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  1. A Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" Challenge Race Qualifier, the winner of the 1 1/16-mile Chandelier will earn a fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 4 at Keeneland. View the full article
  2. Drafted will vie for his third graded victory of the year in the Oct. 8 $250,000 Vosburgh Stakes (G2), a seven-furlong main track sprint for 3-year-olds and up, at the Belmont at the Big A fall meet. View the full article
  3. When the New York Racing Association moved the Flower Bowl Stakes (G2T) from the Belmont Park fall meet to Saratoga Race Course, it created a void in the filly and mare turf division. View the full article
  4. The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) has awarded TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc. with $4,000. TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc., launched in 2012, promotes and develops second careers for racehorses that have retired from the track. In alignment with their mission to support and promote equine education by supporting organizations that are educating the public on the proper care of horses, TERF continues to offer their financial assistance in 2022. “Education is key to the success of Thoroughbred aftercare,” TAKE2 Executive Director Andy Belfio
  5. Keeneland opens its highly anticipated fall meet Friday with a trio of graded stakes that each provide the winners with a spot in the gate for the Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held in Lexington the first weekend of November. The highlight of the day will be the GI Darley Alcibiades S., a qualifier for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Ken McPeek and Brad Cox have taken turns the last few years, each winning two of the last four, and McPeek has the morning-line favorite in last-out GIII Pocahontas S. winner Fun and Feisty (Midshipman). McPeek also saddles longshot Stellar Lady
  6. The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Is hosting two championship shows in 2022, both held this month. The T.I.P. Championships & Eastern Dressage Championships are taking place Oct. 6-9 in Aiken, South Carolina, and the T.I.P. Western Championships & Central Dressage Championships are scheduled for Oct. 12-15 in Lexington, Kentucky, in conjunction with the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover. Nearly 350 Thoroughbreds are slated to compete in 38 divisions. Each division will be awarded $2,000 in prize money with awards through 10th place and special cla
  7. The Godolphin's Breeders' Cup team from Charlie Appleby's Moulton Paddocks will be led by multiple Grade I winner Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). Already successful at the Breeders' Cup with a score in the GI Juvenile Turf at Del Mar last November, the chestnut returned to Europe in his seasonal bow and claimed the G1 French 2000 Guineas at ParisLongchamp on May 15. Third in the G1 French Derby in June, Modern Games was fifth in the G1 Prix Jean Prat on July 10 and rebounded to take second behind Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the G1 Sussex S. at Goodwood later that month. He made a s
  8. Whit Beckman would be the first to admit that his stable did not get off to the remarkably-fast start he had dreamed of when he first set out on his own last fall. Going into this summer, he had just two wins on his training record. But, the pieces have fallen into place in the past two months as Beckman has sent five horses to the winner's circle, including three in just the past two weeks. Sabalenka (Good Samaritan) leads the charge of recent winners for Beckman and now looks to add to her trainer's success as she makes her stakes debut on Friday in the GII JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S. on op
  9. Owner/breeder Charles E. Fipke, a Canadian geologist and diamond prospector who has made an impact on the sport on both sides of the border, will be inducted as part of the 2022 class in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The other Thoroughbred inductees include jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva, as well as horses Court Vision (Gulch) and Alydeed (Shadeed). Fipke has been involved in Thoroughbreds for over 40 years. His Sovereign Award winners are all homebreds: Not Bourbon (Not Impossible {Ire}), Impossible Time (Not Impossible {Ire}), Perfect Soul (Ire) (Sadler's Wells), and Lady Speightspea
