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Preview of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes and more

Saturday October 12, 2019
Belmont Park
Race: 7 (4:06 PM EST Post)
Floral Park Stakes
Goldwood has rattled off five straight Stakes wins, all with strong speed figures and excellent final times. Five year old mare by Medaglia d’Oro is now 9 for 18 in her career and appears to tower over these……solid, albeit short priced, choice…………..Fire Key just missed catching Goldwood last time out, is as consistent as the day is long and loves this surface as her 9-4-3-0 record over it would indicate…figures bang up here………..Mominou was beaten fair and square by my top choice two back but absolutely whistled home in her last. Good looking daughter by Congrats set a scorching early pace but had plenty left late to win a $200,000 Stakes race at Saratoga July 21. I’m not worried about the 2 ½ months she’s had off recently as she seems to run well “fresh”……………Honorable Mentions: I’llhandalthecash has won two of her first career starts but might be able to handle to class rise here.
Race: 9 (5:13 PM EST Post)
Sands Point Stakes
Although she set a snail’s pace over a turf labelled “good”, Romantic Pursuit led to deep stretch of the Grade: 1 Jockey Club Oaks Invitational in her last. Another by Medaglia d’Oro, this filly is the recipient of one of more favorite angles as she drops in class and cuts back in distance, which in turn should make her harder to catch. I like the ascending speed figures through her last five races as well……tepid choice in a closely matched field…………………..New and Improved is a stretch runner by up and coming sire Cairo Prince. This Chad Brown trainee won at first asking and, after registering a good :23.1 final quarter mile, she was charging hard, late and finished just 1 ¼ lengths behind the winner in a Restricted Stakes field. With further improvement, she is a serious threat here……………..Albeit Dyna Passer is just 1 for 8 in her career, she is bred nine ways to Sunday for the turf and has hit the board in 5 of 6 tries over the “weeds”. She totally outran her odds (43-1) while finishing fifth in the Belmont Oaks in July and again in the aforementioned Jockey Club Oaks Invitational (23-1) and finished ahead of Romantic Pursuit in the process. Another who figures close………………………Honorable Mentions: Feel Glorious has only run one bad race in three countries and through 11 career starts with eight of those 11 coming in Stakes races. She handles any footing and the stretch out in distance should only help her…..could better this rating……………………..Olendon is still another who shown little while being overmatched recently and drops into a more reasonable spot here.


Keeneland Race Course
Race: 9 (5:30 PM EST Post)
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes
Cambier Parc is a well-traveled, $1,250,000 daughter of (you guessed it) Medaglia d’Oro who is 4 for 7 in her career with legitimate excuses in all three defeats. Nice looking filly was visually impressive uncorking a five wide move on the turn and winning her first Grade: 1 at Del Mar last time out…looks best in a very well matched field………………….Regal Glory is almost impossible to leave off my tickets. Filly by Animal Kingdom sports a super impressive record of 7-5-2-0, including a pair of Graded Stakes win. The problem I’m seeing is her speed figures don’t stack up very well compared to some of the other in here. Past that, she commands respect in this spot………………………….I was very impressed with Magnetic Charm’s North American debut. Bay filly by Exceed and Excel chased the talented Starship Jubilee at Woodbine last time out and finished a very good second. However, note the approximate 1:46.4 seconds it took her to get nine furlongs. Now note that was over a yielding turf course. That, readers, is a supersonic time under those conditions. …………………Honorable Mentions: I hope I’m not underestimating Castle Lady in this spot. This filly was 3 for 4 in her career overseas with her one defeat coming in the prestigious Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. She goes first time Lasix and this should be a drop in class for her. Looms a threat for sure…………………..I’m not sure if it was the “good” turf course or the fact she travelled across the country or both that led to Lady Prancealot’s disappointing effort last time out because this stretch runner ran bang up races in all six prior starts. Although she is just 3 for 15 in her career, I do except her to be “coming” late………………..Varenka finished in a dead heat with Regal Glory last time out. Obvious threat should she repeat that effort in this spot…………………….Cafe Americano passed 10 horses in the final five furlongs, including getting the last furlong in a strong :11.3, to win a Stakes race at Arlington last time out. The Brisnet Speed Figure she recorded that day puts her among the vanguard in this field as well. Long-shot possibility?.....................Kelsey’s Cross is 6 for 6 on the board in her career including finishing within shouting distance of my top pick and the mega talented, but now sidelined Concrete Rose, so you know she has some ability…may not be completely out of this race.
By: Gerard Apadula
Director of Equine Operations and Development
Knights of the Round Stable Thoroughbred Racing Team
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2019- Record: 72-206 = 35%
2018- Record: 107-261= 41%
2017- Record: 92-235 = 39%
2016- Record: 91-229 = 40%
2015- Record: 67-180 = 37%
2014- Record: 29-73 = 40%
2013- Record: 20-59= 34%
2012 -Record: 24-73= 33%
2011 –Record: N/A
2010- Record: 24-74= 33%

