12 Days of Breeders’ Cup: Day Two – The Dirt Mile

Breeders' Cup#2For the next 11 days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup we will be presenting the “12 Days of Breeders’ Cup”, kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas just without the French Hens and Turtle Doves. We are featuring one Breeders’ Cup race per day.

We will tell you who is expected to run and give you a brief recap of their past races. We are not going to tell you who to choose, just give you valuable information you can use to make your own selection.

It’s just another way sdhorserace.com keeps you on top of the racing news and information from around the country. Today, it’s the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

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Judy the Beauty, Bourbon Courage: Breeders’ Cup Works at Keeneland

Judy the Beauty tunes up for her run in the Filly and Mare Turf on Breeders' Cup day.

Judy the Beauty tunes up for her run in the Filly and Mare Sprint on Breeders’ Cup day.

Judy the Beauty, winner of this summer’s G3 Rancho Bernardo at Del Mar, tuned up for an expected start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) by working five furlongs on Keeneland’s main track in :57.80.

Owner and trained by Wesley Ward, Judy the Beauty started nine lengths in back of two workmates and while racing three wide closed the gap to two lengths at the wire. She covered the first three-eighths in :34.60 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.80. The five-furlong time was easily the best of 10 for the morning and the fastest morning clocking at the distance for the meet.

Judy the Beauty, who also won last year’s Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) at Keeneland, finished second to champion Groupie Doll in… Read the rest of this entry >>

Red Outlaw Remains Undefeated After Win In Uniformity Stakes

Red Outlaw may next stretch out in the G2 Twilight on Breeders' Cup Day

Red Outlaw may next stretch out in the G2 Twilight on Breeders’ Cup Day

In one of the most impressive efforts of the current Autumn Meet, California-bred Red Outlaw ran his unbeaten streak to six in taking Sunday’s $75,000 Uniformity Stakes geared down by 2 ½ lengths under Edwin Maldonado, getting 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.92.

Trained by Peter Miller and heavily favored 4-5, Red Outlaw rocketed out of the gate and led throughout while smoking through fractions of 21.30, 43.36 and 1:05.97. He paid $3.80, $3.00 and $2.40.

Challenged momentarily as the field of eight sophomores made the dirt crossing at… Read the rest of this entry >>

12 Days of Breeders’ Cup: Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf

08bc1Marathon1329DDFor the next 12 days we will be presenting the “12 Days of Breeders’ Cup”, kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas just without the French Hens and Turtle Doves. After today, we will feature one Breeders’ Cup race per day.

We will tell you who is expected to run and give you a brief recap of their past races. We are not going to tell you who to choose, just give you valuable information you can use to make your own selection.

It’s just another way sdhorserace.com keeps you on top of the racing news and information from around the country.

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Beholder Out of B.C Distaff: Spiked a Fever Sunday

Unconfirmed reports say Beholder spiked a fever overnight and will not run in the B.C. Distaff.

Beholder spiked a fever overnight and will not run in the B.C. Distaff.

By Jim Charvat

Reports from the Richard Mandella barn have it that two-time Eclipse Award winner and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff champ, Beholder, will not defend her title this year after spiking a fever overnight.

The 4-year old daughter of Henny Hughes just worked a bullet work at Santa Anita Saturday and seemed ready to run in the Breeders’ Cup in less than two weeks.

“She had a little bit of a temperature this morning and it got higher (peaking at 104), so we had to treat it,” Mandella said. “We hope she doesn’t get sicker, but she won’t run in the Distaff.”

After she was medicated the fever subsided. This is Beholder’s second setback this year after being sidelined by a cut pastern suffered in the G1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park in June.

While their dreams of another Breeders’ Cup win are dashed, the connections, Spendthrift Farm, say they still plan to take Beholder to the Fasig Tipton Sale in November where other standout fillies, Princess of Sylmar, Rosalind and Stopchargingmaria, will also be… Read the rest of this entry >>

Euro Invaders Run One-Two in G1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine

Favorite Just the Judge makes off with the G1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns

Favorite Just the Judge makes off with the G1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns

Favoured Just The Judge, with Jamie Spencer aboard, held off Odeliz in deep stretch to win the $510,000 Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, part of the Pattison Canadian International card Sunday at Woodbine.

