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Rich Nilsen is a 17-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He cashed on the 2018 NHC Tour with a 19th overall finish. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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Trainer Tommy Drury Plans First Start of Art Collector Here

Art Collector to target Kelly’s Landing stakes at Churchill Downs.

According to trainer Tommy Drury Jr., Bruce Lunsford’s 2020 Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes award-winning self-breeding Art Collector will land over $ 110,000 in Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, June 25. Launch a 4-year-old campaign targeting night stakes. ..

Art Collector has been on the sidelines since ranking 8th in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI) in Keeneland last year. Colt went to a farm in South Carolina following the Breeders’ Cup, but has returned to the Churchill Downs work tab for the past four weeks.5th winning son Bernardini worked half a mile on the grass in Churchill Downs on Sunday for 50.60 miles with regular rider Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle.

“He had some grass in his pedigree and actually broke the maiden on the grass. Today’s job was just to keep our options open,” Drury said. I did. “As a comeback race, we’ll dart target the Kelly and take things from there. We’re very lucky to have a horse like this in our barn. He demonstrated his talent last year. And we are very excited…

Sunday Morning’s G1 Prix de Diane, a Breeders’ Cup Prep

The Prix de Diane Longines, restricted to three-year-old fillies and run over 2,100 meters at Chantilly, consecrates the best French filly, if European one, each season. It’s a group one contest, which is the pinnacle of the horse racing grading system.

 

French horse racing blurrCHANTILLY: THE STATE OF THE GROUND

It is difficult to predict how the ground will ride at Chantilly on Sunday, June 20, 2021. After a heatwave lasting several days, thunderstorms are forecast from Thursday to Sunday, although there will be lulls in the weather. Marin Le Cour Grandmaison oversees the running of Chantilly racecourse and its training centre, and he explained: «On Wednesday morning, the ground rated 3.2 (good) on the penetrometer scale. We are in the same situation as we were before the Qatar Prix du Jockey-Club. Thunderstorms are forecast from Thursday morning onwards: and, for the moment, it is difficult to predict how the ground will ride on Sunday. It will really depend on the amount of rainfall, it’s quite random. The Chantilly track has been cared for in the same manner as before the Jockey-Club, so to anticipate the effect of the storms as much as possible. Given the very sandy nature of the soil the course drains [well], and the track hasn’t been used since the Jockey-Club; it has been mowed, rolled and aerated. The far running rail will remain in its usual place. It’s a really headache when it comes to anticipating how many millimetres of rain will fall on the course, and the storms will be the key determiner regarding the state of the ground. »

 

WHAT CONNECTIONS ARE SAYING

THE CHANTILLY TRAINING CENTRE (60)

  • Francis-Henri Graffard (the trainer of Sweet Lady and Es La Vida)

 «Sweet Lady has had a fair amount of time between races since the Poule d’Essai, which has done her good. I will be very happy to try her over a longer trip on Sunday. I think she will relish this – given her style of racing. Regarding the going, I just want it to be “safe” ground and not too firm, but if the thunderstorms and the rain materialize, it won’t bother me, on the contrary!

 

The owner of Es La Vida wishes to tackle the Diane. The filly is fine so I agreed but with one proviso: it will have to rain! I believe that she’s better over 1,600m but is in good shape. »

 

  • Alain de Royer Dupré (the trainer of Khalidiya)

 

« We’ve had no problems with her preparation. The filly seems to be in really good shape. We have tried to bring her on in condition with her racing.  She is not far off her peak. She has benefited from a similar campaign to Daryaba (the winner of the Prix de Diane Longines in 1999) but they aren’t entirely similar fillies. Daryaba was a fairly laid back whereas Khalidiya is more on her toes and, therefore, far more reactive. To prepare for these big races, I find it easier to handle horses which have previously contested races in which they haven’t had to force their talent. She could have had some hard races in the prep races. Before she saw the racecourse, I really thought she was something special. She was one of my best fillies. Soft ground would be a big disadvantage. As her physique isn’t compatible when it comes to acting on muddy tracks. Good ground would be ideal. Ground which is too fast could also prove problematic. She is by Oasis Dream and his progeny aren’t reputed to be soft ground performers. Khalidiya takes after her mother, even if she has more speed than her. Let’s hope we get a good draw. »

