Mucho Macho Man breezes three furlongs at Gulfstream
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing's Mucho Macho Man breezed three furlongs at Gulfstream Park early Saturday morning, marking his first workout since capturing the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on November 2.
The five-year-old son of Macho Uno was timed in :37 3/5 with regular exercise rider Nick Petro Jr. aboard.
"We just let him stretch his legs out a little bit," trainer Kathy Ritvo said. "He was off the rail. It went good."
Ritvo, owners Dean and Patti Reeves, and stable manager Finn Green announced earlier in the week that Mucho Macho Man would remain in training for the 2014 racing season, with a possible first start at Gulfstream Park.
The Florida-bred horse, who defeated Will Take Charge by a nose in the Classic after prepping with a 4 1/4-length victory in the Awesome Again at Santa Anita, showed his trainer all the right signs during his morning activity.
"He was very happy. He was bouncing around," said Ritvo, who expects her Classic winner to breeze again next Saturday.
Dandino, Galileo Rock both out of HK Vase
"She felt good this morning and seems to be in good form," jockey William Buick said. "It's maybe a lot of traveling going to America and back to England and then here, but she traveled over well and seems to be showing the right signs."
Dunaden, aiming to recover his 2011 Vase title, blew out a quarter-mile on the all-weather in :26.8.
French three-year-old filly Ebiyza worked about six furlongs in 1:21.9 for the Vase, posting splits of :27.4, :28 and :26.5 on the all-weather.
Trainer Dale Romans said that Little Mike was in "great shape" and that he was looking forward to Sunday's Group 1 Hong Kong Cup, even though the American shipper has never raced right handed.
"In the Tenno Sho Autumn, it was his first run up since August," Shimizu noted. "It is his second race up and he has had a good preparation for the coming big event. I expected the length of grass would be longer but it is shorter than I thought. He is a very versatile horse with speed and he will handle any track. He is happy and is very settled. I have no worries and hopefully he can do his best."
Japan's best chance on the card is Lord Kanaloa, the defending champion in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint. The Takayuki Yasuda charge worked on the turf and was under a tight hold as he rattled off about a quarter-mile in :24.9.
"I just arrived yesterday and saw him this morning," Yasuda said. "He looked great and has not changed at all from how he is at home. He cantered on turf and did a bit stronger at the end to enhance him for tomorrow. He was walking, trotting and cantering very nicely. I would say he is in very good form. Everybody kept asking me how I compared his condition from last year when he won the race, but he is exactly the same condition as last year, even his habit and what he does at the stable, everything is the same.
"I am very nervous myself and have lots of pressure anyway, but he has done a great job for us, and I want him to grab one more title before retirement. He is the horse who can achieve the feat."
Gordon Lord Byron blew out about a quarter-mile on the turf in :26.7.
"The horse is much stronger this year," trainer Tom Hogan said, alluding to his fourth in the 2012 Mile. "He's really developed through the past 12 months and he's done well here in Hong Kong. I would say he's absolutely spot on."
Hogan then quipped -- with a broad Irish smile -- that it was nice to see "the two fastest horses in the world together" as Gordon Lord Byron led Lord Kanaloa off the track after the two worked on the turf Saturday morning.
Shamalgan wrapped up his Mile prep by covering about six furlongs in 1:26.1 (splits of :30.1, :29.5 and :26.5).
Akeed Mofeed, Gold-Fun give Gibson chances of HK glory
"D-Day" looms for Akeed Mofeed and Gold-Fun. That was the view of the talented duo's trainer, Richard Gibson, early on Saturday, the eve of the HK$72 million Hong Kong International Races.
Gibson brought the pair to Sha Tin from Ireland ahead of the 2012-13 Hong Kong season with aspirations firmly fixed on Derby glory. Akeed Mofeed fulfilled that dream last March for Gibson in the Hong Kong Derby (at about 1 1/4 miles), but only after his stablemate had hinted at his own potential two months earlier with a smart success in the first big test for four-year-olds, the Hong Kong Classic Mile.
Akeed Mofeed, fourth in Camelot's Irish Derby at three, was a high-profile and apparently expensive purchase for Pan Sutong. The Dubawi colt grabbed the headlines upon his arrival in Hong Kong, but the same owner's Gold-Fun initially flew under the radar, being at the time a maiden-winning gelding by the low-key and recently deceased stallion Le Vie Dei Colori.
"They're the type of horses we ideally buy -- there's plenty of potential left in them," said Gibson, who is excited to have Akeed Mofeed line up against 11 top-class rivals in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup.
"If you see him in the morning he's looking every bit of his million dollars," said the trainer of his charge, who blitzed home from the tail to run a narrow second in his prep, the Jockey Club Cup over the course and distance on November 17.
"We're looking forward to the challenge again of running against some of the best horses in the world over this trip at the moment. He's got to bring his A-game," he added.
Akeed Mofeed's only previous test in all-age company at the highest level came in last April's QE II Cup at about 1 1/4 miles at Sha Tin and on that occasion the powerful bay was found wanting in fifth behind the re-opposing Military Attack. It remains to be seen whether he has improved enough since then to turn the tables.
"That's the X-factor question, which no one knows, and we'll see it all in harsh reality on D-Day," Gibson said. "I've never hidden the fact that I've thought the horse belongs in this division so I guess 24 hours out it's all about executing plans."
Gold-Fun heads into the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile off a perfect lead-up with three wins from as many starts this season, including a cheeky short-head success last time in the Jockey Club Mile at Sha Tin. Like his stablemate, the gelding's only previous Group 1 all-age test came last spring, when he was fifth in the Champions Mile behind Dan Excel -- the evidence suggests he has improved since then.
"My job is to get Akeed Mofeed and Gold-Fun ready and I'm really satisfied with the work of the team to get these horses ready for D-Day," said Gibson. "Tomorrow's the day and it's all about delivering on the day. It's going to be the biggest test for our stable since we've been in Hong Kong and we're looking forward to the challenge."
