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Sept. 26-27, 2015

Let's Go To The Races - September 19-20, 2015
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Time Ordered List and Entries - printable file

Note: Scroll down for a special treat to watch one of the most amazing performances in any racing genre you will ever see!


Another plethora of GRADE 1 races on Saturday: 5 at Santa Anita and 3 at Belmont Park! Six of the races are Breeders Cup Win & You're In opportunities.

Santa Anita Opening Fall Meet
Santa Anita offers fans diverse lineup for Fall meet

Breeders Cup News on weekend runners
If you’re a leading Breeders’ Cup contender and are stabled in California, there’s a good chance you’re running Saturday at Santa Anita, as all five grade I “Win and You’re In” races will surely have a major impact on several Breeders’ Cup races. And while the featured Awesome Again will award an automatic starting berth into the Breeders’ Cup Classic, it’s the Zenyatta for fillies and mares that could have the biggest impact on America’s richest horse race, as BEHOLDER will start as an imposing favorite in what her connections hope will be a springboard to the Classic.

The $300,000 Zenyatta, run at 1 1/16 miles, will award an automatic starting berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, but Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder has her sights set on a much bigger prize. The 5-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes has been one of the leading fillies and mares in the country over the past three years for trainer Richard Mandella, but the dual-champion and two time Breeders’ Cup winner took her game to a new level in her last start, when she secured a Classic berth with a 8 ¼-length win over males in Del Mar’s TVG Pacific Classic (GI) August 22. Beholder, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita in 2012 en route to being voted champion 2-year-old filly, and the Distaff there in 2013 to secure the 3-year-old filly championship, has won all four starts this year and secured a Distaff berth when she won Del Mar’s “Win and You’re In” Clement L. Hirsch (GI) by 7 lengths in August. Overall she’s won 14-of-19 career starts and will look to win the Zenyatta for the third straight year.  Read more at source

If you are thinking of making a wager, you may want to check out Unlocking Winners by "The Keelerman" as he looks at what's on tap this weekend.  Unlocking Winners

Watchmaker Watch - Division Leaders



Time Ordered List and Entries - printable file
Race Entries

NOTE: Once race has completed, return to CARD for replay (about a 20- minute delay) A quick way to watch an entire day's big races quickly and easily.

3:06 ET  BELDAME S G1, Bel, $400,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/8m R5  CARD
4:04 ET  Hall of Fame S, Prx, $150,000, 2yo, 6 1/2f R8  CARD
4:16 ET  GALLANT BLOOM H G2, Bel, $300,000, 3+, f&m, 6 1/2f R7  CARD
4:18 ET  ACK ACK H G3, CD, $100,000, 3+, 1m R8  CARD
4:41 ET  La Prevoyante S r, WO, $125,000, 3yo, f, 1mT R8  CARD
4:49 ET  JEFFERSON CUP S G3, CD, $100,000, 3yo, 1mT R9  CARD
4:51 ET  PILGRIM S G3, Bel, $200,000, 2yo, 1 1/16mT R8  CARD
5:20 ET  Lukas Classic, CD, $175,000, 3+, 1 1/8m R10  CARD
5:26 ET  VOSBURGH S G1, Bel, $400,000, 3+, 6f R9  CARD
5:30 ET  FRONTRUNNER S G1, SA,BC, $300,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m R5  CARD
5:41 ET  COMMONWLTH OAKS G3, LP, $150,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT R10  CARD
6:01 ET  J HIRSCH TURF CL S G1, Bel,BC, $600,000, 3+, 1 1/2mT R10  CARD
6:30 ET  ZENYATTA S G1, SA, BC, $300,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16m R7  CARD
7:00 ET  CHANDELIER S G1, SA,BC, $300,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m R8  CARD
7:30 ET  RODEO DRIVE S G1, SA,BC, $300,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/4mT R9  CARD
8:00 ET  AWESOME AGAIN S G1, BC,SA, $300,000, 3+, 1 1/8m R10  CARD

