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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015


Racing Headlines
Take Charge Brandi returns in Martha Washington
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner and recently crowned 2014 champion two-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi (Giant's Causeway) takes on six rivals while beginning her sophomore campaign on Saturday in the $100,000 Martha Washington S. at Oaklawn Park. more...

Well-matched fields line up in Las Virgenes, Santa Anita stakes
While Saturday's Martha Washington S. at Oaklawn Park appears to be a one-sided affair with the presence of Take Charge Brandi (Giant's Causeway), the $400,000 Las Virgenes S. (G1) going a mile at Santa Anita Park has drawn an evenly-matched field of 10. more...

Catalina Red faces class check in Sam F. Davis
Winner of the Inaugural and Pasco at Tampa Bay Downs this meet, Catalina Red (Munnings) will face a deeper cast of rivals while he stretches out to two turns in Saturday's $250,000 Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs more...

De Kock has triple threat for fourth straight Al Rashidiya win
Mike de Kock is seeking a fourth consecutive victory in the 1800-meter Al Rashidiya S., one of two Group 2 turf features at Meydan Racecourse's fourth meeting of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday evening, and is set to saddle three of the seven runners this year. more...

Dubai World Cup day nominations announced
A star studded cast of the world's best racehorses of 2014 highlight the nominations for the 2015 Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), the 20th running of the world's richest race. more...

Lady Shipman breaks track record at Ocala
The large crowd that turned out in sunny weather was treated to a track-record performance as the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company held it's 26th annual Day of Champions. more...

The Great War debuts for Ward in 96Rock
Last seen finishing a creditable fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) for Aidan O'Brien, The Great War (War Front) will make his first start for Wesley Ward in Saturday's $75,000 96Rock S. at Turfway Park. more...

Lovely Maria upsets Shook Up; Gallery wins slugfest over 'Kitten
Two hotshot maiden winners suffered upsets as 1-5 favorites in Fair Grounds allowances on Monday. more...

Inaugural Claiming Championship Series set for March 21
The New York Racing Association's inaugural Claiming Championship Series will offer 10 stakes races worth $710,000 when it debuts at Aqueduct on March 21. more...

O'Neill crowned Handicapper of the Year with NHC win
John O'Neil of Huntington Station, New York, topped a field of 606 entries to win the $800,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Horseplayer of the Year at this weekend's 16th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC). The NHC offered record overall prize money of $2.363 million. more...

Neumeier wins NTRA NHC Charity Challenge
Bob Neumeier, the longtime NBC Sports handicapper and Boston sportscaster, won Saturday's inaugural NTRA NHC Charity Challenge with a final mythical bankroll of $65, besting runner-up Mike Watchmaker of Daily Racing Form, who checked in second with $62.40. more...

Desormeaux discusses spring schedule for Texas Red
Trainer Keith Desormeaux outlined his plans for Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red (Afleet Alex), mention the $200,000 San Vicente S. (G2) going seven furlongs at Santa Anita Park and Fair Grounds $400,000 Risen Star S. (G2) at 1 1/16 miles prior to a start in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) scheduled for nine furlongs on April 4. more...

Upstart could take either New York or Florida routes to Derby
A day after winning the $400,000 Holy Bull (G2) in tremendous fashion, Upstart (Flatter), now a prime contender on the Triple Crown Trail, could be found contentedly grazing across from his stall at trainer Rick Violette Jr.'s barn at Palm Meadows. more...

Khozan likely to stretch out in allowance
Al Shaqab Racing's Khozan (Distorted Humor) set the tone for Saturday's sensational stakes action with a dazzling maiden score that lived up to a "big-time pedigree." more...

Chrome breezes mile for San Antonio; Bayern unlikely to make showdown
Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) worked a mile in 1:41 2/5, breezing, at his Los Alamitos headquarters Sunday morning as he moves ever closer to his four-year-old debut in the $500,000 San Antonio S. (G2) on February 7. more...

O'Neil on top heading into final day of NHC
John O'Neil of Huntington Station, New York, was on top with a $253 bankroll after Day 2 of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) on Saturday. more...

Able Friend hailed as next Silent Witness after Stewards' Cup stroll
After Hong Kong's star miler Able Friend (Shamardal) jogged home in Sunday's Stewards' Cup (HK-G1) without breaking a sweat, or taking a deep breath, his trainer John Moore paid him the ultimate compliment -- comparing him to Hong Kong's legendary win machine Silent Witness. more...

Firespike, R Sassy Lass entered on OBS Day of Champions
A strong lineup of stakes winners and well known trainers and riders is on tap as the Ocala Breeders' Sales (OBS) Company holds its 26th annual Day of Champions race card on Tuesday, January 27. more...

