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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014


Graded Recaps
Hoppertunity earns first Grade 1 win as three-year-olds dominate Clark
Hoppertunity was forced to miss the Kentucky Derby due to injury but the Bob Baffert-trained colt concluded his three-year-old season in stylish fashion at Churchill Downs more...

Kaigun takes outside path to victory in Seabiscuit
Kaigun collared 3-2 favorite Tom's Tribute and held off the troubled Za Approval in Friday's Grade 2, $250,750 Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar, in a finish dominated by Breeders' Cup Mile veterans. more...

Classic Point edges Princess Violet in Go for Wand
Joseph Shields Jr.'s homebred Classic Point surrendered the lead in deep stretch of Friday's Grade 3, $300,000 Go for Wand but courageously fought back to defeat Princess Violet more...

Racing Headlines
Lukas to run Take Charge Brandi, Mr. Z at Los Alamitos
The most accomplished juveniles in the barn of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas -- Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Delta Princess winner Take Charge Brandi and Delta Jackpot runner-up Mr. Z more...

Matriarch wraps up Bing Crosby Season at Del Mar
The inaugural Bing Crosby fall meet at Del Mar concludes Sunday with a nine-race program featuring the Grade 1, $300,000 Matriarch more...

Juveniles in focus at Gulfstream Park West
Gulfstream Park West will stage an all-juvenile card on Saturday, highlighted by six stakes worth $75,000 apiece. more...

Gentildonna aims for unprecedented Japan Cup triple
Japanese superstar Gentildonna has already made history when winning the Japan Cup for the past two years, and the five-year-old mare would only enhance her legendary status with a third victory in her homeland's signature international contest at Tokyo on Sunday. more...

Graded Recaps
Falls City results in a Frivolous upset
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Frivolous grabbed the lead at the head of the stretch and turned back late challenges by 4-5 favorite Don't Tell Sophia, Molly Morgan and Flashy American to spring a 19-1 upset more...

Salutos Amigos rallies boldly under 133 pounds in Fall Highweight
Favored Salutos Amigos relished the sloppy going at Aqueduct on Thursday more...

Finnegans Wake prevails in Hollywood Turf Cup
Under deft handling by jockey Victor Espinoza, Finnegans Wake rallied more...

Racing Headlines
Delaunay much the best in Thanksgiving
Maggi Moss' Delaunay once again showed why he is one of the swiftest sprinters in the land as he won his 17th career start and fifth in six attempts at Fair Grounds when comfortably consuming six others -- including three graded stakes winners -- in the 89th running of the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap on Thursday more...

Itsmyluckyday taking last hurrah in Cigar Mile
Itsmyluckyday looks to go out on a high note Saturday when he faces eight rivals in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap, the feature on an Aqueduct card which features four graded stakes. more...

Lord Nelson stretches back out for Kentucky Jockey Club
Lord Nelson will get another opportunity to demonstrate his two-turn prowess as one of 12 juveniles in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs. more...

Cary Street, Ever Rider clash again at Hawthorne
Cary Street, a dominating winner of the Las Vegas Marathon on the Breeders' Cup undercard last month, goes in search of his third graded victory of the season Saturday in the Grade 2, $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup over 1 1/4 miles. more...

California Chrome to face five in Hollywood Derby
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome was entered Wednesday morning for Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar and will face five rivals in the 1 1/8-mile turf affair more...

Ben's Cat tries for Fabulous Strike three-peat
Mid-Atlantic icon Ben's Cat will aim for a third consecutive victory in Saturday night's $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap at Penn National. more...

Flintshire, Cirrus des Aigles among foreign invaders for Hong Kong races
Flintshire, Cirrus des Aigles, Buffering and Snow Dragon are among the Group 1 stars from seven nations and jurisdictions heading to Sha Tin on December 14 to compete with a stellar line-up of Hong Kong's finest at the Hong Kong International Races (HKIR). more...

