Other than Breeders' Cup weekend itself, it's hard to find another two-day period on the racing calendar with more top class racing than the first weekend in October. On Saturday, fifteen graded stakes races will take place across North America; nine of those fifteen stakes races are Grade 1 events, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont and the Goodwood at Santa Anita. In Europe, Longchamp will kick off the Arc festival with four Group races on Saturday, followed by seven Group 1 races on Sunday, including the 2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
The entries for many of the Super Saturday races will be drawn this afternoon. Entries for the Arc will be final on Friday.
Below is the tentative line-up for this weekend.
|1-Oct||Queen Victoria||2:26pm/11:26am||WO||2yo, f||6.0 (S)|
|1-Oct||G1-Flower Bowl||2:47pm/11:47am||BEL||3up, f&m||10.0 (T)|
|1-Oct||G1-Hirsch Turf Classic||3:22pm/12:22pm||BEL||3up||9.0 (T)|
|1-Oct||G2-Indiana Oaks||5:19pm/2:19pm||HOO||3yo, f||8.5|
|1-Oct||G1-Jockey Club Gold Cup||5:46pm/2:46pm||BEL||3up||10.0|
|1-Oct||Maryland Million Classic||6:00pm/3:00pm||LRL||3up||9.0|
|1-Oct||G1-Lady's Secret||6:36pm/3:36pm||SA||3up, f&m||8.5|
|1-Oct||G1-Yellow Ribbon||8:38pm/5:38pm||SA||3up, f&m||10.0 (T)|
|2-Oct||G3-Durham Cup||3:32pm/12:32pm||WO||3up||9.0 (T)|
|2-Oct||G3-Miss Grillo||4:45pm/1:45pm||BEL||2yo, f||8.5 (T)|
|2-Oct||G2-Hirsch Turf||5:34pm/2:34pm||SA||3up||10.0 (T)|
|2-Oct||G1-Oak Leaf||7:38pm/4:38pm||SA||2yo, f||8.5|