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California Chrome arrives at Parx

California Chrome takes in the new surroundings at Parx (Nikki Sherman/Equi-Photo)

Ready for his return in Saturday's $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, California Chrome arrived at Parx Tuesday afternoon from his Southern California base. The dual classic winner has been established as an even-money favorite over seven rivals.

Unraced since a dead-heat fourth in the Belmont Stakes on June 6, California Chrome had a six-race win streak snapped, as well as a bid for Thoroughbred racing immortality, when coming up short in the final leg of the Triple Crown. Trainer Art Sherman is confident that his charge will be ready following a 105-day vacation.

"I'm from the old school," the 77-year-old conditioner said during Tuesday's national teleconference. "I don't want to run a short horse. They have a tendency to knock themselves out when you do."

Regular rider Victor Espinoza will accompany the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, who registered BRIS Speed ratings of 106-103-105 when stringing together convincing victories in the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

California Chrome has already vanquished three of his main rivals Saturday -- Bayern, Candy Boy and Tapiture -- but those wins came earlier in the year.

Bayern improved following a dismal ninth in the Preakness, producing convincing wins in the Haskell Invitational and Woody Stephens, and the Bob Baffert-trained colt should appreciate the cut back to 1 1/8 miles following the Travers. And Tapiture appears more formidable now, stringing together a pair of nice performances since a 15th in the Kentucky Derby, including a commendable victory in the August 2 West Virginia Derby in which he overcame tight quarters during the stretch drive.

Tapiture's owner and breeder, Ron Winchell, questioned the decision to run California Chrome cross-country in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby during the national teleconference.

"Really, where does he want us to run, in the Awesome Again (on September 27 at Santa Anita)? I guess they don't believe in Shared Belief," Sherman said.

Shared Belief, who extended his perfect mark to six with a stirring 2 3/4-length victory over older rivals in the August 24 Pacific Classic, is California Chrome's top challenger in the race for champion three-year-old male. He heads the prospective Awesome Again field, and the two rivals are scheduled to match up in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on November 1.

"I want to be in the best shape possible when I meet him," Sherman said of Shared Belief. "He's a terrific horse."

Sherman isn't the only one looking ahead, but he wants to win the Pennsylvania Derby first.

"I don't like making excuses," Sherman said. "If he gets outrun, he gets outrun. But I look for him to run a big race. I look for him to be right on."

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German star Sea the Moon retired

Sea the Moon had his German fans ecstatic after his tour de force at Hamburg in July (

Sea the Moon, winner of the Deutsches Derby, has been retired due to a recurring leg injury. The Markus Klug trainee boats a lifetime record of 5-4-1-0 with $710,142 in career earnings.

The three-year-old's career was highlighted by an 11-length victory in the Deutsches Derby, which followed a victory in the Union-Rennen. He was recently runner-up in the Grosser Preis von Baden on September 7.

Sea the Moon sustained a leg injury following his German Derby victory and, although his connections originally believed the colt's injury wouldn't be career-threatening, its recent recurrence has forced his early retirement. Sea the Moon was originally the early favorite for the upcoming Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, before it was announced he would skip that event last week.

Niko Lafrentz, husband of the owner Heike Bischoff of Gestut Gorlsdorf, told the Racing Post: "He is injured and we have taken the decision to retire him and will start looking for a suitable home for him as a stallion. He is in Newmarket's Equine Hospital and my wife is over there with him. We won't have a complete diagnosis for a while, but it is clear that he will not be able to run again."

From the second crop of Sea the Stars, Sea the Moon hails from a deep German family. Unraced dam Sanwa is a half-sibling to German heighweights Schiaparelli. Bred by Gestut Gorlsdorf, he RNA'd for 230,000 guineas at the Tattersalls October Sale in 2012 and was campaigned by them.

The Grey Gatsby doing well after Irish Champion

Irish Champion Stakes winner The Grey Gatsby could be headed to the Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 18.

"He's come back absolutely fantastic, very fresh and well," said trainer Kevin Ryan. "He only lost six kilos all weekend which is quite incredible when you think about it, the race obviously took very little out of him.

"I've decided from now on I'm going to let the horse do the talking, he doesn't need me to talk him up any more. It's not a given that he runs at Ascot, the ground could have gone soft by then. He's getting better with every race and I'd love to go to Ascot, but it's all about next year with him.

"I'm convinced he'll get a mile and a half next year, the French Derby is nearly 11 furlongs anyway. If he doesn't run at Ascot, that will be it and he'll start off next year in the Dubai Duty Free."

Simcock plots next starts for Woodbine winners

Trainer David Simcock is looking toward the future with Sheikhzayedroad and Trade Storm, winner of last weekend's Northern Dancer Turf and Woodbine Mile, respectively.

