Accelerate, Diversify in Final Classic Preps on Huge Breeders’ Cup Challenge Weekend
The second biggest Breeders’ Cup Challenge weekend of the year ushers in the Santa Anita fall meet, which hosts a quintet of “Win and You’re In” races, including the Awesome Again (GI), which will feature West Coast handicap leader ACCELERATE, while Belmont Park’s championship meet offers a trio of automatic qualifiers, including the “Win and You’re In” Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI), led by East Coast handicap leader DIVERSIFY. Add in Challenge races in Europe and Japan, and the road to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. figures to get plenty of passengers trying to strengthen their resumes for racing’s championship weekend.
The Awesome Again will air live on NBCSN from 7:00-8:00 P.M. ET as a part of the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – Presented by America’s Best Racing.” The telecast also will feature other Challenge races at Santa Anita.
The $300,000 Awesome Again, run at 1 1/8 miles, will showcase Hronis Racing’s Accelerate, who is the undisputed leader on the West Coast off a 4-for-5 record in 2018. The 5-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky has comfortably won his four races in California this year, including a sweep of the older Grade I handicap races, the Santa Anita Handicap in March, Gold Cup at Santa Anita May and “the Win and You’re In” TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar August 25, which earned him a bid into the Classic. Accelerate, who is 8-for-20 lifetime, which includes a ninth-place finish in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Del Mar, suffered his lone defeat this year in April’s Oaklawn Handicap (GII) but has been unbeatable of late, as his last two wins have come by a combined 16 ¾ lengths.
Trainer Bob Baffert indicated Tuesday afternoon to Daily Racing Form that he will enter Gary and Mary West’s WEST COAST, a surprising twist considering the 4-year-old son of Flatter hasn’t raced since a second-place finish in the Dubai World Cup (GI) at Meydan in March and was never considered a likely candidate for the Awesome Again. West Coast, who won last year’s Travers (GI) at Saratoga and Pennsylvania Derby (GI) at Parx Racing before running third in the Classic at Del Mar, won the Eclipse award as champion 3-year-old, and is 6-for-11 lifetime. He kicked off his season with a second-place finish to Horse of the Year Gun Runner in Gulfstream Park’s Pegasus World Cup (GI. He has worked six times since returning to training this summer, including a bullet 48.00 move at Santa Anita Tuesday morning. That swift drill prompted Baffert to call an audible and opt to race West Coast over his home track, as opposed to training up to the Classic, a move that worked for 2015 Classic winner American Pharoah and 2016 Classic winner Arrogate.
“Bringing him to the Classic off works would not be fair to him. He’s not a brilliant work horse, like Arrogate or American Pharoah. He’s a little lazy,” Baffert said to DRF.com. “I don’t have to ship. (The Awesome Again is the best spot) “if I want to give him a fighting chance in the Breeders’ Cup.”
Accelerate’s exploits are likely to keep the field for the Awesome Again at a bare minimum, and the presence of West Coast figures to dilute participation even more. As of Tuesday afternoon, only with Mr. and Mrs. William Warren’s THE LIEUTENANT, who was sixth in the Pacific Classic but second to Diversify in Belmont Park’s Suburban (GII) in July, was the only other confirmed starter. ISOTHERM, second in Del Mar’s Harry Brubaker August 22 and PRIME ATTRACTION, a distant third in the Pacific Classic, also nominated for the “Win and You’re In” Awesome Again.
The Gold Cup and Awesome Again are the last of seven Grade I “Win and You’re In” qualifiers for this year’s Classic. Nonkomo Yume (JPN) earned the first berth in February in Tokyo Race Course’s February Stakes, the lone Challenge race outside of U.S. soil. Pavel won Churchill Downs’ Stephen Foster in June, while Good Magic took Monmouth Park’s Haskell Invitational in July. Diversify earned a bid in August in Saratoga’s Whitney, to go with Accelerate in the Pacific Classic.
