Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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TURN OF FOOT
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK  top 
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Haskell winner Paynter grazes outside on Tuesday, a good sign in his fight against colitis and laminitis (Image courtesy of Justin Zayat’s Twitter feed)

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Keeneland’s Session 1 topper, a son of Distorted Humor and Mushka who sold on Monday for $1.65 million. (Image courtesy NTRA)
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A Three Chimneys Sales horse gets a little love from his groom (Image via the Three Chimneys Farm Facebook page)
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Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey rode 5,892 career winners, and he captured an unprecedented seven Eclipse Awards as North America’s Outstanding Jockey. Those first three Eclipses came in consecutive years beginning in 1995. Then he reeled off four more in a row from 2000 to 2003. According to Equibase, his mounts accounted for more than $296 million in purse earnings—the second highest total of all time behind only Pat Day.

Among Bailey’s top race victories were six triumphs in Triple Crown races, including Kentucky Derby wins aboard Sea Hero (1993) and Grindstone (1996). He also owns a record 15 wins in Breeders' Cup races—five of them in the Breeders' Cup Classic. One of those Breeders’ Cup Classic tallies came in 1995 aboard the great Cigar, for whom Bailey was the regular rider.

After retiring from the saddle in 2006, Bailey soon became an accomplished horse racing analyst on television. In 2007, Bailey’s work on ESPN was recognized well beyond the realm of horse racing when he was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Sports Personality—Sports Event Analyst.”
TWO MINUTE LICK WITH JERRY BAILEY top

Name: Jerry Bailey

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: It was by my father in the mid-1960s.

My favorite racetrack: Saratoga

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: the Kentucky Derby

Other sports/teams I follow: Green Bay Packers, Yankees, ALL sports

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: Close-up action shots (e.g. helmet cams)

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: Racing…I’d like to see shorter meets.

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Great world experiences

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended: Sunland Park in New Mexico

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Cigar

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Winning the Kentucky Derby

Best racetrack food can be found at: How would I know?

My favorite jockey: Bill Shoemaker

My favorite trainer: MacK Miller

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Henry Cecil

My philosophy on life: Don’t take life too seriously

Favorite quote or motto: Success is not final and failure is not fatal

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dog

Favorite non-Thoroughbred sports event I’ve attended: NFL game

Number one bucket list item: Fly a plane
FAN PHOTO OF THE WEEK top
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Congratulations to photographer Casey Phillips, winner of this week’s Fan Photo contest! From Casey: "A contrast: the strength of a jockey's hands gently cradling the whip. (Mike Smith in the saddling ring before riding Mr. Commons to his first graded stakes win.) Taken at Santa Anita, 12/26/2011" Want in? E-mail your submissions with a brief caption to photos@NTRA.com!

VOICES top
FROM THE GRANDSTAND top

Bob Baffert, quoted by Steve Haskin in The Blood-Horse, on his decision to replace Chantal Sutherland with Rafael Bejarano as the rider of Game on Dude:
“It was difficult for me when I told Chantal about the decision. It's been a fun ride, and we made history together, but we just felt it was time to make the change.”

Owner Ahmed Zayat providing an update on Paynter via Twitter:
"We continue to be blessed by a special horse. He continues to defy the odds. We have a happy horse today, no fever, all blood work is good. He is comfortable, stable, and eating well. His protein level is good. All in all, looks like Paynter continues to turn the corner and is winning his battle with his colitis."


MULTI-MEDIA top

Video: Go behind the scenes at the Woodward Stakes with the connections of Mucho Macho Man (America’s Best Racing)

Photos: Looking back at the 2012 Saratoga meet (Daily Racing Form)

Video: Bourbon Courage wins the $1 million Super Derby (BCWorldChampionships YouTube channel)

Audio: Owner Ahmed Zayat talks about Paynter’s ongoing battle with colitis and laminitis (ESPN)

Video: Racing UK’s early preview of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup (Racing UK)

Video: A glimpse behind the scenes at the Keeneland September yearling sales (Joe Nevills/@mibredclaimer Twitter feed)

Video: One for you, one for me… Suffolk Downs security guard shares carrots with an outrider’s pony (avatarsound’s YouTube channel)


IN THE NEWS top

Bejarano replaces Sutherland on Game On Dude (Blood-Horse)

Europeans arriving for Sunday’s Woodbine Mile (Daily Racing Form)

Ricoh Woodbine Mile notes (Woodbine)