The former could head to the Champion Stakes at Ascot or the Canadian International at Woodbine the following day. Trade Storm could possibly contest the Breeders' Cup Mile or voyage to Australia's Cox Plate.

"They are two good old boys aren't they?" Simcock told "Trade Storm has been frustrating, but even when he gets beaten, he is one of those horses you don't get disappointed with -- he is just a lovely horse to be around. Sheikh Fahad will decide whether Trade Storm goes to America (for the Breeders' Cup Mile) or Australia for his next run -- he is entered in the Cox Plate."

"Sheikhzayedroad will either go to Ascot -- but only if it came up very soft -- or probably back to Canada for the International."

Dolniya possible for Arc

After a solid third-place effort in Sunday's Prix Vermeille, The Aga Khan's Dolniya is a possible contender for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

"Dolniya is still a possibility for the Arc," Georges Rimaud, the Aga Khan's racing manager said of the Prix de Malleret winner. "As she has only come on the scene quite recently we need to discuss things. We'll see how she comes out of this first. She will have other options, but the Arc is still one of them.

"Zarshana is still a possibility for Ascot, nothing has been ruled out. Several options are open to her and nothing has been ruled out.

"Shamkala could also go to Ascot but she won't run in the Arc. She will run again this season but over a shorter distance than a mile and a half. She wasn't beaten far in the Prix Diane. I don't think it was stamina which beat her last time, though, it was a combination of the course itself (Deauville) and the ground at the time."

Suffolk Downs faces finish line after vote

Thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs is likely to cease this fall after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday voted 3-1 to approve a $1.6 billion Wynn Resorts casino north of the Boston-area track.

Suffolk Downs had aligned itself with Mohegan Sun, whose proposed $1.3 billion casino would have been located on racetrack property. The owners of Suffolk Downs made commitments to the continuation of live racing at the track if the Mohegan Sun plan were approved.

"We are extraordinarily disappointed as this action is likely to cost the Commonwealth (of Massachusetts) thousands of jobs, small business and family farms," said Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs.

"We will be meeting with employees and horsemen over the next several days to talk about how we wind down racing operations as a 79-year legacy of Thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts will be coming to an end, resulting in unemployment and uncertainty for many hard-working people," Tuttle said.

The 2014 Suffolk Downs meet is scheduled to conclude September 29.

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California Chrome, Untapable star in Philadelphia

California Chrome became a mainstream sports star taking the first two legs of the Triple Crown (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)

The track in suburban Philadelphia which has undergone various name changes -- Keystone, Philadelphia Park, and now Parx Racing -- has become quite adept in recent years for attracting name horses.

On Saturday, the track which opened 40 years ago this November, will offer the public arguably its biggest jackpot of horseflesh in its history when dual classic winner California Chrome and leading three-year-old filly Untapable head stellar fields for the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby and Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion, respectively.

California Chrome, who became somewhat of a folk hero to racing and non-racing fans alike during his bid for the Triple Crown last spring, will be making his first start since finishing in a dead-heat for fourth in the June 7 Belmont Stakes. The California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit was virtually invincible this season leading up to the "Test of the Champion," winning five stakes including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Santa Anita Derby.

The colt's chances at a Triple Crown sweep, the first since 1978, were effectively dashed at the start of the 1 1/2-mile classic, when California Chrome stumbled and grabbed a quarter. Although in contention until the final furlong or so, the minor injury and the overall rigors of the classic campaign finally caught up with the modestly-bred chestnut owned by breeders Steve Coburn and Perry Martin.

Widely considered the leader of the division despite his summertime absence, California Chrome will attempt to regain some momentum in the championship race on Saturday. Shared Belief, last year's unbeaten juvenile champion who missed the Triple Crown due to injury, has come back with sterling performances in the Los Alamitos Derby and Pacific Classic, the latter against older horses. Shared Belief is not in the Pennsylvania Derby, but several other top three-year-olds are.

Bayern, whose 7 1/4-length tour de force in the Haskell Invitational remains one of the top efforts turned in by this year's three-year-old class, figures to be a primary target for the rail-drawn California Chrome. The son of Offlee Wild failed badly in his attempt to steal the 1 1/4-mile Travers over a less speed-friendly course last time, but should appreciate the cutback in distance. Bayern previously took on California Chrome in the May 17 Preakness, but was never in contention after a rough trip in the early stages kept him from being closer to the lead.

