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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014

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California Chrome pleases Sherman with turf work

California Chrome went well enough to warrant a turf debut in the Hollywood Derby (Benoit Photo)
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome made his first appearance of the year at Del Mar on Sunday morning, breezing a half-mile on the turf in :52 under regular jockey Victor Espinoza with trainer Art Sherman looking on from the second level of the grandstand.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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California Chrome pleases Sherman with turf work

California Chrome went well enough to warrant a turf debut in the Hollywood Derby (Benoit Photo)
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome made his first appearance of the year at Del Mar on Sunday morning, breezing a half-mile on the turf in :52 under regular jockey Victor Espinoza with trainer Art Sherman looking on from the second level of the grandstand.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Decile (right) is due for better luck in 2015 (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
A poor start and a speed-favoring course are arguably all that stands between Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence's Top Decile and an undefeated championship season. Still, the daughter of Congrats could have even bigger accomplishments on her horizon as she prepares for her sophomore year with trainer Al Stall, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Decile (right) is due for better luck in 2015 (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
A poor start and a speed-favoring course are arguably all that stands between Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence's Top Decile and an undefeated championship season. Still, the daughter of Congrats could have even bigger accomplishments on her horizon as she prepares for her sophomore year with trainer Al Stall, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ben's Cat tries for Fabulous Strike three-peat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ben's Cat tries for Fabulous Strike three-peat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hollendorfer fields solid team for Zia Park stakes

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has assembled a solid team for Wednesday's lucrative stakes program at Zia Park. The Hobbs, New Mexico, track offers five Thoroughbred stakes on Thanksgiving Eve, including the $200,000 Zia Park Derby and the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hollendorfer fields solid team for Zia Park stakes

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has assembled a solid team for Wednesday's lucrative stakes program at Zia Park. The Hobbs, New Mexico, track offers five Thoroughbred stakes on Thanksgiving Eve, including the $200,000 Zia Park Derby and the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shark nips Fiero in stakes-record time in Mile Championship

Danox Co. Ltd.'s Danon Shark came up the fence to deny Fiero on the head-bob in Sunday's Grade 1 Mile Championship at Kyoto. Aside from earning his first top-level win, the Ryuji Okubo veteran also clocked a new stakes-record time of 1:31.5 for the metric mile on firm turf.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shark nips Fiero in stakes-record time in Mile Championship

Danox Co. Ltd.'s Danon Shark came up the fence to deny Fiero on the head-bob in Sunday's Grade 1 Mile Championship at Kyoto. Aside from earning his first top-level win, the Ryuji Okubo veteran also clocked a new stakes-record time of 1:31.5 for the metric mile on firm turf.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blazing Speed, Able Friend, Peniaphobia take HK preps

Blazing Speed (far right) edged Military Attack (green), Endowing (red) and California Memory (far left) in the prep for the Hong Kong Cup (Hong Kong Jockey Club Photo)
Hong Kong's 2,000-meter hotshots all took their places in the Group 2 Jockey Club Cup at Sha Tin Sunday, and it was Blazing Speed who hit the target to earn bragging rights for the December 14 Hong Kong Cup.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blazing Speed, Able Friend, Peniaphobia take HK preps

Blazing Speed (far right) edged Military Attack (green), Endowing (red) and California Memory (far left) in the prep for the Hong Kong Cup (Hong Kong Jockey Club Photo)
Hong Kong's 2,000-meter hotshots all took their places in the Group 2 Jockey Club Cup at Sha Tin Sunday, and it was Blazing Speed who hit the target to earn bragging rights for the December 14 Hong Kong Cup.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

DELTA DOWNS JACKPOT S. (G3), DED, $1,000,000, 2YO, 1 1/16M, 11-22.
10—OCHO OCHO OCHO, c, 2, Street Sense--Winner, by Horse Chestnut (SAF). ($50,000 '13 KEESEP; $200,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-DP Racing, LLC, B-Siena Farms LLC (KY), T-James M. Cassidy, J-Mike E. Smith, $600,000.
3—Mr. Z, c, 2, Malibu Moon--Stormy Bear, by Storm Cat. ($135,000 '13 FTKOCT). O-Zayat Stables, LLC, B-Richard D Maynard (KY), $180,000.
9—Far Right, c, 2, Notional--Zindi, by Vindication. ($2,500 '13 KEEJAN). O-Harry T Rosenblum, B-Nossabllc & Patrick J Crowley (KY), $100,000.
Also Ran: Saratoga Heater, Dekabrist, Wake Up Nick, Red Button, Prime Engine, Golden Actor, Conquest Tsunami.
Winning Time: 1:45 2/5 (ft)
Margins: NO, 4, 2HF.
Odds: 2.60, 3.10, 23.20.

Ocho Ocho Ocho outfinishes Mr. Z, survives inquiry in Delta Downs Jackpot

Ocho Ocho Ocho improved to three for three with the game win (Coady Photgraphy)

Ocho Ocho Ocho enhanced his Kentucky Derby credentials with a game win in Saturday's Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, scoring by a nose after a stretch-long duel with Mr. Z. Unbeaten in three starts, the James Cassidy-trained colt had to withstand an objection and steward's inquiry to earn his first graded victory and 10 points toward a possible spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.

The two-year-old son of Street Sense completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 2/5 with Mike Smith.

Owned by Deron Pearson's DP Racing LLC, Ocho Ocho Ocho stalked the pace in fourth as the field made its way past the Delta Downs grandstand the first time, with Prime Engine and Conquest Tsunami contesting an opening quarter-mile in :22 1/5 and a half-mile in :45 3/5. Mr. Z was also up close tracking the early leaders in third.

Ocho Ocho Ocho advanced along the rail to challenge for the lead entering the far turn, sticking a head in front after three-quarters in 1:12 2/5, but Mr. Z responded to the challenge and stuck his head back in front between calls as the horses neared the top of the stretch.

After cutting the corner, Ocho Ocho Ocho regained a short lead with about a furlong remaining and determinedly outfought Mr. Z. to the wire.

Far Right, who trailed early in the 10-horse field, accelerated rapidly into contention rounding the final bend but was checked in tight quarters along the rail before straightening for home. He regained his momentum in the stretch but had to settle for third, four lengths behind of the top pair. Jockey Corey Lanerie claimed foul against Ocho Ocho Ocho, and the stewards immediately flashed the inquiry sign after the finish, but no change was made.

Off as the slight 5-2 favorite, Ocho Ocho Ocho paid $7.20 for the narrow win. Mr. Z, who recorded his fourth runner-up finish versus graded rivals this year, was the 3-1 second choice.

Ocho Ocho Ocho was making his two-turn debut and first start outside of California in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" event. He won at first asking on October 11, taking a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event at Santa Anita by a length, and rolled to a 5 3/4-length decision in the off-the-turf Juvenile Turf Sprint on the November 1 Breeders' Cup Saturday undercard.

Bred in Kentucky by Sienna Farms, he was purchased for $200,000 earlier this year at the OBS April two-year-old sale. The dark bay colt is out of the Horse Chestnut mare Winner and counts as a half-sister Grade 2-placed Private Ensign. His third maternal dam is unbeaten champion and Broodmare of the Year Personal Ensign.

Ocho Ocho Ocho has now earned $693,600.

DELTA DOWNS PRINCESS S. (G3), DED, $400,000, 2YO, F, 1M, 11-22.
6—TAKE CHARGE BRANDI, f, 2, Giant's Causeway--Charming, by Seeking the Gold. ($435,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Willis D Horton, B-Charming Syndicate (KY), T-D. Wayne Lukas, J-Paco Lopez, $240,000.
5—Skipalute, f, 2, Midnight Lute--Skipstone, by Montbrook. ($130,000 '13 FTKJUL). O-GoldMark Farm, LLC and Whisper Hill Farm, B-Morgan's Ford Farm (VA), $72,000.
10—Majestic Presence, f, 2, Majestic Warrior--Shining Victory, by Victory Gallop. ($100,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Mark DeDomenico, LLC and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, B-Judy B Hicks (KY), $40,000.
Also Ran: Danessa Deluxe, Temper Mint Patty, Vivian Da Bling, Lil Super Bear, Miss Mandate, Sharla Rae, Spooled.
Winning Time: 1:39 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 1HF, 1, 2HF.
Odds: 2.20, 7.80, 5.70.

Filly takes 'Charge' in Delta Downs Princess

Take Charge Brandi might have one more race left in her juvenile campaign after her Princess score (Delta Downs/Coady Photography)

Willis D. Horton's Take Charge Brandi chased a fast pace but would not be denied on Saturday while making her first start since taking the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 1.

Just three weeks after that contest, trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled the Giant's Causeway filly to a 1 1/2-length victory in the Grade 3, $400,000 Delta Downs Princess, helping to cement her case for an Eclipse Award as the 2014 champion two-year-old filly. She also earned another 10 points toward a starting berth in the Kentucky Oaks as the Princess is part of the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series of points races.

"We don't have a vote because we're a bit prejudiced," Lukas quipped when asked about the Eclipse Awards in the post-race interview. "It sure moved us in the right direction."

The Princess bumped Take Charge Brandi's lifetime earnings to $1,410,126, and her scorecard now stands at 7-3-1-0. Bred by Charming Syndicate, she's more than earned back her $435,000 purchase price as a Keeneland September yearling and could add to her bankroll in December.

Lukas mentioned after the race he is looking at possibly running her back in the Grade 1, $350,000 Starlet at Los Alamitos on December 13.

Jockey Paco Lopez settled Take Charge Brandi just outside of early pacesetter Vivian Da Bling through blistering splits of :22 1/5 and :46 2/5 on Saturday. The early leader couldn't maintain her momentum after those sizzling fractions and faded nearing the final turf, but Take Charge Brandi was still going strong.

Meanwhile, Skipalute rallied from just off the pace to engage Take Charge Brandi around the turn, but could not keep pace as the Kentucky-bred pulled away in the lane to finish a mile on the fast Delta Downs dirt in 1:39 3/5.

"Her class carried her," Lukas asserted, adding that his filly really hadn't taken to the Delta Downs track leading up to the race.

Take Charge Brandi was the 2-1 favorite and returned $6.40 for just her third career score on Saturday. After breaking her maiden at Churchill Downs on June 22, the chestnut juvenile made her stakes bow a runner-up effort in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga. She was unable to reach the top four, losing by double digits each time, in her next three before upsetting the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at 61-1 in a wire job.

Take Charge Brandi is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Charming, who is a half-sister to champion Will Take Charge and Grade 1 hero Take Charge Indy. Her second dam is multiple Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Take Charge Lady.

CARDINAL H. (G3), CD, $119,700, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/8MT, 11-22.
12—STRIKE CHARMER, f, 4, Smart Strike--Cat Charmer, by Storm Cat. O-Courtlandt Farms, B-Courtlandt Farm (KY), T-David M. Carroll, J-Chris Landeros, $67,535.
6—Pappascat, f, 4, Scat Daddy--Redmeansgo, by Red Ransom. ($77,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Travis Morgeson V, LLC, B-C Kidder, J K Griggs & Linda Grig (KY), $21,785.
10—Antonia Autumn, m, 5, Bernstein--Chipeta Springs, by Alydar. O-Castleton Lyons, B-Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate (KY), $10,893.
Also Ran: I'm Already Sexy, Nellie Cashman, Keening, Bitty Kitty, Northern Passion, Rosee Is Cozee, Annabird, Royal Fury, Angegreen (ITY), Honey Lake, Street of Gold.
Winning Time: 1:49 4/5 (gd)
Margins: 2, 1 1/4, 1 3/4.
Odds: 12.30, 19.40, 55.80.

Strike Charmer takes wing in Cardinal

Strike Charmer could be a harbinger of better things to come for trainer David Carroll (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Courtlandt Farms' homebred Strike Charmer couldn't catch I'm Already Sexy in her stakes debut in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf, but it was a different story in Saturday's Grade 3, $119,700 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs. Rallying in upper stretch, Strike Charmer stormed past the 8-5 favorite en route to a two-length victory. The 12-1 chance topped a longshot trifecta, rounded out by 19-1 Pappascat and 55-1 Antonia Autumn. I'm Already Sexy faded to fourth.

The David Carroll-trained Strike Charmer was reserved in fourth early by Chris Landeros. As expected, I'm Already Sexy took up her front-running role and opened up through splits of :23 4/5 and :47 3/5 on the good turf. The stalking Pappascat crept closer, but I'm Already Sexy appeared to have more in reserve as she pulled away again at the six-furlong mark in 1:13. By that point, Strike Charmer was making good headway along the hedge. Tipping out to take aim on the longtime leader turning into the lane, she disposed of the favorite remarkably quickly and put the race away.

"It's been a tough year," said Carroll, who had won only 11 races from 81 starts this year before the Cardinal. "Mr. (Don) Adam has been a good, patient owner. We really needed that.

"(After her runner-up effort at Kentucky Downs September 13), we put her away and got her ready for the Cardinal. That's what we did so I've got to give (Adam) a lot of credit because I would have run her at Keeneland. She was feeling so good over the last month. I got a terrific ride from Chris. I'm so happy for Chris because he does a lot of work for us here at the barn. Hopefully this is a sign that things will get a lot better."

After negotiating 1 1/8 miles in 1:49 4/5, Strike Charmer sparked a $26.60 win mutuel. Pappascat hung on gamely for second from the late-running Antonia Autumn, half-sister to three-time Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti. The exotics therefore ballooned to $421.80 (exacta), $14,876.80 (trifecta) and $109,403.40 (superfecta) with I'm Already Sexy fourth in the 14-distaffer field.

The Kentucky-bred Strike Charmer improved her record to 10-3-3-1, $206,835. All three of her wins have come over this course and nine-furlong distance -- her maiden score as a sophomore in the summer of 2013, an entry-level allowance May 25 and now her first stakes coup.

By Smart Strike, Strike Charmer is a half-sister to multiple Canadian stakes-placed Sweet Dreams. They are out of the stakes-winning, Grade 2-placed Storm Cat mare Cat Charmer, herself a half-sister to Impeachment, the third-place finisher in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2000. Strike Charmer's third dam is the influential Stick to Beauty.

TROPICAL TURF H. (G3), GPW, $100,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8MT, 11-22.
2—LUBASH, h, 7, Freud--Nasty Cure, by Cure the Blues. O-Aliyu Ben J Stables, B-Aliyuee Ben J Stable, Inc (NY), T-Christophe Clement, J-Brice Blanc, $59,520.
3—Reporting Star, g, 4, Circular Quay--Classic Beauty, by Sword Dance (IRE). O-Copper Water Thoroughbred Company, B-Gilbert G Campbell (FL), $19,200.
6—Grand Tito, c, 4, Candy Ride (ARG)--Golden Arches (FR), by Common Grounds (GB). ($225,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Grupo 7C Racing Stable, B-Hargus Sexton, Sandra Sexton & Ben PWalden Jr (KY), $9,600.
Also Ran: Lochte, Edge of Reality, Karibu Gardens, Dreams Cut Short, Rapscallion, Unbridled Command.
Winning Time: 1:50 3/5 (gd)
Margins: HF, 1HF, HF.
Odds: 1.70, 6.50, 15.50.

Lubash passes $1 million earnings mark in Tropical Turf

Lubash reeled in Reporting Star in deep stretch (Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography)

Aliyu Ben J Stables' homebred Lubash closed fast to overhaul Reporting Star in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Tropical Turf H. at Gulfstream Park West, pushing his career earnings past the $1 million mark ($1,010,599) with the half-length victory. Brice Blanc was up on the Christophe Clement-trained turf specialist and the seven-year-old horse recorded his second graded win, and eighth overall stakes triumph, when completing 1 1/8 miles in 1:50 3/5 on the good ground.

A bay son of Freud, Lubash settled off the early pace in fourth as Reporting Star established opening splits of :24 1/5 and :50 1/5 on a clear lead. The pacesetter came under pressure on the far turn, reaching the six-furlong mark in 1:14 3/5, but kicked clear again after turning for home.

Nearly five lengths back leaving the far turn, Lubash responded to the urgings of Blanc in the stretch drive, rallying boldly late to prevail as the 8-5 favorite. He returned a $5.40 win mutuel.

"(Clement) told me to just be patient because he's got a great turn of foot, so just try to follow a good path," Blanc said. "Pretty much, that's how it came up. I got around the turn and I was riding between horses.

"I followed a couple of the horses in front of me and eased out, and when I straightened away he just kicked for me right away."

"He's a fun horse because he really, really wants to win," the trainer added. "He always runs a good race and makes me look good. I like that."

