Friday, November 28 2014


Churchill Downs Stakes Recap


HOPPERTUNITY, KNOCKED OUT OF KENTUCKY DERBY BY INJURY, MAKES AMENDS ON RETURN TO CHURCHILL DOWNS AS 3-YEAR-OLDS RULE IN CLARK HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 28, 2014) - Hoppertunity, a major contender for the 2014 Kentucky Derby until he went to the sidelines with an injury days before that race, returned to Churchill Downs on Friday to lead a 1-2-3 finish by 3-year-olds in his half-length victory under jockey Martin Garcia in the 140th running of the $551,000, Grade I Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare for 3-year-olds and up.





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Classic Point wins G3 Go For Wand by a nostril


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Classic Point won the bob and the money in the Grade 3, $300,000 Go For Wand Handicap on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack in a desperate finish over 2-1 favorite Princess Violet.





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Fall Highweight Handicap (G3) Quotes


David Jacobson, winning trainer of Salutos Amigos (No. 1): "I wasn't concerned at all with the wet track, because he was 3-for-3 in the mud. I wanted it to keep raining all day - I was doing a rain dance. Cornelio did an amazing job as usual. We'll take a look at the Gravesend [Dec. 26] next, but it's up to the horse to let us know."





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Wednesday, November 26 2014


Churchill Downs Stakes Advance:  Grade II Golden Rod


POCAHANTAS WINNER CRISTINA’S JOURNEY FAVORED IN GRADE II GOLDEN ROD,
BIDS TO SWEEP CHURCHILL DOWNS’ FALL STAKES FOR JUVENILE FILLIES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014) – With a disappointing journey to Southern California for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships behind her, Cristina’s Journey is back in the comfortable confines of Churchill Downs and is the morning line favorite to defeat 11 rivals in Saturday’s 71st running of the $200,000-added Golden Rod (Grade II) for 2-year-old fillies, the co-featured event on the Louisville track’s popular “Stars of Tomorrow II” program devoted exclusively to racing among 2-year-olds.





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Churchill Downs Stakes Advance: Kentucky Jockey Club


BAFFERT’S LORD NELSON MADE 5-2 FAVE FOR SATURDAY’S KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014) – Peachtree Stable’s Lord Nelson, a runaway winner of the $101,000 Speakeasy at Santa Anita from the power-packed barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, landed post nine and was made the 5-2 morning line favorite in a field of 12 juveniles that were entered for Saturday’s 88th running of the $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.





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Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Wednesday, Nov. 26


McPEEK TARGETS GOLDEN ROD, KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB SWEEP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014) – One can reasonably expect the name of Kenny McPeek, a trainer who always has some very promising juveniles in his barn, to be tossed about frequently during the Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, a racing session well-known for being an early proving ground for 2-year-olds.





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Juveniles look to close out season in style in Remsen, Demoiselle


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Racing fans hoping for a glimpse of some of next year's 3-year-old stars can do so Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when 22 promising juveniles gather for the 100th running of the Grade 2, $400,000 Remsen and its sister race, the Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle for fillies, which will be run for the 93rd time.





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Stretch-out sprinters lead the way in G1 Cigar Mile Handicap


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The second, third, and fourth-place finishers from the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint on November 1 at Santa Anita Park are all back for more on Saturday in the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap - the centerpiece of the fall meet at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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Juvenile Showcase Program


Kaplan Fillies Target Dirt Stakes on Juvenile Showcase Program

Trainer Represented in Two of Three Filly Stakes at Gulfstream Park West


MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Narrowly beaten in a pair of stakes earlier this year, Moment of Delight will get another chance to break through for trainer Bill Kaplan in the $75,000 Hut Hut on Saturday at Gulfstream Park West.





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Saturday’s Juvenile Showcase


Saturday’s Juvenile Showcase Features Undefeated Mr. Jordan in Smooth Air

Richard the Great Seeks to Conquer Foes in Six-Furlong Buffalo Man
Maker-Trained Duo Top Large Field for Pulpit Stakes on Turf

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Two races into his promising career, what more could anyone possibly ask of Mr. Jordan?





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GRADE I, $500,000 CLARK HANDICAP


3-YEAR-OLDS CONSTITUTION AND HOPPERTUNITY SEEK REDEMPTION
AT CHURCHILL DOWNS IN FRIDAY’S GRADE I, $500,000 CLARK HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014) – Constitution and Hoppertunity, two auspicious 3-year-olds that were denied starts in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands because of ill-timed setbacks, look for redemption Friday at Churchill Downs against seven rivals in the 140th renewal of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I).





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Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool


OPENING KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE POOL STARTS FRIDAY WITH ‘ALL OTHERS’ A HEAVY FAVORITE

Unbeaten American Pharoah is Favored Individual, One of Four Baffert Trainees; Pletcher Trains Five Wagering Interests

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014) – It’s a true reminder that the pace is quickening on the journey to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I): the first of four pools in Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) will open its three-day run on Friday, Nov. 28 and the “All Others” wagering interest is expected to be a heavy favorite when Derby future betting concludes early Sunday evening.





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