Friday, April 14, 2017


Let's Go To The Races - Apr 15-16, 2017
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Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file 


Classic Empire delivers in Arkansas Derby
Team Casse celebrates Classic Empire return to form
Derby Points Standing - Final as of 4-16-17
Printable Points Standing Grid - PDF

The Lady shows her heels to the competition in the Giant's Causeway in her seasonal bow!

BloodHorse: Lady Aurelia all class in Giant's Causeway
The globe-trotting, Cartier Award-winning bay filly earned every style point in her first outing since last September when she whipped her way off the final turn and showed older rivals how it was done with a 2 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes over the Keeneland lawn.



Joe Kristufek answers the crucial question in this article from America's Best Racing

With the 50 points he earned in the Rebel, Malagacy already has enough. Here’s what the remaining horses most likely need to do in the Arkansas Derby in order to qualify.

Horses (current points)
4th (10 points) or better 
Untrapped (34 - currently 20th)
Classic Empire (32)

3rd (20 points) or better 
Conquest Mo Money (20)
Sonneteer (20)

2nd (40 points) or win (100 points)
Petrov (13)
Lookin at Lee (12)
Silver Dust (1)
Rowdy the Warrior (2)
Rockin Rudy (0) New shooter
Grandpa’s Dream (0) New shooter
One Dreamy Dude (0) New shooter

Arkansas Derby Previews
Classic Empire?  He's back -- well, maybe!
DRF: Matt Bernier - Dan Illman
Andy Serling previews the Arkansas Derby
Mike Watchmaker - Matt Bernier Ark Derby
Classic Empire aims to regain luster in Arkansas Derby
Arkansas Derby 'Cheat Sheet'
Five Questions to be answered in Arkansas Derby
James Scully: Untrapped should get trip in Arkansas Derby
Kellie Reilly: Five things to know about the Arkansas Derby
John Mucciolo weighs in on Arkansas Derby & Lexington Stakes

XBTV - Live streaming Arkansas Derby - Oaklawn Park
Twin Spires - live streaming - Requires account

Stellar Wind blows into Oaklawn for Apple Blossom
The man who raised Lady Eli and his rapport with his horses
Lady Eli makes seasonal bow in star studded Jenny Wiley
Lady Aurelia faces elders in Giant's Causeway
TDN: Derby Top 20 for April 11

Analysis:  Why Blue Grass result casts doubts over much of the Road to the Kentucky Derby
James Willoughby analyzes all the major Derby trial races and what they reveal.  This article is about the Blue Grass Stakes last weekend.  He will wrap up his series after this weekend's last major Derby prep, the $1Million G1 Arkansas Derby.
Santa Anita Derby - Gormley   At the link, scroll down to access the rest of the Derby preps as analyzed by Willoughby

Derby Qualifying races - race by race analysis by Jay Privman
Arkansas Derby by the numbers



Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file
Race Entries Index

After a race has been completed, click on CARD for replay at BloodHorse

5:30 ET  Maker's 46 Mile G1T  Kee  $300,000  4+  8f T  R9  CARD
5:42 ET  Fantasy S G3  OP  $400,000  3yo f  8.5f  R8  CARD
6:10 ET  APPLE BLOSSOM H G1 OP  $600,000  4+ f/m  8.5f  R9  CARD

Stellar Wind comes back in style in Apple Blossom victory  Replay
Ever So Clever stamps Oaks ticket in Fantasty Stakes win
American Patriot denies Heart to Heart in Makers 46 Mile

4:24 ET  Ben Ali S G3  Kee  $200,000  4+  9f R7  CARD
4:44 ET  Plenty of Grace S  Aqu  $100,000  4+ f/m  8f T R7  CARD
4:53 ET  Jacques Cartier S  WO  $100,000  4+  6f AW R8  CARD
4:57 ET  Giant's Causeway S L  Kee  $100,000  3+ f/m  5.5f T R8  CARD
4:57 ET  Count Fleet Sprint H G3 OP  $400,000  4+  6f  R7  CARD
5:30 ET  Los Angeles H G3  SA  $100,000  3+  6f  R4  CARD
5:33 ET  Northern Spur  OP  $150,000  3yo  8.5f R8  CARD
5:34 ET  Lexington S G3  Kee  $200,000  3yo  8.5f  R9  CARD
6:09 ET  Oaklawn H G2  OP  $750,000  4+  9f  R9  CARD
6:12 ET  JENNY WILEY S G1 KEE  $350,000  4+ f/m  8.5f T R10  CARD
7:18 ET  ARKANSAS DERBY G1  OP  $1,000,000  3yo  9f  R11  CARD

Result - Replay - Tough beat for Lady Eli as Dickinson prevails at wire

4:53 ET  Star Shoot S  WO  $100,000  3yo f  6f AW  R8  CARD
6:30 ET  MSW $54,000 1 1/8 mi Turf R6  CARD *
6:37 ET  Copper Top Futurity  Sun  $110,000  2yo S  4.5f  R8  CARD
7:05 ET  Sunland Park H  Sun  $150,000  3+  9f   R9  CARD

*ZICONIC MAIDEN, 2ND TIME ON TURF This will be his 6th attempt. He was a well beaten second last time out on the turf, but he was closing at the end after a late start at the gate. John may have seen something about the way he was coming at the end that has led him to continue him on the turf. Here is the replay for his last try on the turf at a mile, and his race on Sunday looks to give him the extra distrance the last race indicated he might like. He looks like he knows what his job is in the last time out. Santa Anita Race 4 - Mar 19 - 1 mi Turf

Japan Racing 
2:40 a.m. ET  Satsuki Sho Japanese Two Thousand Guineas G1  JRA  $1,785,000  3yo  10f T R  CARD    Preview    RESULT - REPLAY  RESULT
FIRST LEG OF JAPANESE TRIPLE CROWN. Featuring Japan's most accomplished and promising 3 years olds, the race goes off at 2:40 a.m. ET Sunday morning (11:40 p.m. PT, Saturday). Because of the hour in the U.S., you might wish to catch the replay. Usually the English version is posted Monday, but the race replay can be found at the Japan racing site following the race.

"By far the most fascinating runner to be nominated, FAN DII NA, the FILLY by Deep Impact is unbeaten in three starts, and is coming off a five-length victory in the Grade 3 Flower Cup over 1,800 meters at Nakayama in March. The eye-catching filly is bidding to become the first filly to win the race since Hide Hikari in 1948."


Breeders Cup Challenge features 81 races in 2017
Scuba looks to continue winning says in Ben Ali
Aidan O'Brien Stable Tour
Aidan O'Brien stable tour - ATR
Arrogate tops World's Best Racehorse rankings
Green Gratto delivers and so does his trainer
NBC Sports plans 11 BC Challenge program broadcasts


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