Friday, September 30, 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. I usually start posting the cards for the weekend races on Wednesday afternoon. Up until the actual cards are available, I sometimes use Horse Racing Nation's "Stakes Tracker" for a 'probable' card.

It's time to gear up for an incredible U.S. 19 Grade 1 races in 8 days beginning Saturday, Oct. 1.

SHORT CUT: Races arranged by EDT:  All Major Races Oct 1 & 2 arranged by EDT with CARDS

LIVE! Andy Serling Talking Horses each race day 12 oon-12:30 ET - Belmont races

It's time to gear up for an incredible U.S. 19 Grade 1 races in eight days beginning Saturday with FIVE AT BELMONT: Jockey Club Gold Cup, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, Beldame, Flower Bowl, Vosburgh, and THREE AT SANTA ANITA: Lady's Secret, Goodwood, Norfolk.  Also, 3 Grade 2 races at Parx and Hoosier.

If SUPER SATURDAY wasn’t super enough in the U.S., the biggest day in FRANCE features some of Europe’s richest purses on SUNDAY. The French races will be played in the morning in the U.S.

BHorse: HRTV to air SUPER SATURDAY and Arc
HRTV will provide coverage of the U.S. stakes extravaganza on tap for Oct. 1, a major day of racing leading up to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, and the Oct. 2 Qatar Prix de l’ Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) from Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France with hosts at each venue to provide color commentary.

ESPN Classic (ESPN3) to air horse racing on Saturday, Oct. 1, 4:30-7:30 pm ET. 
Racing on TV - NTRA
DRF: BC Preview Weekend - Oct 1 & 2- STREAMING LIVE VIDEO
HRTV Racing Calendar

Full cards, more races, news and other details listed below.
 NOTE:  AFTER A RACE HAS BEEN RUN, you can return here, click on the CARD to view the Results and watch a REPLAY.

With such a rich weekend of racing (15 Grade 1 races!!), you may need a little help in sorting through the maze of choices.  Some videos by handicappers with DRF, BloodHorse, Thoroughbred Times to help sort through this jam-packed weekend of racing:

Also, DRF has the races at each venue grouped together for you, and most have streaming video.  Won't have to hunt around to see what race is where.

List of races arranged by EDT:  All Major Races Oct 1 & 2 arranged by EDT with CARDS

DRF: Preview Weekend - All major races with STREAMING VIDEO
Santa Anita, Hoosier, and Longchamp (the Arc - French) all will have streaming live video
Parx and Belmont you will need to check out ESPN/Classic (online) or HRTV, or sign up for a free account at TwinSpiresTV.

DRF: The "Arc" - Viewing races through the Breeders Cup lens - story & VIDEO
A rundown on SUNDAY's races at Longchamp in Paris.  Times are ET.

BloodHorse VIDEO: Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin Fall Foliage Edition of And They're Off

Browse through the stories, videos and options at:,,  

Following are the CARDS at each track with major races, including those at Longchamp in France.

  Don't miss Andy Serling:   LIVE! Andy Serling Talking Horses each race day 12 oon-12:30 ET

Oct 1
Flower Bowl Invit (G1), $500,000, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/4 mi, Race 5, 2:47 pm ET  HRTV/TVG
BHorse: Flower Bowl Invitational S - CARD
BHorse: Stacelita ready to bloom in Flower Bowl - also Emerald Beech
See profile on Emerald Beech below

Joe Hirsch Classic Invit. (G1), $500,000, 3&up, 1 1/2 mi, Race 6, 3:22 pm ET HRTV/TVG
BHorse: Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational S - CARD  
BHorse: Quality over quantity in turf classic  
Cape Blanco, Teaks North, 2 times G1 winners, Winchester (last year's winner)

Vosburgh Invitational S. (G1) $350,000, 3&up, 6f, Race 7, 3:57 pm ET   HRTV/TVG
BHorse: Voxburgh Invitational S - CARD  
BHorse: Loaded Vosburgh looks like BC race
Big Drama, Euroears, Trappe Shot

Kelso H (G2) $200,000g, 3&up, 1 mile, Race 8, 4:33 pm ET  HRTV/TVG
BHorse: Kelso Handicap - CARD
BHorse: Uncle Mo, Jackson Bend square off in the Kelso

