Friday, August 12, 2016


Let's Go To The Races - August 12-14, 2016
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing


Turf should be "good" at worst for Arlington Million Day
Chicago area weather forecast Saturday: Partly Sunny 82 - humid

TDN: Abundance of Caution at HOF ceremony
Live Stream Induction Ceremony - 10:30 - 12:30 ET - click here
Steve Haskin: Rachel / Zenyatta rivalry ends in dead heat
The Rivalry That Never Was
Jay Hovdey: Close to Perfection, Always Magnificent
Hall of Fame: A Class of Historical Significance
Jay Hovdey: Hall's 2016 Inductees favor Class of 1976
An unforgettable great and now a Hall of Famer - it’s no wonder Rachel Alexandra realises she’s a celebrity
Rachel Alexandra vs. Zenyatta: the debate rages on

Statue "Against All Odds" - Tribute to John Henry's narrow win
over The Bart in the 1981 first running of the Arlington Million
Ten Things you should know about the Arlington Million
Arlington Million - History
What Makes John Henry Run - Equus Magazine - May 1985
Horse Racing Hall of Fame - John Henry

The Saga of John Henry - Part 1 - Bio
The Saga of John Henry - Part 2 - Bio
The Saga of John Henry - Part 3 - Bio
John Henry Memorial Tribute - October, 2007
Video - 1981 Arlington Million
Video - 1984 Arlington Million
Video - Ballentine Scotch Classic - Final race
Video - Jockey Club Gold Cup
1981 Arlington Million - Narrowly beats The Bart in a Photo Finish
1981 Arlington Million (Turf 1 1/4 mi) Almost a dead heat with The Bart,
but John Henry wins it by a whisker!  This was the inaugural running of an
instant classic race, which John Henry won twice, and placed second in another.

John Henry's Fun Facts:
Oldest horse to win Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year - at age 9
Oldest horse to win a Grade 1 race - at age 9 (tied)
Only horse to win the Arlington Million (G1) twice - 1981 & 1984
One of only three horses to win the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) twice - 1981 & 1982
Won more graded stakes than any other Thoroughbred - 25
Retired as the world's richest thoroughbred - July 28, 1985
Inducted into National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1990
Raced in 46 graded (G1,G2,G3) races
Raced on 18 different North American race tracks
Won inaugural running of the Arlington Million (1981)
Oldest horse at age 9 to win the Arlington Million (1984)
Won on 13 different North American Race Tracks
Stood just 15.2 hands and weighed about 1,000 pounds



2:30  ET  Flaming Page, WO, $100,000, 3+ f/m, 1 1/2 miT R 4 CARD
4:05 ET  American St Leger S., G3 AP $300,000,  3+, 1 11/16T mi  R6  CARD
4:43 ET  Secretariat S. GI AP  R7  CARD
4:47  ET  Shady Well S, WO, $150,000, 2yof, 6 1/2f R 8  CARD
5:21 ET  Beverly D. S. GI AP, $700,000, 1 3/16 , 3+ f/m R8  CARD
5:54 ET   Adirondack S.  G2, SAR, $200,000, 2yof  R 9 CARD
6:09 ET  Arlington Million GI AP R9  CARD
6:32 ET  Fourstardave S. GI SAR  R10  CARD
6:52 ET   Pucker Up S. G3, AP, 3yof, 1 1/8T mi  R10  CARD
8:40 ET   Best Pal S. G2 DMR, $200,000, 2yo,  6 1/2f  R8  CARD


Mondialiste pulled off an exceptional victory at Arlington on Saturday when taking the Arlington Million (G1) for his overseas connections. In doing so, the David O'Meara trainee stopped jockey Florent Geroux from a sweep of all the graded contests, though the rider did go five-for-five on the day including victories in the Beverly D. (G1), Secretariat (G1), American St Leger (G3) and Pucker Up (G3).
Even-money favorite Sea Calisi rallied from more than a dozen lengths down to take the $700,000 Beverly D. (G1), cementing her status as a leading candidate for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) in November.

