Saturday, June 28, 2014

June 28-29

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It's Australia in an easy win in the Irish Derby!

At The Races Irish Derby special section
Group 1 Irish Derby:  Unless the ground turns boggy, AUSTRALIA, the Epsom Derby winner, will go on Saturday at the Curragh.  Six likely challengers include KINGSTON HILL, FASCINATING ROCK, GEOFFREY CHAUCER, ORCHESTRA, KINGFISHER, AND PONFEIGH.  Kingston Hill, second to Australia at Epsom appears to be the most serious threat to the Galileo-Ouija Board son.

The O'Briens have been on weather-watch and will not run the star of the show if there is too much give in the ground, but despite plenty of rain being forecast on Thursday night, only five millimetres fell and the ground remained good to firm.   Raising the excitement level is Australia's brilliant parents, Galileo in 2001 and Oaks heroine Ouija Board three years later managed to pull off the English-Irish Derby double, and Australia is a long odds-on shot with the bookmakers to give trainer Aidan O'Brien his 11th win in the Curragh showpiece.  

At The Races offers in-depth analysis and makes some predictions:  ATR Analysis               
Kevin Blake handicaps the Irish Derby - Includes horse profiles

Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes: 

It's Thistle Bird!

Ten fillies and mares remained in the mix on Friday for Sunday's Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, among them Irish 1,000 Guineas winner MARVELOUS, who subsequently finished sixth in the Epsom Oaks.
At The Races offers in-depth analysis and makes some predictions:  ATR Analysis    Kevin Blake handicapping Sunday's Pretty Polly - Includes horse profiles

JAPAN GRADE 1 TAKARAZUKA KINEN, 11 furlongs, SUNDAY, 2:40 a.m. EDT, US$2.75 million, at Hanshin is chosen primarily by fan ballot. For the first time in seven years, the three top vote-getters will run -- GOLD SHIP, (last year's winner), a 5 year old son of Stay Gold; WIN VARIATION, who has been running in the shadow of Orfevre; and GENTILDONNA, twice winner of the Japan Cup has not raced since winning the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic last March. Other good ones include Meisho Mambo and Denim and Ruby, who a close second to Gentildonna in last fall's Japan Cup. The race is on the right-handed Hanshin turf course, and is also a "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Turf.  Interesting fact: 12 horses line up in the gate, and TEN are by sons of the great Sunday Silence!  Preview    BloodHorse: Gold Ship, Gentildonna top Takarazuka Kinen

IT'S GOLD SHIP!!!  (Race call in English)

On the U.S. races below, you can come back and click on the CARD once the race is run to see a replay.


Ann Maree's printable Time Ordered Races and Entries

International - Ireland
12:30 a.m. ET  Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby-G1, Dublin €1,250,000, 3yo, c/f, 12fT   CARD
 Undercards Irish Derby Day:  ATR Race Cards - Irish Derby Day
All things Irish Derby

More info on today's races
Irish Derby - Handicapping - Horse profiles
Guide to The Curragh racecourse

North America
12:15 ET  PM Cornhusker H G3  PrM   $300k  3&up  1 1/8 mi R9   CARD
2:53 ET  Mother Goose S G1  Bel   $300k  3yo f  1 1/16 mi   R4   CARD
3:16 ET  Bashford Manor S G3  CD   $100k 2yo  6f   R6   CARD
4:18 ET  Firecracker S G2  CD   $200k  3&up  1 mi T  R8   CARD
4:40 ET  My Dear S  WO   $125k  2yo f  5f AW R8   CARD
4:57 ET  Manila  Bel   $100k  3yo  1 mi T  R8   CARD
5:28 ET  New York S G2  Bel   $200k  4&up f/m  1 1/4 mi T  R9   CARD
6:00 ET  Chicago H G3  AP   $150k  3&up f/m  7f AW  R9   CARD
6:00 ET  Royal Heroine S G2  SA   $200k  3&up f/m  1 mi T  R5   CARD
6:30 ET  Triple Bend S G1  SA   $300k  3&up  7f   R6   CARD
7:00 ET  Senorita S G3  SA   $100k  3yo f  1 mi T   R7   CARD
7:30 ET  Gold Cup at Santa Anita G1 SA   $500k  3&up  1 1/4 mi  R8   CARD
7:52 ET  Oak Tree Distaff Pln   $100k  3&up f/m S  6f   R8   CARD
11:43 ET  Iowa Derby G3  PrM   $250k  3yo  1 1/16 mi  R8   CARD
11:11 ET  Iowa Oaks G3  PrM   $200k  3yo f  1 1/16 mi  R7   CARD
More on today's races
Game On Dude seeks third straight Gold Cup
Hovdey: Salto del Indio adds Chilean spice to Gold Cup
Untapable set for return in Mother Goose

International - Japan
2:40 a.m. ET   Takarazuka Kinen G1 BC  JRA   $2,711,000, 3&up  1 3/8 mi   CARD
Takarazuka Kinen Preview - Gold Ship, Gentildonna, Win Variation
12 horses line up, and 10 are by sons of Sunday Silence

International - Ireland
11:20 a.m. EDT   Pretty Polly Stakes G1, Curr,  1 1/4 miT  R5  CARD
Pretty Polly Stakes, Sunday
All things Irish Derby

Fifteen fillies and mares remained in the mix on Thursday for Sunday's Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, among them Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Marvelous, who subsequently finished sixth in the Epsom Oaks. Several of these are ambitiously entered but Ambivalent, Thistle Bird and Venus De Milo all are recent Group stakes winners.

North America
4:57 ET   Victory Ride S G3  Bel   $150k  3yo f  6.5f   R8   CARD
7:30 ET   San Juan Capistrano S G2  SA   $200k  3&up  abt 1 3/4 mi R8   CARD

More in today's races:
San Juan Capistrano offers Turf marathon


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