Little Bets N’ Pieces
**** Magnum Moon, winner of the 2018 Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby, was euthanized last Friday at the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists hospital in Elmont, N.Y. after over a year-long battle with laminitis, according to a news release from Jacob West, the racing manager for owners Robert and Lawana Low.
The gorgeous bay colt, sidelined since sustaining a career-ending injury during a morning workout in June 2018 at Belmont Park, initially received treatment for multiple fractures before his condition deteriorated.
"He was a special colt that was obviously talented on the racetrack but also very smart and courageous during his treatment," the Lows said in the release. "Magnum Moon was all class until the very end. We cherished him dearly and thank him for all the joy, great times, and for the inspiration he brought to our lives."

**** Multiple Grade 1 winner World of Trouble has been retired and will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms for the 2020 breeding season. He will stand for a fee of $15,000.
A leader in the sprint division on both dirt and turf, the son of Kantharos captured both the Grade: 1 Carter Handicap on dirt at Aqueduct Racetrack and the Grade: 1 Jaipur Invitational Stakes on the Belmont Park turf this year.
He retires with a record of 9-2-1 from 13 starts with earnings of $1,263,300 for owners Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables.
"He's the fastest horse I ever owned," said Dubb. "My jaw dropped every time he raced. He was such an easy horse, as he could run on anything. He won grade 1 races on both dirt and turf in New York this season, something that probably will not happen for me ever again. Since we couldn't make the Breeders' Cup due to a foot bruise, we decided it's best for him to start making babies."

**** Grade:1 winner Preservationist has also been retired from racing and will stand stud at Mr. and Mrs. Brereton C. Jones’s Airdrie Stud for the 2020 breeding season.
Preservationist was one of this year’s top-rated older horses following wins in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga and Belmont Park’s Suburban Handicap. Trained throughout his career by Jimmy Jerkens, Preservationist retires with a record of 11-6-1-2 and earnings of $1,084,550.
“Preservationist was one of the most gifted and generous horses I’ve ever trained,” said Jerkens. “I’ve said multiple times that the two best training horses I’ve ever had were Preservationist and Quality Road. I’m convinced he would’ve stamped himself as a top miler had he not so excelled at the longer distances.”
Preservationist will stand his first season at Airdrie for a stud fee of $10,000.


**** Bill Mott has ruled Tacitus out of this year's Breeders' Cup Classic.
“We're going to give him some time, let him grow,” Mott said of Tacitus, a Tapit son out of champion and five time Grade; 1 winner Close Hatches.
Mott added that Yoshida, most recently third in the Woodward, and Elate, are still under consideration for the Classic.
Mott's preference for Elate is the Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles, rather than the Distaff at 1 1/8 miles. The mare will be cross-entered in the Distaff and the Classic, but Mott is “leaning towards the Classic”.
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Previews of the Jockey Club Derby, Kentucky Cup and lots more