Note: For race replays, click on the CARD at each race for replay
Beholder continues stellar run in Zenyatta Stakes
Big Blue Kitten finds third time's the charm in record setting Joe Hirsch
Photo Call keeps progressing in Rodeo Drive
Smooth Roller earns first stakes win in Awesome Again
Songbird stays perfect in Chandelier
Tapiture's back in business in Ack Ack
Rock Fall fights back late to take Vosburgh
Isotherm arrives late to take Pilgrim

More on today's races
Songbird among workers for Chandelier S
Hard Not To Like looking for hat trick in Rodeo Drive
Beholder seeking third Zenyatta S, while Bayern looking for return to winner's circle
Replay of TVG Pacific Classic Aug 22, 2015
Nyquist, Songbird hoping to clinch Breeders Cup slots
Lukas Classic, Ack Ack among Churchill trio of stakes
Big Blue Kitten faces 6 in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
Beholder tops big day at Santa Anita

12:55 ET  Joseph A Gimma S r, Bel, $150,000, 2yo, f, 7f R1  CARD
2:01 ET  Bertram F Bongard S r, Bel, $150,000, 2yo, 7f R3  CARD
3:26 ET  Bull Page S r, WO, $125,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f R6  CARD
3:57 ET  Remington Green S, Rem, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/8mT R4  CARD
4:25 ET  Classy 'n Smart S (r), WO, $125,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16m R8  CARD
4:26 ET  Rem. Park Sprint Cup, Rem, $150,000, 3+, 6f R5  CARD
4:46 ET  MISS GRILLO S G3, Bel, $200,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT R8  CARD
5:53 ET  Rem. Park Oaks, Rem, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m R8  CARD
6:18 ET  Camino Real Futurity r, Alb.Dns, $100,000, 2yo, 6f R7  CARD
6:22 ET  OKLAHOMA DERBY G3, Rem, $400,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m R9  CARD
7:30 ET  CITY OF HOPE MILE G2, SA, $200,000, 3+, 1mT R8  CARD

Note: For race replays, click on the CARD at each race for replay
Shotgun Kowboy becomes just second Okie-bred to win Okla Derby

More on today's races
Competitive field of 12 entered for Oklahoma Derby
Include Betty highlights Remington Park Oaks
Avanzare, Talco meet again in City of Hope



California Chrome back to Sherman next month
Simple Verse Wins St Leger Appeal | TDN
Video replay from the stewards room   St Leger replay
TDN: Grey Gatsby possible for the Breeders Cup
Shared Belief prepping for Santa Anita return
Shared Belief returns to light training
Thoroughbred Makeover Project
RRP Makeover schedule and entries announced

BREEDERS CUP - Oct. 30-31, 2015
Breeders Cup Sept. 24 News Release
Horse Racing Nation
Breeders Cup web site
BloodHorse BC site

You don't have to be a fan of harness racing to be impressed by this horse's grit and determination. One of most thrilling races in any genre. This race by the way is coveted by all who participate in harness racing.


YouTube 20:12 min:

Wiggle It Jiggleit is no johnny-come-lately, he has been blowing up the harness circuit for pacers all year long. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly poll, has won 18 of 20 races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $1.76 million with his victory in the Little Brown Jug.

It’s rare to see any racehorse re-engage and come back on the way Wiggle It Jiggleit did in the stretch, especially off the fractions and an extended first-up trip, but the world record holder showed why he is a horse for the ages.

George Teague, a decorated horseman in his own right, was interviewed in the winner’s circle afterward, where he admitted that he thought his world record holder was beaten.

"Well, my thoughts,” said George, “I was a little bit confused when he left the gate. I was like, ‘this isn't working out as planned.’ And then he looked and he popped over at the eighths pole, that didn't work out as planned, and at the head of the stretch I dropped my head and said, 'this son of a gun is going to lose today.' And he proved me wrong."

George had said leading up to the Jug that Wiggle It Jiggleit was the best horse he has ever seen race, and the gelding’s astonishing effort in the second heat stamped that statement as true. "He's a little different than a lot of horses,” he said, “and that explains what he did today."

The Jug victory was the first for Montrell and was an instant classic for the sport.


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