Thursday, September 22, 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.

 DRF: Weekend stakes preview - videos

HEADLINES:  PENNSYLVANIA DERBY - PARX: RATTLESNAKE BRIDGE will seek to move forward from his second in the Travers in Satuday's $1,000,000 Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby.  He will face challenges by RULER ON ICE, he early favorite, but some say TO HONOR AND SERVE is the horse to beat.  The GALLANT BLOOM H - BELMONT: POMEROY'S PISTOL will be the lone three year old filly in a field of her elders in the Gallant Bloom H on Saturday. The 6.5f  Grade 2 sprint for f/m will include multiple stakes winner TAR HEEL MOM and TAMARIND HALL. Pomeroy's Pistol is using the Gallant Bloom as a prep for the Breeders Cup Fillies and Mares Sprint.  KENT STAKES - DELAWARE PARKDenied a sweep of Arlington Park's Mid-America Triple by a strong European contingent in the August 13 Secretariat S. (G1), WILLCOX INN (Harlan's Holiday) still rates as one of the leading three-year-olds on grass in the U.S. The Mike Stidham trainee can reaffirm that view Saturday in the $250,000 Kent S. (G3) at Delaware Park, which is scheduled at nine furlongs on the turf.  KENTUCKY CUP - TURFWAY: The Kentucky Cup features two-time Grade 1 hero GENERAL QUARTERS (Sky Mesa) and Grade 2 winner WORKIN FOR HOPS (City Zip), but neither of them rates as the morning-line favorite. That distinction goes to the Mike Maker-trained BARYSHNIKOV (Empire Maker), who has been tabbed as the slight choice at 3-1 to earn his first graded victory. BLUEGRASS CAT JUVENILE - TURFWAY PARK: In the Juvenile division, HANSEN will be looking to duplicate his spectacular debut on September 9 which he won by 12+ lengths. SELENE STAKES - WOODBINE: Never a factor in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) one month ago, Queen's Plate winner Inglorious gets back on Woodbine's Polytrack for the $250,000 Selene Stakes (Can-III) Sept. 25.  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.

Sep 24
Foxwoods Gallant Bloom H (G2), $150,000, 3&up, f/m, 6.5f
BHorse: Foxwoods Gallant Bloom - CARD
DRF: Pomeroys Pistol put to test in Gallant Bloom

Sep 24
Kent Stakes (G3) $250,000, 1 1/8 mi, 3yo, Race 8, 4:28 pm ET
BHorse: Kent Stakes - CARD
Willcox Inn, J. W. Blue, King Congie, a field of 13
Brisnet: Willcox Inn seeks to rebound in Kent
BHorse: Kent Stakes PPs
See That Handicapping Show below for a review of the Kent Stakes by BloodHorse's handicappers

Sep 24
Sep 24
BHorse: Two other graded races on Kentucky Cup Card - A full rundown on today's action at Turfway.

WinStar Kentucky Cup (G2), $200,000, 3&up, 8.5f  1 1/16 mi, Race 10
BHorse: Winstar Kentucky Cup - CARD
Brisnet: Baryshnikov rates slight favorite in Kentucky Cup

Distorted Humor Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3), $100,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/16 mi Race 9
BHorse: Distorted Humor KY Cup Distaff - CARD

Speightstown Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3), $100,000g, 3yo, 6f , Race 8
BHorse: Speightstown KY Sprint - CARD

Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile S, $75,000g, 2yo, 1 1/16 mi, Race 7, 4:20 pm ET
BHorse: Bluegrass Cat Juvenile - CARD
Hansen goes for second win - Here's his Maiden win Sept. 9

Tiznow Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies, $75,000g, 2yo f, 8f   1 mi, Race 6
BHorse: Tiznow Juvenile Fillies - CARD

Sep 24
Ontario Derby, $150,000g, 3yo, 1 1/8 mi, Race 8, 4:38pm ET
BHorse: Ontario Derby - CARD

Sep 25
Flaming Page S, $100,000,  1 1/2 mi, 3yo+, Race 3, 1:57 pm ET
BHorse: Flaming Page Stakes - CARD

Selene S, $250,000, G3, 1 1/16 mi, 3yo f, Race 8, 4:37 pm ET
BHorse - Selene Stakes - CARD
Inglorious, Achieving (Bernardini filly)
BHorse: Inglorious leads Carroll tandem in Selene

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

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

HRN: Stakes Tracker - Check ahead on major races/probable starters

NYRA Belmont Park
    The Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I), $750,000g, 3&up, 10f. (gr. IT) - Stay Thirsty?
    HRN: Jockey Club Gold Cup - Probable CARD
    Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT), $500,000, 3&up, f/m, 10f (turf)
    Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT), $500,000g, 3&up, 12f (turf) - Cape Blanco?
    Beldame Invitational (G1), $350,000g, 3&up, f/m, 9f - Havre de Grace, Royal Delta, Blind Luck?
    Vosburgh Invitational (gr. I), $350,000g, 3&up, 6f
    Brisnet: Big Drama, Apriority are Vosburgh bound
    Kelso H (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 8f - Uncle Mo, Jackson Bend pointed to Kelso
Hoosier Park:   HRN: Indiana Derby
    Indiana Derby (gr. II), $500,000a, 3yo, 8.5f.
    Indiana Oaks (gr. II), $200,000a, 3yo f, 8.5f.
    Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Mile S, $100,000a, 3&up, 8f.
Parx Racing:
    Cotillion S (gr. II), $750,000g, 3yo f, 8.5f.
    Brandywine S, $150,000g, 2yo f, 7f.
Santa Anita:
    Goodwood S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 9f BC. - Twirling Candy probable
    Lady's Secret S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 8.5f BC - Blind Luck & Ask The Moon?
    Norfolk S (gr. I), $250,000g, 2yo, 8.5f BC.
    Yellow Ribbon S (gr. IT), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 10f (turf) BC.

Oct. 2
Belmont Park:
    Nashua S (gr. II), $150,000g, 2yo, 6f
    Miss Grillo S (gr. IIIT), $100,000a, 2yo f, 8.5f (turf).
    Pilgrim S (gr. IIIT), $100,000a, 2yo, 8.5f (turf).
    Tempted S (gr. III), $100,000a, 2yo f, 6f.
Santa Anita:
    Oak Leaf S (gr. I), $250,000g, 2yo f, 8.5f BC.
    Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. IIT), $150,000g, 3&up, 10f (turf) - Cape Blanco?

Oct. 8
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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