HORSE OF THE YEAR FATAL BULLET on the rise
Friday, Keeneland, post time: 5:45 p.m. EDT
PHOENIX S.-GIII, $250,000, 3yo/up, 6f (AWT)
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY TRAINER ML
1 Greeley’s Conquest Mr. Greeley Theriot Thomas 8-1
2 Silver Edition Silver Deputy Bridgmohan Lukas 20-1
3 Ez Dreamer In Excess (Ire) Leparoux Owens 8-1
4 Capt. Candyman Can Candy Ride (Arg) Castellano Wilkes 5-2
5 Hamazing Destiny Salt Lake Thompson Lukas 30-1
6 Past the Point Indian Charlie Gomez Harty 8-1
7 Fatal Bullet Red Bullet Da Silva Baker 2-1
8 My Pal Charlie Indian Charlie Albarado Stall Jr 8-1
9 Formidable Sky Mesa Maragh H A Jerkens 15-1
10 Sing Baby Sing Unbridled’s Song Landeros Bruner 10-1
FallStars Weekend preview
The opening-weekend stakes could make Breeders’ Cup participants out of horses that win or at least perform well enough to suit their connections, but we’ll focus on the opportunity for some good wagering possibilities. See the text at the bottom for details on the stakes.
On opening day, the Phoenix (G3) features CAPT. CANDYMAN CAN (Candy Ride [Arg]), who exits a win (via disqualification) in the King’s Bishop S. (G1). He’ll be tough if he can duplicate that effort, but it came on dirt and the three-year-old has never started at Keeneland. He was unplaced in his lone previous attempt on a synthetic track at Arlington. Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) runner-up FATAL BULLET (Red Bullet) could compete for favoritism and is a top-quality front runner on synthetic tracks. We give E Z DREAMER (In Excess [Ire]) an upset shot in this sprint.
The Alcibiades (G1) has a dozen going, with SHE BE WILD (Offlee Wild) looking like the possible choice. She is trained by Wayne Catalano, the top money-winning trainer at the recently closed Arlington meet, and is three for three in her career, all of them coming on the Polytrack in Chircago. BEAUTICIAN (Dehere) is trained by Ken McPeek, who has three Alcibiades wins to his credit, and will also attract a lot of money off some classy outings at Saratoga. AMEN HALLELUJAH (Montbrook) could continue to show more off a couple of nice wins and will make her first start for Richard Dutrow, a powerful betting angle. She’s bound to go off at decent odds.
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CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL/E.P. TAYLOR NEWS
ASK IS OUT
ASK, who lost the 2007 Canadian International by a nose, was expected to come to Canada for this year’s running but reports are that the fellow is not making the trip.
Three Euros are confirmed, one local and five Americans for what could be a small field for the 1 1/2 mile race.
