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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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Top Speed/Class ratings


Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/16-11/22) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Cougar Ridge 5G 1m (my) DED 11/21 Delta Mile S. 100
Kyriaki 5M 1m (my) DED 11/21 Treasure Chest S. 95
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/16-11/22) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Stacked Deck 4G 6f (ft) WO 11/22 Kennedy Road S. 101
Solid Wager 4G 7f (ft) DMR 11/22 Cary Grant S. 98
Bagg O'Day 4G 6f (ft) CD 11/21 Bet on Sunshine S. 97
Johnny Whip 6G 6 1/2f (ft) RP 11/20 Silver Goblin S. 88
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/16-11/22) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Lochte 5G 1 1/16m (fm) GPW 11/21 Tropical Turf H. 102
Button Down (GB) 4F 1 1/8m (yl) CD 11/21 Cardinal H. 99
Rusty Slipper 5M 1 3/8m (fm) DMR 11/21 Red Carpet H. 97
Lady Lara (IRE) 4F 1 1/16m (fm) GPW 11/21 My Charmer H. 93
Sky Flight 4C 1m (yl) AQU 11/21 Artie Schiller S. 92
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/16-11/22) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Exaggerator 2C 1 1/16m (my) DED 11/21 $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot S. 103
Frosty Margarita 2F 6f (ft) AQU 11/22 Key Cents S. 92
Ami's Mesa 2F 7f (ft) WO 11/21 Glorious Song S. 87
Jet Black Magic 2F 1m (my) DED 11/21 $400,000 Delta Downs Princess S. 87
Sudden Surprise 2C 6f (ft) AQU 11/21 Notebook S. 85
Sea Vow 2G 1m (my) DED 11/21 Louisiana Legacy S. 82
Aye a Song 2F 7f (ft) CT 11/21 West Virginia Futurity 78
Giant Cruiser 2F 1m (sy) DED 11/21 Louisiana Jewel S. 75
Ebby 2F 6f (ft) MVR 11/21 Glacial Princess S. 73
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (11/16-11/22) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Nublado Bling 3C 7f (my) DED 11/21 Sam's Town S. 97
Mayla 3F 7f (sy) DED 11/21 Orleans S. 94
Justalittlesmoke 3F 6f (ft) MVR 11/21 First Lady S. 89


Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Button Down (GB)   CD   1 1/8m (yl)   11/21   121.7
Lochte   GPW   1 1/16m (fm)   11/21   121.5
Bagg O'Day   CD   6f (ft)   11/21   120.7
Buggin Out   DED   7f (my)   11/21   120.6
Exaggerator   DED   1 1/16m (my)   11/21   120.6
Kyriaki   DED   1m (my)   11/21   120.6
Stacked Deck   WO   6f (ft)   11/22   120.4
Itsy Bitsy Walk   DED   1m (my)   11/21   120.4
Cougar Ridge   DED   1m (my)   11/21   120.0
Baublette   AQU   6 1/2f (ft)   11/19   120.0
Eton Ridge   CD   1 1/16m (sy)   11/18   119.8
Res Judicata   AQU   1m (ft)   11/21   119.7
Weekend Hideaway   GPW   5f (sy)   11/22   119.7
Nuffsaid Nuffsaid   AQU   6f (ft)   11/19   119.6
Souper Knight   AQU   1m (gd)   11/20   119.5

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Wednesday

Aqueduct   (2nd) Sol the Freud, 7-2
    (8th) Thirty Percent, 7-2
Charles Town   (6th) No Way R J, 9-2
    (8th) Magic Spur, 3-1
Churchill Downs   (5th) Tree Top Lover, 6-1
    (8th) Street Chief, 6-1
Delta Downs   (3rd) M B Puck, 5-1
    (8th) My Nephew Andrew, 6-1
Finger Lakes   (4th) Heavy Hitter, 3-1
    (6th) Gaffer, 3-1
Gulfstream Park West   (3rd) My Corinthian, 10-1
    (9th) Pinzy's Prize, 4-1
Hawthorne   (1st) Theghostbdancing, 7-2
    (7th) Lookout Angel, 8-1
Mahoning Valley   (1st) Just a Pinch, 9-2
    (6th) Flash a Smile, 4-1
Penn National   (4th) Amelia's Wild Ride, 5-1
    (10th) Olympic Diamond, 9-2
Woodbine   (4th) Classic Bryce, 3-1
    (5th) Maxsmiraclejourney, 3-1
Zia Park   (1st) Star of Wonder, 8-1
    (9th) Point Piper, 5-1

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