Thursday, November 13 2008
FORMER TRAINER HILLING PASSES
Former Northern California trainer Jim Hilling, who sent out Show Dancer to a second-place finish behind Miesque in the 1987 Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park, died Tuesday night at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley from pneumonia and other complications.
Hilling, who had his son, David, and longtime companion Kit Conner at his bedside, was 66.
HP Stable Notes: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
CANADIAN COLT TO SHIP FOR PREVUE
Congor Bay, unbeaten in two starts at Woodbine, will be flown here for the $100,000-added Hollywood Prevue Stakes for 2-year-olds Nov. 23, trainer Mark Casse said Thursday from Toronto.
“He is going to fly out on the 19th with an assistant,” said Casse, who plans to race in California all winter for the first time.
Congor Bay, a son of Speightstown, broke his maiden by 6 ¾ lengths at first asking at six furlongs Oct. 1 and returned with a two-length score in a 6 ½-furlong allowance race Oct. 26. He is owned by Eugene Melnyk.
Wednesday, November 12 2008
‘Glorious’ road trip for Holiday Girl
TORONTO, November 12 - Puglisi Racing's Holiday Girl will travel to Woodbine for the $150,000 Glorious Song Stakes on Saturday.
The daughter of Harlan's Holiday ships into Toronto on Thursday to compete in the seven-furlong event, which has attracted a field of 10 two-year-old fillies
The Steve Klesaris trainee has only raced once, but demonstrated a great deal of potential when defeating her Delaware Park opposition by seven lengths on August 26.
LEXI STAR RETIRES AFTER VICTORY IN WEDNESDAY’S FEATURE
LAUREL, MD. 11-12-08---Exactly 10 months after stablemate Silmaril retired with a victory in the What A Summer Stakes, multiple stakes winner Lexi Star went out a winner with her 12th trip to the winners’ circle in today’s $40,000 allowance feature.
Making her twenty-ninth start for trainer Chris Grove, the 6-year-old daughter of Crypto Star delivered another workmanlike effort in the 1-1/16th mile test over the fast main track. All Night Labor, who led from the start, finished a reluctant second after the winner circled up to challenge around the far turn and gradually wore her down as the duo closed in on the finish line. Lexi Star won by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:44.75 under jockey J.D. Acosta and paid $3.20.
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Weanling Colt by Indian Charlie Tops Wednesday Session at Keeneland
Lexington, KY (November 12, 2008) – The weanling market remained strong at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, where colts by Indian Charlie and Tapit accounted for the highest prices on Wednesday.
Shannon Run Stables paid the day’s top price of $110,000 for the Indian Charlie colt from the consignment of Eaton Sales, agent. Out of Willa Time, by Gilded Time, the colt is from the family of Travers Stakes (G1) winner Will’s Way and Ashland Stakes (G1) winner Willa On the Move.
DILEMMA BEATS TALENTED CREW UNDER GOMEZ IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2008) — Glen Hill Farm’s Dilemma overhauled pacesetter Lang Field early in the stretch and held off hard-charging Rush Rush in the final sixteenth to win Wednesday’s $59,800 allowance feature by three-quarters of a length under jockey Garrett Gomez at Hollywood Park.
Dilemma, fifth in the Oak Tree Mile in his previous start, covered 1 1/8 miles on the Lakeside turf Course in 1:48.92 to win for the third time in nine 2008 starts. A slight betting favorite, he paid $7.20, $3.60 and $2.80. Rush Rush, ridden by Victor Espinoza, returned $5.40 and $3.60. The show payoff on Obrigado was $3.40. Lang Field, winner of the 2007 Citation Handicap, faded to fourth in the field of seven older horses.
HP Stable Notes: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008
IRISH TRAINER ARRIVES FOR MOCCASIN
Ger Lyons, who has sent out Pasar Silbano to four victories in six starts in Ireland this year, stood near her stall in Barn 51 South Wednesday morning at Hollywood Park in preparation for her United States debut in the $100,000-added Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs Sunday.
“She’s part of the family,” said Lyons’ wife, Lynne, as the couple readied to bid the filly adieu after the Moccasin. Pasar Silbano was purchased privately by Kentucky-based Three Chimneys Racing last month and will probably be transferred to locally-based Jim Cassidy after the Moccasin.
STONE TO FILL IN FOR WRONA IN ANNOUNCER’S BOOTH AT GGF
ALBANY -- Travis Stone, a 24-year-old native of New York and the track announcer at Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., will call the action at Golden Gate Fields this Wednesday through Sunday.
Stone will be filling in for Golden Gate Fields track announcer Michael Wrona, who will be calling the races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., this week.
Wrona and Stone are two of five "guest announcers" that Churchill Downs is employing during its 2008 Fall meeting. Churchill Downs officials are seeking a replacement for the late Luke Kruytbosch, who died of a heart attack on July 14 at age 47. Kruytbosch was the voice of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby since 1999.
Tuesday, November 11 2008
LUCKY JAMES EASY WINNER OF MONDAY FEATURE AT THE BIG M
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. * After stalking the early pacesetters Eddie Broome’s Lucky James engaged the frontrunners around the turn and powered past his rivals at the top of the stretch before drawing off to a 5 ½ length win in the $51,000 allowance feature at the Meadowlands on Monday afternoon.
Trained by his owner and ridden by C. H. Marquez Jr., Lucky James covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10 4/5 and returned $5, $3.80 and $2.10 as the second choice in the field of six colts and geldings.
Colts Command Attention on Monday at Keeneland
Lexington, KY (November 10, 2008) – Weanling colts by young sires captured the top prices at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale on Monday, where a colt by Tapit sold for $250,000 to Ben Glass, agent.
Consigned by Elm Tree Farm LLC (Mr. and Mrs. Jody Huckabay), agent, the colt is out of the Green Dancer mare Rumba Punch, and is a half-brother to stakes winner Lyin’ Heart.
Gulfstream Park’s Stable Area Opens; 2009 Meeting Not Far Away
Trainers Eddie Plesa Jr. and Billy Croll took their customary position at the head of the line Monday morning as the horse vans rolled in and Gulfstream Park’s stable gates swung open in anticipation of the 2009 meeting.
Gulfstream Park will be celebrating its 70th birthday when its live meet opens Jan. 3, or 54 days from today.
“All systems are ‘go’” for a fantastic meet in 2009,” said Gulfstream President and General Manager Bill Murphy.
Half-Sister to Hystericalady Brings $450,000 At Keeneland on Tuesday
Lexington, KY (November 11, 2008) – Concern Nacca, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Hystericalady, brought a top bid of $450,000 at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale on Tuesday.
Tasuku Tsuji purchased the eight-year-old daughter of Concern, in foal to Horse of the Year Invasor (ARG). She was consigned by Niknar Farm LLC, agent.
WinStar Racing, agent, was the day’s leading consignor, selling 19 horses for $1,208,000, including five of the session’s highest prices.