Reporting Star, the 6-1 fourth choice, easily held second, 1 1/2 lengths better than 15-1 Grand Tito in third. Grade 1 winner Lochte came next in fourth.

The New York-bred Lubash captured the Grade 3 Fort Marcy in 2013 and won a couple of open events in 2010, but four of his stakes tallies have come against state-bred foes, including his only previous one in 2014, a repeat score in the September 14 Ashley T. Cole. He improved his career record to 39-12-9-4.

Lubash is out of the stakes-placed Cure the Blues mare Nasty Cure.

MY CHARMER H. (G3), GPW, $115,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/8MT, 11-22.
8—DARING KATHY, f, 3, Wildcat Heir--Dare to Mambo, by Kingmambo. O-Eaton, John and Laymon, Steve, B-John Eaton & Steve Laymon (FL), T-David Fawkes, J-Abdiel Jaen, $73,900.
10—Cushion (GB), f, 4, Galileo (IRE)--Attraction (GB), by Efisio (GB). O-Roxburghe, Guy and Magnier, Mrs John, B-Floors Farming (GB), $19,000.
7—Lilbourne Eliza (IRE), f, 4, Elusive City--Midnight Partner (IRE), by Marju (IRE). (38,000EUR '11 GOFSPT; 100,000gns 2012 TATHIT). O-Miller Racing LLC, B-Peter J Doyle Bloodstock Ltd (IRE), $9,500.
Also Ran: Magic of Reality (FR), Angelica Zapata, The Blonde Peque, Merilore, Shy's Aly, Triple Arch, Clearbrook.
Winning Time: 1:52 3/5 (gd)
Margins: 1 1/4, NO, 1 1/4.
Odds: 4.90, 3.60, 15.10.

Daring Kathy gives namesake a 'charming' birthday

Daring Kathy sailed home in the My Charmer (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)

John Eaton and Steve Laymon's homebred Daring Kathy lulled her rivals to sleep with pedestrian fractions in Saturday's Grade 3, $115,000 My Charmer Handicap at Gulfstream Park West, leaving herself with more than enough to win the nine-furlong, good turf contest under jockey Abdiel Jaen.

In doing so, Daring Kathy gave her namesake a day to remember.

"Being named Kathy, after me, and winning on my birthday today. This was the perfect birthday present," grinned Kathy Eaton, wife of co-owner John Eaton.

Jaen and Daring Kathy loped along over the visibly battered turf through fractions of :24 4/5, :51 4/5, 1:16 1/5 and 1:40 1/5, opened up in the lane and easily held the rallying Cushion on the wire to stop the clock in 1:52 3/5. Lilbourne Eliza just missed second by a nose after stalking in that spot for much of the race.

"We weren't running this morning," trainer David Fawkes stated. "But we got the opportunity to go out there and look at the turf course, and the turf course looked in great shape and I think it helped us a lot. We had an opportunity to walk out there and look at it. Billy (Badgett) was nice enough to take us out there and show us the turf course, and it was the reason we raced.

"We wanted to see how soft it was. Really, it was in very good shape. For all the rain we had, they really did a very good job on the turf course.

"(Jaen) rode her perfect. Even the fractions were almost exactly the same," Fawkes added. "When I saw them go in almost :25 and then the :51 and change, I was like 'Oh my God. It's over.' He hadn't even asked her to do anything. She did everything he asked the whole race."

"It was easy for me. She controlled the race. There was no speed and I went for it," Jaen explained. "Right here in Florida, this is the best filly I've ridden. She gives me so much confidence."

Daring Kathy was sent off the 9-2 fourth choice and paid $11.80 for her second straight stakes score over the course. The sophomore daughter of Wildcat Heir posted a similar wire job when taking the the Cellars Shiraz on October 14 by 3 1/4 lengths in a good prep for the My Charmer. Prior to that, the bay miss ran third in both the Grade 2 Lake George at Saratoga and Grade 3 Ontario Colleen at Woodbine.

"We might wait for the Florida Millions," Fawkes said "We'll just see how she comes out of it. There's like three more races coming between here and the Florida Millions. Then there's a race later on in the year after that."

Those two races followed three straight wins, including the Honey Ryder and Starfish Bay Stakes at Gulfstream Park, recorded by Daring Kathy in the spring. Saturday's score boosted her mark to 6-0-2 from nine career starts and $356,366 in lifetime earnings.

Daring Kathy is out of the Kingmambo mare Dare to Mambo, making her a half-sister to Grade 3-placed Zeb. The duo's fifth dam is 1980 Broodmare of the Year Key Bridge, who produced 1970 Horse of the Year Fort Marcy.

RED CARPET H. (G3), DMR, $101,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 3/8MT, 11-22.
8—THREE HEARTS, f, 4, Hat Trick (JPN)--Secret Heart (SAF), by Fort Wood. O-Team Valor International, B-Team Valor Int'l LLC (KY), T-Neil D. Drysdale, J-Joseph Talamo, $60,000.
10—Lady of Gold, f, 4, Medaglia d'Oro--Ron's Lady, by Elhayq (IRE). ($100,000 '10 KEENOV). O-The Elkstone Group LLC, B-Bert Welker & Clark Shepherd (KY), $20,000.
9—Lady Pimpernel (GB), f, 4, Sir Percy (GB)--Angeleno (IRE), by Belong to Me. (800gns '11 TATOCT; 8,500gns 2012 TATGNS). O-Triton Racing LLC, B-Harts Farm Stud (GB), $12,000.
Also Ran: Scooter Bird, Winning Rhythm, Appealing Cat, Left a Message, Hijra (IRE), Bee Brave (GB), Modernstone (GB), Luscious Lonna.
Winning Time: 2:15 2/5 (fm)
Margins: HF, NK, NO.
Odds: 29.70, 13.50, 3.70.

Three Hearts crashes Red Carpet at 29-1

Three Hearts, a half-sister to Pluck, showed plenty of it in her debut for Neil Drysdale (Benoit Photos)
Team Valor International's homebred Three Hearts was recently transferred to Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, and the four-year-old filly responded to the change of scenery by springing a 29-1 upset in Saturday's Grade 3, $101,500 Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar. A half-sister to 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Pluck, Three Hearts surged from just off the pace and determinedly held Lady of Gold to notch her first stakes victory.

Aside from changing circuits from the East to the West Coast, Three Hearts also benefited from an equipment change -- blinkers off -- and a dramatic step up in trip to 1 3/8 miles. New rider Joe Talamo had her well placed in the opening stages, nestled within close striking range of a tepid pace.

Early leader Luscious Lonna was hounded by Bee Brave through fractions of :24 3/5, :49 2/5 and 1:15 before giving way. Bee Brave then took sole command rounding the final turn, but Three Hearts and Lady of Gold were moving in tandem to accost her. Although Three Hearts was quicker to strike the front, Lady of Gold was relentless on the outside, and the winner had to dig deep to see her off by a half-length. Three Hearts posted a final time of 2:15 3/5 and rewarded her loyalists with a hefty $61.40.

Lady Pimpernel flew belatedly for third, just a neck off Lady of Gold. Appealing Cat, the lukewarm 5-2 favorite, was buried on the inside, shuffled back, and wound up sixth in the 11-distaffer field.

Originally trained by Graham Motion, Three Hearts was switched to Rick Mettee early in her 2013 campaign. She started out promisingly for the new barn when promoted to second via disqualification in the Little Silver at Monmouth and battling for a close third in the Virginia Oaks. Out of action for a year, the bay resurfaced in allowance company this summer without success. The Red Carpet marked her fourth start off the lengthy layoff, and advanced her line to 14-3-3-3, $192,249.

The Kentucky-bred is by Hat Trick and out of the South African stakes winner and multiple Group 1-placed Secret Heart. A daughter of Fort Wood, Secret Heart is a half-sister to South African co-champion Promisefrommyheart and Group 1 heroine Covenant. Secret Heart's dam, multiple Group 1-placed Secret Pact, is a full sister to South African legend London News.

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Ocho Ocho Ocho outfinishes Mr. Z, survives inquiry in Delta Downs Jackpot

Ocho Ocho Ocho improved to three for three with the game win (Coady Photgraphy)

Ocho Ocho Ocho enhanced his Kentucky Derby credentials with a game win in Saturday's Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, scoring by a nose after a stretch-long duel with Mr. Z. Unbeaten in three starts, the James Cassidy-trained colt had to withstand an objection and steward's inquiry to earn his first graded victory and 10 points toward a possible spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.

The two-year-old son of Street Sense completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 2/5 with Mike Smith.

Owned by Deron Pearson's DP Racing LLC, Ocho Ocho Ocho stalked the pace in fourth as the field made its way past the Delta Downs grandstand the first time, with Prime Engine and Conquest Tsunami contesting an opening quarter-mile in :22 1/5 and a half-mile in :45 3/5. Mr. Z was also up close tracking the early leaders in third.

Ocho Ocho Ocho advanced along the rail to challenge for the lead entering the far turn, sticking a head in front after three-quarters in 1:12 2/5, but Mr. Z responded to the challenge and stuck his head back in front between calls as the horses neared the top of the stretch.

After cutting the corner, Ocho Ocho Ocho regained a short lead with about a furlong remaining and determinedly outfought Mr. Z. to the wire.

Far Right, who trailed early in the 10-horse field, accelerated rapidly into contention rounding the final bend but was checked in tight quarters along the rail before straightening for home. He regained his momentum in the stretch but had to settle for third, four lengths behind of the top pair. Jockey Corey Lanerie claimed foul against Ocho Ocho Ocho, and the stewards immediately flashed the inquiry sign after the finish, but no change was made.

Off as the slight 5-2 favorite, Ocho Ocho Ocho paid $7.20 for the narrow win. Mr. Z, who recorded his fourth runner-up finish versus graded rivals this year, was the 3-1 second choice.

Ocho Ocho Ocho was making his two-turn debut and first start outside of California in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" event. He won at first asking on October 11, taking a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event at Santa Anita by a length, and rolled to a 5 3/4-length decision in the off-the-turf Juvenile Turf Sprint on the November 1 Breeders' Cup Saturday undercard.

Bred in Kentucky by Sienna Farms, he was purchased for $200,000 earlier this year at the OBS April two-year-old sale. The dark bay colt is out of the Horse Chestnut mare Winner and counts as a half-sister Grade 2-placed Private Ensign. His third maternal dam is unbeaten champion and Broodmare of the Year Personal Ensign.

Ocho Ocho Ocho has now earned $693,600.

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Honor Code cruises in Aqueduct comeback

Honor Code looks primed to regain his place in the big leagues (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Onetime Kentucky Derby hopeful Honor Code returned from an eight-month layoff to win Saturday's 6TH race at Aqueduct in style. Under supremely confident handling by Javier Castellano, the 9-5 favorite bided his time far off the early pace in the 6 1/2-furlong dash, closed the gap easily entering the stretch, and coasted past Maleeh to get up cozily in the final strides.

Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey for Lane's End Racing and breeder Dell Ridge Farm, Honor Code was sidelined by a suspensory injury in March. The blueblood son of A. P. Indy and the Storm Cat mare Serena's Cat first commanded attention with a scintillating, last-to-first debut at Saratoga as a juvenile. A near-miss runner-up next time in the Champagne, Honor Code stretched out successfully to 1 1/8 miles in last November's Remsen, outdueling Cairo Prince by a nose.

Various physical issues subsequently blighted his road to the Kentucky Derby. After the Remsen, Honor Code had surgery to remove an undescended testicle. He then bruised his hind ankles in training at Payson Park, causing him to miss his intended target in the Fountain of Youth. McGaughey switched him to Gulfstream Park, where he resumed training and made his sophomore bow in a March 12 allowance. No match for the razor-sharp Social Inclusion that day, Honor Code was a distant second, 10 lengths behind a track-record time of 1:40.97 for 1 1/16 miles.

Honor Code cut quite a figure in the paddock (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Although Honor Code initially appeared fine after his worst loss, he was soon after diagnosed with a "slight tear" to the upper suspensory in his right hind leg. He did not return to the worktab for six months, and posted his first breeze back at Fair Hill September 19. The strapping dark bay rejoined McGaughey's string at Belmont Park in October, and was obviously ready to go here.

Near the back of the pack early in the allowance sprint, Honor Code had about 10 lengths to make up on pacesetter Royal Currier, who sped through fractions of :22 1/5 and :45 1/5 while prompted by Green Gratto.

Honor Code simply cruised up behind the main body of the field in the stretch, only needing a seam to deliver the knockout punch. Meanwhile, Maleeh found room on the inside to spurt clear, but Honor Code finally got a split and reeled him in under wraps. He stopped the clock in 1:17 1/5 and paid $5.70 to win. Honor Code's mark now stands at 5-3-2-0, $442,600.

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Filly takes 'Charge' in Delta Downs Princess

Take Charge Brandi might have one more race left in her juvenile campaign after her Princess score (Delta Downs/Coady Photography)

Willis D. Horton's Take Charge Brandi chased a fast pace but would not be denied on Saturday while making her first start since taking the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 1.

Just three weeks after that contest, trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled the Giant's Causeway filly to a 1 1/2-length victory in the Grade 3, $400,000 Delta Downs Princess, helping to cement her case for an Eclipse Award as the 2014 champion two-year-old filly. She also earned another 10 points toward a starting berth in the Kentucky Oaks as the Princess is part of the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series of points races.

"We don't have a vote because we're a bit prejudiced," Lukas quipped when asked about the Eclipse Awards in the post-race interview. "It sure moved us in the right direction."

The Princess bumped Take Charge Brandi's lifetime earnings to $1,410,126, and her scorecard now stands at 7-3-1-0. Bred by Charming Syndicate, she's more than earned back her $435,000 purchase price as a Keeneland September yearling and could add to her bankroll in December.

Lukas mentioned after the race he is looking at possibly running her back in the Grade 1, $350,000 Starlet at Los Alamitos on December 13.

Jockey Paco Lopez settled Take Charge Brandi just outside of early pacesetter Vivian Da Bling through blistering splits of :22 1/5 and :46 2/5 on Saturday. The early leader couldn't maintain her momentum after those sizzling fractions and faded nearing the final turf, but Take Charge Brandi was still going strong.

Meanwhile, Skipalute rallied from just off the pace to engage Take Charge Brandi around the turn, but could not keep pace as the Kentucky-bred pulled away in the lane to finish a mile on the fast Delta Downs dirt in 1:39 3/5.

"Her class carried her," Lukas asserted, adding that his filly really hadn't taken to the Delta Downs track leading up to the race.

Take Charge Brandi was the 2-1 favorite and returned $6.40 for just her third career score on Saturday. After breaking her maiden at Churchill Downs on June 22, the chestnut juvenile made her stakes bow a runner-up effort in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga. She was unable to reach the top four, losing by double digits each time, in her next three before upsetting the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at 61-1 in a wire job.

Take Charge Brandi is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Charming, who is a half-sister to champion Will Take Charge and Grade 1 hero Take Charge Indy. Her second dam is multiple Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Take Charge Lady.

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Strike Charmer takes wing in Cardinal

Strike Charmer could be a harbinger of better things to come for trainer David Carroll (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Courtlandt Farms' homebred Strike Charmer couldn't catch I'm Already Sexy in her stakes debut in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf, but it was a different story in Saturday's Grade 3, $119,700 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs. Rallying in upper stretch, Strike Charmer stormed past the 8-5 favorite en route to a two-length victory. The 12-1 chance topped a longshot trifecta, rounded out by 19-1 Pappascat and 55-1 Antonia Autumn. I'm Already Sexy faded to fourth.

The David Carroll-trained Strike Charmer was reserved in fourth early by Chris Landeros. As expected, I'm Already Sexy took up her front-running role and opened up through splits of :23 4/5 and :47 3/5 on the good turf. The stalking Pappascat crept closer, but I'm Already Sexy appeared to have more in reserve as she pulled away again at the six-furlong mark in 1:13. By that point, Strike Charmer was making good headway along the hedge. Tipping out to take aim on the longtime leader turning into the lane, she disposed of the favorite remarkably quickly and put the race away.

"It's been a tough year," said Carroll, who had won only 11 races from 81 starts this year before the Cardinal. "Mr. (Don) Adam has been a good, patient owner. We really needed that.

"(After her runner-up effort at Kentucky Downs September 13), we put her away and got her ready for the Cardinal. That's what we did so I've got to give (Adam) a lot of credit because I would have run her at Keeneland. She was feeling so good over the last month. I got a terrific ride from Chris. I'm so happy for Chris because he does a lot of work for us here at the barn. Hopefully this is a sign that things will get a lot better."