Cassatt holds on in Houston Ladies Classic
Trainer Larry Jones continued his tradition of sending talented mares to Sam Houston on Saturday evening when Fox Hill Farms' Cassatt (Tapit) captured the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic by a neck. more...

Graded Recaps
Coalport gives Maker third Connally Turf Cup win
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Coalport (Kitten's Joy) gave trainer Mike Maker a third win in the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3) on Saturday evening at Sam Houston Park. more...

Upstart scores authoritatively in Holy Bull
Ralph M. Evans' Upstart (Flatter) brought the strongest resume into Saturday's $400,000 Holy Bull (G2), and the promising sophomore enhanced it with a decisive, 5 1/2-length victory at Gulfstream Park. more...

Barbados makes it three straight in Hutcheson
Suzanne Stables' Barbados extended his win streak to three while making his graded stakes debut in Saturday's $150,000 Hutcheson (G2) at Gulfstream Park more...

Birdatthewire flies to Forward Gal victory
Forum Racing LLC's Birdatthewire (Summer Bird) was making her stakes debut in Saturday's $200,000 Forward Gal S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park and ran down her rivals as the 12-1 eighth shot in the 11-filly field to score by 3 1/4 lengths on the wire. more...

Consumer Credit keeps rolling in Sweetest Chant
Consumer Credit (More Than Ready) continued to impress while making her first graded attempt in Saturday's $100,000 Sweetest Chant (G3) at Gulfstream Park more...

Lochte nods out Old Time Hockey in Tama Bay
Lochte (Medaglia d'Oro), the only Grade 1 winner in the field, gamely staved off a late charge from 24-1 longshot Old Time Hockey (Smarty Jones) to take Saturday's $150,000 Tampa Bay at Tampa Bay Downs. more...

Racing Headlines
Mischief Clem upsets Cal Cup Derby
Griffin Thoroughbred Stables' Mischief Clem (Papa Clem) turned in a nice 11-1 upset in the $245,000 California Cup Derby on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. more...

Gorgeous Bird takes flight at Gulfstream
Marylou Whitney Stables' homebred Gorgeous Bird (Unbridled's Song) swooped from the back of the pack and drew off to a seven-length romp in Saturday's 4TH race at Gulfstream Park. more...

Dubai Sky leads Mott exacta in Kitten's Joy
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott dominated the $100,000 Kitten's Joy, the finale at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, when his charges Dubai Sky (Candy Ride) and Courtier (Pioneerof the Nile) ran one-two, separated by a head at the finish of the one-mile turf race for three-year-olds. more...

Aqueduct, Parx cancel Saturday cards
Due to winter weather conditions, the New York Racing Association cancelled live racing at Aqueduct on Saturday. more...

Jarvie leads NHC after first day
Joe Jarvie of Renton, Washington, led the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) after Day 1 on Friday with a $115.80 bankroll. more...

Noseda shipping Sloane Avenue over for Donn
Trainer Jeremy Noseda confirmed Friday that he will ship stakes winner Sloane Avenue (Candy Ride) to South Florida for the $500,000 Donn H. (G1) on Saturday, February 7, at Gulfstream Park. more...

Laurel cancels Friday, Saturday cards due to track conditions
Officials canceled live racing at Laurel Park for Friday, January 23, due to track conditions. Laurel and its sister track, Pimlico Race Course, will be open for simulcasting. more...

California Cup Classic has colorful beginning
When My Sonny Boy won the inaugural California Cup Classic in 1990, the storyline was right out of the classic Marx Brothers' film, "A Day at the Races." Difference was, Barry Fitzgerald wasn't the trainer. It was Bill Spawr. more...

Safety Check secures Al Fahidi Fort
Godolphin's Safety Check (Dubawi) made it two-for-two this Carnival with a course-record romp in Thursday's feature, the $250,000 Al Fahidi Fort (UAE-G2). more...

Vitali 'leaning toward' Holy Bull for cross-entered Bluegrass Singer
Mucho Macho Man S. winner Bluegrass Singer (Bluegrass Cat) is expected to make his next start in Saturday's $400,000 Holy Bull S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park, trainer Marcus Vitali said Thursday morning. more...

Frosted, First Down looking to step forward in Holy Bull
Godolphin Racing's Frosted (Tapit) is expected to vie for favoritism in Saturday's $400,000 Holy Bull S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park more...

Far Right, Mr. Z could rematch in Southwest
Trainer Ron Moquett said Far Right (Notional) will return to the track Friday morning at Oaklawn Park in preparation for his next start, either the $300,000 Southwest S. (G3) on February 16 or the $750,000 Rebel S. (G2) on March 14. more...

