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Penn Derby upgraded to Grade 1 for 2017

The American Graded Stakes Committee released its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed races for 2017 on Friday, with the biggest changes showing the Pennsylvania Derby upgraded to Grade 1 while the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass were both downgraded to Grade 2s.

Jennifer Caldwell had a tough time with one part of the juvenile championship titles of 2016 as she continues revealing her Eclipse Award nominees and picks.

Miss Temple City headlines Del Mar's closing-day Matriarch

Miss Temple City, who beat the boys twice in Grade 1s at Keeneland this year, tops a field of 12 entered for the closing-day feature of Del Mar's Bing Crosby Meet, Sunday's Matriarch Stakes (G1).

While Del Mar closes the door on 2016, Gulfstream Park kicks off its Championship Meet one day earlier with the 18th running of the Claiming Crown. Jennie Rees highlights some Kentucky-based runners who have a shot in the Claiming Crown.

Dick Powell looks at Aqueduct's main track, as well as touts Arrogate's talent, in this week's Handicapping Insights.

With the pre-release announcement that the Pennsylvania Derby is getting boosted to Grade 1 status for 2017, Ed DeRosa makes a case for moving the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) to Saratoga.

Jennifer Caldwell continues rolling out her nominees and picks for the 2016 Eclipse Awards with the sophomore division.

Paul Fishman proves victorious in the sixth annual TwinSpires Online Handicapping Championship.

Trio of graded stakes on tap Saturday

Del Mar and Aqueduct offer up the graded action for this weekend.

The California venue boasts two of the three Saturday graded events, with 12 entered in the Hollywood Derby (G1) and eight lining up in the Bayakoa Handicap (G2).

Seven distaffers will take their turn in the spotlight at Aqueduct on Saturday thanks to the Go for Wand Handicap (G3).

Jennifer Caldwell reveals her nominees, and choices, for Horse of the Year, older dirt male and older dirt female.



KING'S SWAN S., AQU, $98,000, 2YO, 6F, 12-2.
5—EVEN THUNDER, g, 2, Even the Score--Strikes of Thunder, by Thunder Gulch. ($15,000 '15 KEESEP). O-Leonard C Green, B-Deborah L Ward & Phil & Judy Ne (KY), T-Joseph F. Orseno, J-Jose L. Ortiz, $60,000.
1—Petrov, c, 2, Flatter--Saracina, by Bertrando. ($25,000 '14 KEENOV; $55,000 '15 KEESEP; $55,000 2016 OBSJUN). O-Rialto Racing Stables, LLC and Moquett, Ron, B-Sun Valley Farm (KY), $20,000.
3—The Walk, g, 2, Hansen--Airizon, by Boston Harbor. ($75,000 '14 KEENOV; $200,000 '15 FTSAUG). O-West Point Thoroughbreds, B-Crumbaugh Lane LLC (KY), $10,000.
Also Ran: La Cat Warrior, Hotfoot.
Winning Time: 1:11 (ft)
Margins: HD, 3 3/4, 1.
Odds: 2.70, 1.90, 4.80.