Challenge Races Abound on Santa Anita’s Opening Weekend
While the Awesome Again is the top attraction, Santa Anita opens with a bang, as four other Grade I, $300,000 “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup qualifiers will be offered and are expected to have a lasting impact on the action at Churchill Downs later this fall.
Saturday, a berth into the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is on the line in the American Pharoah (formerly the FrontRunner), and the 1 1/16-mile test will offer many of California’s 2-year-olds their first shot at going two turns. A potentially small field will be led by Gary and Mary West’s GAME WINNER, who made it 2-for-2 when he won the Del Mar Futurity (GI) September 3. The son of Candy Ride (ARG) easily won his debut at Del Mar in August for trainer Bob Baffert and has a pedigree and running style that suggest he should only get better with more distance.
Baffert will also start Michael Petersen’s TALE OF THE UNION, a Union Rags colt who was a powerful 8-length debut winner at Del Mar August 26. West Point Thoroughbreds and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s GUNMETAL GREY took to two turns with aplomb in his second start at Del Mar, when the son of Exchange Rate won off by 6 ¾ lengths August 22. OXO Equine’s ROWAYTON was second in the Del Mar Futurity in his second career start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and the son of Into Mischief rates a speedy presence on the stretchout. Del Mar maiden winners LISTING and MASON DIXON could also run in the “Win and You’re In” American Pharoah.
The American Pharoah’s sister race, the Chandelier, will offer an automatic starting berth into the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and will showcase some of California’s immensely deep and talented 2-year-old filly division, with Kaleem Shah’s BELLAFINA leading the way. The daughter of Quality Road was second on debut at Los Alamitos Race Course in July for trainer Simon Callaghan then blitzed stakes foes by 4 ¼ lengths each in Del Mar’s Sorrento (GII) in August and Debutante (GI) September 1.
George Bolton’s MOTHER MOTHER was second in the Debutante for Baffert and will try the favorite again, as will OXO Equine’s BRILL, who was 3-5 in the Debutante for Hollendorfer off an easy Del Mar debut win but finished a disappointing fourth. DEL MAR MAY, a maiden who was second in the Sorrento, CANDURA, a sharp winner on debut at Del Mar, and VIBRANCE, who broke her maiden going two turns at Del Mar, could also start in the “Win and You’re In” Chandelier.
The Rodeo Drive, run at 1 ¼ miles, will offer up a berth into the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and figures to lure a big field, with All Schlaich Stable, Gatto Racing and George Todaro’s VASILIKA leading the way as she looks for her sixth straight win. The 4-year-old daughter of Skipshot enters off a win in the John C. Mabee (GII) September 1 at Del Mar in her graded stakes debut for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Vasilika, who is 11-for-25 lifetime, was claimed for $40,000 this winter at Santa Anita and has since blossomed into one of Southern California’s top female turf horses.
Winter Quarter Farm’s CAMBODIA has been one of the more consistent grass mares in the country the past few years for trainer Tom Proctor. The 6-year-old daughter of War Front won Del Mar’s Yellow Ribbon (GII) in August, was second in the Mabee and was a sharp third in last year’s Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar. Stakes winner FAHAN MURA, third in the Mabee, Del Mar Oaks (GI) winner FATALE BERE (FR), stakes winners KATHY’S SONG, MADAME STRIPES (ARG), QUEEN BLOSSOM (IRE), THE TULIP (IRE), and the up-and-coming OLLIE’S CANDY, necked out in the Del Mar Oaks, could also run in the “Win and You’re In” Rodeo Drive.
Sunday, the Zenyatta takes center stage, with an automatic starting berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on the line. The 1 1/16-mile race could be the coming-out party for Chuck Winner and Ward and Roberta Williford’s LA FORCE (GER), who was second to the since-retired divisional leader Unique Bella in the local Beholder Mile (GI) in June and Del Mar’s July 29 Clement Hirsch (GI), a “Win and You’re In” that was also a Distaff qualifier. The 4-year-old daughter of Power (GB) is just 2-for-21 lifetime and will be looking for her first stakes win, though she clearly enters in career-best form for trainer Paddy Gallagher.
