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High Chaparral euthanized during colic surgery

High Chaparral made history when producing the first Breeders' Cup dead-heat with Johar (outside) in the 2003 Turf (Benoit Photos)

Dual Derby winner and two-time Breeders' Cup Turf hero High Chaparral has been euthanized at Fethard Equine Hospital in County Tipperary, Ireland, Coolmore Stud announced in a tweet on Sunday.

The 15-year-old son of Sadler's Wells was undergoing exploratory colic surgery due to a perforated intestine.

High Chaparral was honored with back-to-back Eclipse Awards in 2002-03 after taking those years' editions of the Breeders' Cup Turf. In the 2003 running, the Irish-bred bay helped produce the first, and to date only, dead-heat in Breeders' Cup history when getting his nose on the wire at the same moment as Johar. It was also the first time there was a repeat winner in the Turf.

The Breeders' Cup would be High Chaparral's final race and wrapped up an exceptional career that included victories in both the English and Irish Derbies in 2002 as well as wins in the Racing Post Trophy as a juvenile and Irish Champion as a four-year-old. He competed twice in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, finishing third both times in 2002-03.

Trained throughout his career by Aidan O'Brien for Michael B. Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier, High Chaparral retired with a 13-10-1-2 record have banked $5,391,888 in lifetime earnings.

High Chaparral began stud duties in 2004 at Coolmore Ireland and his first foals hit the ground running.

Shuttling between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, High Chaparral continued to sire both top class runners as well as breeding stock. Among those are Australian champion So You Think, European and English highweight Toronado, New Zealand champion Dundeel and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Wrote, who began stud duty this year in Florida.

Another of High Chaparral's top offspring, Grade 1-winning English highweight Wigmore Hall, was euthanized September 13 after sustaining an injury at Doncaster.

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High Chaparral euthanized during colic surgery

High Chaparral made history when producing the first Breeders' Cup dead-heat with Johar (outside) in the 2003 Turf (Benoit Photos)

Dual Derby winner and two-time Breeders' Cup Turf hero High Chaparral has been euthanized at Fethard Equine Hospital in County Tipperary, Ireland, Coolmore Stud announced in a tweet on Sunday.

The 15-year-old son of Sadler's Wells was undergoing exploratory colic surgery due to a perforated intestine.

High Chaparral was honored with back-to-back Eclipse Awards in 2002-03 after taking those years' editions of the Breeders' Cup Turf. In the 2003 running, the Irish-bred bay helped produce the first, and to date only, dead-heat in Breeders' Cup history when getting his nose on the wire at the same moment as Johar. It was also the first time there was a repeat winner in the Turf.

The Breeders' Cup would be High Chaparral's final race and wrapped up an exceptional career that included victories in both the English and Irish Derbies in 2002 as well as wins in the Racing Post Trophy as a juvenile and Irish Champion as a four-year-old. He competed twice in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, finishing third both times in 2002-03.

Trained throughout his career by Aidan O'Brien for Michael B. Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier, High Chaparral retired with a 13-10-1-2 record have banked $5,391,888 in lifetime earnings.

High Chaparral began stud duties in 2004 at Coolmore Ireland and his first foals hit the ground running.

Shuttling between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, High Chaparral continued to sire both top class runners as well as breeding stock. Among those are Australian champion So You Think, European and English highweight Toronado, New Zealand champion Dundeel and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Wrote, who began stud duty this year in Florida.

Another of High Chaparral's top offspring, Grade 1-winning English highweight Wigmore Hall, was euthanized September 13 after sustaining an injury at Doncaster.

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INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

DECEMBER 22, 2014

Champion High Chaparral dies

by Kelsey Riley

High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) -- winner of the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) and Irish Derby (Ire-G1), a pair of Breeders' Cup Turfs and a dual hemisphere sire for Coolmore -- was euthanized Sunday at Fethard Equine Hospital near Coolmore's Irish base during exploratory colic surgery. The 15-year-old had suffered a perforated intestine. Coolmore made the announcement via Twitter.

High Chaparral was bred in Co. Tipperary by Sean Coughlan, who at the time owned just three mares. He was the second foal out of the unraced Darshaan mare Kasora, a descendant of Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French One Thousand Guineas) winner Koblenza (Hugh Lupus), who was later purchased privately by John Magnier and went on to produce Dante Stakes (Eng-G2) winner Black Bear Island (Sadler's Wells) as well as the dams of stakes winners David Livingston (Galileo) and Smuggler's Cove (Fastnet Rock).

Sent to the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2000, High Chaparral commanded 270,000 guineas from Demi O'Byrne on behalf of Michael Tabor and returned to his county of birth to be trained at Ballydoyle by Aidan O'Brien. High Chaparral made just 13 starts over two years, but he won 10 of those and never finished off the board. He won six Group or Grade 1s, resulting in a pair of Eclipse Awards, and he was England and Ireland's top-rated middle distance three-year-old and top-rated older horse in Ireland.

One of High Chaparral's rare losses came in his debut at Punchestown in September 2001, when he finished second, beaten a short head, but the bay firmly turned the tables a week later, graduating by 2 1/2 lengths at Tipperary, and he wouldn't be beaten again for a year. High Chaparral smoothly navigated a significant class jump to take the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-G1) at Doncaster to cap his juvenile campaign, and he returned a seven-length winner of the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown in April. A victory in the Derby Trial Stakes (Ire-G3) over the same course followed a month later, and thus High Chaparral was firmly in line for the Epsom Derby on the first Saturday in June.

The main obstacle in his path, however, was his Ballydoyle stablemate Hawk Wing, who had won the National Stakes (Ire-G1) at The Curragh as a two-year-old and finished second to another Ballydoyle inmate, Rock of Gibraltar, in the English Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1). Stable rider Mick Kinane chose Hawk Wing, leaving Johnny Murtagh to ride High Chaparral for the first time, and Hawk Wing was dispatched the Derby favorite. His stamina limitations showed out in the end, however, and Hawk Wing went down by two lengths to High Chaparral. It was the second -- and second straight -- Derby score for O'Brien, who had taken the previous year's running with Galileo.

Like his future Coolmore studmate, High Chaparral would next take in the Irish Derby. And like Galileo, High Chaparral was sent off the heavy favorite and came home a decisive winner reunited with Kinane -- who would ride him for the remainder of his career -- becoming the 15th horse to complete the Derby double. He led home a Ballydoyle/Sadler's Wells trifecta that day, with Sholokhov and Ballingary in his wake.

A summer holiday ensued for High Chaparral and his next task was the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) in October, where he would face elders for the first time. Racing prominently off the pace of his stablemate Black Sam Bellamy, High Chaparral stayed on bravely to be third to Marienbard (Caerleon) and Sulamani (Hernando), beaten just 1 1/4 lengths. Three weeks later he recorded the same margin, this time in victory, in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington Park. That win over America's triple Grade 1 winner With Anticipation (Relaunch) resulted in High Chaparral's first trophy as Eclipse champion turf horse.

After his highly productive sophomore campaign, High Chaparral stayed on the shelf until August 2003, when he returned a winner in The Curragh's Royal Whip Stakes (Ire-G2). He returned to Group 1 action in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, where he bested the globetrotting Group 1 winner Falbrav (Fairy King) by a neck. A return trip to the Arc followed and High Chaparral again filled the third position, this time behind the Aga Khan's Dalakhani (Darshaan).

The four-year-old's next -- and final -- career stop was a return trip to the Breeders' Cup to defend his crown. He succeeded in his mission but this time had to share the spoils, dead-heating with Johar (Gone West) and putting up the first dead-heat win in Breeders' Cup history. Falbrav was a head back in third.

Johar died at Mill Ridge Farm in Kentucky in November after a paddock accident.

The dead-heat Breeders' Cup victory earned High Chaparral his second Eclipse award, and he was retired with almost $5.4 million in earnings. Mick Kinane described High Chaparral as an "exceptionally good racehorse."

"It's sad news," the rider said Sunday. "He was a very tough, genuine horse and very talented. He won two Breeders' Cups, the English and Irish Derby. He's up there as one of the very good horses."

High Chaparral retired to Coolmore's Irish base in 2004 to stand alongside his sire and paternal brothers Galileo and Montjeu. His first crop included the group winners and Group 1-placed Magadan, Unsung Heroine and Beach Bunny, and his second crop yielded Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Can-G1) winner Redwood, who also placed in the Canadian International (Can-G1), Hong Kong Vase (HK-G1) and Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-G1), and five other group winners.

High Chaparral is the sire of six Northern Hemisphere Group 1 winners, including three who won at the highest level this year. That list is headed by dual Group 1-winning miler Toronado, who took last year's Sussex Stakes (Eng-G1) and this year's Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-G1) and will take up stud duty next year at The National Stud in Newmarket. Lucky Lion won this year's Grosser Dallmayr Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (Ger-G1) in Germany, while High Jinx took the Prix du Cadran (Fr-G1) on the Arc undercard. The sextet is completed by dual Northern Dancer Turf victor Wigmore Hall and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote.

High Chaparral also leaves behind the highly promising Free Eagle, who won this year's Enterprise Stakes (Ire-G3) and finished third in the Champion Stakes (Eng-G1) in his third and fourth starts. Free Eagle races on next year before retiring to the Irish National Stud. He is also the sire of the Group 3-winning and classic-placed High Heeled, a close relation to classic winner Just the Judge (Lawman) who has been responsible for a pair of 400,000gns-plus foals the last two years: a 450,000gns Dubawi filly at Tattersalls December last year and a 425,000gns filly by Lawman at the same auction this year.

High Chaparral is also beginning to make his mark as a broodmare sire; his daughter Muravka produced this year's Prix Morny (Fr-G1) and Coventry Stakes (Eng-G2) winner The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner).

As successful as High Chaparral has become in the Northern Hemisphere, his greatest achievements have no doubt come Down Under.

High Chaparral stood his first Southern Hemisphere season at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand as a replacement for Montjeu, whose overwhelming success in Europe had prompted the decision to cease shuttling, and he proved a more than able substitute. High Chaparral's first Southern Hemisphere crop included the horse that is likely to be his greatest legacy -- the globetrotting superstar So You Think.

A strapping dark bay in the mold of his sire, So You Think won his first of two Cox Plates (Aus-G1) -- Australia's most historic weight-for-age contest -- as a three-year-old about a month before his true third birthday in 2009, and after sitting out the autumn he added four more Group 1s -- including a Cox Plate repeat -- before finishing third under top weight in the Melbourne Cup (Aus-G1).

Purchased by the Coolmore partners, So You Think was expatriated to Ballydoyle. He collected three European Group 1s in his first Northern Hemisphere campaign, including the Coral-Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes, and was a highly respectable sixth on the dirt in the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2011 at Churchill Downs.

So You Think repeated in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-G1) the following May and closed out an illustrious career with a decisive score in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot.

Like his sire before him, So You Think now splits his time between Coolmore Ireland and Australia. He was represented his first Northern Hemisphere foals at this year's breeding stock sales, and his first crop yearlings will be offered in Australia in the coming months.

High Chaparral's Southern Hemisphere accomplishments hardly stop with So You Think. That first crop also included Caulfield Cup (Aus-G1) and Caulfield Stakes (Aus-G1) hero Descarado; Spring Champion Stakes (Aus-G1) and Victoria Derby (Aus-G1) victor Monaco Consul; and five-time Group 1 and classic winner Shoot Out.

He is also responsible for champion Dundeel, who raced as It's A Dundeel in Australia and collected six Group 1 wins in 2013 and 2014, including the Sydney triple crown of the Randwick and Rosehill Guineas and the Australian Derby. Dundeel entered stud at Arrowfield in Australia this year.

High Chaparral was moved from Windsor Park to Coolmore in the Hunter Valley in 2010, where he stood for A$60,500 this year, and A$77,000 last year. His yearlings averaged A$128,647 at this year's Australasian yearling sales, and A$163,275 in 2013.

High Chaparral has sired a total of 61 stakes winners.

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

DECEMBER 22, 2014

Champion High Chaparral dies

by Kelsey Riley

High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) -- winner of the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) and Irish Derby (Ire-G1), a pair of Breeders' Cup Turfs and a dual hemisphere sire for Coolmore -- was euthanized Sunday at Fethard Equine Hospital near Coolmore's Irish base during exploratory colic surgery. The 15-year-old had suffered a perforated intestine. Coolmore made the announcement via Twitter.

High Chaparral was bred in Co. Tipperary by Sean Coughlan, who at the time owned just three mares. He was the second foal out of the unraced Darshaan mare Kasora, a descendant of Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French One Thousand Guineas) winner Koblenza (Hugh Lupus), who was later purchased privately by John Magnier and went on to produce Dante Stakes (Eng-G2) winner Black Bear Island (Sadler's Wells) as well as the dams of stakes winners David Livingston (Galileo) and Smuggler's Cove (Fastnet Rock).

