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The Week in Review: August 29, 2019
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019
by: Valerie Mellema
After an exciting Travers Day weekend, here's what's happened in horse racing this week!
Spendthrift to Stand Mitole
After winning his third grade 1 win last weekend by taking the Forego Stakes, Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to MITOLE.
MITOLE won the Metropolitan Handicap (G1), the Churchill Downs Stakes (G1) and now the Forego. He will retire at the end of the year and enter stud in 2020. His current stud fee is set at $20,000, but may change based on future race results.
Improbable Wins Shared Belief and Looks at PA Derby Next
After a three month break after being the favorite in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, IMPROBABLE came back in style winning the $98,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar by 2 3/4 lengths. Trainer Bob Baffert states that Pennsylvania Derby may be next in his future. He added that MUCHO GUSTO may be headed there as well. GAME WINNER missed the Travers due to a virus and will not be ready to make the trip to PARX.
Long Range Toddy Preps for the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby
LONG RANGE TODDY returns to Oklahoma, where he started his racing career winning the 2018 Springboard Mile at Remington Park. He breezed in :50.19 with splits of :24.40 and :36.80 for three furlongs. The Oklahoma Derby will be held Sunday, September 29th at 1 1/8 miles. He has not started since the July 13th Indiana Derby.
CDI Announces No Slots at Arlington International
Last week we reported exciting news that Arlington International could be getting a casino license thanks to a promising report stating that there was enough viability in the area. Yesterday, Churchill Downs Incorporated busted everyone's bubble and said they did not apply for the casino license and that there would be no slots coming to the racetrack. According to CDI, the cost outweighs the profit and would not be profitable. CDI will be applying for a sportsbook license and racing will continue through 2021.
Super Derby at Louisiana Downs September 7th
The 40th running of the $300,000 Super Derby (G3) will be held at Louisiana Downs in Shreveport on September 7th. The race card will also feature the inaugural running of the $60,000 Frank L. Brothers Stakes. The new stakes race is named after trainer Frank Brothers who won the 1998 Super Derby with ARCH. The mile and one-sixteenth turf contest was renamed this year to honor the Louisiana native and winner of 9 titles at Louisiana Downs. Brothers also saddled winners in the 1991 Preakness and Belmont with HANSEL.
Texas Thoroughbred Association Yearling & Mixed Sale
At the start of the TTA Yearling & Mixed Sale, buyers and sellers learned that the new purse money recently passed by the Texas legislature will be seen at the next Sam Houston meet with an estimated MSW ATB at $38,000.
There were also two top selling horses with a Louisiana bred son of SHANGHAI BOBBY out of VIVA VEGA selling for $115,000. The colt was consigned by Clear Creek Stud. The second was a colt by TOO MUCH BLING out of the stakes producing mare, RED THREAD. The colt sold for $60,000 and consigned by the Benchmark Training Center.
Del Mar Announces Sixth Fall Meet
Officially titled the Bing Crosby Season, Del Mar will hold 14 stakes races worth $1,950,000 during a 15-day race meet. The meet will start Friday, November 8th and run through Sunday, December 1st. Of the 14 stakes, 9 of them are graded.
Have a great week!
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