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Some Of Last Year's Big Stories
Saint Liam surges to Classic glory to cap career
Saint Liam cemented one Eclipse Award and possibly another on Saturday when he surged to a one-length win in the $4,291,560 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) before a crowd of 54,289 on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Pleasant Home Upsets Ashado in the Distaff
Pleasant Home pulled off a shocker in the $1,834,000 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), rallying from the outside on the turn and rolling to an 9 1/4-length victory at 30-1 odds.
Artie Schiller powers past Leroidesanimaux to win Mile
Artie Schiller, who finished 12th as the favorite in the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), gained redemption on Saturday with a three-quarter length victory over heavy favorite Leroidesanimaux (Brz) in the $1,856,925 Mile at Belmont Park.
Distorted Humor’s fee increased to $150,000
Thoroughbred racing’s newest six-figure stallion is Distorted Humor, a fourth-crop sire who ranked second through Wednesday on the general sire list with $6,553,048 in progeny earnings.
Sport of horse racing celebrates 340 years
Horse racing in New York State attracts millions of fans and generates billions of dollars. It is also the birthplace of American horse racing 340 years ago. The starting gate for the anniversary festivities was at the National Racing Museum in Saratoga Springs on Thursday. Historian Tom Gilcoyne said times sure have changed.
Blazing Rate, Consider Thesource take Florida Stallion Stakes finales
Two juveniles poised to sweep their respective divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes, which features three races each for juveniles and juvenile fillies, were handed defeat in the series’ finales on Saturday at Calder Race Course.
Intercontinental wires field in WinStar Galaxy Stakes
It did not take Intercontinental (GB) long to prove that she was the class of the field in the $400,000 WinStar Galaxy Stakes (G2) on Sunday at Keeneland Race Course.
The five-year-old daughter of Danehill, the 4-to-5 favorite, hustled to the lead and stayed there, scoring a front-running, three-quarter-length victory over fast-closing Wend to remain a perfect three-for-three in starts over the Keeneland turf.
Host charges past field with late rush to win Shadwell Turf Mile
Making his return to racing after a layoff of nearly eight months, Melnyk Racing Stable’s Host (Chi) overcame a wide trip to get up at the wire on Saturday in the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (G1) at Keeneland Race Course.
Singletary rallies from last to win Oak Tree Breeders’ Cup Mile
Little Red Feather Racing’s Singletary, winner of the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), showed he has the potential for a repeat performance in that race later this month at Belmont Park as he made a bold charge from last in the six-horse field to take the $249,000 Oak Tree Breeders’ Cup Mile Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.
Borrego blazes past field in scintillating Gold Cup score
Borrego surged past the field with one scintillating swoop on the far turn and sailed to an easy 4 1/2-length victory in the $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Shakespeare stays perfect with victory in Joe Hirsch
Unbeaten Shakespeare remained perfect on Saturday as he prevailed in a head-bobbing stretch duel with English Channel to win the $750,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
Rock Hard Ten outkicks Roman Ruler in Goodwood triumph
Showing no signs of rust after a seven-month layoff, Rock Hard Ten collared Roman Ruler in the stretch and drove to a one-length victory in the $484,000 Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) on Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
Silver Train Stops Lost in the Fog's Streak in Sprint
The biggest favorite on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships day program faltered, Lost in the Fog going down at 3-5 odds and finishing off the board in the $1.06 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
The winner was Silver Train, whose trainer Rick Dutrow will saddle Saint Liam in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I). It was the first loss for Lost in the Fog after 10 straight wins.
Shirocco scores in Turf dominated by Europeans
When John Gosden spotted the strapping Shirocco (Ger) walking into the quarantine barn on a rainy Tuesday at Belmont Park, the English-based trainer confidently remarked, “There’s the [Breeders’ Cup] Turf [G1] winner, he loves the soft ground.”
Gosden proved prophetic as the tank-like Shirocco tracked rabbit Shake the Bank early, moved to the lead as the field entered the final turn, and then held off all challenges to lead home a field that saw the top four places go to European-based horses.
Intercontinental matches sister’s feat with Filly and Mare Turf triumph
Four years after talented Banks Hill (GB) ran away to a 5¼-length win in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) and the Eclipse Award as three-year-old champion filly, her full sister Intercontinental (GB) carried Juddmonte Farms’s silks to a decisive win in this year’s $1-million edition of the race on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Intercontinental took command early and held off a late charge from defending Filly and Mare Turf champion Ouija Board to win the 1¼-mile race by 1¼ lengths.
Stevie Wonderboy a big hit
Merv Griffin has another hit on his hands. He just hopes he can remain at the top of the charts for another six months.
Griffin, who had a No. 1 song in the 1950's, created two of the top game shows in television history, and won 15 Emmy Awards, is the owner of Stevie Wonderboy, who stormed down the center of Belmont Park's main track Saturday and ran down Henny Hughes to take the $1,590,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile by 1 1/4 lengths.
Daily Racing Form
Folklore gives Prado 1st Cup win, Lukas his 18th
With an assist from trainer D. Wayne Lukas and a razor-sharp mount in Folklore, jockey Edgar Prado finally ended his Breeders' Cup drought Saturday at Belmont Park.
Confirming that her performance in the Grade 1 Matron last month was not a fluke, Folklore put away an early challenge from Knights Templar, opened up a large advantage in midstretch, and had more than enough to hold off Wild Fit to win the $1,060,000 Juvenile Fillies by 1 1/4 lengths.
Daily Racing Form
Aragorn holds on, wins Oak Tree Derby by a nose
Earning his first stakes victory in his second North American start, Aragorn (Ire) survived a steward’s inquiry and a thrilling stretch battle against Eastern Sand to win the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby (G2) by a nose on Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
Sweet Talker nips Karen's Caper
Rafael Bejarano can do little wrong at Keeneland these days. Riding Sweet Talker, the longest shot in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Bejarano put a perfectly timed ride to maximum use when Sweet Talker lasted by the barest of margins Saturday in winning the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.
Daily Racing Form
First Samurai remains unbeaten with victory in Champagne
Consecutive Grade 1 victories figure to be more than enough to stamp undefeated First Samurai as the overwhelming favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on October 29 at Belmont Park.
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