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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2014


Racing Headlines
Desormeaux brothers eager for Texas Red's likely return in San Vicente
Texas Red, the 6 1/2-length winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on November 1 at Santa Anita Park, is likely to make his three-year-old debut in the Grade 2, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on February 1 back at the Arcadia, California, venue. more...

California Chrome, Bayern clock half-mile moves
On a cleared track at his Los Alamitos headquarters Friday morning, dual classic victor California Chrome worked four furlongs in :49 under regular rider Victor Espinoza as he prepares for his four-year-old debut in the Grade 2, $500,000 San Antonio Stakes going 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita Park on February 7. more...

Stone named as Churchill Downs' new track announcer
Travis Stone, the race-caller at Monmouth Park in 2014 and backup announcer at the New York Racing Association (NYRA) this winter, has been named the new track announcer at Churchill Downs Racetrack and voice of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, which has been run every year without interruption since 1875. more...

Old Friends to receive Special Eclipse Award
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced Friday that the nonprofit Thoroughbred retirement center Old Friends will be presented with the Special Eclipse Award during the 44th annual Eclipse Awards on January 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. more...

Durkin to be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit
Capping an extraordinary career as one of North America's premier race track announcers and one of the most popular personalities in Thoroughbred racing, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters on Thursday announced that Tom Durkin -- longtime voice of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) tracks, the Breeders' Cup and the Triple Crown -- will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in the Thoroughbred industry. more...

Tiffany Lass fits Cassatt's plans; Villandry targeting Fair Grounds' turf stakes
Fox Hill Farm's Cassatt came out of her facile 4 1/2-length victory in the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks on November 26 no worse for the wear and is set to race in Sunday's $50,000 Tiffany Lass at Fair Grounds in what could be a launching point for a promising 2015 campaign more...

Shared Belief, Taris expected for Santa Anita's opening day Grade 1s
The Grade 1, $300,000 Malibu Stakes, for more than half a century recognized as one of racing's most prestigious sprints, will grow even greater in stature at Santa Anita on opening day Friday, December 26, when Shared Belief runs in the fixture that could have a bearing on determining 2014 Horse of the Year and the Eclipse Award-winning male three-year-old. more...

Unbeaten Dortmund makes stakes bow in Los Alamitos Futurity
Dortmund has captured his two starts to date by a combined 12 1/2 lengths and will put his perfect mark on the line Saturday while making his stakes debut in the Grade 1, $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity. more...

Palace Malice's New Orleans Handicap named 2014's best performance
Brisnet.com, the official data source of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, and TwinSpires.com, tabs Palace Malice's victory in the New Orleans Handicap on March 29 at Fair Grounds as the top performance this year in North America more...

Tropical Park Derby and Oaks attract overflow fields
Oversubscribed fields were drawn for both the Tropical Park Derby and Oaks at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. The $75,000 stakes, which used to take place at Calder, are the feature events on the day. more...

California Chrome, Napravnik vying for 16th annual NTRA Moment of the Year
Voting is now underway via the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) website, www.ntra.com, for the 16th annual NTRA Moment of the Year. more...

Untapable, Tapiture arrive at Fair Grounds to prepare for 2015 campaigns
Two of the more exciting racing prospects for 2015 have both arrived at Fair Grounds to prepare for their four-year-old seasons. more...

McLaughlin stable loaded with potential
He arrived at Gulfstream Park's Championship Meet last year with an ace up his sleeve, but trainer Kiaran McLaughlin could be holding a full house in his return this winter. more...

Aqueduct releases spring stakes schedule
The Grade 1, $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial will be supported by 13 other stakes worth an additional $2.3 million when racing moves to the main track on April 1 for Aqueduct's 19-day Spring Showcase meet. more...

Charles Town issues statement on accident warning system
Charles Town officials issued a statement Monday evening regarding the track's accident warning system, in the wake of a tragic incident in Saturday's 4TH race. more...

Rome overcomes Military Attack in Hong Kong Cup
Cheng Keung Fai's Designs on Rome just got up to edge Military Attack in Sunday's Group 1 Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin, in a virtual carbon-copy of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup finish over the same course and distance back on April 27. more...

Flintshire lives up to top billing in Hong Kong Vase
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Flintshire ended his bout of seconditis in Sunday's Group 1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin, but the favorite had to work late to hold off the thrust of locally based Willie Cazals. more...

