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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016

Racing Headlines

Champion Tepin returns in Endeavour; California Derby rematch on tap in El Camino Real Derby

Tepin soundly defeated the boys in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), and on Saturday the Eclipse Award-winning champion turf mare returns to action in the Endeavour (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. A pair of Triple Crown nominees -- Gettysburg and Destin -- will attempt to steal some of the spotlight as they line up in the Sam F. Davis (G3) earlier on the card.

Sophomore will also take center stage at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday as they vie for Kentucky Derby (G1) points in the El Camino Real Derby (G3). Included in that 14-strong group are the top three finishers from the California Derby -- Frank Conversation, Marqula and Algenon.

Gulfstream and Santa Anita Park will each host a distaff race scheduled at 1 1/16 miles. The Royal Delta (G2) at Gulfstream drew a field of six while Santa Anita's Santa Maria (G2) attracted eight runners. Santa Anita also hosts the Arcadia (G2) on Saturday, featuring Obviously, Om and Bolo.

Also on Wednesday, jockey Ramon Dominguez was unanimously made eligible for Hall of Fame consideration beginning in 2016.

James Scully analyzed Mor Spirit's win last Saturday in the Robert B. Lewis (G3) in his Kentucky Derby Report.

John Mucciolo praised Songbird's return victory in his Santa Anita Notebook and tabbed Governor Malibu as a horse to watch in the Aqueduct Notebook.

'All Others' listed at 4-5 in KDFW 2

Unbeaten 3-year-olds Mohaymen and Nyquist top individual interests at 8-1 and 12-1, respectively, but "all others" is expected to be a heavy favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager this weekend. Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia listed the mutuel field as the 4-5 choice on the morning line for pool 2, which gets underway Thursday at noon (EST) and runs through Sunday at 6 p.m.

Lady Sabelia will attempt to join elite company when she makes a title defense in Saturday's Barbara Fritchie H. (G2) at Laurel. The six-year-old mare will likely be a solid favorite over six rivals in the seven-furlong race.

A couple of California-based three-year-olds, Laoban and Bistraya, have been added to the list of probables for the February 20 TwinSpires.com Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds.

Former Canadian champion and Grade 2 winner Leigh Court snapped a four-race losing streak Tuesday in the $60,000 Mardi Gras at Fair Grounds.

Also at the TwinSpires.com blog on Tuesday:

Ed DeRosa and Vance Hanson discuss Songbird and Mardi Gras traditions in this week's Turf Talk.

James Scully takes a look back at the 2004 Southwest, the first of three starts at Oaklawn Park for eventual Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Smarty Jones.

Features

UPCOMING STAKES

Click here for the monthly February Calendar

Saturday, February 13
 
BARBARA FRITCHIE S. (G2), Laurel Park, $300,000, 4&up, f&m, 7f.
SAM F. DAVIS S. (G3), Tampa Bay Downs, $250,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
EL CAMINO REAL DERBY (G3), Golden Gate Fields, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
ROYAL DELTA S. (G2), Gulfstream Park, $200,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
ARCADIA S. (G2), Santa Anita Park, $200,000, 4&up, 1mT.
SANTA MARIA S. (G2), Santa Anita Park, $200,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
TAMPA BAY S. (G3), Tampa Bay Downs, $150,000, 4&up, 1 1/16mT.
ENDEAVOUR S. (G3), Tampa Bay Downs, $150,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Broadway S. (r), Aqueduct, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 6f.
Haynesfield S. (r), Aqueduct, $100,000, 4&up, 1 1/16m.
Essex H., Oaklawn Park, $100,000, 4&up, 1 1/16m.
Suncoast S., Tampa Bay Downs, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1m 70 yards.
John B. Campbell S., Laurel Park, $75,000, 4&up, 1 1/8m.
Maryland Racing Media S., Laurel Park, $75,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Budweiser H., Sunland Park, $75,000, 3&up, 6f.
Phoenix Gold Cup, Turf Paradise, $75,000, 4&up, 6f.
Houston Distaff (r), Sam Houston, $50,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Houston Turf (r), Sam Houston, $50,000, 4&up, 1 1/16mT.
Sam Houston Sprint Cup, Sam Houston, $50,000, 4&up, 6f.
Cincinnati Trophy S., Turfway Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f.
 
