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Sep 6-7

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Juvenile stakes featured along with Ack Ack & Locust Grove at Churchill Downs

The Road to the Kentucky Derby/Oaks starts this weekend!
Hashtag Bourbon offered an impressive rally to win the Mountaineer Juvenile going away (Coady Photography)
 The ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY and ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS series begins Saturday with a pair of stakes at Churchill Downs, the Grade 3 IROQUOIS and Grade 2 POCAHONTAS for fillies. Both races offer points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four respective finishers.

Those aren't the only stakes races of interest as the Louisville, Kentucky track will also offer Grade 3, $100,000 ACK ACK H. for older horses and the $100,000 LOCUST GROVE for fillies and mares.

The $100,000 Iroquois drew a strong field of nine for 1 1/16 miles and features a rematch between two of the top three finishers from a June 28 maiden special weight at Churchill Downs, Mr. Z and Hashtag Bourbon. Mr. Z won at first asking that afternoon and came back to finish second in both the Grade 3 Sanford and Grade 2 Saratoga Special at Saratoga. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, the Malibu Moon colt figures to go favored off of those performances, earning a field-best 94 BRIS Speed rating last time. Corey Lanerie retains the mount.   Read more at Brisnet..

Vicar's In Trouble returns home for Super Derby

Vicar's in Trouble seeks a sweep of his home state's premier races for three-year-olds (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)
Vicar's in Trouble, who captured the Louisiana Derby and Lecomte at Fair Grounds last winter by a combined margin of 10 1/4 lengths, returns to his home state Saturday as the one to catch in the Grade 2, $400,000 SUPER DERBY at   Louisiana Downs.

The Into Mischief colt did not scare any of the competition away -- a total of 11 are in the Super Derby -- and there are other speed elements he will have to contend with, but class could carry Vicar's in Trouble a long way in the nine-furlong heat.

Vicar's in Trouble hopes to snap a three-race losing streak in the Super Derby. Burdened with the disadvantageous 1 post in the Kentucky Derby, Vicar's in Trouble failed to make the lead, endured a troubled trip and trailed the field of 19. He also failed to make the lead in his comeback, the Iowa Derby over a sloppy Prairie Meadows strip, but hung on for third after a wide trip.
He had everything his own way, though, in the August 2 West Virginia Derby, but was simply outfinished by two better horses -- Tapiture and Candy Boy. Vicar's in Trouble will be reunited Saturday with Rosie Napravnik, who was aboard Tapiture at Mountaineer and has guided Vicar's in Trouble to all three career wins.  Read more at Brisnet

Kentucky Downs kicks off with three lucrative stakes
Turf racing returns to Kentucky Downs on Saturday with a 10-race program featuring three stakes, including the inaugural running of the $250,000 Dueling Grounds Derby. The 1 5/16-mile affair has attracted a nice field of 10 sophomores that includes classic-placed Medal Count and Grade 2 winner Global View.

The $200,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile and $200,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Filles, both at seven furlongs, will also be offered on the opening-day program.

Kentucky Downs is exclusively turf, conducted on North America's only European-style course, and the 2014 meet consists of five days of racing on September 6,10,13,17 and 24. The daily average purse structure is more than $1 million and the Franklin, Kentucky, track has made a number of upgrades to the grounds, including the installation of a world class turf rail; improved drainage system; and the addition of 16 surveillance cameras in the stable area.  Read more at Brisnet

UNDEFEATED SEA THE MOON preps for the Arc in the GROSSER PREIS VON BADEN G1 ON SUNDAY! The video here is for his German Darby wire to wire sensational run. In the video, you will see him go from the inside rail and be taken abruptly to the outside rail at the top of the stretch in a planned move to accommodate his tendency to do this anyway. Amazing to see this move. He is #2 white silks with two-tone green stripe.

Definitely a "horse to watch", Sea The Moon is the 3 year old sensation by Sea The Stars. Write-up for Sunday's race: Sea The Moon preps for Arc at Baden Baden on Sunday

SHOCKER!  Sea The Moon second to Ivanhowe at Baden Baden!  Write-up race result

English version of German Derby race replay:


Note:  After a race has been completed, return here and click on the CARD below to watch replay.


