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Sidelined since his dead-heat third in the Del Mar Futurity (G1), the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained INDIAN WINTER (Indian Charlie) produced a rousing late charge to catch the front-running City Cool (City Zip) in Monday's $80,600 San Pedro S. at Santa Anita. The 10-1 longest shot on the board despite his two-year-old form, the dark bay colt crossed the wire a half-length on top with Martin Pedroza, returning $22, $9.80 and $4.60.
Darley Stable's homebred FORT HUGHES (Henny Hughes) hustled to the early lead and extended his advantage en route to a stakes record-setting score in Monday's $65,000 Jimmy Winkfield S., the Martin Luther King Jr. Day feature at Aqueduct. Dispatched as the 7-5 favorite, the Kiaran McLaughlin pupil blitzed six furlongs on the fast inner track in 1:08.33, bettering Farmonthefreeway's old stakes mark of 1:08 4/5 set in 1993, and not far off the inner track record of 1:07.93.
BOYS AT TOSCONOVA (Officer), winner of the Hopeful S. (G1) and second to champion two-year-old colt Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) on November 6, will not run Sunday in the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
"I don't see anything wrong with him," trainer Rick Dutrow said. "I don't think it would be smart to rush him into a race when we have a lot of time heading up to a race.
"He's not showing his usual high energy. It would be stupid to rush him."
Team Valor International's homebred PLUCK (More Than Ready) produced a last-to-first charge to win Saturday's $909,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G2) going away by one length, in a race marred by a fatal injury to Rough Sailing (Mizzen Mast).
Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara's COMMA TO THE TOP (Bwana Charlie) took the lead at the start of Saturday's $100,000 Generous S. (G3) at Hollywood Park and never looked back en route to a 1 3/4-length victory. With jockey Corey Nakatani aboard, the Peter Miller charge ran one mile on the firm turf course in 1:34 3/5 to earn his fourth straight win and second consecutive stakes score.
Repole Stable's UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie) entered Saturday's $1,818,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) riding a two-race win streak and exited the 1 1/16-mile event with a perfect three-for-three career mark following a dominating 4 1/4-length victory under jockey John Velazquez. The bay colt took command in the stretch and pulled off to stop the clock in 1:42 3/5 over the fast track to give trainer Todd Pletcher his second win on the day.
Tom R. Walters' SANTIVA (Giant's Causeway), who had finished second as a maiden in the Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland, opened his account in tenacious fashion in Saturday's $165,000 Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2) at Churchill Downs. Making his first start for trainer Eddie Kenneally, the bay juvenile turned back challenges from 3-5 favorite Astrology (A.P. Indy) on the outside and 7-2 second choice Major Gain (More Than Ready) to his inside to grind out a workmanlike half-length decision.
Live Oak Plantation's TO HONOR AND SERVE (Bernardini) will now head to Florida as one of next year's leading classic prospects following a comfortable score in Saturday's $196,000 Remsen S. (G2) at Aqueduct. Already highly thought of before entering the starting gate as the 3-5 favorite in the Remsen, the Bill Mott trainee enhanced his burgeoning reputation while showcasing his talents at nine furlongs.
Our Sugar Bear Stable's GOURMET DINNER (Trippi) suffered the first loss of his career when second in the In Reality division of the Florida Stallion S. series on October 16, but more than made up for that disappointment when capturing Saturday's $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot S. (G3) under regular rider Sebastian Madrid.
Live Oak Plantation's TO HONOR AND SERVE (Bernardini) demonstrated his potential star power in taking the $147,000 Nashua S. (G2) for two-year-olds by four easy lengths under Jose Lezcano. Trained by Bill Mott, who chose to bypass Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) with the lightly-raced colt, appeared to make the right call as the Kentucky-bred strolled through splits of :24, :48 1/5 and 1:12 before finishing up a mile in 1:35 4/5 over a fast track.