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  • This weekend's races

    To start it off...

    I know there will be much talk about other horses who are moving towards the BC, but some of our "B" stringers (who are pretty nice!) are racing this weekend too-Zanjero, Medici Code, Slews Tizzy, Bwana Bull, and Sedgefield run in the $500,000 Indiana Derby and Xchanger, Mr. Umphrey, Utopia, Praying for Cash, Diamond Stripes, and Awfully Smart run at the Meadowlands.

    I'm hoping to see Timber Reserve soon.

  • #2
    Not to mention some of the biggies in Europe - it's Arc weekend!
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    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by K~2 View Post
      Not to mention some of the biggies in Europe - it's Arc weekend!
      Oh, Of course!! And I am hoping the race is posted here to watch before the results are up


      • #4
        I think we have a pretty good group of "B string" 3 year olds this year. I'm excited to see this weekend's races.

        Also, it's a big juvenile weekend with the Champagne and the Lane's End Breeders Futurity.
        Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


        • #5
          The Tin Man

          The glorious "old man" is making a run at the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship (Santa Anita) Saturday. He's won the 1 1/4 mi turf race twice before and his 2007 record is 3 1-2-0 in 2007: won Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile; lost only by a head in the Grade 2 American Handicap and lost only by 3/4 of a length Grade 1 Arlington Million.

          The Clement Hirsch is not a "win and you're in" but you never know if The Tin Man might go to Jersey for the Breeders' Cup. An interesting factoid:

          The Tin Man has not appeared at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships since 2003. No horse has ever had a four-year gap between starts in any BC event. At age 9, he’d match John’s Call and Miesque’s Approval as the oldest horses ever to appear on the Breeders’ Cup program.
          Last year ESPN aired this race but alas not this year. They are however offering a full slate of action on tv:

          Upcoming Televised Events (All Times Eastern):
          Phoenix Stakes - Keeneland ESPN (Oct 6) @ 4:00 PM
          Champagne Stakes - Belmont Park ESPN (Oct 6) @ 4:00 PM
          First Lady Stakes - Keeneland ESPN (Oct 6) @ 4:00 PM
          Shadwell Turf Mile - Keeneland ESPN (Oct 6) @ 4:00 PM
          Lane's End Breeders' Futurity - Keeneland ESPN (Oct 6) @ 4:00 PM
          Oak Tree Mile - Santa Anita ESPN (Oct 7) @ 5:00 PM
          Spinster Stakes - Keeneland ESPN2 (Oct 7) @ 5:00 PM
          Lady's Secret Handicap - Santa Anita ESPN (Oct 7) @ 5:00 PM
          Ancient Title Handicap - Santa Anita ESPN2 (Oct 7) @ 5:00 PM

          [That came from the BC folks so don't ask me how it is that on Sunday ESPN will show 2 races and ESPN2 show 2 races but at the same time;]


          • #6
            Worth pointing out - The $250,000 Phoenix Stakes (G3), a sprint at Keeneland on Saturday is the 2nd oldest stakes race in the US. This is the 155th edition and is a "Win and You're In" for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park.

            The hardworking Teuflesberg (my KY Derby darkhorse) will be ridden for the first time by Julien Leparoux. He skipped the Grade 1 Vosburgh last weekend due to mucus in his lungs:

            Trainer and part-owner Jamie Sanders said Friday that Teuflesberg came out of a four-furlong workout in 51.80 seconds on Thursday with some mucus in his lungs, forcing him to miss Sunday's Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont.

            "It's a Grade 1," she said. "Anytime you get in a Grade 1 you got to be 100 percent. He may not be 100 percent right now."


            • Original Poster

              I read somewhere that Teuflesberg is going in the Keeneland Nov sale as a racing or stallion prospect...maybe I misunderstood?

              Breaking news...HRTV is showing the Longchamp races this weekend and THAT I actually have. YIPEE

              OH, my DVR told me Sunday's races were from 5-7 on ESPN2, after polo...and only on ESPN2, so who knows.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
                Last year ESPN aired this race but alas not this year. They are however offering a full slate of action on tv:
                Miss Critic, you are correct, from ESPN themselves ...

                Saturday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m. ET on ESPN
                First Lady S., Shadwell Turf Mile, Lane's End Breeders' Futurity, Champagne S., Phoenix S.

                Sunday, Oct. 7, 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2
                Ancient Title, Lady's Secret H., Oak Tree Mile, Juddmonte Spinster

                I'll give a plug for that cited polo match.

                ESPN2 is again airing the last leg of the Triple Crown of Polo from Aiken just prior to Sunday's action. The match held Sep 22nd was a great game and last year ESPN did a very good job airing the Aiken polo match as well.


                • #9
                  Big day at Longchamp on Sunday, six G1 races on the card in what is in effect the end of season Championship day for European racing.

                  Prix de L'Abbaye, 5f, 2yo+... for the sprinters, over the straight sprint course that runs diagonally across the infield.

                  Prix de Marcel Broussac, 1m, 2yo fillies

                  Grand Criterium, 7f, 2yo colts

                  Prix de l'Opera, 1m2f, 3yo+ fillies/mares... the Distaff chmps

                  Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, 3yo+, 1m4f... the big Kahuuna

                  Prix Cadran, 4yo+, 2m4f..... the stayers championship.

                  Here's a course map of big, beautiful Longchamp.


                  • #10
                    Interesting entrant in the Prix de l'Abbaye race is Kingsgate Native who will be the first 2yo in almost 30 years to contest Europe's top sprint race. He will carry 119lbs, getting 18 lbs from most of the rest of the field who are carrying 137lbs. He has beaten older horses before, winning the Nunthorpe Stakes G1 at York in Aug.


