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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014

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'All Others' a heavy favorite in first Kentucky Derby Future Wager

American Pharoah posted dominant wins in his two stakes appearances (Benoit Photo)

It's a true reminder that the pace is quickening on the journey to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby: the first of four pools in Churchill Downs Racetrack's Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) will open its three-day run on Friday, November 28 and the "All Others" wagering interest is expected to be a heavy favorite when Derby future betting concludes early Sunday evening.

The Mutuel Field (#24), or "All Others," has been installed by Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia as the 3-5 morning line favorite among 24 betting interests in the opening future pool for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The pool also features 23 individual horses and Zayat Stables LLC's American Pharoah, winner of the Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner at Santa Anita, is the individual choice. The colt missed a planned run in the November 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile because of a left front foot bruise, but is expected resume training soon for a return to racing as early as February, according to his three-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert.

American Pharoah, one of four KDFW Pool 1 betting interests trained by Baffert, was listed as a 12-1 risk in Battaglia's morning line odds. He is followed closely by Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red (#20) at 15-1 and a group of horses at 20-1 that includes Nashua winner Blofeld (#2), FrontRunner and Del Mar Futurity runner-up Calculator, Breeders' Futurity winner Carpe Diem (#4), unbeaten Hopeful champ Competitive Edge (#6), Champagne winner Daredevil (#7) and Delta Jackpot hero Ocho Ocho Ocho (#17).

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager enables fans of America's greatest race to wager on candidates for the Kentucky Derby well in advance of the race at odds that could be much more attractive than those offered on the day of the race.

Wagering on KDFW Pool 1 is scheduled to open at noon (EST) on Friday and conclude Sunday at 6 p.m.

"All Others" was the 4-5 favorite in last year's inaugural November pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. A total of $273,174 was wagered during that pool, including $35,096 in exacta bets. California Chrome, the eventual winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, was not listed among its wagering interests. Total betting in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, the first to feature four wagering pools, was $1,324,466.

The November 28-30 pool is only the second November pool in the history of the wager, which was first offered in 1999. All Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools offer $2-minimum win betting and exacta wagering. The latter is available in the form of $2 minimum straight exacta bets or $1-minimum exacta boxes and part-wheels.

No scratches or betting refunds are permitted in the Kentucky Derby Future wager, but betting will be suspended immediately on a wagering interest in any KDFW pool if Churchill Downs determines that injury, illness or other circumstance revealed during a pool would prevent a horse from competing in the race.

Winning payouts in KDFW pools are determined by the odds in place at the end of each respective betting pool.

Wagering on the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future Wager will be offered at Churchill Downs and racetracks throughout North America; on the web via TwinSpires.com, the official online wagering site of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs Incorporated, other advance deposit wagering sites; and at other simulcast centers and off-track wagering sites.

Pool 1 coincides with the closing weekend of Churchill Downs' 125th Fall Meet that includes among its highlights the popular "Stars of Tomorrow II" program devoted exclusively to racing for two-year-old Thoroughbreds, many of whom could emerge as candidates for next spring's Kentucky Derby.

The featured event on Saturday's "Stars of Tomorrow II" card is the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club, a 1 1/16-mile race that has produced recent winners of the Kentucky Derby in Real Quiet, the KJC runner-up in 1997 who won the Run for the Roses the following year, and Super Saver, who swept those races in 2009 and 2010.

Also scheduled during KDFW Pool 1 betting period is the Grade 2 Remsen, a 1 1/8-mile race for two-year-olds at Aqueduct on Saturday.

A dozen of the 23 individual horses in Pool 1 are in the barns of three trainers: Todd Pletcher, Baffert and Kiaran McLaughlin.

Pletcher, who saddled Super Saver to win the 2010 Kentucky Derby, trains five of the wagering interests in KDFW Pool 1.  His group includes Blofeld, Carpe Diem, Competitive Edge, Daredevil and New York-bred Ostrolenka (#18), who is among the top contenders expected for the Remsen. Baffert's KDFW foursome headed by favored individual American Pharoah also features Dortmund (#8), Lord Nelson (#14) and Punctuate (#19). His trio of Kentucky Derby winners includes Hall of Famer Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002).

McLaughlin, who saddled Closing Argument for a runner-up finish to Giacomo in the 2005 Kentucky Derby, has three Pool 1 wagering interests in his care. They are Remsen prospects Classy Class (#5) and Frosted (#11), as well as Imperia (#13), who is scheduled to race on dirt for the first time after a troubled trip in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1

NO.   HORSE    ODDS
1.   American Pharoah   12-1
2.   Blofeld   20-1
3.   Calculator   20-1
4.   Carpe Diem   20-1
5.   Classy Class   50-1
6.   Competitive Edge   20-1
7.   Daredevil   20-1
8.   Dortmund   50-1
9.   Eagle   50-1
10.   El Kabeir   50-1
11.   Lucky Player   50-1
12.   I Spent It   50-1
13.   Imperia   50-1
14.   Lord Nelson   30-1
15.   Lucky Player   50-1
16.   Mr. Z   30-1
17.   Ocho Ocho Ocho   20-1
18.   Ostrolenka   50-1
19.   Punctuate   50-1
20.   Texas Red   15-1
21.   The Great War   30-1
22.   Unblunted   50-1
23.   Upstart   20-1
24.   All Other Three-Year-Olds   3-5

The Great War, who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile for trainer Aidan O'Brien, has been transferred to the care of trainer Wesley Ward to be prepared for America's classics, according to Ward.

Wagering interests for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager were chosen by Churchill Downs committee that included Racing Secretary Ben Huffman, Senior Director of Communications Darren Rogers, Senior Racing Analyst Jill Byrne, Pari-Mutuel Marketing Manager Gary Palmisano and Vice President, Racing Communications John Asher.

An important part of the selection committee's work was making contact with trainers and other representatives of KDFW wagering interests to determine the health status of those horses and their viability as candidates for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Horses currently on the mend from injuries were not included in the pool until their recovery status and racing plans were verified.