Sent to the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2000, High Chaparral commanded 270,000 guineas from Demi O'Byrne on behalf of Michael Tabor and returned to his county of birth to be trained at Ballydoyle by Aidan O'Brien. High Chaparral made just 13 starts over two years, but he won 10 of those and never finished off the board. He won six Group or Grade 1s, resulting in a pair of Eclipse Awards, and he was England and Ireland's top-rated middle distance three-year-old and top-rated older horse in Ireland.

One of High Chaparral's rare losses came in his debut at Punchestown in September 2001, when he finished second, beaten a short head, but the bay firmly turned the tables a week later, graduating by 2 1/2 lengths at Tipperary, and he wouldn't be beaten again for a year. High Chaparral smoothly navigated a significant class jump to take the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-G1) at Doncaster to cap his juvenile campaign, and he returned a seven-length winner of the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown in April. A victory in the Derby Trial Stakes (Ire-G3) over the same course followed a month later, and thus High Chaparral was firmly in line for the Epsom Derby on the first Saturday in June.

The main obstacle in his path, however, was his Ballydoyle stablemate Hawk Wing, who had won the National Stakes (Ire-G1) at The Curragh as a two-year-old and finished second to another Ballydoyle inmate, Rock of Gibraltar, in the English Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1). Stable rider Mick Kinane chose Hawk Wing, leaving Johnny Murtagh to ride High Chaparral for the first time, and Hawk Wing was dispatched the Derby favorite. His stamina limitations showed out in the end, however, and Hawk Wing went down by two lengths to High Chaparral. It was the second -- and second straight -- Derby score for O'Brien, who had taken the previous year's running with Galileo.

Like his future Coolmore studmate, High Chaparral would next take in the Irish Derby. And like Galileo, High Chaparral was sent off the heavy favorite and came home a decisive winner reunited with Kinane -- who would ride him for the remainder of his career -- becoming the 15th horse to complete the Derby double. He led home a Ballydoyle/Sadler's Wells trifecta that day, with Sholokhov and Ballingary in his wake.

A summer holiday ensued for High Chaparral and his next task was the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) in October, where he would face elders for the first time. Racing prominently off the pace of his stablemate Black Sam Bellamy, High Chaparral stayed on bravely to be third to Marienbard (Caerleon) and Sulamani (Hernando), beaten just 1 1/4 lengths. Three weeks later he recorded the same margin, this time in victory, in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington Park. That win over America's triple Grade 1 winner With Anticipation (Relaunch) resulted in High Chaparral's first trophy as Eclipse champion turf horse.

After his highly productive sophomore campaign, High Chaparral stayed on the shelf until August 2003, when he returned a winner in The Curragh's Royal Whip Stakes (Ire-G2). He returned to Group 1 action in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, where he bested the globetrotting Group 1 winner Falbrav (Fairy King) by a neck. A return trip to the Arc followed and High Chaparral again filled the third position, this time behind the Aga Khan's Dalakhani (Darshaan).

The four-year-old's next -- and final -- career stop was a return trip to the Breeders' Cup to defend his crown. He succeeded in his mission but this time had to share the spoils, dead-heating with Johar (Gone West) and putting up the first dead-heat win in Breeders' Cup history. Falbrav was a head back in third.

Johar died at Mill Ridge Farm in Kentucky in November after a paddock accident.

The dead-heat Breeders' Cup victory earned High Chaparral his second Eclipse award, and he was retired with almost $5.4 million in earnings. Mick Kinane described High Chaparral as an "exceptionally good racehorse."

"It's sad news," the rider said Sunday. "He was a very tough, genuine horse and very talented. He won two Breeders' Cups, the English and Irish Derby. He's up there as one of the very good horses."

High Chaparral retired to Coolmore's Irish base in 2004 to stand alongside his sire and paternal brothers Galileo and Montjeu. His first crop included the group winners and Group 1-placed Magadan, Unsung Heroine and Beach Bunny, and his second crop yielded Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Can-G1) winner Redwood, who also placed in the Canadian International (Can-G1), Hong Kong Vase (HK-G1) and Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-G1), and five other group winners.

High Chaparral is the sire of six Northern Hemisphere Group 1 winners, including three who won at the highest level this year. That list is headed by dual Group 1-winning miler Toronado, who took last year's Sussex Stakes (Eng-G1) and this year's Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-G1) and will take up stud duty next year at The National Stud in Newmarket. Lucky Lion won this year's Grosser Dallmayr Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (Ger-G1) in Germany, while High Jinx took the Prix du Cadran (Fr-G1) on the Arc undercard. The sextet is completed by dual Northern Dancer Turf victor Wigmore Hall and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote.

High Chaparral also leaves behind the highly promising Free Eagle, who won this year's Enterprise Stakes (Ire-G3) and finished third in the Champion Stakes (Eng-G1) in his third and fourth starts. Free Eagle races on next year before retiring to the Irish National Stud. He is also the sire of the Group 3-winning and classic-placed High Heeled, a close relation to classic winner Just the Judge (Lawman) who has been responsible for a pair of 400,000gns-plus foals the last two years: a 450,000gns Dubawi filly at Tattersalls December last year and a 425,000gns filly by Lawman at the same auction this year.

High Chaparral is also beginning to make his mark as a broodmare sire; his daughter Muravka produced this year's Prix Morny (Fr-G1) and Coventry Stakes (Eng-G2) winner The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner).

As successful as High Chaparral has become in the Northern Hemisphere, his greatest achievements have no doubt come Down Under.

High Chaparral stood his first Southern Hemisphere season at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand as a replacement for Montjeu, whose overwhelming success in Europe had prompted the decision to cease shuttling, and he proved a more than able substitute. High Chaparral's first Southern Hemisphere crop included the horse that is likely to be his greatest legacy -- the globetrotting superstar So You Think.

A strapping dark bay in the mold of his sire, So You Think won his first of two Cox Plates (Aus-G1) -- Australia's most historic weight-for-age contest -- as a three-year-old about a month before his true third birthday in 2009, and after sitting out the autumn he added four more Group 1s -- including a Cox Plate repeat -- before finishing third under top weight in the Melbourne Cup (Aus-G1).

Purchased by the Coolmore partners, So You Think was expatriated to Ballydoyle. He collected three European Group 1s in his first Northern Hemisphere campaign, including the Coral-Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes, and was a highly respectable sixth on the dirt in the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2011 at Churchill Downs.

So You Think repeated in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-G1) the following May and closed out an illustrious career with a decisive score in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot.

Like his sire before him, So You Think now splits his time between Coolmore Ireland and Australia. He was represented his first Northern Hemisphere foals at this year's breeding stock sales, and his first crop yearlings will be offered in Australia in the coming months.

High Chaparral's Southern Hemisphere accomplishments hardly stop with So You Think. That first crop also included Caulfield Cup (Aus-G1) and Caulfield Stakes (Aus-G1) hero Descarado; Spring Champion Stakes (Aus-G1) and Victoria Derby (Aus-G1) victor Monaco Consul; and five-time Group 1 and classic winner Shoot Out.

He is also responsible for champion Dundeel, who raced as It's A Dundeel in Australia and collected six Group 1 wins in 2013 and 2014, including the Sydney triple crown of the Randwick and Rosehill Guineas and the Australian Derby. Dundeel entered stud at Arrowfield in Australia this year.

High Chaparral was moved from Windsor Park to Coolmore in the Hunter Valley in 2010, where he stood for A$60,500 this year, and A$77,000 last year. His yearlings averaged A$128,647 at this year's Australasian yearling sales, and A$163,275 in 2013.

High Chaparral has sired a total of 61 stakes winners.

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Danon Platina scores in Asahi Hai Futurity

Danon Platina lived up to expectations in the Asahi Hai Futurity (Tomoya Moriuchi/Horsephotos.com)

Race favorite Danon Platina responded well to expectations in capturing Hanshin's Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes on Sunday to top his generation.

Danon Platina's three career starts prior to Sunday consisted of a runner-up finish in his September 6 debut, followed by a convincing four-length win in a maiden race in October and another strong three-length victory in the Begonia Sho, an allowance race seven weeks later.

After breaking sharply from an inner stall, jockey Masayoshi Ebina kept Danon Platina reserved third from the rear and three wide while the Deep Impact colt briefly fought the bit in the backstretch. Well in hand by the last turn and angling out wide entering the straight, Ebina allowed the gray juvenile to hit his best stride. Danon Platina willingly demonstrated a resounding finishing kick to pass his rivals, including front runner Active Minoru at the furlong-pole, while holding off the fast-closing Arma Waioli.

"The going wasn't very good and, since we broke from an inner stall, I tried hard to position him away from the rails which went well as planned," Ebina explained. "He was relaxed and had enough left in him by the last corner for a strong final run.

"He definitely takes after his sire Deep Impact -- his finishing speed speaks for itself."

Danon Platina ran about eight furlongs on the good turf in 1:35 4/5 against his fellow two-year-old colts.

Since the Victoria Mile triumph with Apapane in 2011, this win marks trainer Sakae Kunieda's 11th JRA-Grade 1 victory, while Ebina celebrates his 23rd JRA-Grade 1 title after claiming the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies partnered with Shonan Adela, also sired by Deep Impact, just a week ago.

Deep Impact offspring has now dominated 10 out of 23 JRA-Grade 1 races this year.

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Danon Platina scores in Asahi Hai Futurity

Danon Platina lived up to expectations in the Asahi Hai Futurity (Tomoya Moriuchi/Horsephotos.com)

Race favorite Danon Platina responded well to expectations in capturing Hanshin's Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes on Sunday to top his generation.

Danon Platina's three career starts prior to Sunday consisted of a runner-up finish in his September 6 debut, followed by a convincing four-length win in a maiden race in October and another strong three-length victory in the Begonia Sho, an allowance race seven weeks later.

After breaking sharply from an inner stall, jockey Masayoshi Ebina kept Danon Platina reserved third from the rear and three wide while the Deep Impact colt briefly fought the bit in the backstretch. Well in hand by the last turn and angling out wide entering the straight, Ebina allowed the gray juvenile to hit his best stride. Danon Platina willingly demonstrated a resounding finishing kick to pass his rivals, including front runner Active Minoru at the furlong-pole, while holding off the fast-closing Arma Waioli.

"The going wasn't very good and, since we broke from an inner stall, I tried hard to position him away from the rails which went well as planned," Ebina explained. "He was relaxed and had enough left in him by the last corner for a strong final run.

"He definitely takes after his sire Deep Impact -- his finishing speed speaks for itself."

Danon Platina ran about eight furlongs on the good turf in 1:35 4/5 against his fellow two-year-old colts.

Since the Victoria Mile triumph with Apapane in 2011, this win marks trainer Sakae Kunieda's 11th JRA-Grade 1 victory, while Ebina celebrates his 23rd JRA-Grade 1 title after claiming the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies partnered with Shonan Adela, also sired by Deep Impact, just a week ago.

Deep Impact offspring has now dominated 10 out of 23 JRA-Grade 1 races this year.

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

LOS ALAMITOS FUTURITY (G1), LRC, $500,000, 2YO, 1 1/16M, 12-20.
3—DORTMUND, c, 2, Big Brown--Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat. ($90,000 '13 FTKJUL; $140,000 2014 FTMMAY). O-Kaleem Shah, Inc, B-Emilie Gerlinde Fojan (KY), T-Bob Baffert, J-Martin Garcia, $300,000.
5—Firing Line, c, 2, Line of David--Sister Girl Blues, by Hold for Gold. ($65,000 '12 KEENOV; $150,000 '13 FTKJUL; $240,000 2014 KEEAPR). O-Arnold Zetcher LLC, B-Clearsky Farms (KY), $100,000.
4—Mr. Z, c, 2, Malibu Moon--Stormy Bear, by Storm Cat. ($135,000 '13 FTKOCT). O-Zayat Stables, LLC, B-Richard D Maynard (KY), $60,000.
Also Ran: Bench Warrant, No Problem.
Winning Time: 1:40 4/5 (ft)
Margins: HD, NO, 8 1/4.
Odds: 0.60, 3.40, 2.70.

Dortmund sets track record in thrilling three-horse photo for Los Alamitos Futurity

Dortmund (outside) just got the best of Firing Line (center) and Mr. Z. (inside) in the Los Al Futurity (Benoit Photos)

Kaleem Shah Inc.'s Dortmund prevailed after a stretch-long duel with Mr. Z and Firing Line in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity, just getting his head down on the line to post a new track record for 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.86 over the fast Los Alamitos dirt.

With the win, the Bob Baffert pupil earned 10 points toward a starting berth in the 2015 Kentucky Derby via the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series of races.

Dortmund entered the Futurity -- previously named the Hollywood, then the CashCall, Futurity -- after romping in his initial two starts by a combined 12 1/2 lengths. The early favorite for the 2015 Kentucky Derby, it was no surprise to see him go off as the 3-5 choice against his four rivals with jockey Martin Garcia aboard.

Garcia settled Dortmund into an outside stalking spot as Mr. Z and Firing Line duked it out on the front end through splits of :21 4/5, :45 1/5 and 1:09 3/5. Dortmund ranged up to the outside of that pair rounding the turn and suddenly the race everyone was rooting for was on.

