From AtTheRaces.com: Connections of Brown Panther have announced he'll attempt to erase the memories of going pre-race mental prior to Sunday's G1 Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine and will in fact ship to Santa Anita to run in the upcoming G1 Breeders Cup Turf.
Not sure where you're getting a pedestrian pace for the Nearctic Stakes? The announcer called it 22 flat for the quarter, but it was actually 22:12, and 44:52 for the half. That's moving along at a very decent clip in a 6f sprint.
The bottom line in the Nearctic Stakes, IMO, was Caspar Netscher's ability to stay up to a mile. Black Hornet took them along at a pretty decent clip early on, 22 & change for the quarter, 44 & change for the half, which set the race perfectly for a horse able to close strong from off the pace like Caspar Netscher. And lest we forget, he just started sprinting this season and hadn't really fared that well in any of the top sprint races in the UK. His 2 biggest wins prior to the Nearctic Stakes had come during his 3yo season in 2012 when he won the G3 Greenham Stakes over 7f at Newbury, followed by the G2 Mehl Muhlens-Rennen(German 2000 Guineas) over a mile in Cologne, Germany.
Aidan O'Brien told the European Racing Media this morning that Magician will return to Santa Anita to defend his Breeders Cup Turf crown. O'Brien also said they will be sending Qualify to run in the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf, War Envoy for the BC Juvenile Turf, and The Great War for the BC Juvenile(Dirt). Trainer Dermot Weld has also announced his intention to send over Mustajeeb to run in the BC Mile.
From RacingPost.com: Al Kazeem will join Cirrus Des Aigles in a trip to Hong Kong in December. Like CDA, Al Kazeem also has a lot of back form at 12f/2400 meters, but all of his G1 form has come at 10f/2000 meters, so I'm assuming it's the G1 Hong Kong Cup at 2000 meters instead of the G1 Hong Kong Vase at 2400 meters that Al Kazeem intends to contest.
After many placed efforts in between, Just The Judge wins the G1 E P Taylor Stakes, her first win since winning the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas last season with Odeliz getting up for 2nd. Total European dominance at Woodbine today.
Woobine has sure been kind to trainer David Simcock over the past few weeks. He's won the G1 Northern Dancer with Sheikhzayedroad, G1 Woodbine Mile with Trade Storm, and now the G2 Nearctic Stakes with Caspar Netscher. That a financial haul.
What a great ride by Andrew Mullen to get Caspar Netscher home for the win in the G2 Nearctic Stakes! Now if Just The Judge, Wall of Sound, or Odeliz can make good in the G1 E P Taylor, it could be a huge day for British trained horses in Canada today.
Agreed Euro Trash, for some reason CDA just doesn't seem to run that well on those racetracks in the far east, I.E., Japan Cup, Hong Kong Vase/Cup. He's ran really well everywhere he's raced in Europe and in Dubai, but for some reason Sha Tin seems to be a stone in his shoe, so to speak.
As we know, Sir Michael Stoute loves pointing at the Breeders Cup Turf, I.E., Conduit in 2008 & 2009, and he also had Spanish Moon in the 09' renewal, and he also sent Workforce over in 2010 but scratched him from the race. But Hillstar has solid form on fast and soft ground, so ground shouldn't be an issue for him. Wonder if the connections might consider supplementing for a trip to Santa Anita with Hillstar now?
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