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From the Breeders’ Cup Media Team:

Santa Anita, ParisLongchamp Open the Floodgates on Huge Challenge Weekend

 

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series hits its zenith this weekend, with 14 “Win and You’re In” automatic qualifiers spread out at Santa Anita  Park outside of Los Angeles, Belmont Park on Long Island, and ParisLongchamp in France. Santa Anita will host half of the 14, with the Awesome Again Stakes (G1) offering the ninth and final automatic starting berth into the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), while ParisLongchamp has five of its own, with the clear highlight being the historic Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), with a berth into the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) on the line. Toss in a pair of 2-year-old qualifiers at Belmont and the biggest Challenge weekend of the year surely won’t disappoint.

 

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Tripoli leads the Awesome Again at Santa Anita

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Awesome Again Comes Up Strong, Leads the Way at Santa Anita

 

While Santa Anita opens Friday with a trio of Challenge races, it’s the “Win and You’re In” Awesome Again (G1) on Saturday that rates as a can’t-miss event, as several of those entered in the compact field have serious designs on the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic.

 

The field is led by Hronis Racing’s TRIPOLI, who already earned a berth into the Classic when he won Del Mar’s Aug. 21 “Win and You’re In” TVG Pacific Classic (G1) for trainer John Sadler. The 4-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy made the first 11 starts of his career on turf but has transformed into a new horse on dirt, as he won a local optional-claimer in June then was second in Del Mar’s San Diego Handicap (G2) in July before securing his signature win to move to 4-for-14 lifetime. Initially, Sadler was planning going straight from the Pacific Classic to the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Tripoli but his plans changed for the better.

 

“It was either train him into the Breeders’ Cup Classic, or run him, and he’s telling me go ahead and run,” Sadler said. In 2018, the Sadler-trained  Accelerate won the Awesome Again and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Calvin Nguyen’s IDOL hasn’t been seen since winning the March 6 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) for trainer Richard Baltas but the 4-year-old son of 2007 Classic winner Curlin is 3-for-6 lifetime and has a world of upside, while Zedan Racing Stables’ MEDINA SPIRIT finished first in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and his comeback in Del Mar’s Aug. 29 Shared Belief and will garner plenty of support, as will MyRacehorse and Spendthrift Farm’s TIZAMAGICIAN, second in the Pacific Classic. EXPRESS TRAIN, who beat Tripoli in the San Diego but was a disappointing sixth as the favorite in the Pacific Classic, is also entered, as are AZUL COAST, MIDCOURT, and STILLETO BOY.

 

Rodeo Drive, Sprint Championship Anchor Awesome Again Undercard

 

While the Awesome Again rightfully takes center stage Saturday at Santa Anita, the $300,000 “Win and You’re In” Rodeo Drive Stakes on turf (G1), which will award and automatic starting berth into the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1), and the $200,000 “Win and You’re In” Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G2), which will offer a starting berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), both drew strong fields.

 

The Rodeo Drive, at 1 ¼ miles, gives Abbondanza Racing, Medallion Racing, and MyRacehorse’s GOING TO VEGAS a chance to further distance herself from the rest of the Californians. The 4-year-old daughter of two-time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Goldencents won the local Santa Ana Stakes (G3) in March and Del Mar’s Sept. 4 John C. Mabee (G2) for trainer Richard Baltas. Going to Vegas is 6-for-21 lifetime.

 

LNJ Foxwoods has two entrants in DOGTAG, who has been second in all four starts this year — all stakes — for trainer Richard Mandella and is 5-2-3-0 locally, and LUCK, who won her U.S. debut impressively in an optional-claimer Aug. 7 at Del Mar for Baltas. CRYSTALLE, FAST JET COURT (BRZ), MAGIC ATTITUDE (GB), NEIGE BLANCHE (FR), RED LARK, and RIDEFORTHECAUSE are also entered in the “Win and You’re In” Rodeo Drive.

 

The Santa Anita Sprint Championship, at 6 furlongs, drew a small field of six but came up exceptionally strong, with Red Baron’s Barn, Rancho Temescal, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, and William Branch’s DR. SCHIVEL headlining. The 3-year-old son of Violence, 4-for-6 lifetime,  already qualified for the Sprint when he won Del Mar’s July 31 “Win and You’re In” Bing Crosby (G1) for trainer Mark Glatt.

