Friday, September 30, 2016


Let's Go To The Races - Oct 1-2, 2016
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing


Several options to watch
Not a race, it's a monument!


With no fewer than 17 Grade or Group 1 races this weekend, including 5 at Santa Anita, 3 at Belmont Park, 1 in Japan, 1 in Australia, 7 at Chantilly for Arc weekend, it will be a challenge to even watch replays of some of these contests. Robert Kieckhefer with UPI has kindly summarized the whole ball of wax for us, and for the wrap-ups for both days I can highly recommend the Thoroughbred Daily News ( which will provide details on all the results for both the U.S. and around the world, which coverage includes great video replay links. This will be the biggest collection of Grade and Group 1 activity outside the upcoming Breeders Cup in November!

Here you find a list of all the races with links to check the cards and my printable time ordered list of races and entries for many of the contests. There will also be some TV coverage, for those with access to NBCSN, TVG, and live streaming will be available via,

First stop though is Robert Kieckhefer's column, out today for an overview.  UPI Weekend Racing Preview

For more racing information explore the following sites:
DRF's page for the California races and California Chrome's Awesome Again


Ride the Course of the Arc!

ARC: Postponed heads 16 runners remaining in Arc reckoning
Handicapping the Arc

Japan gets ready for the Arc with Makahiki
Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga :"Victory in the Arc de Triomphe is the dream of Japan and goal of the Japanese people."  Orfevre finished runner-up in both 2012 and 2013, the first defeat by unconsidered outsider Solemia producing this piece of YouTube gold. Now that's pain.

Not to be daunted though, the next challenger steps up to plate on Sunday, and according to some, Makahiki represents the country's best-ever chance of success - and considering how close the likes of El Condor Pasa, Nakayama Festa and Orfevre came, this is clearly a matter for any self-respecting punter to be considering closely. Read more at source

TDN: Through Highs and Lows, Dettori endures
"I didn't really understand what had happened until I opened the door to pick up the newspapers the next morning, wearing a T-shirt and underpants, and found four cameras and 10 journalists waiting there," he says. "It was my Rhys Ifans moment, in [the film] Notting Hill. Then when I opened the papers I found I was all over the front pages. The bookmakers had lost 40 million, I was moving the stock market, there were punters making millions It was only then that I understood what I'd achieved."  Read more at source
    Dettori and Fujiyama Crest, the horse that
        capped the Magnificent Seven, at their
       home in Newmarket in September 2006
Racing Post photo

2015:  Golden Horn, ridden by Lanfranco Dettori, took the laurels in the year’s most prestigious horse race in front of 60,000 racegoers. 

Day in History 'Magnificent Seven' Heaven Sent for Proud Frankie Dettori   "Myself, Willie Carson, Alex Russell and Sir Gordon Richards had now won six in a day. In 320 years of horse racing I was one in four." Then No. 7 happened and he sat above all the rest! Sept. 28, 1996, Frankie Dettori, ran the table at Ascot and broke a record with 7 wins in one day.

Trivia Question: 7 winners Dettori rode that day: Wall Street, Lochangel, Diffident, Mark of Esteem, Decorated Hero, Fatefully, Fujiyama Crest!

Handicapping Arc Day
Breeders Cup Challenge races
Once a race in the U.S. has concluded, return here and click on CARD for replay. In some instances replays may be available for the international races at those CARDS. For detailed results, be sure to check out the day following each day's racing action. TDN provides comprehensive write-ups along with high-quality video replay links.


Other replays can be viewed at the CARDs below for U.S. races. Also:

Two flights for the Eddie D:
6:30 ET  Eddie D., G3,  $100,000, 3+, 6 1/2f R6  CARD
8:00 ET  Eddie D., G3,  $100,000, 3+, 6 1/2f R9  CARD
International - Sydney, Australia
2:00 a.m. ET   EPSOM H. G1, Rand. A$1,000,000 US$766,919), 3yo/up, 1600mT

Race info
Betting preview Epsom Handicap

Hauraki last to first winner


International - Great Britain
G1 Sun Chariot - CARD
Alice Springs claims the Sun Chariot G1 Stakes at  Newmarket

International - Paris - Chantilly
9.50 a.m. ET  DOLLAR, G2, $224,000, 3+, 1 1/4mi T R4 CARD
Forecast: 2/1 Zarak, 3/1 Yorker, 6/1 Heshem, 7/1 Potemkin, 13/1 Alignement, 16/1 Arthenus, 20/1 Flanders Flame, 35/1 Meandre, 40/1 Free Port Lux
10:25 a.m.ET  DU CADRAN G1, $336,000, 2 mi 4 1/2f R5 CARD
                  Biggest French race for stayers, equivalent to Gold Cup
Forecast: 5/6 Vazirabad, 9/2 Quest For More, 6/1 Nearly Caught, 14/1 Burmese, 16/1 Mille Et Mille, 16/1 Fly With Me, 16/1 Nahual, 20/1 Trip To Rhodos, 25/1 Kicky Blue, 33/1 Amour de Nuit, 33/1 Autor, 50/1 Cayirli