'All Others' a heavy favorite in first Kentucky Derby Future Wager
It's a true reminder that the pace is quickening on the journey to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby: the first of four pools in Churchill Downs Racetrack's Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) will open its three-day run on Friday more...

Penn National postpones stakes due to impending storm
The overwhelming threat of a Thanksgiving Eve holiday snowstorm set to hit the mid-Atlantic region has forced the cancellation of Wednesday night's Holiday Racing Festival at Penn National. more...

Tampa Bay Downs gets early start on 2014-15 winter meet
With the strongest jockey colony in memory and top barns from around the country, anticipation for the Saturday opening of Tampa Bay Downs' 2014-15 season has reached a fever pitch. The 91-day meeting resumes with a first-race post time of 12:30 p.m. (EST). more...

Trading Leather, Up With the Birds get in light exercise
Last year's Irish Derby winner Trading Leather was the subject of a positive report from Pat O'Donovan, assistant to trainer Jim Bolger, after the four-year-old put in some light exercise over the Tokyo dirt course Monday in preparation for Sunday's Group 1 Japan Cup. more...

California Chrome pleases Sherman with turf work
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome made his first appearance of the year at Del Mar on Sunday morning, breezing a half-mile on the turf in :52 under regular jockey Victor Espinoza with trainer Art Sherman looking on from the second level of the grandstand. more...

Top Decile likely to have two preps on road to Kentucky Oaks
A poor start and a speed-favoring course are arguably all that stands between Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence's Top Decile and an undefeated championship season. more...

Hollendorfer fields solid team for Zia Park stakes
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has assembled a solid team for Wednesday's lucrative stakes program at Zia Park. more...

Shark nips Fiero in stakes-record time in Mile Championship
Danox Co. Ltd.'s Danon Shark came up the fence to deny Fiero on the head-bob in Sunday's Grade 1 Mile Championship at Kyoto. more...

Blazing Speed, Able Friend, Peniaphobia take HK preps
Hong Kong's 2,000-meter hotshots all took their places in the Group 2 Jockey Club Cup at Sha Tin Sunday, and it was Blazing Speed who hit the target to earn bragging rights for the December 14 Hong Kong Cup. more...

Graded Recaps
Ocho Ocho Ocho outfinishes Mr. Z, survives inquiry in Delta Downs Jackpot
Ocho Ocho Ocho enhanced his Kentucky Derby credentials with a game win in Saturday's Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot more...

Filly takes 'Charge' in Delta Downs Princess
Willis D. Horton's Take Charge Brandi chased a fast pace but would not be denied on Saturday while making her first start since taking the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 1. more...

Strike Charmer takes wing in Cardinal
Courtlandt Farms' homebred Strike Charmer couldn't catch I'm Already Sexy in her stakes debut in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf, but it was a different story in Saturday's Grade 3, $119,700 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs. more...

Lubash passes $1 million earnings mark in Tropical Turf
Aliyu Ben J Stables' homebred Lubash closed fast to overhaul Reporting Star in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Tropical Turf H. at Gulfstream Park West more...

Daring Kathy gives namesake a 'charming' birthday
John Eaton and Steve Laymon's homebred Daring Kathy lulled her rivals to sleep with pedestrian fractions in Saturday's Grade 3, $115,000 My Charmer Handicap at Gulfstream Park West, leaving herself with more than enough to win the nine-furlong, good turf contest under jockey Abdiel Jaen. more...

Three Hearts crashes Red Carpet at 29-1
Team Valor International's homebred Three Hearts was recently transferred to Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, and the four-year-old filly responded to the change of scenery by springing a 29-1 upset in Saturday's Grade 3, $101,500 Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar. more...

Racing Headlines
Honor Code cruises in Aqueduct comeback
Onetime Kentucky Derby hopeful Honor Code returned from an eight-month layoff to win Saturday's 6TH race at Aqueduct in style. more...