 

Altamira Racing Stable, Madaket Stables, Gary Barber and Tom Kagele’s C Z ROCKET is the defending champion and used the 2020 race as a springboard to a second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last year at Keeneland for trainer Peter Miller. C Z Rocket was third, beaten just a neck in the Bing Crosby, while Lane’s End Racing and Hronis Racing’s FLAGSTAFF won the Churchill Downs Stakes (G1) in May for trainer John Sadler. COLLUSION ILLUSION, COLT FICTION, and VERTICAL THREAT are also entered in the “Win and You’re In” Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

 

Juveniles Friday, Zenyatta Sunday Bookend Opening Weekend

 

The Great Race Place opens Friday and the layout of the Santa Anita main track offers 2-year-olds an important chance at running two turns on the dirt. The $300,000 “Win and You’re In” American Pharoah Stakes  (G1) and $200,000 “Win and You’re In” Chandelier Stakes (G2), both at 1 1/16 miles, drew two lightly raced fields long on talent and pedigree.

 

The American Pharoah could mark the coming-out party of Speedway Stables’ CORNICHE, a son of Quality Road who won his debut Sept. 4 at Del Mar by 4 ½ lengths at 1-2, and figures tough to catch from his inside draw. SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Robert Masterson, Stonestreet Stables, Jay Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital, Catherine Donovan, Golconda Stable, and Siena Farm’s ROCKEFELLER, a son of Medaglia d’Oro, was equally impressive winning on debut Aug. 28 at Del Mar. FINNEUS, FLYING DRUMMER, JOKER BOY, OVIATT CLASS, and PAPPACAP are also entered for the “Win and You’re In” American Pharoah.

 

Willow Grace Farm and Michael Lund Petersen’s GRACE ADLER, a filly by 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Curlin who parlayed a perfect trip into an 11 ¼-length win in the Sept. 5 Del Mar Debutante (G1), headlines the Chandelier, while Old Bones Racing Stable, Michael Lombardi, and Joey Platts’ AIN’T EASY, a daughter of Into Mischief, settled early and kicked home late by 5 ¼ lengths on debut Aug. 21 at Del Mar and rates a long look. CENSORSHIP, DANCE TO THE MUSIC, DESERT DAWN, ELECTRIC RIDE and ELM DRIVE are also entered in the “Win and You’re In” Chandelier.

 

The undercard includes the $100,000 “Win and You’re In” Speakeasy at 5 furlongs, with the winner earning a berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2). Seven were entered, with CJ Thoroughbreds’ MISS ALACRITY leading the way for trainer Wesley Ward. The daughter of Munnings is 2-for-2 and won her turf debut Aug. 1 in Monmouth Park’s Colleen Stakes. Patricia’s Hope and Richard Ravin’s ONE TIMER won both starts over the Tapeta surface at Woodbine, including the July 31 Victoria for trainer Larry Rivelli, while MyRacehorse and Spendthrift Farm’s FORBIDDEN KINGDOM leads the locals off a fast Aug. 21 Del Mar debut win on the main track for trainer Richard Mandella. ANMER HALL, BLAME IT ON ROSE, ROCK THE BELLES, and TIME TO PARTY are also entered in the “Win and You’re In” Speakeasy.

 

Sunday’s $200,000 “Win and You’re In” Zenyatta Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles will offer an automatic starting berth into the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier’s AS TIME GOES BY, winner of the local Santa Margarita (G2) in April and Santa Maria (G2) in May headlines a field of eight that also drew CALIFORNIA KOOK, LADY KATE, MISS MIGLY, MISS STORMY D, PRIVATE MISSION, SAMURAI CHARM and STELLAR SOUND.

 

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Mrs.’ John Magnier’s AS TIME GOES BY won the local Santa Margarita (G2) in April and Santa Maria (G2) in May and would be worth consideration, while MISS MIGLY, MISS STORMY D, PAIGE ANNIE, PRIVATE MISSION, SAMURAI CHARM could also start in the “Win and You’re In” Zenyatta.

 

Contentious Arc Highlights a Super Sunday at ParisLongchamp

 

The eyes of the racing world will be on ParisLongchamp Sunday when the $6.1 million “Win and You’re In” Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) is run as the centerpiece of a blockbuster card that includes five other Group 1s, four of which are Breeders’ Cup automatic qualifiers.

 

The Arc will offer a free starting position into the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), while the Prix de l’Opera Longines (GI) will award a berth into the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1), the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines (G1) to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1), the Qatar Prix Jean Luc Lagardere (G1) to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), and the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac – Criterium des Pouliches (G1) to the $1 million Breeders’ Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

 

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Tarnawa (IRE) Entered in Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) Sunday at ParisLongchamp

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The Arc, at 1 ½ miles, is shaping up as one of the more wide-open renewals of the past several years, with the Aga Khan’s homebred and defending Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf winner TARNAWA (IRE) trading as a slight 5-2 ante-post favorite among European punters. The 5-year-old daughter of Shamardal is 9-for-16 lifetime and 2-for-2 locally, as she won last year’s Prix Vermeille (G1) and Prix de l’Opera (G1) before winning the Turf at Keeneland for trainer Dermot Weld. Tarnawa enters off a second-place finish in another “Win and You’re In” for the Turf, Leopardstown’s Sept. 11 Irish Champion Stakes (G1).

