From The Horse’s Mouth: Neigh 10

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Updated: September 14, 2014

From The Horse's MouthWell Hello Again!! I like to hear some heart warming stories from the track and Wise Dan provided this horse with a contented whiney. The Dual American Horse of the Year/Twice Winner of the Breeders Cup Mile made a great comeback having undergone colic surgery on May 16th this year.

Saturday August 30th at Saratoga: Bernard Baruch Handicap (Grade 2); Turf firm; Distance 1m ½ f: 3yro+: 9R. Winner: Wise Dan (USA) 4-5f by a nose over Second: Optimizer (USA) 29-1, Third: Five Iron (USA) 36-5. (feature image at the head of this blog).

With this win under the saddle Wise Dan could make one more run out on 4th October for the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. The aim would then be to secure a third Breeders Cup Mile win before heading to the Santa Anita meeting on November 1st. Can Wise Dan achieve a hat-trick to emulate Golidikova?

A healthy looking Wise Dan. Image credit Wise Dan Facebook page.

A healthy looking Wise Dan. Image credit Wise Dan Facebook page.

Over the Pond (contd)

Sunday 31st August at Saratoga: Spinaway Stakes (Grade 1): Dirt-sloppy: Distance 7f: 2yo fillies: 8R. Winner: Condo Commando (USA) 67-20, Second: By the Moon (USA) 11-2, Third: Angela Renee 33-20f.

Monday August 25th at Del Mar: TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (Grade 1); Polytrack; Distance 1m 2f: 3yo+: 10R. Winner: Shared Belief (USA) 6-5f, Second: Toast of New York (USA) 8-1, Third: Imperative (USA) 38-1

Sunday 31st August at Del Mar: Del Mar Debutante Stakes (Grade 1): Polytrack: 2yro fillies: Distance 7f: 9R. Winner: Sunset Glow (USA) 9-10f, Second: Her Emmynency (USA) 17-5, Third: Conquest Eclipse (USA) 146-10.

Germany

Saturday 30th August at Baden Baden: Preis Der Sparkassen Finanzgruppe (Group 3): Turf soft: Distance 1m 2f: 4yo+: 13R. Winner: Nausica Time (GER )93-10, Second: Nuntius (GER)18-5f, Third: Zazou (GER) 92-10

Sunday 31st August at Baden Baden: Coolmore Stud Baden-Baden Cup (Listed Race): Turf soft: 3yo+ fillies & mares: 11R. Winner: Athenian (IRE) 187-10, Second: Cape Factor (IRE) 47-10, Third: Al Quintana (GER) 143-10.

Sunday 31st August at Baden Baden: 144th Goldene Peitsche Powered by Burda@Turf (Group 3): Turf soft: 3 yo+: 13R. Winner: Signs of Blessing (IRE) 9-5f, Second: Son Cesio (FRA) 49-10, Third: Alcohuaz (CHI) 152-10. This winning line up just shows how much horse-racing is a global passion!

Australia-a far flung corner of the globe

Saturday 30th August at Caulfield Melbourne: New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (Group 1); Turf Good; 3yo+: 11R. Winner: Dissident (AUS) 11-1, Second: Sweet Idea (AUS) 7-1, Third: Puissance De Lune (IRE) 7-1.

 Two Big Races on September 13th

1550 Doncaster: St Leger Stakes: Going Good: Distance 1m 6f 132y: 3 yo colts & fillies): 12R NR Min Alemarat, Odeon

Winner: Kingston Hill 9-4f by 1 ¼ lengths over Second: Romsdal 13-2. Third placed Snow Sky 11-2 was 2 lengths behind. This is the oldest and longest British flat horse race.

Kinston Hill triumphs in St Leger. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Kingston Hill triumphs in St Leger. Image credit @Channel4Racing

1850 Leopardstown: Quipco Irish Champion Stakes: (Group 1): Distance 1m 2f : Going Good to Firm: 3yo+: 7R. Winner: The Grey Gatsby 7-1 2f by a neck over Second: Australia 3-10f.

Having just caught this race on youtube The Grey Gatsby was in last place some 2 ½ lengths behind the rest of the field going into the home turn, whilst Australia remained at the back of the main group. Neither horse looked in contention at this point, although energy would have been expended more in this gruelling race, by the leading horses. Australia swung to the outside and accelerated to the front but The Grey Gatsby proceeded to follow in Australia’s wake. In an amazing final furlong The Grey Gatsby joined the race favourite and then secured a narrow margin victory on the line.

A neck separates The Grey  Gatsby & Australia in Irish Champion Stakes. Image credit @PA_Stables

A neck separates The Grey Gatsby & Australia in Irish Champion Stakes. Image credit @PA_Stables

Horse Whispers

Some of the chatter gleaned from the stable called Twitter

Breaking News on Sept 12th from @Channel4Racing: Noble Mission has been promoted to winner of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (report in FTHM Neigh 9) as “first past the post” Spirit Jim disqualified due to a failed dope test.

Noble Mission awarded G1 win. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Noble Mission awarded G1 win. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Breaking News on Sept 13th from @ChampionsSeries & RT @Channel4Racing the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes heroine and Australian star Black Caviar has given birth to a filly.

Bits and Pieces

The BHA (British Horseracing Authority) disciplinary hearing into the contaminated feed incident, where eight horses failed post race dope tests, will take place on September 25th. One of the horses involved Estimate belongs to the Queen, and 2 horses were trained by Barry Hills after he returned from retirement.

The Arena Racing Company (ARC) vowed to resolve any issues regarding the programming of races at Newcastle Racecourse, after the BHA refused to grant a rule exemption to enable floodlight racing to take place. Newcastle wants to have all-weather racing facilities by the end of 2015.

California Chrome team confirmed on the horse’s Facebook page he will make his return in the Pennsylvania Derby on September 20th. It seems that ABR will live stream Chrome’s return to the track. You can read my previous accounts of California Chrome in FTHM Neigh 7 and 8 on this website.

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