Headlines for Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Goffs Concludes Strong Week of Trading

    Irish sales company Goffs concluded at successful week of auctions on Nov. 24 in County Kildare, Ireland, with its two-day breeding stock sale posting considerable gains in key economic indicators.

  • Travesura holds off the closers to win the Miesque Stakes.

    Speedy Travesura Makes Miesque Mischief

    Fast-developing Travesura took the lead at the start and was never headed while shaking up the $100,000 Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-old fillies on the turf at odds of 11-1 Nov. 24 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Front-running Travesura surprises in Miesque

    Travesura was overlooked at odds of 11-1 in the circumstances. She was overshadowed by such rivals as multiple Group 3-placed Premier Steps, the 4-5 favorite in her American debut for Chad Brown, and Surfer Girl romper Flashy Ways, looking to rebound off a troubled 11th in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. But the pace scenario appeared soft on paper, and Travesura took full advantage.

  • Den's Legacy a popular winner of Generous

    Westrock Stables' Den's Legacy sat chilly behind the leading trio for more than six furlongs, dove through a gap along the inside at the top of the stretch, and charged home a half-length winner of the Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/generous12.pdf">Generous</a> at Hollywood Park on Saturday. The son of Medaglia d'Oro safely held off a late bid from Rising Legend and completed one mile on firm turf in 1:36 1/5.

  • Uncaptured fends off Frac Daddy in Kentucky Jockey Club

    John C. Oxley's Uncaptured rallied to the lead on the far turn and gamely fought a serious challenge from Frac Daddy through the stretch to prove best in Saturday's Grade 2, $177,150 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kyjc12.pdf">Kentucky Jockey Club</a> at Churchill Downs. The Mark Casse-trained colt confirmed his status as one of the early favorites for the 2013 Run for the Roses, earning 10 points in the new &quot;Road to the Kentucky Derby&quot; series for the gutsy neck score, and Uncaptured swept both graded events at Churchill Downs this fall, posting a 5 1/4-length score in the Grade 3 Iroquois on October 28.

  • Twilight eclipses his elders in McKnight

    Twilight Eclipse, a three-year-old Purim gelding making only his sixth career start, registered an 11-1 upset of Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mcknight12.pdf">W.L. McKnight Handicap</a> at Calder. His stalk-and-pounce rally under Manoel Cruz resulted in a 1 3/4-length triumph in a time of 2:26 3/5 for 1 1/2 miles on the firm turf.

  • Ducduc draws even late with Csaba in Hooper dead-heat

    Csaba nearly stole the whole prize and Ducduc just failed to overhaul his rival in the latter stages. In the end, both horses settled for a dead-heat in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/hooper12.pdf">Fred W. Hooper</a>, reaching the finish line together in the 1 1/8-mile event at Calder.

  • Den&#39;s Legacy streaks home to win the Generous Stakes.

    Den's Legacy Rides Rail for Generous Victory

    Favored Den's Legacy gave trainer Bob Baffert a rare graded win for males on turf when he rallied in the stretch to capture the $100,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds Nov. 24 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Stay Thirsty nips Groupie Doll in Cigar Mile

    Stay Thirsty culminated both a notable career and a sensational week for owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher with a nail-biting victory over the filly Groupie Doll in Saturday's Grade 1 $343,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cigarmile12.pdf">Cigar Mile Handicap</a> at Aqueduct.

  • Dance Card drifts to Gazelle victory

    Godolphin Racing's Dance Card gave jockey Ramon Dominguez his fifth win on Saturday's card at Aqueduct when posting an easy four-length victory in the Grade 1, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gazelle12.pdf">Gazelle</a> as the wire-to-wire winner.

  • Unlimited Budget wires Demoiselle

    Emollient tried to snatch victory away from Repole Stable's Unlimited Budget in Saturday's Grade 2, $237,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/demoiselle12.pdf"> Demoiselle</a> at Aqueduct, but the Street Sense filly would not be denied, scoring by 1 1/4 lengths on the wire and improving her mark to a perfect two-for-two.

  • 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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/goldenrod12.pdf">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.

  • Twilight Eclipse rolls home to win the W.L. McKnight Handicap.

    Twilight Eclipse Shines in W. L. McKnight

    Lightly-raced Twilight Eclipse put away 3-2 favorite Ioya Bigtime entering the far turn and continued on to post an 11-1 upset win in the W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT) Nov. 24 at Calder Casino & Race Course.

  • Ducduc outside and Csaba finish in a dead heat in the Fred W. Hooper Handicap.

    Csaba, Ducduc Make Hooper Too Close to Call

    Ducduc, launching his bid from well behind on the final turn, caught runaway leader Csaba at the wire to pull out a dead heat in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 24 at Calder Casino and Race Course.

  • 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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/remsen12.pdf">Remsen Stakes</a> at Aqueduct, but the Todd Pletcher trainee fought back resiliently to reclaim the advantage at the wire.

  • Seaneen Girl upsets the Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Seaneen Girl 31-1 Upsetter in Golden Rod

    Seaneen Girl, making her first start for Dr. Naveed Chowhan and trainer Bernie Flint, fought her way past favored Gal About Town to win the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs.

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    Dance Card Waltzes to Easy Gazelle Win

    Favored Dance Card shook off the Puerto Rican challenger My Wandy's Girl leaving the turn for home and cruised to an open-lengths triumph in the $350,000 Gazelle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 24.

  • 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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/clark12.pdf">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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fallhighweight12.pdf">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.

  • Study Examines Osteoarthritis Formation after Fetlock Injury

    A recent study carried out by a team of equine orthopedic researchers at the University of Guelph Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory took a closer look at post-traumatic osteoarthritis in horses. Specifically, the team evaluated whether or not single impact injury to the fetlock could progress to post-traumatic osteoarthritis or osteochondral dise...

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    American Bloodlines Dominate Japan Cup

    When the 17 horses enter the starting gate at Tokyo Racecourse Nov. 25 for the 32nd Japan Cup (Jpn-I), nearly every one of them will bring North American bloodlines to the task.