ch.h.5 by Soviet Star or Night Shift(Nureyev) – Susi Wong (IRE)(Selkirk)
McMahon Mr. & Mrs. P. and Gorell Mr. & Mrs. R. Andrew Balding
CHAMPS ELYSEES (GB)»
b.h.6 by Danehill(Danzig) – Hasili (IRE)(Kahyasi (IRE))
Juddmonte Farms Robert J. Frankel
JUKEBOX JURY (IRE)
gr.c.3 by Montjeu (IRE)(Sadler’s Wells) – Mare Aux Fees (GB)(Kenmare (FR))
Mr. A. Spence Mark S. Johnston
JUST AS WELL»
dk b/.h.6 by A.P. Indy(Seattle Slew) – No Matter What(Nureyev)
Jonathan E. Sheppard Jonathan E. Sheppard
dk b/.h.6 by Gone West(Mr. Prospector) – Colonial Play(Pleasant Colony)
Robert S. Evans Neil D. Drysdale
ch.g.7 by Acatenango (GER)(Surumu (GER)) – Quila (IRE)(Unfuwain)
Gestuet Fahrhof Peter Schiergen
SPICE ROUTE (GB)
ch.g.5 by King’s Best(Kingmambo) – Zanzibar (IRE)(In the Wings (GB))
Harlequin Ranches, R. Johnson and R. Attfield Roger L. Attfield
CHINESE WHITE (IRE)
gr.f.4 by Dalakhani (IRE)(Darshaan (GB)) – Chiang Mai (IRE)(Sadler’s Wells)
Lady O’Reilly Dermot K. Weld
EVA’S REQUEST (IRE)»
ch.f.4 by Soviet Star(Nureyev) – Ingabelle (IRE)(Taufan)
Liam Mulryan Mick R. Channon
ch.f.3 by Theatrical (IRE)(Nureyev) – Lady Shirl(That’s a Nice)
Charles E. Fipke Roger L. Attfield
b.f.3 by Redback (GB)(Mark of Esteem (IRE)) – Flames (GB)(Blushing Flame)
Mohammed Al Qatami and K al Mudhaf Mick R. Channon
LOOK HERE (GB)
b.f.4 by Hernando (FR)(Niniski) – Last Look (GB)(Rainbow Quest)
J. H. Richmond-Watson Ralph Beckett
MEKONG MELODY (IRE)
b.f.4 by Cape Cross (IRE)(Green Desert) – Nini Princesse (IRE)(Niniski)
David C. Egan Roger L. Attfield
b.f.4 by Kingmambo(Mr. Prospector) – Danka(Strawberry Road (AUS))
Pin Oak Stable Malcolm Pierce
POINTS OF GRACE»
ch.f.4 by Point Given(Thunder Gulch) – Fateful(Topsider)
Live Oak Plantation Malcolm Pierce
b.f.4 by Street Cry (IRE)(Machiavellian) – Sally Slew(Slew City Slew)
Eileen H. Hartis Michael R. Matz
b.f.3 by Dynaformer(Roberto) – No Matter What(Nureyev)
Augustin Stable John H. M. Gosden
ROSES ‘N’ WINE
ch.f.4 by Broken Vow(Unbridled) – Regent’s Fancy(Vice Regent)
Firestone Farms Ltd. David R. Bell
MAZARINE/GREY head weekend events at Woodbine
Some of the lustre has been lost on the graded 2yo stakes at Woodbine as far as their impact on the U.S. racing scene – the Mazarine and Grey – but there remains a bit of interest in the races from a local standpoint.
Local horse owner ROB SMITHEN has BAY TO BAY inthe Mazarine tomorrow and she won the Grade 3 Natalma inworkmanlike fashion.
The exciting A.P. Indy filly CASCADING should betough- she is impeccably bred and had a super debut outing.
The Grey features stakes winner GHOST FLEET, who was hailed by some as a superstar and while he has done little wrong on Polytrack, he was all out to win his latest over a filly.
The Grey could go to stakes winner WILLIAM’S KITTEN as the Kitten’s Joy colt doe snot have much to beat unless BEAR TOUGH GUY, a debut winner on the grass, is a star.
