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  • Any big races on this weekend?

    I wonder if the hatfull of G1s at Belmont this weekend has been canceled?
    Heard there's some race in KY too, might even be a Derby winner running it.

  • #2
    why would they be cancelled? i haven't heard a thing about any races at belmont getting cancelled.
    Different Times Equestrian Ventures at Hidden Spring Ranch


    • #3
      That's one funny heading Drvmb-before I noticed who posted it I was thinking-What hole do they live in????

      This is one weekend I am reallllllllllllllllly upset I don't have TVG. It's like the best BC prep weekend ever! Ok, maybe not ever, but in a long time. And, OMG, there are like the 4 top Triple Crown runners participating...like, what planet did we land on?


      • #4
        Hey, what is going on with Teuflesberg? He was supposedly being considered for the Vosburgh and did not appear-this would be his 3rd race he has been scratched. I am curious what this dispute is?!


        • Original Poster

          Maybe Tuef's connections saw Discreet Cat and exited stage left.

          Of all the races this weekend, DC's return is the one I'm most eagerly anticipating. I'm curious to see if the whole Throat infection deal back in march that supposedly hindered him in the DWC was BS or not. If it's the truth, then this horse is still the 900lb gorilla of world horse racing.


          • #6
            Street Sense and Hard Spun are running at Turfway tomorrow, I believe.
            "No, not anything goes, I said no rules!"


            • Original Poster

              Los big races this weekend. Some good horses running over the course of the weekend, though all in all no real stacked fields.

              At Belmont:

              G1, 9f, f/m, 3+, $600k
              1 Miss Shop (FL) 4 Filly 123 Javier Castellano
              2 Ginger Punch (FL) 4 Filly 123 Rafael Bejarano
              3 Indian Vale (ON) 5 Mare 123 John R. Velazquez
              4 Ice Cool Kitty (NY) 4 Filly 123 Michael J. Luzzi
              5 Unbridled Belle (KY) 4 Filly 123 Ramon A. Dominguez
              6 Mo Cuishle (KY) 4 Filly 123 Eibar Coa
              7 Balance (KY) 4 Filly 123 Victor Espinoza
              8 Sugar Shake (KY) 4 Filly 123 Rafael Bejarano

              G1, 6f, 3+, $400k
              1 Fabulous Strike (PA) 4 Gelding 124 Ramon A. Dominguez
              2 Park Avenue Ball (NJ) 5 Horse 124 Rafael Bejarano
              3 E Z Warrior (KY) 3 Colt 122 Victor Espinoza
              4 Discreet Cat (KY) 4 Colt 124 Garrett K. Gomez
              5 First Defence (KY) 3 Colt 122 Javier Castellano
              6 Mach Ride (FL) 4 Colt 124 Elvis Trujillo
              7 Will He Shine (KY) 5 Horse 124 Alan Garcia
              8 Talent Search (KY) 4 Colt 124 Ryan Fogelsonger

              Jockey Club Gold Cup
              G1, 1¼m, 3+, $750k
              1 Brother Bobby (KY) 4 Gelding 126 Stewart Elliott
              2 Sun King (KY) 5 Horse 126 Alan Garcia
              3 Political Force (KY) 4 Colt 126 Cornelio H. Velasquez
              4 Malibu Moonshine (FL) 5 Horse 126 Channing Hill
              5 Curlin (KY) 3 Colt 122 Robby Albarado
              6 Lawyer Ron (KY) 4 Colt 126 John R. Velazquez
              7 Indy Wind (KY) 5 Horse 126 Rafael Bejarano

              Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

              G1, 1½m, 3+, Turf, $500k
              1 English Channel (KY) 5 Horse 126 John R. Velazquez
              2 Mustanfar (KY) 6 Horse 126 Garrett K. Gomez
              3 Mission Approved (NY) 3 Colt 121 Eibar Coa
              4 Kiss the Kid (KY) 4 Colt 126 Stewart Elliott
              5 Interpatation (KY) 5 Gelding 126 Jose L. Espinoza
              6 Stream of Gold (IRE) 6 Gelding 126 Eddie Castro
              7 Green Girl (FR) 5 Mare 123 Alan Garcia
              Last edited by Drvmb1ggl3; Sep. 28, 2007, 11:15 PM.


              • Original Poster

                On to Kentucky, on the polytrack at Turfway Park, the Derby 1-2 go head to head again over a distance that probably suits Hard Spun better.

                Kentucky Cup Classic
                G2, 9f, 3+, $200k
                1 Hard Spun (PA) 3 Colt 118 Mario G. Pino
                2 Cat Shaker (KY) 5 Horse 118 Charles R. Woods, Jr.
                3 Street Sense (KY) 3 Colt 120 Calvin H. Borel
                4 Stream Cat (KY) 4 Gelding 118 Julien R. Leparoux
                5 Muqbil (KY) 7 Horse 118 Willie Martinez

                The out west, to sunny Californ-eye-ay, and the Cushion track at Santa Anita, where Lava Man looks to get back to winning ways.

