25 Sep 2004 16:11:17
Bob Fritz
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The Homefield Advantage kicks off the Oak Tree Racing Association meet on
September 29 with a player contest, Pick Five expert selections, and

an opening weekend of stakes races. Oak Tree Racing Association returns to
live racing for its 36th season this year at Santa Anita Park. Catch the
"Did You Knows", learn the jockeys and trainers, and pick out the
handicapping tips that will give you the Homefield Advantage.

There will be a FREE $5,000 Pick 5 Oak Tree Contest for existing customers.
Enter the contest next week and make your selections for the

Pick Five, click here for complete rules. To help with your selections, we
have five experts lined up that will provide their top picks, give you their
longshot, and provide a summary of the race from their unique perspective.
Bob Roberts of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dave Little of the New York
Times, and three handicappers at Bloodstock Research Information Services
(BRIS) will be on the panel of experts.

Highlighting the Homefield Advantage weekend of racing at Oak Tree will be
the $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (G1) on Saturday and the $250,000 Clement
L. Hirsch Turf Championship (G1) on Sunday.

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The brand new AmericaTab Handicapping Open debuts Saturday, Oct. 9. This is
a pay-to-play handicapping tournament exclusively for wagering

account members. Seven mandatory contest races will be posted from which
players make mythical $2 win/place wagers on each race. It is a real-time
betting contest. The entry fee is only $25 and players can buy up to a
maximum of three tickets. Sixty percent of the prize pool is distributed as
weekly cash prizes. The remaining 40% is a carryover, with a build-up to the
finals in 2005. The top 5 players from each week qualify for the AmericaTab
Handicapping Open Finals.

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The $500,000, Grade 2 Super Derby XXV at Louisiana Downs Saturday marks the
return to the spotlight of some familiar faces from this year's Triple Crown

Imperialism makes his first start in four months in the 1 1/8-mile Super
Derby. The Langfuhr colt was one of the leading contenders for the Kentucky
Derby after wins in the San Vicente and San Rafael over the winter. Placed
second in the Santa Anita Derby, he finished strongly in the Kentucky Derby
to finish third behind Smarty Jones and Lion Heart. He has not raced since
finishing fifth in the Preakness. Kent Desormeaux rides for trainer Kristin

Borrego also had his backers in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness after three
straight second-place finishes in the Sham Stakes, Louisiana Derby, and
Arkansas Derby. After running 10th in the Kentucky Derby and seventh in the
Preakness, the son of El Prado returned from a hiatus to finish second in
the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar Sept. 3. Tyler Baze is in the irons for
conditioner Beau Greeley.

South Africa should vie for the early lead after his game win in the local
prep, the Prelude, Aug. 28. In that contest, the Cape Town gelding dueled
most of the way, then fought off late challenges from Britt's Jules and
Fantasticat to prevail by a neck. Cole Norman's charge has been off the
board only once in seven starts. John Jacinto has the mount.

Fantasticat and Britt's Jules have been entered back from the Prelude, as
have Panamanian import Xirius, and Mr. Jester, winner of last year's Delta
Downs Jackpot Stakes. Cryptograph comes to the Super Derby off a win in the
Round Table at Arlington Park, while Caballero Negro took the Silver Season
at Calder in his last outing.

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The European-style grass course at Kentucky Downs plays host to the Kentucky
Cup's turf races Saturday.

Sabiango will try to carry his speed for 1 miles in the day's centerpiece,
the $200,000, Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup Handicap. Owned by "horse whisperer"
Monty Roberts, Sabiango led from gate to wire in the Grade 1 Charles
Whittingham Handicap in June. He raced near the pace in the Arlington
Million Aug. 14, challenged on the final turn, then gave way and finished
11th. Tim Yakteen takes over the training duties from Bob Baffert, and Brice
Blanc rides.

Rochester defends his title in the Turf Cup. In last year's edition, the
gelded son of Green Dancer challenged late to finish a head behind Art
Variety. Rochester was then placed first when Art Variety was disqualified
for interference. While Rochester has not won since, he comes to the Turf
Cup off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga Aug.
14. Pat Day has been named by conditioner Jonathan Sheppard.

Also likely to gain support are Quest Star, winner of the Pan American
Handicap at Gulfstream Park over the winter; Sharbayan, a late-running
second in the Rossi Gold at Arlington Sept. 4; and Art Variety, who has won
twice since last year's Turf Cup but would need to improve on his recent

Missme, winner of the Independence Day Handicap at Mountaineer Race Track,
takes on five foes in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Mile. Academic Angel, winner
of the WinStar Distaff Handicap, seeks her fourth straight victory in the
$100,000 Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf Stakes. Abderian, second in last year's
$100,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Dash, will try to reach the winner's circle again
this year.

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Ocean Drive, winner of the Grade 3 Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup at Saratoga
last time out, is the 120-pound highweight in Belmont's Saturday feature,
the $150,000, grade 3 Noble Damsel for fillies and mares at one mile on the

Todd Pletcher's charge, who has not been worse than third in eight starts
this year, will break from the outside in the nine-horse field. John
Velazquez is in the irons.

Finery moves up to a stakes for the first time after two second-place
finishes in allowance events, but the company she's been keeping suggest she
should be able to withstand the hike. The daughter of Lear Fan finished two
lengths behind Spotlight July 23. Spotlight went on to win the Lake Placid
at Saratoga and run second in the Pucker Up at Arlington. Her last start was
a close second to multiple stakes winner Madeira Mist Aug. 27. Aaron Gryder
rides for trainer Billy Turner.

