Thursday, March 6, 2014

March 8-9

77th Running of the Santa Anita Handicap

Mucho Macho Man has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite for the 77th renewal of the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 8 at Santa Anita Park.

The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner drew post 2 for the 1 1/4-mile event when entries were taken March 5. A field of eight is slated for the race, which will be televised Saturday as part of the The Jockey Club Tour on FOX at 4 p.m. PST. The Santa Anita Handicap, one of four graded stakes on the card, is the ninth on an 11-race program.  Read more at

Big 'Cap seems like olden days - BloodHorse Jack Shinar

SANTA ANITA HANDICAP - Memorable replays
Slide Show: Golden Era of Santa Anita Handicap
1978 - Vigors  The big white horse comes out of the clouds in a thrilling 1978 Big 'Cap
1987 - Ferdinand and Broad Brush
LOOKING BACK AT THE SANTA ANITA HANDICAP 1987. Ferdinand, on his way to being Horse of the Year, gets beaten by Broad Brush in the Big 'Cap of 1987 by a scant nose in a photo. Ferdinand would go on to win the Hollywood Gold Cup, the Goodwood, and the Breeders Cup Classic that year. In the 1988 renewal, the great Alysheba held off Ferdinand in a battle to the wire to win by 1/2 a length.
1982 - John Henry - The old gelding would win back-to-back editions, 1981-82, the second via a DQ of Perrault
1979 - Affirmed - Set speed record 1:58.6 (still stands).
Seabiscuit wins 1940 Big 'Cap

Epic Rematch for 2014 Santa Anita Handicap

Wrap-up last weekend
The New York troupe of would-be Kentucky Derby players has a boffo hit on its hands.  Undefeated Samraat bested fellow New York-bred Uncle Sigh for the second time in Saturday's $500,000, Grade III Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, cementing a rivalry that, with luck, will spice up this year's Run for the Roses. But watch out for a supporting player who could steal the show.

Florida and Kentucky also contributed fascinating plot twists to the Kentucky Derby script during the weekend. And, back in New York, 7-year-old Strapping Groom continued a plot development so unlikely it might have a hard time finding a stage.

In Dubai, two evenings of racing were needed this week to sort out contenders for the upcoming Dubai World Cup night.Let's start with Act 1, Scene 1: We hear the call to the post as the horses enter stage right onto the track at the Big A.  Read more... 

Last weekend's racing results
HRTV Pursuit of the Crown 3-2-14
HRTV Rewind - March 2, 2014
Samraat prevails in Gotham - Brisnet
Samraat edges Uncle Sigh in Gotham thriller
Spot fetches Swale accolades
Gala Award earns laurel in Palm Beach
Awesome Baby wires Santa Ysabel
Teen Pauline wires the field in Top Flight
Strapping Groom victorious in Tom Fool

Industry News
Andrew Beyer: Horseracing industry repels new fans

Flemington Saturday - Australian Cup Race 7 - 12:00 Midnight ET
Oliver seeks first Australian Cup victory on Fiorente
Bookies take aim at Fiorente in 2014 Australian Cup Saturday
Hong Kong Derby Interesting Facts
Excitement builds as Hong Kong Derby field is revealed
International Scene - 3-1-14 - Q&A with Harry Herbert

Entries      Free PPs     PAT'S PICKS
Print out Pat's Picks and follow along with the video dialog

Featured races below include the Card which will take you to the BloodHorse Race Replay after the race is concluded.


Ann Maree's Time Ordered Entries - Printable file

3:55 ET  Private Terms S  Lrl   $100k g 3yo  9f   R8  CARD
4:25 ET  Duncan F. Kenner S (L)  FG   $100k g 3&up  6f  R7 CARD
4:25 ET  Hillsborough S G3  Tam   $150k g 4&up f/m  abt 9f T  R9 CARD
4:38 ET  Hot Springs S (L)  OP   $100k g 4&up  6f  R8 CARD
4:39 ET  Honeybee S G3  OP   $150k g 3yo f  8.5f  #   R6 CARD
4:43 ET  Fred "Cappy" Capossela S  Aqu   $100k g 3yo  6f R8  CARD
4:55 ET  Florida Oaks G3  Tam   $200k g 3yo f  abt 8.5f T R10  CARD
5:00 ET  San Felipe S G2  SA   $300k g 3yo  8.5f  * R5 CARD
5:10 ET  Gulfstream Park H G2 GP   $250k g 4&up  8f  R9  CARD
5:25 ET  Tampa Bay Derby G2  Tam   $350k g 3yo  8.5f  * R11   CARD 
6:00 ET  San Carlos S G2  SA   $250k g 4&up  7f  R7  CARD
7:00 ET  Santa Anita H G1  SA   $750k g 4&up  10f  R9 CARD
7:30 ET  Frank E. Kilroe Mile G1  SA   $350k g 4&up  8f T R8 CARD

