Saturday Special: October 1

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Rabbit, rabbit, it’s the first of October. Wow, what a day of racing. From coast to coast, Flintshire and A. P. Indian at Belmont Park, California Chrome and Beholder at Santa Anita and everything in between. Put the dog out, send the kids to the neighbors, pay the yard man extra, do nothing but enjoy a day of stars. Here’s your Saturday Special for Oct. 1, presented as usual by Pin Oak Stud.

Chantilly. Race 1. 8:00 a.m. The Qatar Prix Chaudenay should keep the coffee hot for you on this Saturday morning. Doha Dream rates a long look in this Group 2 going a mile and 7 furlongs.

Chantilly. Race 2. 8:35. The Qatar Prix De Royallieu offers a chance for The Juliet Rose, third in the Prix Vermeille, to get back to her winning ways. Dermot Weld travels with Almela.

Newmarket. Race 1. 8:45. Kick off the day right with juveniles going a mile at Newmarket. George Bolton is represented by Jive Factor, an American-bred son of The Factor for Ed Dunlop.

Ascot. Race 1. 9:00. Listed fillies pop off a strong Saturday card at Ascot.

Ascot. Race 2. 9:30. Kings Fete should win the Group 3 Gigaset Cumberland Lodge Stakes.

Chantilly. Race 3. 9:50. The Aga Khan could have a big day. Zarak looks strong in the Qatar Prix Dollar.

Fontwell. Race 3. 9:55. Belize aims at his third straight win in the $22,000 feature, which is part of a decent card over a figure-eight track. Don’t be alarmed when the announcer says, “Reaching the intersection.”

Ascot. Race 3. 10:05. Shalaa seeks his sixth straight win for Al Shaqab and John Gosden, taking on nine rivals in the John Guest Bengough Stakes.

Redcar. Race 3. 10:15. The Totepool 2-year-old Trophy Stakes. Twenty-three juveniles rumble for a lucrative purse of $257,500. Weights range from 128 to 113, depending on the median price of the sire’s yearlings. Yup, the median price of the sire’s yearlings.

Chantilly. Race 4. 10:25. Yup, the Aga Khan has another favorite. Vazirabad stretches 4 furlongs farther than he’s ever been in the Qatar Prix Du Cadran.

Ascot. Race 4. 10:40. The Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap. As we’ve said before, there is nothing like a handicap in Europe, highweight Buckstay lugs 136 pounds. 

Gowran Park. Race 5. 10:45. Road To Riches, a 10-time winner, fell on hard times this spring/summer. He’s back after a brief freshening. Gigginstown House Stud, who took away 60 horses from Willie Mullins this week, sends out Road To Riches, The Game Changer and Devils Bride here in the PWC Champion Chase.

Redcar. Race 4. 10:50. The one and only Gordon Lord Byron makes 67th start, carrying high weight of 133 pounds in the Guisborough Stakes.

Newmarket. Race 5. 11:00. The Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes highlights an enticing card. Ervedya, who actually went off favorite over Tepin at Royal Ascot, goes 7-2 here. Smart Call won four in a row in South Africa before taking a nine-month break, she makes her return here. And, of course, what’s a Group 1 without Coolmore, they pull the trigger with Alice Springs here.

Chantilly. Race 5. 11:12. Dicton, Moonlight Magic, Taareef and Zayva could put on a show in the Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein.

Ascot. Race 5. 11:15. Veteran Sole Power looks to be on hard times, but maybe he snaps his losing streak here and goes over the $3 million mark.

Gowran Park. Race 6. 11:20. Tocororo, a 4-year-old filly, makes her fourth start over fences for Gigginstown and Gordon Elliott. She’s won her last two by a combined 66 lengths.

Newmarket. Race 6. 11:35. Tattersalls offers a sweet bonus, divvying up $220,500 to October Yearling Sale Book 3 graduates in the Tattersalls October Auction Stakes. Popular? There are 30 entered. 

Gulfstream Park. Race 2. 12:28 p.m. The Florida Sire Meadow Star kicks off a full card of stakes action. We’ll be rooting for She’s Incredible for Fernando Abreu and Our Sugar Bear Stable.

