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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014

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Tropical Park Derby and Oaks attract overflow fields

Smooth Daddy seeks his first stakes victory in the Tropical Park Derby (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

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

Sixteen, including two also-eligibles, entered the 1 1/16-mile Tropical Park Derby over Gulfstream's turf but only 14 will be allowed to run. Smooth Daddy heads the field off a pair of close placings against Grade 3 rivals in New York. The Tom Albertrani charge led into the stretch of both the Saranac and Hill Prince Stakes before finishing second in the former and third in the latter.

"He likes this course," Albertrani said. "We gave him a little time and he'll be fresh. Hopefully, he'll improve. To me, he seems like a horse that's improved every start. He's coming off a couple of nice races. We're pleased with him. He's been training well going into this race."

The Scat Daddy colt ranks first in BRIS Prime Power in the Tropical Park Derby, with Bashart second in the field rankings. Bashart was fourth in the Saranac before just missing in the Grade 3 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park and running third in Churchill Downs' Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf in his past two.

The Michael Matz-trained War Front bay keeps Luis Saez aboard while Smooth Daddy will be piloted by Javier Castellano.

Also showing up in the Derby are Wallyanna, upset winner of the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, and Commonwealth Turf runner-up Other Cheek.

Patsy's Holiday is returning from a more than five-month layoff in the Tropical Park Oaks (Ryan Denver/EquiPhoto)

Two races later in the Tropical Park Oaks, another overflow field of 16 will go 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Only 14 will actually make their way to the gate, with Sandiva seeking her first stateside score in the contest.

The Footstepsinthesand chestnut made her U.S. debut over the summer and has thus far finished seventh in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap, fourth in the Pebbles Stakes and fifth most recently in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs on November 15. Sandiva is a Group 3 winner in both England and France, and will be conceding two-to-six pounds as the 122-pound top weight under Castellano.

"We were fortunate enough that (owners) Al Shaqab sent her over to us," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "She's a filly that's been training well. Her last two races were actually better than they look on paper. We're hoping for a good effort from her. She's been breezing very well at Palm Beach Downs and acts like she's coming up to the race in really good shape.

"(The Tropical Park Oaks) is kind of the last opportunity to run against straight three-year-old fillies, so we wanted to take advantage of that," he added. "I think her race at Churchill was actually better than it appeared. She might have been second-best that day."

The contentious Oaks field also includes Sandiva's stablemate Patsy's Holiday, who is unraced since taking the Desert Vixen Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 19 as well as Sumba Sunset and She's Not Here, the respective runner-up and third-placer in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs at Monmouth in September.

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Tropical Park Derby and Oaks attract overflow fields

Smooth Daddy seeks his first stakes victory in the Tropical Park Derby (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

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

Sixteen, including two also-eligibles, entered the 1 1/16-mile Tropical Park Derby over Gulfstream's turf but only 14 will be allowed to run. Smooth Daddy heads the field off a pair of close placings against Grade 3 rivals in New York. The Tom Albertrani charge led into the stretch of both the Saranac and Hill Prince Stakes before finishing second in the former and third in the latter.

"He likes this course," Albertrani said. "We gave him a little time and he'll be fresh. Hopefully, he'll improve. To me, he seems like a horse that's improved every start. He's coming off a couple of nice races. We're pleased with him. He's been training well going into this race."

The Scat Daddy colt ranks first in BRIS Prime Power in the Tropical Park Derby, with Bashart second in the field rankings. Bashart was fourth in the Saranac before just missing in the Grade 3 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park and running third in Churchill Downs' Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf in his past two.

The Michael Matz-trained War Front bay keeps Luis Saez aboard while Smooth Daddy will be piloted by Javier Castellano.

Also showing up in the Derby are Wallyanna, upset winner of the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, and Commonwealth Turf runner-up Other Cheek.

Patsy's Holiday is returning from a more than five-month layoff in the Tropical Park Oaks (Ryan Denver/EquiPhoto)

Two races later in the Tropical Park Oaks, another overflow field of 16 will go 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Only 14 will actually make their way to the gate, with Sandiva seeking her first stateside score in the contest.

The Footstepsinthesand chestnut made her U.S. debut over the summer and has thus far finished seventh in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap, fourth in the Pebbles Stakes and fifth most recently in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs on November 15. Sandiva is a Group 3 winner in both England and France, and will be conceding two-to-six pounds as the 122-pound top weight under Castellano.

"We were fortunate enough that (owners) Al Shaqab sent her over to us," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "She's a filly that's been training well. Her last two races were actually better than they look on paper. We're hoping for a good effort from her. She's been breezing very well at Palm Beach Downs and acts like she's coming up to the race in really good shape.

"(The Tropical Park Oaks) is kind of the last opportunity to run against straight three-year-old fillies, so we wanted to take advantage of that," he added. "I think her race at Churchill was actually better than it appeared. She might have been second-best that day."

The contentious Oaks field also includes Sandiva's stablemate Patsy's Holiday, who is unraced since taking the Desert Vixen Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 19 as well as Sumba Sunset and She's Not Here, the respective runner-up and third-placer in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs at Monmouth in September.

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Palace Malice's New Orleans Handicap named 2014's best performance

Palace Malice's romping win in the New Orleans 'Cap rated as the top performance of 2014 (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)

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

Trained by Todd Pletcher for Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice earned a 113 Speed and 125.1 Class Rating in winning the $400,000 race, making his New Orleans Handicap victory the only performance to earn Speed and Class Ratings greater than 110 and 125 respectively. Speed measures how fast a horse ran while Class is a measurement of performance relative to the competition in the race.

Palace Malice won the New Orleans Handicap by 4 3/4 lengths, defeating the Grade 1-placed Normandy Invasion, multiple stakes winner Sunbean, and 2013 Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul. Palace Malice went on to win the Metropolitan Mile Handicap on Belmont Stakes day and is a candidate for an Eclipse Award as champion older male. Click here for a replay of the race.

"In a year filled with superlative performances, Palace Malice's New Orleans Handicap stands tall as an effort that looks to have been good enough to defeat any other horse this year on his or her best day," said TwinSpires.com Director of Communications Ed DeRosa.

Palace Malice was one of only nine horses to crack the 110 Speed Rating threshold and one of only four to top a 125 Class Rating. Dogwood plans to run Palace Malice in 2015 before he retires to stud at Three Chimneys in Midway, Kentucky. Palace Malice has won seven of 17 starts lifetime, has earned $2,676,135, and his resume also includes a victory in the 2013 Belmont Stakes.

The top Speed Rating of the year went to Taris, who earned a 115 when winning the Lexus Raven Run Stakes on October 18 at Keeneland. The top Class Rating of 2014 belongs to Close Hatches, who earned a 125.8 when winning the Personal Ensign Stakes on August 22 at Saratoga.

As the only horse to earn two Speed Ratings of at least 109 and three of at least 108, Bayern was consistently the year's fastest horse, topping off at 110 for his Breeders' Cup Classic victory that earned a 124 Class Rating.

Speed and Class Ratings are available in the Ultimate Past Performances on Brisnet.com and are free to TwinSpires.com players when they wager.

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Palace Malice's New Orleans Handicap named 2014's best performance

Palace Malice's romping win in the New Orleans 'Cap rated as the top performance of 2014 (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)

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

Trained by Todd Pletcher for Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice earned a 113 Speed and 125.1 Class Rating in winning the $400,000 race, making his New Orleans Handicap victory the only performance to earn Speed and Class Ratings greater than 110 and 125 respectively. Speed measures how fast a horse ran while Class is a measurement of performance relative to the competition in the race.

Palace Malice won the New Orleans Handicap by 4 3/4 lengths, defeating the Grade 1-placed Normandy Invasion, multiple stakes winner Sunbean, and 2013 Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul. Palace Malice went on to win the Metropolitan Mile Handicap on Belmont Stakes day and is a candidate for an Eclipse Award as champion older male. Click here for a replay of the race.

"In a year filled with superlative performances, Palace Malice's New Orleans Handicap stands tall as an effort that looks to have been good enough to defeat any other horse this year on his or her best day," said TwinSpires.com Director of Communications Ed DeRosa.

Palace Malice was one of only nine horses to crack the 110 Speed Rating threshold and one of only four to top a 125 Class Rating. Dogwood plans to run Palace Malice in 2015 before he retires to stud at Three Chimneys in Midway, Kentucky. Palace Malice has won seven of 17 starts lifetime, has earned $2,676,135, and his resume also includes a victory in the 2013 Belmont Stakes.

The top Speed Rating of the year went to Taris, who earned a 115 when winning the Lexus Raven Run Stakes on October 18 at Keeneland. The top Class Rating of 2014 belongs to Close Hatches, who earned a 125.8 when winning the Personal Ensign Stakes on August 22 at Saratoga.

As the only horse to earn two Speed Ratings of at least 109 and three of at least 108, Bayern was consistently the year's fastest horse, topping off at 110 for his Breeders' Cup Classic victory that earned a 124 Class Rating.

Speed and Class Ratings are available in the Ultimate Past Performances on Brisnet.com and are free to TwinSpires.com players when they wager.

