Tuesday, November 30, 2021

World’s richest races marks weekend horse racing

15 October (NWN) — As American horse racing enters its pre-Breeders’ Cup “quiet before the storm” this weekend, the international contingent is set to race the world’s richest turf, England’s year-end performance at Ascot and Japan’s brightest whites. The film bridges the gap with Sodashi.

That should be enough to keep us going.

And, of course, the North American scene isn’t completely devoid of interest. See below for the results of the 84th and what we thought (!) was the last Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race on Wednesday in Kineland. And see News and Notes below for an explanation of that punctuation.

Saturday’s Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in Keeneland is a fascinating race and Woodbine and Belmont Park have graded stakes. Trainer Chad Brown, as always, is across the landscape with big chances at the weekend’s top turf race.

Let’s rock and/or roll.

filly and mare turf

Irish invader Queen Josephine, third and only 1 length beaten in Grade I First Lady a week earlier, wheels 3-year-old Phillies as field favorites for Saturday’s $500,000 Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in a field of 10 in Keeneland.

Galileo won the Group 1 Irish 1,000 Guineas, but missed four middle starts.

He’ll have his hoofed opponent, starting from the inside, Chad Brown-trained Shantisara, who has back-to-back victories at Grade III Pucker Up in Arlington and the $700,000 Jockey Club Oaks Invitational at Belmont Park. Is.

Brown also upset technical analysis, the winner of his last two at Saratoga.

Brown has two favorites in an eight-set field for the 3-year-old Phillies at Belmont Park for Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II Sands Point Stakes.

The oddsmaker’s top pick, Higher Truth, finished third in the Grade I Belmont Oaks Invitational, then second in both the Grade III Saratoga Oaks and Jockey Club Oaks.

Stablemate Fluffy Sox comes in third at the Del Mar Oaks. Also check out the Irish-bred Harajuku entirely by the late Japanese superuser Deep Impact.

Harajuku was competitive in top company in France and placed third at the Jockey Club Oaks on her first US debut thanks to trainer Graham Motion.

Brown continued to spread his talent around, sending three in the $600,000 (Canadian) Grade I EP Taylor Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine.

Etoile won it last year and returned after a second at the local Grade II Dance Smartly. Stablemate Great Island won a Grade III WinStar Matchmaker at Monmouth Park to Start Back and was out by a second at the Grade I Flower Bowl in Saratoga, while California Queen seeks her first US Graded Stakes win.

They face a solid group of rivals including Dance Smartly winner Mutamakina, Grade II Canadian Stakes winner and runner-up La Dragonatia and Court Return, Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon winner Family Way and French invaders Walliac and Keyflower.

Teenage Phillies Turf

Wednesday’s $150,000 Grade III Buffalo Trace for Phillies and Mares in Franklin County Kenland, a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Phillies Turf, became a big longshot for the big race.

The California Angel, a California Chrome filly, trailed by the middle of the turn of the stretch near the back of the 13-filly field, came too far on the course to circle the field and was just in time to head off the Diamond Wow.

The favourite, Turnerloose, went on to take third place. The California Angel, along with Rafael Bezerano, ran 1 1/16 miles on good turf in 1:44.30, winning a second time in three starts.

“I thought I had a special filly from the start, but I never dreamed of living here,” said California Angel trainer George Leonard III. When asked about free passes for the Breeders’ Cup, he said, “We’re looking at California. We’re leaving.”

Turf Sprint

Town Cruises cruises to a victory at the Grade I Woodbine Mile in the Woodbine in the $250,000 (Canadian) Grade II Nearctic Stakes on Sunday and previously placed second in the Grade II King Edward.

A lightly runner, the 6-year-old Town Prize gelding made his way down the class ladder well before this season’s renaissance. Mark Kasey’s entry box holds three, including the King Edward winner Olympic sprinter.

Jolie was sixth at the Olympic King Edward, but had not missed the top three in nine starts in Brazil, California, Kentucky and Ontario before that. Others have claims.

There’s a well-balanced field of nine for the $150,000 Floral Park Stakes and Mars in Belmont Park on Sundays. Introduced Monmouth has been improving rapidly at Park, winning their last two with fast pace figures. Brad Cox has the well-travelled Ravens Cry in spite of the outside post position.

Around the world, round the clock


Saturday’s Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot kicks off the flat racing season in England effectively and does it in a scintillating fashion. Some juicy rivalries are renewed, with the Breeders’ Cup at the last minute making the two race “Win and You’re In” events and offering plenty of value to punters.

Trushan and Stradivarius are at it again in the Group 2 Long Distance Cup. Trushan, a 5-year-old Plantur gelding, stunned his 7-year-old rival by 4 1/2 lengths at their last meeting, the Qatar Prix du Cadreon, in Longchamp.