The Zenyatta would get an added boost and an odds-on favorite should China Horse Club and Clear Sky Farm’s ABEL TASMAN be a last-minute addition for Baffert. The 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road was second in last year’s Distaff at Del Mar and earned a berth into this year’s race when she won Belmont Park’s “Win and You’re In” Ogden Phipps (GI) in June before winning another Distaff qualifier, Saratoga’s “Win and You’re In” Personal Ensign (GI) August 25. Abel Tasman is 8-for-14 lifetime, which includes a win in last year’s Kentucky Oaks (GI) at Churchill Downs. Baffert’s more likely starter is Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum’s VALE DORI (ARG), who has lost six straight but is 5-for-10 locally and won a trio of graded stakes over the track in the winter of 2017.
Reddam Racing’s MOPOTISM has had mixed form of late but did win the local La Canada (GII) in January for trainer Doug O’Neill, while trainer John Sadler could run two in Hronis Racing’s SHENANDOAH QUEEN won Del Mar’s Tranquility Lake August 24 and Batchelor Family Trust’s TRUE ROYALTY, who defeated fellow 3-year-olds in Del Mar’s Torrey Pines (GIII) August 26 and could be the right fresh new face in the “Win and You’re In” Zenyatta.
Diversify Looms a Speedy Handful in Gold Cup
Ralph Evans’ defending champion DIVERSIFY figures an odds-on proposition in Saturday’s $750,000 “Win and You’re In” Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI) at Belmont Park. The New York-bred 5-year-old son of Bellamy Road is a perfect 2-for-2 at the Gold Cup’s 1 ¼ miles and makes his first start since he wired Saratoga’s August 4 “Win and You’re In” Whitney (GI) to gain a berth into the Classic. Diversify, who is 10-for-15 lifetime, also won the track and distance Suburban (GII) and shows an imposing 8-6-2-0 record over Belmont’s main track.
The remainder of the Gold Cup field has a Jekyll and Hyde feel, as Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ GRONKOWSKI was second to Triple Crown hero Justify in the Belmont in June but a distant eighth in Saratoga’s Travers (GI) August 25 for trainer Chad Brown, while the Coolmore conglomerate of Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor’s MENDELSSOHN won the UAE Derby (GII) by 18 ½ lengths at Meydan in March but was last-of-20 in the Kentucky Derby and a distant third in the local Dwyer (GIII) in July before running an improved second in the Travers for trainer Aidan O’Brien. Godolphin’s homebred THUNDER SNOW (IRE) aired in the Dubai World Cup (GI) at Meydan hours after Mendelssohn’s win but was last-of-8 in the “Win and You’re In” Juddmonte International (GI) on the turf in his return August 22 for trainer Saeed bin Suroor. The International was an automatic qualifier for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, though it’s the Classic that has been the goal all year for Thunder Snow.
Decided longshots CARLINO, DISCREET LOVER, PATCH and UNO MAS MODELO are also expected for the “Win and You’re In” Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Joe Hirsch, Vosburgh Offer Turf, Sprint Bids
The Gold Cup card will be supported by the $500,000 “Win and You’re In” Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (GI), which will offer an automatic starting berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, and the “$350,000 “Win and You’re In” Vosburgh (GI), which a spot in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on the line.
The Hirsch, run at 1 ½ miles, is shaping up as one of the deeper and more competitive preps, with Convento Viejo’s homebred ROBERT BRUCE (CHI), who already qualified for the Turf with his win in the “Win and You’re In” Arlington Million (GI) August 11 leading the way. The 4-year-old son of Fast Company (IRE) was a multiple Group I winner and went 6-for-6 in his native Chile for trainer Patricio Baeza before being sent to trainer Chad Brown for a 2018 campaign. Robert Bruce won Aqueduct’s Fort Marcy (GIII) in May before suffering his only career loss when a close sixth, beaten just a length, in the local Manhattan (GI) in June, before winning the Million.
