Sunday, February 22 2009

Criticism Leads all the Way in The Very One

Darley Stable’s 5-year-old English homebred mare Criticism was Group 3-placed during a modest career in France but she’s taken her game to a new level since coming under the care of trainer Tom Albertrani last fall, winning two of three U.S. starts, including the $125,000 The Very One Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Ridden by Edgar Prado, Criticism broke sharply and took command early in the 1 3/8 miles turf test, was allowed to set slow fractions while setting the pace, and had plenty left in the stretch to coast home a 2½ lengths winner over Swettenham Stud’s 4-year-old Irish-bred filly Dress Rehearsal.

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Taqarub, Justwhistledixie Out of Cold for Weekend Stakes

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will send two 3-year-olds into stakes action next weekend at Gulfstream Park.

Shadwell Stable’s Taqarub heads into Saturday’s $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and West Point Thoroughbreds and partners’ filly Justwhistledixie is set to run in Sunday’s $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2). The two companion events will be run at one mile.

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 22, 2009) Tampa’s leading rider Daniel Centeno added five more victories to his tally today, tying for second place for most wins on a single card at the Oldsmar oval. Today was the first time that the reinsman has won five races on one program. “It’s a great day!” said Centeno. “I’ve won four races many times, but never five.”

Richard DePass set the record of seven wins on one program in 1980; and Centeno is joined by Rick Luhr, Jorge Guerra, Herson Sanchez, Jesse Garcia and Joe Judice as jockeys that have booted home five winners in one day. The 37-year-old native of Venezuela has now accrued 75 wins from 271 mounts through 50 days of racing at the Oldsmar Oval.

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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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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


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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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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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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