Sunday, October 18 2015


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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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES


• UNHERALDED SMOOTH ROLLER WORKS FOR BC CLASSIC
• BEVY OF BREEZES AT SANTA ANITA FOR BREEDERS’ CUP
• EASY MORNING FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH AND BEHOLDER

SMOOTH ROLLER ‘THRIVING’ FOR CLASSIC ENDEAVOR

Unsung Smooth Roller, who earned a fees-paid berth to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31 by virtue of his impressive 5 ¼-length victory at 5-1 in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes Sept. 26, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 1:01 under Tyler Baze, who rides the 4-year-old Hard Spun gelding in the mile-and-a-quarter Classic.





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Friday, October 16 2015


LAUREL MARYLAND MILLION NOTES


Bode Miller Seeks Maryland Million Gold with Ravenheart
Nicks Ventures to Laurel for First Time with Can’t Explain
Monster Sleeping Looks for Firm Footing in Ladies


LAUREL, MD – Olympic Gold Medalist Bode Miller’s recent entry into the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred racing scene would be punctuated Saturday at Laurel Park should Ravenheart emerge victorious from the $100,000 Maryland Million Nursery.





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Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 16


• HOPEFUL WINNER RALIS PREPS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE; DARLEY ALCIBIADES WINNER GOMO SIDELINED
• STICKSSTATELYDUDE’S HALF-MILE WORK STOKES BREEDERS’ CUP FIRE
• LIMOUSINE LIBERAL PUNCHES TICKET FOR TWINSPIRES BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT
• WORK TAB
• GALLOPING OUT
• STAKES PROBABLES
• FALL MEET LEADERS






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Belmont Park Notes 10/16


• McLaughlin readies Breeders' Cup quartet
• Toner betting big on Recepta
• La Verdad, Palace on track for BC assignments


ELMONT, N.Y. - Preparations continued on Thursday and Friday for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's Breeders' Cup string, which is led by Grade 1 winner Frosted, who breezed five furlongs in 59 seconds this morning at Greentree Training Center in Saratoga and will target the Grade 1, $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.





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Pletcher pair set for G2 Matron


ELMONT, N.Y. - Sunday's feature graded stakes at Belmont Park, the Grade 2, $200,000 Matron for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs, will see a talented field of six each looking to make their mark in the juvenile division.





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Thursday, October 15 2015


Laurel Ready To Showcase Improvements On Maryland Million Day


$7 Million in Front Side Improvements, $7 Million to Backside
$1 Million Day to Feature Special Events & Marylandia

LAUREL, MD – New hardwood floors, rugs, paint, furniture, concession stands, mobile app, simulcast and replay center, televisions, bars, barns…





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Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 15


• SUNDAY’S ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER ATTRACTS FIELD OF 10
• PRIVATE ZONE SETTLING IN NICELY AT KEENELAND
• YAHILWA SHARP IN FIRST BREEZE SINCE JUDDMONTE SPINSTER
• NEMORALIA SEEKS TO GIVE NOSEDA SECOND BREEDERS’ CUP TRIUMPH
• GALLOPING OUT
• STAKES PROBABLES
• FALL MEET LEADERS


SUNDAY’S ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER ATTRACTS FIELD OF 10

A total of 10 evenly matched turf marathoners passed the entry box Thursday morning for Sunday’s 24th running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) to be run at 1½ miles for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up.





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Maryland Million


Country Life Farm Looking to Catch ‘Fire’ In Maryland Million

LAUREL, MD - The stallion business is tough. In order for freshman sires to gain momentum, it is imperative their first crop of 2-year-olds comes out running.

In Maryland, Country Life Farm has captured that kind of success in the past and this Saturday at Laurel Park, it will try to do it again with its new first-crop stallion, Friesan Fire, in the 30th Running of The Jim McKay Maryland Million.





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Gulfstream Park West News & Notes: Thu 10/15


Valid to Enter Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1)
Lady Shipman Still on Target for Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1)
Flutterby to Skip Breeders’ Cup, Eyes Shipping Test at Gulfstream Park West


MIAMI GARDENS, FL – After turning in a swift Monday morning breeze at Gulfstream Park’s satellite training facility Palm Meadows, multiple graded-stakes winner Valid convinced trainer Marcus Vitali he is deserving of a place in the starting gate for a run in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Oct. 30 in Lexington, KY.





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BEHOLDER WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.00


SANTA ANITA-BASED BEHOLDER WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.00;
SUPERSTAR MARE TO SHIP TO KENTUCKY MONDAY IN PREPARATION FOR
EPIC SHOWDOWN WITH TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP AMERICAN PHAROAH IN
$5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC OCT. 31


STEVENS GUIDES MARE THROUGH PRE-DAWN BREEZE OVER RECENTLY AMMENDED SURFACE

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2015)—In her final local work in advance of what looms an epic showdown with Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31, two-time Eclipse Champion mare Beholder worked a solid five furlongs this morning at Santa Anita in 1:02.00 and will be headed to Lexington, Kentucky early Monday morning according to her Hall of Fame conditioner, Richard Mandella.






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