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Oct 18-19

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From U.S., to Canada, to Australia, to Great Britain, and Japan
Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file

WEEKEND RACING, PRIMARILY OVERSEAS: With the lull before our own Breeders Cup coming up, the top class racing will take place outside the U.S. this weekend, but there are a couple of races in the U.S. that might be of interest. First on Friday, Rosalind runs in the G3 Pin Oak Valley View at Keeneland (a friend of mine has an interest in Goldy Espony also in this race). Then on Saturday, the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run at Keeneland has several 3 yr old fillies whose sires are of... interest: Street Sense (2 entries), A.P. Indy, Tapit, Flatter, Birdstone, Speightstown (2 entries). 

Also in the U.S. will be the biggest day of American hunt races at Far Hills, New Jersey. See more info below.
In our own backyard, on Sunday, our Canadian friends will be celebrating the running of the PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL. Brown Panther (the Irish St. Leger winner), Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy), and Hillstar (another British invader, to be ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Sr. Michael Stoute) head a field of ten.

The biggest races, however, are taking place overseas: Saturday, AUSTRALIA'S G1 CAULFIELD CUP, one of the lead-up races to the Melbourne Cup; GREAT BRITAIN, BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS. Sunday: JAPAN's G1 SHUKA SHO, the final leg of the Japan Fillies Triple Crown. Due to the time difference for Australia and Japan, it will be easier to catch the replays later in the day.

There are some races around the U.S. for state-breds in Maryland, New York,  Oklahoma, and West Virginia.  Check out any races you might have an interest in at BloodHorse racing index

The BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS can be seen in the U.S. starting Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. New York time, with the two key races -- the QE II at 10:30 ET, and the Champions Stakes at 11:05 a.m. The race at 8:45 a.m. is the Long Distance Cup, which will feature the Queen's Estimate in what could be her last race. Despite many of the biggest stars being ruled out for conditions, injury or retirement, Cirrus des Aigles, the 8 year old wonder gelding, is expected to be in the lineup for the Champions Stakes, along with Noble Mission (Frankel's brother), Al Kazeem, and Ruler of the World. Conditions at Newmarket are expected to be "testing" (wet!). More to come!
British Championships - Champions Day info
Champions Day looks short of champions

British Championships - Entries
Advance Going: Heavy 
British Champions Day - All races on one page
Result will show up at the CARD link
9:20 a.m. ET  BC Sprint Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1)  (3YO plus) - 6f   Gordon Lord Byron
9:55 a.m. ET  BC Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) (Class 1)  (3YO plus) - 1m 4f  Replay
10:30 a.m. ET  Queen Elizabeth II S (One Mile G1 3+, 1m  Race Replay - Charm Spirit
11:05 a.m. ET  Champion Stakes G1, (BC Middle Distance (3YO plus) - 1m 2f  Race Replay - Noble Mission
11:45 a.m. ET  Balmoral Handicap 3YO + - 1m

More on today's races
Estimate profile
Estimate given go ahead for crack at long distance Cup


CAULFIELD CUP DAY - Saturday, October 18

Caulfield once again comes alive in 2014 to host the launch of the Spring Racing festivities. Witness unforgettable days of racing, fashion & entertainment at the 2014 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup Carnival. Read more...

Note:  Because of time difference, you likely will catch the replay later in the day in the U.S., which will be posted here once it is available.
The Caulfield Cup is a Group 1 open handicap race that takes place each year at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in October. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $3,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2013 Caulfield Cup was won by Fawkner from Dandino with Dear Demi third.

The Caulfield Cup is becoming one of the world's richest handicap races over a distance of 2400 metres and is Australia's second biggest Cup race after the Melbourne Cup. The race itself is the premier race of the three day Caulfield racing carnival, with the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas and Gr1 Thousand Guineas taking place on the preceding Saturday - see these race results below:

Saturday 11th October 2014 - Caulfield - Caulfield Guineas Day - Results/replays
StatusRace Name  Prizemoney  Distance  Race Type 
Gr 1Caulfield Guineas$1,000,0001600m  3yo Open SW Result - Video replay
Gr 1Thousand Guineas$500,0001600m  3yoF Open SW Result - Replay
Gr 1Caulfield Stakes$400,0002000m  Weight-for-age Result-Replay
Gr 1Toorak Handicap$400,0001600m  Open Hcp Result-Replay

The Caulfield racing carnival in October, especially the Caulfield Cup, signals the beginning of big time racing in Melbourne, as spring racing only gets bigger and better with the running of the Gr1 WS Cox Plate one week later and the AAMI Victoria Derby the following week.

Saturday, October 18
2:40 a.m. ET  CAULFIELD CUP - CARD      Caulfield Cup info  Race 9 Saturday
Caulfield racing results - Caulfield Cup, Race 9

A Heart's Cry colt and grandsire Sunday Silence!  Japan takes the Caulfield Cup!

