• Seaneen Girl upsets Golden Rod at 31-1

    Naveed Chowhan's Seaneen Girl battled it out with Gal About Town in the stretch of Saturday's Grade 2, $167,550 <a target="_blank" href="">Golden Rod</a> at Churchill Downs before just getting up for a half-length score as the 31-1 longest shot in the nine-filly field.

  • Overanalyze repels Invasion in Remsen

    Repole Stable's Overanalyze was confronted by Normandy Invasion down the stretch in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Remsen Stakes</a> at Aqueduct, but the Todd Pletcher trainee fought back resiliently to reclaim the advantage at the wire.

  • Clark top three in good order following race

    The day after a fantastic renewal of the Grade 1 Clark Handicap under the Twin Spires, the top three finishers were in fine order in their stalls at Churchill Downs, but definite plans for each horse have yet to be decided.

  • Shackleford goes out on top in Clark

    Michael Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge's homebred Shackleford concluded his racing career in grand style Friday, winning the Grade 1, $447,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Clark Handicap </a>over his home track at Churchill Downs, and the distinguished colt now heads to stud at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

  • Caixa Eletronica draws off in Fall Highweight

    Repole Stable's Caixa Eletronica turned Thursday's Grade 3, $147,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Fall Highweight Handicap </a>into a mismatch, winning Aqueduct's traditional Thanksgiving Day feature by a widening four-length margin. The seven-year-old horse chased in second as pacesetter and 6-5 favorite This Ones for Phil established opening splits in :22 2/5 and :44 4/5 on a short lead, drew even after turning into the stretch and dominated the latter stages, finishing six furlongs in 1:08 3/5 on the fast track.

  • Orfevre bids for vengeance against Solemia in Japan Cup

    Japanese superstar Orfevre suffered an agonizing defeat at the hands of the unheralded French filly Solemia in the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last out, but aims to turn the tables back on his own home turf in Sunday's Grade 1 Japan Cup at Tokyo.

  • Data Link soars past Eagle in Citation

    Data Link, hero of the Grade 1 Maker's Mark Mile and Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes in course-record time earlier this year, was coming off a pair of losses. The elegant bay couldn't catch Dominus while giving him eight pounds in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga September 1, and he was most recently a troubled fifth to Wise Dan in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland October 6.

  • Hudson Landing wins All American photo

    Nearly seven months after landing the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on turf at 8-1, Chappell Alpine Farms' Hudson Landing took a Grade 3 event on the Golden Gate Fields Tapeta surface in Friday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">All American</a>.

  • Boisterous the one to beat in River City

    Phipps Stable's Boisterous, winner of the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap and Grade 3 Knickerbocker in his last two starts, will carry the top weight of 124 pounds when he faces 11 rivals in Sunday's 35th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">River City Handicap</a> at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile turf affair highlights the 11-race closing-day program.

  • Dayatthespa heads Matriarch; Hollywood Derby attracts 15

    Dayatthespa, who has won five in a row at three different tracks, will try to keep her streak alive in the $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Matriarch Stakes </a>on Sunday at Hollywood Park. The one mile event for older fillies and mares is part of a Grade 1 grass doubleheader on the final day of the Turf Festival. The 10-race program also includes the $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Hollywood Derby</a>, which drew an overflow of 15 three-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles.

  • Guys and a Doll featured in Cigar Mile

    No filly or mare in the 23-year existence of the <a target="_blank" href="">Cigar Mile</a> has won the one-mile fixture at Aqueduct, though few have tried. Fresh off a championship clinching win in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint, Groupie Doll will attempt to make a little history before the year is out when she faces six male rivals in Saturday's renewal of the $350,000 handicap.

  • Kya One relishes added ground in My Charmer

    After Mackie Racing's Kya One finished a belated fifth to Naples Bay in her U.S. debut in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel over a mile at Belmont Park, trainer Chad Brown explained that his new recruit really needed more ground. That proposition was tested, and confirmed, in Thursday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">My Charmer Handicap </a>at Calder, where Kya One profited from an extra furlong to defeat Naples Bay by a cozy 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Really Mr Greely tops Baffert sweep in Hollywood Prevue

    Bob Baffert was virtually assured of continuing his stranglehold on Thursday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Hollywood Prevue Stakes</a> by entering four of the five runners, and the Hall of Famer's quartet duly gobbled up the top four placings in the Thanksgiving Day feature. Less predictable, however, was the identity of the Baffert-trained winner -- Really Mr Greely, the 11-1 longest shot on the board, who led throughout to upset 4-5 favorite Super Ninety Nine.

  • Afleeting Lady makes it three straight in Falls City

    After posting convincing wins in the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm and Lady's Secret, Afleeting Lady made it three in a row on the Thanksgiving Day program at Churchill Downs, scoring by a 2 1/4-length margin in the Grade 2, $162,450 <a target="_blank" href="">Falls City Handicap</a>.

