Wednesday, January 14 2009


Vestrey Lady Brings $300,000 On Tuesday at Keeneland


Lexington, KY (January 13, 2009) – Stakes winning Vestrey Lady, in foal to Broken Vow, commanded a top price of $300,000 during Tuesday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Nobuo Tsunoda bought the six-year-old mare who is by Vicar out of the Kris S. mare Episode and is from the family of champion Street Sense and graded stakes winner and sire Mr. Greeley. She was consigned by Cara Bloodstock (Bernard McCormack), agent.





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Team Europe arrive to compete for Carnival riches


South Africans Mike de Kock and Herman Brown may have the largest individual teams of the international trainers, but it is Europe who will supply the most trainers throughout the Carnival.

With handlers from the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Greece, Spain and Italy among those confirmed, ‘team Europe’ looks a strong and versatile one.





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Tuesday, January 13 2009


Island Fashion, Almonsoon Top Opening Day Of Keeneland January Sale


Lexington, KY (January 12, 2008) – Island Fashion, in foal to Ghostzapper, and Almonsoon, sold as a racing or broodmare prospect, each brought final bids of $950,000 to highlight opening day of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Naohiro Hosoda signed the ticket for Island Fashion on behalf of Katsumi Yoshida, owner of Northern Farm in Japan.





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Shadwell Estate sponsors first Carnival meeting of the season


The highly-anticipated sixth Dubai International Racing Carnival kicks off this Thursday with a feature racecard, kindly sponsored by Shadwell Estate.

The programme is highlighted by the first rounds of both the Purebred Arabian and Thoroughbred versions of the Al Maktoum Challenge.





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TVG TO BROADCAST EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE OF THE ECLIPSE AWARDS ON JANUARY 26


LOS ANGELES (January 12, 2009) – TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, will exclusively broadcast the 38th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony live on Monday, January 26 from The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, Florida. Stars of the 2008 awards are expected to include reigning Horse of the Year Curlin, 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown and Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic winner Zenyatta.

TVG kicks off its live coverage of the Eclipse Awards at 7 p.m. EST. TVG’s Todd Schrupp, Simon Bray and Jill Byrne will host the network’s programming surrounding the event. The Eclipse Awards show will be produced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) in association with TVG.







 

Home team ready to repel the raiders


The international challenge for the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival may be the strongest ever assembled but they will certainly not gave it all their own way with a ‘home defence’ that is certainly the most powerful we have seen.

As always, Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has a powerful string at his disposal which includes some very exciting young recruits such as Midshipman and Vineyard Haven who will be aimed at the Classics.





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Monday, January 12 2009


South African contingent looking for further dominance at Dubai International Racing Carnival


As the countdown to the DIRC continues we look around the world at the regions that will be represented.

TODAY: SOUTH AFRICA

The highest quality Dubai International Racing Carnival to date commences on Thursday with an exceptionally strong equine cast gathering in Dubai for the $31million extravaganza.





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BAFFERT RUNS THREE, TAKES SANTA YSABEL WITH 24-1 CENTURY PARK


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2009) – Century Park, the second longest price in the field at 24-1 and clearly the least fancied of trainer Bob Baffert’s three entrants, ran off with Santa Anita’s 42nd running of the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday.

After a brief scramble for the early lead, Century Park took control under jockey Tyler Baze, was able to dictate the tempo with moderate fractions, and had enough in reserve to deter hard-charging 3-1 favorite Haka by one length.





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OWNER, ANALYST/HANDICAPPER JEFF SEIGEL AVAILABLE DAILY AT SANTAANITA.COM


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2009)—HRTV’s Jeff Seigel has been called many things during his nearly 40-year career in Thoroughbred racing: owner, breeder, publicist, television analyst and perhaps most importantly, Southern California’s most entertaining handicapper. All of these descriptions will serve fans well when they visit Seigel’s daily horse racing blog at http://www.SantaAnita.com.

“The blog is a work in progress,” said the always-upbeat Seigel. “We’re going to be adding things every week, but for now, I will have a daily handicap and analysis of the following day’s races up the night before race-day.





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STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 11TH, 2009


BROTHER KEITH, SQUARE EDDIE MEET IN SATURDAY’S SAN RAFAEL

Brother Keith, winner of his only start, steps into graded company next Saturday in the $100,000 San Rafael Stakes at one mile, an important prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4.

“You gotta try him someplace,” Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said. When it was suggested he might go through his conditions, rather than face the likes of Lane’s End Futurity winner Square Eddie, Frankel countered: “Maybe the races won’t go. I got to get him started.”





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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.





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‘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.





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