 

Godolphin’s 3-year-old sons of Frankel (GB)—the homebred ADAYAR (IRE) and their HURRICANE LANE (IRE), are next in the betting at 11-4 and 5-1, respectively, for trainer Charlie Appleby. The former is 3-for-6 lifetime, winning the Cazoo Derby (G1) at Epsom, and earned a Turf bid when he won Ascot’s July 24 “Win and You’re In” King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) in his last start, while the latter enters off a win in the Sept. 11 St Leger (G1) at Doncaster, and is 6-for-7 lifetime.

 

Two other female stars who have also already earned free berths into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf also are entered in the Arc. Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Mrs. John Magnier’s star 3-yar-old filly LOVE (JPN), who is trading at 5-1 for trainer Aidan O’Brien, captured the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot, and Sunday Racing’s 5-year-old mare CHRONO GENESIS (JPN) , winner of the Takarazuka Kinen (G1) at Hanshin, is at 12-1. ALENQUER (FR), BABY RIDER (FR), BROOME (IRE), BUBBLE GIFT (FR), CHRONO GENESIS (JPN), DEEP BOND (JPN), LOVE (IRE), MOJO STAR (IRE), RAABIHAH, SEALIWAY (FR), TEONA (IRE), and TORQUATOR TASSO (GER) are also entered in the “Win and You’re In” Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.

 

Arc Undercard Stakes Figure to Have Major Del Mar Ramifications

 

The $612,000 Prix de l’Opera, at 1 ¼ miles, will award a berth into the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) and drew 15, with Mrs. A M Swinburn’s defending Filly & Mare Turf (G1) winner AUDARYA (FR) a tepid 3-1 favorite for trainer James Fanshawe. The 5-year-old daughter of Wootton Basset (GB) is 5-for-16 lifetime but is winless in three starts this year, with her 12-1 upset at Keeneland by far her biggest win.

 

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Mrs. John Magnier’s Group 1 winner JOAN OF ARC (IRE) is 11-2 for trainer Aidan O’Brien, as is Yeguada Centurian SL’s SIBILA SPAIN (IRE), who won a Sept. 2 listed stakes over the course for trainer Christopher Head. AMBITION (GB), BABYLONE (FR), BURGARITA (GB), EUDAIMONIA (FR), GRAND GLORY (GB), IKAT (JPN), INCARVILLE (FR), PALMAS (GER), PENJA (FR), ROUGIR (FR), THUNDERING NIGHTS (IRE), and ZEYAADAH (IRE), are also entered for the “Win and You’re In” Prix de l’Opera.

 

A berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) is on the line in the $428,000 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines at 5 furlongs. George Strawbridge’s SUESA (IRE) looms a strong 2-1 favorite in the field of 14 off her win in the King George (G2) at Glorious Goodwood in July for trainer Francois Rohaut. The 3-year-old daughter of Night of Thunder (IRE) is 5-for-7 lifetime.

 

Bearstone Stud Limited’s homebred GLASS SLIPPERS (GB), who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint last year at Keeneland, is next at 11-2 for trainer Kevin Ryan, while King Power Racing Co’s WINTER POWER (IRE) sits at 6-1 and already qualified for the Sprint when she won the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) at York in August for trainer Tim Easterby. AIR DE VALSE (FR), BERNEUIL (IRE), DANDALLA (IRE), LADY IN FRANCE (GB), MO CELITA (IRE), O TRANSO (FR), PONNTOS (IRE), PRADARO (FR), ROMANTIC PROPOSAL (IRE), URBAN BEAT (IRE), and WILD MAJESTY (IRE), are also entered in the “Win and You’re In” Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines.

 

The $489,000 Qatar Prix Jean Luc Lagardere (G1), at 7 furlongs, will award a berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and the field of nine is headlined by Al Shaqab Racing’s EBRO RIVER (IRE), who is 9-4 for trainer Hugo Palmer off his win in the Keenland Phoenix Stakes (G1) at The Curragh in August. The 2-year-old son of Galileo Gold (GB) has had a busy freshman campaign and is 3-for-8 lifetime.

