BREEDERS’ STAKES UPDATE FRIDAY MORNING- FAVOURITE SCRATCHED – QUEEN’SPLATEKITTEN OUT OF BREEDERS’!
DAILY RACING FORM’S BILL TALLON is reporting that QUEEN’SPLATEKITTEN, the favourite for Sunday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes will not make the trip from New York for owner Nicholas Brady and trainer Todd Pletcher. The colt was one of 3 stakes winners in the 14 horse field and likely a serious factor but now favoritism will likely fall on Prince of Wales winner PENDER HARBOUR, who has never raced on the grass.
BORN TO BOOGIE IN, HEAD HONCHO OUT AS DAY PHILLIPS makes quick change….
BREEDERS’ STAKES FIELD – The 120th Running of Breeders’ Stakes
Approx. Post Time: 5:08
First Half Late Daily Double / Exactor / Triactor / Superfecta
Purse $500,000. 1 1/2 Miles. Foaled in Canada Stakes. FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS, FOALED
1 Delawana Moran, D Keogh, M L 126
2 Stunning Split McAleney, J Pierce, M L 126
3 Queen’splatekitten Da Silva, E Pletcher, T L 126
4 Crown’s Path Campbell, J de Gannes, G L 126
5 Control Moreno, O Casse, M L 126
6 Seawatch (S) Callaghan, S Carroll, J L 126
7 Molinaro Remarks Bahen, S Armata, V L 126
8 Blackstone Bay Husbands, P Casse, M L 126
9 Pender Harbour Contreras, L De Paulo, M L 126
10 Diego Bay Dos Ramos, R Attfield, R 126
11 Celtic Conviction Ramsammy, E Doyle, M L 126
12 Runaway Whiz Fraser, C Frostad, M L 126
13 Born to Boogie (S) Stein, J Day Phillips, C L 126
14 Hippolytus Pizarro, T Casse, M L 126
Pender Harbour – will make grass debut in Breeders’…
KUROGANE WILL NOT RUN IN BREEDERS’
Chiefswood Stables’ KUROGANE was not entered in the Breeders’ Stakes, the 3rd leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, on Sunday at Woodbine. The son of Niigon was a recent allowance winner and was flirting with running in the 1 1/2 mile event on turf but finally, will not participate.
DIEGO BAY is a new entrant, he is a maiden for Stronach Stables’, trained by Roger Attfield (who has won 8 Breeders’ Stakes)
A field of about 14 is expected to be entered later this morning. thoroughblog will post the field as soon as it comes available!
TOMORROW’S FEATURES AT WOODBINE and the SPAAAA
Saturday, Woodbine, post time: 4:51 p.m. EDT
SEAGRAM CUP S.-GIII, $150,000, 3yo/up, 8.5f (AWT)
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY TRAINER WT
1 Sand Cove Bold Executive Dos Ramos Attfield 126
2 Southdale Street Cry (Ire) Wilson Black 117
3 Court of the Realm K Powerscourt (GB) Da Silva Berringer 121
4 Hollinger Black Minnaloushe Pizarro Attfield 121
5 James Street El Prado (Ire) Husbands Carroll 119
6 Stunning Stag K Running Stag Olguin Attard 123
7 Lord of Greatness Greatness Contreras Tiller 119
Saturday, Saratoga, post time: 5:45 p.m. EDT
WHITNEY INVITATIONAL H.-GI, $750,000, 3yo/up, 9f
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY TRAINER WT
1 Flat Out Flatter Solis Dickey 117
2 Friend Or Foe Friends Lake Lezcano Kimmel 115
3 Morning Line K Tiznow Velazquez Zito 118
4 Giant Oak Giant’s Causeway Bridgmohan Block 119
5 Tizway K Tiznow Maragh Bond 118
6 Mission Impazible K Unbridled’s Song Castellano Pletcher 118
7 Rail Trip Jump Start Dominguez Dutrow Jr 117
8 Headache Tapit Mena Maker 116
9 Rodman K Malibu Moon Prado Hushion 114
10 Apart Flatter Leparoux Stall Jr 117
11 Duke of Mischief Graeme Hall Bravo Fawkes 117
IS IT EMILIO ESTEVEZ? MOLLY RINGWALD?
No, it’s the Breakfast Club at Fort Erie!
SUNDAY MORNINGS at historic Fort Erie, come out and meet racing personalities and learn about the game – Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28.
It’s just $6.00 for a Buffet per person & Free Program
HEY, I CALLED A RACE AT FORT ERIE ON MONDAY, ‘it was fun!’
WOODBINE GRADED EVENTS ON BREEDERS’ CUP POINT SKED
LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 3, 2011) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today that horses finishing first, second or third in graded stakes races run in Canada will receive official Breeders’ Cup points toward starting positions in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s premier global event, consisting of 15 races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held November 4-5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
The Breeders’ Cup Points system is a qualification factor for positions in the World Championships. Horses earn graded stakes points by finishing first, second or third in a graded stakes race in the United States or Canada held from January 1-October 23.
Breeders’ Cup races are limited to 14 starters. In an oversubscribed field, seven of the 14 starters are determined first by Breeders’ Cup Challenge winners and, secondly, by the highest number of Breeders’ Cup Point earners. The remaining seven are chosen by a panel of Racing Directors/Secretaries.
Under Breeders’ Cup qualifying rules, win, place, and show horses in Grade I stakes earn ten, six, and four points, respectively. The top three finishers in Grade II stakes earn six, four, and two points, respectively, and in Grade III stakes the points earned are four, two, and one, respectively.
BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS GRADED STAKES POINTS
There are 33 graded stakes races in Canada scheduled in 2011 to be run before the Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entry deadline on Oct. 24. All Canadian graded race results thus far in 2011 will be included retroactively in the Breeders’ Cup point standings.
“Given the high standard of international competition within Canadian racing, our Racing and Nominations Committee strongly recommended that the graded stakes races in Canada should be on equal footing with the American graded stakes races in our overall Point standings,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “Canadian breeders and owners have been an important part of the Breeders’ Cup program since its inception, and we believe this change will further encourage Canadian participation in the Championships.”
Among the top graded Canadian races that will now be eligible for Breeders’ Cup Points are:
$250,000 Sky Classic (gr. II) for 3-year-olds on up on turf on Aug. 21; $250,000 Summer Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds on turf on Sept. 17; the $200,000 Natalma Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies on turf on Sept. 17; $1,000,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (gr. I) for 3-year-olds and up on Sept. 18; $500,000 Northern Dancer Turf (gr. I) on Oct. 16; $1,500,000 Pattison Canadian International (gr. I); Oct. 16; $1,000,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (gr. I) on Oct. 16 and the $500,000 Nearctic Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds and up on turf.
Woodbine Racetrack will host six Breeders’ Cup Challenge races this year. Winners of the Natalma Stakes, Summer Stakes, Ricoh Woodbine Mile, E.P. Taylor Stakes; Pattison Canadian International and the Nearctic will receive an automatic berth into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships if nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by October 24.