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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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California Chrome pleases Sherman with turf work

California Chrome went well enough to warrant a turf debut in the Hollywood Derby (Benoit Photo)
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.

California Chrome is nominated to both the $300,000 Hollywood Derby on grass and the $200,000 Native Diver on Polytrack on Saturday at Del Mar. Sunday's workout, the first for California Chrome on turf, was to determine his affinity for the surface and help in the stakes decision.

"I was satisfied with the work," Sherman said later at a press conference. "Victor said (California Chrome) didn't know if he was going to work or gallop because he'd never been on the grass before. But Victor said he felt smooth underneath him and that was my main concern."

Sherman added that a final decision regarding which race would likely come on Wednesday when entries are taken, but indicated that his stable star would likely point for the Hollywood Derby.

"I'm looking forward to that race right now," the trainer said of the anticipated turf debut.

If California Chrome runs next Saturday, he will be the seventh Kentucky Derby winner to race at Del Mar after winning the Run for the Roses in the 75-year history of the track.

With an estimated crowd of 500 watching, California Chrome was given the opportunity for a solo run over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. He entered the turf from a gate just past the finish line, his chestnut coat glistening in the early morning sun.

The colt jogged easily around the clubhouse turn to the backstretch, then broke off from the accompanying pony and started the half-mile work. The turf course "dogs" (marker cones) were well out from the inner rail to protect the surface and the work was conducted more than halfway toward the outer rail.

Track clockers had splits of :13 4/5 and :26 3/5 for the first two furlongs and :52 for the half-mile, meaning a final quarter in :25 2/5. Espinoza had California Chrome well in hand the entire way and clockers labeled it "breezing," an assessment not routinely accorded on the Southern California circuit.

"I'd love to run him on the grass," Sherman reiterated.

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California Chrome pleases Sherman with turf work

California Chrome went well enough to warrant a turf debut in the Hollywood Derby (Benoit Photo)
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.

California Chrome is nominated to both the $300,000 Hollywood Derby on grass and the $200,000 Native Diver on Polytrack on Saturday at Del Mar. Sunday's workout, the first for California Chrome on turf, was to determine his affinity for the surface and help in the stakes decision.

"I was satisfied with the work," Sherman said later at a press conference. "Victor said (California Chrome) didn't know if he was going to work or gallop because he'd never been on the grass before. But Victor said he felt smooth underneath him and that was my main concern."

Sherman added that a final decision regarding which race would likely come on Wednesday when entries are taken, but indicated that his stable star would likely point for the Hollywood Derby.

"I'm looking forward to that race right now," the trainer said of the anticipated turf debut.

If California Chrome runs next Saturday, he will be the seventh Kentucky Derby winner to race at Del Mar after winning the Run for the Roses in the 75-year history of the track.

With an estimated crowd of 500 watching, California Chrome was given the opportunity for a solo run over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. He entered the turf from a gate just past the finish line, his chestnut coat glistening in the early morning sun.

The colt jogged easily around the clubhouse turn to the backstretch, then broke off from the accompanying pony and started the half-mile work. The turf course "dogs" (marker cones) were well out from the inner rail to protect the surface and the work was conducted more than halfway toward the outer rail.

Track clockers had splits of :13 4/5 and :26 3/5 for the first two furlongs and :52 for the half-mile, meaning a final quarter in :25 2/5. Espinoza had California Chrome well in hand the entire way and clockers labeled it "breezing," an assessment not routinely accorded on the Southern California circuit.

"I'd love to run him on the grass," Sherman reiterated.

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Top Decile likely to have two preps on road to Kentucky Oaks

Top Decile (right) is due for better luck in 2015 (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
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. Still, the daughter of Congrats could have even bigger accomplishments on her horizon as she prepares for her sophomore year with trainer Al Stall, Jr.

A stellar first-out maiden winner at Saratoga this summer, the chestnut filly missed the start in the Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland next out. She recovered to finish a half-length second to Peace and War after a tumultuous trip.

Subsequently shipping across the country to take on the best in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, she ran into a different kind of adversity: a track that was arguably speed-favoring earlier in the card after metropolitan Los Angeles received rain for the first time in months. This time, Top Decile once again fell a half-length short of Grade 1 glory, with loose-on-the-lead 61-1 shot Take Charge Brandi -- a filly she had beaten by 11 lengths at Keeneland -- winning.

Since then, the petite chestnut has enjoyed some leisure and is now back in the care of her conditioner at his Fair Grounds base.

"She's doing great right now," Stall reported. "She got three weeks off by design. There was nothing for her and we just gave her a little break before bringing her here. As far as her races, things have been a little awkward for her. She missed the break at Keeneland and what happened at Santa Anita with the track and it having rained for the first time in six months. They had it sealed up."

Such is in the past for Stall, who remains very high on his filly and expects a big year out of her.

"I purchased her myself on behalf of Klaravich Stable and Bill Lawrence and she started getting our attention in June at Churchill and then we took her up to Saratoga and she kept going forward," he explained.

"Rosie (Napravnik) worked her a few times and -- interestingly enough -- the first thing she said was that she was a route filly. I had thought she might be a speed horse, but obviously Rosie was right. That's why I waited for the 6 1/2 (furlong race) at Saratoga to get a little more ground underneath her. Once we won that, we took a long look at the (Alcibiades) and that's how she ended up in there. There was (initially) no plan to go to Santa Anita -- she earned her way out there."

A social and very kind personality around the barn, Top Decile can often be found observing her surroundings and curious as to what the humans around the barn doing.

"She is always in front of the stall and spends most of her time looking at what's going on," Stall said. "That's just the way she is. Some horses will just go to the back of the stall and stay there, but not her. She spends 95 percent of her time with her head out."

Even with her gregarious disposition, the athletic charge amplifies herself once it is time to do her work. At Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup, she was noticeably on her toes prancing around the paddock and often seen with her head high in the air in the mornings during training.

"She was really fired up and on her toes leading into the Breeders' Cup," Stall explained. "She was ready to run, but she has the right kind of energy you want to see."

With a lucrative local stakes set that lends itself as a preparatory program for the Kentucky Oaks, it will be no surprise to see Top Decile race once or twice this Fair Grounds season -- perhaps even as early as the Rachel Alexandra Stakes on February 21.

"I will look at two races for her (leading into the Kentucky Oaks)," Stall confirmed. "It's hard to dance every dance. We'll look at the Fair Grounds Oaks or Ashland and a race back of those to get her started."

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Top Decile likely to have two preps on road to Kentucky Oaks

Top Decile (right) is due for better luck in 2015 (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
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. Still, the daughter of Congrats could have even bigger accomplishments on her horizon as she prepares for her sophomore year with trainer Al Stall, Jr.

A stellar first-out maiden winner at Saratoga this summer, the chestnut filly missed the start in the Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland next out. She recovered to finish a half-length second to Peace and War after a tumultuous trip.

Subsequently shipping across the country to take on the best in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, she ran into a different kind of adversity: a track that was arguably speed-favoring earlier in the card after metropolitan Los Angeles received rain for the first time in months. This time, Top Decile once again fell a half-length short of Grade 1 glory, with loose-on-the-lead 61-1 shot Take Charge Brandi -- a filly she had beaten by 11 lengths at Keeneland -- winning.

Since then, the petite chestnut has enjoyed some leisure and is now back in the care of her conditioner at his Fair Grounds base.

"She's doing great right now," Stall reported. "She got three weeks off by design. There was nothing for her and we just gave her a little break before bringing her here. As far as her races, things have been a little awkward for her. She missed the break at Keeneland and what happened at Santa Anita with the track and it having rained for the first time in six months. They had it sealed up."

Such is in the past for Stall, who remains very high on his filly and expects a big year out of her.

"I purchased her myself on behalf of Klaravich Stable and Bill Lawrence and she started getting our attention in June at Churchill and then we took her up to Saratoga and she kept going forward," he explained.

"Rosie (Napravnik) worked her a few times and -- interestingly enough -- the first thing she said was that she was a route filly. I had thought she might be a speed horse, but obviously Rosie was right. That's why I waited for the 6 1/2 (furlong race) at Saratoga to get a little more ground underneath her. Once we won that, we took a long look at the (Alcibiades) and that's how she ended up in there. There was (initially) no plan to go to Santa Anita -- she earned her way out there."

A social and very kind personality around the barn, Top Decile can often be found observing her surroundings and curious as to what the humans around the barn doing.

"She is always in front of the stall and spends most of her time looking at what's going on," Stall said. "That's just the way she is. Some horses will just go to the back of the stall and stay there, but not her. She spends 95 percent of her time with her head out."