  10. Three-time Group 1 winner Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) is still pointing toward a start in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland in November, according to trainer John Quinn. They bay has enjoyed a busy campaign, but has reached a new level as of late summer, with three consecutive Group 1 victories in August and September: the Prix Maurice de Gheest, York's Nunthorpe S. and the Curragh's Flying Five S. on Longines Irish Champions Weekend. “All being well, she goes to the Breeders' Cup,” said Quinn. “We are happy with her, so fingers crossed, that's where we intend
  11. The nine-week Dubai World Cup Carnival programme was revealed by Dubai Racing Club on Thursday. Beginning on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 with the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge, the G2 Al Fahidi Fort, the G3 Dubawi S. and the Listed Ertijaal Dubai Dash, the 2023 DWCC also features additional enhancements. Several new races have joined the lineup, including the 2000-metre Thunder Snow Challenge, and the 1400m Ipi Tombe S. for fillies and mares. In total, there are 21 group races for Thoroughbreds and Purebred Arabians, as well as 20 handicaps–10 dirt and 10 turf–complementing the Pattern races. The Jumeirah
  12. Tavistock filly Pretty Tavi (NZ) belied her pedigree by comprehensively leading throughout to win her 1200-metre Mornington three-year-old fillies’ maiden by 4.5 lengths on Thursday. The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Pretty Tavi ($5) burst from the inside barrier and provided rider Jamie Kah with little concern around the tight-turning circuit. “She was very professional today and well-educated and made my job pretty easy,” Kah said. “Sam (Freedman) said for a Tavistock she’s quite fast out of the gate and she’s got a good turn of foot. “She wasn’t fierce (in the lead), she was just qui
  13. Tavistock filly Pretty Tavi (NZ) belied her pedigree by comprehensively leading throughout to win her 1200-metre Mornington three-year-old fillies’ maiden by 4.5 lengths on Thursday. The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Pretty Tavi ($5) burst from the inside barrier and provided rider Jamie Kah with little concern around the tight-turning circuit. “She was very professional today and well-educated and made my job pretty easy,” Kah said. “Sam (Freedman) said for a Tavistock she’s quite fast out of the gate and she’s got a good turn of foot. “She wasn’t fierce (in the lead), she was just qui
  14. As President of the Victorian Jockeys’ Association, you would think Stephen Baster would be clued in as to the timing of Group 1 races. Before retiring in November 2019, Baster rode 14 Group 1 winners and had his finger on the pulse, but nowadays he is selling real estate on the Mornington Peninsula while also helping his jockey brethren. Baster has dipped his toe into horse ownership with a small share in Callsign Mav who runs in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Callsign Mav is aiming to become the first horse since Trust In A Gust (2014) to win the Group 1 dou
  15. The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, in partnership with the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship Trust, are offering the opportunity of a lifetime for one young industry participant. Applications are now open for the Irish National Stud Scholarship, which supports the successful candidate to attend the renowned establishment to complete the internationally recognised National Stud Diploma course, beginning in January 2023. The recipient then returns to New Zealand to complete a six-month tenure at Trelawney Stud, known as one of the best producers of quality thoroughbred
  16. No trainer was more affected by the abandonment of racing at Hastings last Saturday and the subsequent transfer of the meeting’s two feature races to Matamata this weekend than John Bary, but he is taking the decision in his stride. The Hastings horseman is set to travel north to Matamata with four runners on Saturday, with Spring Tide (NZ) (Darci Brahma) set to contest the Gr.1 Arrowfield Stud Plate (1600m), while Te Awa Bay (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Best Seller (NZ) (Wrote) will line-up in the Gr.2 AHD Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), and promising three-year-old filly Sequoia Star (NZ) (Redwood)