AQU, 8TH, AOC, $69,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 12-2.
5—SAHARAN, f, 3, Desert Party--Golden Artemis, by Malibu Moon. O-Tackett, Paul W and Tackett, Philip, B-Paul Tackett (KY), T-James A. Jerkens, J-Rajiv Maragh, $41,400.
1—Kalabaka, f, 3, Trappe Shot--Athena Ballerina, by Lion Heart. O-Mamatas Racing Stable LLC, B-Nick & Theresa Mamatas (KY), $13,800.
2—Let's Parlay, f, 4, Pomeroy--Ubetwereven, by French Deputy. O-Red Oak Stable (Brunetti), B-Red Oak Stable (NJ), $6,900.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)
WO, 6TH, AOC, $58,696, 2YO, F, 6F, 12-2.
6—LITTLE CHRISTY, f, 2, Silent Name (JPN)--Quiet Request, by Petionville. (C$30,000 '15 ONTSEP). O-Samotowka Stables, Buscaglia, Charlie, Cullen, Kevin and Cullen, Kate, B-Track West Racing Inc (ON), T-Michael P. De Paulo, J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $39,597.
8—Boathouse View, f, 2, Divine Park--Wildandfabulous, by Forest Wildcat. O-D'Amato, Carlo and Van Camp, Stacey, B-Bret Jones (KY), $8,799.
2—I'll Take the Cake, f, 2, Nobiz Like Shobiz--Take the Cake, by Fly So Free. ($5,500 2016 KEEJAN). O-Nicholas Nosowenko, B-Elizabeth J Valando (KY), $4,840.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)
DMR, 6TH, AOC, $53,690, 3YO/UP, 1M, 12-2.
4—DR. GO, c, 3, Slew's Tiznow--Belle Michelle, by Gulch. O-Mike Harrington, B-Revocable Trust of Dr Mikel C & Patricia O Harrington (KY), T-Mike Harrington, J-Gary L. Stevens, $31,800.
2—Ain't Misbehavin, g, 4, Elusive Warning--Baba Zula, by Polish Miner. ($1,000 '13 BESOCT). O-Kendall Mann, B-Sheila McLeod (CA), $10,600.
3—Matriculate, g, 4, Lucky Pulpit--Sunny Days Ahead, by Cee's Tizzy. ($32,000 '13 BESOCT). O-Acker, T, Beauchamp, Smith and Whitney LLC, Lindo, J, Watson, W et al, B-Harold E Larson (CA), $6,360.
Winning Time: 1:37 4/5 (ft)
DED, 8TH, AOC, $42,300, 3YO/UP, 7F, 12-1.
3—AARON'S BLUFF, g, 6, Eugene's Third Son--Total Tease, by Pine Bluff. O-Richard Tate, B-Richard Tate (LA), T-Thomas W. Sam, J-Steve J. Bourque, $26,400.
1—Sea Vow, g, 3, Private Vow--Victory At Sea, by Hazaam. O-Ronald Webb, B-Ronald Webb (LA), $8,800.
(DH) 4—Ironclad, r, 4, Midshipman--Noontime Angel, by Successful Appeal. ($15,000 '13 FTKOCT; $30,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Joseph Book, B-Clover IV Stables & Darley (KY), $2,890.
(DH) 5—F J Uncle Vic, g, 5, Uncle Abbie--Let Her Reign, by Rampage. O-Evans, Johnny B and Eoff, Terry, B-Mr & Mrs Frank Prifitera (TX), $2,890.
Winning Time: 1:26 (ft)
DED, 6TH, ALW, $42,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5F, 12-1.
1—NEVERENDING, f, 4, Gaff--No End in Sight, by Straight Man. ($15,000 '13 TEXAUG). O-Rick A Lopez, B-Spanish Cross Stables, LLC & Mark Toothaker (LA), T-Rick A. Lopez, J-Steve J. Bourque, $25,200.
2—Baby Customs, f, 3, Custom for Carlos--Forty Babes, by Forty Won. O-Breaux, Samuel and Citron III, David E, B-Colden R & Brian P Jones (LA), $8,400.
5—M. B.'s Vow, f, 3, Private Vow--Secret Glade, by Hennessy. O-Henry B Johnson, Jr, B-Time Will Tell (LA), $4,620.
Winning Time: :59 (ft)
LRL, 8TH, ALW, $42,000, 3YO/UP, 1M, 12-2.
9—AFLEET WILLY, g, 3, Wilburn--Afleet Frio, by Afleet Alex. ($50,000 2015 OBSJUN). O-BB Horses, B-Bryant H Prentice III (KY), T-Claudio A. Gonzalez, J-Horacio Karamanos, $23,940.
5—Tomo Chachi, g, 3, Jump Start--Something Indian, by War Chant. O-Walter Vieser, II, B-Christina & Roland Thomas Bowman Jr & Northview Stallion Station (PA), $8,820.
6—Ghostly Games, g, 4, Ghostzapper--Silver Charades, by Broad Brush. O-Gary R Katz, B-Live Oak Stud (FL), $4,620.
Winning Time: 1:38 (ft)
DED, 5TH, AOC, $39,700, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5F, 12-1.
