Entries and post positions were drawn this afternoon for all of the Super Saturday races scheduled to run across the country. All of the races from Belmont can be viewed on either TVG or HRTV, with the Beldame, Kelso and Jockey Club Gold Cup part of a broadcast on ESPN Classic. You can also watch on ESPN3. The races at Santa Anita will be on HRTV - both on their broadcast channel and free streaming on their website (HRTV Live). HRTV will also have coverage of Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe from Longchamp in France.
Be prepared to get up early if you are on the West Coast as post time for the Arc is 8:30am Eastern / 5:30am Pacific. Arc post time is now scheduled for 10:15 Eastern/7:15 Pacific. The first group race on Sunday is scheduled for 8:20am/5:20am.
I've put together a file will the entries for all of Saturday's graded stakes action, along with a results tracker. You can find the file at the link below (via Google Docs). I'll update the file with all of the morning line odds once those are released. This weekend I will continually update the file with winners, payouts, and factional times for each race here in North America and from the Arc Festival in France (when those results become available).
The last tab on the spreadsheet contains the fields for all of the Super Saturday races, sorted in order by post time. All times are Eastern/Pacific, unless otherwise noted.
The two big preps for the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Goodwood, drew fields of seven and nine, respectively. You can find the entries and post positions for those two races below the jump.
|G1-Jockey Club Gold Cup (BEL10 - 5:46pm/2:46pm)|
|1||2||Ice Box||C. Nakatani||N. Zito||12/1|
|2||3||Rodman||R. Maragh||M. Hushion||8/1|
|3||4||Stay Thirsty||J. Castellano||T. Pletcher||8/5|
|4||5||Drosselmeyer||J. Lezcano||W. Mott||6/1|
|5||6||A. U. Miner||C. Borel||C. Hanna||10/1|
|6||1||Flat Out||A. Solis||C. Dickey||7/5|
|7||1a||Bird Run||J. Velazquez||W. Mott||7/5|
|G1-Goodwood (SA7 - 7:07pm/4:07pm)|
|1||Acclamation||P. Valenzuela||D. Warren|
|2||Coil||M. Garcia||B. Baffert|
|3||Tres Borachos||J. Rosario||M. Jones|
|4||Preamble||V. Espinoza||R. Mandella|
|5||Golden itiz||J. Talamo||R. Ellis|
|6||Miss Match (ARG)||G. Gomez||N. Drysdale|
|7||Awesome Gem||D. Flores||C. Dollase|
|8||Game On Dude||C. Sutherland||B. Baffert|
|9||Nijinsky's Song||H. Berrios||M. Harrington|
The Goodwood field looks intriguing for several reasons. First, Acclamation, a horse that has excelled on turf and synthetic surfaces, tries his hand on dirt. Second, Haskell winner Coil will try to rebound from a disappointing 10th in the Travers with a return to SoCal. And third, seven-year-old mare Miss Match (ARG) takes a second shot at the boys after finishing 7th in the Hollywood Gold Cup last time out. While there might not be a standout superstar (at least on dirt; Acclamation has been a superstar on other surfaces), the Goodwood looks to be a highly competitive race.
Out in New York, Jim Dandy and Travers winner Stay Thirsty leads a field with former Belmont (Drosselmeyer) and Florida Derby (Ice Box) winners. Ice Box has done little to nothing since finishing second in the Derby last year, but Nick Zito obviously believes he's better than his 6th place finish in the Woodward. Drosselmeyer returns to dirt after an extremely disappointing try on the lawn when he finished last of seven in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer.
The prime rival to Stay Thirsty is likely Flat Out, winner of the Suburban and runner-up in the Whitney and the Woodward. The Jockey Club Gold Cup will be Flat Out's first try at the distance of a mile and a quarter.
I'll have more on all of the Super Saturday races later, right now it's time to start handicapping!