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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014

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Churchill Downs scheduled to race Friday

Following back-to-back cancellations due to a frozen racetrack, racing at Churchill Downs will resume Friday at 12:40 p.m. (EST) with its regularly-scheduled 10-race program.

"Our superb track maintenance team has diligently worked around the clock to ensure that we have a suitable cushion, and after assessing the track condition this afternoon (Thursday), we concluded that it's safe to resume training and racing," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "Horses on the track Friday will be a welcomed sight for all involved."

Additionally, the one-mile dirt oval is expected to be open for training Friday from 6-10 a.m.

Two races are scheduled for the Matt Winn Turf Course on Friday but a decision on whether or not they remain on that surface won't be made until Friday morning.

Monday was the last day that horses trained over the Churchill Downs main track thanks to an early winter blast of three inches of snow that morning. Compounded by frigid temperatures, the track had been frozen and 10-race cards scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday were canceled.

Churchill Downs' track maintenance team -- a 26-person operation led by David Lehr, senior director of track surfaces, and Jamie Richardson, assistant track superintendent -- will continue to harrow and grade the racing surface Thursday and into Friday to ensure that it doesn't refreeze.

The National Weather Service forecast for Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday called for mostly sunny skies with a high near 34 and a west wind around 10 miles per hour. Temperatures would fall to a low around 20 overnight and rise to 38 with sunshine on Friday. A high of 51 is forecasted for Saturday with a 30-percent chance of showers after 8 a.m. Sunday calls for an 80-percent chance of rain with a high near 61. The average temperature in Louisville this time of the year is typically in the upper 50s.

Cancellations of Churchill Downs racing programs due to weather conditions are rare. When Wednesday's and Thursday's programs were called off it was the first time since November 23-24, 1970, that a frozen racetrack forced back-to-back cancellations.

In the track's 140-year history, there have been only 20 documented weather-related cancellations and just seven pertaining to winter weather.

Churchill Downs intends to make up as many of the canceled races as possible by adding races to its remaining programs. Closing day of the fall meet is Sunday, November 30, which means only eight scheduled racing dates remain. An 11-race program is scheduled for Saturday, highlighted by the Grade 3, $100,000 Cardinal Handicap. Eleven races also were carded for Sunday, which means both weekend programs will end at 5:38 p.m., a half-hour later than originally scheduled.

Closing week at Churchill Downs (November 26-30) is one of the most anticipated fall meet events. Thanksgiving Day at the track has been a Louisville tradition since 1969 where more than 7,000 turkey dinners are served with all the trimmings, making it the largest number served anywhere in the region.

The "Black Friday" card features the Grade 1, $500,000 Clark Handicap and annually lures some of the top older horses in North America. Stars of Tomorrow II is showcased on Saturday, November 29, which features races exclusively for two-year-olds who have aspirations of trail-blazing their way to next year's Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

The closing day card on Sunday, November 30, doubles as Fan Appreciation Day with free general admission, a free 2015 Churchill Downs Wall Calendar courtesy of Humana to the first 5,000 fans, and $1 special food and beverage offerings: 16 oz. domestic draft beer, 22 oz. Pepsi product fountain drinks, bottled water and hot dogs.

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Churchill Downs scheduled to race Friday

Following back-to-back cancellations due to a frozen racetrack, racing at Churchill Downs will resume Friday at 12:40 p.m. (EST) with its regularly-scheduled 10-race program.

"Our superb track maintenance team has diligently worked around the clock to ensure that we have a suitable cushion, and after assessing the track condition this afternoon (Thursday), we concluded that it's safe to resume training and racing," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "Horses on the track Friday will be a welcomed sight for all involved."

Additionally, the one-mile dirt oval is expected to be open for training Friday from 6-10 a.m.

Two races are scheduled for the Matt Winn Turf Course on Friday but a decision on whether or not they remain on that surface won't be made until Friday morning.

Monday was the last day that horses trained over the Churchill Downs main track thanks to an early winter blast of three inches of snow that morning. Compounded by frigid temperatures, the track had been frozen and 10-race cards scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday were canceled.

Churchill Downs' track maintenance team -- a 26-person operation led by David Lehr, senior director of track surfaces, and Jamie Richardson, assistant track superintendent -- will continue to harrow and grade the racing surface Thursday and into Friday to ensure that it doesn't refreeze.

The National Weather Service forecast for Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday called for mostly sunny skies with a high near 34 and a west wind around 10 miles per hour. Temperatures would fall to a low around 20 overnight and rise to 38 with sunshine on Friday. A high of 51 is forecasted for Saturday with a 30-percent chance of showers after 8 a.m. Sunday calls for an 80-percent chance of rain with a high near 61. The average temperature in Louisville this time of the year is typically in the upper 50s.

Cancellations of Churchill Downs racing programs due to weather conditions are rare. When Wednesday's and Thursday's programs were called off it was the first time since November 23-24, 1970, that a frozen racetrack forced back-to-back cancellations.

In the track's 140-year history, there have been only 20 documented weather-related cancellations and just seven pertaining to winter weather.

Churchill Downs intends to make up as many of the canceled races as possible by adding races to its remaining programs. Closing day of the fall meet is Sunday, November 30, which means only eight scheduled racing dates remain. An 11-race program is scheduled for Saturday, highlighted by the Grade 3, $100,000 Cardinal Handicap. Eleven races also were carded for Sunday, which means both weekend programs will end at 5:38 p.m., a half-hour later than originally scheduled.

Closing week at Churchill Downs (November 26-30) is one of the most anticipated fall meet events. Thanksgiving Day at the track has been a Louisville tradition since 1969 where more than 7,000 turkey dinners are served with all the trimmings, making it the largest number served anywhere in the region.

The "Black Friday" card features the Grade 1, $500,000 Clark Handicap and annually lures some of the top older horses in North America. Stars of Tomorrow II is showcased on Saturday, November 29, which features races exclusively for two-year-olds who have aspirations of trail-blazing their way to next year's Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

The closing day card on Sunday, November 30, doubles as Fan Appreciation Day with free general admission, a free 2015 Churchill Downs Wall Calendar courtesy of Humana to the first 5,000 fans, and $1 special food and beverage offerings: 16 oz. domestic draft beer, 22 oz. Pepsi product fountain drinks, bottled water and hot dogs.

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Flintshire could prep at Deauville for Hong Kong

Flintshire (right) went down by only a half-length to Main Sequence in the BC Turf (Breeders' Cup Ltd. Photo)
French star Flintshire could have a prep run at Deauville ahead of his tilt at the Hong Kong Vase over 12 furlongs at Sha Tin on December 14. The four-year-old, representing 24-time French champion trainer Andre Fabre, is already a winner at the highest level, having recorded an impressive victory in the 2013 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.

Flintshire has been a model of consistency in five outings during 2014 and produced a career-best performance when beaten two lengths into second by Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp October 5.

On his most recent start, the Khalid Abdullah-owned colt proved he can cope with the demands of traveling overseas when running Main Sequence to a half-length in the November 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

"Flintshire is in good shape and it is the intention to go for the Hong Kong Vase," Abdullah's Racing Manager Lord Grimthorpe said.

"He has come out of the Breeders' Cup really well and could run before Hong Kong in the Prix Lyphard at Deauville on December 2.

"We would always like to win but he ran another solid race at Santa Anita. He had every chance and we have got no complaints.

"He has met some of the best horses around this season. He was rusty when he was second to Cirrus des Aigles in the Coronation Cup -- it was his first start of the year -- and the ground was very soft next time at Saint-Cloud.

"Then he was due to come for the King George at Ascot, but he had a slight temperature on the morning of shipping which ruled him out. He had most of the summer off and ran a good trial in the Prix Foy but, again, was probably a little bit rusty.

"He ran a super race in the Arc and I don't think anybody can say he didn't put his best foot forward.

"Hopefully, he can go to Hong Kong and win one this time. He likes fast ground, we know he goes well on a right-handed track and there is usually a good pace, so he should have a lot in his favor."

Canadian International hero Hillstar is also bound for the Vase (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Flintshire, by Dansili out of the Sadler's Wells mare Dance Routine, has won three of his 11 starts under Maxime Guyon.

Newmarket trainer Sir Michael Stoute confirmed that Hillstar is going for the Hong Kong Vase on the back of a decisive victory in the Canadian International at Woodbine on October 19.

Hillstar, a four-year-old Danehill Dancer colt, is owned by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and has been successful four times from 15 starts.

The Hong Kong Vase is one of four Group 1 contests at the Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin on December 14. The Sunday card also features the Hong Kong Cup at about 1 1/4 miles, the Hong Kong Mile and the Hong Kong Sprint.

Selected runners for the 2014 Hong Kong International Races will be announced on November 26.

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Flintshire could prep at Deauville for Hong Kong

Flintshire (right) went down by only a half-length to Main Sequence in the BC Turf (Breeders' Cup Ltd. Photo)
French star Flintshire could have a prep run at Deauville ahead of his tilt at the Hong Kong Vase over 12 furlongs at Sha Tin on December 14. The four-year-old, representing 24-time French champion trainer Andre Fabre, is already a winner at the highest level, having recorded an impressive victory in the 2013 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.

Flintshire has been a model of consistency in five outings during 2014 and produced a career-best performance when beaten two lengths into second by Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp October 5.

On his most recent start, the Khalid Abdullah-owned colt proved he can cope with the demands of traveling overseas when running Main Sequence to a half-length in the November 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

"Flintshire is in good shape and it is the intention to go for the Hong Kong Vase," Abdullah's Racing Manager Lord Grimthorpe said.

"He has come out of the Breeders' Cup really well and could run before Hong Kong in the Prix Lyphard at Deauville on December 2.

"We would always like to win but he ran another solid race at Santa Anita. He had every chance and we have got no complaints.

"He has met some of the best horses around this season. He was rusty when he was second to Cirrus des Aigles in the Coronation Cup -- it was his first start of the year -- and the ground was very soft next time at Saint-Cloud.

"Then he was due to come for the King George at Ascot, but he had a slight temperature on the morning of shipping which ruled him out. He had most of the summer off and ran a good trial in the Prix Foy but, again, was probably a little bit rusty.

"He ran a super race in the Arc and I don't think anybody can say he didn't put his best foot forward.

"Hopefully, he can go to Hong Kong and win one this time. He likes fast ground, we know he goes well on a right-handed track and there is usually a good pace, so he should have a lot in his favor."

Canadian International hero Hillstar is also bound for the Vase (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Flintshire, by Dansili out of the Sadler's Wells mare Dance Routine, has won three of his 11 starts under Maxime Guyon.

Newmarket trainer Sir Michael Stoute confirmed that Hillstar is going for the Hong Kong Vase on the back of a decisive victory in the Canadian International at Woodbine on October 19.

Hillstar, a four-year-old Danehill Dancer colt, is owned by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and has been successful four times from 15 starts.

The Hong Kong Vase is one of four Group 1 contests at the Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin on December 14. The Sunday card also features the Hong Kong Cup at about 1 1/4 miles, the Hong Kong Mile and the Hong Kong Sprint.

Selected runners for the 2014 Hong Kong International Races will be announced on November 26.

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Frozen track forces Churchill to cancel second straight day

Racing was canceled for Thursday despite the maintenance crew's best efforts working on the frozen track (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Unable to thaw its main track following a blast of winter weather earlier this week, Churchill Downs has announced that it will cancel live racing for a second consecutive day on Thursday, November 20.