1—FIGURESITSACAT, f, 3, Big Top Cat--Figurative, by Broad Brush. O-Circle H Farms, B-Circle H Farms (LA), T-Alan Klanfer, J-Ashley Broussard, $25,200.
6—Prada's Bling, f, 4, Too Much Bling--Kimbell's Prada, by Authenticate. O-Adriel Gonzalez, B-Hall's Family Trust (TX), $6,400.
4—Pinker Bell, f, 3, Pink Viper--Southern Tapestry, by Southern Halo. O-Red Rose Racing, B-Jerry & Liz Squyres (LA), $4,620.
Winning Time: :58 4/5 (ft)
WO, 8TH, ALW, $38,064, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 12-2.
8—TIMBERLINE, f, 4, Old Forester--Nor'easter, by Sahm. O-Attard, Kevin and Mehta, Soli, B-Chris Harris (ON), T-Kevin Attard, J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $21,398.
5—Zermatta, f, 3, Philanthropist--Creekside Cafe, by Trajectory. (C$8,000 '14 ONTSEP). O-Riina Rekila, B-Dr R K House (ON), $7,133.
14—Princess Royal, f, 4, Philanthropist--Miss Kitty Hawk, by Barbeau. O-Equus Holdings, B-Christopher & Patrick Fung (ON), $3,923.
Winning Time: 1:45 3/5 (ft)
RP, 8TH, AOC, $34,000, 2YO, 6F, 12-1.
1—D R C MAJESTIC MAN, c, 2, Majesticperfection--Moment of Honour, by Honour and Glory. O-Danny R Caldwell, B-Brereton C Jones (KY), T-Federico Villafranco, J-Ramon A. Vazquez, $20,094.
3—Bubbas Dixie, c, 2, Fusaichi Pegasus--Dixie Melody, by Dixieland Band. O-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc, B-Dream Walkin Farms Inc (KY), $6,698.
7—Shaded, c, 2, Too Much Bling--Fast Find, by Mineshaft. ($36,000 2016 TEXAPR). O-Clark O Brewster, B-W S Farish (TX), $3,684.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)
PEN, 6TH, AOC, $32,285, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 12-1.
10—PEA SHOOTER PRO, c, 4, Candy Ride (ARG)--Pro Pink, by Touch Gold. O-McCarty Racing, B-Joe Novogratz (KY), T-Timothy C. Kreiser, J-William P. Otero, $18,240.
9—Bessie's Boy, g, 4, Smoke Glacken--Rey Lake, by Meadowlake. ($15,500 '12 FTMDEC). O-Glenn Bennett, B-Charles Zacney (PA), $7,296.
7—Williwaw, g, 3, Offlee Wild--Domestic Bliss, by Domestic Dispute. O-Charles McGill, B-Charles C D McGill (PA), $4,013.
Winning Time: 1:04 1/5 (gd)
CT, 7TH, ALW, $24,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 4 1/2F, 12-1.
7—NAY'S BACK, f, 4, Garnered--Nine Carats, by Langfuhr. O-C Allen Johnson, B-Rene K Moore & Naylee Farm (WV), T-Vernon Greaves, J-Christian Hiraldo, $14,280.
3—Way Ahead of You, f, 3, Silver Train--Way Beyond, by Ordway. O-Ronney W Brown, B-Ronney Brown (WV), $4,760.
*1—Sweetest Memory, f, 3, Outflanker--Bounce, by Two Punch. O-Grams Racing Stable LLC, B-Timothy C & Judith A Grams (WV), $2,380.
Winning Time: :51 4/5 (ft)
     ***Jump for Trump finished third but was disqualified and placed sixth.
CT, 8TH, ALW, $24,000, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 12-1.
9—SEA OF ROSES, g, 5, Reparations--Sea D's Salute, by Sea Salute. O-Steven A Stuhr, B-Steve Stuhr (WV), T-Javier Contreras, J-Jose Montano, $14,340.
4—Morning Muse, g, 4, Limehouse--Morninginspiration, by Mizzen Mast. O-Smart Angle, B-Smart Angle, LLC (WV), $4,780.
8—Ranson, g, 3, Mineshaft--Stormandaprayer, by Songandaprayer. ($67,000 '14 KEEJAN). O-Silverton Hill LLC, B-B Flay Thoroughbreds (KY), $2,390.
Winning Time: 1:19 1/5 (ft)
HAW, 8TH, ALW, $20,700, 3YO/UP, 6F, 12-2.
3—PRIZE NATIVE, g, 5, Pure Prize--Cherokee Jo, by Cherokee Run. ($15,000 '12 KEESEP). O-John R Ahearn, B-Terry L Morgan DVM & Scott Mallory (IL), T-John Ahearn, J-Uriel A. Lopez, $12,420.
6—Hothalfone, g, 6, Shore Breeze--Shuko, by Defensive Play. O-In His Favor Stable, B-John Haran (IL), $4,140.
4—Plains Warrior, g, 5, Chosen Deputy--Girl Facts, by Classified Facts. O-Justin Johns, B-Sharon Kirby (IL), $2,070.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)

