Headlines for Friday, November 23, 2012

  • 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.

  • Data Link bounds home in front to win the Citation.

    Data Link Connects in Citation Handicap

    Data Link shipped in from New York for trainer Shug McGaughey and carted off the $250,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IIT) at Betfair Hollywood Park with an impressive late turn of foot Nov. 23.

  • 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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/allamerican12.pdf">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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/rivercity12">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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/matriarch12">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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/holderby12">Hollywood Derby</a>, which drew an overflow of 15 three-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles.

  • Shackleford goes out a winner in the Clark Handicap.
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    Shackleford Makes Exit With a Bang in Clark

    Shackleford gave his fans something to remember in the final start of his career with a gate to wire victory in the 138th edition of the $447,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs.

  • Guys and a Doll featured in Cigar Mile

    No filly or mare in the 23-year existence of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cigarmile12">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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mycharmer12.pdf">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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/prevue12.pdf">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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fallscity12.pdf">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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/thanksgiving12.pdf"> 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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/goforwand12.pdf">Go for Wand Handicap</a> at Aqueduct.

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    Nefertini Too Tough for Willet in Go for Wand

    Nefertini disposed of heavily favored Fantasy of Flight on the turn for home and outfought a game Willet in the final furlong to register her first graded stakes victory in the Go for Wand Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 23.

  • 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.

  • Boisterous carries top weight of 124 pounds in the River City Handicap.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2147680031&amp;k=sMbtnRf&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Boisterous One to Beat in River City

    Boisterous, winner of the Red Smith Handicap and Knickerbocker in his previous two starts, carries top weight of 124 pounds against 11 rivals in the $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 25 at Churchill Downs.

  • Pool Play

    Pool Play Out of Clark

    Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) winner Pool Play was scratched from the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) the morning of the race, but not due to tendon issues similar to those he has battled in the past.

  • Jakkalberry won the inaugural American St. Leger at Arlington Park Aug. 18 by 2 1/4 lengths.

    Japan Cup: Jakkalberry Indirectly Reps U.S.

    Though the U.S. doesn't have a representative in the Nov. 25 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Racecourse, in a way it can claim Jakkalberry. The son of Storming Home won the inaugural American St. Leger at Arlington Aug. 18.

  • Midnight Ballet is the first stakes winner for Midnight Lute.

    Freshman Sires Score

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Nov. 11 saw new stakes winners from a trio of freshman sires, two of whom were represented by their first black-type winners.

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