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Deep Field Lines Up For Hollywood Derby

Deep Field Lines Up For Hollywood Derby

Take the Points, winner of a pair of grade I stakes in his last two starts, will renew acquaintances with Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) winner Battle of Hastings and five other graded winners Nov. 29 in the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.

Cowboy Cal Looks to Bounce Back in Citation

Cowboy Cal Looks to Bounce Back in Citation

Robert and Janice McNair's Cowboy Cal, runner-up here last fall in the Hollywood Derby (gr. I), will try to bounce back from a 10th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) in Hollywood Park's $300,000 Citation Handicap on Nov. 27.

Oak Tree Honors Zenyatta With Grade I Race

Oak Tree Honors Zenyatta With Grade I Race

The Oak Tree Racing Association has announced that the undefeated superstar mare Zenyatta, last-to-first winner of the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita, will be honored by having the name of the race she won in both 2008 and 2009, the Lady's Secret (gr. I) renamed The Zenyatta, effective next year.

'Team Zenyatta' Wins Big Sport of Turfdom

'Team Zenyatta' Wins Big Sport of Turfdom

The Turf Publicists of America announced Nov. 19 that "Team Zenyatta" composed of owners Jerry and Ann Moss, trainer John Shirreffs and his wife Dottie, and jockey Mike Smith, have been chosen as the 2009 winner of the organization's Big Sport of Turfdom award.

Board Backtracks on Calif. Claim Rule Change

Backtracking on a rule amendment that one observer said "would fundamentally change the claiming game," the California Horse Racing Board tabled a proposal that would have voided a claim if the horse that was bought, due to injury or distress, was unable to return to the designated unsaddling area after the finish of the race.

CHRB Wrestles With Changes to Fair Circuit

Racing at California fairs, long supported as one of the best ways to attract new fans for the sport, is losing out to economic considerations while industry representatives fight to remain viable in the northern half of the state.

Oak Tree Handle, Attendance Decline

Oak Tree Handle, Attendance Decline

The Oak Tree Racing Association, which for the second year in a row hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships, reported double-digit declines in attendance and handle during the 31-day meet at Santa Anita Park that ended Nov. 8.

Hollywood Park to Salute Zenyatta Nov. 29

Hollywood Park to Salute Zenyatta Nov. 29

Undefeated champion mare Zenyatta, who finished her career with a perfect 14-for-14 record by beating males with her dramatic late charge in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, will be saluted by Hollywood Park and Betfair/TVG on Nov. 29.

Ventura to Run in Hollywood's Matriarch

Ventura to Run in Hollywood's Matriarch

Ventura, a multiple grade I stakes winner who finished second in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita, is expected to return in Hollywood Park's $300,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on Nov. 28.

WTBA Sale to Be Held Dec. 6

The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association winter mixed sale, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6, features the 17-horse dispersal of Doris Konecny's Czech-Mate Thoroughbreds.

Tuscan Evening Returns to Form in Las Palmas

Irish-bred Tuscan Evening, who won five of her first six starts in the United Stakes prior to a two-race skid, regained her winning form in Oak Tree's $200,000 Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at one mile over Santa Anita's Camino Real Turf Course.

Midday Gives Cecil First Breeders' Cup Win

Midday Gives Cecil First Breeders' Cup Win

Midday, who was bred in England, gave the Europeans their second win of the 26th Breeders' Cup World Championships. The 3-year-old daughter of Oasis Dream was making her first start in the United States. She is trained by Henry Cecil, a renowned English trainer who earned his first Breeders' Cup victory after many years.

Forever Together Defends Title in Final Race

Forever Together Defends Title in Final Race

His excitement as a result of Forever Together's stirring win in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) gave trainer Jonathan Sheppard fits of insomnia. But by all indications, the Hall of Fame trainer is taking things in better stride as his fierce gray mare defends her title as the morning line choice in the $2 million event at Santa Anita Nov. 6.

Gary Player to Owners: Race...Don't Hide Them

Gary Player to Owners: Race...Don't Hide Them

Professional golfer and Thoroughbred breeder Gary Player has a message for horse owners, especially the connections of Rachel Alexandra and Sea The Stars, the soon-to-be respective champions in the U.S. and Europe who are not participating in the Nov. 6-7 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita: Race your horses and don't dodge competition.

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