In addition to American Pharoah, three other KDFW Pool 1 horses have been absent from the work tab recently but their connections intend to target Road to the Kentucky Derby races. Unbeaten Competitive Edge will resume training at Florida's Palm Beach Downs in the near future for a winter/spring campaign, according to Pletcher. Saratoga Special winner I Spent It is expected to resume training in two weeks at Oaklawn Park, according to trainer Tony Dutrow. Promising maiden winner Punctuate had a minor infection recently but Baffert said he should return to training soon.

Free Brisnet Ultimate Past Performances for wagering interests in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are available at http://www.brisnet.com/brisnet_promos/KYDerby15future1.pdf.

Three additional Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools are scheduled in the months leading up to Derby 141. The dates for those pools are:

KDFW Pool 2:   Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8   (12 weeks in advance of Derby)
KDFW Pool 3:   Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1    (nine weeks in advance of Derby)
KDFW Pool 4:   Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29   (five weeks in advance of Derby)

There will be a single pool for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which was launched in 2003 and is now in its 13th year. That pool will run concurrently with KDFW Pool 3 from February 27 through March 1. The only difference in the schedule of those pools is a 6:30 p.m. closing time for the Oaks pool, which is 30 minutes later than the KDFW pool.

Real-time odds during the three-day run of KDFW Pool 1 and other information the wager and the Kentucky Derby are available at the official event Web site at www.KentuckyDerby.com.

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Constitution, Hoppertunity add spice to Clark field

Constitution (right) confirmed his status as a rising star when posting a game win in his stakes debut, the $1 million Florida Derby (Adam Coglianese Photography)

After establishing themselves as top Kentucky Derby contenders during the spring, Constitution and Hoppertunity were forced to miss the first leg of the Triple Crown due to injury. The three-year-olds will seek a measure of redemption at Churchill Downs when they line up for the region's final Grade 1 race of 2015, Friday's $500,000 Clark Handicap.

Trained by Todd Pletcher and Bob Baffert, respectively, Constitution and Hoppertunity highlight a nine-horse field in the 140th running of the 1 1/8-mile Clark. Constitution opened his racing career earlier this year with three straight wins, including the prestigious Florida Derby, before heading to the sidelines. He returned 6 1/2-month layoff versus older horses in a deep allowance/optional claiming event at Belmont Park on October 12, checking in a close fourth.

"Constitution needed the race in his comeback," said Pletcher, a two-time Clark winner with Magna Graduate (2005) and A.P. Arrow (2007). "He got tired. He's trained well since (with four breezes over the Belmont Park training track) and I believe he's back to the 1 1/8-mile form he showed back in the Florida Derby."

Regular rider Javier Castellano will be in for the mount.

Hoppertunity captured the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and registered a career-best 100 BRIS Speed rating when finishing second to subsequent Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby. He trained forwardly for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, and was entered at the Wednesday draw preceding the race, before being a late withdrawal.

"It's disappointing because I think he was very live," Baffert said at the time. "He likes this track. He trained well over it."

The bay colt came back from a lengthy hiatus with a fast-closing second versus elders in an October 29 allowance/optional claiming event at Santa Anita. Baffert captured back-to-back runnings of the Clark with Isitingood and Silver Charm in 1996-97, and finished a nose second with Game On Dude last year.

Martin Garcia will pick up the mount on Hoppertunity, who is listed as the 7-2 co-second choice with Constitution.

Multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Departing is the slight 3-1 favorite on the morning line. Trained by Al Stall Jr., the four-year-old gelding exits a pair of runner-up finishes in the Fayette at Keeneland and Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs. Robby Albarado has the assignment.

A victory by Departing on Friday would be a record-breaking conquest for legendary owner Claiborne Farm. The iconic Paris, Kentucky racing and breeding operation shares the record for the most stakes victories (32) in the history of Churchill Downs with Calumet Farm, another Bluegrass legend now operated by Brad Kelley.

Fayette winner Pick of the Litter is one of two Clark contenders for trainer Dale Romans, who will also send out multiple graded stakes hero Prayer for Relief. The latter finished a close third in the Woodward at Saratoga before a 12th most recently in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Romans won the 2012 Clark with Shackleford.

Rounding out the field are Easter Gift, who finished third in the 2013 Clark and defeated Constitution in the aforementioned allowance/optional claiming event at Belmont Park; recent Discovery winner Protonico; last-out Churchill allowance/optional claiming scorer Knights Nation; and Looking Cool, who steps up after being haltered for a $40,000 claiming tag from his last outing.

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Tom's Tribute faces nine in Seabiscuit at Del Mar

Tom's Tribute will go for his third stakes win of the year at Del Mar (Benoit Photos)

Slightly outclassed by the European contingent in the Breeders' Cup Mile earlier this month, Tom's Tribute returns to his favorite course Friday as the horse to beat in the Grade 2, $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar.

Contested at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, the Seabiscuit was formerly known as the Citation when it was run at the now-defunct Hollywood Park.

A four-year-old colt trained by Jim Cassidy, Tom's Tribute was dominant over the Del Mar turf during the summer meet, taking the nine-furlong Eddie Read as well as the Del Mar Mile. Despite getting a favorable pace setup, the son of Lion Heart was only seventh in the Breeders' Cup Mile, five lengths behind longshot winner Karakontie.

Also exiting the Mile is Kaigun, who was a non-threatening 10th as a 42-1 longshot. Winner of the Play of the King at Woodbine in August, Kaigun was a sharp second to Wise Dan in the Maker's 46 Mile in April and later occupied the same slot in the Manhattan at Belmont Park and Woodbine Mile.

The top three finishers from the October 4 City of Hope at Santa Anita -- Big Bane Theory, Mr Commons and Avanzare -- all return for the Seabiscuit. Only Big Bane Theory has run in the interim, with that five-year-old finishing a distant fifth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile last time.

Za Approval, a multiple Grade 3 winner who was runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Mile, Woodbine Mile and Shoemaker Mile last year, struggled earlier in the year before taking an overnight stakes, the $98,000 Real Courage, over seven furlongs at Belmont last time.

The field is rounded out by Skyring, a multiple Grade 2 winner; Pure Tactics, winner of the $80,000 Lure at Santa Anita by more than six lengths last out; Lil Bit O'Fun, who took the $95,000 Wickerr at Del Mar in July; and last-out $98,000 California Flag Handicap hero Boozer. 

