Headlines for Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Grade 1 winners Comma to the Top, Smiling Tiger highlight Underwood

    Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/underwood12">Vernon O. Underwood</a> drew a short but salty field of seven at Hollywood Park. Grade 1 winners Comma to the Top and Smiling Tiger are logical win challengers given their recent form, but Capital Account, Fast Bullet and Private Zone also merit respect in the six-furlong event.

  • Gulfstream offers fans the chance to give and receive

    The Gulfstream VIP Fan Experience will once again be made available to racing fans during the 2012-2013 Gulfstream Park meeting. The unique and exclusive experience will provide fans with an all-access and behind-the-scenes look at Thoroughbred racing from the training of Thoroughbreds in the morning to presenting a trophy in the winner's circle in the afternoon.

  • Smiling Tiger finished 3rd in the 2012 Breeders&#39; Cup Sprint. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Works/26130247_gxH6nS#!i=2189131803&amp;k=2B5Kb37&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Intriguing Underwood Has Trio From BC Sprint

    Grade I winners Comma to the Top and Smiling Tiger tackle four entrants from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, making for an intriguing Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 3 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Beyond the Blinkers: OTTB Update - Windy Jim

    I love it when a past Beyond the Blinkers subject takes the time to e-mail and give me an update on his or her off track Thoroughbred! Do you guys remember the story of Windy Jim as told by owner Jackie Cross in March 2011?

  • Populist Politics aims to be Star Guitar's heir

    Klaravich Stables'&nbsp;Populist Politics,&nbsp;probably best known as the hard-knocking runner-up to Brittlyn Stable's&nbsp;Star Guitar&nbsp;on numerous occasions, is the early favorite to headline next weekend's&nbsp;$150,000 Louisiana&nbsp;Champions Day Classic&nbsp;when Fair Grounds hosts the 21st renewal of its series of 11 races restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds on December 8.<br> &nbsp;<br> The now-retired Star Guitar, of course, became the top Louisiana-bred money winner of all time last April 1 with a win in the $90,000 Costa Rising Stakes on Louisiana Derby Day. Populist Politics finished second behind him once again that day, beaten a head for the victory.<br> &nbsp;<br> &quot;Hopefully, next weekend, Populist Politics will get the opportunity to show he's the heir apparent,&quot; trainer&nbsp;Tom Amoss&nbsp;said Thursday morning during training hours.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Krypton Factor preparing for title defense in Golden Shaheen

    When Krypton Factor took to the track at Meydan Racecourse at the start of last season, he was a handicapper rated 100. This season he will embark on the defense of his 2012 Dubai Golden Shaheen Crown a Group 1 winner rated 123.

  • The top foal on the sale&#39;s second day was a Lawman colt out of the Polish Precedent mare Whole Grain who sold for Timmy Hyde for 120,000 guineas.

    Ballylinch Stallions Fare Well at Tattersalls

    Foals by Lawman and Loup De Vega, who both stand at John O'Connor's Ballylinch Stud, filled the first three spots on the list of top weanlings sold on the second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale Nov. 29 in Newmarket.

  • THS: Claiming Crown

    Pete Denk and Frank Angst handicap the Jewel Stakes and the Emerald Stakes of the Claiming Crown from Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Global Stage and Forest Mouse finished 1-2 in the Veteran Stakes at Zia Park.

    Ten Set for Zia Park Distance Championship

    Global Stage and Forest Mouse, the first two finishers in the Veteran Stakes at Zia Park, head the field for the $200,000 Zia Park Distance Championship Dec. 3, the richest Thoroughbred race of the season at Hobbs, N.M.

  • Commentary

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  • THS: Claiming Crown 2012

    Pete Denk and Frank Angst handicap the Jewel Stakes and Emerald Stakes from the Claiming Crown race card Saturday. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Claiming Crown Jewel.

  • Charles Town Classic purse increased to $1.5 million

    In its four runnings, the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic has attracted 32 different runners who have captured a total of 71 graded stakes between them, with 12 of those coming in races currently a part of the Breeders' Cup's &quot;Win &amp; You're In&quot; Challenge series.

  • Game on Dude looks tough to catch in Native Diver

    After finishing a well-beaten seventh as the 6-5 favorite in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Game on Dude will attempt to end 2012 on a winning note when he lines up for Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/nativediver12">Native Diver </a>at Hollywood Park. The five-year-old gelding faces a couple of nice rivals in the five-horse field, but none appear quick enough to run with him early. He could prove difficult to catch from the rail with new jockey Mike Smith.

  • Suppressing Estrus in Mares

    Even the quietest of mares can turn into a proverbial fire-breathing dragon during her estrous cycle, which can make riding, training, competing, or handling these horses a challenge for any equestrian. Fortunately, veterinarians have effective methods by which to prevent or lessen the effects of estrus in mares while still allowing them to have a second ...