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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014

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Don't Tell Sophia a heavy favorite to take Falls City

Don't Tell Sophia seeks to become the first horse in 50 years to win the Spinster and Falls City in the same season (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Don't Tell Sophia looks to cap an outstanding season on Thanksgiving Day as she faces nine rivals in the Grade 2, $200,000 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs over 1 1/8 miles.

A six-year-old daughter of Congrats, the $1,000 yearling purchase has bankrolled more than $1.3 million for trainer Phil Sims, who co-owns the mare with Jerry Namy. She's enjoyed her most successful season this term, winning four stakes including a mild upset victory over Close Hatches in the October 5 Spinster at Keeneland.

That Spinster win avenged an earlier loss to Close Hatches in the Azeri at Oaklawn last March, and she finished ahead of that rival again last time in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, where she beat all save likely three-year-old filly champion Untapable.

Don't Tell Sophia was made the 6-5 morning line favorite for the Falls City, a race she finished second in a year ago in her lone defeat in four outings over Churchill's main track.

Molly Morgan, who's finished behind Don't Tell Sophia in their two latest face-offs, has racked up several big wins this year in the latter's absence, including Grade 2 scores in the Fleur de Lis Handicap and Chilukki under the Twin Spires. The Dale Romans trainee was also a game winner of the Gardenia at Ellis Park in August.

Flashy American, who won the 2013 Locust Grove and ran third in the Falls City later that autumn, captured the Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne in April and later placed in the Fleur de Lis and Delaware Handicap. However, she's been unplaced in her last two starts in stakes company at Saratoga and Indiana Grand.

Others of note in the Falls City lineup are Teen Pauline, who captured the Top Flight Handicap, Ladies Handicap, and Affectionately last winter at Aqueduct for trainer Todd Pletcher; Tiz Windy, a three-year-old daughter of Street Sense who captured the Indiana Oaks by 2 3/4 lengths most recently; and Strut the Course, who invades from Canada after taking the 1 1/4-mile Maple Leaf on Woodbine's Polytrack by five lengths on November 1.

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Don't Tell Sophia a heavy favorite to take Falls City

Don't Tell Sophia seeks to become the first horse in 50 years to win the Spinster and Falls City in the same season (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Don't Tell Sophia looks to cap an outstanding season on Thanksgiving Day as she faces nine rivals in the Grade 2, $200,000 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs over 1 1/8 miles.

A six-year-old daughter of Congrats, the $1,000 yearling purchase has bankrolled more than $1.3 million for trainer Phil Sims, who co-owns the mare with Jerry Namy. She's enjoyed her most successful season this term, winning four stakes including a mild upset victory over Close Hatches in the October 5 Spinster at Keeneland.

That Spinster win avenged an earlier loss to Close Hatches in the Azeri at Oaklawn last March, and she finished ahead of that rival again last time in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, where she beat all save likely three-year-old filly champion Untapable.

Don't Tell Sophia was made the 6-5 morning line favorite for the Falls City, a race she finished second in a year ago in her lone defeat in four outings over Churchill's main track.

Molly Morgan, who's finished behind Don't Tell Sophia in their two latest face-offs, has racked up several big wins this year in the latter's absence, including Grade 2 scores in the Fleur de Lis Handicap and Chilukki under the Twin Spires. The Dale Romans trainee was also a game winner of the Gardenia at Ellis Park in August.

Flashy American, who won the 2013 Locust Grove and ran third in the Falls City later that autumn, captured the Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne in April and later placed in the Fleur de Lis and Delaware Handicap. However, she's been unplaced in her last two starts in stakes company at Saratoga and Indiana Grand.

Others of note in the Falls City lineup are Teen Pauline, who captured the Top Flight Handicap, Ladies Handicap, and Affectionately last winter at Aqueduct for trainer Todd Pletcher; Tiz Windy, a three-year-old daughter of Street Sense who captured the Indiana Oaks by 2 3/4 lengths most recently; and Strut the Course, who invades from Canada after taking the 1 1/4-mile Maple Leaf on Woodbine's Polytrack by five lengths on November 1.

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The Pizza Man adds spice to Hollywood Turf Cup

The Pizza Man boasts a field-best 111 BRIS Speed rating and is easily tops in Prime Power (Four Footed Fotos)
The Grade 2, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup has retained its name after being transplanted to Del Mar, but the 1 1/2-mile test has a new niche on the calendar as the seaside track's Thanksgiving Day feature. Spicing up the holiday offering are a trio of shippers -- Illinois-bred celebrity The Pizza Man and the Graham Motion duo of progressive four-year-olds Holiday Star and Alakazan Alakazan.

The Pizza Man brings the deepest dish of form, thanks to a fourth to English invader Hillstar in the October 19 Canadian International in his latest. The Roger Brueggeman charge recorded a lofty 111 BRIS Speed rating in defeat, by far the best of anyone in this field. The form of the Woodbine centerpiece has also held up in the interim. Third-placer Dynamic Sky has since come back to take the Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct, turning the tables on Canadian International runner-up Big Blue Kitten.

Over the summer, The Pizza Man was unbeatable at Arlington. The five-year-old son of turf champ English Channel capped a five-race winning streak with notable scores in the Stars and Stripes and in the American St Leger, defeating an international cast in the latter.

Although drawn widest of all in post 11, The Pizza Man has good tactical speed to mitigate the damage. Regular rider Florent Geroux makes the trip to keep the partnership going.

Augustin Stable's homebred Holiday Star is qualified to live up to his name on Thanksgiving. Third to subsequent Arlington Million upsetter Hardest Core in the Cape Henlopen at Delaware, the improving son of Harlan's Holiday missed in two photos in the John's Call at Saratoga and the PTHA President's Cup at Parx before earning a breakthrough in the Sycamore at Keeneland.

Motion's other hope, Alakazan Alakazan, is not to be overlooked. A Stud TNT homebred, the Brazilian import emulated his half-brother, Group 1 hero Vitoria Olimpica, by romping in the same race at Gavea in his career debut. Alakazan Alakazan didn't continue to follow the same trajectory, however, and was unplaced in his only other outing in his homeland. He's improved on a step up to marathon trips of late, finishing second to eventual Dueling Grounds Derby winner My Afleet in a Saratoga allowance and wiring a similar event at Kentucky Downs.

Holiday Star lures Hall of Famer Mike Smith aboard, while Alakazan Alakazan picks up the valuable services of Rafael Bejarano.

Of the California squad, Finnegans Wake takes a big class drop off a 10th in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Formerly based at Churchill with Dale Romans, the veteran campaigner joined Peter Miller this fall. Finnegans Wake made a strong Santa Anita debut in the John Henry Turf Championship, closing boldly for second, and promises a similar effort back at this level. Note that he reunites with Victor Espinoza, who guided him to his lone career stakes win in the Arlington Handicap in July.

Irish Surf, fourth in this race as a sophomore last year, is arguably stronger now and tackling his best distance. In his most recent try at 1 1/2 miles, the son of Giant's Causeway and Surfside crushed the Cougar II in track-record time over Del Mar's Polytrack. Subsequently fifth in both the Pacific Classic and John Henry at 1 1/4 miles, he exits a second in the 1 3/4-mile Las Vegas Marathon on the Santa Anita dirt.

Mystery Train ranks as the 126-pound highweight in light of his two Argentinean Group 1 victories in May. He has yet to duplicate that form in two U.S. starts for Darrell Vienna, tiring to a remote ninth in the Pacific Classic and sixth in the Awesome Again. Unplaced in his only turf attempt in his native Argentina, Mystery Train figures to flash speed but must show that he's capable of sustaining it here.

