Friday, March 2, 2012


A quick reference tool meant to help the newer fan (like me!) 

NOTE:   AFTER A RACE HAS BEEN RUN, you can return here, click on the CARD to view the Results and watch a REPLAY.


It’s the height of the Derby prep season, with races designed to help three-year-old horses get ready for the first leg of the American Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby the first Saturday in May.  But another race will take center stage this Saturday.  It is a Grade I race for horses four years old and up, and is considered to be the most important race for older horses in North America during the winter racing season.  Of course we are talking about the Santa Anita Handicap, run at ten furlongs with a purse of $750,000.

This Saturday will mark the 75th renewal of the “The Big ‘Cap”, as it is affectionately known, which will take place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The first running was in 1935 and with the exception of the war years of 1942-44, it has been run every year in early March at the Classic distance of 1 ¼ miles.  In the early days, it became known as the “Hundred Grander”, since the purse was the then unheard of sum of $100,000.  It is forever associated with Seabiscuit and the race serves as a metaphor for the career of the hard-knocking horse that helped a nation get its mind off the depression of the 1930s. Seabiscuit missed winning the event in 1937 and 1938 in photo-finishes, the second race he gave 30 pounds to the winner, Stagehand.  Preparing for the 1939 running of the race, Seabiscuit was injured and thought to be through with racing.  He overcame the odds again, and the ‘Biscuit made it back in 1940 to beat his stablemate, Kayak II, to win the Hundred-Grander and retire at seven years old as the then richest horse in history.  Read more at Horse Racing Nation - My guest column


COUNTDOWN TO THE CROWN:  A "must-read" is Jeremy Plonk's weekly rundown on the Road to the Derby.  DRF: Week 9 - March 2, 2012  He covers the week that was as well as looking toward the weekend.  He also digs into some of the undercard action.  Videos of last weekend's races.

Is this the next American Triple Crown winner? 
Profile of Fly Lexis Fly
Derby Nacional - 11-13-11
Clasico Ricardo Ortiz de Zevallos - 10-15-11
Peruvian horse, American bred, here's his pedigree (Note:  Info at Pedigree Query has him challenging the Peruvian Triple Crown at three, when in fact, he was only two years old when he won 2 of the 3 legs in 2011.)  Pedigree from Pedigree Query

Full cards are shown below, listed in time order, all adjusted to ET.

Note:  Times may fluctuate.  All times adjusted for EST

2:42 ET  Top Flight H (G2) Aqueduct | $200,000 | 3&up | f&m | 1 1/16 mi | Race 5
CARD - Replay VIDEO after race
It's Trickey begins season in Top Flight

3:53 ET  Allowance/Optional Claiming | Gulfstream | $80,000 | 4+ | 1 mi | Race 7
Dialed In to return in Gulfstream allowance
Dialed In, Pants On Fire, Meistersinger, Flatter This all making their 2012 debut

4:34 ET  Tom Fool H (G3) Aqueduct | $200,000 | 3&up | 6f | Race 9
CARD - Replay VIDEO after race
Caleb's Posse returns in a tough spot
Calibrachoa, Justin Phillip

                Derby Prep
5:02 ET  Gotham S | (G3) | Aqueduct | $400,000 | 3yo | 1 1/16 mi | Race 10
CARD - Replay VIDEO after race
Hansen, My Adonis
Hansen draws post 12 in jam-packed Gotham

5:17 ET  Canadian Turf S | (G3) | Gulfstream | $150,000 | 4&up, 1 miT | Race 10
CARD - Replay VIDEO after race
Little Mike will try to make it 5 straight

               KY Oaks Prep
7:38 ET  Las Virgenes S | (G1) | Santa Anita | $250,000 | 3yo | f | 1 mi | Race 9
CARD - Replay VIDEO after race
Reneesgotzip gets route test in Las Virgenes
Willa B Awesome, Killer Graces, Reneesgotzip, Charm The Maker

8:08 ET  Frank E Kilroe Mile S | (G1) | Santa Anita | $300,000 | 4&up | 1 miT | Race 10

8:38 ET  Santa Anita H | (G1) | Santa Anita | $750,000 | 4&up | 1 1/4 mi | Race 11
Setsuko, Norvsky, Uh Oh Bango, Prayer For Relief, Twice The Appeal, Ron The Greek


News/California:  Baffert nixes Big 'Cap for Dubai bound Game On Dude

ZENYATTA TO GET A STATUE AT SANTA ANITA.  Zenyatta to get a statue across from John Henry at Santa Anita.  The unveiling is scheduled to take place at the 2012 Breeders Cup, scheduled at Santa Anita in November.  DRF: Zenyatta gets John Henry treatment at Santa Anita

I'LL HAVE ANOTHER—who cost just $11,000 as a Keeneland September yearling and $35,000 at the OBS Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in training sale—is by Flower Alley  out of a mare by Arch  , both being horses who reached their peak over a distance of ground late in their three-year-old career.  Read more at source (includes race video)...  Trainer says the underestimation of I'll Have Another may have had to do with a conformational flaw that caused him to be overlooked.