Even with her gregarious disposition, the athletic charge amplifies herself once it is time to do her work. At Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup, she was noticeably on her toes prancing around the paddock and often seen with her head high in the air in the mornings during training.

"She was really fired up and on her toes leading into the Breeders' Cup," Stall explained. "She was ready to run, but she has the right kind of energy you want to see."

With a lucrative local stakes set that lends itself as a preparatory program for the Kentucky Oaks, it will be no surprise to see Top Decile race once or twice this Fair Grounds season -- perhaps even as early as the Rachel Alexandra Stakes on February 21.

"I will look at two races for her (leading into the Kentucky Oaks)," Stall confirmed. "It's hard to dance every dance. We'll look at the Fair Grounds Oaks or Ashland and a race back of those to get her started."

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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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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. Aside from earning his first top-level win, the Ryuji Okubo veteran also clocked a new stakes-record time of 1:31.5 for the metric mile on firm turf.

Danon Shark and Fiero were both sired by Japanese all-time great Deep Impact, who was responsible for four of the top five finishers. Grandezza, by Agnes Tachyon, prevented a clean sweep for the Deep Impact tribe by checking in third, followed by defending champion Tosen Ra and Extra End.

Under Yasunari Iwata, Danon Shark was settled a little past midpack early. Leading the way was three-year-old filly Horai Akiko, attended by fellow sophomore and race favorite Mikki Isle, with Grandezza stalking in third. Mikki Isle launched his bid for glory swinging for home, but soon came up empty and was swamped by the rallying Fiero.

Just when Fiero appeared to have made the winning move, Danon Shark dove to the inside and emerged as a danger. Fiero kept on one-paced as Danon Shark drew alongside, and the two flashed past the wire in unison. The camera proved that Danon Shark, a 17-1 outsider, had his nose down at the right instant.

"I was instructed (by Okubo) to keep him covered in midfield early, and he settled nicely," Iwata recapped. "There was just room enough for us to squeeze through in the inside at midstretch and he responded with a really good turn of speed. I am glad that I was able to contribute to his long-waited and well-deserved Grade 1 win."

Grandezza did well to hold third, another 1 1/2 lengths astern, to finish best of those near the fast early pace. Mikki Isle faded to 13th, and Horai Akiko was distanced when trailing the 17-horse field.

The six-year-old Danon Shark has been a mainstay in Japan's graded ranks for three consecutive seasons. He had competed in the past two Mile Championships, finishing a respectable sixth in 2012 and third in last year's running. Danon Shark has also acquitted himself well in the premier mile contest of the summer, the Yasuda Kinen. Third in 2013, he was fourth in the June 8 renewal.

His prior stakes victories had come in the 2013 Kyoto Kimpai and the Fuji Stakes, both Grade 3 events, and his resume sports a total of nine stakes placings. With this new career high, he has bankrolled ¥433,674,000 from his 29-7-8-5 record.

Bred by Shimokobe Farm in Japan, Danon Shark was produced by the winning Caerleon mare Carla Power, who has also foaled stakes scorer Lei Carla. This is the further family of the world-class Montjeu.

The Mile Championship is the second event of the Japan Autumn International series. Next up is the Japan Cup at Tokyo on November 30, and concluding the quartet is the December 7 Champions Cup (the successor to the Japan Cup Dirt) at Chukyo.

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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. Aside from earning his first top-level win, the Ryuji Okubo veteran also clocked a new stakes-record time of 1:31.5 for the metric mile on firm turf.

Danon Shark and Fiero were both sired by Japanese all-time great Deep Impact, who was responsible for four of the top five finishers. Grandezza, by Agnes Tachyon, prevented a clean sweep for the Deep Impact tribe by checking in third, followed by defending champion Tosen Ra and Extra End.

Under Yasunari Iwata, Danon Shark was settled a little past midpack early. Leading the way was three-year-old filly Horai Akiko, attended by fellow sophomore and race favorite Mikki Isle, with Grandezza stalking in third. Mikki Isle launched his bid for glory swinging for home, but soon came up empty and was swamped by the rallying Fiero.

Just when Fiero appeared to have made the winning move, Danon Shark dove to the inside and emerged as a danger. Fiero kept on one-paced as Danon Shark drew alongside, and the two flashed past the wire in unison. The camera proved that Danon Shark, a 17-1 outsider, had his nose down at the right instant.

"I was instructed (by Okubo) to keep him covered in midfield early, and he settled nicely," Iwata recapped. "There was just room enough for us to squeeze through in the inside at midstretch and he responded with a really good turn of speed. I am glad that I was able to contribute to his long-waited and well-deserved Grade 1 win."

Grandezza did well to hold third, another 1 1/2 lengths astern, to finish best of those near the fast early pace. Mikki Isle faded to 13th, and Horai Akiko was distanced when trailing the 17-horse field.

The six-year-old Danon Shark has been a mainstay in Japan's graded ranks for three consecutive seasons. He had competed in the past two Mile Championships, finishing a respectable sixth in 2012 and third in last year's running. Danon Shark has also acquitted himself well in the premier mile contest of the summer, the Yasuda Kinen. Third in 2013, he was fourth in the June 8 renewal.

His prior stakes victories had come in the 2013 Kyoto Kimpai and the Fuji Stakes, both Grade 3 events, and his resume sports a total of nine stakes placings. With this new career high, he has bankrolled ¥433,674,000 from his 29-7-8-5 record.

Bred by Shimokobe Farm in Japan, Danon Shark was produced by the winning Caerleon mare Carla Power, who has also foaled stakes scorer Lei Carla. This is the further family of the world-class Montjeu.

The Mile Championship is the second event of the Japan Autumn International series. Next up is the Japan Cup at Tokyo on November 30, and concluding the quartet is the December 7 Champions Cup (the successor to the Japan Cup Dirt) at Chukyo.

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Blazing Speed, Able Friend, Peniaphobia take HK preps

Blazing Speed (far right) edged Military Attack (green), Endowing (red) and California Memory (far left) in the prep for the Hong Kong Cup (Hong Kong Jockey Club Photo)
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.

Tony Cruz's charge poked his head in front a stride or two short of the wire to mug Military Attack in a thriller, and so earn another big-race success under the ever tenacious Neil Callan. The Irishman was on board to win the final leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown last season, the Champions & Chater Cup, the British import having previously landed the first leg, the Stewards' Cup, under Mirco Demuro. 

"Since the first time I got on him he just seems to relax for me. I don't know if that's the good training of Tony or my hands! He just seems to click for me and relax," said Callan after the Dylan Thomas gelding had scored by a head in a fast time of 2:01.71.

"He's now won a Group 1 over a mile, 2,400 meters and now a Group 2 at 2,000 meters, so he's versatile. The most important thing is he's got to get a spot, relax and find his rhythm and then at the end he'll give you a kick. That's whether it's a mile, 2000 meters or 2,400 meters, it doesn't really matter."

Zac Purton had kicked Military Attack to the lead with the best part of the Sha Tin straight ahead of him and Hong Kong's Horse of the Year in 2012/2013 battled on gamely as a clutch of rivals snapped at his heels. Last year's winner Endowing closed with purpose; California Memory, twice victorious in the Hong Kong Cup, attacked down the rail; current Horse of the Year Designs on Rome, hard at it as usual a full 600 meters out, pounded down center track; but it was Blazing Speed who made the pressure tell.

"I was probably a length further back than where Tony had wanted me to be but the horse was relaxed and that was the most important thing -- I took it and kept his rhythm going," said Callan. "At the corner I felt him just change legs and he instantly gave me a kick. From that point I thought he was either going to win or be second. He's got a good kick, and the further he goes, he's got a better kick."

The John Size-trained Endowing was a short-head behind the Caspar Fownes-trained Military Attack in third. California Memory was another neck in fourth with the John Moore-trained Designs on Rome the same distance back in fifth.

Cruz now has two leading hopes for the Hong Kong Cup at the Hong Kong International Races after California Memory ran on well to claim fourth, while Willie Cazals, seventh here, closed off from the tail to give the trainer hope that he will be a chance for the same day's Hong Kong Vase. 

"Blazing Speed will definitely go to the Hong Kong Cup," said the trainer. "We've really found the key to him, he's a brilliant 2,000-meter horse and I think he's getting better as he gets older, just like wine.

"I was happy with California Memory's run. He was fourth, he was coming on strong and I believe he'll be spot on for the Hong Kong Cup. Willie Cazals will go for the Hong Kong Vase, he's a horse that really likes cut in the ground but the 2,400 meters will be perfect for him."