 

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, and Westerberg’s ANCIENT ROME is at 11-4 for trainer Andre Fabre, and won the local prep, the Sept. 9 Prix des Chenes (G3), while Wertheimer and Frere’s homebred ACCAKABA (IRE), who is undefeated in four starts against lesser, is at 7-2 for trainer Christophe Ferland. ANGEL BLEU (FR), ARNIS MASTER (GER), NOBLE TRUTH (FR), ROCCHIGIANI (GB), STONE AGE (IRE), THE WIZARD OF EYE (IRE), are also entered in the “Win and You’re In” Qatar Prix de Jean Luc Lagardere.

 

The $489,000 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac (G1), at 1-mile, offers a berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and the field of nine has the strongest favorite on the card, as Juddmonte’s homebred RACLETTE (GB) is at 5-4 for Fabre. The 2-year-old daughter of Frankel (GB) is 2-for-2 lifetime, including a win in the Prix de la Lorie Sept. 17 at Chantilly.

 

Scott Heider’s AGARTHA (IRE) is next at 7-2 for trainer Joseph O’Brien off her win in the Alpha Centauri Debutante Stakes (G2) at The Curragh in August, while Godolphin’s homebred FLEUR D’IRIS (GB) is 9-2 off her win in the local prep, the Sept. 9 Prix d’Aumale (G3) for Fabre. ACER ALLEY (GB), NATASHA (GB), OSCULA (GB), TIMES SQUARE (FR), WHO KNOWS (FR), and ZELLIE (FR) are also entered in the “Win and You’re In” Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac.

 

Spellbinding Champagne, Echo Zulu in Frizette, Woodward Returns at Belmont

 

The 2-year-olds will be in the spotlight at Belmont Park, with Saturday’s $500,000 “Win and You’re In” Champagne (G1) offering an automatic starting berth into the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1), while Sunday’s $400,000 “Win and You’re In” Frizette (G1) will offer a berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Both one-turn mile races are stellar, with the Champagne easily the best 2-year-old race of the year, and the Frizette showcasing the freakishly fast ECHO ZULU.

 

The Champagne will be led by Winchell Thoroughbreds’ GUNITE, a son of 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Gun Runner who ran the field off their feet in Saratoga’s Sep. 6 Hopeful Stakes (G1) for trainer Steve Asmussen to go to 2-for-5 lifetime. The result turned the tables on Repole Stable, St. Elias Stable, and Gainesway Stable’s WIT, a son of Practical Joke who easily defeated Gunite in the Saratoga Special (G2) in July for trainer Todd Pletcher but saw his modest unbeaten streak end at two in the Hopeful.

 

The two most impressive debut winner of the Saratoga meet — Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s JACK CHRISTOPHER and Robert and Lowana Low’s MY PRAKNSTER — will try to step up. The former, a son of Munnings, won Aug. 28 by 8 ¾ lengths for trainer Chad Brown, while the latter, by Into Mischief, won by 10 lengths Aug. 21 for Pletcher. COMMANDPERFORMANCE and KAVOD are also entered in the “Win and You’re In” Champagne.

 

The Frizette doesn’t figure nearly as competitive with Winchell Thoroughbreds and L and N Racing’s Echo Zulu lining up for Asmussen as a very short-priced favorite in a field of nine. The daughter of Gun Runner won on debut at Saratoga in July by 5 ½ lengths then blitzed the field in their Sep. 5 Spinaway (G1) by 4 lengths.

 

The Elkstone Group’s JESTER CALLS NOJOY broke her maiden by 10 lengths Sep. 5 at Saratoga in her second start for Pletcher and will be joined in the starting gate by A MO READY, FROSTY BREW, GERRYMANDER, JUMEIRAH, and SAUCY LADY T could also run in the “Win and You’re In” Frizette.

 

Belmont also welcomes back the $500,000 Woodward (G1), which had been at Saratoga for the last several years, and the 1 1/8-mile contest is shaping up as a terrific race that will certainly have major implications for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, as it will be led by Godolphin’s homebred MAXFIELD, who earned a free berth to the Classic when taking the Stephen Foster (G2) in June, along with stars ART COLLECTOR, CODE OF HONOR, DR POST, and FORZA DI ORO, along with MO GOTCHA, also lining up.

