Saturday, October 4, 2014

Oct 4-5

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Note:  The full card at Longchamp Sunday is being live streamed via HRTV (stream/TV) and TwinSpires. 

Treve and her jockey, Theiry Jarnet
Two time Arc winner - Treve

TREVE!  2014 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

TREVE!  2013 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 10-6-2013 - Longchamp
Update:  Dec. 22, 2014:  Was this the greatest training performance of 2014?
Imagine for a moment you are Criquette Head-Maarek at Longchamp just before 3:30 on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 5. Now try to feel the pressure you are under. 

Here’s a little help. At the same place 12 months earlier, you were the queen of racing, feted and celebrated, euphoric and triumphant, after Treve’s astonishing five-length demolition of a field of superstars in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Things have changed quite a bit since then. 
Criquette Head-Maarek and Treve at her yard
in Chantilly. Photo:

So majestic had been the 3-year-old filly’s season – unbeaten and hardly tested in four starts, three of them at G1 – that she was officially crowned world champion (jointly with the Australian sprint titan Black Caviar) in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. The panel, including experts from every major jurisdiction, agreed there was no finer racehorse on Earth. Treve in 2013 had been better than Wise Dan, better than Orfevre, better than Novellist, better than Animal Kingdom. 
Her owner, Qatar’s Sheikh Joaan Al Thani and his Al Shaqab Racing, decided Treve should stay in training to try to win the Arc for a second time (a feat not achieved since Alleged 36 years ago).
And then it started to unravel.   Read more at source...


If the Japanese are to ever get that coveted Arc win, it likely will be Sunday Silence who will take them there.  "...what had changed in the 1980s and ‘90s was the nature and quality of the Japanese Thoroughbred in an era when the mighty yen could buy almost any stallion it wanted. And what changed after that was the arrival in Japan of Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Sunday Silence, whose impact on the class of the Japanese herd was transformative."  Read article
Sunday Silence

Since 2006 through 2013, the Japanese have had 10 entries, with all save one having Sunday Silence in their first or second generation.  They are getting closer to victory, with two horses winning second (Orfevre, 2012 & 2013; Nakayama Festa in 2010).  There had been entries dating back to 1969, however, none until recent years has had a serious chance at even getting close.  That Sunday Silence has had a profound influence upon the Thoroughbred in Japan is not in question.

This year, Japan is fielding 3 entries:  Just A Way, Gold Ship, and Harp Star (filly).  All have Sunday Silence in their second generation back.  Just A Way has been ranked as the world's best racehorse by Longine's for several months in 2014.

Hopes have been dashed, and the Japanese take it hard when they have come up short.  In 2006, when Deep Impact ran, it is estimated that more than 5,000 Japanese fans made the trip to France, and no less are expected this year. 

So, what shall it be? If it happens this year, there will be a big, black stallion looking down, with a hint of a smile (and only a slight smirk for all those American breeders who turned their backs on him).  With nearly $1 Billion in progeny earnings to his credit, Sunday may well consider it just another day at the office, but not to the island of Japan.  It will erupt like one of the many volcanos the small island is noted for.  Regardless of who you are rooting for in the Arc, if Japan takes the trophy, we can all celebrate.
A look at the three entries for the Arc on Sunday, Oct 5

Keeneland unveils its new dirt track, as well as opening its Fall meet with 6 Grade 1 races this weekend.  Wise Dan, the grand old man, faces a stiff test in the Shadwell Mile on Saturday.    Keeneland meet opens with rich stakes and new dirt surface  Last of the Win and You're In Breeders Cup races this weekend.


Kingston Hill in perfect shape for his run at history in the Arc
In the 94-year history of the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, France’s premier race has yet to be won by that season’s St Leger winner but that did not stop Roger Varian putting up a convincing argument on Thursday for a good showing from this year’s Doncaster hero, Kingston Hill, on Sunday.