Note: These CARDS are from At The Races, which is a British site, and the times are British time at their site. I have adjusted the times for New York or ET.
 North America
12:28 ET  Meadow Star (FL Sire S)  GP  $150,000  3yo f R  8f  R2  CARD
3:26 ET  JOE HIRSCH TURF CL G1 BC  Bel  $500,000  3+  1 1/2 mi T R6  CARD
3:47 ET  Jefferson Cup S (L)  CD  $100,000  3yo  9f T R7  CARD
4:04 ET  GALLANT BLOOM H G2  Bel  $300,000  3+ f/m  6.5f  R7  CARD
4:37 ET  Pilgrim S G3  Bel  $200,000  2yo  8.5f T R8  CARD
4:52 ET  South Ocean S  WO  $125,000  2yo f S  8.5f AW R8  CARD
5:11 ET  VOSBURGH G1 BC  Bel  $350,000  3+  6f  R9  CARD
5:45 ET  BELDAME G1  Bel  $400,000  3+ f/m  9f  R10  CARD
4:49 ET  Ack Ack G3  CD  $100,000  3+  8f  R9  CARD
4:56 ET  My Dear Girl S (Fl Sire S)  GP  $500,000  2yo f R  8.5f  R10  CARD
5:20 ET  Lukas Classic (L)  CD  $175,000  3+  9f  R10  CARD
6:00 ET  FRONTRUNNER S G1 BC  SA  $300,000  2yo  8.5f  R6  CARD
6:30 ET  AWESOME AGAIN S G1 BC  SA  $300,000  3+  9f  R7  CARD
6:50 ET  British Columbia Premier S G3 HsT  $100,000  3+  1 3/8 mi R5  CARD
7:00 ET  RODEO DRIVE S G1 BC  SA  $300,000  3+ f/m  10f T  R8  CARD
7:20 ET  Ballerina S G3  HsT  $100,000  3+ f/m  9f  R6  CARD

7:30 ET  ZENYATTA S G1 BC  SA  $300,000  3+ f/m  8.5f  R9  CARD
8:00 ET  CHANDELIER S G1 BC  SA  $300,000  2yo f  8.5f  R10  CARD
Each of the CARDS above in the U.S. takes  you to the BloodHorse replay for that race
Chrome cruises to Awesome Again win
International - Japan
2:40 a.m.ET  Sprinter Stakes, G1, BC  $1,769,000 Nak, 3+, 1200m T, R  CARD

 International - Paris - Chantilly
8.45 am   ET   JEAN-LUC LAGARDÈRE G1, $392,000, 2yo, 1 m T R2  CARD
9.20 am   ET DE L'OPÉRA G1, $448,000, 3+ f, 1 1/4 mi R3  CARD
10.05 am ET ARC DE TRIOMPHE, G1, $5,600,000, 3+ 1 ½ mi T R4 CARD
11.35 am ET DE L'ABBAYE, G1 $392,000, 2+ 5f T R6  CARD
12.15 am ET DE L’FORET, G1, $336,000, 3+, 7f T R7  CARD

Aidan O'Brien and Ballydoyle make it a family affair 1-2-3 and GALILEO sires the lot!!!


TDN write-up & replay:  Ballydoyle One-Two-Three in the Arc as Found prevails

TDN:Shamardal's speedy Boarding prevails in Opera thriller
TDN: Limato blitzes Foret on Arc undercard
Relive Found's brilliant Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victory and the rest of Sunday's Group 1 action in France with our in-depth big-race reports

To view results for Chantilly, click on the CARD above for a particular race. Also, for video replays, check in at Races are posted the day following the running of a race. In the U.S. click on the CARD for the race and after about a 20-minute delay following the race, you can see the result and the Video Replay at the BloodHorse site.

North America
2:32 ET  Bertram F Bongard S  Bel  $150,000  2yo S  7f  R3  CARD
3:36 ET  Miss Grillo S G3  Bel  $200,000  2yo f  8.5f T R5  CARD
4:09 ET  Joseph A Gimma S  Bel  $150,000  2yo f S  7f  R6  CARD
4:56 ET  Vice Regent S  WO  $125,000  3yo S  8f T R8  CARD
5:13 ET  Temperence Hill Inv'l  Bel  $200,000  3+  1 5/8 mi  R8  CARD
6:00 ET  John Henry Turf C'ship G2  SA  $200,000  3+  10f T R6  CARD

U.S.  Hunt Racing Calendar


Arc Day postscripts: the O'Brien trifecta & the Breeders' Cup
Kellie Reilly reviews Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1), its undercard, and the Breeders' Cup implications from all the action at Chantilly.

The impending showdown in this year's Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) has Ed DeRosa drawing comparisons with the 2002 renewal.

Vance Hanson has several takeaways from Super Saturday I, comparing California Chrome's winning style to Swaps and thinking Stellar Wind might want to take a peek at the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).

Noted handicapper Michael Beychok prevailed in the Breeders' Cup's Bet Like No Other wagering promotion over the weekend with several astute plays.

Found tops O'Brien trifecta in Arc de Triomphe
Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) queen Found added another feather to her cap on Sunday when leading home an Aidan O'Brien-Galileo trifecta in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Chantilly in France. Just in behind the talented four-year-old were stablemates and fellow Coolmore-owned Highland Reel and Order of St. George.

Scott Shapiro discussed who he thought were the winners and losers on Santa Anita Park's Breeders' Cup Challenge Saturday.


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