All three were motoring in tandem down the center of the track, with Mr. Z repeatedly lugging out and bumping Firing Line. Dortmund appeared to be hanging late and just finally got up to be on even terms in the shadow of the wire. The trio hit the line together, but the photo managed to discern Dortmund in front over Firing Line with Mr. Z another nose back in third.

Dortmund is now three-for-three in his career, having broken his maiden at Santa Anita Park on November 2 before traveling cross-country to take a Churchill Downs optional claimer 27 days later. Returning to Baffert's California-base for the Los Alamitos Futurity, the Big Brown colt has now banked $359,400 lifetime.

Bred in Kentucky by Emilie Gerlinde Fojan, Dortmund sold twice at auction. He brought $90,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling last year and then was purchased for $140,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training in May.

The two-year-old colt is the first stakes scorer out of the Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Tale of the Cat mare Our Josephina. His third dam is 1977 champion Lakeville Miss, who would go on in the breeding shed to produce Grade 1 hero Mogambo and Grade 1 runner-up Sea Breezer. This female family is also responsible for 1942 Preakness second Requested.

Graded Recaps

Dortmund sets track record in thrilling three-horse photo for Los Alamitos Futurity

Dortmund (outside) just got the best of Firing Line (center) and Mr. Z. (inside) in the Los Al Futurity (Benoit Photos)

Kaleem Shah Inc.'s Dortmund prevailed after a stretch-long duel with Mr. Z and Firing Line in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity, just getting his head down on the line to post a new track record for 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.86 over the fast Los Alamitos dirt.

With the win, the Bob Baffert pupil earned 10 points toward a starting berth in the 2015 Kentucky Derby via the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series of races.

Dortmund entered the Futurity -- previously named the Hollywood, then the CashCall, Futurity -- after romping in his initial two starts by a combined 12 1/2 lengths. The early favorite for the 2015 Kentucky Derby, it was no surprise to see him go off as the 3-5 choice against his four rivals with jockey Martin Garcia aboard.

Garcia settled Dortmund into an outside stalking spot as Mr. Z and Firing Line duked it out on the front end through splits of :21 4/5, :45 1/5 and 1:09 3/5. Dortmund ranged up to the outside of that pair rounding the turn and suddenly the race everyone was rooting for was on.

All three were motoring in tandem down the center of the track, with Mr. Z repeatedly lugging out and bumping Firing Line. Dortmund appeared to be hanging late and just finally got up to be on even terms in the shadow of the wire. The trio hit the line together, but the photo managed to discern Dortmund in front over Firing Line with Mr. Z another nose back in third.

Dortmund is now three-for-three in his career, having broken his maiden at Santa Anita Park on November 2 before traveling cross-country to take a Churchill Downs optional claimer 27 days later. Returning to Baffert's California-base for the Los Alamitos Futurity, the Big Brown colt has now banked $359,400 lifetime.

Bred in Kentucky by Emilie Gerlinde Fojan, Dortmund sold twice at auction. He brought $90,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling last year and then was purchased for $140,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training in May.

The two-year-old colt is the first stakes scorer out of the Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Tale of the Cat mare Our Josephina. His third dam is 1977 champion Lakeville Miss, who would go on in the breeding shed to produce Grade 1 hero Mogambo and Grade 1 runner-up Sea Breezer. This female family is also responsible for 1942 Preakness second Requested.

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Sky Flight stars in Tropical Park Derby; Sandiva wins Oaks

Sky Flight closed fast to capture his stakes debut (Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photo)

John Oxley's Sky Flight stretched his win streak to three while making his stakes debut in Saturday's $75,000 Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream Park, overhauling pacesetter Cement Clement in deep stretch to score by a length. Jose Lezcano was up for trainer Mark Casse on the improving three-year-old colt and Sky Flight completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:40 1/5 on the firm turf.

The son of Sky Mesa paid $11.40 to win as the 9-2 third choice among 12 rivals and Sky Flight has now earned $105,444 from four turf starts. The bay Kentucky-bred finished fifth when making his career bow at Kentucky Downs on September 13 and defeated maiden special weight rivals at Keeneland on October 18. He entered Saturday's race off a four-length romp over entry-level allowance rivals at Churchill Downs on November 13.

Cement Clement, a 25-1 outsider following a ninth in the December 6 Emerald at Gulfstream, threatened to steal the Tropical Park Derby, establishing splits of :23 1/5, :46 and 1:10 on a short lead before being challenged by Sky Flight. The winner settled in midpack during the early stages, rallying from 8 1/2 lengths back after the opening half-mile.

"The race seemed to set up for us," Lezcano said. "He was going good and I wasn't going to rush him, ask him to do something he doesn't want to do."

Sky Flight saved ground most of the way along the inside before splitting horses in upper stretch and carried his momentum boldly through the stretch. Cement Clement proved game to the wire, winding up a length clear of 5-2 favorite Smooth Daddy in third, but Sky Flight won going away in the end.

"He was comfortable and when I asked him to run he closed really well," the jockey noted.

"He's been forwardly placed in his other races, but obviously the pace was a lot hotter today," assistant trainer Norm Casse said. "Jose did the right thing and had him a little farther off the pace and it set up perfectly. Jose rode a great race."

Sandiva turned in a much-improved performance from her first three U.S. starts, snapping a five-race losing streak while registering her fourth overall stakes victory (Lauren King/Coglianese Photo)

Bred by Aaron Sones and Beverly Sommer, Sky Flight was purchased for $80,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. He's out of the stakes-placed Unbridled mare Cordoba, a half-sister to the multiple Grade 1-placed filly Along the Sea.

In the filly counterpart, the $75,000 Tropical Park Oaks, Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva overhauled pacesetter Party Now in midstretch and held determinedly as that rival re-rallied late, registering her first U.S. stakes victory with a neck decision.

A multiple Group 3 winner overseas, the Irish-bred Party Now is now trained by Todd Pletcher. Javier Castellano guided the chestnut daughter of Footstepsinthesand through 1 1/16 miles in 1:41 3/5.

The winner stalked in third as 2-1 favorite Party Now established splits of :24 3/5, :49 1/5 and 1:13. She launched her bid entering the stretch, rallying quickly to seize a half-length advantage with a sixteenth of a mile remaining. Party Now battled back to make it close on the wire, but Sandiva was able to prevail and returned a $10.60 win mutuel as the 4-1 third choice.

Party Now wound up three parts of a length better than 5-2 second favorite Dancing House, who closed fast into the frame late.

Bred by Denis McDonnell, Sandiva sold for a modest $28,400 as a yearling. She's out of the winning Mark of Esteem mare Miss Corrinne.

Unplaced in her first three starts versus graded rivals stateside, including a fourth most recently in the November 15 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs, Sandiva increased her earnings to $268,040. She won four starts overseas, in England, France and Ireland, and recorded three stakes tallies. Her record reads 12-5-1-0.

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Sky Flight stars in Tropical Park Derby; Sandiva wins Oaks

Sky Flight closed fast to capture his stakes debut (Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photo)

John Oxley's Sky Flight stretched his win streak to three while making his stakes debut in Saturday's $75,000 Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream Park, overhauling pacesetter Cement Clement in deep stretch to score by a length. Jose Lezcano was up for trainer Mark Casse on the improving three-year-old colt and Sky Flight completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:40 1/5 on the firm turf.

The son of Sky Mesa paid $11.40 to win as the 9-2 third choice among 12 rivals and Sky Flight has now earned $105,444 from four turf starts. The bay Kentucky-bred finished fifth when making his career bow at Kentucky Downs on September 13 and defeated maiden special weight rivals at Keeneland on October 18. He entered Saturday's race off a four-length romp over entry-level allowance rivals at Churchill Downs on November 13.

Cement Clement, a 25-1 outsider following a ninth in the December 6 Emerald at Gulfstream, threatened to steal the Tropical Park Derby, establishing splits of :23 1/5, :46 and 1:10 on a short lead before being challenged by Sky Flight. The winner settled in midpack during the early stages, rallying from 8 1/2 lengths back after the opening half-mile.

"The race seemed to set up for us," Lezcano said. "He was going good and I wasn't going to rush him, ask him to do something he doesn't want to do."

Sky Flight saved ground most of the way along the inside before splitting horses in upper stretch and carried his momentum boldly through the stretch. Cement Clement proved game to the wire, winding up a length clear of 5-2 favorite Smooth Daddy in third, but Sky Flight won going away in the end.

"He was comfortable and when I asked him to run he closed really well," the jockey noted.

"He's been forwardly placed in his other races, but obviously the pace was a lot hotter today," assistant trainer Norm Casse said. "Jose did the right thing and had him a little farther off the pace and it set up perfectly. Jose rode a great race."

Sandiva turned in a much-improved performance from her first three U.S. starts, snapping a five-race losing streak while registering her fourth overall stakes victory (Lauren King/Coglianese Photo)

Bred by Aaron Sones and Beverly Sommer, Sky Flight was purchased for $80,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. He's out of the stakes-placed Unbridled mare Cordoba, a half-sister to the multiple Grade 1-placed filly Along the Sea.

In the filly counterpart, the $75,000 Tropical Park Oaks, Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva overhauled pacesetter Party Now in midstretch and held determinedly as that rival re-rallied late, registering her first U.S. stakes victory with a neck decision.

A multiple Group 3 winner overseas, the Irish-bred Party Now is now trained by Todd Pletcher. Javier Castellano guided the chestnut daughter of Footstepsinthesand through 1 1/16 miles in 1:41 3/5.

The winner stalked in third as 2-1 favorite Party Now established splits of :24 3/5, :49 1/5 and 1:13. She launched her bid entering the stretch, rallying quickly to seize a half-length advantage with a sixteenth of a mile remaining. Party Now battled back to make it close on the wire, but Sandiva was able to prevail and returned a $10.60 win mutuel as the 4-1 third choice.

Party Now wound up three parts of a length better than 5-2 second favorite Dancing House, who closed fast into the frame late.

Bred by Denis McDonnell, Sandiva sold for a modest $28,400 as a yearling. She's out of the winning Mark of Esteem mare Miss Corrinne.

Unplaced in her first three starts versus graded rivals stateside, including a fourth most recently in the November 15 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs, Sandiva increased her earnings to $268,040. She won four starts overseas, in England, France and Ireland, and recorded three stakes tallies. Her record reads 12-5-1-0.

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McCarthy suffers broken right wrist at Laurel

Trevor McCarthy will be sidelined for an unspecified amount of time (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Leading rider Trevor McCarthy was unseated when his mount swerved to miss a fallen horse as both were galloping out after the 2ND race at Laurel Park on Saturday.

His agent, Scott Silver, who was transporting McCarthy to the hospital, said the rider had suffered a broken right wrist.

Hugger of Trees won the race with Christian Santiago Reyes aboard, but fellow while galloping out. The four-year-old filly was able to get to her feet, walk onto a van and leave the racetrack. Santiago Reyes was not injured.

Vente Latte, McCarthy's mount who finished second by three parts of a length, was caught and returned to the paddock.

McCarthy has already wrapped up all three leading rider titles in Maryland this year (Laurel winter, Pimlico spring and Laurel fall) with only three days left on the 2014 racing calendar.

His 263 winners make him the sixth leading rider in North America and he is in the top 20 in earnings with $8.1 million.

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McCarthy suffers broken right wrist at Laurel

Trevor McCarthy will be sidelined for an unspecified amount of time (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Leading rider Trevor McCarthy was unseated when his mount swerved to miss a fallen horse as both were galloping out after the 2ND race at Laurel Park on Saturday.

His agent, Scott Silver, who was transporting McCarthy to the hospital, said the rider had suffered a broken right wrist.

Hugger of Trees won the race with Christian Santiago Reyes aboard, but fellow while galloping out. The four-year-old filly was able to get to her feet, walk onto a van and leave the racetrack. Santiago Reyes was not injured.

Vente Latte, McCarthy's mount who finished second by three parts of a length, was caught and returned to the paddock.

McCarthy has already wrapped up all three leading rider titles in Maryland this year (Laurel winter, Pimlico spring and Laurel fall) with only three days left on the 2014 racing calendar.

His 263 winners make him the sixth leading rider in North America and he is in the top 20 in earnings with $8.1 million.

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Act of War captures Cape Guineas

Act of War suffered his lone defeat when a narrowly beaten second in his April 28 debut going six furlongs over the Kenilworth strip, but he has yet to look back since and ran his current win streak to six -- all at Kenilworth -- when collecting his first Group 1 in impressive fashion in Saturday's Cape Guineas over the same surface.

Off a step slow on Saturday, Act of War bided his time in midpack a few slots off the fence. Bottled up with plenty in the tank as the field straightened for home, the Dynasty sophomore responded with gusto when tipped out by Bernard Fayd'Herbe, sweeping past his rivals without feeling the whip.

Fayd'Herbe, who was Act of War's sixth rider in seven starts and was sitting in for the owner's injured stable jockey Anton Marcus, told Sporting Post, "I had the two draw and would have been happy sitting up third. My mount (ended) up missing the break but he was relaxed in running. Into the straight I was watching Piere (Strydom on Harry's Son, the only previous Group 1 winner in the line-up) and was following Anthony (Delpech on Kingvoldt).