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California Chrome, Napravnik vying for 16th annual NTRA Moment of the Year

California Chrome's Kentucky Derby victory is one of two opportunities the chestnut has for winning the NTRA MOTY (Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

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

Fans can choose from among 10 of the year's most memorable, moving and significant events in Thoroughbred racing. The winning moment will be revealed the morning of January 16 at the annual ThoroFan Awards Breakfast at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, and recognized at the following evening's 44th Annual Eclipse Awards, also at Gulfstream.

Those that vote for the eventual winner will automatically be entered in a random drawing to win a $100 gift certificate for Breeders' Cup merchandise.

To vote for the "NTRA Moment of the Year," please visit http://www.formstack.com/forms/ntra-ntra_moment_of_the_year.

The eligible moments were selected to illustrate a wide range of human emotions and achievements as well as outstanding displays of equine athleticism. Listed chronologically, the events that fans can choose from are:

  • Seven-year-old gelding Game On Dude wins the Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths, becoming the first three-time winner in the Big 'Cap's rich 77-year history. (March 8)
  • With his victory aboard We Miss Artie in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez becomes the first North American rider to surpass $300 million in career earnings. (March 22)
  • California Chrome wins the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in front of a crowd of 164,906, second-largest in Derby history. He becomes the first horse bred in the Golden State to wear the garland of roses since Decidedly in 1962. It is the second Derby victory for jockey Victor Espinoza and first for Art Sherman, who became the oldest Derby-winning trainer at 77. (May 3)
  • California Chrome's quest to become racing's first Triple Crown winner in 36 years falls short as the heavy favorite dead-heats for fourth behind winner Tonalist in the 146th Belmont Stakes. The third-largest crowd in Belmont history, 102,199, watches the drama unfold, while another 20.6 million viewers, the second-highest Belmont viewership on record, tune in on NBC. In the aftermath co-owner Steve Coburn tells NBC's Kenny Rice that the result is "a coward's way out," a sound bite that is replayed countless times in mainstream media. (June 7)
  • Trainer Jimmy Jerkens saddles the top two finishers in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, with V. E. Day besting stablemate Wicked Strong in the Mid-Summer Derby at Saratoga. (August 23)
  • Two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan returns after more than two months of recovery from emergency colic surgery to win the Grade 3 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga with John Velazquez up. (August 30)
  • Track announcer Tom Durkin calls the final race of his illustrious 43-year career at Saratoga. Following the featured Spinaway Stakes -- in which "Condo Commando was splash-tastic!" -- Durkin is treated to a long standing ovation and an emotional retirement ceremony in the winner's circle, coverage of which makes the front page of The New York Times. (August 31)
  • Two-time Horse of the Year Cigar dies at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck. The popular member of racing's Hall of Fame, who once won 16 consecutive races, had resided at the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions since his retirement in 1999. (October 7)
  • Bayern survives a tense inquiry into bumping at the start to win a controversial running of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, the first Classic win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, owner Kaleem Shah and jockey Martin Garcia. (November 1)
  • Jockey Rosie Napravnik announces her retirement and pregnancy live on NBC Sports after winning the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff aboard Untapable. (October 31)
  • The first-ever "NTRA Moment of the Year" was the touching scene involving Charismatic and jockey Chris Antley following the 1999 Belmont Stakes. The following year's winner was the stretch run of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic, which saw Tiznow hold on for a dramatic victory against Giant's Causeway. Tiznow won again the following year as fans selected his stirring repeat victory in the Classic over Sakhee.

    Rosie Napravnik announced her retirement and pregnancy in the BC Distaff winner's circle (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

    In 2002, fans cited the passing of the last living Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew. In 2003, the popular Kentucky Derby win by Funny Cide was selected. Birdstone's upset win in the Belmont over Smarty Jones took down top honors for 2004. In 2005, fans selected Afleet Alex's spectacular victory in the 2005 Preakness.

    Voters in 2006 chose Barbaro's gallant struggle to recover from his Preakness injury while at the New Bolton Center. The 2007 Moment of the Year was Rags to Riches' historic victory over Curlin in the Belmont.

    In 2008, it was Zenyatta's win in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. Zenyatta "repeated" in 2009 as fans selected her triumph in the Breeders' Cup Classic. In 2010, fans selected Blame's narrow Breeders' Cup Classic victory over Zenyatta.

    Drosselmeyer's hard-fought win over Game on Dude in the Breeders' Cup Classic was the public's choice for 2011. For 2012, the recovery of Paynter from near-deadly battles with laminitis and colitis captured the hearts of voters like no other story.

    Last year, fans recognized Mucho Macho Man's nose victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic for his popular connections.

    "The NTRA Moment of the Year is about a singular event, whereas The Eclipse Awards recognize entire campaigns across many months," said Keith Chamblin, NTRA senior vice president. "Fans deserve a voice, too, and this is their opportunity to tell us what they will never forget from an extraordinary year for racing."

    Fans 18 years and older can register to vote online at www.ntra.com. There is a limit of one vote per valid e-mail address. Multiple votes from the same e-mail address will be disqualified. Votes must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 2.

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    California Chrome, Napravnik vying for 16th annual NTRA Moment of the Year

    California Chrome's Kentucky Derby victory is one of two opportunities the chestnut has for winning the NTRA MOTY (Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

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

    Fans can choose from among 10 of the year's most memorable, moving and significant events in Thoroughbred racing. The winning moment will be revealed the morning of January 16 at the annual ThoroFan Awards Breakfast at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, and recognized at the following evening's 44th Annual Eclipse Awards, also at Gulfstream.

    Those that vote for the eventual winner will automatically be entered in a random drawing to win a $100 gift certificate for Breeders' Cup merchandise.

    To vote for the "NTRA Moment of the Year," please visit http://www.formstack.com/forms/ntra-ntra_moment_of_the_year.

    The eligible moments were selected to illustrate a wide range of human emotions and achievements as well as outstanding displays of equine athleticism. Listed chronologically, the events that fans can choose from are:

  • Seven-year-old gelding Game On Dude wins the Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths, becoming the first three-time winner in the Big 'Cap's rich 77-year history. (March 8)
  • With his victory aboard We Miss Artie in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez becomes the first North American rider to surpass $300 million in career earnings. (March 22)
  • California Chrome wins the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in front of a crowd of 164,906, second-largest in Derby history. He becomes the first horse bred in the Golden State to wear the garland of roses since Decidedly in 1962. It is the second Derby victory for jockey Victor Espinoza and first for Art Sherman, who became the oldest Derby-winning trainer at 77. (May 3)
  • California Chrome's quest to become racing's first Triple Crown winner in 36 years falls short as the heavy favorite dead-heats for fourth behind winner Tonalist in the 146th Belmont Stakes. The third-largest crowd in Belmont history, 102,199, watches the drama unfold, while another 20.6 million viewers, the second-highest Belmont viewership on record, tune in on NBC. In the aftermath co-owner Steve Coburn tells NBC's Kenny Rice that the result is "a coward's way out," a sound bite that is replayed countless times in mainstream media. (June 7)
  • Trainer Jimmy Jerkens saddles the top two finishers in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, with V. E. Day besting stablemate Wicked Strong in the Mid-Summer Derby at Saratoga. (August 23)
  • Two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan returns after more than two months of recovery from emergency colic surgery to win the Grade 3 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga with John Velazquez up. (August 30)
  • Track announcer Tom Durkin calls the final race of his illustrious 43-year career at Saratoga. Following the featured Spinaway Stakes -- in which "Condo Commando was splash-tastic!" -- Durkin is treated to a long standing ovation and an emotional retirement ceremony in the winner's circle, coverage of which makes the front page of The New York Times. (August 31)
  • Two-time Horse of the Year Cigar dies at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck. The popular member of racing's Hall of Fame, who once won 16 consecutive races, had resided at the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions since his retirement in 1999. (October 7)
  • Bayern survives a tense inquiry into bumping at the start to win a controversial running of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, the first Classic win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, owner Kaleem Shah and jockey Martin Garcia. (November 1)
  • Jockey Rosie Napravnik announces her retirement and pregnancy live on NBC Sports after winning the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff aboard Untapable. (October 31)
  • The first-ever "NTRA Moment of the Year" was the touching scene involving Charismatic and jockey Chris Antley following the 1999 Belmont Stakes. The following year's winner was the stretch run of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic, which saw Tiznow hold on for a dramatic victory against Giant's Causeway. Tiznow won again the following year as fans selected his stirring repeat victory in the Classic over Sakhee.

    Rosie Napravnik announced her retirement and pregnancy in the BC Distaff winner's circle (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

    In 2002, fans cited the passing of the last living Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew. In 2003, the popular Kentucky Derby win by Funny Cide was selected. Birdstone's upset win in the Belmont over Smarty Jones took down top honors for 2004. In 2005, fans selected Afleet Alex's spectacular victory in the 2005 Preakness.

    Voters in 2006 chose Barbaro's gallant struggle to recover from his Preakness injury while at the New Bolton Center. The 2007 Moment of the Year was Rags to Riches' historic victory over Curlin in the Belmont.

    In 2008, it was Zenyatta's win in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. Zenyatta "repeated" in 2009 as fans selected her triumph in the Breeders' Cup Classic. In 2010, fans selected Blame's narrow Breeders' Cup Classic victory over Zenyatta.

    Drosselmeyer's hard-fought win over Game on Dude in the Breeders' Cup Classic was the public's choice for 2011. For 2012, the recovery of Paynter from near-deadly battles with laminitis and colitis captured the hearts of voters like no other story.

