Saturday, October 21 2017


Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entry Announcement


Breeders' Cup Pre-Entry Announcement to be Streamed Live on BreedersCup.com on Wednesday, October 25

Pre-entered fields for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be announced via a live stream on http://www.breederscup.com, the Breeders’ Cup Official Mobile App and Facebook Live on Wednesday, October 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, will be held at the Del Mar racetrack on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4.





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Friday, October 20 2017


Handicapping Saturday’s Maryland Million


11 Races, 142 Entries
Salter, Tullock, Ehlis & Courtney Give Longshots, Best Bets
Admirals War Chest Goes for Unprecedented Three-Peat

LAUREL, MD - Saturday’s Maryland Million is more than an opportunity to showcase the progeny of stallions standing in the state.

It is one of the year’s best betting opportunities.

Consider the 11 races on Saturday’s program drew 142 entries. The $125,000 Maryland Million Turf drew 16 entries, a $50,000 starter on the turf drew 15, and the $100,000 Nursery and $100,000 Lassie drew a total of 29 juveniles.

And then there’s Admirals War Chest trying to win an unprecedented third consecutive $150,000 Classic.





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Thursday, October 19 2017


XPRESSBET TO OFFER THE BREEDERS’ CUP BETTING CHALLENGE


October 16, 2017 (Washington, PA) – Xpressbet is excited to announce that handicappers will have the ability to play in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) online at Xpressbet.com.

The Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge is one of horse racing’s richest handicapping tournaments, showcasing one of the sport’s premier events, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, held November 3 & 4, 2017 at Del Mar Racetrack. This year’s BCBC features an estimated $1 Million Prize Pool.





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Puerto Rico’s Leading Jockey Diaz to Ride at Gulfstream


First Mount Friday at Gulfstream Park West
Friday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover $71,000

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Puerto Rico’s legendary jockey Juan Carlos Diaz, the country’s leading jockey the past 16 years and the all-time leader in stakes victories, will begin riding at Gulfstream Park West Friday.

With no racing being conducted at Puerto Rico’s main racetrack, Camarero, due to the effects of Hurricane Irma, Diaz has decided to move his tack to South Florida. According to Diaz’s agent, Charlie Benitez, Diaz will remain in Florida through the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, which will be held at Gulfstream Park as part of the Championship Meet Saturday, Dec. 9.





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Maryland Million News & Notes


Classic Wildcat Brings Leatherbury Back to Maryland Million
Pikachu Princess Will Race with Blinkers in $100,000 Lassie
Stakes Winner Winplaceorshowono Targets $100,000 Sprint
Live Racing Returns Friday with Carryovers, New Post Time

LAUREL, MD – Few horses enjoyed the kind of on-track success as Mid-Atlantic legend Ben’s Cat, a 26-time stakes winner and earner of more than $2.6 million in purses that raced into his 11-year-old season before being retired this summer and ultimately succumbing to complications from colic surgery less than a month later.

Bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury, Ben’s Cat’s long list of accomplishments include sharing Maryland Million records for most career wins (three) and most starts (seven). Had things gone according to plan, the Parker’s Storm Cat gelding would have likely been back for an eighth try this weekend.





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Empire Showcase Day


Empire Showcase Day features return of the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5 and Belmont Park Live

ELMONT, N.Y. - In addition to eight stakes races worth $1.75 million, anchored by the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap, Empire Showcase Day marks the return of both the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5 and Belmont Park Live.

Featuring a mandatory payout on Saturday, the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5 covers the last 5 races of the Empire Showcase Day Card and is exclusively available to NYRA Bets members across the country and to bettors in New York wagering on track or through a simulcast facility. The popular multi race wager begins with Race 7 and the full sequence includes:
• Race 7, $62,000 NY-Bred Allowance for 3 year-olds and up (3:40)
• Race 8, $150,000 Hudson (4:13)
• Race 9, $200,000 Mohawk (4:46)
• Race 10, $250,000 Empire Distaff (5:19)
• Race 11, $60,000 NY-Bred Maiden for fillies and mares (5:52)





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Friday, October 13 2017


New York, New York Pick 4 offered Saturday


ELMONT, N.Y. - Racing fans will have the opportunity to wager on a special thoroughbred/standardbred pick 4 on Saturday, October 14, when the New York Racing Association and Yonkers Raceway join to offer the New York, New York Pick 4.

The Pick 4 wager, hosted by NYRA, is comprised of the $1 Million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino featuring the premier international Standardbred horses in the world along with the Harry Harvey Invitational. Both races will feature 10 horses at the mile-and-a-quarter distance.





