Week of November 29, 2010
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder

The final big weekend of the year saw its share of upsets and favorites. In the upset department there was Endless Circle ($11.60) in the Fall Highweight, Spacey Tracey ($15.20) in the Top Flight, Giant Oak ($24.20) in the Clark, Jersey Town ($71.50) in the Cigar Mile, Victor’s Cry ($24.20) in the Citation and Haimish Hy ($25.80) in the Hollywood Derby. Also of note, Endless Circle, Spacey Tracey, Haimish Hy and winning favorites Cost of Freedom in the Vernon O. Underwood and Comma to the Top in the Generous have all have run in the claiming ranks.

The two most spectacular upsets were the Clark Handicap and Cigar Mile. The stretch run of the Clark played out like bumper cars down the stretch which resulted in the first and third place finishers being disqualified and jockeys Julien Leparoux and Kent Desormeaux being suspended. In the Cigar Mile, the stretch drive came down Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Haynesfield and 34-1 Jersey Town, Haynesfield fought back gamely but Jersey Town, the Barclay Tagg trainee, got there first. Both Jersey Town and Haynesfield are sired by Speightstown.

Uncle Mo’s team might want to take notice of To Honor and Serve, who lived up to the buzz he was generating with an easy win the in Remsen. In the Golden Rod at Churchill Downs, Kathmanblu (pictured above) transitioned back to dirt from grass with ease and rewarded her team with a 8 1/2 length victory that was nearly a full second faster than Santiva’s maiden breaking win in the Kentucky Jockey Club.

On closing day of Churchill’s meet, they sent 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine that Bird off to retirement with an emotional farewell party. Hollywood Park is also hosting a Zenyatta appreciation day this coming Sunday December 5.

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Just because there’s a little less racing doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty to talk about. Over at Raceday 360 Wire there’s been plenty of discussion about all the retirements and no doubt the Horse of the Year debate will heat up as the month goes on. The conversations never stop, so don’t miss out!

Last Week’s Races

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2010 Fall Highweight Replay
Endless Circle’s win was marred by Go Go Shoot’s spill in the stretch, both rider and horse escaped serious injury.

2010 Vernon O. Underwood Replay

Cost of Freedom scores a front running victory.

2010 Top Flight Handicap Replay

Spacey Tracey overcame traffic trouble in the stretch for the upset.

2010 Clark Handicap Replay

Giant Oak comes out on top of the rough and tumble Clark Handicap after the DQ of Successful Dan.

2010 Matriarch Stakes Replay

Gypsy’s Warning exploded in the stretch to capture her first American Grade 1.

2010 Demoiselle Stakes Replay
Dixie City wires the relatively small field.

2010 Remsen Stakes Replay
To Honor and Serve gives Uncle Mo’s team something to be concerned about.

2010 Gazelle Stakes Replay

No Such Word sends trainer Cindy Jones off a winner with an impressive & easy win.

2010 Cigar Mile Replay

Longshot Jersey Town guts it out with a game Haynesfield to take the Cigar Mile.

2010 Golden Rod Stakes Replay
Heavily favored Kathmanblu annihilates the field on her return to dirt.

2010 Kentucky Jockey Club Replay
Santiva duels gamely down the lane with Astrology and Major Gain and comes out on top.

2010 Generous Stakes Replay
Comma to the Top wires the field for his fourth win in a row.

2010 Citation Handicap Replay

Victor’s Cry unleashes a furious run at the top of the stretch to upset the Citation at 11-1.

2010 Miesque Stakes Replay

Neversaidiwassweet runs down Holiday Kitten.

2010 Hollywood Derby Replay
Longshot Haimish Hy pulled a Victor’s Cry flying last to over take favorite Sebastian Flyte.

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