Articles posted November 25, 2006

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Valbenny's Late Charge Captures Miesque

Irish-bred Valbenny, making her first U.S. start, rallied impressively from tenth in the final quarter under jockey Alex Solis to win the Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Hollywood Park turf by three-quarters of a length over favorite Mystic Soul Saturday.

Calder's 'Extreme Day' Proves Popular

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Calder Race Course presented "Extreme Day at the Races" on Saturday, a program that included the World's Fastest Daily Double, the King George's Wrong Way Stakes, and the Jockeys' Foot Race.

Calder's 'Extreme Day' Proves Popular

Calder Race Course presented "Extreme Day at the Races" on Saturday, a program that included the World's Fastest Daily Double, the King George's Wrong Way Stakes, and the Jockeys' Foot Race.

Tiz Wonderful Tiz Undefeated After Jockey Club Stakes Triumph

Unbeaten odds-on favorite Tiz Wonderful, ridden by John Velazquez, fought back after being passed in the stretch by Any Given Saturday to regain the lead near the finish and post a half-length victory in the 80th running of the $223,800, grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes for two-year-olds on the closing day of the 21-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.

Lady Joanne Posts Golden Rod Upset

Lady Joanne, with John McKee in the irons, challenged heavily favored Change Up on the backstretch and dueled with that rival into deep stretch before she pulled away to score a 1 1/4-length victory in the 63rd-running of the $224,600, grade II Golden Rod for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

Thor's Echo Makes Case in De Francis Dash

TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) champion Thor's Echo, racing in the Superman silks of Suarez Racing, made his case for a 2006 Eclipse Award, repelling a menacing challenge from the unlucky Diabolical to win the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Saturday.

Boca Grande Takes Big Step Forward With Demoiselle Win

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey made an ambitious move on Saturday afternoon when he ran Phipps Stable's homebred Boca Grande in Aqueduct's 85th running of the grade II, $200,000 Demoiselle for 2-year-old fillies at nine furlongs. Boca Grande took the inside path home and won by nearly four lengths to signal what may be the start of a big career.

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