Ricoh Woodbine Mile microsite (Woodbine)

Reports of Ontario horse racing’s demise may have been greatly exaggerated (Toronto Sun)

Camelot will attempt to become first English Triple Crown since 1970 in Saturday’s Ladbrokes St. Leger (Bleacher Report)

Rahystrada to defend title in Saturday’s Kentucky Turf Cup (Daily Racing Form)

Keeneland kicks off its 69th annual September yearling sale (The Lane Report)

Tapit Colt tops second Keeneland session at $700,000 (Blood-Horse)

Distorted Humor colt brings $1.65 million to top first day of Keeneland September sale (Bleacher Report)

Keeneland sales break well from the gate (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Keeneland sales to impact hotels and restaurants (Sacramento Bee)

Experts explain their approach to finding good horses at large auctions (Thoroughbred Times)

Discovering Saratoga, then returning to Keeneland for the sale (ESPN)

Star Saratoga horses prepare for Breeders’ Cup (The Saratogian)

Masters Stakes puts Erie/Presque Isle Downs in national spotlight (Go Erie)

Paynter continues to make progress in his fight against laminitis (Thoroughbred Times)

Take Charge Indy pointing for fall return (Blood-Horse)

Illinois Racing Board finds 26 corticosteroid positives (Daily Racing Form)

Racing commission to meet late this month on dermorphin cases (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

A look at the scientific debate over Salix (Thoroughbred Times)

Churchill Downs considering running in September next year (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Having September race dates at Churchill would bring a glimmer of hope to Kentucky (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and his underdog horse farm (Forbes)

What does it take to become a top jockey? (Wall Street Journal)

Snow Fairy can conquer the world (Racing Post)

OTTB Showcase: Devil on the Roof (A.K.A. “Dev”) (Paulick Report)


IN THE BLOGOSPHERE top

“Dreaming” of a future champion (ESPN)

Contemplating the Cup (The Blood-Horse)

Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic: An early look (Horse Racing Nation)

Breeders’ Cup musings (Daily Racing Form)

Horse of the Year follies (The Blood-Horse)

Win a day at the Woodbine Mile (Mr. Will Wong)

Preparations and dreams at Keeneland (All Equine All the Time)

Mine That Bird… the movie (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Racing’s “long slow death”—in 1972 (Colin’s Ghost)

More Saratoga would be a good thing (ESPN)

Waiting on the New York Task Force on Racehorse Safety (Thoroughbred Confidential)

Pletcher sends out duo in today’s Smart N Fancy Stakes (Turf ‘n’ Sport)

Rick Dutrow and the short turnaround (And Down The Stretch They Come)

Lasix? She don’t need no stinking Lasix (ThoroEdge Equine Performance)

Camelot is on the brink of immortality (Horse Racing Nation)

NHC NEWS top
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SEPTEMBER ON-TRACK AND ONLINE NHC CONTESTS
Horsetourneys.com will be conducting NHC Qualifiers on September 16 and 22.  One NHC berth will be awarded per every 60 entries purchased. 

NHCQualify.com is hosting an online qualifier on September 29.   A maximum of five NHC berths will be awarded in this $160, one-day qualifier.  Register now! 

Horse Players Qualify is conducting its final Players Challenge qualifier on September 15.  The final event will be held on September 28-29.   For more details on the Players Challenge,  click here

The Kentucky Downs Turf Handicapping Challenge is set for September 15.  Three NHC spots and $15,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs.  The entry fee is $150.  The handicapping challenge is going to be held on the marquee day of the Kentucky Downs meeting, which features the running of the Grade III, $200,000 Kentucky Turf Cup.  Contact Bill Flesher at billflesher@kentuckydowns.com or at (270) 586-6667.

Monmouth Park is hosting the $200 Monmouth/Woodbine Handicapping Challenge on September 16.  For more information contact Brian Skirka at bskirka@monmouthpark.com.

TwinSpires.com satellite qualifiers are running every Wednesday-Sunday.  Click here for the online schedule and contest details.

Fairplex Park NHC tourneys will be returning on the weekend of September 21-23.  Each of the three days will award two NHC spots and NHC Tour points. Click here to read more.

Emerald Downs is hosting an NHC qualifier on September 23.  One NHC berth will be awarded.  No NHC points will be allocated at this contest since sites must award a minimum of two NHC spots to award NHC Tour points.  Click here for contest details. 

The Greenwood Teletheatre Handicapping Challenge will be taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 23.  Two NHC berths will be awarded.  Click here for more details.

