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The 1 1/4-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup is expected to attract V. E. Day, Wicked Strong and Tonalist, the respective top three finishers of the August 23 Travers at Saratoga. Also probable are Whitney winner Moreno, Suburban Handicap victor Zivo, Grade 2-scoring millionaires Last Gunfighter and Prayer for Relief, multiple Group 1-placed Big Cazanova and Grade 2-placed stakes hero Stephanoatsee. Fellow Grade 2-placed stakes winner Speak Logistics is possible.
Fillies and mares will travel 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame. Stopchargingmaria, victorious in the Alabama and Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga, was scratched from Saturday's Cotillion at Parx Racing against her own age group to take on older runners for the first time in the Beldame. Probables also include Delaware Handicap vixen Belle Gallantey as well as Grade 3 scorers Hot Stones and Stanwyck.
A star-studded field is expected for the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. The prospective lineup for the 1 1/2-mile turf marathon is likely to feature last year's runner-up and two-time Grade 1 king Big Blue Kitten as well as Main Sequence. Read more at source
OKTOBERFEST, with 5 Grade 1 races, including the Awesome Again, Chandelier, Front Runner, Zenyatta, and Rodeo Drive, worth $1.5 Million
Santa Anita Autumn Meet opens with Eddie D. featured
Unbridled's Note will be seeking his second Eddie D. victory in three years on Santa Anita's opening day.
America's top jockeys and trainers are set to compete beginning Friday as Santa Anita's 23-day Autumn Meet, which will be highlighted by the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships on October 31 and November 1, gets underway.
"We've got an incredible overall jockey colony and our horse inventory looks good as well," said Rick Hammerle, Santa Anita Vice President of Racing. "Our trainer roster is second to none and we're optimistic we're going to be able to provide our fans top-class racing and good betting opportunities."
Rafael Bejarano, who will be seeking his 20th leading rider title in Southern California, heads one of the nation's deepest jockey colonies that also includes the likes of Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who is the all-time winningest jockey in Breeders' Cup history.
The featured race on Friday's card is the Grade 3, $100,000 Eddie D., an about 6 1/2-furlong turf sprint that serves as a course-and-distance tune-up for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on November 1.
Unbridled's Note, who won the 2012 Eddie D. and finished third by a half-length in his title defense last season, is back for another go. The Steve Asmussen trainee's win two years ago came in the horse's grass debut, and the son of Unbridled's Song has subsequently won the 2013 editions of the Joe Hernandez Handicap and Daytona over the Santa Anita turf. Read more at source
Santa Anita Featured Events
HRTV'S PURSUIT OF THE CUP - VIDEO - click here
Preview of this weekend's racing along with a look ahead at the Breeders Cup
Andy Serling previews Super Saturday at Belmont
Matt Bernier/Dan Illman handicap the Eddie D Friday, Opening Day Santa Anita - Video
Jay Hovdey ties to sort through the veritable plethora of Grade 1 races this Saturday!
Steve Andersen - Eddie D potential launching pad for Ambitious Brew
Steve Andersen - Santa Anita opens with a flurry of stakes first two weekends
GAME ON DUDE DAY AT SANTA ANITA! - click here
You can be sure to catch this ceremony today by going to the Live Stream at Santa Anita (here) between 6-7 pm EDT (3-4 PDT). You may need to register or sign in, but no catch, no charge to watch live racing at the site.
RACING ON TV/LIVE STREAM:
UPDATE! THEY'VE ADDED ADDITIONAL 30 MINUTES - COVERAGE BEGINS AT 5:30 p.m. EDT!
Saturday, September 27 - television:
5:30-8 pm, EDT, NBC/SN
DRF will live stream the Friday card at Santa Anita - click here
DRF will live stream the Saturday card at Santa Anita - click here
Time Ordered List of Races below...return here after the race has been run, click on the CARD and see the result and replay by BloodHorse.
