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Breeders Cup at Del Mar: French Group Summer Stakes

French horse racing blurrThe spring and summer French Classics have now been run and we have seen the best of the European three-year-olds in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris (2400m) and the G1 Prix Jean Prat (1400m) – so what have we learnt so far?

It has been a year of Irish domination so far with Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O’Brien picking up three of the four French Classics. It began with a historic first success in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) with St Mark’s Basilica. The Siyouni colt swerved the G1 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Newmarket (UK) and dominated the French equivalent two weeks later, comfortably winning by one and three-quarter lengths ahead of the Italian-trained Colosseo in second.

St Mark’s Basilica recorded the same winning margin a month later when taking the G1 Prix du Jockey Club (2100m) at Chantilly, easily beating the French-based Sealiway and Millebosc. Stable-mate Joan Of Arc had a harder task in the G1 Prix de Diane (2100m) against short-priced favourite Philomene from the André Fabre stable. A beautifully bred half-sister to multiple Group One winners, Joan Of Arc had to be driven hard to repel the late surge of Philomene but stayed on well and was eased close to home.

The only French victory in the Classics came in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1600m) when Couersamba out-ran long odds to beat the Aidan O’Brien trained G1 1000 Guineas (1600m) heroine Mother Earth. Couersamba was settled in mid-division and made good progress in the final 400m under jockey Cristian Demuro, recording a one and a quarter length winning margin.

The Irish sprang a surprise in the G1 Prix Jean Prat with Laws Of Indices improving from his fifth in the G1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m) at Royal Ascot. This Ken Condon trained colt seemed to appreciate the step up in distance and held on to win by a head from Joseph O’Brien’s Thunder Moon. Midtown finished the best of the home team in third.

Hurricane Lane backed up his eye catching G1 Irish Derby (2400m) success with an impressive six length win in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris (2400m). The top four at the finishing line were all trained in the UK or Ireland, with Baby Rider achieving the best finish of the French-trained contingent in fifth.

French 3yos

With the Classic generation now stepping into open company, it will be interesting to see how the three-year-olds fare against their older rivals. Over the shorter distances, the top sprinters are expected to come together in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest (1300m) at Deauville on 8 August. Connections of G1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m) first and second Campanelle and Dragon Symbol will be looking to confirm who is the best three-year-old sprinter after the original placings were reversed due to interference by Dragon Symbol. The colt has since proven he can race with the fastest horses in Europe, finishing second in the G1 July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket (UK). G1 Prix Jean Prat (1400m) winner Laws Of Indices is expected to join them and Jean-Claude Rouget indicated Prix Jean Prat fourth Valloria will try her luck over 1300m.

Looking towards the Autumn, three-year-olds dominate the betting for the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) and Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall continues to shorten at the head of the market. The filly set a new record for the largest winning distance in a UK Classic when defeating her nearest rival by sixteen lengths in the G1 Oaks (2400m) at Epsom Downs (UK) and has since won the Irish equivalent by eight and a half. With a three-year-old fillies weight allowance, she deserves her place as favourite for the Autumn showpiece. Hurricane Lane is well-fancied to go close after his performance over course and distance in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris (2400m) while G1 Derby (2400m) hero Adayar cannot be dismissed.

Although well-fancied in the betting for the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, double Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica is expected to dominate the 2000m division for the remainder of the season. He comfortably beat the older horses by three and a half lengths in the G1 Eclipse (2000m) at Sandown Park in early July including 2020 G1 Prix du Jockey Club winner Mishriff. At this stage of the year, it is difficult to imagine who can beat the rising star of the 2021 season.

Source: French PMU

Breeders Cup XXIX Workout Watch

Friday, October 26 is tracking the horses that appear to be working well for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, Nov. 2-3. Although many top horses can work well but fail to reproduce that form in the afternoon, watching runners that are training impressively can still provide handicappers with a significant edge come race day.

Keep an eye on these horses on the big weekend:

Mucho Macho Man

Marketing Mix

Flashy Ways

Smiling Tiger


Chosen Miracle

Shanghai Bobby

Dreaming of Julia

Groupie Doll

Sum of the Parts

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Nearly $15M in Breeders’ Cup Handle in Separate Pools from these Countries

Breeders CupVictories from Loves Only You  and Marche Lorraine  were not the only Japanese success stories of the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar. Another highlight was betting from Japan and from Hong Kong, both of which offered separate-pool wagering on select Breeders’ Cup contests.

According to the Breeders’ Cup, Japanese bettors wagered $11.7 million on three races: the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1T), the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile Presented by PDJF (G1T), and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T). Hong Kong bettors wagered $3.1 million collectively on the Mile and the Turf.