Graded and Listed stakes announced for 2014
The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association on Friday presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed stakes races for 2014, the results of its annual grading session conducted December 4 in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Committee reviewed 713 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned graded status to 455 of them, two fewer than were graded in 2013, and Listed status to 190 races. A total of five graded races were upgraded, including one new Grade 1 race and four new Grade 2 races; three new Grade 3 races were named; 30 new Listed races were upgraded from Non-Listed Black Type status. Three races which carried graded status and 25 races which carried Listed status in 2013 are no longer eligible for grading.
One race was upgraded to Grade 1 status for 2014: the La Troienne at Churchill Downs.
Two races were downgraded from Grade 1 to Grade 2 for 2014: the Prioress at Saratoga and Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder.
Four races were upgraded to Grade 2 status for 2014: the Azeri at Oaklawn Park and Sabin, Holy Bull and Swale at Gulfstream Park.
Seven races were downgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 3 in 2014: the Go for Wand at Aqueduct, Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita, Vagrancy Handicap and Dwyer at Belmont Park, Sanford at Saratoga, La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar and Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park. The El Encino and San Luis Obispo at Santa Anita and Jim Murray Handicap at Hollywood Park were not eligible for grading in 2014.
Three races were upgraded to Grade 3 status for 2014: the Charles Town Oaks at Charles Town, Torrey Pines at Del Mar and L.A. Woman at Santa Anita.
Two races were downgraded from Grade 3 to Listed status for 2013: the Sapling at Monmouth Park and Ohio Derby at Thistledown.
Thirty races were upgraded to Listed status for 2014: the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf and Oak Tree Juvenile Turf at Del Mar; Paseana Handicap, Surfer Girl, Zuma Beach and Juvenile Turf Sprint at Santa Anita Park; Busher, Ruthless, Interborough, Correction and Evening Attire at Aqueduct; Easy Goer at Belmont Park; Miss Preakness, Skipat and Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico; Lady Baltimore, Laurel Turf Cup and Laurel Dash at Laurel; Tiffany Lass, Marie G. Krantz Memorial, Tenacious Handicap, Louisiana Handicap, Thanksgiving Handicap, Colonel Power, Bonapaw and F.W. Gaudin Memorial at Fair Grounds; Swatara and Mountainview Handicap at Penn National; Bull Dog Handicap at Fresno, and American St Leger at Arlington Park.
Sixteen races were downgraded from Listed to Non-Listed Black Type status for 2014: the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies at Mountaineer; Miss Shenandoah and Robert Hilton Memorial at Charles Town; Prima Donna at Oaklawn Park; Harry Henson Handicap, Riley Allison Futurity and Sunland Park Handicap at Sunland Park; California State Fair Sprint Handicap at Sacramento; Dover at Delaware Park; Prairie Gold Juvenile at Prairie Meadows; Gold Rush at Golden Gate Fields; Evangeline Mile Handicap at Evangeline Downs; Bosselman/Gus Fonner at Fonner Park; David M. Vance Sprint at Remington Park; Premier Cup Handicap at Zia Park; and Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap at Turf Paradise.
Races not eligible for grading in 2014 were the Labor Day, Dale Baird Memorial and Ohio Valley at Mountaineer; Battlefield, Garden State, Dearly Precious, Spend a Buck and Select at Monmouth Park; Dallas Turf Cup, Ouija Board Distaff, Cinemine and Valid Expectations at Lone Stark Park; Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial and R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial at Delaware Park; Charlie Palmer Futurity at Fresno; Southampton at Parx Racing; Corte Madera, California Oaks and Golden Poppy at Golden Gate Fields; Instant Racing at Oaklawn Park; Railbird at Hollywood Park; Santa Paula and La Puente at Santa Anita; Whirlaway at Aqueduct; and Calder Derby at Calder.
A complete list of graded and Listed stakes for 2014 can be found here.
Turfway cancels card
Due to an impending storm that is expected to dump several inches of snow on Northern Kentucky by post time, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Friday evening. The track will remain open for simulcasting. Dollar Friday drink specials remain on tap, but live music has been canceled.
Live racing is expected to resume Saturday at 1:10 p.m. (EST).
Hong Kong contenders gear up for Sunday's extravaganza
Neatico, representing Germany in the Cup, went a steady 1,200 meters (about six furlongs) on the all-weather in 1:34.5. Peter Schiergen reported his Bayerisches-Zuchtrennen winner to be in good form.
Japan's Tokei Halo cantered on the all-weather before a paddock schooling ahead of his big day in the Cup.
"Everything has gone perfectly up to know," trainer Hisashi Shimizu said. "He has become matured and is settled well here. Jockey Yutaka Take knows him well and handles him well all the time in races. I am very much looking forward to seeing his performance on Sunday. It has been a great honor to be selected for this wonderful occasion."
"The trip won't be a problem, but Sky Lantern might be. I think she's the one to beat but I'm very happy with my filly. She's kept improving all the time since we took her to Ascot (for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee) and she ran so well behind Black Caviar.
"I am very happy especially as she seems really happy. She's a clever mare and she's saving herself. Of course there remains a question mark over the traveling as she ran badly the only time she traveled before -- to Santa Anita -- and we won't know for sure about that until Sunday."
A trio of Mile-bound locals also went through their paces on the all-weather.
The streaking Gold-Fun negotiated about six furlongs under Olivier Doleuze in 1:25.2 (splits of :31.9, :28.7 and :24.6).
Defending Vase champion Red Cadeaux cantered on the turf under his usual work rider.
Dunaden, seeking to regain the Vase crown he won in 2011, worked about six furlongs on the all-weather and quickened up the last panel for a final time of 1:24.3 (splits of :28.6, :28.4 and :27.3).
"I do not ride him, but I can really feel his energy and he is full of spirit. This morning I told the rider not to move too fast and not to make him too tense. The horse knows his task. He is very relaxed but has changed into a top gear mentally. I am very happy with him."
Feuerblitz limbered up on the all-weather, and trainer Michael Figge is looking forward to Sunday's race.
"I am confident that he is 100 percent right now, and that he will give a good account of himself," Figge said. "It's a tough race of course, and I would be happy were he to finish fourth, but it's a horse race and anything can happen, so you never know."
