Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 13-16

LET'S GO TO THE RACES - June 13-16

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


DRF:  Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park, Paynter makes his first start since the Haskell July 2012 in a $62,000 allowance race over seven furlongs. A colt once so ill that owner Ahmed Zayat and his family feared would be euthanized is ready to resume racing.
“It’s amazing,” Baffert said. “I never thought when he went to the clinic that we’d be talking about him [racing]. It will be neat to have a horse like him back.”  Read more at source

From Brisnet:  Paynter's return to racing had seemed beyond the realm of possibility. The well-bred son of Awesome Again, out of a full sister to Hall of Famer Tiznow, fell ill just as he was rising to the top of the active three-year-old class after the retirements of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero I'll Have Another and Belmont winner Union Rags. Thwarted by Union Rags in the final strides of the 1 1/2-mile Belmont, Paynter came right back to dominate the Haskell, and appeared poised for a big second half of the season. Read more at source 

WELCOME BACK, BIG GUY!  Vic Stauffer chokes up!

Marc Doche shares the euphoria of Paynter's win and return to the track - Video
DRF Dan Illman: The Return of Paynter

Two Grade 1 races highlight this weekend's racing menu:  The STEPHEN FOSTER at Churchill Downs, and the VANITY HANDICAP at Hollywood Park, plus lots of graded stakes excitement. 

Robert Kieckheffer of UPI covers racing action all over the globe:  "Breeders' Cup Classic champ Fort Larned and Ladies' Classic winner Royal Delta are both set to run on Saturday's Churchill Downs card.

Fillies and mares are on display at Hollywood Park in California, Delaware Park and sprinting at Belmont Park in New York. Indiana Downs has a lot of money on the line Saturday and Arlington Park's lush turf course is turned over to top state-breds for a couple of stakes on Saturday.

Two of the well-backed also-rans from the Kentucky Derby resurface at Monmouth Park.

Sunday finds the Group 1 Prix Diane-Longines for 3-year-old fillies at Longchamp in France. The July Festival at Newmarket has become more "royal." And, of course, the final lineups are being set for the Royal Ascot meeting that opens midweek."  Read more at source

Racing Roundup Around the World - One of the most comprehensive weekly summaries of recent racing activity


Handicapping tools:
National Racing Report - June 14 - Andy Serling and Eric Donovan take a look at the weekend of racing

Andy Serling, Eric Donovan "Trips & Traps" 6-13-2013
NYRA:  National Racing Report with Andy Serling - video - 6/12/13
Jeremy Plonk's Horseplayer Now
DRF Stephen Foster Handicap - Churchill Downs
Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park
Belmont Park - June 13
Mike Watchmaker - Track Bias - June 12

Featured races listed below in time ordered format.  After the race is won, come back and click on the Card to view race result and video replay.


Ann Maree's Time-Ordered LIST and ENRIES

2:07 ET  Lotka S., BEL,  $90,000, 3yo f, 1 mi, R3  CARD
My Happy Face

4:00 ET  Criminal Type S, $90,000, BEL,  3yo+, 1 1/16 mi, R3 CARD
7:00 ET  Allowance $62,000, BHP, 3 yo+, 7fAWT, R7  CARD

More info on today's races:
4:00  Mucho Macho Man returns to the races Friday
         Belmont Park: Mucho Macho Man could be done in by the weather
7:00  Paynter back on track

2:07 ET  Bed o' Roses H G3, BEL, $150,000g, 3&up, f/m, 7f, R3  CARD
4:15 ET Obeah SG3, $100,000g, DEL, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/8mi R7 CARD
4:45 ET  Hill Prince S G3, $150,000g, BEL, 3yo, 8fT, R8  CARD
5:32 ET  Cinderella S, $100,000g, BHP, 2yo f, 5.5f  R4  CARD
7:26 ET  Maiden Special Weight, $50,000k CD, 3yo+, 1 mi, R4  CARD
7:35 ET  Willard L. Proctor Memorial S, BHP, $100,000g, 2yo, 5.5f  R8 CARD
8:00 ET  Vanity H G1, $250,000g, BHP, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/8mi, R9 CARD
8:30 ET Fleur de Lis H G2, CD, $175,000a, 3&up, f/m, 9f R6 CARD
9:05 ET Matt Winn S, $100,000a, CD, 3yo, 1 1/16 mi R7 CARD

9:39 ET  Stephen Foster H G1, CD, $500,000a, 3&up, 9f BC R8  CARD
10:11 ET  Regret S, G3, $100,000a, CD, 3yo f, 9fT  R9  CARD

Special Note:  Race 4, 7:26 p.m. ET, Churchill Downs, a Maiden Special Weight, 1 mile, $50,000:  Mr. Besilu, half brother to Zenyatta, has been confirmed a slot in the race, as there were several defections.  Mike Smith will be his rider.  Smith is also scheduled to ride Royal Delta later in Race 6.

More info on today's races
4:45  Grade 1 winner Joha to return in Hill Prince
8:30  Royal Delta faces 4 in the Fleur de Lis
9:39  Successful Dan seeks Grade 1 in Foster
         Successful Dan and Fort Larned to meet in Stephen Foster

1:58 ET Victoria Park S, $150,000g, Woodbine 3yo, 1 1/8mi R3 CARD
6:00 ET  Pegasus S G3, Mth, $150,000g, 3yo, 1 1/16 mi R11  CARD

Mike Smith to ride Itsmyluckyday at Monmouth on Sunday in Pegasus

Zenyatta confirmed in foal to War Front!
June 12, Brisnet - John Mucciolo: Hollywood Park update
June 13, Brisnet - John Mucciolo: Belmont Notebook
Jockey Ramon Dominguez retires due to injury
Keeneland based conditioner, Wesley Ward, to have three juveniles at Royal Ascot
Remembering Sir Henry Cecil who died at age 70 on Tuesday
Mike Puype making stakes plans for Calidoscopio, Mizdirection
Little Mike breezes on Churchill Downs turf
Researchers develop subject equine personality test
Santa Anita named 2014 host of Breeders' Cup
Belmont Notebook - Brisnet's John Mucciolo


June 22
Mother Goose S.-G1 BEL
Hollywood Oaks-G2 HOL
Colonial Turf Cup S.-G2 CNL
Edward P Evans All Along S.-G3 CNL
Upcoming Stakes - North America

Brisnet's International racing calendar for June

Great Britain
ROYAL ASCOT - Royal Ascot race cards and links to enjoy the entire Royal Ascot experience!
HRTV to provide Live Royal Ascot coverage June 18-June 22

Royal Ascot News
Animal Kingdom in final Queen Anne workout (video)
Henry Cecil's widow, Lady Jane, to send out runners in 5 events.
Willie MullinS yet to decide on Simenon target
This is truly a heroic horse who embodies all the qualities you could ever hope to find in a Thoroughbred. His most remarkable feat was at Royal Ascot last year, when he won on Tuesday in a marathon (2 1/2 miles, Ascot Stakes) and then later on Saturday, he won another marathon at 2 3/4 miles (Queen Alexandra S, 2 3/4 mi)! If he never wins another race, that feat in and of itself speaks volumes about what we miss in this country, and that is the absence of any true marathoners. I don't think we even have any races that long here. What is considered middle distance, 1 1/2 miles, is about as long as we still have in this country. I'm hoping we get to see him at the top of his game next week, if he runs in the 2013 Royal Ascot.

G1 Tarakazuka Kinen - Sunday, June 23
Race 11, June 23, Local time 3:40 p.m. [2:40 a.m. EDT]
Orfevre out of race and could be doubtful for the Arc
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