Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey saddled eventual Kentucky Derby winner Orb to a maiden victory on the 2012 Cigar Mile undercard at Aqueduct, and is certainly hoping the future is equally as bright for the similarly blue-blooded colt Honor Code, who will start as the favorite in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Remsen on Cigar Mile Day at the Big A.
The Remsen, at 1 1/8 miles, features a cast of nine two-year-olds, but much of the pre-race buzz will be on Honor Code and the undefeated Cairo Prince.
Todd Pletcher will be seeking his third win in a row in the $400,000 Demoiselle at Aqueduct on Saturday, and has given himself an excellent shot of doing so by saddling half of the six two-year-old fillies in the 1 1/8-mile fixture.
Thanksgiving Weekend racing fans looking for great deals on contenders for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) have opportunities this week to do their earliest shopping ever as Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) opens a four-day run on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The first Thanksgiving weekend KDFW pool will close Saturday, Nov.
Rise Up turned in a dominating performance in Saturday's Grade 3, $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot, leading wire to wire for a six-length decision. Now a three-time stakes victor for trainer Tom Amoss, the two-year-old colt put himself on the leaderboard for next year's Run for the Roses, picking up 10 points for winning the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" event.
Tepin wore down 5-2 favorite Bahnah in the stretch to claim the victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess for two-year-old fillies.
Tracking in fourth under Miguel Mena as Zip On led through fractions of :22 4/5 and :47 2/5, Tepin held her position as Bahnah seized control from that one around the far turn. Given her cue by Mena after Bahnah passed the six-furlong marker in 1:12 2/5, Tepin eventually proved best with a winning stretch bid.
Unable to show her true colors in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies earlier this month, Concave will be hoping for better luck against six rivals in Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess at one mile.
Coastline, a three-length winner of the October 27 Street Sense at Churchill Downs, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. The 11th running of the Grade 3 event will feature a full field of 10 two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
The Delta Downs Jackpot is the featured event on an 11-race card that contains eight stakes and is part of the "Prep Season" portion of the 2013-2014 Road to the Kentucky Derby series, offering points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the first four finishers.
Fans can now back their opinion on the prospects for next year’s Kentucky Derby sooner rather than later. For the first time, Churchill Downs Racetrack will add a fourth pool to its popular Kentucky Derby Future Wager and it will coincide with closing week of the racetrack’s 25-day Fall Meet: Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 30.
Gary and Mary West's New Year's Day utilized a ground-saving rail trip under jockey Martin Garcia to post a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $1,840,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. The Bob Baffert trainee just got the best of a tiring Havana on the wire to stop the clock in 1:43 2/5 for 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track.
She's a Tiger just held off Ria Antonia on the wire of Saturday's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but was disqualified for a slight bumping incident right before the wire, which resulted in the runner-up being elevated to victory by the stewards in the $1,840,000 event.
If you have not registered to take part in Churchill Downs Racetrack’s (“CDRT”) November online sale of seating for the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Longines Kentucky Oaks, the opportunity to participate in the sale will disappear very soon
Ever been that fan who spent the day at the Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby but never saw a horse? That won’t be a problem starting with next year’s races as Churchill Downs gets the “Big Picture”.
Churchill Downs has teamed with Panasonic in a $12 million project to install a 15,224-square-foot, high-definition (HD) LED video board in time for the 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
Ivan Dalos' Ami's Holiday (Harlan's Holiday) ran down a loose-on-the-lead Big Bazinga (Bluegrass Cat) to take Sunday's $174,400 Grey S. (Can-G3) over Woodbine's Polytrack by a half-length.
Coolmore's Havana drew away to a large lead in midstretch but had to dig deep to withstand the fast-finishing Honor Code in the final yards of Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne at Belmont Park, scoring by a neck on the wire. An impressive debut winner in his previous start, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt remained perfect and sealed a bid for the November 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita in the "Win & You're In" race.
Artemis Agrotera broke her maiden by a romping 11 lengths at Saratoga in her August 16 career debut and continued to prove her superiority with a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette at Belmont Park.
John C. Oxley's Madly Truly (Malibu Moon) was sent off the 5-2 choice in Saturday's $151,523 Mazarine (Can-G3) at Woodbine despite a fourth-place run in the Natalma (Can-G3) last out and vindicated those odds with a one-length victory under jockey Patrick Husbands.
The Mark Casse trainee earned 10 points in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series when completing 1 1/16 Polytrack miles in 1:44 4/5.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's We Miss Artie rallied wide into contention in upper stretch and powered away to a 2 3/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $400,000 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland. Ridden by John Velazquez, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt earned a berth in the November 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita for capturing the "Win & You're In" event.
Conquest Stables LLC's My Conquestadory suffered an educational trip in Friday's Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades on the opening day card of Keeneland's fall meet. Stuck in traffic for much of the backstretch run, the Mark Casse-trained miss angled wide around the turn and drew off in the lane to be 1 3/4 lengths clear on the wire.
The Artie Schiller filly was sent off the 6-5 favorite and lived up to her odds when finishing 1 1/16 miles over the Polytrack in 1:45 3/5.
Only five colts and geldings will line up in Sunday's Grey (Can-G3) at Woodbine, and the winner of the 1 1/16-mile Polytrack contest will earn not only graded credit and the winner's share of the C$150,000 purse, but also 10 points toward a starting gate berth in the Kentucky Derby on the Road to the Kentucky Derby series.
Saturday's C$150,000 Mazarine (Can-G3) at Woodbine is turning into a Natalma (Can-G2) rematch as five of the eight runners are exiting that one-mile turf contest.
Llanarmon (Sky Mesa) rallied for victory in the Natalma, and for the first time in her two-race career will be stretching out to 1 1/16 miles while trying the Polytrack in the Mazarine. Trainer Roger Attfield will give Emma-Jayne Wilson a leg up on the dark bay juvenile miss.