 

  • David Smaga (the trainer of Incarville)

 

« Incarville has come out of the Saint-Alary in very good order. The filly worked the Tuesday  before last (June 8), which was a get to know exercise regarding Chantilly racecourse, and it was remarkable. Incarville’s coat has a real sheen and she’s very happy in herself. She is taking everything in her stride, and is in good spirits. If it were to rain on the big day, that would be fine by me! However, she has proved that all types of ground come alike to her. The other day it was quite soft. That doesn’t bother her at all, and can we same the same of some of the other runners…. »

 

  • Philippe Decouz (the trainer of Natsukashi)

 

Philippe Decouz said: «Antoine Griezmann is proud to have a runner at this level. He began his quest when it came to sourcing very good horses from the outset. To have a runner in the Prix de Diane Longines is very exciting for him. Natsukashi sealed her passage for the Prix de Diane and she has the profile for this type of race. We are anticipating that the race will attract a big field, and we aren’t going into the race as one of the leading fancies. However, we have the right to have a crack, especially given what she has achieved in just two starts. Antoine Griezmann has given me a free hand. He’s not someone who puts pressure on you. If he isn’t training [with the national team], he will, of course, be glued to television screen so he can watch his filly. He’s really into his racing! The filly was merely required to stretch her legs during her training on Tuesday morning. She’s in superb condition. In the wake of her first two outings, she has matured and improved physically. Regarding the ground, Natsukashi acted well on soft ground at ParisLongchamp. It didn’t seem to bother her. We will adapt our tactics according to the draw. »

 

THE DEAUVILLE TRAINING CENTRE (14)

 

  • Jean-Claude Rouget (the trainer of Coeursamba and Light Stars)

 

« It’s true that after the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, that I had talked about the possibility of keeping Coeursamba to a mile, and a crack at the Coronation Stakes was mooted. However, on one hand, making travel arrangements is very complicated, and, on the other hand, she would have had to be supplemented. There would have been a significant cost factor to all of us, and we have to weigh this against the prize money on offer for Diane, even if you get placed. So we’ll try the step up in distance, knowing that the filly worked very well on Monday morning. If the 2,100m proves to be too far, we’ll still have the option of reverting to a mile without having devalued the filly. Cristian Demuro will ride her. Light Stars won the Prix Caravelle – Haras des Granges (L) in good style. She had previously disappointed us at Saint-Cloud for no apparent reason, but I noticed that a lot of horses ran badly that day. »

 

 

LA TESTE TRAINING CENTRE (33)

 

  • Christophe Ferland (the trainer of Cirona)

 

«All lights are flashing green! Cirona will, of course, be in the line-up. She is indifferent to the state of the ground. The forecast rainy spell will hold no terrors for her. »

 

THE CALAS-CABRIÈS TRAINING CENTRE (13)

 

  • Pauline Chehboub (the manager of the Haras de la Gousserie, the owner of Rougir)

 

«Rougir will be in the Prix de Diane Longines line-up. We are lucky to have a filly who can act on all types of ground. If the [forecast] storms were to render the track heavy, she would not be inconvenienced. As far as the longer trip is concerned, that shouldn’t be a problem. Normally, she should have done her last piece of work on Wednesday, but the mare is clearly ready. Franck Blondel is expected to ride Rougir. »

 

SPOTLIGHT ON THE FOREIGN CONTENDERS

 

  • Christoph Berglar (the owner of Amazing Grace)

 

