Horse Racing News by Claire Novak
WinStar Farm's homebred Commissioner, runner-up by a head to Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes last June, will make his first start since the classic in a 1-1/16-mile optional claimer Jan. 10 at Gulfstream Park.
Repole Stable's Micromanage returned to the dirt Dec. 13 and overpowered 6-5 favorite Vyjack in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying five wide into the stretch before securing the victory by 1-1/4 lengths.
On a cold December morning at Keeneland, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan stood near the front of his stall keeping a sharp eye on a group of yearlings as they trotted past.
Catholic Cowboy recovered from two lackluster efforts at Keeneland in the fall to grind out a victory in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes Dec. 6 at Gulfstream Park, upsetting a group of 14 older horses at odds of 17-1.
Take Charge Brandi, the surprising winner of last month's 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will return to California for the $350,000 Starlet Stakes Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Private Zone, runner-up to Flat Out in the 2013 edition of the Cigar Mile Handicap, returned Nov. 29 to claim victory going wire to wire in the $753,750 event at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Rebel Stakes winner Hoppertunity and Besilu Stables Florida Derby winner Constitution join fellow 3-year-old and recent Discovery Handicap victor Protonico when taking on six older runners Nov. 28 in the $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.
Proving her Nov. 1 victory in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies was no fluke, Willis Horton's Take Charge Brandi returned Nov. 22 to claim the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes Nov. 22 at Delta Downs.
Terry Hamilton's Jefferson Cup Stakes victor Heart to Heart looks to continue a win streak bolstered by his first graded score when he goes up against a full field Nov. 15 in the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Flaxman Holdings' homebred Main Sequence put the cap on a brilliant season Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park, charging to victory by half a length over Flintshire in the $3 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.