  • Delaunay runs away with Thanksgiving Handicap

    Allowed to settle just off the early pace, Maggi Moss's Delaunay took command in upper stretch and drew off for a 2 1/2-length tally in the 87th running of Fair Grounds' $98,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Thanksgiving Handicap</a>, the New Orleans oval's tradition-rich annual opening day highlight, giving nine-time Fair Grounds trainer champion Tom Amoss his first winner in the Turkey Day feature attraction.

  • Nefertini posts game win in Go for Wand

    Robert Masterson's Nefertini earned the biggest win of her 10-race career with a game performance in Friday's Grade 2, $196,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Go for Wand Handicap</a> at Aqueduct.

  • Handle increases at Belmont fall meet

    The New York Racing Association (NYRA) posted an 11.5 percent gain in total handle during the recently concluded Belmont Park fall meet, with additional increases in NYRA Rewards account wagering and wagering on NYRA races. Belmont Park's fall meet ran 36 days from September 8 to October 28, 2012.

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  • Forte Dei Marmi, Ioya Bigtime square off in McKnight

    The final Saturday of the Tropical meet at Calder features two graded stakes, the Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="">W.L. McKnight Handicap</a> and the Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Fred W. Hooper Handicap</a>.

  • Sadler seeks sweep in Generous and Miesque

    The Hollywood Park Turf Festival continues Saturday with a pair of Grade 3 stakes for two-year-olds, the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Generous</a> and $100,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Miesque</a> for fillies, and both races will be contested at a mile on turf. John Sadler will try to become only the second trainer to win the Generous in consecutive years when he sends out a pair, Rising Legend and Under Review, and he is responsible for top contender Pussycat Lips in the Miesque later on the program.

  • Uncaptured tops Jockey Club; Golden Rod draws nine

    After posting a 5 1/2-length score in the Iroquois Stakes on October 28, Uncaptured will look to keep his momentum rolling while stretching back out to a two-turn distance in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes</a> at Churchill Downs. The Lion Heart colt can enhance his reputation as a leading Kentucky Derby candidate with a strong showing in the 1 1/16-mile event.

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  • Shackleford faces nine in Clark in career finale

    Shackleford, whose Grade 1 exploits include the 2011 Preakness and the Metropolitan Handicap last May, will bow out of the racing scene Friday in the Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Clark Handicap</a> at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile Clark, which dates to Churchill's founding year of 1875, anchors the 12-race Black Friday program, with the Clark set to go off shortly after sunset.

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  • De Kock stable loaded for Dubai season

    He's won more than $6 million at the Dubai World Cup Carnival over the years and globe-trotting trainer Mike de Kock is hoping that his current group of new hopefuls can add to his Dubai spoils.

  • Ultimate Eagle launches comeback in deep Citation

    Ultimate Eagle, who capped a four-race winning streak in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at last year's Turf Festival, will kick off the 2012 Festival by making his comeback in Friday's Grade 2, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Citation Handicap</a> at Hollywood Park. Sidelined for nine months since weakening to 10th in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, the Michael Pender trainee will clash with stablemate and defending champion Jeranimo; East Coast shipper Data Link and his frequent foe Doubles Partner; and former Argentinean Horse of the Year Interaction.

  • Grade 1 veterans among Claiming Crown nominees

    The 14th edition of the $850,000 Claiming Crown promises to make opening day at Gulfstream Park an even more special occasion on December 1, judging from the long and talented list of nominees for the seven-race series that will be renewed for the first time at the Hallandale Beach, Florida, track.

  • Quality control standards implemented for Listed stakes

    The North American International Catalogue Standards Committee (NAICSC) on Monday announced that effective January 1, 2014, additional quality control requirements will be implemented for races in North America eligible for non-Listed black-type in SITA catalogues (those compliant with guidelines required by the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers).

  • Kentucky Derby, Oaks tickets available online

    Shoppers searching for ideas for unique holiday gifts have the opportunity to present family members, friends and business associates with a view of Churchill Downs' venerable Twin Spires on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Days with an online advance purchase of either general admission tickets to those great racing and entertainment events, or two-day reserved seats for Derby and Oaks in the track's new Section 110 venue.

  • Willet makes graded bow in Go for Wand

    Five fillies and mares will be shopping for a graded victory on Friday at Aqueduct when they go postward in the Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Go for Wand Handicap</a>.

  • Six set to line up in Fall Highweight

    Horses will join many people in packing on a few extra pounds this Thursday as a field of six goes to post for the 99th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Fall Highweight Handicap</a>, the traditional Thanksgiving Day feature at Aqueduct.

  • Brushed by a Star, Joyful Victory renew their rivalry in Falls City

    Brushed by a Star, who scored a narrow win over Joyful Victory in the Grade 2 Chilukki for owner Team Forster and trainer Grant Forster, will make her first start for her new connections in Thursday's Grade 2, $150,000 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs.

  • Groupie Doll confirmed for Cigar Mile; Holidayfest runners work

    Trainer William &quot;Buff&quot; Bradley confirmed Sunday that multiple Grade 1-winning filly Groupie Doll will make her next start against boys in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct. She was assigned to carry 118 pounds in the race.

