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.
Here at HRF we’re going to take a break from publishing for the rest of the year and gear up for the impending 2011 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks trail. If you’d like an easy way to keep up with the Derby and Oaks prep races, sign up for our Derby Prep Alert and we’ll send you a weekly email previewing all the prep races. We’ll kick that off in mid-January, which is probably when we’ll start publishing again.
In the meantime we’re sure you haven’t read all of our posts, have you? If you’re relatively new to the game you can start off at our Beginners Corner, or you could brush up on your handicapping and wagering strategy. We also have plenty of features plus our historical racing series, Ten Things You Should Know. In addition to building on all of our regular content, we’re making plans for next year so be sure to let us know if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see!
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
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 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 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.
Check probable starters at Horse Racing Nation’s Stakes Tracker
See you at the track!