Saturday, September 10, 2016


Let's Go To The Races - Sept 10-11
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing


September 10-11 -  Leopardstown, The Curragh
Saturday, September 10 - Doncaster

The Vault: Brief History of English St Leger
Irish St. Leger - History

Harzand and Minding face off in cracking Irish Champion Stakes
Big Names in for Irish Champions Weekend
Irish Champion Stakes
Grand Opening National Heritage Center
National Heritage Center and Museum at historic Newmarket

Irish Champions Weekend - 2016 - Video
Irish Champions weekend - Fixtures - times
Irish Champions Weekend - Description of races
Running Order

Summary:  In North America,  the emphasis is on grass racing with the biggest purses offered at Kentucky Downs and Laurel Park's greensward on full display.

No Grade 1s in North America, but plenty of top class racing overseas.

Saturday is Super Derby day at Louisiana Downs and British Columbia Derby day at Hastings Park.

Best place to get an overview of the racing landscape from Kentucky to Great Britain to Ireland and to France, plus check the action in Australia is the UPI Weekend Preview

Some distance racing, not just overseas, but here in the Colonies and in Canada.

If you like Turf, if you like long distance racing, an action packed couple of days of racing awaits in North America, Across The Pond and on the Continent!
Kentucky Downs is a Thoroughbred horse racing track located on the border between Kentucky and Tennessee, in the city of Franklin, Kentucky, just off Interstate 65. It is unique among American tracks in that it is a European-style course — its surface is all turf (grass) instead of dirt, and it is not oval in shape.

Da Big Hoss, the defending champ, rides a three-race winning streak and is the early pick for  Saturday's $600,000, Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs at 1 1/2 miles.  He won the Grade III American St. Leger at Arlington in his last start.
Kentucky Downs Track Layout
Conventionally known as a “European style” track, the Kentucky Downs course is not only irregulary shaped, but features a number of small rises and dips as opposed to the more common flat-racing surface. This type of surface is frequently referred to as "undulating".

Built on the site of a historic, colonial 'dueling grounds' Kentucky Downs features turf racing only on one of the most unique courses in North America. The track was originally designed for steeplechase racing, and still holds a number of steeplechase races throughout the season.

Kentucky Downs enjoys full fields, Instant Racing
If simulcast players want full fields to bet, Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky, will fill the bill. The track races only five days, but on opening day on Saturday, 189 horses were entered in 10 races. That is not a misprint.

Horses go where the money is. The Kentucky Downs condition book is full of cash for horsemen. It includes purses of $130,000 for maiden special weights and $140,000 for first-level allowance horses. That is insane.

The purse account has swelled to where more than $7 million will be paid out for the five-day meet this year. But that alone is not the sole reason for its success.

Kentucky Downs officials have lowered takeout and fine-tuned their betting menu to earn the top ranking of the Horseplayers Association of North America for the past few years. Rather than pooh-pooh the HANA rankings, Kentucky Downs has used HANA as a sounding board for what horseplayers want.

Kentucky Downs will be open for three more days — Saturday, Sunday and Thursday. You will be fascinated by the European-style turf racing. The turf course is a 1 5/16-mile kidney-shaped course with slight undulations. If a horse isn’t dead fit, it isn’t winning. There is no dirt racing, either.

No lead is safe at Kentucky Downs. The stretch seems to go on forever, so it’s important for a jockey to save some horse for the final furlong. Favorites historically do not do well there, which should make simulcast horseplayers happy. Read more at source

Laurel Park Turf draws 200 Nominations
Laurel Park's Turf Festival, highlighted by five stakes worth $500,000 on Laurel's world-class turf course Saturday, Sept. 10, attracted more than 200 nominations.

The Turf Festival, which features $575,000 in total stakes purses, kicks off Laurel's lucrative fall season featuring 32 stakes (four graded) with purses of $3.25 million. Laurel's fall season begins Friday. First race post time will be 1:10 p.m.

