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Cigar Mile, Derby and Oaks preps highlight Thanksgiving Saturday

Recent Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) runner-up Private Zone (Macho Uno) will seek to join Congaree as the only two-time winners of the $750,000 Cigar Mile H. (G1) at Aqueduct on Saturday.

The Cigar Mile highlights a card that includes three other graded stakes, among which is the $300,000 Remsen (G2), an important Kentucky Derby (G1) prep.

Churchill Downs will host the "Stars of Tomorrow II" program on Saturday and the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2), which is co-featured along with the Golden Rod (G2) for fillies, will provide a line on five horses entered in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1.

For previews of all these races, visit the TwinSpires blog via the above links.

Also at the blog on Wednesday:

Odds-on favorites were upset Wednesday in the Zia Park Derby and Zia Park Oaks.

Dick Powell explains in Handicapping Insights how Bernardini is thriving at stud and 2016 looks extremely promising.

John Mucciolo recaps the past week at the Big A in his Aqueduct Notebook.

Foreign invitees for next month's Hong Kong International Races have been announced, and include European star Flintshire (Dansili) and Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) winner Mongolian Saturday (Any Given Saturday).

Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Sire Future Wager fields announced

Churchill Downs on Tuesday released the names of the 23 individual horses that comprise pool one of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). The first pool takes place this week beginning Wednesday and ending Sunday. The "All Others" option was made the 7-5 morning line favorite, while likely juvenile colt champion Nyquist is, at 10-1, the shortest individual choice.

For the first time, Churchill Downs will offer a Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager. The bet, which will be offered concurrently with the first pool of the KDFW, offers fans a chance to wager on the sire that will produce the winner of the upcoming Run for the Roses.

Ed DeRosa says the Future Wagers offer tremendous opportunity.

Dortmund won't make the trip to Churchill Downs for Friday's $500,000 Clark H. (G1), but trainer Bob Baffert will be well-represented by Hoppertunity, who makes a title defense against a strong field of rivals in the 1 1/8-mile centerpiece event of the fall meet.

For the above stories, visit the TwinSpires blog via the above links.

Also at the blog on Tuesday:

Grade 2 winner Taris (Flatter), last seen running third in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), stretches out to a mile Friday for the $300,000 Go for Wand H. (G3) at Aqueduct.

The deaths of noted Grade 1 winners Yes It's True and Keeper Hill have been announced.

John Mucciolo recaps last week's action in his Del Mar notebook.

The Pizza Man heads west for Hollywood Turf Cup

Arlington Million (G1) winner The Pizza Man (English Channel), who exited a fifth-place finish in last month's Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) with a lung infection, looks to rebound on Thursday in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (G2), the Thanksgiving Day feature at Del Mar.

Other leading contenders include Big John B (Hard Spun), hero of the last two editions of the Del Mar H. (G2), and former Canadian Horse of the Year Up With the Birds (Stormy Atlantic), second in the Canadian International (G1) last time.

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

Also at the blog on Monday:

The complexion of Thursday's Falls City H. (G2) at Churchill Downs depends on the status of defending titlist Frivolous (Empire Maker).

La Verdad (Yes It's True) looks to reverse a recent spell of bad luck in Thursday's Fall Highweight H. (G3) against the boys.

Brazilian Triple Crown winner Bal a Bali (Put It Back) looks for his second win of Del Mar's fall meet in Friday's $250,000 Seabiscuit H. (G2).

Louisiana Derby (G2) winner International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus) makes a long-await return to action in the $200,000 Zia Park Derby, one of several graded-quality events held Wednesday at Zia Park and Penn National.

Favorites prevailed in a pair of sprint stakes at Mahoning Valley on Monday.

The fifth annual Online Handicapping Championship is scheduled for Saturday.

Laura Pugh argues criticism of Exaggerator's (Curlin) final time at Delta Downs and pedigree is unwarranted.


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Click here for the monthly November Calendar

