Raging Sea Holds On To Win Comely

In a battle featuring a pair of Curlin daughters, it was Raging Sea (Curlin) who just held on over a hard-charging Julia Shining (Curlin) to pick up her first graded-stakes win Saturday in Aqueduct's GIII Comely S. Talented as a juvenile, the Alpha Delta Stables homebred earned a pair of Grade I placings behind champion 2-year-old Wonder Wheel (Into Mischief) last Fall in the GI Darley Alcibiades and the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Dropped back into the allowance ranks when she finally resurfaced as a 3-year-old in August, Raging...

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Making Waves: A Castle In The Sky

   In this series, the TDN takes a look at notable successes of European-based sires in North America. This week's column is highlighted by the victory of Star Fortress in the Cardinal S. beneath the Twin Spires on Thanksgiving.   Graded Glory For Star Fortress    John Gunther and Eurowest Bloodstock Services' Star Fortress (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) won the GIII Cardinal S. on Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs (video). The daughter of G3 Sirenia S. third Lady Aquitaine (El Prado {Ire}), who was a 130,000gns Tattersalls December foal buy...

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First Mission Looks to Get Back on Track in Clark

For those eschewing shopping in favor of racing on Black Friday, Churchill Downs obliges with a pair of graded events, while Aqueduct and Del Mar offer graded stakes of their own on either coast.    'TDN Rising Star' First Mission (Street Sense) looked poised to join the upper echelon of the sophomore class with his win in the GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. in April, but the Godolphin homebred was knocked out of the GI Preakness S. and was sidelined until returning with a gritty allowance tally at Keeneland Oct. 14....

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Weekly Rulings: November 14-20

Every week, the TDN posts a roundup of the relevant Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) related rulings from around the country. Among the key rulings from the last seven days, trainer Jaime Cruz has been suspended for 15-days--beginning on Nov. 21--after his runner, Animal Princess, tested positive post-race for Detomidine, which is used primarily as a sedative in horses. Detomidine is also labelled as an analgesic. Trainer Tanner Tracy has also been suspended for seven days--beginning Nov. 15--after a post-race sample from his trainee, Carry On, tested positive for...

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Quality Road's Integration King of the Hill Prince

Heavily favored to run his unbeaten streak to three, West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing's Integration (Quality Road) made his off price of 4-5 look like an early Christmas gift, as he parlayed a perfect trip into a dominating victory in Saturday's $250,000 GII Hill Prince S. at Aqueduct. Away without incident from the three hole, the $700,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga graduate fell into the ideal spot from third, racing in clear air, as 65-1 Laurel Valley (Laoban) set a solid pace in advance of a headstrong Equitize (GB) (Kingman {GB}),...

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Making Waves: Another Serving Of Dolce At Del Mar

   In this series, the TDN takes a look at notable successes of European-based sires in North America. This week's column is highlighted by the victory of Dolce Zel in the Kathryn Crosby S. at Del Mar last Saturday.   Sweet Success For Zelzal Filly Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb, Robert LaPenta and Michael Caruso's Dolce Zel (Fr) (Zelzal {Fr}) padded her stakes resume with a victory in the Kathryn Crosby S. at Del Mar last Saturday (video). The Phil D'Amato trainee was bred by Scuderia Micolo di Nicola Galli and...

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Integration Looks to Stay Perfect in Hill Prince

West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing's Integration (Quality Road), a fast-closing upset winner of the GIII Virginia Derby at second asking Sept. 9, will put his perfect record on the line in Saturday's GII Hill Prince S. at Aqueduct. The $700,000 FTSAUG yearling graduate earned a 96 Beyer Speed Figure while defeating GI Saratoga Derby Invitational winner Program Trading (GB) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) in the Colonial Downs centerpiece. "I thought he ran really good [last time]," trainer Shug McGaughey said. "I didn't know what to expect. It's not my...

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Friday Insights: Expensive Curlin Colt Debuts for Courtlandt at the Big A

1st-AQU, $85k, Msw, 2yo, 6 1/2f, post time: 12:20 p.m ET CORPORATE POWER (Curlin) is the second foal to race out of Road to Victory (Quality Road), winner of the GII Golden Rod S. at two and placed in the GII Mother Goose S. the next season. The mare was acquired by Stonestreet for $1.45 million in foal to War Front at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton November Sale, and while that debut-winning colt Willakenzie was bought back for $575,000 at Keeneland September, Corporate Power was hammered down to Don Adam's Courtlandt...

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Making Waves: Breeders' Cup Bonanza For Team Europe

   In this series, the TDN takes a look at notable successes of European-based sires in North America. This week's column is highlighted by the victories of Team Europe at the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.   Auguste Rodin Carves BC Masterpiece Already a four-time Group 1 winner including both the Derby and the Irish version, Coolmore partners' Auguste Rodin (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) delivered another win in the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Turf last Saturday (video) for Aidan O'Brien. The 'TDN Rising Star' had been bred by Coolmore, and...

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Dose Of Weekend Graded Stakes A Cure For Any Breeders' Cup Hangover

Sailing into the weekend fresh off the Breeders' Cup might sound like a bit of a letdown, but there is some graded racing scheduled that will cure any hangover of the purple and white variety. Across a triad of tracks, including Aqueduct, Woodbine and Churchill Downs, we find both Grade II and Grade III races over the turf and the Tapeta which should come as a welcome dose. First on Saturday, the Big A cards the GIII Pebbles S., which is a one mile battle on the Inner Turf. If...

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First Stakes Winner for Freshman Sire Enticed at the Big A

Shimming Allure finished a credible fourth in a very competitive renewal of Keeneland's GI Alcibiades S. last month, and found the step back to easier company to her liking, taking the Tempted S. at Aqueduct Sunday. Not particularly hurried out of gate 1, the filly found herself near the back as longshot Belle's Blue Bell (Girvin) cut out respectable opening splits in :23.03 and :46.48. Flanked by Perfectly Wicked from the back, Shimmering Allure picked up the tempo markedly exiting the backstretch and swung out several paths wide turning for...

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Sale-Topping Sierra Leone 'Guns' To Rising Stardom

When you sell for a sale-topping $2.3m as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton's New York Saratoga Sale to connections like White Birch Farm and M. V. Magnier, the expectations are going to be sky high. And while Sierra Leone (c, 2, Gun Runner--Heavenly Love, by Malibu Moon) proved he still has a lot to learn but still showed enough ability in the end to graduate at first asking and become the latest 'TDN Rising Star' for Three Chimney's super-stallion Gun Runner. Facing a field of mostly more experienced runners, the 3-1...

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