Ann Maree's Time Ordered List & Entries - printable format

2:19 ET  Ack Ack H G3  CD   $100,000 yo 3yo  1 mi   R4   CARD
2:31 ET  Lady Finger S  FL   $100,000  2yo f S  6f   R2   CARD
3:04 ET  La. Stallion S  LaD   $100,000  2yo f S  7f     R5   CARD
3:52 ET  Aspirant S  FL   $100,000  2yo c/ S  6f     R7   CARD
4:04 ET  La. Stallion S  LaD   $100,000  2yo c/ S  7f   R7   CARD 
4:24 ET  Locust Grove  CD   $100,000  3 f/m  1 1/16 mi  R 8  CARD
4:38 ET  Happy Ticket (L)  LaD   $75,000  2yo f  1 mi T   R8   CARD
4:55 ET  Iroquois S G3 BC  CD   $100,000  2yo  1 1/16 mi   R9   CARD
4:55 ET  Mrs. Penny S  PRX   $100,000  3 f/m S  1 1/16 mi T  R11  CARD
5:30 ET  Arl-Washington Fut. G3  AP   $125,000  2yo  7f   R8   CARD 
5:00 ET  Arl-Washington Lassie AP   $100,000  2yo f  7f   AW  R7   CARD
5:17 ET  Yankee Affair  Bel   $100,000  3yo  1 1/2 mi T  R9   CARD
5:27 ET  Pocahontas S G2 CD   $200,000  2yo f  1 1/16 mi   R10   CARD
5:34 ET  Affirmed S  GP   $250,000  2yo R  7f     R10   CARD
5:35 ET  Ky Downs Juvenile KYD   $200,000  2yo  7f T    R7   CARD
5:40 ET  Unbridled (L)  LaD   $75,000  3yo  1 1/16 mi T    R10   CARD
6:05 ET  Ky Downs Juvenile Fillies  KYD   $200,000  2yo f  7f T   R8   CARD
6:06 ET  Susan's Girl S  GP   $250,000  2yo f R  7f    R11   CARD
6:12 ET  Super Derby G2  LaD   $400,000  3yo  1 1/8 mi   R11   CARD
6:35 ET  Dueling Grounds Drby  KYD   $250,000  3yo  1 5/8 mi T R9 CARD
7:30 ET  Beverly Lewis LRC  $75.000 3yo f 6 1/2f  R6  CARD
8:30 ET  Los Alamitos Mile  LRC   $200,000  3yo  1 mi    R8   CARD

More on today's races
Juvenile Stakes featured along with Ack Ack and Locust Grove at Churchill Downs
Bradester, Carve both cutting back for Ack Ack
Romans ready for a busy weekend with trio at Churchill Downs
Flashback returns to new trainer Catalano in Ack Ack
Lukas saddles contenders in Iroquois and Pocahantas
Hashtag Bourbon, Asmussen duo hoping to live up to promise in Iroquois
Clubhouse Ride headlines Los Al Mile
Super fast pace brewing in Derby - Vicar's In Trouble meets accomplished field

2:07 ET  Sky Beauty S  Bel   $100,000  3 f/m R  1 mi   R3   CARD
2:38 ET  Real Courage S  Bel   $100,000  3yo  7f T  R4   CARD
4:35 ET  Swynford S  WO   $125,000  2yo  7f   R8   CARD
7:40 ET  Presque Isle Mile S (L)  PID   $200,000  3  1 mi  R6   CARD

SEA THE MOON preps for Arc at Baden Baden
Undefeated Sea The Moon scheduled for the Grosser Preis Von Baden in Germany on Sunday as a prep for the Arc in October.  Here is write-up and replay of his wire to wire German Derby in July:  German Derby result and replay  YouTube English replay for German Derby

SHOCKER:  Sea The Moon suffers first loss! - Preis Von Baden race replay (German)

Sunday, Baden-Baden, Germany, post time: 10:50 a.m. EDT (4:50 p.m.) 
LONGINES - GROSSER PREIS VON BADEN-G1, €250,000, 3yo/up, 12fT
1 7 Amonit (Fr) Kentucky Dynamite Crastus Hirschberger132
2 11 Iniciar (Ger) Galileo (Ire) Pardon Carvalho 132
3 8 Ivanhowe (Ger) Soldier Hollow (GB) Minarik Carvalho 132
4 10 Lucky Speed (Ire) Silvano (Ger) de Vries Schiergen 132
5 4 Night Wish (Ger) Sholokhov (Ire) Pietsch Figge 132
6 6 Terrubi (Ire) Dalakhani (Ire) Pedroza Wohler 132
7 1 Berlin Berlin (GB) Dubai Destination Tylicki Klug 129
8 3 Giant's Cauldrn (Ger) Peintre Celebre Helfenbein Schiergen 123
9 9 Lucky Lion (GB) High Chaparral (Ire) Mendizabal Lowe 123
10 2 Sea the Moon (Ger) Sea the Stars (Ire) C Demuro Klug 123
11 5 Sirius (Ger) Dashing Blade (GB) Hellyn Lowe 123

Owner Niko Lafrentz has no intention of seeing the son of Sea The Stars sold.

He told "He will not leave Europe as a racehorse or as a stallion. We want what is best for our horse and we want him to be happy. The only flying Sea The Moon will do is on the racecourse!

"There will be no partners involved in Sea The Moon during his racing career. We want to ensure that we decide what is best for Sea The Moon and this is the only way we can do it.
"We will decide on his stallion career at the end of next year. However, no more than 49% of him will be available for syndication. We want to have complete control of his future as we have his best interests at heart.

"He will stand in Europe and he will not be available to shuttle to Australia. He can cover southern hemisphere mares but they will need to come to him."

7:40 ET  Presque Isle Downs Masters S G2 PID  $400,000,  3yo+ f/m 6 1/2f  R6  CARD

Competitive dozen entered in Presque Isle Downs Masters


Palace Malice retired
Graded test likely next for Atreides

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