Twenty-seven countries took wagers on the Breeders’ Cup, though additions of Japan and Hong Kong were among the most financially significant… read more

Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar – Spot Plays w/ Wagers, Top Selections and Analysis

Rich Nilsen 2016 BC Paddock18x NHC Qualifier Rich Nilsen Offers up Pace Scenarios, Spot Plays w/ Wagers, Top Selections and Analysis for BOTH days of the Breeders’ Cup in ONE report.

Nilsen, who has had some monster days in the past with his major race selection sheets, is back for both days of this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar.   Included in his report are top selections for all 5 Breeders’ Cup stakes on Friday and all 9 stakes on Saturday (all 14 Breeders’ Cup races).  Includes commentary on all the contenders listed, plus spot play wagers.

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You will also receive Nilsen’s expert pace analysis, which is often the key to selecting the winner.   Nilsen has 4 Spot Plays with wagering strategies to attack these races hard.

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Highlights from Previous Breeders’ Cup Spot Play Winners!

$29.40 Sprint Spot Play Winner Trinniberg with Cold $203.40 Exacta!

$15.80 Turf Sprint Spot Play Winner Mizdirection, keying $1,757.65 Pick-4 wager!

$40.40 Spot Play Winner Work All Week with $1,064.70 Trifecta!

$13.00 F&M Turf Spot Play winner Dayathespa

$16.40 Turf Sprint Winner Bobby’s Kitten

$64.80 Exacta with Main Sequence over Flintshire in the Breeders’ Cup Turf

The list goes on and on!

2020: Several winners with the monster longshot score of $37.60 winner Audarya the highlight!  Here was the write-up on the monster $199.20 cold exacta in the 2020 Filly & Mar Turf:

1st- # 11 AUDARYA (12/1) was boxed in a little bit during the stretch run in the Arc and finished well on her wrong lead in straight.  She never really seemed comfortable racing along the inside behind the two speed horses, but, despite that, ran very well and nearly won the prestigious race.

In her prior start she was an upset winner in France, giving her trainer a third career win in the G1 Prix Jean Romanet Stakes.  There was a gap of about 4 lengths to the show horse.  The place horse was Ambition who came back to run a decent 5th in the Arc.

Her top trainer in France, James Fanshawe, is ending a 30-year wait for a runner at the Breeders’ Cup.  Fanshawe has trained the likes of Soviet Song and The Tin Man, among other Group 1 winners.

On her latest effort at Longchamp, Fanshawe said, “Audarya ran an excellent race, but there wasn’t much coverage of it afterwards. Most of the attention seemed to focus on the winner Tarnawa and Jessica Harrington’s filly Alpine Star who finished second.”

She’s a major player based on her recent form.

2nd- # 6 RUSHING FALL (5/2) – Has won 11 of 14 lifetime and banked over $2.5M.  She was last seen finishing in under 34 seconds when she gamely captured the G1 Diana at Saratoga.  Trainer Chad Brown has been working her every 7 days since that win in preparation for this start at a track where she is 5 for 6 lifetime.

She’s unproven at the distance but Brown has won many times with this type of stretch out turf runner.  Brown has also won this BC race 4 times…

About Nilsen’s Analysis

In this comprehensive yet concise report, I provide selections for all 14 Breeders’ Cup races for both days, as well as pace scenario analysis which is absolutely vital for predicting the outcomes of these events.

Spot Plays are my best bets and key wagering horses for the big weekend. Picking your spots is key to profiting on the races, especially when it comes to the Breeders’ Cup. The opportunities are plentiful but you improve your chances by selecting key spot plays and focusing most of your bets on those plays.

Set aside a budget for these two days and be sure to have plenty of ammunition for the bigger of the two days, Saturday. Best of luck!


Rich Nilsen caught the horse racing bug at a young age when his father took him to the racetracks in New York. He eventually attended the University of Louisville Equine Business Program with the goal of making a career in the horse racing industry.

Nilsen has worked the past 28+ years in the equine industry, serving most of those years as the Marketing Director for and, the Official Wagering Site of the Kentucky Derby.

Nilsen managed the successful Players’ Pool syndicate, which pooled funds from the account wagering members to go after large Pick-6 carryovers. During Nilsen’s leadership, the Players’ Pool produced a significant profit for the members over the course of seven years. One of the best hits was when the Players’ Pool took down half of the Pick-6 pool on Kentucky Derby Day 2007, with a gross return of over $500,000.  The Pool had several other hits over $250,000.