The Laurel Turf Festival will also play host to the Hops & Horses Beer Festival featuring more than 100 beers, a Beer Pong tournament, a Sam Adams Hoisting competition and live music. Read more at source

Louisiana Downs - Super Derby Day
Saturday is Super Derby day at Louisiana Downs and British Columbia Derby day at Hastings Park.
Saturday's $400,000 Grade III Super Derby at Louisiana Downs attracted seven. Ohio Derby winner Mo Tom is the 7-5 morning-line pick.

Emerald Downs Derby winner Opportunistic headlines Saturday's $150,000 (Canadian) Grade III British Columbia Derby at Hastings Park

Airoforce, Oscar face off at Kentucky Downs

California Chrome works easy at Los Alamitos
Kilmah sets the standard in May Hill at Doncaster
Idaho leads charge at Doncaster for upbeat Aidan O'Brien
One more run for Seven Heavens this season
Idaho leads charge at Doncaster for upbeat Aidan O'Brien
Winx third in a 1000-metre barrier trial under Hugh Bowman
Arrogate highest rating ever from 123
Front rolls in for Allen
Tepin Leparoux back for Woodbine Mile Sep 17



International - Great Britain / Ireland

In the books:
Duke of Marmalade's Simple Verse bounces back in Park Hill
Last year's Leger heroine has triumphant return in Park Hill thriller
RESULT: Park Hill Doncaster Stakes   Replay - Finish  Replay - Full Race
RESULT: TDN - Includes race replay and race statistics

In the books:
10:40 a.m. ET  250th Doncaster Cup G2, $133,150, 3+, 2 mi2f T  R4 (16.40 BT) R4 CARD

10/3 Clondaw Warrior, 7/2 Quest For More, 7/2 Clever Cookie, 6/1 Sheikhzayedroad, 8/1 Curbyourenthusiasm, 8/1 St Michel, 12/1 Burmese, 20/1 Sweet Selection    
RESULT: Doncaster Cup  Race Replay - Finish  Race Replay - Full 
Doncaster Cup thriller goes to Sheikhzayedroad!
Sheikhzayedroad floors Quest For More in Doncaster Cup


Harbour Law gives trainer Laura Mongon first female winning trainer for St Leger

International - Great Britain / Ireland
10:45 a.m. ET  English St Leger, G1, $780,850 Don, 1mi6fT R4 (3.45 BT) R4  CARD
Forecast: 4/6 Idaho, 4/1 Muntahaa, 7/1 Housesofparliament, 12/1 Sword Fighter, 14/1 Ventura Storm, 25/1 Ormito, 25/1 Harbour Law, 50/1 Harrison, 50/1 The Tartan Spartan

Leger Lockdown

12:35 p.m. ET Fastnet Rock Matron S G1, Leo, $390,400, R5 1 mi (5.35 BT)R5  CARD
Forecast: 5/4 Qemah, 7/2 Persuasive, 5/1 Alice Springs, 8/1 Jet Setting, 10/1 Now Or Never, 16/1 Devonshire, 20/1 Hawksmoor, 33/1 Creggs Pipes    

1:45 p.m. ET Irish Champion S, G1 $1,394,400 Leo,  10fT R7 (6.45 BT)  R9  CARD    
Forecast: 5/2 Minding, 11/4 Harzand, 6/1 Almanzor, 8/1 Found, 10/1 Highland Reel, 10/1 New Bay, 14/1 Hawkbill, 20/1 Success Days, 25/1 The Grey Gatsby, 25/1 Sir Isaac Newton, 25/1 My Dream Boat, 25/1 Moonlight Magic, 100/1 Ebediyin

Almanzor takes Irish Champion Stakes for France
Cape Cross' Awtaad Swoops in the G2 Boomerang Stakes
Galileo's Alice Springs lands Matron
Harbour Law gives Mongon St Leger victory
Alice Springs earns Breeders Cup return in Matron victory

For race replays, click on the CARD below.