After negotiating 1 1/8 miles in 1:49 4/5, Strike Charmer sparked a $26.60 win mutuel. Pappascat hung on gamely for second from the late-running Antonia Autumn, half-sister to three-time Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti. The exotics therefore ballooned to $421.80 (exacta), $14,876.80 (trifecta) and $109,403.40 (superfecta) with I'm Already Sexy fourth in the 14-distaffer field.

The Kentucky-bred Strike Charmer improved her record to 10-3-3-1, $206,835. All three of her wins have come over this course and nine-furlong distance -- her maiden score as a sophomore in the summer of 2013, an entry-level allowance May 25 and now her first stakes coup.

By Smart Strike, Strike Charmer is a half-sister to multiple Canadian stakes-placed Sweet Dreams. They are out of the stakes-winning, Grade 2-placed Storm Cat mare Cat Charmer, herself a half-sister to Impeachment, the third-place finisher in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2000. Strike Charmer's third dam is the influential Stick to Beauty.

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Jones looking forward to Exodus' second career start at Fair Grounds

Fox Hill Farm's Exodus looks to fulfill his considerable promise and lofty pedigree when he embarks on his second outing Sunday afternoon in the 7TH race at Fair Grounds -- an open juvenile maiden going six furlongs.

By Medaglia d'Oro out of multiple Grade 1 heroine Stop Traffic, Exodus sold for $600,000 to Fox Hill principal Rick Porter at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga Sale in August 2013.

The swift half-brother to 2013 Grade 1 Whitney Handicap winner Cross Traffic signaled his readiness with a bullet work on November 18, negotiating five furlongs in a :59 4/5.

"He's in on Sunday and he's doing very well and coming into this good," trainer Larry Jones said. "He's really coming along. He just got a little tired in that Keeneland race, which I must say kind of surprised me. I thought that once he made the lead he would go on with it, but at Keeneland you can hook up with some very good horses."

In his October 3 debut at that Lexington, Kentucky, track, the bay colt showed good speed throughout, took the lead midrace and proceeded to finish a game third, beaten 2 1/4 lengths by highly regarded Ambidextrous Alex in a sharp 1:10 2/5. The effort earned Exodus an 82 BRIS Speed figure.

With an eye on the lucrative sophomore graded stakes program that commences at Fair Grounds in January, Jones is optimistic that his charge will be up to the challenge.

"We expect him to be one of our classic contenders down here, but only time will tell," he explained. "We're pretty high on him and have a lot of expectations.

"I don't think he'll have any problem getting two turns. I have two half-sisters to him and one wants to go long and the other (allowance winner Thirteen Arrows) acts like she wants to be a little bit of a sprinter, but she's by Indian Charlie. The way he trains, he'll definitely stretch out."

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Perth locals Magnifisio, Elite Belle score Group 1 coups

In Saturday's Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in Perth, Magnifisio turned back a field that included a handful of well-credentialed sprinters and survived an inquiry to become the first Group 1 winner for her sire, Magnus.

Magnifisio bested Watermans Bay by a head, and the latter rival's rider claimed Magnifisio had cost him a winning chance with interference 100 meters into the race. Stewards ultimately decided the interference was insufficient to warrant changing the order of finish.

The remarkably consistent Magnifisio has finished off the board just twice in 12 outings over the past 12 months, and last December she kicked off a five-race win streak that encompassed three listed races and concluded with the Roma Cup May 17, where she had Saturday's Railway winner Elite Belle back in second.

Magnifisio could manage only fourth in the Beaufine on July 12, and filled the same slot behind Elite Belle in the October 25 Prince of Wales Stakes. Magnifisio once again had that rival behind her in fourth when taking the Lee Steere S. prior to this effort November 8. Saturday's race was her first tilt at Group 1 company.

Magnus, who stands at Eliza Park International, is out of Scandinavia, the second dam of unbeaten world champion sprinter Black Caviar and her four-time Group 1-winning half-brother All Too Hard (Aus). Magnus and All Too Hard, who stands at Vinery Stud, also share the same sire line, as All Too Hard is by Casino Prince, a son of Magnus's sire Flying Spur.

Also at Perth's Ascot, the veteran Western Australian mare Elite Belle pushed her earnings past the million-dollar mark while earning a first Group 1 win with a gutsy score in Saturday's Railway Stakes. Crying out for racing room while traveling worse than midpack heading into the closing stages of the race, Elite Belle and jockey William Pike at last found the opening they needed and surged to the front inside the final 200 meters.

"I'd started to watch (and get) despondent," trainer Grant Williams told Sky Racing World. "I thought we had too many horses to get through. In the corner of my eye, I saw a horse coming through. I thought, it couldn't be Willie could it?' and sure enough, it was."

Pike added of Elite Belle, "She doesn't even travel. She does it from off the bit and you have got to rely on her and trust her that she's got it. She catches you a little bit unawares but when she lets down, it's electric."

Elite Belle has made all 23 of her starts in Western Australia, and she kicked off 2014 in style with a victory in the La Trice Classic here January 1. She was not seen again until May 17, when she checked in second in the Roma Cup, and she returned two weeks later to take the Belmont Sprint over 1400 meters before adding the Hyperion over a furlong further June 14. The bay kept the streak alive with a victory in the Prince of Wales in her first outing as a six-year-old, and was fourth behind Saturday's Winterbottom victress Magnifisio in the Lee Steere in her prep for this event.

Williams said Elite Belle would move on to the Kingston Town Classic in two weeks.

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Lubash passes $1 million earnings mark in Tropical Turf

Lubash reeled in Reporting Star in deep stretch (Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography)

Aliyu Ben J Stables' homebred Lubash closed fast to overhaul Reporting Star in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Tropical Turf H. at Gulfstream Park West, pushing his career earnings past the $1 million mark ($1,010,599) with the half-length victory. Brice Blanc was up on the Christophe Clement-trained turf specialist and the seven-year-old horse recorded his second graded win, and eighth overall stakes triumph, when completing 1 1/8 miles in 1:50 3/5 on the good ground.

A bay son of Freud, Lubash settled off the early pace in fourth as Reporting Star established opening splits of :24 1/5 and :50 1/5 on a clear lead. The pacesetter came under pressure on the far turn, reaching the six-furlong mark in 1:14 3/5, but kicked clear again after turning for home.

Nearly five lengths back leaving the far turn, Lubash responded to the urgings of Blanc in the stretch drive, rallying boldly late to prevail as the 8-5 favorite. He returned a $5.40 win mutuel.

"(Clement) told me to just be patient because he's got a great turn of foot, so just try to follow a good path," Blanc said. "Pretty much, that's how it came up. I got around the turn and I was riding between horses.

"I followed a couple of the horses in front of me and eased out, and when I straightened away he just kicked for me right away."

"He's a fun horse because he really, really wants to win," the trainer added. "He always runs a good race and makes me look good. I like that."

Reporting Star, the 6-1 fourth choice, easily held second, 1 1/2 lengths better than 15-1 Grand Tito in third. Grade 1 winner Lochte came next in fourth.

The New York-bred Lubash captured the Grade 3 Fort Marcy in 2013 and won a couple of open events in 2010, but four of his stakes tallies have come against state-bred foes, including his only previous one in 2014, a repeat score in the September 14 Ashley T. Cole. He improved his career record to 39-12-9-4.

Lubash is out of the stakes-placed Cure the Blues mare Nasty Cure.

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In brief

While the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) and Princess (G3) took center stage at the Vinton, Louisiana, track on Saturday, there was plenty of stakes action on the undercard to keep the fans entertained. Topping the rest of the card was the $250,000 Delta Mile, which saw Sunbean (Brahms) romp home by five lengths under regular rider Richard Eramia. The four-year-old gelding is trained by Ron Faucheux for breeder Brittlyn Stable, and drew ever closer to the million mark in earnings having now banked $910,150 in his 19-12-2-1 career that includes 11 stakes victories. The second most lucrative stakes on the undercard was the $200,000 Treasure Chest, and the James Cassidy-conditioned Yahilwa (Medaglia d'Oro) lived up to her even-money favoritism to pull away late with Mike Smith in the irons. Trainer Steve Flint and jockey Gerard Melancon got an early double with D'cajun Cat (D'wildcat), who captured the $75,000 Sam's Town to kick off the stakes action, and Four Leaf Chief (Lookin at Lucky), an effortless winner next out in the $150,000 Louisiana Legacy for Louisiana-bred juveniles. Later on the card, the Gary Scherer-trained Wind Chill Factor (Successful Appeal) romped in the $150,000 Louisiana Jewel for juvenile fillies under jockey Willie Martinez. Honeycomb Allie (Afleet Alex) and jockey Colby Hernandez wrapped up the stakes action on the day when the Al Stall Jr. pupil took the $75,000 Orleans for three-year-old fillies...

Respected veteran Joe Kristufek joins Churchill Downs' talented roster of on-track and simulcast racing television analysts during the final week of its 24-day Fall Meet. Kristufek will be part of a trio that also features Jill Byrne, the track's senior racing analyst and director of programming who has handled duties at Churchill Downs since 2006 and has performed similar duties for the HRTV and TVG networks, and Kevin Kerstein, the newest member of that team will continue to handle occasional duties as an on-track analyst in the team's new configuration. As Kristufek joins that team, Byrne will be a less-frequent presence for on-track and simulcast television duties in order concentrate on the development and creation of special programming for Churchill Downs daily television product, its 4K Big Board video screen and the track's web sites. She will remain an important member of the team of racing analysts and will be prominent on the track's biggest racing days. Kristufek's first appearance as an analyst in the Churchill Paddock will come next week, and he will return as a full-time presence during the track's 2015 Spring Meet that begins with Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Week. "I am very excited for this opportunity and to work closely with Jill, Kevin and the entire Churchill Downs staff," Kristufek said. "As an ambassador of the game, I believe the job of the paddock host can be much more than just picking horses. Fan development should also be emphasized. I'm looking forward to sharing my passion with the masses."...

Mikki Isle (Deep Impact) would be perfect in 2014 but for an uncharacteristically poor performance in the Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-G1) June 8, and the sophomore has a shot for redemption in Sunday's Mile Championship (Jpn-G1). The Noda Mizuki colorbearer, who is one of six by his champion sire in the lineup, opened his three-year-old account with a pair of Grade 3 victories over this distance. Connections opted to bypass the Triple Crown series to stick to these shorter distances, and that decision paid dividends when Mikki Isle collected the NHK Mile Cup (Jpn-G1) May 11. Mikki Isle floundered over soft going when 16th of 17 behind Just a Way (Heart's Cry) in the Yasuda Kinen, after which he was given a summer holiday. Mikki Isle showed no signs of rust when besting elders on return in the Swan S. (Jpn-G2) November 1, and despite dumping his rider and completing a piece of trackwork solo 10 days ago, Mikki Isle appears primed to add a second Grade 1. Defending champion Tosen Ra (Deep Impact), like Mikki Isle, also failed to handle the easy going in the Yasuda Kinen and checked in 14th. He returned with a third-place finish in the Kyoto Daishoten (Jpn-G2) October 14. World Ace (Deep Impact) turned heads when breaking the course record over this track and trip in the Yomiuri Milers Cup (Jpn-G2) April 27, and he checked in a respectable fifth in the Yasuda Kinen. World Ace was a puzzling 13th in the Mainichi Okan (Jpn-G2) October 12, but having also been placed in the 2012 Japanese Two Thousand Guineas (Jpn-G1) and Derby (Jpn-G1) he has back form to call on, and wouldn't be a shock winner. Second behind World Ace in the Yomiuri was Fiero(Deep Impact), who had previously won three straight at the allowance level. Eighth in the Yasuda Kinen, the five-year-old was beaten just a half-length by Mikki Isle in the Swan. Yasuda Kinen 10th Clarente (Dance in the Dark) comes into this off a pair of Grade 3 victories at the distance...

Globetrotting sprinter-miler Gordon Lord Byron (Byron) will make his third visit to the Hong Kong International race meeting December 14, and the six-year-old pleased trainer Tom Hogan with a racecourse gallop at Dundalk Friday. "It all went perfectly at Dundalk," Hogan said. "He loves it there -- he strode out well and had a little blow afterwards. We might go back there again next Friday just to get him spot-on for Hong Kong." Gordon Lord Byron, who was last seen winning the British Champions Sprint S. (Eng-G2) October 18, claimed his third Group 1 in Australia's George Ryder S. over 7 1/2 furlongs in March prior to finishing a respectable sixth behind Lankan Rupee (Redoute's Choice) in the A$3.5 million T.J. Smith S. (Aus-G1) over six furlongs in April. The Cyrus Poonawalla and Morgan Cahalan colorbearer has contested the Hong Kong Mile (HK-G1) the last two years, finishing fourth both times. "We've decided we will take our chances on the draw and go for the Sprint," Hogan said. "His runs in Australia show he is good enough to go for the race. The milers in Hong Kong are exceptionally good. We've had a couple of goes at the race before and we've not had much luck in running and still finished two lengths off the winner. We think he's capable of running a good race in the Sprint and deserves his chance. He flies out of Heathrow on December 5 and we're looking forward to it."...

Mahoning Valley Racecourse in Austintown, Ohio, kicks off its inaugural racing season on Monday, November 24, with an eight-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. (EST). The 2014 season is comprised of 21 racing days thru Saturday, December 30, and will feature a four day a week schedule, Monday through Wednesday and Saturday with a 12:45 p.m. post time. Starting in 2015, Mahoning Valley Racecourse will offer 100 racing dates during two meets, January through April and October through December, as well as a complete a circuit with Thistledown, which is located in nearby North Randall, Ohio...

On Sunday at Del Mar, the $100,000 Cary Grant S. attracted eight California-breds. Among those entered for the seven-furlong former On Trust S. are Big Macher (Beau Genius), winner of the Bing Crosby (G1) over the track on July 27; unbeaten multiple stakes victor Red Outlaw (Tribal Rule); and defending race winner Rousing Sermon (Lucky Pulpit). Red Outlaw is nominated for other upcoming stakes and his presence in the Cary Grant remains to be determined. "At this point we're going to look at it and decide. We're considering the ($300,000) Hollywood Derby ([G1] on November 29) and the ($250,000) Seabiscuit ([G2] on November 28) as well," trainer Peter Miller said Thursday morning. "We probably won't make a decision (about the Cary Grant) until race day on Sunday." Red Outlaw worked three furlongs over Del Mar's Polytrack Thursday morning in :37 4/5...

A field of eight heads to the post on Sunday in Woodbine's C$200,000 Kennedy Road S. (Can-G2) going six furlongs on the Polytrack. Sharp Sensation (Sharp Humor) totes the top weight of 121 pounds off a half-length victory in the Bet on Sunshine S. over Churchill Downs' main track November 1. The well-traveled four-year-old gelding recorded a neck score in the Turf Monster H. (G3) at Parx Racing and was a close third in the Woodford S. (G3) on Keeneland's grass in his prior two races. Calgary Cat (Cowtown Cat) will be looking to derail Sharp Sensation's from posting back-to-back stakes wins. The four-year-old chestnut captured the Bold Venture S. (Can-G3) on Woodbine's Polytrack before rallying to be third by a length in the Nearctic S. (Can-G2) last out on the Toronto venue's turf course. Also entered is Black Hornet (Pioneerof the Nile), runner-up from the Nearctic and third in the Bold Venture...

The winner of Sunday's "Who's the Champ? Betting Challenge" will be awarded with a fully paid spot in the Horse Player World Series at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on March 25-28. Last week, Craig Meuter of Louisville, Kentucky, won the first prize besting a field of 67 handicappers. The "Who's the Champ? Betting Challenge" requires entrants to place mythical $2 win/place wagers on races 3-8 at Churchill Downs. The contestant with the highest bankroll at event's end is crowned the winner. The weekly grand prize includes a four-night hotel stay and $250 travel voucher. Second-place gets a $500 betting voucher and the third place-finisher receives a $250 betting voucher. Registration for this Sunday's event is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST) in the Churchill Downs Lounge. It costs $35 to enter ($30 for TSC Elite members) and entrants receive an official program and meal voucher. The final "Who's the Champ? Betting Challenge" of the year will be held on closing day, Sunday, November 30...

