Monday, January 12 2009
LUIS GONZALEZ BOOTS HOME THREE WINNERS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 11, 2009) Luis Antonio Gonzalez escorted three horses on today’s card, giving him fourteen wins for the 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs racing season.
Gonzalez got his first victory in the day’s opener aboard E. F. F. Sher, a three-year-old Eltish filly bred in Florida by William Lauren, conditioned by Jane Cibelli, and owned by Lauren Stable. Gonzalez completed the early Daily Double aboard Bo’s Secret Storm, a five-year-old gelded son of Exploit saddled by Odin Londono, Jr. for owner Jeff Hayes.
‘First Saturday in May,” Aired at Gulfstream Park and on HRTV, Wins Eclipse Award
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association have announced that the Hennegan Brothers documentary, "The First Saturday in May," which chronicled the story of Florida Derby winner Barbaro and five other horses and their connections en route to the 2006 Kentucky Derby, has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award in the National Television Feature programming category.
The 90-minute program was repeatedly aired free of charge at Gulfstream Park last May, in the days leading up to the 2008 Kentucky Derby, and on HRTV as well, later in the year.
Waquoit’s Love Wins First Stakes in Marshua’s River Sunday
Dennis Federico’s Maryland homebred mare Waquoit’s Love had come close to winning a stakes several times over the last year, twice losing head decisions, but finally broke through to capture Sunday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River Stakes at Gulfstream Park by a neck under jockey Rene Douglas.
The roan/gray 6-year-old daughter of Waquoit, trained by Tim Hills, was close-up from the start, broke clear in the stretch, but was all out to hold Darley Stable’s Sea Chanter safe at the wire after 1 1/16 miles in 1:41:10 over the ‘firm’ course. Stronach Stable’s Ginger Brew was the even-money favorite in the field of 11 fillies and mares and rallied for third, 1¼ lengths behind the runner-up.
Beethoven on Course for Season Debut in Holy Bull
Trainer John Ward reports John Oxley’s leading 3-year-old prospect Beethoven remains on target for the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) on Sat., Jan. 31 at Gulfstream Park.
Beethoven worked Saturday and Ward said, “He came out of it good. Everything is quiet this morning and we’re on schedule.”
The son of Sky Mesa breezed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5.
MEDIA ADVISORY; AQUEDUCT RACE SKED JAN. 14-19, 2009
Live racing at Aqueduct will be conducted Wednesday, January 14, through Monday, January 19, with the three-day holiday weekend featuring a trio of stakes races beginning with Saturday’s $65,000 Evening Attire for three-year-olds and up.
Formerly the Aqueduct Handicap, the race was renamed in honor of the recently retired New York-bred gelding who won the mile and a sixteenth race in 2002 at age four.
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CHOCOLATE CANDY SET TO START IN CALIFORNIA DERBY
ALBANY -- Chocolate Candy, who ran third in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park, is among the horses already confirmed for the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
Northern California's first major race for 3-year-olds who have aspirations of getting on the Triple Crown trail, the California Derby will be run Saturday. Entries for the 1 1/16-miles test will be taken Wednesday morning.
Royal proves his class
The opening round of the Arabian Triple Crown, kindly sponsored by Hydra Properties, over 1600m was the feature race at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan’s retained jockey Richard Hills was seen at his very best on top-weight Royal Class, rained by Gill Duffield, who reversed recent course and distance form with Elmalak Elwaheed, who chased him home.
Sunday, January 11 2009
Kiss the Kid Post Mild Upset in Fort Lauderdale
Owner-trainer Amy Tarrant’s veteran 6-year-old stakes performer drove to a hard-fought neck victory over Charle Fipke’s 6-year-old Society’s Kid to capture the $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Handicap at Gulfstream Park as less than a length covered the first five in a field of 11 at the finish of the 1 1/16 miles turf test.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo was posting his third victory of the afternoon aboard Kiss the Kid, a son of Lemon Drop Kid making his first start since capturing the Cliff Hanger Stakes (G3) at Meadowlands on Oct. 10. Alphonse Bowe’s A.P. Magic finished third, a half-length behind the runner-up, and Ol Memorial Stable and C.E. Glasscock’s 3-1 favorite Buffalo Man checked in eighth without mounting a threat.
World eyes Nad Al Sheba as Dubai International Racing Carnival opens on Thursday
The attention of the racing world shifts its focus to Dubai and Nad Al Sheba on Thursday with the beginning of the sixth Dubai International Racing Carnival, the most international Carnival ever run.
The 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival will be the final one staged at Nad Al Sheba racecourse before the move to Meydan and the largest collection of international horses ever assembled befits a fitting farewell to Dubai’s first racecourse.
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Proud Heiress pays $67.80 in Wishing Well win
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 10, 2009 . . . Proud Heiress surprised everybody but her connections at Turfway Park Saturday, taking the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes at odds of almost 33-1.
Commenting on his confidence in Proud Heiress’s chances despite an off-the-board finish in the Weekend Delight stakes at Turfway last fall, winning trainer Wayne Mogge said, “She won two at Presque Isle, so she definitely likes the all-weather tracks. She did run sixth [in the Weekend Delight], but that was actually a really good race. She made a big move up the inside and only got beat about three lengths [3 3/4]. It was nose-nose-nose from third on back, so we thought we could as easily been third as sixth. And we’ve always had high aspirations for this mare.
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BLIND RIVER FOX FLIES TO VICTORY IN THE PELICAN STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 10, 2009) Blind River Fox soared to victory in today’s $65,000 Pelican Stakes, completing the six furlongs over the main track in 1:10.09. Blind River Fox is a seven-year-old son of Foxtail who was bred in Florida by Adena Springs, is owned by Winning Stables, Inc., trained by Gerald Bennett and was ridden to victory by Willie Martinez.
Blind River Fox raced just off of the early lead, and challenged Ruby’s Red Socks mid- stretch to pull ahead by a neck at the wire. Ruby’s Red Socks was second and Dukes Flying Tiger was third to complete a trifecta that paid $1,380.00 for a $2 wager.
COWBOY CAL WITHSTANDS INQUIRY TO CAPTURE SAN PASQUAL BY NOSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2009) – Cowboy Cal, second in four stakes races since his last win on New Year’s Day of 2008, withstood an inquiry Saturday to triumph by a nose over 28-1 longshot Informed in Santa Anita’s 72nd running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap while covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.26.
With Eastern-based John Velasquez in the saddle for trainer Todd Pletcher, 5-2 second-choice Cowboy Cal assumed command soon after the start. Despite drifting out in deep stretch, he gamely denied the closing surge of Informed, well-beaten at 44-1 in his only previous stakes try after being claimed for $25,000 last June.