Peniaphobia overcame post 14 to become only the second sophomore ever to win the Jockey Club Sprint (Hong Kong Jockey Club Photo)
Cruz also captured the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint Sunday with Peniaphobia, who struck a rare blow for the three-year-old generation with a win that puts him firmly in the front rank of contenders for December's Hong Kong Sprint.

Both contests are staged over 1,200 meters at Sha Tin and Sunday's speed test has long been the premier trial for the Group 1 sprint at Hong Kong's end-of-year showcase. King of Danes, the only other three-year-old to have prevailed in the contest, was also trained by Cruz when winning the 2000 incarnation -- then a handicap -- under 113 pounds.

"He was the youngest horse in the field today and he's done that very well," said Cruz after Peniaphobia had swept home in a sharp 1:08.08, a half-length ahead of Smart Volatility, with Flagship Shine another length away in third.

"He's an improving horse and I think he's a serious contender for the Hong Kong Sprint in three weeks' time. He'll be stronger and fitter and he'll be much more professional. He's a serious horse and he's improving all the time."

No three-year-old has ever claimed the big one in December but jockey Douglas Whyte is also of the opinion that Peniaphobia, winner of the Weatherbys Super Sprint in England as a juvenile, is now a serious candidate for international honors next month.

"I would be very confident going forward. I think Tony can tweak a few things and I think if a similar or a slightly better Peniaphobia can turn up on international day, he'll be a force to be reckoned with!" said the South African.

Whyte did not have everything go to plan from post 14 -- widest of all in the 14-runner field. Peniaphobia was caught three and four wide at stages during the race before quickening emphatically to lead halfway down the home stretch. That injection of pace proved decisive.

"It looked awkward on paper and it was even more awkward when the gates opened because the Singapore horse (Spalato) dug up underneath me and had more initial gate speed. It just seemed that the whole field dug up and I was posted (wide). Fortunately enough I got into a three wide position with cover and from that point on in he started to travel. I started to get real confident turning for home and when I pressed the button he was there in a matter of strides. I actually thought I'd gone too soon, but he was dour in the end and he stuck on pretty tenaciously.

"I think the key to him is finding a rhythm that he's comfortable with," continued Whyte. "I think when he was younger and more immature he used to jump out in the straight five furlongs and probably wanted to overdo things a little."

Lucky Nine, Hong Kong's champion sprinter, had no luck in the run. Trapped in a pocket down the homestretch, the race was over when jockey Brett Prebble saw daylight and the seven-year-old cruised home in fifth, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner.

Amber Sky had led the runners into the home stretch but weakened to finish eighth, while Singapore's previously unbeaten star Spalato faded out in the run to finish 13th. Sterling City was a disappointing 12th.    

Able Friend was the most dominant prep winner, propelling himself into favoritism for the Hong Kong Mile (Hong Kong Jockey Club Photo)
In the Group 2 Jockey Club Mile, Able Friend flicked aside a field of top-class rivals to serve notice ahead of the December 14 Hong Kong Mile. Like a lion swatting flies, the strapping chestnut was almost casual in victory as he purred down the home stretch at a rate of knots that not one but two Hong Kong champions were unable to match.

After sitting handy in midfield under Joao Moreira, Able Friend cruised upsides the leader at the top of the stretch. A slight shake of the reins 250 meters from the wire was enough to end the race as a contest; the Shamardal five-year-old quickened to the front and rolled away from his nine opponents for a 2 1/4-length success.  

"Riding such a good horse like him makes my life so much easier," said Moreira, who had no need to use his whip and was able to ease his mount a few strides from the line.

"He's done it extremely easily. He was going so good I didn't have to pull out the whip or squeeze him up because I wanted him to be feeling good with himself. He was going to get there so there was no point knocking him around and he's crossed the line full of himself.

"There doesn't have to be much improvement based on his run today," Moreira added of his prospects for the Hong Kong Mile. "He's such a good horse. He's probably one of the best horses I've ridden in my life so let's look forward and see what he can do in the Hong Kong Mile."

Trainer Moore has long asserted that the Australian-bred Able Friend has all the hallmarks of a champion and is now looking forward to the Hong Kong Mile with eagerness.

"We all know that I said I thought he was slightly underdone for today but after that facile win, I don't think I've got to do much more before the international meeting," said the handler. "He ran a very strong 1:33 on the bit, so from that point of view I'll just keep him at this level for the big day. Going in, we're full of hope now."

Able Friend's exact winning time was 1:33.46 with a final 400-meter split of :21.41. Hong Kong's champion miler, the Richard Gibson-trained Gold-Fun, chased in vain to claim second place. Former two-time Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon, having his second start after an 18-month injury layoff, ran on to finish 2 3/4 lengths behind the winner in third.

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Blazing Speed, Able Friend, Peniaphobia take HK preps

Blazing Speed (far right) edged Military Attack (green), Endowing (red) and California Memory (far left) in the prep for the Hong Kong Cup (Hong Kong Jockey Club Photo)
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.

Tony Cruz's charge poked his head in front a stride or two short of the wire to mug Military Attack in a thriller, and so earn another big-race success under the ever tenacious Neil Callan. The Irishman was on board to win the final leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown last season, the Champions & Chater Cup, the British import having previously landed the first leg, the Stewards' Cup, under Mirco Demuro. 

"Since the first time I got on him he just seems to relax for me. I don't know if that's the good training of Tony or my hands! He just seems to click for me and relax," said Callan after the Dylan Thomas gelding had scored by a head in a fast time of 2:01.71.

"He's now won a Group 1 over a mile, 2,400 meters and now a Group 2 at 2,000 meters, so he's versatile. The most important thing is he's got to get a spot, relax and find his rhythm and then at the end he'll give you a kick. That's whether it's a mile, 2000 meters or 2,400 meters, it doesn't really matter."

Zac Purton had kicked Military Attack to the lead with the best part of the Sha Tin straight ahead of him and Hong Kong's Horse of the Year in 2012/2013 battled on gamely as a clutch of rivals snapped at his heels. Last year's winner Endowing closed with purpose; California Memory, twice victorious in the Hong Kong Cup, attacked down the rail; current Horse of the Year Designs on Rome, hard at it as usual a full 600 meters out, pounded down center track; but it was Blazing Speed who made the pressure tell.

"I was probably a length further back than where Tony had wanted me to be but the horse was relaxed and that was the most important thing -- I took it and kept his rhythm going," said Callan. "At the corner I felt him just change legs and he instantly gave me a kick. From that point I thought he was either going to win or be second. He's got a good kick, and the further he goes, he's got a better kick."

The John Size-trained Endowing was a short-head behind the Caspar Fownes-trained Military Attack in third. California Memory was another neck in fourth with the John Moore-trained Designs on Rome the same distance back in fifth.

Cruz now has two leading hopes for the Hong Kong Cup at the Hong Kong International Races after California Memory ran on well to claim fourth, while Willie Cazals, seventh here, closed off from the tail to give the trainer hope that he will be a chance for the same day's Hong Kong Vase. 

"Blazing Speed will definitely go to the Hong Kong Cup," said the trainer. "We've really found the key to him, he's a brilliant 2,000-meter horse and I think he's getting better as he gets older, just like wine.

"I was happy with California Memory's run. He was fourth, he was coming on strong and I believe he'll be spot on for the Hong Kong Cup. Willie Cazals will go for the Hong Kong Vase, he's a horse that really likes cut in the ground but the 2,400 meters will be perfect for him."

Peniaphobia overcame post 14 to become only the second sophomore ever to win the Jockey Club Sprint (Hong Kong Jockey Club Photo)
Cruz also captured the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint Sunday with Peniaphobia, who struck a rare blow for the three-year-old generation with a win that puts him firmly in the front rank of contenders for December's Hong Kong Sprint.

Both contests are staged over 1,200 meters at Sha Tin and Sunday's speed test has long been the premier trial for the Group 1 sprint at Hong Kong's end-of-year showcase. King of Danes, the only other three-year-old to have prevailed in the contest, was also trained by Cruz when winning the 2000 incarnation -- then a handicap -- under 113 pounds.

"He was the youngest horse in the field today and he's done that very well," said Cruz after Peniaphobia had swept home in a sharp 1:08.08, a half-length ahead of Smart Volatility, with Flagship Shine another length away in third.

"He's an improving horse and I think he's a serious contender for the Hong Kong Sprint in three weeks' time. He'll be stronger and fitter and he'll be much more professional. He's a serious horse and he's improving all the time."

