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HORSE RACING HEADLINES
Miss Temple City earns hard-fought victory in Matriarch
Miss Temple City rallied wide into the stretch of Sunday's Matriarch Stakes (G1) at Del Mar, catching pacesetter Stays in Vegas and then just holding off the late-running Roca Rojo to score a nose win. [more]

Annals of Time captures first stakes win in Hollywood Derby
Annals of Time chose a good spot to earn his first stakes victory, taking the Hollywood Derby (G1) at Del Mar by 1 1/2 lengths on Saturday. [more]

Penn Derby upgraded to Grade 1 for 2017
The American Graded Stakes Committee released its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed races for 2017 on Friday, with the biggest changes showing the Pennsylvania Derby upgraded to Grade 1 while the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass were both downgraded to Grade 2s. [more]

Miss Temple City headlines Del Mar's closing-day Matriarch
Miss Temple City, who beat the boys twice in Grade 1s at Keeneland this year, tops a field of 12 entered for the closing-day feature of Del Mar's Bing Crosby Meet, Sunday's Matriarch Stakes (G1). [more]

Trio of graded stakes on tap Saturday
Del Mar and Aqueduct offer up the graded action for this weekend. The California venue boasts two of the three Saturday graded events, with 12 entered in the Hollywood Derby (G1) and eight lining up in the Bayakoa Handicap (G2). [more]

California Chrome to prep for Pegasus Cup at Los Alamitos
Los Alamitos will host the Winter Challenge on December 17, a 1 1/16-mile race intended to serve as California Chrome's prep for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on January 28. [more]

Mutuel field favored in KDFW Pool 1
The mutuel field, or "All Other 3-Year-Olds," closed as the 6-5 favorite when Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) closed on Sunday. [more]

Mo Town, McCraken enter Kentucky Derby picture
Juveniles took center stage on Saturday across the country with five graded contests, both on dirt and turf, offered up as a post-Thanksgiving treat. [more]

Gun Runner defeats elders to earn first Grade 1 win in Clark
Gun Runner seized the lead at the start and led wire to wire in Friday's Clark H. (G1) at Churchill Downs, notching his first Grade 1 tally with a 2 3/4-length triumph [more]

Lady Fog Horn, Thatcher Street win Thanksgiving Day stakes
Lady Fog Horn and Thatcher Street posted minor upsets at Churchill Downs on Thursday, winning the $200,000 Falls City H. (G2) and $100,000 River City H. (G3) respectively [more]

Kentucky Derby points on the line in Kentucky Jockey Club, Remsen
Thanksgiving Saturday is a big day in American racing. At Churchill Downs, McCracken and Daddy's Lil Darling top their respective fields in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and Golden Rod (G2). [more]

Clark Handicap draws salty field of 10
The $500,000 Clark H. (G1), the Black Friday feature at Churchill Downs, has come up salty with three-year-old Gun Runner challenging older rivals Noble Bird, Hoppertunity, Effinex, and Shaman Ghost. [more]

Not This Time retired, withdrawn from KDFW Pool 1
Leading two-year-old Not This Time, a close second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), was unexpectedly retired on Monday to stand stud at Taylor Made Farm Monday after suffering a soft tissue injury. [more]

Gunnevera, Shane's Girlfriend win impressively at Delta Downs
Gunnevera made a sweeping move to the lead around the final turn and drove home a 5 3/4 length winner of the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) on Saturday. [more]

Rawnaq trying to wrap up championship honors in Colonial Cup
Rawnaq is seeking to warp up an Eclipse Award as champion steeeplechaser with a win in the Colonial Cup (NSA-G1) at Camden on Saturday. [more]

Kentucky Derby, Oaks tickets for sale online
General admission tickets to the 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1) are now available for online purchase at special pricing through December 31. [more]

De Francis Dash headlines Laurel's Fall Festival of Racing
Laurel Park plays host the Fall Festival of Racing on Saturday featuring seven stakes including the Frank J. De Francis Dash, which has been reinstated as a Grade 3 contest this year. [more]

Things to look for as Fair Grounds meet on the horizon
With Fair Grounds' lengthy 2016-17 meet opening Saturday, Ed DeRosa reminds prospective bettors to respect speed and the rail on the main track at the New Orleans course, among other things. [more]

Juveniles compete for $1.4 million in Delta Downs Jackpot, Princess
The $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3), won last year by eventual classic winner Exaggerator, tops a lucrative card at the Louisiana track on Saturday. A competitive field of 10 is led by Saratoga Special (G2) winner Gunnevera. [more]

Hay Dakota upsets Commonwealth Turf at 29-1
Hay Dakota came flying down the center of Churchill Downs' grass on Saturday to upset the Commonwealth Turf (G3) at 29-1. [more]

Pre-race data foretold Arrogate's Classic win
Dick Powell believes Arrogate's Breeders' Cup Classic victory was very predictable based on the information provided ahead of the race. [more]

Sir Dudley Digges tops Commonwealth Turf
Sir Dudley Digges, hero of the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the Queen's Plate, returns against 10 rivals on Saturday at Churchill Downs in the Commonwealth Turf (G3). [more]

Recaps, thoughts and opinions from the two-day Breeders' Cup
The Breeders Cup news and notes blog features recaps from all 13 races, transcripts from the post-race interviews as well as thoughts and opinions following the championship event. [more]

Arrogate runs down California Chrome in thrilling 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic
Arrogate rallied to catch California Chrome in the shadow of the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) wire on Saturday at Santa Anita Park to wrap up three-year-old champion honors and put himself in the running for Horse of the Year. [more]

Beholder noses out Songbird in Breeders' Cup Distaff
Ed DeRosa compared Beholder's win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) over Songbird to the Cubs' victory in the World Series over the Indians. [more]

Lord Nelson scratched from Breeders' Cup Sprint, retired
Lord Nelson, the 5-2 second favorite on the morning-line for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), has been withdrawn from that Saturday contest after being treated with antibiotics for an infection. He's been retired to Spendthrift Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. [more]

Breeders' Cup Picks and Profiles
Jennie Rees took a look at Tom's Ready and I'm a Chatterbox. [more]

Handicapping the Breeders' Cup in full swing
The TwinSpires.com crew get to work handicapping this year's Breeders' Cup, with John Mucciolo calling the Distaff (G1) the race of the year and giving the nod to Tamarkuz in the Dirt Mile (G1). [more]

Breeders' Cup post positions and draw quotes
On Monday the fields were set for 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will take place Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park. [more]

Gun Runner likely headed for Dirt Mile
Gun Runner worked four furlongs in :48.80 on Sunday, and afterward his connections revealed the chestnut will likely be entered in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1). [more]

 
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