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Wizard’s Full-card Analysis + Betting Strategies for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup

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A Cast of 169 Horses Ready for the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar

Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go and Godolphin’s Essential Quality, both trained by Brad Cox, have been installed as the top two choices on the morning line at 5-2 and 3-1 respectively, for Saturday’s $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) run at 1 ¼ miles on the main track, the climax of the 38TH Breeders’ Cup World Championship races to be run Friday and Saturday (Nov. 5-6) at Del Mar.

The Classic, with a field of nine, is the richest of 14 Championship races worth more than $31 million in purses and awards to be run over the two days at Del Mar and will be televised live on NBC, NBCSN and TVG. The Classic will be broadcast live at 8:40 p.m. ET on NBC.

Five Championship races will be run on Future Stars Friday with all Breeders’ Cup tests that day being for 2-year-olds. Highlighting the day will be the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the $2 million NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), races that will determine early favoritism for the 2022 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively.

The 169 horses entered include 16 also-eligibles. Included in the entries are seven winners from last year’s Championships at Keeneland: Knicks Go (Dirt Mile), Essential Quality (Juvenile), Tarnawa (IRE) (Turf), Audarya (FR) (Filly & Mare Turf), Gamine (Filly & Mare Sprint), Golden Pal (Juvenile Turf Sprint) and Glass Slippers (GB) (Turf Sprint).

Knicks Go, a wire-to-wire winner of the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) last year, enters the Classic and his first test at the 1 ¼-mile distance on a three-race win streak with a combined margin of victory of 18 ¾ lengths.

Joel Rosario, who has been aboard for Knicks Go’s past eight starts, has the mount Saturday and will break from post position five.

Essential Quality also brings a three-race win streak into the Classic with the most recent victory coming in the Travers (G1) going 1 ¼ miles. Luis Saez, who has been aboard for the past eight starts by Essential Quality, has the call Saturday and will break from post position four.

Co-third choices on the line at 4-1 are a couple of 3-year-olds in Medina Spirit and Hot Rod Charlie.

Zedan Racing Stables’ Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Medina Spirit is trained by four-time Classic winner Bob Baffert. Medina Spirit enters the Classic off a front-running 5-length victory in the Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita on Oct. 2.

John Velazquez, who won last year’s Classic on Authentic for Baffert, retains the mount on Medina Spirit and break from post eight.

Hot Rod Charlie is trained by Doug O’Neill for the partnership of Roadrunner Racing, William Strauss, Boat Racing, LLC and Gainesway Stable. Hot Rod Charlie enters the Classic off a 2 ¼-length victory in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) under Flavien Prat, who retains the mount. Hot Rod Charlie will break from post position three.

One of the heaviest morning-line favorites is St. George Stable’s Letruska at 8-5 for the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) in which she heads a field of 11 fillies and mares.

Trained by Fausto Gutierrez, Letruska has won her past five starts and is six for seven in 2021 with the victories coming at six tracks and the past three at the 1 1/8-mile distance of the Distaff. Four of her victories came in Breeders’ Cup Challenge races. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount and will break from post six.

The second richest race of the Championships, the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) which drew a full gate of 14 and two also-eligibles, is headed by Tarnawa (IRE), who beat the boys in this race last year at Keeneland.

Owned by the H.H. Aga Khan Studs and trained by Dermot Weld, Tarnawa (9-5 on the morning line) has won one of three starts in 2021 and enters this year’s race off a runner-up finish in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1). Colin Keane, who was aboard for the victory at Keeneland last year, will ride Saturday and break from post position 13.

Also back to defend a title is Mrs. A.M. Swinburn’s Audarya (FR) in the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) to be contested at 1 3/8 miles over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course with a field of 12.

Trained by James Fanshawe, Audarya (5-1 on the morning line in the field of 12) comes into this year’s race off a fourth-place finish in the Prix de l’Opera Longines (G1). William Buick has the mount and will break from post 12.

The morning-line favorite for the race at 7-2 is George Krikorian’s War Like Goddess. War Like Goddess has won her past four starts and is undefeated in three starts at the 1 3/8-mile distance for trainer Bill Mott. Julien Leparoux has the mount and will break from post position seven.

The $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) presented by PDJF, drew a field of 14 and two also-eligibles headed by 3-1 morning line favorite Space Blues (IRE). Owned and bred by Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby, Space Blues enters the Mile off a victory in the Qatar Prix de la Foret (G1) last month. William Buick has the mount and will break from post position three.

