WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

by | 11.17.2010 | 12:47am


Between Keeneland, Belmont Park and the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita, the weekend offers up 13 Grade 1 races, starting with the Darley Alcibiades for 2-year-old fillies at Keeneland on Friday's opening day card. The race is scheduled to go at 6:15 p.m. (all times Eastern).

Beautician figures to be the favorite for the Alcibiades, off two runner-up efforts to Hot Dixie Chick in New York, most recently in the Grade 1 Spinaway. This will be her first try on a synthetic track. She Be Wild is a Polytrack specialist, coming off three straight without a loss at Arlington Park. Keeneland races are exclusively shown on TVG Friday.

Saturday's Grade 1 action kicks off with the Jamaica Handicap on turf at Belmont at 2:35 p.m., available on TVG or HRTV, but then heads west to Keeneland and on to Oak Tree. Keeneland's stakes-rich menu on its Fall Stars weekend Saturday program begins with the Woodford Stakes for turf sprinters, the TCA Stakes for filly and mare sprinters on the Polytrack, then shifts back to the Turf for First Lady Stakes–all on TVG. The remaining Saturday stakes at Keeneland (Breeders' Futurity, Shadwell Turf Mile) can also be viewed on ESPN Classic. The ESPN Classic telecast will also show the G2 Oak Tree Mile on Turf, G1 Goodwood Stakes and G1 Lady's Secret Stakes, both on the Pro-Ride synthetic track. Unbeaten Zenyatta bids for her 13th consecutive victory in the Lady's Secret, while 3-year-old Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird takes on older foes in the Goodwood as he tries to solidify his chances for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Don't forget that Belmont's Grade 1 duo of the Frizette and Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds are run at 4:43 and 5:15 p.m., respectively, in the midst of all those major Breeders' Cup preps from Keeneland and Oak Tree. In fact, between those three tracks, the action is a lot more fast and furious even than what we'll see on the two days of the Breeders' Cup championships Nov. 6-7. Belmont's races can be seen on HRTV or TVG.

Sunday's action is not quite as heavy but carries several major races, including the G1 Juddmonte Spinster from Keeneland the Grade 1  pair of the Ancient Title and Clement L. Hirsch from Oak Tree. But don't overlook the G3 Grey Stakes from Woodbine on Sunday. It's the race won last  year by a gelding named Mine That Bird, who went on to ever bigger and better things this spring at Churchill Downs.

  • Dawn M.

    Well, well, well. While you horse racing people are busy watching races all over the country, us REGULAR people who happen to care about the welfare of these animals will be spending our weekend rubbing dimes together and scrambling to save the bi-products of your industry. That would be the horses, FYI. We are really getting tired of cleaning up YOUR messes! Its time for THE RACING INDUSTRY TO START HELPING YOUR OWN HORSES!! Too many of you seem to forget that they are living, breathing things that are being thrown away by the thousands like yesterday’s trash when you are done with them. Below is a nice little example of what I am talking about. If you care to see her pic, click here 41758.1:

    From Alex Brown Racing forum (horse rescue section)

    I hardly ever do this but you know, this one is just SO NICE that she has to get out.

    This is Exclusive Report by Private Account out of a Silver Screen mare. She is obviously pregnant and is sitting in the kill pen in Enumclaw, Washington. Second Chance Ranch (www.secondchanceranch.com) is willing to take her on but since this is so last minute, funds are needed to bail her.

    I only found her last night. I had no idea she was on the lot and no one had mentioned her to me. With more time, funds would not have been an issue but now this is last minute and she needs to get out.

    If you can help via paypal at [email protected] please do. SCR has a wonderful reputation and I can honestly say that I have visited several times, sometimes without any notice that I was coming, and every horse was fat, feet done, waters full, and properly cared for.

    The auction wants $500 which I agree is too much. Normally I agree that you shouldn’t pay that much to bail one but, like I say, this one is so nice it’s just getting to me. She is worth so much more than that. So if Ron laughs all the way to the bank on this one, then he does. I can live with it, and if you can and want to donate, it’d be appreciated and I will, of course, update on her progress regularly. She is sound and there is no reason to believe she can’t be ridden in the future instead of being a baby machine.

  • Dawn M.

    Click here for the thread about Exclusive Report, which has her pic, as well as the outcome of her situation: http://forums.delphiforums.com/AlexBrown/messages?msg=41758.1

  • Jo Anne

    Thank you, Dawn M. wherever you are!

