Sunday, March 01 2009


THE PAMPLEMOUSSE DOMINANT IN SHAM STAKES


ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ The Pamplemousse ran to the lead out of the gate and dared his 10 rivals to come and get him. No one did.

The gray colt romped to a six-length victory in the Gr. III, $200,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, solidifying his status as one of California's top 3-year-olds and a leading Kentucky Derby candidate.





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Proceed Bee takes Battaglia Memorial


FLORENCE, KY . . . February 28, 2009 . . .Proceed Bee earned his second stakes win Saturday at Turfway Park, running down a game Parade Clown in the stretch to take the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes by a length and a quarter.

With the scratch of Fitzaslew, pacesetting chores eventually fell to Dynamite Bob and Platinum Van, but as the field rounded the first turn of the 1 1/16-mile race, five of the seven horses were ranged across the track. Parade Clown, who broke from the outside post as the 3-5 favorite, was eager to join the fray and rounded the turn widest of all.





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CHARLIE’S MOMENT TRIUMPHS IN KING GLORIOUS STAKES


ALBANY -- Charlie's Moment survived an early duel with speedster Lordgivemealift and captured the $52,750 King Glorious Stakes by a convincing 2 1/4 lengths Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Charlie's Moments raced head and head with Lordgivemealift through the opening four furlongs of the six-furlong feature for 3-year-olds and then shook loose of his rival at the top of the stretch.





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Saturday gallops


With only next week’s Super Thursday meeting, the dress rehearsal for Dubai World Cup night left before the big night itself, it was not surprising Nad Al Sheba was a lot quieter than normal for a Saturday morning.

However, those who did drag themselves out of bed were able to see Richard Hills put Dubai Sheema Classic hopeful Youmzain through his paces on the turf. He may run on Thursday, as could Dubai Duty Free aspirant Vodka who was also spotted on the track.





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Saturday, February 28 2009


Quality Road Rolls in Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth


Edward P. Evans’ 3-year-old Virginia homebred colt Quality Road broke alertly in Saturday’s $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, took command in the upper stretch of the one-mile test and drew clear to score by 4¼ lengths over Samotowka Stables and partners’ Theregoesjojo in the longtime Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby preview.

Ridden by John R. Velazquez for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, Quality Road was making only the third start of his career in the one-turn mile test after a sensational debut at Aqueduct in late November and a runner-up effort at odds-on in an allowance race here Jan. 10. The imposing 17 hands bay paid $13 to win and was timed in 1:35:01 over the fast track.





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Twilight Meteor Blazes to Canadian Turf Victory


Making his second start after a nine-month layoff, Peachtree Stable’s 5-year-old Canadian-bred Twilight Meteor stalked the early pace in Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park before forging to the front in the upper stretch and holding on for a one-length victory in the one-mile test under jockey John. R. Velazquez.

A chestnut son of Smart Strike, Twilight Meteor finished fourth in an allowance race over the course on Jan. 29 in his first start since late April. Saturday’s victory gave trainer Todd Pletcher his fourth tally in the Canadian Turf.





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ROCK ON JUSTIN TAKES MIRACLE WOOD STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 02-28-09---Non Stop Stable’s Rock On Justin and jockey Tony Maragh teamed up to win their first stakes in this afternoon’s $50,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park.

Sent to post as the third choice in the field of seven 3-year-olds, Rock On Justin broke last but quickly recovered and spurted up the rail to take a spot behind the pacesetter. Straightening out for home, he emerged with the lead and pulled away to win by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:24.58 for the seven furlong distance over the fast main track.





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STRIKING TOMISUE VICTORIOUS IN WAYWARD LASS


OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 28, 2009) Striking Tomisue captured the 25th running of the $65,000 1 1/16 miles Wayward Lass Stakes today for owners Tomisue Hilbert and John R. Menard and trainer Nicholas P. Zito. Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan had the call to ride the five-year-old daughter of Smart Strike to her fifth career victory.

Striking Tomisue broke alertly, settled behind early leaders Amazing and Boudoir throughout opening fractions, and moved to the lead at the sixteenth pole to win by one length in 1:45.50. Moon Catcher was second and Boudoir was third, yielding a trifecta payout of $184.40 for a $2 wager.





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FOUR MORE WINS FOR `HOMEY’ DOMINGUEZ AT BIG A


Earlier this year, jockey Ramon Dominguez announced that, after 11 years and five riding titles at Delaware Park, he was moving to New York where he had improved his business after commuting for two years.

Saturday afternoon, he showed that business is booming.





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Castellano Injured in First Race Back From Injury


Jockey Javier Castellano, in his first ride since returning from an injury, fell from his mount Saturday and was under observation while complaining of soreness at Memorial Regional Hospital.

Castellano was aboard Valid Name in the first race at Gulfstream Park. The mishap occurred on the far turn.





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GP Barn Notes 2-28


Cool Coal Man & Dream Empress Prominent on Busy Palm Meadows Tab

Robert LaPenta’s 4-year-old Cool Coal Man, winner of last year’s renewal of the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) for trainer Nick Zito, breezed a half-mile in 49 flat Saturday morning as he prepares for his second start this season following a sharp allowance victory here going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 28.

The son of Mineshaft went on to finish 15th behind Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and third behind that rival in the Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park. Cool Coal Man is targeted for the one-mile, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) to be run Sat., Mar. 14.





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STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2009


EUROPEAN ACE DANSANT SETTLES IN FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

European invader Dansant enjoyed taking in the scenic sights at Santa Anita for the first time Saturday morning, jogging twice around the track in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.

“He’s settled in very well and he’s very alert,” said Cindy Niemetz, West Coast representative for the International Racing Bureau. “He’s scheduled to canter tomorrow.”





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