Wednesday, December 24 2008
INDIAN BLESSING FACES TALENTED FIELD IN SATURDAY’S LA BREA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2008) – Multimillionaire Indian Blessing, all but irrepressible as the favorite in 11 career starts that include four Grade I victories, will try to atone for a second-place finish in October’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint when heading a lineup of ten 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $250,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita.
John Velasquez, who offered no excuse for Indian Blessing’s defeat by Ventura in the Breeders’ Cup event at Santa Anita, will return from the East to handle trainer Bob Baffert’s daughter of Indian Charlie. She will carry co-high weight of 123 pounds in the 36th running of the seven-furlong event which Baffert has won a record five times.
Stable Notes, Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
Rain or shine, good times or bad, there is only one Santa Anita Park. Embarking on its 72nd season of racing Friday, the historic track has been home to legions of stars, equine and athletic, surviving World War II and natural disasters since opening on Christmas Day, 1934.
In short, the winter/spring meet is one racing fans anticipate. It’s a new beginning, with quality horses, important races and seemingly limitless opportunities to enjoy them in one of the most scenic settings in all of sports, the San Gabriel Mountains serving as a picturesque backdrop.
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS OPENS 118-DAY
ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will give horse racing fans a present the day after Christmas when it opens its 118-day winter/spring season Friday. Post time is 12:15 p.m.
Friday's opener will feature nine races, including the $75,000 Silveyville Stakes, the third contest on the card. Pass the Heat, a 5-year-old gelding who has won nine of his 19 career races and $330,499, is among the six horses entered in the Silveyville.
Al Basti Equiworld sponsored lucky draw introduced at the races
Dubai Racing Club is pleased to announce a lucky draw sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld to take place at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse at every racemeeting.
Starting on Friday December 26th, the DRC Lucky Draw Sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld will be available for all racegoers wishing to try their luck in walking away with one of the 35 cash prizes on offer.
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Tuesday, December 23 2008
Etisalat partners first Friday meeting of the season at Nad Al Sheba
Racing returns to Nad Al Sheba this week on Friday December 26, when the eighth meeting of the season will be sponsored by Etisalat, and is a seven race affair.
Dubai Racing Club CEO Mr Frank Gabriel Jr said: “Etisalat has long been associated with the Dubai Racing Club, sponsoring meetings during the Winter Racing Challenge, the Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Godolphin Mile at the Dubai World Cup.
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COLONEL JOHN HEADS MAILBU AS SANTA ANITA OPENS 72ND SEASON
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2008) – Santa Anita Derby and Travers Stakes winner Colonel John leads seven 3-year-olds into Friday’s Grade I, $250,000 Malibu Stakes as Santa Anita traditionally opens its 72nd season on the day after Christmas with first post at 12 noon.
The 57th Malibu, at seven furlongs, is one of three stakes races on the nine-race program that ushers in the track’s 84-day run over Santa Anita’s new Pro-Ride synthetic surface that was successfully introduced during the track’s recent Oak Tree meeting. The nine races attracted 103 entrants, an average of 11 per race.
STABLE NOTES, MONDAY DECEMBER 22ND, 2008
HORSES AT THE READY AS SANTA ANITA BEGINS 72ND CAMPAIGN FRIDAY
Santa Anita Park, which opened on Christmas Day, 1934 and instantly established itself as one a great Thoroughbred venue, plans to continue that rich heritage when it ushers in its 72nd season of world-class racing this Friday, the day after Christmas, its traditional opening day.
Highlighting the initial program is the 57th running of the Grade I Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, an event that has been won in the past by equine luminaries such as Determine, Round Table, Native Diver, Buckpasser, Damascus, Ancient Title, Spectacular Bid, Precisionist and Ferdinand.
Gulfstream Park Donates $25,000 Toward Hallandale Beach PAL’s Purchase of 15-Seat Van
Magna Entertainment Corp. Chairman Frank Stronach was on hand at Gulfstream Park Monday to present the keys to a 2009 Ford E-350 Super Duty® Extended Length XL van to the Hallandale Beach Police Athletic League.
“It is with great pleasure that Gulfstream Park and (its parent company) MEC makes this contribution to the community and to such a worthy organization as the PAL,” Mr. Stronach said. “We recognize that the key to a better society rests with its youth, and we recognize the many contributions that the PAL – through (Hallandale Police Chief) Tom Magill, Major Ken Cowley and Sergeant Paul Robert – have made. We take great pride in being able to contribute to such a worthy cause.”
Churchill Downs Incorporated Reaches One-Year ADW Agreement
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 22, 2008) – Officials of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) and representatives of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (“FHBPA”) have come to an agreement on the distribution of live racing signals from Calder Race Course (“Calder”) to national advance-deposit wagering (“ADW”) platforms.
The one-year agreement covers the remainder of the current Tropical Meet at Calder, ending Jan. 2, 2009, and the 2009 Calder and Tropical meets.
Monday, December 22 2008
Festive family day out at the races
Dubai Racing Club invites you to spend Boxing Day at the Races this Friday!
What better way to celebrate the festive season with friends and family than with a gourmet festive lunch?
Held in hospitality suites and restaurants of the Millennium Grandstand, guests will be able to experience a traditional day with a twist.
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HOLLYWOOD PARK UNABLE TO OVERCOME NATIONAL TREND
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2008) — Hollywood Park, fighting the declining economy and an Advance Deposit Wagering dispute which curtailed wagering by players residing outside of California for 17 racing days, finished its 40-day Autumn Meet on Sunday with declines across the board in attendance and handle.
Overall, handle averaged $8.9 million, down 18.3 percent from the figure of $10.9 million during a 32-day meeting in 2007. The on-track average of $1.05 million was down 21.6 percent from the average of $1.3 million in 2007. On track-attendance fell 12 percent to 4,353, compared to 4,944 in 2007.
BEJARANO, O’NEILL WIN MEET TITLES WITH FLAIR
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2008) — Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who did not ride closing day, completed a sweep of the five major Southern California meetings by riding 52 winners at Hollywood Park’s 40-day Autumn Meet, which concluded Sunday.
Bejarano, a 26-year-old native of Arequipa, Peru., moved his tack west during the 2007 Autumn Meet and became just the third jockey to sweep the Santa Anita Winter/Spring Meeting, the Hollywood Park Spring/Summer Meet, Del Mar, Oak Tree and the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet. Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron was the first to do so in 1983 and Patrick Valenzuela matched the feat in 2003.