Reserved indoor premium seating at Churchill Downs for Thanksgiving Day is nearly sold out. The only tickets that remain are in the Winn Show Place Lounge on the second floor clubhouse, which range from $26 to $60 and can include the Thanksgiving Chef's Table buffet. There are still some interior dining options left for "Black Friday" on November 28, featuring the 140th running of the $500,000 Clark H. (G1). Tickets to the Skye Terrace are $34.50, which includes the Chef's Table buffet. Also, tickets to the Matt Winn Dining Room are $15, which includes a reserved seat in the dining room plus an outdoor reserved third-floor box. Guests have the option for a buffet or to order a la carte, but a $15 minimum purchase is required. Millionaires Row 4 with a buffet ($34.50) and the Matt Winn Dining Room have availability for Stars of Tomorrow II on Saturday, November 29, and closing day on Sunday, November 30...

Del Mar will hold a craft beer and cider fest alongside its races at the seaside track on Thanksgiving Saturday, November 29. More than 100 local and international brews, along with a variety of seasonal ales and ciders, will be available throughout the day in the track's Seaside Concert area on the west end of the grandstand. DJ's will be playing tunes throughout the afternoon and gourmet food trucks also will be on site with a wide-range of offerings. Track gates open at 11 a.m. (PST) and the craft beer and cider fest will be pouring between noon and 4 p.m. There also will be a terrific racing card that afternoon -- likely topped by dual classic winner California Chrome's appearance in either the Hollywood Derby (G1) or Native Diver H. (G3) -- and Del Mar's fan favorites Cake will perform a full rock concert following the races on the Seaside Concert stage to cap off the exciting day. Admission to the racetrack is $6, and only $3 for Diamond Club card holders (a free and easy sign up for all fans). Admission to the beer fest is free. A beer tasting is $18, which includes five 7 oz. samples of the various wares. Special pre-sale discount packages are on sale through November 25 by going to https://www.dmtc.com/tickets and entering the ticket office...

"Horses and Hope," the initiative created in 2008 by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear with the Kentucky Cancer Program and the Pink Stable, will return to Churchill Downs on Sunday, November 23, in Millionaires Row 4 and Skye Terrace 5. The mission is to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among Kentucky's horse industry workers and their families. The color of pink will be scattered throughout Churchill that day, including saddle towels for the 5TH race, jockey arm bands, groom's vests, outriders, the bugler, flags, bunting and trophies for winning horse owners. To help celebrate, Churchill's Twin Spires will be bathed in pink light, as well...

Internationally successful jockey Sergey Vasyutov is considering a move to Fair Grounds during the 2014-15 meet. In a career that has seen him ride in over 2,000 races in Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and the United States, the well-traveled journeyman has won 564 races and was second in the 2005 Polish Derby. The top Polish apprentice rider of 1996, Vasyutov has also worked in England for multiple Group 1-winning trainer Ed Dunlop and made 123 starts in 2013 in the United States. At the 2013 Arlington meet, Vasyutov won five races in 58 starts while primarily riding for conditioner Gennadi Dorochenko...

Reigning Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-G1) winner Leading Light (Montjeu) will join Coolmore's National Hunt roster in 2015. A 520,000gns Tattersalls October purchase by Demi O'Byrne, Leading Light was trained by Aidan O'Brien and raced in the colors of Derrick Smith. The blaze-faced bay earned classic glory in last year's St Leger (Eng-G1), and added a second highest-level score when gutting out a neck victory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Leading Light finished second in this year's Irish St Leger (Ire-G1), won six group races in total, and was this year's Cartier Champion Stayer. The four-year-old was last seen finishing seventh in the British Champions Long Distance Cup (Eng-G2), where he suffered suspensory injuries to both forelegs in a roughly run race. "He's a gorgeous, big horse and we're delighted to be getting him," Coolmore's Albert Sherwood said...

Born To Sea (Invincible Spirit), whose first foals proved popular at last week's Goffs November Foal Sale, will not stand at Rathasker Stud for 2015, the farm revealed on Twitter. The tweet read, "It has been decided by mutual agreement that Born To Sea will not stand at Rathasker for 2015 season. For nominations contact John Clarke." Clarke is the racing advisor to the Tsui family, which bred and own Born To Sea, a three-quarter brother to Sea the Stars and a half-brother to Galileo. That trio are out of the champion racemare Urban Sea (Miswaki).  Born To Sea, who was a listed winner on debut and finished second to Camelot in the 2012 Irish Derby (Ire-G1), had his first weanlings sell for up to 220,000 at Goffs.

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Daring Kathy gives namesake a 'charming' birthday

Daring Kathy sailed home in the My Charmer (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)

John Eaton and Steve Laymon's homebred Daring Kathy lulled her rivals to sleep with pedestrian fractions in Saturday's Grade 3, $115,000 My Charmer Handicap at Gulfstream Park West, leaving herself with more than enough to win the nine-furlong, good turf contest under jockey Abdiel Jaen.

In doing so, Daring Kathy gave her namesake a day to remember.

"Being named Kathy, after me, and winning on my birthday today. This was the perfect birthday present," grinned Kathy Eaton, wife of co-owner John Eaton.

Jaen and Daring Kathy loped along over the visibly battered turf through fractions of :24 4/5, :51 4/5, 1:16 1/5 and 1:40 1/5, opened up in the lane and easily held the rallying Cushion on the wire to stop the clock in 1:52 3/5. Lilbourne Eliza just missed second by a nose after stalking in that spot for much of the race.

"We weren't running this morning," trainer David Fawkes stated. "But we got the opportunity to go out there and look at the turf course, and the turf course looked in great shape and I think it helped us a lot. We had an opportunity to walk out there and look at it. Billy (Badgett) was nice enough to take us out there and show us the turf course, and it was the reason we raced.

"We wanted to see how soft it was. Really, it was in very good shape. For all the rain we had, they really did a very good job on the turf course.

"(Jaen) rode her perfect. Even the fractions were almost exactly the same," Fawkes added. "When I saw them go in almost :25 and then the :51 and change, I was like 'Oh my God. It's over.' He hadn't even asked her to do anything. She did everything he asked the whole race."

"It was easy for me. She controlled the race. There was no speed and I went for it," Jaen explained. "Right here in Florida, this is the best filly I've ridden. She gives me so much confidence."

Daring Kathy was sent off the 9-2 fourth choice and paid $11.80 for her second straight stakes score over the course. The sophomore daughter of Wildcat Heir posted a similar wire job when taking the the Cellars Shiraz on October 14 by 3 1/4 lengths in a good prep for the My Charmer. Prior to that, the bay miss ran third in both the Grade 2 Lake George at Saratoga and Grade 3 Ontario Colleen at Woodbine.

"We might wait for the Florida Millions," Fawkes said "We'll just see how she comes out of it. There's like three more races coming between here and the Florida Millions. Then there's a race later on in the year after that."

Those two races followed three straight wins, including the Honey Ryder and Starfish Bay Stakes at Gulfstream Park, recorded by Daring Kathy in the spring. Saturday's score boosted her mark to 6-0-2 from nine career starts and $356,366 in lifetime earnings.

Daring Kathy is out of the Kingmambo mare Dare to Mambo, making her a half-sister to Grade 3-placed Zeb. The duo's fifth dam is 1980 Broodmare of the Year Key Bridge, who produced 1970 Horse of the Year Fort Marcy.

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

DELTA MILE S., DED, $250,000, 3YO/UP, 1M, 11-22.
4—SUNBEAN, g, 4, Brahms--X Strawdnair, by Malagra. O-Brittlyn Stable, Inc, B-Brittlyn Inc (LA), T-Ron Faucheux, J-Richard E. Eramia, $150,000.
5—Agent Di Nozzo, g, 5, Ghostzapper--Quick Tip, by Unaccounted For. ($45,000 '10 KEESEP; $100,000 2011 FTFMAR). O-Low, Lawana L and Robert E, B-W S Farish (KY), $50,000.
8—Grand Contender, g, 6, Strong Contender--My Twilight Dancer, by Twilight Agenda. O-Maggi Moss, B-Epona Thoroughbreds (KY), $27,500.
Also Ran: Decisive Moment, Runaway Stephen.
Winning Time: 1:38 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 5, 1HF, NK.
Odds: 0.90, 2.80, 2.40.
 
TREASURE CHEST S., DED, $200,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 11-22.
6—YAHILWA, f, 4, Medaglia d'Oro--Verbanella, by Smart Strike. ($52,000 '11 KEESEP; 68,000gns 2012 TATAPR; 45,000gns 2013 TATHIT). O-DP Racing, LLC, B-Avalon Farms, Inc (KY), T-James M. Cassidy, J-Mike E. Smith, $120,000.
2—Kiss to Remember, f, 3, Big Brown--Taft Lil Queen, by Irish Open. ($15,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Maggi Moss, B-Big Brown Syndicate & Mr & Mrs Charles McGinnes (MD), $38,000.
3—Eden Prairie, f, 4, Mizzen Mast--Clerico, by Elusive Quality. ($50,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Lothenbach Stables, Inc, B-Dorothy A Matz (KY), $20,000.
Also Ran: Spring in the Air, Lady Haddassah, Blue Violet, Class Included, Yeardley, All Woman.
Winning Time: 1:38 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 2 1/4, 1, 3/4.
Odds: 1.10, 4.40, 12.20.
 
LOUISIANA LEGACY S., DED, $150,000, 2YO, C/G, 1M, 11-22.
3—FOUR LEAF CHIEF, c, 2, Lookin At Lucky--Pentatonic, by Cure the Blues. ($65,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Whispering Oaks Farm LLC, B-Relentless Racing LLC & Ashford Stud (LA), T-Steven B. Flint, J-Gerard Melancon, $90,000.
6—Cook Some Rice, g, 2, Half Ours--Mystery at Sea, by Capote. ($39,000 '13 LTBSEP). O-Scott and Company, B-Clear Creek Stud Llc (LA), $30,000.
7—Sharon's Boy, g, 2, Scrimshaw--Boogie Time, by Secret Claim. O-Klein Ex's, B-Klein Ex's Schultz, Pierce, Judd (LA), $15,000.
Also Ran: Charlie's Affair, Contangold, Quieta Tiz, Let Us Be Glad.
Winning Time: 1:40 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 4HF, HD, 1 1/4.
Odds: 1.90, 5.70, 9.10.
 
LOUISIANA JEWEL S., DED, $150,000, 2YO, F, 1M, 11-22.
5—WIND CHILL FACTOR, f, 2, Successful Appeal--Shakopee, by Evansville Slew. O-Ulwelling, Al and Bill and Scherer, Gary M, B-Camelia J Casby (LA), T-Gary M. Scherer, J-Willie Martinez, $90,000.
6—Casual Class, f, 2, Erlton--Rich and Classy, by You and I. ($6,000 2014 ESLAPR). O-Terrell Jarrett Jr, B-I Lee Lange & Gene Patin (LA), $30,000.
4—Private Promise, f, 2, Private Vow--Wave the Colors, by Brahms. O-Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds LLC, B-David & Cynthia Crisp (LA), $15,000.
Also Ran: Z Smoke, Fantasy Queen, Lady Emily Sage, Pitcher, My Gal Charlie.
Winning Time: 1:41 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 5 3/4, 5, HF.
Odds: 1.30, 8.60, 27.50.
 
NEW YORK STALLION S. (STATEN ISLAND DIVISION), AQU, $125,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 11-22.
7—VICKI'S DANCER, m, 5, Disco Rico--Love That Glitter, by Glitterman. O-Dubb, Michael, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Aisquith, Gary, B-Robert Jarras (NY), T-Rudy R. Rodriguez, J-Irad Ortiz, Jr., $75,000.
8—Saythreehailmary's, f, 3, Repent--Just Call Me Angel, by Devil's Bag. O-Very Un Stable, B-Very Un Stable (NY), $25,000.
2—Uncle Southern, f, 4, Uncle Camie--Southern Statement, by Dixie Brass. O-J and M Racing Stables, B-Uncle Camie Breeding Farm (NY), $12,500.
Also Ran: Storied Lady, Sunny Desert, Royal Suspicion, Champagne Ruby, Skye Saratoga, Just Catty.
Winning Time: 1:25 (ft)
Margins: 1 1/4, HF, HD.
Odds: 3.30, 11.40, 6.20.
 
NEW YORK STALLION S. (THUNDER RUMBLE DIVISION), AQU, $125,000, 3YO/UP, 7F, 11-22.
6—READTHEBYLINE, g, 5, Read the Footnotes--Seattle Byline, by Slew City Slew. ($3,500 '10 FTMOCT). O-Vincent S Scuderi, B-Gavin Murphy & Catherine Donavan (NY), T-Michelle Nevin, J-Jose L. Ortiz, $75,000.
1—West Hills Giant, c, 4, Frost Giant--Outtawesthills, by Take Me Out. O-Long Island Racing Stables, Sunrise Stables and EBX Racing Stable, B-Robert Castelli (NY), $25,000.
9—Geaux Mets, g, 3, Posse--Back Bay Lady, by A. P Jet. ($75,000 '12 FTNAUG). O-Gold Square LLC, B-Catherine Flanagan (NY), $12,500.
Also Ran: John's Island, Gridley Here, Loki's Vengeance, Chapman, Sir Leslie, Belief System.
Winning Time: 1:23 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 2 3/4, NK, 1HF.
Odds: 5.50, 0.95, 20.40.
 
GLORIOUS SONG S., WO, $114,628, 2YO, F, 7F, 11-22.
1—MISSISSIPPI DELTA, f, 2, Giant's Causeway--Texas to a Tee, by Purge. O-Jackpot Ranch and Rutherford, Mike G, B-Mike G Rutherford (KY), T-Mark E. Casse, J-Patrick Husbands, $66,773.
8—Roaming, f, 2, Quality Road--Throbbin' Heart, by Smoke Glacken. ($70,000 '12 KEENOV). O-Menary, John and Cox, Gail, B-Kennelot Stables Ltd (KY), $22,258.
6—Pankhurst, f, 2, Artie Schiller--Mama's Pro, by Proper Reality. ($47,000 '13 FTKOCT). O-Quintessential Racing Florida LLC and Horse'n Around Racing Stable, B-Jean Cravens (KY), $11,129.
Also Ran: Indiantown Sunrise, Her Majesty's Flag, Princesa Guerrera, Callisto, Responsive.
Winning Time: 1:22 (ft)
Margins: 2, 2, 1.
Odds: 1.05, 8.10, 15.60.
 
SAM'S TOWN S., DED, $75,000, 3YO, 7F, 11-22.
4—D'CAJUN CAT, g, 3, D'wildcat--Rabiadella, by Dynaformer. ($300,000 2013 OBSMAR). O-Whispering Oaks Farm LLC, B-Eico Stable (FL), T-Steven B. Flint, J-Gerard Melancon, $45,000.
3—National Defence, g, 3, Patriot Act--Pentatonic, by Cure the Blues. ($1,200 '12 ESLSEP). O-Larry Benoit, B-Relentless Racing, LLC (LA), $15,000.
5—Kody With a K, g, 3, Stormy Atlantic--Privateers Bay, by Allen's Prospect. ($82,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Michelle Y Brown, B-Corner Farm & Stormy Atlantic Syndicate (VA), $7,500.
Also Ran: General Ike, C' maw Charlie, Notionofmine, Kapenta.
Winning Time: 1:26 (ft)
Margins: 2 1/4, 2, HF.
Odds: 11.40, 5.00, 14.10.
 
ORLEANS S., DED, $75,000, 3YO, F, 7F, 11-22.
7—HONEYCOMB ALLIE, f, 3, Afleet Alex--Honeycomb Gus, by Is It True. ($37,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Dream Maker Racing, LLC, B-John & Bev Passerello (KY), T-Albert M. Stall, Jr., J-Colby J. Hernandez, $45,000.
1—Bridaria, f, 3, Harlan's Holiday--R Charlie's Angel, by Indian Charlie. ($75,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Sanders, Wayne and Hirsch, Larry, B-Hargus & Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm, LLC (KY), $15,000.
8—Mary Rita, f, 3, Distorted Humor--Possibility, by A.P. Indy. ($335,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Fox Hill Farms, Inc, B-Colts Neck Stables LLC (KY), $7,500.
Also Ran: Adrianne G, Gumara, Glamoride, Silent Lust, Jenny Vignette.
Winning Time: 1:27 2/5 (wf)
Margins: 2HF, 1 1/4, 5 1/4.
Odds: 5.00, 0.80, 7.70.
 
