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Around the Backstretch (11/14)

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A quick look at the items making news around world of horse racing on this Sunday.  I want to particularly call your attention to the post linked below to Sid Fernando and his blog "Sid Fernando + Observations" regarding Empire Maker heading to Japan to continue his stud career.  If you like to dabble into the pedigree side of things from time to time, you really should read Sid Fernando on a regular basis.


Pick six pays $135K following four-day carryover - Daily Racing Form
Ozone Park, N.Y. – A favorite didn’t win until the last leg, and the two shortest-priced favorites lost, but there were enough logical winners in Friday’s pick six to avoid a fifth consecutive carryover.

Japan Snow Fairy lands major Grade 1 victory - Horse Racing News, Racing Post
Dual Oaks winner Snow Fairy Ed Dunlop Ryan Moore has won the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto racecourse on Sunday.

Yankee Fourtune unstoppable in Commonwealth Turf - Thoroughbred Times
Harvey Clark’s and Andrew Albstein’s Yankee Fourtune continued his undefeated three-year-old season on Saturday with a one-length victory in the $121,900 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs.

Unusual Suspect ends long drought in Hollywood Turf Cup - Thoroughbred Times
Unusual Suspect reeled in pacesetter Temple City in the closing strides of the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (G1) on Saturday to halt a 16-race winless stretch.

Maiden Watch | Bluegrass in New Jersey and New York Action - Blog Stable
Bluegrass Cat fillies Lady Bluegrass and Moonshine Magic meet at Monmouth. Plus, dirt and turf races at Aqueduct.


Quality Road to Stand for $35,000 -
Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Quality Road will stand for $35,000 in 2011 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

Albarado Wins 900th at Churchill -
Jockey Robby Albarado became the fifth rider in Churchill Downs history to reach 900 victories beneath the Twin Spires when he guided Strike Impact to a front-running triumph in sixth race Nov. 12.

Guinness to Zenyatta: Offer still stands to visit Dublin - ESPN
Zenyatta is still welcome to visit the Guinness brewery in Ireland despite her loss in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Sid Fernando + Observations
Japan's quest for the next big sire continues with Empire Maker.

Clark Handicap Next for Brass Hat -
Nine-year-old star Brass Hat is being pointed toward the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.

Johnny Murtagh quits as No 1 jockey to Aidan O'Brien stable - Telegraph
Johnny Murtagh has split with Coolmore and Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle operation after a short but fruitful partnership lasting just three seasons.