2012 Breeders' Cup & Horse Racing News

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A look at the items making news and notes around the horse racing world.

With a big weekend on tap in North America, preparations under way in Europe for the Arc, British Champions Day looming on the horizon, and a little over five weeks until the 2012 Breeders' Cup, there are plenty of news stories in the world of horse racing.

Breeders' Cup

Awesome Feather, My Miss Aurelia | Daily Racing Form
Two undefeated champions are slated to face each other, as well as a slew of other top fillies and mares, in this year\'s Breeders\' Cup Ladies\' Classic at Santa Anita.

Executiveprivilege Puts Unbeaten Mark on Line | BloodHorse.com
Executiveprivilege, undefeated in four starts for trainer Bob Baffert, makes her dirt debut in the $250,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 29 at Santa Anita Park.

So Many Ways will bypass Breeders' Cup - Handicappers' Edge
Undefeated two-year-old filly So Many Ways, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes and Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes, will not travel to California to run in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, it was announced Wednesday.

Santa Anita: Eddie D an audition for Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint hopefuls | Daily Racing Form
A field of 13 entered the Grade 3, $100,000 Eddie D Stakes on Friday, opening day of the Santa Anita autumn meet. The question is whether any of them are good enough for the Breeders\' Cup Turf Sprint.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf: Look to Europe for top contenders | Daily Racing Form
Given that three of the five runnings of the Juvenile Turf were won by European shippers, it’s probably a good idea to begin your prospect search for this year’s edition by looking overseas.

Belmont: Little Mike gets stamina test in Joe Hirsch | Daily Racing Form
Saturday, Little Mike will try to see where he would fit in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf when he tries 1 1/2 miles for the first time in the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park.

My Miss Aurelia, Questing, and the Pa. Derby | Daily Racing Form
It bears repeating, never underestimate a champion, especially an undefeated one

Shackleford fires bullet ahead of Kelso; The Lumber Guy returns in Vosburgh - Handicappers' Edge
Classic winner Shackleford breezed five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 4/5 at his Churchill Downs base on Sunday, pleasing trainer Dale Romans in his last major move ahead of Saturday's Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont.

Joel Rosario on Flat Out in JC Gold Cup | BloodHorse.com
Last year's Gold Cup winner will get the services of Rosario on a one-race contract.

Jockey Club Gold Cup: Ron the Greek seeks to join elite pair | Daily Racing Form
A victory in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup would enable Ron the Greek to join Affirmed (1979) and John Henry (1981) as the only horses to win both the Santa Anita Handicap and Jockey Club Gold Cup in the same year.

Second City targets Indiana Derby | Daily Racing Form
Second City, winner of the British Columbia Derby at Hastings Park who was recently acquired by Paul Reddam, will make his next start in the $500,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Oct. 6, trainer Ben Cecil said.

Replays: Belmont Saturday Stakes Contenders | Daily Racing Form
Race replays featuring contenders for stakes races at Belmont Park on Saturday, September 29, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational.

International

Camelot doubtful runner in the Prix De L'Arc de Triomphe - Telegraph
The chance of Camelot facing the starter in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Oct 7 is looking less likely by the day, principally because Joseph O’Brien would be unable to ride him.

Breeders' Cup target for Moon but Arc an option - Horse Racing News | Racing Post
SEA MOON has been given the Breeders' Cup Turf as his ultimate target although he could be rerouted to the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe if the ground was soft in Paris.

Newmarket Result: Telescope in Classic sights | Betting @ Betfair
Sir Michael Stoute's Telescope appeared to have entered the equation for next year's Derby after a near-flawless victory at Newmarket...

Racing News: Black Caviar set to return | Betting @ Betfair
Australian superstar Black Caviar is set to return to the track early next year, trainer Peter Moody has confirmed...

Cheveley Park, Sun Chariot fields taking shape - Handicappers' Edge
Winning Express, trained by Ed McMahon, is one of the 15 fillies engaged for the Group 1, £163,500 Cheveley Park at Newmarket on Saturday after she was supplemented Monday at a cost of £15,000.

Somerville Tattersall kicks off Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Festival - Handicappers' Edge
Canary Row, trained in Ireland by Patrick Prendergast, is among eight runners for the Group 3, £40,000 Somerville Tattersall over seven furlongs at Newmarket on Thursday, the first day of the Cambridgeshire Festival.

Pedigree

Keeneland catalogs 3,958 horses for November sale - Paulick Report - Thoroughbred Horse Racing News
Keeneland announced today that it has cataloged 3,958 horses for its 2012 November Breeding Stock Sale, scheduled for November 6-16.Catalogs wil...

Hammer Time | More September Yearling Profits, But A Lot Still Don't Make Money | BloodHorse.com Blog Stable
For the overall Keeneland September yearling sale a little bit more than a quarter of the horses offered, 28%, made money.

Tattersalls Ireland Sept. Sale Enjoys Gains | BloodHorse.com
The positive trends from the opening session of the Tattersalls Ireland September yearling sale continued into day two. The auction ended Sept. 26 with increases in its gross, average price, and median price.

Industry News

Fairplex Park: Meet closes with increase in handle - Paulick Report - Thoroughbred Horse Racing News
Fairplex Park enjoyed a strong fall meet this season with an increase of nearly 8 percent in its all-sources handle. Fairplex, which wrapped ...

Left at the Gate: Another Fine Idea
Spent the last couple of days trying to sort out the latest developments and reports regarding the future of NYRA so that I could organize my thoughts and write a coherent and well-thought out post...

ESPN.com's Ehalt: 'Should NY racing fans buy selling NYRA?' - Paulick Report - Thoroughbred Horse Racing News
Horse racing has been abuzz with the reports (or rumors) in the media over the last 24 hours that Gov. Cuomo has finally reached a decision on w...

Algorithms returns to training at Belmont - Paulick Report - Thoroughbred Horse Racing News
Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) winner Algorithms has returned to training and has joined Todd Pletcher's string at Belmont Park, according to a repo...

Denman celebrates 30 years in Santa Anita announcer's booth - Handicappers' Edge
Trevor Denman celebrates his 60th birthday Monday and on Friday, he'll embark upon his 30th season as the voice of Santa Anita when the 2012 Autumn Meet gets underway at 1 p.m. (PDT).

Study: Some Domestic Horses Possibly Too Reliant on Humans | BloodHorse.com
Horses, like dogs and other domesticated animals, can be extremely affectionate and respond to many human cues, such as pointing and gaze directions. In the first study of its kind, French researchers have learned that horses that are too dependent on humans might have lower cognitive skills, leaving them incapable of solving their own problems.

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