Articles posted November 25, 2005

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Pletcher Strikes Again With Magna Graduate

On a day that Todd Pletcher set the North American earnings record for trainers, an ultra-game Magna Graduate proved to be his cherry on top, winning the $573,500 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at chilly Churchill Downs Friday by a head over Suave.

Stellar Jayne Goes Out a Winner in Top Flight

Godolphin Stable's heavily favored Stellar Jayne made her final start a winning one Friday, wearing down the pacesetting Bohemian Lady in the final strides to win the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.

Turfway Park Sets Memorial Service for Herrell

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Turfway Park will hold a memorial service for jockey James "Chris" Herrell at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, opening day of the track's holiday meet. The service will take place in the paddock and is open to the public.

Jockeys Avoid Disaster in Aqueduct Spill

Journeyman jockey C.C. Lopez took off his remaining mounts at Aqueduct on Friday, citing an injured thumb and sore ribs following a nasty three-horse spill. Lopez plans to consult a personal physician regarding his injuries and is uncertain whether he will return to racing over the weekend.

Bluegrass Cat Heads Remsen

The promising Bluegrass Cat stands out in a field of eight 2-year-olds entered for the $200,000 Remsen (gr. II) Saturday at nine furlongs at Aqueduct.

Beau Dare Faces Tougher in Golden Rod

Beau Dare, who has flashed great promise on the turf and the new polytrack surface, takes on graded stakes winners French Park and She Says It Best in the $200,000-added Golden Rod Stakes (GII) Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Gary Stevens Retires; To Join TVG as Analyst

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens announced his retirement from riding Friday, but will not be leaving the sport. In a Churchill Downs press conference, Stevens said he would be joining the Television Games Network (TVG) as a racing analyst.

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