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  • Aqueduct T 8:50 AM
  • Gulfstream Park West T 9:00 AM
  • Laurel T 9:25 AM
  • Tampa Bay T 9:30 AM
  • Meadows H 9:45 AM
  • Churchill Downs T 10:00 AM
  • Fairgrounds T 10:00 AM
  • Delta Downs T 10:55 AM
  • Del Mar T 12:30 PM
  • Hawthorne T 1:10 PM
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  • Fraser Downs H 8:00 PM

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Favored Orglandes Powers Late to Take Thursday’s Red Carpet

Orglandes | Benoit Photo

Orglandes © Benoit Photo

New York invader Orglandes turned it on late under champion jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. to take down honors by a half length in the Grade III Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar on Thanksgiving Day.

The winner, who is owned by the partnership of Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Wonder Stables, is a 4-year-old French-bred filly by the Irish sire Le Harve and she ran the demanding 11 furlongs on turf in 2:15.85. As the 11-10 favorite, she returned $4.20, $3.40 and $2.80 across the board in capturing her initial stakes victory.

Finishing second in the seventh edition of the Grade III test for fillies and mares was Bederian, Kamberian or Nakkashian, et al’s Going to Vegas and third was Hronis Racing’s Quick.

Orglandes took home $60,000 from the $102,500 purse which pushed her career earnings to $154,772. She raced in her native France as a 2- and 3-year-old, then was purchased privately by American interests and her outing today was her third U.S. start. She’s won four of 10 lifetime starts and now races out of the powerhouse barn of champion trainer Chad Brown.

Going to Vegas, off at odds of 15-1, paid $11.80 and $6.20, while Quick, who went postward at 8-1, returned $5.00 to show.

In the day’s Pick Six wagering, a single ticket holder betting out of the Maryland hub was the only one to ring the bell with all six winners and took down a prize of $248,187. That fan had wagered $13,753 on his ticket.

Racing resumes at Del Mar Friday with first post at 12:30 p.m.


IRAD ORTIZ, JR. (Orglandes, winner) – “I had no special instructions. Just ride her. I liked where I was throughout the race. We thought this would be a better distance for her. The last time (winning allowance race at Belmont Park on October 9) it was too short for her (nine furlongs). She got ‘racy’ on me. But this distance is much better for her. She did well with it.”

JOSE HERNANDEZ, assistant to Chad Brown (Orglandes, winner) – “I wasn’t really worried (about the inquiry). There was a little bump but nothing serious. Chad talked to the jockey in the morning. He said just to break and play off of it. It’s a mile and three-eighth, a long race, so the jockey can do what he feels. The pace was good and he was in a really good position and then made a strong finish.”


FRACTIONS:  :24.91  :49.06  1:14.71  1:40.08  2:04.46  2:15.85

This was the first stakes win of the meet for rider Ortiz, Jr. and his first victory in the Red Carpet. He now has two stakes wins at Del Mar.

This was the first stakes win of the meet for trainer Brown and his first in the Red Carpet. He now has nine stakes wins at Del Mar.

The winning owners are Michael Dubb of Jerico, NY, Jason Montleone of New York City who races under the nom du course of Madaket Stables and Wonder Stables.

Nitrous Breaks Skid, Wins Thanksgiving Classic

Asmussen trainee ends nice-race losing streak

New Orleans (November 26, 2020) – Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Nitrous settled just off a torrid speed duel, kicked clear off the far turn, and held off the late run of favored Manny Wah by 1 ½ lengths to win Fair Grounds’ Opening Day $125,000 Thanksgiving Classic.

Breaking alertly under Adam Beschizza, Nitrous was fifth-of-six early but just 4 lengths off a 21.52 pressured first quarter set by defending champion Bobby Wicked One, who was pressed from the outside by Landeskog. Landeskog quickly put Bobby’s Wicked One away on the backside but Nitrous was quick to pounce. The 4-year-old son of Tapit opened up off the far turn, and easily held off the late run of the late running Manny Wah in a final time of 1:09.78 for six furlongs. It was another half length back to Mr Money Bags in third.

With a career record of 18-4-3-2, Nitrous increased his bankroll to $547,796.

Nitrous had faced some of the sprint division’s best for trainer Steve Asmussen during a nine-race losing streak, while more than holding his own. He won for the first time since taking Oaklawn Park’s Bachelor in April 2019. Asmussen’s assistant Scott Blasi was on-hand to saddle the winner, and liked what he saw early on.