Belmont Park. Race 1. 12:30. Snap Decision makes his career debut, the 2-year-old son of Hard Spun and Personal Ensign’s daughter Salute is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Mr. Speaker. Here’s what Shug McGaughey said about him in the Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour published Aug. 31 in The Special: “He worked on the grass (a half in :48.79). Nice horse, or I think he is. He worked this morning like he was.”

Gulfstream Park. Race 3. 12:56. Sonic Mule drops from open stakes company to the Armed Forces for Calumet and Todd Pletcher.

Gulfstream Park. Race 5. 1:56. The Mr. Steele hands out $75,000 to mile turfers. Chuck Simon, another Allen Jerkens protégé who is rolling, sends out Aire Bueno, a Chilean-bred 7-year-old who’s won four of his last six.

Gulfstream Park. Race 6. 2:30. Awesome Banner looks long gone in the Florida Sire Foolish Pleasure.

Delaware Park. Race 4. 2:45. Four-year-old filly Callingmissbrown, a daughter of Pulpit and Island Sand, makes her belated career debut for My Meadowview and Graham Motion.

Gulfstream Park. Race 7. 3:05. Bahama Halo exits the P.G. Johnson and takes aim at the Our Dear Peggy. Nice to see Roger Laurin with a talented homebred, Backstage broke her maiden easily in her most recent start.

Belmont. Race 6. 3:26. The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. Check out our full preview of Super Saturday. 

Woodbine. Race 6. 3:43. Three-year-old fillies stretch 9 furlongs on the turf. Catherine Day Phillips, at 27 percent this year, holds a strong hand with Rainbows Ahead and Diamond Girl.

Churchill Downs. Race 7. 3:47. Always a captivating race, the Jefferson Cup entices a heady group of 3-year-old turf horses going 9 furlongs. Surgical Strike has only won three races from 14 starts but he’s consistent and talented.

Belmont. Race 7. 4:04. The Gallant Bloom Handicap. Check out our full preview of Super Saturday.

Parx Racing. Race 8. 4:04. Cocked And Loaded tried the Tremont, Sanford, Arlington Washington Futurity, Iroquois, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Bay Shore, Pat Day Mile, Arlington Classic, Ohio Derby, Indiana Derby and Smarty Jones. Wow. In his only claiming try, he won by 5 lengths and was claimed for $40,000 by trainer Mike Pino. The 3-year-old son of Colonel John (who just left the country) breaks from the rail in this optional claimer.

Finger Lakes. Race 7. 4:21. Pat On The Back and Macho Miah put their rivalry back on the line in the New York Breeders’ Futurity. They finished a nose apart in the Aspirant. Ken McPeek also entered Pat On The Back at Belmont Park Sunday.

Belmont. Race 8. 4:37. The Pilgrim. Check out our full preview of Super Saturday. Check out our full preview of Super Saturday.

Thistledown. Race 7. 4:40. The Ohio-bred program hands out some big checks, here’s $75,000 on the line for 2-year-old fillies in the Emerald Necklace. True Cinder, the 5/2 favorite is still a maiden.

Laurel Park. Race 8. 4:40. It’s crazy and comforting to see the Maryland program rebounding. The Politely gives Maryland-bred fillies and mares a chance at a $75,000 purse. Excuse Candida H.’s last try, she’s back to what she does best, zipping one turn on the dirt for Fitzhugh and Mike Trombetta. Lovable Lady stands in her way.

Churchill. Race 9. 4:49. Well, hello again. Champion Runhappy makes his return in the Ack Ack Handicap. Now trained, er, again trained by Laura Wohlers, the 4-year-old son of Super Saver rides a six-race win streak into the Grade 3 mile stakes. Is he vulnerable stretching to a mile off the bench?

Woodbine. Race 8. 4:52. Princess Bullet made an impressive debut at Woodbine, she aims at her first stakes try in the South Ocean.

Gulfstream. Race 10. 4:56. Cajun Delta Dawn, undefeated in four starts, breaks from the outside in the Florida Stallion Sire My Dear Girl.

Laurel. Race 8. 5:10. The Challedon offers $75,000 to all horses and attracts All Star Red out of New York for Rudy Rodriguez and Mylute for Ralph Nicks.

Belmont. Race 9. 5:11. The Vosburgh. Stop raining already. Check out our full preview of Super Saturday and  Check out Joe Clancy’s exclusive report on A. P. Indian. 