Hong Kong's two Vase hopefuls, Dominant and Liberator, geared up with about six-furlong moves on the all-weather.
Dominant went in 1:25.5 (splits of :29.8, :27.7 and :28) under Zac Purton, but his trainer was forthright about his chances.
"Dominant has a tough task from gate 14," Moore said.
Under Brett Prebble, Liberator posted 1:28.3 (splits of :33.5, :31.8 and :23).
Jockey Steve Drowne was happy with Jwala after he partnered the English filly in a canter on the all-weather.
"She's very settled right now and has a good attitude," Drowne said. "We can't do anything about the gate (14) but she has plenty of early pace which you can't say about all European sprinters."
Military Attack bids to prove he's not just a spring horse
Moore was equally pleased with the workout as he seeks a second win in the race. Hong Kong's winning-most handler took the 1993 version of the contest with Motivation.
"I couldn't have him any fitter than he is for the grand final," he said. "I've got him covering the last 200 meters (about a furlong) in :12.5, so that put the icing on the cake and now we're ready."
Purton and Moore are less than enthused about owner Steven Lo's star being berthed in gate 9 on Sunday, but while Moore referred to it as "awkward" and Purton as "not ideal," neither sees it as a major hindrance.
"I was hoping to draw better than that but it looks like there's good speed in the race and that suits us," Purton said. "It's on the 'A' course and being a race that's later on the card, we have an opportunity to see how the races play out during the day -- then we can decide what we're going to do."
This time last year, Military Attack went into the Cup as an unproven prospect after a little more than a year in Hong Kong. A deflating ninth in the Jockey Club Mile completed his two-race lead-up to the Cup, in which he ran home a fair fifth. Since then, the British import has stamped himself as a class act with a series of wins that culminated in an international Group 1 brace last spring -- the QEII Cup at the course and distance and the SIA Cup in Singapore.
That late-season improvement has led some commentators and observers to suggest that Military Attack could be a "spring horse" but that is a theory Moore refutes.
"He is now settled into Hong Kong and he is totally acclimatized, whereas last year he wasn't and it took a little while to get right. Now he is used to things here, I don't think he will be a seasonal sort of horse, I think he will just keep improving up to Dubai and Singapore."
Moore is adamant that improvement will come, and in that there is perhaps a miniscule note of caution, as the trainer feels that his two-race prep this year has been one race less than he would have wished.
"I think there will definitely be more improvement to come because it hasn't been the ideal prep leading into this," he revealed. "It would have been nice to get one more run into him but that wasn't possible unless we got him going very early on in the season."
Whether ideal or not, Military Attack heads into Sunday off a sound third in the Jockey Club Cup on November 17, 1 3/4 lengths behind Endowing and Hong Kong's other big Cup contender Akeed Mofeed. Both were in receipt of five pounds from Hong Kong's undercooked champ that day and that turnaround, combined with added race sharpness, could see Purton sitting pretty passing the winning post once more atop a reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year.
Black Caviar, Treve honored as world's best; Wise Dan third on list
IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet and Vice President and Head of International Marketing of sponsor Longines, Juan-Carlos Capelli, presented the awards to the connections of the three horses.
The full list and further information on the World's Best Racehorse Rankings are available on the IFHA website at ifhaonline.org. The year-end edition of the World's Best Racehorse Rankings will be published on January 16, 2014.
The highest-rated sprinter in the world in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Black Caviar returned to the races in 2013 with a victory in the appropriately named Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in February at Flemington Racecourse. The great mare followed up that success with a four-length triumph in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse. She capped her incredible career with a win in the T. J. Smith Stakes at Randwick Racecourse. Black Caviar retired undefeated with 25 victories from 25 starts and 15 wins at the Group 1 level. A seven-year-old mare bred in Australia by R. Jamieson, Black Caviar is owned by G.J. Wilkie, Mrs. K.J. Wilkie, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, C.H. Madden, Mrs. J. Madden, Mrs. P.A. Hawkes, D.M. Taylorand Mrs. J. Taylor, she was trained by Mr. Peter Moody and ridden to victory in 2013 by Luke Nolen.
Little Mike takes on Cirrus des Aigles, Military Attack in HK Cup
But Little Mike has more searching questions to answer. Aside from the fact that his rivals are far tougher, Little Mike disappointed in his previous international foray to Dubai earlier this season. While his eighth in the Maktoum Challenge Round 3 could be forgiven as a synthetic experiment, his tiring to 11th back on turf in the Dubai Duty Free is more problematic.
Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe eventually nursed the seven-year-old back to peak condition. After a few subpar runs over the summer, Cirrus des Aigles regained the winning thread in the La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte, and collected the Prix Dollar for the third time. He came up only a neck short in the Champion, and is overdue for a breakthrough in Hong Kong. Post 10 of 12 isn't ideal, though, so jockey Christophe Soumillon will have to carve out a decent trip.
Akeed Mofeed, who brought a big Irish reputation with his importation, had underperformed in his first two outings of the new season. Worse, he gave indications of becoming difficult when lugging in one time, then bearing out the next. But the Richard Gibson pupil turned in a much better effort in the Jockey Club Cup, rallying from last to miss by only a head.
Japan's Tokei Halo figures to be involved in the early pace scenario. The winner of three straight graded stakes over the summer, capped by a six-length rout in the Sapporo Kinen on yielding ground, he must rebound off a poor 10th in the Tenno Sho Autumn at Tokyo.
Rounding out the 12-horse field are three locals who must run the race of their lives to factor. Blazing Speed narrowly failed to give Endowing nine pounds in the Ladies' Purse, and stretches out off a seventh in the Jockey Club Mile. Rainbow Chic and Same World (Military Attack's stablemate from the Moore yard) were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Jockey Club Cup.
