Whatsthescript and Warning Zone, one-two finishers in the Pinjara a month ago at Santa Anita, validated that effort while rallying to win $75,000 divisions of the Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds impressively on the Hollywood Park turf Friday.
Friday's $572,000 Clark Handicap, run for the first time as a grade I race, went to the only grade I winner in the field -- by a bunch -- when favored Premium Tap left his rivals far behind leaving the Churchill Downs' eighth pole in nearly track record time.
Godolphin Racing's East Coast invader, Ashkal Way, given a patient ride by Garrett Gomez, seized the lead mid-stretch en route to his third successive graded stakes victory in the $400,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf course Friday.
Delaware Park, whose 2006 season ended Nov. 19, saw an overall decrease in handle of 2.94% and an on-track dip of 7.55%, the track reported.
Jockey Russell Baze failed to add to his victory total with three mounts at Bay Meadows Nov. 24 and remains six behind in his pursuit of Laffit Pincay Jr.'s all-time record of 9,530 victories.
A breeding to multiple grade I winner Bernardini has been added to the stellar roster of seasons to be included in the Thoroughbred Charities of America's stallion season auction beginning on Nov. 27.
- By Claire Novak
Jockey Calvin Borel, injured in a racing accident at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day, underwent surgery at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Ky., Friday morning to repair multiple fractures to his right wrist.
Malibu Mint, soundly defeated by 23-1 shot Rahys' Appeal in the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II), wound up in the winner's circle via disqualification at Aqueduct Friday.
Showing Up will have plenty of quality company Sunday as Hollywood Park's 15th Turf Festival culminates with the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) and the Matriarch (gr. IT), also a grade I event with a $500,000 purse that attracted 11 graded or group winners.
Showing Up will have plenty of quality company Sunday as Hollywood Park's 15th Turf Festival culminates with the Derby (gr. IT) and the Matriarch (gr. IT) for fillies and mares, also a grade I event with a $500,000 purse that attracted 11 graded or group winners.
An investigation by the security department of Britain's Horseracing Regulatory Authority has resulted in 12 individuals, including four jockeys and a trainer, facing several charges in relation to 40 races run between September 2004 and March 2005.
- By Ray Paulick
TVG will offer wagering and dual telecasts of the weekend's two major grade I international races from Japan -- Saturday's Japan Cup Dirt and Sunday's Japan Cup, a mile and one-half turf fixture featuring recent Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Ouija Board.
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