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Early look at the Champions Cup, Thanksgiving weekend takeaways

At the TwinSpires blog, Kellie Reilly takes an early look at Sunday's Champions Cup (G1), which was formerly known as the Japan Cup Dirt and concludes the Japan Autumn International at Chukyo.

James Scully gives his Five Takeaways from the stakes action on the four-day Thanksgiving Weekend.

John Mucciolo provides his weekly Del Mar Notebook, recapping a busy closing weekend at the season oval.

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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Top Speed/Class ratings


Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/23-11/29) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Commissioner 4C 1 1/4m (gd) HAW 11/28 Hawthorne Gold Cup H. 110
Page McKenney 5G 1 1/16m (ft) PEN 11/25 Swatara S. 108
Dortmund 3C 1 1/8m (ft) DMR 11/28 Native Diver S. 105
Effinex 4C 1 1/8m (ft) CD 11/27 Clark H. 104
Ahh Chocolate 3F 1 1/8m (ft) CD 11/26 Falls City H. 99
Melmich 4G 1 3/4m (ft) WO 11/29 Valedictory S. 98
Taris 4F 1m (ft) AQU 11/27 Go for Wand H. 98
Kingsport 3C 1 1/16m (ft) WO 11/25 Sir Barton S. 97
Tonalist 4C 1m (ft) AQU 11/28 Cigar Mile H. 96
Poshsky 5G 1 1/16m (ft) GG 11/29 Berkeley H. 93
Smack Smack 4G 1 1/8m (ft) ZIA 11/25 Zia Park Championship H. 93
Geppetto 4G 1 1/8m (sy) MVR 11/28 Ruff/Kirchberg Memorial H. 91
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/23-11/29) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Heykittykittykitty 4F 6f (ft) MVR 11/23 Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Distaff S. 104
Dirt Monster 3C 6f (ft) ZIA 11/25 Zia Park Sprint S. 101
Control Stake 3C 6f (ft) FG 11/26 Thanksgiving H. 98
Green Gratto 5H 6f (ft) AQU 11/26 Fall Highweight H. 98
Favorite Tale 4G 6f (ft) PEN 11/25 Fabulous Strike H. 97
Loki's Vengeance 4C 7f (ft) AQU 11/29 New York Stallion Series S. 97
Recount 3G 6f (gd) HAW 11/28 Blackhawk H. 96
Super Saks 3F 6f (ft) CD 11/27 Dream Supreme S. 93
Thirteen Arrows 4F 6f (ft) ZIA 11/25 Zia Park Distaff S. 93
Puntsville 3F 6f (gd) HAW 11/28 Pershing H. 87
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/23-11/29) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Heart to Heart 4C 1 1/8m (gd) CD 11/26 River City H. 100
Stormy Lucy 6M 1m (fm) DMR 11/29 Matriarch S. 98
Midnight Storm 4C 1 1/16m (fm) DMR 11/27 Seabiscuit H. 97
Adrianne G 4F a5 1/2f (fm) FG 11/28 Battle of New Orleans S. 95
The Pizza Man 6G 1 1/2m (fm) DMR 11/26 Hollywood Turf Cup S. 93
Az Ridge 6G 1m (fm) TUP 11/28 Walter R. Cluer Memorial S. 91
Hip Ninety Three 3F 1m (fm) TUP 11/28 Queen of the Green S. 85
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/23-11/29) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Behrnik's Bank 2F 6f (ft) PEN 11/25 Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies S. 103
Mohaymen 2C 1 1/8m (ft) AQU 11/28 Remsen S. 102
Full Salute 2C 6f (ft) GPW 11/28 Buffalo Man S. 97
Airoforce 2C 1 1/16m (sy) CD 11/28 Kentucky Jockey Club S. 96
Carina Mia 2F 1 1/16m (sy) CD 11/28 Golden Rod S. 96
Constellation 2F 6f (ft) AQU 11/26 Furlough S. 96
Rafting 2C 1m (ft) GPW 11/28 Smooth Air S. 93
Amis Gizmo 2C 1 1/16m (ft) WO 11/28 Kingarvie S. 91
Jan's Reserve 2C 6f (ft) AQU 11/27 King's Swan S. 91
Ballet Diva 2F 6f (ft) GPW 11/28 House Party S. 90
Don't Be So Salty 2G 1 1/16m (ft) WO 11/29 Display S. 90
Lewis Bay 2F 1 1/8m (ft) AQU 11/28 Demoiselle S. 87
Code Warrior 2F 6f (ft) GG 11/28 Golden Gate Debutante S. 86
Royal Lion 2G 1m (sy) RP 11/27 Don C. McNeill S. 84
Sparkles' Girl 2F 1 1/16m (ft) WO 11/28 Ontario Lassie S. 83
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/23-11/29) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Lewys Vaporizer 3G 6f (ft) MVR 11/23 Steel Valley Sprint S. 108
Forever Unbridled 3F 1 1/8m (ft) AQU 11/28 Comely S. 103
Mobile Bay 3C 1 1/16m (ft) ZIA 11/25 Zia Park Derby 100
Almasty 3R 1 1/16m (gd) CD 11/27 Commonwealth Turf S. 98
Chiropractor 3G 1 1/8m (fm) DMR 11/28 Hollywood Derby 94
Lavender Chrissie 3F 1 1/16m (ft) ZIA 11/25 Zia Park Oaks 93


Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Melmich   WO   1 3/4m (ft)   11/29   123.7
Commissioner   HAW   1 1/4m (gd)   11/28   122.6
Dortmund   DMR   1 1/8m (ft)   11/28   122.0
Effinex   CD   1 1/8m (ft)   11/27   122.0
Forever Unbridled   AQU   1 1/8m (ft)   11/28   121.7
Tonalist   AQU   1m (ft)   11/28   121.6
Page McKenney   PEN   1 1/16m (ft)   11/25   121.6
Almasty   CD   1 1/16m (gd)   11/27   121.5
Carina Mia   CD   1 1/16m (sy)   11/28   121.0
Taris   AQU   1m (ft)   11/27   120.9
Bellarmine   LRL   a1 1/16m (my)   11/29   120.7
Super Saks   CD   6f (ft)   11/27   120.5
Stormy Lucy   DMR   1m (fm)   11/29   120.5
The Pizza Man   DMR   1 1/2m (fm)   11/26   120.5
Constellation   AQU   6f (ft)   11/26   120.4

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Wednesday

Aqueduct   (2nd) Bridgetta, 4-1
    (8th) Nubin Ridge, 8-1
Charles Town   (1st) Shehasit Too, 9-2
    (8th) Riley Coyote, 9-2
Delta Downs   (3rd) Bevos Winch, 8-1
    (10th) Hit Top Speed, 5-1
Finger Lakes   (1st) Miss Valued, 3-1
    (4th) Nico's Prize, 5-1
Hawthorne   (3rd) Beach Palace, 6-1
    (6th) Fast Alice, 8-1
Mahoning Valley   (2nd) Lookoutboys, 3-1
    (8th) Simply Secret, 6-1
Penn National   (3rd) True Cost, 7-2
    (6th) Captured, 5-1
Remington Park   (4th) Zensational Rhythm, 3-1
    (8th) Point At Z Baby, 4-1
Tampa Bay Downs   (7th) Jack's Comprise, 6-1
    (8th) Leave Er B, 3-1

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