MISS KELLER hugs her best friend in a quiet moment at Saratoga this summer. The Roger Attfield trainee is a contender in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mares Turf on Nov. 5 – photo courtesy of TOD MARKS PHOTOGRAPHY
184 entries is a record (of course they keep adding races all the time)
Breeders’ cup pre-entries announced, Canadians , seven in total, 5 race on in on FRIDAY NIGHT!
WYOMIA, NEW NORMAL, in 2nd race of the series, on Friday, the Juv. Fillies Turf, in the 14 horse body of overflow race
DELIGHTFUL MARY one of 13 in Juvenile Fillies (no Street Prize)
MISS KELLER one of 11 in Filly and Mare Turf
MILWAUKEE APPEAL one of 12 in the Ladies Classic at 7:30 p.m.
GRAND ADVENTURE in Turf Sprint, one of 14 accepted
SOCIETY’S CHAIRMAN, one of 11 in Mile against GOLDIKOVA!
The entire lists are on virtually every site you can find, the CLASSIC has a super group and it follows below (too bad those in attendance will have to try and take photos of Zenyatta and the like in the dark…)
The FIRST DAY OF BREEDERS’ CUP is also going to be mostly in the dark, it starts Nov.5 at 4:10 p.m. – yes, its twilight folks, with the MARATHON
A CLASSIC CLASSIC
The BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC is a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.
The race carries a guaranteed purse of $5 million, including nominator awards.
The race is oversubscribed with horses. Horses pre-entered are:
Horse Owner Trainer
Blame Claiborne Farm; Adele Dilschneider Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Crown of Thorns Spendthrift Farm, LLC Richard E. Mandella
Dakota Phone John Carver , Halo Farms, George Todaro , Jerry Hollendorfer Jerry Hollendorfer
Espoir City (JPN) Yushun Horse Club Akio Adachi
Etched Godolphin Racing LLC – Lessee Kiaran P. McLaughlin
First Dude Donald R. Dizney Dale L. Romans
Fly Down Richard C. Pell Nicholas P. Zito
Gio Ponti Castleton Lyons, Inc. Christophe Clement
Haynesfield Turtle Bird Stable Steven M. Asmussen
Lookin At Lucky Watson & Weitman Performance LLC, Michael E. Pegram Bob Baffert
Musket Man Eric Fein , Victor Carlson Derek S. Ryan
Paddy O’Prado Donegal Racing Dale L. Romans
Quality Road Edward P. Evans Todd A. Pletcher
Zenyatta Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss John A. Shirreffs
Total Horses in Race: 14
Not selected into the field and listed in order of preference by the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel:
Morning Line Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable Nicholas P. Zito
Pleasant Prince Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey Wesley A. Ward
Crown of Thorns has first preference in the Dirt Mile
Dakota Phone has first preference in the Dirt Mile
Gio Ponti has second preference in the Mile
Paddy O’Prado has second preference in the Turf
Morning Line has second preference in the Dirt Mile
JOSHUA TREE, others that won at Woodbine, pass Breeders’ Cup
Recently purchase JOSHUA TREE is heading to Japan it seems. The following is from associated press:
It is also learnt that Irish trainer Adrian O’Brian’s Joshua Tree has been bought over by a leading Qatari owner.
Joshua Tree holds an impressive record of three wins in his six starts and finishing second and third on two occasions with total earnings of over QR 5.5mn.
Racing and Equestrian Club general manager Sami Jassim al-Boenain was pleased with the purchases made by the Qatari owners and was looking ahead to the Thoroughbreds performing well not only in Qatar but as well as the global arena.
“This is brilliant news for Qatar that the local owners are purchasing top quality Thoroughbreds. Racing can only get better and highly competitive. In the recent past there have been top class Thoroughbreds racing here in Doha and one of them finished sixth in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this year,” Sami told the Gulf Times.
FORT ERIE WRAPS UP
Parabola Wins the Tour de Fort!
Fort Erie Race Track wrapped up the 2010 racing season with one of the traditional closing day events, the Tour de Fort going a distance of 2 miles and 70 yards. The race is a true test of stamina which offers a purse of $30,000.