NHC offering record $2.363 million purse, $800,000 grand prize
NHC offering record $2.363 million purse, $800,000 grand prize more...

Eponymous feature highlights Tampa Bay stakes triple
A maiden as recently as October, the four-year-old Sky Flight (Sky Mesa) seeks his second stakes victory and his fourth win in a row overall on Saturday in the $150,000 Tampa Bay (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. more...

NTRA NHC Charity Challenge to benefit Old Friends
Political strategist and commentator James Carville, actress and model Bo Derek, and former NBA coach and ESPN/ABC analyst Avery Johnson are among the high-profile Thoroughbred racing fans and supporters set to participate in Saturday's $10,000 NTRA NHC Charity Challenge, a handicapping contest to benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm and a charitable cause of the winner's choosing. more...

Rose to Gold faces sharp Cassatt in Houston Ladies Classic
Perhaps a return to Sam Houston might turn things around for Rose to Gold (Friends Lake), who will defend her title in Saturday's $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic. The 1 1/16-mile event for fillies and mares anchors the richest day of racing at the track, which also includes three other stakes including the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3). more...

Sovereign Award finalists announced
The Jockey Club of Canada will host the 40th Annual Sovereign Awards Party to honor the Canadian Champions of 2014 and to celebrate Thoroughbred racing in Canada on April 10 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto more...

Euro Charline gets green light to pursue Dubai Turf
Two months after Team Valor returned Euro Charline (Myboycharlie) to his care, trainer Marco Botti has given a green light for the Beverly D. (G1) winner to point for the $6 million Dubai Turf (UAE-G1) on World Cup night at Meydan. more...

Far Right flies up inside to take Smarty Jones
In an eventful running of the $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn on Monday, Far Right (Notional) flew up the inside to seize victory in the one-mile race for three-year-olds when even-money favorite Mr. Z (Malibu Moon) blew a commanding lead by veering out badly in the stretch. more...

Upstart faces nine in Holy Bull
Upstart (Flatter), the New York-bred ridgling who held his own against some of the leading juveniles in the country last fall, might go off a slight favorite when he returns to the track Saturday for the $400,000 Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park. more...

California Chrome turns in work for San Antonio
Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) drew ever closer to his four-year-old debut in the $500,000 San Antonio (G2) at Santa Anita on February 7 when he worked seven furlongs at his Los Alamitos base Monday morning in 1:27 2/5 under regular rider Victor Espinoza. more...

European committee announces changes to 2015 calendar
At its recent annual meeting held January 15, the European Pattern Committee (EPC) considered a number of changes to Flat Pattern and Listed races in Europe for 2015. more...

Laurel cancels holiday program
Live racing at Laurel on Monday was cancelled due to track conditions. more...

Voters take a shine to Chrome for Horse of the Year
CALIFORNIA CHROME (Lucky Pulpit) rose from humble beginnings to become Thoroughbred racing's biggest star last year, captivating national audiences with his Triple Crown pursuit, and the dual classic winner was recognized with the sport's highest honor during Saturday evening's 44th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park, earning the 2014 Horse of the Year title more...

Motion: training dual champion Main Sequence is 'pretty special'
When four-time Grade 1 winner and Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) hero Main Sequence (Aldebaran) was honored with two Eclipse Awards Saturday evening at Gulfstream Park, it brought trainer Graham Motion full circle. more...

Espinoza proud to ride newly crowned champions; Baffert happy with Pharoah
Victor Espinoza -- regular rider of newly crowned Horse of the Year and champion three-year-old male California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit), champion two-year-old male American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and champion two-year-old female Take Charge Brandi (Giant's Causeway) -- understandably was happy with the outcome of Saturday's evening's Eclipse Award ceremony. more...

Eclipse Award winners express gratitude
For the second consecutive year, defending champions Javier Castellano, Todd Pletcher and Ken and Sarah Ramsey picked up individual Eclipse Awards at the 44th annual dinner and ceremony held Saturday night at Gulfstream's Sport of Kings Theater. more...

FSM Classic hero Sr. Quisqueyano 'getting really spoiled'
Sr. Quisqueyano (Exclusive Quality) has been the focus of attention at trainer Peter Walder's barn on the Gulfstream Park backstretch since his 20-1 upset in Saturday's Sunshine Millions Classic. more...

I'm a Chatterbox does all the talking in Silverbulletday
Saturday's $125,000 Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds was supposed to be about even-money favorite Top Decile (Congrats) and unbeaten West Coast Belle (Tapit). more...

Texas Red gets unexpected company in six-furlong move
At Santa Anita on Saturday, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red (Afleet Alex) worked six furlongs from the gate as he prepares for his three-year-old debut in the San Vicente S. (G2) at seven furlongs on February 1. more...

