Friday, June 15, 2012

LET'S GO TO THE RACES - June 16-17

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. 

 See race details below.  Start time for the Prix de Diane will be 2:45 p.m. Paris time or 8:45 a.m. New York time, Sunday, June 17.

It is one of the crown jewels of French racing, a Classic that’s been sought after, and won, by queens and princes, sheikhs and shipping magnates. It’s the G1 Prix de Diane or the French Oaks, held each June for 3-yearold fillies going 2100 meters [1 5/16 mi] at Chantilly. It indeed has grown to a lofty stature since a humble beginning back in 1843, when a sparse crowd watched favored Nativa (Fr) become the first of trainer Henry Jennings’s record nine winners. 
Chantilly Chateau and Racecourse
Probably the world's most beautiful racing venue

The Diane may be France’s most important race for 3-yearold fillies. The honor roll includes the storied dual French champion Pearl Cap (Fr), winner in 1931, and who that year became the first filly to ever win the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over males. It includes the 1973 heroine Allez France, the first distaffer to make in excess of $1 million and, like Pearl Cap, winner of the Arc during a 1974 season that earned her the title as France’s Horse of the Year. And it includes the likes of Zarkava (Ire), whose Diane/Arc double in 2008 led her to being named Europe’s Horse of the Year. But the allure of the Diane is more than just a talented roster of winners. It’s a race that is uniquely French, one that oozes style and charisma even more so, arguably, than the country’s most prestigious event, the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, held at Longchamp some 55 kilometers to the southwest in Paris proper. Read more...

FLASH:  LIVE STREAMING OF RACES AT HOLLYWOOD PARK, Saturday, June 16, courtesy of the Daily Racing Form!

SECOND HALF OF THE RACING SEASON starts this weekend.  The first "win and you're in" Breeders' Cup qualifier race:  The most entertaining bunch of older male horses in years will convene at Churchill Downs for the $400,000 GRADE 1 STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP at nine furlongs. The event has been run only 31 times, placing its genesis somewhere in Ronald Reagan’s first term, but the name and conditions alone fairly reek of racing’s arcane, intimidating nature.

The hot money will be all over WISE DAN, who came off a long layoff to freak like Formal Gold in the Ben Ali Handicap at Keeneland on April 22. Cooler heads will note that the Ben Ali was on a synthetic surface, and that his opposition was less than stellar, and that the Ben Ali was on a synthetic surface. But still, Wise Dan’s score in the Clark Handicap at Churchill last fall was a solid piece of business, coming at the expense of the stubborn Mission Impazible.

MISSION IMPAZIBLE will try Wise Dan again in the Foster, along with ALTERNATION, RON THE GREEK, and NEHRO, who might as well be in harness for all the thrills they have supplied this year. Conditions permitting, they won’t need more than about a minute-47 seconds to get the job done, and it’s a good bet it will be a memorable minute-47.   Read more... 

Out West, another GRADE 1, the VANITY HANDICAP, will see ZAZU, ELLAFITZ, and CAELIS face the favorite INCLUDE ME OUT, who is trying for her 4th straight graded stakes win this year.

BloodHorse: Night racing at Churchill Downs

All stakes entries for weekend:  BloodHorse Stakes Entries portal

Saturday, June 16
2:09 ET Victoria S| Woodbine| $150,675| 2yo| 5f | Race 3   CARD
4:15 ET Obeah S| G3| Delaware Pk| $150,000| 3+ f&m| 1 1/8 mi | Race 7  CARD
4:34 ET Hill Prince S|G3| Belmont| $150,000| 3yo| 1 miT |Race 8  CARD
5:03 ET Willard Proctor M'l| H'wood Park| $100,000| 2yo| 5.5f | Race 3  CARD
7:09 ET Cinderella S | H'wood Park| $100,000| 2yo| f| 5.5f | Race 7   CARD
7:57 ET Matt Winn S| Churchill| $100,000| 3yo| 1 1/16 mi | Race 5   CARD
8:10 ET Vanity H (G1) H'wood Park| $250,000| 3+ f&m| 1 1/8 mi | Race 9  CARD
               Include Me Out chasing 4th straight in Vanity
8:10 ET All Along S| G3| Colonial| $100,000| 3+| f&m| 1 1/8 miT |Race 6   CARD
8:30 ET Regret S (G3) Churchill| $100,000| 3yo| f| 1 1/8 miT | Race 6   CARD
8:36 ET Colonial Turf Cup S| Colonial| $500,000| 3+| 1 3/16 mifT |Race 7   CARD
9:05 ET Fleur de Lis H|G2|Churchill| $150,000|3+ f&m| 1 1/8 mi | Race 7 CARD
              Is Royal Delta ready to regain form in Fleur de Lis?
9:39 ET Stephen Foster H |G1|Churchill| $400,000| 3+| 1 1/8 mi |Race 8  CARD
              DRF:  VIDEO Preview   Foster favorite Wise Dan rising star in low key stable

Sunday, June 17
3:22 ET Parx Dash H |Parx| $150,000| 3&up| 5fT | Race 8   CARD
5:48 ET Pegasus S |G3| Monmouth| $100,000| 3yo, 1 1/16 mi |Race 11  CARD
              BHorse:  LaPentas Easter Gift steps up for Pegasus
7:09 ET Desert Stormer H| H'wood Park| $70,000| 3+ f&m| 6f |Race 7 CARD   A trio of Grade 1 winners line up in Desert Stormer  Switch, Teddy's Promise and Turbulent Descent, all G1 winners
Chantilly, France
8:45 am ET Prix de Diane|G1| Chantilly|$1,310,600|3yo f|1 5/16 mifT|R6  CARD
              2:45 p.m. Paris time  BHorse: Fashion first, then horses at Prix de Diane
              NYTimes:  Come for the party; stay for the race!  Beauty Parlor draws post 9 in French Oaks


News/California:  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

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

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:


Videos worth watching: 
Chewin' the Fat is a new international show based in Australia covering horse racing.

Cloudy's Knight - Video 41 minutes

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

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 sign up for a free account at  You can also catch the replays right after the big races at   Calracing has live coverage of races - Will need to register  Check frequently at DRF as they live stream many of the Derby Preps and marquee races:

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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