We are one month away from the prestigious Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Race Track in San Diego. Many potential entries have been making or are making their final tune-ups ahead of the event and excitement is starting to build. There are still other stories to keep an eye on and as always DerbyDeals.com is happy to keep you informed.
According to an article on DRF.com (Wagering Up In September) thoroughbred racing has enjoyed a 2.6 percent increase in wagering this past September over last year’s number. There was also a slight increase in racing days and purses are also on the uptick. On the year, wagering in total is up and hopefully this is a trend for an entertainment industry that is fighting hard to maintain its place in a shaky economy.
This past week Ahmed Zayatt owned and Bob Baffert trained colt Paynter had surgery to remove a small portion of his large intestine. The horse is said to be recovering well and this was just another issue on the road back for Paynter. Earlier in the season, Paynter battled colitis and then laminitis and despite the situation appearing grave at one point, he has started to heal nicely and there is even talk that he may race again at some point.
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The Indiana Derby runs on Saturday at Hoosier Park and though it lacks the big name star power among the field, some of the top trainers in all of racing have entries. Bob Baffert brings in Fed Biz, a colt that has won three of his four career starts, with a victory coming most recently in the El Cajon at Del Mar. Tritap, trained by Steve Asmussen is making his first start in a contest other than a maiden race, but he has a quality lineage to draw from that includes Tapit, Pulpit, and A.P. Indy. Winner of the Grade III Smarty Jones Stakes, Easter Gift, will hit the track for Nick Zito and will likely be a favorite along with Bourbon Courage and Fed Biz.