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36-16 --- 10.30 am
10-33--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01CENTIPEDE 2 0 0 2
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 0 0 0 0
05PARSONMAN 2 0 0 2
15SICKWOMAN0 1 2 3
18WATERBOAT 0 0 0 0
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 1 0 0 1
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 1 0 1
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to January 18
8 (Tiger) 10.30 am
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
25 (Morocoy) 1 pm
9 (Hog) --- 10.30 am
21 (Mouth) --- 1 pm
13 (Crapaud) --- 6.30 pm
OZONE PARK---In capturing his second
consecutive Horse of the Year title, Wise
Dan led a parade of equine and human
Eclipse Award winners whose achievements
on The New York Racing Association, Inc.
(NYRA) circuit were prominent on their
The 6-year-old Wise Dan, who also won
Older Male and Male Turf honours for the
second straight year at the 43rd annual award
ceremonies on Saturday evening in Hallan-
dale, Fla., ran his winning streak to eight
with a repeat victory in the Grade 2 Fourstar-
dave Handicap in August at Saratoga Race
Course. Following his 1 ¼-length triumph
over King Kreesa, to whom he was conceding
12 pounds, Wise Dan won the Woodbine
Mile, finished second on Polytrack in the
Shadwell Turf Mile and took the Breeders
Cup Mile at Santa Anita Park for the second
Saratoga, which celebrated its 150th
anniversary in 2013, also served as a fitting
stage for Three-Year-Old Male Champion
Will Take Charge, winner of the Grade 1 Tra-
vers; Older Female Champion Royal Delta,
victorious in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign
Handicap, and three of the top human award
winners:Champion Jockey Javier Castellano,
who won his first-ever Eclipse Award; Cham-
pion Trainer Todd Pletcher, who took home
a record sixth Eclipse, and Ken and Sarah
Ramsey, who won as both Outstanding
Owner and Outstanding Breeder.
The 25th Eclipse winner trained by Hall
of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, who himself
received an Eclipse Award of Merit, Will Take
Charge first served notice he would be a
factor in the division when he finished second
to Belmont Stakes hero Palace Malice in the
Grade 2 Jim Dandy at the Spa. In a thrilling
edition of the "Mid-Summer Derby" a month
later, Will Take Charge rallied from fifth to
nose out Moreno in the 145th Travers, and
went on to take the Grade 2 Pennsylvania
Derby, finish second to Mucho Macho Man
in the Breeders Cup Classic, and close out
his sophomore campaign with a victory in
the Grade 1 Clark Handicap against older
Royal Delta, last year s top Older Female,
scored her second Grade 1 win of 2013 with
her 4 ½-length triumph over Authenticity
in the 1 1/8-mile Personal Ensign, and then
finished second in the Beldame at Belmont
Park en route to her third Eclipse Award,
having won in 2011 as Champion Three-
Castellano, 36, set a record for purse
earnings in 2013 with more than $26.3 mil-
lion and also led the nation in victories
with 362. Among them were 24 graded
stakes, including Grade 1 wins at the Spa
aboard Princess of Sylmar in the TVG
Coaching Club American Oaks and the Ala-
bama. Castellano, who was the leading rider
on the NYRA circuit in 2013, topped the
jockey standings at Saratoga for the first
time last year and also won titles at Belmont
Park for the spring/summer and fall meets
and at Aqueduct Racetrack s fall meet.
Pletcher, who previously was voted the
nation s top trainer from 2004-07 and again
in 2010, was North America s leading con-
ditioner in earnings in 2013 with more than
$25.2 million. His 224 winners included 13
Grade 1s, highlighted by his second training
triumph in the Belmont Stakes, won by Dog-
wood Stable s Palace Malice, and victories
in the Whitney Invitational Handicap (Cross
Traffic) and Foxwoods King s Bishop (Capo
Bastone) at Saratoga. Pletcher, who took the
Saratoga training title for the 10th time, also
scored Grade 1 wins at Aqueduct in the Wood
Memorial (Verrazano), and at Belmont Park
in the Beldame (Princess of Sylmar) and Fox-
woods Champagne (Havana).
Ken and Sarah Ramsey set a record for
victories by an owner at the Spa with 22
winners, among them homebred Big Blue
Kitten s score in the Sword Dancer Invita-
tional, one of three Grade 1 wins on the day
for the Ramseys. Also on August 17, Admiral
Kitten won the Secretariat Stakes and Real
Solution was awarded first in the Arlington
Million via disqualification. All three winners
are by the Ramsey s stallion, Kitten s Joy.