No three-year-old has ever claimed the big one in December but jockey Douglas Whyte is also of the opinion that Peniaphobia, winner of the Weatherbys Super Sprint in England as a juvenile, is now a serious candidate for international honors next month.

"I would be very confident going forward. I think Tony can tweak a few things and I think if a similar or a slightly better Peniaphobia can turn up on international day, he'll be a force to be reckoned with!" said the South African.

Whyte did not have everything go to plan from post 14 -- widest of all in the 14-runner field. Peniaphobia was caught three and four wide at stages during the race before quickening emphatically to lead halfway down the home stretch. That injection of pace proved decisive.

"It looked awkward on paper and it was even more awkward when the gates opened because the Singapore horse (Spalato) dug up underneath me and had more initial gate speed. It just seemed that the whole field dug up and I was posted (wide). Fortunately enough I got into a three wide position with cover and from that point on in he started to travel. I started to get real confident turning for home and when I pressed the button he was there in a matter of strides. I actually thought I'd gone too soon, but he was dour in the end and he stuck on pretty tenaciously.

"I think the key to him is finding a rhythm that he's comfortable with," continued Whyte. "I think when he was younger and more immature he used to jump out in the straight five furlongs and probably wanted to overdo things a little."

Lucky Nine, Hong Kong's champion sprinter, had no luck in the run. Trapped in a pocket down the homestretch, the race was over when jockey Brett Prebble saw daylight and the seven-year-old cruised home in fifth, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner.

Amber Sky had led the runners into the home stretch but weakened to finish eighth, while Singapore's previously unbeaten star Spalato faded out in the run to finish 13th. Sterling City was a disappointing 12th.    

Able Friend was the most dominant prep winner, propelling himself into favoritism for the Hong Kong Mile (Hong Kong Jockey Club Photo)
In the Group 2 Jockey Club Mile, Able Friend flicked aside a field of top-class rivals to serve notice ahead of the December 14 Hong Kong Mile. Like a lion swatting flies, the strapping chestnut was almost casual in victory as he purred down the home stretch at a rate of knots that not one but two Hong Kong champions were unable to match.

After sitting handy in midfield under Joao Moreira, Able Friend cruised upsides the leader at the top of the stretch. A slight shake of the reins 250 meters from the wire was enough to end the race as a contest; the Shamardal five-year-old quickened to the front and rolled away from his nine opponents for a 2 1/4-length success.  

"Riding such a good horse like him makes my life so much easier," said Moreira, who had no need to use his whip and was able to ease his mount a few strides from the line.

"He's done it extremely easily. He was going so good I didn't have to pull out the whip or squeeze him up because I wanted him to be feeling good with himself. He was going to get there so there was no point knocking him around and he's crossed the line full of himself.

"There doesn't have to be much improvement based on his run today," Moreira added of his prospects for the Hong Kong Mile. "He's such a good horse. He's probably one of the best horses I've ridden in my life so let's look forward and see what he can do in the Hong Kong Mile."

Trainer Moore has long asserted that the Australian-bred Able Friend has all the hallmarks of a champion and is now looking forward to the Hong Kong Mile with eagerness.

"We all know that I said I thought he was slightly underdone for today but after that facile win, I don't think I've got to do much more before the international meeting," said the handler. "He ran a very strong 1:33 on the bit, so from that point of view I'll just keep him at this level for the big day. Going in, we're full of hope now."

Able Friend's exact winning time was 1:33.46 with a final 400-meter split of :21.41. Hong Kong's champion miler, the Richard Gibson-trained Gold-Fun, chased in vain to claim second place. Former two-time Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon, having his second start after an 18-month injury layoff, ran on to finish 2 3/4 lengths behind the winner in third.

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In brief

A reminder: Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager will open Friday at noon (EST) and continue through Sunday, November 30, at 6 p.m. The 23 individual wagering interests will be announced Tuesday...

Tachycardia Stables and Tom Mansor's Big Macher (Beau Genius) lost all chance when flubbing the start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), but made no mistake as the 7-5 favorite in Sunday's $100,000 Cary Grant S. at Del Mar. Vying with 16-1 longshot Rousing Sermon (Lucky Pulpit) throughout, the Richard Baltas charge was all heart on the rail as he dug in and edged a neck clear. Red Outlaw (Tribal Rule) briefly loomed on the outside of the duelists at the top of the stretch, only to retreat to fourth. Big Macher, who was spotting Rousing Sermon five pounds, negotiated seven furlongs on the Polytrack in 1:21 4/5. In the process, he gave jockey Rafael Bejarano his third of a total of four winners on the card. The reformed claimer has now won two Del Mar stakes named after entertainment legends, following his signature score in the July 27 Bing Crosby (G1). His resume now reads 14-6-2-2, $553,678, including victories in this season's Potrero Grande (G2) and Cal Cup Sprint and a close second in the San Carlos (G2)...

Soi Phet (Tizbud), who was scratched from the Cary Grant, will ship to Japan for the December 29 Tokyo Daishoten (Jpn-G1). Trainer Leonard Powell gave the scoop to @Quigleys_Corner. Powell tweeted that Soi Phet would have a prep race prior to his international venture. Worth approximately $1.2 million, the Tokyo Daishoten is held over 2,000 meters on the dirt at Ohi, one of the tracks under the local government system (as opposed to the Japan Racing Association courses). Soi Phet could clash with runners exiting the December 7 Champions Cup (Jpn-G1), the rebranded Japan Cup Dirt, at Chukyo...

Calgary Cat has gone from claimer to Sovereign Award contender (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Stephen Chesney and Cory S. Hoffman's Calgary Cat (Cowtown Cat) furthered his case for a Sovereign Award as Canadian champion sprinter with a two-length decision in Sunday's $184,471 Kennedy Road (Can-G2) at Woodbine. Victorious in the September 13 Bold Venture (Can-G3), the Kevin Attard trainee was third in the grassy Nearctic (Can-G2) on October 19. "I was shocked he lost on the turf last time, but he got the job done today," jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva said. Unhurried through the opening half-mile, the 3-2 favorite mowed them down in the stretch and zipped six Polytrack furlongs in 1:08.46, just off the track mark of 1:08.16 established by Essence Hit Man in 2011. Sharp Sensation (Sharp Humor) overtook defending champion Bear No Joke (It's No Joke) by a half-length for second. Bear No Joke was demoted from third to fourth for interfering with Black Hornet (Pioneering), who was elevated to the show spot. Calgary Cat, claimed at this time last year for $25,000, now owns a mark of 15-7-3-1, $477,016. "He trained exceptionally well from the springtime, but I honestly didn't believe he was going to be a Grade 2 winner at that point," Attard said. "We thought he had a good season ahead and we did it the right way. He went through his conditions, got his confidence and he's really developed into a great horse. There was a lot on the line today and I was happy to see Sharp Sensation (entered) as he's been getting a lot of press about being champion sprinter, but I think today it was decided that Calgary Cat is the top sprinter."...

Juddmonte Farms' Skywarn (Congrats), a juvenile half-sister to Eclipse Award candidate Close Hatches (First Defence), broke her maiden in the 7TH race at Churchill Downs Sunday. Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, the 2-1 favorite attended the pace, opened up in midstretch, and held on by three-quarters of a length from Shook Up (Tapit). Skywarn had to survive an objection lodged by Shook Up's rider Julien Leparoux, but the stewards upheld the original order of finish. The winner splashed seven furlongs on the sloppy, sealed track in 1:26. Runner-up to Martz (Scat Daddy) in her October 31 unveiling beneath the Twin Spires, Skywarn has earned $32,800 from her 2-1-1-0 line. The dark bay is out of the winning Storm Cat mare Rising Tornado, whose first registered foal is five-time Grade 1 star and $2.7 million-earner Close Hatches, a leading contender for champion older female honors...

Hall of Famer Gary Stevens notched his first victory since undergoing knee replacement surgery when he got Grand Yodeler (Swiss Yodeler) home for trainer Mike Puype in Saturday's 1ST race at Del Mar. "Feels pretty good," Stevens said after the race. "I wasn't supposed to be riding yet, but I really wanted to get back." Stevens, 51, had the surgery on July 25. He made his riding comeback on October 31 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), finishing fifth on Sivoliere (Sea the Stars). He was 0-for-8 in mounts at Santa Anita and Del Mar before Saturday's breakthrough. Also Saturday, newly minted Hall of Famer Alex Solis got career victory number 4,997 aboard Sayes So (Congrats) for trainer Richard Mandella in the nightcap...

