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Churchill sees attendance, handle rise during fall meet

Churchill Downs on Monday reported increases in daily attendance, daily handle, and total handle during its 21-day Fall Meet, which concluded Sunday. Daily average handle showed the biggest gain, rising 25.6 percent to $4,982,238 compared to the 2014 Fall Meet.

For the full story, visit the TwinSpires blog via the above link.

In other news Monday at the blog:

Del Mar reported that daily average decline during their Bing Crosby fall meeting, which also concluded Sunday. Business was more positive in South Florida this fall, with Gulfstream Park West reporting a 19 percent increase in daily handle for its 40-day meet.

Vance Hanson looks back on some of the action over Thanksgiving weekend, including thoughts on Dortmund's weight snafu in Saturday's Native Diver (G3) at Del Mar.

Casse dreaming of Derby 142; field favored in Pool 1 of KDFW

Norman Casse, assistant to father and trainer Mark Casse, is already dreaming about next year's Kentucky Derby (G1) following a pair of wins at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Airoforce (Colonel John) captured the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and stablemate Conquest Big E (Tapit) took an allowance/optional claimer.

Mohaymen (Tapit) and Lewis Bay (Bernardini) exited their respective wins in Saturday's Remsen (G2) and Demoiselle (G2) at Aqueduct in good order.

Sunday saw the close of Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) as well as the inaugural Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager. The field ended up being favored in both, with unbeaten Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) hero Nyquist (Uncle Mo) the individual favorite for the KDFW and Tapit reigning supreme over all other individual interests in the Sire Future Wager.

Sunday also saw the end of Mr Speaker's (Pulpit) racing career, as it was announced that the Grade 1 winner is taking up stud duties at Lane's End Farm.

In stakes action on Sunday, Shonan Pandora collared Last Impact to score in the Japan Cup (Jpn-G1) to give sire Deep Impact a one-two finish in the Tokyo Racecourse contest. At Del Mar, Dressed in Hermes (Hat Trick) prevailed in the Cecil B. DeMille (G3) a couple of races before Stormy Lucy (Stormy Atlantic) upset the Matriarch (G1) at 65-1.


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Trainer Stats


Trainer   Starts   Wins   Win %
Jonathan Wong   25   11   44
David Walters   16   7   44
Jim Fergason   17   7   41
Ron K. Smith   22   9   41
Kevin S. Patterson   27   11   41
Manuel Badilla   21   8   38
Mike Chambers   16   6   38
Dimitrios K. Synnefias   31   11   35
Jason DaCosta   17   6   35
Larry E. Smith   17   6   35
Kieron Magee   88   31   35
Robertino Diodoro   117   41   35
Timothy C. Grams   45   15   33
James P. DiVito   36   12   33
Jose Luna Silva   36   12   33
Philip M. Serpe   24   8   33
Erin C. Groff   15   5   33
Joseph Hennessy   15   5   33
Donald C. MacRae   15   5   33
Rigoberto Velasquez   52   17   33
Roddina A. Barrett   31   10   32
Shawn H. Davis   19   6   32
Leslie F. Young   19   6   32
Michael S. Ferraro   121   38   31
John F. Martin   86   27   31

Trainer/Jockey Stats


Trainer/Jockey Combo   Starts   Wins   Win %
Robertino Diodoro/Jorge Carreno   39   21   54%
Chris Richard/Corey J. Lanerie   30   15   50%
Mark E. Casse/Julien R. Leparoux   18   8   44%
Dimitrios K. Synnefias/Edwin Gonzalez   23   10   43%
Jeremiah C. Englehart/John R. Davila, Jr.   26   11   42%
Kevin S. Patterson/Gerald Almodovar   26   11   42%
Rudy R. Rodriguez/Irad Ortiz, Jr.   26   11   42%
Jose Luna Silva/Jorge Martin Bourdieu   26   11   42%
Michael P. De Paulo/Eurico Rosa Da Silva   17   7   41%
Marcos Zulueta/Frankie Pennington   17   7   41%
W. Bret Calhoun/Roberto Morales   15   6   40%
Gary Capuano/Jevian Toledo   15   6   40%
Todd A. Pletcher/Eddie Castro   15   6   40%
John F. Martin/Russell A. Baze   23   9   39%
Darwin D. Banach/Luis Contreras   18   7   39%
William E. Morey/Russell A. Baze   18   7   39%
Michael S. Ferraro/David Michael Lopez   96   37   39%
Karl Broberg/Colby J. Hernandez   52   20   38%
Timothy C. Grams/Oscar Flores   21   8   38%
Robertino Diodoro/Scott A. Stevens   16   6   38%
Rigoberto Velasquez/Jennifer Whitaker   16   6   38%
Chris Dorris/Victor Santiago   22   8   36%
Chad C. Brown/Irad Ortiz, Jr.   62   22   35%
M. Anthony Ferraro/Jaime Rodriguez   17   6   35%
Lyle W. Magnuson/Larris Allen   17   6   35%

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Tuesday

Finger Lakes   (4th) Bambisfrostyracer, 6-1
    (8th) Streuves Star, 5-1
Hawthorne   (4th) Go Bonnie Go, 7-2
    (6th) Baba Lucy, 4-1
Mahoning Valley   (3rd) Art Official, 8-1
    (6th) Tensas Cold Front, 9-2
Parx Racing   (1st) Still Chief, 9-2
    (2nd) Ghazi's Stone, 5-1
Turf Paradise   (4th) God of War, 6-1
    (8th) Out of Mischief, 9-2

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