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The Pizza Man adds spice to Hollywood Turf Cup

The Pizza Man boasts a field-best 111 BRIS Speed rating and is easily tops in Prime Power (Four Footed Fotos)
The Grade 2, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup has retained its name after being transplanted to Del Mar, but the 1 1/2-mile test has a new niche on the calendar as the seaside track's Thanksgiving Day feature. Spicing up the holiday offering are a trio of shippers -- Illinois-bred celebrity The Pizza Man and the Graham Motion duo of progressive four-year-olds Holiday Star and Alakazan Alakazan.

The Pizza Man brings the deepest dish of form, thanks to a fourth to English invader Hillstar in the October 19 Canadian International in his latest. The Roger Brueggeman charge recorded a lofty 111 BRIS Speed rating in defeat, by far the best of anyone in this field. The form of the Woodbine centerpiece has also held up in the interim. Third-placer Dynamic Sky has since come back to take the Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct, turning the tables on Canadian International runner-up Big Blue Kitten.

Over the summer, The Pizza Man was unbeatable at Arlington. The five-year-old son of turf champ English Channel capped a five-race winning streak with notable scores in the Stars and Stripes and in the American St Leger, defeating an international cast in the latter.

Although drawn widest of all in post 11, The Pizza Man has good tactical speed to mitigate the damage. Regular rider Florent Geroux makes the trip to keep the partnership going.

Augustin Stable's homebred Holiday Star is qualified to live up to his name on Thanksgiving. Third to subsequent Arlington Million upsetter Hardest Core in the Cape Henlopen at Delaware, the improving son of Harlan's Holiday missed in two photos in the John's Call at Saratoga and the PTHA President's Cup at Parx before earning a breakthrough in the Sycamore at Keeneland.

Motion's other hope, Alakazan Alakazan, is not to be overlooked. A Stud TNT homebred, the Brazilian import emulated his half-brother, Group 1 hero Vitoria Olimpica, by romping in the same race at Gavea in his career debut. Alakazan Alakazan didn't continue to follow the same trajectory, however, and was unplaced in his only other outing in his homeland. He's improved on a step up to marathon trips of late, finishing second to eventual Dueling Grounds Derby winner My Afleet in a Saratoga allowance and wiring a similar event at Kentucky Downs.

Holiday Star lures Hall of Famer Mike Smith aboard, while Alakazan Alakazan picks up the valuable services of Rafael Bejarano.

Of the California squad, Finnegans Wake takes a big class drop off a 10th in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Formerly based at Churchill with Dale Romans, the veteran campaigner joined Peter Miller this fall. Finnegans Wake made a strong Santa Anita debut in the John Henry Turf Championship, closing boldly for second, and promises a similar effort back at this level. Note that he reunites with Victor Espinoza, who guided him to his lone career stakes win in the Arlington Handicap in July.

Irish Surf, fourth in this race as a sophomore last year, is arguably stronger now and tackling his best distance. In his most recent try at 1 1/2 miles, the son of Giant's Causeway and Surfside crushed the Cougar II in track-record time over Del Mar's Polytrack. Subsequently fifth in both the Pacific Classic and John Henry at 1 1/4 miles, he exits a second in the 1 3/4-mile Las Vegas Marathon on the Santa Anita dirt.

Mystery Train ranks as the 126-pound highweight in light of his two Argentinean Group 1 victories in May. He has yet to duplicate that form in two U.S. starts for Darrell Vienna, tiring to a remote ninth in the Pacific Classic and sixth in the Awesome Again. Unplaced in his only turf attempt in his native Argentina, Mystery Train figures to flash speed but must show that he's capable of sustaining it here.

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La Verdad takes historic run at Fall Highweight

La Verdad looks to become the first female to win the Fall Highweight since 1986 (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

La Verdad could add her name to an illustrious list of female winners of the Grade 3, $300,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, the Thanksgiving Day feature at Aqueduct.

Although the historic six-furlong dash has not been won by a filly or mare since Funistrada took the 1986 renewal, the race has been a vehicle to greatness for such outstanding specialists like Ta Wee (1969-70), What Summer (1977-78), Chou Croute (1972), Gold Beauty (1982), Honorable Miss (1975), and First Flight (1948).

The 1914 inaugural was won by Comely, who has a nine-furlong stakes for three-year-old fillies run in her honor at the Big A on Saturday.

La Verdad has won 10 of her past 15 starts, including the course-and-distance Distaff Handicap in April and four stakes restricted to New York-bred fillies and mares. A narrowly beaten second in the Gallant Bloom Handicap two back, she is undefeated in four starts over Aqueduct's main track.

"It's a tough spot -- there's a lot of speed in the race -- but she's done very well since the Iroquois and it was a choice between that and the Garland of Roses (on December 6)," said trainer Linda Rice, who saddled last year's Fall Highweight winner Palace. "I'd say right now, we're pointing towards the Fall Highweight for her."

Trainer David Jacobson's entry of Salutos Amigos and Strapping Groom was made the 2-1 morning line favorite for the Fall Highweight. A dynamite 3 1/4-length winner of the Bold Ruler Handicap late last month, Salutos Amigos was wheeled back one week later for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, where he finished seventh after a slow start and wide trip.

"Salutos Amigos shipped great back from California, and also to California, both ways," Jacobson said. "I think his performance was spectacular; getting beat just three lengths in any Breeders' Cup race is awesome."

Runner-up in last year's Fall Highweight, Strapping Groom went on to take the Tom Fool Handicap and Gravesend Handicap over the inner track, but has not been seen since a fifth-place finish in the Carter Handicap in April.

"Strapping Groom is doing well," Jacobson said. "We've had some trouble with his feet, quarter cracks, but we've got him good now and we think he's going to run a bang-up race. Both he and Salutos Amigos are spectacular horses that we've done very well with, and I expect both of them to bring their 'A' game."

Strapping Groom was cross-entered to Wednesday night's Fabulous Strike Handicap at Penn National. Also cross-entered there and to the Fall Highweight is River Rocks, a sharp second in the Kelso Handicap prior to a fourth-place effort in the Bold Ruler as the even-money choice.

Others of note in the Fall Highweight are True North runner-up Bakken, eighth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint after a rough trip, and the turf sprint specialist Tightend Touchdown, who won over Aqueduct's main track the last time he tried dirt in a May 2013 optional claimer/starter allowance.

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La Verdad takes historic run at Fall Highweight

La Verdad looks to become the first female to win the Fall Highweight since 1986 (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

La Verdad could add her name to an illustrious list of female winners of the Grade 3, $300,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, the Thanksgiving Day feature at Aqueduct.

Although the historic six-furlong dash has not been won by a filly or mare since Funistrada took the 1986 renewal, the race has been a vehicle to greatness for such outstanding specialists like Ta Wee (1969-70), What Summer (1977-78), Chou Croute (1972), Gold Beauty (1982), Honorable Miss (1975), and First Flight (1948).

The 1914 inaugural was won by Comely, who has a nine-furlong stakes for three-year-old fillies run in her honor at the Big A on Saturday.

La Verdad has won 10 of her past 15 starts, including the course-and-distance Distaff Handicap in April and four stakes restricted to New York-bred fillies and mares. A narrowly beaten second in the Gallant Bloom Handicap two back, she is undefeated in four starts over Aqueduct's main track.

"It's a tough spot -- there's a lot of speed in the race -- but she's done very well since the Iroquois and it was a choice between that and the Garland of Roses (on December 6)," said trainer Linda Rice, who saddled last year's Fall Highweight winner Palace. "I'd say right now, we're pointing towards the Fall Highweight for her."

