California Chrome, Others Put in Breeders’ Cup Works Saturday

California Chrome puts in his final Breeders' Cup work at Los Alamitos

California Chrome puts in his final Breeders’ Cup work at Los Alamitos

By Jim Charvat

California Chrome was back out on the track Saturday, making an impression on those who came out to Los Alamitos on a chilly morning as well as his handlers. The Kentucky Derby winner worked five furlongs in 59.3, cutting out fractions of 24.1 and 48, galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.

Regular rider, Victor Espinoza, was in the irons for trainer, Art Sherman, who one again liked what he saw. It was Chrome’s final work for the Breeders’ Cup at Los Alamitos. Sherman said he will bring his colt over to Santa Anita Sunday. Next week all he plans for California Chrome are jogs and gallops leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday.

Watch: Tonalist’s final B.C. work at Belmont

Notable Breeders’ Cup Works

Several more Breeders’ Cup contenders were out on the track at Santa Anita, Belmont… Read the rest of this entry >>

Salutos Amigos Grabs G3 Bold Ruler at Belmont Park

Salutos Amigos wins the G3 Bold Ruler.

Salutos Amigos wins the G3 Bold Ruler.

Update:

Saluto Amigos passes em all in the lane to win the 7-furlong, G3 Bold Ruler at Belmont Park. Confrontation got up for 2nd as the even money favorite, River Rocks, finished out of the money. More to come…

Watch: Salutos Amigos Swoop in and Win the G3 Bold Ruler 

Race Preview by Sean Morris

Grade 2 Kelso Handicap runner-up River Rocks will seek his first career graded stakes victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park.

The Bold Ruler, a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, is part of a 10-race… Read the rest of this entry >>

Beholder Update: Still Grappling With Fever, May Miss Tipton Sale

By mid-week, Beholder was still running a high fever.

By mid-week, Beholder was still running a fever.

By Jim Charvat

Two time Eclipse Award winner, Beholder, is still running a high temperature which may prevent her from traveling to Kentucky next week for the November Tipton Sale. The fever has already knocked her out of the Breeders’ Cup and a chance to defend her title in the Distaff next Saturday.

Trainer Dick Mandella said when she first spiked the fever last Sunday, they gave her penicillin. That is why, even if she had recovered by next… Read the rest of this entry >>

12 Days of Breeders’ Cup: Day Six – Filly & Mare Sprint

Breeders' Cup#3For the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup we are 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 Filly & Mare  Sprint.

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Queen’s Plate Winner, Lexie Lou, in Saturday’s G3 Autumn Miss

Lexie Lou, with Patrick Husbands aboard, winning the Queen's Plate. Photo by Michael Burns

Lexie Lou, with Patrick Husbands aboard, winning the Queen’s Plate. Photo by Michael Burns

A winner versus males of Canada’s prestigious $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes July 6, trainer Mark Casse’s, Lexie Lou, looms large in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita. In what shapes up as one of the best betting races of the current meeting, the Autumn Miss has attracted a wide-open field of 10 sophomore fillies at one mile on turf.

A four-time Canadian-bred stakes winner, Lexie Lou followed her win in the mile and a quarter (Polytrack) Queen’s Plate with a mile and a quarter turf win in the Canadian-bred Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine Aug. 10. Idle since running a distant last as the 3-2 favorite in Woodbine’s Grade II Canadian Stakes Sept. 14, the daughter of Sligo Bay will be trying a mile for the first time in the Autumn Miss.

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Departing Eyes Trip Back to the Winner’s Circle in G2 Fayette Saturday

Departing should be the odds on favorite to win the G2 Fayette Saturday at Keeneland.

Departing should be the odds on favorite to win the G2 Fayette Saturday at Keeneland.

Departing headlines a field of eight horses entered in Saturday’s 57th running of the $200,000 G2 Fayette at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. It will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s closing-day 10-race program with a 5:13 p.m. ET post time.

Trained by Al Stall Jr., who conditioned Blame for the same connections to win the 2009 Fayette, Departing comes into Saturday’s race off a runner-up effort in the Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs on Sept. 27.