Beldame Inv. S. (G1), $350,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8 mi, Race 9, 5:06 pm ET  HRTV/TVG
BHorse: Beldame Invitational S - CARD
BHorse: Havre de Grace, Royal Delta meet in Beldame - Life at Ten

Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), $750,000g, 3&up, 1 1 /4 mi, Race 10, 5:46 pm ET  HRTV/TVG
BHorse: Jockey Club Gold Cup - CARD 
BHorse: Flat Out after G1 win in JCGC - Stay Thirsty, Drosselmeyer
DRF: Flat Out made JCGC favorite

Oct 2
 DRF: CARD for Tempted, Nashua, Miss Grillo & Pilgrim Stakes
Tempted S (G3), $100,000, 2yo f, 6f, Race 3, 2:04 pm ET - Georgie's Angel
Nashua S (G2), $150,000, 2yo, 6f,, Race 7, 4:13 ET
Miss Grillo S (G3), $100,000a, 2yo f, 1 1/16 (turf), Race 8, 4:45 pm ET
Pilgrim S (G3), $100,000, 2yo, 1 1/16 mi (turf), Race 9, 5:18 pm ET

Oct 1
Norfolk S (G1), $250,000g, 2yo, 1 1 /16 mi, Race 5, 3:05 pm PT/ 6:05 ET, HRTV
BHorse: Norfolk S - CARD
Drill, Creative Cause clash again in Norfolk

Lady's Secret (G1), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/16 mi , Race 6, 3:36 pm PT/6:36 pm ET, HRTV 
BHorse:  Lady's Secret - CARD
BHorse: All eyes on Blind Luck in Lady's Secret
Blind Luck & Ask The Moon, Zazu

Goodwood S. (G1) SA, $250,000g, 3&up, 1 1/8 mi, Race 7, 4:07 PT/7:07 pm ET
BHorse: Goodwood - CARD
BHorse: Baffert enters Coil and Game on Dude in Goodwood
Acclamation entered in both the Goodwood and the Clement Hirch on Sunday.
HRN: Goodwood or Hirsch for Acclamation

Yellow Ribbon S. (G1), $250,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/4 mi, Race 10, 5:38 pm PT/8:38 ET
BHorse: Yellow Ribbon S - CARD
BHorse: Many ways to go in contentious Yellow Ribbon
HRN: Cozi Rosi after Grade 1 Glory in Yellow Ribbon
Some familiar faces competing in the Yellow Ribbon:  Mike Smith aboard City to City; John Shirreffs'-trained Harmonious will have Martin Garcia (Baffert's go-to jockey) in the irons for Harmonious, and Moss'-owned Cozi Rosi will have Garrett Gomez up.

Oct. 2
Clement L. Hirsch Turf C'ship (G2) $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/4 mi, Race 4, 2:34pm PT/5:34 ET   HRTV
BHorse: Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship - CARD
BHorse: Acclamation seeks fifth straight in Hirsch
Acclamation is also entered in the Goodwood on Saturday.  Decision to be made as late as Saturday morning.

Oak Leaf S. (G1) SA, $250,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16 mi, Race 8, 4:38 pm PT/7:38 pm ET,  HRTV
BHorse: Oak Leaf Stakes - CARD
BHorse: Weemissfrankie heads field of 10 for Oak Leaf

Oct 1
Cotillion S. (G2), $750,000g, 3yo, f, 1 1/16 mi, Race 10, 4:58 pm ET
BHorse: Cotillion S - CARD
BHorse: Trio of Grade 1 winners converge in Cotillion
Plum Pretty, It's Tricky, Buster's Ready

Oct 1
Indiana Oaks (G2) Hoo, $200,000a, 3yo, f, 1 1/16 pm, Race 11, 5:19 pm ET
BHorse: Indiana Oaks - CARD

Indiana Derby (G2), $500,000, 3yo, 1 1/6 mi, Race 12, 6:15 pm ET
BHorse: Indiana Derby - CARD
Shackleford (2nd in the Haskell, 1st in Preakness) Caleb's Posse (1st in the G1 King's Bishop 8/27, 1st in the G2 Amsterdam 8/1)