                    • Original Poster

                      Oh, the trotters 3rd leg of the triple crown is also on this weekend-that Donato Hanover is pretty exciting to watch.

                      Drvmb, they showed KN's York race and that was impressive. They were saying he was a freak, in a good way of course! That weight difference is crazy, but maybe not for a TWO year old.

                      Is it typical that half the horses in the Arc are O'Brian horses? How are horses qualified for that race?


                      • #12
                        The field for the Arc.

                        Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe G1
                        1m4f, 3yo+, €2m added (~$2.8m added)

                        1 (4) Youmzain (IRE) 4 131lbs M R Channon R Hughes
                        2 (6) Dylan Thomas (IRE) 4 131lbs A P O'Brien K Fallon
                        3 (1) Dragon Dancer (GB) 4 131lbs G Wragg D Holland
                        4 (2) Saddex (GB) 4 131lbs P Rau T Mundry
                        5 (10) Getaway (GER) 4 131lbs A Fabre O Peslier
                        6 (3) Mandesha (FR) 4 128lbs A de Royer Dupre C Soumillon
                        7 (8) Zambezi Sun (GB) 3 123lbs P Bary S Pasquier
                        8 (7) Song of Hiawatha (GB) 3 123lbs A P O'Brien D McCabe
                        9 (9) Yellowstone (IRE) 3 123lbs A P O'Brien P J Smullen
                        10 (5) Soldier of Fortune (IRE) 3 123lbs A P O'Brien J P Murtagh
                        11 (11) Sagara (USA) 3 123lbs J E Pease T Gillet
                        12 (12) Authorized (IRE) 3 123lbs P W Chapple-Hyam L Dettori


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by miss_critic View Post
                          Oh, the trotters 3rd leg of the triple crown is also on this weekend-that Donato Hanover is pretty exciting to watch.

                          Drvmb, they showed KN's York race and that was impressive. They were saying he was a freak, in a good way of course! That weight difference is crazy, but maybe not for a TWO year old.

                          Is it typical that half the horses in the Arc are O'Brian horses? How are horses qualified for that race?

                          Well, he had 8 runners in the Derby!! He has 4 of 12 in the Arc (they pulled Yeats and some others). Of the 4, Song of Hiawatha is a pacemaker, and they paid close to $90k to supplement him into the race, so they really want to ensure a good run for Dylan Thomas and Soldier of Fortune.
                          Yellowstone, is probably in over his head, but has won at the G3 level, so hard to know if he is being run on his merits or if he is also there to set the pace, though I suspect the latter.

                          The only qualification is to pay the entry fee and be a colt, a filly or a mare (no geldings).


                          • Original Poster

                            No geldings??? Why?

                            Thursday night HRTV had all the entries up and there were 15 of which SEVEN were O'Briens.


                            • Original Poster

                              Oh, I forgot to add...I was very impressed with 3 yr old Xchanger in the Meadowlands Cup, against older horses. He was really wide but rallied super hard and fast, JUST missing second place by a nose, which was just half a length shy of the winner, Diamond Stripes.

                              Pinkdiamondracing-Good luck today (RE-Slews Tizzy) I see y'all have Borel aboard.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by miss_critic View Post
                                No geldings??? Why?
                                Probably for the same reason they can't run in the Derby, they are not breeding stock.
                                I don't think any of the the French G1s on the flat are open to geldings.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
                                  Worth pointing out - The $250,000 Phoenix Stakes (G3), a sprint at Keeneland on Saturday is the 2nd oldest stakes race in the US. This is the 155th edition and is a "Win and You're In" for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park.

                                  The hardworking Teuflesberg (my KY Derby darkhorse) will be ridden for the first time by Julien Leparoux.
                                  I came home from riding and missed this race live on ESPN2 but caught the terrible news

                                  Hopefully the doctors at Rood & Riddle can save Tueflesberg. He's been a fighter in every race he's started in but a double fracture doesn't bode well at all.


                                  • #18
                                    And the other bad news - although not tied to racing - was with Dream of Angels.

                                    Per the BloodHorse:

                                    Three-time stakes winner Dream of Angels, who shipped in from Florida for owner Pamela Halter, was a late scratch from the race. It was later learned that the 3-year-old son of Trippi-Burn Brightly had a terrible accident in the stable, in which he flipped and landed on his head. After fracturing his skull and bleeding badly from the nose, Dream of Angels was euthanized. Bred in Florida by Ocala Stud Farm, Dream of Angels had earned $227,090.

                                    Sometimes this sport just can kick you in the gut something terrible. These aren't unsound claimers running on some bushleague track. Bad things happen at some of the safest and world class tracks with big league graded-stakes winners ....


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Glad to know I am not the only one with some of these sentiments
                                      -per Steve Christ:

                                      At the end of a dismal ESPN telecast that dwelled on breakdowns and revived the inane "miles-per-hour" graphic, the racing-challenged network host asked Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss to comment on "the champions we crowned today." Their understandably blank looks confirmed that no champions are crowned the first weekend in October. What we actually had in the space of 2 1/2 hours were eight graded stakes at Keeneland and Belmont that probably yielded some of the favorites for the Breeders' Cup juvenile races, some winners who don't fit any of the BC races particularly well, and some starting berths for a few longshots who will be hard-pressed to repeat their victories next time out.


                                      • #20
                                        Incredible finish in the Prix de l'Opera, Satwa Queen splits Promising Lead and Legerete in a 3 horse photo.

                                        Arc up next, horses in the parade ring.