This is the first time that a frozen racetrack has forced back-to-back cancellations at Churchill Downs since November 23-24, 1970, and it's only the seventh winter weather-related cancellation in the track's 140-year history.

Despite tireless efforts by the 26-person track maintenance team at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, training and the 10-race program scheduled for Thursday has been canceled because the one-mile dirt racetrack remains frozen.

The track maintenance team, led by Senior Director of Track Surfaces David Lehr and Assistant Track Superintendent Jamie Richardson, continued their around-the-clock maintenance of the surface Wednesday to no avail.

Temperatures climbed into the 40s on Wednesday but sunshine was minimal and southwest winds gusted as high as 30 miles per hour, which deterred their efforts to thaw the main track through constant harrowing and grading.

"We had hoped to make significant progress on the track today but the strong winds were no help and by late afternoon the track had refrozen," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "A suitable cushion is imperative and we haven't been able to get there because Mother Nature isn't cooperating.

"The ground temperature is significantly cooler than the air temp, and even with all of our team's effort we can't get the cushion to dry out evenly to provide a suitable racing surface for our athletes. The health and safety of our horses and jockeys remains paramount."

The National Weather Service forecast for Louisville, Kentucky, called for overnight temperatures to fall to a low of 23 with a 20-percent chance of snow showers between 9 p.m. and midnight (EST), which meant there was little chance of significant improvement until well into the day on Thursday. Thursday called for mostly sunny skies with a high near 33 and a west wind of 7 to 11 miles per hour.

Horses have been unable to train on the dirt surface at Churchill since Tuesday thanks to an early winter blast of three inches of snow on Monday morning and frigid temperatures for more than a week. Ten-race programs were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

The average temperature in Louisville this time of the year is typically in the upper 50s.

Churchill Downs intends to stage a 10-race card Friday at 12:40 p.m. Friday's high is forecasted for 38 with mostly sunny skies. The temperature should climb to a more seasonal 52 on Saturday when an 11-race card, highlighted by the Grade 3, $100,000 Cardinal Handicap, is scheduled.

Closing day of the 26-day fall meet is Sunday, November 30, which means only eight scheduled racing dates remain.

Cancellations of Churchill Downs racing programs due to weather conditions are rare. Wednesday's cancellation was the first for the fall meet since a wintry mix caused a frozen track on November 13, 1986. Thursday's cancellation is the 20th documented weather-related cancellation at the racetrack.

While there is no live racing at Churchill on Thursday, simulcast wagering on other tracks around North America will be available at Trackside at Churchill Downs. Admission will be free Thursday and admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

Churchill Downs will contact groups and individual patrons who had purchased seating for Thursday's racing program to reschedule their visit.

Documented Weather-Related Cancellations in Churchill Downs History:

Date   Meet   Races   Races Lost   Reason
11/20/2014   Fall   All Races   10   Frozen racetrack
11/19/2014   Fall   All Races   10   Frozen racetrack
6/28/2012   Spring   All Races   9   Extreme Heat
6/23/2011   Spring   All Races   9   Clean-up of damage
following June 22 tornado
5/8/2009   Spring   After Race 5   5   Heavy rain, thunder
& lightning
5/30/2004   Spring   After Race 4   6   Severe weather,
tornado warnings
6/6/1990   Spring   After Race 3   6   Severe weather,
tornado warnings
11/13/1986   Fall   All Races   9   Frozen racetrack
11/24/1970   Fall   All Races   9   Frozen racetrack
11/23/1970   Fall   All Races   9   Frozen racetrack
11/17/1959   Fall   All Races   8   Frozen racetrack
11/4/1936   Fall   All Races   7   Snow
9/29/1884   Fall   All Races   n/a   Rain
9/27/1884   Fall   All Races   n/a   Rain
9/24/1884   Fall   All Races   n/a   Rain
10/4/1883   Fall   All Races   n/a   Rain
10/1/1883   Fall   All Races   n/a   Mud
5/22/1883   Spring   All Races   n/a   Rain
9/28/1882   Fall   All Races   n/a   Rain
9/21/1882   Fall   All Races   n/a   Mud

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Frozen track forces Churchill to cancel second straight day

Racing was canceled for Thursday despite the maintenance crew's best efforts working on the frozen track (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Unable to thaw its main track following a blast of winter weather earlier this week, Churchill Downs has announced that it will cancel live racing for a second consecutive day on Thursday, November 20.

This is the first time that a frozen racetrack has forced back-to-back cancellations at Churchill Downs since November 23-24, 1970, and it's only the seventh winter weather-related cancellation in the track's 140-year history.

Despite tireless efforts by the 26-person track maintenance team at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, training and the 10-race program scheduled for Thursday has been canceled because the one-mile dirt racetrack remains frozen.

The track maintenance team, led by Senior Director of Track Surfaces David Lehr and Assistant Track Superintendent Jamie Richardson, continued their around-the-clock maintenance of the surface Wednesday to no avail.

Temperatures climbed into the 40s on Wednesday but sunshine was minimal and southwest winds gusted as high as 30 miles per hour, which deterred their efforts to thaw the main track through constant harrowing and grading.

"We had hoped to make significant progress on the track today but the strong winds were no help and by late afternoon the track had refrozen," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "A suitable cushion is imperative and we haven't been able to get there because Mother Nature isn't cooperating.

"The ground temperature is significantly cooler than the air temp, and even with all of our team's effort we can't get the cushion to dry out evenly to provide a suitable racing surface for our athletes. The health and safety of our horses and jockeys remains paramount."

The National Weather Service forecast for Louisville, Kentucky, called for overnight temperatures to fall to a low of 23 with a 20-percent chance of snow showers between 9 p.m. and midnight (EST), which meant there was little chance of significant improvement until well into the day on Thursday. Thursday called for mostly sunny skies with a high near 33 and a west wind of 7 to 11 miles per hour.

Horses have been unable to train on the dirt surface at Churchill since Tuesday thanks to an early winter blast of three inches of snow on Monday morning and frigid temperatures for more than a week. Ten-race programs were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

The average temperature in Louisville this time of the year is typically in the upper 50s.

Churchill Downs intends to stage a 10-race card Friday at 12:40 p.m. Friday's high is forecasted for 38 with mostly sunny skies. The temperature should climb to a more seasonal 52 on Saturday when an 11-race card, highlighted by the Grade 3, $100,000 Cardinal Handicap, is scheduled.

Closing day of the 26-day fall meet is Sunday, November 30, which means only eight scheduled racing dates remain.

Cancellations of Churchill Downs racing programs due to weather conditions are rare. Wednesday's cancellation was the first for the fall meet since a wintry mix caused a frozen track on November 13, 1986. Thursday's cancellation is the 20th documented weather-related cancellation at the racetrack.

While there is no live racing at Churchill on Thursday, simulcast wagering on other tracks around North America will be available at Trackside at Churchill Downs. Admission will be free Thursday and admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

Churchill Downs will contact groups and individual patrons who had purchased seating for Thursday's racing program to reschedule their visit.

Documented Weather-Related Cancellations in Churchill Downs History:

Date   Meet   Races   Races Lost   Reason
11/20/2014   Fall   All Races   10   Frozen racetrack
11/19/2014   Fall   All Races   10   Frozen racetrack
6/28/2012   Spring   All Races   9   Extreme Heat
6/23/2011   Spring   All Races   9   Clean-up of damage
following June 22 tornado
5/8/2009   Spring   After Race 5   5   Heavy rain, thunder
& lightning
5/30/2004   Spring   After Race 4   6   Severe weather,
tornado warnings
6/6/1990   Spring   After Race 3   6   Severe weather,
tornado warnings
11/13/1986   Fall   All Races   9   Frozen racetrack
11/24/1970   Fall   All Races   9   Frozen racetrack
11/23/1970   Fall   All Races   9   Frozen racetrack
11/17/1959   Fall   All Races   8   Frozen racetrack
11/4/1936   Fall   All Races   7   Snow
9/29/1884   Fall   All Races   n/a   Rain
9/27/1884   Fall   All Races   n/a   Rain
9/24/1884   Fall   All Races   n/a   Rain
10/4/1883   Fall   All Races   n/a   Rain
10/1/1883   Fall   All Races   n/a   Mud
5/22/1883   Spring   All Races   n/a   Rain
9/28/1882   Fall   All Races   n/a   Rain
9/21/1882   Fall   All Races   n/a   Mud

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Cardinal draws overflow field of 16

I'm Already Sexy will break from the rail in Saturday's Cardinal (Four Footed Fotos)

Veteran trainer Wayne Catalano, already enjoying his best year at Churchill Downs, will attempt to build on his 2014 accomplishments when he sends multiple Grade 3 winner I'm Already Sexy and two stablemates into an overflow field of 16 fillies and mares entered for Saturday's 41st running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Cardinal Handicap on the Matt Winn Turf Course.

Only 14 will be allowed to compete in the nine-furlong Cardinal, the final stakes race scheduled on the Churchill turf course in 2014.

I'm Already Sexy will be making her seventh start of the year on Saturday, having already collected victories in the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington and Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf at the all-grass racing venue in Franklin, Kentucky. The four-year-old daughter of Ready's Image finished second in the Grade 3 Mint Julep Handicap under the Twin Spires earlier this season and enters the Cardinal after running fourth, but placed fifth via disqualification, in the Grade 2 Goldikova on the Breeders' Cup undercard at Santa Anita Park.

Catalano's filly has displayed early speed throughout her career and will need another alert start after she drew the inside post for Saturday's race. Jockey Calvin Borel will ride I'm Already Sexy, who will carry the highweight of 119 pounds in the Cardinal.

A victory by I'm Already Sexy in the Cardinal would provide Catalano with his third Churchill Downs stakes victory of 2014, following triumphs in the Grade 3 Regret (via disqualification) by Aurelia's Belle and West Coast Belle in the Rags to Riches overnight stakes. Catalano's breakthrough season also has included his first leading trainer title at Churchill Downs after he saddled seven winners during the 12-day September meet to share that honor with Steve Asmussen.

The other members of Catalano's Cardinal trio are Angegreen, who is winless in 11 U.S. starts but finished a fast-closing third last time out in a division of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon at 1 5/16 miles, and Imposing Grace, winner of the Grade 3 Arlington Matron last year on the Chicago track's synthetic Polytrack. Channing Hill will ride Angegreen under a 114-pound impost from post 4, while Imposing Grace will also carry 114 as she breaks from post 7 under Rafael Mojica Jr.

An intriguing invader for the Cardinal is Grade 3 heroine Nellie Cashman, who returns to Churchill for the first time since a sixth-place run in last fall's Grade 2 Mrs. Revere. Trained by Francis "Trey" Abbott III, the four-year-old daughter of Mineshaft scored a comfortable victory in a Laurel Park turf allowance on September 26 to snap a six-racing losing streak that began last fall with a runner-up finish in Keeneland's Grade 3 Valley View.

Nellie Cashman, a Pennsylvania-bred filly who trains at Maryland's Fair Hill Training Center, will break from post 8 under regular rider Forest Boyce. Nellie Cashman was assigned the second high weight of 117 pounds for the Cardinal.

