Friday, February 24, 2017

Feb. 25-26

Let's Go To The Races - Feb 25-26, 2017
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"Isn't she great to watch"
Winx on a heavy track, she finishes barely touched
Winx is the best 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes tip to take at Royal Randwick this weekend in Sydney.
Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.
There is little to suggest that Winx will not win her fifteenth race on the trot second-up at Royal Randwick on Saturday, but there are still 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes tips to be decided on the placegetters.

Chris Waller’s champion is out to take her Group 1 wins into double-figures with a title defence in the $600,000 Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) over the mile on the weekend.
No arguments, this Street Cry mare is the country’s best miler and she will relish the distance after an emphatic resuming win in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) last start.

The line-up of horses racing for second at best behind the freakish five-year-old is similar to what she destroyed last time out and she has plenty more to give with the Grand Final not taking place until the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on April 8.  Read more at source

Royal Randwick
More on the Chipping Norton Stakes
Could Hatnell beat Winx in the 2017 Queen Eliz Stakes?

Hong Kong Stars to Battle on Sunday at Sha Tin

Designs On Rome, the 2014 Hong Kong Horse of the Year, and last year's champion, Werther, will meet in the Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (G1T). At 2,000 meters, the Gold Cup is the second leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown (for older horses).

John Moore-trained horses swept the top three placings in the series' first leg, the 1,600-meter Stewards Cup (G1T) on Jan. 30 as Helene Paragon, Joyful Trinity, and Able Friend finished 1-2-3. All three of those drop back in distance for Sunday's sprint co-feature, but the stable will also have New Zealand-bred Werther.  Read more at source

Robert Kieckhefer of UPI summarizes the weekend racing around the world
Kentucky Derby and Oaks preps stretch from coast to coast this weekend with major action in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans and a surprisingly strong field in the Mine That Bird Derby in New Mexico.

On the international front: Winx goes for her 15th straight win in Australia, Hong Kong stars shine Sunday at Sha Tin and Qatar hosts the Emir's Sword Festival. England's weekend features the Winter Derby.  Read more at source

TDN Magazine for February previews  the hunt racing scene at Cheltenham


Road to the Derby - Races and Analysis/Replays


Come back here and click on CARD for results and video replays for North American races and many foreign races will have results links posted.

Race Index

International - Australia
12:30 a.m. ET Chipping Norton S G1 - Rand $600,000 3+  1600m T R7 CARD
More about the Chipping Norton Stakes     Royal Randwick Race Track

Black Heart Bart claims his 5th Group 1 - Replay embedded
Black Heart Bart's Futurity - Trakus results

Also at Caulfield:  Blue Diamond S - Race 7 - 2yo  - "Catchy" -Replay

North America
4:30 ET  Sensational Star S  SA  $100,000  4+ S  abt 6.5f T R3  CARD
4:39 ET  Mineshaft H G3  FG   $125,000  4+  8.5f  R8  CARD
4:50 ET  Busher S L  Aqu   $150,000  3yo f  8.5f  R8 #  CARD
5:06 ET  Rachel Alexandra S G2  FG   $200,000  3yo f  8.5f  R9 # CARD
5:33 ET  Fair Grounds H G3T  FG  + $125,000  4+  abt 9f T R10 CARD
5:35 ET  Gulfstream Park Sprint G3 GP  $100,000  4+  6.5f  R12  CARD
5:38 ET  Nodouble Breeders' S  OP  $100,000  3+ S  6f  R8  CARD
6:00 ET  Risen Star S G2  FG   $400,000  3yo  8.5f  R11 *  CARD
* KY Derby prep   # KY Oaks prep

Risen Star - result/video replay - Girvin posts upset

International - Japan
Arlington Cup G3T  JRA  $676,000  3yo  8f T R11  CARD
Arlington Cup - result - replay

6:55 ET  Mine That Bird Derby  Sun   $100,000  3yo  8.5f  R 9 CARD
7:00 ET  Tiznow S  SA   $100,000  4+ S  8f  R8  CARD

Inernational - Hong Kong
1:00 a.m. ET QUEEN’S SILVER JUBILEE CUP-G1, HK US$1,288,828  3yo/up, 1400mT R3  CARD
Helene Paragon edges out Able Friend
Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup - Result      Race Replay

3:05 a.m. ET HONG KONG GOLD CUP-G1, US$1,288,828, 3yo/up, 2000mT  R7  CARD
Werther overcomes trouble in Hong Kong Gold Cup win   Race Replay

International - Japan
Hankyu Hai G3T  JRA   $726,000  4+  7f T R11   CARD
Hankyu Hai - result

Nakayama Kinen G2T  JRA   $1,112,000  4+  9f T R11  CARD
Nakayama Kinen result



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