Jones looking forward to Exodus' second career start at Fair Grounds
Fox Hill Farm's Exodus looks to fulfill his considerable promise and lofty pedigree when he embarks on his second outing Sunday afternoon in the 7TH race at Fair Grounds -- an open juvenile maiden going six furlongs. more...

Irad Ortiz Jr. to compete in Hong Kong's International Jockeys' Championship
The 2014 International Jockeys' Championship takes place at Happy Valley racecourse on December 10, when 12 of the world's elite riders will compete for a share of the HK$800,000 purse.  more...

Edwards continues role as Eclipse Awards host
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Friday that sports broadcaster Jeannine Edwards of ESPN and ABC will host the 44th Annual Eclipse Awards presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders' Cup and The Stronach Group more...

Santa Anita unveils five finalists for Woolf Award
Santa Anita Park has announced five finalists for the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in February following a vote of jockeys nationwide. more...

'Hercules' tops Keeneland's Sporting Art Auction
Large crowds, brisk bidding and the sale of the massive triptych "Hercules" for $149,500, including buyer premium, highlighted the second annual Sporting Art Auction, held Wednesday at Keeneland. more...

Churchill Downs scheduled to race Friday
Following back-to-back cancellations due to a frozen racetrack, racing at Churchill Downs will resume Friday at 12:40 p.m. (EST) with its regularly-scheduled 10-race program. more...

Flintshire could prep at Deauville for Hong Kong
French star Flintshire could have a prep run at Deauville ahead of his tilt at the Hong Kong Vase over 12 furlongs at Sha Tin on December 14. more...

TCA to honor Graham and Anita Motion, CANTER
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will honor Graham and Anita Motion with the Allaire duPont Leadership Award and the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) with the TCA Industry Service Award at the 25th Annual Select Stallion Season Auction on Saturday, January 10, at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky. more...

Uruguayan sensation Sir Fever set for Dubai after private sale
Turf Diario reported Monday that undefeated Uruguayan Triple Crown winner Sir Fever was purchased privately with a view toward a tilt at Dubai in March. more...

Euro Charline on her way back to England
Euro Charline on Monday was en route to England and to the care of trainer Marco Botti, a year to the date of her debut win at Wolverhampton, off the beaten path for a horse who would develop into the only three-year-old to win Arlington's Beverly D. Stakes. more...

Del Mar reports continued strength in attendance, handle
Racing continued a positive trend through week two at Del Mar as the track's initial Bing Crosby Season galloped through its seventh day Sunday and the reports on the numbers front all registered strongly. more...

Liam's Map romps at Aqueduct
Promising three-year-old Liam's Map stamped himself as a budding star in Sunday's 6TH race at Aqueduct, drawing off by 11 1/2 lengths under a motionless John Velazquez. more...

Churchill releases noms for KY Jockey Club, Golden Rod and Cardinal
Grade 3 winners Imperia, International Star and Lucky Player headline a list of 50 promising two-year-olds nominated to the Grade 2, $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club on Saturday, November 29. more...

Sparkling Review, Heart to Heart well after Churchill stakes wins
Both Sparkling Review, winner of Saturday's Grade 2 Mrs. Revere, and Heart to Heart, who took the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf, reportedly exited their respective Churchill Downs stakes victories in good order according to their conditioners. more...

McCarthy relishing first graded win
"I've been around plenty of nice, graded stakes horses, but this is the first winner on my own. I'm very excited." more...

Lachesis goes one better in Kyoto's QE II Cup
Masaya Oshima's Lachesis, runner-up in last year's Queen Elizabeth II Cup, nabbed favorite Nuovo Record in time to take Sunday's renewal of the Grade 1 prize at Kyoto. more...

Napravnik honored by Churchill, City of Louisville
Saturday marked an emotional afternoon beneath the Twin Spires, as Churchill Downs and the City of Louisville celebrated the extraordinary career of Rosie Napravnik, the first female rider to capture the Kentucky Oaks (twice), the Breeders' Cup Distaff and Breeders' Cup Juvenile. more...

