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Post Time: Friday racing notebook

By Gene Kershner

A couple of Derby preps to whet the whistle this weekend at Aqueduct (Grade 3 Withers Stakes) and Tampa Bay  Downs (Grade 3 Sam F. Davis) as we are a few weeks away from an increase in the points available in the Road to Kentucky Derby Championship Series.

Some random thoughts as we head onto the Derby trail….

- I've enjoyed the first two episodes of Horseplayers so far and with the character development stage in full swing, I'm enjoying Peter Rotondo, Jr. and Matt Bernier the most so far.  Last week's journey on the Triple Crown stage showed the audience that even the best handicappers around can have an off day.

- Congrats to NHC 15 winner Jose Arias who took home the top prize of $750,000 last weekend, leading the tournament from gate-to-wire. An odds change of 8-1 to 6-1 in the final minute on runner-up Tony Brice's selection left him $1.20 short of the grand prize. Brice picked up $250,000 for second place

- There was some noise on the interwebs that Arias or someone in his crew may have hedged on Brice's horse causing the odds to drop in the final minute and cost Brice the title. For the first time in contest history the selections of each player at the final table were revealed one minute before post allowing this sort of strategy to potentially be employed. If they did hedge, it was within the rules and actually was a brilliant move. Horseplayers hedge everyday, why not in the biggest tournament around. Guessing that the revealing of selections won't ever happen again.

- A couple Woodbine shippers are running in the Sam F. Davis. Reade Baker sends out Asserting Bear (9-2) who will have Joe Rocco, Jr. in the irons and Mark Casse will have Matador (6-1) in the gate with Julien Leparoux aboard. Pletcher sends out two colts, Harpoon (4-1) and Vinceremos (6-1), both coming off maiden wins at Gulfstream.

- The Withers at the Big A only drew six colts with the two favorites that are trained by New Yorkers Richard Violette, Jr. (Samraat - 7/5) and Gary Contessa (Uncle Sigh - 9/5). If you're looking for value Scotland (8-1), trained by Anthony Dutrow (39 percent in second route races) looks ready to roll after posting two consecutive bullet works. 

Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

Running notebook: Shiver me timbers

Miss those morning runs in sub-zero temperatures earlier in the week? I didn't think so.

It hasn't been a particular easy winter for those of us who like to get outside on a crisp January day. Sunday's column is about a couple of people who seem to thrive under such conditions - the winners of the Penguin Run.

Even though the temperatures won't be in a single digits this weekend, this week's event should offer a challenge for those interested in a winter race. The calendar is from buffalorunners.com:

* Ice Man 2-Mile, Parkside Lodge at Delaware Park in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday. The format for this race has changed for this one. As of this writing the weather forecast is for some sort of precipitation, but no one is sure if it will be snow, sleet or rain. That should add an interesting element to the proceedings.

* Mr. Ed's Super Bowl Warm-Up, 5K, Middleport Fire Hall on Main St. in Middleport, 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, (585) 798-3283. I really should get to Middleport in the summertime some time. It looks nice. I usually only visit on the morning of the Super Bowl for this race. Who wouldn't want to tackle the toughest hill in Western New York racing? Nice party too.

Finally, our condolences go out to veteran runner Fred Luongo, whose wife Melanie recently passed away.

-- Budd Bailey

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By Gene Kershner

Just back from Florida and looking for the guy who turned down the heat!

ThoroFan Breakfast

It was my pleasure to emcee last weekend's ThoroFan Awards Breakfast honoring Dogwood Stables' Cot Campbell as the second annual ThoroFan Award winner. During the breakfast, Jim Mulvihill, Communications Director for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), presented the NTRA Moment of the Year which was the Breeders' Cup Classic win by Mucho Macho Man. The Macho Man was in the gates over the weekend, easily winning the Sunshine Millions Classic.

After the breakfast, I enjoyed some live racing action for the first time since the Breeders' Cup and was fortunate to run into Fort Erie trainer Nick Gonzalez and Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield at Gulfstream. Gonzalez is high on the 4-year-old River Seven, runner-up in last year's Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Race Track and may run him in the Donn Handicap. Attfield was engaging as ever and was lamenting the possible closure of Fort Erie. He said he may have a promising 3-year-old to try the Plate trail, but he appears to favor the turf at present and wouldn't commit to his plans otherwise.

