UPDATE #2: Rajiv was down for probably 20 minutes before he was eventually loaded into the ambulance on the Woodbine turf course. No word yet on his condition.
UPDATE #1: Scary moment in the Natalma as Ready to Act looked to be on her way to certain victory until she veered in hard towards the rail after getting a right handed whip from the jock, bucked up on the temp rail and tossed Rajiv Maragh to the ground. Ready to Act didn't go down and continued to run on to the end of the race, appearing to be okay physically. Rajiv, however, looked like he got hit/stepped-on by Unspurned as she was running along the rail.
With the race thrown into chaos, Llanarmon came through the inside of three other fillies in the final half furlong for the win.
ORIGINAL POST: Ah, fall. Del Mar and Saratoga return to their slumber while fall racing picks up with an eye to the Breeders' Cup in November. Toss in a ton of football every weekend and it becomes real hard to get off the couch the next three to four months!
Some early notes on today's action:
- Najjaar and Royal Bench have scratched from the Kentucky Turf Cup, a pair of disappointing defections.
- My Conquestadory scratched out of the Natalma and will take on the boys in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine.
- Spanish Flower scratched out of the Summer Stakes and will race against her own sex in the Natalma.
- The temp rail is up at Belmont on both turf courses: 9 ft. on the inner turf and 18 ft. on the outer.
The rest of the scratches and changes can be found through the links below, via Equibase:
Below is a summary of the major stakes action this weekend, along with the running results, when available.
|9/14||BEL||G1-Garden City||3yo, f||9||T||3-Alterite (FR)||$8.00|
|9/14||KD||G3-Ky Turf Cup||3up||12||T||8-Temeraine||$6.40|
|9/14||BEL||G3-Noble Damsel||3up, f&m||8||T||5-Peace Preserver||$34.20|
|9/14||AP||G3-Pucker Up||3yo, f||9||T||1-I'm Already Sexy||$4.20|
|9/14||KD||KD Juvenile||2yo||7||T||8-Boji Moon||$4.80|
|9/14||KD||KD Juvenile Fillies||2yo, f||7||T||9-Lien On Kitten||$5.80|
|9/14||KD||KD Turf Dash||3up||6||T||12-Longhunter||$7.80|
|9/15||WO||G1-Woodbine Mile||3up||8||T||4-Wise Dan||$2.50|
|9/15||WO||G2-Canadian||3up, f&m||9||T||1-Minakshi (FR)||$16.20|
|9/15||WO||G1-Northern Dancer||3up||12||T||2-Forte Dei Marmi (GB)||$3.80|
|9/15||WO||Ontario Derby||3yo||9||P||3-His Race To Win||$6.30|