Longshot Zee Bros upsets De Francis Dash at 29-1
Zayat Stables LLC's Zee Bros, dismissed at odds of 29-1, proved to be the swiftest of all in Saturday's $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, the marquee race of Laurel's Park's Fall Festival of Racing that featured six stakes. more...

Clark, Falls City nominees revealed
Florida Derby winner Constitution and Rebel winner Hoppertunity headline a cast of horses nominated to the Grade 1, $500,000 Clark Handicap on November 28 at Churchill Downs. more...

Divine Fortune leads throughout in Colonial Cup
Flashing the brilliance that carried him to last year's steeplechase championship, Divine Fortune set all the pace in Saturday's Grade 1, $100,000 Colonial Cup and drew away to a dominating nine-length victory. more...

Palace Malice cleared to resume training, bound for Aiken
Winner of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile, and three other graded stakes in 2014, classic winner Palace Malice is ready to go back in training immediately, after an extensive veterinary examination declared him to be sound and fully recovered from the bone bruise suffered in his unplaced Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, co-owners Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm announced Friday. more...

Cigar memorialized at Kentucky Horse Park
Fans gathered at the Kentucky Horse Park Friday to pay tribute to Hall of Famer Cigar, who died October 7 at the age of 24. more...

Marquardt honored with third annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award
Team Valor International on Friday honored writer Lucas Marquardt with the third annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award for his story in the Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN) magazine on the introduction and growing departure of synthetic racetracks in the United States. more...

Durkin to be honored with Big Sport of Turfdom Award
The Turf Publicists of America announced Friday that its membership has voted recently retired track announcer Tom Durkin as the recipient of this year's Big Sport of Turfdom Award. more...

Hollywood Derby is 'opportune time' to try California Chrome on turf
Trainer Art Sherman made his way to the racing secretary's office in the Del Mar stable area Wednesday morning with a purpose in mind more...

Albarado celebrates 1,000th Churchill Downs victory
Jockey Robby Albarado had to wait a few days but the 41-year-old rider was finally able to celebrate his 1,000th career victory at Churchill Downs after guiding the Pat Dupuy-trained Red Maserati to a one-length triumph in Thursday's 3RD race. more...

Sherman eyeing Hollywood Derby for California Chrome's turf debut
Trainer Art Sherman indicated Wednesday morning that he is considering two possibilities at Del Mar for an additional race for California Chrome -- the Hollywood Derby on grass and the Native Diver Handicap on Polytrack. Both races are 1 1/8 miles on Saturday, November 29. more...

Churchill Downs announces dates, four Kentucky Derby Future Wagers scheduled
Churchill Downs Racetrack has established dates for this year's Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW), and for the second consecutive year four wagering pools will be featured more...

Hoppertunity among nominees to Zia Park's Land of Enchantment Day
A total of 17 graded stakes winners in 2014 and four horses who ran in this year's Breeders' Cup have been nominated for the Zia Park Oaks, Zia Park Derby and Zia Park Championship, the marquee Thoroughbred stakes races on Land of Enchantment Day, November 26. more...

Breeders' Cup releases final statistics on 31st edition
The 31st running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on October 31-November 1 was bolstered by increased attendance, television ratings, on-line engagement, new sponsors and outstanding competition. more...

Kingman named Cartier Horse of the Year
The outstanding three-year-old miler Kingman was named the Cartier Horse of the Year at the 24th annual Cartier Racing Awards in London Tuesday night. The Cartier Racing Awards were presented before an invited audience of 315 at the Dorchester Hotel. more...

Thirteen pre-entered to Delta Downs Jackpot
On Tuesday morning, Delta Downs' racing office received 13 pre-entries to this year's $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot more...

Little Mike nearing return to training
Working his way back from foot issues that have limited him to one start this year, multiple Grade 1 winner Little Mike is nearing a return to regular training in anticipation of a 2015 campaign. more...

