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|Criquette Head-Maarek and Treve at her yard|
in Chantilly. Photo: RacingFotos.com
CAN SUNDAY SILENCE BRING THE COVETED ARC TROPHY HOME TO JAPAN THIS YEAR?
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
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
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.
Sunday, Oct. 5, NBC 5-6 ET
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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
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
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.
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
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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Big Brown's little miss graduates by 16 in a virtuoso performance
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