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YESTERDAY October 31, 2014
When Viva Majorca heads to post in the featured eighth race at Churchill Downs on Sunday, he will be wearing blinkers in an effort to eliminate the mistake he made in his last two races, trainer Ian Wilkes said.
With American Pharoah out of the Juvenile, the focus of the race shifts toward the East Coast and specifically to the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, who sends out two top contenders in Daredevil and Carpe Diem.
Stakes winner Merit Man has been retired from racing and will stand at stud in California in 2015.
What a terrific sequence Saturday’s late pick four on the Breeders’ Cup card at Santa Anita is. There is a lot to sink your teeth into and a very real possibility, if you are right, to make a lot with a relatively modest investment. Let’s get into it.
Golden Finish will start as one of the top choices in a first-level optional $16,000 claimer Sunday at Gulfstream Park West, moving back to both the overnight ranks and dirt.
Only five horses ran in last year’s Temped Stakes, but the first- and third-place finishers came back as 3-year-olds to win top-class races such as the Alabama and Coaching Club American Oaks, both Grade 1s, and the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes.
Experience is important when competing over the unique downhill turf course at Santa Anita. Those in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint who have ventured down the hill include Reneesgotzip (5-1), who deadheated for second behind Mizdirection in last year’s ...
Two near misses in stakes at Santa Anita and Del Mar by Kathleen Rose this year made it easy for trainer Mike Machowsky to pick an early November race.

Right off the bat, it seems like there’s an opportunity to play against a vulnerable morning-line favorite in the Juvenile Fillies.
Derick Giwner's analysis of the all-stakes pick four at Vernon Downs for 11/1/14. Races include two Kindergarten finals, the Artiscape for Older Pacing Mares, and the Muscle Hill for Older Trotting Mares.