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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Artie Schiller; Notebook on Saturday at Aqueduct


Lubash leads Artie Schiller; Pletcher pair top Notebook on Saturday at Aqueduct

OZONE PARK, N.Y.
- A pair of stakes races highlight a nine-race Saturday card at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring the $100,000 Artie Schiller for 3-year-olds and up at a mile on turf, along with the $100,000 Notebook for New York-bred 2-year-olds at six furlongs on the main track.





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Wednesday, November 18 2015


Churchill Downs Barn Notes: Wed 11/18


KISS MOON HEADLINES SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 CARDINAL HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015) – Carl F. Pollard’s Kiss Moon will attempt to land her second graded stakes win of the year when she starts as the 120-pound high weight and faces a dozen fillies and mares in Saturday’s 42nd running of the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) over 1 1/8 miles on Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.





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Sunday, November 15 2015


Gentlemen’s Bet Awarded Victory in $350,000 De Francis Memorial Dash


Win Via DQ Highlights $850,000 Fall Festival of Racing Program

LAUREL, MD
– Harry T. Rosenblum’s Gentlemen’s Bet notched a victory in Saturday’s $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash with the assist of a stewards’ decision that resulted in the disqualification of first-place finisher Trouble Kid to second.

Seeking his fifth straight victory since being claimed for $12,500 in July, Trouble Kid found trouble on the backstretch, where the stewards determined that the Ramon Preciado-trained 3-year-old interfered with the eventual second-place finisher while crossing over to take the lead. Trouble Kid went on to post an apparent three-quarters of a length victory in the six-furlong sprint before the inquiry sign was posted and Gentlemen’s Bet’s jockey Daniel Centeno registered an objection.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes - Sat 11/14


DORTMUND, HOPPERTUNITY, KEEN ICE HEADLINE 23 NOMINATIONS TO
GRADE I, $500,000 CLARK HANDICAP PRESENTED BY NORTON HEALTHCARE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015)
– Grade I-winning millionaires Dortmund, Hoppertunity and Keen Ice, along with Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) runner-up Effinex, top a star-studded roster of 23 horses that were nominated to the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI).





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Fair Grounds Barn Notes


ALL-STAR CAST OF JOCKEYS AND TRAINERS HIGHLIGHTS 2015-16 MEET

A combination of a star-studded jockey colony and renowned trainer roster highlights what looks to be a promising and exciting 144th thoroughbred racing season at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

With defending champion jockey James Graham shifting his tack to California, the rider title appears up for grabs in 2015-16. All three members of the three-way tie for second last season – Miguel Mena, Florent Geroux and Francisco Torres – return this season and are joined by returning veterans Richard Eramia, Robby Albarado, Willie Martinez, Brian Hernandez Jr. and Jamie Theriot.





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