The Woodward, the Super Derby and high-quality 2-year-old events on every turf and filth highlight the Labor Day weekend Thoroughbred racing schedule.
Kentucky Downs opens its all-too-brief meeting over the undulating, European-style grass course on the outdated Dueling Grounds web site. Nonetheless additional high-end turf races are carded at Del Mar, Saratoga and Monmouth Park.
Points largely are quiet on the worldwide entrance — apart from in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Jockey Membership this week formally opened its plush and large Conghua Teaching Center on the Mainland — a problem that holds principal implications for the HKJC itself and, possibly, for racing in China. The formal opening occurred Wednesday, merely four days sooner than Sunday’s start of the 2018-19 racing season at Sha Tin.
Sunday moreover finds actually one in all Europe’s iconic races, the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden throughout the Black Forest spa metropolis.
Sooner than we go any farther, deepest condolences to the family, buddies and colleagues of John Asher, who died unexpectedly Monday. John’s worthwhile occupation in broadcast journalism morphed fully into his long-held place in publicity for Churchill Downs. Previous his experience and dedication to racing, John truly was a superb man. He shall be missed.
Let’s start, for a change, with the worldwide scene:
A lot of of the eight runners in Sunday’s Group 1 Longines Grosser Preis von Baden are skilled candidates for the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Nevertheless the Black Forest fixture is a really good race in its private correct with the likes of Dschingis Secret, Iquitos, Best Decision and Defoe throughout the space.
Best Decision, a 4-year-old Kodiac colt, exits a victory throughout the Group 1 Longines Grosser Prix von Berlin, the place Dschingis Secret accomplished fourth as joint favorite. Khan and Windstoss, every in Sunday’s space, have been fifth and sixth at Hoppegarten. Best Decision has been a shiny spot this yr for Godolphin coach Saeed bin Suroor as Charlie Appleby has taken his flip with a banner season.
Dschingis Secret, a 4-year-old by Soldier Gap, up to now hasn’t lived as a lot as his a lot of Group 1-winning 2017 season nevertheless stays dangerous for coach Marcus Klug. The equivalent could very properly be talked about for 6-year-old Iquitos, who was second closing yr in Baden Baden, then traveled to Tokyo closing fall to finish 15th throughout the Japan Cup. Roger Varian invades with Defoe, who most not too way back was third throughout the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup on the Curragh.
Once more in North America:
A full space of 14 is entered for Saturday’s $750,000 Grade I Woodward at Saratoga with nary a robust favorite amongst ’em. You would possibly like Gunnevera, whose solely start since ending eighth throughout the Dubai World Cup was an allowance win at Gulfstream Park Aug. 10. Gunnevera was second in closing yr’s Travers — Three 1/4 lengths throughout the wake of West Coast.
Todd Pletcher has three throughout the Woodward, notably the 2017 Belmont Stakes winner, Tapwrit. He was fourth throughout the 2017 Travers and most not too way back fourth as soon as extra throughout the Whitney.
Others throughout the wide-open space embody Yoshida, Due to this fact, Trying to find the Soul, Essential and Discreet Lover. It’s a good space and, lacking a well-known particular person, should current some good wagering options.
Lone Sailor, a participant in many of the large Three-year-old races by means of the primary half of the yr, surfaces as a result of the morning-line favorite for Sunday’s $300,000 Grade III Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. The Majestic Warrior colt, expert by Tom Amoss, was second throughout the Louisiana Derby, eighth throughout the Kentucky Derby, fifth throughout the Preakness, second throughout the Ohio Derby and third throughout the Haskell. The first opposition throughout the space of 9 appears to be Extreme North, a Midnight Lute colt from Brad Cox’s barn who gained the Ohio Derby, then was third throughout the West Virginia Derby.