Another Cardinal contender could be Royal Fury, runner-up the Grade 2 Canadian on the Woodbine grass two back for trainer Brian Lynch. The Langfuhr mare has run strongly in the second half of 2014 with performances that includes runner-up finishes in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron and Trillium Stakes over Woodbine's Polytrack. Julien Leparoux will ride Royal Fury, who totes 116 pounds, from the outside gate in the field of 14.

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Cardinal draws overflow field of 16

I'm Already Sexy will break from the rail in Saturday's Cardinal (Four Footed Fotos)

Veteran trainer Wayne Catalano, already enjoying his best year at Churchill Downs, will attempt to build on his 2014 accomplishments when he sends multiple Grade 3 winner I'm Already Sexy and two stablemates into an overflow field of 16 fillies and mares entered for Saturday's 41st running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Cardinal Handicap on the Matt Winn Turf Course.

Only 14 will be allowed to compete in the nine-furlong Cardinal, the final stakes race scheduled on the Churchill turf course in 2014.

I'm Already Sexy will be making her seventh start of the year on Saturday, having already collected victories in the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington and Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf at the all-grass racing venue in Franklin, Kentucky. The four-year-old daughter of Ready's Image finished second in the Grade 3 Mint Julep Handicap under the Twin Spires earlier this season and enters the Cardinal after running fourth, but placed fifth via disqualification, in the Grade 2 Goldikova on the Breeders' Cup undercard at Santa Anita Park.

Catalano's filly has displayed early speed throughout her career and will need another alert start after she drew the inside post for Saturday's race. Jockey Calvin Borel will ride I'm Already Sexy, who will carry the highweight of 119 pounds in the Cardinal.

A victory by I'm Already Sexy in the Cardinal would provide Catalano with his third Churchill Downs stakes victory of 2014, following triumphs in the Grade 3 Regret (via disqualification) by Aurelia's Belle and West Coast Belle in the Rags to Riches overnight stakes. Catalano's breakthrough season also has included his first leading trainer title at Churchill Downs after he saddled seven winners during the 12-day September meet to share that honor with Steve Asmussen.

The other members of Catalano's Cardinal trio are Angegreen, who is winless in 11 U.S. starts but finished a fast-closing third last time out in a division of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon at 1 5/16 miles, and Imposing Grace, winner of the Grade 3 Arlington Matron last year on the Chicago track's synthetic Polytrack. Channing Hill will ride Angegreen under a 114-pound impost from post 4, while Imposing Grace will also carry 114 as she breaks from post 7 under Rafael Mojica Jr.

An intriguing invader for the Cardinal is Grade 3 heroine Nellie Cashman, who returns to Churchill for the first time since a sixth-place run in last fall's Grade 2 Mrs. Revere. Trained by Francis "Trey" Abbott III, the four-year-old daughter of Mineshaft scored a comfortable victory in a Laurel Park turf allowance on September 26 to snap a six-racing losing streak that began last fall with a runner-up finish in Keeneland's Grade 3 Valley View.

Nellie Cashman, a Pennsylvania-bred filly who trains at Maryland's Fair Hill Training Center, will break from post 8 under regular rider Forest Boyce. Nellie Cashman was assigned the second high weight of 117 pounds for the Cardinal.

Another Cardinal contender could be Royal Fury, runner-up the Grade 2 Canadian on the Woodbine grass two back for trainer Brian Lynch. The Langfuhr mare has run strongly in the second half of 2014 with performances that includes runner-up finishes in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron and Trillium Stakes over Woodbine's Polytrack. Julien Leparoux will ride Royal Fury, who totes 116 pounds, from the outside gate in the field of 14.

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TCA to honor Graham and Anita Motion, CANTER

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will honor Graham and Anita Motion with the Allaire duPont Leadership Award and the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) with the TCA Industry Service Award at the 25th Annual Select Stallion Season Auction on Saturday, January 10, at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

"We are pleased to honor Graham and Anita and CANTER for their tremendous work on behalf of Thoroughbreds," said Dan Rosenberg, president of TCA. "Their efforts are at the heart of the mission of Thoroughbred Charities of America and for that we thank them."

The Allaire duPont Leadership Award, named for one of TCA's founders, is presented annually to an organization or individual whose philanthropic endeavors are consistent with TCA's mission. Past award winners include Frank Stronach, Fasig-Tipton, Darley, Todd Pletcher, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, Bill Casner, and John and Debby Oxley.

The Motions are advocates of Thoroughbred aftercare and work to bring awareness to the success Thoroughbreds can find in second careers. Last year, they purchased former trainee Icabad Crane and sent him to Olympian Phillip Dutton for retraining as a three-day event horse. Icabad Crane has shown great promise to be a top-level eventer and was named America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred at the recent Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover. The Motions are long-time supporters of TCA as well as other aftercare groups.

"We are both extremely humbled to be considered for this honor," the couple said. "Like so many of our contemporaries who are dedicating similar levels of effort to Thoroughbred placement and aftercare, we feel we play a very small part in a large group of advocates for these equine athletes."

The TCA Industry Service Award is presented annually to a current TCA grantee that exemplifies TCA's mission. Past award winners include Belmont Child Care Association, Old Friends, Kentucky Equine Humane Center, Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, New Vocations, Tranquility Farms and the Retired Racehorse Project.

Founded in 1997, CANTER USA was created as a solution to help retiring racehorses find new homes by connecting buyers and sellers via the internet. CANTER currently has 13 affiliate organizations throughout the country whose volunteers canvass racetracks educating owners and trainers about their options for Thoroughbreds' post-race track careers. Due to CANTER's collective efforts over the last 17 years, more than 20,000 Thoroughbreds have been re-homed.

"We are honored to receive this prestigious award," said Nancy Koch, executive director of CANTER USA. "On behalf of all our dedicated volunteers, we thank the TCA for their continued support and recognition."

The TCA Stallion Season Auction is the charity's largest annual fundraiser. The majority of TCA's seasons will be offered during a telephone and online auction. Online bidding will open at 9 a.m. (EST) on Monday, January 5, and continue through 5 p.m. on Friday, January 9. Telephone bids will be accepted January 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Interested bidders may register to bid by visiting www.tca.org.

Approximately 10-15 seasons will be sold in the live Select Season Auction on Saturday, January 10. Bidders or their authorized agents may bid on the select seasons by attending the live auction in-person or they may bid on the select seasons during the telephone phase with the highest bidders earning the right to bid by phone during the live auction.

In addition to the seasons, the live auction will feature non-season lots such as a Triple Crown ticket package, a John Deere utility vehicle, equine air travel aboard an H.E. "Tex" Sutton flight, trips, exciting experiences and much more. A silent auction will also be offered. All non-season items will also be available for bidding during the online auction with absentee bidding available at the live auction event.

For more information regarding the 25th annual TCA Stallion Season Auction please visit www.tca.org or call 859-276-4989.

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TCA to honor Graham and Anita Motion, CANTER

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will honor Graham and Anita Motion with the Allaire duPont Leadership Award and the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) with the TCA Industry Service Award at the 25th Annual Select Stallion Season Auction on Saturday, January 10, at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

"We are pleased to honor Graham and Anita and CANTER for their tremendous work on behalf of Thoroughbreds," said Dan Rosenberg, president of TCA. "Their efforts are at the heart of the mission of Thoroughbred Charities of America and for that we thank them."

The Allaire duPont Leadership Award, named for one of TCA's founders, is presented annually to an organization or individual whose philanthropic endeavors are consistent with TCA's mission. Past award winners include Frank Stronach, Fasig-Tipton, Darley, Todd Pletcher, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, Bill Casner, and John and Debby Oxley.

The Motions are advocates of Thoroughbred aftercare and work to bring awareness to the success Thoroughbreds can find in second careers. Last year, they purchased former trainee Icabad Crane and sent him to Olympian Phillip Dutton for retraining as a three-day event horse. Icabad Crane has shown great promise to be a top-level eventer and was named America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred at the recent Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover. The Motions are long-time supporters of TCA as well as other aftercare groups.

"We are both extremely humbled to be considered for this honor," the couple said. "Like so many of our contemporaries who are dedicating similar levels of effort to Thoroughbred placement and aftercare, we feel we play a very small part in a large group of advocates for these equine athletes."

The TCA Industry Service Award is presented annually to a current TCA grantee that exemplifies TCA's mission. Past award winners include Belmont Child Care Association, Old Friends, Kentucky Equine Humane Center, Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, New Vocations, Tranquility Farms and the Retired Racehorse Project.

Founded in 1997, CANTER USA was created as a solution to help retiring racehorses find new homes by connecting buyers and sellers via the internet. CANTER currently has 13 affiliate organizations throughout the country whose volunteers canvass racetracks educating owners and trainers about their options for Thoroughbreds' post-race track careers. Due to CANTER's collective efforts over the last 17 years, more than 20,000 Thoroughbreds have been re-homed.

"We are honored to receive this prestigious award," said Nancy Koch, executive director of CANTER USA. "On behalf of all our dedicated volunteers, we thank the TCA for their continued support and recognition."

The TCA Stallion Season Auction is the charity's largest annual fundraiser. The majority of TCA's seasons will be offered during a telephone and online auction. Online bidding will open at 9 a.m. (EST) on Monday, January 5, and continue through 5 p.m. on Friday, January 9. Telephone bids will be accepted January 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Interested bidders may register to bid by visiting www.tca.org.

Approximately 10-15 seasons will be sold in the live Select Season Auction on Saturday, January 10. Bidders or their authorized agents may bid on the select seasons by attending the live auction in-person or they may bid on the select seasons during the telephone phase with the highest bidders earning the right to bid by phone during the live auction.

In addition to the seasons, the live auction will feature non-season lots such as a Triple Crown ticket package, a John Deere utility vehicle, equine air travel aboard an H.E. "Tex" Sutton flight, trips, exciting experiences and much more. A silent auction will also be offered. All non-season items will also be available for bidding during the online auction with absentee bidding available at the live auction event.

For more information regarding the 25th annual TCA Stallion Season Auction please visit www.tca.org or call 859-276-4989.

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Mr. Z tops $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot

Mr. Z, who captured his career debut at Churchill Downs in late June, will be making his sixth stakes attempt (Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photo)

Delta Downs' racing office saw a flurry of activity on Tuesday morning as final entries and post positions were drawn for Saturday's $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. The Grade 3 event drew an overflow of 12 runners, with 10 allowed to start in the 1 1/16-mile race, and the Delta Downs Jackpot is part of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series, awarding points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four respective finishers.

Mr. Z, who hails from the barn of Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for the 12th running of the track's signature event. Fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile most recently, the Malibu Moon colt has finished second in three graded stakes this year, including the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland two starts back. Paco Lopez will pick up the mount.

Other top contenders include Golden Actor, a 4 1/4-length winner of the October 25 Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs; three-time stakes victor Conquest Tsunami, who exits a 2 3/4-length score in the October 26 Street Sense at Churchill Downs; and unbeaten Prime Engine, who will make his first start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer following a pair of romping wins at Emerald Downs.

The Delta Downs Jackpot is the centerpiece of an 11-race program that will feature eight stakes races, two graded stakes and more than $2.3 million in total purse money.