Trainer David Jacobson's entry of Salutos Amigos and Strapping Groom was made the 2-1 morning line favorite for the Fall Highweight. A dynamite 3 1/4-length winner of the Bold Ruler Handicap late last month, Salutos Amigos was wheeled back one week later for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, where he finished seventh after a slow start and wide trip.

"Salutos Amigos shipped great back from California, and also to California, both ways," Jacobson said. "I think his performance was spectacular; getting beat just three lengths in any Breeders' Cup race is awesome."

Runner-up in last year's Fall Highweight, Strapping Groom went on to take the Tom Fool Handicap and Gravesend Handicap over the inner track, but has not been seen since a fifth-place finish in the Carter Handicap in April.

"Strapping Groom is doing well," Jacobson said. "We've had some trouble with his feet, quarter cracks, but we've got him good now and we think he's going to run a bang-up race. Both he and Salutos Amigos are spectacular horses that we've done very well with, and I expect both of them to bring their 'A' game."

Strapping Groom was cross-entered to Wednesday night's Fabulous Strike Handicap at Penn National. Also cross-entered there and to the Fall Highweight is River Rocks, a sharp second in the Kelso Handicap prior to a fourth-place effort in the Bold Ruler as the even-money choice.

Others of note in the Fall Highweight are True North runner-up Bakken, eighth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint after a rough trip, and the turf sprint specialist Tightend Touchdown, who won over Aqueduct's main track the last time he tried dirt in a May 2013 optional claimer/starter allowance.

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Past Thanksgiving champs Delaunay, Gantry square off again

Delaunay and Gantry have won the past three Thanksgiving 'Caps between them (Lynn Roberts/Hodges Photography)
If it hadn't been for Delaunay, Gantry would enter Thursday's $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds as a three-time defending champion. The 2011 Thanksgiving hero played second fiddle to Delaunay in the 2012 renewal, and in the absence of his nemesis last year, Gantry regained his crown. Now Delaunay is back for the holiday feature, and looking to confirm his superiority over his frequent rival.

Gantry had ruled the roost in the Fair Grounds sprint division during the 2011-12 meet, sweeping the Thanksgiving, the F.W. Gaudin Memorial and the Duncan F. Kenner. The Ron Faucheux trainee later romped by five lengths in the Smile Sprint on Calder's Summit of Speed program and even attempted the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

But Delaunay, a $40,000 claim by owner Maggi Moss and trainer Tom Amoss in May 2012, took Fair Grounds by storm in the 2012-13 season. The Smoke Glacken gelding dethroned Gantry in the meet's sprint series, beating him by 2 1/2 lengths in the Thanksgiving 'Cap and by more than four lengths in both the Gaudin and Kenner. Delaunay made it six straight stakes wins with another romp in the Churchill Downs Stakes on Kentucky Derby Day 2013. Freshened after a pair of losses that summer, Delaunay resurfaced in the January 25 Gaudin Memorial and led throughout, disposing of Gantry again by 3 1/4 lengths.

The rivals have since gone their separate ways, and both are entering off layoffs. Delaunay's 2014 highlights include a 3 1/2-length decision in the May 31 Aristides back at Churchill and a close second in the June 27 Iowa Sprint to Work All Week, the eventual Breeders' Cup Sprint winner. Meanwhile, Gantry switched to turf, winning the Colonel Power here before unplaced efforts in both the April 12 Shakertown at Keeneland and the June 21 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint.

Training sharply ahead of his comeback, Delaunay rates as the 9-5 favorite with James Graham. Gantry, to be ridden as usual by Richard Eramia, is listed at 9-2. Neither has ever finished worse than second on this track.

The one who would have been most likely to disrupt that stat, Heitai, is expected to scratch after his upset loss here on Sunday. The 2-1 second choice on the morning line, the Louisiana-bred speedster had bolted five clear of Delaunay in the March 8 renewal of the Kenner.

Lemon Drop Dream, third to Heitai and Delaunay in the Kenner, capitalized on a pace meltdown to pick up the pieces next time in Oaklawn's Count Fleet Sprint Handicap. The Steve Asmussen colt was no match for the free-wheeling Happy My Way in the Maryland Sprint on Preakness Day, and hasn't hit the board in five subsequent tries.

Worth a look as longshots are Nates Mineshaft, unbeaten from five career Fair Grounds starts and exiting a near-miss in the Bet on Sunshine at Churchill, and Take It Like a Man, claimed out of a 6 3/4-length rout at Keeneland.

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Past Thanksgiving champs Delaunay, Gantry square off again

Delaunay and Gantry have won the past three Thanksgiving 'Caps between them (Lynn Roberts/Hodges Photography)
If it hadn't been for Delaunay, Gantry would enter Thursday's $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds as a three-time defending champion. The 2011 Thanksgiving hero played second fiddle to Delaunay in the 2012 renewal, and in the absence of his nemesis last year, Gantry regained his crown. Now Delaunay is back for the holiday feature, and looking to confirm his superiority over his frequent rival.

Gantry had ruled the roost in the Fair Grounds sprint division during the 2011-12 meet, sweeping the Thanksgiving, the F.W. Gaudin Memorial and the Duncan F. Kenner. The Ron Faucheux trainee later romped by five lengths in the Smile Sprint on Calder's Summit of Speed program and even attempted the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

But Delaunay, a $40,000 claim by owner Maggi Moss and trainer Tom Amoss in May 2012, took Fair Grounds by storm in the 2012-13 season. The Smoke Glacken gelding dethroned Gantry in the meet's sprint series, beating him by 2 1/2 lengths in the Thanksgiving 'Cap and by more than four lengths in both the Gaudin and Kenner. Delaunay made it six straight stakes wins with another romp in the Churchill Downs Stakes on Kentucky Derby Day 2013. Freshened after a pair of losses that summer, Delaunay resurfaced in the January 25 Gaudin Memorial and led throughout, disposing of Gantry again by 3 1/4 lengths.

The rivals have since gone their separate ways, and both are entering off layoffs. Delaunay's 2014 highlights include a 3 1/2-length decision in the May 31 Aristides back at Churchill and a close second in the June 27 Iowa Sprint to Work All Week, the eventual Breeders' Cup Sprint winner. Meanwhile, Gantry switched to turf, winning the Colonel Power here before unplaced efforts in both the April 12 Shakertown at Keeneland and the June 21 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint.

Training sharply ahead of his comeback, Delaunay rates as the 9-5 favorite with James Graham. Gantry, to be ridden as usual by Richard Eramia, is listed at 9-2. Neither has ever finished worse than second on this track.

The one who would have been most likely to disrupt that stat, Heitai, is expected to scratch after his upset loss here on Sunday. The 2-1 second choice on the morning line, the Louisiana-bred speedster had bolted five clear of Delaunay in the March 8 renewal of the Kenner.

Lemon Drop Dream, third to Heitai and Delaunay in the Kenner, capitalized on a pace meltdown to pick up the pieces next time in Oaklawn's Count Fleet Sprint Handicap. The Steve Asmussen colt was no match for the free-wheeling Happy My Way in the Maryland Sprint on Preakness Day, and hasn't hit the board in five subsequent tries.

Worth a look as longshots are Nates Mineshaft, unbeaten from five career Fair Grounds starts and exiting a near-miss in the Bet on Sunshine at Churchill, and Take It Like a Man, claimed out of a 6 3/4-length rout at Keeneland.

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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.

"He just stretched his legs this morning and he did a right-handed jog just to let him see his new environment," O'Donovan explained. "He's in good form and he's moving well."