Bayern might be California Chrome's primary target in the Pennsylvania Derby (Carl J. Sari/Equi-Photo)

Tapiture and Candy Boy, separated by a nose in the West Virginia Derby in early August, have also whiffed in previous attempts against the favorite. Tapiture, who was 15th in the Kentucky Derby, has nonetheless carved out a successful campaign that also includes wins in the Southwest and Matt Winn, both Grade 3 events. The West Virginia Derby, despite the narrow margin of victory, was arguably his most impressive victory, though, as he was steadied trying to rally up the rail at the eighth pole, was switched outside for running room, and caught Candy Boy at the last jump.

Candy Boy, who has had a taste of both California Chrome and Shared Belief this season, kicked off 2014 with a half-length score in the Robert B. Lewis, finished a distant third in the Santa Anita Derby, and was 13th in the Kentucky Derby prior to garnering place honors in the Los Alamitos Derby and at Mountaineer.

The local prep for the Pennsylvania Derby, the Smarty Jones contested on Labor Day, has yielded two starters. Protonico, exiting a photo-finish third to subsequent Travers winner V. E. Day in a Saratoga stakes, overcame traffic to take the Smarty Jones by three-quarters over Classic Giacnroll. Those two are also joined by Noble Moon, who beat Classic Giacnroll in the Jerome at Aqueduct in early January and was most recently fourth in the seven-furlong King's Bishop at Saratoga following a layoff of more than four months.

The field is rounded out by C J's Awesome, a first-level allowance winner at Saratoga who might apply early pressure on Bayern.

Untapable, who is undefeated against her own sex in four starts this season, is so far in the driver's seat for divisional honors entering the 1 1/16-mile Cotillion. The Steve Asmussen trainee swept the Rachel Alexandra, Fair Grounds Oaks, Kentucky Oaks, and Mother Goose by an average margin of 7 3/4 lengths, which convinced her connections to roll the dice against males in the Haskell Invitational.

Untapable, shown here winning the Mother Goose, is undefeated against fillies this season (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Favored at 7-5 favorite in that Monmouth Park fixture, Untapable stumbled at the break, raced wide, and proved no threat to Bayern, who was left alone on an uncontested lead. Untapable wound up fifth, nine lengths back.

On paper, Untapable still lords over her competition, but a couple fillies could put themselves in the championship discussion if they were to upset. Stopchargingmaria, who fared poorly in her first two starts of the year, has reeled off consecutive wins in the Black-Eyed Susan, Coaching Club American Oaks, and Alabama, albeit against suspect company in generally slow times.

Sweet Reason has been a stronger one-turn performer, winning the Acorn and the Test after finishing a distant third in the nine-furlong Gazelle back in April. Heroine of the Spinaway last year and a troubled second in the Frizette, she might yet find 1 1/16 miles within her scope.

Likely to show speed in the Cotillion, thus setting the race up for all three major contenders, are Monmouth Oaks heroine Cassatt and the California-based Jojo Warrior, who enters off back-to-back wins in the Summertime Oaks and Torrey Pines.

Also of note are the multiple Grade 2-placed House Rules; Alabama and Delaware Oaks runner-up Joint Return; and Test third-placer Little Alexis.

Fast Anna, who just missed preserving his undefeated streak in the King's Bishop last out, is one of several fast three-year-olds in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gallant Bob over six furlongs. The Kathy Ritvo charge, who blew away maiden and allowance company at Gulfstream prior to his neck loss at Saratoga, will race without blinkers for the first time on Saturday.

Prudhoe Bay and Favorite Tale, one-two in last month's Jersey Shore at Monmouth Park, are the other main contenders in a field of seven.

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Demonstrative the top weight in Lonesome Glory

Demonstrative will be going for a fifth Grade 1 triumph in the Lonesome Glory (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Summering at Saratoga proved time well spent for the seven-year-old gelding Demonstrative, who'll be favored to continue his recent success in Thursday's Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap, a 2 1/2-mile hurdle over Belmont Park's inner turf.

A nose second to the ill-fated Makari in the A.P. Smithwick Memorial at Saratoga on July 31, Demonstrative rebounded to take the August 25 New York Turf Writers Cup by a half-length over returning rival Barnstorming. It was Demonstrative's second win in the Turf Writers Cup, having taken the race in 2012, and his first win of any kind since a photo-finish nod in the Iroquois at Percy Warner Park in May 2013.

The multiple Grade 1-winning son of Elusive Quality, who will carry top weight of 158 pounds, has raced over hurdles at Belmont twice previously. Fourth by 4 1/4 lengths in the 2013 Lonesome Glory, Demonstrative registered a seven-length win in the 2011 William Entenmann Memorial, which will be renewed as the first race on Thursday's Belmont program.

Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard will have a three-horse entry consisting of the aforementioned Barnstorming, 2013 divisional champion Divine Fortune, and Bluegrass Summer. While Barnstorming remains in search of his first top-level win, the venerable Divine Fortune will attempt to get back to the form that saw him win the three-mile Iroquois by 3 1/4 lengths back in May. The 11-year-old left the course prior to the ninth fence in the Smithwick last time.

Bluegrass Summer, meanwhile, steps up in class after securing minor checks in the Jonathan Kiser and Michael G. Walsh -- a pair of novice stakes at Saratoga.

All Together, runner-up last year in the New York Turf Writers Cup and Lonesome Glory, enters this race off fourth-place finishes in the Smithwick and Turf Writers Cup. The field is rounded out by For Non Stop, Spy in the Sky, and Parker's Project.

The $75,000 Entenmann Memorial, for novices over 2 1/4 miles, features a field of nine, including Schoodic and Address Unknown, the one-two finishers from the August 14 Michael G. Walsh. Syros, a five-length allowance winner at Saratoga last month, also figures to attract support.

An interesting entrant is One Giant Step, who returns to action off a three-year layoff for Sheppard. He was the distant runner-up behind Demonstrative in the 2011 edition of the race.

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Fiftyshadesofgold's the one to beat in Dogwood

Fiftyshadesofgold brings the strongest form to bear in the seven-furlong sprint (Coady Photography)
Fiftyshadesofgold puts her perfect two-for-two mark at Churchill Downs on the line in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Dogwood Stakes for sophomore fillies.

A smashing eight-length winner of last summer's Debutante beneath the Twin Spires, the Bret Calhoun trainee prevailed over Milam in the Eight Belles at this track and seven-furlong trip on May 2. Fiftyshadesofgold has performed creditably over longer, as evidenced by her distant second to Untapable in the March 29 Fair Grounds Oaks and her fourth in the June 7 Acorn.

But the Texas-bred is arguably better suited to this distance. Her only loss at seven furlongs came last time out in the prestigious Test Stakes at Saratoga, where she set a pressured pace before tiring late for fourth, beaten all of a length. Fiftyshadesofgold has fired a couple of bullets ahead of this class drop, and she looms as the one to beat with a returning Robby Albarado.

Two of her rivals are also exiting the Test -- sixth-placer Thank You Marylou, who was named by the Ramseys in honor of Marylou Whitney, and eighth Bird Maker, a Marylou Whitney homebred. Thank You Marylou has flashed talent without quite delivering on the big stage, but the equipment change  to blinkers could sharp the Michael Maker filly's focus. The Ian Wilkes-trained Bird Maker sports a two-for-three record at Churchill, reflecting a maiden score last November, a second in the Golden Rod and an 11-length allowance rout two starts back on May 25.

Milam, who came up a half-length short of upsetting Fiftyshadesofgold in the Eight Belles, has been a fairly consistent performer for Eddie Kenneally. Since her fourth to Untapable in the 1 1/16-mile Pocahontas here a year ago, the daughter of Street Sense has stuck to sprinting. She rebounded from a rare clunker in the January 4 Old Hat to crush the February 22 Pica Slew at Calder by eight lengths, and most recently finished a closing third in the June 29 Victory Ride. Corey Lanerie rode her to a Churchill allowance win last fall, and regains the mount.

Tom Amoss sends out Kiss to Remember, successful in a course-and-distance allowance on June 22. The Maggi Moss colorbearer rolled in the grassy Battle of New Orleans at Fair Grounds earlier this season, and two starts ago, she was second in the off-the-turf Indiana Grand.

Henny Jenney, the winner of the Inaugural at Presque Isle Downs May 11, has been predominantly a turf and synthetic type so far. Although she was a poor fourth in the Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies at Penn National in her only previous try on dirt, and still has something to prove on the surface, the William Connelly pupil has been training forwardly at Churchill.

Rounding out the 10-filly field are Enjoy the Family, Platinum Lady, Mizzen Miss and Honey's Ryan, who are moving up considerably in class from their last outings in allowances. 

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In brief

Fred Hutton, currently the Director of Racing at Zia Park, will seek to make his mark in Texas as the new Racing Secretary at Sam Houston Race Park. A longtime racing official and former jockey and trainer, Hutton has previously served in Racing Secretary roles at Zia Park, Prairie Meadows and Remington Park. "Having Fred join our team is another step forward in our continued efforts to enhance our racing program," said Sam Houston Race Park President Andrea Young. "Fred brings a great deal of enthusiasm and energy with him. I have high expectations for our program and believe he will help us achieve our long term goals." Hutton first began his career in horse racing as a jockey and then trainer, spending more than 30 years on that side of the business. He moved to the racetrack side of the business in the early 1990s at Thistledown as a racing official and later a member of the starting gate crew. In 2000 he joined Remington Park and held several management positions over the next ten years including Director of Racing/Racing Secretary and Stakes Coordinator as well as Director of Simulcasting. Hutton has been at Zia Park since 2011. Hutton, who will continue to serve in his current role at Zia Park, will begin his new role at Sam Houston immediately. Sam Houston's 32-day meet begins January 16, 2015...