Time Ordered Races / Entries - printable file
Index of races
8:00 ET Eddie D S, G3, $100,000, SA, 3yo+, 6.5fT R9 CARD
2:27 ET Kelso H G2 Bel $400,000 3+ 1 mi R4 CARD
2:39 ET La Prevoyante S WO $125,000 3yo f S 1 mi T R4 CARD
3:00 ET Beldame G1 Bel $400,000 3+ f/m 1 1/8 mi R5 CARD
3:10 ET Laurel Futurity Lrl $100,000 2yo 5.5f T R5 CARD
4:07 ET Flower Bowl G1 * Bel $600,000 3+ f/m 1 1/4 mi T R7 CARD
4:41 ET Vosburgh G1 * Bel $400,000 3+ 6f R8 CARD
4:49 ET Homecoming Classic CD $125,000 a 3+ 1 1/8 mi R9 CARD
4:53 ET Bull Page S WO $125,000 2yo c/ S 6f AW R8 CARD
5:50 ET Jockey Club Gold Cup G1 * Bel $1,000,000 3+ 1 1/4 mi R10 CARD
5:16 ET Joe Hirsch T Classic G1 * Bel $600,000 3+ 12f T R9 CARD
5:20 ET Jefferson Cup S G3 CD $100,000 a 3yo 1 mi T R10 CARD
5:30 ET Zenyatta S G1 * SA $300,000 3+ f/m 1 1/16 mi R5 CARD
6:00 ET FrontRunner S G1 * SA $300,000 2yo 1 1/16 mi R6 CARD
6:10 ET Laurel Dash S, Lrl, $100,000, 3+, 6f, R11 CARD
6:30 ET Rodeo Drive S G1 * SA $300,000 3+ f/m 1 1/4 mi T R7 CARD
7:00 ET Awesome Again S G1 BC SA $300,000 3+ 1 1/8 mi R8 CARD
8:00 ET Chandelier S G1 * SA $300,000 2yo f 1 1/16 mi R10 CARD
Laurel Dash, Laurel, $100,000, 3+, 6f, R11 CARD
* = Breeders' Cup Win and You're In
Tonalist rallies from next to last to score Jockey Club GC
Main Sequence prevails in contentious Hirsch Turf Classic
Private Zone earns trip to BC Sprint with Visburgh repeat
Stephanie's Kitthen punches ticket to BC Cup with Flower Bowl win
Vyjack upsets in Kelso Handicap
Belle Gallantey all the way in Beldame
Shared Belief overcomes adversity to win by a neck in the Awesome Again
American Pharaoh delivers as FrontRunner favorite
Beholder strong enough in Zenyatta Stakes
Emollient rebounds to capture Rodeo Drive
DRF Breeding pedigree look at Angela Renee
More on today's races
American Pharoah heads the Frontrunner; 14 set for Rodeo Drive
Stopchargingmaria in soft Beldame; Palace tops Vosburgh
Moreno, Itsmyluckyday go separate ways on Belmont's Super Saturday
Guillot, Jerkens like chances in Gold Cup
Shared Belief scores a bullet in a half-mile work
Ben's Cat looks to surpass Safely Kept earnings in Laurel Dash
Haskin: Bomb's away in the JC Gold Cup
All Comers S G2 JRA Niigata $1,296,000 a 3+ 1 3/8 mi T CARD
Japanese St. Leger Trial G2 Hanshin JRA 3yo 12f 1 1/2 mi T CARD
3:56 ET Miss Grillo S G3 Bel $200,000 2yo f 1 1/16 mi T R7 CARD
4:22 ET Remington Green S (L) RP $100,000 3+ 1 1/8 mi T R5 CARD
4:41 ET Classy 'n Smart S WO $125,000 3+ f/m S 1 1/16 mi AW R8 CARD
4:58 ET Pilgrim S G3 Bel $200,000 2yo 1 1/16 mi T R9 CARD
5:46 ET Oklahoma Derby G3 RP $400,000 3yo 1 1/8 mi R8 CARD
6:14 ET Remington Park Oaks (L) RP $200,000 3yo f 1 1/16 mi R9 CARD
6:42 ET Remington Park Sprint Cup (L) RP $150,000 3+ 6f R10 CARD
7:00 ET John Henry Turf C'ship G2 SA $200,000 3+ 1 1/4 mi T R7 CARD
More on today's races
13 to tackle Wildcat Red in Oklahoma Derby
Big John B must prove self again in John Henry Turf
U.S. Racing looks to track conditions to lower injury rates
Palace the best claim ever?
Relationships key to Breeders Cup international strategy
History stacked against California Chrome - BH Frank Angst
Breeders Cup info - DRF
Palace Malice interest sold, may race again
NEWS - International
Australia - Dissident, whose sire, Sebring is next date for Black Caviar, just missed in the Sir Rupert Clarke: Trust In A Gust outfought Dissident with the aid of a 6kg weight pull to claim his maiden Group I win in Sunday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Dec. 7 , Champions Cup (formerly Japan Cup Dirt), Chukyo, 1800m dirt, 3yo&up, 196,320,000Yen (Approx 2.0 million US$),