The field for the Delta Downs Jackpot, including morning line odds (ML), is:

Post   Horse   Jockey   Trainer   ML
1   Prime Engine   Russell Baze   Jerry Hollendorfer   8-1
2   Dekabrist   Jesus Rios   Gennadi Dorochenko   30-1
3   Mr. Z   Paco Lopez   D. Wayne Lukas   5-2
4   Conquest Tsunami   Shaun Bridgmohan   Mark Casse   4-1
5   Saratoga Heater   Joel Rosario   Lisa Lewis   15-1
6   Golden Actor   Jose Gallego   Ignacio Roncancio   7-2
7   Red Button   Tyler Baze   Mark Glatt   12-1
8   Wake Up Nick   Mario Gutierrez   Leandro Mora   10-1
9   Far Right   Corey Lanerie   Ron Moquett   10-1
10   Ocho Ocho Ocho   Mike Smith   James Cassidy   6-1
11 (AE)   Unblunted   Joe Talamo   Michael McCarthy   15-1
12 (AE)   Two Six Wins   Martin Pedroza   Michael Pender   20-1

Since 2002, a total of nine horses have participated in the Delta Downs Jackpot before going on to compete in the Kentucky Derby as three-year-olds. The 2012 Jackpot produced a record number of three Kentucky Derby starters including Goldencents, Mylute and Itsmyluckyday.

Saturday's program will also feature the Grade 3, $400,000 Delta Downs Princess. The one-mile race for two-year-old fillies is headed by Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Take Charge Brandi, who also hails from Lukas's barn and has been assigned morning line odds of 2-1.

Delta Downs will offer a special guaranteed $200,000 all stakes Pick 4 on Jackpot Day. The wager has been available during each of the 11 previous editions of the Jackpot Day program. The record payoff for a $2 winning ticket was $22,225.80 in 2006. The minimum wager amount for the Jackpot Day Pick 4 is .50 cents.

There is a special early post time for the Jackpot Day program Saturday of 1:15 p.m. (CST). Listed below is the entire Jackpot Day Pick 4 sequence of races, along with their scheduled post times:

Race #   Race   Post Time (CT)
4TH   $150,000 Louisiana Jewel   2:44 p.m.
5TH   $200,000 Treasure Chest   3:13 p.m.
6TH   $400,000 Delta Downs Princess   3:43 p.m.
7TH   $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot   4:15 p.m.

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Mr. Z tops $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot

Mr. Z, who captured his career debut at Churchill Downs in late June, will be making his sixth stakes attempt (Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photo)

Delta Downs' racing office saw a flurry of activity on Tuesday morning as final entries and post positions were drawn for Saturday's $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. The Grade 3 event drew an overflow of 12 runners, with 10 allowed to start in the 1 1/16-mile race, and the Delta Downs Jackpot is part of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series, awarding points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four respective finishers.

Mr. Z, who hails from the barn of Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for the 12th running of the track's signature event. Fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile most recently, the Malibu Moon colt has finished second in three graded stakes this year, including the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland two starts back. Paco Lopez will pick up the mount.

Other top contenders include Golden Actor, a 4 1/4-length winner of the October 25 Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs; three-time stakes victor Conquest Tsunami, who exits a 2 3/4-length score in the October 26 Street Sense at Churchill Downs; and unbeaten Prime Engine, who will make his first start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer following a pair of romping wins at Emerald Downs.

The Delta Downs Jackpot is the centerpiece of an 11-race program that will feature eight stakes races, two graded stakes and more than $2.3 million in total purse money.

The field for the Delta Downs Jackpot, including morning line odds (ML), is:

Post   Horse   Jockey   Trainer   ML
1   Prime Engine   Russell Baze   Jerry Hollendorfer   8-1
2   Dekabrist   Jesus Rios   Gennadi Dorochenko   30-1
3   Mr. Z   Paco Lopez   D. Wayne Lukas   5-2
4   Conquest Tsunami   Shaun Bridgmohan   Mark Casse   4-1
5   Saratoga Heater   Joel Rosario   Lisa Lewis   15-1
6   Golden Actor   Jose Gallego   Ignacio Roncancio   7-2
7   Red Button   Tyler Baze   Mark Glatt   12-1
8   Wake Up Nick   Mario Gutierrez   Leandro Mora   10-1
9   Far Right   Corey Lanerie   Ron Moquett   10-1
10   Ocho Ocho Ocho   Mike Smith   James Cassidy   6-1
11 (AE)   Unblunted   Joe Talamo   Michael McCarthy   15-1
12 (AE)   Two Six Wins   Martin Pedroza   Michael Pender   20-1

Since 2002, a total of nine horses have participated in the Delta Downs Jackpot before going on to compete in the Kentucky Derby as three-year-olds. The 2012 Jackpot produced a record number of three Kentucky Derby starters including Goldencents, Mylute and Itsmyluckyday.

Saturday's program will also feature the Grade 3, $400,000 Delta Downs Princess. The one-mile race for two-year-old fillies is headed by Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Take Charge Brandi, who also hails from Lukas's barn and has been assigned morning line odds of 2-1.

Delta Downs will offer a special guaranteed $200,000 all stakes Pick 4 on Jackpot Day. The wager has been available during each of the 11 previous editions of the Jackpot Day program. The record payoff for a $2 winning ticket was $22,225.80 in 2006. The minimum wager amount for the Jackpot Day Pick 4 is .50 cents.

There is a special early post time for the Jackpot Day program Saturday of 1:15 p.m. (CST). Listed below is the entire Jackpot Day Pick 4 sequence of races, along with their scheduled post times:

Race #   Race   Post Time (CT)
4TH   $150,000 Louisiana Jewel   2:44 p.m.
5TH   $200,000 Treasure Chest   3:13 p.m.
6TH   $400,000 Delta Downs Princess   3:43 p.m.
7TH   $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot   4:15 p.m.

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Fair Grounds kicks off 81-day meet with Starlight Racing

Fair Grounds, generally accepted to be the third-oldest racetrack in the country, will kick off its 143rd season of Thoroughbred racing on Friday. The 81-day live meet includes 47 stakes worth $5.73 million, headlined by Louisiana Derby Day on March 28. Closing Day is March 29.

Opening Day will feature Starlight Racing. Clubhouse admission and access to the Miller Time Beer Garden is $10, and guests must be 21 years old to enter. Grandstand general admission is $5, and children under age 12 are admitted free. First post is 5 p.m. (CST) and live racing continues through Sunday with post times of 1:25 p.m.

Starlight Racing will also be held December 26, January 16, February 27, and March 20.

Formerly set on the calendar as opening day, Thanksgiving Day (November 27) will again bring back the popular local tradition of live racing on the fall holiday highlighted by the 89th running of the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap, a six-furlong test for top sprinters. There will be a special early first post on Thanksgiving of 11 a.m.

The majority of the Fair Grounds stakes schedule takes place on four banner days. Louisiana Champions Day on December 13 is comprised of 11 stakes worth $1.1 million for Louisiana-breds.

Over the course of the meet, Fair Grounds presents 10 graded stakes races in multiple divisions beginning on January 17 with Road to the Derby Kickoff Day. Comprised of five stakes worth $560,000, Road to the Derby Kickoff Day is highlighted by the 71st running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte. The Lecomte is the first of three graded races at Fair Grounds for three-year olds that offer qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby. The Lecomte offers 10 qualifying points to the winner, along with four points for second, two points for third, and one point for the fourth-place finisher.

The $125,000 Silverbulletday for three-year old fillies hoping to race their way to the Kentucky Oaks will offer qualifying points for the Oaks on an identical 10-4-2-1 scale as the Lecomte. The 29th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap for older turf horses will also be run on Kickoff day along with the $75,000 Louisiana Handicap for older horses on the main track and the $60,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap for older fillies and mares on the turf.

Louisiana Derby Preview Day consists of six stakes worth $945,000 on February 21 and is highlighted by a pair of graded stakes offering qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

The Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star, the second of three local preps for Kentucky Derby hopefuls, offers a reward of 50-20-10-5 points towards the Kentucky Derby to the top four finishers. The same 50-20-10-5 bonus will be available towards the Kentucky Oaks in the Grade 3, $175,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes for three-year old fillies.

The Grade 3, $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap for older horses on the main track, the Grade 3, $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap for older horses on the turf, the $60,000 Bayou Handicap for older fillies and mares on the turf, and the $60,000 Duncan F. Kenner for older sprinters round out the stakes offerings on Louisiana Derby Preview Day.

Louisiana Derby Day on closing weekend brings down the curtain on the season's stakes program with eight stakes worth $2.12 million, highlighted by Fair Grounds' marquee event, the 102nd running of the Grade 2, $750,000 Louisiana Derby. The final local chance to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, the Louisiana Derby offers 100 qualifying points to the winner, 40 points to second, 20 points to third, and 10 points to the fourth-place finisher. For the second year in a row, the 2014 Louisiana Derby produced the second-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, when Commanding Curve ran second to California Chrome.

The Grade 2, $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks once again produced the Kentucky Oaks winner in 2014 when Untapable scored an easy victory in that race, continuing the long string of successes by fillies who have won the Fair Grounds Oaks in that Kentucky centerpiece. Six of the last ten Fair Grounds Oaks winners have captured the Kentucky Oaks in their next start. The Fair Grounds Oaks offers a 100-40-20-10 slate of Kentucky Oaks qualifying points.

Other stakes offered on Louisiana Derby Day include the Grade 2, $400,000 Grade II New Orleans Handicap for older horses on the dirt, the Grade 2, $300,000 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap for older horses on the turf, the $75,000 Crescent City Derby for Louisiana-bred sophomores on the dirt, the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks for Louisiana-bred three-year old fillies on the main track, the $60,000 Star Guitar for older Louisiana-breds on the dirt, and the $60,000 Costa Rising for Louisiana-breds dashing on the turf.

Four-time reigning Fair Grounds riding champion Rosie Napravnik announced her retirement after guiding Untapable to a win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Napravnik had amassed 460 wins in New Orleans over the last four years. Her nearest challenger in recent years, James Graham, will return in an attempt to take down the riding title in Napravnik's absence.

Other returning riders include Richard Eramia, a top-six jockey in New Orleans for the last several years; Robby Albarado, a seven-time Fair Grounds riding champion who recently tallied his 1,000th career Churchill Downs win; Florent Geroux, who will spend his second winter in New Orleans fresh off a win in the Breeders' Cup Sprint; as well as local favorites Brian Hernandez Jr., Kerwin Clark, and Miguel Mena.

Steve Asmussen, a 13-time Fair Grounds training champion, will again return to the Crescent City off a season in which he notched 60 victories, easily clearing runner-up Tom Amoss, with whom he tied for the title in the 2012-13 racing season. Amoss returns with another large string and joins returning standouts such as Al Stall Jr., Bret Calhoun, Karl Broberg, Mike Stidham, Mike Maker, Wayne Catalano, Eddie Johnston and Larry Jones. Former Maker assistant Joe Sharp, who started his own training career this fall, will also have stalls assigned on the Fair Grounds backstretch.

In conjunction with Twinspires.com, Fair Grounds will be offering bonus points for key plays on Fair Grounds races made through Twinspires.com.

Opening weekend will offer players the opportunity to be part of the $10,000 Double Bonus from Twinspires.com. Fair Grounds will offer 26 rolling Daily Double pools opening weekend, and for every five Daily Double wagers players cash, they will earn one share of the $10,000 bonus prize. Players may earn additional shares by cashing multiple Daily Doubles (Cash 10 Daily Doubles, earn 2 shares; Cash 15 Daily Doubles, earn 3 shares), and the $10,000 pool will be split among all eligible shares earned by players.

