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A look at some of the items making news around the world of horse racing.

Domestic News

Zenyatta drills six furlongs at Hollywood Park - Thoroughbred Times
Two-time champion older female Zenyatta worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 handily in company with stablemate El Vino on Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Rachel Alexandra drills six furlongs at Saratoga - Thoroughbred Times
Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra drilled six furlongs in 1:12.05 handily on Monday morning over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course.

Lookin At Lucky Turns in Bullet Work - BloodHorse.com
Lookin At Lucky worked six furlongs in 1:11 1/5 at Hollywood for the Indiana Derby.

Strike the Bell closes from last in Noble Damsel score - Thoroughbred Times
Rising Star Stables’ Strike the Bell raced more than 12½ lengths off the pace through the midway point of the $100,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (G3) on Sunday at Belmont Park but closed with a rush for her first graded stakes score.

Golden Moka among six prospects for Super Derby - Daily Racing Form
Six horses, led by the Woodbine-based stakes winner Golden Moka, appear probable for Saturday's Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.

Presious Passion Returns at Delaware Park - BloodHorse.com
Patricia Generazio's Presious Passion, second in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita last year, has been entered on the Sept. 22 card at Delaware Park.

Sara Louise auditions for spot in Breeders' Cup - Daily Racing Form
Better later than never, the multiple graded stakes winner Sara Louise is poised to make her 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park.


Europe

Pathfork headed to BC Juvenile - Daily Racing Form
Ireland’s leading juvenile, Pathfork is headed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Three Breeders' Cup spots up for grabs at Ascot - Daily Racing Form
Ascot will be the scene of three Breeders’ Cup Challenge races on Saturday when the winners of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (BC Mile), Fillies Mile (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Royal Lodge Stakes (Juvenile Turf) will all earn automatic berths at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 and 6.

FRANCE Arc not ruled out for Vision D'Etat - Horse Racing News | Racing Post
TRAINER Eric Libaud has not ruled out letting Vision D'Etat take his chance in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on October 3 but admitted the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket on October 16 remains the preferred option.

Canford 6 5 for QEII clash with Rip and Makfi - Horse Racing News - Racing Post
CANFORD CLIFFS was on Monday installed hot favourite for the Sony sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes with firms pricing up the Group 1 at Ascot on Saturday making him evens 5 4 or 6 5.

Europeans Look Stronger Than Ever - Daily Racing Form
So the European shippers were only 1 for 3 in Sunday's three big turf stakes at Woodbine, and not an especially impressive 1 for 3 at that. But if you, like me, thought that the Breeders' Cup grass races this year would be easy pickings for overseas invaders after the mediocre likes of Chinchon and Debussy came over and won two of our biggest turf races of the summer, the United Nations and Arlington Million, then nothing that happened at Woodbine Sunday should have made you think differently.