Monday, September 29 2008
Hall of Fame Jockeys at Suffolk Downs on Wednesday
BOSTON, MA (September 29, 2008) - Legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Angel Cordero, Jr. and Laffit Pincay, Jr. will appear at Suffolk Downs on October 1, 2008 from 12:30-4:30 PM to kickoff an 11-city Breeders’ Cup Legends Tour that culminates with a Legends Race on October 18 at Santa Anita Racetrack and to celebrate the upcoming 25th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, the most prestigious global event in Thoroughbred racing.
The three riders placed first, second and third, respectively in one of the most exciting finishes in the horseracing history during the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Hollywood Park in 1984, with Day and Wild Again winning in a tight three-horse photo finish over Cordero on Slew o’ Gold and Pincay on Gate Dancer.
Keeneland Barn Notes - Monday, September 29, 2008
FALLSTARS WEEKEND STAKES TAKING SHAPE
An interesting blend of graded stakes winners with past Keeneland success and possible luminaries of the future is expected to grace the track for FallStars Weekend. The event, which includes nine stakes worth $3.4 million, kicks off the 17-day fall meet that runs through October 25.
Five of the stakes are Grade 1 events and six of the stakes are part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” series whereby the winning horses automatically qualify for the corresponding division race in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held October 24 and 25 at Santa Anita.
BREEDERS’ CUP LEGENDS TOUR COMES TO TRACKSIDE ARLINGTON PARK
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 29, 2008) – The Breeders’ Cup’s multi-city tour, featuring legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Angel Cordero Jr. and Laffit Pincay Jr. in celebration of the upcoming 25th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Oct. 24-25, will make it’s lone Chicago-area stop on Friday, Oct. 10 from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Trackside Arlington Park.
The Breeders’ Cup Legends Tour is bringing these three jockeys to racetracks across the country and other locations including the Sports Museum of America in New York City to sign autographs and meet with fans and media. Accompanying the Legends will be a 20-foot photographic exhibit highlighting memorable moments in Breeders’ Cup history.
HORSE OF THE YEAR CURLIN ARRIVES AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2008)—Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin arrived from New York at Santa Anita Park at 5 p.m. today to defend his title in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, to be run at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on Oct. 25. The 4-year-old colt by Smart Strike was flown by Tex Sutton charter from New York to Louisville, Ky., where another Breeders’ Cup Classic candidate, Student Council, was loaded and flown to Ontario/Los Angeles International airport. The pair was then vanned to Santa Anita, where Curlin will reside at Barn 27.
Scott Blasi, assistant to Curlin’s trainer Steve Asmussen, accompanied Curlin, who won yesterday’s Gr. I, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. He will oversee his training at Santa Anita.
STREET HERO BREAKS MAIDEN, EMERGES AS STAR IN NORFOLK STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2008) – Oak Tree’s 39th running of the Grade I, $250,000 Norfolk Stakes was supposed to be an East vs. West confrontation leading to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but when completed Sunday at Santa Anita the home team had dominated with 6-1 shot Street Hero getting the honors.
Not only did Street Cry colt, owned, trained and bred in Kentucky by Myung Kwon Cho, dispatch many of the leading 2-year-olds in the country, he broke his maiden in what was his fifth start.
Street Hero, who had closely pursued West Coast hotshot Midshipman in his last two starts including the Grade I Del Mar Futurity, turned the tables in the Norfolk as the pair of 2-year-olds raced around two turns for the first time.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2008
CURLIN EN ROUTE TO CALIFORNIA FOR SHOWDOWN WITH BIG BROWN
In a race that would rival the famous match between Seabiscuit and War Admiral in 1938 in fan interest, Curlin and Big Brown were poised to meet in a Horse of the Year showdown at Santa Anita on Oct. 25 when the Oak Tree Racing Association hosts the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
One caveat: reigning Horse of the Year Curlin would have to train well over Santa Anita’s new synthetic Pro-Ride surface, over which the $5-million Classic will be decided at
1 1/4 miles. Curlin won the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park Saturday, earning $450,000 and making the 4-year-old son of Smart Strike the richest North America-based Thoroughbred of all time with $10,246,800, surpassing Cigar’s mark of $9,999,815.
