Santa Anita in Arcadia California will be the scene of the Grade 3 Autumn Miss Stakes this Saturday October 27 - one week before the Breeders' Cup invades the famed California track. Three year old fillies will take to Santa Anita's turf track and go one mile in search of their portion of the $100,000 purse.
The Grade 2 Fayette Stakes comes our way from Keeneland in Lexington Kentucky this Saturday, October 27. Horses three years old and upward will be after their share of the $150,000 purse when they go 1 1/8 miles on Keeneland's synthetic track.
Led by multiple grade I winner Game On Dude, defending Ladies' Classic champion Royal Delta, dominating turf stars Wise Dan and Point of Entry, and 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, 180 horses, including eight defending or former Breeders' Cup Champions, have been pre-entered for the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships.
It was a relatively quiet week of graded stakes action this week - anticipation of the Breeders' Cup in just a couple of weeks is reaching a fever pitch! The majority of the action took place at Keeneland in Lexington Kentucky with one race taking place at the site of this year's Breeders' Cup Santa Anita. Let's take a look.
While the older horses have taken turns beating each other throughout the year they represent a formidable and competitive group that should make the 1 1/4-mile Classic the signature event of the weekend.
The Mile, the penultimate race on the Saturday card, is set to mark the return of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner ANIMAL KINGDOM, who has not started since winning an optional claimer at Gulfstream February 18.
While the Classic is sure to bring a rousing end to the weekend, the most highly anticipated Breeders' Cup race could take place Friday with the $2 million Ladies' Classic. Run at 1 1/8 miles, the Ladies' Classic is shaping up as one of the best renewals ever, with a championship surely lying in the balance.
The $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf, run at 1 1/2 miles, is expected to lure POINT OF ENTRY, who has won five in a row and three straight grade 1's; the Man 'o War at Belmont in July, Sword Dancer (GI) at Saratoga in August and "Win and You're In" Turf Classic at Belmont September 29.