 

 

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News and Notes

Juvenile Turf Berths Earned in Newmarket’s Rockfel, Royal Lodge

 

Newmarket in the U.K. hosted a pair of “Win and You’re In” 2-year-old qualifiers last weekend, with the Sept. 24 $95,900 Unibet Rockfel (G2) offering an automatic starting berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) and the Sept. 25 $137,000 Juddmonte Royal Lodge (G2) offering a berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

 

Amo Racing Limited’s HELLO YOU (IRE) upset the 7-furlong Rockfel for trainer David Loughnane, beating CACHET (IRE) by 1 ½ lengths. The daughter of Invincible Spirit (IRE) has had a busy freshman campaign, as she won on debut at Wolverhampton in May for trainer Ralph Beckett then was third in the Albany Stakes (G3) at Royal Ascot in June and second in the Duchess of Cambridge (G2) locally in July after which she was sent to trainer David Loughnane. Hello You was off-the-board in her next two starts but rebounded in the Rockfel.

 

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s ROYAL PATRONAGE (FR) won the 1-mile Royal Lodge by a neck over COROEBUS (IRE) for trainer Mark Johnston. The son of Wootton Bassett (GB) won for the third straight time and improved on the form that netted him the Aug. 18 Acomb (G3) at York. Royal Patronage is now 3-for-5 lifetime and is likely to be given the rest of the year off to point for the 2022 European Classics.

 

Dakota Gold Airs at Monmouth, Eyes Juvenile Turf

 

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s DAKOTA GOLD won Monmouth Park’s Sept. 26 $500,000 Nownownow at 1-mile for trainer Danny Gargan to firmly put herself in the mix for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). The 2-year-old daughter of Freud won on debut Sept. 2 sprinting on the dirt at Saratoga over fellow New York breds but looked sharp pulling clear in her turf debut at Monmouth, while going two turns as well. Gargan mentioned to owner Dean Reeves prior to the Nownownow that he could envision a trip to Del Mar and it certainly played out.

 

“I told him if we win this we can go to the Breeders’ Cup,” Gargan said. “So, I think Dean is going to let me go to the Breeders’ Cup.”

 

Knicks Go is Back on top in Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

 

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Knicks Go taking the “Win and You’re In”  Whitney at Saratoga

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Korea Racing Authority’s 5-year-old Knicks Go, hopped over stablemate Essential Quality and back into first place in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, a weekly poll of the top 10 horses in contention for this year’s $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Trained by Brad Cox, Knicks Go, who won the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park and the Whitney (G1) at Saratoga this year, is entered in Saturday’s Lukas Classic (G3) at Churchill Downs.

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COUNTDOWN TO THE BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

A listing of the upcoming major stakes races this weekend:

 

$6 MILLION LONGINES BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC (G1)

October 2 – $500,000 Woodward (G1) at Belmont Park. Run at 1 1/8 miles for 3yos & up.

October 2 – $400,000 Lukas Classic (G3) at Churchill Downs. Run at 1 1/8 miles for 3yos & up.

October 2 – $300,000 Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 1/8 miles for 3yos & up.

$2 MILLION LONGINES BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF (G1)

October 3 – $200,000 Zenyatta (G2) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 1/16 miles for fillies & mares.

$4 MILLION LONGINES BREEDERS’ CUP TURF (G1)

October 2 – $367,000 Qatar Prix du Cadran (G1) at ParisLongchamp. Run at 2 ½ miles for 4yos & up.

October 2 – $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship (G2) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 ¼ miles on turf for 3yos & up.

October 3 – $6.1 million Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) at ParisLongchamp. Run at 1 ½ miles for 3yos & up.

$2 MILLION MAKER’S MARK BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE TURF (G1)

October 2 – $367,000 Qatar Prix de Royallieu (G1) at ParisLongchamp. Run at 1 ¾ miles for fillies & mares.

October 2 – $300,000 Rodeo Drive (G1) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 ¼ miles on turf for fillies & mares.

October 2 – $274,000 Sun Chariot (G1) at Newmarket. Run at 1-mile for fillies & mares.

October 3 – $612,000 Prix de l’Opera Longines (G1) at ParisLongchamp. Run at 1 ¼ miles for fillies & mares.

October 3 – $300,000 Waya (G3) at Belmont Park. Run at 1 3/8 miles on turf for fillies & mares.

$2 MILLION FANDUEL BREEDERS’ CUP MILE (G1)

October 2 – $200,000 City of Hope Mile (G2) at Santa Anita. Run at 1-mile on turf for 3yos & up.

October 3 – $428,000 Prix de La Foret (G1) at ParisLongchamp. Run at 7 furlongs on turf for 3yos & up.

$2 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT (G1)

October 2 – $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G2) at Santa Anita. Run at 6 furlongs for 3yos & up.

$1 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT (G1)

October 3 – $150,000 Ontario Fashion (G3) at Woodbine. Run at 6 furlongs for fillies & mares.