    Last year, fans recognized Mucho Macho Man's nose victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic for his popular connections.

    "The NTRA Moment of the Year is about a singular event, whereas The Eclipse Awards recognize entire campaigns across many months," said Keith Chamblin, NTRA senior vice president. "Fans deserve a voice, too, and this is their opportunity to tell us what they will never forget from an extraordinary year for racing."

    Fans 18 years and older can register to vote online at www.ntra.com. There is a limit of one vote per valid e-mail address. Multiple votes from the same e-mail address will be disqualified. Votes must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 2.

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    Blushing K.D., Diliberto Memorial featured at Fair Grounds

    Class Included will return to turf to defend her Blushing K. D. title (Coady Photography)

    Fair Grounds livens up their weekday action this week with $50,000 grass stakes on Thursday and Friday. Older fillies and mares kick things off Thursday in the $50,000 Blushing K. D., while older males are featured in the $50,000 Buddy Diliberto Memorial on Friday. Both races will be run at about 1 1/16 miles.

    Class Included, undefeated over the Fair Grounds turf including a 1 3/4-length score in last year's Blushing K. D., will be out to end a three-race losing streak on Thursday. The six-year-old Include mare has raced sporadically since April, finishing seventh in both the Opelousas at Evangeline Downs and the Treasure Chest at Delta Downs.

    Among her opponents is Malibu Yankee, who captured the June 21 Opelousas by a neck and returned in September to finish second in the River Cities at Louisiana Downs. The five-year-old most recently trailed seven rivals in an allowance on the Keeneland turf.

    Eden Prairie is another who thrives on the local sod. The Mizzen Mast filly has won three of five on the Stall-Wilson turf, including back-to-back triumphs last meet in the Pago Hop and Marie Krantz Memorial. Third in the Treasure Chest last time, the bay's last turf meeting with Class Included resulted in a second-place finish behind that mare in the Bayou Handicap in February.

    Dual allowance scorers Flashy Gal, Kitten's Queen, and Distorted Music are also among the field of eight.

    The Diliberto Memorial field on Friday features Grand Contender, who landed consecutive Grade 3s in the Texas Mile and Lone Star Park Handicap last spring. Third in his title defense of the Delta Mile on November 22 following a four-month layoff, the Tom Amoss trainee has never run on grass.

    Of those with turf experience, multiple stakes winner Bim Bam, Grade 3 veteran Infinite Magic, and Adios Nardo appear best. The latter finished second in both this race and the Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap last year, both times to Daddy Nose Best.

    Another prominent entry is Golden Soul. The 2013 Kentucky Derby runner-up was in a deep rut for more than a year and a half following that effort in the Churchill Downs classic, but has found new life on turf of late, taking two allowances at the recently concluded Churchill fall meet.

    Gentleman's Kitten, an allowance winner over this course in January, is a potential factor from on or near the pace.

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    Blushing K.D., Diliberto Memorial featured at Fair Grounds

    Class Included will return to turf to defend her Blushing K. D. title (Coady Photography)

    Fair Grounds livens up their weekday action this week with $50,000 grass stakes on Thursday and Friday. Older fillies and mares kick things off Thursday in the $50,000 Blushing K. D., while older males are featured in the $50,000 Buddy Diliberto Memorial on Friday. Both races will be run at about 1 1/16 miles.

    Class Included, undefeated over the Fair Grounds turf including a 1 3/4-length score in last year's Blushing K. D., will be out to end a three-race losing streak on Thursday. The six-year-old Include mare has raced sporadically since April, finishing seventh in both the Opelousas at Evangeline Downs and the Treasure Chest at Delta Downs.

    Among her opponents is Malibu Yankee, who captured the June 21 Opelousas by a neck and returned in September to finish second in the River Cities at Louisiana Downs. The five-year-old most recently trailed seven rivals in an allowance on the Keeneland turf.

    Eden Prairie is another who thrives on the local sod. The Mizzen Mast filly has won three of five on the Stall-Wilson turf, including back-to-back triumphs last meet in the Pago Hop and Marie Krantz Memorial. Third in the Treasure Chest last time, the bay's last turf meeting with Class Included resulted in a second-place finish behind that mare in the Bayou Handicap in February.

    Dual allowance scorers Flashy Gal, Kitten's Queen, and Distorted Music are also among the field of eight.

    The Diliberto Memorial field on Friday features Grand Contender, who landed consecutive Grade 3s in the Texas Mile and Lone Star Park Handicap last spring. Third in his title defense of the Delta Mile on November 22 following a four-month layoff, the Tom Amoss trainee has never run on grass.

    Of those with turf experience, multiple stakes winner Bim Bam, Grade 3 veteran Infinite Magic, and Adios Nardo appear best. The latter finished second in both this race and the Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap last year, both times to Daddy Nose Best.

    Another prominent entry is Golden Soul. The 2013 Kentucky Derby runner-up was in a deep rut for more than a year and a half following that effort in the Churchill Downs classic, but has found new life on turf of late, taking two allowances at the recently concluded Churchill fall meet.

    Gentleman's Kitten, an allowance winner over this course in January, is a potential factor from on or near the pace.

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    McLaughlin stable loaded with potential

    Frosted, who traveled wide on both turns and finished nine lengths clear of third,  earned a 98 BRIS Speed rating for his Remsen runner-up (Adam Coglianese Photography)

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

    Among the horses the Lexington, Kentucky, native may have in South Florida are a quartet of talented two-year-olds led by Classy Class, Frosted and Imperia, each among the 23 single betting interests in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, along with Mawthooq, a 10 1/2-length maiden winner on November 26 at Aqueduct.

    That doesn't include Ocean Knight, an impressive debut winner at Aqueduct on December 13; well-regarded Tapit colt Good Pick Nick or the unraced Jess's Dream, a son of two Horse of the Year titlists whose unveiling is expected to come during the Championship Meet.

    "We will have a few nice young horses," said McLaughlin, who is stabled at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. "We have 50 stalls at Palm Meadows, and hopefully we have 50 nice horses that fit. We feel good about Florida. We're happy to be there, happy to be at Palm Meadows and hopefully we have a good winter."

    Last year, McLaughlin brought Grade 2 winner Cairo Prince to Gulfstream off a runner-up finish in the Remsen at Aqueduct. Considered the leading Triple Crown contender, Cairo Prince was an impressive winner of the Holy Bull before being hurt running fourth in the Florida Derby and subsequently retired.

    McLaughlin was second in the Remsen again last month with Frosted, who came up a half-length short as the favorite after breaking from the outside of 13 horses and was eight lengths clear of third. Classy Class, owned by Cheyenne Stable, finished fourth after chasing the early pace.

    Both Frosted, a son of Tapit, and Medaglia d'Oro-sired Imperia are owned by Godolphin Stable. Imperia made his first three starts on grass, winning the Pilgrim at Belmont Park and finishing a troubled 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf before rallying to be second, beaten a head in the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs in his dirt debut.

    "I said that maybe this was a good time to run him on the dirt and see if he would like it, rather than waiting until February to find out if he's equally good on the dirt," McLaughlin said. "Sometimes you start a horse on the turf because of the distance, and that's what he wanted. We felt like we weren't going to waste our time running short on the dirt, so we ran him long on the turf and he ran very well."

    Jess's Dream, Curlin-sired Ocean Knight and Good Pick Nick are all owned by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stable. Jess's Dream is also by Curlin, the 2007-08 Horse of the Year and 2014 Hall of Famer, and is the first foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. He is named for Banke's late husband, Jess Jackson, who campaigned both Curlin and Rachel Alexandra and envisioned their mating.

    "He is working very well and should get started before the year's end," McLaughlin said. "Obviously, he is very well-bred. He's been working weekly and doing very well. He's really improving mentally and physically and we hope for big things from him. He's a talented colt. It's nice to have him in the barn."

    Other notable McLaughlin horses are Florida-bred allowance winner Transparent, targeting the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic on January 17; Mutin, a four-year-old colt bred in France who won a November 9 turf allowance at Aqueduct in his North American debut and being pointed to the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale on January 10; two-year-old filly Cavorting, winner of the Adirondack this summer; graded stakes-placed three-year-old fillies Penwith and Divided Attention and juvenile filly Gap Year.

    "We have some nice horses, possibly for the big races, we hope," McLaughlin said.

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    McLaughlin stable loaded with potential

    Frosted, who traveled wide on both turns and finished nine lengths clear of third,  earned a 98 BRIS Speed rating for his Remsen runner-up (Adam Coglianese Photography)

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

    Among the horses the Lexington, Kentucky, native may have in South Florida are a quartet of talented two-year-olds led by Classy Class, Frosted and Imperia, each among the 23 single betting interests in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, along with Mawthooq, a 10 1/2-length maiden winner on November 26 at Aqueduct.

    That doesn't include Ocean Knight, an impressive debut winner at Aqueduct on December 13; well-regarded Tapit colt Good Pick Nick or the unraced Jess's Dream, a son of two Horse of the Year titlists whose unveiling is expected to come during the Championship Meet.

    "We will have a few nice young horses," said McLaughlin, who is stabled at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. "We have 50 stalls at Palm Meadows, and hopefully we have 50 nice horses that fit. We feel good about Florida. We're happy to be there, happy to be at Palm Meadows and hopefully we have a good winter."