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It touched on Stravarius owner Björn Nielsen’s point that Sea of ​​the Stars’ son may be nearing retirement. A lot will depend on the ground for a 2-mile event. The stronger the Stradivarius, the better; Unlike Trusion.

Rohan, Dragon Symbol and Art Power are held for Group 1 sprints at short odds on 6 furlongs – not the program’s strongest field.

Frustrated by heavy snowfall on the ground in Ark, he finished sixth. Now she comes here as the preferred antipost for the Group 1 Phillies and Mars at 1 1/2 miles.

The Triple Oaks winner (English, Irish and Yorkshire) finished second in her arc test at Longchamp, so the question is whether she was kicking out of a strenuous campaign or was caught from going unfavourable. The other seven hope that it is east, or that the rain comes.

Top terrorist groups are leading the market for the 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes along Palace Pier and Baad. The field is so deep that the likes of Group 1 and worldwide winner Bentall are generally available at odds ranging from 15-1.

And the longest Antepost chance two days before the race, the venerable Lord Glitter, the Group 1 winner earlier this year in Dubai, is usually at 100-1.

And the final Group 1 event on the program, hardly a slack with 1 1/4 miles facing off against Qipco Champion Stakes, Saudi Cup, Dubai Sheema Classic and Judmonte International winner Mishrief with Kazoo Derby and King George winner Adyar Is. Addeybb, Sealiway and Bolshoi Ballet are also there.


White filly Sodashi renewed his budding rivalry with near-black Uberleben in Sunday’s Grade 1 Shuka Shaw for the 3-year-old Phillies at Hanshin Racecourse.

Sodashi has only lost once – from Uberleben in Grade 1 Yushun Himba or Japanese Oaks. That race was 2,400 metres, which may be beyond the limits of white wonder. Sunday’s tilt is at 2,000, the distance he mastered in his last start to win the Grade 2 Sapporo Keenen.

Uberleben has not raced since the Oaks victory on 23 May. Sodashi’s unusual complexion made him wildly popular among Japanese racing fans before he demonstrated his ability by winning his first five starts, two of them at Grade 1 level.

Another top-level victory will feature supporters who are struggling to see Sodashi at the biggest events of the year. If the top two should falter, the Oaks’ second, third and fourth-place finishers are back to try again. So is Fine Rouge, the winner of the 2,000m Grade III event on her last start.


Everest is not a graded race, thanks to the financial structure. But the plan makes the winner the world’s richest race on grass, with an offer of US$6.2 million (about US$4.44 million) for Saturday’s fifth edition at the Royal Randwick, with $15 million (about US$11 million).

Radzel won the first two runs of the 1,200m sprint, and the classic legend will attempt to mimic that back-to-back success on Saturday. The 6-year-old’s Not A Single Doubt in the initial bet is a narrow favorite on the Nature Strip and plenty of other opportunities.

With Australia finally battling the pandemic lockdown, Randwick will have 10,000 fans to watch the race.

The yearning came from last, hit the lead from near the clocktower and went on to score 1 length off the Elusive Express with Barb Raider third and favorite in Wednesday’s Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guinness,

Reporting a well-beaten sixth after hinged, traffic issues. Yearning, a Snitzel filly, was sent off at close to 30-1 odds after posting just one win from the last six starts.

Now, she may take her nomination for VRC Oaks, though co-trainer Wayne Hawks indicated that may be an unnecessary redundancy now that the film has a top-notch win.

Incentive looks to score three consecutive Grade 1 victories as they take to a big field in Saturday’s Carleton Douat Caulfield Cup. Twenty is signed up for the 2,400m challenge, but the impetus looks impressive after winning the Turnbull Stakes and Makibe Diva Stakes in his last two starts.

Turnbull runner-up Young Werther, Group 1 Caulfield Stakes runner-up Non-conformist and recent Group 1 Metropolitan winner Montefilia will receive support.

News and Notes

Just when we thought the long series of Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races came to an end in Keeneland on Wednesday: Not so fast.

The Breeders’ Cup and Qatar Racing announced a deal Tuesday that makes Qatar Racing the title sponsor of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint, and will list Saturday’s QIPCO Champion Stakes and QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at the Champions Day event at Ascot. added. qualifying race.

Sheikh Fahd bin Abdullah Al Thani, President of Qatar Racing, said Qatar Racing “is delighted to sponsor the Breeders’ Cup Sprint as we continue to raise Qatar Racing’s profile as an international brand and on the back of its growing success in the US.” Winning with the likes of Shedarestedevil [Kentucky] Oaks last year.”


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