Female Sprinter titlist Groupie Doll made
another highly anticipated appearance in
New York in November, finishing fourth in
the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap versus the
boys at Aqueduct, while Steeplechase Eclipse
Winner Divine Fortune ran three times in
New York, with his best finish a third in the
Grade 1 A. P. Smithwick at Saratoga.
Wise Dan leads New York parade of Eclipse stars
Absent Amy could well turn up trumps
in the six-runner aged handicap over and
extended nine furlongs of Wolverhampton
polytrack today when a seven-race pro-
gramme runs in tandem with the South-
well fibresand fixture; jumping scheduled
for Bangor was abandoned, waterlogged!
That s a good mix with focus on the very
last race, given Absent Amy is clear best-
in judged on her third at Kempton over a
similar distance, back in November, when
ridden by Rav Havlin; he s booked again by
Newemarket-based trainer, Amy Weaver.
This is a good time to be backing
fillies/mares and recent results support my
long-held belief on this subject; if there is
the slightest inkling of them finding form
on the back of a fallow spell never hesitate
to take a chance.
Half an hour earlier, over the same course
and distance, Ruffled looks a real "special"
for the five-runner Maiden Stakes.
This ex-John Gosden-trained filly is now
trained by Rae Guest, now well-known as
brother of Lady Jane Cecil, widow of Sir
Henry who died last year; fame is rather
Guest is an outstanding trainer, never
wastes a race and you can bet that Ruffled
will have no problem coping with three
rivals; bugbear could be Mark Johnston-
trained newcomer, Turnbuckle.
It s impossible to "guess" one sent out
by the Middleham "winning machine" but
Turnbuckle will have to be useful if indeed
Ruffled is able to replicate her August form
when a close second in a Yarmouth hand-
Subsequently Ruffled "flopped" when
well-backed in a Lingfield handicap but was
drawn wide and you simply can t beat the
draw on established polytrack courses; that s
If this well-bred filly wins her value will
escalate and so you can bet Ruffled will be
a 100% trier; that s not always the case!
My cynical approach to horse-racing
stems from long experience and I m the
ideal tipster to follow, all the "flies" have
been brushed off, hopefully!
Trainer Evan Williams sees Wychwoods
Brook as a potential candidate for the Coral
Welsh Grand National at Chepstow next season
after the novice put up a game performance to
win the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock on Sat-
The eight-year-old may return to the Mersey-
side track for the Betfred Grand National Trial
on February 15 after defeating several seasoned
and smart campaigners on what was only his
fourth start over fences.
However, Williams feels that race could come
too soon, with the Betfred Midlands National at
Uttoxeter on March 15 a more likely target.
"He jumped and he travelled. The step up in
trip was something we hoped would suit him
and the feather weight also played its part," said
the Vale of Glamorgan trainer.
"It was a combination of those two things
which probably helped us a lot.
"I suppose we ll probably enter him for the
National Trial in Haydock next month, but I
think it might come too soon for him.
"He is only a novice. I ve seen enough to sug-
gest he could at some stage in his life play a
major role in one of the proper Nationals.
"We might keep an eye on the Midlands
National. That would give him a bit more time,
but his life could evolve around a crack at the
Welsh Grand National because I see him as a
horse that would slot into that category.
"It will be on his agenda at some stage. Who
knows where he can go from there."
Williams was also delighted with Conor Ring,
the Irish-born 7lb claimer who was aboard both
Wychwoods Brook and his other Haydock winner,
"Conor s a good lad, he s got a good work ethic
and is an old-fashioned horseman," said Williams.
"He s still got a lot to learn, but he s going the
"A magical day," he said. "We have had five
winners before but in the middle of the week,
not on a big racing day.
"Every horse has come out well from yesterday.
There are a few tired fellas---the ones who ran
up at Haydock knew they d had a hard race---
but everything is very good."
Meanwhile, Somersby will have a week s break
before connections decide on the next move after
Mick Channon s charge failed to land an emotional
victory in the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at
Ascot on Saturday.
The 10-year-old unshipped Dominic Elsworth
at the fifth fence in the Grade One he won in
2012 to shatter any dreams of retaking the prize
just a day after the funeral of his former trainer
Henrietta Knight s husband, Terry Biddlecombe.
The West Ilsley trainer told www.mickchan-
non.tv: "It just wasn t to be, was it?
"It was a real shame because he is in super
form. As Hen (Knight) said as we were driving
home, though, at this level Somersby needs to
be faultless and he is prone to throwing in the
"He seems fine enough but will have an easy
time this week and let him settle down before
we make a decision as to our next move.
"That said, Sire De Grugy looks to be a real
emerging force and fair play to connections.
"Whilst we were feeling sorry for ourselves,
the other side of the coin is the elation of the
winners and they certainly showed the best side
of jump racing."
revels in super
Look for Absent Amy
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