North American Maiden Winners
Behindatthebar--Charlie's Moonbeam by Indian Charlie; CHUB, f, 2, DED, Mcl 10000, 12-1, 5f, 1:01 . B-Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc. (LA.).
Concord Point--Threehits N a Miss by Concerto; WHAT'S THE POINT, f, 2, FG, Mcl 25000, 12-2, 6f, 1:13 . B-Merrill Scherer & Lora Pitre (LA.).
Daaher--Mist of Honour by Honour and Glory; SET HUT, g, 2, FG, Msw, 12-2, 1m, 1:41 1/5. B-Nathan Granger & Set-Hut LLC (LA.). $35,000 '15 KEESEP. *1/2 to One King's Man (SW $539,085).
Drums of Thunder--Angry Angel by Once a Sailor; WITT'S MONEY, g, 2, DED, Mcl 10000, 12-1, 6 1/2f, 1:23 3/5. B-Henry S. Witt Jr. (TX.).
Elusive Quality--Al Andaleeb by Bernardini; CAVIL, g, 2, AQU, Msw, 12-2, 1m, 1:36 3/5. B-Darley (KY.).
Flashy Bull--Perfect Charm by Charismatic; DORIAN, f, 2, GG, Mcl 12500, 12-2, 1m, 1:43 . B-H & E Ranch (CA.). $9,500 '15 CTNAUG.
Include--Trishas Even by Even the Score; SPONSOR, c, 2, RP, Msw, 12-1, 1m 70y, 1:43 1/5. B-Jim & Katie Fitzgerald (KY.). $70,000 '15 KEESEP.
Into Mischief--Fine Time to Leave by Even the Score; CYNTHIANA, f, 2, DMR, Msw, 12-2, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 . B-Jerry Jamgotchian (KY.). $60,000 '15 KEESEP.
Light Up the Score--Miss Photogenic by You and I; MISS PHOTO, f, 2, DED, Mcl 20000, 12-2, 5f, :59 4/5. B-Roy W. Cobb & Mike R. Neatherlin (TX.). ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE.
Line of David--Bess' Dream by Star Dabbler; BESS' GIRL, f, 2, PEN, Mcl 15000, 12-1, 5 1/2f, 1:07 1/5. B-Renpher Stable (PA.).
Mizzen Mast--Hearted by Grand Reward; GRANDVIEW, g, 2, AQU, Mcl 30000, 12-2, 6 1/2f, 1:19 2/5. B-William C. Schettine (KY.).
More Than Ready--Eden Star by Eddington; READY PONCHO, g, 2, TAM, Mcl 32000, 12-2, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 . B-Gilbert G. Campbell (FL.). $15,000 '15 OBSAUG; $2,000 2016 OBSAPR.
Smoke Glacken--Holladay Dixie ($276,526), by Dixie Union; KRAKEN GLACKEN, c, 2, PEN, Mcl 15000, 12-2, 1m, 1:42 1/5. B-Superbad Stables (NY.).
Street Magician--My Rib by Partner's Hero; NEXT STREET, f, 2, CT, Mcl 7500, 12-1, 4 1/2f, :54 . B-Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Dr. Brooke Bowman & R. Larry Johnson (MD.). $3,000 '15 FTMOCT.
Thorn Song--Aspen Gal by Talkin Man; RALLY BACK, f, 2, DMR, Mcl 50000, 12-1, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Harris Farms (CA.).
Tiz Wonderful--Diamondinthestream by Smart Strike; QUARTER CARAT, f, 2, FG, Msw, 12-2, 1m, 1:41 2/5. B-Stacey Moak (LA.).
Too Much Bling--Kimbell's Prada by Authenticate; PRADA HAS BLING, f, 2, RP, Mcl 20000, 12-1, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Hall's Family Trust (TX.).
Where's the Ring--Rivermaid Dancing by Riverman; WHERE'S THE GOLD, g, 2, WO, Msw, 12-2, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Sherry McLean (ON.). C$42,000 '15 ONTSEP. *1/2 to Soul Rebel (MSP $263,727) *Full to Race for Gold (SW $304,197) *Full to River Maid (G2 $386,876).