Augustin Stable’s homebred SPRING QUALITY won the Manhattan for trainer Graham Motion and enters off a close third in another Turf qualifier, Saratoga’s “Win and You’re In” Sword Dancer August 25. The 6-year-old son of Quality Road was a close second in the Fort Marcy and is 6-for-12 lifetime. Veterans CHANNEL MAKER, HI HAPPY (ARG) and SADDLER’S JOY can all win with their best, while CARRICK, HIGHLAND SKY and European invader TEODORO (IRE) are also expected for the “Win and You’re In” Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.
The six-furlong Vosburgh will showcase Ray Mamone’s divisional leader IMPERIAL HINT, who dazzled when he won Saratoga’s Alfred G. Vanderbilt (GI) under wraps in 1:08.98 July 28 for trainer Luis Carvajal. The 5-year-old son of Imperialism, who is 11-for-17 lifetime, won the local True North (GII) in June and seems intent on bettering his sharp second-place finish at Del Mar in last year’s Sprint later this fall at Churchill Downs.
Imperial Hint’s presence in the Vosburgh is expected to keep the field on the light side, with SILVER RIDE and STILL KRZ, none of who have ever run in a graded stakes, the only other confirmed starters, while MANIACAL, MR. CROW and WEEKEND HIDEAWAY are possible.
Rockfel, Royal Lodge Offer Juvenile Turf Bids at Newmarket
The “Win and You’re In” action gets underway Friday at Newmarket, with the seven-furlong $135,000 Shadwell Rockfel (GII), which will award automatic starting berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, and is followed by Saturday’s 1-mile $168,750 Juddmonte Royal Lodge (GII), with a berth into the Breeders’ Juvenile Turf on the line.
The Rockfel has 17 2-year-old fillies signed on at the early entry stage, with Coolmore and trainer Aidan O’Brien’s pair of Galileo (IRE) fillies HERMOSA (IRE) and ZAGITOVA (IRE) favored in the early betting among European punters after running third and fourth, respectively, in The Curragh’s September 16 Moyglare Stud (GI), also a “Win and You’re In” for the Juvenile Fillies Turf. MAIN EDITION (IRE), who won the local Sweet Solera (GIII) in August but was just fifth in the Moyglare, is also attracting support for trainer Mark Johnston, as is YOURTIMEISNOW (GB), who won the Fillies’ Stakes (GIII) September 6 at Salisbury for trainer Roger Varian. DUTCH TREAT (GB), FOXTROT LIV (GB), HIDDEN MESSAGE and PINK DOGWOOD (IRE) are also trading at 10-1 or under, while AJRAR (GB), BRASSICA (IRE), CALIFORNIA LOVE (GB), CANTON QUEEN (IRE), DANDHU (GB), GOSPEL (GB), MISS CELESTIAL (IRE), and MODEL GUEST (GB) are also entered for the “Win and You’re In” Shadwell Rockfel.
The Royal Lodge betters the Rockfel by one, as 18 2-year-olds are pre-entered, with Princess Haya of Jordan’s BEATBOXER trading as a stiff 5-2 favorite for trainer John Gosden. The son of Scat Daddy is unbeaten and untested in two starts, including a novice stakes by 3 ¾ lengths at Haydock August 10. KUWAIT CURRENCY is also receiving strong support off a 2-for-3 record for trainer Richard Hannon, which includes a win in the Stonehenge August 24 at Salisbury. Coolmore and O’Brien could run as many as seven, with BROOME (IRE) and CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) rating the best of a group that includes MOHAWK (IRE), MOUNT EVEREST (IRE), MOUNT TABORA, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (GB) and WESTERN AUSTRALIA (IRE). COURT POET (GB) and KADAR are also trading under 10-1, while ARCTIC SOUND (GB), ARTHUR KITT (GB), DUKE OF HAZZARD (FR), FLOATING ARTIST (GB), FOX TAL (GB), LINE OF DUTY (IRE) and VICTORY COMMAND (IRE) are also entered for the “Win and You’re In” Juddmonte Royal Lodge.