Saturday, September 7, 2019
Belmont Park
Race: 8 (4:43 PM EST Post)
Grand Prix American Jockey Club Invitational Stakes
Marconi is a $2 million son of Tapit who chased a runaway, record setting performer in his last and showed little two starts back. This gray colt now returns to an easier spot over his favorite track at a distance he likes, and most importantly, he’s beaten just about every horse in this field already….some multiple times……………You’re to Blame is another who showed little last time out but had rattled off seven straight bang up races in a row prior, including finishing just a length behind my top pick two back…………………..After being winless over the last 14 months, Highland Sky pulverized a restricted Stakes field in the mud in his last. I’m just wondering…exactly where did that race come from? And how much did the mud move him up?............................Honorable Mentions: Both Rocketry and Carlino have ability, yet both seemed to have cycled out of form. Either are a threat should they bounce back to past races.
Race: 9 (5:15 PM EST Post)
Jockey Club Oaks Invitational Stakes
Lady Prancealot is just 3 for 14 in her career and has never run at this distance. That said, she possesses a strong late run so the stretch out in distance (logically) should only help. Also, her last race, where she was charging hard, late down the lane in a Grade: 1 run in 1:46.3 for nine furlongs, was excellent…Tepid pick in a tough race to figure………Love So Deep is a good looking daughter of the recently deceased Deep Impact (who stood for eye popping $354,000). She ran very well in her last two overseas and gets first time Lasix here….Huge threat to win it all…………Since being switched over to the turf, the regally bred Romantic Pursuit has finally started running to her breeding. Nice looking filly by “King of the (Sales) Ring” Medaglia d’Oro out of multiple (including the Alabama) Stakes winner Questing, she sports a record of 4-2-2-0 since the change in surfaces. She will be taking a huge step up in class but she is improving as her BSF would indicate (last 4: 75, 77, 79 and 81). ……………..Honorable Mentions: Edisa has run well in all six career starts in France, is 2 for 2 at this distance and could easily better this rating………………………Wonderment has disappointed in three starts in France thus far in 2019. But note, she was a Group: 1 winner last year and, you guessed it, she also goes first time Lasix in here…………………..If you are hunting a longshot, take a look at the stretch running Art of Almost. Albeit she is 0 for 5 on the turf, she has run solid races back to back in her last two.
Race: 10 (5:47 PM EST Post)
Jockey Club Derby Invitational Stakes
It appears the longer the distance, the better Digital Age is. Yes, he was beaten by two different rivals in his last two races and both return in this spot. However, those two rivals; A Thread of Blue is stretching out and Henley’s Joy is somewhat inconsistent, both have “play against” angles in this spot…..Another tepid pick in another tough race to figure…………………….The aforementioned A Thread of Blue has good speed, draws the rail and took the $1 million Saratoga Derby field coast to coast (at 13-1) in his last while running his best BSF to date. However, this son of the gorgeous Hard Spun will have to go 2 ½ furlongs longer than he’s ever gone before………………When Henley’s Joy is right, he’s one tough hombre. The problem is he’s only been right 4 times in 12 career starts…………………….Honorable Mentions (and there are several due to the fact these horses coming from other countries are sooooooo tough to figure.) Spanish Mission is two necks shy of coming into this riding a three race win streak overseas and is still another who goes first time Lasix for his U.S. debut………………….Pedro Cara, who won his last two, and San Huberto, who is 3 for 5 in his career, both ship in from other parts of the world and both also go first time Lasix………………….Tone Broke made a splash in his turf debut in his last didn’t he? The son of Broken Vow came from behind to win a $400,000 (albeit restricted) Stakes race at Woodbine and his BSF have jumped noticeably from 2018 to 2019.