* Derby Prep = 50-20-10-5
# Oaks Prep = 50-20-10-5

More on today's races
Big step for Beyern in San Felipe   Bayern faces nine in San Felipe
Palace Malice, Itsmyluckyday return in Gulf Stream Park Handicap
Competitive Kilroe Mile on tap; 10 entered for San Carlos
Mucho Macho Man ranks as highweight at 124 pounds
Mucho Macho Man to carry 124 at Santa Anita

6:30 ET  Las Flores S G3  SA $100k g 4&up f/m  6f R7 CARD

Upcoming races and news
Bond Holder to miss Tampa Bay Derby Mar 8
Honor Code on schedule for Rebel March 15 Oaklawn
Velazquez to ride Wildcat Red in Florida Derby Mar 29

Gotham gladiators to renew rivalry in Wood Memorial Apr 5
2014 Road to the Crown

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen 3/3/14
Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown
KY Derby Report - Brisnet's James Scully 3-6-14
Kentucky Derby Top 10
  1. Top Billing -- Recorded an excellent third after breaking from post 12 in Fountain of Youth; he's a formidable late presence.
  2. Cairo Prince -- Holy Bull romper has never run a bad race in four career starts; Florida Derby is next.
  3. Honor Code -- A.P. Indy colt is back on track for McGaughey, posting three recent works; excited to see him return in the 3/15 Rebel.
  4. Strong Mandate -- Never found a rhythm but finished a good second in Southwest after troubled trip; capable of more for Lukas.
  5. Candy Boy -- Captured the Lewis with complete authority; Sadler charge heading to Santa Anita Derby next.
  6. Bayern -- Talented colt is light on experience; makes stakes debut in San Felipe
  7. Samraat -- New York-bred colt continued to impress in Gotham; headed to the Wood Memorial for Violette.
  8. Intense Holiday -- Displayed a strong finishing kick to get the money in Risen Star; rates as an up-and-comer for Pletcher.
  9. Conquest Titan -- Holy Bull runner-up will bring his late kick to the Tampa Bay Derby.
  10. Tapiture -- Asmussen trainee captured Southwest by open lengths and is a Churchill Downs stakes winner.



FOX SPORTS 1 - Comcast/Xfinity, Dish, Direct TV all carry this new sports channel.  Also, there is an app available for hand-held devices. 

The Jockey Club Tour on FOX series schedule includes the following races:

Date                              Time (ET)                Event                                  Track   

Sunday, Feb. 9            5:00 pm – 6:30 pm    Donn Handicap (G1)                  Gulfstream Park
Saturday, Mar 8        7:00 pm - 7:30 pm  Santa Anita Handicap               Santa Anita Park
Saturday, March 29    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm    Dubai World Cup                        Meydan, Dubai
Saturday, April 12      4:30 pm – 6:00 pm    Toyota Blue Grass S (G1)           Keeneland
Sunday, May 11         4:30 pm – 6:00 pm     Man o’ War Stakes (G1)             Belmont Park
Sunday, July 6            5:00 pm – 6:30 pm    United Nations Stakes (G1)         Monmouth Park
Sunday, July 20          5:30 pm – 7:30 pm    Eddie Read Stakes (G1)               Del Mar    
                                                                      Coaching Club Am.Oaks (G1)    Saratoga
Sunday, Aug. 10        5:00 pm – 6:30 pm     Saratoga Special Stakes (G2)      Saratoga
Sunday, Aug. 17        5:00 pm – 6:30 pm     Sword Dancer Inv'l Stakes (G1)  Saratoga
Sunday, Sept. 14        5:00 pm – 6:30 pm     Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1)        Woodbine

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