Mahoning Valley Racecourse in Austintown, Ohio, kicks off its inaugural racing season on Monday with an eight-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. (EST). The 2014 season is comprised of 21 racing days thru Saturday, December 30, and will feature a four day a week schedule, Monday through Wednesday and Saturday with a 12:45 p.m. post time. Starting in 2015, Mahoning Valley Racecourse will offer 100 racing dates during two meets, January through April and October through December, as well as a complete a circuit with Thistledown, which is located in nearby North Randall, Ohio.

In brief

A reminder: Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager will open Friday at noon (EST) and continue through Sunday, November 30, at 6 p.m. The 23 individual wagering interests will be announced Tuesday...

Tachycardia Stables and Tom Mansor's Big Macher (Beau Genius) lost all chance when flubbing the start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), but made no mistake as the 7-5 favorite in Sunday's $100,000 Cary Grant S. at Del Mar. Vying with 16-1 longshot Rousing Sermon (Lucky Pulpit) throughout, the Richard Baltas charge was all heart on the rail as he dug in and edged a neck clear. Red Outlaw (Tribal Rule) briefly loomed on the outside of the duelists at the top of the stretch, only to retreat to fourth. Big Macher, who was spotting Rousing Sermon five pounds, negotiated seven furlongs on the Polytrack in 1:21 4/5. In the process, he gave jockey Rafael Bejarano his third of a total of four winners on the card. The reformed claimer has now won two Del Mar stakes named after entertainment legends, following his signature score in the July 27 Bing Crosby (G1). His resume now reads 14-6-2-2, $553,678, including victories in this season's Potrero Grande (G2) and Cal Cup Sprint and a close second in the San Carlos (G2)...

Soi Phet (Tizbud), who was scratched from the Cary Grant, will ship to Japan for the December 29 Tokyo Daishoten (Jpn-G1). Trainer Leonard Powell gave the scoop to @Quigleys_Corner. Powell tweeted that Soi Phet would have a prep race prior to his international venture. Worth approximately $1.2 million, the Tokyo Daishoten is held over 2,000 meters on the dirt at Ohi, one of the tracks under the local government system (as opposed to the Japan Racing Association courses). Soi Phet could clash with runners exiting the December 7 Champions Cup (Jpn-G1), the rebranded Japan Cup Dirt, at Chukyo...

Calgary Cat has gone from claimer to Sovereign Award contender (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Stephen Chesney and Cory S. Hoffman's Calgary Cat (Cowtown Cat) furthered his case for a Sovereign Award as Canadian champion sprinter with a two-length decision in Sunday's $184,471 Kennedy Road (Can-G2) at Woodbine. Victorious in the September 13 Bold Venture (Can-G3), the Kevin Attard trainee was third in the grassy Nearctic (Can-G2) on October 19. "I was shocked he lost on the turf last time, but he got the job done today," jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva said. Unhurried through the opening half-mile, the 3-2 favorite mowed them down in the stretch and zipped six Polytrack furlongs in 1:08.46, just off the track mark of 1:08.16 established by Essence Hit Man in 2011. Sharp Sensation (Sharp Humor) overtook defending champion Bear No Joke (It's No Joke) by a half-length for second. Bear No Joke was demoted from third to fourth for interfering with Black Hornet (Pioneering), who was elevated to the show spot. Calgary Cat, claimed at this time last year for $25,000, now owns a mark of 15-7-3-1, $477,016. "He trained exceptionally well from the springtime, but I honestly didn't believe he was going to be a Grade 2 winner at that point," Attard said. "We thought he had a good season ahead and we did it the right way. He went through his conditions, got his confidence and he's really developed into a great horse. There was a lot on the line today and I was happy to see Sharp Sensation (entered) as he's been getting a lot of press about being champion sprinter, but I think today it was decided that Calgary Cat is the top sprinter."...

Juddmonte Farms' Skywarn (Congrats), a juvenile half-sister to Eclipse Award candidate Close Hatches (First Defence), broke her maiden in the 7TH race at Churchill Downs Sunday. Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, the 2-1 favorite attended the pace, opened up in midstretch, and held on by three-quarters of a length from Shook Up (Tapit). Skywarn had to survive an objection lodged by Shook Up's rider Julien Leparoux, but the stewards upheld the original order of finish. The winner splashed seven furlongs on the sloppy, sealed track in 1:26. Runner-up to Martz (Scat Daddy) in her October 31 unveiling beneath the Twin Spires, Skywarn has earned $32,800 from her 2-1-1-0 line. The dark bay is out of the winning Storm Cat mare Rising Tornado, whose first registered foal is five-time Grade 1 star and $2.7 million-earner Close Hatches, a leading contender for champion older female honors...

Hall of Famer Gary Stevens notched his first victory since undergoing knee replacement surgery when he got Grand Yodeler (Swiss Yodeler) home for trainer Mike Puype in Saturday's 1ST race at Del Mar. "Feels pretty good," Stevens said after the race. "I wasn't supposed to be riding yet, but I really wanted to get back." Stevens, 51, had the surgery on July 25. He made his riding comeback on October 31 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), finishing fifth on Sivoliere (Sea the Stars). He was 0-for-8 in mounts at Santa Anita and Del Mar before Saturday's breakthrough. Also Saturday, newly minted Hall of Famer Alex Solis got career victory number 4,997 aboard Sayes So (Congrats) for trainer Richard Mandella in the nightcap...

Mahoning Valley Racecourse in Austintown, Ohio, kicks off its inaugural racing season on Monday with an eight-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. (EST). The 2014 season is comprised of 21 racing days thru Saturday, December 30, and will feature a four day a week schedule, Monday through Wednesday and Saturday with a 12:45 p.m. post time. Starting in 2015, Mahoning Valley Racecourse will offer 100 racing dates during two meets, January through April and October through December, as well as a complete a circuit with Thistledown, which is located in nearby North Randall, Ohio.

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

Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

KENNEDY ROAD S. (CAN-G2), WO, $184,471, 3YO/UP, 6F, 11-23.
5—CALGARY CAT, g, 4, Cowtown Cat--Big Sink Star, by A.P. Indy. ($40,000 '11 FTKOCT). O-Chesney, Stephen and Hoffman, Cory S, B-WinStar Farm, LLC (ON), T-Kevin Attard, J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $106,836.
3—Sharp Sensation, g, 4, Sharp Humor--Accusation, by Royal Academy. ($55,000 '10 KEENOV). O-Hill, Jim and Susan, B-Hunter Valley Farm (KY), $35,612.
*8—Black Hornet, g, 4, Pioneering--Start Stinging, by Siphon (BRZ). (C$4,500 '11 ONTSEP). O-Winview Racing Stable, B-Jus Luk Stables (ON), $21,367.
Also Ran: Bear No Joke, Go Blue Or Go Home, Stacked Deck, Jose Sea View, Sparrowhawk.
Winning Time: 1:08 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 2, HF, 1 3/4.
Odds: 1.50, 2.80, 4.60.
     ***Bear No Joke finished third but was disqualified and placed fourth.

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%

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

CARY GRANT S., DMR, $100,000, 3YO/UP, 7F, 11-23.
6—BIG MACHER, g, 4, Beau Genius--Insight, by Kris S.. ($10,000 '11 BESOCT). O-Mansor, Tom and Tachycardia Stables, B-Ballena Vista Farm (CA), T-Richard Baltas, J-Rafael Bejarano, $57,000.
8—Rousing Sermon, h, 5, Lucky Pulpit--Rousing Again, by Awesome Again. O-Williams, Mr and Mrs Larry D, B-Mr & Mrs Larry D Williams (CA), $19,000.
3—Patriots Rule, g, 3, Tribal Rule--Candy Factory, by Seattle Bound. ($8,000 '12 BESOCT). O-Charles Garvey, B-Dahlberg Farms LLC (CA), $12,000.
Also Ran: Red Outlaw, Magic Mark, Celebrity Status.
Winning Time: 1:21 4/5 (ft)
Margins: NK, 1 1/4, 1.
Odds: 1.40, 16.20, 6.00.
 
A HUEVO S., CT, $50,900, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8M, 11-22.
4—LUCY'S BOB BOY, g, 5, Flatter--Love for Lucy, by Not for Love. O-Linda Sours, B-Robert W Furr Sr (WV), T-Sandra A. Dono, J-Arnaldo Bocachica, $30,540.
1—Allegheny Jack, g, 6, Reparations--Allegheny Red, by Roanoke. O-E Clinton Lowry, B-Dr & Mrs E C Lowry (WV), $10,180.
2—Fred High, g, 6, Crypto Star--Cross Creek Rosie, by Castine. O-Edward R Krishack, B-Edward Krishack (WV), $5,599.
Also Ran: Perfect Cross, Golden Set.
Winning Time: 1:51 (ft)
Margins: 3 1/4, 2 1/4, 6.
Odds: 0.30, 6.90, 3.30.