Topping the U.S. contingent is Bardy Farm and OG Boss’ Mo Forza. Trained by Peter Miller and 5-1 on the morning line, Mo Forza has compiled a 6-3-2-0 record at Del Mar and has won the past two renewals of the Del Mar Mile (G2). Flavien Prat will ride from post six.

Two of Saturday’s heaviest morning-line favorites are in the $2 million Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) going 6 furlongs and the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) going 7 furlongs.

J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Jackie’s Warrior is a neck away from being undefeated in one-turn races in 2021 and enters Saturday’s Sprint off a 6 ¾-length romp in the Gallant Bob (G2) at Parx on Sept. 25. Listed at 6-5 on the morning line in the field of nine, Jackie’s Warrior is trained by Steve Asmussen and will be ridden by Joel Rosario from post two.

In the Filly & Mare Sprint, Michael Lund Petersen’s Gamine is the 3-5 morning line favorite to repeat in the race she won by 6 ¼ lengths in track-record time last year at Keeneland. Trained by Bob Baffert and to be ridden by John Velazquez from post five in the six-horse field, Gamine is undefeated in four starts at the 7-furlong distance.

WinStar Farm and CHC Inc.’s Life Is Good is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for the $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) that drew a field of eight.

A neck away from being perfect in five starts, Life Is Good won the 1-mile Kelso Handicap (G2) by 5 1/2 lengths in front-running fashion. Now trained by Todd Pletcher, Life Is Good will break from post five and be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.

Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Westerberg’s Golden Pal, who kicked off last year’s World Championships at Keeneland with a gate-to-wire victory in the Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2), is the 7-2 morning-line favorite in a field of 12 with six also-eligibles for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) to be contested over 5 furlongs.

Trained by Wesley Ward, Golden Pal will be attempting to become the fifth horse to win different Breeders’ Cup races. He comes into Saturday’s race off a 2 ¼-length victory in the Woodford (G2) at Keeneland last month. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount and will break from post three.

An East-West matchup of undefeated Grade 1 winners headlines a field of 12 entered for the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to be run at 1 1/16 miles.

Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister, Coolmore Stud and Peter Brant’s Jack Christopher is 2-for-2 and owns a victory in the Champagne (G1) for trainer Chad Brown. Listed at 9-5 on the morning line and breaking from post one, Jack Christopher will be ridden by Jose Ortiz who teamed with Brown to win the 2017 Juvenile with Good Magic.

Speedway Stables’ Corniche is 2-for-2 and owns a victory in the American Pharoah (G1) for four-time Juvenile winning trainer Bob Baffert. Listed at 5-2 on the morning line, Corniche will be ridden by Mike Smith from post position 12.

The $2 million NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be run at 1 1/16 miles drew a field of six headlined by L and N Racing and Winchell Thoroughbreds’ undefeated Echo Zulu.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, the two-time Grade 1 winner has won her three starts by a combined 16 ¾ lengths. Listed at 4-5 on the morning line, Echo Zulu will break from post six and be ridden by Joel Rosario.

The top challengers to Echo Zulu are 5-2 co-second choices Juju’s Map, winner of the Alcibiades (G1), and Hidden Connection, winner of the Pocahontas (G3).

Albaugh Family Stables’ Juju’s Map has won her past two starts by a combined 10 lengths under Florent Geroux. Trained by Brad Cox, who won this race in 2019 with British Idiom, Juju’s Map will break from post position five.

Hidden Brook Farm and Black Type Thoroughbreds’ Hidden Connection is 2-for-2 with the victories coming by a combined 16 ¾ lengths. Trained by Bret Calhoun, Hidden Connection will be ridden by Reylu Gutierrez and break from post two.

Completing the Friday lineup is:

$1 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) — Rabbah Bloodstock’s Dubawi Legend (IRE) is the 4-1 morning-line favorite for the 1-mile test that drew a field of 14 and two also-eligibles. Trained by Hugo Palmer, Dubawi Legend will be ridden by James Doyle and break from post position 14.

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) — Bobby Flay’s homebred Pizza Bianca is the lukewarm 5-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 14 for the 1-mile race. Runner-up in the Natalma (G1) at Woodbine in her most recent start, Pizza Bianca is trained by Christophe Clement and will be ridden by Tyler Gaffalione from post position one.

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2) — Hat Creek Racing’s undefeated Averly Jane is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field of 12 and two also-eligibles for the 5-furlong dash. Tyler Gaffalione will be aboard Averly Jane who will exit post position eight for trainer Wesley Ward who has won this race the past two years with Four Wheel Drive and Golden Pal.


Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar: French Group 1 Sunday and Tarnawa Update

This week, we chat to trainer Dermot Weld about Search For A Song’s participation in the G1 Prix Royal Oak on Sunday, October 24. He also gives us an update on G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runner-up Tarnawa…

She looked to be right back to her best when winning the G3 Loughbrown Stakes (3200m) at the Curragh last month. How has she come out of the race, and do you think she’s in similar form?

Look we were really satisfied with her, and she put up a good performance that day. I’ve been pleased with her ever since to be quite honest with you.

That success was just her second start over the 2mile trip, do you think there could be further improvement to come over this similar staying distance?

I think she’s a pretty adaptable filly.

It looks likely there will be some cut in the ground. Is that of any concern for you or would you say she is fairly versatile?

She’s definitely versatile but I would definitely not want to see any more rain.

You won the G1 Prix Royal Oak (3100m) back in 2001 with a horse called Vinnie Roe. Are there any similar characteristics between the two and how do you think the race has developed over the years?

Yes, there are definitely similar characteristics, and both were very good horses. The pair are very genuine. Vinnie Roe obviously won four G1 Irish St Ledgers (2800m) whilst Search For A Song has won two and both hold their form consistently.

Colin Keane was onboard her for the first time when winning the G3 Loughbrown Stakes (3200m). Is the idea for him to continue that partnership or will regular rider Oisin Orr be back onboard?

Colin Keane rides, Oisin Orr is unfortunately out injured. Colin Keane will ride Search For A Song on Sunday.

Since a few weeks have passed can I just ask how Tarnawa has come out of her brilliant run in the G1 Prix Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) and if a trip to the Breeders Cup remains on her agenda.

Yeah, look we’re pleased with her she was naturally tired post-race, and it took her a week to freshen up but she’s back in full production and in great form. As regards the Breeders Cup, a final deci

Source: French PMU

Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar: 1-2 for Clement in E.P. Taylor

Wager on WoodbineTORONTO, October 17, 2021 – It was a win-win for trainer Christophe Clement as Mutamakina and La Dragontea went one-two in another thrilling renewal of the Grade 1 $602,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes, Sunday at Woodbine.

Despite a gutsy win in her last start, the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes, Mutamakina, the five-year-old daughter of Nathaniel-Joshua’s Princess, was somewhat ignored on the toteboard as the 8-1 sixth choice.

At the end of the 1 ¼-mile turf classic, she was tops where it counted the most, albeit barely.

It was 5-2 choice Kalifornia Queen (GER), one of three (defending champ Etoile and Great Island) Chad Brown trainees, who assumed early command around the first turn, emerging with the lead and then taking the field through a leisurely opening quarter in :27.26 over the yielding ground. Mutamakina, with Dylan Davis again in the irons, kept close tabs on the pacesetter, as European invader Waliyak and Family Way sat just off the top duo.

Kalifornia Queen continued to dictate the proceedings through a half in :54.56, as Davis kept Mutamakina to task in second position.

After three-quarters run in 1:20.84, Kalifornia Queen and Flavien Prat began to quicken, prompting her rivals, including Mutamakina, to do the same.

As the field straightened for home, Kalifornia Queen was engaged by Mutamakina, while Waliyak looked to collar the leaders with an inside bid and La Dragontea, seventh at the stretch call and rolling, started to make some serious headway on the far outside.

At the wire, Mutamakina bested a hard-charging La Dragontea by a neck, giving Clement a one-two finish and his first E.P. Taylor crown. Kalifornia Queen was third, one length ahead of Waliyak.

“She ran well over here about a month ago and we saw an opportunity again to bring her out here,” said Davis. “Christophe, first off, did a great job of getting her here. I’ve been breezing her, setting up for this race, and she’s been breezing well and maintained herself and we knew that she would be tough coming here.”

Final time for the race was 2:09.14.

“She handled everything great,” praised Davis. “Last time she put herself in a great position laying second. Today, again, she got her nerves going a little bit more than previously, but she put herself in a great position putting herself second. We slowed down the pace and she was handling it well for me and I just needed her to finish strong. Once she got a head in front there at eighth poll she was digging in nicely. She handled the turf well today.”

Bred in Great Britain by Widgham Stud, Mutamakina is now 5-3-3 from 16 starts.

The E.P. Taylor was the final leg of Woodbine’s “Ladies of the Lawn,” a three-race turf event for fillies and mares that also consists of the Dance Smartly and Canadian Stakes.

Launched in 2019, the Ladies of the Lawn is a points-based bonus series. The owner of the horse who has accumulated the most points upon conclusion of the three races receives a $50,000 bonus, while the owner whose horse has accumulated the second and third most points receive a $15,000 and $10,000 bonus respectively.

