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November 26, 2015
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for November 19 to 22, 2015.
Jockey Mike Smith bounded out of the winner’s circle after the featured race on Thursday at Del Mar and espied clerk of scales Charlie McCaul. “Pizza for Thanksgiving, Charlie!” Smith shouted.
Ahh Chocolate emerged with her first stakes victory Thursday at Churchill Downs in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap, a race marred by the fatal breakdown of one of the favorites, Chide.
Capitalizing on a race with little speed, Heart to Heart shot straight to the lead in Thursday’s Grade 3, $100,000 River City Handicap at Churchill Downs and maintained a clear advantage in winning by two lengths over Thatcher Street.
Two starts ago at Keeneland, Control Stake was in a $50,000 claimer, but on Thursday at Fair Grounds, he was in the winner’s circle after leading from start to finish in the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap.
The focus going into Thursday’s Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct was on a 5-year-old New York-bred mare. But it was a 5-year-old New Jersey-bred horse who stole the thunder – and the race – by pulling off a huge upset in the Thanksgiving ...
The Remsen has not been kind to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer became only the third trainer to reach 7,000 wins for his career when Kiss N Scat, a 2-year-old filly he also owns in partnership, romped in the first race on Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.
The recipient of a perfect stalking trip under Irad Ortiz Jr., the heavily favored Constellation coasted to an 8 1/4-length victory over Tonasah in Thursday’s $150,000 Furlough Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
Unbridled Courage could give jockey Patrick Valenzuela his first stakes win since 2012 in the $50,000 Battle of New Orleans Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds, but “could” is an important qualifier here.