Friday's $100,000 Franklin County at Keeneland was expected to determine whether Ageless or Lady Shipman was best suited to take on the boys later this month in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) over the same course and 5 1/2-furlong distance. Judging from their respective performances...|
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HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS By DICK POWELL The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen! Yes, TREVE (Motivator) was beaten on Sunday as she tried to make history with a third straight win in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris. With sunny and warm weather for the...|
Champions American Pharoah and Beholder were both on track at Santa Anita Park Friday morning to record five-furlong moves in advance of the October 31 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland. While American Pharoah posted a routine five furlongs in 1:01.20, Beholder impressed the clockers enough...|
A stress fracture in the knee turned up by a routine scan will see Work All Week head into retirement instead of a title defense in the Twinspires.com Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) on October 31. Owner Midwest Thoroughbreds announced the news on Thursday, revealing the fracture probably happened when...|
Autumn harness sparkles in Lexington, Kentucky, as the Grand Circuit-Red Mile meet concludes Oct. 10 with the featured Kentucky Futurity and the Filly Futurity. The weekend starts at The Red Mile with International Stallion Stakes (ISS) action for frosh pacers. Saturday is “Futurity” day, which...|
Harmonize took the longest route home in Wednesday’s $150,000 Jessamine S. (G3) at Keeneland but still managed to get her neck in front on the wire to earn her second straight stakes victory. In the process, the Larkin Armstrong colorbearer earned her shot at Breeders’ Cup glory via the “Win...|
BELMONT NOTEBOOK A six-pack of graded races headlined the fourth weekend at Belmont Park. Jockey Club Gold Cup S. (G1): Robert S. Evans’ TONALIST (Tapit) gained the lead in early stretch and spurted clear with authority on his way to a convincing 4 ¾-length romp under John Velazquez. The...|
Saturday’s $200,000 Knickerbocker S. (G3) at Belmont Park came up pretty competitive, with the likes of Grade 1 victor V. E. Day and defending champion Legendary entered as part of the 11-horse field. However, the biggest draw in the 1 1/8-mile inner turf contest is Mr Speaker for trainer Shug...|