Beach Patrol edged European invader Long Island Sound in the $400,000 Secretariat (G1) for three-year-olds, while Da Big Hoss was a popular winner of the American St. Leger (G3).
Following the day's action, Ron Flatter discussed the possibility of Secretariat winner Da Big Hoss going on to contest the Melbourne Cup (Aus-G1) in Australia

4:47 ET  Vandal S, WO, $150,000, 2 yo  6 1/2f  R  CARD
5:39 ET  LONGACRES MILE G3, ED, $200,000, 3&up, 1m  R8 CARD
5:40 ET  SARATOGA SPECIAL S G2, Saratoga, $200,000, 2yo, 6 1/2f  R9  CARD
6:40 ET  Maiden Spe. Weight, Dlmr, $68,000, 3+,  1 miT R4  CARD Ziconic - Scratched
8:40 ET  Solana Beach S (r), Del Mar, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT R8  CARD

Stryker Phd Seeks Third Longacres mile win

RESULT: Race 7 Dundalk - Maiden 1 mi 3+ REPLAY
Zenyatta's only full sibling, De Coronado (Street Cry-Vertigineux) runs in Maiden at Dundalk today 12:15 p.m. EDT. He's co-third-favorite to another Street Cry colt, Zulu Alpha (Street Cry out of an A.P. Indy mare, Zori). It's De Coronado's second try for his maiden.

 Forecast: 7/4 Zulu Alpha, 4/1 Balcony, 6/1 Secret Wizard, 6/1 De Coronado, 8/1 Lorendano, 12/1 Nutini, 20/1 Boxer Dunford, 20/1 Lost History, 25/1 Appointment Only, 33/1 Maluhia
You can click on the link for a full result and Race Replay. De Coronado reportedly is over 17 hands and Aidan O'Brien has been quoted as saying that he is the biggest horse he has trained.

Zenyatta's full brother De Coronado won his maiden on his second try at Dundalk, Sunday, Aug 14
Race 7: 17:15 Dundalk (IRE) (A.W.)  FULL RESULT - VIDEO REPLAY


Lady Aurelia in top form for Prix Morny
Winx surgery revealed
Integrity, Innovation on Round Table agenda - Sunday
Round Table agenda Sunday, August 14
Stauffer to call Oaklawn Park races
Run Happy to stretch out in 2016

Scouting report: Arlington Million:  Kellie Reilly is preparing for next Saturday's Arlington International Festival of Racing, posting reports on likely Arlington Million (G1) contestants Tryster, Mondialiste, Deauville and Decorated Knight.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reported that Frosted was in "excellent" shape one day after his easy victory in the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga.

California Chrome and Dortmund both worked on Sunday in preparation for the Pacific Classic (G1) on August 20 at Del Mar.

Lady Eli breezed on Saratoga's Oklahoma turf in readies for her return to competition in the August 27 Ballston Spa Stakes (G2) at the Spa.

Smart Call's 8-month journey from South Africa to Breeders Cup

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Multiple champion Beholder geared up for a possible title defense run in the August 20 Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) with a five-furlong breeze in :59 Wednesday morning at Del Mar.

Tryster and other runners taking part in Saturday's International Festival of Racing at Arlington took the Polytrack on Wednesday to put in their final moves before the big events.
The main contest will be the Arlington Million (G1), which drew a field of 13 including Grade/Group 1 winners Tryster and World Approval. Also on the card will be the Beverly D. Stakes (G1), Secretariat Stakes (G1), American St. Leger (G3) and Pucker Up Stakes (G3).
The Fourstardave Handicap (G1) and Adirondack Stakes (G2) are the featured attractions at Saratoga on Sunday, while at Del Mar six maiden winners will line up in the Best Pal Stakes (G2) at Del Mar.

In other news, trainer Todd Pletcher reported that Comfort came out of his runner-up performance in the Whitney Stakes (G1) in good order and is under consideration for the Woodward Stakes (G1) on September 3 at Saratoga.

Vic Stauffer has been tabbed to call the races at Oaklawn Park in 2017.
John Mucciolo identified a few nice horses that fans should keep an eye on at Del Mar.


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