HK Mile features Moonlight Cloud, Sky Lantern showdown
Warming up with an effortless score in the Prix de la Porte Maillot at Longchamp, Moonlight Cloud then smashed a pair of course records at Deauville. She ran away with the about 6 1/2-furlong Prix Maurice de Gheest for the third straight year, and held on from Olympic Glory in the Prix Jacques le Marois at this metric mile trip. In her only subsequent start, Moonlight Cloud produced her trademark turn of foot in a brilliant last-to-first victory in the October 6 Prix de la Foret. Well drawn in post 6, and proven going right-handed, the five-year-old mare will be tough to beat with regular rider Thierry Jarnet.
Gold-Fun has emerged as Hong Kong's leading miler at the moment. The winner of the Hong Kong Classic Mile for four-year-olds in January, he is perfect in three starts for Richard Gibson this preparation. Gold-Fun returned to action with a visually impressive display in the National Day Cup Handicap, followed up with a perfunctory tally in the Sha Tin Trophy, and got up a shade cozily in the November 17 Jockey Club Mile. The Irish import landed wider than preferable in post 10, but jockey Olivier Doleuze wasn't concerned.
Linton pulled a 25-1 upset in the Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm in June. Aside from capitalizing on an eight-pound concession from Buffering, Linton was also improving markedly in first-time blinkers. The John Sadler veteran reappeared with a strong fifth, under top weight, in the Sir Rupert Clarke, but could do no better than eighth in the Toorak Handicap in his latest. The Australian-bred son of Galileo projects a ground-saving trip here from post 3.
The five-year-old Dan Excel, once a classy European known as Dunboyne Express, probably has more upside than his older stablemate at this point. Xtension was off form for quite some time before a solid third to Gold-Fun in the Jockey Club Mile. In contrast, Dan Excel was runner-up in several major races, most notably to Glorious Days in the Stewards' Cup and to Hong Kong Horse of the Year Military Attack in the Singapore Airlines International Cup. Dan Excel had a setback that has caused him to play catch-up in the new Hong Kong season, but his fifth under top weight in the Jockey Club Mile was a solid prep.
Caspar Fownes will be represented by the speedy Helene Spirit and confirmed closer Packing Whiz. Helene Spirit nearly wired both the Champions Mile and Jockey Club Mile, and was just denied by Dan Excel in the former and by Gold-Fun in the latter. Packing Whiz, hero of the 2011 Premio Parioli (Italian Two Thousand Guineas) under the name of Al Rep, was fifth in this race last year. Wrapping up the 2012-13 campaign with a score in the Chairman's Trophy and a third in the Champions Mile, he was sixth in his comeback in the Jockey Club Mile.
Trainer Tony Cruz must always be respected, and he has sounded bullish about Pure Champion. While only eighth in the 2012 Mile, the Irish-bred formerly known as Steinbeck has flashed real ability on occasion. Over the winter, he beat Dan Excel in the Centenary Vase and finished second to Military Attack in the Hong Kong Gold Cup. Pure Champion's first two runs this season have been subpar, but Cruz expects him to be a "different horse" Sunday.
The Fugue's the one to beat in HK Vase
Red Cadeaux benefited from an astute ride by Gerald Mosse when winning the 2012 Vase, his only Group 1 score to date. Indeed, the Ed Dunlop veteran is best remembered for his runner-up efforts. He missed by a whisker to Dunaden in the 2011 Melbourne Cup, chased Animal Kingdom home in the Dubai World Cup in March, and most recently finished an ultra-game second to Fiorente back at Melbourne on November 5.
Mount Athos' best career performances have come over longer distances. In addition to his commanding wins in the 2012 Geoffrey Freer and the May 10 Ormonde, he has incurred admirable losses in the past two Melbourne Cups. Yet the Luca Cumani trainee has given the impression of one who could prosper at this slightly shorter trip. Things haven't panned out for him in his last two tries at this distance, but the 2012 Japan Cup came too soon after his fine fifth in the Melbourne Cup, and he left himself too much to do in the June 22 Hardwicke at Royal Ascot. New rider Craig Williams gave him a good passage at Flemington last time from a horrible draw, and he's in a lot better shape in post 6 here.
Two sophomores will try to buck the historical trends and strike a blow for the classic generation -- Ireland's Galileo Rock and France's Ebiyza. Galileo Rock has placed in a trio of classics, bookending his thirds in the Epsom Derby and St Leger with a runner-up effort in the Irish Derby. The David Wachman pupil is honest, but must find a sharper change of gear to upset his elders, and post 13 won't help his cause.
[Saturday update: Both Dandino and Galileo Rock were withdrawn because of soft tissue injuries.]
The Aga Khan's homebred Ebiyza looks to take advantage of a nine-pound concession from the older males. Awarded a maiden-breaking victory in the Prix de Royallieu via disqualification, the Alain de Royer-Dupre filly was a non-threatening fifth in the 15 1/2-furlong Prix Royal-Oak.
Hong Kong-based runners have struggled in the Vase, with local legend Indigenous supplying their sole win back in 1998. Neither Dominant nor Liberator looks quite up to matching Indigenous' feat. Liberator was formerly Hong Kong's champion stayer after taking the 2012 Champions & Chater Cup at this course and distance. He was subsequently fourth in the 2012 Vase and would do well to duplicate that finish. Dominant has won two straight editions of the Queen Mother Memorial Cup, a springboard to a pair of thirds in the Champions & Chater. Although he has natural ability, he has yet to put it all together for John Moore, and he's been marooned widest of all in post 14.
Lord Kanaloa seeks to crown career with HK Sprint repeat
But there is a considerable difference in his post. Drawn favorably a year ago, Lord Kanaloa and regular rider Yasunari Iwata must find a way to overcome post 12 on Sunday. If he does, Lord Kanaloa would seal his legacy as Japan's greatest sprinter, and emulate past repeat winners Falvelon (2000-01) and Silent Witness (2003-04).
Trainer John Moore fields a three-pronged attack. While Charles the Great captured the local prep, the November 17 Jockey Club Sprint, over Group 2-winning stablemate Sterling City, and Frederick Engels was a mere eighth, the latter has been tabbed as the yard's best chance.
