Saturday, October 25, 2014

BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC 2014


A 3-year-old Breeders’ Cup Classic winner is not exactly a rarity; in the 30 runnings of the race since 1984, 3-year-olds have won it seven times, and the 1990s saw four sophomores make it to the wire ahead of their elders.
But none has done it since Raven’s Pass in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup, and it’s thought to take an exceptional 3-year-old to start in the United States’ richest race and teach his elders a lesson. Indeed, four who have done it—Sunday Silence (1989), A.P. Indy (1992), Tiznow (2000), and Curlin (2007)—have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. They were also voted Horse of the Year, at least in part on the strength of their Classic wins.
With a just bit more than a week to go to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday, November 1, this year, the 3-year-olds are grabbing most of the attention, occupying the top five places on Randy Moss’s Classic rankings.
At #1, Shared Belief comes to the race undefeated in seven starts. Sidelined by injury early this year, he missed the Triple Crown but returned in May with the same dominating form he showed as a 2-year-old. Finally seriously tested in his last race, the Awesome Again at Santa Anita on September 27, he showed not just speed but also guts and heart to win by the narrowest margin in his career. The winner of two “Win and You’re In” races—the Pacific Classic at Del Mar and the Awesome Again—he is your likely Classic favorite.
Moving up to #2 off his “Win and You’re In” victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on September 27 is Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist, who, like Shared Belief, is a 3-year-old who has successfully taken on older horses.
Despite two straight losses, including a defeat by Tonalist that denied him the Triple Crown, California Chrome sits at #3. Winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness buys him respect, but a sixth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby in September, after a fourth-place finish in the Belmont, also raises questions about whether his rigorous campaign in the first half of the year has taken its toll.
Moss puts the speedy Bayern at #4. Two impressive victories in the William Hill Haskell Invitational, a “Win and You’re In” race in July at Monmouth Park, and the Pennsylvania Derby sandwiched a clunker in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga in August. He finished 10th that day in his only effort at the Classic’s distance of 10 furlongs. His talent is indisputable, but his stamina for the distance may be up for debate.
Rounding out Moss’s top five is Toast of New York. Based in England, “Toast” has raced exclusively on turf and synthetic surfaces; the Classic will be his first start on dirt. The most well-traveled horse in the field, he’ll be making his third trip to the United States since July, when he finished sixth in the inaugural Belmont Derby, coming up with a lung infection that explained his poor performance. He flew west again in August, this time to Del Mar, where he finished an encouraging second to a dominant Shared Belief in the Pacific Classic. Earlier this year, he went to Dubai, where he notched a 2 1/2-length win in the $2 million UAE Derby.
This group of sophomore Classic contenders is rounded out by fellow 3-year-olds V. E. Day, winner of the Grade 1 Travers, and Candy Boy, who shares a sire, Candy Ride, with Shared Belief.
Joining Shared Belief, Tonalist, and Bayern as “Win and You’re In” horses are the 4-year-old Moreno, winner of the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga in August and a son of 2004 Classic winner Ghostzapper; and Majestic Harbor, longshot winner of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita in June.
The rest of the pre-entered horses are Charles Town Classic winner Imperative; Jockey Club Gold Cup runner-up Zivo, bidding to become the first New York-bred to win the Classic; Godolphin Stable’s FootbridgeCigar Street, who is trained by Bill Mott and whose dam, Arcadiana, is a half-sister to the great Cigar, conditioned by Mott to a win in the 1994 Classic; Big Cazanova, a Group 1 winner in South America; and Prayer for Relief.
Fifteen horses have pre-entered, with entries for the race taken at 1:00 pm Eastern time on Monday, October 27. Only 14 horses can run in the Classic; should the race remain over-subscribed, preference will be given to winners of Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic will be televised on NBC in a one-hour, prime time broadcast from 8:00 to 9:00 pm Eastern time. Coverage of the Breeders’ Cup begins on Friday, October 31 at 5 pm Eastern time with a three-hour NBC Sports Network broadcast that will include the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and continues on Saturday with 4 1/2 hours of Breeders’ Cup racing from 3:30 to 8:00 pm Eastern time.
By Teresa Genaro