October 3 – $100,000 Chillingworth (G3) at Santa Anita. Run at 6 ½ furlongs for fillies & mares.

$2 MILLION TVG BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE PRESENTED BY THROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIIANCE (G1)

October 1 – $300,000 American Pharoah (G1) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 1/16 miles for 2yos.

October 2 – $500,000 Champagne (G1) at Belmont Park. Run at 1-mile for 2yos.

$2 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES (G1)

October 1 – $200,000 Chandelier (G1) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 1/16 miles for 2yo fillies.

October 3 – $400,000 Frizette (G1) at Belmont Park. Run at 1-mile for 2yo fillies.

$1 MILLION BIG ASS FAN BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE (G1)

October 2 – $300,000 Ack Ack (G3) at Churchill Downs. Run at 1-mile for 3yos & up.

$1 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT (G1)

October 1 – $200,000 Eddie D. (G2) at Santa Anita. Run at 6 ½ furlongs on turf for 3yos & up.

October 2 – $200,000 Belmont Turf Sprint (G3) at Belmont Park. Run at 6 furlongs on turf for 3yos & up.

October 3 – $428,000 Prix de L’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines (G1) at ParisLongchamp. Run at 5 furlongs on turf for 3yos & up.

$1 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF (G1)

October 3 – $490,000 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1) at ParisLongchamp. Run at 7 furlongs on turf for 2yos.

October 3 – $200,000 Pilgrim (G2) at Belmont Park. Run at 1 1/16 miles on turf for 2yos.

$1 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF (G1)

October 2 – $200,000 Miss Grillo (G2) at Belmont Park. Run at 1 1/16 miles on turf for 2yo fillies.

October 3 – $490,000 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac (G1) at ParisLongchamp. Run at 1-mile on turf for 2yo fillies.

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Hot Rod Charlie takes the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx

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MAJOR STAKES RECAP

Sept. 25-26

 

A review of the major global races in the corresponding Breeders’ Cup divisions from last week. Winning jockeys’ names are in parenthesis in each recap.

 

Race: $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1), 3yos, 1 1/8 miles
Track: Parx Racing
Finishing Order: 1 – HOT ROD CHARLIE, 2 – MIDNIGHT BOURON, 3 – AMERICANREVOLUTION
Margins: 2 ¼, 4 ½, 2 ¼
Also ran: FULLSOME, BOURBONIC, SPEAKER’S CORNER, I AM REDEEEMD, WEYBURN
Winning

Connections:

Owner: Boat Racing, Gainesway Stable, Road Runner Racing & William Strauss; Trainer: Doug O’Neill; Jockey: Flavien Prat.
Time: 1:48.63 (fast)

 

Countdown to the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) – Boat Racing, Gainesway Stable, Roadrunner Racing and William Strauss’ HOT ROD CHARLIE (Flavien Prat) led every step for a 2 ¼-length win over MIDNIGHT BOURBON in Parx Racing’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1). Doug O’Neill trained the winner, a 3-year-old son of Oxbow who has been in great form since announcing his presence on the national scene when, at 94-1,  he ran second to Essential Quality in the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) last November at Keeneland. Hot Rod Charlie has been even better at 3, as he won the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds in March, was third in the Kentucky Derby (G1), second in the Belmont Stakes (G1), and was first in Monmouth Park’s July 17 Haskell (G1), a “Win and You’re In” for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, but was disqualified to seventh for interference. Hot Rod Charlie is now 3-for-11 lifetime and will head back to California to prepare for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Video

 

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Race: $1 million Cotillion (G1), 3yo fillies, 1 1/16 miles
Track: Parx Racing
Finishing Order: 1 – CLAIRIERE, 2 – OBLIGATORY, 3 – ARMY WIFE
Margins: 2 ½, ½, neck
Also ran: MARACUJA, ALWAYS CARINA, LEADER OF THE BAND, WILL’S SECRET, ALLWORTHY
Winning

Connections:

Owner: Stonestreet Stables; Trainer: Steve Asmussen; Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
Time: 1:44.31 (fast)

 

Countdown to the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) – Stonestreet Stables’ homered CLAIRIERE (Ricardo Santana Jr.) earned her first career Grade 1 with a 2 ½-length win over OBLIGATORY in Parx Racing’s $1 million Cotillion (G1). The 3-year-old daughter of 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Curlin broke a five-race losing streak for trainer Steve Asmussen, dating back to the Rachel Alexandra (G2) in February at Fair Grounds, but had faced the best of her generation, having entered off a strong second to divisional leader Malathaat in Saratoga’s Aug. 21 Alabama Stakes (G1). Clairiere is now 3-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMHBR7u-WNMfor-9 lifetime and is expected to move on to the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Video