    Last year, McLaughlin brought Grade 2 winner Cairo Prince to Gulfstream off a runner-up finish in the Remsen at Aqueduct. Considered the leading Triple Crown contender, Cairo Prince was an impressive winner of the Holy Bull before being hurt running fourth in the Florida Derby and subsequently retired.

    McLaughlin was second in the Remsen again last month with Frosted, who came up a half-length short as the favorite after breaking from the outside of 13 horses and was eight lengths clear of third. Classy Class, owned by Cheyenne Stable, finished fourth after chasing the early pace.

    Both Frosted, a son of Tapit, and Medaglia d'Oro-sired Imperia are owned by Godolphin Stable. Imperia made his first three starts on grass, winning the Pilgrim at Belmont Park and finishing a troubled 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf before rallying to be second, beaten a head in the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs in his dirt debut.

    "I said that maybe this was a good time to run him on the dirt and see if he would like it, rather than waiting until February to find out if he's equally good on the dirt," McLaughlin said. "Sometimes you start a horse on the turf because of the distance, and that's what he wanted. We felt like we weren't going to waste our time running short on the dirt, so we ran him long on the turf and he ran very well."

    Jess's Dream, Curlin-sired Ocean Knight and Good Pick Nick are all owned by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stable. Jess's Dream is also by Curlin, the 2007-08 Horse of the Year and 2014 Hall of Famer, and is the first foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. He is named for Banke's late husband, Jess Jackson, who campaigned both Curlin and Rachel Alexandra and envisioned their mating.

    "He is working very well and should get started before the year's end," McLaughlin said. "Obviously, he is very well-bred. He's been working weekly and doing very well. He's really improving mentally and physically and we hope for big things from him. He's a talented colt. It's nice to have him in the barn."

    Other notable McLaughlin horses are Florida-bred allowance winner Transparent, targeting the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic on January 17; Mutin, a four-year-old colt bred in France who won a November 9 turf allowance at Aqueduct in his North American debut and being pointed to the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale on January 10; two-year-old filly Cavorting, winner of the Adirondack this summer; graded stakes-placed three-year-old fillies Penwith and Divided Attention and juvenile filly Gap Year.

    "We have some nice horses, possibly for the big races, we hope," McLaughlin said.

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    Aqueduct releases spring stakes schedule

    A stakes-heavy spring meet is on tap at Aqueduct in April (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

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

    New York's traditional prep for the Kentucky Derby, the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial is one of five stakes on April 4, including its Grade 1 counterpart, the $400,000 Carter Handicap at seven furlongs. Joining the first two Grade 1 events on the New York Racing Association calendar that day will be the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles, the Grade 3, $300,000 Bay Shore for three-year-olds going seven furlongs, and the season's first turf stakes, the inaugural $100,000 Danger's Hour for four-year-olds and up at a mile.

    Other new additions to the Big A's boutique meet include the $100,000, one-mile Plenty of Grace for turf fillies and mares on April 11; the $100,000, 1 1/16-mile Woodhaven for three-year-olds on the grass on April 18 and its sister race, the $100,000 Memories of Silver for three-year-old turf fillies on April 19; and the $100,000, 6 1/2-furlong Belle Harbor for three-year-old fillies on closing day, April 26.

    The meet will run Wednesdays through Sundays, with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 5. Stall applications for the Aqueduct spring meet and Belmont spring/summer meet are due February 26.

    "The 'Spring Showcase' meet at Aqueduct will usher in the season with at least one stakes race on every Saturday and Sunday that we run," said Martin Panza, Senior Vice-President of Racing Operations for the New York Racing Association. "As well, the addition of four new stakes races on the turf in conjunction with the return of racing to the main track will further enhance the meet for horsemen and fans alike."

    Overnight purses will increase during the Aqueduct spring meet with maiden special weight purses rising to $70,000. Purses for first, second and third-level allowance races will rise to $72,000, $74,000 and $78,000, respectively.

    "Overnight races comprise the backbone of our racing schedule, and the purses will rise in accordance with the new focus on this special meet," said Panza, who noted that the only "Spring Showcase" races that will not receive a hike in purses are claiming races that already are at their statutory limits.

    Rounding out the stakes schedule for the 19-day meet is a trio of traditional graded stakes: the Grade 3, $200,000 Top Flight Handicap for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on April 11; the Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap for filly and mare sprinters on April 18, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior at 1 1/4 miles on April 25.

    Joining the Belle Harbor on closing day at the Big A are two 6 1/2-furlong New York Stallion Series races for three-year-olds: the $100,000 Times Square and the $100,000 Park Avenue for fillies.

    Following the conclusion of Spring Showcase on April 26, racing will return to Belmont Park on April 29, for a 59-day spring/summer meet.

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    Aqueduct releases spring stakes schedule

    A stakes-heavy spring meet is on tap at Aqueduct in April (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

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

    New York's traditional prep for the Kentucky Derby, the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial is one of five stakes on April 4, including its Grade 1 counterpart, the $400,000 Carter Handicap at seven furlongs. Joining the first two Grade 1 events on the New York Racing Association calendar that day will be the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles, the Grade 3, $300,000 Bay Shore for three-year-olds going seven furlongs, and the season's first turf stakes, the inaugural $100,000 Danger's Hour for four-year-olds and up at a mile.

    Other new additions to the Big A's boutique meet include the $100,000, one-mile Plenty of Grace for turf fillies and mares on April 11; the $100,000, 1 1/16-mile Woodhaven for three-year-olds on the grass on April 18 and its sister race, the $100,000 Memories of Silver for three-year-old turf fillies on April 19; and the $100,000, 6 1/2-furlong Belle Harbor for three-year-old fillies on closing day, April 26.

    The meet will run Wednesdays through Sundays, with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 5. Stall applications for the Aqueduct spring meet and Belmont spring/summer meet are due February 26.

    "The 'Spring Showcase' meet at Aqueduct will usher in the season with at least one stakes race on every Saturday and Sunday that we run," said Martin Panza, Senior Vice-President of Racing Operations for the New York Racing Association. "As well, the addition of four new stakes races on the turf in conjunction with the return of racing to the main track will further enhance the meet for horsemen and fans alike."

    Overnight purses will increase during the Aqueduct spring meet with maiden special weight purses rising to $70,000. Purses for first, second and third-level allowance races will rise to $72,000, $74,000 and $78,000, respectively.

    "Overnight races comprise the backbone of our racing schedule, and the purses will rise in accordance with the new focus on this special meet," said Panza, who noted that the only "Spring Showcase" races that will not receive a hike in purses are claiming races that already are at their statutory limits.

    Rounding out the stakes schedule for the 19-day meet is a trio of traditional graded stakes: the Grade 3, $200,000 Top Flight Handicap for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on April 11; the Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap for filly and mare sprinters on April 18, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior at 1 1/4 miles on April 25.

    Joining the Belle Harbor on closing day at the Big A are two 6 1/2-furlong New York Stallion Series races for three-year-olds: the $100,000 Times Square and the $100,000 Park Avenue for fillies.

    Following the conclusion of Spring Showcase on April 26, racing will return to Belmont Park on April 29, for a 59-day spring/summer meet.

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    Charles Town issues statement on accident warning system

    Charles Town officials issued a statement Monday evening regarding the track's accident warning system, in the wake of a tragic incident in Saturday's 4TH race. The statement reads as follows:

    On Saturday, December 13, the fourth race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was tragically interrupted by a riderless horse, Winningaswespeak, running back into the field, which collided with another horse. While both jockeys involved were not seriously harmed, regrettably one of the horses (Frisky Dixie) had to be euthanized. Since then, the accident emergency warning system at Charles Town has been called into question.

    First, all of Penn National Gaming Inc.'s Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing facilities are equipped with alert systems that can be activated upon horses getting loose from their handler or rider/driver and may cause a potential accident or harm racing participants. The tracks at Charles Town, Mahoning Valley Race Course, Penn National Race Course, Sam Houston Race Park and Zia Park all maintain an audible alarm while Charles Town and Mahoning also have systems that include not only a siren but also multiple flashing red lights located around the perimeter of the track.

    "We take the matter very seriously and the accident warning systems in place at all of our facilities meet or exceed the industry standards," Penn National Gaming's Vice President of Racing Chris McErlean said.

    Approximately two years ago, Charles Town voluntarily upgraded its alert system by making a significant expenditure to put in a series of flashing lights around the track. The trigger for the enhanced visual alert was placed next to where the audible alarm has been stationed for nearly two decades -- where the clocker and timer are positioned, approximately 20 feet from the stewards' location.

    "At no time during the incident in question were any of our personnel directed by the state racing stewards to deploy our warning system or to announce to the riders to pull their horses up, as has been the standard operating procedure during live racing," McErlean said. "The safety of the jockeys and horses are of paramount concern to Charles Town Races and in conjunction with the state racing stewards, we will be reviewing our policies again in light of what could have been an avoidable accident to ensure we can adequately address a similar situation going forward."

    "The overwhelming majority of loose horses occur during morning training hours when only the clocker is up there to activate the alarm," said Erich Zimny, Charles Town's Vice President of Racing Operations.