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

AQU, 7TH, AOC, $67,000, 3YO/UP, 1 3/8MT, 11-23.
7—INNOVATION ECONOMY, c, 3, Dynaformer--Somerset West, by Gone West. O-Klaravich Stables, Inc and Lawrence, William H, B-Dr John A Chandler (KY), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Irad Ortiz, Jr., $40,200.
1—Crown Thy Good, g, 4, Dynaformer--America America, by Mister Baileys (GB). ($410,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Lael Stables, B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY), $13,400.
8—Make a Decision, c, 4, Medaglia d'Oro--Bubbling Heights (FR), by Darshaan (GB). ($80,000 2012 FTMMAY). O-Robert Trussell, B-Lawrence Goichman (NY), $6,700.
Winning Time: 2:22 4/5 (yl)
 
DMR, 6TH, AOC, $60,936, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 11-23.
7—EL NINO TERRIBLE, c, 3, Malibu Moon--Shadow Giant, by Giant's Causeway. ($55,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Dona Licha, B-Green Lantern Stables, LLC (KY), T-Peter Miller, J-Elvis Trujillo, $34,800.
3—Kristo, c, 3, Distorted Humor--Capote's Crown, by Capote. ($500,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Hronis Racing LLC, B-Whisper Hill Farm LLC (KY), $11,600.
6—Whine for Wine, g, 3, Ministers Wild Cat--Mrs. Began, by Jump Start. O-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA), $9,048.
Winning Time: 1:15 4/5 (ft)
 
DMR, 7TH, ALW, $58,750, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5FT, 11-23.
4—DANCINTHENIGHTAWAY, f, 3, Indian Charlie--Last Dance for Me, by General Meeting. O-Kirkwood, Al and Saundra S, B-Al Kirkwood & Saundra Kirkwood (CA), T-Mark Glatt, J-Rafael Bejarano, $34,800.
3—Moving Desert, f, 3, Desert Code--Cinema Paradisa, by Capote. O-Harris Farms, Inc, B-Harris Farms (CA), $11,600.
1—Hanserella, m, 5, Terrell--Hanselina, by Hansel. ($10,000 2011 BESMAY). O-Henry R Cordova Living Trust, B-Ross John McLeod & Thomas Newton Bell (CA), $6,960.
Winning Time: :56 1/5 (fm)
 
AQU, 8TH, ALW, $57,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 11-23.
1—MS. SYLVIA A., f, 3, First Defence--Distinctual, by Distinctive Pro. O-Gennett, Robert J and Gennett, Catherine, B-Tom Andreadakis & Helen Andreadakis (NY), T-Michelle Nevin, J-Larry Mejias, $34,200.
10—Sheriffa, f, 3, Posse--Smileforamile, by Unbridled's Song. O-Antonino Miuccio, B-Colts Neck Stables LLC (NY), $11,400.
4—Court Dancer, f, 3, War Chant--Gosh All Get Out, by d'Accord. ($35,000 '12 FTNAUG). O-Bona Venture Stables, B-Akindale Farm LLC (NY), $5,700.
Winning Time: 1:19 4/5 (ft)
 
WO, 7TH, OCL, $52,794, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 11-23.
3—PRETTY TWO FACED, f, 4, Niigon--She's Pretty Too, by Housebuster. O-Emily Anne Walker, B-Colebrook Farms (ON), T-Emily Walker, J-Emma-Jayne Wilson, $29,754.
1—Bilky Bluz, f, 3, Mobil--Ky Bluz Girl, by Hold for Gold. O-Chesney, Stephen and Hoffman, Cory S, B-Andrew Fredericks (ON), $11,342.
6—Green Bay, f, 3, Sligo Bay (IRE)--Advanced Green, by Malibu Moon. O-Di Giulio Jr, F, D'Onofrio, A and Peri, J, B-Di Giulio, D'Onofrio & Peri (ON), $6,238.
Winning Time: 1:44 3/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 8TH, ALW, $46,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 11-23.
6—MAGICAL FIRE, g, 5, Speightstown--Freedom's Magic, by El Prado (IRE). O-Freedom Acres, Inc, B-Y Kolybabiuk (NJ), T-Mario Serey, Jr., J-Hector Caballero, $27,000.
7—Queequeg, c, 3, Smart Strike--Green Door, by Danzig. ($150,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Peachtree Stable, B-Austin Paul (ON), $9,000.
8—Derby Gold, h, 5, Bertrando--River Gold, by Seeking the Gold. ($105,000 '10 BESOCT). O-Brier Creek Farm LLC, B-Win More Farm (CA), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:12 (ft)
 
FG, 5TH, AOC, $45,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 11-23.
8—BLADING WILD CAT, f, 3, Offlee Wild--Falun Dafa, by Editor's Note. ($10,000 '12 LTBSEP). O-Hodges, Phyllis J and Rowell, Nicky, B-Gulf States Racing Stables III (LA), T-James E. Hodges, J-James Graham, $27,000.
7—Lady Grantham, f, 3, Yankee Gentleman--Yes It's Gold, by Yes It's True. O-Richardson, J David and New, Sandra, B-Heiligbrodt Racing Stable & W L New (LA), $9,000.
3—Snappy Girl, f, 4, Student Council--Snap to It, by Honour and Glory. ($8,200 '10 TEXDEC; $65,000 2012 TEXMAR). O-Jerry Namy, B-Millennium Farms at Moon Lake (LA), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:12 (my)
 
FG, 3RD, AOC, $45,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 11-23.
5—TOO DIM, g, 5, Mutakddim--All Too Well, by Track Barron. O-William J Deckwa, Jr, B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (LA), T-Edward J. Johnston, J-Miguel Mena, $27,000.
4—Heitai, g, 4, Fusaichi Pegasus--Sparkles of Luck, by Mr. Sparkles. O-Rowell Enterprises, Inc, B-Rowell Enterprises, Inc (LA), $9,000.
7—Gold Appointment, g, 3, Grand Appointment--List O'Gold, by Slew O' Gold. ($4,800 '12 ESLSEP). O-Robert J Rockwell, B-Neal McFadden & Terry Adcock (LA), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:11 1/5 (my)
 
CD, 3RD, AOC, $43,830, 3YO/UP, 1M, 11-23.
6—ROCKET TIME, g, 3, Tiz Wonderful--Schism, by Pulpit. ($47,000 '12 KEESEP; $150,000 2013 FTFMAR). O-Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc, B-Columbiana Farm (KY), T-Albert M. Stall, Jr., J-Calvin H. Borel, $27,000.
1—Coin Broker, c, 4, Tapit--Pay On Demand, by Red Ransom. ($245,000 '10 KEENOV). O-Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck), Graves, William E and Oxley, John C, B-PTS Ranch, LLC (KY), $9,000.
3—Lifes Reward, c, 4, Tapit--Pearly Beach, by Tiznow. ($200,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Michael M Hui, B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd (KY), $4,500.
Winning Time: 1:37 1/5 (ft)
 
WO, 9TH, ALW, $43,002, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 11-23.
5—HURRICANE MIMI, f, 3, Sligo Bay (IRE)--Bayou Mist, by Silver Deputy. O-James H Mann, B-James Mann (ON), T-Ross Armata, Jr., J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $25,374.
2—Sligo Lillie, f, 4, Sligo Bay (IRE)--Unique Sky, by Sky Classic. O-Edward E Lang, B-Ed Lang (ON), $8,458.
3—My Bid, f, 3, Smooth Bid--Comply With Me, by Compliance. O-Fieldstone Farms, B-Fieldstone Farms Inc (ON), $4,652.
Winning Time: 1:46 4/5 (ft)
 
CD, 9TH, ALW, $42,948, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5F, 11-23.
7—RUNWAY GIANT, f, 3, Giant's Causeway--Costume Designer, by Capote. ($125,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Six Column Stables, LLC, Bloch, Randall L, Seiler, John and Merritt, Fred, B-George Krikorian (KY), T-Ian R. Wilkes, J-Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr., $25,800.
11—Hike, f, 3, Stroll--Izarra, by Distorted Humor. O-Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Janis R Whitham (KY), $8,600.
2—Crissy Field, f, 3, City Zip--Coffee House, by Storm Cat. O-St George Farm Racing LLC (Banwell), B-St George Farm LLC (KY), $4,300.
Winning Time: :59 1/5 (sy)
 
