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Commentator Heads Spa's Forego

At this time last year, Tracy Farmer's Commentator was considered as one of the candidates for best older horse after winning the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga.

Alfred G. Vanderbilt: Migliore Confident in Afrashad

Afrashad, unbeaten but untested against stakes company, faces a stern test Saturday at Saratoga in the six-furlong Alfred G. Vanderbilt Breeders' Cup (gr. II). Five battle-tested foes await in the $200,000 race, but jockey Richard Migliore is confident in Godolphin Racing's 4-year-old colt.

Pletcher Seeks Change of Luck in Met Mile

Todd Pletcher's career has been filled with sparkling highlights, but the prestigious $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) has been a frustration to him. The two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer sends out Bandini in Monday's renewal of the popular "Met Mile" at Belmont Park.

Mass Media, Value Plus Retired

Purge, who won the Nov. 26 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct, isn't the only one from the race headed off to stud. Mass Media, the runner-up, and another contestant, Value Plus, also have been retired.

Pletcher, Purge Continue Surge in Cigar Mile

There's no denying Todd Pletcher these days, no matter the odds. A day after setting the North American record for earnings by a trainer and winning the rich Clark Handicap (gr. II) with Magna Graduate, Pletcher hit again with 25-1 shot Purge in the $350,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Saturday.

Pletcher Has Three-Pronged Attack in Cigar Mile

Trainer Todd Pletcher, who entered this week with earnings of $18,831,602, just by just $315,527 behind Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel's single season record of $19,147,129, has a three-pronged attack in Saturday's $350,000 Hill `n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct.

Grade I Winner Mass Media to Stand at Hill 'n' Dale

Mass Media, who counts the grade I Forego Handicap at seven furlongs among his six career victories, will stand at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington in 2006 for $7,500 live foal.

Grade I Winner Mass Media to Hill 'n' Dale

Grade I winner Mass Media will retire for the 2006 breeding season to Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky. where he will stand for a fee of $7,500 live foal as the property of Gary and Mary West, in whose colors he was campaigned.

Biancone, Pomeroy Set Their Sights on Vosburgh

A field of 10 horses has been drawn for Saturday's 66th running of the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I). The Patrick Biancone-trained Pomeroy, winner of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga, looks to add his name to a list of recent Vosburgh stars that includes Pico Central and Ghostzapper.

Hasty Kris Hurries Home in San Carlos

Seven furlongs and racing at Santa Anita always seem to bring out the best in Hasty Kris. Combined with a rail-skimming ride from Rene Douglas, it was more than enough to put the 8-year-old gelding in the winner's circle after capturing the $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.

Mandella Magic Finally Works for Minister Eric

Looking to recapture the form he displayed while finishing second in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) of 2003, Minister Eric finally put it together for his first stakes win in the $200,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) Saturday at Santa Anita Park.

Castledale Returns in San Fernando

Last year's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Castledale makes his first start since finishing 14th in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in the $200,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles Saturday at Santa Anita Park.

Rock Hard Ten Flexes Muscle in Malibu

The hole opened up for Rock Hard Ten near the eighth pole and the strapping colt burst through to win the $250,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds Sunday in front of 31,874, the largest opening-day crowd since 1999 at Santa Anita Park.

Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Anybody's Ballgame

A wide-open field of 11 passed the entry box for Saturday's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II), the first of three stakes on day two of Keeneland's 17-day fall meeting. The race is a key prep for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) as several of the 2-year-olds in the field will be testing two turns for the first time.

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