The Meadowlands kicks off the first of 14-all turf race cards on Thursday with 53 horses entered across the six-race program. The Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will race on Thursdays and Fridays from September 18-26. Beginning in October the track will offer live cards on Fridays and Saturdays through November 1. First post nightly will be 7:00 p.m. (EDT), except for October 31 (Breeders' Cup Friday) and November 1 (Breeders' Cup Saturday), when post time will be 1:00 p.m. and noon, respectively. A full slate of activities and dining options will be available throughout the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, including fireworks on September 19 following the night's live racing action; Scotch-n-Smoke on October 4 with unique scotches and hand-rolled cigars; and, the Oktoberfest Food Truck Mash-Up on October 11. On the food side, Pink, the main restaurant at the New Meadowlands will be in full swing (reservations 201-460-4079), as will The Victory Sports Bar and The Lounge. There's free parking, free admission and free seating, both inside and out at the Meadowlands. Live programs will be $2, simulcast books $4. Valet parking will be offered for $5.

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A pair of grassy graded stakes topped the second week of racing of the fall meet at Belmont Park.

Sands Point S. (G2): Farish and Mooney's BALL DANCING (Exchange Rate) swung five-wide into the lane, outdueled the eventual runner-up inside the final furlong and won going away by a half-length for trainer Chad Brown. The talented sophomore filly went nine panels on the firm lawn in 1:50 with Joe Bravo in the silks.

Noble Damsel S. (G3): Bolton and Leidel's ANNECDOTE (Lucky Story) tracked near the back of the pack to the top of the lane, picked up nice momentum to get in range nearing midstretch and blew past her foes late en route to a 2 3/4-length romp beneath Irad Ortiz Jr. The Christophe Clement-conditioned import completed the mile in 1:35 on the firm lawn.

Track Stats

A total of 47 races were held at Elmont, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 34 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 65 percent of the wins during the week. From 21 races on the main oval, eight animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (38 percent), while three of the 26 races on the lawn were taken all the way on the front (12 percent).

Speed was pretty good on the main oval eight leading at every call on the way to victory, but a handful of those came in maiden dashes, which are often run in this manner. The dirt oval is playing fairly, with a slight edge to runners in the mix somewhat early on.

Inside posts did most of the damage on the dirt once again this week with no horse breaking outside of slot six coming home a winner from 21 races. If the trend continues, we will make more of it.

From a trio of wire jobs on the lawn, two came in route runs and one in a dash. Closing types are preferred somewhat right now, and even more so on the outer turf course.

Meet Totals

RACES:   76
DIRT:   34
TURF:   42
FAVORITES:   24 (31 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   13 (17 percent)
TURF WIRE:   7 (17 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   10 (29 percent)


Wednesday (9/10)

1ST -- The nine-year-old ITALIAN RULES (Tribal Rule) made pretty short work of this field and shows no signs of aging at this point. The Cal-bred came home in a blistering :23 2/5 and should be a fine claim for Jeremiah Englehart.

6TH -- TIZ A CHANCE (Tiz Wonderful) stalked near midpack and closed with good energy in a solid runner-up showing at first asking for Graham Motion. The juvenile colt took a ton of money and appeared to have something left past the wire, so he looks a logical candidate to win next time out, possibly with a bit more ground to work with.

Thursday (9/11)

6TH -- The Kelly Breen-trained CALAMITY KATE (Yes It's True) took a short lead approaching the turn for home and poured it on late in a fine maiden tally under Paco Lopez. The Monmouth shipper made easy work of a field that may have had some quality to it, and we likely won't get 19-1 odds on her in her return, sadly.

8TH -- DEMANDER (Yes It's True) had little chance of rallying into the dawdling pace set by the wire-to-wire winner, but is was a decent effort and we still have some hopes for the Ian Wilkes trainee. A move to the lawn might be something to consider for the sophomore.

Friday (9/12)

1ST -- Kenny McPeek might have a good one after THE TRUTH OR ELSE (Yes It's True) drove home an impressive winner in a swift final time over a field with a pair of solid prospects. The well-bred colt should run long through his dam and he is one we will surely keep an eye on going forward, with his next likely run at Keeneland.