                Goodwood Breeder's Cup
                G1, 9f, 3+, $400k
                1. Arson Squad (PA), Victor Espinoza
                2. Hello Sunday (FR), Brice Blanc
                3. Lewis Michael (KY), E. T. Baird
                4. Tiago (KY), Mike E. Smith
                5. Porfido (CHI), Joel Rosario
                6. Big Booster (KY), Michael C. Baze
                7. Lava Man (CA), Corey S. Nakatani
                8. Awesome Gem (KY), David R. Flores
                9. A. P. Xcellent (KY), Jose Valdivia, Jr.
                10. Wanna Runner (ON), Tyler Baze

                The G1 Norfolk Stakes for the babies will be run at Santa Anita on Sunday.
                There's also a G2 in Chicago this weekend, the Hawthorne Gold Cup, with a les than spectacular field
                Last edited by Drvmb1ggl3; Sep. 29, 2007, 01:33 AM.


                • Original Poster

                  Meanwhile, on the right side of the big pond, the top milers in Europe will line up at Ascot to do battle in the Queen Elizabeth II stakes. A notable absentee will be last year's winner George Washington, who was pulled by trainer Aidan O'Brien, with no real explanation other than they wanted to point him towards something else

                  QEII Stakes
                  G1, 1m, 3+, ~$450k
                  1 Blue Ksar (129)
                  2 Cesare (129)
                  3 Dunelight (129)
                  4 Ramonti (129)
                  5 Stormy River (129)
                  6 Nanina (126)
                  7 Duke of Marmalade (125)
                  8 Excellent Art (125)
                  9 Vital Equine (125)
                  10 Darjina (122)


                  • #10
                    Humm I wonder which races will be aired on regular tv? I will have to look them up, and see....thanks for the heads up on the big races this weekend, I knew I liked this forum!
                    "A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dreamboat Annie View Post
                      Humm I wonder which races will be aired on regular tv? I will have to look them up, and see....thanks for the heads up on the big races this weekend, I knew I liked this forum!
                      For those who don't feel like looking it up:

                      ESPN Sept 30, 4 pm

                      Jockey Club Gold Cup
                      Beldame Stakes
                      Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
                      Vosburgh Stakes
                      Goodwood Handicap


                      • #12
                        I'll be at Belmont on Sunday. Any other intrepid souls?

                        Also, on Sat at BEL they run the Kelso at 1 mile on grass and the Flower Bowl Invititional for fillies and mares at 10f on grass.
                        F O.B
                        Resident racing historian ~~~ Re-riders Clique
                        Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique


                        • Original Poster

                          Yikes, I forgot to post the Flower Bowl, thanks for the reminder. That has one of the nicest fields of the weekend, Wait a While, Alexander Tango, My Typhoon and the German bred filly, Royal Highness (love those Monsun horses).

                          FlowerBowl Invt
                          G1, 1¼m, Turf, 3+, $600k
                          1 Lahudood (GB) 4 Filly 119 Alan Garcia
                          2 Hostess (KY) 4 Filly 119 Channing Hill
                          3 Masseuse (KY) 5 Mare 121 Javier Castellano
                          4 Alexander Tango (IRE) 3 Filly 119 Shaun Bridgmohan
                          5 My Typhoon (IRE) 5 Mare 123 Eddie Castro
                          6 Wait a While (KY) 4 Filly 121 Garrett K. Gomez
                          7 Rosinka (IRE) 4 Filly 119 Jeremy Rose
                          8 Royal Highness (GER) 5 Mare 123 Rene R. Douglas
                          9 Argentina (IRE) 5 Mare 119 Kent J. Desormeaux


                          • Original Poster

                            The Kelso will likely throw up the US based contenders for the BC Mile. After Market looks to be the pick of the litter here, at least most accomplished, but they've given him a bit of weight to carry.

                            The Kelso H'cap
                            G2, 1m, Turf, 3+, $250k
                            1 Palace Episode (KY) 4 Colt 116 Jean-Luc Samyn
                            2 Jet Propulsion (FL) 4 Gelding 116 Eduardo O. Nunez
                            3 Kavafi (IRE) 5 Horse 116 Eibar Coa
                            4 English Colony (GB) 3 Ridgling 113 Cornelio H. Velasquez
                            5 After Market (KY) 4 Colt 124 Alex O. Solis
                            6 Trippi's Storm (FL) 4 Gelding 115 Javier Castellano
                            7 Strike a Deal (KY) 3 Colt 114 Ramon A. Dominguez
                            8 Icy Atlantic (FL) 6 Horse 117 John R. Velazquez
                            9 Got the Last Laugh (KY) 3 Colt 112 Kent J. Desormeaux
                            10 Woodlander (KY) 5 Horse 114 Eddie Castro


                            • #15
                              (And next week, it's time for the Arc. My favorite flat race.)