More information can be found at: http://www.twinspires.com/fair-grounds-opening-week-10000-double-bonus.

Thanksgiving Week Points-a-Plenty will allow players to double or triple their points for the entire day over Thanksgiving weekend by hitting either the early double to double points, or hitting both the early double and the early Pick-3 to triple their points. Additional Twinspires.com wagering promotions will occur throughout the season.

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Fair Grounds kicks off 81-day meet with Starlight Racing

Fair Grounds, generally accepted to be the third-oldest racetrack in the country, will kick off its 143rd season of Thoroughbred racing on Friday. The 81-day live meet includes 47 stakes worth $5.73 million, headlined by Louisiana Derby Day on March 28. Closing Day is March 29.

Opening Day will feature Starlight Racing. Clubhouse admission and access to the Miller Time Beer Garden is $10, and guests must be 21 years old to enter. Grandstand general admission is $5, and children under age 12 are admitted free. First post is 5 p.m. (CST) and live racing continues through Sunday with post times of 1:25 p.m.

Starlight Racing will also be held December 26, January 16, February 27, and March 20.

Formerly set on the calendar as opening day, Thanksgiving Day (November 27) will again bring back the popular local tradition of live racing on the fall holiday highlighted by the 89th running of the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap, a six-furlong test for top sprinters. There will be a special early first post on Thanksgiving of 11 a.m.

The majority of the Fair Grounds stakes schedule takes place on four banner days. Louisiana Champions Day on December 13 is comprised of 11 stakes worth $1.1 million for Louisiana-breds.

Over the course of the meet, Fair Grounds presents 10 graded stakes races in multiple divisions beginning on January 17 with Road to the Derby Kickoff Day. Comprised of five stakes worth $560,000, Road to the Derby Kickoff Day is highlighted by the 71st running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte. The Lecomte is the first of three graded races at Fair Grounds for three-year olds that offer qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby. The Lecomte offers 10 qualifying points to the winner, along with four points for second, two points for third, and one point for the fourth-place finisher.

The $125,000 Silverbulletday for three-year old fillies hoping to race their way to the Kentucky Oaks will offer qualifying points for the Oaks on an identical 10-4-2-1 scale as the Lecomte. The 29th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap for older turf horses will also be run on Kickoff day along with the $75,000 Louisiana Handicap for older horses on the main track and the $60,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap for older fillies and mares on the turf.

Louisiana Derby Preview Day consists of six stakes worth $945,000 on February 21 and is highlighted by a pair of graded stakes offering qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

The Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star, the second of three local preps for Kentucky Derby hopefuls, offers a reward of 50-20-10-5 points towards the Kentucky Derby to the top four finishers. The same 50-20-10-5 bonus will be available towards the Kentucky Oaks in the Grade 3, $175,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes for three-year old fillies.

The Grade 3, $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap for older horses on the main track, the Grade 3, $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap for older horses on the turf, the $60,000 Bayou Handicap for older fillies and mares on the turf, and the $60,000 Duncan F. Kenner for older sprinters round out the stakes offerings on Louisiana Derby Preview Day.

Louisiana Derby Day on closing weekend brings down the curtain on the season's stakes program with eight stakes worth $2.12 million, highlighted by Fair Grounds' marquee event, the 102nd running of the Grade 2, $750,000 Louisiana Derby. The final local chance to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, the Louisiana Derby offers 100 qualifying points to the winner, 40 points to second, 20 points to third, and 10 points to the fourth-place finisher. For the second year in a row, the 2014 Louisiana Derby produced the second-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, when Commanding Curve ran second to California Chrome.

The Grade 2, $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks once again produced the Kentucky Oaks winner in 2014 when Untapable scored an easy victory in that race, continuing the long string of successes by fillies who have won the Fair Grounds Oaks in that Kentucky centerpiece. Six of the last ten Fair Grounds Oaks winners have captured the Kentucky Oaks in their next start. The Fair Grounds Oaks offers a 100-40-20-10 slate of Kentucky Oaks qualifying points.

Other stakes offered on Louisiana Derby Day include the Grade 2, $400,000 Grade II New Orleans Handicap for older horses on the dirt, the Grade 2, $300,000 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap for older horses on the turf, the $75,000 Crescent City Derby for Louisiana-bred sophomores on the dirt, the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks for Louisiana-bred three-year old fillies on the main track, the $60,000 Star Guitar for older Louisiana-breds on the dirt, and the $60,000 Costa Rising for Louisiana-breds dashing on the turf.

Four-time reigning Fair Grounds riding champion Rosie Napravnik announced her retirement after guiding Untapable to a win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Napravnik had amassed 460 wins in New Orleans over the last four years. Her nearest challenger in recent years, James Graham, will return in an attempt to take down the riding title in Napravnik's absence.

Other returning riders include Richard Eramia, a top-six jockey in New Orleans for the last several years; Robby Albarado, a seven-time Fair Grounds riding champion who recently tallied his 1,000th career Churchill Downs win; Florent Geroux, who will spend his second winter in New Orleans fresh off a win in the Breeders' Cup Sprint; as well as local favorites Brian Hernandez Jr., Kerwin Clark, and Miguel Mena.

Steve Asmussen, a 13-time Fair Grounds training champion, will again return to the Crescent City off a season in which he notched 60 victories, easily clearing runner-up Tom Amoss, with whom he tied for the title in the 2012-13 racing season. Amoss returns with another large string and joins returning standouts such as Al Stall Jr., Bret Calhoun, Karl Broberg, Mike Stidham, Mike Maker, Wayne Catalano, Eddie Johnston and Larry Jones. Former Maker assistant Joe Sharp, who started his own training career this fall, will also have stalls assigned on the Fair Grounds backstretch.

In conjunction with Twinspires.com, Fair Grounds will be offering bonus points for key plays on Fair Grounds races made through Twinspires.com.

Opening weekend will offer players the opportunity to be part of the $10,000 Double Bonus from Twinspires.com. Fair Grounds will offer 26 rolling Daily Double pools opening weekend, and for every five Daily Double wagers players cash, they will earn one share of the $10,000 bonus prize. Players may earn additional shares by cashing multiple Daily Doubles (Cash 10 Daily Doubles, earn 2 shares; Cash 15 Daily Doubles, earn 3 shares), and the $10,000 pool will be split among all eligible shares earned by players.

More information can be found at: http://www.twinspires.com/fair-grounds-opening-week-10000-double-bonus.

Thanksgiving Week Points-a-Plenty will allow players to double or triple their points for the entire day over Thanksgiving weekend by hitting either the early double to double points, or hitting both the early double and the early Pick-3 to triple their points. Additional Twinspires.com wagering promotions will occur throughout the season.

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In brief

Forest Boyce, who has won nearly 350 races in Maryland during the last five years, will be moving her tack to Fair Grounds for the winter after receiving a call from recently retired rider Rosie Napravnik, who sat atop the jockey standings at the New Orleans track the last three years. "It was really last minute. Rosie called, we discussed it and I decided to take the chance," Boyce explained. "I don't even have a place to stay yet. They race five days a week in January and February, while we are going to be running three days at best and we are expecting another brutal winter like last year." The Fair Grounds meet begins Friday and runs through March 29. "It is time to try something new and get out of my comfort zone," added Boyce, who has ridden 346 of her 488 career winners (71 percent) at the major Maryland tracks. "It works out perfectly for me to be back for the start of the Pimlico meet (on April 2)." Boyce will ride at Laurel through Friday then is scheduled to ride Grade 3 victress Nellie Cashman (Mineshaft) in the Cardinal H. (G3) at Churchill Downs on Saturday before heading to New Orleans. The 30-year old has teamed up with Eighttofasttocatch (Not For Love) for five stakes victories, including the last two runnings of the Maryland Million Classic and a second-place finish in the 2013 Pimlico Special (G3). She plans on being aboard the eight-year-old gelding for his final career start in the Jennings H. at Laurel on December 6 for trainer Tim Keefe. Boyce was runner-up for an Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice in 2010, and was Maryland's leading jockey with 104 victories at Laurel Park and Pimlico, winning 106 races from June 29-December 18, as well as capturing the Laurel summer and fall riding titles...

Laurel Park racing officials decided Tuesday afternoon not to use the turf course for the remainder of the year. Seven grass races were scheduled this week. A total of 131 grass races were conducted at Laurel this fall with an average win payout of $16.31. Forty betting favorites won races. The average field size was 10.4 runners per race.

In brief

Forest Boyce, who has won nearly 350 races in Maryland during the last five years, will be moving her tack to Fair Grounds for the winter after receiving a call from recently retired rider Rosie Napravnik, who sat atop the jockey standings at the New Orleans track the last three years. "It was really last minute. Rosie called, we discussed it and I decided to take the chance," Boyce explained. "I don't even have a place to stay yet. They race five days a week in January and February, while we are going to be running three days at best and we are expecting another brutal winter like last year." The Fair Grounds meet begins Friday and runs through March 29. "It is time to try something new and get out of my comfort zone," added Boyce, who has ridden 346 of her 488 career winners (71 percent) at the major Maryland tracks. "It works out perfectly for me to be back for the start of the Pimlico meet (on April 2)." Boyce will ride at Laurel through Friday then is scheduled to ride Grade 3 victress Nellie Cashman (Mineshaft) in the Cardinal H. (G3) at Churchill Downs on Saturday before heading to New Orleans. The 30-year old has teamed up with Eighttofasttocatch (Not For Love) for five stakes victories, including the last two runnings of the Maryland Million Classic and a second-place finish in the 2013 Pimlico Special (G3). She plans on being aboard the eight-year-old gelding for his final career start in the Jennings H. at Laurel on December 6 for trainer Tim Keefe. Boyce was runner-up for an Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice in 2010, and was Maryland's leading jockey with 104 victories at Laurel Park and Pimlico, winning 106 races from June 29-December 18, as well as capturing the Laurel summer and fall riding titles...

Laurel Park racing officials decided Tuesday afternoon not to use the turf course for the remainder of the year. Seven grass races were scheduled this week. A total of 131 grass races were conducted at Laurel this fall with an average win payout of $16.31. Forty betting favorites won races. The average field size was 10.4 runners per race.

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DEROSA'S BLOG

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

This One Handicapping Angle Beat the Meet Last Year at Fair Grounds

by Ed DeRosa

Betting the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating to win every race at Fair Grounds last year (i.e. the 2013-2014 meeting) resulted in a flat bet profit of 2 percent.

Turf, dirt, sprints, maidens...no matter the race the only piece of information you needed to "beat the meet" was the best last-out Speed Rating readily found in Brisnet.com PPs or data files.

This is a polarizing and sobering factoid for me. On one hand, the Brisnet.com director of marketing in me loves that our figures are accurate and an important tool for finding value. But the handicapper in me feels like using the SVH (single-variable handicapping) method is like solving a crossword with the answer key.

Of course, the main objective is making money, and that's hard to do long-term in this game, so actually cashing tickets helps allay concerns that you're taking the easy way out.