Turf Sprint Stakes on the Line at Nakayama
Sunday’s prestigious $2.116 million “Win and You’re In” Sprinter Stakes (GI) at Nakayama Race Course is expected to draw an overflow field, with a berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on the line. Run at about six furlongs on the turf, the Sprinter Stakes is expected to be led by Godolphin’s homebred FINE NEEDLE (JPN), who enters off a win in the Centaur (GII) at Hanshin September 9. The 5-year-old son of Admire Moon (JPN) is 4-for-8 lifetime for trainer Yoshitada Takahashi and also won the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (GI) at Chukyo in March.
Tokyo Horse Racing’s Co.’s defending champion RED FALX (JPN) will offer stiff competition. The 7-year-old son of Swept Overboard is winless in three starts this year for trainer Tomohito Ozeki but is 5-for-13 lifetime and clearly has an affinity for the local turf course. LET’S GO DONKI (JPN) and ONCE IN A MOON (JPN), second and third, respectively, in last year’s race, are also expected back for trainers Tomoyuki Umeda and Makoto Saiko, as is the well-traveled Group I winner LUCKY BUBBLES for trainer K W Lui. ADMIRE GOD (JPN), GREAT CHARTER (JPN), KAISER MELANGE (JPN), KING HEART (JPN) and SNOW DRAGON (JPN) could also see action in the “Win and You’re In” Sprinter Stakes.
NEWS AND NOTES
Defending Turf Sprint Champion Stormy Liberal Returns Friday at Santa Anita
Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen’s 6-year-old STORMY LIBERAL is slated to start in Friday’s 6 ½ furlong, $100,000 Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita on opening day. Trained by Peter Miller, Stormy Liberal, who won last year’s Turf Sprint at Del Mar by a head at 30-1 over stablemate Richard’s Boy, is 2 of 5 this year, winning twice at Del Mar this summer in optional claimer and in the listed Green Flash Handicap.
Elate Suffers Minor Injury, Breeders’ Cup Participation in Limbo
Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s homebred ELATE, who was pointing to either the Breeders’ Cup Classic or Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, saw her status be put in jeopardy when she developed inflammation in and around the splint bone in her right front foreleg. The 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was training for a title defense in Belmont Park’s October 6 Beldame (GI) for trainer Bill Mott but will be out of training for an undetermined amount of time.
“I’m going to miss the Beldame. We’ll see what I can do making the Breeders’ Cup. She developed a splint on the inside of her right fore. Just got to see how it responds to treatment,” Mott said. “The best-case scenario is hope to be back going by the first of October. If that’s the case, then she will have missed a couple of weeks of training. We’ll see what happens.”
Elate was last seen running second to Abel Tasman in Saratoga’s “Win and You’re In” Personal Ensign (GI) August 25, and while that race was an automatic qualifier for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, a race Elate was fourth in as the favorite last year at Del Mar, Mott indicated the Classic’s 1 ¼ miles may be a better fit. Elate is 5-for-12 lifetime, which includes a win in her only other start this year, Delaware Park’s 1 ¼-mile Delaware Handicap (GII) in July.
Roaring Lion Possible for Turf, Classic
Qatar Racing’s ROARING LION, Europe’s best and most accomplished turf horse, has long been mentioned as a potential runner for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf by his trainer John Gosden, though earlier this week he left the door ajar for a possible start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic as well. The 3-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy has won three straight Group I’s and is targeting the Champion Stakes (GI) October 20 at Ascot, though the penchant for a soft turf course could alter his plans and up the chances of a possible trip to Louisville.
“The Breeders’ Cup comes pretty sharply after Champions Day,” Gosden said. “If it was heavy he wouldn’t run at Ascot, but if it was good to soft he’d run as he’s won on it before.
Roaring Lion won the Coral-Eclipse (GI) at Sandown in July before earning an automatic bid into the Turf later that month with his win in Ascot’s “Win and You’re In” King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO (GI), and most recently won another automatic qualifier for the Turf in Leopardstown’s Irish Champion (GI) September 15. He’s 7-for-11 lifetime, with wins going the Classic’s 1 ¼ miles in the Eclipse and Irish Champion, prompting Gosden to weigh his options, should he ship Roaring Lion to Churchill Downs.