This year’s race saw a field of 12 go to the gate. Kettle Rapids under leading rider Krista Carignan took the lead in the early stages of the race and set the pace for the 1st mile. It became a 2 horse race when Parabola ridden by Kirk Johnson drew closer and closer to the leader. Going into the final turn the 2 horses were neck and neck but Parabola was able to pull away under a full head of steam to win by 18 lengths in a final time of 3:30.4.
Parabola, a 4 year old gelded son of Trajectory made his way to Fort Erie after competing at Woodbine as a 2 and 3 year old. “He wasn’t going to make it at Woodbine so his previous owner sent him to me,” said trainer Dan Wills. “My wife and I decided to buy him and this win makes the purchase that much sweeter.”
As far as jockey Kirk Johnson was concerned the win was just as easy as it looked. “I rode him the way Dan told me to, he told me to relax him and he responded with a great move around the turn for home.”
Parabola returned $22.20 to win, $7.80 to place and $7.20 to show. The pace setter Kettle Rapids was able to hold on for second and Galaxy finished third.
60 MINUTES FEATURES ZENYATTA ON HALLOWEEN
The undefeated superstar Zenyatta is scheduled to be featured on CBS televisions’s 60 minutes news program on Sunday, October 31, which is the Sunday night before the Breeders’ Cup Championships are held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on November 5 and 6.
The show will air on Halloween night, so you might want to set your DVR if you are heading out for Trick-or-Treating.
The program will feature film footage shot during Zenyatta’s workouts with exercise rider Steve Willard and jockey Mike Smith in the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup. Zenyatta has been based at Hollywood Park with trainer John Shirreffs throughout her career.
Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss (of A & M records), Zenyatta will be favored to repeat her victory over males in the $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, November 6. Zenyatta, who is named for the famous Police album, Zenyatta Mondatta, has won all 19 races in her career.
The appearance on the highly rated, long-running show is the kind of exposure few human athletes ever receive, much less a horse racing star. Her appearance means tremendous exposure for the horse racing industry and the Breeders’ Cup. 60 minutes has averaged 13.7 million viewers each week this year, according to USA Today.
FASIG TIPTON FALL YEARLINGS DAY 2
On Monday we saw quite a few Canadians buying up yearlings and some Canadian-breds being sold too. SLADE CALLAGHAN, an interesting new buyer
More action from Tuesday’s 2nd session…
434 C ARCH HALO RIVER WARRENDALE SALES AGENT III MARK CASSE, AGENT $60,000
568 F DURING LAKE SHORE VIEW MORGAN’S FORD FARM SCOTT FAIRLIE $8,000
678 F BELLAMY ROAD MISS LE BERTHON BRANDYWINE FARM (JIM & PAM ROBINSON) SCOTT FAIRLIE $8,000
680 G WHYWHYWHY MISS PRETTY KEANE GALLAGHER FARMS AGENT ROBERT TILLER $3,000
736 C LIMEHOUSE NON SIBI COLUMBIANA FARM MARK CASSE, AGENT $37,000
**Canadian-bred..755 C FLOWER ALLEY OUR MARIAH BETH HANCOCK AGENT CEC FARMS $20,000
761 C TIZNOW PAPA TO KINZIE FOUR STAR SALES AGENT MARK CASSE, AGENT $170,000
764 C FLASHY BULL PARIS SKY THREAVE MAIN STUD LLC AGENT SLADE CALLAGHAN $26,000
771 C HARD SPUN PENNANT WINNER DROMOLAND FARM INC. AGENT I ROBERT TILLER, AGENT $52,000
Canadian breds sold
476 F SEEKING THE BEST (IRE) IDEAL SCENARIO HILL ‘N’ DALE SALES AGENCY AGENT BLUEBERRY HILL STABLES $1,500
515 F SURVIVALIST JENEPHER CLOVER CREEK FARM AGENT RAUT LLC $1,500
586 F SURVIVALIST LIGHT UP NEW YORK CLOVER CREEK FARM AGENT GEORGE R SIKORA $1,000 PS
706 F POMEROY MORE THAN A RUMOR WARRENDALE SALES AGENT VII ILEX BLOODSTOCK $25,000