Sunday, February 22 2009


WHAT A PEAR DOMINATES IN BUSHER


Tri-Bone Stable’s What a Pear remained undefeated Sunday afternoon, unleashing the most dominant performance of her young career to win the 30th running of the $70.330 Busher for three-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth. Her 10 ¼-length victory came in 1:45.17.

In returning a generous $6.80 to win – the crowd of 3,203 made Pumpkin Shell the post-time favorite – What a Pear was never in a bad position. Jockey Channing Hill opted to place her on the rail and off the pace behind front-running My Anguilla, who showed the way around the clubhouse turn as Kiss and Fly Pressed the first quarter of a mile in 23.84 on Aqueduct’s fast inner dirt track.





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Jockey Musarro gets first career win


FLORENCE, KY . . . February 22, 2009 . . . Apprentice jockey Joe Musarro, 17, earned his first career win Sunday when he guided Heavenly Surprise to a 5 1/2-length score in Turfway Park’s seventh race, a claiming event for fillies and mares three years old and up.

Breaking from post six in the field of seven, Heavenly Surprise jumped immediately to the lead, was taken back by Musarro to race in third, and then regained the lead at the top of the turn before easily drawing away in the stretch. The mare finished the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:07.08 and paid $9.20 as the 7-2 second choice.





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Lane’s End nominations total 112


FLORENCE, KY . . . February 22, 2009 . . . The 38th renewal of the Grade II Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway Park has drawn 112 nominations, announced Racing Secretary Richard S. Leigh. For three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles, the Lane’s End Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, March 21. The race traditionally is run six weeks before the first Saturday in May as a prep for the Kentucky Derby (G1), and its $500,000 purse virtually guarantees the winner a spot in the Derby field should more than 20 seek to enter.

The winners of both local preps run to date are nominated to the Lane’s End. Loch Dubh, trained by Jeff Talley for Texas Toyco, won the Turfway Prevue sprint in January, and Parade Clown, trained by Katherine Ball for Donamire Farm, was nominated on the strength of his win in the WEBN Stakes. (The third local prep, the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, will run February 28.)





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BIG SHOW PAYOFFS ABOUND WHEN FAVORED ENTRY RUNS OUT OF THE MONEY


ALBANY -- Crafty Power and Any Wager formed what many thought was an unbeatable entry in the $31,320 feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday so when neither horse finished in the money the result was predictable - big show payoffs.

There was $121,596 bet into the show pool of the eighth race and $111,673 of that total was wagered on the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained entry of Crafty Power and Any Wager. Crafty Power finished fifth after setting the pace and then fading in the final furlong while Any Wager checked in fourth (beaten a head for third) after unleashing his closing kick too late.







 

Saturday, February 21 2009


GEORGIE BOY CONTINUES TO ROLL WITH HANDY SAN CARLOS WIN


ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2009) – Georgie Boy, who won three successive graded stakes before going to the sidelines as a 3-year-old last year, followed up his smashing victory in the Sunshine Millions Sprint with a rousing come-from-behind score Saturday as the odds-on favorite in Santa Anita’s 71st running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap while covering seven furlongs in 1:21.85.

After being settled into fourth position by Garrett Gomez in the field of six, Georgie Boy rallied strongly while on the extreme outside rounding the final the turn to defeat Halo Najib by 2 ¾ lengths with his ears pricked.





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STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2009


EXPENSIVE CLAIM BALFOUR PARK EYES NEXT SATURDAY’S SHAM STAKES

Balfour Park, claimed for the rarified price of $100,000 last out by trainer Craig Lewis, likely will make his next start in the Grade III Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles next Saturday.

“More than likely (he’ll run),” Lewis said. Balfour Park, a Kentucky-bred son of the Seeking the Gold sire Mutakddim, has raced only three times, breaking his maiden in the $100,000 race at one mile on Jan. 28.





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VICTORY ALLEGED HONEST IN TAMPA BAY BREEDERS’ CUP


OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 21, 2009) Victory Alleged pulled an upset in today’s $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup, besting a field of nine other older horses to win at odds of 28-1 with jockey Carlos Marquez in the irons. Victory Alleged is an eight-year-old son of Victory Gallop trained by Dennis Manning for owner Mac Fehsenfeld.

Victory Alleged broke alertly, settled behind early leaders Riversrunrylee and Fahgedaboudit Sal, moved to the lead in the late stretch to win by a neck. Classic Campaign was second, and Society’s Chairman was third, completing a trifecta that paid $1,381.20 for a $2 wager.





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Walloon steps up to stakes win in Valdale


FLORENCE, KY . . . February 21, 2009 . . . Walloon stepped up to two turns and earned her first stakes trophy Saturday at Turfway Park, taking the $50,000 Valdale Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths.

Karacuda jumped out quickly to set the pace, followed closely by the 3-2 favorite, Tacky Cat. Breaking from the inside post under jockey Hector Rosario Jr., Walloon went at the leaders briefly before settling back to mid-pack along the rail. Rosario moved her off the rail leaving the final turn and made a four-wide run past the tiring leaders. She’s Due closed from far back to take second. Three-quarters of a length farther back was Satans Quick Chick, who had trailed the field early.





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Jockey Billy Troilo gets career win 2,500


FLORENCE, KY . . . February 21, 2009 . . . Jockey Billy Troilo earned his 2,500th career win Saturday when he guided Sabeeb to a two-length victory in the sixth race at Turfway Park.

The milestone win came one race after Troilo earned win number 2,499 with Queen of Victory. He added win number 2,501 in the eighth race aboard Overdrive.





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WORTH WAITING FOR, WEATHERED SHINES IN RARE TREAT


Saturday afternoon, there was more excitement before Aqueduct’s 37th running of the $70,695 Rare Treat than during the actual running of the nine-furlong inner track event.

A loose shoe forced Rap Tale back to the saddling area. Once that problem was corrected, the race was delayed even longer when the bridle came off of longshot Vladimira.





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GUARANTEED $250,000 LATE PICK 4 A HIT IN SECOND WEEK


Saturday afternoon, in the second week of its existence, the New York Racing Association’s guaranteed $250,000 late Pick 4 proved a big hit with Aqueduct Racetrack’s customers.

Total handle on the pool was $376,790, up from the $339,363 that was put in when the pool debuted on February 14.





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HELLO POOCHI POOH GALLOPS IN MARYLAND RACING MEDIA HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 02-21-09---The others handed the race to Hello Poochi Pooh on a silver platter when they let her gallop to an uncontested lead in the $50,000 Maryland Racing Media Handicap at Laurel Park.

Sent to post as the overwhelming 3-5 favorite and lone speed in the field of five fillies and mares, Hello Poochi Pooh clicked off fractions of 25.30, 50.23 and 1:14.73 on her way to a final time of 1:51.78 for the nine furlong distance. Peachy Kiss finished second, 2-3/4 lengths behind the winner. Clara’s Song was third. The winner, under jockey Erick Rodriguez, paid $3.20.





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