«We think she has what it takes for this race. That’s it in a nutshell! I know that it’s a real challenge and that the opposition will be tough. Usually, I’m a cautious owner by nature. I never tend to overplay my hand. Amazing Grace didn’t have the best of races, and she wasn’t ridden to best advantage, at Hoppegarten (Berlin). Despite this, she won the Diana Trial (Group 2, 2,000m). That day, she made up six lengths, on a track which rated good, to win by three-quarters of a length from Noble Heidi. As a two-year-old, she had already shown a lot of quality over trips which were too sharp for her. In the Preis der Winterkonigin, the top race for two-year-old fillies in Germany, Amazing Grace finished very strongly. She has a lot of quality and we think she deserves to take her chance in the Prix de Diane. I think that she prefers strongly run races, where there is plenty of tempo. »

 

  • Henke Grewe (the trainer of Noble Heidi)

 

«She is a very good filly with good form lines. She needs soft ground and we are banking on the storms making an appearance at Chantilly this week. The distance is perfect for her. It will, of course, be a test. However, it’s a very exciting challenge for the whole team, including the owner and the jockey. She will be ridden by Andrasch Starke. »

 

THE KEY TALKING POINTS

 

  • Coeursamba is out to complete a difficult double

 

This year, a filly will attempt to complete the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches – Prix de Diane Longines double. In common with the Prix de Diane Longines, the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches is a classic race, which aims to determine the cream of the crop of a particular thoroughbred generation. The aim is simply to determine the best stallion prospects so as to ultimately improve the breed.

 

Coeursamba won at Paris-Longchamp on 16 May over 1,600 metres (1m). On Sunday, she will tackle the 2,100 metres trip for the first time: which represents a major challenge because, like any athlete, each thoroughbred’s optimum trip is determined by his/her genetic makeup. At a first glance, this is a mile (1,600 metres) in the case of Coeursamba. However, her trainer, Jean-Claude Rouget, who conditions the filly at the Deauville training centre, thinks that she can stay a little further. This isn’t the first time he has achieved this: having trained both Avenir Certain (2014) and La Cressonnière (2016) to complete the classic double.

 

  • His Highness Aga Khan seeks his eighth win

 

If there is one man who is particularly symptomatic with success in the Prix de Diane, it is His Highness the Aga Khan. The Aga Khan has won the race a record seven times. His prior wins were recorded by Shemaka (1993), Vereva (1997), Zainta (1998), Daryaba (1999), Zarkava (2008), Sarafina (2010) and Valyra (2012). Apart from the latter, all of these fillies were trained by his trusted handler, Alain de Royer-Dupré. This professional, whose stables nestle in the heart of the Chantilly forest, will saddle Khalidiya this year. She is one of the least experienced fillies in the field: having only raced twice, which entailed a second place on her debut at ParisLongchamp on 18 April, and was followed by a victory, also at Paris-Longchamp, in a ‘maiden’ race, which is restricted to horses that have never won a race. It’s a daring gamble, but Alain de Royer-Dupré is a dab hand when it comes to preparing his fillies to bridge this gap! Daryaba, to cite just one example, began her career with a debut second as a three-year-old in April, which was the springboard to her landing a maiden race three weeks later followed by the Prix de Diane Longines!

 

  • A first ‘goal’ for Antoine Griezmann ?

 

Antoine Griezmann, one of the strikers of the French national football team, is fully immersed in ‘Les Bleus’ Euro 2021 campaign. However, he is about to undergo an intense moment emotionally thanks to the sport of horse racing!  As his filly Natsukashi is due to come under orders in the Prix de Diane Longines. Antoine Griezmann loves racing, a passion he inherited from his father, and he decided to become an owner in 2017. He has even embraced the role as ambassador for the Pari-Mutuel [French Tote] this year!

 

He entrusted Natsukashi to the care of a young trainer, Philippe Decouz, and the latter set up shop at the Chazey-sur-Ain training centre, in the Lyon region, in 2011. It’s also from where the Griezmann family originates. Since the start of the New Year, the trainer has chosen to base part of his string at Chantilly (Oise) – to the north of Paris. Chantilly revels in the role of being France’s biggest thoroughbred training centre, and one which is both renowned and admired the world over.