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Willet among dozen in Go for Wand

Willet is hoping the third time is the charm in Friday's Grade 3, $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap at Aqueduct, a one-mile test for fillies and mares.

A six-year-old Jump Start mare, Willet has contested the Go for Wand the past two seasons. Second by a neck in 2012, she was fourth in last year's renewal. A four-time stakes winner, Willet has proven capable in open company this season with third-place finishes in the Gallant Bloom Handicap and Ballerina. She was second to the talented Grade 2 winner La Verdad in the $150,000 Iroquois last time.

Another New York-bred to watch is Princess Violet, who enters off two dominating scores at Belmont. After a four-length, entry-level allowance win against open company, the sophomore romped by 5 1/2 lengths in the Empire Distaff for state-breds. Earlier in the year, the daughter of Officer was a distant second to likely champion Untapable in the Mother Goose.

Sweet Whiskey, a Grade 3 scorer of the Old Hat in early January, was subsequently second in the Beaumont, Acorn, and Raven Run against her peers. The Go for Wand marks her first start against older rivals.

Classic Point showed major improvement last time when adding blinkers for the $98,000 Punkin Pie at Belmont. Showing more speed than she had shown since the summer, the Jimmy Jerkens trainee broke on top and ultimately drew off to win by more than six lengths.

Others of note are the Darley homebred Snowbell, who makes her stakes debut off an 8 1/2-length, first-level allowance score, and the graded stakes-placed Tapit's World, Endless Chatter, Street Girl, and Moment in Dixie.

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Penn National postpones stakes due to impending storm

The overwhelming threat of a Thanksgiving Eve holiday snowstorm set to hit the mid-Atlantic region has forced the cancellation of Wednesday night's Holiday Racing Festival at Penn National.

The entire 10-race card, featuring three rich stakes including the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap, has been rescheduled for Saturday night. First post time is 6:00 p.m. (EST).

"With the weather services calling for the storm, this was the logical call," said Director of Racing Eric Johnston. "We spoke with the local horsemen and consensus was that in the best interest of safety for all parties, the program should be cancelled. Many of the horses that were entered in the stakes were coming in from other tracks, and there is no guarantee that they, or many of our fans, would have be able to get here if all the weather reports for the region prove to be on target."

The Fabulous Strike, the $75,000 Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies, and the $100,000 Swatara are the final three legs of an early Pick Four. The Fabulous Strike Handicap, which drew a field of 12, and the Swatara, are both part of the Penn Gaming Challenge.

The Food For Friends Charity Food Drive to support the Racetrack Chaplaincy Food Bank, has also been rescheduled for Saturday evening.

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Tampa Bay Downs gets early start on 2014-15 winter meet

With the strongest jockey colony in memory and top barns from around the country, anticipation for the Saturday opening of Tampa Bay Downs' 2014-15 season has reached a fever pitch. The 91-day meeting resumes with a first-race post time of 12:30 p.m. (EST).

"Not everyone can cash a big superfecta ticket, but we are committed to making our patrons' experience as rewarding and memorable as possible on a daily basis," said Tampa Bay Downs Vice President of Marketing & Publicity Margo Flynn.

"(Racing secretary) Allison De Luca has done an awesome job recruiting top racing outfits. We had almost twice as many applications for stalls as we could accommodate," Flynn said. "The reputation of our safe, sand-based dirt track and lush turf course has spread nationwide and made Tampa Bay Downs a prime winter racing magnet."

Among the attractions for horsemen is a stakes schedule offering $2,660,000 in purse money. The highlight is the March 7 Festival Day program, which includes the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby for three-year-olds; the Grade 3, $200,000 Florida Oaks for three-year-old fillies on the turf; and the Grade 3, $150,000 Hillsborough for older fillies and mares.

The stakes slate begins December 6 -- Cotillion Festival Day -- with the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes for two-year-olds and the $100,000 Sandpiper for two-year-old fillies. The December 6 festivities include the popular "Breakfast Buffet at the Downs" from 8-10 a.m. in the Trackside Picnic Pavilion.

Eight of the top 10 riders from the 2013-14 meeting are back, including last year's runner-up Ronnie Allen Jr., a four-time Tampa Bay Downs jockey champion, and third-place finisher Daniel Centeno, who has won five Tampa Bay Downs titles.

Adding zest to the riding colony is the return of Rosemary Homeister Jr., who spent the past two winters at Oaklawn Park. Homeister, who won an Eclipse Award as the outstanding apprentice in 1992, has ridden more than 2,700 career winners, second only to Hall of Fame member Julie Krone among women riders.

Other newcomers with solid credentials include a pair of Midwestern jockeys, Chris Emigh and E.E. Perez (also known as Eduardo E. Perez).

The track's jockey colony will be greeted Saturday by a state-of-the-art, high-performance collapsible Duralock rail along the inside of the turf course. Manufactured in the United Kingdom, the Duralock rail is designed to minimize the risk of injury when horses and riders brush against it.

For the past eight seasons, one name has reigned supreme among Tampa Bay Downs trainers: Jamie Ness. The native of Heron, South Dakota set the track record by saddling 79 winners in 2011-12 and is a prohibitive favorite to surpass the late Don Rice for most training titles in track history (Rice's eight titles were not consecutive).

Ness -- whose far-flung stable is also active during the winter at Laurel, Aqueduct, Gulfstream, Penn National and Charles Town -- won't have quite the same volume of starters at Tampa Bay Downs as in past seasons, but his exceptional horsemanship and understanding of where his horses fit still make him the one to beat.

"We're going to give it a big shot," he said recently. "We don't base the success of our stable on being leading trainer, but we're going to fill 40 stalls with some quality older horses and some young horses that look like they'll be OK."

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Don't Tell Sophia a heavy favorite to take Falls City

Don't Tell Sophia seeks to become the first horse in 50 years to win the Spinster and Falls City in the same season (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Don't Tell Sophia looks to cap an outstanding season on Thanksgiving Day as she faces nine rivals in the Grade 2, $200,000 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs over 1 1/8 miles.