SHOWTIME DEB S., HAW, $72,575, 2YO, F, 6F, 11-22.
2—TIMEADAY, f, 2, Birdbirdistheword--Negra Perla, by Clever Trick. O-Ernest Allen Meadows, B-Allen Meadows (IL), T-John E. Cox, J-Emmanuel Esquivel, $49,545.
3—Tizgorgeous, f, 2, Tizdejavu--Ayla, by Sandpit (BRZ). O-Michael Schroeck, B-John W Wiseman DVM & Candy Wiseman (IL), $11,515.
8—Rock My Dreams, f, 2, Harlem Rocker--Out of My Dreams, by Two Punch. ($40,000 '13 KEESEP). O-G-Team Racing Stable LLC, B-T/C Stable, LLC (IL), $5,758.
Also Ran: Razamajazil, Turtles Surprise, Banjo Cat, A Little Unique, Flight Pattern, She's Pretty Cute.
Winning Time: 1:12 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 3 3/4, 1, 4 3/4.
Odds: 1.10, 10.40, 12.10.
 
SUN POWER S., HAW, $60,175, 2YO, C/G, 6F, 11-22.
5—DOM THE BOMB, c, 2, Bring the Heat--Richiesgirlgotgame, by Five Star Day. O-Ravin, Richard and Patricia's Hope LLC, B-Richard Ravin & Larry Rivelli (IL), T-Larry Rivelli, J-Timothy Thornton, $32,655.
4—Armando's Star, g, 2, Road Ruler--Flashdance Star, by Joyeux Danseur. O-Fattore, Robert E and Matteucci, Leo, B-Robert Fattore, Leo Matteucci &Lido Boni (IL), $15,885.
2—Chadwick, g, 2, English Channel--Almost Sma, by Cure the Blues. O-Asiel Stable, B-Asiel Stable (IL), $5,987.
Also Ran: My Man Richie, Fort Dixie.
Winning Time: 1:11 (ft)
Margins: 11 3/4, 4 1/4, HD.
Odds: 0.40, 6.40, 5.40.
 
SILVER GOBLIN S., RP, $50,000, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 11-21.
8—JOHNNY WHIP, g, 5, Stephen Got Even--Paradisa, by Seeking the Gold. O-George W Straw, Jr, B-Robert H Zoellner (OK), T-Jody Pruitt, J-Jareth Loveberry, $30,000.
7—Okie Ride, g, 7, Candy Ride (ARG)--Tic Tic, by Geiger Counter. O-Richter Family Trust, B-Richter Family Trust (OK), $10,000.
3—Daybreak Dreamer, g, 4, Woke Up Dreamin--Balalaika Dolly, by Stop the Music. O-Gary W Dean, B-Sassy S Stables, Inc (OK), $5,500.
Also Ran: Z Rockstar, Lion of Lone Oak, Chifforobe, Polka Joke.
Winning Time: 1:15 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 3/4, HD, 3/4.
Odds: 10.30, 2.50, 7.70.

Graded Recaps

Three Hearts crashes Red Carpet at 29-1

Three Hearts, a half-sister to Pluck, showed plenty of it in her debut for Neil Drysdale (Benoit Photos)
Team Valor International's homebred Three Hearts was recently transferred to Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, and the four-year-old filly responded to the change of scenery by springing a 29-1 upset in Saturday's Grade 3, $101,500 Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar. A half-sister to 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Pluck, Three Hearts surged from just off the pace and determinedly held Lady of Gold to notch her first stakes victory.

Aside from changing circuits from the East to the West Coast, Three Hearts also benefited from an equipment change -- blinkers off -- and a dramatic step up in trip to 1 3/8 miles. New rider Joe Talamo had her well placed in the opening stages, nestled within close striking range of a tepid pace.

Early leader Luscious Lonna was hounded by Bee Brave through fractions of :24 3/5, :49 2/5 and 1:15 before giving way. Bee Brave then took sole command rounding the final turn, but Three Hearts and Lady of Gold were moving in tandem to accost her. Although Three Hearts was quicker to strike the front, Lady of Gold was relentless on the outside, and the winner had to dig deep to see her off by a half-length. Three Hearts posted a final time of 2:15 3/5 and rewarded her loyalists with a hefty $61.40.

Lady Pimpernel flew belatedly for third, just a neck off Lady of Gold. Appealing Cat, the lukewarm 5-2 favorite, was buried on the inside, shuffled back, and wound up sixth in the 11-distaffer field.

Originally trained by Graham Motion, Three Hearts was switched to Rick Mettee early in her 2013 campaign. She started out promisingly for the new barn when promoted to second via disqualification in the Little Silver at Monmouth and battling for a close third in the Virginia Oaks. Out of action for a year, the bay resurfaced in allowance company this summer without success. The Red Carpet marked her fourth start off the lengthy layoff, and advanced her line to 14-3-3-3, $192,249.

The Kentucky-bred is by Hat Trick and out of the South African stakes winner and multiple Group 1-placed Secret Heart. A daughter of Fort Wood, Secret Heart is a half-sister to South African co-champion Promisefrommyheart and Group 1 heroine Covenant. Secret Heart's dam, multiple Group 1-placed Secret Pact, is a full sister to South African legend London News.

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Honor Code cruises in Aqueduct comeback

Honor Code looks primed to regain his place in the big leagues (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Onetime Kentucky Derby hopeful Honor Code returned from an eight-month layoff to win Saturday's 6TH race at Aqueduct in style. Under supremely confident handling by Javier Castellano, the 9-5 favorite bided his time far off the early pace in the 6 1/2-furlong dash, closed the gap easily entering the stretch, and coasted past Maleeh to get up cozily in the final strides.

Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey for Lane's End Racing and breeder Dell Ridge Farm, Honor Code was sidelined by a suspensory injury in March. The blueblood son of A. P. Indy and the Storm Cat mare Serena's Cat first commanded attention with a scintillating, last-to-first debut at Saratoga as a juvenile. A near-miss runner-up next time in the Champagne, Honor Code stretched out successfully to 1 1/8 miles in last November's Remsen, outdueling Cairo Prince by a nose.

Various physical issues subsequently blighted his road to the Kentucky Derby. After the Remsen, Honor Code had surgery to remove an undescended testicle. He then bruised his hind ankles in training at Payson Park, causing him to miss his intended target in the Fountain of Youth. McGaughey switched him to Gulfstream Park, where he resumed training and made his sophomore bow in a March 12 allowance. No match for the razor-sharp Social Inclusion that day, Honor Code was a distant second, 10 lengths behind a track-record time of 1:40.97 for 1 1/16 miles.

Honor Code cut quite a figure in the paddock (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Although Honor Code initially appeared fine after his worst loss, he was soon after diagnosed with a "slight tear" to the upper suspensory in his right hind leg. He did not return to the worktab for six months, and posted his first breeze back at Fair Hill September 19. The strapping dark bay rejoined McGaughey's string at Belmont Park in October, and was obviously ready to go here.

Near the back of the pack early in the allowance sprint, Honor Code had about 10 lengths to make up on pacesetter Royal Currier, who sped through fractions of :22 1/5 and :45 1/5 while prompted by Green Gratto.

Honor Code simply cruised up behind the main body of the field in the stretch, only needing a seam to deliver the knockout punch. Meanwhile, Maleeh found room on the inside to spurt clear, but Honor Code finally got a split and reeled him in under wraps. He stopped the clock in 1:17 1/5 and paid $5.70 to win. Honor Code's mark now stands at 5-3-2-0, $442,600.

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

DMR, 7TH, AOC, $81,350, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5FT, 11-21.
5—HOME JOURNEY, f, 4, Good Journey--Goodtobehome, by Came Home. O-GGG Stables and Sarno, Russell J, B-Mark & Daryle Ann Giardino & John Elick (CA), T-Mike Puype, J-Tyler Baze, $50,700.
3—Heat Trap, m, 5, Unusual Heat--Trapunto, by Deposit Ticket. O-Devereaux, Mark and Gross, Scott, B-Scott Gross & Mark Devereaux (CA), $16,900.
7—Biorhythm, f, 4, Malibu Moon--Mystic Rhythms, by Citidancer. ($300,000 '11 FTSAUG). O-Glen Hill Farm, B-Peter Vegso Racing Stable (FL), $7,800.
Winning Time: :57 (gd)
 
AQU, 6TH, AOC, $69,000, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 11-22.
8—HONOR CODE, r, 3, A.P. Indy--Serena's Cat, by Storm Cat. O-Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm LLC, B-Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (KY), T-Claude R. McGaughey III, J-Javier Castellano, $41,400.
2—Maleeh, c, 4, Indian Charlie--Gold Mover, by Gold Fever. ($350,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Shadwell Stable, B-Edward P Evans (VA), $13,800.
5—Monster Mash, h, 5, Ghostzapper--Rose Frances, by Crafty Prospector. ($16,000 2014 OBSJAN). O-Neal M Allread, B-Marilyn & Edward A Seltzer (KY), $6,900.
Winning Time: 1:17 1/5 (ft)
 
AQU, 7TH, ALW, $67,000, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 11-22.
9—IDLE AMERICAN, g, 6, Quiet American--Bien Sucre, by Ends Well. O-Fox Ridge Farm, Inc, B-Fox Ridge Farm (NY), T-Patrick J. Kelly, J-Angel Cruz, $40,200.
*2—Orino, g, 4, Raffie's Majesty--Musical, by El Gran Senor. O-Bond, Tina Marie, Sleeper Stables and Stamm, Jean, B-Song Hill Thoroughbreds LLC (NY), $13,400.
4—Adirondack Dancer, g, 5, Dixieland Band--Camargo (IRE), by Brief Truce. ($30,000 '10 FTNAUG). O-Whitehall Stable, B-Akindale Farm LLC (NY), $6,700.
Winning Time: 1:41 4/5 (yl)
     ***Asset Inflation finished second but was disqualified and placed fourth.
 
DMR, 4TH, AOC, $65,612, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5FT, 11-22.
2—BLAKE'S MAGIC, f, 4, Bernstein--Kinetigal, by Naskra. ($38,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Donkey Island Racing LLC, B-Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate, Inc (KY), T-Mike Puype, J-Kent J. Desormeaux, $34,800.
4—Air of Royalty, f, 4, Anziyan Royalty--Airsong, by Slewpy. O-Nick Cafarchia, B-Nick Cafarchia (CA), $15,080.
1—Lucky Student, f, 4, Game Plan--Corissa's Birthday, by Half Term. O-Academic Farms, B-Academic Farms (CA), $9,048.
Winning Time: :57 1/5 (fm)
 
DMR, 6TH, AOC, $61,980, 2YO, 6F, 11-21.
7—TIZCANO, c, 2, Tiznow--Westerly Breeze, by Gone West. ($20,000 '13 KEESEP; $710,000 2014 FTKJU2). O-Rockingham Ranch, B-Cooper Thoroughbred Management LLC (KY), T-Peter Miller, J-Victor Espinoza, $34,800.
6—Mischief Clem, c, 2, Papa Clem--Glitteringmischief, by Bold Badgett. ($22,000 '13 BESJAN). O-Griffin Thoroughbred Stables, B-SLU, Inc (CA), $15,080.
1—Bench Warrant, c, 2, Street Boss--Ola Docura, by Meadowlake. ($110,000 2014 BESMAR). O-Doubledown Stables, Inc, B-Lee & Susan Searing (KY), $6,960.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
 
WO, 7TH, AOC, $61,741, 3YO/UP, 7F, 11-22.
1—BREAKING BALL, g, 6, Smart Strike--One Emotion, by Sky Classic. O-Cabernet Racing Stables and Seltzer, Ed, B-Solera Farm (KY), T-Justin J. Nixon, J-Gary Boulanger, $33,279.
2—Star Contender, c, 4, Henny Hughes--Sanibel Star, by Unbridled's Song. (C$80,000 '11 ONTSEP). O-John C Oxley, B-William D Graham (ON), $13,319.
8—Constantino, g, 4, Master Command--Simply Stylish, by Stormy Atlantic. O-Conrad Farms, B-Penny Conrad & Manfred Conrad (ON), $7,325.
Winning Time: 1:21 (ft)
 
DMR, 7TH, AOC, $60,250, 3YO/UP, 1M, 11-22.
4—SECRETSATMIDNIGHT, r, 4, Midnight Lute--Donnie's Secret, by Tiger Ridge. ($100,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E and Weitman, Paul, B-Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds (FL), T-Bob Baffert, J-Martin Garcia, $36,000.
6—Nicklaus Way, g, 5, Bluegrass Cat--Lizzy's Bluff, by Pine Bluff. ($75,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Arrias, Trudy, Hale, Jr, Richard, Maycock, Robert C and Spyglass Racing, LLC, B-D H Niall & M L Niall (KY), $12,000.
1—Bailoutbobby, g, 4, Mizzen Mast--Ride Her Out, by Stormy Atlantic. ($10,000 '11 KEEJAN). O-Calara Farms, Great Friends Stable, Jewgieniew, K, Keh, S and R3 Racing, B-Kirk & Debby Wycoff (KY), $7,200.
Winning Time: 1:36 4/5 (ft)
 
DMR, 2ND, AOC, $58,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 3/8MT, 11-22.
4—SHYSHEISNOT, f, 3, Tribal Rule--Window Shopper, by Dynaformer. O-Emily Wygod, B-Emily Wygod (KY), T-John W. Sadler, J-Drayden Van Dyke, $34,800.
6—Kadesha (FR), f, 4, Azamour (IRE)--Kadiana (IRE), by Grand Lodge. (16,000EUR 2013 ARQDEC). O-Citarrella, Anthony, Manoogian, Richard and Schroeder Farms LLC, B-The Aga Khan's Studs SC (FR), $11,600.
1—Diaminda (IRE), f, 4, Diamond Green (FR)--Lominda (IRE), by Lomond. O-Market Avenue Racing Club and Gallagher, Patrick, B-Canice Farrell Jnr (IRE), $6,960.
Winning Time: 2:17 (fm)
 
DMR, 1ST, AOC, $56,840, 2YO, F, 6 1/2F, 11-22.
5—GRAND YODELER, f, 2, Swiss Yodeler--Royal Grand Slam, by Grand Slam. O-Williams, Mr and Mrs Larry D, B-Mr & Mrs Larry D Williams (CA), T-Mike Puype, J-Gary L. Stevens, $34,800.
1—Easter Fever, f, 2, Stormin Fever--Hunting Jade, by Jade Hunter. O-Barber, Gary and Cecil, B-Schroeder Farms, LLC (CA), $11,600.
3—Princess Bertrando, f, 2, Bertrando--Causeway R. N., by Giant's Causeway. O-Lebherz, Philip, Mariani, Al, Schmitt, George F and Schmitt, Mary Clare, B-George & Mary Clare Schmitt (CA), $6,960.
Winning Time: 1:17 4/5 (ft)
 
LRL, 8TH, AOC, $51,838, 3YO/UP, 1M, 11-22.
4—CERRO (IRE), g, 4, Mr. Greeley--Ballette (IRE), by Giant's Causeway. (12,000gns '11 TATOCT). O-PTK, LLC, B-Manganaro LLC (IRE), T-Dane Kobiskie, J-Cecily Evans, $28,500.
7—Always Smiling, h, 5, Great Notion--Shifra, by Polish Numbers. ($1,000 '10 FTMOCT). O-Larry E Rabold, B-Northview Stallion Station, Inc (MD), $12,338.
2—Behemoth, h, 5, Giant's Causeway--Quiet Reward, by Seeking the Gold. ($200,000 '10 FTSAUG). O-MCA Racing Stable LLC, B-Sam-Son Farm (ON), $5,500.
Winning Time: 1:36 4/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 8TH, ALW, $48,600, 2YO, 1M 70Y, 11-22.
2—SKILL NOT LUCK, c, 2, Lookin At Lucky--Chief Secretary, by Deputy Minister. ($40,000 '13 KEESEP; $320,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Klaravich Stables, Inc and Lawrence, William H, B-Kinsman Farm (KY), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $27,000.
5—Scip of Vindy, g, 2, Scipion--No Bettor Love, by Not for Love. ($15,000 '13 FTMSEP). O-Thomas G McClay, B-Charles Dumont Heath (PA), $12,600.
3—Lockport, c, 2, Temple City--Tico Breeze, by Carson City. ($105,000 '13 FTKJUL). O-Benson, John D and Day, Diane M, B-Hart Farm (VA), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:45 1/5 (ft)
 
DED, 10TH, AOC, $43,700, 3YO/UP, 5F, 11-22.
3—KNOCKITDOWNHARD, g, 4, Sharp Humor--Chelonia, by Teton Forest. ($10,000 '11 TEXAUG; $40,000 2012 EVDMAR). O-Harris, William K and Guinn, Donald W, B-Highclere (LA), T-Joseph M. Foster, J-Diego Saenz, $26,400.
2—Rich'slion, g, 4, Lion Heart--Cinefila, by Skywalker. O-Bill W Cunningham, B-Rebecca Farms LLC (LA), $8,800.
6—Mr. Bandini's Band, c, 4, Bandini--Girls Girls Girls, by Colonial Affair. ($2,000 '11 TEXAUG). O-Estate Of William Gilmore, B-Montgomery Equine Center & Charles McTire (LA), $4,840.
Winning Time: :58 2/5 (wf)
 
