Saturday, February 14, 2015

Feb. 14-16, 2015

LET'S GO TO THE RACES  Feb 14-16, 2015

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CONGRATULATIONS TO GARY STEVENS ON HIS 5000th North American win!  Brian Zipse posted a retrospective of Gary's illustrious career with a look back at many of his key races:  Gary Stevens Career Highlight Reel

This is the last weekend for the 10-4-2-1 Derby qualifying points.  The Southwest  on Monday and the El Camino Real Derby on Saturday for three year olds.  Southwest Stakes and El Camino Real Derby preview -TCI Insider video  FAR RIGHT, BAYERD, MR. Z meet up again in the Southwest.   WAR STORY was scratched and is probable for the Risen Star on Feb. 21.

RIDE ON CURLIN takes on a little stakes action in the Essex Handicap at Oaklawn after posting a seasonal debut win in January in an allowance:  Ride On Curlin returns a winner at Oaklawn 1-15-15

Claire Novak and Tom LMara handicap the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park on Saturday:  Video

AWESOME BABY (8-1) makes her seasonal debut in the G2 $200,00 Santa Maria S on Saturday.  She will face WARREN'S VENEDA (5-2), TIZ MIDNIGHT (3-1), THEGIRLINTHATSONG (3-1), and YAHILWA (6-1).

Kizuna Returns  The 2013 G1 Japanese Derby winner and G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe fourth Kizuna (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) is expected to make his long-awaited return in Sunday’s G2 Kyoto Kinen. The 5-year-old hasn’t been seen since May, when he ran a disappointing fourth in the G1 Tenno Sho and was later discovered to have suffered a stress fracture in his hind leg. The previous year, Kizuna defeated subsequent Japan Cup hero Epiphaneia (Jpn) (Symboli Kris S) in the G1 Tokyo Yushun [Japanese Derby] before embarking on a history-making trip to France as the first 3-year-old from Japan to tackle the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The dark bay posted a dazzling victory in his prep race, the G3 Prix Niel, holding off the likes of Ruler Of The World (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Flintshire (GB) (Dansili {GB}) and Spiritjim (Fr) (Galileo {Ire}). Three weeks later, he ran a creditable fourth behind an unapproachable Treve (Fr) (Motivator {GB}).

Kizuna will face 10 rivals Sunday at Kyoto racecourse, including another former 3-year-old Arc contender in Harp Star (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). The filly missed the break at Longchamp last year and had tons of ground to make up turning for home, yet she displayed an impressive turn of foot to finish sixth. She was a fast-finishing fifth to Epiphaneia in the G1 Japan Cup on her next start.

Result:  Lovely Day upstages Kizuna, Harp Star in Kyoto Kinen   Race Replay

Handicapping - Matt Bernier, Dan Illman, DRF - videos
                  Santa Maria - Saturday, Santa Anita
                  Hurricane Bertie - Saturday - Gulfstream
                  Barbara Fritchie - Saturday - Laurel Park
                  El Camino Real Derby - Saturday - Golden Gate
                  Pick 4 Saturday at Laurel

Haskin podcast - 2-10-15
Handicapping Insights - Dick Powell 2-13-15

Triple Crown - Kentucky Derby
TCI Insider - Southwest Stakes & Undercard races - Jon & Joel discuss the Southwest
Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown *
Courier-Journal's national media Kentucky Derby poll
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen - Feb. 10
Texas Red:  How a second place horse can still be first
DRF Road to the Derby - Preps, winners, replays
Derby Watch     Mike Watchmaker & Jay Privman keep a weekly tally on what's happening with their Top 20 Derby horses

Note on Jeremy Plonk's Countdown: 
Monday’s Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park will enter Friday after Countdown’s deadline. Join our mailing list on the homepage or come back Sunday to download a FREE Southwest Stakes Wager Guide! * Monday’s holiday feature is expected to include a rematch of Smarty Jones Stakes runners FAR RIGHT (Ron Moquett) and MR. Z (D. Wayne Lukas) among a field that also will include J.S. BACH (Todd Pletcher) from Gulfstream.

* Here is Countdown's Sunday look at the Southwest Stakes on Monday at Oaklawn

WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING IN DUBAI?  Catch up on all the Dubai Carnival action at my recent post.  All of the stakes races and the video replays are posted.  Burning up the track are Reynaldothewizard, Mubtaahij, Maftool, Frankyfourfingers, Mastermind, and many others:  2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival


Come back here once a race is completed to watch replay at the CARD.

Time Ordered Races / Entries - printable file
Racing Index

3:27 ET  John B Campbell H, LP, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/8m  R7  CARD
3:57 ET  Barbara Fritchie H (G2), LP, $300,000, 3+, f&m, 7f   R8  CARD
4:13 ET  Broadway S (r), Aqu, $100,000, 4+, f&m, 6f  R8  CARD
4:27 ET  MD Racing Media S, LP, $100,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/8m  R9  CARD
5:00 ET  Hurricane Bertie S (G3), GP, $150,000, 4+, f&m, 6 1/2f  R10  CARD
5:44 ET  Peppers Pride S (r), Sun, $85,000, 4+, f&m, 1m  R9  CARD
6:09 ET  Essex H, OP, $100,000, 4+, 1 1/16m  R9  CARD
6:45 ET  El Camino Real Derby (G3), GGF, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m  *  R7  CARD
7:00 ET  Santa Maria S (G2), SA, $200,000, 4+, f&m, 1 1/16m  R8  CARD

Merry Meadow romps in Hurricane Bertie
Metaboss wins the El Camino Real Derby
Lady Sabelia takes the Barbara Fritchie at Laurel
Warren's Veneda wins the Santa Maria impressively


International - Japan            14 hr time difference EST
Kyoto Kinen, G2, $1,000.000, 4+, 2200m T   CARD

Result:  Lovely Day upstages Kizuna, Harp Star in Kyoto Kinen   Race Replay

International - Hong Kong
3:00 a.m. EST Chairman's Sprint Prize, G1, $850,000USD, Sha Tin, 1200M T R7  CARD

4:10 a.m. EST Hong Kong Classic Cup, G1, $775,000USD, Sha Tin, 4 1800M T R9  CARD
Hong Kong Classic Cup
Hong Kong Classic Cup replay and result - Thunder Fantasy

Gold-Fun, Thunder Fantasy prevail in thrillers at Sha Tin

North America
5:42 ET  Bayakoa S (G3), OP, $100,000, 4+, f&m, 1 1/16m  R8  CARD

More on today's race
Pippin rematch in Bayakoa

3:27 ET  Wide Country S, LP, $100,000, 3yo, f, 7f  R7  CARD
3:57 ET  Miracle Wood S, LP, $100,000, 3yo, 1m  R8  CARD
4:13 ET  Evening Attire S, Aqu, $100,000, 4+, 1 1/16m  R8  CARD
4:27 ET  General George H (G3), LP, $250,000, 3+, 7f  R9  CARD
6:09 ET  Southwest S (G3), OP, $300,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m  *  R9  CARD POSTPONED
6:30 ET  Buena Vista S (G2), SA, $200,000, 4+, f&m, 1mT  R7  CARD

 * = KY Derby points = 10-4-2-1

Southwest cancelled due to weather.  To be re-scheduled for Feb. 21 or 22.

More on today's races
Far Right faces 10 in Southwest
Handicapping the Southwest at Oaklawn

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