A six-year-old daughter of Congrats, the $1,000 yearling purchase has bankrolled more than $1.3 million for trainer Phil Sims, who co-owns the mare with Jerry Namy. She's enjoyed her most successful season this term, winning four stakes including a mild upset victory over Close Hatches in the October 5 Spinster at Keeneland.

That Spinster win avenged an earlier loss to Close Hatches in the Azeri at Oaklawn last March, and she finished ahead of that rival again last time in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, where she beat all save likely three-year-old filly champion Untapable.

Don't Tell Sophia was made the 6-5 morning line favorite for the Falls City, a race she finished second in a year ago in her lone defeat in four outings over Churchill's main track.

Molly Morgan, who's finished behind Don't Tell Sophia in their two latest face-offs, has racked up several big wins this year in the latter's absence, including Grade 2 scores in the Fleur de Lis Handicap and Chilukki under the Twin Spires. The Dale Romans trainee was also a game winner of the Gardenia at Ellis Park in August.

Flashy American, who won the 2013 Locust Grove and ran third in the Falls City later that autumn, captured the Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne in April and later placed in the Fleur de Lis and Delaware Handicap. However, she's been unplaced in her last two starts in stakes company at Saratoga and Indiana Grand.

Others of note in the Falls City lineup are Teen Pauline, who captured the Top Flight Handicap, Ladies Handicap, and Affectionately last winter at Aqueduct for trainer Todd Pletcher; Tiz Windy, a three-year-old daughter of Street Sense who captured the Indiana Oaks by 2 3/4 lengths most recently; and Strut the Course, who invades from Canada after taking the 1 1/4-mile Maple Leaf on Woodbine's Polytrack by five lengths on November 1.

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The Pizza Man adds spice to Hollywood Turf Cup

The Pizza Man boasts a field-best 111 BRIS Speed rating and is easily tops in Prime Power (Four Footed Fotos)
The Grade 2, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup has retained its name after being transplanted to Del Mar, but the 1 1/2-mile test has a new niche on the calendar as the seaside track's Thanksgiving Day feature. Spicing up the holiday offering are a trio of shippers -- Illinois-bred celebrity The Pizza Man and the Graham Motion duo of progressive four-year-olds Holiday Star and Alakazan Alakazan.

The Pizza Man brings the deepest dish of form, thanks to a fourth to English invader Hillstar in the October 19 Canadian International in his latest. The Roger Brueggeman charge recorded a lofty 111 BRIS Speed rating in defeat, by far the best of anyone in this field. The form of the Woodbine centerpiece has also held up in the interim. Third-placer Dynamic Sky has since come back to take the Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct, turning the tables on Canadian International runner-up Big Blue Kitten.

Over the summer, The Pizza Man was unbeatable at Arlington. The five-year-old son of turf champ English Channel capped a five-race winning streak with notable scores in the Stars and Stripes and in the American St Leger, defeating an international cast in the latter.

Although drawn widest of all in post 11, The Pizza Man has good tactical speed to mitigate the damage. Regular rider Florent Geroux makes the trip to keep the partnership going.

Augustin Stable's homebred Holiday Star is qualified to live up to his name on Thanksgiving. Third to subsequent Arlington Million upsetter Hardest Core in the Cape Henlopen at Delaware, the improving son of Harlan's Holiday missed in two photos in the John's Call at Saratoga and the PTHA President's Cup at Parx before earning a breakthrough in the Sycamore at Keeneland.

Motion's other hope, Alakazan Alakazan, is not to be overlooked. A Stud TNT homebred, the Brazilian import emulated his half-brother, Group 1 hero Vitoria Olimpica, by romping in the same race at Gavea in his career debut. Alakazan Alakazan didn't continue to follow the same trajectory, however, and was unplaced in his only other outing in his homeland. He's improved on a step up to marathon trips of late, finishing second to eventual Dueling Grounds Derby winner My Afleet in a Saratoga allowance and wiring a similar event at Kentucky Downs.

Holiday Star lures Hall of Famer Mike Smith aboard, while Alakazan Alakazan picks up the valuable services of Rafael Bejarano.

Of the California squad, Finnegans Wake takes a big class drop off a 10th in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Formerly based at Churchill with Dale Romans, the veteran campaigner joined Peter Miller this fall. Finnegans Wake made a strong Santa Anita debut in the John Henry Turf Championship, closing boldly for second, and promises a similar effort back at this level. Note that he reunites with Victor Espinoza, who guided him to his lone career stakes win in the Arlington Handicap in July.

Irish Surf, fourth in this race as a sophomore last year, is arguably stronger now and tackling his best distance. In his most recent try at 1 1/2 miles, the son of Giant's Causeway and Surfside crushed the Cougar II in track-record time over Del Mar's Polytrack. Subsequently fifth in both the Pacific Classic and John Henry at 1 1/4 miles, he exits a second in the 1 3/4-mile Las Vegas Marathon on the Santa Anita dirt.

Mystery Train ranks as the 126-pound highweight in light of his two Argentinean Group 1 victories in May. He has yet to duplicate that form in two U.S. starts for Darrell Vienna, tiring to a remote ninth in the Pacific Classic and sixth in the Awesome Again. Unplaced in his only turf attempt in his native Argentina, Mystery Train figures to flash speed but must show that he's capable of sustaining it here.

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La Verdad takes historic run at Fall Highweight

La Verdad looks to become the first female to win the Fall Highweight since 1986 (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

La Verdad could add her name to an illustrious list of female winners of the Grade 3, $300,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, the Thanksgiving Day feature at Aqueduct.

Although the historic six-furlong dash has not been won by a filly or mare since Funistrada took the 1986 renewal, the race has been a vehicle to greatness for such outstanding specialists like Ta Wee (1969-70), What Summer (1977-78), Chou Croute (1972), Gold Beauty (1982), Honorable Miss (1975), and First Flight (1948).

The 1914 inaugural was won by Comely, who has a nine-furlong stakes for three-year-old fillies run in her honor at the Big A on Saturday.

La Verdad has won 10 of her past 15 starts, including the course-and-distance Distaff Handicap in April and four stakes restricted to New York-bred fillies and mares. A narrowly beaten second in the Gallant Bloom Handicap two back, she is undefeated in four starts over Aqueduct's main track.

