Horse Racing News by Jay Privman
In a battle of impressive debut winners, So Brilliant shined and Empire Way never fired in the Grade 3, $100,000 Hollywood Prevue on Thursday at Hollywood Park.
Neil Drysdale sent out Bourbon Bay and Miss Match to work in company Sunday morning at Hollywood Park and was so encouraged by the way both traveled over the grass that he decided to run both this Saturday in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup.
The field for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic continued to shrink on Sunday, when trainer Graham Motion decided to run Aruna in the Filly and Mare Turf on Friday.
A tantalizing matchup in the Breeders' Cup Classic featuring Havre de Grace, the best filly in the United States, and Uncle Mo, the nation's most compelling 3-year-old.
The Goodwood Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita did not unfold the way trainer Bob Baffert drew it up on paper, but the result was still what he desired.
Blind Luck, in her final prep for the Grade 1 Lady's Secret Stakes on Saturday, worked a sharp half-mile in 47.60 seconds on Tuesday morning at Hollywood Park under her regular exercise rider, Marco Ramirez.
Baffert did it again on Wednesday, winning the Grade 1, $250,000 Futurity for the 10th time in its last 16 runnings, this time with Drill, who survived a bumpy stretch run to prevail in the closing-day feature at Del Mar.
Jeff Bloom, 47, is hoping his latest venture is his best yet, and, so far, he's batting 1.000.
Del Mar's business has been so far above projections this summer that the track announced on Monday it would pay an additional $1 million in purses, a record underpayment.
Animal Kingdom, this year's Kentucky Derby winner, has been given the green light to resume training and will be pointed toward the Dubai World Cup next spring, his ownership group, Team Valor International, announced on Saturday in a press release.