Friday, April 17 2009


STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH, 2009


ESPINOZA COMFORTABLE WITH SPEEDY MIDSHIPS IN MARATHON SAN JUAN

Victor Espinoza is not concerned with potentially quick fractions in Sunday’s closing day feature, the Grade II, $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at about 1 ¾ miles on turf. Comfort is the key, says the 36-year-old jockey, who rides probable pacesetter Midships for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel.

Frankel currently leads all trainers this meet in stakes wins with eight, and is second in career stakes wins with 145, behind Charlie Whittingham, who leads with 204.





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Deeveetee returns for Star Shoot


TORONTO, April 16 - Deeveetee goes for her first stakes 'W' in Sunday's $150,000 Star Shoot Stakes at Woodbine.

The six-furlong contest is an open event for three-year-old fillies. This year's edition has attracted five Ontario-breds, four of whom are eligible for the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser (http://www.woodbineoaks.com), on June 7.





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A PAIR OF STATE-BRED STAKES RACES HEADLINE OPENING DAY CARD


BALTIMORE, 04-16-09---The spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course gets off to a fast start on Saturday with 10 races, including a pair of stakes races for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. First post is 1:10 p.m.

The $50,000 Hookedonthefeelin has attracted nine three-year-old fillies set to race five furlongs on the turf. Not one of the entrants has ever raced on the grass. Haley’s Lolipop is the lukewarm 7-2 favorite. The Steve Klesaris trainee has stakes experience and will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik. She posted a win and a third in the Wide Country Stakes in two starts at Laurel this winter.





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Aqueduct Notes 4.16.09


Jockey Anna Rose Napravnik will bring her first season riding in New York to a close this weekend. Napravnik, who moved her tack to New York in late November, enjoyed success over Aqueduct’s inner track, finishing 5th in the standings with 39 victories, just two behind 4th place rider Eddie Castro.

“It was a real introduction period when we first got here,” Napravnik said of her arrival in New York. “Then, more and more people started to support us, business picked up and we finished out well. A lot of appreciation goes toward [those trainers] who started riding me in the beginning because I was out there on their horses showing everyone I could ride.”





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BED O’ROSES OFFERS LOOK AT BUDDING TALENT


This time of year, as horses return north from their winter quarters, it is not uncommon for trainers, looking for just the right spot, to cross-enter runners. Sometimes, it is merely feeling out the competition to see what’s out there. At other times, it may be a chance to pick up some black type.

Maryland-based trainer Michael Trombetta is weighing his options this weekend with Jeff Singer’s Cowgirls Don’t Cry, and it may be a last-minute decision as to where she runs.





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BELMONT FANS, SAVE YOUR BUCKS! ENJOY $PRING AT THE PARK


A protracted, cold winter and a longer and lousier economic climate has everybody down, but in fact, spring is here and brings the chance to get your spirits lifted with the approaching Opening Day of Belmont Park's 2009 Spring/Summer Meet on Wednesday, April 29. To make life a little easier on its fans, Belmont Park will offer "Save Your Bucks" every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through May 29. On those days, fans can enjoy $1 off general parking, admission, beer and soda, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.

Excluding Belmont Stakes Day, June 6, general admission is normally $2 and clubhouse admission is $5; while general parking is $2, preferred parking $7 and valet parking $7.





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Santa Teresita Favored in Sixty Sails


The last and only time Santa Teresita took her game to a traditional dirt course, the outcome was, quite bluntly, underwhelming. She showed up in the Delaware Handicap last July, after finishing second to champion Zenyatta in her previous start, the Milady Handicap at Santa Anita, and finished seventh, beaten 26 ¼-lengths by Hysterical Lady. But maybe there’s more than meets the eye.

“It wasn’t a successful trip, to say the least,” said Nick Hines, racing manager for Southern Equine Stable, owners of Santa Teresita. “But I also think it was the perfect storm. She just had a tough race against an awesome filly, plus she was shipping for the first time, had a rough trip in the Delaware Handicap, and she even bled a little.”





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AFTER LOSING PHOTO IN OPENER, BAZES GOES BACK-TO-BACK AT GGF


ALBANY -- Russell Baze bounced back from a tough loss in the first race to ride back-to-back winners at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

Baze and 3-to-2 favorite Stella's Posada were beaten a nose by 8-to-5 second-choice Lendell and jockey Frank Alvarado in the first race, a six-furlong sprint in which the top two finishers battled on the lead from start to finish.

Baze atoned to the "chalk players" in the second race when he guided 6-to-5 favorite Time to Honor to an easy five-length triumph in a 1 1/16-miles contest for 3-year-olds and up.





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Stidham and Moquett among new trainers sending horses to DelPark in ’09


Wilmington, Del., April 16, 2009 — Michael Stidham and Ron Moquett. a pair of top trainers from the Midwest, are moving east to Delaware Park for the spring and summer. Opening Day for the 116-day meet is Saturday, April 25. The 72nd live racing season will have a daily first race post time of 1:15 p.m.

In prior years, Michael Stidham, who finished sixth in the trainer standings at the recently concluded Fair Grounds meet, would send a division to Arlington Park and to Lone Star Park. This year, the 51-year-old native of Neptune, New Jersey, will be sending a division of about 40 horses to Arlington Park and a string of about 20 horses to Delaware Park.





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MILLER LITE SATURDAY TASTE OF SUMMER NEW FOR 2009 SEASON


An addition to the Arlington Park promotional calendar for the 2009 season is the Miller Lite Saturday Taste of Summer which runs from May 23, the Saturday before Memorial Day, through Sept. 5, the Saturday before Labor Day. The Miller Lite Saturday Taste of Summer features live music by popular local bands plus delicious food and beverage specials. First race and first song each week is at 1 p.m. (12:15 p.m. on June 6, July 11 and Aug. 8).

In addition to live music, the Saturday Taste of Summer will feature Baggo and other interactive games plus guests will be able to have the pictures taken by an on-track photographer who will make the photos available for them to download at no charge.





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Thursday, April 16 2009


British Kentucky Derby Hopeful Mafaaz Staying Here, Going to McLaughlin Barn


Lexington, KY (April 15, 2009) – Shadwell Stable’s Mafaaz (GB), eighth in Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1), will move from the Keeneland quarantine barn into the barn of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin on Thursday morning.

“I don’t know what their plans are for him, but the decision was made today that Neal McLaughlin will come by in the morning and take him to their barn,” said Les Reynolds, head traveling lad for trainer John Gosden. Neal McLaughlin is an assistant to his brother, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.





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Santa Barbara Stakes Advance, Wednesday, April 15th, 2009


ARCADIA, Calif. (April 15, 2009) – Foxysox has chased Black Mamba three times in graded stakes races with the exception being a nose separation in last year’s Santa Barbara Handicap, a reversal that Black Mamba will attempt to rectify Saturday in Santa Anita’s 61st running of the Grade II, $200,000 competition for fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf.

The two foreign-bred mares, both of whom are now 6-years-old, could not have appeared more alike then they did on April 19 of last year. Each carried 116 pounds. Black Mamba was sent off at odds of 4.60 to 1; Foxysox , 4.70 to 1. And, at the Santa Barbara wire, Foxysox prevailed by the thinnest of noses. Black Mamba, however, would go on to clearly outrun Foxysox in their next two starts. She captured Hollywood Park’s Grade II Beverly Hills Handicap and Del Mar’s Grade I John C. Mabee Handicap.





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