    "And during live racing, the area where the stewards, judges, announcer and clocker sit is very small and easily accessible. Information such as announcing the riders need to pull up or instructing an alarm be activated can be relayed almost instantly up there as it has been for years. On Saturday night there was in excess of half a minute between the rider going down and the collision in order for someone to be alerted. We aren't aware of anybody asking for the activation point to be moved and we've gotten the riders in many races pulled up without incident, including one occurrence just two weeks ago."

    Charles Town issues statement on accident warning system

    Charles Town officials issued a statement Monday evening regarding the track's accident warning system, in the wake of a tragic incident in Saturday's 4TH race. The statement reads as follows:

    On Saturday, December 13, the fourth race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was tragically interrupted by a riderless horse, Winningaswespeak, running back into the field, which collided with another horse. While both jockeys involved were not seriously harmed, regrettably one of the horses (Frisky Dixie) had to be euthanized. Since then, the accident emergency warning system at Charles Town has been called into question.

    First, all of Penn National Gaming Inc.'s Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing facilities are equipped with alert systems that can be activated upon horses getting loose from their handler or rider/driver and may cause a potential accident or harm racing participants. The tracks at Charles Town, Mahoning Valley Race Course, Penn National Race Course, Sam Houston Race Park and Zia Park all maintain an audible alarm while Charles Town and Mahoning also have systems that include not only a siren but also multiple flashing red lights located around the perimeter of the track.

    "We take the matter very seriously and the accident warning systems in place at all of our facilities meet or exceed the industry standards," Penn National Gaming's Vice President of Racing Chris McErlean said.

    Approximately two years ago, Charles Town voluntarily upgraded its alert system by making a significant expenditure to put in a series of flashing lights around the track. The trigger for the enhanced visual alert was placed next to where the audible alarm has been stationed for nearly two decades -- where the clocker and timer are positioned, approximately 20 feet from the stewards' location.

    "At no time during the incident in question were any of our personnel directed by the state racing stewards to deploy our warning system or to announce to the riders to pull their horses up, as has been the standard operating procedure during live racing," McErlean said. "The safety of the jockeys and horses are of paramount concern to Charles Town Races and in conjunction with the state racing stewards, we will be reviewing our policies again in light of what could have been an avoidable accident to ensure we can adequately address a similar situation going forward."

    "The overwhelming majority of loose horses occur during morning training hours when only the clocker is up there to activate the alarm," said Erich Zimny, Charles Town's Vice President of Racing Operations.

    "And during live racing, the area where the stewards, judges, announcer and clocker sit is very small and easily accessible. Information such as announcing the riders need to pull up or instructing an alarm be activated can be relayed almost instantly up there as it has been for years. On Saturday night there was in excess of half a minute between the rider going down and the collision in order for someone to be alerted. We aren't aware of anybody asking for the activation point to be moved and we've gotten the riders in many races pulled up without incident, including one occurrence just two weeks ago."

    In brief

    Xcellence (Champs Elysees), a 950,000 buyback from Arqana's December Breeding Stock Sale December 6, will be bred to Frankel next year, according to Michel Zerolo of Haras des Capucines, which consigned the three-year-old in Deauville. "The three horses that were considered were Frankel, Galileo and Sea the Stars," Zerolo said. "Galileo was maybe a little too expensive, and (owner Martin Schwartz) felt Frankel was a good bet, and I can't disagree with him. It's always a little tricky to go there in the third year but at the same time you would expect his yearlings to sell well so that should carry us forward and help us sell her accordingly wherever she goes." Xcellence made her first seven starts in France under the care of trainer Francois Doumen. She earned a black-type victory when besting Group 1 winner Vorda in the Prix Imprudence (Fr-G3) and finished third in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-G1) for original owner and co-breeder Henri De Pracomtal. She made her first start in the Schwartz silks and notched another classic placing when third in the Prix de Diane (Fr-G1). Expatriated to the U.S., Xcellence finished fourth in the Belmont Oaks (G1) in her Stateside debut for Doumen before transferring to Chad Brown. In two starts for Brown, Xcellence finished second in the Lake Placid S. (G2) and third in the Sands Point S. (G2)...

    As part of the 2015 Eclipse Awards Week-long events, ThoroFan has announced that it will honor Old Friends founder Michael Blowen with its ThoroFan Award at its third annual awards breakfast on January 16. Given each year to a person or entity who substantially contributes to building the fan base in Thoroughbred racing, Blowen has educated hundreds of thousands of fans in the importance of caring for our equine athletes after their racing careers conclude. "He has brought so many fans to our sport through his humanitarian endeavors and unmatched commitment to aftercare of Thoroughbred horses," said ThoroFan Board Chairman, Michael Amo. "It is our honor to recognize Mr. Blowen as our 2015 ThoroFan Award recipient." Serving as keynote speaker for the breakfast is Jack Wolf, President of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and founder of Starlight Racing. Another much-anticipated segment of the Annual Breakfast is the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Moment of the Year award. Moment nominees illustrated a wide range of human emotions and achievements as well as outstanding displays of equine athleticism. The winning moment is based on fan voting. The Breakfast will be held at Gulfstream Park's Ten Palms Room. Registration starts at 9 a.m. (EST) with the program following at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $75 per person, which includes not only a full gourmet breakfast buffet, but a reserved seat and program for that afternoon's races, as well as autographs, photo opportunities and more. Tables of eight can be reserved and corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, tables, or sponsorships, email board@thorofan.com or call 845-258-7191. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting www.thorofan.com/awards...

    Golden Ticket (Speightstown), the upset dead-heat winner in the 2012 Travers S. (G1) at Saratoga, and Frac Daddy (Scat Daddy), are two of the standout trainer Ken McPeek has shipped to Sam Houston Race Park. "The first van of my horses left Kentucky on Wednesday (December 10)," McPeek said. "Golden Ticket and C J's Awesome, who ran fourth in both the Pennsylvania (G2) and Indiana Derby (G2), were on that van. Frac Daddy will be sent with the next load." McPeek has been given almost 40 stalls for the upcoming season and will make several trips to Sam Houston. He has tabbed Matt Shirer to oversee his Houston barn.

    In brief

    Xcellence (Champs Elysees), a 950,000 buyback from Arqana's December Breeding Stock Sale December 6, will be bred to Frankel next year, according to Michel Zerolo of Haras des Capucines, which consigned the three-year-old in Deauville. "The three horses that were considered were Frankel, Galileo and Sea the Stars," Zerolo said. "Galileo was maybe a little too expensive, and (owner Martin Schwartz) felt Frankel was a good bet, and I can't disagree with him. It's always a little tricky to go there in the third year but at the same time you would expect his yearlings to sell well so that should carry us forward and help us sell her accordingly wherever she goes." Xcellence made her first seven starts in France under the care of trainer Francois Doumen. She earned a black-type victory when besting Group 1 winner Vorda in the Prix Imprudence (Fr-G3) and finished third in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-G1) for original owner and co-breeder Henri De Pracomtal. She made her first start in the Schwartz silks and notched another classic placing when third in the Prix de Diane (Fr-G1). Expatriated to the U.S., Xcellence finished fourth in the Belmont Oaks (G1) in her Stateside debut for Doumen before transferring to Chad Brown. In two starts for Brown, Xcellence finished second in the Lake Placid S. (G2) and third in the Sands Point S. (G2)...

    As part of the 2015 Eclipse Awards Week-long events, ThoroFan has announced that it will honor Old Friends founder Michael Blowen with its ThoroFan Award at its third annual awards breakfast on January 16. Given each year to a person or entity who substantially contributes to building the fan base in Thoroughbred racing, Blowen has educated hundreds of thousands of fans in the importance of caring for our equine athletes after their racing careers conclude. "He has brought so many fans to our sport through his humanitarian endeavors and unmatched commitment to aftercare of Thoroughbred horses," said ThoroFan Board Chairman, Michael Amo. "It is our honor to recognize Mr. Blowen as our 2015 ThoroFan Award recipient." Serving as keynote speaker for the breakfast is Jack Wolf, President of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and founder of Starlight Racing. Another much-anticipated segment of the Annual Breakfast is the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Moment of the Year award. Moment nominees illustrated a wide range of human emotions and achievements as well as outstanding displays of equine athleticism. The winning moment is based on fan voting. The Breakfast will be held at Gulfstream Park's Ten Palms Room. Registration starts at 9 a.m. (EST) with the program following at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $75 per person, which includes not only a full gourmet breakfast buffet, but a reserved seat and program for that afternoon's races, as well as autographs, photo opportunities and more. Tables of eight can be reserved and corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, tables, or sponsorships, email board@thorofan.com or call 845-258-7191. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting www.thorofan.com/awards...

    Golden Ticket (Speightstown), the upset dead-heat winner in the 2012 Travers S. (G1) at Saratoga, and Frac Daddy (Scat Daddy), are two of the standout trainer Ken McPeek has shipped to Sam Houston Race Park. "The first van of my horses left Kentucky on Wednesday (December 10)," McPeek said. "Golden Ticket and C J's Awesome, who ran fourth in both the Pennsylvania (G2) and Indiana Derby (G2), were on that van. Frac Daddy will be sent with the next load." McPeek has been given almost 40 stalls for the upcoming season and will make several trips to Sam Houston. He has tabbed Matt Shirer to oversee his Houston barn.