"It's a tough spot -- there's a lot of speed in the race -- but she's done very well since the Iroquois and it was a choice between that and the Garland of Roses (on December 6)," said trainer Linda Rice, who saddled last year's Fall Highweight winner Palace. "I'd say right now, we're pointing towards the Fall Highweight for her."

Trainer David Jacobson's entry of Salutos Amigos and Strapping Groom was made the 2-1 morning line favorite for the Fall Highweight. A dynamite 3 1/4-length winner of the Bold Ruler Handicap late last month, Salutos Amigos was wheeled back one week later for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, where he finished seventh after a slow start and wide trip.

"Salutos Amigos shipped great back from California, and also to California, both ways," Jacobson said. "I think his performance was spectacular; getting beat just three lengths in any Breeders' Cup race is awesome."

Runner-up in last year's Fall Highweight, Strapping Groom went on to take the Tom Fool Handicap and Gravesend Handicap over the inner track, but has not been seen since a fifth-place finish in the Carter Handicap in April.

"Strapping Groom is doing well," Jacobson said. "We've had some trouble with his feet, quarter cracks, but we've got him good now and we think he's going to run a bang-up race. Both he and Salutos Amigos are spectacular horses that we've done very well with, and I expect both of them to bring their 'A' game."

Strapping Groom was cross-entered to Wednesday night's Fabulous Strike Handicap at Penn National. Also cross-entered there and to the Fall Highweight is River Rocks, a sharp second in the Kelso Handicap prior to a fourth-place effort in the Bold Ruler as the even-money choice.

Others of note in the Fall Highweight are True North runner-up Bakken, eighth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint after a rough trip, and the turf sprint specialist Tightend Touchdown, who won over Aqueduct's main track the last time he tried dirt in a May 2013 optional claimer/starter allowance.

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Past Thanksgiving champs Delaunay, Gantry square off again

Delaunay and Gantry have won the past three Thanksgiving 'Caps between them (Lynn Roberts/Hodges Photography)
If it hadn't been for Delaunay, Gantry would enter Thursday's $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds as a three-time defending champion. The 2011 Thanksgiving hero played second fiddle to Delaunay in the 2012 renewal, and in the absence of his nemesis last year, Gantry regained his crown. Now Delaunay is back for the holiday feature, and looking to confirm his superiority over his frequent rival.

Gantry had ruled the roost in the Fair Grounds sprint division during the 2011-12 meet, sweeping the Thanksgiving, the F.W. Gaudin Memorial and the Duncan F. Kenner. The Ron Faucheux trainee later romped by five lengths in the Smile Sprint on Calder's Summit of Speed program and even attempted the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

But Delaunay, a $40,000 claim by owner Maggi Moss and trainer Tom Amoss in May 2012, took Fair Grounds by storm in the 2012-13 season. The Smoke Glacken gelding dethroned Gantry in the meet's sprint series, beating him by 2 1/2 lengths in the Thanksgiving 'Cap and by more than four lengths in both the Gaudin and Kenner. Delaunay made it six straight stakes wins with another romp in the Churchill Downs Stakes on Kentucky Derby Day 2013. Freshened after a pair of losses that summer, Delaunay resurfaced in the January 25 Gaudin Memorial and led throughout, disposing of Gantry again by 3 1/4 lengths.

The rivals have since gone their separate ways, and both are entering off layoffs. Delaunay's 2014 highlights include a 3 1/2-length decision in the May 31 Aristides back at Churchill and a close second in the June 27 Iowa Sprint to Work All Week, the eventual Breeders' Cup Sprint winner. Meanwhile, Gantry switched to turf, winning the Colonel Power here before unplaced efforts in both the April 12 Shakertown at Keeneland and the June 21 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint.

Training sharply ahead of his comeback, Delaunay rates as the 9-5 favorite with James Graham. Gantry, to be ridden as usual by Richard Eramia, is listed at 9-2. Neither has ever finished worse than second on this track.

The one who would have been most likely to disrupt that stat, Heitai, is expected to scratch after his upset loss here on Sunday. The 2-1 second choice on the morning line, the Louisiana-bred speedster had bolted five clear of Delaunay in the March 8 renewal of the Kenner.

Lemon Drop Dream, third to Heitai and Delaunay in the Kenner, capitalized on a pace meltdown to pick up the pieces next time in Oaklawn's Count Fleet Sprint Handicap. The Steve Asmussen colt was no match for the free-wheeling Happy My Way in the Maryland Sprint on Preakness Day, and hasn't hit the board in five subsequent tries.

Worth a look as longshots are Nates Mineshaft, unbeaten from five career Fair Grounds starts and exiting a near-miss in the Bet on Sunshine at Churchill, and Take It Like a Man, claimed out of a 6 3/4-length rout at Keeneland.

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Ben's Cat tries for Fabulous Strike three-peat

Ben's Cat will face a salty group including Bern Identity (B&D Photography)
Mid-Atlantic icon Ben's Cat will aim for a third consecutive victory in Wednesday evening's $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap at Penn National. This year's renewal has come up unusually deep, with the likes of Bern Identity, Strapping Groom, River Rocks, Weekend Hideaway and Tightend Touchdown also engaged.

Ben's Cat's task might be eased considerably, however, since the last four are all cross-entered to Thursday's Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct.

The $2.2-million earner is in the midst of a rare losing streak at the moment. Since scoring a three-peat in the July 12 Parx Dash on turf, the King Leatherbury charge missed by a neck in the September 1 Turf Monster, finished third in the September 27 Laurel Dash, and went down fighting by a half-length in the October 18 Maryland Million Turf. That came over a mile trip that stretches him, however, and the cutback to six furlongs promises to suit much better.

Indeed, Ben's Cat has found the Fabulous Strike the ideal spot to rebound from tough losses, having done so for the past two years. And the eight-year-old veteran is a neck away from already owning a three-peat. Ben's Cat was a troubled third in this race in 2011, when it was known as the Six Bits.

Listed as the 5-1 third choice on the morning line, Ben's Cat will break from post 6 with regular rider Julian Pimentel.