Trading Leather has not seen the winner's circle since his classic score in June 2013, but he has been placed in a number of Europe's most important races in the interim. The Godolphin colorbearer has run just four times this year, most recently finishing third in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 13.

"He was trained specifically for this race," O'Donovan added. "He's had a light season and since his last start in September, he regularly did some fast work once a week. He's had his fast work done and he was very fit coming here, so all we want to do is maintain his fitness."

Canadian raider Up With the Birds enjoyed an easy morning Monday after galloping Sunday.

"The gallop yesterday was very easy and quiet," said Mark Ramsammy, assistant to trainer Malcolm Pierce. "He came out of it very well and he's in very good condition. We just wanted to let him stretch his legs--not do too much, and he won't do any more fast work until the race."

Up With The Birds, Canada's Horse of the Year of 2013, won last year's Jamaica Handicap and added the Nijinsky in July. The Sam-Son Farm homebred was most recently second in the Knickerbocker on October 11.

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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.

"He just stretched his legs this morning and he did a right-handed jog just to let him see his new environment," O'Donovan explained. "He's in good form and he's moving well."

Trading Leather has not seen the winner's circle since his classic score in June 2013, but he has been placed in a number of Europe's most important races in the interim. The Godolphin colorbearer has run just four times this year, most recently finishing third in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 13.

"He was trained specifically for this race," O'Donovan added. "He's had a light season and since his last start in September, he regularly did some fast work once a week. He's had his fast work done and he was very fit coming here, so all we want to do is maintain his fitness."

Canadian raider Up With the Birds enjoyed an easy morning Monday after galloping Sunday.

"The gallop yesterday was very easy and quiet," said Mark Ramsammy, assistant to trainer Malcolm Pierce. "He came out of it very well and he's in very good condition. We just wanted to let him stretch his legs--not do too much, and he won't do any more fast work until the race."

Up With The Birds, Canada's Horse of the Year of 2013, won last year's Jamaica Handicap and added the Nijinsky in July. The Sam-Son Farm homebred was most recently second in the Knickerbocker on October 11.

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Ben's Cat tries for Fabulous Strike three-peat

Ben's Cat will face a salty group including Bern Identity (B&D Photography)
Mid-Atlantic icon Ben's Cat will aim for a third consecutive victory in Wednesday evening's $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap at Penn National. This year's renewal has come up unusually deep, with the likes of Bern Identity, Strapping Groom, River Rocks, Weekend Hideaway and Tightend Touchdown also engaged.

Ben's Cat's task might be eased considerably, however, since the last four are all cross-entered to Thursday's Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct.

The $2.2-million earner is in the midst of a rare losing streak at the moment. Since scoring a three-peat in the July 12 Parx Dash on turf, the King Leatherbury charge missed by a neck in the September 1 Turf Monster, finished third in the September 27 Laurel Dash, and went down fighting by a half-length in the October 18 Maryland Million Turf. That came over a mile trip that stretches him, however, and the cutback to six furlongs promises to suit much better.

Indeed, Ben's Cat has found the Fabulous Strike the ideal spot to rebound from tough losses, having done so for the past two years. And the eight-year-old veteran is a neck away from already owning a three-peat. Ben's Cat was a troubled third in this race in 2011, when it was known as the Six Bits.

Listed as the 5-1 third choice on the morning line, Ben's Cat will break from post 6 with regular rider Julian Pimentel.

Bern Identity, the 7-2 favorite, has drawn the far outside in post 12. The winner of the Sanford and runner-up to Goldencents in the Delta Downs Jackpot as a juvenile in 2012, he was sidelined for virtually all of his three-year-old season.

Trainer Kelly Breen got him back to top form off an 18-month layoff last summer, and Bern Identity returned to action with a three-race winning streak -- the August 2 My Frenchman at Monmouth, the August 22 Tale of the Cat at Saratoga and the September 6 Dave's Friend at Laurel. Bern Identity has dropped his last pair, finishing third in both the October 3 Phoenix at Keeneland and the November 15 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash back at Laurel. He wheels back on short rest here.

Trickmeister, who exits a third to Bern Identity in the Dave's Friend, has back class and could be sitting on a big effort in his third start off a year-long absence. The four-time stakes winner, and multiple Grade 2-placed performer, has some longshot appeal at 10-1.

Strapping Groom, hero of the 2013 Forego and this year's Tom Fool, was last seen tiring to fifth in the April 5 Carter Handicap. He leads the quartet of those holding an alternate engagement in the Fall Highweight, along with River Rocks, runner-up in the Kelso and fourth in the Bold Ruler in his last two; New York-bred stalwart Weekend Hideaway; and Tightend Touchdown, a frequent rival to Ben's Cat on the turf sprint scene, who was most recently sixth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. All would be worthy challengers if they opt for Penn National instead.

The Thanksgiving Eve card also offers a couple of stakes appetizers. The $75,000 Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies has lured a field of nine Pennsylvania-breds, topped by recent allowance romper Brennan and Maryland Million Lassie third Rockin Jojo.

Notable contenders in the $100,000 Swatara, a 1 1/16-mile test, include Stormin Monarcho, coming off a convincing score in the Richard W. Small at Laurel on November 15; his stablemate from the David Jacobson barn, Wealth to Me, who trounced a starter allowance at Belmont last out; Ground Transport, who was just denied in the Michael G. Schaefer Memorial; the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Irsaal; and Integrity, third in a tight finish with Golden Ticket and Pants on Fire in the Left Bank two starts back for Chad Brown.

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Ben's Cat tries for Fabulous Strike three-peat

Ben's Cat will face a salty group including Bern Identity (B&D Photography)
Mid-Atlantic icon Ben's Cat will aim for a third consecutive victory in Wednesday evening's $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap at Penn National. This year's renewal has come up unusually deep, with the likes of Bern Identity, Strapping Groom, River Rocks, Weekend Hideaway and Tightend Touchdown also engaged.

Ben's Cat's task might be eased considerably, however, since the last four are all cross-entered to Thursday's Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct.

The $2.2-million earner is in the midst of a rare losing streak at the moment. Since scoring a three-peat in the July 12 Parx Dash on turf, the King Leatherbury charge missed by a neck in the September 1 Turf Monster, finished third in the September 27 Laurel Dash, and went down fighting by a half-length in the October 18 Maryland Million Turf. That came over a mile trip that stretches him, however, and the cutback to six furlongs promises to suit much better.

Indeed, Ben's Cat has found the Fabulous Strike the ideal spot to rebound from tough losses, having done so for the past two years. And the eight-year-old veteran is a neck away from already owning a three-peat. Ben's Cat was a troubled third in this race in 2011, when it was known as the Six Bits.

Listed as the 5-1 third choice on the morning line, Ben's Cat will break from post 6 with regular rider Julian Pimentel.

Bern Identity, the 7-2 favorite, has drawn the far outside in post 12. The winner of the Sanford and runner-up to Goldencents in the Delta Downs Jackpot as a juvenile in 2012, he was sidelined for virtually all of his three-year-old season.

Trainer Kelly Breen got him back to top form off an 18-month layoff last summer, and Bern Identity returned to action with a three-race winning streak -- the August 2 My Frenchman at Monmouth, the August 22 Tale of the Cat at Saratoga and the September 6 Dave's Friend at Laurel. Bern Identity has dropped his last pair, finishing third in both the October 3 Phoenix at Keeneland and the November 15 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash back at Laurel. He wheels back on short rest here.