    Results

    NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

    PRX, 8TH, ALW, $46,000, 2YO, 6F, 12-16.
    4—ACKERET, r, 2, Mach Ride--Lady Zieg, by Touch Gold. ($53,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Pick Six Racing (David Wilkenfeld) and Silver Streak Stables, B-Rustlewood Farm, Inc (FL), T-Rudy R. Rodriguez, J-Victor Santiago, $27,000.
    1—Discreetly Placed, c, 2, Discreetly Mine--Avalon Place, by Fusaichi Pegasus. ($70,000 '13 FTKOCT; $35,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Pewter Stable, Levy, Robert P and Karkenny, Alex, B-Mike G Rutherford (KY), $9,000.
    7—Don Lupe, c, 2, Bluegrass Cat--Contractual, by Elusive Quality. ($22,000 '13 OBSAUG; $73,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-PJG Stable and Hopes Racing Stable, Inc, B-Glen Hill Farm (FL), $4,950.
    Winning Time: 1:12 2/5 (wf)
     
    MVR, 4TH, ALW, $19,800, 3YO/UP, 6F, 12-16.
    8—CONNIPTION FIT, g, 3, Dunkirk--Hidden Temper, by Miswaki. O-Daniel J Yates, B-Daniel J Yates (OH), T-William D. Cowans, J-T. D. Houghton, $11,880.
    5—Brass Buckle, g, 5, Proud Citizen--Barnsy, by Langfuhr. O-Elias Delval, B-Blazing Meadows Farm (OH), $3,960.
    6—Capiche, g, 3, Magna Graduate--Crack the Code, by Lost Code. O-Elizabeth A Alexander, B-Elisabeth H Alexander (OH), $1,980.
    Winning Time: 1:16 (sy)
     
    TUP, 2ND, ALW, $16,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, A7 1/2FT, 12-16.
    2—MAKE MONEY HONEY, f, 3, Pleasant Tap--Hipocrite (CHI), by Hussonet. ($20,000 '11 OBSOCT; $2,700 '12 FTKOCT). O-Catch Me If You Can Stables, B-Sienna Farms LLC & Michael J Chovanes (PA), T-Wendy Uhacz, J-Ernesto Oro, $9,821.
    3—Hollywood Hottie, f, 3, City Zip--Hollywood and Wine, by Tactical Cat. O-Sepich, Jr, Edward Fred and Kozeliski, John, B-Shattuck/RPM Inc (IA), $3,168.
    6—Peppy Miller, f, 4, Fusaichi Pegasus--Amandas Bandit, by Royal Academy. ($85,000 '11 FTKOCT; $42,000 2013 KEENOV). O-Raymond E McElhaney, B-Robert Pierz (KY), $1,584.
    Winning Time: 1:30 (fm)

    Notebooks

    AQUEDUCT NOTEBOOK

    DECEMBER 18, 2014

    by John Mucciolo

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

    Track Stats

    A total of 54 races were held over the inner strip at the Long Island, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 39 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 54 percent of the wins. Sixteen races were won in wire-to-wire fashion (16 percent) and there was no turf racing.

    Speed on the main oval was best earlier in the week in our view, especially on Thursday when four winners led at each call. Of those, three came in two-turn events, and six of the 16 overall occurred in route races. We did see a big number of favorites come through for the second straight week, so we will be cautious before calling this inner oval biased.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   99
    DIRT:   99
    TURF:   0
    FAVORITES:   43 (43 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   13 (13 percent)
    TURF WIRE:   0 (0 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   23 (23 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Wednesday (12/10)

    4TH -- SLAM CHOWDER (Grand Slam) pressed the pace from the outset, easily took over in early stretch and strode home a most facile winner in a fine debut offering under Jose Ortiz. The Eddie Kenneally-trained two-year-old filly was geared down late and could be any type going forward. Tab this one a huge danger at the starter level in her return.

    8TH -- MOMENTS NOTIZ (Tiznow) relished the return to the inner circle with a huge second behind a sharp winner, finishing more than six lengths clear of third. The David Jacobson charge earned a healthy 103 BRIS Speed figure and dons a superb 12-8-3-0 mark on his favored oval.

    Thursday (12/11)

    3RD -- CASUAL ELEGANCE (First Samurai) never got a breather while leading to the lane in this dash, but we were impressed how the David Smith trainee stayed on well late in finishing three lengths clear of her nearest foe. The four-year-old filly will be very dangerous with even slight improvement in her subsequent outing.

    8TH -- CLASSIC SENSE (Street Sense) handled the move from starter to open allowance foes in good fashion and continued a fine form cycle for trainer Chad Brown. The dark bay colt has now finished first or second in five straight and continues to show steady improvement.

    Friday (12/12)

    2ND -- The Todd Pletcher-trained FAR FROM OVER (Blame) was pressured on the front end, surrendered the lead in the lane and battled back gamely in a fine debut tally under Irad Ortiz Jr. The juvenile, who is bred to be a good one, earned a strong 92 BRIS Speed number and is surely one to keep a tab on heading into his sophomore campaign.

    4TH -- GLOBAL POSITIONING (Malibu Moon) jumped out to the lead from the rail and never gave his foes much of a chance en route to a powerful maiden score for trainer Michael Hushion. The two-year-old colt, who was a sharp second at first asking in advance of this one, gives the impression of a stakes horse with steady growth.

    8TH -- ATLANTIC'S SMILE (Stormy Atlantic) is not the most consistent performer in the nation, but when the speedy four-year-old is on her game she is a good one. The Charlton Baker trainee earned a lifetime-best 97 BRIS Speed number in this dominant score and has been vastly improved since coming to this barn.

    Saturday (12/13)

    2ND -- OCEAN KNIGHT (Curlin) was one of the sharper juveniles of the week and could grow into a serious horse for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. The debuting colt tracked behind a moderate pace before really turning it on late, dusting his foes through the lane to score by a widening 4 1/4 lengths. The colt may not have beaten much but he surely looked the part visually beneath Irad Ortiz Jr. and earned a nice 95 BRIS Speed number.

    6TH -- McLaughlin saddled another dominating first-out winner on this card with the three-year-old VIA STRATA (Street Cry), who was awesome inside the final furlong of this dash. The filly was hammered to favoritism and delivered with a fine showing. She is bred to run all day on any surface and is a fine prospect going forward despite the slow final time of this race.

    Sunday (12/14)

    4TH -- The McLaughlin maiden train continued in this dash as PERCHANCE (Distorted Humor) left little doubt in securing a 1 1/2-length victory over this cast. The two-year-old miss was pummeled down to 1-2 odds in this debut and delivered, and she could develop into almost any kind being out of a Grade 1 heroine, and kin to multiple Grade 2 queen Dreaming of Julia.

    McLaughlin's FORTRESS (Street Cry) had a tough post and wide journey, but she stayed on well in the lane to be a fine second behind a horse that might be a good one in her debut offering on this day. The filly is one likely to get her picture taken before long with expected improvement and more ground to work with.

    A Look Ahead

    There is no graded racing this week at Aqueduct.

    Features

    UPCOMING STAKES

    Click here for the monthly December Calendar

    Thursday, December 18
     
    Blushing K. D. S., Fair Grounds, $50,000, 4&up, f&m, abt 1 1/16mT.
     
    Friday, December 19
     
    Lookout S. (r), Delta Downs, $65,000, 3&up, f&m, 7 1/2f.
    Buddy Diliberto Memorial, Fair Grounds, $50,000, 4&up, abt 1 1/16mT.
     
    Saturday, December 20
     
    LOS ALAMITOS FUTURITY (G1), Los Alamitos, $500,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m.
    Tropical Park Derby, Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3yo, 1 1/16mT.
    Tropical Park Oaks, Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT.
    B-Connected S. (r), Delta Downs, $65,000, 3&up, 7 1/2f.
    Prairie Bayou S., Turfway Park, $60,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
    Eleanor Casey Memorial (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
    Letellier Memorial, Fair Grounds, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
    Sugar Bowl S., Fair Grounds, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
    Bobbie Bricker Memorial H. (r), Mahoning Valley, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
    Bold Ego H., Sunland Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f.
     
    Sunday, December 21
     
    KHEY Country Sprint, Sunland Park, $50,000, 3yo, 6 1/2f.