There are, of course, “lies, damned lies and statistics”. Not many Leger winners ever try to follow up at Longchamp and it is perhaps worth remembering that the last dual winner of the Arc, Alleged, was runner/-up to Dumferline in the 1977 Leger before the first of his two famous victories.  Read more at source


Saturday, Oct. 4, NBC/SN 4:30-6:00 ET
Sunday, Oct. 5, NBC  5-6 ET


Other helpful links for racing info:


Note:  Once a U.S. race has been completed, you can return to the CARD below for the result and video replay.
News across the Pond
Taghrooda, Treve, Japanese take aim on Arc
Telescope sets sights on Breeders Cup
Tapestry lined up to take on Taghrooda again in Arc
Dettori gets ride on Ruler of the World in Arc
Japanese have three-pronged attack on aiming for their first Arc win
5,000 Japanese fans expected to travel to Longchamp on Sunday
Brilliant Tiggy Wiggy blasts her way to victory in Cheveley Park S



* - Breeders Cup "Win and You're In"

Time Ordered List / Entries - printable file - 13 pages of races and entries in a bevy of grade 1 racing around the world this weekend.

Racing Entries Index
North America
4:42 ET  Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix G3 *  Kee  Oct 3 $200,000  3+  6f    R8  CARD
5:13 ET  Alcibiades S G1 *  Kee  Oct 3 $400,000  2yo f  1 1/16 mi  R9  CARD

War Front Filly Upset-Minded in Alcibiades: European invader Peace and War (f, 2, War Front) overcomes a slow start and tough trip in the GI Darley Alcibiades.

More on today's races
Alcibiades kicks off return to Keeneland dirt

2:23 ET  Temperence Hill Inv'l  Bel   $200,000  3+  1 5/8 mi R4  CARD
3:25 ET  Frizette S G1 *  Bel   $500,000  2yo f  1 mi  R6  CARD
3:25 ET  Woodford  G3  Kee   $150,000  3+  5.5f T  R5  CARD
4:00 ET  T'bred Club of America S G2 *  Kee   $200,000  3+ f/m  6f   R6  CARD
4:11 ET  My Dear Girl S  GP   $350,000  2yo f R  1 1/16 mi   R7  CARD
4:29 ET  Champagne S G1 *  Bel   $500,000  2yo  1 mi  R8  CARD 
4:35 ET  First Lady S G1  Kee   $400,000  3+ f/m  1 mi T  R7  CARD 
4:42 ET  Durham Cup S G3  WO   $150,000  3+  1 1/8 mi AW  R8  CARD
5:02 ET  Hill Prince S G3  Bel   $500,000  3yo  1 1/8 mi T  R9  CARD 
5:08 ET  Breeders' Fut. G1 *  Kee   $500,000  2yo  1 1/16 mi   R8  CARD
5:30 ET  L.A. Woman S G3  SA   $100,000  3+ f/m  6.5f    R4  CARD
5:45 ET  Shadwell T Mile G1 * Kee   $1,000,000  3+  1 mi T    R9  CARD
6:15 ET  In Reality S  GP   $350,000  2yo R  1 1/16 mi   R11  CARD
6:24 ET  Ta Wee S  Ind   $100,000  3yo f  1 mi T  R4  CARD
7:30 ET  Santa Anita Sprint C'ship G1 *  SA   $300,000  3+  6f   R8  CARD
9:30 ET  Indiana Derby G2  Ind   $500,000  3yo  1 1/16 mi  R10  CARD
8:00 ET  City of Hope Mile G2  SA   $200,000  3+  1 mi T  R9  CARD
8:41 ET  Indiana Oaks G2  Ind   $200,000  3yo f  1 1/16 mi   R9  CARD

More on today's races:
Wonder Gal seeks rebound in Frizette Stakes
Wise Dan faces stiff Shadwell Turf Mile test
Stopshoppingdebbie faces her sternest test yet - going for 10 straight

RICH TAPESTRY who is looking to become the first horse from Hong Kong to compete in a California stakes, went for an easy gallop at Santa Anita Park on Sept. 30. He is readying for the Oct. 4 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) and then the Nov. 1 XpressBet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Trainer Michael Chang walked with Rich Tapestry to the track and watched the gallop from Clocker's Corner. The gelding has traveled to Santa Anita with his groom, Irving Chan, and his exercise rider, Vincent Sit, who was aboard for the gallop.  More at source

STOPSHOPPINGDEBBIE ALL SET TO TRY TO RUN HER UNDEFEATED RECORD TO 10 STRAIGHT. There are some big surprises in store for this weekend, and one I'm really looking forward to. It's an undercard stakes, but it will feature the darling of Emerald Downs, STOPSHOPPINGDEBBIE who is undefeated after 9 straight wins. She has run exclusively at Emerald Downs, so she is out of her comfort zone, and we will see if she can travel. A small race, compared to the gazillions of dollars at stake over this weekend, but nevertheless it will be gratifying to see if this little miss can take her show on the road! GO DEBBIE!!!  Read more...