3RD -- PARIS BIKINI (Bernardini) took command early and held the 2-5 favorite at bay late in a sharp debut score for trainer Todd Pletcher. The juvenile filly is kin to the twice graded stakes-placed sophomore America, and this miss has a lot more early foot than that capable filly. She is interesting prospect going forward.

Saturday (9/13)

5TH -- RED GUARD (Bernardini) was last at the top of the lane but finished with fine energy in a very good fourth-place run in this grassy debut for trainer Shug McGaughey. The juvenile colt is bred to be a good one, and this was a nice start to his career for a barn that doesn't put much into their juveniles.

9TH -- DAREDEVIL (More Than Ready) sent notice as a juvenile colt to watch with this powerful debut win, leading at every call. The Pletcher pupil is a half-brother to 2009 Donn H. (G1) star Albertus Maximus and his pedigree suggests that he will run longer for sure.

Sunday (9/14)

10TH -- ODE TO THE HUNT (Artie Schiller) was never getting to the winner but did offer a nice turn of foot to be second in this turf debut for trainer Rick Violette. The two-year-old colt will be tough right back with expected improvement from a good barn with juveniles.

A Look Ahead

Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap is the lone graded race this weekend at Belmont Park.

Top Speed/Class ratings


Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Balooga Bull 5G 1 1/8m (ft) ASD 9/13 Gold Cup S. 103
Stormin Monarcho 4G 1m 70y (sy) DEL 9/13 DTHA Governors Day S. 103
Locket 4F 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 Delta Colleen H. 98
Mr. Bowling 5H 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 S. W. Randall Plate H. 94
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Castletown 6G 6f (ft) CBY 9/12 H. B. P. A. Sprint S. 104
Calgary Cat 4G 6 1/2f (ft) WO 9/13 Bold Venture S. 101
Cactus Joe 3F 6f (ft) IND 9/10 Merrillville S. 100
Sucess Is Racing 4G 6f (ft) IND 9/10 Brickyard S. 97
Unzapped 5G 6f (sy) DEL 9/13 New Castle S. 97
Living The Life (IRE) 4F 6 1/2f (ft) PID 9/8 Presque Isle Downs Masters S. 94
Galiana 4F 6f (sy) DEL 9/13 Tax Free Shopping Distaff S. 93
Aireofdistinction 4F 6f (ft) CD 9/13 Open Mind S. 91
Slews Academy 7G 7f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred S. 86
Smile Lee 7M 7f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Fillies and Mares S. 82
He's Italian 4G 5 1/2f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred S. 75
Lost My Aura 4F 5 1/2f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Fillies and Mares S. 72
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Deceptive Vision 4F a1 1/8m (gd) WO 9/14 Canadian S. 107
Sheikhzayedroad (GB) 5G 1 1/2m (gd) WO 9/14 Northern Dancer Turf S. 106
I'm Already Sexy 4F 1m (fm) KD 9/13 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf S. 99
Regally Ready 7G 1m (fm) KD 9/13 More Than Ready Mile S. 99
Two Notch Road 7G 5 1/2f (fm) LRL 9/13 Punch Line S. 98
Trade Storm (GB) 6H 1m (gd) WO 9/14 Ricoh Woodbine Mile S. 97
Lubash 7H 1 1/8m (gd) BEL 9/14 Ashley T. Cole S. 96
Suntracer 6H 1 1/2m (fm) KD 9/13 Kentucky Turf Cup S. 96
Annecdote (GB) 4F 1m (fm) BEL 9/13 Noble Damsel S. 94
Lochte 4G 1 1/16m (gd) GP 9/13 The Vid S. 94
Embarr 6M 1 1/16m (fm) LRL 9/13 Brookmeade S. 93
Richies Party Girl 3F 6 1/2f (fm) KD 9/13 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint S. 93
Rose Brier 5G 1 1/16m (fm) LRL 9/13 Bert Allen S. 90
Heaven Knows What 5M 5 1/2f (fm) LRL 9/13 Oakley S. 89
Okie Ride 7G 5f (gd) RP 9/12 Remington Park Turf Sprint S. 89
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Cinco Charlie 2C 5 1/2f (sy) DEL 9/13 First State Dash S. 92
Grand Full Moon 2G 6f (ft) CBY 9/13 Shakopee Juvenile S. 88
Native American 2F 6f (ft) CBY 9/13 Shakopee Juvenile S. 88
Mound 2C 6f (ft) BTP 9/13 Loyalty S. 81
Saint Warlock 2G 3f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Two Year Old S. 80
Sharla Rae 2F 6 1/2f (ft) LRC 9/13 Barretts Debutante S. 80
Kawfee Fa Marfa 2F 5 1/2f (sy) DEL 9/13 Small Wonder S. 78
Wake Up Nick 2C 6 1/2f (ft) LRC 9/14 Barretts Juvenile S. 77
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/8-9/14) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Long On Value 3C 1m (fm) CBY 9/13 Mystic Lake Derby 100
Alert Bay 3G 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 British Columbia Derby 98
Zdeno 3G 1 1/8m (ft) ASD 9/12 J. W. Sifton S. 93
Ball Dancing 3F 1 1/8m (fm) BEL 9/13 Sands Point S. 92
Ole's Miss 3F 1 1/8m (ft) HST 9/14 British Columbia Oaks 92
Sistas Stroll 3F 1 1/8m (sf) AP 9/13 Pucker Up S. 92
Belleofthebeach 3F 6 1/2f (ft) ALB 9/13 Casino at the Downs H. 89
Bobby J's Rush 3G 1m 70y (ft) SUF 9/13 John Kirby S. 85
Bradley Russell 3G a6f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Three Year Old S. 68
Go for the Gold 3F a6f (ft) LBG 9/13 Alberta Bred Three Year Old Fillies S. 66


Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Deceptive Vision   WO   a1 1/8m (gd)   9/14   122.5
Trade Storm (GB)   WO   1m (gd)   9/14   122.1
Sheikhzayedroad (GB)   WO   1 1/2m (gd)   9/14   122.0
Regally Ready   KD   1m (fm)   9/13   121.3
Free World   CD   1m (fm)   9/13   121.1
Stormin Monarcho   DEL   1m 70y (sy)   9/13   120.9
Valid   GP   1m (sy)   9/11   120.9
I'm Already Sexy   KD   1m (fm)   9/13   120.8
Lubash   BEL   1 1/8m (gd)   9/14   120.6
Tap the Admiral   ZIA   1m (ft)   9/9   120.3
Unzapped   DEL   6f (sy)   9/13   120.2
Annecdote (GB)   BEL   1m (fm)   9/13   120.2
Conquest Harlanate   WO   1m (yl)   9/13   120.2
Calgary Cat   WO   6 1/2f (ft)   9/13   120.1
Tiz Windy   CD   1 1/16m (ft)   9/13   120.0



(through September 15, 2014)



Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  


1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Wicked Strong   7   2   1   0   1,361,610
3. Close Hatches   4   4   0   0   1,315,000
4. Imperative   8   1   2   3   1,259,700
5. Tonalist   6   3   3   0   1,198,250
6. Palace Malice   5   4   0   0   1,195,000
7. Moreno   6   1   2   1   1,160,500
8. Untapable   5   4   0   0   1,146,600
9. Vicar's in Trouble   7   3   0   3   1,100,000
10. Bayern   8   4   1   1   1,077,680


Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  


1. Todd Pletcher   766   180   129   113   $17,468,454
2. Jerry Hollendorfer   777   178   158   109   9,213,619
3. Steve Asmussen   975   225   157   144   8,605,833
4. Mark Casse   605   105   105   80   8,557,321
5. Chad Brown   373   97   63   54   8,545,998
6. Bob Baffert   298   68   52   41   8,209,744
7. Bill Mott   500   72   81   71   7,686,586
8. Mike Maker   681   163   107   91   7,105,230
9. Graham Motion   545   106   80   77   6,568,569
10. Christophe Clement   350   71   67   57   6,448,341


Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  


1. Javier Castellano   1002   253   179   147   $19,095,982
2. Joel Rosario   933   160   159   137   15,689,134
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   1018   198   174   150   13,573,864
4. John Velazquez   652   116   110   85   12,062,304
5. Jose Ortiz   848   154   144   122   10,537,286
6. Mike Smith   403   85   59   52   10,238,718
7. Rosie Napravnik   703   154   102   98   9,185,914
8. Victor Espinoza   453   79   66   53   8,644,257
9. Rajiv Maragh   681   92   109   116   8,577,541
10. Jose Lezcano   656   100   102   111   8,420,173

