Sunday Insights: Pricey Maidens Kick Off Churchill Closing Day

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8th-CD, $120K, Msw, 2yo, 7f, 4:18 p.m.

Expectations are understandably high for HALL OF FAME (Gun Runner) who brought a top-six price as a yearling at last year's Saratoga Sale with a final bid of $1.4m from Coolmore's M.V. Magnier. Unraced dam Flag Day, from the family of GSW Lady Diby (Grand Slam) and MGISW Diversify (Bellamy Road), also dropped Hall of Fame's yearling full-brother who RNA'd for $725,000 as a yearling at the same Saratoga Sale earlier this year. Racing for Steve Asmussen, Hall of Fame put up a best-of-12 work two back going five furlongs in :59 4/5 (1/12).

Lined up outside, Riverwalk (More Than Ready) is a Godolphin homebred out of a half to G1SW White Moonstone (Dynaformer) and from the family of MGSW/GISP Independence Hall (Constitution). TJCIS PPS

12th-CD, $120K, Msw, 3yo/up, 7 1/2f, 6:18 p.m.

Closing out the card and the Fall meet at Churchill, Victorious (Into Mischief) debuts for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and LNJ Foxwoods for trainer Mike McCarthy. The daughter of the leading general sire brought $800,000 as a FTKJUL yearling, is a half to GSW Leggs Galore (Bayern) and out of a full-sister to MGSW Conveyance (Indian Charlie). The 3-year-old tuned up with a four-furlong gate drill in 47 2/5 (2/69) Nov. 18 and picks up Jose Ortiz. TJCIS PPS

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