Eagle Regiment has been known as a specialist at about five furlongs down the straight, the scene of his back-to-back wins in the Centenary Sprint Cup. But the fragile gelding, who was third to Shea Shea and Joy and Fun in the Al Quoz, might be finding a new dimension. A staying-on third under top weight in the Jockey Club Sprint, the Manfred Man pupil was doing his best work at the end of the about six-furlong trip, and could have more to offer here.
Taste Like Candy gets class test in Hollywood Starlet
Untapable, who won the Pocahontas by a half-length, was already in retreat when she was forced to check to avoid a fallen rival in the Breeders' Cup. The Steve Asmussen charge was virtually eased afterwards, and wound up crossing the wire eighth in the field of 10.
Arethusa enters the Starlet off a dominating 8 1/4-length, maiden-breaking score in the $100,000 Sharp Cat, the November 16 course-and-distance prep. A distant but clear second in the Sharp Cat was Be Proud, one of two from the barn of trainer Bob Baffert. The other is November 15 debut winner Streaming.
The Starlet field is rounded out by Bajan, winner of the $100,000 Moccasin and $75,000 Anoakia in her last two, and Sorrento winner Concave, who followed a troubled trip in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with a third in the Delta Downs Princess two weeks ago for trainer Doug O'Neill.
Six of the 10 fillies and mares competing in the Grade 2, $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap are three-year-olds, including probable favorite Fiftyshadesofhay. Heroine of three graded stakes -- the Black-Eyed Susan, Iowa Oaks and Santa Ysabel -- this term, the Baffert-trained miss will tote top weight of 118 pounds despite finishing third as the odds-on choice in the Indiana Oaks two months ago.
Other leading sophomore contenders are Warren's Venada, who is two-for-two over the main track at Hollywood including a game score in the $100,000 Cat's Cradle Handicap for California-breds on November 17; Grade 3 winner Charlie Em, third in the Autumn Miss and Torrey Pines in her last two; and Magic Union, a solid allowance winner over Del Mar's Polytrack two starts back.
Charm the Maker, a close second in the Starlet two years ago and a troubled fourth in the 2012 Bayakoa, might be the best of the older contenders. She prevailed in the $94,000 Adoration at Del Mar two starts back.
Ramseys, Maker looking for back-to-back success in Claiming Crown
The first major event of Gulfstream Park's Championship Meet will take place Saturday with the 15th annual Claiming Crown, a collection of eight stakes races worth a total of $1 million.
The Claiming Crown was established in 1999 to celebrate the blue-collar horses who are the very foundation of the racing industry nationwide and is billed as the claiming horse owner's Breeders' Cup. It is run under starter allowance conditions and is open to horses who have raced for a claiming price of $35,000 or lower since January 1, 2012. The Claiming Crown races have price limits of $7,500, $16,000, $25,000 and $35,000.
The Claiming Crown's first stop at Gulfstream Park in 2012 was so well received by horsemen, racing fans and bettors last year that track management signed an agreement with the partnership of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association to host the event for three years.
"Racing fans across the country will enjoy this great afternoon of racing," Gulfstream President Tim Ritvo said. "The horsemen have supported the Claiming Crown once again with full fields and some of the country's most popular horses. We're looking forward to a big day."
"Gulfstream was gracious in offering to host the Claiming Crown last year, and it was a phenomenal success," said Phil Hanrahan, CEO of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. "Based on nominations and after looking at the overnight and how full the races got, it looks like this year is going to be another really good year."
In 2012, horses sporting the red-and-white silks of Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Mike Maker swept four of the seven Claiming Crown events, including the Jewel with Parent's Honor. They also came within a head of winning a fifth with Major Marvel in the Emerald.
The popular couple currently lead all owners in 2013 earnings with over $11.8 million. They will have a chance to go one better in this year's Claiming Crown with contenders entered in five of the eight races on Saturday.
After finishing second at Ellis Park in that race, Voodoo Storm returned to a relieved Glyshaw's barn. He proceeded to take an allowance by 3 1/4 lengths and the Mountaineer Mile by 7 3/4 lengths in his past two at Mountaineer Park.
"He's a little quirky," Glyshaw admitted. "He gets riled up in the post parade; he gets riled up in the paddock,; he's always sweating. If you're a handicapper watching him in the paddock, you wouldn't bet him because he's washed out. He was washed out at Mountaineer when it was 30 degrees. That's just him."
Although he was also nominated for the $125,000 Emerald, a turf race, Voodoo Storm is scheduled for a Jewel clash with Bernie the Maestro.
"I told the owner, 'Why do we want to change things now?' This purse is bigger, and going into the race, at least in my mind, I think it has to be us and Bernie the Maestro as the favorites," Glyshaw said. "I think it's going to be a nice race between those two. But I'm not throwing anyone out."
The Ramsey colors were carried to victory in the $125,000 Tiara by Starsilhouette in 2012, and the leading owners will be represented by Deanaallen'skitten in Saturday's renewal of the 1 1/16-mile turf contest. The six-year-old Kitten's Joy nare has hit the board in each of her six starts on the Gulfstream turf course, and ships south off a game success in Aqueduct's Trevita Stakes for trainer Chad Brown on November 6.
The $110,000 Rapid Transit, a seven-furlong affair for runners who have been offered for a tag of $16,000 or less, will feature 12 horses including Grande Shores, a homebred for Fred Brei's Jacks or Better Farm. The half-brother to Grade 1-winning sprinter Jackson Bend was out of action for 12 months and could have been had for as little as $8,000 last February, but he has rounded into form recently. After two victories at Calder this summer, the five-year-old Florida-bred ran second in the September 14 Montbrook Stakes going a mile at Gulfstream.
Walder will send out Loveyouallthetime in the Rapid Transit after claiming the chestnut gelding for $10,000 in July. The Not for Love six-year-old has since won three of his four races.
"I think the Claiming Crown is a great idea," added Walder, who's saddled three horses previously in the series. "It's nice to have it in your backyard, and Gulfstream does a great job with it. I'm looking forward to a big day of racing."
