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October 16, 2014
The premier matchup of Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park is Ben’s Cat versus Roadhog. In last year’s Turf, Ben’s cat opened up a lead in the stretch in the one-mile race only to be run down by Roadhog and beaten a neck.
Full fields for a terrific Saturday card at Keeneland are typified by what the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes has to offer: 13 3-year-old fillies, including some of the better ones in the East and Midwest in a middle-distance niche.
Trainer Anita Bolton said Alert Bay came out of his win over older horses in the Grade 3, $100,000 Premiers at Hastings last Monday in excellent shape and will be heading south, where he is a possibility for the $200,000 Zia Park Derby at Zia Park on ...
Tamarando, idle since April, runs in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap for statebreds over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course.
Though the cream of the New York-bred crop is pointing to greener pastures in the Breeders’ Cup in two weeks, there is still enough on Saturday’s Empire Showcase Day program at Belmont Park for horsemen and horseplayers alike to feast upon.
A day before Wise Dan was declared out of the Breeders’ Cup last Tuesday, he was 6-1 in William Hill’s future-book wagering to win his third straight Horse of the Year title, the third choice behind Shared Belief at 8-5 and California Chrome at 5-2.
Typically, English fall weather has conspired against QIPCO British Champions Day, but a number of Europe’s top horses still will be contesting prize money of more than $6 million Saturday.
The three best horses in the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic will have to cope with the three worst positions Saturday night at Charles Town.
The combination of a less-than-ideal distance and questionable recent form means Ben's Cat is vulnerable in the Maryland Million Turf at Laurel Park. I prefer Talk Show Man, even with his tough outside post.
The end-of-year goals are set for Bon Accord and Nellie Delaney, two runners in Saturday’s $150,000 Los Alamitos Championship for older Quarter Horses.