Trickmeister, who exits a third to Bern Identity in the Dave's Friend, has back class and could be sitting on a big effort in his third start off a year-long absence. The four-time stakes winner, and multiple Grade 2-placed performer, has some longshot appeal at 10-1.

Strapping Groom, hero of the 2013 Forego and this year's Tom Fool, was last seen tiring to fifth in the April 5 Carter Handicap. He leads the quartet of those holding an alternate engagement in the Fall Highweight, along with River Rocks, runner-up in the Kelso and fourth in the Bold Ruler in his last two; New York-bred stalwart Weekend Hideaway; and Tightend Touchdown, a frequent rival to Ben's Cat on the turf sprint scene, who was most recently sixth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. All would be worthy challengers if they opt for Penn National instead.

The Thanksgiving Eve card also offers a couple of stakes appetizers. The $75,000 Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies has lured a field of nine Pennsylvania-breds, topped by recent allowance romper Brennan and Maryland Million Lassie third Rockin Jojo.

Notable contenders in the $100,000 Swatara, a 1 1/16-mile test, include Stormin Monarcho, coming off a convincing score in the Richard W. Small at Laurel on November 15; his stablemate from the David Jacobson barn, Wealth to Me, who trounced a starter allowance at Belmont last out; Ground Transport, who was just denied in the Michael G. Schaefer Memorial; the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Irsaal; and Integrity, third in a tight finish with Golden Ticket and Pants on Fire in the Left Bank two starts back for Chad Brown.

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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. The Hobbs, New Mexico, track offers five Thoroughbred stakes on Thanksgiving Eve, including the $200,000 Zia Park Derby and the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks.

Hollendorfer's Tonito M. has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the 1 1/16-mile Zia Park Derby. Last seen rolling by 2 3/4 lengths in the September 28 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, he notched a field-best 100 BRIS Speed rating that day. The former Puerto Rican star previously finished a distant third to Shared Belief in the Los Alamitos Derby and to the older Soi Phet in the Los Alamitos Mile. Regular rider Rafael Bejarano has the mount.

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert is represented by Can the Man, a prominent two-year-old on the Southern California scene in 2013. Sidelined until this summer, the Into Mischief colt made a winning return in the June 7 Affirmed, only to regress badly and retreat to fifth in the July 5 Los Alamitos Derby. Can the Man has been freshened since then, and looms dangerous off the break with Martin Garcia.

Alert Bay ships in off a pair of victories at Hastings, where he beat fellow sophomores in the British Columbia Derby and older foes in the BC Premier's Handicap in his latest. Bay of Biscay, second to Tonito M. in the Oklahoma Derby, warmed up with a turf allowance score at his Turf Paradise base. Heading the local contingent is the undefeated Proceed, winner of three stakes for Joel Marr.

Hollendorfer is double-handed in the Zia Park Oaks, also at 1 1/16 miles, with Taste Like Candy and Thegirlinthatsong. Taste Like Candy, second in both the Hollywood Starlet and Santa Ynez last winter, has taken some time to find herself this season. But her last two allowance efforts at Santa Anita were encouraging -- a win on October 9 and a best-of-the-rest performance behind Yahilwa on October 29 -- and the daughter of Candy Ride has earned her way into another stakes try. She was flattered when Yahilwa when came back to win Saturday's Treasure Chest at Delta Downs.

Stablemate Thegirlinthatsong must find a way to reverse form with Oaks morning-line favorite Shanon Nicole, who drubbed her by 5 1/4 lengths in the September 28 Remington Park Oaks. Trained by Mike Maker, Shanon Nicole had landed the Indiana Grand in her prior start, and has been pegged at 2-1 to complete the hat trick here.

The well-bred Cassatt is an excellent rebound candidate for Larry Jones. Always highly regarded, the Tapit filly extended her winning streak to three in the August 9 Monmouth Oaks. Subpar when fifth in the Cotillion and ninth in the Raven Run, Cassatt has been firing bullets of late at Fair Grounds.

Jojo Warrior would warrant great respect as the winner of the Summertime Oaks and Torrey Pines, and third-placer to presumptive champion Untapable in the Cotillion. But co-owner Ahmed Zayat tweeted that she would not run in this spot.

Hollendorfer has entered the five-year-old veteran Blueskiesnrainbows in the $150,000 Zia Park Distance Championship Handicap. Winless since wiring the San Pasqual in January, the son of English Channel will be making his second start off a seven-month layoff. The 3-1 early favorite will meet such rivals as Code West, Broadway Empire and Isn't He Clever.

The morning-line choice in the $75,000 Zia Park Distaff, Doinghardtimeagain, likewise hails from the Hollendorfer barn. The 5-2 shot has been off form since taking the July 12 Great Lady M at Los Alamitos, however, and must deal with once-beaten Remington invader Fast N Fine Lookin.

Kicking off the Thoroughbred stakes action is the $140,000 New Mexico Eddy County for state-bred juveniles. The first three across the wire in the New Mexico Classic Cup Juvenile for colts and geldings -- Liberty Lover, Caliente Carson (subsequently disqualified) and Lux -- all stretch out to a mile.

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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. The Hobbs, New Mexico, track offers five Thoroughbred stakes on Thanksgiving Eve, including the $200,000 Zia Park Derby and the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks.

Hollendorfer's Tonito M. has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the 1 1/16-mile Zia Park Derby. Last seen rolling by 2 3/4 lengths in the September 28 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, he notched a field-best 100 BRIS Speed rating that day. The former Puerto Rican star previously finished a distant third to Shared Belief in the Los Alamitos Derby and to the older Soi Phet in the Los Alamitos Mile. Regular rider Rafael Bejarano has the mount.

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert is represented by Can the Man, a prominent two-year-old on the Southern California scene in 2013. Sidelined until this summer, the Into Mischief colt made a winning return in the June 7 Affirmed, only to regress badly and retreat to fifth in the July 5 Los Alamitos Derby. Can the Man has been freshened since then, and looms dangerous off the break with Martin Garcia.

Alert Bay ships in off a pair of victories at Hastings, where he beat fellow sophomores in the British Columbia Derby and older foes in the BC Premier's Handicap in his latest. Bay of Biscay, second to Tonito M. in the Oklahoma Derby, warmed up with a turf allowance score at his Turf Paradise base. Heading the local contingent is the undefeated Proceed, winner of three stakes for Joel Marr.

Hollendorfer is double-handed in the Zia Park Oaks, also at 1 1/16 miles, with Taste Like Candy and Thegirlinthatsong. Taste Like Candy, second in both the Hollywood Starlet and Santa Ynez last winter, has taken some time to find herself this season. But her last two allowance efforts at Santa Anita were encouraging -- a win on October 9 and a best-of-the-rest performance behind Yahilwa on October 29 -- and the daughter of Candy Ride has earned her way into another stakes try. She was flattered when Yahilwa when came back to win Saturday's Treasure Chest at Delta Downs.

Stablemate Thegirlinthatsong must find a way to reverse form with Oaks morning-line favorite Shanon Nicole, who drubbed her by 5 1/4 lengths in the September 28 Remington Park Oaks. Trained by Mike Maker, Shanon Nicole had landed the Indiana Grand in her prior start, and has been pegged at 2-1 to complete the hat trick here.

The well-bred Cassatt is an excellent rebound candidate for Larry Jones. Always highly regarded, the Tapit filly extended her winning streak to three in the August 9 Monmouth Oaks. Subpar when fifth in the Cotillion and ninth in the Raven Run, Cassatt has been firing bullets of late at Fair Grounds.

