Maggi Moss' Control Stake, the lone 3-year-old in the field, got the jump on the competition from the gate and wasn't headed en route to a solid win in the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart bounced back from a 10th-place finish in the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) to win the $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 26.
Green Gratto pulled a 24-1 upset in the $250,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, the Thanksgiving feature at Aqueduct. The longest shot in the seven-horse field set the pace under Kendrick Carmouche and held off the late charge from Palace by a head. Wheeling back on only seven days of rest, Green Gratto beat a deep field that included defending champion Salutos Amigos and La Verdad, runner up in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint last month at Keeneland.
The Pizza Man delivered a two-length victory in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup on Thursday at Del Mar. Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, The Pizza Man ran 1 1/2 miles in 2:31.75 and paid $4.20, $2.80 and $2.60 as the even-money favorite. Big John B returned $3.80 and $3.80, while 50-1 shot Power Foot was another half-length back in third and paid $13.20 to show.
James Stone's homebred Ahh Chocolate, by Candy Ride, tracked the pace of longshot Gamblers Rose and pounced to win the $200,000 Falls City Handicap Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.
The Pizza Man, coming off a good fifth-place finish last out in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), proved too much for his Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) field, easily capturing the Nov. 26 race in which he was third a year ago.
Green Gratto, the longest shot on the board, won the $250,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 26 at Aqueduct. The New Jersey-bred son of Here's Zealous covered the six furlongs in 1:09.95.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the 7,000th race of his career when Kiss N Scat, who he co-owns with Steve Taub and George Todaro, won the first race at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 26.
HE WAS listed as a gelding but all was not as it seemed as far as Thursday’s Southwell seller winner Ginger Joe was concerned as, after being knocked down to David Brown for 9,500gns, it was discovered he is, in fact, a rig.
DAVID BRIDGWATER believes The Giant Bolster is capable of outrunning his huge odds in Saturday’s Hennessy Gold Cup, although the trainer readily admitted market positive Bobs Worth looks a danger to all.