Johar, BC Turf winner, dies in paddock accident
Johar, who was involved in the only dead heat for win in Breeders' Cup history when reaching the finish line on equal terms with High Chaparral in the 2003 Turf at Santa Anita, has died at the age of 15 after suffering a paddock accident. more...

Opening weekend Del Mar figures eclipse Hollywood's
Del Mar's "Bing Crosby Season" got up and running last weekend and the running was good. The seaside track's new 15-day fall meet completed its first week of action Sunday and the numbers, the racing and the general demeanor of all on hand said something special appears to be going on. more...

East Hall, Wildcat Red likely to rematch in Sunshine Millions Classic
Grade 2 winner East Hall will get a break before returning as a four-year-old following his victory over Wildcat Red in Saturday's $100,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Preview at Gulfstream Park West. more...

Miss Frost transferred to Howard for Mrs. Revere; Eagle set for KY Jockey Club
After she finished eighth in Keeneland's Grade 3 Valley View on October 17, Dogwood Stable moved their three-year-old filly Miss Frost to the barn of trainer Neil Howard with hopes of entering her in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Miss Revere at Churchill Downs. more...

Casse-trained juveniles likely headed for KY Jockey Club off one-two finish
After John Oxley's two-year-old coupled entry of Sky Hero and Flashaway ran first and second in a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming event at Churchill Downs on Saturday, trainer Mark Casse's assistant and son Norman Casse weighed in on their performances and hinted where they may show up next. more...

Mr. Jordan well after Juvenile Sprint romp; Itsmyluckyday targeting Cigar Mile
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. reported that Mr. Jordan was "100 percent" Sunday morning following his dazzling three-length romp at Gulfstream Park West in Saturday's $100,000 Juvenile Sprint Stakes, one of seven $100,000 stakes on Sunshine Millions Preview Day. more...

Fallon enjoying his time at Del Mar
Before Friday Kieren Fallon, a six-time British riding champion widely considered one of the greatest "flat" jockey of his generation and one of the greatest ever, had never been to Del Mar. more...

Fed Biz retired to WinStar Farm
Fed Biz, a three-time Grade 2 winner and two-time Del Mar track record-setter by Giant's Causeway, has been retired and will stand the 2015 breeding season at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Kentucky. His fee has been set at $12,500, stands and nurses. more...

East Hall runs down Wildcat Red in Millions Classic Preview
Saturday's $100,000 Millions Classic Preview at Gulfstream Park West was supposed to be Wildcat Red's return to the winner's circle, but someone obviously forgot to tell East Hall. more...

Del Mar enjoys successful opening day
Racing returned to Del Mar Friday for the first fall racing season in almost 50 years and the new "Bing Crosby Season" got off to a sparkling start. more...

Graded Recaps
Review sparkles again in Mrs. Revere
Edward Seltzer and Beverly Anderson's Sparkling Review mowed down pacesetter Kiss Moon in deep stretch of Saturday's Grade 2, $237,800 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs, extending her record to four-for-four on the turf. more...

Dynamic Sky storms up inside to take Red Smith
After being given a perfect trip by veteran rider Cornelio Velasquez, Canadian shipper Dynamic Sky held on late to get the money in Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct. more...

Heart to Heart leads all the way in Commonwealth Turf
Making his first start since a facile wire-to-wire win in the Jefferson Cup on September 27 more...

No Problem denies favored Alright Alright in Bob Hope
P & G Stables LLC's No Problem was sent off the 17-1 second longest shot in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,750 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar, but the chestnut colt outgamed even-money favorite Alright Alright to the wire in the seven-furlong contest. more...

Features
Handicapping Insights
2014 is rapidly drawing to a close and this weekend's stakes action from Del Mar, Aqueduct and Churchill Downs provides us with some of the final graded stakes races of the year more...

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 this week at Aqueduct more...

Del Mar Notebook
There was a single graded race this past weekend at Del Mar Race Course more...

 

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