Write-up of Caulfield Cup outcome

More on today's race
Oct. 16: Caulfield Cup field hit with withdrawals  Dandino’s withdrawal paved the way for Peter Moody to have another starter in the 2400-metre handicap with Brambles to join stablemate Lidari in the race.
Oct 16: Rising Romance out to overcome wide draw
More on Melbourne Cup day - November 4 - Week by week review leading up to race


Far Hills, N.J.: Grand National headlines steeplechase racing's biggest day of the year  
More than 35,000 spectators are expected to attend the 94th annual Far Hills Race Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Moorland Farm, 50 Route 202 in Far Hills. Gates open at 8 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m. for the first of the day’s six races.

The historic event – the nation’s most prestigious steeplechase horse race – will feature top thoroughbred jump racing, private tailgating parties and culinary feasts set against the stunning backdrop of New Jersey’s fall foliage. Since the 1950s, the Far Hills Race Meeting has raised more than $18 million to benefit the programs and services of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville.  Read more...
U.S. Steeplechase racing's biggest day of year    Far Hills - About the races
Far Hills - Attending - Race map    Demonstrative wins Lonesome Glory at Belmont - on to Far Hills
More on hunt racing's biggest day    About the American Grand National   National steeplechase history

National Hunt Racing, Far Hills,New Jersey
1:00 ET  Peapack Hurdle S.  Far Hills 2 1/8 milesHurdle $75,000  R1
Foxbrook Champion Hurdle S. Far Hills 2 1/2 milesHurdle $100,000  R3
Grand National Hurdle S.  G1  Far Hills  2 5/8 milesHurdle $250,000 R4
New Jersey Hunt Cup S.   Far Hills 3 1/4 milesTimber $50,000 R7

Demonstrative wins the Grand National

More on today's races
A look at the nominees for Foxbrook Champion Hurdle

ALSO:  Flat Racing - U.S.
5:01 ET  Maryland Million Turf, Lrl, $125,000, 3+, 1mi T R9 CARD  *
5:13 ET  Lexus Raven Run S, G2, Kee $250,000, 3yo fillies  R9  CARD

There are some races around the U.S. for state-breds in Maryland, New York,  Oklahoma, and West Virginia.  Check out any races you might have an interest in at BloodHorse racing index

More on today's Races
*Ben's Cat entered in the Maryland Million Turf

Sunday, October 19

Brown Panther, Big Blue Kitten and Hillstar head a competitive field of 10 for Sunday’s $1 million, Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine.   

In addition to the mile and one-half Pattison, one of Canada’s richest thoroughbred races (the other $1 million races are the Queen’s Plate and Woodbine Mile), two other turf stakes will be showcased – the Grade 1, $500,000 E.P. Taylor, at one mile and one-quarter for fillies and mares and the Grade 2, $300,000 Nearctic at six furlongs.
The 77th edition of the International will go postward at 3:32 pm ET.  TSN will provide special live coverage across Canada from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET.  This marks the 12th year that Pattison Outdoor, Canada's largest outdoor advertising company, has sponsored Woodbine’s turf classic, which rewards the winner with $600,000.   All horses carry 126 pounds.  Read more
The Pizza Man back at Woodbine for the Canadian International

Sunday - Oct. 19
3:32 ET  Canadian International (Can-I)  WO   $1,000,000  3+  12f Turf R6 CARD / Replay
4:37 ET  Nearctic S (Can-II)  WO   $300,000  3+  6f Turf  R8 CARD / Replay
5:08 ET  Ontario Fashion S (Can-III) WO   $150,000  3+ f/m  6f AW R9  CARD / Replay
5:41 ET  E.P. Taylor S. G1, WO, $500,000, f/m, 1 1/4 miT R10 CARD / Replay

Hillstar shoots to Canadian International Win
Just The Judge wins the E.P. Taylor

Kyoto, Japan
No Triple Crown on the line this year, but a formidable field awaits.  A full field of 18 is expected for the Shuka Sho, scheduled to start at 3:40 p.m. (2:40 a.m. ET). The race is the No. 11 race on the Sunday card of 12 at Kyoto. The race record is 1 minute, 58.1 seconds, set by Fabulous la Fouine in 1996.

2:40 a.m. ET  Shuka Sho G1 Kyoto, $1.8Million USD, Fillies, 2000 meters

Shuka Sho - Race details      Shuka Sho - Preview  BARRIER DRAW    
Shonan Pandora wins Shuka Sho in record time

English replay


RICHARD HANNON on Tuesday reduced his Queen Elizabeth II Stakes hand to two, diverting Toronado to the Breeders' Cup Mile and leaving Richard Hughes to jump aboard the 2,000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder on Qipco British Champions Day on Saturday.  More...

Twilight Eclipse merits long look in BC Turf
Trainers discuss Euro dominance in BC Turf
Race and horse profiles - HRN
Breeders Cup web site

Remembering Cigar - Video tribute HRTV
Global Sprint Challenge - What is it? Who has won? What are the races?

British / Irish Jumps racing - Horse by horse profiles
Track by track guide:  British / Irish Jumps racing - Track guide

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