North America
2:32 ET  Seattle Slew Bel  $100,000  4+  8.5f  R3  CARD
4:10 ET  Lady Baltimore S (L) Lrl  $150,000  3+ f/m  8.5f T R7  CARD
4:36 ET More Than Ready Mile (L) KYD  $400,000  3+  8f T R7  CARD
4:51 ET  Ontario Debutante S  WO  $125,000  2yo f  6f AW R8  CARD
5:00 ET  President's Cup (L)  PRX  $200,000  3+  9f T R10  CARD
5:09 ET One Dreamer S  KYD  $150,000  3+ f/m  8.32f T R8  CARD
5:10 ET  Laurel Turf Cup (L)  Lrl  $100,000  3+  12f T R9 CARD
5:39 ET  Kentucky Turf Cup G3 KYD  $600,000  3+  12f T R9  CARD
5:40 ET  Laurel Dash S (L)  Lrl  $100,000  3+  6f T R10  CARD
5:55 ET  Super Derby G3  LaD  $400,000  3yo  9f  R11  CARD
5:56 ET  Arlington-Wash. Fut. G3  AP  $100,000  2yo  7f AW R8  CARD
6:09 ET  Ladies Sprint (L) KYD  $350,000  3+ f/m  6.5f T R10  CARD
6:46 ET  British Columbia Oaks (L)  HsT  $100,000  3yo f  9f  R5  CARD
7:57 ET  British Columbia Derby, G3 HsT  $150,000  3yo  9f  R7  CARD

Ben's Cat seeks third Laurel Dash victory
Super Derby: Mo Tom 7-5 favorite in 7-horse field
Dalmore ships east for Super Derby
Super Derby shapes up to four-way battle - Handicapping
Wellabled (Shackleford) heads Arlington-Washington Futurity

Wellabled, Diadura turn heads at Arlington
Wellabled becomes first stakes winner for Shackleford
Texas Chrome captures the Super Derby
Hard Spun filly runs to money in Chicago, becomes 'Rising Star'
Expensive Tapit colt cruises to 'Rising Star' Status at Belmont
Sky Mesa filly upsets Ontario Debutante
Myboycharlie remains perfect in LaDowns Stake
Another big win for Da Big Hoss

Note: Also today, Arc preview at Chantilly, France - This is for info only
View CARDS for all the races on the day - Chantilly races Sunday, Sep 11 - CARDS
Note: times are BT, subtract 5 hours for EDT

International - Britain/Ireland
10:40  ET  Moyglare Stud S, G1, Curr,  $390,400 7fT   R4  (3.40pm BT) R4  CARD 
Forecast: Evens Rhododendron, 7/4 Promise To Be True, 8/1 Hydrangea, 14/1 Intricately, 16/1 Rehana, 25/1 Brave Anna, 50/1 Dawn Of A New Era                 
11:15  ET  Vincent O'Brien National S, G1, Curr, 7fT   R5  (4.15pm BT) R5  CARD
Forecast: 4/9 Churchill, 3/1 Mehmas, 10/1 Psychedelic Funk, 20/1 Lockheed, 25/1 Finn McCool, 33/1 Son Of Rest, 50/1 Lancaster Bomber
11:50  ET  Irish St Leger, G1, $446,200, Curr, 1mi6fT R6  (4.50pm BT) R6  CARD
Forecast: 2/9 Order Of St George, 5/1 Trip To Paris, 10/1 Wicklow Brave, 33/1 Unicorn, 50/1 Silwana, 50/1 Kellstorm
Order of St George primed for Irish Leger repeat

Churchiull takes command in National Stakes
National Stakes Replay for Finish & Full Race
Intricately gives Joseph O'Brien first Group One in Stud Stakes
Wicklow  Brave takes Irish St Leger Stakes - Replay for Finish & Full Race
Intricately finishes first for Joseph O'Brien - Replay for Finish & Full Race

North America
3:36 ET  Allied Forces  Bel  $100,000  3yo  6f T R5  CARD
3:48 ET  Ontario Jockey Club S  WO  $100,000  3+  7f T R6  CARD
4:53 ET  Colin S  WO  $125,000  2yo  6f AW R8  CARD
5:09 ET  Dueling Grounds Oaks  KYD  $200,000  3yo f  13f T R8  CARD
5:39 ET  Dueling Grounds Derby  KYD  $350,000  3yo  13f T R9  CARD
8:28 ET  Beverly Lewis S, $75,000, 3yo f, 6f  R8   CARD

Enola Gray tries open company in Beverly Lewis at Los Alamitos


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