Saturday’s $300,000 Grade III Sarnac Stakes for Three-year-olds at Saratoga is a rematch between Raging Bull and Maraud, the 1-2 finishers in that order throughout the Grade II Hall of Fame. Moreover on this are Golden Brown and Scorching Springs, the first two residence throughout the Grade III Kent Stakes at Delaware Park, and Free Drop Billy, attempting the inexperienced course for the first time and making his first start since ending 16th throughout the Kentucky Derby and seventh throughout the Belmont.
River Boyne is 5-for-7 since arriving from his native Ireland and that should make him one to reckon with in Sunday’s $250,000 Grade II Del Mar Derby. The Dandy Man colt, expert by Jeff Mullins, comes off a win throughout the Grade III La Jolla early throughout the meet. His solely non-exacta U.S. exhibiting was a fifth throughout the Grade II American Turf at Churchill Downs over yielding turf on Derby Day. Sit up for the Mark Casse-trained Expertise a Comet, who rides in from the East Coast after a third throughout the Grade II Hall of Fame at Saratoga. Arawak was second throughout the La Jolla and tries as soon as extra. Pubilius Syrus returns from an prolonged absence. The one filly throughout the space, Animosity, comes off an eventful 11th-place finish throughout the Grade I Del Mar Oaks and drew the pores and skin gate. She does get a Three-pound weight break.
Filly & Mare Turf
A full space for Saturday’s $250,000 One Dreamer Stakes at Kentucky Downs is headed by On Depart and Prado’s Sweet Expertise. On Depart, a 5-year-old Warfare Entrance mare, comes off a fourth-place finish throughout the De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga for coach Shug McGaughey. Prado’s Sweet Expertise, expert by Chris Block, was second throughout the Grade III Modesty at Arlington Park in her closing start.
Chad Brown will saddle three of the eight set for Saturday’s $250,000 Grade II Glens Falls at Saratoga — as wide-open a space as eager bettors want to uncover in a high quality race. Brown has Homeland Security, Santa Monica and Onthemoonagain. Santa Monica gained the Grade II Dance Neatly at Woodbine in her most recent effort. Homeland Security comes off a victory throughout the River Recollections at Belmont. Danceland steps into graded stakes agency after back-to-back wins in Belmont and Saratoga allowance events.
Cambodia is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II John C. Mabee at Del Mar after a formidable win closing outing throughout the Grade II Yellow Ribbon. The 6-year-old Warfare Entrance mare gained this closing yr en path to a third throughout the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Madame Stripes and Sophie P have been second and third throughout the Ribbon and return. Vasilika and Fahan Mura have been almost invincible in California nevertheless step up in school.
There’s loads of experience throughout the eight-horse space set for Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park. Elysea’s World is the marginal 5-2 morning-line determine after capturing the WinStar Matchmaker over the course in her closing outing. Nevertheless the Champs Elysees mare has to compete with Celestial Have an effect on, Explicit Event, Carry Up and others.
The favorites in Saturday’s $750,000 Vacationer Mile at Kentucky Downs drew the opposite ends of the start gate — Mr. Misunderstood on the rail and Positive for Nowhere throughout the outdoor No. eight stall. Their paths have been divergent, too. Mr. Misunderstood, a 4-year-old Archarcharch gelding, has raced throughout the Midwest and gained the preview for this at Ellis Park in his earlier start. Positive For Nowhere, a 4-year-old colt by The Concern, has raced in France and England for coach Wesley Ward and was third throughout the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot in his closing start. Don’t forget Mr. Cub and Camelot Kitten in his bunch.
Synchrony is the early 6-5 determine in Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Crimson Monetary establishment at Monmouth Park primarily based totally on victory throughout the Grade III Oceanport closing outing for the 5-year-old son of Tapit. He was second in closing yr’s Crimson Monetary establishment.
