Saturday, October 15 2016


Theory in practice with G3 Futurity victory


ELMONT, N.Y. - WinStar Farm and China Horse Club's Theory proved he was back in full force Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, posting a 3 ½-length victory in the 126th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Futurity for 2-year-olds at six furlongs.

Settling in second early under Javier Castellano, Theory tracked an early pace set by Moves Like Ali, who led the field of five through an opening quarter-mile in 22.62 seconds and the half in 45.35. The Todd Pletcher-trained Theory drew alongside the leader in the middle of the turn and shook clear at the eighth pole to secure his first stakes victory.





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Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup


Time and Motion Prevails in Three-Horse Photo to Win
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 15, 2016)
– The Phillips Racing Partnership of John Phillips’ Time and Motion collared Hawksmoor (IRE) in deep stretch and held off a furious late bid from Harmonize by a head to win the 33rd running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 29,319. The attendance marked the second-largest crowd during a Keeneland Fall Meet and came 80 years to the date after Keeneland opened its inaugural season of racing.





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Thursday, October 13 2016


Tickets to The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Available Now


The Stronach Group Releases The First Block of Tickets to The Pegasus World Cup Invitational

Hallandale Beach, Florida
– October 13, 2016 – The Stronach Group announced today the first blocks of tickets to The Pegasus World Cup Invitational are now available. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the world’s richest thoroughbred race, will be contested on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at The Stronach Group’s premier destination, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.





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Cherry Lodge looks to move forward in G3 Matron


ELMONT, N.Y. - Gainesway Stables' Cherry Lodge will headline a field of five in the 110th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Matron for juvenile fillies at six furlongs on Sunday at Belmont Park.

A $450,000 yearling purchase in the 2015 Keeneland September sales, the daughter of Bernardini made her debut on August 7 at Saratoga in which she bested nine rivals and picked up a field-high 89 Beyer Speed Figure. As the odds-on favorite in the Grade 1 Spinaway on September 3, she encountered trouble at the break and raced to finish 5 ¾ lengths back in third.





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Campbell gets call for ‘International’ drive


One driver heads to Saturday’s $1 million Yonkers International Trot with his name already etched among previous winners of the race. The driver, of course, is John Campbell.

Campbell won the 1988 International Trot as part of a magical campaign with Mack Lobell. The legendary trotter won 17 of 19 races that season and also counted the prestigious Elitlopp among his victories on his way to a second consecutive Horse of the Year honor.





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Campbell gets call for ‘International’ drive


One driver heads to Saturday’s $1 million Yonkers International Trot with his name already etched among previous winners of the race. The driver, of course, is John Campbell.

Campbell won the 1988 International Trot as part of a magical campaign with Mack Lobell. The legendary trotter won 17 of 19 races that season and also counted the prestigious Elitlopp among his victories on his way to a second consecutive Horse of the Year honor.





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La Coronel Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth


LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 12, 2016) – John Oxley’s La Coronel swept past Lull at midstretch and drew off to a 4¼-length victory in the 26th running of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies before a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 11,130.

Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Florent Geroux, La Coronel covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:43.37 and earned a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.





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Saturday, October 08 2016


Fall Turf Festival Gets Under Way at Gulfstream Park West


MIAMI GARDENS, FL – The Fall Turf Festival at Gulfstream Park West got under way Saturday under blue skies following a three-day postponement prompted by the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

Unaffected by the Category 4 storm that stayed offshore, Gulfstream Park offered a 10-race card highlighted by a five-furlong turf allowance won by Arborville. The Rasharn Creque-trained 7-year-old fired fresh from a four-month layoff, chasing a sharp pace set by Zeus Odin into deep stretch before drawing clear by a half length. Sent to post as the 7-2 second choice in the featured eighth race, Arborville ran the distance in 57.38 seconds. Zeus Odin, a 45-1 outsider ridden by Samy Camacho, finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Final Encore, the 9-5 favorite who made a belated bid under Tyler Gaffalione.





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Quotes from the $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)


Graham Motion (winning trainer of Miss Temple City)
“She’s the best filly I’ve ever trained. She’s spectacular. My frustration was over the summer when it seemed we got a little lost with her. She had some tough trips. I’m glad the crew talked me into running her here today. I think I would have chosen to go the other way (and run her in the Grade 1 First Lady two races earlier). But this was the right thing to do; we took a shot. She’s a very special filly. I think she’s been on form all summer. It’s just been frustrating that she hasn’t been able to show it on the race track.”






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Quotes from the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)


Norman Casse (assistant to his father, Mark Casse, winning trainer of Classic Empire)
“This is a very, very talented horse. The day after the Hopeful (G1) (when he wheeled at the start and lost his rider), we got right to work on him. We put blinkers on him; we breezed him out of the gate several times. It paid dividends today. We’ll more forward from here. You’ve got to think this horse has plenty of room to improve.”

Julien Leparoux (winning rider)
“Today he broke sharp and was all business. He ran a big race. I was a bit surprised to be where I was, but he did it easy and he was happy where he was. He got a little bit tired at the end, but he hasn’t been running for a while, so we expected that.”





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Quotes from the $400,000 First Lady (G1)


Ginny DePasquale (assistant to Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Photo Call [IRE])
“That was very amazing. We owe it all to Kent (Desormeaux), actually. He did an amazing ride. We’ve obviously very pleased with the outcome. I think the mile (distance of the race) really did it.”

Kent Desormeaux (winning rider of Photo Call [IRE])
“She was really full of herself. She was a pleasure to ride. I just drew on the confidence that Mr. Todd Pletcher asked me to ride her. He doesn’t call often, but when he calls, he’s solid.”





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Quotes from the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)


Will Farish (winning co-owner of Irish Jasper)
“She’d won two Grade 3s, but this race was a big thing for us. A big thing to have it here at home. Julien (Leparoux) rode a hell of a race, particularly from the eighth pole where he had to make that move. Going that fast, it’s pretty tough.”

On whether Irish Jasper’s connections will take advantage of the “Win and You’re In” berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1)
“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”






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