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Thursday, October 05 2017


Laurel Park News & Notes: Thu 10/5


G3 Winner Just Call Kenny Pointed to $100,000 Richard Small Nov. 11
Unbeaten Margie’s Money Headed for Maryland Million Lassie
Carryovers, First Monday Card Ahead on Revamped Fall Schedule

LAUREL, MD – Multiple stakes winner Just Call Kenny, who became a graded winner for the first time this summer, is being pointed to the $100,000 Richard W. Small for 3-year-olds and up next month at Laurel Park.

Contested at 1 1/8 miles, the Small is one of six stakes worth $575,000 in purses on a Saturday, Nov. 11 program that will also pay tribute to late Mid-Atlantic legend Ben’s Cat, featuring autographs from his connections and a bobblehead giveaway.

The Small would be the 10th start this year for Just Call Kenny, bred in Virginia and owned by ABL Stable, Dominic Bossone, James Cahill and Peter Donnelly. He is no stranger to Laurel having raced over the surface three times this year, most recently winning a seven-furlong optional claiming allowance April 21.





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Three Grade 1 Races Featured on Fall Stars Saturday at Keeneland


Miss Temple City Bids for Shadwell Turf Mile Repeat
Dickinson Heads Field of Seven for First Lady
Albaugh Family Stables Seek Second Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Score

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 4, 2017) – The Club Racing, Needle in a Haystack and Sagamore Farm’s Miss Temple City, who last year became the first filly to win the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) and Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), will attempt to become the third horse to repeat in the Shadwell when she faces 13 rivals in the 32nd running of the $1 million race.

The Shadwell Turf Mile is the centerpiece of a star-studded 10-race program Saturday that features five graded stakes of which three are Grade 1s. Other Grade 1 races are the 20th running of the $400,000 First Lady for fillies and mares going a mile on the grass and the 104th running of the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Saturday’s 10-race program begins at 1:05 p.m. ET.





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Saturday, September 30 2017


BOLT D’ORO


BOLT D’ORO STAMPS HIMSELF A-LIST JUVENILE WITH ROUSING 7 ¾ LENGTHS WIN IN GRADE I, $300,000 FRONTRUNNER STAKES; OWNED & TRAINED BY RUIS AND RIDDEN BY NAKATANI, HE GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:43.54

RACE IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE STAKES

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2017)—Corey Nakatani might finally have himself a Kentucky Derby winner and owner/trainer Mick Ruis appears to have struck gold as they teamed for victory in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita with Bolt d’Oro. A Kentucky-bred colt by Medaglia d’Oro, he steamed to a 7 ¾ lengths win while getting a mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.54—which was more than three seconds faster than undefeated 2-year-old filly Moonshine Memories, who took the Grade I Chandelier Stakes one race earlier.





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Friday, September 29 2017


Summer Meet Entering Action-Packed Closing Weekend


$400,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Finales Top Six-Stakes Saturday
‘Beer, Bourbon & Burgers’ Featured at Final Summer Soiree
Food, Drink Specials, Mandatory Payouts, Six Stakes on Closing Day Sunday
Jockey, Trainer Title Races Going Down to the Wire

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s highly successful summer meet will close with a flourish this weekend, featuring plenty of action on and off the track for racing fans and patrons alike.

A program of six stakes worth $1.1 million in purses is on tap for Saturday topped by the $400,000 In Reality and $400,000 My Dear Girl, the finales of the 36th annual FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds by nominated stallions standing in Florida.

The In Reality for colts and geldings is led by 3-5 program favorite Soutache, coming off an impressive victory in the FSS Affirmed Sept. 2. Maiden Dessert Honeys is the morning line favorite in the My Dear Girl for fillies over the winners of the series’ first two legs, Go Astray (Desert Vixen) and Starship Bonita (Susan’s Girl).





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Belmont Park Notes 9/29


Maiden runner Presumptuous 'taking a shot' in G1 Beldame
• Oscar Performance paddock schools ahead of G1 Joe Hirsch
• Verve's Tale hoping for two-turn success in Beldame
• Desert Stone set for stakes debut in G3 Pilgrim
• Money'soncharlotte looks to stay perfect this year in Beldame
• NYRA successfully in compliance with updated IRS regulations
• JCGC Day to feature Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

ELMONT, N.Y. - William Clifton's filly Presumptuous, a maiden through 14 starts, will make a significant jump in class in Saturday's Grade 1 $400,000 Beldame. Although the 4-year-old filly by Midnight Lute hasn't visited the winner's circle yet in her career, her affinity for Belmont, and her ability to hit the board with six second place finishes and three thirds gives her and her trainer H. James Bond a chance to prove herself amongst the best.





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