GULFSTREAM PARK TO HOST LAST CHANCE/FIRST CHANCE QUALIFIER IN JANUARY

Gulfstream Park will be hosting the very first "Last Chance/First Chance" NHC Qualifier on Eclipse Awards weekend, January 19-20.  The top two finishers will receive NHC berths.  If the player has already qualified to the 2013 NHC the berth will be awarded to the 2014 NHC.  If he or she has not qualified to the 2013 NHC, the spot will be granted to the January 25-26, 2013 event.  Airfare and hotel accommodations to the Finals will also be awarded to the top two finishers.  Click here to book your room at the Hampton Inn-Hallandale at the preferred NHC player rate. Contact Mike Nyman at michael.nyman@gulfstreampark.com for more details.

CONGRATULATIONS SOVEREIGN STABLE ON A SUCCESSFUL SARATOGA MEETING

NHC sponsor Sovereign Stable won two races, finished second three times and showed twice to finish seven out of eight times in the money at the recently concluded Saratoga race meeting.

DID YOU KNOW?
No fewer than nine DRF NHC Tour members over the years have qualified for the NHC 10 or more times?  They are: Sally Goodall, Trey Stiles, Robert Bertolucci, Paul Shurman, Bill Shurman, Rich Nilsen, Richard Goodall, Judy Wagner and Louis Constan.  And Mike Mayo is knocking on the door. He has qualified nine times and is working to make NHC 14 his 10th career appearance at the Las Vegas NHC Finals.

DAILY RACING FORM NHC TOUR LEADER BOARDS
Judy Wagner (New Orleans, LA) is still leading the second-half of the DRF NHC Tour with 4,727 points. Paul Parker (Norcross, GA) is in second place with 4,479 points. Meanwhile, Mark McGuire (Newbury, Park, CA) extended his lead on the full Leader Board with a first-place finish in the September 2 NHCQualify.com contest.  He now has finished first in three NHC contests this year, earning him $10,000 in bonus money for the multiple victories. 

Click here to view the overall full Leader Board standings.

Click here to view the second-half full Leader Board standings.

Click here to view the current list of NHC 14 qualifiers.

Name 

2H LB Points

Name 

Full LB Points

Judy Wagner

4,727

Mark McGuire

13,690

Paul Parker

4,479

Mark Streiff

10,816

Emad Himaya

3,954

Rhonda Sylvester

10,186

Nick Noce

3,918

Christopher Larmey

9,349

Dan Shugar

3,893

Edmund Teicht

 8,984

     

Player Profile

 

 

Eric Moomey

  

Scott Carson

Scott is from Yorktown, NY.  He will be making his 6th appearance at the NHC.  Scott started PublicHandicapper.com in 1999.  He has a 13-year-old son.

 Click here to read Scott's complete NHC player biography.
CALENDAR top
RACING TO HISTORY top

Sept. 13, 1974: D. Wayne Lukas won his first Thoroughbred stakes victory, saddling his own three-year-old colt, Harbor Hauler, in the second division of the Foothill Stakes at Pomona to earn $6,312.

Sept. 13, 1989: Jockey Pat Day won eight of the day’s nine races at Arlington International Racecourse. In his only loss, Day finished second on Wayne’s by George.

Sept. 13, 2005: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum purchased a Storm Cat colt for $9.7 million at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Sept. 13, 2008: Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien became the first trainer in 73 years to achieve a sweep of all five Irish Classics when Septimus powered to a 13-length triumph in the Irish Field St. Leger at the Curragh. Jack Rogers in 1935 was the last trainer to saddle winners of Ireland’s 1000 and 2000 Guineas, Derby, Oaks and St Leger in the same season.

Sept. 14, 1853: West Australian won the St. Leger Stakes by three lengths and became England’s first Triple Crown winner.

Sept. 14, 1959: The new $32 million Aqueduct, operated by the New York Racing Association, opened.

Sept. 14, 2001: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders’ Cup Limited announced the formation of the NTRA Charities – New York Heroes Fund to benefit the children and spouses of the firefighters, police officers, emergency workers and other victims who perished in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The organizations also dedicated the Oct. 27 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be run at Belmont Park to the memory of those slain and their survivors.

Sept. 15, 1876: Isaac Murphy, one of the nation’s greatest black jockeys, had his first career win, aboard Glentina, at the Kentucky Association meet in Lexington. Then known as Isaac Burns, Murphy later adopted the surname of his grandfather.