Sunday, February 14
 
BAYAKOA S. (G3), Oaklawn Park, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Rego Park S. (r), Aqueduct, $125,000, 3yo, 6f.
El Diario H., Sunland Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f.
Miami Shores S., Gulfstream Park, $65,000, 4&up, f&m, 6 1/2f.
 
Monday, February 15
 
SOUTHWEST S. (G3), Oaklawn Park, $500,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
GENERAL GEORGE S. (G3), Laurel Park, $250,000, 4&up, 7f.
SAN VICENTE S. (G2), Santa Anita Park, $200,000, 3yo, 7f.
Hollie Hughes H. (r), Aqueduct, $100,000, 4&up, 6f.
Miracle Wood S., Laurel Park, $75,000, 3yo, 1m.
Wide Country S., Laurel Park, $75,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
American Fabius S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $60,000, 3yo, 7f.
Mary Todd S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $60,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Mrs. Presidentress S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $60,000, 3yo, f, 7 1/2fT.
Old Hickory S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $60,000, 4&up, 1 1/16m.
Old Man Eloquent S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $60,000, 4&up, 1 1/16mT.
Queen Mother S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $60,000, 4&up, f&m, 7f.
Rail Splitter S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $60,000, 4&up, 6 1/2fT.
Sage of Monticello S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $60,000, 3yo, 7 1/2fT.
Lost in the Fog S., Golden Gate Fields, $50,000, 4&up, 6f.
Lady Bird S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $50,000, 4&up, f&m, 7f.
Little Magician S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $50,000, 4&up, 1mT.
Rough and Ready S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $50,000, 4&up, 1 1/16m.
Trust Buster S. (r), Gulfstream Park, $50,000, 4&up, 7f.

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
AQUEDUCT:   Jan. 1 - April 24
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 7 - Dec. 29
DELTA DOWNS:   Oct. 16 - March 12
FAIR GROUNDS:   Nov. 19 - March 27
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Dec. 26 - June 12
GULFSTREAM PARK:   Dec. 5 - June 30
LAUREL PARK:   Jan. 1 - May 8
MAHONING VALLEY:   Oct. 30 - April 23
OAKLAWN PARK:   Jan. 15 - April 16
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 6 - Dec. 30
SAM HOUSTON:   Jan. 15 - March 8
SANTA ANITA:   Dec. 26 - April 10
SUNLAND PARK:   Dec. 18 - April 19
TAMPA BAY DOWNS:   Nov. 28 - May 8
TURF PARADISE:   Oct. 17 - May 8
TURFWAY PARK:   Dec. 3 - April 3
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
BELMONT PARK:   April 29 - July 17
BELTERRA PARK:   April 29 - Oct. 8
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   April 30 - July 2
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 9 - Sept. 11
EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 6 - Aug. 27
HASTINGS PARK:   April 17 - Oct. 16
HAWTHORNE:   March 11 - April 30
INDIANA GRAND:   April 19 - Oct. 29
KEENELAND:   April 8 - 29
LONE STAR PARK:   April 7 - July 17
LOS ALAMITOS:   April 14 - May 1
MOUNTAINEER:   April 16 - Nov. 26
PARX RACING:   Feb. 20 - Dec. 20
PRAIRIE MEADOWS:   April 28 - August 13
THISTLEDOWN:   April 25 - Oct. 22
WOODBINE:   April 9 - Dec. 4

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Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Thursday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Aqueduct   (7th) Jack O Liam, 4-1
    (8th) Eloquent Tribute, 3-1
Charles Town   (1st) Geographicaloddity, 3-1
    (5th) Stormy's Honor, 6-1
Delta Downs   (8th) King's Songstriss, 6-1
    (9th) Declan's Gold, 6-1
Fair Grounds   (2nd) Spoonfulofsugar, 9-2
    (3rd) Fearless Majesty, 3-1
Golden Gate Fields   (5th) Nahem, 7-2
    (6th) Private Tanner, 5-1
Gulfstream Park   (4th) Duval St., 8-1
    (7th) Agave Sunrise, 4-1
Oaklawn Park   (1st) Wirth Road, 8-1
    (6th) Midnight's Fantasy, 3-1
Penn National   (6th) Obsess, 7-2
    (8th) Hectic, 7-2
Santa Anita   (7th) Bert's Melody, 4-1
    (8th) El Nino Terrible, 3-1
Turfway Park   (6th) Awesome Kiawah, 8-1
    (8th) Heroically, 4-1

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