Heading into the E.P. Taylor, Court Return, La Dragontea (Canadian Stakes champ) and Mutamakina (Dance Smartly Stakes winner) shared top spot with 10 points each. Merveilleux (8 points) and Etoile (7 points) were next.


Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar: Huge Weekend at Keeneland. 9 Win and Your In Races

Nine Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Races Highlight Keeneland Fall Stars Weekend

Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet kicks off with a blockbuster Fall Stars Weekend featuring 10 stakes races, including nine Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races. The weekend stakes action also features six “Win and You’re In” races from Belmont Park.

Races in this weekend’s rundown are listed in chronological order (all times Eastern). Full previews, when available, can be found through the link for each race.

NBC Sports will provide coverage of this weekend’s “Win and Your In” races from Keeneland.

“America’s Day at the Races” will be broadcasting live from Belmont Park on Friday, Oct. 8 on FS2 from 12:30 – 5:30 pm; on Saturday, Oct. 9 on FS2 from 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm; and on Sunday, Oct. 10 on FS2 from 12:30 – 1 pm., FS1 from 1:00-2:00 pm and on FS2 from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, October 8

5:10 PM ET – $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (Gr. 2-Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In”) at Keeneland on TVG and NBC Sports

Special Reserve is the 9-5 morning line favorite in a field of seven sprinters for the six-furlong Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (G2). The Kentucky-bred son of Midshipman is trained by Mike Maker and has won four of six 2021 starts.

5:45 PM ET – $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (Gr. 1-Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In”) at Keeneland on TVG and NBC Sports

Two-year-old fillies are in the spotlight in the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades on opening day of Keeneland’s Fall Meet. A field of 12 is entered in the 1 1/16-mile main track Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Maryland-bred Runup is two for two on dirt after finishing third in her Colonial Downs turf debut. The daughter of Eclipse Award Champion Sprinter Runhappy won the one-mile Sorority Stakes last out at Monmouth Park for trainer Laura Wohlers. Kentucky-bred Juju’s Map, a daughter of Liam’s Map who broke her maiden on September 3 at Ellis Park in her second career start, is the 5-2 morning line favorite for Eclipse Award-winning trainer Brad Cox.


Saturday, October 9

2:45 PM ET – $250,000 Vosburgh (Gr. 2-Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In”) at Belmont Park on FS2

Mr. Amore Stable’s Firenze Fire will defend his Vosburgh title in Saturday’s six furlongs event, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint on November 6 at Del Mar. The Florida-bred son of Poseidon’s Warrior is trained by Kelly Breen. Baby Yoda, another Florida-bred, is the morning line favorite after his sharp Saratoga allowance win last out. The 3-year-old Prospective gelding stopped the clock in 1:14.33 for six and a half furlongs to mark his third win in four lifetime starts.


3:15 PM ET – $150,000 Matron Stakes (Gr. 3T) at Belmont Park on FS2

Trainer Brad Cox sends out Bubble Rock, a daughter of More Than Ready, in the six-furlong Matron over the Belmont inner turf course. The Kentucky-bred filly broke her maiden in her second career start at Saratoga on September 3 and is listed as the morning line favorite. New York-bred Dufresne faces graded stakes company for the first time following a third-place finish in the listed Woodbine Cares Stakes last month for trainer Michael Trombetta.


3:40 PM ET – $200,000 Woodford Stakes (Gr. 2T) at Keeneland on TVG

Eight-year-old Extravagant Kid, an earner of more than $1.6 million, takes on six other turf sprinters in the 5 ½-furlong Woodford Stakes (G2T). The Florida-bred gelded son of Kiss the Kid won the Al Quoz Sprint (G1) over Meydan’s turf course in March and followed that with a third in the King’s Stand Stakes (G1) at Ascot. Trainer Brendan Walsh’s charge was unplaced last out July 10 in the Darley July Cup (G1) at Newmarket. Fellow Florida-bred Golden Pal, the 3-year-old Uncle Mo son of graded stakes-winning turf sprinter Lady Shipman, is a leading contender and won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) over Keeneland’s turf course last November.


3:47 PM ET – $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (Gr. 1T) at Belmont Park on FS2

Otter Bend Stables’ Gufo, winner of the Grade 1 Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer on Travers Day at Saratoga heads the field in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, named after the esteemed writer and columnist for Daily Racing Form. The Kentucky-bred son of Declaration of War won the Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes last October over this course for trainer Christophe Clement. Japan (GB), a 5-year-old son of Galileo (IRE) trained by Aiden O’Brien, finished second by a nose to Gufo in the aforementioned Sword Dancer in his first U.S. start.


