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Woodbine to Offer 133 Racing Dates in 2016
Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Nov. 25 said Woodbine's 2016 Thoroughbred racing calendar would offer 133 dates pending regulatory approval.
Tonalist Takes on Private Zone in Cigar Mile
Blinkers will go back on Tonalist, who comes off a fifth in the 1 1/4-mile Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), as he takes on defending Cigar Mile winner Private Zone after that rival's second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
The Pizza Man Wins Hollywood Turf Cup
The Pizza Man, coming off a good fifth-place finish last out in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), proved too much for his Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) field, easily capturing the Nov. 26 race in which he was third a year ago.
That Handicapping Show: The Clark Handicap
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Clark Handicap (gr. I) featuring Effinex, Race Day, Shotgun Kowboy, Hoppertunity, Protonico, and Keen Ice. Sponsored by Equibase
Tampa Bay Finds Success Despite Competition
As Tampa Bay Downs prepared to begin its meet Nov. 28, Peter Berube, general manager at the Florida racetrack, discussed its model for success in the face of competition from tracks with alternative gaming.
Son of Lethal Force Tops Tattersalls Day 2
The Nov. 25 second session of the Tattersalls December foal sale was topped by a son of freshman sire Lethal Force that sold for 110,000 guineas to Mick Flanagan.
Sharla Rae Takes on Males in Hollywood Derby
Doug O'Neill feels he's playing to Sharla Rae's strengths running in the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Del Mar.
Pender Harbour Looks to Close Meet on High
The $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) for older horses, at 1 3/4 miles, features eight runners including Melmich and the retiring champion Pender Harbour.
Pedigree Analysis: Scat Daddy
Scat Daddy, a son of Johannesburg, and a great-grandson of Storm Cat, was represented by his seventh and eighth Northern Hemisphere 2-year-old stakes winners of 2015 in Surfside Tiara and Get Jets.
Move Stirs Speculation on Belmont VLT Casino
An eight-acre parcel of land on the grounds of Belmont Park is no longer being offered to private developers, a move that is raising concerns in some circles that the state may be eyeing the site for a VLT casino.
Mongolian Saturday Drills for HK Sprint
Mongolian Stables' Mongolian Saturday breezed a half-mile clockwise over Gulfstream Park's main track Nov. 27 in anticipation of his next assignment in the Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I).
Mohaymen Seeks Nashua, Remsen Double
Mohaymen, Flexibility, and Sail Ahoy, who filled out the top three positions in the Nov. 4 Nashua Stakes (gr. II), line up against up-and-coming Gift Box in the nine-furlong Remsen Stakes (gr. II).
Mobile Bay Just Up in Zia Park Derby
Tigertail Ranch's homebred Mobile Bay got the bob and won the Zia Park Derby by a nose, while International Star checked in fourth in his first race since his victory in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in March.
Lewis Bay Set for Stakes Debut in Demoiselle
While the expected field of seven juvenile fillies for the Demoiselle (gr. II) includes stakes winners and graded stakes-placed horses, Lewis Bay will enter the 1 1/8-mile test at Aqueduct off a visually impressive effort.
Ky Jockey Club Headlines Stars of Tomorrow
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
Invaders Poised to Have Impact in Japan Cup
A field of 18 is set for the Nov. 29 Japan Cup (Jpn-I), with the foreign contingent showing promise against a home team generally regarded as slightly less imposing than usual for a Japan Cup.
Hollendorfer Gets 7,000th Win of Career
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the 7,000th race of his career when Kiss N Scat, who he co-owns with Steve Taub and George Todaro, won the first race at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 26.
Heart to Heart Wire to Wire in River City
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart bounced back from a 10th-place finish in the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) to win the $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 26.
Hard Not to Like Seeks Fourth Grade I
Hard Not to Like has been quite the traveler in her four-year career, racing at eight different racetracks and winning at five, and the gray mare will look to add another to her list in the Matriarch (gr. IT).
Green Gratto Stuns Fall Highweight Field
Green Gratto, the longest shot on the board, won the $250,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 26 at Aqueduct. The New Jersey-bred son of Here's Zealous covered the six furlongs in 1:09.95.
Frivolous Likely for Falls City, Not Clark
Trainer Vicki Oliver says she's leaning toward the Nov. 26 race, which would be the final start for 5-year-old Frivolous.
Forever Unbridled Looks to Step Up in Comely
Set to make her fifth consecutive graded stakes start and first in New York, Charles Fipke's Forever Unbridled will face nine challengers in the $300,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Favorite Tale Easy Fabulous Strike Winner
There was a reason bettors made PJG Stable's Favorite Tale the 1-2 favorite for the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap; he was the class of the field off a third in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Dothraki Queen Heads Golden Rod
Dothraki Queen, a grade II winner over the track, heads a field of nine juvenile fillies for the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.
Control Stake Too Tough in Thanksgiving 'Cap
Maggi Moss' Control Stake, the lone 3-year-old in the field, got the jump on the competition from the gate and wasn't headed en route to a solid win in the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Commissioner Heads Hawthorne Gold Cup
Multiple graded stakes winner Commissioner headlines a field of eight for the 79th running of the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) Nov. 28 at Hawthorne Racecourse.
Andreya's Reward Shifts to Dirt for Hut Hut
After four starts on grass to open her career, N.T.S. Stable and Kathryn Davey's Andreya's Reward will try dirt for the first time in the $75,000 Hut Hut Stakes Nov. 28 at Gulfstream Park West.
Amis Gizmo Aims at Fourth Stakes in Kingarvie
All eyes figure to be on undefeated juvenile Amis Gizmo in the $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes Nov. 28 at Woodbine, as 2-year-olds will be the focus in a pair of stakes on the Saturday card.
Airoforce Tries Dirt in Kentucky Jockey Club
Airoforce is one of two graded stakes winners and the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.
Ahh Chocolate Smooth in Falls City
James Stone's homebred Ahh Chocolate, by Candy Ride, tracked the pace of longshot Gamblers Rose and pounced to win the $200,000 Falls City Handicap Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.