CD, 8TH, ALW, $43,034, 3YO/UP, 1 3/16M, 11-22.
10—ULANBATOR, c, 3, Offlee Wild--Ashapoo, by Petionville. O-Mary Ann Charlston, B-Mary Ann Charlston (KY), T-Ian R. Wilkes, J-Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr., $25,800.
4—Northeast Bound, c, 4, Dehere--Comedy Year, by Half a Year. ($25,000 '11 FTKOCT). O-Robert J Baron, B-Stonehaven Steadings (KY), $8,600.
3—Fire Starter, c, 3, Tapit--Miss Excitement, by Rajab. ($300,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Lieblong, Alex and JoAnn, B-Dan & Frank Cassella (KY), $4,300.
Winning Time: 2:00 1/5 (ft)
 
WO, 2ND, OCL, $42,335, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 11-22.
2—HOLY WHIRL WIND, g, 4, Pulpit--Chopinina, by Lear Fan. ($195,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Hill, Jim and Susan, B-Knob Hill Stable (ON), T-Reade Baker, J-James McAleney, $25,534.
3—Thinkinquality, g, 4, Exclusive Quality--Thinkinoutofthebox, by Outofthebox. O-Leininger, Bob and Law, Bill, B-William G Law (FL), $7,087.
4—Melmich, g, 3, Wilko--Little Swoon, by You and I. (C$4,000 '12 ONTSEP). O-Chesney, Stephen and Hoffman, Cory S, B-Andrew Stronach (ON), $3,898.
Winning Time: 1:45 1/5 (ft)
 
DED, 8TH, AOC, $42,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5F, 11-21.
3—FAST CITY, m, 5, Half Ours--Carson City Sham, by Carson City. ($50,000 '10 KEESEP; $70,000 2011 OBSMAR). O-H and H Ranch, B-Keith & Earl Hernandez & John Duvieilh (LA), T-Karl Broberg, J-Diego Saenz, $26,400.
6—Wildcat Angie, f, 4, Wildcat Heir--Sweeping Showers, by End Sweep. O-Danny Keene, B-Barbara Rehbein (FL), $6,800.
7—Esther Carl, m, 6, Sefapiano--Kirsten, by Rare Brick. O-Alamae Schultz, B-Alamae Schultz (LA), $4,840.
Winning Time: :58 4/5 (ft)
 
FG, 1ST, ALW, $40,000, 2YO, F, 6F, 11-22.
2—CATHERINE'S DREAM, f, 2, Forefathers--Twice a Deelite, by Afternoon Deelites. ($13,000 '13 ESLSEP). O-Roe, Steve D and Patricia L, B-William D Pickett (LA), T-Patrick Mouton, J-Miguel Mena, $24,000.
4—Choupette, f, 2, Stroll--Champagne Truffles, by Five Star Day. O-Columbine Stable LLC, B-Columbine Stable, LLC (LA), $8,000.
3—Fab Fox, f, 2, Yes It's True--Ayala Strand, by Tiznow. ($17,000 '13 LTBSEP; $18,000 '13 OBSJAN). O-Knights Prairie Racing, B-Neal & Mary McFadden (LA), $4,400.
Winning Time: 1:12 2/5 (ft)
 
FG, 8TH, ALW, $40,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 11-21.
3—COLLIN'S MYSTERY, g, 3, Northern Afleet--Mystery at Sea, by Capote. ($32,000 '12 LTBSEP). O-Charles A Castille, Jr, B-Clear Creek Stud Llc (LA), T-William Meaux, J-Kerwin D. Clark, $24,000.
8—Stewie Little, g, 3, Chatain--Conditional Love, by Belong to Me. ($2,600 '11 TEXDEC). O-Wimp Free Racing Stable, B-Moonlake Equine Farm (LA), $8,000.
1—Danny T, g, 4, Yonaguska--Lavender Sea, by Woodman. ($15,000 '11 LTBSEP). O-Andrew T Ney, Jr, B-DocAtty Stables, LLC (LA), $4,400.
Winning Time: 1:11 (ft)
 
FG, 6TH, AOC, $39,000, 3YO/UP, A1MT, 11-22.
6—BEYOND COMPARE, g, 4, Tapit--Dancing Alone, by Kingmambo. ($375,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Ulwelling, Al and Bill, B-Peter E Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY), T-Gary M. Scherer, J-Francisco C. Torres, $23,400.
3—Red Strike, g, 7, Smart Strike--Hummingbird Red, by Red Ransom. O-Maggi Moss, B-Sam-Son Farm (ON), $7,800.
2—Sevenoaks, g, 4, Mizzen Mast--Arboreta, by Empire Maker. ($66,000 2013 FTKJU2). O-Louie J Roussel III, B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY), $4,290.
Winning Time: 1:38 1/5 (fm)
 
RP, 7TH, ALW, $38,250, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 11-21.
5—COPPER FLASH, f, 3, Save Big Money--Eternal Optimism, by Brunswick. O-Greg Frye, B-Dwain Keel (OK), T-Roger F. Engel, J-M. Clifton Berry, $21,819.
2—Gold Tale, m, 5, Wild Tale--Goldshot, by Monarchos. O-Williams, Tim G and Vickie, B-Robert F Heidlage Sr (OK), $8,373.
8—Abigail Lane, f, 3, Liquor Cabinet (IRE)--Oklahoma Wind, by Parade Ground. O-Stork, Gary and Heald, David S, B-Gary Stork & Jennifer Beall (OK), $4,893.
Winning Time: 1:43 2/5 (ft)
 
FG, 8TH, ALW, $38,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, A7 1/2FT, 11-22.
3—MIZZEN MOON, f, 3, Mizzen Mast--Pink Moon, by Exploit. ($15,000 '12 KEESEP; $90,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Right Time Racing LLC, B-Columbine Stable, LLC (KY), T-Brad H. Cox, J-Florent Geroux, $22,800.
5—Gumdrop, f, 3, Lemon Drop Kid--Madame X Ski, by Polish Numbers. O-Moore, Susan and John, B-Susan & John Moore (PA), $7,600.
2—Treaty Oak, f, 3, War Chant--Rather Be Wild, by Wild Again. O-Columbine Stable LLC, B-Columbine Stable, LLC (KY), $4,180.
Winning Time: 1:31 4/5 (fm)
 
GG, 7TH, ALW, $37,800, 3YO/UP, 6F, 11-22.
8—GRAZEN'S HOPE, c, 3, Grazen--Chelcee's Hope, by Bartok (IRE). O-Nicholas B Alexander, B-Nick Alexander (CA), T-Steven Miyadi, J-Dennis Carr, $23,400.
3—Biltmore Boogie, c, 4, McCann's Mojave--Ghazi's Lass, by Ghazi. O-Pena, Juan and Specht, Steve, B-Steve Specht (CA), $7,800.
9—City Chapel, g, 5, Chapel Royal--Lady Lust, by Lord Carson. ($1,000 '10 KEEJAN). O-Victor Trujillo, B-David E Hager, II (KY), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
 
GG, 8TH, AOC, $35,035, 3YO/UP, 5F, 11-22.
7—TAYLORS DEAL, g, 5, Second in Command--Fleet Amyanne, by Western Fame. (C$21,000 '10 BRCSEP). O-North American Thoroughbred Racing Comp, Inc, B-Clive Lytle, Linda Lytle &Can-A-Mex Farms (BC), T-Troy Taylor, J-Frank T. Alvarado, $18,600.
1—Zehner's Zenna, g, 7, Old Topper--Ms Zenna, by Zen. O-Stewball Stable, B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA), $8,060.
5—Barrel Knot, g, 7, Freespool--Benedictine, by Bien Bien. O-Lamonte Isom, B-Special T Thoroughbreds, Inc (CA), $4,836.
Winning Time: :57 4/5 (ft)
 
PEN, 5TH, ALW, $33,300, 3YO/UP, 1M, 11-21.
6—CASTLE ROCKSTAR, g, 4, Rimrod--J. D. Safari, by Power by Far. O-Chris Brent, B-Castle Rock Farm (PA), T-John D. Conner, J-William P. Otero, $19,980.
8—Fara's Kid, g, 3, Lemon Drop Kid--Sticky, by Concern. O-Fitzhugh LLC, B-Fitzhugh, LLC (PA), $6,660.
9—Senor Louie, g, 6, Louis Quatorze--Senorita Cielo, by Conquistador Cielo. O-Ronald B Abrams, B-Dun Roamin Farm & Rosemore Farms (PA), $3,663.
Winning Time: 1:38 2/5 (ft)
 
PEN, 4TH, ALW, $33,040, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 11-22.
10—ONE FAST CHICK, f, 3, First Defence--Yes My Lady, by Wavering Monarch. O-Riders Up Farm, B-William Fossett (PA), T-T. Bernard Houghton, J-Andrew Wolfsont, $21,240.
12—Your Move, f, 4, Mass Media--Metro Girl, by Dixie Union. O-Ronald Brown, B-Gary & Mary West Stables Inc (FL), $5,900.
5—Course I'll Wynn, m, 6, Awesome of Course--How Ya Doing, by Northern Afleet. O-Jolley, T Wynn and Scott, Jake, B-Wynn & Mary Jolley (FL), $3,245.
Winning Time: 1:11 1/5 (ft)
 
RP, 4TH, AOC, $33,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 11-21.
3—FLAT BLACK, g, 6, Flatter--Trailena, by Trail Dancer. O-Albrecht, Richard and Williams, Tim G, B-Tony Jones (KY), T-Tim G. Williams, J-Floyd Wethey, Jr., $19,647.
*7—Steelman Run, g, 4, Kitalpha--Charmer Venture (GB), by Zilzal. O-End Zone Athletics, Inc, B-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc (KY), $6,549.
4—Plenty Elusive, g, 4, Elusive Quality--Plenty of Light, by Colony Light. ($210,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Danny R Caldwell, B-Casner Racing LP (KY), $3,601.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
     ***Plenty Elusive finished second but was disqualified and placed third.
 
GG, 5TH, ALW, $30,210, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 11-21.
5—DINVAR DIVA (GB), m, 5, Dalakhani (IRE)--Musique Magique (IRE), by Mozart (IRE). (105,000gns '10 TATOCT). O-Jeffrey Hobby, B-Brightwalton Stud (GB), T-Richard E. Mandella, J-Alejandro Gomez, $18,000.
4—My Lady's Holiday, f, 3, Harlan's Holiday--Simple Symphony, by Consolidator. ($180,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Mark DeDomenico LLC, Hoefflin, Dan and Hollendorfer, Jerry, B-Machmer Hall (KY), $6,000.
8—Miss Lafayette, f, 3, Midnight Lute--Chilling Effect, by Gold Fever. ($18,000 '11 KEENOV; $70,000 '12 FTKJUL). O-St Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds, B-Wolverton Mountain Farm, LLC & The Midnight Lute Syndicate (KY), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:39 (ft)
 
RP, 5TH, AOC, $30,000, 2YO, F, 1M, 11-21.
6—ZOOMING, f, 2, After Market--Dance Studio, by Bertrando. ($7,000 2014 TEXAPR). O-Carl R Moore Management LLC, B-Charles & David Yochum (TX), T-W. Bret Calhoun, J-M. Clifton Berry, $17,847.
1A—Bernstein's Dream, f, 2, Bernstein--Wilzada, by Meadowlake. ($15,000 '13 FTKOCT; $40,000 2014 TEXAPR). O-Danny Keene, B-Sierra Farm (KY), $5,949.
3—Donna's Royal Slot, f, 2, Sharp Humor--Royalstraightflush, by Pulpit. ($4,500 '13 KEESEP). O-Racing Legend Farms, Methvin, Donna and Methvin, Chris, B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY), $3,271.
Winning Time: 1:39 4/5 (ft)
 
CT, 2ND, ALW, $27,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 4 1/2F, 11-21.
8—MOOGOOGAIPAN, f, 3, With Distinction--Lillians Choice, by Cape Canaveral. O-Big Lick Farm, B-Big Lick Farm (WV), T-Reid Nagle, J-J. D. Acosta, $15,960.
6—Windsor's Punch, f, 3, Windsor Castle--Scottish Punch, by My Boy Adam. O-John A Casey, B-James W Casey (WV), $5,320.
3—Do Not Judge Me, f, 3, Luftikus--Just That Way, by Windsor Castle. O-Marsha L Laurendine, B-James W Casey (WV), $2,660.
Winning Time: :52 4/5 (ft)
 
CT, 8TH, ALW, $27,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 11-21.
1—KLUVYABYE, f, 4, Windsor Castle--Up and Again, by Awesome Again. O-Michael G Atkins, B-Michael G Atkins (WV), T-Michael G. Atkins, J-T. D. Houghton, $16,140.
5—Happy Retreat, f, 3, More Than Ready--Clap Happy, by Greinton (GB). ($200,000 '11 KEENOV). O-Hillwood Stable LLC, B-Finale Farm & Mr & Mrs David M (MD), $5,380.
2—Parham Road, f, 3, Street Boss--Sweet Stew, by Wayne County (IRE). O-Kangaroo Stable, B-Ben Doyle & Jill Doyle (PA), $2,690.
Winning Time: 1:18 3/5 (ft)
 
CT, 6TH, ALW, $27,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 11-21.
3—RICK THE BARTENDER, g, 6, With Distinction--Yira, by Miner's Mark. O-D Calvin Swomley, B-Jorge Tabraue (FL), T-Manolo Mangual, J-Arnaldo Bocachica, $16,020.
7—Little Big Sime, g, 3, Admiralty Arch--Simon Slew, by Native Slew. O-Betty J Stehr, B-Betty Stehr (WV), $5,340.
1—Captain Klink, g, 3, Greatness--Captain Molly, by Lost Soldier. O-Taylor Mountain Farm LLC, B-James W Casey (WV), $2,670.
Winning Time: 1:45 1/5 (ft)
 
ZIA, 8TH, ALW, $26,200, 2YO, F, 5 1/2F, 11-22.
7—PERFECT STYLE, f, 2, Majesticperfection--Sentimental Style, by Crafty Prospector. ($30,000 '12 KEENOV; $32,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Round Up Racing, LLC, B-Michael Rainier (IN), T-Bart G. Hone, J-Alfredo J. Juarez, Jr., $15,000.
1—K B's Last Danz, f, 2, King Bull--Last Danz, by Danzatore. O-Tucumcari Thoroughbreds, B-Tucumcari Thoroughbreds (NM), $6,700.
2—Katelynn's the One, f, 2, Elijah's Song--Diamond Siphon, by Siphon (BRZ). ($2,700 '13 TEXAUG). O-BMS Racing Stable (Sarah Delany), B-James E Helzer (OK), $2,500.
Winning Time: 1:03 3/5 (ft)
 
ZIA, 5TH, ALW, $25,000, 2YO, 5 1/2F, 11-22.
6—DIRT MONSTER, c, 2, Line of David--Coqui, by Fusaichi Pegasus. ($18,000 '12 KEENOV; $30,000 '13 KEESEP; $275,000 2014 KEEAPR). O-Tony Pennington, B-Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds & Hardy Thoroughbreds (KY), T-Justin R. Evans, J-Ry Eikleberry, $15,500.
1—Outdated, g, 2, Old Fashioned--Romantic Romance, by Rahy. ($67,000 '13 FTKJUL; $29,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Garvey, Charles and TG Racing LLC, B-Masatake Iida DVM (KY), $5,500.
2—Smudge, g, 2, Behindatthebar--Price of Passion, by Romanov (IRE). O-Quintin C Holtz, B-Quintin Holtz (LA), $2,500.
Winning Time: 1:03 (ft)
 
TUP, 4TH, ALW, $22,500, 2YO, 6F, 11-22.
1A—GRAND FULL MOON, g, 2, Malibu Moon--French Grand, by French Deputy. O-Mercedes Stables LLC, B-Mercedes Stables, LLC (KY), T-Robertino Diodoro, J-Geovanni Franco, $13,811.
5—Solomon, c, 2, Line of David--Taylor's Wish, by Dynaformer. ($35,000 '13 KEESEP). O-River Ridge Ranch, B-Brandywine Farm (KY), $4,455.
4—Highway Boss, g, 2, Street Boss--Sage Mist, by Henny Hughes. ($20,000 '13 ARZOCT; $32,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Kenneth E Fishbein, B-Ernest C Frohboese (KY), $2,228.
Winning Time: 1:09 3/5 (ft)
 