Sept. 15, 1973: Secretariat won the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap in the then-world record time of 1:45 2/5 for 1 1/8 miles. He defeated his stablemate, Riva Ridge, by 3 1/2 lengths. The winner’s share of the purse, $150,000, made Secretariat a millionaire.

Sept. 15, 2001: Jockey Russell Baze, the fourth winningest rider in history behind only Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker and Pat Day, registered his 7,500th career victory after piloting Valid Double to victory in the third race at Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo, Calif.

Sept. 15, 2007: Purchased for a record $16 million as a two-year-old, The Green Monkey made his racing debut at Belmont Park and finished third in a maiden race.

Sept. 16, 1972: Sent off at odds of 1-5, Secretariat won the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park by 1 3/4 lengths, creating a minus show pool at the track of $4,985.

Sept. 16, 1978: For the first time in history, two Triple Crown winners met in a race, the Marlboro Cup at Belmont Park. Seattle Slew, the 1977 Triple Crown winner, defeated Affirmed, the 1978 Triple Crown winner, by three lengths.

Sept. 16, 2000: Keeneland successfully executed the Thoroughbred industry’s first-ever Internet auction, selling four horses on-line for a total of $109,500. There were more than 200 buyers and agents registered to bid.

Sept. 17, 1973: Penny Chenery announced that Secretariat would make his inaugural start on the turf in the Oct. 8 Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont Park.

Sept. 18, 1920: Carrying the top weight of his career, 138 pounds, three-year-old Man o’ War won the Potomac Handicap, conceding 24 pounds to his nearest rival, Paul Jones, and 30 pounds to the second-place finisher, Wildair.

Sept. 18, 1943: The U.S. Army occupied the grounds of Hollywood Park as part of the war effort.

Sept. 18, 1999: Jockey David Gall retired as the fourth winningest rider of all time with 7,396 victories to his credit.

Sept. 19, 1943: Rider Eddie Arcaro returned to racing after a 12-month suspension that resulted from his attempt to injure a fellow rider in the Cowdin Stakes the previous year.

Sept. 19, 1942: Alsab, runner-up in the 1942 Kentucky Derby, beat 3-10 favorite Whirlaway, the 1941 Triple Crown champion, by a nose in a $25,000 match race at Narragansett Park. The match was arranged after Alsab was scratched from the Narragansett Special, a race won by Whirlaway one week earlier. Narragansett’s president, James Dooley, offered to contribute the track’s share of the mutuel handle, plus breakage, to the Army and Navy Relief Funds, making attendance at the race a patriotic gesture. Alsab and Whirlaway met twice more that year, with Whirlaway winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 3, and Alsab besting him in the New York Handicap on Oct. 10.

Sept. 19, 1997: Chelsea Zupan set an Emerald Downs record by winning seven consecutive races at the Auburn, Wash. oval. Zupan won four on September 18th and three on September 19th. The feat was a national record for consecutive victories by a female rider.

Sept. 20, 1965: Jockey Jorge Velasquez made his American racing debut, riding for owner Fred W. Hooper, at Atlantic City Racecourse. He won with his first mount, aboard Keypoint, in the sixth race, at 8-1 odds.

Sept. 20, 1976: Two-year-old Seattle Slew made his racing debut, winning a six furlong maiden race by five lengths at Belmont Park. His zesty workouts prior to the race made Seattle Slew the 2-1 favorite and he was the public’s choice in both his subsequent races that year. After only three starts (including the Champagne Stakes) in the space of 27 days, Seattle Slew was voted champion two-year-old colt for 1976.

Sept. 20, 1980: Before a crowd of 23,000 spectators, four-year-old Spectacular Bid won the Woodward Stakes in the world’s richest walkover. To the surprise of trainer Bud Delp and owners Harry, Teresa and Tom Meyerhoff, “Bid” was awarded only $73,300, which was half of the winner’s share of the purse, but all that was allowable under the track’s rules. There had not been a walkover in a major U.S. stakes race since Coaltown won the Edward Burke Handicap on April 23, 1949.

Sept. 20, 1999: Storm Cat’s stud fee was raised from $200,000 to $300,000.

Sept. 20, 2001: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Dubai’s Crown Prince and Defense Minister of the United Arab Emirates, donated $5 million to a disaster relief fund, established by Keeneland, to assist those affected by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

Sept. 20, 2001: Leading breeder Harry T. Mangurian, Jr., pledged $1 million to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association-New York Heroes Fund.

