Saturday, November 28, 2009

Stakes Selections for Saturday, Nov. 28

Golden Rod: Vivid Colors.

Kentucky Jockey Club: Worldly.

Remsen: Citrus Kid.

Gazelle: Bon Jovi Girl.

Cigar Mile: Bribon.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving at Fair Grounds

3rd: Scene Of The Crash.

5th: Silver Sands.

6th: Ide Ball.

7th: Card Player.

Thanksgiving Handicap: Euroears.

9th: Quench.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Frankel at Fair Grounds

Robert Frankel was a great supporter of Fair Grounds. If Fair Grounds put up a nice stakes purse, Frankel would often ship a runner in for the event, and many times his entrants were highly regarded horses. Fair Grounds fans were very fortunate to see the likes of Peace Rules, Chester House, Beat Hollow, and many other stars from the Frankel barn race at Fair Grounds.

Much has been written about Frankel's wins in numerous Fair Grounds stakes. However, two notable stakes victories have been overlooked.

In 1986, Fair Grounds introduced the Week of Fame to close out the meet. The Week consisted of the $100k six-furlong Sprint on Wednesday, the $100k Ladies Handicap over nine furlongs on the grass on Thursday, the $100k Fortune Handicap over nine furlongs on Friday, the grassy $100k Derby on Saturday, and the $125k Gold Cup at 12 furlongs on the grass on Sunday. To entice trainers to enter multiple horses in the Week of Fame stakes, Fair Grounds offered a bonus to any trainer who could win more than two of these stakes in a year. Frankel answered the challenge.

In 1986, Frankel's horses ran well without winning any of the Week of Fame stakes. 1987 was a different story. Frankel's Rocky Marriage opened the Week by narrowly losing to Florida-invader Chief Steward in the Sprint. That defeat would prove to be costly for Frankel in terms of the bonus. The next day, Frankel saddled Solva, with Gary Stevens aboard, to a victory in the Ladies over the good mare Top Socialite. Frankel closed out that Week of Fame with a win in the Gold Cup as his Iades beat the Grade 1 winner Flying Pidgeon over a soggy Fair Grounds course.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Selections for Breeders' Cup Saturday

Juvenile Turf: Interactif (1st), Pounced (2nd), and Bridgetown (3rd).

Turf Sprint: Cannonball (1st), Noble Court (2nd), and Lord Shanakill (3rd).

Sprint: Fatal Bullet (1st), Gayego (2nd), and Capt. Candyman Can (3rd).

Juvenile: Radiohead (1st), Aikenite (2nd), and Lookin At Lucky (3rd).

Mile: Delegator (1st), Cowboy Cal (2nd), and Justenuffhumor (3rd).

Dirt Mile: Mr. Sidney (1st), Mastercraftsman (2nd), and Ready’s Echo (3rd).

Turf: Spanish Moon (1st), Dar Re Mi (2nd), and Conduit (3rd).

Classic: Twice Over (1st), Gio Ponti (2nd), and Mine That Bird (3rd).

Friday, November 6, 2009

Selections for Breeders Cup Friday

Marathon: Father Time (1st), Mastery (2nd), and Cloudy’s Night (3rd). Sir Dave completes the super.

Juvenile Fillies Turf: Lillie Langtry (1st), Jungle Tale (2nd), and Junia Tepzia (3rd).

Juvenile Fillies: Always A Princess (1st), Zilva (2nd), and Blind Luck (3rd). Beautician completes the super.

Filly and Mare Turf: Magical Fantasy (1st), Visit (2nd), and Forever Together (3rd).

Filly and Mare Sprint: Venture (1st), Informed Decision (2nd), and Evita Argentina (3rd).

Ladies Classic: Life Is Sweet (1st), Music Note (2nd), and Proviso (3rd).