"I squeezed him and Act of War just got there so quickly. He is a true champion -- one of the better horses I have ever sat on."

Off the mark by four lengths on May 13, Act of War stepped up in class to take the Group 3 Langerman Stakes going 1500 meters on June 8, and he added the listed Winter Juvenile Stakes over Sunday's track and eight-furlong trip on July 12.

Allowed a freshening thereafter during the Southern Hemisphere winter, Act of War picked up where he left off when taking the Group 3 Cape Classic on October 25, and he prepped for this with a smooth score in the Group 2 Selangor Cup on November 22.

Derek Brugman, racing manager to owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste, noted future goals for Act of War would include an international campaign. The Jooste's silks were carried to victory by Variety Club in this year's Group 2 Godolphin Mile in Dubai and Group 1 Champions Mile in Hong Kong.

"He got left and Bernie had to rush him," Brugman told Sporting Post. "He is so good though -- you can switch him off or on.

"We are now looking at the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate, the Met or the Derby. And the intention is to get him out of the country to race on the world stage."

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Act of War captures Cape Guineas

Act of War suffered his lone defeat when a narrowly beaten second in his April 28 debut going six furlongs over the Kenilworth strip, but he has yet to look back since and ran his current win streak to six -- all at Kenilworth -- when collecting his first Group 1 in impressive fashion in Saturday's Cape Guineas over the same surface.

Off a step slow on Saturday, Act of War bided his time in midpack a few slots off the fence. Bottled up with plenty in the tank as the field straightened for home, the Dynasty sophomore responded with gusto when tipped out by Bernard Fayd'Herbe, sweeping past his rivals without feeling the whip.

Fayd'Herbe, who was Act of War's sixth rider in seven starts and was sitting in for the owner's injured stable jockey Anton Marcus, told Sporting Post, "I had the two draw and would have been happy sitting up third. My mount (ended) up missing the break but he was relaxed in running. Into the straight I was watching Piere (Strydom on Harry's Son, the only previous Group 1 winner in the line-up) and was following Anthony (Delpech on Kingvoldt).

"I squeezed him and Act of War just got there so quickly. He is a true champion -- one of the better horses I have ever sat on."

Off the mark by four lengths on May 13, Act of War stepped up in class to take the Group 3 Langerman Stakes going 1500 meters on June 8, and he added the listed Winter Juvenile Stakes over Sunday's track and eight-furlong trip on July 12.

Allowed a freshening thereafter during the Southern Hemisphere winter, Act of War picked up where he left off when taking the Group 3 Cape Classic on October 25, and he prepped for this with a smooth score in the Group 2 Selangor Cup on November 22.

Derek Brugman, racing manager to owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste, noted future goals for Act of War would include an international campaign. The Jooste's silks were carried to victory by Variety Club in this year's Group 2 Godolphin Mile in Dubai and Group 1 Champions Mile in Hong Kong.

"He got left and Bernie had to rush him," Brugman told Sporting Post. "He is so good though -- you can switch him off or on.

"We are now looking at the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate, the Met or the Derby. And the intention is to get him out of the country to race on the world stage."

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Stone named as Churchill Downs' new track announcer

Travis Stone has been tabbed to succeed Larry Collmus as Churchill's track announcer (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Travis Stone, the race-caller at Monmouth Park in 2014 and backup announcer at the New York Racing Association (NYRA) this winter, has been named the new track announcer at Churchill Downs Racetrack and voice of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, which has been run every year without interruption since 1875.

Stone, 30, will describe the racing action for Churchill Downs' on- and off-track audiences when racing returns to the legendary Louisville, Kentucky, track for the 2015 spring meet on Saturday, April 25. He becomes only the eighth announcer in Churchill Downs' storied history, and will succeed Larry Collmus, who departed after one year for an opportunity to call races at NYRA which offers a significantly larger number of racing dates.

Collmus will continue to call the Kentucky Derby for NBC.

"It is truly an honor to become the new voice of Churchill Downs and to join a community that shares my passion and enthusiasm for this wonderful sport," Stone said. "The opportunity to call the Kentucky Derby and all of the prestigious races at Churchill Downs is a dream come true. I am already counting the days!"

Stone grew up in Schroon Lake, New York, spending summers at Saratoga and greatly admiring the work of legendary announcers Tom Durkin and Dave Johnson. After graduating from SUNY Oneonta with degree in Communication Arts, he landed his first job as a track announcer at Louisiana Downs in 2006 at age 22 and held that post through 2013. When Collmus left Monmouth Park after 20 years to call at Churchill Downs in 2014, Stone was named as his replacement at the New Jersey track. Now he'll succeed Collmus for the second time in as many years.

"Travis Stone is justly a rising star among the North American announcing ranks," said Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs Racetrack president. "To no one's surprise, numerous race-callers with a wide range of talent and individual style showed interest in our vacant track announcer position. But it became clear to us that Travis' passion for horse racing and charisma resonated through the microphone and made him the ideal fit for our team and racing at Churchill Downs.

"It's apparent that Travis works tirelessly to hone his craft with entertaining, colorful and accurate race calls. We believe he's one of the nation's premier announcers and will be a fabulous ambassador for Churchill Downs Racetrack in a community and region that loves horse racing like no other for years to come."

Stone will join an elite fraternity of Churchill Downs track announcers that include Gene Schmidt (1940-60), Chic Anderson (1961-77), Mike Battaglia (1978-96), Kurt Becker (1997-98), Luke Kruytbosch (1999-2008), Mark Johnson (2009-13) and Collmus (2014).

Stone has called races at Churchill Downs on two other occasions. He was a participant in the 2006 All-Star Announcer's Day on the day prior to the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Championships, and was part of a select group of five talented guest announcers who each spent one week behind the binoculars and microphone at Churchill Downs during the 2008 fall meet. He also has made guest appearances at Suffolk Downs, Calder Race Course and Golden Gate Fields.

Here's a link to Stone's call of this year's Haskell Invitational: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9dN2_OobTI. A compilation of select race calls can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-htUEbNuRI.

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Stone named as Churchill Downs' new track announcer

Travis Stone has been tabbed to succeed Larry Collmus as Churchill's track announcer (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Travis Stone, the race-caller at Monmouth Park in 2014 and backup announcer at the New York Racing Association (NYRA) this winter, has been named the new track announcer at Churchill Downs Racetrack and voice of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, which has been run every year without interruption since 1875.

Stone, 30, will describe the racing action for Churchill Downs' on- and off-track audiences when racing returns to the legendary Louisville, Kentucky, track for the 2015 spring meet on Saturday, April 25. He becomes only the eighth announcer in Churchill Downs' storied history, and will succeed Larry Collmus, who departed after one year for an opportunity to call races at NYRA which offers a significantly larger number of racing dates.

Collmus will continue to call the Kentucky Derby for NBC.

"It is truly an honor to become the new voice of Churchill Downs and to join a community that shares my passion and enthusiasm for this wonderful sport," Stone said. "The opportunity to call the Kentucky Derby and all of the prestigious races at Churchill Downs is a dream come true. I am already counting the days!"

Stone grew up in Schroon Lake, New York, spending summers at Saratoga and greatly admiring the work of legendary announcers Tom Durkin and Dave Johnson. After graduating from SUNY Oneonta with degree in Communication Arts, he landed his first job as a track announcer at Louisiana Downs in 2006 at age 22 and held that post through 2013. When Collmus left Monmouth Park after 20 years to call at Churchill Downs in 2014, Stone was named as his replacement at the New Jersey track. Now he'll succeed Collmus for the second time in as many years.

"Travis Stone is justly a rising star among the North American announcing ranks," said Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs Racetrack president. "To no one's surprise, numerous race-callers with a wide range of talent and individual style showed interest in our vacant track announcer position. But it became clear to us that Travis' passion for horse racing and charisma resonated through the microphone and made him the ideal fit for our team and racing at Churchill Downs.

"It's apparent that Travis works tirelessly to hone his craft with entertaining, colorful and accurate race calls. We believe he's one of the nation's premier announcers and will be a fabulous ambassador for Churchill Downs Racetrack in a community and region that loves horse racing like no other for years to come."

Stone will join an elite fraternity of Churchill Downs track announcers that include Gene Schmidt (1940-60), Chic Anderson (1961-77), Mike Battaglia (1978-96), Kurt Becker (1997-98), Luke Kruytbosch (1999-2008), Mark Johnson (2009-13) and Collmus (2014).

Stone has called races at Churchill Downs on two other occasions. He was a participant in the 2006 All-Star Announcer's Day on the day prior to the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Championships, and was part of a select group of five talented guest announcers who each spent one week behind the binoculars and microphone at Churchill Downs during the 2008 fall meet. He also has made guest appearances at Suffolk Downs, Calder Race Course and Golden Gate Fields.

Here's a link to Stone's call of this year's Haskell Invitational: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9dN2_OobTI. A compilation of select race calls can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-htUEbNuRI.

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Old Friends to receive Special Eclipse Award

Michael Blowen founded Old Friends in 2003 (Barbara Livingston)

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced Friday that the nonprofit Thoroughbred retirement center Old Friends will be presented with the Special Eclipse Award during the 44th annual Eclipse Awards on January 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

The Special Award honors extraordinary service, individual achievements in, or contributions to the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Georgetown, Kentucky, cares for more than 150 rescued and retired horses, including several pensioned stallions.

This year, Old Friends became the new home for two of racing's biggest stars from the past 20 years, bringing 1997 Kentucky Derby hero Silver Charm back to his native state after retiring from stud duty in Japan and acquiring three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude after the seven-year-old gelding finished racing.

Other American Grade 1 winners currently residing at the main farm include champions Amazombie, Gulch and Hidden Lake, as well as Affirmed Success, Afternoon Deelites, Bonapaw, Commentator, Dinard, Early Pioneer, Fabulous Strike, Geri, Kiri's Clown, Kudos, Ogygian, Sarava, Sean Avery, Seek Gold, Special Ring, Tinners Way, Wallenda and You and I.

"This is just unbelievable," Blowen said. "We started with one horse just over 10 years ago and now we have 166 retirees. We have several Eclipse Award winners already at the farm; I can't wait to show them mine!"

Additional fan favorites include Rapid Redux, winner of 19 consecutive races in 2011, and Little Silver Charm, the operation's miniature mascot and the farm's only non-Thoroughbred. Old Friends also operates Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division near Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, where past Travers winners Thunder Rumble and Will's Way greet the public, along with infamous 100-time loser Zippy Chippy.

Even while working full-time for the Globe as a staff writer, Blowen would spend mornings at Suffolk Downs working for veteran trainer Carlos Figueroa. Mucking stalls and walking hots aren't typical side jobs for journalists, but for Blowen they were excuses to satisfy his growing fascination with horses. Shortly after Blowen retired from the Globe he accepted a position in Kentucky as operations director for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

Michael Blowen visiting with Old Friends resident Sunshine Forever (Barbara Livingston)

In 2002, the news that 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand had perished in a slaughterhouse spurred Blowen to form his own operation, with an emphasis on retired stallions. Old Friends would be accessible to the public as a way of raising awareness for racehorse retirement and improving racing's image. The presence of high-profile stars would help to raise money and give comfortable homes to lesser names.

"It allows us to take other horses that really didn't do as much but deserve a retirement just as well," Blowen explained. "I want people to come away with really good feelings about the sport of horseracing because I adore it and we've made some inroads in that direction."

The farm is run by five full-time employees, four part-time employees and a dedicated group of 24 volunteers. Blowen praised his team, particularly the cast of volunteers.

"Old Friends is like a great baseball team. We have talent at every position. I'm just the lucky manager," he said. "The staff and volunteers are the ones that do it all and, of course, what keeps the team together are our great athletes."

"Old Friends is a special place," recently retired jockey and Old Friends board member Rosie Napravnik stated. "It is such a well-run organization and Michael Blowen is one of the most genuine people I've ever met in racing. When I pull up there I'm practically sprinting up the driveway I'm so excited. I don't really get starstruck by people but I do get starstruck when I visit Old Friends."

Old Friends offers daily tours and attracts up to 1,000 visitors per week during their busiest times of the year.

"Our industry has made significant progress in allowing former racehorses to live out dignified retirements thanks to Old Friends and likeminded organizations," NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop remarked. "We are grateful to Michael and his dedicated team of staff and volunteers for the positive impact they've had on our sport's commitment to aftercare and on the lives of hundreds of Thoroughbreds."

For more information, including how to donate or volunteer, please visit www.OldFriendsEquine.org.

The Special Award will be given for the 24th time since it was inaugurated in 1971 to honor Robert J. Kleberg, manager of the famed King Ranch. Subsequent recipients have included racing luminaries such as Bill Shoemaker, C.V. Whitney, Edward J. DeBartolo, Richard Duchossois, Russell Baze, Laffit Pincay Jr., Dale Baird, Team Zenyatta and last year's recipient, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

Old Friends will be the third aftercare-related recipient, following Monique Koehler, founder of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, in 2009, and the TAA.