The morning line odds of the horses on the nine-race opening night card with the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating are 6-1, 9-2, 8-1, 9-5, 9-2, 9-2, 5-1, 5-1, 3-1 and 10-1 (those last two are co-top-choices in the last race, and there are co-top-choices in the 3RD race but both are 8-1).

It's important to note co-top choices because the positive ROI includes betting multiple horses if they share the top spot.

Another "benefit" of this angle is that it's easy to adjust for scratches.

Betting on the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating by race type at Fair Grounds

Race type:

Races:

Bets:

ROI:

Dirt sprints

315

340

+18 percent

Dirt Routes

229

265

-5.5 percent

Turf Sprints

58

66

-6 percent

Turf Routes

84

91

-10.5 percent

Off Sprints

44

48

-28.5 percent

Off Routes

24

25

-8 percent

ALL RACES

754

835

+2 percent

This is a pretty illuminating table because it actually alerts us to the fact that we're best served using this angle for dirt sprints only. To further our zest for this angle on the opening night card, I'll also note that in the 32 dirt sprints run in November last year, the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating had a ROI of +43 percent! With all the shippers, why not trust that speed is class and bet the fastest horse last out?

So for the opening day card (before scratches) that leaves us with #8 Titanium Girl in race 2, #s 1 The Louisiana Kid & 9 Ty's Bandit in race 3, #5 One Better in race 4, #9 Ex Wives in race 5, #9 Battle On in race 6, and #5 My Shout in race 8.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

AQU, 7TH, AOC, $68,400, 2YO, F, 1M, 11-19.
5—FREUDIE ANNE, f, 2, Freud--Lake Toccet, by Toccet. ($14,000 '12 FTNOCT; $9,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Marc Detampel, B-Delaney Stable (NY), T-Eddie Kenneally, J-Jose Lezcano, $41,040.
8—Building Permit, f, 2, Bellamy Road--Unbridled Blessing, by Unbridled's Song. ($80,000 '13 FTNAUG). O-Klaravich Stables, Inc and Lawrence, William H, B-William L Jones, Frank Antonacci,Geoff Stein, David Reid, et al (NY), $13,680.
9—Bernstein Flambe, f, 2, Bernstein--Peach Flambe, by Flying Chevron. O-Rosenthal, Robert D and Bernstein, Bradford H, B-Robert D Rosenthal & Bradford Berns (NY), $6,840.
Winning Time: 1:38 3/5 (ft)
 
AQU, 8TH, ALW, $67,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 11-19.
5—IRISH WHISPER, f, 4, Langfuhr--Tishmeister, by City Zip. O-Hicks, John P and Blue Sky Farm LLC, B-John P Hicks & Howard C Nolan (NY), T-Jeremiah C. Englehart, J-Jose L. Ortiz, $40,200.
2—Irish Sweepstakes, f, 3, Any Given Saturday--Miss Blarney Stone, by Dynaformer. ($40,000 '12 FTNAUG). O-Alan Brodsky, B-Sugar Maple Farm & H Lewis Rapaport (NY), $13,400.
3—Medaglia d'Argento, f, 3, Medaglia d'Oro--Meribel, by Peaks and Valleys. ($150,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Preferred Pals Stable, B-Runnymede Farm, Inc & Catesby W Clay Investment LLC (KY), $6,700.
Winning Time: 1:18 1/5 (ft)
 
LRL, 8TH, AOC, $47,520, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 11-19.
7—TUPANCY LINKS, f, 3, Kodiak Kowboy--Oral Argument, by Outofthebox. ($19,000 '12 FTKOCT; $27,000 '12 KEEJAN; $22,000 2013 FTMMAY). O-Herbert B Mittenthal, B-Bacarri Bloodstock, Carolin Von Rosenberg DVM & Prince Farm (KY), T-Vernon J. Allinson, J-Victor R. Carrasco, $25,650.
4—Jonesin for Jerry, f, 3, Great Notion--Derwin's Lady, by Langfuhr. ($5,500 '12 FTMOCT). O-Gould, Jr, Brad and Hidden Hill Farm, B-Roland Farm (MD), $11,104.
5—If Not For Her, f, 3, Not for Love--Formalities Aside, by Awesome Again. ($25,000 '12 FTMOCT). O-Country Life Farm, B-Dr & Mrs Thomas Bowman & Milton P Higgins III (MD), $5,816.
Winning Time: 1:10 (ft)
 
ZIA, 8TH, ALW, $32,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 11-19.
2—GOLD RUSH HUSH, f, 3, Attila's Storm--Hush's Gold, by Untold Gold. O-Brooks, Rodney and Reid, Donnie, B-Sisters, LLC (NM), T-Joel H. Marr, J-Ken S. Tohill, $20,150.
3—My Bikini Fell Off, f, 3, Elusive Jazz--Unconstitutional, by Grand Slam. O-Brian Mundell, B-Brian Mundell (NM), $7,150.
1—Spotlight Miss, f, 4, Minister Eric--Spotlight Dance, by Miswaki. ($2,000 '11 RUIAUG). O-Herwig, Bailey and Herwig, Steve, B-Diamond A Racing Corp (NM), $3,250.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $19,200, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 11-19.
1—MOONSTONE BEACH, m, 5, Disco Rico--Two Moon Junction, by U. S. Flag. O-Racing Pride and Ferraro, M Anthony, B-John Spendolini (NY), T-M. Anthony Ferraro, J-Pedro A. Rodriguez, $11,520.
2—Brandini, f, 4, E Dubai--Mystical Lady, by Behrens. O-Bond, Tina Marie and Portnoy, Jay, B-Song Hill Thoroughbreds LLC (NY), $3,840.
6—The Lost Tigress, f, 3, Henny Hughes--Sweet Slam, by Grand Slam. O-Ferentino Farm and Baker, Charlton, B-Sugar Maple Farm, Robert C Baker & Grand Slam Farms (NY), $1,920.
Winning Time: 1:44 (ft)

North American Maiden Winners
Any Given Saturday--She'll Be Right by Sky Mesa; BIG FAMILY, c, 2, GPW, Msw, 11-19, 7f, 1:25 3/5. B-Woods Edge Farm, LLC (KY.). $33,000 '13 KEESEP; $100,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Arch--Whimsy (G3), by Maria's Mon; WHIMSICALITY, f, 2, LRL, Msw, 11-19, 1m, 1:37 3/5. B-Pin Oak Stud, LLC (KY.).
Artie Schiller--Holy Rosario by Ghostzapper; SHAKIN SCHILLER, c, 2, TUP, Moc 30000, 11-19, a7 1/2fT, 1:31 3/5. B-Kassidy Cook (KY.). $6,500 '12 KEENOV; $17,000 '13 ARZOCT.
Cowtown Cat--My Rolex by Proud Accolade; GATO DORADO, f, 2, GPW, Mcl 50000, 11-19, 5f, :59 4/5. B-Tracy Pinchin (FL.).
Distorted Humor--Modesty Blaise by A.P. Indy; HIGH NOON RIDER, c, 2, AQU, Msw, 11-19, 1m, 1:37 2/5. B-Flaxman Holdings Limited (KY.). $400,000 '13 KEESEP.
First Samurai--Westybdancing by West Acre; GIANTSTEPSBDANCING, c, 2, HAW, Msw, 11-19, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-RNB Racing LLC (IL.).
Mass Media--Pace Mate by Conscience Clear; ROCKET BOULEVARD, g, 2, GPW, Mcl 25000, 11-19, 5f, 1:00 1/5. B-Savanna Run Farm (FL.). $5,000 '13 OBSAUG.
Rock Hard Ten--Little Green Light by Smarty Jones; PEGGY GRIEVES ME, f, 2, GPW, Mcl 12500, 11-19, 1m, 1:43 1/5. B-Crossed Sabres Farm (KY.). $6,500 2014 FTMMAY.
Smart Strike--Youre So Sweet by Storm Cat; EUPHONIC, f, 2, LRL, Msw, 11-19, 1m, 1:40 3/5. B-Flaxman Holdings Limited (KY.).
Tiz Wonderful--Michelleinhearts by Lion Heart; JIRAVIT, c, 2, LRL, Msw, 11-19, 1m, 1:38 1/5. B-Kona Stables, LLC (KY.). $25,000 '13 KEESEP.
Diabolical--Jolie's Lillian by Jolie's Halo; SEMINOLE WIND, g, 3, ZIA, Mcl 10000, 11-18, 4 1/2f, :51 3/5. B-Fred Alexander (NM.).
Fort Prado--Eolica by Roar; WIN D PRADO, g, 3, HAW, Msw, 11-19, 6 1/2f, 1:16 4/5. B-Lamont H. Nienast, LLC (IL.).
Fusaichi Pegasus--Camargo (IRE) (G3), by Brief Truce; GINO AND THE JETS, g, 3, GPW, Mcl 8000, 11-19, 7f, 1:27 . B-Akindale Farm LLC (NY.). $35,000 '12 FTKOCT; $30,000 '12 KEEJAN; $55,000 2013 OBSMAR. *1/2 to Adirondack Dancer ($275,777).
Harlington--Stolen Pleasures by Marfa; CLIFTON PLEASURE, g, 3, FL, Msw, 11-19, 1m, 1:43 4/5. B-Gary Least II & Gabriel McDonough (NY.).
High Cotton--Backtothebooks by Notebook; PAULIES PICK, g, 3, GPW, Mcl 12500, 11-19, 1 1/16m, 1:50 1/5. B-Ocala Stud & J. Michael O'Farrell, Jr. (FL.). $4,000 2013 OBSJUN.
Latent Heat--Seven Courses by Formal Dinner; PADDY O HEAT, f, 3, HAW, Mcl 15000, 11-19, 6 1/2f, 1:20 1/5. B-Peppermint, LLC (IL.).
Parading--Kwick Wick by Lite the Fuse; REALLY REALLY, f, 3, LRL, Mcl 25000, 11-19, 1 1/8m, 1:54 2/5. B-John C. Hajduk, Ramiro Salazar & Denise L. Belcher (KY.).
Private Gold--Tangled Web by Flying Paster; EL RELAMPAGO, g, 3, PM, Mcl 4000, 11-18, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-Carol A. Kingston (WA.).
Street Sense--Mayfield by Exploit; MALLORY STREET, f, 3, AQU, Msw, 11-19, 6 1/2f, 1:19 2/5. B-Falcon Wood Partners (KY.).
The Way Home--La Confidence by Grand Slam; MARTY WHO, g, 3, HAW, Mcl 7500, 11-19, 6 1/2f, 1:18 2/5. B-Sam E. & Sammy L Stevens (NM.).
Five Star Day--Lady Bi Bi (MSW$314,715), by Lord Avie; BI LIGHT OF DAY, f, 4, AQU, Mcl 40000, 11-19, 1m, 1:40 2/5. B-Tri County Stables (NY.).

Notebooks

AQUEDUCT NOTEBOOK

NOVEMBER 20, 2014

by John Mucciolo

There was a single graded race during the third week of racing at Aqueduct.

Red Smith H. (G3): John Oxley's DYNAMIC SKY (Sky Mesa) saved ground all the way and finished best of all in posting a 1 1/4-length win beneath Cornelio Velasquez. The four-year-old colt endured 1 3/8 miles over the yielding turf course in 2:18 4/5 for conditioner Mark Casse.

Track Stats

A total of 45 races were held at the Long Island, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 40 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 60 percent of the wins during the week. From 30 races on the main oval, eight animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (27 percent), while two of the 15 races on the lawn were taken all the way on the front (13 percent).