HAW, 4TH, ALW, $22,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 11-22.
1A—SWARM, c, 3, Powerful Goer--Bee My Honey, by Southern Halo. O-Vanier, Nancy A and Williamson, Lyda, B-Nancy Vanier & Lyda Williamson (IL), T-Brian Williamson, J-Edgar Perez, $13,200.
2—Free Fighter, g, 9, Out of Place--Taxable Deduction, by Prized. O-Thomas Fedro, Sr, B-Team Block (IL), $4,400.
6—Lassell, g, 4, Star Dabbler--Sweet Claire Bear, by Mari's Book. O-Asiel Stable, B-Asiel Stable, LC (IL), $2,420.
Winning Time: 1:46 4/5 (ft)
 
HAW, 7TH, ALW, $21,080, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 11-21.
7—AZEG, g, 4, Eddington--Misty Gina, by Forest Wildcat. O-Fosher, Richard, Noble, Harvey and Oakes, Bruce, B-James Carfagno Jr & John Loven (IL), T-Roger A. Brueggemann, J-Timothy Thornton, $12,600.
8—Purely Given, g, 3, Pure Prize--C K Given, by Point Given. O-Bran Jam Stable, B-John Reinhart (IL), $4,200.
6—Superstar Leo, g, 3, Three Hour Nap--Five Star Swank, by Five Star Day. O-John Mentz, B-John Mentz (IL), $2,100.
Winning Time: 1:16 (ft)
 
TUP, 7TH, ALW, $16,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, A1MT, 11-22.
9—SHE'S STELLA MARIE, m, 5, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Stellarina, by Pleasant Colony. O-Claire Lein, B-Willow Creek Farm, Inc (CA), T-Robertino Diodoro, J-Scott A. Stevens, $9,622.
7—Make Money Honey, f, 3, Pleasant Tap--Hipocrite (CHI), by Hussonet. ($20,000 '11 OBSOCT; $2,700 '12 FTKOCT). O-Catch Me If You Can Stables, B-Sienna Farms LLC & Michael J Chovanes (PA), $3,104.
5—Peppy Miller, f, 4, Fusaichi Pegasus--Amandas Bandit, by Royal Academy. ($85,000 '11 FTKOCT; $42,000 2013 KEENOV). O-Raymond E McElhaney, B-Robert Pierz (KY), $1,552.
Winning Time: 1:39 2/5 (fm)

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Jones looking forward to Exodus' second career start at Fair Grounds

Fox Hill Farm's Exodus looks to fulfill his considerable promise and lofty pedigree when he embarks on his second outing Sunday afternoon in the 7TH race at Fair Grounds -- an open juvenile maiden going six furlongs.

By Medaglia d'Oro out of multiple Grade 1 heroine Stop Traffic, Exodus sold for $600,000 to Fox Hill principal Rick Porter at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga Sale in August 2013.

The swift half-brother to 2013 Grade 1 Whitney Handicap winner Cross Traffic signaled his readiness with a bullet work on November 18, negotiating five furlongs in a :59 4/5.

"He's in on Sunday and he's doing very well and coming into this good," trainer Larry Jones said. "He's really coming along. He just got a little tired in that Keeneland race, which I must say kind of surprised me. I thought that once he made the lead he would go on with it, but at Keeneland you can hook up with some very good horses."

In his October 3 debut at that Lexington, Kentucky, track, the bay colt showed good speed throughout, took the lead midrace and proceeded to finish a game third, beaten 2 1/4 lengths by highly regarded Ambidextrous Alex in a sharp 1:10 2/5. The effort earned Exodus an 82 BRIS Speed figure.

With an eye on the lucrative sophomore graded stakes program that commences at Fair Grounds in January, Jones is optimistic that his charge will be up to the challenge.

"We expect him to be one of our classic contenders down here, but only time will tell," he explained. "We're pretty high on him and have a lot of expectations.

"I don't think he'll have any problem getting two turns. I have two half-sisters to him and one wants to go long and the other (allowance winner Thirteen Arrows) acts like she wants to be a little bit of a sprinter, but she's by Indian Charlie. The way he trains, he'll definitely stretch out."

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North American Maiden Winners
Act of Duty--Quiet Julia by Silver Ghost; SILVER SUNDARA, f, 2, CT, Msw, 11-22, 4 1/2f, :52 3/5. B-J. P. Delaney (NY.). $13,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Afleet Alex--Tell Me All by Vindication; GO SEE DICKY, f, 2, GG, Mcl 8000, 11-22, 5 1/2f, 1:06 2/5. B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY.). $6,000 '13 KEESEP.
Brother Derek--Delacour by Our Emblem; BOLD DEREK, g, 2, RET, Mcl 15000, 11-21, 5f, 1:01 2/5. B-Brereton C. Jones & Spanish Cross Stable, LLC (LA.). $2,000 '13 LTBSEP; $300 '13 STMJAN.
Clever Cry--Jo Sue by Worldly Ways (GB); BELLA LUNA SKY, f, 2, DED, Msw, 11-21, 7 1/2f, 1:34 4/5. B-Danny M. & Donna B. Brown (LA.). $4,000 '13 ESLSEP; $300 '13 STMJAN.
Colonel John--Saphiria by Touch Gold; JUGNI, f, 2, CD, Mcl 50000, 11-22, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Royal Oak Farm, LLC (KY.). $40,000 '12 KEENOV. *1/2 to Bryan's Jewel (G3 $484,878).
Exclusive Quality--Brahms Affair by Brahms; EXCLUSIVE SYMPHONY, f, 2, GPW, Mcl 16000, 11-22, 5 1/2f, 1:05 4/5. B-Louie Rogers Thoroughbreds LLC (FL.). $8,000 2014 OBSJUN.
First Samurai--Live Music by Lemon Drop Kid; BEARS REFLECTION, f, 2, WO, Msw, 11-22, 7f, 1:23 2/5. B-Penny & Manfred Conrad (ON.). $18,000 '13 KEEJAN; $67,000 '13 KEESEP.
Grand Reward--Abigail S by Lite the Fuse; BURNING FUSE, c, 2, PEN, Mcl 20000, 11-21, 1m, 1:42 3/5. B-Luana J. Johnson (PA.).
Hard Spun--Fiery Pulpit by Pulpit; STINGRAY CITY, f, 2, FG, Msw, 11-21, 5 1/2f, 1:07 2/5. B-Relentless Racing LLC, Mike & Ann Rongey (LA.). $50,000 '12 KEENOV; $55,000 '13 KEESEP.
Harlington--Mystic Silver by Silver Deputy; HIP NINETY THREE, f, 2, TUP, Moc 30000, 11-22, a7 1/2fT, 1:32 4/5. B-Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. (KY.). $4,000 '13 FTKFEB; $9,000 '13 KEESEP.
Henrythenavigator--Miss Atlantic City (MSW$299,800), by Stormy Atlantic; LOOK AT ME, c, 2, FG, Mcl 15000, 11-22, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Cantrel Family Partnership, Ltd. (KY.).
Ide--Eyes on Molly by Malagra; CULLEN, g, 2, DED, Msw, 11-22, 7 1/2f, 1:35 1/5. B-Wade C. Mott & Jeffrey W. Mott (LA.). *Full to Captain Buddy (SW $270,381).
Indian Charlie--Grosse Pointe Anne by Silver Deputy; INDIAN ANNIE, f, 2, FG, Msw, 11-22, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY.). $130,000 '13 KEESEP.
Jump Start--Hyatt Road by Allen's Prospect; FINAL PROSPECT, g, 2, LRL, Mcl 40000, 11-22, 7f, 1:25 2/5. B-Non Stop Stable (MD.).
Kodiak Kowboy--King's Mate by Kris S.; PAWN TO A KING, c, 2, PEN, Msw, 11-21, 6f, 1:13 2/5. B-William E. Riddle, Jr. (PA.). $11,500 '13 FTMSEP; $37,000 2014 FTMMAY.
Ole Rebel--Jazzy Gin by Albert the Great; JAZZY REBEL, c, 2, FG, Msw, 11-22, 5 1/2f, 1:06 1/5. B-Dr. Glen Warren (LA.). *Full to Hud's Rebellion (SW $250,356).
Posse--Pegasus Sea by Straight Man; AGENT VAN ALDEN, c, 2, PRX, Mcl 15000, 11-22, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-Pegasus Farms, Inc. (NY.). $20,000 '12 FTNOCT; $50,000 '13 FTNAUG; $120,000 2014 OBSMAR.
Private Vow--Truly Romantic by Robyn Dancer; PACIFIC PINK, f, 2, FG, Msw, 11-21, 5 1/2f, 1:06 3/5. B-Brandon Adcock (LA.). $11,500 '13 ESLOCT; $90,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Pure Prize--Summer Event by Event of the Year; PURE REASON, f, 2, RP, Mcl 15000, 11-21, 1m, 1:41 1/5. B-Clark Brewster (OK.).
Red Giant--Libor Rate by Exchange Rate; CLASSIC AUSSIE, f, 2, AQU, Msw, 11-22, 1m, 1:41 4/5. B-D.J. Stable, LLC (NY.).
Successful Appeal--Clochard by Devil's Bag; SWEET ON SMOKEY, f, 2, PRX, Msw, 11-22, 1m, 1:40 4/5. B-Tom McCrocklin & Frank Mermenstein (KY.). *1/2 to Vanessa Wins (Champion Imported 3 Year Old Filly in Ecuador).
Tiz Wonderful--Homefortheholidays by Came Home; TITLE WINNER, f, 2, CD, Mcl 40000, 11-22, 7f, 1:23 4/5. B-Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc. (KY.).
Tiznow--Miss Elusive by Elusive Quality; TIZ ELUSIVE, f, 2, AQU, Mcl 30000, 11-22, 6f, 1:14 4/5. B-Penn Ridge Farms & Triton Farm LLC (KY.). $140,000 '13 FTKJUL.
Unbridled's Song--Elusive Bird by Elusive Quality; GORGEOUS BIRD, c, 2, CD, Msw, 11-22, 7f, 1:24 2/5. B-Marylou Whitney Stables LLC (KY.).
Valid Expectations--Festive Rain by Festival of Light; RAIN EXPECTATIONS, f, 2, RET, Msw, 11-21, 5 1/2f, 1:07 4/5. B-Warren N. Moore Jr. & Ronald F. Plackemeier (TX.).
Weigelia--Aly's Bluff by Pine Bluff; BLUFFALO BILL, g, 2, CD, Mcl 15000, 11-22, 1m, 1:40 2/5. B-Epona Equine, LLC & Otto Draper & Wyn Oaks Farm (PA.).
Where's the Ring--Rivermaid Dancing by Riverman; RIVER MAID, f, 2, WO, Msw, 11-22, 6f, 1:10 2/5. B-Jay Cochlin (ON.). C$57,000 '13 ONTSEP. *1/2 to Soul Rebel (MSP $263,727) *Full to Race for Gold (SW $304,197).
With Distinction--Golden Legacy by Ocala Slew; LASTINGFRIENDSHIPS, f, 2, GPW, Msw, 11-22, 6f, 1:12 . B-Bettina Gates Stevens (FL.). $40,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Bring the Heat--Wicklow Vamp by Military; KILOWATT, g, 3, GPW, Mcl 12500, 11-22, 1 1/16m, 1:50 . B-ACG Racing Stable (FL.).
Cherokee's Boy--Flag Salute by Stalwart; CHEROKEE SALUTE, f, 3, RP, Mcl 15000, 11-21, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Melissa Cantacuzene (VA.).
Colonel John--Las Malvinas by Lord at War (ARG); BOURBON WARFARE, f, 3, CD, Msw, 11-22, 6 1/2f, 1:18 1/5. B-Royal Oak Farm, LLC (KY.). $120,000 '11 KEENOV.
Dunkirk--Darling Monique by El Corredor; BATTLE ON, c, 3, FG, Mcl 10000, 11-21, 5f, :59 4/5. B-Sheltowee Farm, Tom McCrocklin & Mar Toothaker (KY.).
Forest Grove--Two to Get Ready by Perfect Mandate; BRACKENDALE, g, 3, DMR, Mcl 20000, 11-21, 6 1/2f, 1:17 . B-Prescott Farms (BC.). C$14,000 '12 BRCSEP.
Formal Dinner--Good Cents by Deputy Minister; FORMAL CENTS, f, 3, PEN, Mcl 7500, 11-21, 6f, 1:14 . B-R. N. Miller (PA.).
Kitten's Joy--You Skat Two by Two Punch; IMAKITTENSJOY, f, 3, GPW, Mcl 16000, 11-22, 1m, 1:42 2/5. B-Shelby Lane Farm & Ramsey Farm, Inc. (KY.). $62,000 '11 KEENOV.
Midnight Lute--Ocala Vixen by Appealing Skier; MIDNIGHT IN OCALA, f, 3, WO, Mcl 12500, 11-22, 7f, 1:24 4/5. B-George Robertson (ON.).
Northern Afleet--Super Plan by Valid Wager; SUPER MAGIC, f, 3, CT, Mcl 5000, 11-21, 1 1/16m, 1:50 2/5. B-Venneri Racing Inc. (KY.).
Oh Tanner--Marnay by Kris S.; MARNAYS ANGEL, f, 3, GG, Msw, 11-21, 5 1/2f, 1:04 3/5. B-William L. & Judy Hedrick (CA.).
Sligo Bay (IRE)--Our Mariah by Mt. Livermore; BIDE A WEE ISLAND, f, 3, WO, Mcl 12500, 11-22, 5f, :58 1/5. B-Kingview Farms (ON.). *1/2 to Something Extra (MG2 $790,656).
Tale of the Cat--Loving Lucy by Lycius; LOVING LORRI, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 40000, 11-22, 6f, 1:13 . B-Hare Forest Farm, LTD. (KY.). $65,000 '12 KEEJAN.
Unusual Heat--Fleet Sparrow by Cozzene; UNUSUAL FLEET, g, 3, GG, Mcl 20000, 11-21, 1 1/16m, 1:46 . B-Jack Nakkashian, Harry Bederian & Harout Kamberian (CA.). *Full to Medzendeekron (G2P $348,258).
Visionaire--Steal of the Night by Lost Code; OUTLOOK, c, 3, GG, Mcl 25000, 11-22, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Equus Farm (KY.). $35,000 '11 FTKNOV; $45,000 '12 FTKJUL; $50,000 2013 BESMAR.
Windsor Castle--Treylucey by Wekiva Springs; CRAZY CHARLES, g, 3, CT, Msw, 11-21, 4 1/2f, :51 4/5. B-Floyd A. Taylor (WV.).
Yes It's True--Perfectly Natural by Forestry; PERFECTLY TRUE, c, 3, LRL, Msw, 11-22, 6f, 1:09 4/5. B-David Garvin (KY.). $41,000 '11 KEENOV; $40,000 '12 FTKOCT; $100,000 2013 OBSAPR.
Captain Countdown--Outta Money by Pancho Villa; COUNTTHEMONEY, f, 4, RET, Msw, 11-21, 1 1/16m, 1:53 3/5. B-Ron Cherry (TX.).
Hook and Ladder--Royal Bauble by Jules; FORTY NINE KARATS, g, 4, AQU, Mcl 25000, 11-22, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Sequel Stallions New York LLC & J. I. Racing Inc. (NY.).
Proudest Romeo--Leomade by Leo Castelli; L. BEAKUS, g, 4, DED, Mcl 10000, 11-21, 5f, 1:01 1/5. B-Sidney & Donna Ward (AR.).
Smart Strike--Sherriff's Deputy by Deputy Minister; DEPUTY STRIKER, h, 5, GG, Msw, 11-22, 1 1/16m, 1:46 . B-Fares Farm Inc (KY.). $70,000 2011 KEEAPR. *Full to Curlin (Horse of the year, $10,501,800).

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Perth locals Magnifisio, Elite Belle score Group 1 coups

In Saturday's Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in Perth, Magnifisio turned back a field that included a handful of well-credentialed sprinters and survived an inquiry to become the first Group 1 winner for her sire, Magnus.

Magnifisio bested Watermans Bay by a head, and the latter rival's rider claimed Magnifisio had cost him a winning chance with interference 100 meters into the race. Stewards ultimately decided the interference was insufficient to warrant changing the order of finish.