Bern Identity, the 7-2 favorite, has drawn the far outside in post 12. The winner of the Sanford and runner-up to Goldencents in the Delta Downs Jackpot as a juvenile in 2012, he was sidelined for virtually all of his three-year-old season.

Trainer Kelly Breen got him back to top form off an 18-month layoff last summer, and Bern Identity returned to action with a three-race winning streak -- the August 2 My Frenchman at Monmouth, the August 22 Tale of the Cat at Saratoga and the September 6 Dave's Friend at Laurel. Bern Identity has dropped his last pair, finishing third in both the October 3 Phoenix at Keeneland and the November 15 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash back at Laurel. He wheels back on short rest here.

Trickmeister, who exits a third to Bern Identity in the Dave's Friend, has back class and could be sitting on a big effort in his third start off a year-long absence. The four-time stakes winner, and multiple Grade 2-placed performer, has some longshot appeal at 10-1.

Strapping Groom, hero of the 2013 Forego and this year's Tom Fool, was last seen tiring to fifth in the April 5 Carter Handicap. He leads the quartet of those holding an alternate engagement in the Fall Highweight, along with River Rocks, runner-up in the Kelso and fourth in the Bold Ruler in his last two; New York-bred stalwart Weekend Hideaway; and Tightend Touchdown, a frequent rival to Ben's Cat on the turf sprint scene, who was most recently sixth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. All would be worthy challengers if they opt for Penn National instead.

The Thanksgiving Eve card also offers a couple of stakes appetizers. The $75,000 Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies has lured a field of nine Pennsylvania-breds, topped by recent allowance romper Brennan and Maryland Million Lassie third Rockin Jojo.

Notable contenders in the $100,000 Swatara, a 1 1/16-mile test, include Stormin Monarcho, coming off a convincing score in the Richard W. Small at Laurel on November 15; his stablemate from the David Jacobson barn, Wealth to Me, who trounced a starter allowance at Belmont last out; Ground Transport, who was just denied in the Michael G. Schaefer Memorial; the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Irsaal; and Integrity, third in a tight finish with Golden Ticket and Pants on Fire in the Left Bank two starts back for Chad Brown.

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Hollendorfer fields solid team for Zia Park stakes

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has assembled a solid team for Wednesday's lucrative stakes program at Zia Park. The Hobbs, New Mexico, track offers five Thoroughbred stakes on Thanksgiving Eve, including the $200,000 Zia Park Derby and the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks.

Hollendorfer's Tonito M. has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the 1 1/16-mile Zia Park Derby. Last seen rolling by 2 3/4 lengths in the September 28 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, he notched a field-best 100 BRIS Speed rating that day. The former Puerto Rican star previously finished a distant third to Shared Belief in the Los Alamitos Derby and to the older Soi Phet in the Los Alamitos Mile. Regular rider Rafael Bejarano has the mount.

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert is represented by Can the Man, a prominent two-year-old on the Southern California scene in 2013. Sidelined until this summer, the Into Mischief colt made a winning return in the June 7 Affirmed, only to regress badly and retreat to fifth in the July 5 Los Alamitos Derby. Can the Man has been freshened since then, and looms dangerous off the break with Martin Garcia.

Alert Bay ships in off a pair of victories at Hastings, where he beat fellow sophomores in the British Columbia Derby and older foes in the BC Premier's Handicap in his latest. Bay of Biscay, second to Tonito M. in the Oklahoma Derby, warmed up with a turf allowance score at his Turf Paradise base. Heading the local contingent is the undefeated Proceed, winner of three stakes for Joel Marr.

Hollendorfer is double-handed in the Zia Park Oaks, also at 1 1/16 miles, with Taste Like Candy and Thegirlinthatsong. Taste Like Candy, second in both the Hollywood Starlet and Santa Ynez last winter, has taken some time to find herself this season. But her last two allowance efforts at Santa Anita were encouraging -- a win on October 9 and a best-of-the-rest performance behind Yahilwa on October 29 -- and the daughter of Candy Ride has earned her way into another stakes try. She was flattered when Yahilwa when came back to win Saturday's Treasure Chest at Delta Downs.

Stablemate Thegirlinthatsong must find a way to reverse form with Oaks morning-line favorite Shanon Nicole, who drubbed her by 5 1/4 lengths in the September 28 Remington Park Oaks. Trained by Mike Maker, Shanon Nicole had landed the Indiana Grand in her prior start, and has been pegged at 2-1 to complete the hat trick here.

The well-bred Cassatt is an excellent rebound candidate for Larry Jones. Always highly regarded, the Tapit filly extended her winning streak to three in the August 9 Monmouth Oaks. Subpar when fifth in the Cotillion and ninth in the Raven Run, Cassatt has been firing bullets of late at Fair Grounds.

Jojo Warrior would warrant great respect as the winner of the Summertime Oaks and Torrey Pines, and third-placer to presumptive champion Untapable in the Cotillion. But co-owner Ahmed Zayat tweeted that she would not run in this spot.

Hollendorfer has entered the five-year-old veteran Blueskiesnrainbows in the $150,000 Zia Park Distance Championship Handicap. Winless since wiring the San Pasqual in January, the son of English Channel will be making his second start off a seven-month layoff. The 3-1 early favorite will meet such rivals as Code West, Broadway Empire and Isn't He Clever.

The morning-line choice in the $75,000 Zia Park Distaff, Doinghardtimeagain, likewise hails from the Hollendorfer barn. The 5-2 shot has been off form since taking the July 12 Great Lady M at Los Alamitos, however, and must deal with once-beaten Remington invader Fast N Fine Lookin.

Kicking off the Thoroughbred stakes action is the $140,000 New Mexico Eddy County for state-bred juveniles. The first three across the wire in the New Mexico Classic Cup Juvenile for colts and geldings -- Liberty Lover, Caliente Carson (subsequently disqualified) and Lux -- all stretch out to a mile.