    North American Maiden Winners
    Awesome Again--Phil's Pill by Cozzene; ICE FESTIVAL, f, 2, GP, Msw, 12-16, 1mT, 1:37 2/5. B-Adena Springs (ON.).
    Blame--La Pascua (SWI) by Caerleon; BLAME GAME, c, 2, GP, Msw, 12-16, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-Stone Farm (KY.). $200,000 '13 KEESEP.
    Bluegrass Cat--Maria's Dance by Maria's Mon; DANCE OF FREEDOM, g, 2, GP, Mcl 35000, 12-16, 1mT, 1:38 2/5. B-Sally Andersen (FL.). $19,000 '13 KEESEP.
    Ghostzapper--Silver Charades (G3$250,645), by Broad Brush; GHOSTLY GAMES, g, 2, GP, Mcl 12500, 12-16, 1m, 1:40 2/5. B-Live Oak Stud (FL.).
    Kodiak Kowboy--Kent Hall by Valid Expectations; RIDE HARD KOWBOY, g, 2, TUP, Moc 30000, 12-16, a1mT, 1:39 . B-Indian Creek (KY.). $2,500 '12 KEENOV; $8,500 '13 ARZOCT.
    Medallist--Talkin About Love (G3$741,103), by Not for Love; LOVE CAME TO TOWN, f, 2, PRX, Msw, 12-16, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Kevin Sleeter (NJ.).
    Curlin--Sally Bowles (SAF) (G2), by London News (SAF); LARRYMOEANDCURLIN, g, 3, MVR, Mcl 5000, 12-16, 6f, 1:17 4/5. B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY.). $10,000 '12 KEESEP.
    Don Six--Northern Manor by Not for Love; PAMELA BERYL, f, 3, MVR, Mcl 3500, 12-16, 5f, 1:03 4/5. B-William A. Purdey Jr. (NJ.).
    Jump Start--Personal Doreen by Personal Flag; PERSONAL START, g, 3, GP, Mcl 12500, 12-16, 1m, 1:39 . B-Magalen O. Bryant (KY.).
    Lemon Drop Kid--Burnish (G3), by Menifee; DUNNE FOR NOW, g, 3, TUP, Moc 30000, 12-16, 6f, 1:09 1/5. B-Stone Farm (KY.). $100,000 '12 KEESEP.
    Sought After--Stephen's Ghost by Stephen Got Even; GIRLY GHOST, f, 3, TUP, Mcl 10000, 12-16, 5 1/2f, 1:05 . B-George Schmitt & Clare Schmitt (CA.).
    Square Eddie--Prima Creatura (IRE) by Barathea (IRE); THE PRIME MOVER, g, 3, PM, Msw, 12-16, 6f, 1:15 3/5. B-J. Paul Reddam (CA.).

    Features

    RACING DATES

    Current Meetings
         
    AQUEDUCT:   Oct. 29 - Dec. 31
    CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
    DELTA DOWNS:   Oct. 15 - March 14
    FAIR GROUNDS:   Nov. 21 - March 29
    GULFSTREAM PARK:   Dec. 6 - June 30
    HAWTHORNE:   Oct. 3 - Jan. 3
    GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Dec. 26 - June 14
    LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 5 - Dec. 31
    LOS ALAMITOS:   Dec. 4 - 21
    MAHONING VALLEY:   Nov. 24 - Dec. 30
    PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
    PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
    SANTA ANITA PARK:   Dec. 26 - June 28
    SUNLAND PARK:   Dec. 5 - April 13
    TAMPA BAY DOWNS:   Nov. 29 - May 3
    TURF PARADISE:   Oct. 18 - May 5
    TURFWAY PARK:   Dec. 4 - 31
         
    Upcoming Meetings
         
    AQUEDUCT:   Jan. 1 - March 22
    CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 30
    LAUREL PARK:   Jan. 1 - March 28
    OAKLAWN PARK:   Jan. 9 - April 11
    SAM HOUSTON:   Jan. 16 - March 10
    TURFWAY PARK:   Jan. 1 - March 29

    Notebooks

    AQUEDUCT NOTEBOOK

    DECEMBER 18, 2014

    by John Mucciolo

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

    Track Stats

    A total of 54 races were held over the inner strip at the Long Island, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 39 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 54 percent of the wins. Sixteen races were won in wire-to-wire fashion (16 percent) and there was no turf racing.

    Speed on the main oval was best earlier in the week in our view, especially on Thursday when four winners led at each call. Of those, three came in two-turn events, and six of the 16 overall occurred in route races. We did see a big number of favorites come through for the second straight week, so we will be cautious before calling this inner oval biased.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   99
    DIRT:   99
    TURF:   0
    FAVORITES:   43 (43 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   13 (13 percent)
    TURF WIRE:   0 (0 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   23 (23 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Wednesday (12/10)

    4TH -- SLAM CHOWDER (Grand Slam) pressed the pace from the outset, easily took over in early stretch and strode home a most facile winner in a fine debut offering under Jose Ortiz. The Eddie Kenneally-trained two-year-old filly was geared down late and could be any type going forward. Tab this one a huge danger at the starter level in her return.

    8TH -- MOMENTS NOTIZ (Tiznow) relished the return to the inner circle with a huge second behind a sharp winner, finishing more than six lengths clear of third. The David Jacobson charge earned a healthy 103 BRIS Speed figure and dons a superb 12-8-3-0 mark on his favored oval.

    Thursday (12/11)

    3RD -- CASUAL ELEGANCE (First Samurai) never got a breather while leading to the lane in this dash, but we were impressed how the David Smith trainee stayed on well late in finishing three lengths clear of her nearest foe. The four-year-old filly will be very dangerous with even slight improvement in her subsequent outing.

    8TH -- CLASSIC SENSE (Street Sense) handled the move from starter to open allowance foes in good fashion and continued a fine form cycle for trainer Chad Brown. The dark bay colt has now finished first or second in five straight and continues to show steady improvement.

    Friday (12/12)

    2ND -- The Todd Pletcher-trained FAR FROM OVER (Blame) was pressured on the front end, surrendered the lead in the lane and battled back gamely in a fine debut tally under Irad Ortiz Jr. The juvenile, who is bred to be a good one, earned a strong 92 BRIS Speed number and is surely one to keep a tab on heading into his sophomore campaign.

    4TH -- GLOBAL POSITIONING (Malibu Moon) jumped out to the lead from the rail and never gave his foes much of a chance en route to a powerful maiden score for trainer Michael Hushion. The two-year-old colt, who was a sharp second at first asking in advance of this one, gives the impression of a stakes horse with steady growth.

    8TH -- ATLANTIC'S SMILE (Stormy Atlantic) is not the most consistent performer in the nation, but when the speedy four-year-old is on her game she is a good one. The Charlton Baker trainee earned a lifetime-best 97 BRIS Speed number in this dominant score and has been vastly improved since coming to this barn.

    Saturday (12/13)

    2ND -- OCEAN KNIGHT (Curlin) was one of the sharper juveniles of the week and could grow into a serious horse for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. The debuting colt tracked behind a moderate pace before really turning it on late, dusting his foes through the lane to score by a widening 4 1/4 lengths. The colt may not have beaten much but he surely looked the part visually beneath Irad Ortiz Jr. and earned a nice 95 BRIS Speed number.

    6TH -- McLaughlin saddled another dominating first-out winner on this card with the three-year-old VIA STRATA (Street Cry), who was awesome inside the final furlong of this dash. The filly was hammered to favoritism and delivered with a fine showing. She is bred to run all day on any surface and is a fine prospect going forward despite the slow final time of this race.

    Sunday (12/14)

    4TH -- The McLaughlin maiden train continued in this dash as PERCHANCE (Distorted Humor) left little doubt in securing a 1 1/2-length victory over this cast. The two-year-old miss was pummeled down to 1-2 odds in this debut and delivered, and she could develop into almost any kind being out of a Grade 1 heroine, and kin to multiple Grade 2 queen Dreaming of Julia.

    McLaughlin's FORTRESS (Street Cry) had a tough post and wide journey, but she stayed on well in the lane to be a fine second behind a horse that might be a good one in her debut offering on this day. The filly is one likely to get her picture taken before long with expected improvement and more ground to work with.

    A Look Ahead

    There is no graded racing this week at Aqueduct.

    Features

    UPCOMING STAKES

    Click here for the monthly December Calendar

    Thursday, December 18
     
    Blushing K. D. S., Fair Grounds, $50,000, 4&up, f&m, abt 1 1/16mT.
     
    Friday, December 19
     
    Lookout S. (r), Delta Downs, $65,000, 3&up, f&m, 7 1/2f.
    Buddy Diliberto Memorial, Fair Grounds, $50,000, 4&up, abt 1 1/16mT.
     
    Saturday, December 20
     
    LOS ALAMITOS FUTURITY (G1), Los Alamitos, $500,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m.
    Tropical Park Derby, Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3yo, 1 1/16mT.
    Tropical Park Oaks, Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT.
    B-Connected S. (r), Delta Downs, $65,000, 3&up, 7 1/2f.
    Prairie Bayou S., Turfway Park, $60,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
    Eleanor Casey Memorial (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
    Letellier Memorial, Fair Grounds, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
    Sugar Bowl S., Fair Grounds, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
    Bobbie Bricker Memorial H. (r), Mahoning Valley, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
    Bold Ego H., Sunland Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f.
     
    Sunday, December 21
     
    KHEY Country Sprint, Sunland Park, $50,000, 3yo, 6 1/2f.