STEVENS WILL RIDE SIVOLIERE IN BREEDER'S CUP FILLIES ON THE TURF


Hall of Fame jockey and 10-time Breeders' Cup winner Gary Stevens will be riding in the Breeders' Cup exactly 14 weeks to the day after under going total knee replacement surgery on July 25, 2014. Stevens will be aboard Sivoliere in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday, October 31. He will be reuniting with owner Martin Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown.
Stevens and Martin Schwartz famously won the Beverly D at Arlington Park in 2004 aboard Angara. It was Stevens' first mount back at Arlington after his near career-ending fall there in the 2003 Arlington Million.
“I feel like we got the band back together. I couldn’t be more excited,” said Schwartz after speaking with Stevens about riding the race. Gary rode his last race in July for Brown, before announcing he was taking some time off to get his right knee replaced.
“It was something that I knew I would need to do eventually. I just put it off until I had to deal with it,” Stevens stated. “I always hoped I would be able to ride in the Breeders Cup this year, but I knew that I wasn’t going to do it unless I was 110%. I’m so grateful to have owners and trainers that believe in me.”
Stevens won the Breeders' Cup Classic last year on Mucho Macho Man. He won the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Beholder. Neither horse is running in this year’s races.
“Nothing can top the Breeders' Cup I had last year," said Stevens. "But being able to go out there and ride at the highest level, for great people, only three months after having a new knee put in, well it’s right up there.”
The Breeders' Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on October 31 and November 1, 2014.

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SHARED BELIEF 2014 BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC WORKOUT

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CALIFORNIA CHROME





WATCH CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKOUT PREPPING FOR THE BREEDERS' CUP

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 BREEDERS' CUP AT SANTA ANITA PARK

The countdown to the upcoming 31st Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park intensified Oct. 18 with a bevy of workers out at the Southern California track on a pleasant, sun-kissed morning.

Beholder, Candy Boy, Private Zone, and Rich Tapestry were among the workers at Santa Anita preparing for Breeders' Cup races Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Meanwhile, dual classic winner California Chrome had his penultimate drill for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), going six furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters in 1:12 1/5.

At Santa Anita, two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder went seven furlongs, starting behind two workmates, in a bullet 1:23 4/5 under Mike Smith.

"She galloped out a mile in (one) 38 and looked really good," trainer Richard Mandella said of the defending Distaff favorite. "She'll have another work; I don't know when or how long, but it won't be like this."

Under regular rider Victor Espinoza, California Chrome worked "great," according to trainer Art Sherman. "It was just what I wanted. He'll have one more before the Breeders' Cup."

Los Alamitos head clocker Russ Hudak caught California Chrome in even fractions of :24 2/5 and :48 4/5, with a seven-furlong gallop out of 1:25 4/5.

"He picked it up good in the stretch," Hudak said. "He looked good."

Hong Kong invader Rich Tapestry, who upset Goldencents   by a nose in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) in his U.S. debut Oct. 4, worked five furlongs with exercise rider Vincent Sit aboard in 1:01 2/5 under the supervision of trainer Leonard Powell. The 6-year-old bay gelding is residing at Powell's barn until trainer Michael Chang returns from Hong Kong Oct. 26.

"He went exactly according to plan," Powell said of the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contender. "We wanted to him to start easy and have a strong finish behind another horse (Romar Success). He did it very easily and the horse is pretty fit now, so from here on it's about maintenance and keeping him happy."

Another Sprint contender, Private Zone, two-time winner of the rade I Vosburgh Invitational, worked six furlongs handily from the gate in a bullet 1:09 2/5 with regular rider Martin Pedroza aboard.

"He went good, but a little faster than I wanted him to go," trainer Alfredo Velazquez said. "He'll have one more breeze next Saturday. Then he'll be ready for the money."

Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Candy Boy, possible for the Classic, worked six furlongs under Corey Nakatani in 1:10 2/5.

"He worked good," trainer John Sadler said. "He worked in company and he got a fast three-quarters. We'll decide by tomorrow (whether to pre-enter on Monday)."

Elsewhere, Todd Pletcher was on hand as Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) winner Angela Renee worked four furlongs in :48 3/5 for the Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

Cristina's Journey, also being preparing for the Juvenile Fillies, went five furlongs in a bullet :58 3/5 for Dale Romans, .

Also working for Romans were Danny Boy (Juvenile Turf), who went five furlongs in :59 1/5, and Prayer for Relief (Classic) who negotiated the same distance in :59 flat. Exercise rider Tammy Fox termed the move "super" adding, Bring 'em on." 

Juvenile Fillies contender Conquest Eclipse went five furlongs in :58 3/5, also a bullet, for Mark Casse.