Monday’s $250,000 Grade II Bernard Baruch at Saratoga has six going 1 1/16 miles. Voodoo Monitor, exiting a win throughout the Grade I Fourstardave, drew the rail. Synchrony comes off a win throughout the Grade III Oceanport down the Jersey shore. Inspector Lynley and Projected have been knocking on the door at this stage. Qurbaan was fifth throughout the 2016 UAE 2000 Guineas and in some other case raced pretty properly throughout the French second division for Shadwell Regular.
Monday’s $300,000 Grade III Turf Monster at Parx Racing had not been drawn at press time.
Sombeyay comes into Monday’s $350,000 Grade I Hopeful at Saratoga with two wins and a second from three begins. In his latest effort, the Into Mischief colt, expert by Todd Pletcher, gained the Grade III Sanford. He drew the rail in a space of eight. The others are maiden winners all — aside from Derby Date, who has however to win in two begins for owner-breeder Calumet Farm whatever the optimistic title.
Monday’s $300,000 Grade I Del Mar Futurity had however to be drawn at press time. Bob Baffert is anticipated to have Roadster nevertheless Jerry Hollendorfer will not enter Instagrand, in keeping with Every single day Racing Sort’s Steve Anderson. These two have been the best morning-line picks throughout the new Breeders’ Cup Futures Guess for the Juvenile. DRF initiatives a space of seven, none of them stakes winners.
Stage Left is the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $75,000 Sapling at Monmouth Park nevertheless Worthwhile Zip and Unionizer, each at 5-2, aren’t far behind. Stage Left makes his first start since his worthwhile occupation debut at Keeneland in April. The alternative two are newer maiden winners.
A space of 10 is about for Saturday’s $200,000 Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Cajun Firecracker, winner of the Dr. Fager Division, is once more. So are Completely Loaded and Garter and Tie, who accomplished second and third in that order throughout the Dr. Fager solely to have the stewards reverse that inserting. This assortment is on a regular basis value watching.
Eleven kids are set for Saturday’s $400,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile with the Todd Pletcher-trained Good Good wanting pretty good as a result of the morning-line favorite. The Prime quality Freeway colt gained at first asking at Gulfstream Park and accomplished third throughout the Skidmore at Saratoga Aug. 17. Wesley Ward entered Dragic, a winner in his first try throughout the Keeneland springtime and fourth throughout the Grade II Sorrento at Del Mar. As on a regular basis, the distinctive nature of the Kentucky Downs course leaves this open for upset.
Eleven will face the starter for Sunday’s $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Turf. Proudly proudly owning accomplished fourth throughout the Grade II Best Pal on the first observe after an preliminary win at Los Alamitos. The others are a principally well-bred and promising combination of maiden winners and some nonetheless looking for that first on-track portrait.
Timmy M. and Harry’s Ontheloose are the oddsmaker’s picks for Saturday’s $65,000 Proud Man Stakes on the Gulfstream greensward. Moreover they drew the pores and skin gates in a space of 10.
Sunday’s $60,000 Sunday Silence at Louisiana Downs attracted eight with no clear favorite. Florent Geroux lands on Iowa-bred Future Abundance, who gained at first asking at Prairie Meadows.
Already throughout the books:
Opry closed with a rush from closing place to win Wednesday’s $150,000 Grade III With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga by 1 half lengths over Somelikeithotbrown, who was the favorite whatever the title. Joyful Coronary coronary heart led lots of the means and drained to finish third. Opry, a Declaration of Warfare colt expert by Todd Pletcher, ran 1 1/16 miles on company turf in 1:42.00. It was his first win and adopted a third-place finish on the Spa Aug. 11. “For now, we’ll look to stay on the turf and see what he does,” Pletcher talked about.
Chasing Yesterday, a half-sister to American Pharoah, seems to be like for her second win in as many begins in Saturday’s $350,000 Grade I Spinaway at Saratoga, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You might be In”. The Tapit filly, expert as was ‘Pharoah’ by Bob Baffert, gained merely in her occupation debut at Del Mar July 28. Mike Smith has the mount.
