Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mar 28-29, 2015

LET'S GO TO THE RACES  Mar 28-29, 2015

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Additional Race Replays posted below in addition to the U.S. CARD links to BloodHorse results/replay page
Dubai World Cup - Saturday Mar 28 - Blog - click here
 Dubai Race Replays posted at Dubai blog

A full day of racing from Dubai to Florida to New Orleans, to Santa Anita. 

Two Kentucky Derby preps and two Kentucky Oaks preps in the U.S., and a Derby Prep in Dubai will provide enough points for the top three finishers to likely make it to the starting gate.  In New Orleans, the LOUISIANA DERBY will see INTERNATONAL STAR, MR. Z and WAR STORY try for 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers.  A third or 4th place finish likely would provide the points for Mr. Z to get in the gate.

In Dubai, the only two in the UAE DERBY, a Derby prep, nominated for the Triple Crown are MUBTAAHIJ and MAFTOOL, and a first or second for either horse will likely bring both horses to the U.S. for the Kentucky Derby.  You can see the race replays and the rivalry between these two which took place in the World Cup Carnival from January to March 7 at the Dubai World Cup Day blog - click here.

In Florida, UPSTART, MATERIALITY, ITSAKNOCKOUT will duke it out and only Materiality needs points to ensure entry, with at least a second needed.  Upstart and Itsaknockout with 50 and 36 points respectively have already stamped their tickets, so the race is likely a sharpening and learning experience.  Kentucky Derby Leaderboard - click here

In the Kentucky Oaks division, things are a little more wide open, with the top three finishers of the Gulfstream Oaks and the Fair Grounds Oaks likely garnering enough points for entry to that division on May 1  Only BIRDATTHEWIRE (Gulfstream Oaks) and I'MACHATTERBOX (Fair Grounds Oaks) have their spots secured.  A first or second will ensure those runners gate entry,  with Eskenformoney (Gulfstream Oaks) possibly only needing a third to secure her spot.  Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard - click here

Streaking Phaeton heads Gulfstream Oaks
Imachatterbox the talk of the Fair Grounds Oaks

3-26 from BloodHorse:  With Main Sequence racing halfway around the world, Twilight Eclipse will be the one to beat in the $150,000 Pan American Stakes (IIIT) at Gulfstream Park March 28.

The 6-year-old Purim gelding took the 2013 Pan American, where he set the world record, covering 1 1/2 miles in a blistering 2:22.63. 

In his last five starts, however, Twilight Eclipse had the misfortune of racing against Main Sequence, the 2014 Eclipse Award champion turf horse and champion older male, hitting the board in each start, but failing to cash in on the top prize.

Twilight Eclipse was only beaten a combined four lengths in those five starts by Main Sequence, who is racing in Saturday's Sheema Classic (UAE-IT) in Dubai instead. Read more at source

TWILIGHT ECLIPSE looks to have the stage all to himself on Saturday at Gulfstream in the Pan American, while earlier in the day, his nemesis, MAIN SEQUENCE, will be battling it out with DESIGNS ON ROME, FLINTSHIRE, and HARP STAR in the  $6 Million Sheema Classic in Dubai.

For more on the Derby Trail and undercard action in the U.S. on Saturday, check in at Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown for March 28, which will be posted Friday.
Coalport seeks fifth straight in Marvin Muniz Handicap
Moreno makes Fair Grounds debut in New Orleans Handicap

For fans of route races of at least 1 1/2 miles or longer, three races look to provide some degree of satisfaction that for now anyway, these types of races are alive and well in the U.S.  The PAN AMERICAN and the ORCHID at Gulfstream, both on the turf, and the TOKYO CITY CUP at Santa Anita on the main track, are each 12 furlongs or about 1 1/2 miles.  As pointed out above, TWILIGHT ECLIPSE in the absence of his rival all of last year, Main Sequence, should be able to add to his trophy case in the Pan American at Gulfstream. 
Bronzo (Fusaichi Pegasus) vying for first U.S. win in the Tokyo City at Santa Anita

Handicapping the Louisiana Derby - HRN
Louisiana Derby Preview - HRN
Handicapping the Florida Derby - HRN

Triple Crown - Kentucky Derby
James Scully's Kentucky Derby Report 3-25-15
Derby Prep Alert
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen - Mar 24
Jay Privman - Sunland Derby analysis - Firing Line
Matt Berneir and Dan Illman profile Dortmund - video
Take Charge Brandi out of Rebel and off Trail
Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown - March 28
ESPN Bill Finley: How is it that American Pharoah is not No. 1
ESPN Derby Rankings - 3-21-15 - It's a tie!
Courier-Journal's national media Kentucky Derby poll
Kentucky  -  Updated points posted to Oaks and Derby qualif. races
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
BloodHorse KY Derby coverage

KY Derby Report - Mar 18 - James Scully - Brisnet
Avalyn Hunter profiles Upstart pedigree

After a race is completed, the CARD for the American races below will have the race replay provided by BloodHorse.  Race replays for Dubai will be posted as soon as they are available.


