Effinex holds off Hopportunity in Clark
Effinex (Mineshaft), a distant second to American Pharoah in last month's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), also ended his season on a high note Friday at Churchill Downs with a three-quarters of a length victory in the $500,000 Clark H. (G1). Holding 2014 Clark winner Hopportunity (Any Given Saturday) at bay, the Jimmy Jerkens trainee earned his first top-level win in a time of 1:48.92 for 1 1/8 miles
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Also at the blog on Friday:
Almasty (Scat Daddy) was left alone on the lead and dominated the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf (G3) for three-year-olds on the Clark undercard.
Taris (Flatter), with substitute rider Joel Rosario, proved too classy for her rivals in the $300,000 Go for Wand H. (G3) at Aqueduct.
Multiple Grade 1 winner Hard Not to Like (Hard Spun) leads a full field in Sunday's $300,000 Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar.
Recaps of stakes, graded and otherwise, from Thursday and Wednesday:
Cigar Mile, Derby and Oaks preps highlight Thanksgiving 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.
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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.
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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.
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