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Horse Racing News & Notes (10/4/12)

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

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I'll have a 2012 Keeneland Fall Meet Preview late tonight/early tomorrow, but first let's take a spin around the world of horse racing.

2012 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Soumillon delighted with Orfevre after final Arc workout - Horse Racing News | Racing Post
HAVING put Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe favourite Orfevre through his paces for the final time on Wednesday morning, Christophe Soumillon was delighted with the progression since the pair teamed up for a facile victory in the Prix Foy last month.

18 declared for Arc as Great Heavens added - Horse Racing News | Racing Post
IRISH OAKS winner Great Heavens has been added to Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for which a field of 18 have been declared.

Prix de l'Opera: Top favoured for Longchamp test | Betting @ Betfair
John Gosden is leaning towards running Izzi Top rather than The Fugue in Sunday's Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp...

Arc Weekend: Cirrus des Aigles set for winning return | Betting @ Betfair
The Arc weekend is almost upon us but, before the big race on Sunday, Isabel Mathew has identified some interesting betting angles on Saturday's Group 2 contest


Nine Charged with Race-Fixing in Britain |
The British Horseracing Authority has charged a jockey and eight others, including three soccer players, with race fixing.

North American Racing

Paynter pulls through surgery - ESPN
Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center removed a 15-inch external growth from the intestines of Haskell Invitational winner Paynter, owner Ahmed Zayat confirmed Oct. 3.

What's missing in the racing medication debate? - Paulick Report - Thoroughbred Horse Racing News
If the medication issue in horse racing were easy, it would have been resolved a long time ago.It isn’t easy, however, largely because we...

Full field set for Breeders' Futurity; Groupie Doll highlights TCA - Handicappers' Edge
Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland came up very contentious.

Maiden Watch | One Fast Monkey | Blog Stable
The drop into claiming was just what Chongo Verdi needed, as he romped by 12 3/4 lengths to become the second winner for The Green Monkey.

Maiden Watch | Green is the Winning Color | Blog Stable
Green Money rolled by the pacesetter in her allowance race at Camarero to become the third winner for The Green Monkey.

Hovdey: 'Claiming game put under the microscope' - Paulick Report - Thoroughbred Horse Racing News
Medication reform is certainly a 'hot button' issue in the sport of horse racing. Several articles, discussions, and opinions can be found regar...

Pletcher holds strong hand in Champagne, Frizette - Handicappers' Edge
Shanghai Bobby will look to continue his dominance of the East Coast juvenile division on Saturday while taking on some familiar faces as well as a few newcomers in the Grade 1, $400,000 Champagne at Belmont Park.

Wise Dan faces 11 in Shadwell; Daisy Devine seeks sweep in First Lady - Handicappers' Edge
Wise Dan is unquestionably one of America's best turf horses, posting impressive victories in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap in his last two starts, and the talented gelding looks poised to make a serious assault upon the November 3 Breeders' Cup Mile.

Amazombie Ramps Up Cup Push at Santa Anita |
California-bred Amazombie will defend his title against six other top sprinters in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) against six opponents in a race formerly known as the Ancient Title Oct. 6.

Breeders' Cup

Calder: Breeders’ Cup possible for Dreaming of Sophia | Daily Racing Form
Dreaming of Sophia put herself into the upper echelon of a very good division of 2-year-old fillies based here this summer with her two-length victory in Saturday’s six-furlong Cassidy Stakes at Calder.

Breeders' Cup Sprint: The Lumber Guy a likely starter after Vosburgh win | Daily Racing Form
The Lumber Guy, who returned from a four-and-a-half-month layoff to win the six-furlong Vosburgh; Poseidon\'s Warrior, a good third after contesting the pace from the rail; and Sean Avery, who finished a disappointing fifth, could all meet again in the Breeders\' Cup Sprint, their connnections confirmed.

Dullahan Uses Jamaica as Breeders' Cup Prep |
Donegal Racing's TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) victor Dullahan is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for the $400,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) when he faces seven other sophomores Oct. 6 at Belmont Park.