Purely Hot, who went from the claiming ranks to a rising star in a matter of months, makes her Woodbine debut Dec. 1 in the $150,000 Bessarabian Stakes (Can-II).
Jockey Harry Vega registered the 4,000th win of his career when he guided favored Moonshot Monkey to victory at Penn National Race Course on the evening of Oct. 5.
Outsider Humoristic took the lead on the top of the turn for home and held off the late charge of 6-5 favorite Delta Princess to win the $150,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) Friday night on the turf at the Meadowlands.
Jockey Harry Vega reached the 3,000-win plateau in Tuesday's ninth race at Philadelphia Park when he guided Quies to victory by 5 3/4 lengths.
Amazing Buy went gate-to-wire under Harry Vega to win Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Oaks at Philadelphia Park after Private Gift was left standing behind the starting gate. Private Gift was declared a non-starter.
Donald and Adam Newman's Tani Maru gained command with about a half mile to go and galloped home to a convincing 9 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $97,000 Larry Riviello President's Cup at Philadelphia Park.
Max Pearson's Lady of the Future won the $100,000 James Penny Memorial Handicap by the narrowest of noses following a stirring stretch duel with My Glare Farm's Where We Left Off Saturday at Philadelphia Park.
Sondra Bender's Foufa's Warrior added another prize to his owner's burgeoning collection of Maryland Jockey Club trophies with a hard fought victory in the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship Tuesday at Laurel.
Making her first appearance since being sold privately last month, champion Xtra Head will line up for the $75,000 Garland of Roses at Aqueduct Saturday.
Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Xtra Heat withstood some quick early pressure and turned in her first career victory over males by three lengths Saturday in the 150th running of the $250,000 Phoenix (gr. III) at Keeneland.
Xtra Heat was extra special in the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park Saturday.
In her first easy race in months, champion filly Xtra Heat led gate-to-wire to easily win Saturday's $125,000 Straight Deal Breeders' Cup Handicap at Laurel Park.
Xtra Heat, a finalist in two Eclipse Award categories, drew post position two for Saturday's Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel. The Eclipse Awards will be announced Feb. 18.
- By Steve Haskin
Xtra Heat returned to her winning ways Jan. 1, winning Aqueduct's six-furlong Interborough Handicap by 5 1/2 lengths. The 4-year-old daughter of Dixieland Heat was coming off two rousing, but losing efforts, against colts in the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial.
The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series (MATCH) and The Jockeys' Guild have announced that a $10,000 bonus will be awarded to the jockey with the most points in the series this year.
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