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Dec. 13-14

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Time Ordered Races/Entries - printable file

December 14, 2014 - Sha Tin 

Results, Race Replays, Commentary, Hong Kong

Congratulations to the HKIR winners!  Summary of races, photos, etc.

Hong Kong Vase Results page  Race Replay   TDN write-up
Hong Kong Sprint Results page  Race Replay   TDN write-up
Hong Kong Mile Results Page  Race Replay   TDN write-up
Hong Kong Cup Results page  Race Replay   TDN write-up

Able Friend Bolts Up in Hong Kong Mile
Moreira conquers on Rome in Hong Kong Cup
Ambitious Dragon withdrawn from Mile
BloodHorse write-up on the four HKIR race results

RESULTS: Hong Kong International Race/Sunday:
G1 Hong Kong Cup: Designs On Rome victorious... Little Mike 9th
Chart and VIDEO: Hong Kong Cup [click on 'Multi Angle Race Replay' for video replay]
G1 Hong Kong Mile: Able Friend easily
Chart and VIDEO: Hong Kong Mile [click on 'Multi Angle Race Replay' for video replay]
G1 Hong Kong Sprint: Aerovelocity leads home Hong Kong one-two
Chart and VIDEO: Hong Kong Sprint [click on 'Multi Angle Race Replay' for video replay]
G1 Hong Kong Vase: Flintshire wins
Chart and VIDEO: Hong Kong Vase [click on 'Multi Angle Race Replay' for video replay]

John Moore, an accidental kind of trainer
Some insights into Hong Kong racing and why it's considered the envy of every other racing jurisdiction in the world.


Pre-race coverage: The Longines Hong Kong International Races, also known as the Turf World Championships, have become recognised in this millennium as one of the pre-eminent race meetings of the world alongside Royal Ascot, the Arc Day, the Melbourne Cup, the Breeders' Cup and the Dubai World Cup.

The Longines Hong Kong International Races meeting is one of the most important fixtures for the world's leading horses, jockeys, trainers and owners. Tens of thousands of racing fans from around the world are attracted each year to Sha Tin for this premier Hong Kong sporting event. 
One reason is the prize money: a colossal HK$83 million (about $11 Million USD) divided between the four International G1s.

The Longines Hong Kong Cup was originally run as the Hong Kong Invitation Cup on 24 January 1988 when overseas entries were restricted to those from Malaysia and Singapore. Since then the number of countries and regions competing has increased significantly to include Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. The LONGINES Hong Kong Mile, Longines Hong Kong Vase and Longines Hong Kong Sprint were added in subsequent years to create the 4-race world event we have today.

Recognized as the “Turf World Championships”, the Longines HKIR races offer some of the world’s richest race prizes while attracting the world’s leading horses, trainers and jockeys to compete here annually.

The International Races on December 14, 2014, overview for each fixture:
LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m, HK$25,000,000 US$3,225,000)
LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m, HK$23,000,000 US$2,967,100)
LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m, HK$18,500,000 US$2,386,700)
LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m, HK$16,500,000 US$2,128,600)

International stars such as:  CIRRUS DES AIGLES, MILITARY ATTACK, CALIFORNIA MEMORY, ABLE FRIEND, GOLD-FUN, AMBITIOUS DRAGON, SOLE POWER, LUCKY NINE, SPALATO, FLINTSHIRE, RED CADEAUX, will be on hand looking for the four Group 1 events.  Some of the world's top jockeys and trainers will also be on hand. 
There is a 13-hour time difference between New York and Hong Kong, so The Hong Kong Cup, Sprint, Mile, Vase are the 4 main races for the day with a post time at 1:00 a.m. EST Sunday for the Vase (Race 4). I watch these races on TwinSpires that live streams the races, in English. You do have to set up an account, however, you do not have to bet, and you will love the interface. There are other services I'm sure that will air coverage, including I believe HRTV, and check with TVG to see what they will do.

TDN: 'Power' to attempt to go one better in Sprint
Earlier this week, Sabena Power’s Sole Power (GB) (Kyllachy {GB}) was named the Horse of the Year in Ireland. This coming Sunday, the 7-year-old will look to improve off a runner-up effort in last year’s G1 Hong Kong Sprint.

Hong Kong Jockey Club - Home page
Flintshire 'fresher' in Hong Kong than at Santa Anita
YouTube channel
DESIGNS ON ROME, DOMINANT and GOLD-FUN tune up on the turf - News - 2014 HKIR
Old classic CIRRUS DES AIGLES still has what it takes - News - 2014 HKIR
Video - Two Minutes with Cirrus Des Aigles trainer
Jockey Challenge results - video


Eighttofasttocatch retirement ceremony at Laurel Park

SUNBEAN has a chance to raise his earnings to over $1Million

Sunbean repeats in Louisiana Classic
Race Replay - Result LA Classic

Brittlyn Stable’s Sunbean will look to become only the sixth millionaire in the history of Louisiana-bred thoroughbreds on Saturday when the 4-year-old gelding defends his title in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic against 4 other charges.  If he does so, it will be his third added-money victory in just six weeks.
“He’s doing really good right now,” said trainer Ron Faucheux.  “We have every reason to run him.  He’s training really well and we can probably give him about two months after this to freshen him.  We’re going to go for it.”  Read more
Take Charge Brandi wires field in Starlet - Video embedded

A couple of races for two year olds:  the G1 STARLET on Saturday for 2 year old fillies, and the KING GLORIOUS on Sunday for 2year old colts.  D. Wayne Lukas' Breeders Cup G1 Juvenile Fillies winner and recent winner of the G3 Delta Downs Princess, TAKE CHARGE BRANDI is entered in the STARLET on Saturday.

