several days
Note: Some cards for races Sat/Sun not available until Wed. or Thurs.
TTimes: Graham Motion on choosing a distance

Aug 26
CTT & Thoroughbred Owners of California H, $85,000a, 3&up, f/m, 1 3/8 mi (turf), Race 6
BHorse: CTT & Thoroughbred Owners of CA CARD
Middle Club, a John Shirreffs trainee, with Mike Smith aboard

Aug 27
Del Mar Mile (gr. IIT), $200,000g, 3&up, 8f (turf), Race 8
DRF: Del Mar Mile Handicapping Preview - Mr. Commons Test - VIDEO
BHorse: Del Mar Mile CARD
Mr. Commons steps up to face elders in Del Mar Mile

Aug 28
TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3&up, 1 1/4 mi - ABC
BHorse: Pacific Classic CARD

Pat O'Brien S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 7f
BHorse: Pat O'Brien CARD

Del Mar H (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 11f (turf)
BHorse: Del Mar Handicap - CARD

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

Saratogian: Watching the horses in the paddock is both a tradition & betting strategy
Brisnet: Saratoga Notebook - John Mucciolo - Aug 25, 2011

Pros and amateurs alike tune in to hear ANDY SERLING's latest pronouncements
www.nyra.com/talkinghorses - Talking Horses with Andy Serling LIVE each raceday at 11:45-12:30 ET

Aug 26
Bernard Baruch H (gr. IIT), $200,000g, 3&up, 9f (turf)
BHorse: Bernard Baruch CARD
BHorse: Turallure collars Get Stormy in Bernard Baruch - RACE VIDEO

Aug 27
Travers S (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3yo, 1 1/4 mi
BHorse: That Handicapping Show - Handicapping Preview of Travers
BHorse: Sassy Image looks for 4th straight in Ballerina S
Brisnet: Distaffers take center stage at Travers undercards

Ballston Spa H (gr. IIT), $200,000g, 3&up, f/m, 8.5f (turf).
BHorse: Ballston Spa H CARD

Aug 28 - Sun
Personal Ensign S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/4 mi
BHorse: Personal Ensign - CARD
BHorse: Ask The Moon a longshot no more


DRF: Cirrus des Aigles takes third straight.  Cirrus des Aigles continued an excellent 2011 French campaign on Sunday, winning the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville by 10 lengths over the solid filly Silver Pond.  DRF: Maybe wins berth in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Aug 28
Curragh 1625 (4:25 pm 11:25 am ET)
Moyglare Stud Stakes G1 7f Turf 225,000 lbs 2yo f
Maybe - Unbeaten filly who has taken the Chesham, Silver Flash Stakes and Debutante Stakes since making a winning debut in May.
La Collina - The principal threat to the favourite to whom she's rated 1lb superior.  A winning debut in June before going down by a neck to Maybe in the Silver Flash Stakes when in receipt of 6lbs (3lb penalty & 3lb overweight).
Sporting Life: Moyglare Stud Stakes G1 - Curragh (Ire) - CARD
Sporting Life: Maybe definitely the one
Prendergast eyeing La Collina taking Maybe revenge

Deauville 1440  (2:40 pm  8:40 am ET)
Grand Prix de Deauville G2   1 1/2 mi Turf  
Grand Prix winner Cirrus hands Sarafina Arc boost
Sporting Life: Grand Prix Deauville - CARD - CIRRUS WINS!
Racing Post: Cirrus seeks seventh Group win in Grand Prix

International News:
Sporting Life: Dubawi Gold celebration
Sporting Life: Derby winner Pour Moi retired!
Sporting Life: Pour Moi's retirement has left confusing Arc picture
Racing Post: Goldikova & Immortal Verse set for Moulin rematch Sept 4


Stakes Entries - Video Replays

Horse Profiles


Sep 3
Saratoga: The Woodward (gr. I), $750,000g, 3&up, 9f
Saratoga: Forego (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 7f.
Saratoga: Personal Ensign S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/4 mi
Personal Ensign re-scheduled to 9/3 because of storm last weekend - to be re-drawn
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: Turf Monster H (gr. IIIT), $350,000g, 3&up, 5f (turf). , $300,000g, 3yo, 8.32f 
Pants on Fire a possible.
Parx: Smarty Jones S

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).  Winter Memories & Hungry Island likely for rematch
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
8-28: Personal Ensign S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/4 mi  -
9-3: The Woodward (gr. I), $750,000, 3&up, 1 1/8 mi
9-3: The Woodward (gr. I), $750,000g, 3&up, 9f
9-3: Forego (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 7f
9-4: Spinaway S (gr. I), $250,000g, 2yo f, 7f
9-5:  Three Chimneys Hopeful S (gr. I), $250,000g, 2yo, 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 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  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)

9-7: Del Mar: Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), $250,000g, 2yo, 7f.

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. 
RECAP OF WEEKEND RACING ACTION:  DRF: Weekend stakes preview - videos

Note:  There are free sites to watch online: check out http://www.ntra.com/ or NTRA Live Stream or http://www.tvgfree.net/ or sign up for a free trial account at http://www.twinspires.com/content/video  You can also catch the replays right after the big races at http://www.raceday360.com/   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
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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