 

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Jackie’s Warrior dominates the Gallant Bob Stakes (G3) at Parx

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Race: $300,000 Gallant Bob (G3), 3yos, 6 furlongs
Track: Parx Racing
Finishing Order: 1 – JACKIE’S WARRIOR, 2 – PICKIN’ TIME, 3 – REAL TALK
Margins: 6 ¾, 3 ¼, 4
Also ran: AWESOME GERRY, BEREN
Winning

Connections:

Owner: Kirk & Judy Robison; Trainer: Steve Asmussen; Jockey: Joel Rosario.
Time: 1:08.64 (fast)

 

Countdown to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) – Kirk and Judy Robinson’s JACKIE’S WARRIOR (Joel Rosario) staked his claim as the favorite for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) with an easy 6 ¾-length win over PICKIN’ TIME in Parx Racing’s $300,000 Gallant Bob (G3). Steve Asmussen trains the winner, a 3-year-old son of Maclean’s Music who has been virtually unbeatable going one-turn, as he’s now 7-for-8 in an 8-for-11 career. Jackie’s Warrior was fourth as the odds-on favorite in last year’s $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) at Keeneland but has risen to the top of the sprint ranks this year after Asmussen focused him on one-turn races. Jackie’s Warrior won the Pat Day Mile (G2) at Churchill Downs in May, was second, beaten just a head, in the Woody Stephens (G1) at Belmont Park in June, then won Saratoga’s Aug. 1 Amsterdam (G2) and the H. Allen Jerkens (G1) 27 days later. As dominant as Jackie’s Warrior has been at one-turn, the Gallant Bob was a 6-furlong refresher of sorts, which has Asmussen looking forward to the same trip at Del Mar. “The unique thing about yesterday, that was only his second time running 6 furlongs,” Asmussen said. “It was brilliant and I’m excited to get to run him in the (Breeders’ Cup) Sprint.” Video

 

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Race: $232,500 Gallant Bloom (G2), fillies & mares, 6 ½ furlongs
Track: Belmont Park
Finishing Order: 1 – BELLA SOFIA, 2 – LADY ROCKET, 3 – LAKE AVENUE
Margins: 3 ½, 9, ½
Also ran: DON’T CALL ME MARY
Winning

Connections:

Owner: Michael Imperio, Medallion Racing, Sofia Soares, Vincent Scuderi & Parkland Thoroughbreds; Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez; Jockey: Luis Saez.
Time: 1:15.69 (fast)

 

Countdown to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) – Michael Imperio, Medallion Racing, Sofia Soares, Vincent Scuderi and Parkland Thoroughbreds’ BELLA SOFIA (Luis Saez) made easy work of three overmatched rivals with a 3 ½-length win over LADY ROCKET in Belmont Park’s $232,500 Gallant Bloom (G2). The 3-year-old daughter of Awesome Patriot made it 4-for-5 for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, and all four wins have come in similar dominant fashion, with the total margin of victory being 25 ½ lengths. Bella Sofia, who broke her maiden on debut locally in May, announced her presence on the national scene with a 4 ¼-length win in Saratoga’s Aug. 7 Longines Test (G1), and looms a leading contender for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.  Video

 

 

Race: $300,000 Kelso Handicap (G2), 3yos & up, 1-mile
Track: Belmont Park
Finishing Order: 1 – LIFE IS GOOD, 2 – FORT PECK, 3 – DOUBLY BLESSED
Margins: 5 ¼, 3 ¼
Also ran: CHANCE IT (DNF)
Winning

Connections:

Owner: CHC & WinStar Farm; Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Time: 1:34.37 (fast)

 

Countdown to the $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) – CHC and WinStar Farm’s LIFE IS GOOD (Irad Ortiz Jr.) tuned up for the $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile with an easy 5 ¼-length win over FORT PECK in Belmont Park’s $300,000 Kelso (G2). The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief was 3-for-3 in California this year and an early Kentucky Derby favorite off stakes wins in Santa Anita’s Sham (G3) in January and San Felipe (G2) in March before injuring a hind ankle and missing the Triple Crown. Transferred to trainer Todd Pletcher in June, he returned in Saratoga’s H. Allen Jerkens (G1) Aug. 28 and was second to sprint star Jackie’s Warrior while beaten just a neck after setting a :44 half-mile. Life Is Good is now 4-for-5 lifetime and figures as one of the horses to beat in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Video

 