Horseplayers

Due to my travel down to Florida I missed the premiere episode but based on the reaction of the twitterverse, other than a few miscues, it appears that the initial episode on the Esquire Network was a hit. Team Rotondo, John Conte and Christian Hellmers all made their debut in the opener and most reviews have been positive. Check out last week's Q&A with cast member Peter Rotondo.

Fox Sports 1 Racing Telecasts

More positive news on the television front as Fox Sports 1 announced their inaugural 2014 television schedule of nine dates representing "The Jockey Club Tour on FOX," which includes seven Sunday afternoon broadcasts. The first broadcast will be the Donn from Gulfstream on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 5:00 p.m. Included in the broadcast schedule is Ricoh Woodbine Mile at Woodbine in September and three races from Saratoga including the Coaching Club American Oaks, the Saratoga Special and the Sword Dancer.

Wando

The 2003 Canadian Horse of the Year and last Canadian Triple Crown champion passed away at the age of 14 on Wednesday of a suspected heart attack. He won the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie with a four-length score, which set up a historic Triple Crown bid at Woodbine a few weeks later where he prevailed by 1 1/2-lengths. He had career earnings of over $2.5 million and had a record of 11-2-2 in 23 career starts. He entered stud at Lane's End Farm in 2006, eventually returning to stand stud at his home at Schonberg Farm for the 2011 breeding season, where he passed away. His progeny includes Turallure, who captured the 2011 Woodbine Mile. He is honored each May at Woodbine with the running of the Wando Stakes, a key prep race on the road to the Queen's Plate.

Sovereign Award Finalists

The Fort Erie-based Gonzalez was tabbed as one of four finalists for Outstanding Trainer and the four finalists for 3-year-old male champion were Five Iron, Plate winner Midnight Aria, River Seven and Up With The Birds. The three finalists for Canadian Horse of the Year will be announced the evening of the awards in April.

Derby Trail

The Derby trail heads south to Gulfstream with the running of the Holy Bull Stakes which has attracted 11 colts. Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Cairo Prince (3-1) is the morning line favorite in a race that appears to be wide open and could be an excellent betting opportunity. John Velazquez will return to the races on Saturday at Gulfstream after suffering a spill at the Breeders' Cup that claimed his spleen. He'll ride Coup de Grace (4-1) for Chad Brown in the Holy Bull.

Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

Running notebook: Catching up

The winter break is over, at least in terms of races. That means it's time to revive the weekly running blog. We're a little behind here, so let's catch up on some stories before getting to the weekend race:

* Sympathies go out to the family of Jason DeJoy, who died earlier this month. He was a fine cross-country coach in the Rochester area (Pittsford Mendon) and a middle school teacher. DeJoy is best known in Western New York for winning the Turkey Trot in 2000 and 2001. Based on the tributes written about him across the state (he went to the University at Albany), he'll be greatly missed.

* The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon has announced that it is altering its finish line for its coming race in the fall. The race went through a muddy part of the state park, and one runner said the finish could be a bit "unpredictable." The course will stay on the roads this year. In addition, the 5K course has been changed to make it logistically easier - as in no more shuttles.

* I attended Thursday night's meeting of race directors in Buffalo, and the turnout on a cold night was very impressive. There must have been a couple of dozen new faces there who either will run races or who are thinking about taking on such a task. I had a chance to talk to some of them after the formal part of the program and detected a lot of enthusiasm. This can only be a good sign for running's immediate future locally.

* I've been an admirer of Diane Sardes and her fine photography at races over the years. However, I was always afraid that somehow one of her photographs would pop up in The News, since the newspaper didn't have the rights to her work and the photos do circulate among local runners. I managed to avoid that fate for several years, but the photo in Sunday's running column slipped past me. I did quickly add her name as a credit to the web version, but still feel suitably awful about my mistake. Consider this my public apology, with the hope I'll be more diligent in the future.

It's a short race calendar, but buffalorunners.com is on the job as usual:

* The Penguin Run, 5K, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd in Amherst, 11 a.m. Sunday, 549-6307 x201. It sounds like this year's race will be appropriately named, since temperatures might not be a double digits. That would be a record low for running outside for me.

Which raises the question: How many people haven't stopped running outside this week, and don't plan to stop next week either? Drop me a line at [email protected]

-- Budd Bailey

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News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan have a live show that airs on WBBZ-TV twice weekly, at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

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News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan have a live show that airs on WBBZ-TV twice weekly, at 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

Find out where to find WBBZ here.

Here are segments from tonight's show:

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