A complete list of past Eclipse Award winners, including the Special Award recipients, may be accessed online at http://ntra.com/en/eclipse-awards/history.

Tickets to the Eclipse Awards ceremony are on sale for $400 each or $4,000 for a table of 10. For reservations, please contact Michele Ravencraft of the NTRA at mravencraft@ntra.com, or call 859-422-2657.

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Old Friends to receive Special Eclipse Award

Michael Blowen founded Old Friends in 2003 (Barbara Livingston)

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced Friday that the nonprofit Thoroughbred retirement center Old Friends will be presented with the Special Eclipse Award during the 44th annual Eclipse Awards on January 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

The Special Award honors extraordinary service, individual achievements in, or contributions to the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Georgetown, Kentucky, cares for more than 150 rescued and retired horses, including several pensioned stallions.

This year, Old Friends became the new home for two of racing's biggest stars from the past 20 years, bringing 1997 Kentucky Derby hero Silver Charm back to his native state after retiring from stud duty in Japan and acquiring three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude after the seven-year-old gelding finished racing.

Other American Grade 1 winners currently residing at the main farm include champions Amazombie, Gulch and Hidden Lake, as well as Affirmed Success, Afternoon Deelites, Bonapaw, Commentator, Dinard, Early Pioneer, Fabulous Strike, Geri, Kiri's Clown, Kudos, Ogygian, Sarava, Sean Avery, Seek Gold, Special Ring, Tinners Way, Wallenda and You and I.

"This is just unbelievable," Blowen said. "We started with one horse just over 10 years ago and now we have 166 retirees. We have several Eclipse Award winners already at the farm; I can't wait to show them mine!"

Additional fan favorites include Rapid Redux, winner of 19 consecutive races in 2011, and Little Silver Charm, the operation's miniature mascot and the farm's only non-Thoroughbred. Old Friends also operates Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division near Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, where past Travers winners Thunder Rumble and Will's Way greet the public, along with infamous 100-time loser Zippy Chippy.

Even while working full-time for the Globe as a staff writer, Blowen would spend mornings at Suffolk Downs working for veteran trainer Carlos Figueroa. Mucking stalls and walking hots aren't typical side jobs for journalists, but for Blowen they were excuses to satisfy his growing fascination with horses. Shortly after Blowen retired from the Globe he accepted a position in Kentucky as operations director for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

Michael Blowen visiting with Old Friends resident Sunshine Forever (Barbara Livingston)

In 2002, the news that 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand had perished in a slaughterhouse spurred Blowen to form his own operation, with an emphasis on retired stallions. Old Friends would be accessible to the public as a way of raising awareness for racehorse retirement and improving racing's image. The presence of high-profile stars would help to raise money and give comfortable homes to lesser names.

"It allows us to take other horses that really didn't do as much but deserve a retirement just as well," Blowen explained. "I want people to come away with really good feelings about the sport of horseracing because I adore it and we've made some inroads in that direction."

The farm is run by five full-time employees, four part-time employees and a dedicated group of 24 volunteers. Blowen praised his team, particularly the cast of volunteers.

"Old Friends is like a great baseball team. We have talent at every position. I'm just the lucky manager," he said. "The staff and volunteers are the ones that do it all and, of course, what keeps the team together are our great athletes."

"Old Friends is a special place," recently retired jockey and Old Friends board member Rosie Napravnik stated. "It is such a well-run organization and Michael Blowen is one of the most genuine people I've ever met in racing. When I pull up there I'm practically sprinting up the driveway I'm so excited. I don't really get starstruck by people but I do get starstruck when I visit Old Friends."

Old Friends offers daily tours and attracts up to 1,000 visitors per week during their busiest times of the year.

"Our industry has made significant progress in allowing former racehorses to live out dignified retirements thanks to Old Friends and likeminded organizations," NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop remarked. "We are grateful to Michael and his dedicated team of staff and volunteers for the positive impact they've had on our sport's commitment to aftercare and on the lives of hundreds of Thoroughbreds."

For more information, including how to donate or volunteer, please visit www.OldFriendsEquine.org.

The Special Award will be given for the 24th time since it was inaugurated in 1971 to honor Robert J. Kleberg, manager of the famed King Ranch. Subsequent recipients have included racing luminaries such as Bill Shoemaker, C.V. Whitney, Edward J. DeBartolo, Richard Duchossois, Russell Baze, Laffit Pincay Jr., Dale Baird, Team Zenyatta and last year's recipient, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

Old Friends will be the third aftercare-related recipient, following Monique Koehler, founder of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, in 2009, and the TAA.

A complete list of past Eclipse Award winners, including the Special Award recipients, may be accessed online at http://ntra.com/en/eclipse-awards/history.

Tickets to the Eclipse Awards ceremony are on sale for $400 each or $4,000 for a table of 10. For reservations, please contact Michele Ravencraft of the NTRA at mravencraft@ntra.com, or call 859-422-2657.

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In brief

Eagle (Candy Ride) continued preparations for Fair Grounds' $200,000 Lecomte S. (G3) on January 17 with a nice five-furlong move over the New Orleans' good main track in 1:01 3/5 on Saturday morning for trainer Neil Howard. "It wasn't anything earth-shattering," Howard shrugged. "He worked after the break in 1:01 and three and galloped out in fourteen and three. We're trying to hold onto what we have right now with him while still moving him forward and not push him too hard. We know that once we get to January 17 there are no breaks." The chestnut colt is coming off a good third in the November 29 Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2) at Churchill Downs and has won two of his four starts while never finishing worse than third...

Gulfstream Park acknowledged Saturday that they are investigating a timing issue with some races. "Gulfstream Park, with the help of its patrons and players, is aware that there have been some timing issues with races leaving the mile chute," the track said in a statement. "Along with hand-timing our races, we have had conversations with Trakus, our track timer, to remedy this problem as quickly as possible. Trakus is flying a technician to Gulfstream to work on this problem. In the past, Equibase has red-flagged suspicious times and sent the report to Trakus to be corrected. In the future, those times will also be reported to the management at Gulfstream Park so these problems can be investigated and expedited. We will also continue to hand-time all our races so we are positive that the times being reported are correct. We want to thank our players for helping us with this issue. The integrity of our sport must not be compromised. We will continue moving forward to make sure all information is reported correctly."...

Shadai's Ash Gold (Stay Gold) has some lofty hoofprints to fill, being a full brother to Japanese Triple Crown hero, Horse of the Year and four-time champion Orfevre as well as Japanese dual champion and triple Grade 1 winner Dream Journey, and the juvenile could take a big step toward fulfilling expectations in Sunday's Asahi Hai Futurity (Jpn-G1) at Hanshin, Japan's crowning jewel for two-year-olds. A debut sixth on July 26, Ash Gold was off the mark after a three-month holiday at Kyoto October 26 and finished second, beaten a half-length, in the November 15 Daily Hai Nisai S. (Jpn-G2), a key prep for Sunday's contest. The winner that day was Tagano Espresso (Black Tide), who had previously broken his maiden at third asking at Kyoto on October 11 and who has never finished off the board. Clarity Sky (Kurofune) looks to extend his win streak to three. After finishing fourth in his July 5 debut and second a week later, the bay graduated by two lengths over this course on September 27 and took the Icho S. at Tokyo by the same margin on October 11. Bright Emblem (Neo Universe) has been slow from the gate in both his starts, but that didn't stop him from winning either, the latter victory coming when he swooped six-wide to take the Sapporo Nisai S. (Jpn-G3) on September 6. While Bright Emblem will have to defy a near four-month layoff, Danon Platina (Deep Impact) will be wheeling back off 20 day's rest. The gray has gone two-for-three, breaking his maiden by four lengths on October 13 before taking a November 30 Tokyo allowance. Ryan Moore won last year aboard Asia Express (Henny Hughes) and looks for another international big-race win aboard the unbeaten Peptide Warhead (King Kamehameha).

Cinco Charlie (white cap) now boasts four stakes victories at four different tracks thanks to the Sugar Bowl (Lynn Roberts/Hodges Photography)

Corinne and L. William Heiligbrodt's Cinco Charlie (Indian Charlie) lived up to his 2-5 favoritism on Saturday by taking the $50,000 Sugar Bowl S. by a half-length under jockey Robby Albarado. The Steve Asmussen-trained juvenile dueled with Control Stake (Discreetly Mine) before putting that rival away in upper stretch and finding a new challenger in Bourbon Cowboy (Cowboy Cal). Cinco Charlie never faltered and held for the victory in 1:10 for six furlongs over the fast main track. "He's a three-quarter brother to (Grade 2 victor) Bwana Charlie (Indian Charlie)," Asmussen said. "Off this race, I think we'll most likely make his next start two turns." Paying $2.80 for the win to his many backers after show wagering was canceled on the four-horse field, the bay colt added the Sugar Bowl to prior stakes scores in the Bashford Manor S. (G3) at Churchill Downs, James F. Lewis III S. at Laurel Park and First State Dash S. at Delaware Park. He's also placed in a pair of races, the Futurity S. (G2) and Sanford S. (G3), in New York. The well-traveled colt Cinco Charlie now boasts an 8-5-0-2 mark and $272,922 in career earnings. His win in the Sugar Bowl began a four-win day for Albarado/Asmussen, as the duo would go on to take four-of-six together on the day's card. "I liked the group we had in today," Asmussen noted. "Whenever you get to start off the day with a horse like (Cinco) Charlie, it's pretty easy to feel good about the day."...


Promise Me Silver gave Robby Albarado his fifth winner on the day in the Letellier Memorial (Lynn Roberts/Hodges Photography)

In addition to his four-for-six record with Asmussen on Fair Grounds' Saturday card, Albarado earned a fifth score when piloting Myrna and Robert Luttrell's homebred Promise Me Silver (Silver City) to victory in the $50,000 Letellier Memorial S. The gray filly raced in fourth after breaking slow and found herself behind the leaders heading into the stretch. She bumped with Jugni (Colonel John) when forcing her way through, causing that rival to check sharply, then took command and pulled away to a 5 1/2-length win while finishing six furlongs on the fast dirt in 1:10 4/5. The Bret Calhoun-trained juvenile filly was the 7-5 favorite but had to withstand a lengthy stewards' inquiry into the bumping incident before the race was made official and she could return $4.80 for the win. "Up to this point, we thought she was maybe a sprinter and we treated her that way, but we have been working on her to settle a little bit," Calhoun remarked. "This race proved she can relax and settle and opens up a few more doors." Promise Me Silver remains unbeaten in four starts with the Letellier Memorial triumph, adding it to prior scores in the Debutante S. at Churchill Downs and the Darby's Daughter division of the Texas Stallion S. at Retama Park. She's now banked $154,355 lifetime. Albarado's five-win day was the best single-day mark by a rider this season, besting leading rider James Graham's four-win performance on November 29...


Unlimited Lil Lady took her stakes bow in the Lookout (Nicole Walker/Coady Photography)

Ron Faucheux and Thomas L. Arnaud's Unlimited Lil Lady (Harborage) used a strong stretch run to clear her competition and win Friday night's featured $65,000 Lookout S. at Delta Downs under apprentice jockey Andre Ramgeet. The four-year-old filly, who is also trained by Faucheux, is now three-for-three at Delta Downs with each of her wins coming in succession this season. After breaking sharply from the outside 8 post, Unlimited Lil Lady stalked the leaders from midpack during the early stages of the 7 1/2-furlong test for older Louisiana-bred distaffers. When the field reached the second turn, she began to rally stoutly and garnered the lead in upper stretch. Clever Thirteen (Victory Gallop) was no match for the winner down the lane and finished a clear second, beaten one length as Unlimited Lil Lady stopped the clock over the sloppy track in 1:34 3/5. Sent off the 7-2 second choice in her stakes debut, Unlimited Lil Lady paid $9.60 while improving her career record to 16-5-0-1, $112,826...

Grand Contender (Strong Contender) had little more than a $50,000 workout on Friday afternoon in the Buddy Diliberto Memorial S. at Fair Ground, albeit a very wet one. The six-year-old gelding sprinted from his outside post in the four-horse field and never looked back while coasting to a 1 1/2-length victory under Francisco Torres. The Tom Amoss trainee finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:44 4/5 to post his fifth career stakes win. The Diliberto was a return to the winner's circle for the bay gelding after three consecutive losses in stakes company. He captured the Lone Star Park H. (G3) and Texas Mile (G3) in succession during the spring, and bypassed Sunday's $50,000 Tenacious S., in which he was also entered, for the Buddy Diliberto Memorial...

