Thursday, September 25 2014
Churchill Downs Barn Notes: Thursday, Sept. 25
DEPARTING SEEKING A RETURN TO TOP FORM IN HOMECOMING CLASSIC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014) – Coming off an eighth-place finish in the $1.5 million Whitney (Grade I) at Saratoga on Aug. 2, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing is seeking a return to top form in Saturday’s $125,000-added Homecoming Classic under the Twin Spires for trainer Al Stall Jr.
Churchill Downs Stakes Advance
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014) – Michael Langdon’s improving Carve has won four races and nearly $500,000 in a “career year” in 2014, and is the early favorite to add another significant win to his finest racing season when he takes on five rivals in the second running of the $125,000-added Homecoming Classic on Saturday (Sept. 27) at Churchill Downs.
Stopchargingmaria to face elders in G1 Beldame
ELMONT, N.Y. - Sitting on a three-race streak, Stopchargingmaria is familiar with finding her way to the winner's circle. In order to make it four in a row, however, the 3-year-old filly will have to conquer a new challenge.
Itsmyluckyday favored at 4-5 in Kelso Handicap
ELMONT, N.Y. - Since 1984, only three horses have used a one-mile race as a springboard to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic. On TVG Super Saturday at Belmont Park, trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. is counting on the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap to propel Grade 1 Woodward winner Itsmyluckyday into any one of three races, among them the 1 ¼-mile Classic at Santa Anita Park on November 1.
Travers top 3 take on elders in G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup
ELMONT, N.Y. - The top three finishers of the Grade 1 Travers will face older horses, including Grade 1 Whitney winner Moreno, on Saturday in the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
Saturday, September 20 2014
Gulfstream Today 9.20
Pletcher Arrives And Wins With First Starter
Sunday's Rainbow 6 Pool $50,000
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Todd Pletcher stable returned to Gulfstream Saturday with its first entrant of the season, picking up just where it left off – with a win.
Ol Donyo Leads 1-2-3 Wolfson Finish in Musical Romance Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Marty Wolfson enjoyed a black-type day Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where he saddled the first three finishers, including victorious Ol Donyo, in the $75,000 Musical Romance Stakes.
Dramatic run propels Artemis Agrotera to victory in Gallant Bloom
ELMONT, N.Y. - In her four previous wins, Artemis Agrotera had never raced more than 1 ½ lengths off the pace. On Saturday at Belmont Park, the 3-year-old made up a 9 ½-length deficit to win the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap for fillies and mares by a head over La Verdad.
Belmont Park Notes: September 20
• Zivo, Last Gunfighter, Real Solution, Stephanie's Kitten, and Alterite turn in final TVG Super Saturday breezes for Brown
• Wicked Strong solid in six-furlong work for G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup
• Moreno breezes five furlongs in 1:03.31 in final work before Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup
• Itsmyluckyday tunes up for G2 Kelso with four-furlong work
• Palace breezes in preparation for G1 Vosburgh
• Clement breezes pair of turf mares, Irish Mission and Aigue Marine, in advance of G1 Flower Bowl
THANK YOU MARYLOU ROLLS TO 6 ½-LENGTH DOGWOOD WIN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014) - Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Thank You Marylou commenced a winning move on the turn for home, grabbed the lead at the quarter pole and widened her advantage down the stretch to easily win Saturday's 39th running of the $112,000 Dogwood (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by 6 ½ lengths over Henny Jenny. Fiftyshadesofgold, the Eight Belles (GIII) winner who was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the field of eight 3-year-old fillies, struggled while racing down on the inside and faded to fifth.
Friday, September 19 2014
GULFSTREAM TODAY - 9.19
Doors Slated to Open at Silks Simulcast Facility at 10:30 a.m. Saturday
Gulfstream Stars, Pennsylvania Derby, Featured in Parx Simulcast Card
Prado Set for Sunday Return to Gulfstream with Four Mounts
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $50,000
Pair of New York-bred juvenile stakes highlight Sunday card
ELMONT, N.Y. - Sunday's card at Belmont Park will be highlighted by a pair of New York-bred juvenile stakes races - the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard and $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma - which will both be contested at seven furlongs on the main track, and serve as a prelude for the Sleepy Hollow and Maid of the Mist, to be run on October 18, Empire Showcase Day.