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October 18, 2014
As often is the case with young horses, you never know what you are going to get. When Woodbine hosted eliminations for the Governor’s Cup and Valley Victory for 2-year-old pacers and trotters respectively, longshot bettors were mostly in paradise.
These aren’t your Indiana-bred Standardbreds from years ago. That was evident after watching some huge miles from Freaky Feet Pete and Always B Miki as part of an octet of $200,000-plus Super Finals at Hoosier Park on Saturday Night.
Storm Power, who had been knocking heads with some toughies in Southern California, found the change of scenery to his liking as he finished strongly, capturing Saturday’s $35,000 Bienvenidos Stakes, the opening-day event for the Turf Paradise meet.
Luscious Lonna scored her third turf stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields, racing to the lead early and then hanging on gamely late to capture the $65,480 Miss America Stakes on Saturday.
In Saturday’s All-In contest at NHCQualify.com, where all picks had to be in before post time of the first race, five players won their way in to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.
Eighttofasttocatch was sent to an open lead by Forest Boyce in the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic and never looked back, outclassing his rivals by 4 1/2 lengths in the 1 1/8-mile race.
Lane’s End has purchased an interest in classic winner Tonalist, and the 3-year-old will presumably stand at the Versailles, Ky., farm upon the conclusion of his racing career.
Several months’ worth of frustration evaporated in a little more than 75 seconds Saturday at Belmont Park when Moonlight Song went gate to wire to win the $150,000 Hudson Handicap, the eighth and final stakes on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park.
Spendthrift Farm has released the 2015 advertised fees for its 26-horse stallion roster based at farms across North America. Flagship stallion Malibu Moon is once again Spendthrift’s highest-priced offering, standing at the operation’s Lexington, Ky. ...
The Sunday card kicks off with a “dropdown derby” of sorts, with eight veteran sprinters going six furlongs in the first $10,000 claimer at the fall meet. Needless to say, everyone is taking a drop – even Ten Items Or Less, who is back from Finger ...