4:12 PM ET – $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (Gr. 2-Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In”) at Keeneland on TVG and NBC Sports

Millionaire Bell’s the One is a leading contender in the 6-furlong Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) that drew a compact six-horse field. Inthemidstofbiz looks to defend her title in the race she won as a 13-1 outsider last year.


4:44 PM ET – $400,000 First Lady (G1-Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In”) at Keeneland on TVG and NBC Sports

Thirteen fillies and mares are entered in the First Lady, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1). Godolphin’s Althiqa (GB), winner this year of three of four starts, enters the one-mile First Lady off consecutive Grade 1 wins for trainer Charles Appleby. Kentucky-Keeneland Green Logobred Princess Grace has won each of her three 2021 starts, including the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes (G3) most recently on September 11.


5:15 PM ET – $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (Gr. 1-Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In”) at Keeneland on TVG and NBC Sports

Thirteen 2-year-olds are scheduled to line up for the 108th running of the 1 1/16-mile Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, a Breeder’s Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). Stellar Tap, a Kentucky-bred son of Tapit with two lifetime starts, was unplaced in Churchill Downs’ Iroquois Stakes (G3) on September 18 after breaking his maiden going seven furlongs at Saratoga. Kevin’s Folly, a Kentucky-bred Distorted Humor colt, won on debut at Saratoga and finished third in the Hopeful Stakes (G1) in his second career start on September 6.


5:46 PM ET – $750,000 Keeneland Turf Mile (G1-Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In”) at Keeneland on TVG and NBC Sports

Order of Australia (IRE) returns to the course where he was a 73-1 upset winner of last year’s FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). The Aiden O’Brien-trained 4-year-old colt faces 12 others, including last year’s winner Ivar (BRZ), in this Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1).

Sunday, October 10

1:57 PM ET – $150,000 Durham Cup Stakes (Gr. 3) at Woodbine on TVG

A compact field of five is entered in this 1 1/6 miles race over Woodbine’s All Weather Track, including 2019 Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston. The Kentucky-bred son of Awesome Again has earned over $1 million in his 16-race career and most recently won a Woodbine allowance race in his only start this year. Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse also entered Tap It to Win, a Florida-bred son of Tapit who exits a win in the Grade 3 Seagram Cup Stakes.


2:43 PM ET – $150,000 Futurity Stakes (Gr. 3T-Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In”) at Belmont Park on FS2

Eight 2-year-old turf sprinters, including two fillies, are entered in this 6-furlong Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying event for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2). Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher sends out Midnight Worker for his first turf start. The Kentucky-bred Outwork colt won his debut on the main track in a Saratoga maiden special weight and followed that with a third-place finish in Monmouth’s Grade 3 Sapling Stakes, also on dirt. Chi Town Lady is two for two after taking Saratoga’s Bolton Landing Stakes last out. The Verrazano filly is trained by Wesley Ward.


3:15 PM ET – $250,000 Beldame Stakes (Gr. 2) at Belmont Park on FS2

Multiple graded stakes winner Horologist takes on seven rivals to defend her title in the 1 1/8 mile Beldame for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. The New Jersey-bred daughter of Gemologist has two wins on the year, including an easy 8 ½ length score in Saratoga’s Summer Colony Stakes. She won last year’s Beldame as the longest shot in a 4-horse field that included this year’s distaff sensation, Letruska.


4:21 PM ET – $150,000 Knickerbocker (Gr. 3T) at Belmont Park on FS2

Nine older horses face off in the 1 1/8 mile Knickerbocker over the Belmont inner turf course. Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher has two entries in En Wye Cee and No Word. The former is a Kentucky-bred son of Declaration of War that finished third in last year’s Knickerbocker and has had just one start since, a third-place finish in a Saratoga turf allowance optional claiming event over the same distance. No Word, second in last year’s Grade 1 Belmont Derby, exits a second place finish in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2) over the Saratoga turf.


4:44 PM ET – $200,000 Indian Summer Stakes (“Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In”) at Keeneland on TVG and NBC Sports

Ten two-year-old turf sprinters are entered in the 5 ½ furlong Indian Summer Stakes, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2). Undefeated Averly Jane, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Midshipman, is one of two fillies in the field. The Wesley Ward trainee broke her maiden in her April debut on Keeneland’s main track and has yet to run on the turf. In Saratoga’s Skidmore Stakes, a race moved from the turf to dirt, Averly Jane led at every pole on her way to a 7 ¼ length score in her most recent start.