“She’s not a really large filly, nevertheless she’s starting to fill out,” Baffert suggested NYRA media. “She labored properly for this and she or he shipped properly, so we’ll uncover out what she’s product of … Hopefully, she is going to get a nice, clear journey and it models her up for one factor eventually.”
Moreover throughout the Spinaway are Catherine the Good and Nonna Madeline, first and second throughout the Grade III Schuylerville; Virginia Eloise and Guacamole, second and third throughout the Grade II Adirondack; Harassed Rider, winner of the Debutante at Churchill Downs; and a number of other different spectacular maiden winners.
An aside: A Three-year-old full brother to American Pharoah, St Patrick’s Day, has struggled in three begins this season in Ireland after being transferred from Baffert to Aidan O’Brien. It may not be examine as O’Brien’s yards have been battling flu-like indicators all yr after the nasty Irish spring.
Transport Chasing Yesterday to the Spa doesn’t suggest Baffert is abandoning Saturday’s $300,000 Grade I Del Mar Debutante. Staying residence for that is Mother Mother, a Pioneerof the Nile filly who was wager proper all the way down to odds-on for her occupation debut over the equivalent observe July 22 and gained for pleasurable, 6 half lengths in entrance of her closest rival. Among the many many rivals on this five-filly space are Bellafina, a Prime quality Freeway filly who scored a minor upset win throughout the Grade II Sorrento early throughout the meeting, and Brill, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro who gained her maiden voyage impressively for coach Jerry Hollendorfer. Drayden Van Dyke rode every Mother Mother and Brill of their first begins and opts for Mother Mother throughout the Debutante.
Seize Your Dream is the 4-5 favorite amongst 10 entered for Saturday’s $200,000 Susan’s Girl Division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She’s 2-for-2 with the newest win coming throughout the Desert Vixen Division.
Juvenile Fillies Turf
A dozen plus three also-eligibles have been drawn to Saturday’s $400,000 Exacta Strategies Juvenile Fillies at Kentucky Downs. Two Shakes and Miss Technicality are the morning-line favorites. Two Shakes is a daughter of Commerce Price from the Dynaformer mare Perfectforthepart and gained her occupation debut for coach Wesley Ward Aug. 10 at Saratoga. Miss Technicality, by Gio Ponti, moreover gained at first asking, at Belmont, for Christophe Clement.
Completely stands out in the direction of eight rivals in Saturday’s $100,000 Sharp Susan at Gulfstream Park. The Degree of Entry filly gained her first start at Gulfstream, then accomplished fourth throughout the My Costly Stakes over the Woodbine all-weather observe. She does add 2 furlongs to her longest earlier examine.
Eight plus a main-track-only moreover eligible signed on for Saturday’s $75,000 Sorority at Monmouth Park. The oddsmaker found little to differentiate Malocchio, Sweet Sami D and Horolgist — all present maiden winners. It’s intensive open.
The sphere for Monday’s $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf wasn’t on the market at press time. We’re optimistic it’s a good one.
Already throughout the books:
Dogtag obtained right here working late, found a keep on the inside and went on to win Thursday’s $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga by 1 measurement over Varenka, who rallied from even farther once more. Chocolate Kisses stayed at residence for this, eschewing a purse four events as large at Kentucky Downs, then settled for third, incomes $12,000. Dogtag, a Warfare Entrance filly, ran 1 1/16 miles over a yielding inside turf course in 1:45.82. “It was first time on the grass and the ground was barely tender,” talked about profitable rider Javier Castellano. “First time two turns. All these points, she has to indicate it and decide it out … I favored the way in which during which she did it.”
Rose’s Imaginative and prescient rallied from mid-pack to win Monday’s $100,000 Increased Converse Now Stakes for Three-year-olds by a neck after having at in through the last word sixteenth with Have At It. Prioritize was third. Rose’s Imaginative and prescient, an Artie Schiller colt, ran 1 mile on company turf in 1:35.82 with Jose Ortiz utilizing.