From Gulfstream Park:
New Grade 3 One of 3 Graded Races on Card with 5 Stakes
Talk Logistics, Storming My Way Take Different Route to Stakes
Sweetontheladies Takes New Dimension into $75,000 Smooth Air
Set to be renewed as a graded stakes for the first time Dec. 17 at Gulfstream Park, the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday (G3) attracted 18 nominations, including five from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, the 13-time defending Championship Meet titlist.
Aqueduct: Carryover - $837,571 Pick 6
Ascot (AUS): G3 A.J. Scahill Stakes. Early Sat. AM ET
Fairgrounds: Carryover - $47,419 Pick 5 Jackpot
Los Alamitos: Carryover - $11,539 Pick 6
Turfway: Carryover - $23,823 Super High Five
Meadowlands - Harness: Carryover - $53,711 Super High Five Last Race
Woodbine - Harness: Niagra. Carryover - $438,804 Super High Five Jackpot
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The pinnacle race on the Aqueduct card Saturday is the Artie Schiller Stakes, going a mile on the Aqueduct lawn. Under the tutelage of James Jerkins, Artie Schiller had an outstanding career winning 10 of 22 lifetime starts with earnings of over $2 million dollars. While he raced until his five-year-old season, his four-year-old-campaign was by far his best.
In 2005, Artie Schiller won the Grade 2 Maker’s Mark Mile, Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, and capped the year taking the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile. It’s nice to see NYRA name a race after this outstanding racehorse and this is a solid group of ten older horses running for the winner’s share of the $150k purse.
Aqueduct Race 8 Discovery Stakes
This will mark the 72nd running of the Discovery, which was first run in 1945 and won by War Jeep. The race was named after the 1935 Horse of The Year, Discovery, who had a remarkable race year winning 11 of 19 races while carrying an average of a 131 pounds. Over the years the race has been won by some of the all-time greats including Kelso (1960), Forego (1973), and Dynaformer (1988). While this edition of the Discovery lacks some of the star power of yesteryear, the field of eleven that will enter the starting gate is highly competitive.
Post time: 3:05
$2 million, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 mile
1, Colorful Charades, L.Saez, 30-1
2, With Honors, F.Prat, 10-1
3, Valadorna, J.Leparoux, 5-1
4, Yellow Agate, M.Franco, 8-1
5, Sweet Loretta, J.Castellano, 6-1
6, Champagne Room, M.Gutierrez, 20-1
7, Jamyson ‘n Ginger, I.Ortiz, 8-1
8, Dancing Rags, A.Cruz, 12-1
9, Union Strike, M.Garcia, 6-1
10, Noted and Quoted, R.Bejarano, 9-2
11, Daddys Lil Darling, C.Lanerie, 12-1
12, American Gal, M.Smith, 6-1
Good Samaritan – Lightly raced son of Harlan’s Holiday could be something special. Loved the turn of foot he showed when winning the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine. While he lacks seasoning, talent is there.
Ticonderoga – From a numbers standpoint, he is going to have to improve but I don’t think we have truly seen the best of the son of Tapit. Needs to mature a bit as he has raced green in two of three of his races. If Brown can get his head into the race, he is a logical contender.
Big Score –While I prefer the east coast sophomores, I can’t deny what the offspring of Mr. Big did when galloping away from the field in the Zuma Beach on the Santa Anita turf course. Numbers show an upward trajectory and he may be the local that has the best shot.
Lancaster Bomber – One of two that I like from Aiden O’Brien’s barn. While he has found the winner’s circle only once in five starts, he did run a good second to the top class Churchill last time out in a Group 1 at Newmarket. Does not care for a track with yielding turf as his two worst performances came on yielding ground. The turf will certainly be firm on Friday and he could step up with the best run of his career.
Intelligence Cross – I actually prefer this son of War Front opposed to his stablemate. He has never run beyond six furlongs but the pedigree says with distance, he will only get better. He has finished in the exacta in four of six career starts and I have a feeling this is the one O’Brien thinks can get the job done.
ARCADIA, Calif. (October 26 2016) – Led by North America’s all-time leading money earner CALIFORNIA CHROME, two-time Breeders’ Cup champion mare BEHOLDER, Travers Stakes winner ARROGATE, defending champions TEPIN and FOUND (IRE) and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner NYQUIST, an all-star international cast of 185 of the world’s best Thoroughbreds, including 38 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious two-day global event, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races with purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held for a record ninth time at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5. There will be four Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Friday and nine Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Saturday.
The Breeders’ Cup will be televised live by NBCSN and NBC. The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be broadcast live on Saturday, November 5 at 5:35 p.m. PT/8:35 p.m. ET on NBC (8-9 p.m. ET).
Among the statistical highlights in this year’s pre-entries are that a total of seven races are oversubscribed with more than 14 horses. There are 45 horses who have qualified for automatic starting positions through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series that are pre-entered. Aidan O’Brien has pre-entered 13 horses, the most among trainers, and the Coolmore partnerships lead all owners with 14 horses pre-entered.
Race 9 Lexus Raven Run Stakes
The pinnacle race on the Saturday Keeneland card is the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run Stakes. The Raven Run is named after a 374-acre nature preserve located just outside of Lexington, Kentucky. Notable winners through the years have included Sightseek (2002), Leah’s Secret (2006), and a favorite of mine, Informed Decision (2008), who holds both the stakes and track record for this race when it was run on the polytrack.
Race 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.
Date, 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
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.
From 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.