Friday, August 3, 2012

LET'S GO TO THE RACES - August 3-5

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.
Also, check your local listings for FOX SPORTS, which will cover the West Virginia Derby between 5-6 pm EDT.
NYRA Mid-week report - Andy Serling, Richard Migliore recap last weekend's racing action.  Click here


FOUR GRADE 1 races highlight this weekend's racing activity:

SATURDAY: First, at Saratoga, the Grade 1 PRIORESS will feature most of the players from the Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont last month, including the surprise 39-1 winner, EMMA’S ENCORE. Along with this filly will be TU ENDIE WEI, who was third in their last meeting, and AGAVE KISS, who will be trying to overcome her shocking 5th place finish in the Victory Ride, suffering her only loss in a 7-race career.

Next, also at Saratoga, the Grade 1 WHITNEY INVITATIONAL HANDICAP, featuring many recognizable names, including RON THE GREEK, who won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and the Grade 1 Stephen Foster is the morning line favorite; CAIXA ELETRONICA, who won the Charles Town Classic and the True North; FLAT OUT, HYMN BOOK, RULE, ENDORSEMENT, FORT LARNED, TRICKMEISTER, all are capable of turning in a winning effort.

The Grade 1 CLEMENT L. HIRSCH Stakes at Del Mar will see SWITCH (Quiet American) return to two-turns in the 1 1/16 mi Grade 1 race, after her impressive win in the A Gleam last month. STAR BILLING, the Dynaformer filly trained by John Shirreffs, is co-highweight with AMANI, the Chilean sensation, who won 10 of 11 starts in Chile, and will be making her U.S. debut in the Hirsch. Now trained by Neil Drysdale, Amani won stakes at distances ranging from six furlongs to 1 3/8 miles. INCLUDE ME OUT, who won the Santa Margarita Invitational S., the La Canada S., and the Marjorie L Everett H., with a second in the Vanity, all this year.

SUNDAY: The Grade 1 ALFRED G. VANDERBILT will see SHACKLEFORD try 6 furlongs for the first time, in a prep for the Forego Stakes. While Shackleford is clearly the horse to beat, others who could challenge himinclude JUSTIN PHILLIP (half-brother to Algorithms), and JERSEY TOWN.

Also on Saturday, MOUNTAINEER has an all-stakes card, including the Grade 2, WEST VIRGINIA DERBY, featuring the Juvenile Champion HANSEN, who will be ridden for the first time by Hall of Fame jockey, Mike Smith. Complete with his blue-tipped tail, Hansen will face some competition in HERO OF ORDER, LE BERNARDIN, MORGAN’S GUERILLA, Z CAMELOT, MACHO MACHO, BOURBAN COURAGE, and three others in what promises to be an exciting race. As the only Grade 1 winner in the race, Hansen is eligible for a $150,000 bonus with a win.
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!

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


Friday, August 3
5:30 ET    Honorable Miss H (G2) Sar, $200,000g, 3&up, f&m, 6f, R 9  CARD
10:00 ET  Real Good Deal S, Dmr, $200,000, 3yo, 7f, R7  CARD
More info on today's races:
Honorable Miss result - write-up and embedded video replay
Rousing Sermon gets class relief in Real Good Deal stakes

Saturday, August 4
2:00 ET Mountaineer Juvenile S. $100,000, 2yo, 6F R1 CARD
2:30 ET W.VA Leg. Chairman’s Cup, Mnr $100,000, 3 yo+, 4.5f, R2   CARD
3:00 ET  W. VA Secretary of State S Mnr, $100,000g, 3&up, f&m, 6f  R3  CARD
3:30 ET  Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies S Mnr, $100,000g, 2yo, f, 6f R4 CARD
4:39 ET De La Rose S, $100,000, 3yo+ f/m, Sar, 1 mi, R8   CARD
4:50 ET  Seagram Cup, G3, $150,000, 3 yo+, 1 1/16 mi, R8  CARD
5:12 ET  W. VA Governor's S Mnr, $200,000g, 3&up, 1 1/16 mi R7  CARD

5:12 ET Prioress S (G1) Sar, $300,000g, 3yo, f, 6f , R9  CARD
5:45 ET Whitney Invitational H (G1) Sar, $750,000g, 3&up, 1 1/8, R10  CARD
5:45 ET  W. VA Derby (G2) Mnr, $750,000g, 3yo, 1 1/8 R8 CARD
6:15 ET  W. VA Speaker's Cup S Mnr, $100,000g, 3&up, 1 1/3 miT R9 CARD
8:40 ET  Clement Hirsch S (G1) Dmr, $300,000g, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16 mi, R 8  CARD

More info on today's races:
5:17  Emma's Encore won't be 39-1 again in the Prioress
5:45  Ron The Greek heads 9 horse Whitney field
8:30 Switch wheels back for Clement Hirsch Stakes
       Clement Hirsch gives Ladies Classic big

Sunday, August
5:12 ET  Breeders' S. (R) WO, $502,250g, 3yo, 1 1/2 miT, R9   CARD
5:56 ET  Alfred G Vanderbilt H (G1) Sar, $400,000g, 3&up, 6f , R10  CARD
8:30 ET  Best Pal S (G2) Dmr, $150,000g, 2yo, 6.5f, R 8  CARD

More info on today's races:
5:12 Dixie Strike favored among 14 for Breeders S
8:30 Best Pal next for Surprising Scherer Magic
5:56  Shackleford towers over Vanderbilt foes


Date Race Track
Aug. 3  GII Honorable Miss H. SAR
Aug. 4  GI Clement L Hirsch S. DMR
              GI Whitney Invitational SAR
              GI Prioress S. SAR
              GII West Virginia Derby MNR
              GIII Seagram Cup S. WO
Aug. 5  GI Vanderbilt H. SAR
              GII Best Pal S. DMR
Aug. 8  GIII Sorrento S. DMR
Aug. 10GII Racing Hall of Fame S. SAR
Aug. 11GII La Jolla H. DMR
              GII Fourstardave H. SAR
              GIII Gardenia S. ELP
              GIII Monmouth Oaks MTH
Aug. 12GII John C Mabee S. DMR
              GII Adirondack S. SAR
              GII Saratoga Special SAR
Aug. 18GI Arlington Million AP
              GI Beverly D S. AP
              GI Secretariat S. AP
              GI Alabama S. SAR
              GI Sword Dancer Invitational H. SAR
              GI Del Mar Oaks DMR
              GIII Philip H Iselin S. MTH
Aug. 19 GII Lake Placid S. SAR
               GII Sky Classic S. WO
              GIII Longacres Mile EMD
              GIII Rancho Bernardo H. DMR


Date Race Track
July 29 Prix Rothschild Deauville
             Bayerisches Zuchtrennen Munich
Aug. 1 Sussex S. Goodwood
Aug. 4 Nassau S. Goodwood
Aug. 5 Prix Maurice de Gheest Deauville
             Preis der Diana Dusseldorf
Aug. 12 Prix Jacques le Marois Deauville
              Phoenix S. The Curragh
              Grosser Preis von Bayern Munich
Aug. 19 Prix Morny Deauville
               Prix Jean Romanet Deauville
Aug. 22 International S. York
Aug. 23 Yorkshire Oaks York
Aug. 24 Nunthorpe S. York

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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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