Rail Trip

Indiana Downs: Neck ’n Neck begins comeback in Schaefer Memorial

A year ago, Neck ’ n Neck captured the Indiana Derby in the midst of a career upswing. The colt returns to the Hoosier State on Saturday, but this time will be making his first start in nearly a year after injury halted his season in its tracks.

Del Mar: Rail Trip preps for fall campaign in Pirates's Bounty Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Rail Trip will make his first start since June 29 in Wednesday's Pirate’s Bounty Stakes at Del Mar.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Rail Trip, the millionaire 8-year-old gelding, needs a start in Wednesday’s $90,000 Pirate’s Bounty Stakes at Del Mar to stay on schedule for a fall campaign at Santa Anita. and a start in the Breeders’ Cup.

He is not the only runner in the six-furlong race in that situation.

Del Mar: Rail Trip out of San Diego with bruised foot

Barbara D. Livingston
Rail Trip's long-range goal is a start in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, a race he finished second in last year (above).

DEL MAR, Calif. - Rail Trip will not be able to defend his title in the Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego Handicap on July 27 because of a foot bruise, according to his trainer, Ron Ellis.

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Hollywood Park: Ellis puts Centralinteligence, Rail Trip on different paths

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Centralinteligence, who earned his first stakes win Saturday in the Triple Bend, is targeting the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 2.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Trainer Ron Ellis said Sunday that Centralinteligence and Rail Trip emerged from the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap on Saturday “perfect,” but they are headed in different directions in the next two months.

Centralinteligence, who scored the first stakes win of his career in the Triple Bend, will get a vacation during the summer and will not run at Del Mar. His next start will be the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship – formerly the Ancient Title – as a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

Hollywood Park: Comma to the Top won't back down if challenged in Triple Bend

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Comma to the Top earned a fan in jockey Edwin Maldonado when the gelding won the Tom Fool Handicap by a nose at Aqueduct on March 2.

Watching from Southern California, Maldonado was impressed the way that Comma to the Top fought off persistent challengers through the stretch.

“It was the way he did it,” Maldonado said. “He had horses inside and outside of him and fought back and won. He never had a chance to relax.”

Hollywood Park: Small fields expected for Grade 1 stakes

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Obviously, the winner of the Grade 2 American Handicap in May, will be favored in Saturday's Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The two Grade 1 races at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday will have small fields.

As of Sunday, there were five probable starters for the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf and five or six candidates for the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap over seven furlongs on the synthetic main track.

The 2012 winners of both races are back this year.

Hollywood Park: Ellis's three Breeders' Cup runners will race again next year

Tom Keyser
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile runner-up Rail Trip will race next year at age 8.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Ron Ellis had three runners in the Breeders’ Cup, and while none of them won, two finished in the money, and, best news of all for the trainer, it appears all three will remain in training for 2013.

The best-known of Ellis’s trio is Rail Trip, who rallied for second in the Dirt Mile behind Tapizar after finding himself caught in traffic for much of the race.

Santa Anita: Ellis sends out three to work for Breeders’ Cup starts

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Include Me Out, here winning the Clement Hirsch at Del Mar, had earlier won the Santa Margarita over the Santa Anita surface.

The three Breeders’ Cup runners trainer Ron Ellis will send out Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita – Include Me Out, Rail Trip, and Teddy’s Promise – all worked at Betfair Hollywood Park on Tuesday as they moved closer to the richest races of their careers.

Santa Anita: Game On Dude formidable on favorite track in Awesome Again

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Game On Dude won the Goodwood (now Awesome Again) under Chantal Sutherland, but will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano on Saturday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Game On Dude has raced this year in Dubai, at Hollywood Park, and Del Mar, but it is at Santa Anita, where he began his 2012 campaign, that he shines best, which is why he will be the focal point of the Grade 1, $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday.

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Rail Trip one of a few still on the fence

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Rail Trip, winner of the Breeders Cup-qualifying San Diego Handicap, will start in the Awesome Again on Saturday at Santa Anita.

Like many of the Breeders’ Cup events, the lineup for the $1 million Dirt Mile has a lot of “ifs” to it, at least at this early juncture.

The results of the next two weekends, with such key races as the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park and Grade 1 Awesome Again at Santa Anita still to be run, should allow quite a bit of the proverbial dust to settle while determining the outlook for the Dirt Mile.

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