Friday, August 18, 2017

LATE BREAKING NEWS --- $252,572 PICK 6 CARRYOVER TONIGHT AT DEL MAR --- RACES 3-8 ---FIRST RACE AT 6PM. RACE 3 AT 6:50PM

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ARROGATE SEEKS TO REBOUND IN $1,000,000 PACIFIC CLASSIC (G1) SATURDAY AT DEL MAR

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One year ago Arrogate emerges from nowhere to win the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. He follows that with convincing victories in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland, the Dubai World Cup in Dubai, and then the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream.  Then last month, as heavy chalk in a small field, Arrogate finishes out of the money in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar in a race won by Accelerate. Arrogate was never a factor.

Now Arrogate and Accelerate meet again in a rematch this Saturday in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.  Arrogate is the even money morning line choice. Accelerate is 3-1. Collected, who has won 5 of his last 6 races is at 5-2. Each of the remaining 5 horses are 15-1 or greater. Click here for a preview of the race from Matt Shifman of Horse Racing Nation.

First post Saturday at Del Mar for the 11 race card is 4:00PM Texas time. The Pacific Classic, which is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race, is Race 8 at 7:45PM.

There is a $1,000,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4 covering Races 8-11 plus a mandatory payout of the Pick 6 and the Pick 6 Jackpot which is currently at $136,518. Also on Saturday there is a Del Mar/Saratoga All Stakes Pick 4 covering the Alabama and Lake Placid Stakes from Saratoga and the Pacific Classic and Del Mar Oaks from Del Mar

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For last minute selections from the paddock for almost every Del Mar race, follow Tom Quigley on Twitter (@Quigleys_Corner).

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ALABAMA STAKES SATURDAY AT SARATOGA

The feature race Saturday at Saratoga is the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) with a well-balanced field of 8 quality fillies going 10 furlongs. The morning line for 6 of the 8 horses ranges from 3-1 to 8-1. Click here for comments on each horse in the race courtesy of Brian Zipse of Horse Racing Nation.

Trivia Question - How did the name Alabama Stakes originate?

Answer --The intent was to name the race after William Cortell of Mobile, Alabama. The story is he was too modest to allow this. So instead the race was named after his home state of Alabama.

ALL AMERICAN FUTURITY TRIALS THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY PLUS ALL AMERICAN DERBY TRIALS THIS SUNDAY AT RUIDOSO DOWNS

There are 14 trial races for the All American Futurity on Friday and 14 more on Saturday. The horses with the 5 fastest times each day advance to the $3 Million All American Futurity on Labor Day which is the richest race in North America for 2 Year Olds of any breed. First post each day is 12:30PM.

On Sunday there are 13 trial races for the All American Derby. The horses with the 10 fastest times on Sunday advance to the $1,366,000 All American Derby on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. First post this Sunday is at 2:00PM.

 

SIMULCAST STAKES RACES THROUGH THURSDAY, AUGUST 24

*** Denotes Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
DEL MAR 
$75,000 Green Flash Handicap
$300,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4
RUIDOSO DOWNS
All American Futurity Trials
SARATOGA 
$100,000 Skidmore Stakes

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
DEL MAR 
$1,00,00,000 TVG Pacific Classic (G1) ***
$300,000 Del Mar Oaks (G1)
$200,000 Del Mar Handicap (G2)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4
MONMOUTH PARK
$100,000 Violet Stakes (G3)
RUIDOSO DOWNS
All American Futurity Trials
SARATOGA 
$600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1)
$300,000 Lake Placid Stakes (G2)
THISTLEDOWN 
$200,000 Lady Jacqueline Stakes
WOODBINE 
$175,000 Play the King Stakes (G2)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
DEL MAR 
$200,000 Del Mar Mile (G2)
$600,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4
RUIDOSO DOWNS
All American Derby Trials
SARATOGA 
$100,000 Summer Colony Stakes
WOODBINE 
$400,000 Breeders' Stakes
$175,000 Sky Classic Stakes (G2)

MONDAY, AUGUST 21
SARATOGA 
$100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23
DEL MAR 
$75,000 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes
$300,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4
INDIANA GRAND
$100,000 Shelby County Stakes
$100,000 William Henry Harrison
SARATOGA 
$100,000 John's Call Stakes

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
DEL MAR 
$300,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4
SARATOGA 
$150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup (G1)
$100,000 Riskaverse Stakes