Sand Cove sets track record in Ontario Derby
TORONTO, September 28 - Ralph Johnson's Sand Cove, ridden by Richard Dos Ramos, set a track record in winning Sunday's featured $162,800 Ontario Derby at Woodbine, his second consecutive stakes score.
At the finish of the mile and one-eighth test over the Polytrack, Sand Cove prevailed in a stretch battle with Secret Getaway to win by a neck in 1:49.38, knocking 0.17 seconds off the former mark of 1:49.55 set by Leonnatus Anteas last October.
Secret Getaway and jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson actually poked a head in front at the sixteenth pole, but Sand Cove dug in and came back to tally.
Pattison Canadian International Notes for Sunday, September 28, 2008
PCI CONTENDER MARLANG SHOOTS FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE WINS
Gus Schickedanz's Marlang, a bay son of Langfuhr, looks to win one for the home team when he loads into the gate for Saturday's Grade 1, $2-million Pattison Canadian International.
Trained by Debbie England, Marlang is undoubtedly on a hot streak, one that has seen the bay win three of his past four races. His latest triumph came in the Grade 3 Saranac Stakes at Saratoga. Under Richard Dos Ramos, Marlang took control from the start of the 1 3/16-mile event and made every pole a winning one, crossing the wire a 1 3/4-length victor.
VELAZQUEZ JOINS 4,000-WIN CLUB
Jockey John Velazquez reached a historic milestone at Belmont Park on Sunday afternoon when he guided One Fein Stable’s Rogue Agent to a six-length victory in the muddy first race for his 4,000th career victory. Trained by Peter Walder, Rogue Agent returned $8.60.
“This was probably the hardest 10 winners of my career,” Velazquez said. “It feels great to put it behind me and move on to other things. As you closer to a big number, it seems harder and harder to get there. I had a great weekend and rode some really nice horses. Every one of my wins was memorable to me. Every one counts to get to 4,000. This was a $16,000 claimer and it means a lot to me, making 4,000. Every one of them is special.”
BELMONT PARK NOTES, Sunday, September 28, 2008
Next Saturday, October 4, two-year-olds will be featured at Belmont Park.
Expected for the 137th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Champagne at a mile are A.P. Cardinal, Break Water Edison, Cribnote, Girolamo, Gone Astray, Hello Broadway, Munnings, Reynaldothewizard, Ventana and Vineyard Haven. Questionable is Flying Pegasus.
Vineyard Haven, a son of Lido Palace, won Saratoga’s Grade 1, seven-furlong Hopeful on September 1 for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, who is also part-owner.
That race was practically gift-wrapped for Vineyard Haven, as Cribnote went extremely wide at the quarter-pole. Still, Cribnote, a son of Read the Footnotes, managed to hold second over Munnings.
TAM LIN RUNS AWAY WITH KELSO HANDICAP
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
Godolphin Stable’s Tam Lin (GB) shook clear of Forefathers half-way through Sunday afternoon’s 28th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Kelso Handicap, and then flagged his tail at the field as he sped home to a 4 ¼-length victory in the mile race on the Widener Turf Course.
The win capped a strong Godolphin showing at Belmont Park this weekend. Saturday, Godolphin won the Grade 1 Beldame when Cocoa Beach (CHI) upset favored Ginger Punch.
Second in the Grade 3 Poker to Kip Deville here on July 13, Tam Lin disappointed as the favorite when he finished ninth in the Grade 2, seven-furlong Play King at Woodbine on August 23.
100-DAY MONMOUTH MEET ENDS WITH GAINS IN DAILY WAGERING
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Bucking the national trend of racing, Monmouth Park concluded its 2008 meeting on Sunday with significant gains in daily average handle.
During the 100-day meet that opened May 9, total wagering reached $327,480,007. The average daily handle of $3,274,800 was 3.1 percent higher than the 2007 average of $3,177,212, during a 75-day meet. Leading the way this year was an unprecedented 10.5 percent increase in simulcast betting on Monmouth races.