5:09 PM ET – $150,000 Ontario Matron Stakes (Gr. 3) at Woodbine on TVG

Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse has three entered in the six-horse field, including Skygaze, a multiple-graded stakes-placed Kentucky-bred daughter of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. In her most recent start, Skygaze won the Belle Mahone Stakes on Woodbine’s All Weather Track for her second win in three 2021 starts. Crystal Glacier, by Curlin, rallied late to finish second to her stablemate in the Belle Mahone and could be the main threat.


5:15 PM ET – $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (Gr. 1-Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In”) at Keeneland on TVG and NBC Sports

Letruska, winner of four races in a row and six of her last seven, stands out in this 1 1/8 mile main track Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Included in the 5-year-old mare’s current winning streak are three Grade 1s. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Super Saver began her career with six consecutive wins in Mexico and now has won 16 of 21 lifetime starts. She is currently rated behind only Knicks Go on the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll and faces six others in the 66th running of this Grade 1. This is Letruska’s first start at Keeneland.


5:46 PM ET – $200,000 Castle & Key Bourbon Stakes (Gr. 2-Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In”) at Keeneland on TVG and NBC Sports

A field of 14 is expected to start in the Castle & Key Bourbon Stakes (G2T), a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). The 1 1/6 miles turf contest for 2-year-olds attracted 16 entries, including two also-eligibles. Tiz the Bomb, a Kentucky-bred Hit It A Bomb colt trained by Kenny McPeek, is a leading contender after taking the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Mile Stakes last out after breaking his maiden at Ellis Park by 14 ¼ lengths in his second career start. That one-mile dirt race was originally scheduled for the turf.


Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar: Five horses to note from Arc weekend

Our team select their horses to follow from the two-day Longchamp bonzanza.

Dubai Honour
1st, Prix Dollar

A patient approach has reaped dividends with this extremely progressive performer, certainly judged on the way he stormed to victory in the ten-furlong Group 2.

Having finished fourth in the Britannia before claiming a Newmarket July festival handicap, the gelded three-year-old has now struck twice in French Pattern races and looked particularly impressive on Saturday.

This latest success came on deep ground, but his Newmarket win was achieved on a fast surface, which will give connections a free hand when it comes to making future plans.

With his adventurous head, William Haggas is exactly the right person to get the most of an increasingly exciting horse.
Lee Mottershead, senior writer

It was a mixed weekend for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby but the trainer was nonetheless delighted with the performance of Noble Truth, who finished second behind Angel Bleu after racing keenly…

G1 Arc de Triomphe Card Features 5 ‘Win and You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup Races

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The anticipated arrival of this outstanding renewal of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is upon us. This week we look at the numbers behind the contenders of Europe’s feature flat race including course record, season numbers plus much more.

The three-year-old plus contest is run over 2400m at Longchamp and is scheduled to take place each year, usually on the first Sunday in October.

Get the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Post Times at Del Mar

Popularly referred to as the “Arc”, it is Europe’s most esteemed all-aged horse race. The roll of honour features a long list of heroic champions from a variety of ages, nationality, and sex.

The history of the race spans back to the nineteenth century with the event initially restricted to thoroughbreds born and bred in France. In 1863, the Grand Prix de Paris was introduced to bring together the best three-year-olds across the globe. Thirty years later the Prix du Conseil Municipal was founded, an international race for the leading horses of different age groups. On the 24th January 1920 a new race was created to complement the Grand Prix de Paris, serving as a showcase for French thoroughbred breeding. It would have similar characteristics to the Prix du Conseil Municipal, but with each horse competing at level weights. Following World War I, it was decided that the race would be named after the Arc de Triomphe, a famous monument which had been the scene of a victory parade by the Allies in 1919.

The first ever running of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe  took place on Sunday 3rd October 1920. It was won by a three-year-old colt called Comrade owned by Evremond de Saint-Alary. The winner received a prize of 150,000 francs.

No horse has ever won the race three times with eight having scored twice in the feature contest. Superstar jockey Frankie Dettori is the leading jockey having won it an outstanding six times whilst Andre Fabre leads the way in the training ranks with a staggering eight victories. The 2016 winner Found currently holds the record time, although it should be noted that success came at Chantilly.

This year’s highly awaited renewal has been billed by most as one of the best in recent years. The line-up features a star-studded field with the likes of English Derby and Oaks winners Adayar and Snowfall taking their place. Hurricane Lane will look to become the first horse to ever complete the G1 St Leger (2900m) and G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) double, whilst world-class Irish mare Tarnawa will be attempting to emulate her success in the G1 Prix de l’Opera (2000m) last year. Selections




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