Sunday, February 01 2009


Saratoga Sinner Upsets Holy Bull Stakes


Lally Stable’s 3-year-old Saratoga Sinner stamped his credentials as a Kentucky Derby (G1) prospect when he edged away to win Saturday’s $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park by three-quarters of a length at 14-1 over Bear Stable’s longshot pace-setter Bear’s Rocket.

A son of 2002 Florida Derby (G12) winner Harlan’s Holiday, Saratoga Sinner had broken his maiden last out over the track and 1 1/8 miles distance on Jan. 7 after a fifth- and third-place finish in two starts last year at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Saratoga Sinner stalked the pace set by Bear’s Rocket from the backstretch and went on to give jockey Julien Leparoux his third winner on the card and seventh in two days here.





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Gulfstream Park Donates $22,000 to Injured-Jockeys’ Fund


Gulfstream Park presented the Jockeys’ Guild with a $22,000 check Saturday.

“In recent years Gulfstream Park has proven itself to be an invaluable friend to the Guild and jockeys everywhere,” said John Velazquez, Guild President. “We thank Frank Stronach (Chairman of MEC, owner of Gulfstream Park) and Bill Murphy (track president and General Manager) for their continued support, deep commitment and invaluable friendship.”





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AS 3-10 CHOICE, VENTURA NODS STABLEMATE BY LENGTH IN SANTA MONICA


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2009) – Following her sterling four-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Juddmonte Farms’ Ventura encored Saturday with a handy one-length score over stablemate Jibboom in Santa Anita’s 52nd running of the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Monica Handicap for fillies and mares.

But the Santa Monica wasn’t as easy for her as the Breeders’ Cup event in which she blew away eventual Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing with a majestic rally from 9 ½ lengths behind that left her covering seven furlongs over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface in a blistering 1:19.90.





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RISING FEVER HEATS UP MANATEE STAKES


OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 31, 2009) Rising Fever (BRZ) haltered the $65,000 seven furlong Manatee Stakes today, giving the five-year-old Put It Back mare her seventh lifetime victory and first win on North American soil. Leading Tampa Bay Downs jockey Daniel Centeno had the call to ride Rising Fever for trainer Christophe Clement and owner David Soifer.

Rising Fever took the lead early to ease away in the stretch, winning by 1 ¼ lengths. Star Operator was second, and Dee’s Rose rounded out the trifecta, which paid $49.60 for a $2 wager.





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CLEANER TRIP LEADS TO EASIER WIN FOR DISTORTED PASSION


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

After a hard-earned victory to end 2008, Gulf Coast Farm’s Distorted Passion had a much easier time Saturday afternoon to begin her 2009 campaign, biding her time off a solid pace and then simply running by the leaders for a 1½-length victory in the $70,460 Correction Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs on Aqueduct’s fast inner track.

“The race played very much in my favor,” said jockey Rajiv Maragh, whose mount returned $6.40 to win. “The 2 (favored A Rose for You) went after the 4 (Coli Bear) and set things up the way I hoped. It was really simple – a small field, no trouble and an outside trip. And she responded when I asked.”





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RUSSELL ROAD GOES ON THE ROAD TO SCORE IN DANCING COUNT STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-31-09---Mark Russell’s Russell Road improved his record to six wins in seven starts with a snappy performance in the $50,000 Dancing Count Stakes, today’s feature at Laurel Park. Russell Road, a West Virginia-bred son of Wheaton who was ridden by Travis Dunkelberger, was tested from the outset in this six furlong event for 3-year-olds.

The chestnut gelding broke alertly, then let Great Love with Eric Camacho slip inside of him to head the field down the backstretch and around the far turn. Russell Road engaged Great Love at the top of the lane and they battled the length of the stretch before edging clear to win by a length and a quarter in 1:09.79. St John’s Gospel finished third.





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HEAVY FAVORITE WILL O WAY WINS CALIFORNIA OAKS BY A NOSE AT GGF


ALBANY -- Will O Way, the 1-to-2 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, battled back after losing the lead in the stretch and won the $100,000 California Oaks by a nose Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Will O Way appeared defeated when Oro Blanco, ridden by Roberto Gonzalez, moved up strongly on the outside and put her head in front in midstretch. Will O Way regained the lead when Oro Blanco suddenly eased up at the sixteenth-pole.





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Saturday gallops


Saturday mornings continue to be exceptionally busy at Nad Al Sheba with trainers keen to utilise the opportunity to use the main track.

South African trainer Herman Brown’s star Jay Peg looked well under assistant trainer Terry Fripp. Ryan Moore partnered Brown’s Dubai Sheema Classic hopeful Mourilyan, while Keagan Latham was also riding out for his compatriot and was spotted on Basaltico and Desert Links.





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Saturday, January 31 2009


Eddie Logan Passes


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2009)—Eddie Logan, Santa Anita’s iconic shoeshine attendant since opening day, Dec. 25, 1934, and a former boxer and Negro League baseball player, passed away at his home in nearby Monrovia early Saturday morning at the age of 98. Born in 1910, he would have been 99 on May 20.

A self-described “footman,” Logan was a shining ray of optimism and good humor throughout his near 75-year reign at Santa Anita. Blessed with sparkling eyes and quick wit, Logan greeted all of his customers with a customary smile and a work ethic truly borne of another era.





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Turfway cancels Saturday card


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 31, 2009 . . . Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Saturday, January 31, citing several days of snow and ice and deep cold overnight that created stubborn clods in the track surface.

“The surface could not be ready in time for racing despite delaying post time by an hour,” said track president Robert Elliston, “and if we can’t make the surface safe for our riders and horses, we won’t run.”





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Turfway quarantine lifted; no evidence of EHV-1 found


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 31, 2009 . . . The quarantine imposed on Barn 17 at Turfway Park Friday, January 30, was lifted Saturday morning after samples from a horse euthanized at the track Friday tested negative for equine herpes virus (EHV-1) and other communicable disease.

In an e-mail message to track president Robert N. Elliston and state staff members, E. S. “Rusty” Ford, equine programs manager for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, reported, “Testing conducted by Steve Sells, UK LDDC Molecular Biologist, to determine if an equine herpes virus was the cause for the abnormal neurologic presentation have concluded. Multiple specimens were tested by PCR with each proving negative for EHV.





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Take the Points Takes Next Step


Could it be an omen a day before Super Bowl XLIIII in Tampa Bay?

Paul Pompa Jr.’s 3-year-old Well Positioned was a strong 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s first race at Gulfstream Park in his first start since a 14¼ lengths maiden victory at Aqueduct in November.

Well Positioned broke a half-step slow in the one mile allowance race, but never got closer than third down the backstretch as Starlight Stable’s Take the Points went on to score by two lengths under jockey Edgar Prado at 9-2 over Peachtree Stable’s Masala at 5-1 in second. Well Positioned finished sixth of seven.





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