“I was pleased when I saw the two horses hook up, and the two behind them seemed to put some pressure on them as well,” Blasi said. “I thought Adam (jockey Beschizza) had him in a great spot early. Once he got him outside where he likes to run, he finished up well.”

Beschizza, who won two on the day, was pleased the race played out how it looked on paper, which hinted that both Bobby’s Wicked One and Landeskog would set hot and contested fractions.

“We knew Bobby’s Wicked One was the main speed in the race and he usually sets pretty good fractions,” Beschizza said. “The two of them were going at it early, so I was happy with my position early on. It was perfect for him, as he likes a scrap, and once he set his eyes on the leader, I don’t think there was going to be much getting by him. I’m sure he won’t be done with his winning ways throughout the meet.”

Nitrous was beaten just a nose in Belmont’s Woody Stephens (G1) in June 2019 and entered off a close third, beaten just a head, in Pimlico’s October 3 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash (G3). Blasi thinks the that the best is yet to come.

“I thought his last race was really good at Pimlico, he was unlucky not to win that day,” Blasi said. “He seems to be rounding into form, we always thought a lot him and look forward to him improving off this.”

Landeskog and Bobby’s Wicked One tired from their early exploits and finished fourth and sixth, respectively, and were split by fifth place finisher Tringale.

Racing resumes Friday at 1:00 p.m. CT with a nine-race card.

Envoutante Leads Every Step in Powerful Grade II Falls City Win

Envoutante

Three Chimneys Farm and Walking L Thoroughbreds’ 3-year-old filly Envoutante led every step of the way in a powerful six-length win over 4-5 favorite Bonny South in Thursday’s 105th running of the $200,000 Falls City (Grade II), the traditional Thanksgiving Day fixture for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Kenny McPeek and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Envoutante ran 1 1/8 miles over a fast track in 1:49.11 – the fastest Falls City since Silent Eskimo’s stakes record of 1:48.85 in 1999.

Breaking from the rail in the field of eight fillies and mares, Envoutante went right to the front and dictated a modest pace of :24.25, :48.95 and 1:13.21 while maintaining a half-length advantage over Our Super Freak, who was followed early on by Market Rumor, Bonny South, Smooth With a Kick, Cash Out, Another Broad and Over Thinking. Leaving the far turn, Envoutante was met by the pressers but she had plenty left and widened her advantage to easily draw away in the stretch.

“It was my first time on her for a race but I’ve worked her and worked against her before, too, with (Preakness Stakes winner) Swiss Skydiver,” said Hernandez, who also won the 2015 Falls City aboard Ahh Chocolate. “She really kicked away from the field today and was very dominate. At the three-eighths pole I got her into the bit again and she just kicked away. Riding for Kenny is easy and he didn’t really give a lot of instructions. When the gates opened, she put herself into a great spot.”

Envoutante was the 5-2 second betting choice and paid $7.20, $3.20 and $3. Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) winner Bonny South, ridden by Florent Geroux, returned $2.60 and $2.20. Another Broad was another 3 ½ lengths back in third under Ricardo Santana Jr. and paid $5.60.

Our Super Freak, Smooth Wick a Kick, Over Thinking, Market Rumor and Cash Out completed the order of finish. High Regard was a late scratch.

Envoutante won the $100,000 Remington Park Oaks (GIII) in her previous start on Sept. 27 and placed third behind Speech and Venetian Harbor in the $400,000 Ashland (GI) in July. The Falls City was her first race against elders.

“She was 1-for-1 at Churchill coming into this race,” said McPeek, who collected his first Falls City win. “We were very confident by the way she was working in the mornings and hoping she was going to put it together in the afternoon. She’s worked against Swiss Skydiver and has really done well in her training. She’s done a lot of traveling this year and got her graded stakes win in the Remington Oaks so winning another one was very special.”

With the Falls City win, Envoutante improved her record to 9-4-1-2. Thursday’s $120,280 first prize jumped her earnings to $336,028.

Envoutante is a dark bay or brown daughter of Uncle Mo out of the Bluegrass Cat mare Enchante. She was bred in Kentucky by Jumping Jack Racing LLC.

Racing at Churchill Downs continues Friday with the popular day-after Thanksgiving card highlighted by the 146th running of the $500,000 Clark (GI) for older horses. There’s no carryover in the Single 6 Jackpot because only one lucky bettor had all six winners Thursday, which was worth a hefty $328,146.

FALLS CITY QUOTES

Brian Hernandez Jr., jockey of ENVOUTANTE (winner): “It was my first time on her for a race but I’ve worked her and worked against her before, too, with Swiss Skydiver. She really kicked away from the field today and was very dominate. At the three-eighths pole I got her into the bit again and she just kicked away. Riding for Kenny is easy and he didn’t really give a lot of instructions. When the gates opened, she put herself into a great spot.”

