Friday, January 30 2009
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, JANUARY 30TH, 2009
REPEAT ECLIPSE WINNER GOMEZ REUNITES WITH VENTURA SATURDAY
Garrett Gomez has ridden Ventura in each of her seven starts in the United States, winning four. But to hear the two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey tell it, with any kind of luck, he might be perfect.
Ventura was second, beaten a nose, in the CashCall Mile at Hollywood Park last July, second by a length and a quarter in the Grade I Woodbine Mile on a yielding turf course against males, and third by nearly four lengths on a “good” course at Churchill Downs in the Distaff Turf Mile last May 3.
Capt. Candyman Can Gets it Done in Hutcheson Stakes
Joseph Rausch and David Zell’s 3-year-old Capt. Candyman Can was eased back to the inside off an early pace duel in Friday’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park until jockey Julien Leparoux swung him to the outside near the quarter pole and powered to score by 1½ lengths over Elizabeth Valando’s 2-1 favorite Hello Broadway in the seven-furlong test.
The victory marked the fourth of the afternoon for Leparoux as Capt. Candyman Can paid $7.40 to win as the third choice in the field of six while timed in 1:23:69 over the fast track. Capt. Candyman Can, who is trained by Ian Wilkes, is a son of Candy Ride who was making his first start since a close-up third-place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29.
Frolic’s Dream Dominates Friday’s Forward Gal
Dare To Dream Stable’s 3-year-old homebred filly Frolic’s Dream took command easily into the far turn of Friday’s $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and was never threatened in the stretch as she coasted home to score by 2½ lengths over Richard Rowan’s 14-1 Renda in the seven-furlong test.
Ridden by regular jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, Frolic’s Dream avenged the lone defeat of her career when beaten a head for it all, finishing third in the Old Hat Stakes (G3) going six furlongs here Jan. 4 when she had a troubled trip.
WILL O WAY 7-TO-5 FAVORITE IN CALIFORNIA OAKS AT GGF
ALBANY -- Will O Way, a romping winner of the Corte Madera Stakes on Dec. 13, will try to add another stakes victory to her resume Saturday when she competes in the $100,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.
Will O Way was an odds-on favorite when she scored a 5 1/2-length victory in the one-mile Corte Madera and she is a 7-to-5 choice on the morning line to capture the 1 1/16-mile California Oaks.
NYRA NAMES FIVE TO Saratoga Advisory Board
The New York Racing Association, Inc. has filled its five seats on the 15-member Saratoga Race Course Local Advisory Board, a committee established under the terms of NYRA’s renewed 25-year racing franchise. The City of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County had previously announced their appointees.
Two of the NYRA appointees are well-known local business and civic leaders. Tom Roohan is president of Roohan Realty and active in such civic organizations as The Saratoga County Planning Board, The Downtown Special Assessment District, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, City of Saratoga Springs Board of Assessment Review and Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing. Joseph A. Torani is a Managing Partner of the management and consulting firm of Bollam Sheedy Torani & Co LLP, CPAs. He is a former member of the NYRA Oversight Board and has held leadership positions in a number of industry and charitable organizations.
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NYRA Files Statement with MTA on “Belmont Special” Train Service
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today sent a brief statement to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) reiterating its opposition to the proposed elimination of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) “Belmont Special” train service (except for Belmont Stakes Day) which the MTA recently announced as part of a series of proposed fare increases and service cuts.
At an MTA public hearing on its proposed changes held on Jan. 21, 2009, two NYRA representatives, joined by a New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association board member and eight civic leaders provided oral statements in opposition to the planned suspension of rail service to Belmont Park.
Arrow hits the bulls eye
Erwan Charpy maintained his dominance in Thoroughbred Listed races this season when saddling Golden Arrow to win Friday’s Jebel Ali Mile, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Derrinstown Stud.
There have now been four such races, two at Abu Dhabi and two at Jebel Ali, and the Frenchman has won all four after Tadhg O’Shea steered his six-year-old to a brave victory in a race they had been second last year.
GOMEZ STRIKES AT 10-1 IN FEATURE, PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF 74,682 IN PLAY FOR FRIDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2009) – Four races after Rafael Bejarano had ridden a first-time starter to victory at odds of 11-1 for trainer Doug O’Neill on Thursday, Garrett Gomez struck with a 10-1 O’Neill trainee, Scorewithcater, to register a head victory over Unbridled Roman in Santa Anita’s feature, the $57,656 Palm Springs Purse for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
Despite victories by two favorites in the Pick Six sequence, some unusual events combined to generate a Pick Six carryover of $74,682 into Friday’s racing program when Santa Anita offers free general admission as well as free box seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
EMMY DARLING DOES QUICK TURNAROUND IN SUNDAY’S LA HABRA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2009) – After running a disappointing seventh last Saturday in the $250,000 Sunshine Million Oaks, Emmy Darling is scheduled for a hasty U-turn when returning to a grass surface in Sunday’s 36th running of the Grade III, $100,000 La Habra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over 6 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.
The La Habra will be the eighth-race feature on a nine-race program that will begin at 11 a.m., 1 ½ hours earlier than usual, in deference to the Super Bowl with its scheduled kickoff of 3:28 p.m. (PST).
STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 2009
VENTURA ‘CRANKED’ TO WIN SATURDAY’S GRADE I SANTA MONICA
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Ventura is set for her 2009 debut in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Monica Handicap for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs. The 5-year-old Chester House mare owned and bred by the Juddmonte Farms has not raced since her breathtaking four-length triumph in the Breeders’ Cup race at Oak Tree last Oct. 24.
Asked if she was “cranked” for her return, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said, “She’s cranked enough to win.” Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez has the mount. He has ridden Ventura in each of her seven U.S. starts, four of them victories.
Breeders’ Cup Winners Kip Deville & Red Rocks Clash in Gulfstream Turf
IEAH Stables and partners’ 6-year-old Kip Deville and J. Paul Reddam’s 6-year-old Irish-bred Red Rocks have each won Breeders’ Cup championship races, and the two veteran performers will meet for the first time Sunday in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
Also to be run on Sunday will be the $125,000 Suwannee River Handicap (G3) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf with Three Chimneys Racing and Harlequin Ranch’s Irish-bred, Canadian champion mare Callwood Dancer and Dennis Federico’s Waquoit’s Love among the favorites in a field of 10.
WEBN Stakes next step to Lane’s End
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 29, 2009 . . . Ten three-year-olds have been entered for the $50,000 WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. Covering a mile, the race is the second of three local preps for the Lane’s End Stakes.
Azicharmyou was the runner-up in his debut, a maiden special sprint at Turfway, but followed with a 6 3/4-length win at the same level two weeks later in his second start, also a sprint at Turfway. He either set the pace or was right on top of it in both efforts, a style that will be put to the test in the WEBN, his first try around two turns. Rodney Prescott rides for trainer Larry Holt.
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