The inaugural running of the 1 1/16-mile Iron Lady, for fillies and mares who have started for $7,500 or less, will see eight distaffers head to the gate but if Winiliscious runs to form, the real race may be for second. Previously trained by Chuck Spina, the four-year-old earned a 102 BRIS Speed rating when romping by 16 lengths in a starter allowance at Laurel on October 12. Trainer Steve DiMauro has taken over her care on behalf of owner Top Shelf Stable.
Rose to Gold faces deep cast in My Charmer
The versatile Strathnaver figures to be a prominent contender. Winner of the 1 1/2-mile Bewitch in her second U.S. start, the Graham Motion trainee successfully shortened up to 1 1/16 miles when taking the $100,000 Lady Baltimore at Laurel two starts back. She exits a fourth in the 12-furlong Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct where she chased a tepid pace set by longshot winner Inimitable Romanee.
Multiple Grade 3 winner Somali Lemonade has not been particularly consistent over the past couple of years, but did earn her first stakes win since 2011 when taking the July 2 Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx. However, the Michael Matz was subsequently unplaced three times in the Ballston Spa, Flower Bowl Invitational and Cardinal Handicap.
Awesome Flower, a stakes winner at Canterbury and Presque Isle Downs earlier this year, returns to the turf after finishing a belated third in the Chilukki at Churchill Downs.
Older males will also have a chance to travel nine furlongs on the Calder turf Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap.
Other potential contenders in the Hooper are the three-year-olds Sr. Quisqueyano, who beat Csaba by more than two lengths in the $100,000 Quality Road at Gulfstream in early October, and Valid, who coasted by more than 23 lengths in the slop in a Gulfstream allowance two weeks ago.
Long time guests of Fair Grounds, as well as all the employees who ever had the good fortune to know him, are mourning the loss of Fred Laurent, the beloved senior mutuel clerk who died Thursday. Laurent, a resident of nearby Slidell, Louisiana, was still active at the track last fall and was a member of the Fair Grounds mutuels department for 46 years until stricken with mesothelioma...
Ullapool (Langfuhr), who returned from a 13-month layoff on October 17 to beat allowance company by an emphatic 4 1/4 lengths, was made the 2-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's $100,000 Garland of Roses at Aqueduct. Also entered in the six-furlong dash for fillies and mares are multiple stakes winner My Wandy's Girl (Flower Alley), a close second in the Barbara Fritchie H. (G2) and Ruffian H. (G2) earlier this year; Victory Ride (G3) winner Baby J (J Be K); the Grade 3-placed Delightful Quality (Elusive Quality); and Miss Mischief (Into Mischief), winner of the $98,000 Pearl City, a course-and-distance event held on November 20...
The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC), the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (MTHA) and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) on Friday announced the stakes schedule for the 2014 Laurel winter meet. The plan still needs approval from the Maryland Racing Commission at its December 17 meeting. The $300,000 Barbara Fritchie H. (G2) on February 15 and the $250,000 General George H. (G3) two days later headline the 16-stakes program which can be found at laurelpark.com/horsemen/stakes-schedule. The winter stand begins January 1 and will include 46 live racing days over a 13-week period with live racing taking place on a Thursday through Saturday schedule with holiday exceptions for the first eight weeks of the year. Wednesday racing will be added in late February for the balance of the meet...
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has hired Dan Silver to serve as the organization's director of television and interactive platforms. Silver previously was NYRA's director of communications and media relations from 2009-12, having joined the company in 2008 as the marketing communications manager. He spent the past year as the director of racing operations at Penn National. In his role there, Silver helped create the inaugural Penn Mile race, which set new wagering records for the track. "Dan is an extremely talented and creative racing executive, and we are delighted to welcome him back," said David O'Rourke, vice president of corporate development for NYRA. "His deep knowledge and love of racing will serve him well as he helps shape our television and interactive offerings to our fans." Silver, a Philadelphia native, has master's degrees from the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, along with a bachelor's degree from Haverford College. He has served as a vice president of the Turf Publicists of America for the past three years and in 2010, the Thoroughbred Times included him in its "40 Under 40" list of prominent racing industry leaders under the age of 40. "NYRA has one of the most respected television signals and network of websites in the industry," said Silver, who will begin his new job next month. "I am very excited at the prospect of returning to the organization and helping to build on that success."...
Two holiday traditions will continue at Aqueduct on Saturday and Sunday when The New York Racing Association (NYRA) hosts its annual Spirit of Giving weekend, featuring the popular Stocking Stuffer promotion and the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Racing fans can stuff their holiday stockings for a great cause as NYRA will sell a variety of popular giveaway items from years past for $1 each, with all proceeds to be donated to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Included among the items are vintage glasses, bobble-heads, T-shirts, stadium seats and beer steins. The promotion will take place on the first floor of the grandstand on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, racing fans can spread holiday cheer to some of the 16 million children living in poverty in the United States by donating new, unwrapped toys, cash, or checks made payable to Toys for Tots. Donation boxes will be located at the Big A's main clubhouse entrance and the Turf and Field entrance on both Saturday and Sunday. Thoroughbred owner Harold Lerner once again will contribute $10,000 to the campaign and trainer Gary Contessa will donate 10 percent of whatever his horses earn on Sunday to Toys for Tots, which collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys to children in need each holiday season...
With divisional honors on the line in Sunday's Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (Jpn-G1), the Hanshin faithful will be hoping to witness the coming out of a star in the mould of Vodka, Buena Vista or Apapane, who all annexed this prestigious event on their respective routes to stardom. Harp Star (Deep Impact) could be one to fit that profile. Off the mark at Chukyo on July 14, the bay jumped up in class to take the Niigata Nisai S. (Jpn-G3) on August 25, sweeping from last-to-first with an eye-popping stretch rally to win by three lengths. The second- and fifth-place finishers that day have each gone on to win a pair of stakes, including Marble Cathedral (Daiwa Major), who re-opposes here. "We (gave her a break) after the last race," said Harp Star's trainer, Hiroyoshi Matsuda, who has won this race three times. "She came back to us having filled out a little, but she's getting sharper with each week. We've had our sights set on this race for a long time, so we need to make sure she gets the work in. As things stand, she is on the heavy side. The potential is definitely there. She runs far better on turf in the actual races than in training on woodchip. We're hoping she improves leaps and bounds, the way she did from her debut to the Niigata Nisai S." Forevermore (Neo Universe) warrants a serious look on the merits of a pair of authoritative victories to kick off her career in an August 11 Niigata maiden and a Tokyo allowance on October 5. While her trainer, Yuichi Shikato, admits it will be a big class jump for his charge, he notes she is in top form. Horai Akiko (Johannesburg) has opened her career with two track record-setting performances in three outings, including her most recent effort, a neck victory in the October 5 Daily Hai Nisai S. (Jpn-G2). She also took the Kokura Nisai S. on September 1, and looks to keep her perfect record intact.