    Finally, someone is speaking out about the dozens and dozens of emails we NONrace people receive weekly if not daily about RACING’s horses we are expected to network to buy them, find them homes, pay to transport them, pay for surgery for their ankle or knee fragments or rehab them for their suspensory or tendon injuries or sometimes euthanize them because they are unsalveagable ON OUR MONEY. Meanwhile racing goes blithely on its merry way never receiving these emails about their horses INJURED BECAUSE OF RACING and now worth the price of meat on the hoof and about to die. The industry just continues disposing of their unwanted horses through trickle down claiming races until they finally end up at the kill buyer auctions. Remember Patricia Hogan, DVM’s article in The Blood-Horse? An amount equal to 50% of the 2008 TB foal crop was slaughtered in 2008!!! Well, actually, that number is wrong. It was 64% and WHERE ARE YOU? Oh, yes, you are NEUTRAL ON HORSE SLAUGHTER. Here’s more of your horses that have irresponsible owners. It is time NON racing people passed the torch to this 40 billion dollar industry so you can quit being “neutral” as far as your concern for your horses and start having at least 10% of the “heart” the TB horses have. Here’s an email I received today. Someone in RACING can look up the last owners of these horses and make them take responsibility or maybe Tommy Thompson and the great Safety and INTEGRITY Alliance will come through and help these horses. Afterall, one is from IL and that track is accredited so they must be FUNDING a rescue that can take these IL horses, right, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Waldrop?

    “I am looking for homes for 4 TB mares, please crosspost and contact me if you are interested in helping these girls out.

    10 year old TB mare who is still racing. She just raced Monday and her owners want her gone. The trainer is hoping to find her a new life and home. She is alittle off in the behind, but is sound for riding. She is in the Lansdale PA area. Needs to be placed ASAP. (Photos enclosed) Please help me get this girl off the track.

    There are 3 TB mares who need to be removed within a week. I have no photos, but here are their names and info. I believe these babies are in the Chicago area, waiting on confirmation.

    7 yo.15’1 h Chestnut Mare. Terriffic Breeding! Had a minor injury which ended her racing career, but had been layed up for the last 3-4 years as a broodmare. Not currently in foal, but had a very nice foal last year. Fine for all riding disciplines. A Great Hunter Prospect! This girl has Secretariat and Seattle Slew blood in her veins!

    8 yo. 16′ h Bay Mare. Very nice breeding! Also had minor racing injury and has also been retired for last 3-4 yrs. as broodmare. Not currently in foal, but also had a very nice foal last year. Sound for all riding disciplines. Exceptional mover! Ideal Dressage Prospect!

    5 yo. 16’h Bay Mare. HER GRANDMOTHER IS MOTHER TO SEATTLE SLEW!!!! Amazing breeding opportunity! Also had minor racing injury and has also been retired for last 3 yrs. as broodmare. Not currently in foal, but also had a very nice foal last year. Great confirmation! Sound for all riding disciplines.



    Sharon Crumb”


  • Dave

    If I might be so bold as to comment about the actual article …

    All the Oak Tree times are incorrect. They’re also all being shown by HRTV. This schedule is a great idea, but it doesn’t work so well if the data is incorrect.

  • Craig

    The TOBA graded stakes commitee should be replaced if they are so ignorant as to think that there are enough Graded Stakes caliber horses to fill this many graded stakes races in North America in one weekend. It is no wonder that racing in the US is struggling to bring in new fans. A diluted product not a quality product. Could you imaging if the NFL had 100 teams playing in their league. The fans would not watch as there would only be 2 good players on each team with poor quality games being the norm. Why not change the face of racing and put out a high quality product instead of what is currently produced.
    Horse racing in the USA is the only sport where the top horses never need to face one another due to the insane number of graded stakes races available to them. What sport do you know where the likes of Zenyatta and Rachael never need to meet to prove who is the best athlete.
    Gone Astray avoids the Travers field to run in a $1M race in PA that is filled with allowance and G3 horses. I could go on with the lack of quality product in American racing. The only race where the top horses at the time of year that attracts all of the potential horses to run against each other is the KY Derby, the success of that race and its appeal to the general race fan and non race fan is proof that if the industry puts out a great product the fans will show up and support the industry.

  • Jo Anne

    Ray, thank you for your comment in a previous article with the assurance that there was no need for anyone to be paranoid about posting!

    Dave, I’m sure you have been wholeheartedly welcomed by the others who are also “so bold” in racing that they prefer any topic except the huge problem of what to do with your living, breathing racing by-products. I believe that the Topic: Weekend STAKES-Where to Watch is quite applicable for all comments made.

    The horses cited above are IN the “weekend stakes” but at STAKE is their LIVES and provided above are a couple places you can go and learn about them, contribute $25 to save them and watch and learn who does so and it is NOT the racing industry.

    Craig, why not badger the NTRA and JC that you desire Congressional oversight like in the NFL so types of races and number of racetracks has strict oversight? You should also be prepared to give up the drugs and need for drug thresholds (NO drugs), the corticosteroid injections, the enforcement of pre and post race hands-on lameness examinations by independent veterinarians (not those employed by the wagers made on the horses that race), full disclosure of horses’ medical records, permanent banishment of trainers and veterinarians who violate the new standards, actual counting of catastrophic injuries and fatalities at OVER 100 tracks that race TB horses and then being TRANSPARENT as the Safety and Integrity Alliance claimed it would be and let the racing owners, trainers and the public know those numbers for every single track and let them choose which tracks to frequent based on a track’s morning training and racing fatalities?

    This subject IS ON TOPIC. These horses, this particular weekend, have their LIVES AT STAKE.

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