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Golden Apples in Bullet Move at Hollywood

Bidding for an Eclipse Award as champion filly or mare on turf, Golden Apples worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:11 around the dogs on a firm turf course Thursday at Hollywood Park in preparation for the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) Dec. 1.

Fusaichi Pegasus' Sister Brings $4-Million

Bless, a full sister to Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus in foal to leading sire Storm Cat was expected to bring a big price at Tuesday's session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale. Consigned by Stone Farm, as agent for Stone Farm owner Arthur Hancock III and Stonerside Stable, the 3-year-old mare was the object of spirited bidding until she was hammered down to Classic Star for $4-million.

Frankel Keeps an Eye on Isidore

Like many trainers, Bobby Frankel is watching out for Tropical Storm Isidore, which is dumping rain on Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That system is forecast to bring wet weather into the New York area Thursday through Saturday morning.

Hollywood Park Race Report: Double A

Astra ran down Starine in the final strides to win the $500,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap by a head Monday, two years after the 6-year-old mare won the same race.Both Azeri and Astra win major holiday races for trainer Laura De Seroux and the Allen Paulson Living Trust.

Voodoo Dancer, Snow Dance Ship West for Gamely

Monday's $500,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park is shaping up to be a battle between the West Coast's top turf distaffers and two Eastern-based invaders, with Astra and Starine representing the West and grade I winner Voodoo Dancer and John C. Oxley's Snow Dance shipping in from the East.

Frankel, Drysdale Point to Turf Festival

Trainer Bobby Frankel, already odds-on to win his second consecutive Eclipse Award, will attempt to draw further away from his peers by starting up to nine horses in Hollywood Park's Turf Festival Nov. 23-25. In fact, he may corner the field in the Grade I Hollywood Derby, run for $500,000 at nine furlongs, by sending four horses to the post. Likely for the Nov. 25 Derby are Juddmonte Farms' Mizzen Mast, Amerman Racing's Blue Steller, Flaxman Holdings' Aldebaran, and the Niarchos Family's Denon.

Godolphin Horses, Starine on Track

Godolphin Racing's Breeders' Cup contenders Sakhee, Fantastic Light, Express Tour, and Noverre were all on the Belmont track Friday, working toward the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships. Starine also worked for Bobby Frankel.

Diana Upset Caps Record Day For Velazquez

Although John Velazquez lost the Saratoga jockeys' race to Jerry Bailey, the jockey rode into the record books Monday when he rode six winners, highlighted by an upset victory aboard Starine in the $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. I).

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