International - Dubai

World Cup Day blog - for in-depth coverage, click here
Update:  Race replays for most races have been posted for World Cup card

First stakes race begins at 8:40 a.m. EDT
Note:  Times shown below are EDT - ATR card gives London time. Use the times in the left column for New York (EDT).

FREE PPs for Dubai runners

First race is at 8:00 a.m. EDT
8:00   EDT  $250,000  Kahayla Classic (G1) – Dirt1 1/4 mi  R1  - non wagering
8:40   EDT  $1,000,000  Godolphin Mile (G2) 1,600 metres – Dirt - 1 mi R2 CARD
9:15   EDT  $1,000,000  Gold Cup (G2) 3,200 metres – Turf - 2 mi R3 CARD

9:55   EDT  $2,000,000  UAE Derby (G2) 1,900 metres – Dirt - R4  CARD
10:30 EDT  $1,000,000  Al Quoz Sprint (G1) 1,000 metres – Turf R5 CARD
11:05 EDT  $2,000,000  Golden Shaheen (G1) 1,200 metres – Dirt R6  CARD

11:40 EDT  $6,000,000  Duty Free (G1) 1,800 metres – Turf R7  CARD
12:15 EDT  $6,000,000  Sheema Classic (G1) 2,400 metres – Turf R8 CARD 
1:00  EDT   $10,000,000 World Cup (G1) 2,000 metres – Dirt R9  CARD
Fox Sports 1 televising the World Cup Live 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT
* KY Derby prep = 100-40-20-10 points

Race replays from HRTV
World Cup
Sheema Classic
Dubai Turf
Golden Shaheen
UAE Derby - Mubtaahij and Maftool
Quoz Sprint


North America
1:11 ET  Pan American S G2  GP  $150,000  4+  12f T  R13  CARD
1:50 ET  Skip Away S G3  GP  $150,000  4+  9.5f   R5  CARD
2:20 ET  Appleton S G3  GP  $150,000  4+  1 mi T  R 6 CARD
3:21 ET  Sir Shackleton S  GP  $100,000  4+  7f   R8  CARD
4:26 ET  Honey Fox S G2  GP  $300,000  4+ f/m  8f T  R10  CARD
4:55 ET  Mervin Muniz Mem'l H G2  FG  $300,000  4+  9f T  R8  CARD
5:00 ET  Orchid S G3  GP  $150,000  4+ f/m  12f T  R11  CARD

5:25 ET  Fair Grounds Oaks G2  FG  $400,000  3yo f  8.5f  #  R9  CARD
5:35 ET  Gulfstream Oaks G2  GP  $250,000  3yo f  8.5f   #  R12  CARD
5:54 ET  New Orleans Handicap G2  FG  $400,000  4+  9f   R10  CARD
6:24 ET  Louisiana Derby G2  FG  $750,000  3yo  9f  *  R11  CARD  
6:48 ET  Florida Derby G1  GP  $1,000,000  3yo  9f  *  R14  CARD
8:00 ET  Tokyo City Cup G3  SA  $100,000  4+  12f   R8  CARD

* or # KY Derby or KY Oaks preps = 100-40-20-10 points

Race replays and results available at the CARD above.  Also, here are a few of the race replays from HRTV or other sources:
Florida Derby
Louisiana Derby

More on today's races
Riposte primed for big effort in Orchid
War Correspondent, Lochte head Appleton
Commissioner eyes easier Skip Away prize


Shared Belief headed for Charles Town Classic
2015 Flat Season: 3-Year-Old Colts Preview: James Willoughby provides an update on the top European Classic prospects for 2015
California Chrome and Able Friend on Royal Ascot's wish list
Training legend Billy Turner shares his thoughts on training


Saturday stakes results:
Privman: Road to the Derby analysis - Florida Derby
Privman: Road to the Derby analysis - La Derby
Privman: Road to the Derby analysis - UAE Derby
G1 $10mil Dubai World Cup: Prince Bishop wins... California Chrome 2nd
Post-race quotes: Dubai World Cup
 Post-race quotes/recaps: Dubai World Cup card
VIDEO REPLAYS: Dubai World Cup card
G2 $2mil UAE Derby: Mubtaahij rolls, headed to Ky
Charts: Dubai World Cup card
US payouts
Trakus chartsG1 $1mil Florida Derby: Materiality remains unbeaten... Upstart 2nd
G2 $250K GP Oaks: Birdatthewire bests EskenformoneyG2 $750K La Derby: International Star completes sweep of FG series... Edges Stanford for victory
G2 $400K FG Oaks: I'm a Chatterbox strengthens hold on the division
La Derby Day stakes recaps from the Times-Picayune
Photo gallery: La Derby Day at FG

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