  • McClellan marks 40 years as jockey agent

    When rising superstar Joe Talamo captured Santa Anita's autumn riding title to break the five-year Southern California reign of Rafael Bejarano and Joel Rosario, it was a scrapbook-filling moment for the 22-year-old. For his agent, Scotty McClellan, it was just another day at the office.

  • Take Charge Indy, Neck 'n Neck breeze for Clark

    Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy continued his preparations for Friday's Grade 1, $400,000 Clark Handicap with a three-furlong move in :35 2/5 over the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning.

  • Shackleford staying home for Clark

    A decision on whether classic hero Shackleford would run in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile on Saturday at Aqueduct or one day earlier in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs was to be made Monday, but trainer Dale Romans told the <i>Courier-Journal</i> on Sunday that the chestnut would stay home in Kentucky for the latter contest.

  • Glorious upset of Dragon; California Memory takes thriller at Sha Tin

    John Size is hoping for a repeat run from stable star Glorious Days in the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile December 9, after the five-year-old lowered the colors of Hong Kong's dual Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon in the Group 2 Jockey Club Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday.

  • Fair Grounds opens with salty renewal of Thanksgiving 'Cap

    Fair Grounds is generally accepted to be the third-oldest racetrack in the country, although many accounts, including a heavily researched 2006 feature in <i>The Times-Picayune</i> by Bob Fortus, contend that Fair Grounds could be at least the second-oldest, if not the oldest.

  • Sadamu Patek hangs on from Boss in Mile Championship

    Sadamu Onishi's Sadamu Patek just hung on from favored Grand Prix Boss in Sunday's 29th running of the Mile Championship at Kyoto. Aside from recording his first Grade 1 title, the son of Fuji Kiseki helped jockey Yutaka Take to fill in a rare gap on his resume.

  • Centre holds court in Mrs. Revere

    Centre Court's first two victories came during the spring meet -- a 4 3/4-length maiden conquest on May 19, followed by the Grade 3 Regret in her stakes debut on June 16. The Rusty Arnold filly made it three in a row when taking a rough running of the Grade 2 Lake George at Saratoga. Runner-up to Stephanie's Kitten next time out in the Grade 2 Lake Placid at the Spa August 19, Centre Court was most recently second to the front-running Dayatthespa in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland October 13.

  • Goldencents wires Delta Downs Jackpot

    W. C. Racing, Dave Kenney and RAP Racing's Goldencents grabbed command of Saturday's Grade 3 <a target="_blank" href="">Delta Downs Jackpot</a> by a short margin soon after the start and maintained the lead throughout to score a 1 3/4-length victory on the wire. With jockey Kevin Krigger aboard, the Doug O'Neill trainee ran 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:44 4/5.

  • Lea justifies favoritism in Commonwealth Turf

    Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider's homebred Lea capitalized on a textbook stalk-and-pounce trip to capture Saturday night's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Commonwealth Turf</a> at Churchill Downs, and in the process, the lightly-raced colt stamped himself as one to follow next year. Bet down to 5-2 favoritism off his late-running third in the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby last out, the Al Stall Jr. trainee took up much better early position this time for new rider Brian Hernandez Jr., and produced a strong kick down the stretch.

  • Rose to Gold shines in Delta Downs Princess

    Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti's Rose to Gold held off the determined run of fellow Calder shipper Touch Magic to take Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Delta Downs Princess</a> by a half-length under jockey Paco Lopez. The Friends Lake juvenile miss was sent off the 5-2 second choice and paid $7.60, $5.60 and $4.60 while finishing the two-turn, fast-track mile in 1:39 1/5.

  • Fabulous Strike Handicap tops Wednesday card at Penn National

    Named after one of the most accomplished horses to run at Penn National, the Fabulous Strike for sprinters boasts a deep field highlighted by the 5-2 morning line favorite Poseidon's Warrior. Winner of the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt in August at Saratoga Race Course, Poseidon's Warrior is coming off a dull effort in the Breeders' Cup Sprint on November 3 at Santa Anita, reporting home last.

  • Called to Serve strolls home in Discovery

    Marc Ferrell's Called to Serve rallied from the back of a six-horse field in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Discovery Handicap</a> at Aqueduct to take the 1 1/8-mile fixture for three-year-olds by a widening 4 3/4 lengths under Joel Rosario. The 7-2 second choice, Called to Serve paid $9.60, $3.60 and $2.40.

  • Demonstrative rallies to take Colonial Cup

    Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative thrust himself into the year-end Eclipse Award picture with an impressive, last-to-first victory in the Grade 1, $100,000 Colonial Cup on Saturday.

  • Groupie Doll breezes for Cigar Mile

    Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint winner Groupie Doll breezed a half-mile in :48 1/5 over Churchill Downs' fast dirt on Saturday morning in preparation for a possible start against the boys in the Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on November 24.