Winner of the Super Derby (G2) and West Virginia Derby (G2) last year as well as the Illinois Derby (G3), Departing will break from post position two and be ridden by Robby Albarado…  Read the rest of this entry >>

Kent Desormeaux Back Riding at Santa Anita This Sunday

Kent Desormeaux will be back in the saddle at Santa Anita Sunday

Kent Desormeaux will be back in the saddle at Santa Anita Sunday

By Jim Charvat

Kent Desormeaux, who just four weeks ago was viciously kicked by a horse during a post parade at Santa Anita, says he will be back riding Sunday at the Great Race Place.

Desormeaux posted this message on his Facebook page Wednesday…

I’m back – In the SADDLE – I might add.

Plan on riding this Sunday at Santa Anita.

I’d like to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes the past few weeks as I’ve been recovering from a pre-race mishap that happened last month.

-Kent

Desormeaux was initially unseated by the horse soon after they stepped onto the track… Read the rest of this entry >>

Churchill Downs Opens Fall Meet Sunday With ‘Stars of Tomorrow’

Churchill Downs opens its Fall Meet, its third meet of the year, Sunday

Churchill Downs opens its Fall Meet, its third meet of the year, Sunday

By John Asher

Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise the curtain on its 26-day Fall Meet on Sunday, Oct. 26 and focus its racing spotlight on Thoroughbred racing’s rising stars in the first of two popular “Stars of Tomorrow”racing cards devoted exclusively to 2-year-olds. Ten races are scheduled on the program and a pair of $58,000-added, one-mile overnight stakes races – the Street Sense for colts and geldings and the Rags to Riches for fillies – headline the action.

Conquest Stable LLC’s Conquest Tsunami and Harry T. Rosenblum’s Far Right, both coming out of competition in Grade I stakes events, head a field of seven colts entered in the Street Sense, which is scheduled as the fourth race with a post time of 2:06 EDT. Wayne Catalano, who earned his first “Leading Trainer” title at… Read the rest of this entry >>

Gary Stevens to Ride in Breeders’ Cup: 14 Weeks After Knee Surgery

Gary Stevens aboard Mucho Macho Man after last year's Breeders' Cup Classic

Gary Stevens aboard Mucho Macho Man after last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic

Hall of Fame jockey and 10 time Breeders Cup winner Gary Stevens will be riding the Breeders’ Cup World Championships exactly 14 weeks to the day after under going Total Knee Replacement surgery on July 25, 2014. Stevens will be aboard Sivoliere in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday, October 31. He will be reuniting with owner Martin Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown.

Stevens and Martin Schwartz famously won the Beverly D at Arlington Park in 2004 aboard Angara. It was Gary’s first mount back at Arlington after his near career ending fall there in the 2003 Arlington Million. “I feel like we got the band back together. I couldn’t be… Read the rest of this entry >>

12 Days of Breeders’ Cup: Day Five – Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders' CupFor the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup we are 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 Filly & Mare Turf.

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Golden Eagle Farm Closes After Four Decades of Racing

Golden Eagle Farm will close its operation Oct. 31st.

Golden Eagle Farm will close its operation Oct. 31st.

By Jim Charvat

Arguably the most prominent racing stable in California horse racing history will close up shop at the end of the month, ending four decades of success, not only in the state of California, but nationally as well.

General manager, Janine McCullough, made the announcement Thursday, saying it’s a decision the Mabee family has been grappling with since 2012. The farm’s lone remaining stallion, Stormin Fever, will be relocated to Rancho Temescal in Piru, Ca. where he will stand again next year.

The racing operation will continue, run by John R. Mabee, one of three sons of founder John C. Mabee. He tweeted that…  Read the rest of this entry >>

2015 Kentucky Race Dates: An Unsettled Compromise

Churchill Downs will have to put up with conflicting dates again in 2015

Churchill Downs will have to put up with conflicting dates again in 2015

By Jim Charvat

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved the dates schedule for 2015 but not without some grumblings from track officials and commission members. The dispute between Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs was settled, for now, with both sides agreeing on a resolution for next year.

The issue concerned overlapping dates in September. Kentucky Downs, which had a hugely successful and popular meet in 2014, requested seven days in September, over and above the 5-days it ran in 2014. Churchill Downs and Keeneland both voiced dissatisfaction with any overlapping dates, and one commissioner agreed and was the lone dissenting vote on the dates proposal. Foster Northrup believes Kentucky Downs meet is taking quality horses from both Churchill and Keeneland.

The agreement did not give Kentucky Downs it’s additional two dates but instead allowed them to open earlier, on Sept. 5th, during the Labor Day… Read the rest of this entry >>