Able Friend confirms supremacy in Hong Kong Mile
Dr. and Mrs. Cornel Li Fook Kwan's Able Friend was the hottest favorite of Sunday's four Hong Kong International Races, and the Mile kingpin took 1:33 2/5 to put on an exhibition more...

Aerovelocity flashes speed throughout Hong Kong Sprint
Daniel Yeung Ngai's Aerovelocity, a badly hampered last of 14 in the November 23 Jockey Club Sprint, averted any such trouble in Sunday's Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint by breaking like a shot to the early lead. more...

Undefeated Acceptance aces two-turn test in King Glorious
E.W. and Judy Johnston and Robert Riggio's Acceptance remained perfect in three starts with a convincing display in Sunday's $200,000 King Glorious at Los Alamitos, his first try around two turns. more...

Bayerd hangs on from Shotgun Kowboy in Springboard Mile
Clark O. Brewster's Bayerd captured Remington Park's signature race for two-year-olds, Sunday's $255,000 Springboard Mile, by a diminishing head from archrival Shotgun Kowboy. more...

Eagle eyes Lecomte; Forever Unbridled in mix for Silverbulletday
As the weeks wind down on the year, the focus increases on younger horses and especially those with an eye on the Louisiana Derby and eventually the Triple Crown. more...

Liam's Map, Mshawish part of big day for Pletcher
Trainer Todd Pletcher enjoyed a four-win day at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, highlighted by stakes victories in the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday with budding star Liam's Map and the $100,000 El Prado with international turf performer Mshawish. more...

Cirrus des Aigles under late injury cloud
Cirrus des Aigles, a leading contender in Sunday's Group 1 Hong Kong Cup, is in danger of missing the race after being found "moderately lame in the left front foot" Saturday, according to the Club's Veterinary Regulation Department. more...

Sunbean repeats in Champions Day Classic, becomes sixth Louisiana-bred millionai
Brittlyn Stable's Sunbean turned on the heat down the Fair Grounds stretch to win his second consecutive $150,000 Louisiana Champions Days Classic and become racing's newest and Louisiana's sixth millionaire more...

Graded Recaps
Take Charge Brandi repels all challenges in Starlet
Willis D. Horton's Take Charge Brandi strengthened her grip on a likely Eclipse Award with a tough-as-nails wire job in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,500 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos. more...

Merry Meadow best in Sugar Swirl
William Parsons Jr. and David Howe's homebred Sugar Swirl rallied to the lead in midstretch and won going away in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Sugar Swirl at Gulfstream Park more...

Features
Hong Kong Mile: Friend's Able to become international star
Hong Kong Mile favorite Able Friend looms as the likeliest winner of any of Sunday's International Races. The massively talented son of Shamardal would have to regress beyond any reasonable expectation to lose in this spot. more...

Hong Kong Sprint: Aerovelocity's worth a stab
Of Sunday's four International Races, the Hong Kong Sprint is by far the most inscrutable. more...

Hong Kong Cup: Designs on Rome peaking at right time
The centerpiece of Sunday's Hong Kong International Races, the about 1 1/4-mile Hong Kong Cup, has attracted a superb cast... more...

Hong Kong Vase: Flintshire's the one to beat
Sunday's about 1 1/2-mile Hong Kong Vase looks like the ideal opportunity for Flintshire to regain the winning thread after a quartet of stellar seconds this year. more...

Handicapping Insights
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Breeders' Cup Feature
The start of the Breeders' Cup Classic diminished the accomplishments of Bayern more...

Post Parade
Barring unforeseen developments, the three-year-old male championship will be decided in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on November 1. more...

Horse of the Year Race Down To Eight
The criteria voters use to determine their top 10 horses is as subjective as the ranking themselves. more...

Post Parade
Even before California Chrome's bid for the Triple Crown was halted in last weekend's Belmont Stakes, the 12th spoiled attempt since the series was last swept in 1978, a significant and vocal segment of those within and outside the Thoroughbred industry began to publicly clamor for a change in the spacing between the three races. more...

Before They Were Famous
The contenders in Kentucky Derby 140 aren't just names on a page, program numbers, or expensive props in America's most famous horse race. more...

Notebooks
Aqueduct Notebook
There was no graded action during the second week of racing on the inner oval at Aqueduct more...

Los Alamitos Notebook
There was a single graded affair over the weekend at Los Alamitos, featuring a likely Eclipse Award winner more...

 

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