 

It’s in this particularly pleasant environment that is being fine-tuned for the classic. Despite not being among the favourites, a case can be made for Natsukashi, who has only raced twice to date (for a win and a second). As she is coming off a second in the Prix de la Seine, won by Burgarita, and the latter is one of the leading fancies for Sunday’s feature.

 

  • Making way for the young generation!

 

The Prix de Diane Longines constitutes a dream race for every professional. The “mere” fact of having a filly worthy of being entered in such a race is a feat in itself. Christopher Head, 34, is about to live this dream, thanks to Sibila Spain, and the latter has been supplemented (connections paid the sum of €66,000 of adding filly to the race as she didn’t feature among the original entries which closed on 17 February). In common with his father, Freddy Head, and his aunt, Christiane Head, two legends of the French training world, young Christopher chose to base himself at Chantilly (Oise). That was in 2018. Chantilly is the main thoroughbred training centre in France. It spans several communes (Chantilly, Lamorlaye, Gouvieux, Coye-la-Forêt and Avilly-Saint-Léonard) and extends to a total of 1,900 hectares.

 

  • Aidan O’Brien, at last?

 Aidan O’Brien is without doubt one of the most successful trainers in the world. The Irishman, works for Coolmore, one of the superpowers of the racing world, but he has yet to win the Prix de Diane Longines. The same was true prior to this year’s Qatar Prix du Jockey-Club, in which he finally broke the ice year via St Mark’s Basilica. On Sunday he will be represented by Joan of Arc, a remarkable filly and a prior classic winner, having already landed the Irish 1,000 Guineas: the equivalent of our Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. She will be ridden, in common with St Mark’s Basilica, by the Basque jockey Ioritz Mendizabal.

 

Ironically, it was another O’Brien who claimed Prix de Diane Longines success as a trainer last year: in the form of Aidan’s young son Donnacha (Fancy Blue), with O’Brien Snr having to settle for a close third with Peaceful on that occasion.

Horse racing returns to Pleasanton Today

Racehorse Booked Up owned by Rich NilsenHorse racing will return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Friday with a new contactless payment system, fair officials said Wednesday.

Races will start at 2:45 p.m. at the fairgrounds at 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Races will be run Friday through Sunday each week through July 18 with an additional race on Monday, July 5.

Stakes races will be held June 26, July 3 and July 10 with $75,000 guaranteed each day. Trackside Terrace outdoor dining is $65 per person, Sky Lounge indoor dining is $75 per person, box seats are $18 per person and reserved grandstand seats are $15 per person.

Tickets must be purchased online and include the cost of parking. More information can be found at alamedacountyfair.com.

Horse racing in Alameda County, or more specifically at Golden Gate Fields, has received scrutiny recently. Horse advocates have raised the public’s awareness about horses dying at Golden Gate Fields and other tracks in California and nationwide.

“There’s no reason to believe the Alameda County Fairgrounds is any more humane than Golden Gate Fields,” said Samantha Faye, a spokesperson for Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights group. “Horse racing is an inherently cruel industry,” she said.

Faye said the horses are “simply the profit-drivers” in the horse racing industry.

Fans devoted to the sport though can attend daily seminars to learn about the day’s schedule of racing and get tips and picks for betting. In addition to the new contactless payment system, the fairgrounds is launching a rewards program, which is meant to help small businesses and lift the…

Stradivarius and Dettori today at Royal Ascot

Stradivarius receives “quite a lot of fan mail” his trainer John Gosden told AFP which is sure to become a flood if he equals Yeats’s record of four Ascot Gold Cup’s (2006-09) on Thursday.

The Gold Cup is the flagship race of the five day Royal Ascot meeting, which will welcome 12,000 spectators per day compared to none last year due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Gosden could not be happier with his old warrior, who is bidding for a fifth successive success at Royal Ascot as he won the Queen’s Vase in 2017 before his three consecutive Gold Cups.

Gosden — whose other stable star Palace Pier bids to get him off to a dream start in Tuesday’s Queen Anne Stakes — says he sees similarities between Stradivarius and his 50-year-old superstar jockey Frankie Dettori.