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Race: $300,000 Turf Monster (G3), 3yos & up, 5 furlongs (turf)
Track: Parx Racing
Finishing Order: 1 – HOLLYWOOD TALENT, 2 – BEER CAN MAN, 3 – ADMIRAL ABE
Margins: 1 ¼, neck, ½
Also ran: FIRECORW, BATTLE STATION, CAROTARI (DH), CARAVEL (DH), WEST FORK, AMBLIN MAN
Winning

Connections:

Owner: King Star; Trainer: Juan Vazquez; Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
Time: :59.51 (good)

 

Countdown to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) – King Star’s HOLLYWOOD TALENT (Ricardo Santana Jr.) pulled off a 108-1 shocker with a 1 ¼-length win over BEER CAN MAN in Parx Racing’s $300,000 Turf Monster (G3). Juan Vazquez trained the winner, a 10-year-old son of Talent Search who was claimed for $8,000 last November and won for the first time in five starts for his new connections. Hollywood Talent is now 12-for-52 lifetime and could be in line for a trip to Del Mar. “We might try the ($1 million) Breeders’ Cup (Turf Sprint, G1),” Vazquez said. William Branch’s CAROTARI and Bobby Flay and Elizabeth Merryman’s CARAVEL, co-favored at 9-5, dead-heated for sixth after stalking the early pace for trainers Brian Lynch and Graham Motion, respectively. Video

 

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Race: $281,000 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (G1), 2yos, 6 furlongs (turf)
Track: Newmarket
Finishing Order: 1 – PERFECT POWER (IRE), 2 – CASTLE STAR (IRE), 3 – ARMOR (GB)
Margins: ½, neck, neck
Also ran: GO BEARS GO (IRE), CATURRA (IRE), TWILIGHT JET (IRE), ASYMMETRIC (IRE), DR ZEMPF (GB), NEW YORK CITY (IRE), HMS ENDEAVOR
Winning

Connections:

Owner: Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum; Trainer: Richard Fahey; Jockey: Christophe Soumillon.
Time: 1:11.32 (good)

 

Countdown to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) – Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum’s PERFECT POWER (IRE) (Christophe Soumillon) won his second straight Group 1 with a half-length win over CASTLE STAR (IRE) in Newmarket’s $281,000 Juddmonte Middle Park (G1). The 2-year-old son of Ardad (IRE) has won two Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races in the Juvenile Turf Sprint Division this year. Trained by Richard Fahey, Perfect Power earned an invitation into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint when he captured the Norfolk Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot in June and then took the “Win and You’re In”  Prix Morny (G1) Aug. 22 at Deauville. Perfect Power is now 4-for-6 lifetime and could be freshened for a run at the local 2,000 Guineas (G1) in May. Al Shaqab Racing’s ARMOR (GB) one bettered his fourth in the Prix Morny for trainer Richard Hannon, who indicated the son of No Nay Never, who won the Molecomb (G3) at Glorious Goodwood in July and is 2-for-6 lifetime, could be in line to a trip for Del Mar next. “I always felt if we knew he handled fast ground it would be worth taking him to the Breeders’ Cup for the ($1 million) Juvenile Sprint (G2),” Hannon said.

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Race: $281,000 Juddmonte Cheveley Park (G1), 2yo fillies, 6 furlongs (turf)
Track: Newmarket
Finishing Order: 1 – TENEBRISM, 2 – FLOTUS (IRE), 3 – SANDRINE (GB)
Margins: 1, 3, ¾
Also ran: GUILDED (IRE), DESERT DREAMER (GB), ILLUSTRATING (GB), HAVE A GOOD DAY (IRE), SACRED BRIDGE (GB), EVE LODGE (GB), ZAIN CLAUDETTE (IRE), CORAZON (IRE), THUNDER LOVE (GB)
Winning

Connections:

Owner: Westerberg, Coolmore & Merriebelle Stables; Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; Jockey: Ryan Moore.
Time: 1:11.00 (good)

 

Countdown to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) – Westerberg, Coolmore, and Merriebelle Stables’ TENEBRISM (Ryan Moore) made it 2-for-2 with a 1-length win over FLOTUS (IRE) in Newmarket’s $280,850 Juddmonte Cheveley Park (G1). Aidan O’Brien trains the Kentucky-bred winner, a 2-year-old daughter of Caravaggio who entered off a brief freshening after breaking her maiden March 28 at Naas in Ireland. O’Brien indicated a trip to Del Mar for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) could potentially be next. “If she was to go again this season it would be to America but the lads will decide whether or not they want to go to the Breeders’ Cup,” O’Brien said. “It would depend on how she comes out of this race but we would be delighted to go.” Video