Kenny McPeek, trainer of ENVOUTANTE (winner): “She was 1-for-1 at Churchill coming into this race. We were very confident by the way she was working in the mornings and hoping she was going to put it together in the afternoon. She’s worked against Swiss Skydiver and has really done well in her training. She’s done a lot of traveling this year and got her graded stakes win in the Remington Oaks so winning another one was very special.”

Brad Cox, trainer of BONNY SOUTH (runner-up): “She came with a run but there wasn’t much pace for her to close into.”

How Sensitive Is Your Horse’s Face? New Tools Can Tell You

Researchers measured horses’ facial sensitivity to touch, pressure, and heat. The results could help diagnose cases of equine idiopathic headshaking and improve welfare.

How Sensitive is Your Horse’s Face? New Tools Can Tell You
He shakes off tiny flies and gnats that land on his nostrils, so you know your horse has a sensitive face. But how sensitive, exactly? 

Researchers measured horses’ facial sensitivity to touch, pressure, and heat to find out what they’re feeling. They used handheld devices—including a pressure reader designed for horse faces—to check each horse’s sensitivity and facial nerve functions.

“Knowing the normal sensitivity values of the face would provide a tool for veterinarians to diagnose alterations in sensitivity,” said Kata O. Veres-Nyéki, DrMedVet, Dipl. ECVAA, PhD, MRCVS, of The Royal Veterinary College, in Hatfield, the U.K., formerly of the Vetsuisse Faculty at the University of Bern, in Switzerland.

“Acute injuries of the face are probably obvious, but chronic pain conditions might be overlooked otherwise,” Veres-Nyéki said. “Using the quantitative sensory testing methods, we can not only detect alterations but also follow up the efficacy of analgesic (pain relief) treatments in a noninvasive (harmless) way.”

Testing Touch, Pressure, and Heat Thresholds in Equine Faces

Veres-Nyéki and her fellow researchers tested facial sensitivity in 34 healthy Warmblood mares, geldings, and stallions ranging in age from 1 to 23 years old. They used von Frey filaments—a kind of thin, flexible stick—to test tactile thresholds (how sensitive horses are to light touch such as from a hair or a fly). To test heat thresholds, they pressed a handheld thermode (medical heating device) gently against the horse’s facial skin. The temperature gradually increased from 30 degrees C (86 degress F) up to a maximum of 55 degrees C (141 degrees F). And to test pressure thresholds, they developed a handheld algometer with a silicon tip that applies gradually increasing pressure against the horse’s face.

In all three tests, the horses were free to move their heads, and the test stopped when the horse reacted in any way to the contact (such as by moving the head away, twitching the skin, or blinking reactively), Veres-Nyéki said.

Comparing to Humans, Other Horses

Horses seem slightly less sensitive than humans when it comes to facial contact, the researchers reported. But Veres-Nyéki explained that this might be because humans can say when they feel the sensation, whereas horses must physically react to the stimulus—which might mean they feel it and tolerate it before reacting.

And although men have higher thresholds than women for pressure and heat, sex didn’t seem to affect sensitivity thresholds in horses.

Age, however, did. Veres-Nyéki said horses generally had increasingly higher thresholds for all three kinds of contact—touch, pressure, and heat—as they got older. “It is not known why would that happen, but it is suspected to be caused by decreased innervation density (basically, the age-related ‘damage’ of the nervous system),” she said.

Pinpointing Facial Regions to Diagnose Headshaking

The study allowed the scientists to pinpoint precise places on the horse’s face for the most reliable results of each test. Specifically, they recommended testing tactile sensitivity on the nostril, pressure sensitivity at the temporomandibular joint (on each side of the jaw), and heat sensitivity at the supraorbital foramen (the forehead just over the eye). These sites gave the most consistent results and are innervated by the trigeminal nerve, she said.

Facial sensitivity testing of individual horses might help diagnose, in particular, cases of equine idiopathic headshaking, a neuropathic pain condition, Veres-Nyéki said. By performing these field tests and comparing measurements with the healthy horse threshold data provided in the researchers’ open-access study, veterinarians can detect possible facial nerve sensory abnormalities, she said.

Keeping Facial Sensitivity in Mind

Clipping facial hair for testing isn’t necessary, as the team’s results showed only insignificant differences when testing sites were shaved versus unshaved. Even so, the scientists did note trends suggesting that unshaven horses were more sensitive to touch, underlining the importance of leaving clipping horses unclipped (except when medically necessary) so as to not deprive them of their full level of sensitivity.