Bernardini--Brushed Gold by Touch Gold; JAMES LANE, g, 3, AQU, Msw, 12-2, 1m, 1:36 3/5. B-Darley (NY.).
Kantharos--Seacrystal by Theatrical (IRE); WINGED LADY, f, 3, FG, Mcl 12500, 12-2, 1m, 1:41 3/5. B-Marie & Julian Serna Jr. (FL.). $30,000 '14 FTKOCT; $20,000 '14 OBSJAN; $50,000 2015 OBSAPR.
Mondavi--Moody Klair by With Approval; OROPA, f, 3, TP, Mcl 5000, 12-1, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Equinox Inc. (IN.).
Northern Afleet--Maliziosa (MSW$327,581), by Dynaformer; DYNAMITE KID, g, 3, WO, Mcl 12500, 12-2, 1 1/16m, 1:47 . B-Haras Santa Maria de Araras S. A. (FL.). $100,000 2015 OBSMAR. *1/2 to Bobina (G3 $128,400).
Rebellion (GB)--Pleasant Dream by Pleasant Tap; REBELLION'S DREAM, g, 3, WO, Mcl 8000, 12-2, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Walnut Ridge Farm (ON.).
Southern Africa--Hot Summer Breeze by Stormin Fever; HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, g, 3, GG, Mcl 5000, 12-2, 5f, :58 4/5. B-Running Horse Equine Training Center (CA.).
Summer Bird--Blue Indygo by Cat Thief; PERINA'S PRIDE, f, 3, AQU, Mcl 20000, 12-2, 7f, 1:27 3/5. B-Neptune Thoroughbreds (KY.).
Tale of Ekati--Aria by Meadowlake; TALE OF A COMET, g, 3, CT, Msw, 12-1, 4 1/2f, :54 2/5. B-Stephen Glessner & Donna Tullner (WV.).
Tiz Wonderful--Military Cash by Military; CASH TIZ WONDERFUL, f, 3, TP, Msw, 12-1, 1 1/16m, 1:45 . B-Gilbert Miller (KY.).
Tizdejavu--Lawn by Slew City Slew; REMINISCE, f, 3, HAW, Mcl 15000, 12-2, 1m 70y, 1:45 1/5. B-Nancy Vanier (IL.).
Touch Gold--Miss Cheektowaga by Crafty Friend; TOWAGA TOUCH, f, 3, CT, Mcl 12500, 12-1, 7f, 1:32 3/5. B-Maurice F. Casey DVM (WV.).
Wilburn--Round Girl by Dehere; CASE OF HOPE, f, 3, PEN, Mcl 8000, 12-2, 1m, 1:44 4/5. B-Dr. William D. Baxter, Jr. (KY.). $8,500 '14 KEEJAN.
Albert the Great--Hartbreak by Fuzzbuster; GIN FUZZ, g, 4, LRL, Mcl 25000, 12-2, 1 1/16mT, 1:47 1/5. B-Michael J. Harrison DVM (MD.).
Awesome Again--Ms. Deep Pockets by Buckaroo; ST. RENO, c, 4, DMR, Mcl 20000, 12-2, 6f, 1:12 . B-Adena Springs (KY.). $75,000 '13 KEESEP; $170,000 2014 BESMAR. *1/2 to Sligovitz (G2P $436,864).
Blame--Tiz to Dream by Tiznow; BLAME THE DREAM, f, 4, TP, Mcl 7500, 12-1, 1m, 1:38 3/5. B-B. Wahl LLC (KY.).
Bop--Tiger Fever by Tiger Ridge; TIGERS BOP, g, 4, LRL, Mcl 16000, 12-2, 5 1/2fT, 1:04 2/5. B-Lucas Norwood Magill (MD.).
Fort Prado--Gambling Green by Touch Gold; DIMINISHING RETURN, g, 4, HAW, Mcl 7500, 12-2, 5 1/2f, 1:06 1/5. B-Team Block (IL.).
Hard Spun--Marraasi by Rahy; ABDAAR, c, 4, FG, Mcl 12500, 12-2, 1m, 1:39 . B-Shadwell Farm, LLC (KY.). *1/2 to Mamdooha (G2P $325,200).
Kitalpha--Lady Bandit by Pancho Villa; BAM BAM CAM, g, 5, DED, Mcl 10000, 12-1, 5f, :59 . B-Maxim M. Jakovac (IL.).


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