2:23 ET  Futurity S G2  Bel   $200,000  2yo  6f   R4  CARD
4:46 ET  Mazarine S G3  WO   $150,000  2yo f  1 1/16 mi AW  R8  CARD
5:08 ET  Dixiana Bourbon S G3 *  Kee   $250,000  2yo  1 1/16 mi T  R8  CARD
5:35 ET  Matron S G2  Bel   $200,000  2yo f  6f  R10  CARD
5:45 ET  Juddmonte Spinster S G1 *  Kee   $500,000  3+ f/m  1 1/8 mi  R9  CARD 
6:20 ET  Grey S G3  WO   $150,000  2yo  1 1/16 mi AW  R6  CARD
6:30 ET  Zuma Beach S (L)  SA   $100,000  2yo  1 mi T  R6  CARD
7:30 ET  Surfer Girl S (L)  SA   $100,000  2yo f  1 mi T  R8  CARD

More on today's races
Close Hatches tops compact Spinster field
Close Hatches headlines Spinster




Caution: Use ET time shown first below.  London time in parentheses.  Time difference between New York and London is 5 hours; between New York and Paris, 6 hours; between London and Paris, 1 hour.

Longchamp (France)
All races at this meeting - Cards on one page (printable)
8:30 a.m. ET (13:30) Chaudenay Stakes G2  3yo - 1m 6f 200y- CARD
9:08 a.m. ET (14:08) Daniel Wildenstein Stakes G2      3YO+ - 7f 209y - CARD
9:40 a.m. ET (14:40) Prix De Royallieu Stakes  G2 3YO +F - 1m 4f 94y - CARD
10:15 a.m. ET (15:15) QNB Prix Dollar G2 3YO+ - 1m 1f 152y - CARD

Newmarket - GB
10:30 a.m. ET  Sun Chariot S G1 New $322,000 Fillies - 3YO+, 1 mi  CARD
Forecast: 2/1 Fintry, 3/1 Integral, 5/1 Miss France, 6/1 Esoterique, 8/1 Sky Lantern, 12/1 Kiyoshi, 20/1 Etaab, 25/1 J Wonder

More on today's races
Prix Dollar:  Forecast: 1/2 Cirrus Des Aigles, 6/1 Smoking Sun, Fractional, 12/1 Calling Out, Planetaire, 25/1 Pilote, 33/1 Hippy
Sky Lantern among deep field for Sun Chariot

ARC DAY- Longchamp

Program for Sunday - Arc web site
Legend of the Arc

Caution:  When you view the Cards at the link, that will be London time at Racing Post.  Below, post times have been adjusted to EDT.
All cards for this meeting on one page - Times at this link are London time

8:00 a.m. ET  Prix De L’Abbaye  G1 2 yo + - $444,500  5 f  R1 CARD
8:35a.m. ET  Prix Marcel Boussac G1, F 2 yo – $381,000  1 mi R2  CARD
9:10a.m. ET Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere G1 – C/F - 2 yo – $444,500  7 f  R3 CARD
9:45 a.m. ET Prix De L’opera G1 - 3 yo + F - $508,000  1 1/4  R4 CARD
10:30a.m. ET  Prix De L’arc De Triomphe G1 – 3 yo + - $6,350,000  1 ½ mi R5 CARD
11:50 a.m. ET  Prix De La Foret  G1 – 3 yo + F – $381,000 -  7 f R7 CARD
12:20 p.m. ET  Qatar Prix Du Cadran  G1 – 4 yo + - $381,000  2 1/2 mi R8 CARD

Arc De Triomphe Day Racecard 2014

By clicking the link on any of the races highlighted, it will take the reader to a special Arc web site and the appropriate page at of each race which includes background information, details of some of the leading contenders and to the latest odds of each race. The result will also be made available of each race as and when they have concluded.

8:00 a.m. EDT - Prix De l'Abbaye
8:35 a.m. EDT - Prix Marcel Boussac
9:10 a.m. EDT - Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere
9:45 a.m. EDT - Prix de l'Opiera
10:30 a.m. EDT -Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe
11:50 a.m. EDT -Prix De La Foret
12:20 p.m. EDT -Prix Du Cadran


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