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In brief

Online voting is now open for the fifth annual Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or "Voice of the People," Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year. Six nominees were selected by the Vox Populi Committee, and voters again have the option to write-in a racehorse of their choice. This year's nominees are California Chrome, Shared Belief, Untapable, Wise Dan, Ben's Cat, and Game On Dude. The list of previous Vox Populi winners includes some of the sport's most cherished stars: Mucho Macho Man (2013), Paynter (2012), Rapid Redux (2011), and 2010 inaugural winner Zenyatta. "In the five years since the introduction of the Vox Populi Award, we have been so pleased to see it become such a coveted honor in the racing community," Chenery said. "We expect the award to garner much attention this year. With a field of accomplished nominees so competitive and diverse, the voting should be delightfully contentious." Voting in the online poll ends December 17. Fans can visit the polling site, http://www.secretariat.com/fan-club/vox-populi-award/, on Christmas evening for the announcement of the 2014 winner. A public trophy presentation with the winning connections is scheduled for January 10 at Santa Anita...

The globetrotting Trade Storm (Trade Fair) is all set to participate in the Hong Kong Mile (HK-G1) at Sha Tin on December 14. Trained in Newmarket by David Simcock for owner Qatar Racing, the six-year-old will be running in his fifth racing jurisdiction of 2014. He began the year in Dubai, where his best effort was a close fourth in the Jebel Hatta (UAE-G1) over 1800 meters at Meydan. During the summer, he ran twice in the England including finishing a neck second in the Strensall S. (Eng-G3) also over 1800 meters at York. Trade Storm's latest two appearances have both been over 1600 meters in North America. At Woodbine he recorded the biggest victory of his career when taking the Woodbine Mile (Can-G1), and he followed up that performance with an excellent staying-on third in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) at Santa Anita, beaten two lengths in total. "I am very happy with Trade Storm and it is all systems go with him for Hong Kong," Simcock said. "He has been an absolute model of consistency this year. His one blip was in the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-G1), when we had problems with his feet beforehand. He has been very exciting and taken us all over the world this year." The Hong Kong Mile is one of four Group 1 contests at the Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin. Selected runners for the races will be announced Wednesday...

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Tuesday that the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida will once again serve as the official host hotel for the 44th Annual Eclipse Awards. The Eclipse Awards, which honors the 2014 champions of Thoroughbred racing, will be held January 17 at Gulfstream Park. The Diplomat is the largest beachfront resort between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and less than two miles from Gulfstream Park. "The Diplomat is regarded as one of the finest hotels in South Florida, if not the country," NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop said. "We strive to make the Eclipse Awards a first-class experience, which extends to the lodging and all of the ancillary events." Eclipse Awards guests have the opportunity to book rooms at the Diplomat through the NTRA for a discounted rate of $309 per night (plus taxes and fees), $120 less than the lowest available rate from the hotel. For reservations, please contact Michele Ravencraft of the NTRA at mravencraft@ntra.com, or call (859) 422-2657. Tickets to the Eclipse Awards ceremony are on sale for $400 each or $4,000 for a table of 10, also via Ravencraft...

Lady Herries, trainer of Celtic Swing and Sheriff's Star, has died, aged 76. Based at Angmering Park, in West Sussex, Lady Herries was renowned as a fine judge of equine talent and was married to the late England cricket star Colin Cowdrey, who died in 2000. She leaves three sisters. She enjoyed her first success at the highest level with the gray Sheriff's Star in the 1989 Coronation Cup (Eng-G1) at Epsom and won the 1998 Caulfield Cup (Aus-G1) in Australia with Taufan's Melody. Lady Herries will, however, perhaps be best remembered by the exploits of Celtic Swing. Owned by Peter Savill, the colt was a devastating winner of the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-G1) at Doncaster in 1994, slamming Annus Mirabilis by 12 lengths in what remains one of the great performances by a two-year-old. On just his second start as a youngster he was eight lengths too good for Singspiel at Ascot. He went on to be beaten a head by Pennekamp in the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) the following season before winning the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) (Fr-G1), running at Chantilly in preference to Epsom. His last start came when eighth to Winged Love in the Irish Derby (Ire-G1) at The Curragh. "I only found out she had been ill for some time Monday, so it's a very sad day," Savill said. "She was a wonderful lady and I spent many happy days with her and Colin Cowdrey. She actually trained two Group 1 winners for me, which in itself was a fine achievement. River North progressed considerably from where he had been when he was younger to win the Aral Pokal (Ger-G1) in Germany, beating Monsun."

Notebooks

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK

NOVEMBER 26, 2014

by John Mucciolo

There was a single graded race this past weekend at Del Mar Race Course.

Red Carpet H. (G3): Team Valor's homebred THREE HEARTS (Hat Trick) swept to the lead nearing midstretch and held sway through the final furlong to post an upset in this turf feature. Trained by Neil Drysdale, the four-year-old filly was a half-length clear late while getting 1 3/8 miles on the firm lawn in 2:15 2/5 under Joe Talamo.

Track Stats

From a total of 34 races held at the Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 35 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 59 percent of the wins. From 21 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, 11 animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (52 percent), while two of the 13 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead (15 percent).

Speed on the main oval was dominant once again with more than half of the races on the Polytrack resulting in a wire-to-wire winner. The trend is especially strong in route races, where four led at each call and another pair fought back from the inside after being passed in the lane. Continue to ride this trend.

Both of the turf wire jobs came in sprint runs, as is often the case here. We noticed this summer that these five-furlong dashes on the green tend to favor early types.

Meet Totals

RACES:   95
POLYTRACK:   62
TURF:   33
FAVORITES:   32 (34 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   24 (25 percent)
TURF WIRE:   7 (21 percent)
POLY WIRE:   27 (43 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Thursday (11/20)

5TH -- PIONEER OF THE WEST (Pioneerof the Nile) took command soon after the break and held sway over a tough foe in the lane to graduate for conditioner Mark Casse. The juvenile colt finished up well for a youngster and could have a nice future ahead of him.

CYRUS ALEXANDER (Medaglia d'Oro) ran a big one in defeat, finishing more than eight lengths clear of third in his second lifetime outing. The well-bred Jerry Hollendorfer pupil has run a pair of nice ones to kick-start his career and could be any kind with more seasoning.

Friday (11/21)

2ND -- OLIVIA'S GREATDANE (Ghostzapper) broke much better after a tardy break in her debut and the Bob Baffert filly made good today with an easy tally. The juvenile lass hasn't done much wrong to date and gives the impression of a filly who can run all day.

