Horse Racing News by Claire Novak
Trainer Charlie LoPresti said Oct. 11 he has yet to exactly pinpoint a date for the final pre-race work of Morton Fink's two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan leading up to the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Mile, though it could come Oct. 16 at Keeneland.
St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds' favored Ring Weekend withstood an inquiry to win the $500,000 Hill Prince Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Oct. 4.
Jay Em Ess Stable's homebred By the Moon upset the $500,000 Frizette Stakes at odds of 24-1 Oct. 4 at Belmont Park, giving trainer Michelle Nevin her first Grade 1 win.
WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables' Carpe Diem seized control from front-runner Conquest Tsunami and rolled away to a powerful 6-1/4-length victory in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity Oct. 4 at Keeneland.
No matter what obstacles are thrown at him this season, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan refuses to lose.
Qatar Racing's Peace and War notched her United States debut Oct. 3 at Keeneland in impressive fashion, taking the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades with a determined closing run to punch her ticket to the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Morton Fink's two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan faces the stiffest challenge of his remarkable return from colic surgery when he takes on Seek Again and Silver Max among seven rivals in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland Oct. 4.
Robert S. Evans' Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist returned to winning ways Sept. 27 at the site of his greatest triumph, defeating older horses in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
American Pharoah looks to solidify his status as the likely favorite for the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes Sept. 27, taking on nine others at Santa Anita Park.
Let's Go Stable's Divine Oath looks to get back on track Sept. 20 in the $150,000 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park.