Sept. 21, 1938: A hurricane disrupted racing at Rockingham Park, which ended the day’s program after the sixth race. Thirteen barns were destroyed during the storm.

Sept. 21, 1940: For the first time in the history of photo finishes a triple dead heat for first place was recorded, at Willow’s Park, Victoria, British Columbia.

Sept. 21, 1973: Secretariat had his first workout on a turf course, going a half-mile in :48 3/5 at Belmont Park.

Sept. 22, 1988: Stuart Symington Janney Jr., owner of Ruffian, died at age 81.

Sept. 22, 1996: Larry Ross trained the top four finishers in the Washington HBPA Stakes at Emerald Downs.

Sept. 23, 1998: Clay Puett, who invented the electric starting gate more than 60 years ago, died at age 99.

Sept. 23, 2000: The 13-day Keeneland September Sale concluded with gross sales of $291,827,100, topping the previous mark of $233,020,800 set last year.

Sept. 24, 1943: The Jockey Club announced the creation of The Jockey Club Foundation, which was established to aid indigent members of the racing community.

Sept. 25, 1866: Jerome Park, named for its founder, Leonard W. Jerome, opened in the Bronx, N.Y. The track was a magnet for New York’s fashionable society, and the first to attract women in large numbers. Even the racehorses were fashionable, with ribbons of their owners’ colors braided into their manes and tails. Jerome, seeking to emulate the British racing system, also established the American Jockey Club, precursor to the present Jockey Club, formed in 1894.

Sept. 25, 1948: Fans at Atlantic City Racecourse filed onto the track after the 3-2 favorite in the fourth race, Even Break, dwelt in the starting gate as the race went off. A total of $71,414 was refunded to the angry crowd of bettors.

Sept. 25, 2002: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders’ Cup Ltd. introduced a new wager called Head2Head to be unveiled at the World Thoroughbred Championships, Oct. 26, at Arlington Park. The wager challenges bettors to select which of two horses in a given Breeders’ Cup race will finish ahead of the other.

Sept. 26, 1942: The Jockey Club stewards revoked Eddie Arcaro’s license for one year after his display of “rough riding” aboard odds-on favorite Occupation in the Cowdin Stakes on Sept. 19. In the Cowdin, Arcaro deliberately drove his horse into another, Breezing Home, knocking his jockey, Vincent Nodarse, into the infield. Nodarse and his mount had crowded Arcaro at the start of the race, almost causing him to be unseated.


WEEKEND STAKES RACES top

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Groovy Stakes, 3yo, $80,000, 6F (T), Belmont Park

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Garden City Stakes, 3yo fillies, $300,000, Grade I, 1 1-8M (T), Belmont Park

Natalma Stakes, 2yo fillies, $250,000, Grade II, 1M (T), Woodbine

Summer Stakes Presented by TVG, 2yo, $250,000, Grade II, 1M (T), Woodbine

PTHA President’s Cup, 3&up, $250,000, 1 1-8M (T), Parx Racing

Kentucky Turf Cup, 3&up, $200,000, Grade III, 1 1-2M (T), Kentucky Downs

Pucker Up Stakes, 3yo fillies, $175,000, Grade III, 1 1-8M (T), Arlington Park

Noble Damsel Stakes, 3&up (f&m), $150,000, Grade III, 1M (T), Belmont Park

Brave Raj Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, 1M 70 yds., Calder

Foolish Pleasure Stakes, 2yo, $100,000, 1M 70 yds., Calder

Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies, 2yo fillies, $75,000, 7F (T), Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs Juvenile, 2yo, $75,000, 7F (T), Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon, 3&up (f&m), $75,000, 1 1-2M (T), Kentucky Downs

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Ricoh Woodbine Mile, 3&up, $1,000,000, Grade I, 1M (T), Woodbine

Northern Dancer Turf Presented by Vtech, 3&up, $500,000, Grade I, 1 1-2M (T), Woodbine

Canadian Stakes, 3&up (f&m), $300,000, Grade II, 1 1-8M (T), Woodbine

Ontario Derby, 3yo, $150,000, 1 1-8M, Woodbine

Plugged Nickle Stakes, 3yo, $80,000, 6F, Belmont Park

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Given Stakes, 3yo fillies, $85,000, 1M (T), Belmont Park

Nasty Storm Stakes, 3&up (f&m), $85,000, 1M, Belmont Park


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