The race times are EDT.
Sun, October 2, 2011 - Longchamp (Paris) - All Grade 1 races
Longchamp Racecourse - Paris, France
7:10 a.m. - Prix deCadran, $356,250, 4yo+, 2 1/2 mi - HRTV
Racing Post: Prix de Cadran - CARD
7:40 a.m. - Prix de l’Abbaye, 2yo+, 5f, $427,500 - HRTV
Racing Post: Prix de l'Abbaye - CARD
8:15 a.m. - Prix Marcel Boussac, $427,500, 2yo, f, 1 1/16 mi  HRTV
Racing Post: Prix Marcel Boussac - CARD
8:50 a.m. - Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, 2yo, 7f, $498,750 - HRTV
Racing Post: Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere - CARD
9:25 a.m. -  Prix de la Foret, G1, 4yo+, 7f , $427,500  HRTV - Goldikova
Racing Post: Prix de la Foret CARD
10:15 a.m. - Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, G1, 1 1/2 mi, $5,700,000  HRTV
Sarafina, So You Think, Workforce, Galikova (Goldikova's sister)
Racing Post: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - CARD
11:40 a.m. - Prix de l’Opera, 3yo+, f/m, 1 1/4 mi,  $498,750
Racing Post: Prix de l'Opera - CARD

The Arc & French races
Racing Post: Goldikova heads all-star cast in the Prix de la Foret
Workforce trainer, Sir Michael Stout, concerned about "fast ground" for Arc
BHorse: Sarafina, So You Think top Arc d'Triomphe
Characteristics of British race courses:  NYRA: Characteristics of British racecourses (pdf)

THE UNBEATABLE HORSE - Remembering the Fall of 1973
Haskin's back! This begins a series on Fall racing with a historical perspective. This is a most delightful column by Steve Haskin about the Fall 1973 racing season. A captivating tale of two of the sport's greatest stars, an unbeatable horse that would humble them both, and the "Giant Killer" who set it all up.
BHorse: Hangin' with Haskin - The Unbeatable Horse

 This is the 1973 Woodward, which at that time was run at 1 1/2 miles. I have been unable to find a video for the 1973 Jockey Club Gold Cup, which was 2 miles in 1973. Prove Out - 1973 Woodward - VIDEO

SI: October 8, 1973 - THIS MAN IS DANGEROUS! The story of Allen Jerkens, the "Giant Killer"!

Horse Profile:
Emerald Beech
From BloodHorse, Sept. 14, 2011
In the manner of the stalwarts of old, Emerald Beech has taken her time about getting good. She did not start at all at 2 and managed only a maiden win from five starts at 3; at 4, she placed twice from five more starts. If owner George Strawbridge Jr. had seen fit to retire her at that point, no one would have criticized him. Instead, patience and the wizardry of veteran trainer Jonathan Sheppard have paid off for Strawbridge's Augustin Stable, as Emerald Beech has now won four straight races this year after finishing second in her season opener.  Read more...
Six year old ASK THE MOON, from claimer to two-time back-to-back Grade 1 wins! Winnings: 32 Starts: 10 - 5 - 7, $713,640.  DRF: Ask the Moon to try Lady's Secret  - Will likely face Blind Luck
Ask the Moon's wire-to-wire win in Ruffian Invit. (G1) July 31:
Ask the Moon's Personal Ensign wire-to-sire again (G1) Sept. 3:
DRF Jay Hovdey: Horse of the Year title still up for grabs - VIDEOS
BHorse: Rapid Redux collects 17th straight - VIDEO
DRF: Rapid Redux collects 17th consecutive victory
BHorse: Black Caviar Aussie racehorse of the year
The Telegraph UK
Sporting Life: So You Think headed to the 'Arc' Oct 2
International racing news roundup
Favorite Sarafina in top form looking toward Arc at Longchamp Oct 2
Botti considers Frankel clash with Excelebration
Rocket Man ready to fire in Japan
TTimes: Galikova, half-sister to Goldikova, strong in Prix Vermeille (w/VIDEO)
Masked Marvel wins the St. Leger going away! - VIDEO
Dead Heat Juke Box Jury & Duncan! - VIDEO
TTimes: Goldikova to Prix de la Foret Oct. 2
DRF: Goldikova to prep Breeders Cup in Prix de la Foret at Longchamp
TTimes: French result aside, Goldikova still rules division
Frankel all set for the QE2 at Ascot Oct 15
ABC: Black Caviar preparing for return to track - Caufield Oct 8
ABC1 TV story about Black Caviar - VIDEO - 9-5-2011
Australian Story transcript - Black Caviar 9-5-2011
Sister Moon sets record in debut at Del Mar, 8-21-2011, Race 4