The study has practical applications in equitation, as well, Veres-Nyéki added. For example, trainers might consider using gentler equipment on younger horses due to their lower sensitivity thresholds.

“The equipment used on the face should not provoke pain in the first place, but as more force is applied to them over smaller surfaces, they might cause pain in the horses,” she said.

About The Author

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

WOODBINE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES 2020 THOROUGHBRED MEET IS OFFICIALLY OVER

Toronto, ON – November 26, 2020 – Woodbine Entertainment provided the following update on the 2020 Thoroughbred meet:

Despite efforts to gain approval from the Government of Ontario to safely complete the 2020 Thoroughbred meet, we have made the decision to officially cancel the remainder of the season.

“While I am extremely disappointed we are not able to complete the 2020 Thoroughbred meet, what we achieved this year in face of significant adversity is quite remarkable,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. “I have been around horse racing my entire life and I can proudly say that I have never seen the industry come together as it did throughout this year.

“Together, we were able to develop, implement and follow strict COVID-19 Prevention Protocols that allowed us to be the first sport to return to competition in Canada since the shutdowns in March,” said Lawson. “We safely resumed racing in early June and ran almost 100 racing cards, more than 900 races, and the majority of our stakes schedule, including the 161st running of The Queen’s Plate.

“We hope the Government of Ontario has gained a better understanding of our business and appreciation of our safety record in operating live racing without spectators.”

MARIO WATCH

Mario Gutierrez
Entries
November 27 – Del Mar

Carpe Fortuna Wgt-120 Race 5 Maiden Special Weight
Prodigal Son Wgt-124 Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming $40,000
North County Guy Wgt-122 Race 7 Hollywood Turf Cup S. (Gr 2)
Northern Graystar Wgt-124 Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming $50,000
Leme At Em Wgt-124 Race 9 Maiden Special Weight
November 28 – Del Mar

Gates of Heaven Wgt-120 Race 2 Maiden Claiming $32,000
Zee Drop Wgt-121 Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming $62,500
Enough Nonsense Wgt-120 Race 4 Maiden Special Weight
Majestic Eagle Wgt-119 Race 7 Seabiscuit H. (Gr 2)
I Will Not Wgt-122 Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming $20,000
November 29 – Del Mar

An Eddie Surprise Wgt-124 Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming $40,000
Got Curly Wgt-120 Race 3 Maiden Special Weight
Truth Seeker Wgt-124 Race 6 Claiming $20,000
Commander Khai Wgt-120 Race 7 Cecil B. DeMille S. (Gr 3)
Complete Control Wgt-120 Race 8 Maiden Special Weight
Refi Now Wgt-123 Race 10 Starter Optional Claiming $50,000

Results
November 26 – Del Mar
Dolce finished 10th beaten 10 3/4 lengths Race 4 Chart
Mongol Altai finished 4th beaten 13 lengths Race 5 Chart
Going to Vegas finished 2nd beaten 1/2 length Race 6 Chart

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, November 26
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $27,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $40,000 $38,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $59,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Red Carpet H. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $23,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $35,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Saturday, November 28 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $59,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $23,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $61,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 5 Jimmy Durante S. $100,000
Race 6 Claiming – $16,000 $21,000
Race 7 Seabiscuit H. $200,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $59,000
Race 9 Hollywood Derby $300,000
Sunday, November 29 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $59,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $20,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 4 Claiming – $12,500 $23,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $59,000
Race 6 Claiming – $20,000 $23,000
Race 7 Cecil B. DeMille S. $100,000
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 9 Matriarch S. $300,000
Race 10 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $35,000

Final Entries

Friday, November 27
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $59,000
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $35,000
Race 4 Claiming – $16,000 $21,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $59,000
Race 7 Hollywood Turf Cup S. $200,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $50,000 $59,000
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $57,000

Churchill Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, November 26
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $20,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $30,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $40,000 $43,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $34,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $40,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $89,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $92,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Falls City S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Allowance $87,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Sunday, November 29 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $22,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $29,500
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $30,000 $39,000
Race 4 Claiming – $8,000 $19,500
Race 5 Allowance $95,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $29,500
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $92,000
Race 10 Allowance $87,000
Race 11 Maiden Special Weight $85,000

Final Entries

Saturday, November 28
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $87,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $87,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $87,000
Race 9 Golden Rod S. $200,000
Race 10 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $87,000
Race 11 Kentucky Jockey Club S. $200,000
Race 12 Maiden Special Weight $85,000