Both turf wire jobs came on the outer lawn in route races, making that six straight over two weeks that have come in route runs outside. We have to keep a close eye on that stat for sure.

The main strip is a hard read to us right now, with many small fields and heavily backed favorites to work with. Three horses led all the way on both Wednesday and Sunday, but we're not ready to call the oval biased at this time. Most runners seemed to have fair chances this past week.

Seven of the eight wire-to-wire winners on the dirt came in the form of sprint races.

Meet Totals

RACES:   142
DIRT:   106
TURF:   36
FAVORITES:   48 (34 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   32 (23 percent)
TURF WIRE:   6 (17 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   18 (17 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (11/12)

3RD -- The David Jacobson-trained GLICKMAN (Trippi) blew the doors off this field soon after the break when opening up a sizable edge and never looking back en route to a most facile tally. The six-year-old avoided a claim and should be a big player right back with likely a hint better after going 1:09 4/5.

6TH -- JONRAH (Bob and John) rated off the pace early, moved into contention by midstretch and came home best in a solid tally under John Velazquez. The five-year-old topped a solid field we thought and came home in a solid :29 2/5.

Thursday (11/13)

6TH -- FAIR POINT (Smart Strike) was all heart and just missed in a good maiden try in this one for conditioner Shug McGaughey. The well-bred filly is improving and could turn out well with more seasoning and expected improvement.

Friday (11/14)

1ST -- DIANNESTILLWORKS (Scat Daddy) tracked a slow pace and took command in the lane, but it was the way she powered home that caught the eye under Irad Ortiz Jr. We think the juvenile filly might be dangerous with winners next time even though she didn't top the best field of all time in this dash.

Saturday (11/15)

1ST -- JOKING (Distorted Humor) took dead aim on a clear one in the lane and rolled on by inside the final furlong in a decisive tally for trainer Charlton Baker. The five-year-old gelding has now paired up lifetime BRIS Speed numbers from two straight wins and has never been better.

8TH -- LEROY JR. (Leroidesanimaux) was ultra game in this allowance test when holding off a stubborn foe for most of the stretch, securing a nose tally for trainer Chad Brown. The gelded five-year-old didn't come home the all that fast but we love the courage he put forth.

9TH -- HOT CITY GIRL (City Zip) took command readily approaching the turn for home and was never challenged thereafter in earning a 6 3/4-length victory for Linda Rice. The Empire State-bred appreciated the stretch out in trip and the move to the dirt, and should have a lot of options going forward.

Sunday (11/16)

2ND -- THE LEWIS DINNER (Posse) sped early and never slowed late in posting a strong stakes score for conditioner Rudy Rodriguez. The dark bay lass earned a hefty 97 BRIS Speed figure for the tally and has looked the part in a pair of wins in succession in a fine form cycle.

3RD -- IRNOICUS (Distorted Humor) made a big late run off of a slow early pace and was a bit unlucky not to have graduated in this affair. The Shug McGaughey pupil will be in the winner's circle before long with even slight improvement.

6TH -- The Todd Pletcher-trained LIAM'S MAP (Unbridled's Song) left little doubt as to who was best in this dash with a monstrous 11 1/2-length romp under light urging beneath John Velazquez. The $800,000 sophomore has looked well worth the price after a trio of fine outings to start his career, and his BRIS 105 Speed number earned in here makes him a stakes-quality runner in our view. This is an exciting prospect!

A Look Ahead

There are no graded races upcoming at Aqueduct this weekend.

Features

UPCOMING STAKES

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Friday, November 21
 
Silver Goblin S. (r), Remington Park, $50,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
 
Saturday, November 22
 
DELTA DOWNS JACKPOT (G3), Delta Downs, $1,000,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m.
DELTA DOWNS PRINCESS (G3), Delta Downs, $400,000, 2yo, f, 1m.
CARDINAL H. (G3), Churchill Downs, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8mT.
RED CARPET H. (G3), Del Mar, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 3/8mT.
MY CHARMER H. (G3), Gulfstream Park West, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8mT.
TROPICAL TURF H. (G3), Gulfstream Park West, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/8mT.
Delta Mile, Delta Downs, $250,000, 3&up, 1m.
Treasure Chest S., Delta Downs, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.
Louisiana Jewel S. (r), Delta Downs, $150,000, 2yo, f, 1m.
Louisiana Legacy (r), Delta Downs, $150,000, 2yo, c&g, 1m.
New York Stallion Series (Staten Island Division) (r), Aqueduct, $125,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
New York Stallion Series (Thunder Rumble Division) (r), Aqueduct, $125,000, 3&up, 7f.
Glorious Song S., Woodbine, $125,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
Orleans S. (r), Delta Downs, $75,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
Sam's Town S. (r), Delta Downs, $75,000, 3yo, 7f.
Showtime Deb S. (r), Hawthorne, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Sun Power S. (r), Hawthorne, $75,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
A Huevo S. (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
 
Sunday, November 23
 
Kennedy Road S. (Can-G2), Woodbine, $200,000, 3&up, 6f.
Cary Grant S. (r), Del Mar, $100,000, 3&up, 7f.
 
Wednesday, November 26
 
Zia Park Oaks, Zia Park, $300,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Fabulous Strike H., Penn National, $200,000, 3&up, 6f.
Zia Park Derby, Zia Park, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Zia Park Championship, Zia Park, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
Eddy County S. (r), Zia Park, $140,000, 2yo, 1m.
Swatara S., Penn National, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Blue Mountain S. (r), Penn National, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Zia Park Distaff, Zia Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
 
Thursday, November 27
 
FALL HIGHWEIGHT H. (G3), Aqueduct, $300,000, 3&up, 6f.
HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP (G2), Del Mar, $250,000, 3&up, 1 1/2mT.
FALLS CITY H. (G2), Churchill Downs, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
Thanksgiving H., Fair Grounds, $60,000, 3&up, 6f.
 
Friday, November 28
 
CLARK H. (G1), Churchill Downs, $500,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
GO FOR WAND H. (G3), Aqueduct, $300,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.
SEABISCUIT H. (G2), Del Mar, $250,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Oklahoma Stallion S. (r), Remington Park, $50,000, 2yo, 6f.
Oklahoma Stallion S. (r), Remington Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
 
Saturday, November 29
 
CIGAR MILE H. (G1), Aqueduct, $500,000, 3&up, 1m.
HOLLYWOOD DERBY (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
COMELY S. (G3), Aqueduct, $400,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m.
DEMOISELLE S. (G2), Aqueduct, $400,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/8m.
REMSEN S. (G2), Aqueduct, $400,000, 2yo, 1 1/8m.
HAWTHORNE GOLD CUP H. (G2), Hawthorne, $250,000, 3&up, 1 1/4m.
GOLDEN ROD S. (G2), Churchill Downs, $200,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m.
KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB S. (G2), Churchill Downs, $200,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m.
NATIVE DIVER H. (G3), Del Mar, $200,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
JIMMY DURANTE S. (G3), Del Mar, $150,000, 2yo, f, 1mT.
Coronation Futurity (r), Woodbine, $250,000, 2yo, 1 1/8m.
Buffalo Man S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, 6f.
House Party S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Hut Hut S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, f, 1m.
Pulpit S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, 1mT.
Smooth Air S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, 1m.
Wait a While S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, f, 1mT.
West Virginia Futurity (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 2yo, 7f.
Golden Gate Debutante, Golden Gate Fields, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
First Lady S. (r), Mahoning Valley, $50,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
Glacial Princess S. (r), Mahoning Valley, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Sprint, Mahoning Valley, $50,000, 3&up, 6f.
 
Sunday, November 30
 
MATRIARCH S. (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT.
CECIL B. DEMILLE S. (G3), Del Mar, $150,000, 2yo, 1mT.
BERKELEY H. (G3), Golden Gate Fields, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Ontario Lassie S. (r), Woodbine, $150,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Sir Barton S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.

DEROSA'S BLOG

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

This One Handicapping Angle Beat the Meet Last Year at Fair Grounds

by Ed DeRosa

Betting the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating to win every race at Fair Grounds last year (i.e. the 2013-2014 meeting) resulted in a flat bet profit of 2 percent.

Turf, dirt, sprints, maidens...no matter the race the only piece of information you needed to "beat the meet" was the best last-out Speed Rating readily found in Brisnet.com PPs or data files.

This is a polarizing and sobering factoid for me. On one hand, the Brisnet.com director of marketing in me loves that our figures are accurate and an important tool for finding value. But the handicapper in me feels like using the SVH (single-variable handicapping) method is like solving a crossword with the answer key.

Of course, the main objective is making money, and that's hard to do long-term in this game, so actually cashing tickets helps allay concerns that you're taking the easy way out.

The morning line odds of the horses on the nine-race opening night card with the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating are 6-1, 9-2, 8-1, 9-5, 9-2, 9-2, 5-1, 5-1, 3-1 and 10-1 (those last two are co-top-choices in the last race, and there are co-top-choices in the 3RD race but both are 8-1).

It's important to note co-top choices because the positive ROI includes betting multiple horses if they share the top spot.

Another "benefit" of this angle is that it's easy to adjust for scratches.

Betting on the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating by race type at Fair Grounds

Race type:

Races:

Bets:

ROI:

Dirt sprints

315

340

+18 percent

Dirt Routes

229

265

-5.5 percent

Turf Sprints

58

66

-6 percent

Turf Routes

84

91

-10.5 percent

Off Sprints

44

48

-28.5 percent

Off Routes

24

25

-8 percent

ALL RACES

754

835

+2 percent

This is a pretty illuminating table because it actually alerts us to the fact that we're best served using this angle for dirt sprints only. To further our zest for this angle on the opening night card, I'll also note that in the 32 dirt sprints run in November last year, the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating had a ROI of +43 percent! With all the shippers, why not trust that speed is class and bet the fastest horse last out?

So for the opening day card (before scratches) that leaves us with #8 Titanium Girl in race 2, #s 1 The Louisiana Kid & 9 Ty's Bandit in race 3, #5 One Better in race 4, #9 Ex Wives in race 5, #9 Battle On in race 6, and #5 My Shout in race 8.

Notebooks

AQUEDUCT NOTEBOOK

NOVEMBER 20, 2014

by John Mucciolo

There was a single graded race during the third week of racing at Aqueduct.

Red Smith H. (G3): John Oxley's DYNAMIC SKY (Sky Mesa) saved ground all the way and finished best of all in posting a 1 1/4-length win beneath Cornelio Velasquez. The four-year-old colt endured 1 3/8 miles over the yielding turf course in 2:18 4/5 for conditioner Mark Casse.

Track Stats

A total of 45 races were held at the Long Island, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 40 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 60 percent of the wins during the week. From 30 races on the main oval, eight animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (27 percent), while two of the 15 races on the lawn were taken all the way on the front (13 percent).

Both turf wire jobs came on the outer lawn in route races, making that six straight over two weeks that have come in route runs outside. We have to keep a close eye on that stat for sure.

The main strip is a hard read to us right now, with many small fields and heavily backed favorites to work with. Three horses led all the way on both Wednesday and Sunday, but we're not ready to call the oval biased at this time. Most runners seemed to have fair chances this past week.