Matt Bernier and Dan Illman handicap the STARLET, with this being TAKE CHARGE BRANDI'S push for end of year honors. She faces some good competition in FEATHERED, who has shipped in to challenge Brandi's position atop the Juvenile fillies division.

The $250,000 SPRINGBOARD MILE at Remington Park on Sunday for two year olds, with the $100,000 TRAPEZE for 2 year old fillies.

Entries index - BloodHorse
For North American races, as well as the Hong Kong races on Sunday, return to the CARD after the race has completed for a video replay.  May be a delay before the replay is posted.



Time Ordered Races/Entries - printable file

Index of Races with links to cards

1:33 ET  Sugar Swirl S G3  GP  $100,000 3+ f/m  6f     R3  CARD
2:25 ET  LA Classic S FG  $150,000 3+ S  9f    R4  CARD
2:55 ET  Ill. Debutante Haw  $100,000 e 2yo f   8.5f     R3 CARD
3:43 ET  Queens County H  Aqu  $100,000 a 3+  9f   R8  CARD
3:52 ET  LA Sprint S  FG  $100,000 3+   6f   R7  CARD
3:58 ET  El Prado S  GP  $100,000 3+  7.5f T    R8  CARD
4:21 ET  LA Lassie S  FG  $100,000 2yo f   6f    R8  CARD
4:27 ET  Harlan's Holiday S (L)  GP  $100,000 3+  8.5f  R9  CARD  
4:50 ET  LA Turf S  FG  $100,000 3+   abt 8.5f T   R9  CARD
4:57 ET  South Beach S  GP  $100,000 3+ f/m  7.5f T   R10  CARD
5:19 ET  LA Ladies S FG  $100,000 3+ f/m   8.5f    R10  CARD
5:25 ET  Ill. Futurity  Haw  $100,000 2yo c/g  8.5f    R8  CARD
5:50 ET  LA Juvenile S  FG  $100,000 2yo c/g   6f    R11  CARD
6:20 ET  LA Ladies Sprint S  FG  $100,000 3+ f/m   6f    R12  CARD
7:00 ET  Starlet G1  LRC  $350,000 2yo f  8.5f     R8  CARD

More on today's races
Six set for Sugar Swirl; Liam's Map makes stakes debut in Harlan's Holiday
Take Charge Brandi seeks third straight in Starlet
Sunbean looks to become millionaire in Champions Day Classic

1:18 ET  East View S  Aqu  $100,000 2yo f S  8.32f     R3  CARD
3:43 ET  Damon Runyon S  Aqu  $100,000 2yo  8.32f     R8  CARD
6:30 ET  She's All In S  RP  $100,000  3+ f/m  8.32f    R9  CARD
7:00 ET  Trapeze S  RP  $100,000  2yo f  8f   R10  CARD 

7:00 ET  King Glorious S  LRC  $200,000 2yo  7f     R8  CARD
7:30 ET  Springboard Mile (L)  RP  $250,000 2yo  8f    R11  CARD

International - Hong Kong International Races
1:00 a.m. ET  Hong Kong Vase, G1, $2.1MM, 3+, 1 1/2 mi T R4  CARD   Race Replay
1:40 a.m. ET  Hong Kong Sprint, G1, $2.4MM, 3+,  6f, R5  CARD   Race Replay
2:50 a.m. ET  Hong Kong Mile, G1, $3MM, 8f,  R7 CARD  Race Replay
3:30 a.m. ET  Hong Kong Cup, G1, $3.2MM, 3+ , 1 1/4 mi, R8  CARD   Race Replay

Note:  For the Hong Kong races, click on each card above, where you will find loads of info for each horse, including track videos of recent workouts.  Along the horizontal tab at the site, slick on "Results" and you will have access to the Multi Angle Replay once the race has completed.

The $2,500 Horse no one wanted bids to win his 5th G1
Flintshire's the one to beat in the Hong Kong Vase
Hong Kong Cup: Designs on Rome peaking at right time
Post 11 'not an issue' for HK Mile favorite, Able Friend
Lynam praises Sole Power ahead of Hong Kong Sprint
Empoli carries Germany's hopes in Hong Kong Vase
Hong Kong Mile will be Grand Prix Boss' swansong


Kitten's Joy continues to take the Ramseys on magic caret ride
Pletcher points Danza, Constitution to Donn
Violette plotting three preps for Upstart
Treve takes it easy at Quesnay this winter

Congratulations! Ryan Moore awarded LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Trophy.




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