Sr. Quisqueyano upsets FSM Classic, Dame Dorothy takes FSM Distaff
Saturday's $250,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park was billed as a face-off between Wildcat Red (D'wildcat) and East Hall (Graeme Hall), as well as the return of Transparent (Bernardini). more...

Old Friends announces Kentucky Downs satellite facility
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, and Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky, announced on Saturday a partnership that will create an Old Friends satellite facility at the historic racecourse. more...

Overprepared stretches out for Busanda win
Repole Stable's Overprepared (Quality Road) successfully stretched out to a mile and 70 yards on Friday to capture the $100,000 Busanda S. by 1 1/4 lengths over Liberty Island (Harlem Rocker) on Aqueduct's fast inner dirt. Irad Ortiz Jr. was aboard the even-money favorite, who paid $4.20 for the win. more...

Carve scores in Fifth Season
Michael Langford's Carve (First Samurai) kicked off his five-year-old season in fine style, winning Friday's $100,000 Fifth Season S. by 3 1/2 lengths over Code West (Lemon Drop Kid) at Oaklawn Park. more...

NYRA enhances safety protocols for for Aqueduct meet
Friday afternoon, the New York Racing Association (NYRA), in consultation with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA), announced additional steps to further enhance stringent safety protocols for Thoroughbred racing already in place at Aqueduct. more...

California Chrome's Kentucky Derby win named NTRA Moment of the Year
Based on an online vote by nearly 2,000 racing fans, California Chrome's authoritative win in the 140th Kentucky Derby was named the 2014 National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Moment of the Year. more...

Graded Recaps
Sam's Sister defeats elders in Santa Monica
Last seen mowing down her contemporaries in the December 26 La Brea (G1), Sam's Sister (Brother Derek) had two options at Santa Anita: stick with four-year-olds but stretch out to two turns in Saturday's La Canada (G2), or stay at the seven-furlong trip but face older horses in Monday's $200,250 Santa Monica (G2). more...

International Star closes fast to take Lecomte
International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus) is increasingly living up to his moniker. The three-year-old colt registered the second Grade 3 win of his career on Saturday with a 9-1 upset score in the $200,000 Lecomte at Fair Grounds. more...

Thegirlinthatsong hits winning note in La Canada
Thegirlinthatsong (My Golden Song) wasn't a long shot but neither was she a favorite in Saturday's $200,500 La Canada S. (G2) at Santa Anita Park. more...

String King steps up to nab Colonel Bradley
After recording his first nine stakes wins over Louisiana-bred rivals, String King (Crowned King) earned his first graded victory with a 1 1/4-length score in Saturday's $123,750 Colonel E.R. Bradley H. (G3) at Fair Grounds. The seven-year-old gelding stalked in second before launching his bid on the far turn, seizing the lead in upper stretch with James Graham more...

Handicapping News
Moomey ranks as NHC Tour Champion
Eric Moomey, a newly turned 42-year-old lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, won one of the final brick-and-mortar National Handicapping Championship (NHC) qualifier of the year at Monmouth Park on December 27 to clinch the title of 2014 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour Champion and the $75,000 first-place prize that goes with it. more...

Features
Kentucky Derby Report
Upstart (Flatter) was sensational in Saturday's Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park, romping to a 5 1/2-length victory. His eye-catching 105 BRIS Speed rating is even more impressive given how wide he traveled throughout the 1 1/16-mile race (more than 30 feet farther than both the runner-up and third-placer). more...

Dubai: A Cautious Approach to Safety Check
Godolphin's Safety Check (Dubawi) slammed the door on his rivals in last Thursday's feature at the Dubai Carnival, the 1,400-meter Al Fahidi Fort (UAE-G2), in a career-best performance. more...

Handicapping Insights
It's hard to get Derby Fever¯ up here in Saratoga as welcome as it might be. It was 22 below zero last week and so far, it's been a long and hard winter. more...

Dubai: A Tale of Two Guineas Trials
They weren't stakes races, but the two most interesting events on last Thursday's Dubai Carnival program were the local preps for the U.A.E. Guineas. more...

2014 Turf Awards - International
TREVE's well-documented back problems made her questionable to defend her title in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe more...

2014 Turf Awards - North America
The Reilly Turf Awards are now in their eighth annual edition. To avoid any possible reader backlash toward the release of Turf Awards 8, we'll just jump straight ahead and call my idiosyncratic year-in-review "Turf Awards 8.1 (plus Updates)." more...

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

Santa Anita Notebook
There were no graded tilts during the fifth week of racing at Santa Anita more...

 

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