Seven of the eight wire-to-wire winners on the dirt came in the form of sprint races.

Meet Totals

RACES:   142
DIRT:   106
TURF:   36
FAVORITES:   48 (34 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   32 (23 percent)
TURF WIRE:   6 (17 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   18 (17 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (11/12)

3RD -- The David Jacobson-trained GLICKMAN (Trippi) blew the doors off this field soon after the break when opening up a sizable edge and never looking back en route to a most facile tally. The six-year-old avoided a claim and should be a big player right back with likely a hint better after going 1:09 4/5.

6TH -- JONRAH (Bob and John) rated off the pace early, moved into contention by midstretch and came home best in a solid tally under John Velazquez. The five-year-old topped a solid field we thought and came home in a solid :29 2/5.

Thursday (11/13)

6TH -- FAIR POINT (Smart Strike) was all heart and just missed in a good maiden try in this one for conditioner Shug McGaughey. The well-bred filly is improving and could turn out well with more seasoning and expected improvement.

Friday (11/14)

1ST -- DIANNESTILLWORKS (Scat Daddy) tracked a slow pace and took command in the lane, but it was the way she powered home that caught the eye under Irad Ortiz Jr. We think the juvenile filly might be dangerous with winners next time even though she didn't top the best field of all time in this dash.

Saturday (11/15)

1ST -- JOKING (Distorted Humor) took dead aim on a clear one in the lane and rolled on by inside the final furlong in a decisive tally for trainer Charlton Baker. The five-year-old gelding has now paired up lifetime BRIS Speed numbers from two straight wins and has never been better.

8TH -- LEROY JR. (Leroidesanimaux) was ultra game in this allowance test when holding off a stubborn foe for most of the stretch, securing a nose tally for trainer Chad Brown. The gelded five-year-old didn't come home the all that fast but we love the courage he put forth.

9TH -- HOT CITY GIRL (City Zip) took command readily approaching the turn for home and was never challenged thereafter in earning a 6 3/4-length victory for Linda Rice. The Empire State-bred appreciated the stretch out in trip and the move to the dirt, and should have a lot of options going forward.

Sunday (11/16)

2ND -- THE LEWIS DINNER (Posse) sped early and never slowed late in posting a strong stakes score for conditioner Rudy Rodriguez. The dark bay lass earned a hefty 97 BRIS Speed figure for the tally and has looked the part in a pair of wins in succession in a fine form cycle.

3RD -- IRNOICUS (Distorted Humor) made a big late run off of a slow early pace and was a bit unlucky not to have graduated in this affair. The Shug McGaughey pupil will be in the winner's circle before long with even slight improvement.

6TH -- The Todd Pletcher-trained LIAM'S MAP (Unbridled's Song) left little doubt as to who was best in this dash with a monstrous 11 1/2-length romp under light urging beneath John Velazquez. The $800,000 sophomore has looked well worth the price after a trio of fine outings to start his career, and his BRIS 105 Speed number earned in here makes him a stakes-quality runner in our view. This is an exciting prospect!

A Look Ahead

There are no graded races upcoming at Aqueduct this weekend.

Features

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
AQUEDUCT:   Oct. 29 - Dec. 31
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   Oct. 26 - Nov. 30
DEL MAR:   Nov. 7 - 30
DELTA DOWNS:   Oct. 15 - March 14
FAIR GROUNDS:   Nov. 21 - March 29
FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Oct. 16 - Dec. 14
GULFSTREAM PARK WEST:   Oct. 8 - Nov. 30
HAWTHORNE:   Oct. 3 - Jan. 3
LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 5 - Dec. 31
MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Nov. 30
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 15 - Dec. 14
RETAMA PARK:   Sept. 5 - Nov. 29
TURF PARADISE:   Oct. 18 - May 5
WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
ZIA PARK:   Sept. 6 - Dec. 2
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
GULFSTREAM PARK:   Dec. 6 - June 30
LOS ALAMITOS:   Dec. 4 - 21
MAHONING VALLEY:   Nov. 24 - Dec. 30
SANTA ANITA PARK:   Dec. 26 - June 28
SUNLAND PARK:   Dec. 5 - April 13
TAMPA BAY DOWNS:   Nov. 29 - May 3
TURFWAY PARK:   Dec. 4 - 31

UPCOMING STAKES

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Friday, November 21
 
Silver Goblin S. (r), Remington Park, $50,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
 
Saturday, November 22
 
DELTA DOWNS JACKPOT (G3), Delta Downs, $1,000,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m.
DELTA DOWNS PRINCESS (G3), Delta Downs, $400,000, 2yo, f, 1m.
CARDINAL H. (G3), Churchill Downs, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8mT.
RED CARPET H. (G3), Del Mar, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 3/8mT.
MY CHARMER H. (G3), Gulfstream Park West, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8mT.
TROPICAL TURF H. (G3), Gulfstream Park West, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/8mT.
Delta Mile, Delta Downs, $250,000, 3&up, 1m.
Treasure Chest S., Delta Downs, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.
Louisiana Jewel S. (r), Delta Downs, $150,000, 2yo, f, 1m.
Louisiana Legacy (r), Delta Downs, $150,000, 2yo, c&g, 1m.
New York Stallion Series (Staten Island Division) (r), Aqueduct, $125,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
New York Stallion Series (Thunder Rumble Division) (r), Aqueduct, $125,000, 3&up, 7f.
Glorious Song S., Woodbine, $125,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
Orleans S. (r), Delta Downs, $75,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
Sam's Town S. (r), Delta Downs, $75,000, 3yo, 7f.
Showtime Deb S. (r), Hawthorne, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Sun Power S. (r), Hawthorne, $75,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
A Huevo S. (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
 
Sunday, November 23
 
Kennedy Road S. (Can-G2), Woodbine, $200,000, 3&up, 6f.
Cary Grant S. (r), Del Mar, $100,000, 3&up, 7f.
 
Wednesday, November 26
 
Zia Park Oaks, Zia Park, $300,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Fabulous Strike H., Penn National, $200,000, 3&up, 6f.
Zia Park Derby, Zia Park, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Zia Park Championship, Zia Park, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
Eddy County S. (r), Zia Park, $140,000, 2yo, 1m.
Swatara S., Penn National, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Blue Mountain S. (r), Penn National, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Zia Park Distaff, Zia Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
 
Thursday, November 27
 
FALL HIGHWEIGHT H. (G3), Aqueduct, $300,000, 3&up, 6f.
HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP (G2), Del Mar, $250,000, 3&up, 1 1/2mT.
FALLS CITY H. (G2), Churchill Downs, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
Thanksgiving H., Fair Grounds, $60,000, 3&up, 6f.
 
Friday, November 28
 
CLARK H. (G1), Churchill Downs, $500,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
GO FOR WAND H. (G3), Aqueduct, $300,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.
SEABISCUIT H. (G2), Del Mar, $250,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Oklahoma Stallion S. (r), Remington Park, $50,000, 2yo, 6f.
Oklahoma Stallion S. (r), Remington Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
 
Saturday, November 29
 
CIGAR MILE H. (G1), Aqueduct, $500,000, 3&up, 1m.
HOLLYWOOD DERBY (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
COMELY S. (G3), Aqueduct, $400,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m.
DEMOISELLE S. (G2), Aqueduct, $400,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/8m.
REMSEN S. (G2), Aqueduct, $400,000, 2yo, 1 1/8m.
HAWTHORNE GOLD CUP H. (G2), Hawthorne, $250,000, 3&up, 1 1/4m.
GOLDEN ROD S. (G2), Churchill Downs, $200,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m.
KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB S. (G2), Churchill Downs, $200,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m.
NATIVE DIVER H. (G3), Del Mar, $200,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
JIMMY DURANTE S. (G3), Del Mar, $150,000, 2yo, f, 1mT.
Coronation Futurity (r), Woodbine, $250,000, 2yo, 1 1/8m.
Buffalo Man S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, 6f.
House Party S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Hut Hut S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, f, 1m.
Pulpit S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, 1mT.
Smooth Air S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, 1m.
Wait a While S., Gulfstream Park West, $75,000, 2yo, f, 1mT.
West Virginia Futurity (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 2yo, 7f.
Golden Gate Debutante, Golden Gate Fields, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
First Lady S. (r), Mahoning Valley, $50,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
Glacial Princess S. (r), Mahoning Valley, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Sprint, Mahoning Valley, $50,000, 3&up, 6f.
 
Sunday, November 30
 
MATRIARCH S. (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT.
CECIL B. DEMILLE S. (G3), Del Mar, $150,000, 2yo, 1mT.
BERKELEY H. (G3), Golden Gate Fields, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Ontario Lassie S. (r), Woodbine, $150,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Sir Barton S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Thursday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Aqueduct   (2nd) Strict Compliances, 3-1
    (6th) Giant Fox, 6-1
Charles Town   (3rd) Montagne, 6-1
    (4th) Meehan Meehan, 3-1
Churchill Downs   (1st) Nearshore, 3-1
    (5th) Sealark, 7-2
Del Mar   (4th) Siena Grace, 4-1
    (8th) Gold Journey, 9-2
Delta Downs   (7th) Ollie Baby, 10-1
    (9th) Blockhouse, 6-1
Finger Lakes   (5th) Fancy 'n Flight, 4-1
    (8th) Metropolitan Storm, 6-1
Golden Gate Fields   (2nd) Cindari, 8-1
    (3rd) Manitou, 3-1
Gulfstream Park West   (5th) Bossy Gal, 3-1
    (8th) Malibu Wave, 9-2
Hawthorne   (4th) Say Sonny, 3-1
    (7th) Cow Catcher, 6-1
Laurel Park   (4th) Ephyra, 7-2
    (9th) March Majesty, 3-1
Penn National   (2nd) Modern Mystic, 5-1
    (3rd) The Silver Machine, 10-1
Remington Park   (8th) Hunterwood, 3-1
    (9th) Flashy Sky, 4-1

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RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
AQUEDUCT:   Oct. 29 - Dec. 31
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   Oct. 26 - Nov. 30
DEL MAR:   Nov. 7 - 30
DELTA DOWNS:   Oct. 15 - March 14
FAIR GROUNDS:   Nov. 21 - March 29
FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Oct. 16 - Dec. 14
GULFSTREAM PARK WEST:   Oct. 8 - Nov. 30
HAWTHORNE:   Oct. 3 - Jan. 3
LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 5 - Dec. 31
MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Nov. 30
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 15 - Dec. 14
RETAMA PARK:   Sept. 5 - Nov. 29
TURF PARADISE:   Oct. 18 - May 5
WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
ZIA PARK:   Sept. 6 - Dec. 2
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
GULFSTREAM PARK:   Dec. 6 - June 30
LOS ALAMITOS:   Dec. 4 - 21
MAHONING VALLEY:   Nov. 24 - Dec. 30
SANTA ANITA PARK:   Dec. 26 - June 28
SUNLAND PARK:   Dec. 5 - April 13
TAMPA BAY DOWNS:   Nov. 29 - May 3
TURFWAY PARK:   Dec. 4 - 31

HANDICAPPER'S EDGE is compiled by Bloodstock Research Information Services. This newsletter may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. Copyright 2011, Bloodstock Research Information Services. Information as to the races, race results and earnings was obtained from Equibase Company LLC and is utilized herein with the permission of the copyright owner, Equibase Company LLC.

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