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    NATIONAL

    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (12/8-12/14) - 3&up Dirt Routes
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Liam's Map 3C 1 1/16m (ft) GP 12/13 Harlan's Holiday S. 108
    Micromanage 4C 1 1/8m (ft) AQU 12/13 Queens County S. 103
    Sunbean 4G 1 1/8m (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Classic S. 102
    Honey's Ryan 3F 1m 70y (my) RP 12/14 She's All In H. 94
    Our Quista 3F 1 1/16m (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies S. 93
    Buggin Out 3G 1m 70y (ft) FG 12/12 Magic City Classic S. 92
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (12/8-12/14) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Too Dim 5G 6f (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint S. 101
    Merry Meadow 4F 6f (ft) GP 12/13 Sugar Swirl S. 100
    Carl Command 4G 6f (ft) PM 12/14 Lethal Grande Sprint Championship H. 90
    Afternoon Tango 4F 6f (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint S. 88
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (12/8-12/14) - 3&up Turf
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    String King 6G a1 1/16m (fm) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Turf S. 91
    Mshawish 4C 7 1/2f (fm) GP 12/13 El Prado S. 90
    Marbre Rose (IRE) 3F 7 1/2f (fm) GP 12/13 South Beach S. 89
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (12/8-12/14) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Freudie Anne 2F 1m 70y (ft) AQU 12/14 East View S. 100
    Take Charge Brandi 2F 1 1/16m (ft) LRC 12/13 Starlet S. 100
    Good Luck Gus 2C 1m 70y (ft) AQU 12/14 Damon Runyon S. 93
    Bayerd 2C 1m (my) RP 12/14 Remington Springboard Mile S. 91
    Acceptance 2C 1m (ft) LRC 12/14 King Glorious S. 89
    Dom the Bomb 2C 1 1/16m (ft) HAW 12/13 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity 89
    Mr. L. S. Shoe 2G 6f (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile S. 89
    Wind Chill Factor 2F 6f (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie S. 88
    Hornfel 2G 6f (ft) PM 12/14 Bill Wineberg S. 84
    Zooming 2F 1m (my) RP 12/14 Trapeze S. 84
    Mound 2G 6f (ft) MVR 12/13 Joshua Radosevich Memorial S. 81
    Kozzys Kitkat 2F 6f (ft) PM 12/14 Janet Wineberg S. 74
    Tizgorgeous 2F 1 1/16m (ft) HAW 12/13 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante S. 72
    Ira 2G 5 1/2f (ft) FG 12/12 Kudzu Juvenile S. 69
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (12/8-12/14) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    U. S. S. O'Brien 3F 1m (ft) GP 12/10 Golden Beach H. 103
    Fesstune 3G 1m (ft) RP 12/14 Jim Thorpe S. 86
    Stoney River 3G 1m (ft) PM 12/14 Oregon His S. 85
    Okie Smokey 3F 1m (ft) RP 12/14 Useeit S. 83
    Suddenly Adele 3F 1m (ft) PM 12/14 Oregon Hers S. 66

    Features

    RACING DATES

    Current Meetings
         
    AQUEDUCT:   Oct. 29 - Dec. 31
    CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
    DELTA DOWNS:   Oct. 15 - March 14
    FAIR GROUNDS:   Nov. 21 - March 29
    GULFSTREAM PARK:   Dec. 6 - June 30
    HAWTHORNE:   Oct. 3 - Jan. 3
    GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Dec. 26 - June 14
    LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 5 - Dec. 31
    LOS ALAMITOS:   Dec. 4 - 21
    MAHONING VALLEY:   Nov. 24 - Dec. 30
    PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
    PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
    SANTA ANITA PARK:   Dec. 26 - June 28
    SUNLAND PARK:   Dec. 5 - April 13
    TAMPA BAY DOWNS:   Nov. 29 - May 3
    TURF PARADISE:   Oct. 18 - May 5
    TURFWAY PARK:   Dec. 4 - 31
         
    Upcoming Meetings
         
    AQUEDUCT:   Jan. 1 - March 22
    CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 30
    LAUREL PARK:   Jan. 1 - March 28
    OAKLAWN PARK:   Jan. 9 - April 11
    SAM HOUSTON:   Jan. 16 - March 10
    TURFWAY PARK:   Jan. 1 - March 29

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

    Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
    Liam's Map   GP   1 1/16m (ft)   12/13   123.4
    Micromanage   AQU   1 1/8m (ft)   12/13   121.6
    Too Dim   FG   6f (ft)   12/13   121.1
    Freudie Anne   AQU   1m 70y (ft)   12/14   121.0
    North Ocean   AQU   1 1/16m (ft)   12/14   121.0
    Doubledown Again   AQU   6f (sy)   12/10   120.8
    Good Luck Gus   AQU   1m 70y (ft)   12/14   120.6
    School Spirit   DED   6 1/2f (ft)   12/13   120.5
    Mshawish   GP   7 1/2f (fm)   12/13   120.3
    Cousin Stephen   PRX   1m (ft)   12/14   120.3
    Storied Lady   AQU   1m 70y (ft)   12/14   120.2
    Honey's Ryan   RP   1m 70y (my)   12/14   119.7
    Good Deed   FG   a5 1/2f (fm)   12/14   119.5
    Acceptance   LRC   1m (ft)   12/14   119.2
    Merry Meadow   GP   6f (ft)   12/13   119.2

    NATIONAL

    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (12/8-12/14) - 3&up Dirt Routes
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Liam's Map 3C 1 1/16m (ft) GP 12/13 Harlan's Holiday S. 108
    Micromanage 4C 1 1/8m (ft) AQU 12/13 Queens County S. 103
    Sunbean 4G 1 1/8m (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Classic S. 102
    Honey's Ryan 3F 1m 70y (my) RP 12/14 She's All In H. 94
    Our Quista 3F 1 1/16m (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies S. 93
    Buggin Out 3G 1m 70y (ft) FG 12/12 Magic City Classic S. 92
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (12/8-12/14) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Too Dim 5G 6f (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint S. 101
    Merry Meadow 4F 6f (ft) GP 12/13 Sugar Swirl S. 100
    Carl Command 4G 6f (ft) PM 12/14 Lethal Grande Sprint Championship H. 90
    Afternoon Tango 4F 6f (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint S. 88
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (12/8-12/14) - 3&up Turf
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    String King 6G a1 1/16m (fm) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Turf S. 91
    Mshawish 4C 7 1/2f (fm) GP 12/13 El Prado S. 90
    Marbre Rose (IRE) 3F 7 1/2f (fm) GP 12/13 South Beach S. 89
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (12/8-12/14) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Freudie Anne 2F 1m 70y (ft) AQU 12/14 East View S. 100
    Take Charge Brandi 2F 1 1/16m (ft) LRC 12/13 Starlet S. 100
    Good Luck Gus 2C 1m 70y (ft) AQU 12/14 Damon Runyon S. 93
    Bayerd 2C 1m (my) RP 12/14 Remington Springboard Mile S. 91
    Acceptance 2C 1m (ft) LRC 12/14 King Glorious S. 89
    Dom the Bomb 2C 1 1/16m (ft) HAW 12/13 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity 89
    Mr. L. S. Shoe 2G 6f (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile S. 89
    Wind Chill Factor 2F 6f (ft) FG 12/13 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie S. 88
    Hornfel 2G 6f (ft) PM 12/14 Bill Wineberg S. 84
    Zooming 2F 1m (my) RP 12/14 Trapeze S. 84
    Mound 2G 6f (ft) MVR 12/13 Joshua Radosevich Memorial S. 81
    Kozzys Kitkat 2F 6f (ft) PM 12/14 Janet Wineberg S. 74
    Tizgorgeous 2F 1 1/16m (ft) HAW 12/13 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante S. 72
    Ira 2G 5 1/2f (ft) FG 12/12 Kudzu Juvenile S. 69
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (12/8-12/14) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    U. S. S. O'Brien 3F 1m (ft) GP 12/10 Golden Beach H. 103
    Fesstune 3G 1m (ft) RP 12/14 Jim Thorpe S. 86
    Stoney River 3G 1m (ft) PM 12/14 Oregon His S. 85
    Okie Smokey 3F 1m (ft) RP 12/14 Useeit S. 83
    Suddenly Adele 3F 1m (ft) PM 12/14 Oregon Hers S. 66

    Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

    SPOT PLAYS

    For Wednesday

    TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
    Charles Town   (1st) Acting Up, 5-1
        (8th) Speeding Spike, 4-1
    Delta Downs   (2nd) Etbauer's Hit, 3-1
        (4th) Mighty Brown, 7-2
    Gulfstream Park   (6th) Leda's Swan, 9-2
        (9th) Bluegrass Singer, 4-1
    Hawthorne   (3rd) Charlie's Phantasy, 6-1
        (8th) Ishka, 7-2
    Laurel   (1st) Flavor, 6-1
        (3rd) Irv's Kid, 3-1
    Mahoning Valley   (3rd) Twice With Ice, 7-2
        (4th) Culpepper Creek, 6-1
    Penn National   (4th) Last, 5-1
        (9th) Snickering, 5-1
    Tampa Bay Downs   (1st) Good Catholic Girl, 3-1
        (8th) Runaway Brute, 4-1
    Turf Paradise   (5th) Crown King, 4-1
        (7th) Adriatic Lass, 6-1

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

    Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
    Liam's Map   GP   1 1/16m (ft)   12/13   123.4
    Micromanage   AQU   1 1/8m (ft)   12/13   121.6
    Too Dim   FG   6f (ft)   12/13   121.1
    Freudie Anne   AQU   1m 70y (ft)   12/14   121.0
    North Ocean   AQU   1 1/16m (ft)   12/14   121.0
    Doubledown Again   AQU   6f (sy)   12/10   120.8
    Good Luck Gus   AQU   1m 70y (ft)   12/14   120.6
    School Spirit   DED   6 1/2f (ft)   12/13   120.5
    Mshawish   GP   7 1/2f (fm)   12/13   120.3
    Cousin Stephen   PRX   1m (ft)   12/14   120.3
    Storied Lady   AQU   1m 70y (ft)   12/14   120.2
    Honey's Ryan   RP   1m 70y (my)   12/14   119.7
    Good Deed   FG   a5 1/2f (fm)   12/14   119.5
    Acceptance   LRC   1m (ft)   12/14   119.2
    Merry Meadow   GP   6f (ft)   12/13   119.2

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