Wednesday, October 21 2015


Sheer Drama Turns in Final Breeze for Breeders’ Cup Distaff


Leaving Thursday for Kentucky

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Harold Queen’s multiple Grade 1 winner Sheer Drama breezed a sharp five furlongs over Gulfstream Park’s main track on Wednesday, the final work before her next scheduled start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) October 30.

The 5-year-old mare, a half-sister to 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Big Drama, was clocked in 58.88 seconds, the fastest of 11 horses. It was her fourth timed work since earning an all-fees-paid trip to Keeneland for the Distaff by virtue of her victory in the Personal Ensign (G1) August 28 at Saratoga.






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AMERICAN PHAROAH DRILLS RAPID SIX FURLONGS IN 1:10.80


SANTA ANITA BASED AMERICAN PHAROAH DRILLS RAPID SIX FURLONGS IN 1:10.80;
TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP HAS SIXTH WORK IN PREPARATION FOR THE $5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC OCT. 31


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2015)—In his most serious drill to date, Santa Anita based Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah worked six furlongs in 1:10.80 this morning for Bob Baffert as the clock continues to tick down to a possible epic showdown with superstar mare Beholder and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31 at Keeneland.






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Monday, October 19 2015


Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 19


• GREENPOINTCRUSADER PUTS IN FIRST KEENELAND WORK FOR BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE
• DEFENDING BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT CHAMPION JUDY THE BEAUTY BREEZES
• MOTT WORKS BREEDERS’ CUP HOPEFULS HARMONIZE, TOURIST
• WORK TAB
• STAKES PROBABLES
• FALL MEET LEADERS





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Beholder Arrives at Keeneland for $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic


LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 19, 2015) – Spendthrift Farm’s nine-time Grade 1-winning mare Beholder arrived at Keeneland Monday afternoon for an anticipated matchup with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Oct. 31.

Beholder, winner of six consecutive races, landed at Blue Grass Airport a little after 1 p.m. ET and arrived at Barn 60 on Rice Road at 1:40 p.m. with trainer Richard Mandella leading her off the van.





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Sunday, October 18 2015


$125,000 Maryland Million Turf


Phlash Phelps Fights Back to Capture $125,000 Maryland Million Turf

LAUREL, MD -- Phlash Phelps almost pranced into the winner's circle at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon after his victory in the $125,000 John Deere Maryland Million Turf. Despite having to dig in down the stretch of the one-mile race to put away Roadhog, a two-time Turf winner, Phlash didn't break a sweat.





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$150,000 Maryland Million Classic


Admirals War Chest Takes Command in $150,000 Maryland Million Classic


LAUREL, MD – Sinatra Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding’s Admirals War Chest took early command over his nine rivals and continued on to notch a front-running victory in the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Saturday at Laurel Park.





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MARYLAND MILLION LADIES


MONSTER SLEEPING SCARY-GOOD IN MARYLAND MILLION LADIES
Capuano Sets Record for Wins, Lionhearted Lady Wins Distaff


Laurel, MD – Charles Reed’s Monster Sleeping asserted her superiority over Maryland turf fillies and mares with a stylish performance in the $123,750 Maryland Million Ladies at Laurel Park. Winning her second restricted stakes in her last three starts, the daughter of Oratory broke well, tracked Whisper Hill Farm’s Florida ship-in Can’t Explain and powered clear to a 3¾-length victory, giving veteran trainer Dale Capuano a record-setting 11th Jim McKay Maryland Million tally.





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Maryland Million Juvenile


Corvus, Lexington Street Win Maryland Million Juvenile LAUREL, MD - The 30th Jim McKay Maryland Million Day was one of many upsets, but maybe none was more unexpected than Corvus’ wire-to-wire victory in the $100,000 Nursery for 2-year-old colts. Corvus wasn’t on the radar of many Saturday. He hadn’t won a race. He hadn’t even run a race. But owner/trainer Katharine Voss had seen how he went against other horses during his morning training sessions and decided to take a chance.



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Maryland Million Sprint


Jack’s in the Deck Pulls Off Upset in Maryland Million Sprint
Favored Ben’s Cat Nosed Out in Return to Main Track


LAUREL, MD – Ben’s Cat rounded the turn into the homestretch, poised to make yet another winning stretch drive in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint at Laurel Park.

The venerable 9-year-old gelding, who was making his sixth Maryland Million appearance of his illustrious career, pulled alongside Jack’s in the Deck at the top of the stretch, raising the hopes of the bettors who made him their 3-5 favorite – as well as their sentimental favorite.





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Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 17


• EXAGGERATOR GETS BACK TO WORK FOR BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE
• I’M A CHATTERBOX SHARP IN SECOND KEENELAND BREEZE
• PLETCHER WORKS FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP CONTENDERS
• WORK TAB
• GALLOPING OUT
• STAKES PROBABLES
• FALL MEET LEADERS





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Breeders’ Cup contenders work at Belmont Park


ELMONT, N.Y. - A cadre of candidates for the Breeders' Cup took to Belmont Park's tracks Saturday morning, led by Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup victor Tonalist, who went six furlongs in 1:14 under exercise rider Lee Vickers in advance of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.





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Futurity (G2) Quotes


Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Annual Report (No. 2): "He got squeezed and dropped back but once he got going he was very impressive. That was a nice win. It ended up an excellent race because he went to the lead at Parx [but today] he took the dirt well and finished strong. We'll probably stretch him out before too long. I loved the way he moved through the turn."





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