Thursday, October 15 2015


AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS


TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS RAPID SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:23 FLAT,
GALLOPS OUT MILE IN 1:35.40 IN PREPARATION FOR $5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC OCT. 31


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2015)—Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, in his most serious drill since running second in the Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, worked seven furlongs in 1:23 flat and galloped out a mile in a rapid 1:35.40 this morning at Santa Anita as he continues to prepare for what is shaping up as an epic showdown with superstar mare Beholder in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.





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Tuesday, October 13 2015


Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 13


• BRAVO HAS FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP CONTENDERS IN RENAISSANCE YEAR
• BREEDERS’ CUP HORSES TO BE AT HOME ON RICE ROAD
• STAKES PROBABLES
• FALL MEET LEADERS



BRAVO HAS FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP CONTENDERS IN RENAISSANCE YEAR

Joe Bravo couldn’t contain his excitement Tuesday morning as he walked the Keeneland barn area, checking in on two of his five expected mounts for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships here Oct. 30-31.





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Belmont Park Notes


• Honor Code preps for BC Classic
• McLaughlin possible to send five starters to the Breeders' Cup
• Artemis Agrotera breezes :59 from the gate, in the hunt for BC Filly & Mare Sprint
• Tonalist leads Clement's Breeders' Cup contingent
• Fields taking shape for next weekend's graded stakes


ELMONT, N.Y. - Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey was well-pleased Monday morning after Breeders' Cup Classic candidate Honor Code worked a sparkling five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 over the main track at Belmont Park.





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Monday, October 12 2015


Keeneland Issues Results of Race Track Review by Dr. Mick Peterson


LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 12, 2015) – Keeneland announced today that Dr. Mick Peterson, University of Maine Professor and executive director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, was on site this weekend, working with track officials to review testing and daily measuring procedures to ensure the safety of the dirt track. The review found that Keeneland’s dirt surface met all of the pre-meet test criteria and all maintenance had been performed in accordance with protocols developed for the track.





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Not Abroad Set for Comeback in Saturday’s Maryland Million Classic


2012 Classic Champion Returns from 3-Year Hiatus

LAUREL, MD – Seven years ago, Not Abroad was sent to trainer Lynn Ashby’s Delaware farm to be prepared for a racing career.

Now, after 35 races, multiple stakes wins, two graded-stakes placings and a nearly three-year layoff – that's right, a nearly three year layoff – the 8-year-old Maryland-bred son of Not For Love is being given a chance to do what he likes best…being a racehorse.





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Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 12


• WITH PREP UNDER HER BELT, SALAMA READY FOR LONGINES BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF
• WORK TAB
• STAKES PROBABLES
• FALL MEET LEADERS


WITH PREP UNDER HER BELT, SALAMA READY FOR LONGINES BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF

It is on to the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) for Maria Santa Stable’s Salama following her U.S. debut here last Saturday.





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Maryland Million Week Kicks Off With Russell Winning 5K Division


LAUREL, MD - Jockey Sheldon Russell and other runners kicked off Jim McKay Maryland Million week Sunday morning by braving 40 degree temperatures at Laurel Park to participate in the Maryland Million 5K for Special Olympics Maryland.

Russell, a perennial leading rider in Maryland and avid runner, was the first male to cross the finish line at 20:00.2 after beginning the race out of Laurel's starting gate and running down the main stretch.





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Saturday, October 10 2015


Papagayo E captures Yonkers International Trot


Yonkers, NY --- Norway’s Papagayo E and Ulf Ohlsson snuck up the rail to overtake Creatine in the final strides of the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 10) in a time of 2:26 for the 1-1/4 mile race. The margin of victory was a half-length.

The Norwegian flags were flying and a robust contingent of Norwegian fans cheered the victory by trainer Jan Waaler and owners Tom Andersen and Claes Sjolin.





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Quotes from the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup


Mike Stidham (winning trainer of Her Emmynency)

“She had two really tough defeats in Grade 1s previously (second to Sunset Glow in the 2014 Del Mar Debutante and second to Sharla Rae in the Del Mar Oaks in her last race), so this was well deserved for her. (Jockey) Florent (Geroux) did a great job.”

On whether she is improving
“I really think so. From two to three, she’s come a long way in maturity. She’s a very nice filly.”





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Super Hi 5 Carryover Generates Excitement, Returns $127,000


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park West's Super Hi 5 returned $127,569.70 Saturday afternoon when a carryover built over four races on the popular new wager going into the 10th and final race of the day.

The carryover started building when the sixth race Super Hi 5 wasn't hit. There was an $11,594 carryover going into the ninth race when Frontier Ranger lit up the tote board by winning and returning $98.40, bringing about a carryover of $58,528 going into the 10th and final race. Bettors wagered $231,341 into the last race Super Hi 5.





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Knickerbocker (G3) Quotes


John Velazquez, winning rider aboard Messi (No. 2): "When he ran for the first time at Belmont he was last at the quarter pole and he came running. Going a little shorter today I was a little worried about it, but they were going so slow and he was pulling all the way to the half-mile pole. I got stopped at the half-mile pole and I thought it would be hard not to let him go and catch up. Once he got going - at the quarter-mile pole - it took him a little bit to get going, but once he switched [leads] down the lane I thought he was going to get there. It was little by little, but he had a nice kick coming home."



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$1M Jim McKay Maryland Million Draws 155 Nominations for 9 Stakes


Ben’s Cat Slated to Make Sixth Million Start in a Row in Sprint or Turf
Program for Maryland-Sired Horses Headlined by $150,000 Classic

LAUREL, MD – The 30th anniversary of the Jim McKay Maryland Million will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 17 at Laurel Park with the running of nine stakes, which attracted a total of 155 nominations.





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