DRF: Union Rags made early Derby Favorite with Vegas sports books
Union Rags is now the 30-1 favorite, with Drill at 35-1, Creative Cause and Take Charge Indy both at 45-1, and Alpha and Fire on Ice still sitting at 50-1. Takes the Gold, at 85-1, is the only other horse under 100-1 as most of the eligible horses are in the 200-1 to 300-1 range this far out.

The Breeders’ Cup is just six weeks away: So You Think is now the favorite at 6-1, with Twirling Candy still among the top contenders at 8-1, the mare Havre De Grace at 9-1, and Await the Dawn, Stay Thirsty, and Tizway at 10-1.

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!!

New to the sport or just want a place to learn more?
Check the following sites:

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 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) and Goodwood Stakes (G1) October 1.
Note: Some cards for races Sat/Sun not available until Wed. or Thurs.
Breeders Cup Challenge 2011 - Race Replays - Video replays qualifying races for "Win and You're In"

Stakes Entries - Video Replays

Oct. 8
8 Grade 1 races this weekend!
Belmont Park:
    Champagne S (gr. I), $300,000g, 2yo, 8f BC.
    Frizette S (gr. I), $300,000g, 2yo f, 8f BC.
    Jamaica H (gr. IT), $250,000g, 3yo, 9f (turf).
    Hawthorne Gold Cup H (gr. II), $500,000g, 3&up, 10f.
    Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT), $600,000g, 3&up, 8f (turf) BC - Gio Ponti?
    Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I), $400,000g, 2yo, 8.5f BC.
    First Lady S (gr. IT), $350,000g, 3&up, f/m, 8f (turf).
    Thoroughbred Club of America S (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, f/m, 6f BC.
    Woodford S (gr. IIIT), $100,000g, 3&up, 5.5f (turf).
Santa Anita:
    Ancient Title S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 6f BC
    Oak Tree Mile (gr. IIT), $150,000g, 3&up, 8f (turf)
    Swingtime S (R), $65,000a, 3&up, f/m, 8f (turf)

Oct. 9
    Juddmonte Spinster S (gr. I), $500,000g, 3&up, f/m, 9f BC
    Bourbon S (gr. IIIT), $100,000g, 2yo, 8.5f (turf)

Oct. 13
    JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S (gr. IIIT), $150,000g, 2yo f, 8.5f (turf) BC

Oct 17
HRN: Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup PROBABLE CARD

Nov 4
2011 Breeders Cup Schedue-Times
Churchill Downs:

   Post (ET)   Race NameGrade        Purse   Distance
4:10 PM   Breeders' Juvenile Sprint
$500,000   6 furlongs
4:50 PM   Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
$1,000,000   1 mile
5:30 PM   Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly/Mare Sprint
$1,000,000   7 Furlongs
6:10 PM   Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies
$2,000,000   1 1/16Mi
6:50 PM   Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly/Mare Turf
$2,000,000   1 3/8 Mi
7:30 PM   Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic
$2,000,000   1 1/8 Mi
Nov. 5
Churchill Downs:
Post (ET)   Race NameGrade
1:20 PM   Breeders' Cup Marathon
  1 3/4 Miles
2:02 PM    Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
  1 Mile
2:37 PM   Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint
$1,500,000  6 Furlongs
3:21 PM   Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
$1,000,000  5 Furlongs
4:01 PM   Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile
$2,000,000  1 1/16 Miles
4:45 PM   TVG Breeders' Cup Mile
$2,000,000  1 Mile
5:25 PM   Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile
$1,000,000  1 Mile
6:07 PM   Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf
$3,000,000  1 1/2 Miles
7:00 PM   Breeders Cup Classic
$5,000,000  1 1/4 Miles

Brisnet: Hollywood Park announces fall stakes schedule
Seventeen stakes races with purses of more than $3 million are scheduled for the 26-day season, which commences November 10 and continues through December 18.
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 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

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

Useful web sites 
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:



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