Dedication, winner of the Grade 3 Beaugay earlier this year, makes her first
start since June. She ran second against males in the Jaipur May 30, then
came back in six days to run fifth in the Just A Game Breeders' Cup for
conditioner Christophe Clement. Edgar Prado has been named.

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The 36th Oak Tree Meet at Santa Anita gets under way next Wednesday,
September 29. AmericaTab is able to carry this Oak Tree meet from Santa
Anita as it is not controlled by Santa Anita's management. The Oak Tree meet
will host several Breeders' Cup preps over the next two weeks including the
$500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (G1) and $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup
Handicap (G2) on October 2. Post time is 4 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday and
Thursday, twilight racing on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. (ET), and 3:30 p.m. (ET)
on Saturday and Sunday. Oak Tree will be featured in our Homefield Advantage
on our homepage beginning Wednesday. This meet runs through October 31.

Turf Paradise begins it's meet next Friday, October 1. Thoroughbred and
Quarterhorse racing is held here Friday through Tuesday with four Wednesdays
also on the schedule. Post time is 2:25 p.m. (ET). Highlighting the meet are
44 stakes including the $150,000 Turf Paradise Breeders' Cup on the turf and
the $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby, both on February 12. The 166-day meet runs
through May 22.

Meadowlands opens next Thursday night, October 1. Post time for the first
race on Tuesdays is 1:10 p.m. (ET) and 7:30 p.m. (ET) Wednesday through
Sunday. There will also be a special card on Monday, October 11 for Columbus
Day. The opening night feature is the $300,000 Pegasus Handicap for
three-year-olds going a mile and an eighth. The fall Thoroughbred meet runs
through November 13.

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The Grand Circuit arrives in Lexington, Kentucky at the Red Mile beginning
Tuesday, September 28. Note that post time at the Red Mile during the Grand
Circuit meet is 1 p.m. (ET). The Grand Circuit runs through Saturday,
October 9 with the third leg of trotting's Triple Crown, the Kentucky
Futurity held on the closing day card where Windsong's Legacy, who runs in
Saturday's Canadian Trotting Classic, will try to become the first trotting
Triple Crown winner since Super Bowl in 1972.

On Tuesday, The Red Mile has the $250,000 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old
trotting fillies. On Wednesday, it's the $200,000 Bluegrass for the
two-year-old filly pacers. On Thursday, the juvenile males show off their
talents in the $250,000 Bluegrass and on Friday it's the $175,000 Bluegrass
for three-year-old filly pacers and a division for sophomore filly trotters.

Friday night's highlights include the $85,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final
for two-year-old male trotters at The Red Mile. Cisco Hall tops the field of
nine and has been made the 9-5 morning line favorite off a runner-up finish
in his elimination heat last week. The son of Conway Hall won the Lexington
Breeders' Final here two weeks ago in a lifetime best 1:57 2/5. At Mohawk,
the $268,550 Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies has
drawn Invitro as the 3-5 morning line choice. This Camluck filly has won 8
of 13 this year including a streak of six in a row over the summer. The
$205,825 Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters drew an
overflow field of 11 with one also-eligible. Peaceful Way is the prohibitive
3-5 morning line choice in the second race on the card off her record of 14
wins from 19 starts. Breaking stride in the Hambletonian Oaks was a major
disappointment when she was the 7-10 favorite but she has come back to win
three of her last four.

On Saturday, $1.15 million Canadian Trotting Classic Final at Mohawk
Raceway. Ten older trotters have been entered for the final including
elimination heat winners Cantab Hall and Al Dente Hanover and they drew the
rail and two hole respectively. Hambletonian winner Windsong's Legacy, the
even money morning line choice, drew post three. The Red Mile has the
$95,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old male pacers.
Alloveramerica is the mild 4-1 favorite in this nine-horse field. Hazel Park
hosts eight divisions of the Michigan Sires Stakes.

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Tonight's feature at Sam Houston Race Park is the $350,000 Sam Houston
Futurity (G1). Ten juveniles will be going 400 yards in this contest
including 7-5 morning line favorite Azoom. The son of Shazoom has won 8 of
10 lifetime and never off the board. This is his biggest start against open
company. The only runner in here that has beaten Azoom is Shake Em Fever, a
winner in 5 of 6 tries missing by only a neck in his second start. Sr Spanky
is also only a neck shy of being undefeated in four starts.

On Saturday afternoon, the New Mexico State Fair at Albuquerque hosts the
$98,000 Senorita Futurity and the $94,000 Senor Futurity for New Mexico-bred
juveniles. A full field of ten has been drawn for the Senorita with Double
Down Baby, a tepid 3-1 morning line favorite. The daughter of Chicks A
Blazin has won 3 of 4 in her brief career. Ten are entered for the Senor
including an entry from Fred Danley. With no dominant runner in here, the
entry of Mr. Frenchman and Gotta Get is the 5-2 morning line favorite.

On Saturday night, Los Alamitos will host the $100,000 Mildred N. Vessels
Memorial Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares going 400 yards. The 2002
All-American winner AB What a Runner will face Mongoose Jet Eye. Champion AB
What a Runner finished fourth in the Go Man Go two weeks ago and won this
race last year. Mongoose Jet Eye won the Maturity Stakes in her last start
back in August. Prima Ld has won 10 of 14 in her career. At Sam Houston,
Sixy Thru Traffic will try for his fourth win in a row in the $110,000 Sam
Houston Derby (G2). He's won 6 of 9 starts as he faces nine others including
an entry from Christian Rubalcava.

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