Jojo Warrior would warrant great respect as the winner of the Summertime Oaks and Torrey Pines, and third-placer to presumptive champion Untapable in the Cotillion. But co-owner Ahmed Zayat tweeted that she would not run in this spot.

Hollendorfer has entered the five-year-old veteran Blueskiesnrainbows in the $150,000 Zia Park Distance Championship Handicap. Winless since wiring the San Pasqual in January, the son of English Channel will be making his second start off a seven-month layoff. The 3-1 early favorite will meet such rivals as Code West, Broadway Empire and Isn't He Clever.

The morning-line choice in the $75,000 Zia Park Distaff, Doinghardtimeagain, likewise hails from the Hollendorfer barn. The 5-2 shot has been off form since taking the July 12 Great Lady M at Los Alamitos, however, and must deal with once-beaten Remington invader Fast N Fine Lookin.

Kicking off the Thoroughbred stakes action is the $140,000 New Mexico Eddy County for state-bred juveniles. The first three across the wire in the New Mexico Classic Cup Juvenile for colts and geldings -- Liberty Lover, Caliente Carson (subsequently disqualified) and Lux -- all stretch out to a mile.

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In brief

Hall of Fame inductee Silver Charm (Silver Buck) will arrive this week at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Kentucky. A special open house for members of the press as well as the public will be held December 1 from 1-2 p.m. (EST). The now 20-year-old stallion will then enter a 21-day quarantine. It was announced in October by Three Chimneys Farm that the 1997 champion three-year-old colt had been retired from breeding in Japan and would be return to the United States to live out his life at Old Friends. The decision about his retirement was a joint venture among Three Chimneys Farm, Silver Charm's owners Jeff and Beverly Lewis, and the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (JBBA). Old Friends invites friends and fans and members of the media to come meet the dual classic winner and welcome him back. For additional information please call Old Friends at (502) 863-1775...

The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday approved new rules which establish threshold limits for 24 therapeutic medications and restrict the use of three corticosteroids in racehorses. The new regulations are modeled on uniform medication rules developed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. "These new rules are in the best interest of the health and welfare of the racehorses, the safety of all participants and further promote the integrity of Thoroughbred horse racing," said New York Racing Association Chief Executive Officer and President Christopher Kay. "The adoption of these regulations by the Gaming Commission is another step forward in the ongoing efforts of Thoroughbred racing regulators in many states and other participants to adopt uniform and effective equine medication rules across the country." Last month, Kay expressed the New York Racing Association's enthusiastic support of the new regulations. Kay noted that when the NYRA Reorganization Board was formed in 2012, it established two Board Committees, Equine Safety and Racing, to review and monitor safety, integrity and related medication issues. These Board Committees worked with New York Racing Association management to establish an industry-leading program of surveillance and testing to ensure compliance with the Gaming Commission's medications regulations. Based on input from these committees and experts, the New York Racing Association Board of Directors authorized management to publicly support the proposed regulations, which reflect the organization's continued commitment to equine safety and the integrity of Thoroughbred racing.

In brief

Hall of Fame inductee Silver Charm (Silver Buck) will arrive this week at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Kentucky. A special open house for members of the press as well as the public will be held December 1 from 1-2 p.m. (EST). The now 20-year-old stallion will then enter a 21-day quarantine. It was announced in October by Three Chimneys Farm that the 1997 champion three-year-old colt had been retired from breeding in Japan and would be return to the United States to live out his life at Old Friends. The decision about his retirement was a joint venture among Three Chimneys Farm, Silver Charm's owners Jeff and Beverly Lewis, and the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (JBBA). Old Friends invites friends and fans and members of the media to come meet the dual classic winner and welcome him back. For additional information please call Old Friends at (502) 863-1775...

The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday approved new rules which establish threshold limits for 24 therapeutic medications and restrict the use of three corticosteroids in racehorses. The new regulations are modeled on uniform medication rules developed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. "These new rules are in the best interest of the health and welfare of the racehorses, the safety of all participants and further promote the integrity of Thoroughbred horse racing," said New York Racing Association Chief Executive Officer and President Christopher Kay. "The adoption of these regulations by the Gaming Commission is another step forward in the ongoing efforts of Thoroughbred racing regulators in many states and other participants to adopt uniform and effective equine medication rules across the country." Last month, Kay expressed the New York Racing Association's enthusiastic support of the new regulations. Kay noted that when the NYRA Reorganization Board was formed in 2012, it established two Board Committees, Equine Safety and Racing, to review and monitor safety, integrity and related medication issues. These Board Committees worked with New York Racing Association management to establish an industry-leading program of surveillance and testing to ensure compliance with the Gaming Commission's medications regulations. Based on input from these committees and experts, the New York Racing Association Board of Directors authorized management to publicly support the proposed regulations, which reflect the organization's continued commitment to equine safety and the integrity of Thoroughbred racing.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 8TH, AOC, $47,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 11-24.
8—CAST A DOUBT, g, 5, Wildcat Heir--Casting Pearls, by Fusaichi Pegasus. ($19,000 '10 OBSJAN; $50,000 2011 OBSMAR). O-Marshall K Gramm, B-Shelley Huber (FL), T-Lisa Guerrero, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $27,600.
4—Boogie Too, g, 4, Dixie Union--Lite Twilight, by Twilight Agenda. ($105,000 '11 KEESEP; $225,000 2012 FTFMAR). O-Barbara Hopkins, B-Mueller Farms, Inc (KY), $9,200.
5—Arrogant Officer, g, 5, Officer--Diva Girl, by Saint Ballado. ($5,500 2011 FTMMAY). O-Pipe Dream Racing Stables LLC, B-Alan S Kline Revocable Trust (MD), $5,060.
Winning Time: 1:10 4/5 (wf)
 
ZIA, 8TH, ALW, $32,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 11-24.
2—ILIKEWINNIN, f, 3, Desert God--I Like Tricks, by Tricky Fun. O-Taylor, Dale and Lewis, Lee R, B-Joe Allen (NM), T-Todd W. Fincher, J-Alfredo J. Juarez, Jr., $19,500.
5—Desert Lady, f, 3, Desert God--Special Boot, by Storm Boot. O-Cleber J Massey, B-Cleber J Massey (NM), $7,150.
3—B Bold Cindy, f, 3, Desert God--Bold Jubilation, by Smoke Glacken. ($10,000 '12 RUIJUL). O-Vernon Hauschild, B-Cynthia H Dick (NM), $3,250.
Winning Time: 1:45 2/5 (ft)
 
ZIA, 7TH, ALW, $27,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 11-24.
7—ZIP TRIP, g, 3, City Zip--Morakami, by Fusaichi Pegasus. ($28,000 '11 KEENOV; $54,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Teed Off Stable LLC, B-G Watts Humphrey Jr, Susie Keller, Vicki Oliver & G Watts Humphrey III (KY), T-Justin R. Evans, J-Irwin J. Rosendo, $16,500.
3—Turn Up the Lights, g, 3, Touch Tone--Thunderforafantasy, by Thunder Gulch. O-Tom R Durant, B-Tom Durant (TX), $6,050.
1—Jimmy's Date, g, 3, Sought After--Ihaveadate, by Take Me Out. ($4,500 '12 BESJAN). O-Robison, J Kirk and Judy, B-Rancho San Miguel (CA), $2,750.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
 