The remarkably consistent Magnifisio has finished off the board just twice in 12 outings over the past 12 months, and last December she kicked off a five-race win streak that encompassed three listed races and concluded with the Roma Cup May 17, where she had Saturday's Railway winner Elite Belle back in second.

Magnifisio could manage only fourth in the Beaufine on July 12, and filled the same slot behind Elite Belle in the October 25 Prince of Wales Stakes. Magnifisio once again had that rival behind her in fourth when taking the Lee Steere S. prior to this effort November 8. Saturday's race was her first tilt at Group 1 company.

Magnus, who stands at Eliza Park International, is out of Scandinavia, the second dam of unbeaten world champion sprinter Black Caviar and her four-time Group 1-winning half-brother All Too Hard (Aus). Magnus and All Too Hard, who stands at Vinery Stud, also share the same sire line, as All Too Hard is by Casino Prince, a son of Magnus's sire Flying Spur.

Also at Perth's Ascot, the veteran Western Australian mare Elite Belle pushed her earnings past the million-dollar mark while earning a first Group 1 win with a gutsy score in Saturday's Railway Stakes. Crying out for racing room while traveling worse than midpack heading into the closing stages of the race, Elite Belle and jockey William Pike at last found the opening they needed and surged to the front inside the final 200 meters.

"I'd started to watch (and get) despondent," trainer Grant Williams told Sky Racing World. "I thought we had too many horses to get through. In the corner of my eye, I saw a horse coming through. I thought, it couldn't be Willie could it?' and sure enough, it was."

Pike added of Elite Belle, "She doesn't even travel. She does it from off the bit and you have got to rely on her and trust her that she's got it. She catches you a little bit unawares but when she lets down, it's electric."

Elite Belle has made all 23 of her starts in Western Australia, and she kicked off 2014 in style with a victory in the La Trice Classic here January 1. She was not seen again until May 17, when she checked in second in the Roma Cup, and she returned two weeks later to take the Belmont Sprint over 1400 meters before adding the Hyperion over a furlong further June 14. The bay kept the streak alive with a victory in the Prince of Wales in her first outing as a six-year-old, and was fourth behind Saturday's Winterbottom victress Magnifisio in the Lee Steere in her prep for this event.

Williams said Elite Belle would move on to the Kingston Town Classic in two weeks.

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In brief

While the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) and Princess (G3) took center stage at the Vinton, Louisiana, track on Saturday, there was plenty of stakes action on the undercard to keep the fans entertained. Topping the rest of the card was the $250,000 Delta Mile, which saw Sunbean (Brahms) romp home by five lengths under regular rider Richard Eramia. The four-year-old gelding is trained by Ron Faucheux for breeder Brittlyn Stable, and drew ever closer to the million mark in earnings having now banked $910,150 in his 19-12-2-1 career that includes 11 stakes victories. The second most lucrative stakes on the undercard was the $200,000 Treasure Chest, and the James Cassidy-conditioned Yahilwa (Medaglia d'Oro) lived up to her even-money favoritism to pull away late with Mike Smith in the irons. Trainer Steve Flint and jockey Gerard Melancon got an early double with D'cajun Cat (D'wildcat), who captured the $75,000 Sam's Town to kick off the stakes action, and Four Leaf Chief (Lookin at Lucky), an effortless winner next out in the $150,000 Louisiana Legacy for Louisiana-bred juveniles. Later on the card, the Gary Scherer-trained Wind Chill Factor (Successful Appeal) romped in the $150,000 Louisiana Jewel for juvenile fillies under jockey Willie Martinez. Honeycomb Allie (Afleet Alex) and jockey Colby Hernandez wrapped up the stakes action on the day when the Al Stall Jr. pupil took the $75,000 Orleans for three-year-old fillies...

Respected veteran Joe Kristufek joins Churchill Downs' talented roster of on-track and simulcast racing television analysts during the final week of its 24-day Fall Meet. Kristufek will be part of a trio that also features Jill Byrne, the track's senior racing analyst and director of programming who has handled duties at Churchill Downs since 2006 and has performed similar duties for the HRTV and TVG networks, and Kevin Kerstein, the newest member of that team will continue to handle occasional duties as an on-track analyst in the team's new configuration. As Kristufek joins that team, Byrne will be a less-frequent presence for on-track and simulcast television duties in order concentrate on the development and creation of special programming for Churchill Downs daily television product, its 4K Big Board video screen and the track's web sites. She will remain an important member of the team of racing analysts and will be prominent on the track's biggest racing days. Kristufek's first appearance as an analyst in the Churchill Paddock will come next week, and he will return as a full-time presence during the track's 2015 Spring Meet that begins with Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Week. "I am very excited for this opportunity and to work closely with Jill, Kevin and the entire Churchill Downs staff," Kristufek said. "As an ambassador of the game, I believe the job of the paddock host can be much more than just picking horses. Fan development should also be emphasized. I'm looking forward to sharing my passion with the masses."...

Mikki Isle (Deep Impact) would be perfect in 2014 but for an uncharacteristically poor performance in the Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-G1) June 8, and the sophomore has a shot for redemption in Sunday's Mile Championship (Jpn-G1). The Noda Mizuki colorbearer, who is one of six by his champion sire in the lineup, opened his three-year-old account with a pair of Grade 3 victories over this distance. Connections opted to bypass the Triple Crown series to stick to these shorter distances, and that decision paid dividends when Mikki Isle collected the NHK Mile Cup (Jpn-G1) May 11. Mikki Isle floundered over soft going when 16th of 17 behind Just a Way (Heart's Cry) in the Yasuda Kinen, after which he was given a summer holiday. Mikki Isle showed no signs of rust when besting elders on return in the Swan S. (Jpn-G2) November 1, and despite dumping his rider and completing a piece of trackwork solo 10 days ago, Mikki Isle appears primed to add a second Grade 1. Defending champion Tosen Ra (Deep Impact), like Mikki Isle, also failed to handle the easy going in the Yasuda Kinen and checked in 14th. He returned with a third-place finish in the Kyoto Daishoten (Jpn-G2) October 14. World Ace (Deep Impact) turned heads when breaking the course record over this track and trip in the Yomiuri Milers Cup (Jpn-G2) April 27, and he checked in a respectable fifth in the Yasuda Kinen. World Ace was a puzzling 13th in the Mainichi Okan (Jpn-G2) October 12, but having also been placed in the 2012 Japanese Two Thousand Guineas (Jpn-G1) and Derby (Jpn-G1) he has back form to call on, and wouldn't be a shock winner. Second behind World Ace in the Yomiuri was Fiero(Deep Impact), who had previously won three straight at the allowance level. Eighth in the Yasuda Kinen, the five-year-old was beaten just a half-length by Mikki Isle in the Swan. Yasuda Kinen 10th Clarente (Dance in the Dark) comes into this off a pair of Grade 3 victories at the distance...

Globetrotting sprinter-miler Gordon Lord Byron (Byron) will make his third visit to the Hong Kong International race meeting December 14, and the six-year-old pleased trainer Tom Hogan with a racecourse gallop at Dundalk Friday. "It all went perfectly at Dundalk," Hogan said. "He loves it there -- he strode out well and had a little blow afterwards. We might go back there again next Friday just to get him spot-on for Hong Kong." Gordon Lord Byron, who was last seen winning the British Champions Sprint S. (Eng-G2) October 18, claimed his third Group 1 in Australia's George Ryder S. over 7 1/2 furlongs in March prior to finishing a respectable sixth behind Lankan Rupee (Redoute's Choice) in the A$3.5 million T.J. Smith S. (Aus-G1) over six furlongs in April. The Cyrus Poonawalla and Morgan Cahalan colorbearer has contested the Hong Kong Mile (HK-G1) the last two years, finishing fourth both times. "We've decided we will take our chances on the draw and go for the Sprint," Hogan said. "His runs in Australia show he is good enough to go for the race. The milers in Hong Kong are exceptionally good. We've had a couple of goes at the race before and we've not had much luck in running and still finished two lengths off the winner. We think he's capable of running a good race in the Sprint and deserves his chance. He flies out of Heathrow on December 5 and we're looking forward to it."...

Mahoning Valley Racecourse in Austintown, Ohio, kicks off its inaugural racing season on Monday, November 24, with an eight-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. (EST). The 2014 season is comprised of 21 racing days thru Saturday, December 30, and will feature a four day a week schedule, Monday through Wednesday and Saturday with a 12:45 p.m. post time. Starting in 2015, Mahoning Valley Racecourse will offer 100 racing dates during two meets, January through April and October through December, as well as a complete a circuit with Thistledown, which is located in nearby North Randall, Ohio...

On Sunday at Del Mar, the $100,000 Cary Grant S. attracted eight California-breds. Among those entered for the seven-furlong former On Trust S. are Big Macher (Beau Genius), winner of the Bing Crosby (G1) over the track on July 27; unbeaten multiple stakes victor Red Outlaw (Tribal Rule); and defending race winner Rousing Sermon (Lucky Pulpit). Red Outlaw is nominated for other upcoming stakes and his presence in the Cary Grant remains to be determined. "At this point we're going to look at it and decide. We're considering the ($300,000) Hollywood Derby ([G1] on November 29) and the ($250,000) Seabiscuit ([G2] on November 28) as well," trainer Peter Miller said Thursday morning. "We probably won't make a decision (about the Cary Grant) until race day on Sunday." Red Outlaw worked three furlongs over Del Mar's Polytrack Thursday morning in :37 4/5...

A field of eight heads to the post on Sunday in Woodbine's C$200,000 Kennedy Road S. (Can-G2) going six furlongs on the Polytrack. Sharp Sensation (Sharp Humor) totes the top weight of 121 pounds off a half-length victory in the Bet on Sunshine S. over Churchill Downs' main track November 1. The well-traveled four-year-old gelding recorded a neck score in the Turf Monster H. (G3) at Parx Racing and was a close third in the Woodford S. (G3) on Keeneland's grass in his prior two races. Calgary Cat (Cowtown Cat) will be looking to derail Sharp Sensation's from posting back-to-back stakes wins. The four-year-old chestnut captured the Bold Venture S. (Can-G3) on Woodbine's Polytrack before rallying to be third by a length in the Nearctic S. (Can-G2) last out on the Toronto venue's turf course. Also entered is Black Hornet (Pioneerof the Nile), runner-up from the Nearctic and third in the Bold Venture...

The winner of Sunday's "Who's the Champ? Betting Challenge" will be awarded with a fully paid spot in the Horse Player World Series at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on March 25-28. Last week, Craig Meuter of Louisville, Kentucky, won the first prize besting a field of 67 handicappers. The "Who's the Champ? Betting Challenge" requires entrants to place mythical $2 win/place wagers on races 3-8 at Churchill Downs. The contestant with the highest bankroll at event's end is crowned the winner. The weekly grand prize includes a four-night hotel stay and $250 travel voucher. Second-place gets a $500 betting voucher and the third place-finisher receives a $250 betting voucher. Registration for this Sunday's event is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST) in the Churchill Downs Lounge. It costs $35 to enter ($30 for TSC Elite members) and entrants receive an official program and meal voucher. The final "Who's the Champ? Betting Challenge" of the year will be held on closing day, Sunday, November 30...

Reserved indoor premium seating at Churchill Downs for Thanksgiving Day is nearly sold out. The only tickets that remain are in the Winn Show Place Lounge on the second floor clubhouse, which range from $26 to $60 and can include the Thanksgiving Chef's Table buffet. There are still some interior dining options left for "Black Friday" on November 28, featuring the 140th running of the $500,000 Clark H. (G1). Tickets to the Skye Terrace are $34.50, which includes the Chef's Table buffet. Also, tickets to the Matt Winn Dining Room are $15, which includes a reserved seat in the dining room plus an outdoor reserved third-floor box. Guests have the option for a buffet or to order a la carte, but a $15 minimum purchase is required. Millionaires Row 4 with a buffet ($34.50) and the Matt Winn Dining Room have availability for Stars of Tomorrow II on Saturday, November 29, and closing day on Sunday, November 30...

Del Mar will hold a craft beer and cider fest alongside its races at the seaside track on Thanksgiving Saturday, November 29. More than 100 local and international brews, along with a variety of seasonal ales and ciders, will be available throughout the day in the track's Seaside Concert area on the west end of the grandstand. DJ's will be playing tunes throughout the afternoon and gourmet food trucks also will be on site with a wide-range of offerings. Track gates open at 11 a.m. (PST) and the craft beer and cider fest will be pouring between noon and 4 p.m. There also will be a terrific racing card that afternoon -- likely topped by dual classic winner California Chrome's appearance in either the Hollywood Derby (G1) or Native Diver H. (G3) -- and Del Mar's fan favorites Cake will perform a full rock concert following the races on the Seaside Concert stage to cap off the exciting day. Admission to the racetrack is $6, and only $3 for Diamond Club card holders (a free and easy sign up for all fans). Admission to the beer fest is free. A beer tasting is $18, which includes five 7 oz. samples of the various wares. Special pre-sale discount packages are on sale through November 25 by going to https://www.dmtc.com/tickets and entering the ticket office...

"Horses and Hope," the initiative created in 2008 by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear with the Kentucky Cancer Program and the Pink Stable, will return to Churchill Downs on Sunday, November 23, in Millionaires Row 4 and Skye Terrace 5. The mission is to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among Kentucky's horse industry workers and their families. The color of pink will be scattered throughout Churchill that day, including saddle towels for the 5TH race, jockey arm bands, groom's vests, outriders, the bugler, flags, bunting and trophies for winning horse owners. To help celebrate, Churchill's Twin Spires will be bathed in pink light, as well...

Internationally successful jockey Sergey Vasyutov is considering a move to Fair Grounds during the 2014-15 meet. In a career that has seen him ride in over 2,000 races in Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and the United States, the well-traveled journeyman has won 564 races and was second in the 2005 Polish Derby. The top Polish apprentice rider of 1996, Vasyutov has also worked in England for multiple Group 1-winning trainer Ed Dunlop and made 123 starts in 2013 in the United States. At the 2013 Arlington meet, Vasyutov won five races in 58 starts while primarily riding for conditioner Gennadi Dorochenko...

Reigning Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-G1) winner Leading Light (Montjeu) will join Coolmore's National Hunt roster in 2015. A 520,000gns Tattersalls October purchase by Demi O'Byrne, Leading Light was trained by Aidan O'Brien and raced in the colors of Derrick Smith. The blaze-faced bay earned classic glory in last year's St Leger (Eng-G1), and added a second highest-level score when gutting out a neck victory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Leading Light finished second in this year's Irish St Leger (Ire-G1), won six group races in total, and was this year's Cartier Champion Stayer. The four-year-old was last seen finishing seventh in the British Champions Long Distance Cup (Eng-G2), where he suffered suspensory injuries to both forelegs in a roughly run race. "He's a gorgeous, big horse and we're delighted to be getting him," Coolmore's Albert Sherwood said...

Born To Sea (Invincible Spirit), whose first foals proved popular at last week's Goffs November Foal Sale, will not stand at Rathasker Stud for 2015, the farm revealed on Twitter. The tweet read, "It has been decided by mutual agreement that Born To Sea will not stand at Rathasker for 2015 season. For nominations contact John Clarke." Clarke is the racing advisor to the Tsui family, which bred and own Born To Sea, a three-quarter brother to Sea the Stars and a half-brother to Galileo. That trio are out of the champion racemare Urban Sea (Miswaki).  Born To Sea, who was a listed winner on debut and finished second to Camelot in the 2012 Irish Derby (Ire-G1), had his first weanlings sell for up to 220,000 at Goffs.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Sunday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Aqueduct   (6th) Miss Macarena, 6-1
    (7th) Village Warrior, 5-1
Churchill Downs   (4th) Music Critik, 6-1
    (6th) One More Night, 5-1
Del Mar   (2nd) Miss Ellany, 7-2
    (5th) Tribal Dude, 3-1
Fair Grounds   (5th) Blading Wild Cat, 8-1
    (6th) Cat With a Twist, 9-2
Golden Gate Fields   (6th) Mickey Ball, 3-1
    (8th) Uncharted Course, 3-1
Gulfstream Park West   (8th) Justa Little Evil, 3-1
    (9th) Night Song, 4-1
Mountaineer   (1st) Let's Try Another, 6-1
    (4th) Read It and Weep, 3-1
Parx Racing   (8th) Derby Gold, 7-2
    (9th) Sixtieth and Dune, 9-2
Turf Paradise   (5th) Little Earl, 9-2
    (6th) Majestway, 3-1
Woodbine   (3rd) Pugsley, 6-1
    (7th) Marathon Run, 8-1

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