Churchill. Race 10. 5:20. The Lukas Classic. Guess D. Wayne Lukas would like to win this with Natchez, a 20-1 outsider for Calumet. Canadian shipper Breaking Lucky ran hard in the Woodward, finishing fourth, beaten a neck for everything. Speedsters Bradester and Noble Bird add salt to the soup.

Gulfstream. Race 11. 5:31. Dave Fawkes tries to win back-to-back stakes, unleashing Daring Kathy in the Panama City. She needs to turn the tables on Pink Poppy, Kiss To Remember, Dad’s Princess and Determined Lady who beat her in the Wasted Tears. We’ve always loved Truth, who makes her first start for Marty Wolfson after winning one of five for Jimmy Jerkens.

Belmont. Race 10. 5:45. The Beldame. Check out our full preview of Super Saturday.

Hastings. Race 5. 5:50. The Grade 3 BC Premier’s Handicap stretches 11 furlongs. Calgary Caper was sprinting 6 ½ furlongs in May, he’s won three straight for Phillip Hall. Three Rules hasn’t gone anywhere all summer, decimating rivals in four consecutive wins.

Santa Anita Park. Race 6. 6:00. We still struggle with the stakes names – the Frontrunner, Chandelier, Rodeo Drive –but Santa Anita’s stakes skein starts here. Perhaps John Shirreffs is back on the big stage with Gormley, an impressive debut winner, he breaks from the rail in the Frontrunner. Bob Baffert doesn’t shy away from running, he sends out Klimt for start number five, he’s won his last three.

Gulfstream. Race 12. 6:06. And, yes, there is an end to the stakes smorgasbord. The Florida Stallion In Reality Stakes offers $500,000 to Florida-bred 2-year-olds.

California Chrome and Art Sherman look to add another chapter to their story.
Santa Anita. Race 7. 6:30. The one and only California Chrome. The champ puts the finishing touches on his trip to the Breeders’ Cup with a spin in the Awesome Again. 

Santa Anita. Race 8. 7:00. Mike Stidham goes on the road with Zipessa. She reunites with Florent Geroux (hey, don’t get days) in the Rodeo Drive.

Hastings. Race 6. 7:20. You’ve heard of the Ballerina? Not this Ballerina. This is the Grade 3 stakes going 9 furlongs. Touching Promise seeks her third straight win and her third straight Ballerina win for Mr. and Mrs. R J Bennett and trainer Barbara Heads.

Santa Anita. Race 9. 7:30. Think Beholder will be looking for California Chrome in the paddock? Don’t worry, he’s back at the test barn. Seventeen-time winner Beholder squares off with Stellar Wind – the only filly to beat her since June, 2014 – in the Zenyatta.

Santa Anita. Race 10. 8:00. How about Stewart Elliott? He rides American Cleopatra, a full-sister to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Chandelier.

Oak Tree at Pleasanton. Race 9. 8:15. Yes, there is still an Oak Tree meeting. The Oak Tree Juvenile offers $50,000 and looks like a fourth win in a row for Only You Babe, a California-bred son of Thorn Song owned and bred Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and trained by Steve Specht. 

Santa Anita. Race 11. 8:30. Still needing to satiate your stakes fix? Here’s the Unzip Me.

The Meadowlands. Race 5. 9:00. Oh, we remember going to the Meadowlands for night racing on the weekends. It was electric. Monmouth at the Meadowlands? A flickering bulb. The feature is a conditioned claimer with a $20,000 purse.

Remington Park. Race 8. 11:19. If you ever wondered who was eligible for “3-year-olds and upward which have not won a race other than maiden, claiming, starter, trial or Oklahoma bred allowance at a mile or over on the turf in 2016?” Well, Regally Ready is, Vinery Stable’s stakes-winning veteran seeks his 20th win.

Sunday. Yes, Sunday. 

Chantilly. 10:05 a.m. The greatest of them all – the Qatar Prix De l’Arc De Triomphe. The Group 1 over a mile and a half attracts the best turf horse in the world Postponed (don’t tell Flintshire). The 5-year-old rides a six-race win streak. Want another streak? Found rides a five-race runner-up streak. Awesome race. Sit back and enjoy.