Articles posted November 23, 2005

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Suave, Perfect Drift Clash in 12-Horse Clark

Grade I winners Perfect Drift and Total Impact will face rising star Suave and a strong group of 3-year-olds in Friday's 131st running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

Stellar Jayne Taking Final Lap in Top Flight

Godolphin Racing's Stellar Jayne is scheduled to make her last start in Friday's $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) at one mile before being retired. The three-time grade I winner has banked more than $1.4 million and will be the filly to beat in the Top Flight.

Total Impact 'Good as Ever' Going Into Clark

Chilean-bred veteran Total Impact took a quick cross-country flight from his Southern California base to Churchill Downs on Tuesday for a run in Friday's $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

Caraballo Earns 2,000th Win on 24-1 Shot

The milestone was anticipated but it came at a totally unexpected time when jockey Jose Caraballo registered his 2,000th career victory in Wednesday's third race at Laurel Park atop longshot Yankee Gal.

Hirapour, McDynamo to Settle 2005 'Chase Title

Hirapour and McDynamo, the last two American steeplechase champions, meet Saturday to decide the 2005 title winner, headlining a field of nine in the $150,000 Colonial Cup (NSA-I) at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C.

Grade I Winner High Fly Retired

High Fly, a grade I winner and one of the favorites in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has been retired from racing because of a medial condylar fracture of his right front fetlock.

Siphon to Regal Heir in Pennsylvania

Siphon, whose son I'm the Tiger won the Nov. 19 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I), has been relocated to Thomas Reigle's Regal Heir Farms near Grantville, Pa.

Steve Haskin's Analysis: Afleet Group of Horses in 2005

Not to take anything away from the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, or Saint Liam's grade I victories in the winter, summer, and fall, or Giacomo's stunning upset in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), or Lost in the Fog's remarkable cross-country odyssey, but 2005 will be remembered for the heroic deeds of Afleet Alex.

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