Eighttofasttocatch (Not for Love) goes for his third stakes win in succession in Saturday's $100,000 Broad Brush at Laurel over 1 1/8 miles. The seven-year-old gelding romped in his two previous starts over the strip, taking the Maryland Million Classic by 3 1/4 lengths and the Jennings Handicap by six lengths. His main rivals will be A. P. Cino (Indy Wind) and Ponzi Scheme (Sunday Break), second and third in the $150,000 Swatara at Penn National last time; Grade 3 veteran Gourmet Dinner (Trippi); and the West Virginia-bred aces Lucy's Bob Boy (Flatter) and Fed High (Crypto Star). Also on Saturday, Jessethemarine (With Distinction) will attempt to bag his second stakes win in the $100,000 Marylander at seven furlongs. The juvenile colt rallied to win the $100,000 James F. Lewis III by a neck over six panels last month. Other contenders include Parx allowance winner Classic Giacnroll (Giacomo) and recent graduate Extrasexyhippzster (Stroll). The first stakes on the program, the $100,000 Gin Talking for two-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, on paper figures to be a showdown between three-time winner Respectful Wishes (Fairbanks) and Aqueduct maiden winner Mamdooha (Daaher)...
Unbridled's Note (Unbridled's Song), who was defeated by less than two lengths when fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, will make his Hollywood Park debut in the $100,000 Hollywood Turf Express on Sunday. The six-furlong grass contest has attracted a field of five, including graded performers Boat Trip (Harlan's Holiday) and Chips All In (North Light). Unbridled's Note is the star attraction in the race, though, having earned two of his four lifetime wins on turf. One of those came in the 2012 Eddie D (G3), which saw Chips All In prevail by a nose and a half-length, respectively, over Boat Trip and Unbridled's Note this time around. All three showed back up for the BC Turf Sprint on on November 2, with Unbridled's Note posting the best finish while only 1 3/4 lengths behind repeat winner Mizdirection. The four-year-old colt actually ran second to Mizdirection in last year's BC Turf Sprint and followed that up with a third in the Malibu (G1). Corey Nakatani has the call on Unbridled's Note. Chips All In and Boat Trip finished ninth and 12th, respectively, in the Turf Sprint...
Grade 1 veteran Jackson Bend (Hear No Evil) has been unable to visit the winner's circle in nine starts since a nose win in the 2012 Carter H. (G1), but that could all change on Sunday as the six-year-old chestnut faces five rivals in the $100,000 Sunshine State at Gulfstream Park. Jackson Bend was unplaced in three races after the Carter and subsequently retired, but since coming back to the track has gone 0-1-3 from six outings. Included in those were a second in the Forego (G1) at Saratoga and a third in the Smile Sprint H. (G3) over the summer. Trainer Stanley Gold will send out Jackson Bend off a failed attempt at stretching out most recently with Javier Castellano in the irons. Also entered in the Sunshine State are Bahamian Squall (Gone West), Fort Loudon (Awesome of Course) and Close It Out (Closing Argument), the respective top three from last year's running of the seven-furlong affair. Bahamian Squall would go on this season to take the Smile Sprint and place in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1) and Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G3)...
Ami's Holiday (Harlan's Holiday) and Jose Sea View (Badge of Silver) head Sunday's C$125,000 Display at Woodbine as the only two runners with prior stakes experience. The former holds an edge on Jose Sea View, having captured the Grey (Can-G3) going the Display distance of 1 1/16 miles on October 6. The Josie Carroll-trained bay was unable to build on that effort, though, when a one-paced fifth last out in the Coronation Futurity. Jose Sea View broke his maiden at Woodbine, traveled south of the border to take the Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile at Presque Isle Downs, then ran in midpack when trying Aqueduct's Nashua (G2) on November 3 for conditioner Reade Baker. Luis Contreras has the call on Ami's Holiday, while Emma-Jayne Watson will be aboard Jose Sea View. Those lining up against the pair include Man Cave (Leonnatus Anteas), a nice allowance winner most recently going a mile and 70 yards, and Coltimus Prime (Milwaukee Brew), an eight-length maiden victor two weeks ago.
On the California worktab
Southwest S. (G3) winner Super Ninety Nine (Pulpit), a distant third in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) when last seen in April, worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:12 3/5 over the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park on Friday.
Undefeated Rolling Fog (Posse), sidelined since taking the 2012 Del Mar Futurity (G1), worked in 1:13 1/5.
Multiple Argentinean Group 1 winner Winning Prize (Pure Prize), a close third in the Citation H. (G2) last time, went four furlongs in :49 4/5.
Multiple Grade 1 veteran Jeranimo (Congaree), seventh in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1), traveled in :48 3/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track.
On the Florida worktab
Stakes winner Bon Accord (Showing Up), third in the Bourbon (G3) prior to a last-out fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), breezed five furlongs in 1:02 over the fast dirt at Calder on Friday.
Grade 2-placed multiple stakes heroine Munnings Sister (Speightstown), unplaced when last seen in the September 21 Gallant Bloom H. (G2), covered five-eighths in 1:03 3/5 on Palm Meadows Training Center's fast dirt.
On the Louisiana worktab
Grade 3-placed multiple stakes winner Good Deed (Broken Vow), three-for-four this season, logged a half-mile in :48 3/5 over the fast dirt at Fair Grounds on Friday.