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

At a Glance
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.84 - 1
Favorite Win%: 40%, Favorite Itm%: 75%
Daily Double80.38
Pick 3414.54
Pick 41,597.93
Pick 5 Jackpot3,860.48
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/02 - 09/14)
Distance #
5.5fDirt 99 39% E Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 106 25% E/P Outside
1m 70yDirt 178 24% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 74 31% E Rail
Turf Routes 94 17% E/P Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/08 - 09/14)
Distance #
5.5fDirt 4 25% E/P Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 9 11% E/P Outside
1m 70yDirt 11 36% E Inside
Turf Sprint 3 33% E Middle
Turf Routes 2 0% E/P Outside
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Hodges James E. 8 4 0 1 4.19 3 15%
Nicks Morris G. 7 3 0 3 4.73 3 17%
Hutchinson Ronda 9 3 0 0 11.72 1 9%
Kaplan William A. 3 2 0 0 3.00 2 13%
Cates Al 6 2 1 0 11.78 1 17%
Maker Michael J. 6 2 2 1 2.25 2 23%
Nelson, Jr. Eric D. 6 2 1 0 9.82 1 7%
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Meche Donnie J. 19 6 3 0 10.03 3 12%
Eramia Richard E. 21 6 3 4 2.59 6 20%
Johnson Patrick A. 9 3 1 1 13.23 1 10%
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Balderas Alfonso 10 0 0 1 11.57 1 9%
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Rodriguez Filemon T. 16 0 3 1 17.53 0 10%
Jude John 14 0 0 0 36.13 1 4%
Contreras Alfredo 12 0 2 1 19.67 0 7%
Martinez Odilon 10 0 1 1 19.44 0 7%
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.26 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 66%
Daily Double61.86
Pick 3608.88
Pick 47,032.74
Super High Five Jackpot29,719.85
TRACK BIAS MEET(04/12 - 09/14)
Distance #
6.0fDirt 166 30% E Rail/Ins
7.0fDirt 160 22% E Outside
1 1/16mDirt 138 20% P Outside
1 1/4mDirt 4 0% P Outside
Turf Sprint 65 28% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 79 11% P Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/08 - 09/14)
Distance #
6.0fDirt 11 45% E Middle
7.0fDirt 11 9% P Inside
1 1/16mDirt 3 33% S Rail/Ins
1 1/4mDirt 1 0% P Inside
Turf Sprint 0 0% - na
Turf Routes 5 0% P Inside
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Cappuccitti Larry 6 3 1 0 10.79 0 12%
Simcock David 2 2 0 0 3.85 0 40%
Barnett Robert Earl 4 2 0 0 16.53 0 15%
Attard Steve 5 2 1 0 8.56 0 17%
Drexler Martin 5 2 1 1 6.38 0 13%
Bowden Thomas R. 6 2 0 0 8.23 0 9%
McKnight Norman 6 2 0 0 5.62 2 22%
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Husbands Patrick 26 9 5 4 4.69 1 24%
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Crawford Juan 11 0 0 1 38.88 2 9%
Garcia David 11 0 0 1 32.88 0 6%


MONDAY:   Monmouth Park and Remington Park
TUESDAY:   Arlington and Los Alamitos
WEDNESDAY:   Kentucky Downs and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park
FRIDAY:   Belmont Park and Churchill Downs

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Wednesday

Belmont Park   (5th) Chairman Now, 5-1
    (7th) My Girl Madison, 3-1
Charles Town   (2nd) Alligator Pie, 7-2
    (5th) Hit Your Kick, 9-2
Delaware Park   (2nd) Forest Diva, 9-2
    (7th) Ella's Top Cat, 7-2
Indiana Downs   (2nd) Come On Man, 4-1
    (4th) Jimnpauls Last Toy, 9-2
Kentucky Downs   (1st) Barley Twist, 7-2
    (7th) Heartofthetemple, 9-2
Laurel Park   (2nd) Pot of Gold, 7-2
    (6th) Sizzling Lassie, 4-1
Mountaineer   (5th) Kaylas Buffy, 9-2
    (6th) Political Promise, 5-1
Penn National   (4th) One Tough Muffit, 9-2
    (5th) La Grey Zuliana, 3-1
Presque Isle Downs   (2nd) Break of Silence, 7-2
    (8th) Network News, 7-2
Remington Park   (7th) Quick Dagger, 5-1
    (9th) Flyer's Spirit, 6-1
Suffolk Downs   (1st) Jo Jo, 3-1
    (6th) Synthesizer, 9-2
Thistledown   (6th) Channel Quest, 4-1
    (8th) Sainted Dancer, 4-1
Woodbine   (4th) Ultimate Blue, 7-2
    (7th) Niigon's Intrigue, 7-2


For Wednesday

BELMONT (1:05): $80,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (1ST).
CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $27,000 alw, 3&up, 6 1/2f (7TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f (4TH).
KENTUCKY DOWNS (2:35): $102,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (9TH).
LAUREL PARK (1:10): $42,000 alw, 3&up, 6f (8TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,600 ocl, 3&up, 7fT (3RD).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $33,300 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (6TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $32,000 alw, 3&up, 6f (3RD).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $38,250 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (4TH).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $19,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m (8TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $22,500 alw, 3&up, 1m (3RD).
WOODBINE (6:45): $47,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (7TH).

*all times Eastern

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