Headlines for Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • Unbridled Command wins the Hollywood Derby.

    Unbridled Command Wins Hollywood Derby

    Unbridled Command, making his first appearance outside of New York, stepped into grade I company with an impressive victory in the $250,000 Hollywood Derby, the final race of the 2012 Turf Festival Nov. 25.

  • Mena completes graded hat trick with Keep Up in River City

    Jockey Miguel Mena had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend at Churchill Downs, piloting the winners of the three graded events taking placing Saturday and Sunday. He capped off the graded hat trick Sunday aboard 30-1 longshot Keep Up in the Grade 3, $115,700 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/rivercity12.pdf">River City Handicap</a>.

  • Better Lucky stuns eventful Matriarch at 35-1

    Godolphin Racing's Better Lucky was no match for leading three-year-old turf filly Dayatthespa last time out at Keeneland, but after a bizarre mishap to the 8-5 favorite in Sunday's Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/matriarch12.pdf"> Matriarch</a> at Hollywood Park, Better Lucky went on to post a 35-1 upset.

  • Bear Tough Tiger outgames stablemate to take Kennedy Road

    Bear Tough Tiger fought off stablemate Bear No Joke to earn his first stakes score in Sunday's Grade 3, $127,940 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kennedyroad12.pdf"> Kennedy Road</a> at Woodbine.

  • Keep Up wins the River City at Churchill Downs.

    Keep Up, 30-1, Takes River City Out of Clouds

    Successfully rehabbed after a 15-month break for a bowed tendon, 30-1 shot Keep Up defeated multiple graded stakes winner Boisterous by a half-length Nov. 25 in the River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Better Lucky wins the Matriarch Stakes.

    35-1 Better Lucky All Good in Wild Matriarch

    Better Lucky gave Godolphin Racing another grade I victory when she registered a 35-1 shocker in an adventurous renewal of the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) on the turf Nov. 25 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

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    Stay Thirsty Nips Groupie Doll in Cigar Mile

    Notching his first win since the 2011 Travers Stakes (gr. I), Repole Stables' Stay Thirsty got the bob on Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) winner Groupie Doll in the $343,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Nov. 24.

  • Kentucky Jockey Club top three heading south for the winter

    In Saturday's 86th running of the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs, Uncaptured defeated Frac Daddy by a neck after a thrilling stretch run and both of those precocious two-year-olds, as well as third-place finisher Dewey Square, were in good order Sunday morning.

  • Flint already thinking Oaks for Seaneen Girl

    Seaneen Girl's upset victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs had trainer Bernie Flint thinking about the first Friday in May on Sunday morning.

  • Stutts calls it a career

    While Saturday's 6TH race at Calder Race Course offered the promise of juvenile fillies heading to the turf while still in the early stages of their career, the human narrative of the race centered on longtime trainer Bennie Stutts Jr., who started recent maiden winner Iwillneversaynever in what would be the final race of the 74-year-old conditioner's career.

  • Stay Thirsty caps off stellar day, and career, for Repole

    Even as Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap victor Stay Thirsty prepared to depart Todd Pletcher's barn for his upcoming career at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky, the trainer and owner Mike Repole have plenty to look forward to next year following Unlimited Budget's front-running victory in the Grade 2 Demoiselle for juvenile fillies and Overanalyze's gritty nose triumph in the Grade 2 Remsen for two-year-olds.

  • Gentildonna winning the Japan Cup.
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    Gentildonna Noses Out Orfevre in Japan Cup

    In a battle between Triple Crown winners, Gentildonna became the first 3-year-old filly to win the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) when she took on favored Orfevre in a furious stretch duel and edged the older colt by a nose.