MVR, 4TH, ALW, $22,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 11-24.
2—CAVIAR N CHAMPAGNE, m, 5, Formal Dinner--Arctic Dove, by Dove Hunt. ($13,000 '10 OBSAUG). O-Loooch Racing Stable, Inc, B-Dr D W Frazier (OH), T-Jeffrey A. Radosevich, J-Scott Spieth, $13,640.
5—Isadella, m, 5, Kentucky Dane--Adella, by Tejano Run. O-Raymond Donald, B-Divine Intervention Farm (OH), $4,400.
4—Pretty Much Mine, m, 5, Half Ours--Fit N' Pretty, by Fit to Fight. ($30,000 '10 FTKJUL). O-Peter J Sheppell, B-Catherine E Sheppell & William R Sheppell (OH), $2,200.
Winning Time: 1:14 2/5 (gd)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 11-24.
4—UNDER OVER, f, 3, Patriot Act--Over Forli (CHI), by Milt's Overture. O-Diamond in the Sky Racing Stable, B-Jonathan Schwartz (NY), T-Michael S. Ferraro, J-Simon P. Husbands, $10,140.
1—Moves Your Soul, f, 3, Jump Start--Woodland Dance, by Woodman. ($9,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Rudina Stable, B-Milfer Farm Inc (NY), $3,380.
3—Brandini, f, 4, E Dubai--Mystical Lady, by Behrens. O-Bond, Tina Marie and Portnoy, Jay, B-Song Hill Thoroughbreds LLC (NY), $1,690.
Winning Time: 1:42 3/5 (gd)
 
TUP, 4TH, ALW, $16,000, 3YO/UP, A7 1/2FT, 11-24.
3—NAVARRE (GB), g, 5, Dansili (GB)--Binche, by Woodman. (52,000gns 2013 TATJUL). O-Rick Nunley, B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB), T-Dan L. McFarlane, J-Drayden Van Dyke, $9,622.
1—Dontmesswithkitten, c, 4, Kitten's Joy--Trio, by Lemon Drop Kid. ($20,000 2012 BESMAY). O-Henry Leong, B-Kenneth L Ramsey & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), $3,104.
4—Coach Royal, g, 5, Lemon Drop Kid--Pagosa Springs, by A.P. Indy. O-James H Glassmeyer, B-Mike G Rutherford (KY), $1,552.
Winning Time: 1:30 1/5 (fm)

Trainer Stats

BRIS TRAINER STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer   Starts   Wins   Win %
Domingo Chacaltana   15   8   53
Douglas W. Danner   21   9   43
C. R. Trout   26   11   42
Larry R. Reed   35   14   40
Robert A. Young   18   7   39
Andy Mathis   31   12   39
Keith G. Bourgeois   52   20   38
Kevin S. Patterson   21   8   38
Michelle Nevin   37   14   38
Marcos Zulueta   38   14   37
Julia Carey   19   7   37
Joe Sharp   30   11   37
Steven B. Flint   28   10   36
John F. Martin   66   23   35
Ralph J. Biamonte   32   11   34
Jane Cibelli   47   16   34
Sam Dronen   36   12   33
Larry E. Smith   27   9   33
Randy Oberlander   24   8   33
Jamie Attard   18   6   33
William N. Martin   68   22   32
Dane Kobiskie   34   11   32
Anthony F. Rini   34   11   32
Rigoberto Velasquez   59   19   32
Barbara Heads   25   8   32

North American Maiden Winners
Doneraile Court--Betty Is Ready by Red Bullet; PAPERBACK WRITER, f, 2, PRX, Mcl 25000, 11-24, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Swallowtail Farm Inc. & Drew Manisca (FL.).
Quien--Bee Sting by Distorted Humor; ZEDONIA, f, 2, MVR, Msw, 11-24, 6f, 1:17 4/5. B-B.A. Man, Inc. & John Elkins (OH.).
Beat the Traffic--Allie P. by Millennium Wind; ALLIE GALE, f, 3, TUP, Mcl 5000, 11-24, 4 1/2f, :52 3/5. B-Jonelle Farms (AZ.).   ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
Northern Afleet--Rowdy by Malibu Moon; SCHARNHORST, g, 3, ZIA, Msw, 11-24, 6 1/2f, 1:15 4/5. B-Mary Voss (MD.). $27,000 '11 KEENOV.
Park Avenue Ball--Tippy Toe Tessa by Swain (IRE); PARK N BROADWAY, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 11-24, 7f, 1:27 4/5. B-Colonial Farms (NJ.).
Read the Footnotes--Bauhaus Bourbon by Behrens; READ IT AND WEEP, f, 3, MNR, Msw, 11-23, 5 1/2f, 1:07 2/5. B-Delahanty Stock Farm (NY.). $55,000 '12 FTKJUL; $120,000 2013 OBSJUN.
Unbridled Energy--Classy Little Bing by Binalong; BINGING WITH LOVE, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 15000, 11-24, 1m, 1:44 . B-Jack A. White Jr. & Karen White & Pope McLean (KY.).
Great Notion--Effervescent by Citidancer; GREAT ILLUSION, f, 4, PRX, Mcl 10000, 11-24, 7f, 1:26 3/5. B-Jonathan Sheppard (PA.).
Harris Tweed--Medea by Flying Pidgeon; SUGAR RASHAD, g, 4, FL, Mcl 5000, 11-24, 1 1/16m, 1:52 3/5. B-Bruno Schickedanz (ON.).

Trainer/Jockey Stats

BRIS TRAINER/JOCKEY STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer/Jockey Combo   Starts   Wins   Win %
Chris J. Englehart/J. M. Rohena   17   9   53%
Robertino Diodoro/Geovanni Franco   30   15   50%
Kiaran P. McLaughlin/Irad Ortiz, Jr.   15   7   47%
Marcos Zulueta/Angel Castillo   20   9   45%
Ollie L. Figgins, III/Angel Cruz   16   7   44%
Michael J. Maker/Edgar S. Prado   16   7   44%
Keith G. Bourgeois/Joseph Walter Patin, Jr.   35   15   43%
William E. Morey/Russell A. Baze   19   8   42%
Douglas W. Danner/Geovany Garcia   17   7   41%
Kevin S. Patterson/Gerald Almodovar   17   7   41%
Josie Carroll/Luis Contreras   22   9   41%
Roger F. Engel/M. Clifton Berry   22   9   41%
Steven B. Flint/Gerard Melancon   20   8   40%
Thomas M. Amoss/Malcolm Franklin   23   9   39%
Nicholas Gonzalez/Jesse M. Campbell   18   7   39%
Chris Richard/Corey J. Lanerie   18   7   39%
Rigoberto Velasquez/Leonel Camacho-Flores   26   10   38%
Karl Broberg/Colby J. Hernandez   96   36   38%
Ramon Preciado/Roberto Alvarado, Jr.   40   15   38%
Wayne Potts/Carlos Luis Gutierrez   32   12   38%
Timothy C. Kreiser/Edwin Gonzalez   24   9   38%
John F. Martin/Russell A. Baze   16   6   38%
Dane Kobiskie/Cecily Evans   27   10   37%
William N. Martin/Noel Vigil   46   17   37%
J. R. Caldwell/Jareth Loveberry   44   16   36%

Sire Lists
LEADING SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB CFls StrsWnrs/% SWs/%SPI 2014
Earnings
1 Galileo (IRE) 1998 10 1546 304 137/45 39/12 4.83 $16,505,520
2 Tapit 2001 7 752 298 139/46 16/5 2.87 $15,363,734
3 Giant's Causeway 1997 11 1774 335 155/46 19/5 2.65 $11,545,156
4 Kitten's Joy 2001 6 631 275 136/49 24/8 1.86 $11,157,366
5 City Zip 1998 10 810 263 151/57 17/6 1.70 $10,644,944
6 Pivotal (GB) 1993 15 1288 215 98/45 9/4 2.51 $9,837,505
7 Candy Ride (ARG) 1999 7 801 257 140/54 13/5 2.03 $9,565,460
8 Shamardal 2002 7 740 249 129/51 24/9 1.91 $8,840,411
9 Invincible Spirit (IRE) 1997 9 1029 316 140/44 17/5 1.68 $8,613,110
10 Medaglia d'Oro 1999 7 882 250 113/45 19/7 2.44 $8,428,812