CD, 10TH, ALW, $42,714, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 11-23.
9—DUCASA, f, 3, Discreet Cat--Pacific Jewel, by Seeking the Gold. O-Miacomet Farm, B-William B Harrigan (KY), T-Steven M. Asmussen, J-Julien R. Leparoux, $25,800.
7—Electric Temptress, f, 3, First Samurai--Electric Shock, by Cure the Blues. O-Maggi Moss, B-Clifford J Grum (KY), $8,600.
3—Cora Mesa, f, 4, Sky Mesa--Old Fashion Girl, by Arch. O-Charles R Pigg, B-Charles R Pigg (KY), $4,300.
Winning Time: 1:25 (sy)
 
FG, 8TH, AOC, $42,000, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 11-23.
8—ONE KING'S MAN, g, 4, K One King--Mist of Honour, by Honour and Glory. ($19,500 2012 EVDMAR). O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Steve Crowe (LA), T-Joe Sharp, J-Francisco C. Torres, $25,200.
11—String King, g, 6, Crowned King--String Dancer, by Fly a Kite (IRE). O-Charles Craig Smith, B-Charlie Smith (LA), $8,400.
10—Skipberry Wine, g, 5, Skip Away--My Strawberry Wine, by Excavate. O-James W Green, B-James W Green (LA), $4,620.
Winning Time: 1:43 3/5 (my)
 
FG, 1ST, ALW, $40,000, 2YO, 6F, 11-23.
4—SALUTE THE C, g, 2, Salute the Sarge--Alix M, by End Sweep. O-Whispering Oaks Farm LLC, B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (LA), T-Steven B. Flint, J-Gerard Melancon, $24,000.
2—Kulik River, c, 2, Kantharos--Liwa's Lake, by Greenwood Lake. O-Stonestreet Stables LLC, B-HHZ Equine Arrowhead Farm, LLC (LA), $8,000.
1—Slowpoke Sam, c, 2, Half Ours--Sammie Sam, by Autocracy. O-Valene Farms, B-Valene Farms, LLC (LA), $4,400.
Winning Time: 1:13 2/5 (my)
 
FG, 6TH, AOC, $39,440, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 11-23.
8—NICE NUMBER, f, 3, Pioneerof the Nile--Sunny Nature (GB), by Sadler's Wells. O-Right Time Racing LLC, B-Brookdale & Dr Ted Folkerth (KY), T-Brad H. Cox, J-Florent Geroux, $23,400.
1—Cat With a Twist, f, 4, Bluegrass Cat--Lemon Blossom, by Lemon Drop Kid. ($50,000 '11 KEESEP). O-The Buttonwood Group, B-Kinsman Farm (KY), $7,800.
2—B J's Angel, f, 4, Stormy Business--Demiparfait, by Demidoff. O-Astar Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Astar Thoroughbreds, LLC (MN), $4,290.
Winning Time: 1:45 (my)
 
GPW, 8TH, AOC, $36,800, 3YO/UP, 7F, 11-23.
7—CAPITAL CITY, g, 4, City Place--Jr. T, by Thunder Gulch. ($14,000 '11 OBSAUG). O-Tommy Roberts Racing Stable LLC and Hurtak, Daniel C, B-Richard E Wilson (FL), T-Donna Green, J-Edgar S. Prado, $22,400.
4—Rasta Rant, c, 3, Act of Duty--Unholy Night, by Najran. ($19,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Rohan Crichton, B-Stone Alley (FL), $7,750.
3—Rich 'n' Tuck, c, 3, Dixie Union--Tourism, by Seeking the Gold. O-Richard C Pell, B-Taylor Asbury & Franklin S Kling Jr (KY), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:24 1/5 (ft)
 
GPW, 9TH, ALW, $35,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 11-23.
8—MADAKET MILLIE, f, 3, Giant's Causeway--Queen of Green, by Distorted Humor. ($100,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Nantucket Thoroughbred Partners, B-Dixiana Farms LLC (KY), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Joe Bravo, $21,000.
6—Empress Maker, f, 3, Empire Maker--Ticker Tape (GB), by Royal Applause (GB). ($400,000 '12 KEEJAN). O-Regis Racing, B-Forging Oaks, LLC (KY), $7,000.
4—Aventurine, f, 4, Big Brown--Julie Truly, by Miner's Mark. ($80,000 '11 FTKJUL; $130,000 2012 KEEAPR). O-Green Hills Farm Inc, B-Mr & Mrs Scott E Ricker & Big Brown Syndicate (KY), $3,150.
Winning Time: 1:45 (gd)
 
PEN, 6TH, AOC, $32,285, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 11-22.
5—GRAND HALL, f, 4, Graeme Hall--Miss Flaming, by Diablo. O-Ronald Ulrich, B-Jack Treadway & Sharon Treadway (FL), T-Timothy C. Kreiser, J-Edwin Gonzalez, $18,240.
3—Pink Princess, f, 4, Weigelia--Katarica Disco, by Disco Rico. O-Flying Monkeys Stable, B-Wynoaks Farm, LLC (PA), $7,296.
8—Spring Flower, m, 5, Flower Alley--Proud and Free, by Fly So Free. O-Michael S Moriarty, B-Y Kolybabiuk (PA), $4,013.
Winning Time: 1:11 1/5 (ft)
 
ZIA, 9TH, ALW, $32,170, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 11-23.
5—COPE'S MY GOAT, m, 5, Copelan's Pache--Got My Goat, by Shadeed. O-Juan Jose Gutierrez, B-Douglas Lee (NM), T-Jose A. Gonzalez, J-Alejandro Medellin, $19,200.
4—Ryangela, f, 4, Dominique's Cat--Sheila's Angela M, by Imperial Fling. O-Lucky Six, Inc, B-McKenna Thoroughbreds LLC (NM), $7,040.
2—Ivana Come Home, f, 3, Spankey Come Home--Ivana's Choice, by Proud Irish. O-Yarbar, Richard Dwayne and Ritchie W, Nichols, Dick and Green, Greg, B-Tricar Stables Inc (NM), $3,200.
Winning Time: 1:16 3/5 (ft)
 
CT, 7TH, ALW, $27,000, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 11-22.
2—TIGER DISTINCTION, g, 4, With Distinction--Wha'pa, by Victory Gallop. O-James C Wolf, B-Carlos Victor Mompellier (FL), T-Kieron Magee, J-Jevian Toledo, $16,140.
5—He's Great, g, 4, Greatness--My Tejana Storm, by Tejano Run. O-Grams Racing Stable, LLC II, B-Stepping Stone Farm (KY), $5,380.
7—St. Johnswood, g, 5, Tiznow--Amazing Buy, by High Yield. ($130,000 2011 FTMMAY). O-Germania Farms, Inc, B-Galtree, Inc (KY), $2,690.
Winning Time: 1:19 (ft)
 
MNR, 7TH, ALW, $20,000, 2YO, 5 1/2F, 11-22.
7—DRAW NIGH, c, 2, Elite Squadron--Gal from Dixie, by Dixieland Heat. O-Rankin, Jim C and Rankin, Elizabeth, B-Niknar Farm, LLC (OH), T-Jim C. Rankin, J-Gabriel Lagunes, $12,000.
1—Jumps for Bucks, c, 2, Sharp Humor--Turtle Beach, by Out of Place. ($15,000 '13 FTKFEB; $27,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Alsbury, Nancy and Bright, Derrick, B-Highclere (KY), $4,000.
6—Royal Avenger, g, 2, Stephen Got Even--Burnwell Princess, by Emancipator. O-Susan S Cooney, B-Susan S Cooney (WV), $2,000.
Winning Time: 1:04 (ft)

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Monday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Finger Lakes   (4th) Apple Walk, 12-1
    (9th) Copywriter, 5-1
Mahoning Valley   (5th) Meehan, 6-1
    (8th) Free Entry, 4-1
Mountaineer   (5th) Gottcha My Dear, 9-2
    (7th) Judge Carr, 7-2
Parx Racing   (3rd) Great Illusion, 3-1
    (6th) Gracie Merlot, 9-2
Turf Paradise   (5th) My Best Bet, 4-1
    (8th) Macho Woman, 7-2