3RD -- MEMPHIS (Roar) ran a good second on the class rise for conditioner Bob Hess and has never been better than the gelding has shown in his last trio of outings. Getting the Kentucky-bred in the race early has made a big difference.

7TH -- HEAT TRAP (Unusual Heat) returns to this list after another solid effort for conditioner Carla Gaines. The five-year-old mare simply had too much to do at the top of the lane but made a big move from the back to be a clear second.

Saturday (11/22)

7TH -- NICKLAUS WAY (Bluegrass Cat) was the victim of trying to run down lone speed through the lane but soldiered on bravely in a game runner-up showing under Kent Desormeaux. The five-year-old likes this surface and could turn out to be a fine claim for trainer Mike Puype.

9TH -- SAYES SO (Congrats) broke well, sped to the front, and never looked back in posting a sharp debut tally for conditioner Richard Mandella. The sophomore looked the part and could evolve into a nice one with further development.

Sunday (11/23)

8TH – It was nice to see something close to the best of ROUSING SERMON (Lucky Pulpit) in this stakes spot, battling gamely with a nice one until the very end in a sharp effort. The Hollendorfer trainee has a lot of back class and this run could have been a nice confidence booster.

A Look Ahead

A big weekend of racing will take place at Del Mar over the Holiday break. The action kicks off Thursday in the form of the Grade 2, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup.

Friday will play host to the Grade 2, $150,000 Seabiscuit Handicap, while Saturday will boast a pair of big ones -- the Grade 1, $400,000 Hollywood Derby and the Grade 3, $150,000 Native Diver Handicap.

The Grade 1, $300,000 Matriarch Handicap is the Sunday topper, accompanied by the Grade 3, $150,000 Cecil B. Demille Stakes.

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/17-11/23) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Sunbean 4G 1m (ft) DED 11/22 Delta Mile S. 100
Yahilwa 4F 1m (ft) DED 11/22 Treasure Chest S. 97
Lucy's Bob Boy 5G 1 1/8m (ft) CT 11/22 A Huevo S. 92
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/17-11/23) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Readthebyline 5G 7f (ft) AQU 11/22 New York Stallion Series S. 100
Calgary Cat 4G 6f (ft) WO 11/23 Kennedy Road S. 98
Big Macher 4G 7f (ft) DMR 11/23 Cary Grant S. 97
Johnny Whip 5G 6 1/2f (ft) RP 11/21 Silver Goblin S. 94
Vicki's Dancer 5M 7f (ft) AQU 11/22 New York Stallion Series S. 93
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/17-11/23) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Lubash 7H 1 1/8m (gd) GPW 11/22 Tropical Turf H. 101
Strike Charmer 4F 1 1/8m (gd) CD 11/22 Cardinal H. 99
Three Hearts 4F 1 3/8m (fm) DMR 11/22 Red Carpet H. 92
Daring Kathy 3F 1 1/8m (gd) GPW 11/22 My Charmer H. 91
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/17-11/23) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Ocho Ocho Ocho 2C 1 1/16m (ft) DED 11/22 Delta Downs Jackpot S. 101
Take Charge Brandi 2F 1m (ft) DED 11/22 Delta Downs Princess S. 93
Dom the Bomb 2C 6f (ft) HAW 11/22 Sun Power S. 90
Mississippi Delta 2F 7f (ft) WO 11/22 Glorious Song S. 89
Four Leaf Chief 2C 1m (ft) DED 11/22 Louisiana Legacy S. 87
Wind Chill Factor 2F 1m (ft) DED 11/22 Louisiana Jewel S. 82
Timeaday 2F 6f (ft) HAW 11/22 Showtime Deb S. 77
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/17-11/23) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
D'cajun Cat 3G 7f (ft) DED 11/22 Sam's Town S. 95
Grinder Sparksaglo 3G 6f (sy) PM 11/23 Stallion S. 93
Honeycomb Allie 3F 7f (wf) DED 11/22 Orleans S. 86

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Ocho Ocho Ocho   DED   1 1/16m (ft)   11/22   121.7
Take Charge Brandi   DED   1m (ft)   11/22   121.1
Honor Code   AQU   6 1/2f (ft)   11/22   121.1
One King's Man   FG   1m 70y (my)   11/23   121.0
Sunbean   DED   1m (ft)   11/22   120.8
Strike Charmer   CD   1 1/8m (gd)   11/22   120.7
Lubash   GPW   1 1/8m (gd)   11/22   120.3
Yahilwa   DED   1m (ft)   11/22   120.1
Calgary Cat   WO   6f (ft)   11/23   119.8
Too Dim   FG   6f (my)   11/23   119.7
More Than Even   RP   1m (ft)   11/20   119.6
Three Hearts   DMR   1 3/8m (fm)   11/22   119.5
School Spirit   DED   7f (ft)   11/20   119.4
Readthebyline   AQU   7f (ft)   11/22   119.3
Cerro (IRE)   LRL   1m (ft)   11/22   119.3

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Wednesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Aqueduct   (4th) Miss Macarena, 3-1
    (7th) Neck of the Moon, 3-1
Churchill Downs   (3rd) Sierra Delta, 3-1
    (5th) Sealark, 5-1
Delta Downs   (3rd) Captain Tyree, 7-2
    (7th) Nordic Bull, 7-2
Finger Lakes   (1st) Victorious Song, 4-1
    (5th) Starry Eyed Renate, 4-1
Gulfstream Park West   (2nd) Tormenta de Oro, 3-1
    (10th) Coalminer, 9-2
Hawthorne   (1st) Autumn Dreams, 3-1
    (9th) Show'em Pop, 7-2
Laurel Park   (2nd) Happy Talk, 3-1
    (5th) Hurricane Creek, 5-1
Mahoning Valley   (3rd) Say Hey Ellly Mae, 6-1
    (7th) Privacy Invasion, 7-2
Mountaineer   (1st) Totee, 7-2
    (4th) Afleet Chill, 6-1
Woodbine   (4th) Malbec, 4-1
    (5th) Be Mind Phil, 3-1

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