Fair Grounds will host a pair of stakes on Sunday. The $50,000 Tiffany Lass S. drew a field of five distaffers going a mile and 70 yards while the $50,000 Tenacious S. sends older runners the same distance. The top draw in the Tiffany Lass is Grade 3 heroine Cassatt (Tapit), who came out of her facile 4 1/2-length victory in the lucrative Zia Park Oaks on November 26 no worse for the wear. Trainer Larry Jones indicated the three-year-old miss will follow Sunday's event with the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston on January 24. Ten were entered in the Tenacious, but the race already will have one scratch after Grand Contender (Strong Contender) captured Friday's Buddy Diliberto Memorial at the New Orleans track. Trainer Tom Amoss' Rise Up (Rockport Harbor), hero of the 2013 Delta Downs Jackpot (G3), is seeking his second win of the year in the Tenacious. The bay sophomore romped by 10 3/4 lengths in the Robert Hilton Memorial at Charles Town in April and was third against optional claiming rivals in his most recent start on November 27. Agent Di Nozzo (Ghostzapper), third in last year's Tenacious, returns for another shot at the race, as does Flashy Sunrise (Flashy Bull), who has gone 2-1-0 from seven starts since his seventh-place run in the 2013 edition...

Average daily purse distribution will increase approximately 20 percent for the 2015 live racing season at Emerald Downs. Horsemen were notified of the increase last week when stall applications were mailed in preparation for the 70-day live racing season. The increase will be made possible by ongoing purse enhancements from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, which since 2004 has provided Emerald Downs with $11,954,825 in purse supplements. Pending approval by the Washington Horse Racing Commission (WHRC), the meeting will run April 18 through September 27 with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The 2015 season marks the 20th season of live racing at Emerald Downs. In November it was announced that the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe had agreed in principle to acquire Emerald Downs and its assets. The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is expected to obtain the WHRC license necessary to own and operate Emerald Downs and its off-track wagering facilities. The process is ongoing and the license is expected to be awarded early in 2015. Emerald Downs' stable area opens January 31 with training beginning February 2. The 2015 stakes schedule, including the 80th running of the Longacres Mile (G3), will be announced early next year.

In brief

Eagle (Candy Ride) continued preparations for Fair Grounds' $200,000 Lecomte S. (G3) on January 17 with a nice five-furlong move over the New Orleans' good main track in 1:01 3/5 on Saturday morning for trainer Neil Howard. "It wasn't anything earth-shattering," Howard shrugged. "He worked after the break in 1:01 and three and galloped out in fourteen and three. We're trying to hold onto what we have right now with him while still moving him forward and not push him too hard. We know that once we get to January 17 there are no breaks." The chestnut colt is coming off a good third in the November 29 Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2) at Churchill Downs and has won two of his four starts while never finishing worse than third...

Gulfstream Park acknowledged Saturday that they are investigating a timing issue with some races. "Gulfstream Park, with the help of its patrons and players, is aware that there have been some timing issues with races leaving the mile chute," the track said in a statement. "Along with hand-timing our races, we have had conversations with Trakus, our track timer, to remedy this problem as quickly as possible. Trakus is flying a technician to Gulfstream to work on this problem. In the past, Equibase has red-flagged suspicious times and sent the report to Trakus to be corrected. In the future, those times will also be reported to the management at Gulfstream Park so these problems can be investigated and expedited. We will also continue to hand-time all our races so we are positive that the times being reported are correct. We want to thank our players for helping us with this issue. The integrity of our sport must not be compromised. We will continue moving forward to make sure all information is reported correctly."...

Shadai's Ash Gold (Stay Gold) has some lofty hoofprints to fill, being a full brother to Japanese Triple Crown hero, Horse of the Year and four-time champion Orfevre as well as Japanese dual champion and triple Grade 1 winner Dream Journey, and the juvenile could take a big step toward fulfilling expectations in Sunday's Asahi Hai Futurity (Jpn-G1) at Hanshin, Japan's crowning jewel for two-year-olds. A debut sixth on July 26, Ash Gold was off the mark after a three-month holiday at Kyoto October 26 and finished second, beaten a half-length, in the November 15 Daily Hai Nisai S. (Jpn-G2), a key prep for Sunday's contest. The winner that day was Tagano Espresso (Black Tide), who had previously broken his maiden at third asking at Kyoto on October 11 and who has never finished off the board. Clarity Sky (Kurofune) looks to extend his win streak to three. After finishing fourth in his July 5 debut and second a week later, the bay graduated by two lengths over this course on September 27 and took the Icho S. at Tokyo by the same margin on October 11. Bright Emblem (Neo Universe) has been slow from the gate in both his starts, but that didn't stop him from winning either, the latter victory coming when he swooped six-wide to take the Sapporo Nisai S. (Jpn-G3) on September 6. While Bright Emblem will have to defy a near four-month layoff, Danon Platina (Deep Impact) will be wheeling back off 20 day's rest. The gray has gone two-for-three, breaking his maiden by four lengths on October 13 before taking a November 30 Tokyo allowance. Ryan Moore won last year aboard Asia Express (Henny Hughes) and looks for another international big-race win aboard the unbeaten Peptide Warhead (King Kamehameha).

Cinco Charlie (white cap) now boasts four stakes victories at four different tracks thanks to the Sugar Bowl (Lynn Roberts/Hodges Photography)

Corinne and L. William Heiligbrodt's Cinco Charlie (Indian Charlie) lived up to his 2-5 favoritism on Saturday by taking the $50,000 Sugar Bowl S. by a half-length under jockey Robby Albarado. The Steve Asmussen-trained juvenile dueled with Control Stake (Discreetly Mine) before putting that rival away in upper stretch and finding a new challenger in Bourbon Cowboy (Cowboy Cal). Cinco Charlie never faltered and held for the victory in 1:10 for six furlongs over the fast main track. "He's a three-quarter brother to (Grade 2 victor) Bwana Charlie (Indian Charlie)," Asmussen said. "Off this race, I think we'll most likely make his next start two turns." Paying $2.80 for the win to his many backers after show wagering was canceled on the four-horse field, the bay colt added the Sugar Bowl to prior stakes scores in the Bashford Manor S. (G3) at Churchill Downs, James F. Lewis III S. at Laurel Park and First State Dash S. at Delaware Park. He's also placed in a pair of races, the Futurity S. (G2) and Sanford S. (G3), in New York. The well-traveled colt Cinco Charlie now boasts an 8-5-0-2 mark and $272,922 in career earnings. His win in the Sugar Bowl began a four-win day for Albarado/Asmussen, as the duo would go on to take four-of-six together on the day's card. "I liked the group we had in today," Asmussen noted. "Whenever you get to start off the day with a horse like (Cinco) Charlie, it's pretty easy to feel good about the day."...


Promise Me Silver gave Robby Albarado his fifth winner on the day in the Letellier Memorial (Lynn Roberts/Hodges Photography)

In addition to his four-for-six record with Asmussen on Fair Grounds' Saturday card, Albarado earned a fifth score when piloting Myrna and Robert Luttrell's homebred Promise Me Silver (Silver City) to victory in the $50,000 Letellier Memorial S. The gray filly raced in fourth after breaking slow and found herself behind the leaders heading into the stretch. She bumped with Jugni (Colonel John) when forcing her way through, causing that rival to check sharply, then took command and pulled away to a 5 1/2-length win while finishing six furlongs on the fast dirt in 1:10 4/5. The Bret Calhoun-trained juvenile filly was the 7-5 favorite but had to withstand a lengthy stewards' inquiry into the bumping incident before the race was made official and she could return $4.80 for the win. "Up to this point, we thought she was maybe a sprinter and we treated her that way, but we have been working on her to settle a little bit," Calhoun remarked. "This race proved she can relax and settle and opens up a few more doors." Promise Me Silver remains unbeaten in four starts with the Letellier Memorial triumph, adding it to prior scores in the Debutante S. at Churchill Downs and the Darby's Daughter division of the Texas Stallion S. at Retama Park. She's now banked $154,355 lifetime. Albarado's five-win day was the best single-day mark by a rider this season, besting leading rider James Graham's four-win performance on November 29...


Unlimited Lil Lady took her stakes bow in the Lookout (Nicole Walker/Coady Photography)

Ron Faucheux and Thomas L. Arnaud's Unlimited Lil Lady (Harborage) used a strong stretch run to clear her competition and win Friday night's featured $65,000 Lookout S. at Delta Downs under apprentice jockey Andre Ramgeet. The four-year-old filly, who is also trained by Faucheux, is now three-for-three at Delta Downs with each of her wins coming in succession this season. After breaking sharply from the outside 8 post, Unlimited Lil Lady stalked the leaders from midpack during the early stages of the 7 1/2-furlong test for older Louisiana-bred distaffers. When the field reached the second turn, she began to rally stoutly and garnered the lead in upper stretch. Clever Thirteen (Victory Gallop) was no match for the winner down the lane and finished a clear second, beaten one length as Unlimited Lil Lady stopped the clock over the sloppy track in 1:34 3/5. Sent off the 7-2 second choice in her stakes debut, Unlimited Lil Lady paid $9.60 while improving her career record to 16-5-0-1, $112,826...

Grand Contender (Strong Contender) had little more than a $50,000 workout on Friday afternoon in the Buddy Diliberto Memorial S. at Fair Ground, albeit a very wet one. The six-year-old gelding sprinted from his outside post in the four-horse field and never looked back while coasting to a 1 1/2-length victory under Francisco Torres. The Tom Amoss trainee finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:44 4/5 to post his fifth career stakes win. The Diliberto was a return to the winner's circle for the bay gelding after three consecutive losses in stakes company. He captured the Lone Star Park H. (G3) and Texas Mile (G3) in succession during the spring, and bypassed Sunday's $50,000 Tenacious S., in which he was also entered, for the Buddy Diliberto Memorial...

Fair Grounds will host a pair of stakes on Sunday. The $50,000 Tiffany Lass S. drew a field of five distaffers going a mile and 70 yards while the $50,000 Tenacious S. sends older runners the same distance. The top draw in the Tiffany Lass is Grade 3 heroine Cassatt (Tapit), who came out of her facile 4 1/2-length victory in the lucrative Zia Park Oaks on November 26 no worse for the wear. Trainer Larry Jones indicated the three-year-old miss will follow Sunday's event with the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston on January 24. Ten were entered in the Tenacious, but the race already will have one scratch after Grand Contender (Strong Contender) captured Friday's Buddy Diliberto Memorial at the New Orleans track. Trainer Tom Amoss' Rise Up (Rockport Harbor), hero of the 2013 Delta Downs Jackpot (G3), is seeking his second win of the year in the Tenacious. The bay sophomore romped by 10 3/4 lengths in the Robert Hilton Memorial at Charles Town in April and was third against optional claiming rivals in his most recent start on November 27. Agent Di Nozzo (Ghostzapper), third in last year's Tenacious, returns for another shot at the race, as does Flashy Sunrise (Flashy Bull), who has gone 2-1-0 from seven starts since his seventh-place run in the 2013 edition...

Average daily purse distribution will increase approximately 20 percent for the 2015 live racing season at Emerald Downs. Horsemen were notified of the increase last week when stall applications were mailed in preparation for the 70-day live racing season. The increase will be made possible by ongoing purse enhancements from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, which since 2004 has provided Emerald Downs with $11,954,825 in purse supplements. Pending approval by the Washington Horse Racing Commission (WHRC), the meeting will run April 18 through September 27 with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The 2015 season marks the 20th season of live racing at Emerald Downs. In November it was announced that the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe had agreed in principle to acquire Emerald Downs and its assets. The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is expected to obtain the WHRC license necessary to own and operate Emerald Downs and its off-track wagering facilities. The process is ongoing and the license is expected to be awarded early in 2015. Emerald Downs' stable area opens January 31 with training beginning February 2. The 2015 stakes schedule, including the 80th running of the Longacres Mile (G3), will be announced early next year.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

TROPICAL PARK DERBY, GP, $75,000, 3YO, 1 1/16MT, 12-20.
1—SKY FLIGHT, c, 3, Sky Mesa--Cordoba, by Unbridled. ($80,000 '12 KEESEP). O-John C Oxley, B-Aaron Sones & Beverly Sommer (KY), T-Mark E. Casse, J-Jose Lezcano, $43,245.
7—Cement Clement, g, 3, Limehouse--Gouge, by Repriced. ($30,000 '12 OBSAUG). O-Scorese, Pat and Ron, B-Mr & Mrs John A DeVault III (FL), $13,950.
9—Smooth Daddy, c, 3, Scat Daddy--Prairie Maiden, by Badger Land. ($170,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Baker, Robert C and Mack, William L, B-Richard Lueck (KY), $6,975.
Also Ran: Cabo Cat, Daddy's Kid, Best Plan Yet, Other Cheek, My Storm Trooper, Morning Calm, Breitling Flyer, Roman Approval, Wallyanna.
Winning Time: 1:40 1/5 (fm)
Margins: 1, 1, HD.
Odds: 4.70, 25.40, 2.80.
 
