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September 13, 2017
Handicappers might be exhausted by the time they get to it, but the $50,000 John Bullit Stakes on Friday night at Canterbury is a nice little race.
It seemed fair to wonder how many folks would be interested in lining up to face Amy's Challenge in the Shakopee Juvenile Stakes on closing-day Saturday at Canterbury Park. The answer is: plenty.
Hallelujah Hit will get the added ground he craves on Friday night when he moves to seven furlongs for a division of the $50,000 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes at Remington Park.
Off a flat third in the 10-furlong Arlington Million, Deauville will turn back in distance as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $800,000 Woodbine Mile, a Win and You're In qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Mile.
Mo Town gets another chance – perhaps a last chance – to revive his once-promising career when he runs in a second-level allowance Friday going one mile at Belmont Park.
Winx, the reigning Australian Horse of the Year, was the 1-10 favorite in future-book betting Wednesday to win her 20th consecutive start in Saturday's Group 1 Colgate Optic White Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse outside of Sydney.
Sharp Samurai, the dominant 3-year-old turf runner in California in recent months, is not expected to start until the Grade 2 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita on Oct. 28.
Trainer Jorge Gutierrez has been fined $500 after one of his runners at Del Mar in July tested positive for two anti-inflammatory medications – bute and flunixin.
Jockey Martin Garcia, sidelined by back issues for most of this month, hopes to resume riding by the start of the Santa Anita autumn meeting on Sept. 29.
The conditions of Saturday's $100,000 Barretts Debutante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos are proving very attractive for owner Tyler Seltzer and trainer Ian Kruljac.