Mrs. Danvers

Tapit's Mrs Danvers Romps in the Comely

Mrs. Danvers went virtually gate to wire to earn her first stakes success with a dominant score while trying two turns for the first time in the Comely Friday at the Big A. Seizing the early advantage, the gray loped through a :24.30 opening quarter and was confronted by longshot Project Whiskey, who pressed the pacesetter and led between calls through a :48.69 half-mile. That rival burned out quickly and fell to the back as Mrs. Danvers continued strongly on the front end. The Joe Allen homebred opened up in...

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Miss Marissa Seeks Fourth Straight

Cammarota Racing's Miss Marissa (He's Had Enough) goes for her fourth-straight victory and third over nine panels in Aqueduct's GIII Comely S. Friday. The James Ryerson pupil kicked off her streak with a Monmouth allowance victory July 11, and cleared her next condition at Saratoga Aug. 13 at odds of 20-1. She added to her career ROI last out with a 10-1 upset in the GII Black-Eyed Susan S. Oct. 3. "We're very pleased with how she's training," Ryerson said. "We gave her a little blowout before this and she's...

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Portman's Talent Is No Illusion

Captain Tim Forster, a trainer whose love of steeplechasing ran so deep that he wasn't disparaging just of Flat racing but also of hurdling, was a renowned pessimist. His famously gloomy advice to Charlie Fenwick ahead of the American amateur rider going out to partner Ben Nevis in the 1980 Grand National was "keep remounting". And in a sense it would be good advice to aspiring trainers: to keep getting back up even when it seems the odds are against you. As it happened, Fenwick didn't have to heed the...

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