MAZARINE S.-GIII, $250,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m (AWT)
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY TRAINER WT
1 Resentless Trajectory Sutherland Howard 115
2 Witch’s Coven Cuvee Wilson Bell 115
3 Jenny’s So Great Greatness Ramsammy De Gannes 115
4 Bay to Bay Sligo Bay (Ire) Clark Lynch 122
5 Cascading A.P. Indy Husbands Carroll 115
6 Biofuel Stormin Fever Da Silva Baker 115
7 Jackpot Joanie Giant’s Causeway Contreras Asmussen 113
8 Pretty Pretty Girl Thunder Gulch McAleney Fairlie 115
GREY S.-GIII, $250,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m (AWT)
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY TRAINER WT
1 Mobthewarrior Mobil Ramsammy De Gannes 115
2 Rein King Roman Ruler Husbands Terranova 115
3 Ring My Surprise Where’s the Ring Dos Ramos De Gannes 117
4 William’s Kitten Kitten’s Joy Lebron Maker 122
5 Ghost Fleet Arch Kabel Attard 122
6 Korvette Kid Lemon Drop Kid McAleney Vella 115
7 Bear Tough Guy Roar of the Tiger Da Silva Baker 115
COMIN UP ON SUNDAY
JUDDMONTE SPINSTER S.-GI, $500,000, 3yo/up, f/m,
1 1/8m (AWT)
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY TRAINER
1 Teamgeist (Arg) Mutakddim Borel McPeek
2 Tejida Rahy Nakatani Matz
3 Dawn After Dawn Successful Appeal Castanon Sadler
4 Proviso (GB) Dansili (GB) Maragh Frankel
5 Be Fair Exchange Rate Emigh Lukas
6 Tizfiz Tiznow Lanerie Good
7 Ginger Brew Milwaukee Brew Velazquez Lynch
8 Swift Temper Giant’s Causeway Albarado Romans
9 Champagne Eyes Flatter Mena O’Neill
10 Indescribable Pleasant Tap Leparoux Mott
11 Mushka Empire Maker Desormeaux Mott
All carry 123 pounds, bar Be Fair at 120.
WOODBINE HELPS IN BETTING ON FAR HILLS RACES
DAILY RACING FORM REPORT
Far Hills to offer mutuel betting on jump races
By Matt Hegarty
Bettors will be able to make win, place, show, exacta, and trifecta wagers on six steeplechase races at Far Hills, N.J., on Oct. 17 as part of an effort by the National Steeplechase Association to package 11 races into what it is calling the U.S. Steeplechase Championships, according to officials of the association.
The wagering menu was confirmed after the steeplechase group was able to reach an agreement with Woodbine Race Course in Ontario to host the betting pools for the six-race Far Hills lineup, which includes steeplechasing’s most prestigious race, the Grade 1 Grand National. In addition to the Far Hill races, five other races forming the International Gold Cup at The Plains in Virginia will be broadcast live as part of the event during a five-hour telecast on NBC Universal Sports.
SILLY FELLA PLEASES SURPRISED OWNERS AFTER UPSET WIN IN JACK DIAMOND FUTURITY
Vancouver, B.C. (Oct. 5/09) – British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame owners Nick and Pauline Felicella experienced another golden moment together Sunday at Hastings Racecourse.
The Felicella’s watched with great delight as Silly Fella staged a major upset in the 79th running of the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity for 2-year-olds colts and geldings foaled in Canada. Trained by Lenore Daponte and ridden by Chad Hoverson, Silly Fella paid a handsome $44.40 after leading from start to finish. Final time for the six and one-half furlongs was 1:17.42.
Hoverson said he’d never laid eyes on Silly Fella until he got to the paddock. “When he broke on top I just sat on him and went with it,” Hoverson after drawing off to win by more than eight lengths. “I thought there would be a bit more pace in the race but I was comfortable having him on the lead.”
Mr. & Mrs. Felicella first got involved as owners in 1978 and have always taken great pride in promoting the racing industry locally. They have shared the Jack Diamond Futurity winner’s circle on three previous occasions: Desert Alf (2007); Sharp Suspicion (1992); and Salt of the Sea (1987). The Felicella’s pride and joy is Spaghetti Mouse, the all-time B.C.-bred money earning.
Vying Ty Grr scored a convincing front-running win in Saturday’s $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity for 2-year-old fillies foaled in Canada. Ridden by Richard Hamel and trained by Barbara Heads, Vying Ty Grr won by four lengths over favoured Victorious Vye in a final time of 1:17.90 for the six and one-half furlongs. She paid $9.10.
“The horse is really good getting away from the gate,” Hamel said. “I gave her a breather going down the backstretch and when I asked her at the quarter-pole, that was about it.”