Wednesday, January 07 2009
MJC ANNOUNCES FINAL 2008 HANDLE FIGURES
LAUREL, MD. 01-06-09---The Maryland Jockey Club concluded the 2008 racing season with average wagering figures 22.5% lower than 2007. All sources handle totaled $668.1 million as compared to $875.8 million the previous year. Racing 14 fewer days in 2008, the daily handle decreased from nearly $3.8 million to just over $2.9 million each day.
Wagering figures for the 17-week Laurel Park fall meeting were 39 percent lower than a year ago. Numbers for the Laurel Park winter (down 17%) and Pimlico Race Course spring (down 16%) stands were also down from the previous year.
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Turf is back!
Keeneland sponsor Thursday’s Nad Al Sheba fixture which sees the return of turf racing at the UAE’s flagship racecourse.
There are two grass handicaps on an exciting card which also includes the featured Keeneland Trophy, a 1200m conditions race and The Woodford Trophy, a quality 2000m conditions event for Purebred Arabians.
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Delaware Park Announces 2009 Live Racing Dates
Wilmington, Del., January 6, 2009 — Delaware Park announced today it will offer 116 days of live thoroughbred racing at the Stanton oval in 2009 with the meet starting on April 25 and concluding November 7. The schedule for Delaware Park’s 72nd season of exciting live racing was recently approved by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission.
Dates Set For Three ‘09 Kentucky Derby Future Pools; Oaks Future Bet Back To Single Pool Format
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2009) – Dates for the three pools of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) are set and a single pool will be offered in each of the three months preceding the 135th renewal of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on May 2. Meanwhile, the seven-year-old Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”) will return to a single pool format in 2009, and that pool will run concurrent with the Derby Future pool offered in March.
Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is set for Feb. 12-15, Pool 2 is scheduled for March 12-15 and the third and final pool will be conducted April 2-5. Wagering on the lone 2009 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is set for March 12-15. The Oaks Future bet was conducted in a single pool in its first year in 2003, but had been offered in a three-pool format in each the past five years. Dates for the four-day pools for the two Churchill Downs future bets were approved Tuesday, Jan. 6 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Tuesday, January 06 2009
Keeneland sponsors Thursday’s meeting
The final Winter Racing Challenge meeting takes place this Thursday at Nad Al Sheba, and sees the exciting addition of turf races for the first time since the start of the 2008 – 2009 season.
Kindly sponsored by Keeneland, a global racetrack and thoroughbred auction company, this Thursday’s meeting allows local horses to enhance their ratings so as to potentially qualify for the up-coming 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival.
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BurJuman Winter Fillies & Fashion
Dubai Racing Club, along with the official fashion partner BurJuman and event sponsors Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Contempo Events, will be once again playing host to the first in a series of three fabulous fashion events – the BurJuman Winter Fillies & Fashion.
Guests can enjoy a lavish meal and sparkling beverages, in addition to glamorous catwalk shows featuring the latest designer racewear from the leading fashion houses of Dubai, courtesy of BurJuman.
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Monday, January 05 2009
JANUARY SCHEDULE PREVIEW
January racing is underway at Tampa Bay Downs with five live Thoroughbred racing days a week. Dark days are scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays, with the exception of a bonus live racing day on Wednesday, January 21.
Tampa Bay Downs rings in the New Year with Skyway Festival Day on January 17th, in which the bright three-year-old stars of the Oldsmar oval compete in the $65,000 Gasparilla Stakes for fillies and the $75,000 Pasco Stakes for colts and geldings.
TIZFIZ REWARDS DELGADILLO, DeLEON WITH SAN GORGONIO UPSET
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2009) – Claimed for $50,000 two races previous, Tizfiz provided journeyman jockey Agapito Delgadillo and trainer Rafael DeLeon with their most prestigious career victories Sunday by virtue of a desperate wire-to-wire triumph in Santa Anita’s 40th running of the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap.
At the age of 42, Delgadillo skillfully guided the 5-year-old Tiznow mare through moderate fractions during the 1 1/8-mile turf journey while preserving just enough to repel the closing bid of 2-1 second choice Marzelline by a nose at odds of 9-1.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 4TH, 2009
MAGNUM RETURNS IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL HANDICAP
Magnum is scheduled to make his first start in more than five months when the gelding bred in Argentina runs in Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap, a major prep for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.
“He had a quarter crack,” trainer Darrell Vienna said in explaining his absence. “This is a logical starting point back for him, because he’s a horse without any conditions, and he’s got some age on him. He’s been a useful horse and he’s paid his way.”
JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE WHISTLES IN RUTHLESS
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
Justwhistledixie, the most accomplished of the field Sunday, proved to be a deserving favorite as she scored a 3 ½-length victory over Gnome’s Delight in the 32nd running of the $70,795 Ruthless Stakes for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs.
Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Lakland Farm, the Dixie Union filly overtook longshot Indian Rush, who had gone the first quarter in 22.41 and the half in 46.05 on Aqueduct’s fast inner dirt track. With jockey Rajiv Maragh in the irons, Justwhistledixie ran by her target and was never seriously challenged, as she completed the sprint in 1:10.81 for her third straight victory after two losses.
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Notonthesamepage Booked for Fountain of Youth
Trainer Wesley Ward gave a ‘thumbs up’ sign Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park the morning after Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Notonthesamepage rolled to a near-record setting victory in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.
The connections of the Kentucky homebred son of Catienus will point him for the $250,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) to be run at one mile here on Feb. 28.
Gemswick Park Wins Three-Horse Photo Thriller in Old Hat
Melnyk Racing Stable’s 3-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Gemswick Park was up in the final steps under jockey John R. Velazquez to post a nose victory over Martin Schwartz’ favored Elusive Heat in Sunday’s $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Elusive Heat was made the 11-to-10 favorite in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies after winning her only previous start impressively in October at Belmont Park, and took command early in the six-furlong test with Gemswick Park stalking from the outside and Dare To Dream Farm’s Frolic’s Dream close-up on the inside down the backstretch. It became a three-horse battle to the wire in deep stretch with Frolic’s Dream finishing only a nose back of the runner-up in third.