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Tuesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Delta Downs   (6th) Pontchartrain, 3-1
    (7th) Excitable Girl, 4-1
Finger Lakes   (2nd) Fancy Pancy, 3-1
    (5th) Readygetsgold, 7-2
Mahoning Valley   (1st) Trinity Revealed, 4-1
    (6th) Canalasso, 8-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Gotta Runaway, 7-2
    (8th) Spanish Invader, 6-1
Parx Racing   (1st) Rose Buzz, 4-1
    (6th) Red Dirt Racer, 6-1
Turf Paradise   (5th) Skye Memo, 6-1
    (7th) Detention, 7-2

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Sire Lists
LEADING BROODMARE SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB DmsSps/% StsWnrs SWsBSPI ABSPI Earnings
1 Storm Cat 1983 348 83/23 565 257 31 2.06 0.82 $17,764,723
2 A.P. Indy 1989 288 74/25 471 223 30 2.05 0.82 $15,616,952
3 Sadler's Wells 1981 448 112/25 687 246 36 2.2 1.13 $15,019,869
4 Danehill 1986 341 139/40 524 225 55 2.01 0.80 $12,871,884
5 Gone West 1984 266 53/19 391 171 12 1.72 1.06 $12,443,476
6 Unbridled's Song 1993 260 64/24 412 201 15 1.61 0.99 $10,666,491
7 Thunder Gulch 1992 199 50/25 328 146 16 1.3 0.80 $10,283,140
8 Seeking the Gold 1985 262 57/21 422 193 18 2.23 0.89 $10,175,739
9 Deputy Minister 1979 233 63/27 397 206 18 1.97 1.01 $9,993,182
10 Distorted Humor 1993 160 40/25 249 137 14 1.59 0.98 $8,571,064
LEADING FRESHMAN SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsStrs %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SW 2014
Earnings
1 Quality Road 2006 99 36 36 11 11 2 2 $1,491,512
2 Super Saver 2007 101 51 50 12 11 4 3 $1,364,436
3 Lope De Vega (IRE) 2007 58 52 89 21 36 4 6 $1,193,737
4 Lookin At Lucky 2007 88 30 34 17 19 4 4 $1,185,619
5 Siyouni (FR) 2007 58 38 65 17 29 4 6 $916,170
6 Showcasing (GB) 2007 57 54 94 24 42 3 5 $896,054
7 Munnings 2006 95 46 48 20 21 2 2 $882,046
8 Majesticperfection 2006 68 34 50 17 25 0 0 $763,331
9 Temple City 2005 83 31 37 10 12 2 2 $761,064
10 Zebedee (GB) 2008 81 80 98 28 34 1 1 $749,516
LEADING JUVENILE SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB 2yoSts WnrSws C2yo %WnrCsw Earnings
1 Giant's Causeway 1997 146 44 14 3 1719 31 25 $2,695,993
2 Galileo (IRE) 1998 174 65 27 5 1440 41 32 $1,767,751
3 Kodiac (GB) 2001 107 85 39 4 305 45 11 $1,703,434
4 Afleet Alex 2002 113 33 13 2 585 39 7 $1,676,632
5 Congrats 2000 227 65 15 2 424 23 9 $1,638,772
6 Tiz Wonderful 2004 96 30 18 4 283 60 6 $1,564,245
7 Quality Road 2006 107 36 11 2 99 30 2 $1,491,512
8 Indian Charlie 1995 94 32 16 4 937 50 27 $1,419,228
9 Super Saver 2007 131 51 12 4 101 23 4 $1,364,436
10 Kitten's Joy 2001 111 46 19 4 610 41 22 $1,359,926
LEADING SECOND-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Mastercraftsman (IRE) 2006 166 154 92 69 41 10 6 $6,646,192
2 Sea the Stars (IRE) 2006 135 105 77 60 44 11 8 $5,739,873
3 Pioneerof the Nile 2006 143 85 59 48 33 6 4 $4,649,761
4 Le Havre (IRE) 2006 155 90 58 35 22 6 3 $3,607,691
5 Thewayyouare 2005 107 83 77 33 30 3 2 $3,221,208
6 Old Fashioned 2006 138 75 54 46 33 4 2 $2,850,222
7 Dunkirk 2006 175 99 56 50 28 6 3 $2,685,093
8 Colonel John 2005 170 99 58 48 28 3 1 $2,531,872
9 Zensational 2006 128 82 64 47 36 3 2 $2,159,047
10 Two Step Salsa 2005 82 47 57 28 34 1 1 $2,057,491
LEADING THIRD-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Curlin 2004 294 181 61 108 36 14 4 $12,153,765
2 Midnight Lute 2003 228 154 67 93 40 11 4 $9,538,439
3 Majestic Warrior 2005 282 176 62 113 40 11 3 $9,425,489
4 Into Mischief 2005 103 68 66 46 44 9 8 $8,856,490
5 Tiz Wonderful 2004 283 164 57 120 42 11 3 $8,062,875
6 Street Boss 2004 229 160 69 116 50 11 4 $7,718,956
7 New Approach (IRE) 2005 244 185 75 104 42 15 6 $6,766,578
8 Big Brown 2005 222 148 66 96 43 12 5 $6,270,857
9 First Defence 2004 129 100 77 66 51 3 2 $5,906,218
10 Spring At Last 2003 160 119 74 70 43 9 5 $5,243,219
LEADING ALL-WEATHER SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB StrSts WnrSWnr WnsSWns %WSEarnings
1 Pivotal (GB) 1993 105 276 36 22 49 32 18 $6,725,876
2 Shamardal 2002 115 230 30 17 37 23 16 $2,769,071
3 Street Cry (IRE) 1998 96 235 29 18 42 26 18 $2,162,123
4 Sligo Bay (IRE) 1998 55 238 22 2 33 3 14 $2,108,168
5 Old Forester 2001 76 342 29 3 39 3 11 $1,868,589
6 Philanthropist 2001 63 257 23 4 35 7 14 $1,855,386
7 Milwaukee Brew 1997 72 289 28 2 40 3 14 $1,824,551
8 Candy Ride (ARG) 1999 84 210 28 4 40 5 19 $1,787,747
9 Where's the Ring 1999 82 377 28 1 40 1 11 $1,750,220
10 Thewayyouare 2005 32 75 10 2 13 2 17 $1,541,508

(North American statistics in above lists updated through November 23)

EXPLANATION OF ABBREVIATIONS USED IN BLOODSTOCK JOURNAL SIRE LISTS

YB-Year of birth   C-Number of foal crops of racing age
Fls-Number of foals   Sts-Number of starters
%Str-Percentage of starters from foals   Wnrs-Number of winners
%Wnr-Percentage of winners from foals   SWs-Number of stakes winners
2yo-Number of two-year-old named foals   Dms-Number of dams
SPs-Number of stakes producers   %SP-Percentage of stakes producers
CumEarnings-Lifetime earnings   SPI-Sire Production Index
BSPI-Broodmare Sire Production Index   ABSPI-Adjusted Broodmare Sire Production Index
%SW-Percentage of stakes winners from foals   C2yo-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-olds
CWnr-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-old winners   CSW-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-old stakes winners

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