Friday, July 7, 2017


Let's Go To The Races - July 8-9, 2017
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UPI Weekend Racing in Review 
Robert Kieckhefer previews a very busy weekend of racing in U.S. & abroad

Saturday:  NBC 4:30-6:00 p.m. EDT   FS2 - 6:00-7:00 EDT

The second must-see event of the Belmont spring/summer meet will be the return of the popular Stars & Stripes Festival on Saturday, July 8. Featuring some prestigious Turf races, it is expected to attract local and international stars: Shaman Ghost, Cupid. Irish training legend, Aidan O'Brien, brings his Whitecliffsofdover for the Belmont Derby Invitational.
It could well be called a TURF FESTIVAL, as it will feature a pair of prestigious Grade 1 races on the turf for 3-year-olds in the $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational and the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational for fillies, both at 1 ¼ miles. The Suburban Handicap, the Dwyer, and the Belmont Sprint Championship round out a spectacular day of racing.

Thunder Snow is the favorite in a field of just five for Sunday's Group 1 Jean Prat at Chantilly. The Godolphin runner won the Group 2 UAE Derby in Dubai, declined to run in the Kentucky Derby, finished second behind only Churchill in the Group 1 2000 Guineas and then was third in the St James's Palace. The four locals include Trais Fluors, an Andre Fabre-trained Danehill colt undefeated in four starts but stepping up in class. Gold Luck exits a second in the Group 2 Prix de Sandringham
10:35 a.m. ET (15:35)  Prix Jean Prat (G1) Chantilly 3yo  1mi   CARD                
Forecast: 4/6 Trais Fluors, 4/1 Lightupthenight, 9/2 Thunder Snow, 5/1 Turf Laurel, 7/1 Gold Luck
Saturday's Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown gives the 3-year-olds a chance to show how they stack up against their elders. With Investec Derby winner Wings of Eagles injured and retired, the 3-year-old contingent for this 10-furlongs event includes the second- and fourth-place finishers from the Derby, Cliffs of Moher and Eminent, and Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes winner Barney Roy. Decorated Knight, most recently second to Highland Reel in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, is the top chance among the older crowd. This is almost always a good race with massive implications for the remainder of the season. 
10:35 ET (15:35)   Coral-Eclipse (G1) Sandown  3yo+   10f   CARD
             (British Champions Series)
Forecast: 7/4 Cliffs Of Moher, 3/1 Barney Roy, 7/2 Eminent, 7/1 Decorated Knight, 7/1 Ulysses, 20/1 Lightning Spear, 50/1 Desert Encounter, 50/1 Salouen, 66/1 Taj Mahal

The finish is likely to be dominated by 3-y-os BARNEY ROY, Eminent and Cliffs of Moher. Preference is for Barney Roy, who is arguably unlucky not to be unbeaten and showed no signs of stopping at the finish when landing the St James's Palace, leaving the impression that this trip will be within range. Eminent is taken to reverse Epsom placings with Cliffs of Moher and emerge as the main danger.
Timeform 1-2-3: BARNEY ROY (5)  EMINENT (7) CLIFFS OF MOHER (6)

America's Best Racing (The Jockey Club)
DRF - Handicapping video shows
Big Money Mike Joins the World Battle for #3 Jockey after Belmont Blitz
Preview Coral Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday
The Pizza Man still looms large in Stars & Stripes
Yoshida steps up for Belmont Derby
Yoshida on the rise in the Belmont Derby

The Dwyer Brothers

Imp and the Suburban

Requiem for the Suburban "Handicap"
Fifty years ago this week the legendary Buckpasser added to an already lengthy list of laurels by bravely winning the Suburban under an impost of 133 pounds, giving 22 pounds to runner-up Ring Twice. What made that victory, the last in his storied career, so special was that both his sire (Tom Fool, 1953) and dam (Busanda, 1951) had also won the 1 1/4-mile contest. To my knowledge, a sire-dam-offspring triple has not been achieved in any other race of national significance.

There have obviously been memorable Suburbans and Suburban winners since, but that edition neatly encapsulates what the Suburban once was and, with this latest change in identity, is unlikely to be again.
Prairie Meadows Racing Festival
Mike Smith delivers in the Iowa Distaff and the Iowa Derby for trainer Asmussen
Hence closes last to first in Iowa Derby 
Ditto for Danzatrice in the Iowa Distaff
The Iowa Derby completed a stakes double on the night for Asmussen and Smith, who won the $100,000 Iowa Distaff a race prior with Danzatrice, who also scored with a last-to-first rally. Gainesway Stables' daughter of Dunkirk earned her third stakes win by 1 1/4 lengths after she trailed by eight lengths early.
A day prior Asmussen and Smith teamed up twice at Prairie Meadows with Chanteline (third in the Saylorville Stakes) and Ever So Clever (sixth in the grade 3 Iowa Oaks), before the Hall of Fame jockey continued east for July 8's loaded Belmont Park card.
"I got to see a lot of old friends who I grew up with from Nebraska, Minnesota, and Arkansas, so it was nice seeing everybody," Smith said.



Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable File
Entries Index There are more races than those below, and you can find all the races for Saturday-Sunday at the index.
The CARD below also will take you to a replay after the race has run

4:38 ET  DWYER S G3  Bel   $400,000  3yo  8f  R6  CARD
4:50 ET  ROBERT DICK Mem'l S G3T  Del   $200,000  3+ f/m  11f T R8  CARD
5:13 ET  BELMONT SPRINT C'SHIP G2 BC  Bel   $350,000  3+  7f R7  CARD
5:46 ET  BELMONT OAKS INV'L G1  Bel   $1,000,000  3yo f  10f T R8  CARD
6:18 ET  SUBURBAN G2  Bel   $750,000  4+  10f  R9  CARD
6:35 ET  DELAWARE OAKS G3  Del   $300,000  3yo f  8.5f  R11  CARD
6:50 ET  BELMONT DERBY INV'L G1  Bel   $1,200,000  3yo  10f T R10  CARD
7:28 ET  Bertrando S  LosAl   $100,000  3+ S  8f  R7  CARD
8:17 ET Iowa Sprint H (L)  PrM   $100,000  3+  6f  R8  CARD
8:28 ET  GREAT LADY M. S G2  LosAl   $200,000  3+ f/m  6.5f  R8  CARD
8:50 ET  Cornhusker H G3  PrM   $300,000  3+  9f R9  CARD
4:46 ET  Victory Ride S G3  Bel   $150,000  3yo f  6.5f  R7  CARD
4:48 ET  Bison City S  WO   $225,000  3yo f S  8.5f AW R8  CARD

5:18 ET  River Memories  Bel   $100,000  4+ f/m  12f T R8  CARD


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