Wednesday, November 25 2015


Clement duo, Private Zone square off in G1 Cigar Mile


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Already with a personal best 98 wins on the year, trainer Christophe Clement will send out a potent pair in the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack in hopes of his securing his first victory in the marquee one-mile dirt race.





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Churchill Downs Stakes Advances


TRAVERS WINNER KEEN ICE FACES BC CLASSIC RUNNER-UP EFFINEX,
REIGNING CHAMP HOPPERTUNITY IN STRONG FIELD FOR GRADE I CLARK HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015)
– Donegal Racing’s Travers Stakes (GI) winner Keen Ice, the only horse to defeat Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) winner American Pharoah during the latter’s historic Triple Crown season, will attempt to complete his 3-year-old campaign on a high note when he takes on eight rivals in the 142nd running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI), the main event on the traditional high-quality “Black Friday” racing program on the day after Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs Racetrack.





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Taris returns to New York in Go For Wand


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Fresh off a solid third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, multiple graded stakes winner Taris returns to New York for the first since her maiden victory as she faces a field of six other fillies and mares in Friday's Grade 3, $300,000 Go For Wand Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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OPENING DAY CARD ATTRACTS OVERFLOW FIELDS, RETURNING STAKES WINNERS


OLDSMAR, FL. – Full fields and the return of two Tampa Bay Downs stakes winners highlight a 10-race card Saturday on Opening Day at the Oldsmar oval.

In addition to the feature ninth race, the $28,000 Lightning City Prep for fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf, the program includes the first legs of the popular Tampa Turf Test Starter Handicap Series, with one-mile races for both males and fillies and mares.





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Monday, November 23 2015


La Verdad could cap career with G3 Fall Highweight win


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - In what could be the final start of her illustrious career, La Verdad will take on males for the second straight year in the Grade 3, $250,000 Fall Highweight Handicap on Thursday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

A daughter of Yes It's True out of the Hook and Ladder mare Noble Fire, La Verdad has won 16 of 23 starts with earnings in excess of $1.6 million. In 2015 alone, the 5-year-old mare has finished first in six of seven starts. Her lone defeat this year came in her last start - the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint - in which she set the pace but tired late to finish second on just seven days rest.





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Saturday, November 21 2015


$100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (G3) Quotes


Trainer Marcus Vitali (Lochte): “I wasn’t concerned. I was actually hoping it came off the turf. I’ve been dying to try this horse (on the dirt). A long way back when we first got him, he ran in the wet at Gulfstream and got beat a nose, had a tough trip and still came running.

“I wasn’t too afraid of the wet turf. He’ll like a wet turf, this horse. This was a little more than wet. I didn’t get wet. I stayed inside and watched it. I saw him splashing through there and it looked like Matt made the right decisions today. I kind of left it up to him. I told him if it was a rough trip and he didn’t handle it, just take care of him and we’ll live for another day. He told me he was running well and he felt good and when he asked on him, he exploded.





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$100,000 My Charmer Handicap (G3) Quotes


Trainer Bill Mott (Lady Lara): “The timing from her last race worked out well. We shipped her down here and we weren’t sure if we were going to run her. She took the ship well and seemed like she looked good and was training good, so we decided to go ahead and run.

“After we got around the first turn, it was great. She got around the first turn in good order, and she got a good post. She’s been unlucky if you look back, where she’s drawn the 13 and 14 hole several times. Today she was able to get an inside post so she could at least try to save a little ground around the first turn.





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Churchill Downs Stakes Recap: $100,000 CARDINAL HANDICAP


BUTTON DOWN GETS FIRST GRADED STAKES WIN IN $100,000 CARDINAL HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky.
(Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015) - Canadian invader Button Down (GB) found the chilly and rainy conditions on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs to her liking as the 4-year-old filly swept past the leaders at the top of the stretch and held sway in the final stages to beat Lady Fog Horn by a half-length in the 42nd running of the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) for fillies and mares.





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Artie Schiller quotes


Randi Melton, assistant to winning trainer Mark Casse of Sky Flight (No. 1): "Perfect trip with the one-hole. We were able to sit off the speed to see what it was like and try to have a little something to aim at, which is what Joel did. He's such a tremendous rider. [Aztec Brave] gave us our work to do but it was good to get up. It's wonderful to win for Mr. Oxley here."





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Friday, November 20 2015


Churchill Downs Stakes Advance: GRADE III CARDINAL HANDICAP


CANADA’S BUTTON DOWN FAVORED OVER CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES WINNERS KISS MOON, EMOTIONAL KITTEN IN 42ND RUNNING OF GRADE III CARDINAL HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky.
(Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015) – Carl F. Pollard’s Kiss Moon and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Emotional Kitten, winners of graded stakes races on the Matt Winn Turf Course, face a fleet of invaders led by Canada’s Button Down (GB), Greenwood Lodge Farm’s runner-up in Woodbine’s Canadian Stakes (Grade II), in Saturday’s 42nd running of the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) for fillies and mares ages 3 and up at Churchill Downs.





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Gulfstream News & Notes - Thu 11/19


Castellano Back Where It All Began Saturday
All Included Makes Florida Debut In Tropical Turf (G3)
Distorted Beauty Seeks to Make Big Sister Proud in My Charmer (G3)

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Two-time reigning Eclipse Award winner Javier Castellano, aiming for his fifth straight Gulfstream Park Championship Meet riding title this winter, will make a return to South Florida with three mounts on Saturday’s 10-race program at Gulfstream Park West.





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Fair Grounds Barn Notes: Thursday, November 19


• Rachel Alexandra Half-Brother Debuts Sunday
• Amoss Aiming for a Dozen and a Derby
• Eden Prairie Tops Salty Saturday Allowance
• Heitai Looking Like a Million for Saturday’s Return
• Work Tab


RACHEL ALEXANDRA HALF-BROTHER DEBUTS SUNDAY

Dolphus, a half-brother to Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly of 2009 Rachel Alexandra, will make his career debut in Sunday’s sixth race for trainer Joe Sharp in a six-furlong maiden special weight at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Owned and bred by Dede McGehee’s Heaven Trees Farm, the son of multiple champion Lookin at Lucky has had a steady stream of works for his able conditioner, including a bullet five-furlong gate move at Churchill Downs Trackside on Nov. 11. In his first work over the local surface, the chestnut charge worked a half-mile in :49.60.





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