Friday, September 14, 2012

SEPT. 15-16

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. 

                        Includes the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes and the Woodbine Mile with Wise Dan and Cityscape
                        Juveniles on display

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

CAMELOT will attempt to live up to his heroic name this Saturday when he goes to post to try for something that hasn't been done in Great Britain in 42 years: take home a win in the final leg of the English Triple Crown, the 1 3/4 mile, the GRADE 1 ENGLISH ST. LEGER. Jay Hovdey sets the table for us and gives us a rundown on the rest of the field. Click here. Post time on Saturday will be 10:40 a.m. EDT/3:40 p.m. in GB.

There's another "St. Leger" race being run on Saturday. FAME AND GLORY will be aiming to give the Ballydoyle team a Classic double as he leads nine contenders for Saturday's Gain Horse Feeds IRISH ST. LEGER at the Curragh. Trainer Aidan O'Brien is planning to take a helicopter to the track after watching Triple Crown-seeking Camelot try to complete his hat-trick in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.

Not to be confused with the English St. Leger, the IRISH ST. LEGER is 1 3/4 miles and will be run at The Curragh in Ireland on SATURDAY. If you watched Royal Ascot this year in June, amid the din of all the flurry about Black Caviar and Frankel's historic successes, there was a remarkable feat by a little-known horse by the name of SIMENON. At Royal Ascot, Simenon won a marathon of 2 1/2 miles on June 19, and then 4 days later on June 23 won another marathon of 2 3/4 miles! He is "shortening up" (!) in the Irish St. Leger, which is a 1 3/4 mile race. And, he's not even the favorite!

Other notable home-trained contenders include the John Oxx-trained Hartani, who will be ridden by Christophe Lemaire, and Massiyn who represents Michael Halford. Johnny Murtagh had been in line to dash back from Doncaster, where he rides Ursa Major in the Leger, to partner stablemate Royal Diamond in the Irish equivalent but Niall McCullagh has now been booked to ride. Steps To Freedom and Shu Lewis complete the line-up.  Post time is 6:05 p.m. local time, or 1:05 p.m. EDT

OTHER ACTION includes the Grade 1 GARDEN CITY on Saturday at Belmont, and Sunday is WOODBINE MILE and NORTHERN DANCER TURF, both Grade 1 races at Woodbine.  A simple list of races as well as entries follows.   TCI Insider Video with Jon Cunningham and Joel Siegel  Jon & Joel discuss the Top 5 debutantes in the country leading up to what is an intriguing Breeders' Cup division in 2012 -- the Juvenile Fillies. The boys also recap leading female sprinter Groupie Doll's big comeback last weekend, and take a look at the potential impact this Sunday's Woodbine Mile will have on this year's Breeders' Cup Mile.

NOTE ABOUT PAYNTER:  He's still doing well, he's able to go outside and graze, his feet are comfortable, however, he's not totally out of the woods, yet, so thoughts and prayers are still needed.  He's been a brave boy, and Dr. Larry Bramlage offered some very good words of hope that Paynter may actually be able to return to racing if he continues to improve the way he has been doing. 

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!

TIP:  If you enjoy watching overseas racing action, registration is free at and the site has the fastest replay results along with full race cards.  Give it a try.  European races, especially those in Great Britain and Ireland, provide a wider view of the sport.  In Great Britain and other European countries, there are more middle distance and longer races.  In the U.S. a race of 1 1/2 miles is considered a marathon, however, in Great Britain and elsewhere, that is a middle distance race length.  Fully 50% of the races run overseas are over 1 1/4 miles, some as long as nearly 3 miles. 

Races in time ordered format with cards below.

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. 

Brisnet Past Performances - GB/IRE St. Leger races
Brisnet PPs - most of today's major races

Saturday, September 15
10:40 a ET Ladbrokes St. Leger S (G1) DON, $880,660a, 3yo, 1 13/16 miT CARD
1:05 ET Irish St. Leger (G1) CUR, $258,333, 3&up, 1 3/4T  CARD
3:43 ET Brave Raj S. Crc, $100,000g, 2yo, f, 8.32f  R8  CARD
3:45 ET Natalma S. (G2) WO, $251,125g, 2yo, f, 1 miT R6  CARD
4:34 ET Noble Damsel S. (G3) Bel, $150,000a, 3&up, f&m, 1 miT R8  CARD
4:47 ET Foolish Pleasure S. Crc, $100,000g, 2yo, 8.32f  R10  CARD
5:06 ET Garden City S. (G1) Bel, $300,000g, 3yo, f, 1 1/8 miT R9  CARD
5:08 ET PTHA President's Cup S. Prx, $250,000g, 3&up, 1 1/8 miT  R11 CARD
5:21 ET Summer S. presented by TVG (G2) WO, $251,125g, 2yo, 1 miT R9 CARD
5:44 ET Pucker Up S. (G3) AP, $175,000g, 3yo, f, 1 1/8 miT  R8   CARD
6:35 ET Kentucky Cup Turf S. (G3) KD, $200,000g, 3&up, 1 1/2 miT R9 CARD

More info about today's races:
10:40 Video about English St. Leger
         Camelot winning Epsom Derby
1:05  Fame and Glory leads nine for Irish St. Leger
3:45  BC berth at stake for 14 fillies in Natalma
4:34  Noble Damsel has strong European flavor
5:06  Samitar, Karlovy Vary battle in Garden City
5:08  Stormy Lord favored in President's Cup return
5:21  Big Brown colt Archer Hill tops Summer Stakes
5:44  Pucker Up draws full field of twelve
6:35  Rahystrada makes title defense in KY Turf Cup

Sunday, September 16
3:05 ET Canadian S. (G2) WO, $301,350g, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8 miT R5  CARD
4:04 ET Ontario Derby (G3) WO, $150,675g, 3yo, 1 1/8 mi R7 CARD
4:37 ET Northern Dancer Turf S.(G1) WO, $502,250g, 3&up, 1 1/2 miT R8 CARD
5:42 ET Woodbine Mile S. (G1) WO, $1,004,500g, 3&up, 1 miT R10   CARD

 More info about today's races:
4:04  Casse enters trio, but only two may go in Ontario
4:37  Wigmore Hall to defend Northern Dancer title
5:42  Favored Wise Dan gets post position 3 in Woodbine Mile
        A horse for any course - "He can run on anything!"

Denman inspires a new generation of race callers
The week that was:  Snow Fairy, Dreaming of Julia
The week that was - Week of September 10
Watchmaker:  Breeders Cup musings after Saturday's stakes
Camelot win of the Epsom Derby in June
Handicapping the English St. Leger - Video -
Another handicapping video - Another tipping video
Bill Finley, ESPN, tells story of a homecoming

Jennie Rees, Courier-Journal: Zenyatta statue to be unveiled SA opening day
Unbeaten Frankel headed to Champion Stakes
Why Grays are so great!
Orfevre completes prep before Arc bid
Dunaden targets Melbourne Cup double

Lady of Shamrock brings luck to Scat Daddy
Steve Haskin: New Life for Holy Bull
Fate of the Holy Bull male line (Plaudit)
Street Cry colt commands seven figure price - half brother to Makybe Diva
BHorse: Mahubah's Corner - Star Guitar
BHorse: Transcend typifies Wild Rush record in Japan
John Sparkman's blog
John Sparkman on raceday meds
Profile: Hail To Reason

Governor overrides committee decision; New medication rules take effect Sept. 4

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.

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:


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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