Kentucky Downs
Race: 7 (4:53 PM EST Post)
Runhappy Turf Sprint
Leinster is sharp as a tack right now while coming from behind and reeling off three straight wins including a supersonic 5 ½ furlongs at Saratoga last time out. Good looking colt by Majestic Warrior is 3 for 4 on the turf and the added distance in this spot should only help him………..Narrowest of margins over win machine Imprimis, who is 7 for 10 in his career. In fact, if you draw a line through his last, where he shipped to Royal Ascot and didn’t run all THAT bad, he would be 7 for 9. Stretch runner by Broken Vow shows higher Brisnet speed figures that Leinster and figures bang up here………………Although he’s run very well in all four starts, 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Stormy Liberal is 0 for 2019. His speed figures have dropped slightly recently as well and although it might prove futile, I’m going to try to beat him in this spot……………Honorable Mentions: Totally Boss is also in peak form right now after winning three of his last four vs. lesser…………Wet Your Whistle had a four race win streak snapped by my top pick in his last. Although beaten fair and square in that race, this four year old by Stroll could easily bounce back in this spot.
Race: 8 (5:28 PM EST Post)
Three Chimneys Ladies Turf Stakes
Mitchell Road has serious early speed and sports a record of 8-5-2-0 in her career. Good looking filly by English Channel had a four race win streak snapped by Champion Sistercharlie in her last. She will be the recipient of two of my more favorite angles, a drop in class and a cut back in distance as well. Also note, she is 2 for 2 at this distance….Solid choice……………Ms Bad Behavior has chased Vasilika in her last three races and other than being pulled up early in her last, has not been embarrassed by her by any stretch of the imagination. This daughter of Blame will meet no such rival in this spot and she has hit the board in 13 of 16 career starts…………….Simply Breathless won her first two U.S. starts nicely and may have found the 1 3/16ths miles of the Modesty Stakes in her last a little too far. Drops back to a mile, which is clearly her best distance, as her 4 for 8 record would indicate…………….Honorable Mentions: If Kallio, who ran a mile in 1:32.3 in her last race/win duplicates that effort here, she could surprise a few people in this spot……………………..Storm the Hill has been “right there” in her last two races and you get the third start off the layoff angle this daughter of Get Stormy.
Race: 9 (6:01 PM EST Post)
Spendthrift Ladies Sprint
Oleksandra has won three of her last four, highlighted by coming from well back early on to take down the Smart and Fancy Stakes in her last at Saratoga. Five year old mare by Animal Kingdom ran into a minor traffic issue in deep stretch in that race but once she shook loose, she was visually impressive exploding through the final sixteenth of a mile……………….Tiny Tina has come from behind to beat lesser in four of her last five tries. Narrow margin for the place spot being she might need more distance as her 0 for 4 record at 6 ½ furlongs would indicate……………………May Lily is just 4 for 18 in her career but her last three races were all good and the final times in those three also suggest she could be among the vanguard at the end of this one………………………….Honorable Mentions: Morticia has been the post time favorite in her last six in a row but only rewarded her backers twice. This mare by Twirling Candy clearly has talent but I don’t like all the money she’s burned especially in her last three as she went off as the “stick” favorite……………….Cool Beans merits respect in this spot based off the fact that she’s never been off the board in 11 career tries…………Coexistence always gives a good account of herself and finished right behind May Lily twice recently.
Race: 10 (6:35 PM EST Post)
Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup
Arklow just missed in his last three in New York vs. better. Stretch runner by Arch should get the job done here……………..Campaign disappointed (me) in the Pacific Classic last time out. But this $675,000 son of Curlin handles the turf, drops in class and is 2 for 2 on this surface……………..As I’ve stated several times before, Bigger Picture is a threat in just about any turf race he runs in………………Honorable Mentions: Zulu Alpha also drops after chasing much better in his last three. Note, he was beaten fair and square by Bigger Picture three starts back…………………If you are hunting a longshot in here, take a gander at a few including Pillar Mountain, who usually fires his best shot and although clearly overmatched in his last, didn’t fair all THAT bad, My Boy Jack who possesses a strong late run and appears to be rounding into top form, and Botswana, who almost pulled off a colossal upset last time out and has hit the board in 8 of 11 career starts.……………………..Factor This and Hello Don Julio both have good speed but could hurt each other chances if they hook up early.
By: Gerard Apadula
Director of Equine Operations and Development
Knights of the Round Stable Thoroughbred Racing Team
[[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
2019- Record: 60-165 = 36%
2018- Record: 107-261= 41%
2017- Record: 92-235 = 39%
2016- Record: 91-229 = 40%
2015- Record: 67-180 = 37%
2014- Record: 29-73 = 40%
2013- Record: 20-59= 34%
2012 -Record: 24-73= 33%
2011 –Record: N/A
2010- Record: 24-74= 33%

Little Bets N’ Pieces
**** Vegas Showgirl, dam of recently retired super mare Winx, has given birth to a filly by Japan's late champion sire Deep Impact at Segenhoe Stud in the Hunter Valley.
Peter O'Brien, who manages Segenhoe Stud, described the filly as Vegas Showgirl's 'best foal ever' and added that the result rewarded her owners' willingness to embark on an international breeding program with their band of high-class mares.
"She has thrown leggy types, and Winx herself was a very leggy foal but she has lovely quality with very good limbs and really what you would expect," O'Brien said.


**** Five time Grade: 1 winner Midnight Bisou, the top-rated older female in North America, will be offered Nov. 4 by ELiTE Sales at The November Fasig-Tipton Sales.
Currently owned by Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables, and Allen Racing, Midnight Bisou is an 11 time Graded Stakes winner from seven furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. She is undefeated in 2019 and has never finished off the board in 17 starts while earning $3,245,000.
"Very rarely is an in-form, young, set-to-be crowned champion offered at public auction," said ELiTE Sales' Bradley Weisbord. "Here is an opportunity to buy the best filly in training, a five-time grade 1 winner, and a superstar physical. We're honored that Bloom Racing has chosen ELiTE to consign her."
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Racing Results: Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1) (on Sat 20 Oct 2012 at Ascot) When making the switch from Newmarket to Ascot, the Champion Stakes increased its prize fund to a whopping £1.3m, making it the richest horse race in Britain at the time. In 2012 it was overtaken by the Derby however and failure to significantly up its purse since has seen it remain in the number two spot. The champion stakes is a group 1 race run under weight for age conditions for open class horses at ascot conducted by the ascot racecourse. The champion stakes is run over the mile and a quarter and was first run in 1877. 15:00 Ascot 17 Jun 2020 . Prince Of Wales's Stakes. Group 1 | Class 1 | 4YO plus Winner £148,000 - 7 ran I nearly blew it! Jockey Nolen owns up to Ascot howler as Aussie wonder horse Black Caviar is almost beaten. By Jonathan Powell. Published: 10:47 EDT, 23 June 2012 | Updated: 16:14 EDT, 23 June 2012

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