Over a firm turf course, Surfer Girl Stakes winner Her Emmynency went four furlongs for trainer Michael Stidham in :48 4/5, while Mile contender Obviously traveled six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 for Phil D'Amato.

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SUNDAY'S FEATURE RACE AT THE GREAT RACE PLACE SANTA ANITA PARK

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP AT SANTA ANITA PARK

BOOZER WINS THE CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP AT SANTA ANITA PARK


Boozer had an easy journey to win his first stakes Saturday in the $98,000 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita.
Shigeki Kikkawa
The 3-5 favorite Boozer wins the California Flag Handicap by 2 1/2 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
Sent off as the 3-5 favorite against three rivals, Boozer set a moderate pace on the hillside turf course and pulled away in the final furlong to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Boozer ($3.40) ran about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.36.
The California Flag Handicap for statebreds drew a field of six but was reduced to four starters after the scratches of Ain’t No Other and Red Outlaw.
Boozer, who was ridden by leading rider Rafael Bejarano, set a modest pace of 22.89 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.16 for a half-mile while leading by at least a half-length. He pulled away after crossing over onto the main turf course.
“The race was a bit depleted by the scratches, and he got things his own way,” trainer Mark Glatt said. “He was supposed to win. He picked it up nicely. When I saw 22 and change, I thought, ‘We can’t mess this up.’ He did his job.”
Tamarando, the winner of the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields last April, finished second, a half-length in front of Super Ability. Heat Flash was last of four.
Boozer, a 4-year-old gelding by Unusual Heat, races for Al and Sandee Kirkwood. Boozer has won 5 of 12 starts and earned $292,672. The California Flag was Boozer’s third win in his last four starts, a sequence that includes two wins over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Del Mar – an optional claimer for California-breds July 18 and an allowance race Aug. 31.
“He’s a versatile horse,” Glatt said. “He was impressive winning at a mile and a sixteenth. We’ll keep him on the grass.”

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

SUNDAY'S FREE PLAY


RACE 2

A seven furlong lowest level of maidens open up to three year old and up!


ANALYSIS'

Surfer Moon is the morning line favorite trained by Melody Conlon is a under rated trainer who will get action as he did not like the surface of Del Mar.........I will try to beat him with a professional maiden Troy Story who faces a weak modest group at the morning line odds of 5 to 1. I like the fact that he is training strong over the dirt at the great race place.


            1. Troy Story
            2. Surfer Moon
            3. Armensky


            Long Shot   Broadcaster


RACE 3 


             1. Light The City          
             2. Seduire 
             3. XOXO

             Long Shot  Holiday Maker      
            




RACE 4

This race sets up for one of the favorites It Is Living H20. I was very impressed with him breaking his cherry winning on the all weather surface at Del Mar...........He switches back to the turf where he has impressed me on the turf. I think Rainbow North trained by Peter Miller has a blue blood pedigree to out runs his odds at 12 to 1.........sired by Danehill.......He should relish the turf.


          1. Rainbow North
          2. It Is Living H20
          3. Kings Adventure




RACE 6

A maiden special weight sprint on the turf open up to fillies and mares three year old and up!


ANALYSIS:

At 15 to 1 Smart Typical is a blue blood that is kin to Bright Thought. I like the fact that she looks to me that she is training solid for her fifth start.........You can draw a line threw her last start as she broke thru the gate before that race. Joe Talamo goes to the favorite See Through trained by a under rated trainer David Hofmans........sired by the speedy Carson City out of the mare A.P. Indy. She starts her fourth race and has hit the board in all of her starts. The FTS (First Time Starter) Our Candy Charms is trained by the Hall of Famer Ron McAnnally is sired by Candy Ride out of the mare Olympio.........who should relish the turf.......hard to judge her works because Ron trains them slow.


        1. Smart Typical
        2. See Through
        3. Temeeku

          Long Shot  Our Candy Charms







    

Sunday, October 5, 2014

SUNDAY'S LATE PICK FOUR

LATE PICK FOUR


1,4,6,9 WITH 6,7 WITH 5,6,12 WITH 5


COST $12.00


GOOD LUCK AND LET'S GET THIS PICK FOUR!

Friday, October 3, 2014

FRIDAYS FREE PLAY

RACE 3




Look all the money will go on Pontchatrain..........four for four on this turf..........but I like Biorhytm.........great pedigree as Tom trains and Glen Hill Farms bred.........do not dismiss........we will get good odds.........BET ACROSS THE BOARD.




             1. Biorhytm

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