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North American Maiden Winners
A. P. Warrior--Zulmin by Stormin Fever; LUCKY BELLA, f, 2, GPW, Mcl 50000, 11-23, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Edwin T. Broome (FL.).
Badge of Silver--Reigning Dynasty by Thunder Gulch; U S MARSHAL, c, 2, WO, Msw, 11-23, 1 1/16m, 1:44 3/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Richard S. Kaster (KY.). *1/2 to Really Sharp (G3).
Bernstein--Bulita by Knockadoon; THATS NO BULL, g, 2, PM, Msw, 11-23, 5f, :59 2/5. B-McCann Bloodstock (KY.). $2,500 '13 KEEJAN.
Big Brown--Diamond Dina (MSP$274,532), by Adcat; HUMBOLDT N FROST, g, 2, AQU, Msw, 11-23, 1mT, 1:42 4/5. B-Paul Pompa Jr. (NY.). $100,000 '13 FTNAUG.
Blazonry--Stayingalive by Gone West; GUY CODE, g, 2, DMR, Mcl 50000, 11-23, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-Running Horse Equine Training & Wellness Center LLC (CA.). $63,000 2014 BESMAY.
City Zip--Young Royalty by Royal Academy; ZIP BABY, f, 2, GG, Mcl 25000, 11-23, 1m, 1:41 4/5. B-Jim FitzGerald (KY.). $45,000 '13 KEEJAN; $110,000 '13 KEESEP.
Congrats--Rising Tornado by Storm Cat; SKYWARN, f, 2, CD, Msw, 11-23, 7f, 1:26 . B-Millsec, Ltd. (KY.). *1/2 to Close Hatches (MG1$2,707,300).
Diabolical--More Joy by Mt. Livermore; PLENTY OF JOY, f, 2, ZIA, Mcl 12500, 11-23, 5f, :59 3/5. B-Cleber J Massey (NM.).
Discreet Cat--Elegantly Quiet by Quiet American; HANSLOW, g, 2, RP, Mcl 15000, 11-22, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-H. Allen Poindexter (OK.).
Discreetly Mine--Road to Mandalay by Sea of Secrets; SONORA, f, 2, AQU, Msw, 11-23, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Seth Gregory (NY.). $77,000 '13 FTKOCT. *1/2 to Game Token (SP$312,363).
Ghostzapper--Seek to Dance by Gone West; WHOYOUGONNACALL, g, 2, DMR, Mcl 30000, 11-23, 1m, 1:39 2/5. B-Adena Springs (ON.). $75,000 '13 KEESEP.
Ghostzapper--Hishi Diva by Fusaichi Pegasus; CHARLIE'S AMBITION, c, 2, GPW, Mcl 16000, 11-23, 7f, 1:27 2/5. B-Masaichiro Abe (KY.). $16,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Isla Vista--Ain't I Kool by Seven Rivers; KOOL VISTA, g, 2, GG, Mcl 8000, 11-22, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-Riverview Farms Horses, LLC (CA.).
Langfuhr--Aptiseno by Aptitude; HILLBILLY ROYALTY, g, 2, RP, Msw, 11-22, 1m, 1:39 1/5. B-Dream Walkin Farm (KY.).
Lucky Pulpit--Pat of Gold by Regal Remark; LUCKY'S PAT, f, 2, TUP, Mcl 5000, 11-23, 5f, :59 . B-Little Mountain Stables (CA.). $40,000 2014 BESMAY.
Macho Uno--Freedom Come by Lit De Justice; MISANDRY MERMAID, f, 2, RP, Msw, 11-22, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Littlebrother Farm LLC (KY.). *Full to Harlem Rocker (G3$597,649).
Majesticperfection--Distant Charm by Distant View; DISTANT KINGDOM, c, 2, FG, Msw, 11-23, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Brandywine Farm (KY.). $60,000 '13 KEESEP; $32,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Milwaukee Brew--Kaleidoscope Kerry by One Way Love; DRINKS AFTER WORK, g, 2, WO, Msw, 11-23, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-Dominic Triumbari (ON.). C$7,500 '13 ONTSEP.
Old Forester--Escarpment by Grand Slam; JACKS ESCARPMENT, c, 2, WO, Msw, 11-23, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-William D. Graham (ON.).
Quality Road--Tattletale by Quiet American; I JUST WANNA WIN, f, 2, PRX, Mcl 15000, 11-23, 5 1/2f, 1:07 2/5. B-Farish and Farish, TGP & Gasparilla Stable LLC (KY.). $7,000 '13 KEESEP; $12,000 2014 FTMMAY.
Ra Ra Superstar--Bombarda by Vicar; LIKEALLGETOUT, g, 2, RP, Mcl 15000, 11-22, 5 1/2f, 1:06 1/5. B-H. Allen Poindexter (OK.).
Street Boss--Fly to the Stars by Giant's Causeway; STAR VIA STRADA, f, 2, GG, Msw, 11-23, 1m, 1:40 . B-Extern Developments LTD. (KY.). $40,000 '13 FTKJUL; $50,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Yes It's True--Secret Witness by Tiznow; PATRIA QUERIDA, f, 2, PRX, Mcl 15000, 11-23, 5 1/2f, 1:07 3/5. B-Horseshoe Valley Equine & Heron Hill LLC (PA.). $30,000 '12 FTMDEC; $25,000 '13 OBSAUG.
Affirmative--Slypslydnaway by Boston Harbor; WARREN'S SUSIE Q., f, 3, LA, Mcl 3500, 11-22, 4 1/2f, :53 1/5. B-Benjamin C. Warren (CA.).
Broken Vow--Change Up (G3$375,420), by Distorted Humor; MATCH UP, c, 3, CD, Mcl 50000, 11-23, 7f, 1:25 3/5. B-Bertram W. Klein & Reklein Stables (KY.).
Congrats--Sayes Court by Paynes Bay; SAYES SO, f, 3, DMR, Msw, 11-22, 6f, 1:10 1/5. B-Bill Rasco (FL.). $75,000 '11 FTKNOV.
Discreet Cat--Serene Place by Out of Place; DISCREET PLACE, c, 3, MNR, Mcl 15000, 11-22, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Prairie Star Racing (KY.). $3,000 '11 KEENOV.
Giant Gizmo--Great Gazoo by Great Gladiator; THE GREAT GIZMO, g, 3, WO, Msw, 11-23, 6f, 1:11 . B-Marcy E. Quayle (ON.). C$26,000 '12 ONTSEP.
Gorbash--Ima Reel Bimbo by Reel on Reel; BIMBO REEL, g, 3, RP, Mcl 7500, 11-22, 7f, 1:25 4/5. B-Eddie George (TX.).
Harlington--Fanny Forgot by Dixieland Band; PARTYONTHEPATIO, f, 3, WO, Mcl 32000, 11-23, 7f, 1:23 4/5. B-Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. (ON.). $26,000 '12 KEESEP; $42,000 2013 OBSAPR.
Patriot Act--Significant Other by Not for Love; MARRIEDTOMICHAEL, f, 3, AQU, Mcl 25000, 11-23, 6f, 1:14 1/5. B-Dutchess Views Farm (NY.). *1/2 to Marriedtothemusic (MSW$306,391).
Richter Scale--Our Desire by Gift of Gib; TE'S LIVE ACTION, f, 3, FG, Mcl 10000, 11-23, 6f, 1:14 4/5. B-Chad White (LA.). $1,000 '12 ESLSEP.
Silent Name (JPN)--Genovia by Gold Alert; VINTAGE MERCER, g, 3, MNR, Mcl 5000, 11-22, 1m 70y, 1:45 3/5. B-Donver Stable (ON.). C$4,500 '12 ONTSEP.
Street Cry (IRE)--Classicism by A.P. Indy; NEOCLASSIC, g, 3, GPW, Msw, 11-23, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 2/5. B-Darley (KY.). $40,000 2014 FTNOCT.
Tailfromthecrypt--She's the Bomb by Bold Ego; TAIL TO THE BOMB, g, 3, ZIA, Mcl 6500, 11-23, 6 1/2f, 1:18 2/5. B-Gerald E. Marr (NM.).
Classy E. T.--Heavenly Monster by Meadow Monster; CLASSY CREATURE, f, 4, MNR, Mcl 5000, 11-23, 6f, 1:14 4/5. B-Harold Lee Shotwell & Charlotte Shot (WV.).
Easy Thunder--Say Moi by Amnesty; EL REY MISTERIO, g, 4, LA, Mcl 3500, 11-22, 4 1/2f, :52 1/5. B-Baseline Equine LLC (CA.).
Empire Maker--Belleski (MG3$374,586), by Polish Numbers; KERI BELLE, f, 4, AQU, Msw, 11-23, 1 1/16mT, 1:48 4/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss (KY.).
With Distinction--Moochie Too by Jeblar; JUST FOR ME, g, 5, PEN, Mcl 5000, 11-22, 6f, 1:14 3/5. B-Haras El Aquila (PA.).

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
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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