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Rainbow Dahlia upsets Verxina in Kyoto's QEII

After finishing runner-up to Gentildonna in all three legs of Japan's Triple Crown for fillies, Verxina appeared ready to escape her archrival's shadow at last in Sunday's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup. But even the absence of Gentildonna, who is bound instead for the Grade 1 Japan Cup, couldn't cure Verxina's seconditis. Sent off as the clear favorite at Kyoto, Verxina again played second fiddle, this time to the longshot Rainbow Dahlia, on the yielding going.

Zenyatta's sophomore half-sister to make first start Friday

The long-anticipated career debut of Eblouissante, the three-year-old half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, is at last set for Friday's 4TH race at Hollywood Park. Trained by John Shirreffs, like her famous half-sibling, Eblouissante will be ridden by Corey Nakatani in the 1 1/16-mile maiden on Cushion Track.

Daisy Devine wires Cardinal

James Miller's Daisy Devine captured the Grade 3, $111,500 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday in thrilling fashion. The Andrew McKeever trainee went gate-to-wire, holding off Julie's Love in the stretch to win by a head.

Trio work for Clark Handicap

Highlighting the list of more than 100 horses who recorded published workouts at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning was Take Charge Indy, Bourbon Courage and Cease. The trio of stakes winners is being pointed to the Grade 1 Clark Handicap on November 23.

Casse mapping out plans for stable stars

Trainer Mark Casse said Friday that Pool Play will be pointed to the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on November 23, but the seven-year-old son of Silver Deputy might not be the only Clark starter from the Casse barn. Stealcase and Delegation are also under consideration.

Frankel tops Cartier finalists for Horse of the Year, older horse

Finalists for the 22nd annual Cartier Racing Awards, European horseracing's equivalent of the Oscars, were revealed Friday. The nine awards will be announced and presented during a ceremony before an invited audience of 300 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of November 13.

2013 Preakness logo revealed

The Maryland Jockey Club today unveiled the 2013 Preakness logo for the 138th running of the $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes, which is set for May 18, 2013 at Pimlico Race Course.

Shackleford expected to make one more start

Mike Lauffer, Bill Cubbedge and Phillips Racing Partnership's Shackleford, winner of the 2011 Preakness, is scheduled to be available for inspection at Darby Dan Farm on Friday through Sunday, but Thursday will not be the last day at the track for the chestnut colt. Shackleford is scheduled to return to Churchill Downs at the beginning of next week and could make his final career start in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap on November 23.

Tapizar retired, headed to Gainesway

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile hero Tapizar will enter stud in 2013 at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, it was announced Thursday. Bred and raced by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen, Tapizar will become the first Grade 1 winner by top sire Tapit to stand at Gainesway, where he will stand alongside his sire.

Aqueduct cancels second straight day

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday following a nor'easter that passed through the region Wednesday and left behind several inches of wet snow.

Pure Clan brings $4.5 million at Keeneland November

Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire PURE CLAN (Pure Prize) brought a session-topping $4.5 million from Brazilian Goncalo Torrealba of Stud TNT at Wednesday's second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. The seven-year-old mare, who was listed in foal to Bernardini, entered the ring as Hip No. 279 from the Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent, consignment.

McGoey wins BC Betting Challenge for second straight year

Yogi Berra's "it was deja vu all over again" was never truer than during the 2012 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita on Saturday. Defending champion Patrick McGoey staged another improbable last race comeback to defeat last year's second-place finisher Christian Hellmers to win the tournament and $255,341.

Aqueduct cancels racing

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct on Wednesday due to forecast rain and high winds. Racing is scheduled to resume Thursday.

Lane's End announces 2013 stud fees

Lane's End Farm, in Versailles, Kentucky, released their 2013 stud fees on Monday. All contracts carry a live foal guarantee and are payable when the foal stands and nurses.

Whisper Hill buys Plum Pretty for $4.2 million at Keeneland

PLUM PRETTY (Medaglia d'Oro), winner of last year's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap in April, brought a final bid $4.2 million at Tuesday's opening session of the 2012 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. The winning bidder was Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm, which bought reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace (Saint Liam) for $10 million Monday night at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

Hollywood opens 24-day fall meet

Hollywood Park will begin its 32nd Autumn Meet Thursday, with post time at 12:30 p.m. (PST). Scheduled for 24 days through December 16, the meet is highlighted by four Grade 1 events and the annual Autumn Turf Festival (November 23-25).

Fair Grounds offers stakes-naming contest

Fair Grounds is asking fans for help naming a race that is new to the 2012-13 stakes schedule. The winner of the "Name the Stakes Race" contest will present the trophy to the winning connections after the inaugural running and enjoy lunch for four in the Clubhouse, a replica of the trophy and a $100 win bet.

CDI releases third quarter results

Net revenues from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2012 declined 1 percent, or $1.5 million, to $164.9 million compared to the same period of the prior year. Third quarter EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) declined to $21.3 million, from $43.0 million, during the third quarter of 2011. Net earnings from continued operations for the period were $6.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share, a decrease of 70 percent from net earnings from continued operations of $19.7 million, or $1.16 per diluted common share, during the third quarter of 2011. The decline in EBITDA and net earnings was predominately the result of the $19.3 million in Illinois Horse Racing Equity Trust Fund payments that were received in the third quarter of 2011.

Santa Anita handle, attendance up slightly

On the wings of a sensational two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships, Santa Anita's 24-day Autumn Meet ended on an upbeat note Sunday as overall handle on Santa Anita races was up 2 percent compared to last year and on-track attendance (excluding November 2-3) was up 1 percent.

Light finds her Rhythm late in Goldikova

Deal, Lowe and Silver's well-traveled Rhythm of Light was last seen landing the September 1 International Istanbul Trophy at Veliefendi Racecourse. Patiently handled by Garrett Gomez, the four-year-old daughter of Beat Hollow loped along near the rear of the field early in her U.S. debut.

Smith wins Bill Shoemaker Award

Powered by victories on Royal Delta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic and Mizdirection in the Breeders' Cup Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith has won the Bill Shoemaker Award as the most outstanding jockey of the 29th Breeders' Cup World Championships, held November 2-3 at Santa Anita Park.

Southern California trainers re-group after Breeders' Cup

Richard Mandella reported all was well with his Breeders' Cup trio Sunday morning and that they all had earned a bit of vacation. Beholder captured the Juvenile Fillies while stablemates Jimmy Creed ran ninth in the Sprint and Rumor filled the fifth spot in the Filly & Mare Sprint.

Europeans head out in three waves

The first of three flights carrying most of the European Breeders' Cup team of two dozen horses left Santa Anita Sunday morning for LAX International Airport, according to Alastair Donald, managing director of the International Racing Bureau, the first contingent with Ireland's Coolmore team of eight runners trained by Aidan O'Brien.

Baffert disappointed by BC shut-out

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who had high hopes and 10 horses to run in the two-day Breeders' Cup events, was an 0-fer for the weekend, but still managed to smile and put a philosophical turn to things Sunday morning at Clockers' Corner.

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