Thursday, August 22, 2013

Aug 23-25


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


TV Schedule:
NBC Saturday 4:30-6:00 p.m. EDT

One of the busiest weekends of racing in the U.S. for the entire year includes SIX GRADE 1 races at Saratoga and Del Mar!  Add to that the Juddmonte International (Aug. 21) and the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Aug. 22) both at York!

Some of the biggest stars of the sport converge on both coasts for the TRAVERS, PACIFIC CLASSIC, PERSONAL ENSIGN, KING'S BISHOP, the BALLERINA, and the TEST, all GRADE 1 races.

A TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT PERSONAL ENSIGN, first horse in 80 years in the U.S. to retire undefeated. Royal Delta will be running in the Personal Ensign Stakes on Sunday at Saratoga, a race whose inception was in 1948 but in 1997, the name was changed to honor the great filly. It is run at 1 1/4 miles, on dirt.

The Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes is named after a true legend of the sport. Personal Ensign's career was almost over before it began when she suffered a fracture to her pastern bone late in her two year old season, shortly before the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, a race she would have been favored to win. Dr. Bramlage inserted five screws in her left hind leg. Many people were sure her racing career was over. She came back late in her three year old season, winning all four of her starts, and then in 1988, she set the woods afire with 6 Grade 1 wins, including the Whitney against males, and she won what is arguably considered the race with the most exciting finish in Breeders Cup history, when she defeated the Kentucky Derby winner, Winning Colors, in the Breeders Cup Distaff. I cry every time I watch this race, not for sadness, but for her greatness, her huge effort.

As if a perfect racing career weren't enough, she was a success at stud and was considered one of the most important broodmares of the 20th Century. She was honored as Broodmare of the Year in 1996. Inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1993, she was ranked #48 of the Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century.

PERSONAL ENSIGN: Absolutely Perfect!  A tribute by Bob Ehalt

Ten things you should know about the Travers Stakes

Great runnings of the Travers Stakes up to and including 1989, narrated by NYRA's John Imbriale.

Affirmed and Alydar's Travers showdown still rouses emotions
Gallant Fox's loss in the Travers of 1930

Wrap of last weekend's action in U.S.: National Racing Report (video)  Saratoga 150 - Racing history Slideshow  
UPI: A look at last weekend's racing
UPI: A look at weekend of Thoroughbred racing

Races listed below in time ordered format.  Come back here after the race is run to watch the replay at the same link.  Also, a printable version of not only the races, but the entries is located under the headline, Featured Races.


Ann Maree's Time Ordered LIST and ENTRIES - click here

Juddmonte International Stakes, G1, $1.1 Million, York, 3yo+, 1 5/16 mi T  CARD
Declaration of War (War Front) takes the International, Trading Leather second, and Al Kazeem third.  Declaration of War form  'War' springs international upset at York
Full result - International Stakes      Race replay

Grade 1 Juddmonte International - British Champion Series
Juddmonte International Stakes - Race history
Course flyover:  Course flyover - York
CARD for Juddmonte Int'l Stakes 

Darley Yorkshire Oaks G1, York, $500,000, f/m, 1 1/2 mi T  CARD
The Fugue takes the Yorkshire Oaks - full result
Alydar S, Sar, $100,000, 3yo+, 1 1/8 mi, R3 CARD

9:30 a.m. ET  Lonsdale Cup, G2, York, 3yo+, 2 mi  CARD
Result:  Simenon just missed by a short head to Ahzeemah
Ahzeemah storms to success in Lonsdale

10:30 a.m. ET  Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes G1 - 2+ CARD
Jwala takes the Nunthorpe in an upset - Race replay
5:20 ET  Ballerina S G1,Sar, $500,000g, 3&up, f/m, 7f, R9  CARD
Dance To Bristol takes the on card for race replay

More on today's races:
9:30 a.m. ET SIMENON, will run in the Lonsdale Cup at York on Friday, Aug. 23!! He's the hero of Royal Ascot last year (with Frankel and Black Caviar, he didn't get much notice) when he won two races more than 2 1/2 miles each within 4 days!  Beaten a neck by Estimate when second of 14 at 5-1 on his latest outing in the Group 1 Gold Cup at Ascot over 2m 4f (good to firm) in June.

10:30 a.m. Sole Power and Shea Shea ready for Nunthorpe
5:20 Dance To Bristol faces steepest test yet

Free PPs from Brisnet
4:05 ET  Test S G1, Sar, $500,000g, 3yo f, 7f, R9 CARD
4:15 ET  Eight Miles East Stakes, GP, $100,000, 3yo+, 1 1/16 mi, R7 CARD
4:38 ET  Ballston Spa G2, Sar, $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/16 mi T, R10 CARD

5:10 ET  Foxwoods King's Bishop S G1, Sar, $500,000g, 3yo, 7f, R11 CARD
5:46 ET  Travers S G1, Sar, $1,000,000g, 3yo, 1 1/4 mi R12  CARD
8:40 ET  Del Mar H, G2, Dlmr, $200,000g, 3+, 1 5/16 mi T CARD 

More info on today's races:
Byron King handicaps the Travers, Test, King's Bishop
Free DRF Formulator Travers past performances - click here
Forty Tales faces 13 in crowded King's Bishop
Ballston Spa Stakes draws competitive field
Verrazano favored in deep Travers field
Handicap good spot for Vagabond Shoes to earn his first U. S. win

3:49 ET Play the King S, G2, Woodbine, $200,000g, 3&up, 7f T, R7 CARD
5:33 ET  Cliff Hanger S G3, Mth, $100,000g, 3&up, 1 1/16 mi T, R10 CARD
5:50 ET  Personal Ensign Invit'l G1,Sar, $600,000g, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/8 mi, R10 CARD
6:10 ET  Del Mar Mile G2, Dlmr, $200,000g, 3&up, 1 mi T, R5  CARD
7:10 ET  Pat O'Brien S G2,Dlmr, $250,000g, 3&up, 7f R7 CARD
8:10 ET  TVG Pacific Classic G1,Dlmr, $1,000,000g, 3&up, 10f, R9 CARD 


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