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  • 14
    OCT

    Papo's analysis, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

    keenelandRace 9 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes

    First run in 1984, the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup has been a fall cornerstone of the Keeneland meet. The race is named after Queen Elizabeth II, who attended the races at Keenland and handed out the winning trophy on October 11th, 32 years ago. Notable winners of the race include Memories of Silver (1996), Film Maker (2003), and a personal favorite of mine Dayatthespa in 2012. This year, the race drew a strong, competive field of nine fillies looking to take home Grade 1 honors.

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  • 09
    OCT

    October Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" Races

    breederscupDate, Race, Track, Breeders' Cup Division

    Oct 7, Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes, Keeneland, TwinSpires Sprint
    Oct 7, Darley Alcibiades Stakes, Keeneland, 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
    Oct 8, Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes, Belmont Park, Filly & Mare Turf
    Oct 8, Frizette Stakes, Belmont Park, 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
    Oct 8, Foxwoods Champagne Stakes, Belmont Park, Sentient Jet Juvenile
    Oct 8, Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, Belmont Park, Classic
    Oct 8, Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, Keeneland, Filly & Mare Sprint
    Oct 8, Claiborne Breeders' Futurity, Keeneland, Sentient Jet Juvenile
    Oct 8, Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes, Keeneland, Mile
    Oct 8, Santa Anita Sprint Championship, Santa Anita Park, TwinSpires Sprint
    Oct 9, Dixiana Bourbon Stakes, Keeneland, Juvenile Turf
    Oct 9, Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, Keeneland, Longines Distaff
    Oct 12, JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes, Keeneland, Juvenile Fillies Turf

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  • 07
    OCT

    Papo Picks the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland

    Race 9 Shadwell Turf Mile - Keeneland

    First run in 1986, the Shadwell Turf Mile has always been one of the fall highlights at Keeneland. Notable winners include the inaugural winner Leprechauns Wish, Gio Ponti - who won it back to back in 2010 and 2011- and two-time Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, who won this race twice in 2012 and then again in 2014. This year’s race drew an outstanding field of 11 horses looking to cross the wire first and claim their “Win and You’re In” entry into the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

    While your morning line favorite is Tourist (3-1), I believe the horse that will actually be the favorite at post time is Mondialiste (6-1). The six-year-old by Galileo is a world traveler as he has raced in Hong Kong, France, Great Britain, Canada and the United States. He is coming off an excellent performance at Arlington Park, where he won the Grade 1 Arlington Million. Two starts back, he ran a game second to Time Test, a proven European router, in the Grade 2 Sky Bet York Stakes in England. In 2015 he won the Woodbine Mile, then followed up that performance with a second to Tepin in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at this track. It is for those reasons I believe he will be bet down to the favorite. He is a logical contender in this race and I fully expect him to run well but I will take a stand against him for win honors. His last two races have been at route distances and, although he has won at the mile distance, I am not sure his closing style is going to work with the pace dynamics of this race.

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  • 27
    SEP

    Turf Classic Day at Belmont - Super Saturday

    belmontpark logoFrom NYRA Press Office

    The fields are shaping up for the first of two spectacular 'Super Saturdays' of racing on Saturday, October 1 at Belmont Park leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park.

    The Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational for 3-year-olds and up, will headline an exciting day that includes four other graded stakes: the Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh for sprinters; the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up; the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap for fillies and mares; and the Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim for 2-year-olds on the turf.

     

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  • 23
    SEP

    Papo picks the G1 Pennsylvania Derby

    cotillion2016penBy Papo Morales, AmWager

    Parx

    Race 11 Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby

    A full field of twelve three-year-old’s running for the winner’s share of $1.25 million in the pinnacle race on the Parx card, the Pennsylvania Derby. First run in 1979, the Pennsylvania Derby has had some notable winners including Broad Brush, Dixieland Band, Summer Squall, Harlan’s Holiday and last year Frosted.

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  • 19
    SEP

    October Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" Races

    breederscupDate, Race, Track, Breeders' Cup Division

    Oct 1, Vosburgh Invitational Stakes, Belmont Park, TwinSpires Sprint
    Oct 1, FrontRunner Stakes, Santa Anita Park, Sentient Jet Juvenile
    Oct 1, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, Belmont Park, Longines Turf
    Oct 1, Zenyatta Stakes, Santa Anita Park, Longines Distaff
    Oct 1, Chandelier Stakes, Santa Anita Park, 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
    Oct 1, Rodeo Drive Stakes, Santa Anita Park, Filly & Mare Turf
    Oct 1, Awesome Again Stakes, Santa Anita Park, Classic
    Oct 2, Sprinters Stakes, Nakayama, Turf Sprint
    Oct 2, Total Prix Marcel Boussac, Chantilly, Juvenile Fillies Turf
    Oct 2, Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, Chantilly, Juvenile Turf
    Oct 2, Longines Prix de L'Opera, Chantilly, Filly & Mare Turf
    Oct 7, Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes, Keeneland, TwinSpires Sprint
    Oct 7, Darley Alcibiades Stakes, Keeneland, 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
    Oct 8, Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes, Belmont Park, Filly & Mare Turf
    Oct 8, Frizette Stakes, Belmont Park, 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
    Oct 8, Foxwoods Champagne Stakes, Belmont Park, Sentient Jet Juvenile
    Oct 8, Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, Belmont Park, Classic
    Oct 8, Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, Keeneland, Filly & Mare Sprint
    Oct 8, Claiborne Breeders' Futurity, Keeneland, Sentient Jet Juvenile
    Oct 8, Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes, Keeneland, Mile
    Oct 8, Santa Anita Sprint Championship, Santa Anita Park, TwinSpires Sprint
    Oct 9, Dixiana Bourbon Stakes, Keeneland, Juvenile Turf
    Oct 9, Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, Keeneland, Longines Distaff
    Oct 12, JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes, Keeneland, Juvenile Fillies Turf

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