“They are a couple of old boys who get on rather well,” Gosden told AFP by phone on Sunday.

“The two of them are not quite yet sitting in their deck chairs staring out to sea on Brighton seafront.

“They are good athletes despite their combined ages.

“Stradivarius is a seven-year-old full horse and I can assure you Frankie is a full horse.

“They are a pretty professional pair, though, I would say Stradivarius’s behaviour is like Frankie at 28 when he was going to discotheques.”

Stradivarius arrives at his fiefdom on Thursday having earned just shy of £3 million ($4.2 million) with 17 victories in his 27 starts.

“I am very very pleased with him,” said Gosden…

Thoroughbred owner Rick Porter Left lasting legacy of caring for horses as much as people

There was something about Rick Porter that drew people to him.

Fans would come out to Delaware Park to watch a race simply because they knew Porter had a horse running in it.

And it was an impressive record to be following, too.

The Wilmington native saw great success as a thoroughbred owner, campaigning 20 graded stakes horses and multiple champions, including Havre de Grace, Songbird, Omaha Beach and Eight Belles.

One of his most recent victories was at the Delaware Handicap in 2017, one of the state’s biggest races of the year, with Songbird and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Others in the industry respected his deep knowledge of horses and admired his expertise in the business.

John Mooney, executive director of racing at Delaware Park, said…

Judge Allows Extra Testing In Medina Spirit Case Following Bob Baffert Ban

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Judge Thomas Wingate has made a ruling permitting Medina Spirit’s team to get extra testing done on biological samples taken from said colt after the Kentucky Derby, per the Paulick Report. Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Zedan Stables sued the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission this week, arguing for the right to test the split urine sample, which is being stored in the commission’s freezer.

Medina Spirit’s initial post-race test revealed traces of betamethasone, which was subsequently confirmed on a split sample test. The horse’s team wants more testing in order to prove that the betamethasone is the result of the application of topical cream, Otomax, and not an injection. The former is allowed under the KHRC rules, according to Baffert and Zedan Stables’s legal counsel.

“The manner in which the betamethasone found its way into Medina Spirit is critical,” the suit claims. “There is a huge difference in a betamethasone finding due to an interarticular joint injection versus one from a topical ointment – from both a regulatory and public relations standpoint.”

The colt’s team claims to have applied the cream due to a skin irritation but Dr. Mary Scollay, an equine veterinarian and executive director and chief operating officer of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium isn’t so sure the findings would leave Baffert and Zedan in the clear.

“Doesn’t prove Otomax was the sole source of exposure,” she said. “Stewards consider mitigating and aggravating circumstances. Not sure how they’d interpret the Otomax.”

Baffert has been slapped with a two-year ban from Churchill Downs on the back of the failed test, with his “repeated failures” cited.

 “Given these repeated failures over the last year, including the increasingly extraordinary explanations, we firmly believe that asserting our rights to impose these measures is our duty and responsibility,” Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said in a statement. Medina Spirit’s Derby win is still under question and the colt could be disqualified. Meanwhile, odds on future races could be Galaxy Sports.

General counsel for the KHRC, Jennifer Wolsing, would not get drawn into speaking on whether the topical application of said chemical would lead to exoneration or be considered a mitigating circumstance. However, she did note the drug’s classification guidelines on betamethasone without explaining which means of administration would result in a Class C finding.

Wolsing reckons the only question lies in what should be done about the additional testing of the biological samples that remain.

According to documents filed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Baffert and Zedan were not refused a request to send both blood and urine samples for further testing after the split sample returned positive.

“This is a case about a litigant who will not take ‘Yes’ for an answer,” the KHRC said in response to the suit.

The KHRC agreed to release the remaining blood and urine samples to an RMTC-accredited lab chosen by Baffert and Zedan. Four samples will be part of the testing, including the two primary blood and urine samples and two split blood and urine samples. All of the samples were collected at the same time after the race.