News/Gulfstream:  AQSAAM -Blew the start in her maiden at Gulfstream, on a sloppy dirt track, she was supposed to have started on the turf at a mile, instead wound up at 7f in the mud.  BHorse: Results & Replay VIDEO - Sept 5, 2011

News/Tampa Bay:  Andy Beyer: Tampa Bay Downs decline as sudden as its ascension

News/Palm Meadows:  Winter Memories back on the turf  Pointed to the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland April 14.  Goal after that is June 9 is Just A Game stakes on Belmont Stakes Day.

News/New Orleans:

News/Overseas: TDN 3-2-2012:  Frankel is slated to return in the May 19 GI Lockinge S at Newbury.
Missed your favorite race?  BloodHorse has a searchable results page with Race Replay Videos by Date, Track, or Race Type.  BloodHorse Race Results page - Domestic & Internat'l
Thoroughbred Times Race Video Replays  Also, try:  Raceday 360 Videos
BHorse: Derby Preps Entries, Results & Replay VIDEOS 

Links to past races for each horse entered
Graded Stakes Database - Powerful database / Race Videos
Thoroughbred Report - Companion to Graded Stakes Database

Derby/Road to the Crown Prep Races
1/7/2012    3Sham StakesSanta Anita Park1 Mile$100,000
Count FleetAqueduct1 Mile 70 Yards$150,000
1/14/2012California DerbyGolden Gate1 1/16 Miles$100,000
1/16/2012Smarty JonesOaklawn Park1 Mile$100,000
1/21/2012    3LecomteFair Grounds1 Mile 70 Yards$175,000
1/29/2012    3Holy BullGulfstream Park1 Mile$400,000
2/4/2012    2Robert B. LewisSanta Anita Park1 1/16 Miles$200,000
    3WithersAqueduct1 1/16 Miles$200,000
    3Sam F. DavisTampa Bay1 1/16 Miles$200,000
2/11/2012    2HutchesonGulfstream Park7 Furlongs$150,000
2/18/2012    3El Camino Real DerbyGolden Gate1 1/8 Miles (S)$200,000
2/19/2012    2San VicenteSanta Anita Park7 Furlongs$150,000
2/20/2012    3Southwest (2 divs)Oaklawn Park1 Mile$250,000
2/25/2012Borderland DerbySunland Park1 1/16 mi$100,000
Turf Paradise DerbyTurf Paradise1 1/16 mi$100,000
    2Risen StarFair Grounds1 1/16 Miles$300,000
2/26/2012    2Fountain of YouthGulfstream Park1 1/16 Miles$400,000
3/3/2012    3GothamAqueduct1 1/16 Miles$400,000
John Battaglia Mem'lTurfway Park1 1/16 Miles (S)$100,000
3/10/2012    3Tampa Bay DerbyTampa Bay1 1/16 Miles$350,000
    2San FelipeSanta Anita Park1 1/16 Miles$300,000
    2SwaleGulfstream Park7 Furlongs$150,000
3/11/2012    3Palm BeachGulfstream Park1 1/8 Miles (Turf)$150,000
3/17/2012    2RebelOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles$500,000
3/24/2012    3Vinery Racing SpiralTurfway Park1 1/8 Miles (S)$500,000
RushawayTurfway Park1 Mile$100,000
3/25/2012    3Sunland DerbySunland Park1 1/8 Miles$800,000
3/31/2012    1Florida DerbyGulfstream Park1 1/8 Miles$1,000,000
4/1/2012    2Louisiana DerbyFair Grounds1 1/8 Miles$1,000,000
4/6/2012    3TransylvaniaKeeneland1 1/16 Miles (Turf)$100,000
4/7/2012    3Bay ShoreAqueduct7 Furlongs F$250,000
    3Illinois DerbyHawthorne1 1/8 Miles$500,000
    1Santa Anita DerbySanta Anita Park1 1/8 Miles$1,000,000
    1Wood MemorialAqueduct1 1/8 Miles$1,000,000
4/14/2012    1Arkansas DerbyOaklawn Park1 1/8 Miles$1,000,000
    1Toyota Blue GrassKeeneland1 1/8 Miles (S)$750,000
4/21/2012    3Coolmore LexingtonKeeneland1 1/16 Miles (S)$200,000
    2JeromeAqueduct1 Mile$150,000
4/28/2012    3Derby TrialChurchill Downs1 Mile$200,000
5/5/2012    1Kentucky DerbyChurchill Downs1 1/4 Miles$2,000,000
5/19/2012    1PreaknessPimlico1 3/16 Miles$1,000,000
6/9/2012    1Belmont StakesBelmont1 1/2 Miles$1,000,000