TROPICAL PARK OAKS, GP, $75,000, 3YO, F, 1 1/16MT, 12-20.
14—SANDIVA (IRE), f, 3, Footstepsinthesand (GB)--Miss Corinne (GB), by Mark of Esteem (IRE). (18,000GBP '12 DONAUG). O-Al Shaqab Racing, B-Denis McDonnell (IRE), T-Todd A. Pletcher, J-Javier Castellano, $42,315.
2—Party Now, f, 3, Tiznow--Search Party, by Seeking the Gold. O-Janney, III, Stuart S and Phipps Stable, B-Stuart S Janney, III LLC & Phipps Stable (KY), $13,650.
4—Dancing House, f, 3, Tapit--Tout Charmant, by Slewvescent. O-Godolphin Racing LLC, B-Darley (KY), $6,825.
Also Ran: Save the Park, Granny Mc's Kitten, Patsy's Holiday, Pink Poppy, Sumba Sunset, Verdura, Bikini Beauty, She's Not Here, Naughty Holiday, Jackie's Daughter, Flat Out Charming.
Winning Time: 1:41 3/5 (fm)
Margins: NK, 3/4, HF.
Odds: 4.30, 2.10, 2.90.
 
LOOKOUT S., DED, $65,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7 1/2F, 12-19.
8—UNLIMITED LIL LADY, f, 4, Harborage--Polite Lil Lady, by Muhtafal. ($600 '11 LOUAUG). O-Faucheux, Ron and Arnaud, Thomas L, B-Royal B Kraft, Sr (LA), T-Ron Faucheux, J-Andre R. Ramgeet, $39,000.
5—Clever Thirteen, m, 7, Victory Gallop--A Lot of Mary, by Clever Champ. ($13,000 2009 TEXMAR). O-Douglas Schambough, B-Simmons and Associates, Inc (LA), $13,000.
7—Hopeshesamiracle, f, 4, Eugene's Third Son--Karate Katie, by Pulling Punches. O-Maxie Wayne Kitchings, Jr, B-Maxie Wayne Kitchings Jr (LA), $6,500.
Also Ran: Tunica Girl, I Love Pickles, Flower Lady, Glamoride, Esther Carl.
Winning Time: 1:34 3/5 (sy)
Margins: 1, 1HF, 1.
Odds: 3.80, 8.10, 30.20.
 
SUGAR BOWL S., FG, $50,000, 2YO, 6F, 12-20.
5—CINCO CHARLIE, c, 2, Indian Charlie--Ten Halos, by Marquetry. ($75,000 '13 FTMSEP; $190,000 2014 OBSMAR). O-Heiligbrodt, L William and Corinne, B-Candyland Farm (KY), T-Steven M. Asmussen, J-Robby Albarado, $33,500.
3—Bourbon Cowboy, c, 2, Cowboy Cal--First Installment, by Broken Vow. ($45,000 '13 OBSAUG; $50,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Holmark Stables IV LLC, B-Richard Forbush & Pin Oak Stud, LLC (KY), $10,000.
2—Control Stake, c, 2, Discreetly Mine--Be a Quiet Honey, by Quiet American. ($85,000 '13 OBSAUG). O-Klaravich Stables, Inc and Lawrence, William H, B-BPN (FL), $5,000.
Also Ran: Plaska.
Winning Time: 1:10 (ft)
Margins: HF, 4, 11HF.
Odds: 0.40, 7.60, 1.60.
 
LETELLIER MEMORIAL S., FG, $50,000, 2YO, F, 6F, 12-20.
2—PROMISE ME SILVER, f, 2, Silver City--Uno Mas Promesa, by Macho Uno. O-Luttrell, Myrna and Robert, B-Robert Luttrell (TX), T-W. Bret Calhoun, J-Robby Albarado, $31,000.
4—Carolina Jasmine, f, 2, Line of David--Profitability, by Cherokee Run. ($60,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-James M Miller, B-Spendthrift Farm, LLC (KY), $10,000.
6—True to You, f, 2, Scat Daddy--April True, by Yes It's True. ($115,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-H & A Stables LLC & Annie D Scott (FL), $5,000.
Also Ran: I'm a Looker, Jugni, Guessed Right.
Winning Time: 1:10 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 5HF, 2 3/4, 2.
Odds: 1.40, 5.60, 1.50.
 
BOBBIE BRICKER MEMORIAL H., MVR, $50,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 12-20.
3—ISADELLA, m, 5, Kentucky Dane--Adella, by Tejano Run. O-Raymond Donald, B-Divine Intervention Farm (OH), T-Ivan Vazquez, J-Megan Fadlovich, $31,000.
5—Startin Something, m, 6, Musical Dreamer--Nothin But a Thing, by Marquetry. O-Blazing Meadows Farm LLC, B-Blazing Meadows Farm (OH), $10,000.
1—Circle Can Run, f, 3, Kentucky Dane--Circle the Globe, by Circus Surprise. O-Daniel W Myers, B-Daniel W Myers (OH), $5,000.
Also Ran: Monetary Reward, Barnsvlle Shamrock.
Winning Time: 1:52 (ft)
Margins: NO, NK, 12HF.
Odds: 4.30, 2.70, 0.40.
 
BOLD EGO H., SUN, $50,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 12-20.
2—BELLEOFTHEBEACH, f, 3, Master Command--Belle's Home, by Came Home. ($20,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Teed Off Stable LLC, B-Calvin Crain (KY), T-Justin R. Evans, J-Irwin J. Rosendo, $30,000.
1—African Rose, m, 5, Bwana Charlie--Darby Rose, by Red Bullet. ($7,500 2011 FTHRS2). O-Judge Lanier Racing, B-Heiligbrodt Racing Stable (FL), $11,000.
8—Lasting Bubbles, m, 6, Pulling Punches--Slim's Secret, by Desert Secret (IRE). O-Judy Peek, B-Judy Peek (TX), $5,000.
Also Ran: Warrens Venedalucy, Hidethegoodstuff, Musical Arts.
Winning Time: 1:02 4/5 (ft)
Margins: NK, 1 3/4, 1 1/4.
Odds: 2.80, 4.00, 1.10.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Sunday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Fair Grounds   (1st) Whyalwaysme, 3-1
    (5th) Waytogo Trish, 6-1
Gulfstream Park   (2nd) Choice Point, 4-1
    (7th) Kutschman, 3-1
Los Alamitos   (6th) Shun, 3-1
    (8th) Celebrity Status, 3-1
Parx   (2nd) Wild Nicole, 9-2
    (5th) Pink Hero, 7-2
Tampa Bay Downs   (3rd) Iron Media, 5-1
    (5th) Oriental Secret, 3-1
Turfway Park   (3rd) Nipsky, 7-2
    (9th) Kitten's Journey, 9-2

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

LRC, 7TH, AOC, $61,550, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 12-20.
5—SWEET MARINI, f, 4, Marino Marini--Excessing, by In Excess (IRE). O-Kaleem Shah, Inc, B-BMWZ Stables (CA), T-Bob Baffert, J-Martin Garcia, $39,000.
4—Magic Lily, f, 3, With Distinction--Gray Trick, by Favorite Trick. ($15,000 '12 OBSAUG). O-Rontos Racing Stable Corp, B-Big C Farms (FL), $10,000.
1—Popalicious, f, 4, Ministers Wild Cat--Sea Poppy, by Forestry. O-Featherston, Roger and Miller, Lynne and Tom, B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA), $7,800.
Winning Time: 1:02 (ft)
 
LRC, 5TH, AOC, $53,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 12-20.
5—BACCELO (BRZ), r, 4, Northern Afleet--Quanto Carina (BRZ), by Wild Event. O-BL Racing Stables, LLC, B-Haras Santa Maria de Araras (BRZ), T-Paulo H. Lobo, J-Tiago Josue Pereira, $30,000.
6—Prime Issue, g, 4, Tannersmyman--Major Issue, by Benchmark. O-Hollendorfer, Jerry, Schlaich, Mark and Todaro, George, B-Bay Cove Farm & Woodbridge Farm (CA), $13,000.
4—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), $6,000.
Winning Time: 1:42 1/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 8TH, AOC, $48,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 12-20.
5—BAMA BOUND, g, 4, Rock Hard Ten--Leo's Gypsy Dancer, by Leo Castelli. ($120,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Silver Trail Stables LLC, B-Bryan Hicks (FL), T-Ramon Preciado, J-J. D. Acosta, $28,200.
8—Magical Fire, g, 5, Speightstown--Freedom's Magic, by El Prado (IRE). O-Freedom Acres, Inc, B-Y Kolybabiuk (NJ), $9,400.
6—Praetereo, h, 6, Giant's Causeway--Deb's Charm, by Silver Charm. ($265,000 '08 KEENOV; $250,000 '09 KEESEP). O-E and G Stable, B-B P Walden, H Sexton & Giants Causeway Syndicate (KY), $5,170.
Winning Time: 1:13 4/5 (ft)
 
LRL, 8TH, ALW, $42,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 12-20.
8—MOONSTONE MAGIC, f, 3, Malibu Moon--Never Fail, by Holy Bull. ($300,000 '12 FTMOCT). O-Hillwood Stable LLC, B-Audley Farm (VA), T-Rodney Jenkins, J-Sheldon Russell, $23,940.
3—Country Sunshine, f, 3, Bluegrass Cat--Talent, by Cryptoclearance. O-William M Backer Revocable Trust, B-William M Backer Revocable Trust (VA), $8,820.
6—Edyanne, f, 4, Eddington--Curry Cat, by Tale of the Cat. O-Goodeal Stable and Fanelli, John, B-Mike Freeny (KY), $4,620.
Winning Time: 1:38 (ft)
 
DED, 7TH, AOC, $42,000, 3YO/UP, 5F, 12-19.
(DH) 1—TEXAS FIRE, g, 4, Fire Slam--Texas Approved, by With Approval. O-Larry Benoit, B-Michele Rodriguez (LA), T-Keith G. Bourgeois, J-Courtney Hernandez, $16,800.
(DH) 9—OLLIE BABY, g, 6, High Cascade--Angry Nurse, by Sky Classic. O-Robert Asaro Enterprises, Inc, B-Dr Rebecca Bynum (LA), T-Keith G. Bourgeois, J-Joseph Walter Patin, Jr., $16,800.
7—Forerun, g, 3, Forefathers--Daisy for Rubiano, by Rubiano. ($10,000 '12 ESLSEP; $42,000 2013 EVDMAR). O-Rodney J Verret, B-B & B Bloodstock, Inc & Marty H (LA), $4,620.
Winning Time: :59 2/5 (sy)
 
FG, 6TH, AOC, $41,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 12-20.
5—NIGHT MANEUVER, g, 5, Orientate--Smoke n Shadows, by Smoke Glacken. O-Childers, Miles, L T B, Inc and Ed Wright Cattle Company, B-Nustar Breeding LLC (NY), T-Bernard S. Flint, J-James Graham, $24,600.
2—McQ, c, 3, Wildcat Heir--Ashlee's Lady, by Gilded Time. ($50,000 '12 OBSAUG). O-Knollwood Stables, B-Brambly Lane Farm & Steve Dwoskin (FL), $8,200.
6—Texas Two Step, c, 3, Distorted Humor--Miss Salsa, by Unbridled. ($325,000 '12 KEESEP). O-WinStar Farm LLC and Fox Hill Farm, B-Fares Farm, LLC (KY), $4,510.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
 
FG, 9TH, ALW, $40,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 12-20.
8—LASSIE LYNN, f, 3, Half Ours--Lynn Cara Lassie, by Mutakddim. O-Lee Young Farm, B-Lee Young Farm (LA), T-Patricia G. West, J-Francisco C. Torres, $24,000.
9—All About Ju Ju, f, 3, Into Mischief--Lochlin Slew, by Seattle Slew. ($22,000 '12 ESLSEP; $115,000 2013 OBSMAR). O-Keith Plaisance, B-J Adcock & Neal McFadden (LA), $8,000.
1—Squatty, f, 3, Congrats--Skyward Bound, by Relaunch. O-Thad D Ackel, B-Thad Ackel (LA), $4,400.
Winning Time: 1:05 1/5 (ft)
 
GP, 5TH, AOC, $35,200, 2YO, 1MT, 12-20.
(DH) 7—HARD TO PORT, c, 2, Afleet Alex--Turn Away, by Empire Maker. O-Juddmonte Farms, Inc, B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY), T-William I. Mott, J-Javier Castellano, $14,000.
(DH) 9—DUBAI SKY, c, 2, Candy Ride (ARG)--House of Danzing, by Chester House. O-Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables, B-Besilu Stables, LLC (KY), T-William I. Mott, J-John R. Velazquez, $14,000.
4—Jakob's Way, g, 2, West Acre--Jessica's Way, by Beau Genius. O-Gilbert G Campbell, B-Gilbert G Campbell (FL), $3,700.
Winning Time: 1:36 3/5 (fm)
 
GP, 9TH, AOC, $35,000, 3YO/UP, 1 7/16MT, 12-20.
13—JONRAH, g, 5, Bob and John--Rah Rah, by Rahy. ($11,500 '10 KEESEP; $100,000 2011 FTMMAY). O-Dubb, Michael, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Aisquith, Gary, B-James H Iselin (NY), T-Chad C. Brown, J-John R. Velazquez, $21,000.
2—Change of Command, g, 7, Gators n Bears--Doctor Campbell, by Let's Go Blue. O-Morris Stable LLC, B-Wayne & Juanita Morris (MD), $7,000.
1—Belisarius (IRE), c, 3, Montjeu (IRE)--Lasting Chance, by American Chance. O-Wachtel Stable, Brous Stable LLC and Barber, Gary, B-Lynch Bages Ltd & Camas Park Stud (IRE), $3,150.
Winning Time: 2:20 4/5 (fm)
 