                              • #16
                                Keep an eye on English COLONY in the Kelso. He's once beaten and trained by one of my favorite horsemen, Angel Penna Jr. He lost his debut in Fla, had throat surgery afterwards and has run unbeaten since. He's never faced this kind but Penna doesn't just toss them in without alot of thought. After Market is one of the leading US grass horses and ships in from SoCal for this event. If he should stub his toe, look for English Colony (not English Channel!) to be ready to pounce.

                                As a side note, English Colony will carry the colors of the late Martha F Gerry. These are the silks made famous by Forego. Mrs Gerry died about 2 weeks ago. I know that Penna really wanted her horse Chatain to contest the Forego H at SAR but his poor feet kept him home. It would have marked Mrs Gerry's final G1 appearance. The Kelso is a G2, but named after another great gelding so I think that a win here would be a most fitting tribute to a lady who did alot for the game.
                                F O.B
                                Resident racing historian ~~~ Re-riders Clique
                                Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique


                                • #17
                                  One of the best races this weekend hasn't been mentioned yet-- Nashoba's Key vs Citronnade in the Yellow Ribbon at Oak Tree.

                                  Anyone else going?


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Originally posted by Drvmb1ggl3 View Post
                                    Meanwhile, on the right side of the big pond, the top milers in Europe will line up at Ascot to do battle in the Queen Elizabeth II stakes. A notable absentee will be last year's winner George Washington, who was pulled by trainer Aidan O'Brien, with no real explanation other than they wanted to point him towards something else

                                    QEII Stakes
                                    G1, 1m, 3+, ~$450k
                                    1 Blue Ksar (129)
                                    2 Cesare (129)
                                    3 Dunelight (129)
                                    4 Ramonti (129)
                                    5 Stormy River (129)
                                    6 Nanina (126)
                                    7 Duke of Marmalade (125)
                                    8 Excellent Art (125)
                                    9 Vital Equine (125)
                                    10 Darjina (122)
                                    Looks like the top Miler in Europe was crowned today.

                                    Here's the replay from AtTheRaces, I'll give the result later after Miss C has a chance to see it.


                                    • #19
                                      Thanks, all, for this thread.
                                      "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
                                      Thread killer Extraordinaire


                                      • #20

                                        The Hawthorne Gold Cup??

                                        Field Set for 71st Running of Hawthorne Gold Cup

                                        Millennium Farm’s Student Council, fresh off an upset win in the Grade 1, Pacific Classic at Del Mar, was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite in a field of six for the Grade 2, $500,000 1 ¼ mile Hawthorne Gold Cup. The race for three year olds and up will be contested on Saturday, September 29.

                                        Student Council drew the outside post in this select field and, in fact, his trainer Steve Asmussen thinks he landed in “an ideal spot.” The prolific trainer, however, probably has greater concerns than post position as Student Council may still have to prove he is as capable on conventional dirt as he has been on the Polytrack, the surface on which the Pacific Classic was contested.

                                        “He’s a veteran racehorse who has run well over dirt and synthetics, but his record over the Polytrack is tough to ignore,” said Asmussen. “I haven’t had him long. Four days before he went west and a few days since he came back, but we’ve got a sound horse and we’ll find out more in here.”

                                        Jockey Richard Migliore, aboard for the Pacific Classic win, thinks Student Council probably doesn’t need the Polytrack to bring out his best. “This is a sound, long-striding, and athletic horse. My experience is the athletic ones don’t need to bring their track with them.”

                                        If Student Council falters, even slightly, there are other contenders who figure to take full advantage.

                                        Michael Langford’s Jonesboro, a $10,000 supplemental entry, will attempt to stretch his considerable speed beyond 1 1/8 for the first time, but his trainer Randy Morse thinks the extra distance will be right in his wheelhouse. “This horse shows me long loping strides in the morning, so I’ve been wanted to run him longer for quite some time.” “I also don’t think he absolutely needs to be on the lead. Although we were too far back, I thought he showed he could close in the Stephen Foster.”

                                        A. P. Arrow, from the powerhouse barn of Todd Pletcher will, attempt to better his runner-up finish to It’s No Joke in last year’s Gold Cup. A. P. Arrow was the 6-5 favorite in last year’s renewal, and is the 3-1 second choice in the morning line, to make amends.

                                        The race also attracted the claiming star of 2007, Miami Sunrise. Claimed for $10,000 this past April, the Michael Maker conditioned gelding has reeled off four straight victories including the $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Ellis Park.

                                        “It’s been a great run with him, but we’re just taking a chance here,” said Maker. “If we get third in this race, it will be like winning a race somewhere else.”

                                        The field in post position order with jockeys and morning line odds:

                                        1. A.P. Arrow, Rafael Bejarano (3-1); 2. Miami Sunrise, Florent Geroux (8-1); Jonesboro, Chris Emigh (7-2); Extreme Supreme, Tim Thornton ((9-2); Wayzata Bay, Carlos Montalvo (5-1) and Student Council, Richard Migliore (5-2)