Some of the primary samples were tested by Industrial Laboratories, which found said chemical. The split blood sample was then sent to the University of California-Davis for split sample analysis but the split urine sample stayed locked in a freezer kept in the custody of the KHRC. That could mean both labs may have some biological samples left over.

The Paulick Report states: “Industrial packaged portions it had leftover of Medina Spirit’s primary blood and urine samples and sent them off to New York for additional testing, per requests from the horse’s connections after the split sample was positive. It turned out the vial containing the blood shattered, either en route or upon receipt at the New York facility. Since the vial was in the same evidence bag as the urine container, Baffert and Zedan’s attorneys voiced concerns that the leaked blood may have contaminated the urine container.”

The KHRC said it agreed to send commission equine medical director Dr. Bruce Howard to the freezer and then film him opening the unused split urine sample before letting it thaw out and then personally transport it to the New York Lab. However, Baffert and Zedan objected to Howard’s involvement. The KHRC offered to have someone else do the above, with one or more members of the Zedan team present. Baffert and Zedan objected to that as well.

The judge has since decided that Baffert and Zedan should test the remaining blood and urine to see whether or not they could prove how the betamethasone was administered. Both parties will have representatives overseeing the procedure.

Wolsing says the KHRC should be able to retain some of the split samples should more testing be required in future.

Trainer Wesley Ward Loaded for Bear for Royal Ascot Meeting. Begins Today

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Wesley Ward is delighted to be back in Britain as he saddles another strong team of runners for Royal Ascot [begins today].

It is 12 years since the then little-known American became the first US-based trainer to land a winner at the showpiece meeting, with Strike The Tiger claiming a 33-1 victory in the Windsor Castle. The following day, he sent out Jealous Again to win the Queen Mary Stakes.

The outbreak of coronavirus meant Ward was forced to watch on from his base in Kentucky as Campanelle provided him with a fourth Queen Mary win and an 11th Royal Ascot triumph overall under Frankie Dettori last summer.

But the relaxation of restrictions means the popular handler will be on course this time – and with fast ground forecast, confidence is high that he can add to his tally.

“The sun is shining, and the horses are looking fantastic, so we’re golden at the moment,” said Ward. “The horses have settled in really well and I feel I have a strong squad. They have all proven worthy of bringing over, thanks to the performances back home, and now it is just a question of whether they are good enough. They are certainly going to bring their A-game to the table, although whether that is up to the level of their competition, we are going to find out.”

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French Success at the Royal Ascot

France ChantillyWith Britain’s most valuable race meeting on the horizon it is time to take a look at how the French contingent have performed over the recent years.

French trainers have been targeting the staying races since the mid-1940s. The Marcel Boussac-owned Caracalla won the G1 Ascot Gold Cup (4014m) in 1946 with the Charles Semblat-trained charge already having won the G1 Grand Prix de Paris (2400m) and the G1 Prix Royal Oak (3100m) the previous year. That same trainer and owner combination took the race in 1948 with Arbar. A half-brother to Caracalla it is clear to see those staying pedigrees, alongside a healthy race programme have contributed to success throughout those early years.

The contest was also won five times between 1951-1960 whilst the high-class Sagaro produced a trio of consecutive victories from 1975-1977.

It is fair to say that the success of French contestants in the G1 Ascot Gold Cup (4014m) over recent years has diminished, although Vazirabad did finish runner-up in 2018. This could be down to the home staying programme catering for the majority of the trainer’s needs, whilst the likely encountering of fast ground always has the potential to scare off French raiders.

Putting the G1 Ascot Gold Cup to one side there is a new generation of trainer’s emerging in France for whom Royal Ascot has developed into a major event on the racing calender with some of its key races being targeted by France’s finest thoroughbreds. Races such as the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes (Colts) (1600m) and the G1 Coronation Stakes (Fillies) (1600m) have attracted plenty of French attention. The timing of such an event has provided a stable platform for France to take on the top British and Irish 3-year-old milers. French runners have had plenty of success in the G1 Coronation Stakes (Fillies) (1600m) over recent years with Immortal Verse (2011), Ervedya (2015), Qemah (2016) and Watch Me (2019) all landing the prize.

