Horse Racing

Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Oct. 24, 2020

In this continuing series, we take a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for a busy Saturday running at Kyoto and Tokyo Racecourse, including a pair by American Pharoah and the stakes debut of the exciting Vanishing Point. Sunday's runners will feature in Saturday's TDN: Saturday, October 24, 2020 4th-KYO, ¥13,400,000 ($128k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1800m RUSSIAN SAMOVAR (f,...

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Keeneland To Limit Turf Racing to One Per Program

Officials at Keeneland have announced that they will card just one turf race for each of the final three days of the fall meet Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A total of 2 ½ inches of rain fell in Lexington Monday and Tuesday and the forecast for the next 10 days remains changeable, with additional precipitation a possibility. On Friday and Saturday, race nine will be the afternoon's feature and will remain on the turf, weather permitting. Thursday's race six allowance will also stay on the grass. All other races originally...

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After Raising Purses, NYRA Hoping For Strong Winter Run at Aqueduct

It's racing during the frigid winter months at a blue-collar racetrack, so Aqueduct may not always be the easiest sell. But New York Racing Association (NYRA) officials are expecting a strong five-month run once the track opens Nov. 6, counting on robust purses to convince owners and trainers to choose the Big A over options like Gulfstream and Oaklawn. Typically, purses decrease once the fall meet at Belmont is over. Racing at Aqueduct handles less than it does at Belmont and there is a drop off in the quality. But...

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Golden Gate To Offer 10 Stakes During Fall Meet

Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, California, will offer 10 added-money events during its upcoming fall meet to be held Oct. 22 through Dec. 13. A total of $650,000 is up for grabs across the stakes schedule, highlighted by the $100,000 GIII Berkeley H. for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth on the Tapeta track. The stakes schedule features four events restricted to juveniles, beginning with the $75,000 Pike Place Dancer S. Oct. 31. The $50,000 Golden Nugget S. takes place Nov. 14, the $50,000 Golden Gate Debutante...

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Mobil Solution Tops OTBO Sale

Two-time Ohio-bred stakes winner Mobil Solution (Mobil) attracted a final bid of $88,000 to top the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners (OTBO) 2020 Mixed Sale held Oct. 15, 2020, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Offered on behalf of the Estate of Gerald Silver, the 5-year-old won the 2017 Joshua Radosevich Memorial S. and the Governor's Buckeye Cup in 2019 and just two days prior to the OTBO sale, made a one-mile Thistledown allowance his 10th victory from 31 career starts. Mobil Solution will continue his career for winning bidder Carmine...

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Venetian Harbor Leads Munnings 1-2 in Lexus Raven Run

Venetian Harbor (Munnings) was hustled to the front by Manny Franco and made all the running, holding off Finite (Munnings) by a neck to lead home a one-two finish for her in-form, young sire in the GII Lexus Raven Run S. at Keeneland Saturday. The bay, favored at 8-5 while seeking her first win since a blowout victory in the GII Las Virgenes S. at Santa Anita back in February, led the field of eight through early fractions of :23.06 and :46.17, and was traveling nicely as they hit the...

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Curlin Rising Star With Another ‘Glorious’ Performance

'TDN Rising Star' Souper Sensational (Curlin) made it two wins from as many trips to the races with a highly impressive victory in Saturday's Glorious Song S. at Woodbine. Favored at 3-5 to add to a facile 2 1/4-length debut success in a salty local maiden Sept. 26, the $725,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga graduate was outfooted early, but mustered speed up the inside to lead prior to the entrance to the turn. Skipping along nicely into the final two furlongs despite some pressure to her outside, Souper Sensational pinched a winning...

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Nyquist Filly Too Tough in Keeneland Maiden

7th-Keeneland, $69,943, Msw, 10-17, 2yo, f, 7f, 1:29.66, ft, 1 1/2 lengths. THINKING (f, 2, Nyquist--Critikal Reason {SP}, by Aptitude) was rated a 4-1 chance to improve off a debut sixth to next-out GIII Matron S. victrix Royal Approval (Tiznow) at Kentucky Downs Sept. 9 and made a successful transition to the main track to graduate at second asking Saturday at Keeneland. One of the first into stride from her high draw, Thinking raced in a share of third and three wide down the backstretch before and chased outside dueling...

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Performer Returns Running at Belmont

3rd-Belmont, $67,900, Alw (C), Opt. Clm ($80,000), 10-17, 3yo/up, 1m, 1:33.93, my, 1 3/4 lengths. PERFORMER (c, 4, Speightstown--Protesting {GSP, $213,050}, by A.P. Indy) made light work of his first start since taking the GIII Discovery S. last November, galloping home as easy as you please in a one-mile Belmont allowance Saturday afternoon. Quickly into stride beneath Joel Rosario, the attractive chestnut colt raced a touch keenly from third while hugging the rail through solid opening splits. Rosario decided he could wait no longer rounding the turn and allowed the...

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Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission Comes Out Against HISA

Citing lack of financial information outlined in its framework, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission (DTRC) unanimously voted Oct. 14 to oppose U.S. Senate Bill 4547, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version (HR 1754) Sept. 29 by a voice vote. The Delaware Harness Racing Commission (DHRC) has also come out in opposition of the pending legislation, claiming the bill is an "unnecessary burden that could be potentially harmful to the entire horseracing industry." According to a release, the DTHC claims that unknown costs...

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Veterans Beauty Generation, Hot King Prawn Facing New-Guard Challenge

Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road To Rock {Aus}) and Hot King Prawn (Aus) (Denman {Aus}), two of the five highest-rated horses in Hong Kong, are the heavyweights in a pair of Group 2 races Sunday at Sha Tin Racecourse, but face younger and well-handicapped rivals who figure to take all the beating. On a rating of 130, the 8-year-old Beauty Generation remains Hong Kong's top-rated galloper and he will--once again--have to deal with rising superstar Golden Sixty (Aus) (Medaglia d'Oro), this time in the Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy H. (1600m)....

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Tapiture’s Premier Star Romps in Jersey Shore

A firming even-money favorite, 'TDN Rising Star' Premier Star (Tapiture) proved far too strong for six other rivals in Wednesday's Jersey Shore S. at Monmouth Park, jogging under the line a very easy winner. Away fairly from his low draw, Premier Star raced in third with a foothold at the fence and Paco Lopez elected to send his mount through a tight inside spot to take up the running with a little less than a half-mile to race. Comfortably in front on the bend, he kicked further in front in...

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