These are not the only races a 3 year old might run in to get to the Kentucky Derby and the other Triple Crown races, but they are some of the most important. Among those horses that might qualify for the Derby, graded stakes earnings then become important in deciding who gets to the starting gate.  Kentucky Derby Contenders ranked by earnings

For more on current racing activity, browse through the stories, videos and options at:  Daily Racing Form, BloodHorse, Thoroughbred Times.   HRTV Racing Calendar
Useful tools:

El Padrino, winner of last Saturday's Risen Star, and runner-up, Mark Valeski, are expected to meet again in the G2 Louisiana Derby April 1.  DRF: At Fairgrounds Risen Star El Padrino outduels Mark Valeski
Florida Derby possible for Alpha
Florida Derby under consideration for El Padrino
Algorithms injured, off the Derby Trail
Out of Bounds likely headed to San Felipe
Calvin Carter's 2012 Kentucky Derby Outlook
Hello Race Fans: Gettin' lucky in the Kentucky Derby
Brisnet: Discreet Dancer waltzes at Aqueduct
Brisnet: Alpha seizes Count Fleet victory 1-7-12
Brisnet: A.P. Indy daughter Captivating Lass takes the Busanda, companion to Count Fleet
DRF: Countdown to the Crown - News about the runup to the TC
DRF's companion web site for Triple Crown racing info
Horse Racing Nation 2012 Kentucky Derby Trail - Best site
DRF: Discreet Dancer dazzles again in second career start
DRF: Captivating Lass perseveres in Sweet Seventeen 1-7-2012
DRF: Alpha looks like Kentucky Derby contender in Count Fleet win
DRF: Out of Bounds upsets in the Sham 

NEWS/Older Horses: 
Nehro dazzles in return to competition - Brisnet
Mucho Macho Man confirmed for Gulfstream Park H March 10
BHorse: Royal Delta, Consortium in South Florida drills
DRF: Kilroe Mile next for Mr. Commons Mar 3
Star Guitar keeps on strumming - 4th consecutive Champions Day Classic
Amazombie posts bullet move at Santa Anita
Rapid Redux to be honored at Laurel Park Feb 18
Alternation back at Oaklawn in Essex Handicap
DRF: Mucho Macho Man ready for more
DRF: Game On Dude set to go again
DRF: Animal Kingdom headed to Tampa Bay for his World Cup prep
BHorse: Boys At Toscanova takes Gulfstream allowance
DRF: Animal Kingdom gets serious Palm Meadows turf work
BHorse: A lot to look forward to in 2012
DRF: Zito not rushing Dialed In
BHorse: Royal Delta winner on and off the track
BHorse: Keeneland spring stakes schedule announced
TTimes: Uh Oh Bango wins San Pasqual Stakes under Mike Smith
Brisnet: Hansen, Shackleford on Gulfstream worktab
Keeping track of who's staying on the track for 2012
BHorse: Big things expected from Stay Thirsty in 2012 

TTimes: Black Caviar stretches win streak to 17 - VIDEO
TTimes: Black Cariar could start in Dubai
BHorse: Dubai - Mahbooba headlines Cape Verdi Stakes
Australia: Trainers and Jockeys name top mounts to look for in 2012
BHorse: $38 Million Dubai Carnival begins
The Telegraph UK 
International racing news roundup

Videos worth watching: 
Chewin' the Fat is a new international show based in Australia covering horse racing.
BH: Australian racing's Chewin' the Fat - Ep 10 VIDEO
BH: Australian racing's Chewin' the Fat Ep 11 - Season finale - VIDEO
BH: And They're Off Turkey day edition - Steve and Lenny  

Cloudy's Knight - Video 41 minutes
The Story of Cloudy's Knight 

The story of Charismatic - ESPN
I've given a page to this story. Charismatic - 5 videos of the ESPn broadcast

Training: Interval training
California horse racing board to debate exchange wagering
BHorse: Can Horse racing truly harness social media
BHorse: Racing industry told to innovate or suffer
TTimes: Casner weighs the consequences of salix

BHorse: Mahubah's Corner - Star Guitar
BHorse: Transcend typifies Wild Rush record in Japan
John Sparkman's blog
John Sparkman on raceday meds

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:
Stakes Entries - Video Replays

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.
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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