Friday, November 20
Silver Goblin S. (r), Remington Park, $50,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
Saturday, November 21
DELTA DOWNS JACKPOT (G3), Delta Downs, $1,000,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m.
DELTA DOWNS PRINCESS S. (G3), Delta Downs, $400,000, 2yo, f, 1m.
CARDINAL H. (G3), Churchill Downs, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8mT.
RED CARPET S. (G3), Del Mar, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 3/8mT.
MY CHARMER S. (G3), Gulfstream Park West, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
TROPICAL TURF H. (G3), Gulfstream Park West, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Colonial Cup Steeplechase H. (NSA-G1), Camden, $100,000, 4&up, 2 3/4mT.
Delta Mile S., Delta Downs, $250,000, 3&up, 1m.
Treasure Chest S., Delta Downs, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.
Louisiana Jewel (r), Delta Downs, $150,000, 2yo, f, 1m.
Louisiana Legacy (r), Delta Downs, $150,000, 2yo, c&g, 1m.
Glorious Song S., Woodbine, $125,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
Artie Schiller S., Aqueduct, $100,000, 3&up, 1mT.
Notebook S. (r), Aqueduct, $100,000, 2yo, 6f.
Bet on Sunshine S., Churchill Downs, $80,000, 3&up, 6f.
Orleans S. (r), Delta Downs, $75,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
Sam's Town S. (r), Delta Downs, $75,000, 3yo, 7f.
First Lady S. (r), Mahoning Valley, $75,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
Glacial Princess S. (r), Mahoning Valley, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
West Virginia Futurity (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 2yo, 7f.
Sunday, November 22
Kennedy Road S. (Can-G2), Woodbine, $200,000, 3&up, 6f.
Key Cents S. (r), Aqueduct, $100,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Cary Grant S. (r), Del Mar, $100,000, 3&up, 7f.
Monday, November 23
Steel Valley Sprint, Mahoning Valley, $200,000, 3yo, 6f.
Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Distaff, Mahoning Valley, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Wednesday, November 25
Zia Park Oaks, Zia Park, $300,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Fabulous Strike S., Penn National, $200,000, 3&up, 6f.
Zia Park Derby, Zia Park, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Zia Park Championship, Zia Park, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
Eddy County S. (r), Zia Park, $140,000, 2yo, 1m.
Sir Barton S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Swatara S., Penn National, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Zia Park Distaff, Zia Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Zia Park Sprint, Zia Park, $100,000, 3&up, 6f.
Blue Mountain S. (r), Penn National, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.


Current Meetings
AQUEDUCT:   Nov. 4 - Dec. 31
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 26
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   Nov. 1 - 29
DEL MAR:   Oct. 29 - Nov. 29
DELTA DOWNS:   Oct. 16 - March 12
FAIR GROUNDS:   Nov. 19 - March 27
FINGER LAKES:   May 1 - Dec. 9
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Oct. 22 - Dec. 13
GULFSTREAM PARK WEST:   Oct. 7 - Nov. 29
HAWTHORNE:   Oct. 2 - Dec. 30
LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 12 - Dec. 31
MAHONING VALLEY:   Oct. 30 - April 23
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 19
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 14 - Dec. 13
TURF PARADISE:   Oct. 17 - May 8
WOODBINE:   April 11 - Nov. 29
Upcoming Meetings
AQUEDUCT:   Jan. 1 - April 24
OAKLAWN PARK:   Jan. 15 - April 16
SAM HOUSTON:   Jan. 15 - March 8
SANTA ANITA PARK:   Dec. 26 - April 10
SUNLAND PARK:   Dec. 18 - April 17
TAMPA BAY DOWNS:   Nov. 28 - May 8
TURFWAY PARK:   Dec. 3 - 31

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Thursday

Aqueduct   (2nd) Steve's Philly, 6-1
    (6th) Bankers Holiday, 4-1
Churchill Downs   (4th) Allthatandzensome, 9-2
    (12th) Rockstar Jam, 5-1
Del Mar   (1st) Good Looking, 7-2
    (4th) Shakeitupbetty, 4-1
Fair Grounds   (4th) Del Mar Dixie, 9-2
    (5th) Fox in the House, 3-1
Golden Gate Fields   (6th) Spot Special, 7-2
    (7th) Sandy's Journey, 4-1
Gulfstream Park West   (1st) Forever Lilly, 5-1
    (8th) Russian Humor, 4-1
Laurel   (3rd) Way of the Warrior, 7-2
    (9th) Morning Star, 6-1
Woodbine   (7th) Divine Dance, 6-1
    (8th) Wheres the Duke, 8-1

For Friday

Aqueduct   (2nd) Elusive Talmo, 7-2
    (6th) Paradise Peak, 3-1
Charles Town   (2nd) Counter Move, 3-1
    (8th) Utter Drama, 4-1
Churchill Downs   (2nd) Anmaat, 10-1
    (10th) One Go All Go, 6-1
Delta Downs   (5th) Vindicated, 5-1
    (9th) Richmond County, 7-2
Fair Grounds   (4th) Avery Lynn, 5-1
    (8th) Creeker's Cat, 4-1
Finger Lakes   (5th) Uncommon Grounds, 3-1
    (9th) Two and Twenty, 4-1
Gulfstream Park West   (10th) Dangerous Brew, 5-1
    (11th) Picketts Corner, 3-1
Hawthorne   (4th) Secret Jinn, 3-1
    (7th) Malibu Wood, 10-1
Laurel   (3rd) Chaotic Bull, 4-1
    (10th) Seventy Niner, 6-1
Parx Racing   (6th) Johnny Jump Up, 9-2
    (7th) Pelekas Beach, 9-2
Penn National   (2nd) Gingers Hero, 6-1
    (7th) Emily Grace, 8-1
Remington Park   (3rd) Get Paid, 4-1
    (7th) Another Bond Girl, 4-1
Turf Paradise   (3rd) Sandys Diamond, 9-2
    (5th) Sweet City Song, 10-1
Woodbine   (9th) Ky Causeway, 6-1
    (10th) Bilby Rhode, 4-1

Spot plays for Del Mar and Golden Gate Fields for Friday not available at press time Wednesday night.

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