Watch: Just the Judge Takes the G1 E.P. Taylor

At the finish of the mile and one-quarter turf classic for fillies and mares, Just The Judge proved a half-length to the good, crossing the line in 2:03.47.   Deceptive Vision, who had threatened at the top of the stretch when challenging pacesetter Wall of Sound, wound up third, two lengths behind Odeliz.   Wall of Sound hung on for fourth.

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Hillstar Captures the G1 Canadian Int’l at Woodbine

Hillstar takes the G1 Canadian Int'l at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns.

Hillstar takes the G1 Canadian Int’l at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns.

Hillstar, brilliantly ridden by champion jockey Ryan Moore, collared the leaders turning for home and went on to post a three-quarters of a length win over Big Blue Kitten in the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International Sunday at Woodbine.

It was the second consecutive win for Moore in the $1 million turf classic, after piloting Joshua Tree to victory last year, the first time a rider has won consecutive Internationals since the race became a turf event in 1958.   It was also the second International victory for world-renowned trainer Sir Michael Stoute, who won the 1996 renewal with Singspiel.

Watch: Hillstar Wins the G1 Canadian Int’l

But the complexion of the 77th edition of the race changed dramatically in post parade.  In what was a stunning prelude, the 2-1 morning line favourite Brown Panther, winner of last month’s Irish St. Leger at the Curragh, had to be scratched after running off.

Not only was he edgy in post parade, but he got loose shortly thereafter and shockingly… Read the rest of this entry >>

Gary Stevens Back in the Saddle: Works Horse For Tom Proctor

Gary Stevens looks good back in the saddle at Santa Anita Saturday morning. Photo by Zoe Metz

Gary Stevens looks good back in the saddle at Santa Anita Saturday morning. Photo by Zoe Metz

A real treat Saturday morning was seeing jockey, Gary Stevens, back in the saddle as he took a spin around the Santa Anita oval looking no worse for wear. He has not ridden competitively since undergoing right knee replacement surgery July 25. Stevens jogged one horse and worked another for trainer Tom Proctor Saturday morning.

“It’s thumbs up,” Stevens said. “It’s all good, really good. Tomorrow I work (Breeders’ Cup Sprint candidate) Fast Anna for Kathy Ritvo.”

Stevens says he does not expect to be back racing until after the end of the year. His target date is the opener for Santa Anita on December 26th. But seeing Stevens ride left some observers Saturday believing the Hall of Fame rider could ride in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup, though that would probably be rushing things for the 51-year old rider.

 

Maryland Million Day: No Shortage of Thrillers at Laurel Park Saturday

The Maryland Million is the one of the most important racing days at Laurel Park with 11 events for runners sired by Maryland-based stallions for combined purses totaling $1 million. The 29th  annual event drew a crowd of 18,870 on a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon in central Maryland.

Here’s a recap…

EighttofasttocatchClassic

Eighttofasttocatch was the popular winner of today’s feature on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, defending his title in the $150,000 Classic in wire to wire fashion at Laurel Park.

Sent to post as the 3-5 favorite, Eighttofasttocatch carried Forest Boyce to a driving, 4-1/2 length victory in 1:50.54 for the 1-1/8 mile distance. Concealed Identity beat the rest to finish second, while Turbin was third.

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Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park: A Recap

Effinex, the upset winner of hte Empire Classic. Photo by Adam Cogliane

Effinex, the upset winner of the Empire Classic. Photos by Adam Cogliane

Empire Classic

Wearing a set of blinkers belonging to his multiple graded stakes-winning stablemate, Wicked Strong, Effinex outdueled So Lonesome in a fierce battle to the wire for an upset Saturday’s $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap, the centerpiece of Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park.

While four of the eight stakes races devoted exclusively to New York-breds went to favorites, Effinex’s victory as the longest shot in the field of nine was the surprise of the afternoon on track.

Effinex, whose previous best finish in a stakes race was second in the Albany on August 24, was away alertly and then settled in midpack as So Lonesome led the way. Moved into contention on the turn… Read the rest of this entry >>