Latest Horse Racing News (Week 1 October 2018)

Dominating Complexity in the Champagne Stakes

Complexity, trained by Chad Brown, seemed to a definite winner in Saturday’s Grade 1 Champagne Stakes worth $500,000. The potential star went wire to wire and in the process maintained an astounding lead throughout the track scoring a maiden victory at the tracks of Saratoga. The offspring of Maclean’s Music definitely looked like an unchallenged competitor with jockey Jose Ortiz on its back, posing a lead of three full lengths off the turn after galloping the first half mile in only 45.31.

Code of Honor, coming second in the very race was pretty good as though unfortunately getting stumbled at the start he had to rally wide. But, even un-deterred, the condition would not have arrived where he would surpass Complexity in the race.

Knicks Go wins scoring 70-1

Going wire to wire in just 1:12.68, Knicks Go scored a massive upset in the Saturday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity worth $400,000. The mare running at odds 70-1, under jockey Albin Jimenez, cruised at the tracks pulling off unbelievable margins with the other competitors. At the end, Go was 5 and a half lengths clear of Signalman, who came to be the runner up at the race. “A sheer talent”, was the expression at everyone’s face as it was indeed an upset for the bidders lured in by the 70-1 odds.

The value on the son of Paynter almost doubled as Knicks Go worth $87,000 returned with a price tag of $142,000. The colt even came to be a champion at his debut race at Ellis Park and grabbed the third position at Arlington-Washington Futurity prior to Saturday’s breakthrough.

Keeneland’s Breeder’s Futurity: rematch for runners

Champion of the Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga, Mind Control, in his most recent start, is one of the topmost contender among the 14 juveniles participating in Keeneland’s Grade 1 $500,000 Claiborne Breeder’s Futurity. The Red Oak and Madaket Stables’ mare is to enter the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Grade 1 Juvenile Cup on 2nd November if he stands winner in the race scheduled ninth of Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at 5:14pm. Trainer Greg Sacco reveals that Mind Control would be rode by the famous jockey John Valaquez and would start from post 13. Other competitors taking part are highly valued contenders out of Hopeful like Starlight Racing’s Sombeyay, Calumet Farm’s Derby Date and John Oxley’s Dream Maker.