SUN, 8TH, ALW, $33,900, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5F, 12-20.
8—TRADERS PRIDE, m, 6, The Trader's Echo--Rising Pride, by Desert God. O-Judge Lanier Racing, B-Joe Allen (NM), T-Simon J. Buechler, J-Elvin Gonzalez, $20,340.
5—Hennessy Road, f, 4, Roll Hennessy Roll--Marquee, by Gold Regent. O-Moore, W Davis and Lisa, B-Davis Moore (NM), $7,458.
3—Unofficial Winner, f, 3, Attila's Storm--Icy Hollywood, by Gone Hollywood. ($45,000 '12 RUIJUL). O-Brooks, Joe Dee, Lewis, Lee R, Rushing, Ted, Taylor, Dale and Bryant, Scott, B-R D Hubbard (NM), $3,390.
Winning Time: :57 2/5 (ft)
 
PEN, 4TH, ALW, $33,300, 3YO/UP, 6F, 12-19.
6—SMOKING FOR FREE, g, 3, More Smoke--Pretty Catty, by Allen's Prospect. O-Carl L Hess, Jr, B-Donald L Brown Jr (PA), T-Kimberly A Graci, J-Tyler Conner, $19,980.
9—Our Lucky One, c, 4, North Potomac--Maxniece, by Thirty Six Red. O-Joseph E Besecker, B-Pasquale & Ronald J Scorese (PA), $6,660.
10—One Diego, g, 5, Snow Ridge--Guadalupe, by Manzotti. O-Cleon S Cassel, B-Cleon Cassel (PA), $3,663.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (ft)
 
PEN, 3RD, AOC, $31,069, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 12-20.
1—SHE AIN'T BAD, f, 3, Where's the Ring--She Ain't Much, by Phone Trick. (C$38,000 '12 ONTSEP). O-Rock Bottom Ranch, B-Ericka Rusnak (ON), T-Sandee D. Martin, J-Angel R. Rodriguez, $18,240.
2—La Grey Zuliana, m, 6, Borrego--Gold Bracelet, by Dixieland Band. ($1,300 '09 KEESEP). O-Joseph E Besecker, B-John J Greely IV, Phil Houchens & Dennis Foster (KY), $6,080.
3—One Fast Chick, f, 3, First Defence--Yes My Lady, by Wavering Monarch. O-Riders Up Farm, B-William Fossett (PA), $4,013.
Winning Time: 1:11 1/5 (ft)
 
SUN, 6TH, ALW, $30,600, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 12-20.
10—HAPPY N HARMONY, f, 3, Desert God--Freeze Em Out, by Fort Chaffee. O-Terry B Adams, B-Joe Allen (NM), T-Joel H. Marr, J-Carlos D. Madeira, $18,360.
3—Siempre Sol, f, 3, Roman Emperor--Bijou Rouge, by Hennessy. O-Gallegos Del Norte Racing, B-Gallegos del Norte Racing (NM), $6,732.
5—Grand Flame, f, 4, Le Grande Danseur--Tomencino, by H E R E S Tommy. O-Rex Williams, B-Rex Williams (NM), $3,060.
Winning Time: 1:38 2/5 (ft)
 
CT, 8TH, ALW, $27,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 4 1/2F, 12-19.
9—LITIGIOUS, m, 5, Scat Daddy--Ms Litigator, by A. P Jet. ($40,000 '10 FTKJUL; $75,000 2011 OBSMAR). O-Michael J Miller, B-Doug Branham (KY), T-Henry Walters, J-Jose Montano, $16,140.
3—Fortyshadesofgreen, f, 4, The Green Monkey--Truly Loved, by Yes It's True. O-Robert L Cole, Jr, B-David J Whelan (FL), $5,380.
7—Tidewater, m, 6, Orientate--Gentle Flow, by Gentlemen (ARG). O-James V Kinsey, B-Morgan's Ford Farm (VA), $2,690.
Winning Time: :52 (ft)
 
HAW, 8TH, ALW, $24,200, 3YO/UP, 6F, 12-20.
7—JAZZY SUN, g, 3, Jazil--Sunflower Hill, by Temperence Hill. O-Kathy Halleran, B-Kathleen Halleran (IL), T-James P. DiVito, J-Timothy Thornton, $14,520.
4—Roarin Missile, g, 7, Dancing Missile--Roarin Brittney, by Roar. ($3,750 2009 ILLAPR). O-Dean E Pantaleo, B-Mike Ryan & John Haran (IL), $4,840.
3—Goesse, g, 4, War Chant--Honey Green, by Arch. O-Meadow Lane Stables, LLC, B-Hal Snowden, Jr (IL), $2,420.
Winning Time: 1:11 3/5 (ft)
 
MVR, 2ND, ALW, $19,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 12-20.
1A—POLITICALLYCORRECT, g, 5, Kitten's Joy--Exceedexpectations, by Tale of the Cat. O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), T-Wesley A. Ward, J-Albin Jimenez, $9,600.
5—Quasi Folle, g, 4, Red Giant--Gaspar Lady, by Smart Strike. O-Tiffany Raimonde, B-Paul A & Brian A Raimonde (OH), $5,200.
3—Jac's Fact, c, 3, Kentucky Dane--Sharp Fact, by Known Fact. O-Raymond Donald, B-Raymond Donald (OH), $3,100.
Winning Time: 1:14 2/5 (ft)

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North American Maiden Winners
Bullsbay--Devilish Smile by Our Emblem; LAST CONFESSION, c, 2, LRL, Msw, 12-20, 5 1/2f, 1:04 1/5. B-Wayne & Juanita Morris (MD.).
Concerto--Ashlee the Great by Carson City; GEGO, f, 2, GP, Mcl 16000, 12-20, 7f, 1:28 4/5. B-Walter Stipa (FL.).
Discreetly Mine--Count to Six by Saratoga Six; HAWKSHAW, c, 2, TP, Msw, 12-19, 1m, 1:40 2/5. B-Stone Farm (KY.). *1/2 to Meribel (G3 $523,070).
Flower Alley--Foolish Pass by Confide; FOOLISH FLOWER, f, 2, CT, Msw, 12-19, 7f, 1:28 3/5. B-Ronald Richter (NY.). $12,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Ghostzapper--Capricha by Pleasant Colony; NAVIGATE, c, 2, CT, Msw, 12-19, 7f, 1:29 1/5. B-Coleswood Farm, Inc. (WV.).
Graeme Hall--Gladstonia by Grand Slam; SICCAR, f, 2, GP, Mcl 35000, 12-20, 5fT, :57 3/5. B-Tanourin Stable (FL.).
Half Ours--Rebirth by Malagra; BEADSINTHETREES, f, 2, FG, Mcl 12500, 12-19, 6f, 1:14 . B-Peter Wilson (LA.).
Jump Start--Wren by Elusive Quality; STUNNING STELLA, f, 2, PEN, Mcl 15000, 12-19, 1m, 1:42 3/5. B-Thomas McClay (PA.).
Lemon Drop Kid--Meadow Slipper by El Prado (IRE); RECONFIGURE, c, 2, GP, Msw, 12-20, 7 1/2fT, 1:30 1/5. B-Patricia L. Moseley (KY.). $150,000 2014 OBSMAR.
Lemon Drop Kid--Reverently by Pulpit; TALL AND SWEET, f, 2, LRC, Msw, 12-20, 6f, 1:09 4/5. B-Alberta Davies (KY.). $87,000 '12 KEENOV; $210,000 '13 KEESEP.
Lion Hearted--White Ice by Diamond; WORTH OWNING, g, 2, CT, Msw, 12-19, 7f, 1:29 3/5. B-Willowdale Farms Ltd. (WV.).
Lookin At Lucky--Beautiful Stranger by Foxhound; LUCKY STRANGER, c, 2, DED, Msw, 12-19, 1m, 1:42 2/5. B-Hart Farm (VA.). $72,000 '13 KEEJAN; $85,000 '13 KEESEP.
Mass Media--She's the Cutest by Successful Appeal; MEDIA STAR, f, 2, HAW, Msw, 12-20, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-William Fritz (FL.).
Mass Media--Hope for Roses by Macho Uno; SERAGLIO, g, 2, TP, Mcl 7500, 12-20, 6 1/2f, 1:20 . B-Tanourin Stable (FL.).
Park Avenue Ball--Midnight Train by Red Ransom; MIDNIGHT BALL, f, 2, LRL, Mcl 40000, 12-20, 6f, 1:13 . B-Colonial Farms (NJ.). $30,000 2014 FTMMAY. *1/2 to Midnight Express (G3P $268,803) *1/2 to Midnight Mile (SP $267,926).
Puck--Lisa by Capitalimprovement; LAND ON IT, g, 2, FG, Mcl 12500, 12-20, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Kellye Woodley & Lora Pitre (LA.).
Quality Road--Tiz T'was by Tiznow; TIZN'T, f, 2, LRC, Mcl 30000, 12-20, 1m, 1:39 2/5. B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (KY.).
Saint Anddan--Arabian Nights by Scatmandu; ARABIAN ROSE, f, 2, TAM, Mcl 16000, 12-20, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Andy & Troy Beadnell (NY.). $4,000 '13 OBSAUG; $1,100 '13 OBSJAN; $15,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Scat Daddy--Princess Whinny by Theatrical (IRE); WIRELESS FUTURE, c, 2, FG, Msw, 12-20, a1mT, 1:40 2/5. B-Serendipity Farm (KY.). $85,000 '13 KEEJAN; $250,000 '13 KEESEP.
Value Plus--Hometown Discount by Grand Reward; EXTREME CAUTION, f, 2, SUN, Mcl 12500, 12-20, 6 1/2f, 1:17 . B-John E Shaw (FL.).
Art Museum--Intractabie (MSP$272,258), by Sandpit (BRZ); PUMMILL, c, 3, FG, Mcl 10000, 12-20, 1m, 1:43 . B-J. Adcock (LA.). $14,000 '12 ESLSEP; $125,000 2013 OBSAPR.
Awesome Again--Frost Princess by Waquoit; BLACK ICE, g, 3, LRL, Mcl 25000, 12-20, 7f, 1:26 3/5. B-William M. Backer Revocable Trust (VA.).
Benchmark--Gracious Girl by Smokester; SILICON, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 12-20, 5 1/2f, 1:09 4/5. B-HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC (CA.).
Chapel Royal--Signature Sissy by Capote; ROYAL SIGNATURE, c, 3, TAM, Mcl 12500, 12-20, 6 1/2f, 1:18 1/5. B-Jacks or Better Farm Inc. (FL.).
Ecclesiastic--Misty Sunrise by Ecton Park; PERFECT SUNRISE, c, 3, PEN, Mcl 25000, 12-20, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-David W Geist (PA.).
Good Journey--Unbridled Penny by Monarchos; ROLO TAMACI, g, 3, LRC, Msw, 12-20, 6f, 1:09 . B-Jerry Fialkowski (CA.).
K. O. Punch--Immortal (IRE) by Common Grounds (GB); MORTAL PUNCH, g, 3, SUN, Mcl 7500, 12-20, 5 1/2f, 1:04 4/5. B-McKenna Thoroughbreds LLC (NM.).
Mutakddim--Cherie Baby by Ogygian; MUTTAK BABY, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 15000, 12-20, 6f, 1:17 2/5. B-Adrian J. DeBoer (ON.). C$7,500 '12 ONTSEP.
Speightstown--Cape Diver by Cape Canaveral; WOULDN'T YOU KNOW, c, 3, CT, Mcl 5000, 12-19, 7f, 1:28 . B-Silverton Hill, LLC (KY.).
Time Bandit--Meeshe Michelle by Grindstone; SURE CAN DO, g, 3, DED, Mcl 20000, 12-19, 1m, 1:44 . B-George Malley (LA.).
Unbridled Energy--Eyedontblink by El Corredor; EYE BE BLINKIN, g, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 12-20, 1m, 1:48 4/5. B-Johnson Brothers Stable & Graham Motion (KY.).
Officer--G K Gems Ruby Boo by Elusive Quality; OFFICER FRED, g, 4, LRL, Mcl 8000, 12-20, a1 1/16m, 1:47 4/5. B-Burden Creek Farm & Clifton Farm, LLC (KY.). $11,000 '11 KEESEP.
Ore Grade--Sorry I Asked by Silveyville; COPPER ORE, f, 4, TUP, Mcl 5000, 12-20, 1m, 1:40 1/5. B-Diamond 2 Land & Cattle Co. (CA.).
In Excess (IRE)--Guest by Deputy Commander; VALLEY OF KINGS, g, 5, DED, Mcl 20000, 12-19, 5f, :59 2/5. B-Tigertail Ranch (LA.).
Prized--Bossy Michel by Gala Harry; BOSSY'S PRIZED, g, 5, CT, Mcl 5000, 12-20, 4 1/2f, :54 4/5. B-Lyal Farmer (WV.).

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