“If he went to the Breeders’ Cup, it could be the mile and a half on turf or we could look at the Classic on dirt,” Gosden said. “He’s a mile-and-a-quarter horse so you’d consider the Classic as well as the turf.”
Farrell Could Cut Back for Filly & Mare Sprint
Coffee Pot Stable’s homebred FARRELL, upset winner of Saratoga’s 1 1/8-mile Shuvee (GII) in July, has her sights set on Churchill Downs later this fall, though trainer Wayne Catalano indicated she may be pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, as opposed to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon has been a mainstay going two turns over the past few years, which includes second-place finishes in Churchill’s La Troienne (GI) in May and “Win and You’re In” Fleur de Lis (GII) in June, and while that automatic qualifier for the Distaff would suggest that she’s an ideal candidate for the race, Catalano is keeping his options open.
“I’m still not sure what we’ll do,” Catalano said. “We might prep at Belmont, maybe Santa Anita, maybe just wait for the Breeders’ Cup.”
Farrell, who is 8-for-18 lifetime, including the local Chilukki last November going a one-turn mile, was recently fifth in the Personal Ensign.
COUNTDOWN TO THE BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
A listing of the upcoming major stakes races this weekend:
BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC
September 29 – $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI) at Belmont Park. Run at 1 ¼ miles for 3yos & up.
September 29 – $300,000 Awesome Again (GI) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 1/8 miles for 3yos & up.
September 29 – $200,000 Lukas Classic (GIII) at Churchill Downs. Run at 1 1/8 miles for 3yos & up.
September 30 – $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (GIII) at Remington Park. Run at 1 1/8 miles for 3yos.
LONGINES BREEDRS’ CUP DISTAFF
September 30 – $300,000 Zenyatta (GI) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 1/16 miles for fillies & mares.
September 30 – $200,000 Remington Park Oaks (GIII) at Remington Park. Run at 1 1/16 miles for 3yo fillies.
BREEDERS’ CUP MILE
September 29 – $200,000 Baltimore/Washington Turf Cup (GIII) at Laurel Park. Run at 1-mile on the turf for 3yos & up.
LONGINES BREEDERS’ CUP TURF
September 29 – $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (GI) at Belmont Park. Run at 1 ½ miles on the turf for 3yos & up.
September 30 – $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship (GII) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 ¼ miles on the turf for 3yos & up.
MAKER’S MARK BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE TURF
September 29 – $300,000 Rodeo Drive (GI) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 ¼ miles on the turf for fillies & mares.
TWINSPIRES BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT
September 29 — $350,000 Vosburgh (GI) at Belmont Park. Run at six furlongs for 3yos & up.
SENTIENT JET BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE
September 29 – $300,000 American Pharoah (GI) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 1/16 miles for 2yos.
TITO’S HANDMADE VODKA BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES
September 29 — $300,000 Chandelier (GI) at Santa Anita. Run at 1 1/16 miles for 2yo fillies.
BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE
September 29 – $100,000 Ack Ack (GIII) at Churchill Downs. Run at 1-mile for 3yos & up.
BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT
September 28 – $100,000 Eddie D. (GIII) at Santa Anita. Run at six and a half furlongs on the turf for 3yos & up.
September 30 – $2.116 million Sprinter Stakes (GI) at Nakayama Race Course. Run at about six furlongs on the turf for 2yos & up.
BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF
September 29 – $371,250 Juddmonte Middle Park (GI) at Newmarket. Run at six furlongs on the turf for 2yos.
September 29 – $200,000 Pilgrim (GIII) at Belmont Park. Run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for 2yos.
BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF
September 29 – $371,250 Juddmonte Cheveley Park (GI) at Newmarket. Run at six furlongs on the turf for 2yo fillies.
September 30 — $200,000 Miss Grillo (GIII) at Belmont Park. Run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for 2yo fillies.
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