The G2 Ribblesdale Stakes (2404m) also provides the opportunity for those horses unsuited by the shorter trip of the G1 Prix de Diane (2100m). French runners have however been scarce in the event with the Aga Khan-owned Vazira the last competitor back in 2014. Although Olivier Peslier did win the race aboard the John Gosden-trained Coronet in 2017.

A far more fashionable recent target for French raiders has been the G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2004m), a race open to four-year-olds and above. The race went to France three times between the years of 2007-2010 courtesy of victories from ManduroVision d’Etat and Byword. Whilst G1 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) winners Treve and Waldgeist both filled third position in their respective attempts.

As for the sprinting divisions the recent French crop have struggled to compete at the top-level, despite victories from Don’t Worry Me (1997) and Chineur (2005) in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m). The G1 Prix de l’Abbaye (1000m) is the sole five-or six-furlong G1 in France for all-aged horses and the majority of recent fields have predominantly been made up of English and Irish raiders. It would appear the French sprinting division lacks top-class performers in comparison.

French trainers still hold a handful of entries for next week’s festival with Suesa (Commonwealth Cup) and Sagamiyra (Duke Of Cambridge Stakes) the two that stand out on paper.

Source: French PMU

Introducing Zed Run, the Digital Horse Racing Game Making Waves

Imagine the Kentucky Derby taking place 30,000 feet in the clouds above a Tron-like digital world, where purse prizes are paid in a futuristic currency called Ethereum.

No, this isn’t the plot to a new movie starring Matt Damon — it’s the world of Zed Run, a digital horseracing game built on blockchain technology.

But, to be honest, that does also sound like an amazing plot to a movie starring Matt Damon.

Unlike the real Kentucky Derby, which saw this year’s race tainted by steroid use, the only drugs involved in Zed Run are the ones you feel like you’re on while watching the adrenaline-inducing digital entertainment unfold.

Zed Run, built by the Australia-based Virtually Human Studio, consists of what the creators refer to as “breathing NFTs,” non-fungible tokens that actually take on a life of their own. The platform launched in early 2019 with horses selling for as little as $30. Now, horses have sold on the secondary market for upwards of $150,000, with complete stables full of horses topping $225,000. [Yes, you read that right!]

Read on about Zed Run, the digital horse racing game

Big Carryover Day at Monmouth Park for Sunday

Hefty carryovers in the Pick 4, Pick 5 and Jersey Shore Pick 6 await bettors for Monmouth Park’s 11-race card on Sunday after a succession of longshots dominated the final six races on Saturday’s card.

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Thanks in large part to Informative’s stunning victory at odds of 79-1 in the featured Grade 3 Salvator Mile, there will be a carryover of $90,932 for the early Pick 4, a carryover of $67,939 for the early Pick 5 and a carryover of $29,974 for the Jersey Shore Pick 6.

The carryover for the Pick 5 sequence begins with Sunday’s first race, with the Pick 4 carryover starting in the second race.

Monmouth Park handled a meet-best $6,180,159 from all sources for Saturday’s 13-race card.

The Jersey Shore Pick 6 returned $12,384 for five of six winners for the 20-cent base bet on Saturday. The sequence started in the eighth race with Binkster ($9.80) and continued with Eagerly ($13.60) in the ninth race, Informative ($161.60) in the 10th race, Fifty Sheas ofgrey ($25.40) in the 11th race, U Know I B Lion ($30.60) in the 12th race and Pugilist ($12.40) in the 13th race.

Sunday’s Pick 6 starts with race six.

The 50-cent Pick 5 on the final five races Saturday returned $4,529 for four of five winners.

The 50-cent Pick 4 Paid $325 for three of four winners.

Jose Ferrer rode three of the winners during Saturday’s Pick 6 sequence (Informative, U Know I B Lion and Pugilist) and had four winners overall on the card.

First race post time Sunday is 12:15 p.m. with the TVG.com Pegasus Stakes, featuring Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun, serving as the feature race.