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.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 05:46

This week's thoroughbred and harness stakes

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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

For more carryovers, click here.

Monday, 21 November 2016 05:44

Thanksgiving Weekend Stakes

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Aqueduct: $125,000 Winter Memories; $100,000 King's Swan

Del Mar: G2 $200,000 Hollywood Turf Club

Golden Gate: $50,000 Debutante

Thursday, 17 November 2016 05:40

Papo takes a look at Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct

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aqueductlogoThe 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.

Friday, 11 November 2016 05:36

Papo picks the G3 Discovery Stakes at Aqueduct

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aqueductlogoAqueduct 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.

Saturday, 05 November 2016 05:33

Fields and Odds for the Breeders' Cup

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JUVENILE FILLIES

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

Monday, 31 October 2016 05:27

Early Breeders’ Cup Friday Thoughts by Division

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breederscupsantanitaJuvenile Turf

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.

breederscupsantanitaFrom BreedersCup.com

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.

keenelandRace 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.