Friday, August 17, 2012

LET'S GO TO THE RACES - August 18-19

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. 


SIX GRADE 1 RACES IN THE U.S. Three at Arlington Park, two at Saratoga and one at Del Mar.

Since the powers of summertime racing decided to hold their marquee events for 3-year-old fillies on the same warm August afternoon, why not compare and contrast.

The Alabama Stakes at Saratoga is a mile and one-quarter test on the main track for a purse of $600,000, with $360,000 to the winner.

The Del Mar Oaks at Del Mar is a mile and one-eighth on the grass course for a purse of $300,000, with $180,000 going to the winner.

The Alabama was first run in 1872, at a time during which the real state of Alabama was in the throes of the turbulent Reconstruction Era following the failed rebellion by the South.

The Del Mar Oaks was not unveiled until 1957, better known as the dawn of the Space Age, when the U.S.S.R. launched its first unmanned Sputnik satellite.

The Alabama is named in honor of William Cottrell, a captain in the Confederacy and horse breeder from Mobile who stood the stallion Daniel Boone, a full brother to Kentucky, winner of the first Travers Stakes in 1864. When asked if the top filly race of the meet could carry his name, Capt. Cottrell supposedly demured in favor of his home state. William Travers, who was born in Maryland and owned Kentucky (the horse), was not quite so shy.

The Del Mar Oaks is named for a tree.  Read more at source...

With the dearth of true marathon distance events in North American racing, Arlington Park enhanced its International Festival of Racing program in 2012 by inaugurating the $400,000 American St. Leger at 1 11/16 miles on the turf Aug. 18.

Judging by the response at the entry box for Saturday’s event with 12 runners, the new race looks to be a hit.  Read more at source...

Just want a simple list of the races, time ordered?  Click here
How about a Time Ordered list with the Entries?    Click here 

DON'T FORGET:  Even if you can't watch the U.S. races live, you can come back here after the race has run, click on the CARD listed under the race, and watch a REPLAY!  Let's go to the races!

Thoroughbred Times list of races, entries and morning line odds - what is unique about their listing is each of the horse entries has a link back to recent races!  A very nice tool to review the past performances in current races. 

All times adjusted to EDT
Simple time ordered list of races: Click here
Simple time ordered race entries:   Click here 


4:14 ET American St Leger S AP, $400,000g, 3&up, 1 11/16 miT R7   CARD
4:48 ET Secretariat S (G1) AP, $500,000g, 3yo, 1 1/4 miT R8  CARD
5:13 ET Sword Dancer Invit’l H (G1) Sar, $600,000g, 3&up, 1 1/2 miT R9  CARD
5:26 ET Philip H Iselin S (G3) Mth, $150,000g, 3&up, 1 1/8 mi R10   CARD
5:46 ET Alabama S (G1) Sar, $600,000g, 3yo, f, 1 1/4 mi R10   CARD
6:02 ET Beverly D S (G1) AP, $750,000g, 3&up, f&m, 1 3/16 miT R10   CARD
6:44 ET Arlington Million S (G1) AP, $1,000,000g, 3&up, 1 1/4 miT R11  CARD
8:30 ET Del Mar Oaks (G1) Dmr, $300,000g, 3yo, f, 1 1/8 miT R8   CARD

More info on Saturday's races:
5:46    Alabama draws classy field of seven

7:30 a.m. ET Prix Morny (G1) DEA, $458,710, 2yo, 6fT CARD
8:40 a.m. ET Prix Jean Romanet (G1) DEA, $327,650, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/4 miT  CARD
9:10 a.m. ET Prix Kergorlay (G2) DEA, $170,378, 3&up,  1 15/16 miT CARD
4:44 ET Sky Classic S (G2) WO, $251,125g, 3&up, 1 1/4 miT R8  CARD
4:55 ET Lake Placid S (G2) Sar, $200,000g, 3yo, f, 1 1/8 miT R8  CARD
7:30 ET Rancho Bernardo H (G3) Dmr, $150,000g, 3&up, f&m, 6.5f R6  CARD
7:35 ET Gold Rush Futurity ArP, $100,000g, 2yo, 6f R12  CARD
8:39 ET Longacres Mile H (G3) EmD, $200,000g, 3&up, 8f R8   CARD

More info on Sunday's races:
8:40 a  Snow Fairy scratched - rule prevented her from running
8:39   Awesome Gem to defend title in Longacres Mile

9:40 a.m. ET Juddmonte Internat’l S (G1) YOR, $1,161,740, 3&up, 1 5/16 mifT   CARD

Analysis of Frankel's Queen Anne win at Royal Ascot

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