  17. Opie Bosson will turn the clock back on Saturday with a dozen mounts at Matamata, including three in black type events and an unexpected opportunity to add to his Group One tally. Eleven of his 12 mounts on the extended card will be in his role as retained rider for Te Akau trainer Mark Walker with star mare Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) to potentially provide the highlight for the pair. The daughter of I Am Invincible wasn’t originally in the field for the Gr.1 Arrowfield Stud Plate (1600m) at Hastings last weekend, but the abandonment of that meeting and rescheduled change of venue has her
  18. TDN Rising Star Sakheer (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) will be forced to miss Saturday's G1 Darley Dewhurst S. at Newmarket after trainer Roger Varian revealed that the G2 Mill Reef S. winner has scoped dirty. Having been supplemented for the seven-furlong feature on Monday, KHK Racing's emerging luminary will now wait until 2023 to test his Classic credentials. “This is of course very frustrating and disappointing and I am very sorry for owners KHK Racing and everyone connected with the horse,” Varian posted on Twitter on Thursday. “He will be put away now for the season and we look forward to him ret
  19. The clock is ticking… Yes, the ‘Countdown to the Group 1 Sportsbet Melbourne Cup’ has commenced. And tonight’s $15,250 Sportsbet Melbourne Cup Launch Special Event (515m) – Race 8, 8.58pm – is a taste of things to come! A crackerjack field will compete for a $10,000 first prize, including the three major players – Paddy Wants Pats ($3.00), McInerney ($3.50) and El Dorado ($3.80) – according to the fixed odds market on sportsbet.com.au. Prepared at Freshwater Creek by Kelly Bravo, Paddy Wants Pats (Box 3) has won 17 races from 43 starts – including five from 10, with a slick 29.17sec
  20. Within two lots and just 40 minutes into the final Book 1 session of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale two colts by Frankel (GB) sold for 1.9 millions gns and 2 million gns, respectively. The first, lot 379 from Luca and Sara Cumani's Fittocks Stud, is out of the winning Pivotal (GB) mare Blue Waltz (GB) from the family of champion 2-year-old filly Blue Duster (Danzig) and was bought by MV Magnier of Coolmore. . # This colt by Frankel @JuddmonteFarms was consigned by @saracumani and the winning bidder was M V Magnier and White Birch Farm. pic.twitter.com/mMhXlWfV9w — TDN (@theTDN)
  21. Hotheaded Belgian is paying the price for elbowing a fellow rider last week, but the racing world will move on and Hong Kong could be the perfect place for him to re-enter the fold View the full article
  22. Classic Series suspect aims to repair his damaged reputation in card-closing Class Two Swan Handicap (1,400m) View the full article
  23. What Ascot Races Where Ascot Racecourse – 71 Grandstand Rd, Ascot WA 6104 When Saturday, October 8, 2022 First Race 11:59am AWST Visit Ladbrokes Ascot Racecourse will host Western Australian metropolitan racing for the first time this season on Saturday. The track is currently rated a Soft 5 with no rain on the forecast before raceday, so we should be on a Good track when the first of 10 jumps at 11:59am AWST. The rail will be in the 3m position for the entire course. Ascot Best Bet: Treasured Star Our best bet will be in the lucky last of the day, where the very smart Treasured Star
  24. Giga Kick edges out Alpha One in the Vain Stakes at Caulfield on August 13. Picture: Grant Courtney.He might be a $26 winning chance with Ladbrokes, but Giga Kick will continue his rapid improvement trend in next Saturday’s Everest. That is the opinion of the three-year-old’s trainer Clayton Douglas ahead of the world’s richest race on turf at Randwick. Despite the fact the field will be full of superstars, Douglas has every reason to be confident in his developing gelding. The Mornington-based Giga Kick is unbeaten from his four career starts, including last start when he saluted in the Gr
  25. What Morphettville Races Where Morphettville Racecourse – 79 Morphett Rd, Morphettville SA 5043 When Saturday, October 8, 2022 First Race 11:59am ACDT Visit Ladbrokes Racing in South Australia returns to the Morphettville track on Saturday, hosting a huge 10-race card. The track is currently rated as a Soft 7 with more rain expected on Thursday; however, if no more rain falls and we get fine weather on raceday, the track shouldn’t be any worse than a Soft 6 or 7. The rail will be in the 10m position from the 1200m mark to the winning post and in the 6m position for the remainder. Racing
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