For Saturday or Next Raceday
DECEMBER 6, 2013
by Dick Powell
Four big days of racing from Thanksgiving Day weekend -- where do we begin? I'll start out with a two-year-old filly who was ultra impressive.
In Saturday's 2ND race at Churchill Downs for juvenile fillies going seven furlongs on the main track, Dallas Stewart had a second-time starter who caught my eye. Most of my attention on Saturday was on the card at Aqueduct but I love two-year-old racing and Churchill delivered with a dozen juvenile events on its Stars of Tomorrow II program.
In looking at the dozen juvenile fillies, Unbridled Forever (Unbridled's Song) kind of jumped off the page. She showed a good, middle move in her career debut at Churchill last month going a mile and now had a race under her belt while drawing much better. Robbie Albarado was back and Lasix was going on for the first time. Her workouts since then were solid and she had the form of a second-time starter who should improve leaps and bounds for a trainer who is not known for having them wound too tight for their debut.
But what really caught my eye was her pedigree. Her dam is none other than Lemons Forever, winner of the Kentucky Oaks back in 2006 for Stewart. Here was her foal by a top sire at 9-2 on the board with lots of other factors to like as well.
I quickly made a bet on Unbridled Forever and, unlike most hot two-year-olds, she went to 5-1 then 6-1 at post time. After a flat-footed start, Albarado was able to thread his way through traffic to where he was in good position going into the turn.
The pace for the seven-furlong event was honest -- :22.61 for the first quarter-mile and :45.54 for the half. Albarado had Unbridled Forever passing horses willingly and arrived at the top of the stretch right next to early leader and 17-10 favorite, Resistivity (Student Council). Without any real urging from Albarado, Unbridled Forever opened up in the stretch to a commanding lead. She stretched it out to 5 1/4 lengths at the wire and was the easiest of 6-1 winners.
The ease of her stretch run was a distraction to what was going on with the teletimer. She covered her third quarter-mile in :23.94 and her final furlong in :12.43, making her final time for the seven furlongs 1:21.91!
There were three other seven-furlong races run on the main track at Churchill on Saturday. The 5TH race was for juvenile filly maiden special weights and they ran 1:23.92; the 8TH race was for juvenile maiden special weights and they ran 1:23.22; and the 12TH race was for juvenile maiden special weights and they ran 1:23.76. I know it can be simplistic but Unbridled Forever's final time sticks out like a sore thumb and watching how little encouragement she needed to do it makes me think she has a big chance to be a major part of the first Friday in May.
I have thought long and hard and can't remember a horse who was able to accomplish what Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song) has done the second half of 2013. He was absolutely dreadful in the three Triple Crown races. I know he had a bit of an excuse in the Kentucky Derby but he still showed nothing in the next two legs.
How he was able to turn his year around is beyond me. It is certainly a tribute to his 78-year-old Hall of Fame trainer Wayne Lukas who has endured criticism throughout his career for running horses in spots they did not belong in. After the Belmont, I thought a career on turf might be in store for Will Take Charge but there he was in the Jim Dandy (G2), with blinkers removed, rallying for second behind the more well-regarded Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Palace Malice (Curlin).
In the Travers (G1), he looked hopelessly beaten with 100 yards to go but surged at the wire to win by a shocking nose over Palace Malice and Derby winner Orb (Malibu Moon). Now it was on to the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) where it looked like the speedy Moreno (Ghostzapper) would benefit the most from the nine-furlong distance but the flashy chestnut with the white blaze rallied through a big opening on the rail to win his second $1 million race in a row.
Onto the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) and once again, when the running got serious, there was Will Take Charge looking to grab American racing's biggest prize. He fell a desperate nose short of Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno) but beat all the other three-year-olds in the race.
Last Friday's Clark Handicap (G1) looked like a match race between multi-millionaire Game On Dude (Awesome Again) and Will Take Charge. Match races are supposed to go to the horse with the most early pace and Game On Dude had it in spades. Unfortunately, nobody bothered to tell Will Take Charge and he rallied again to win it by a head as the second choice in the betting.
I'm not big on worrying about who is going to be voted Horse of the Year or three-year-old male champion but he certainly has put himself into the conversation in both categories.
Flat Out's (Flatter) win in the Cigar Mile (G1) had an interesting handicapping angle to it. Yes, we all know that he loves Belmont Park where he has won five-of-seven starts and more than $1.6 million in earnings. But in the Cigar Mile, he was making his first start on the Aqueduct main track despite being seven-years old.
Yes, he loves Belmont. But a further inspection of his record shows that he also likes going one turn. And, there was nothing to indicate that he was not going to dislike Aqueduct. In a roughly-run race, Junior Alvarado kept him out of trouble and the old timer has his customary late kick down the lane to run down early leader Private Zone (Macho Uno).
Groupie Doll (Bowman's Band) just missed winning the race last year, when she was run down in the last stride by Stay Thirsty. This year, she was coming into the race off another win in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) but it all went wrong on the far turn when Clearly Now (Horse Greeley) clipped heels with Private Zone and veered sharply into Groupie Doll, who then bounced around off Laugh Track (Distorted Humor).
By the time Rajiv Maragh got her untangled, the race was essentially over as Flat Out had already made his big move. However, Groupie Doll ran on gamely to be fourth and who is to say she wasn't the best. There was talk after the race that the Cigar Mile might not have been her final start.
If you saw flashes in the Eastern sky last week, they were coming from the Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale and the fireworks set off in the auction ring when the broodmares in foal to the unbeaten phenom Frankel were put up for sale. The mares in foal to him weren't just sought after -- they were lusted after.
The highlight was Dancing Rain (Danehill Dancer), winner of Epsom (Eng-G1) and German Oaks (Ger-G1) in 2011. She sold for 4 million guineas on a final bid from John Ferguson on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. All told, there were seven mares in foal to Frankel who sold while two did not meet their reserve. The seven sold averaged 1,013,571gns, which is $1,654,575 in U.S. dollars.
Combined with the Goffs November sale, Keeneland November and Fasig-Tipton November, 14 mares in foal to Frankel sold for an average of $1,497,574. Can you imagine what his yearlings will bring in 2015?
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