Thursday, January 22 2009
TAMPA BAY DOWNS UPDATE: QUARTERLY REPORT
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 21, 2009) The Tampa Bay Downs trainers’ standings are a close lock through the first 25 days of the Oldsmar oval’s 83rd season of racing, with past leading trainers Jamie Ness and Kirk Ziadie tied for the lead with 16 wins each. Lynne Scace is currently the third leading conditioner with 121victories to her credit; Greg Griffith is fourth with 8 wins; and Dale Bennett is in fifth place with seven trips to the Winner’s Circle.
KENNY RICE TO HOST ECLIPSE AWARDS CEREMONY
Award-winning horse racing and sports announcer Kenny Rice will host the 38th annual Eclipse Awards on Monday evening January 26 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.
The Eclipse Awards are presented by the NTRA, National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form. Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon 17 horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in 2008 have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. The Eclipse Awards will be televised live by TVG, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Kip Deville Works Between Races at Gulfstream
IEAH Stable and partners’ Kip Deville had the Gulfstream Park turf course all to himself Wednesday afternoon, between the second and third races, as the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner worked six furlongs ahead of a start in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) on Feb. 1.
Under regular jockey Cornelio Velasquez, the 6-year-old son of Kipling clicked off fractions of :26 4/5 and :51 3/5 before finishing his breeze in front of the racing crowd in 1:16 4/5.
TRIO OF GGF-BASED HORSES WILL COMPETE IN SUNSHINE MILLIONS
ALBANY -- A trio of horses based at Golden Gate Fields will compete Saturday in the seventh annual Sunshine Millions, an event in which California-breds and Florida-breds compete in rich stakes races run at Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park.
The $3.6 million Sunshine Millions program features the following races: $1 million Classic (at Gulfstream Park), $500,000 Turf (Santa Anita), $500,000 Filly and Mare Turf (Gulfstream Park), $500,000 Distaff (Santa Anita), $300,000 Filly and Mare Sprint (Gulfstream Park), $300,000 Sprint (Santa Anita), $250,000 Dash (Gulfstream Park), and $250,000 Oaks (Santa Anita).
Big Man in the City
Thursday’s second meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, kindly sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, featured the Group 3 1200m Al Shindagha Sprint on the dirt.
It was won in style by the Jerry Barton-trained Big City Man who showed acceleration that the sponsors would have been proud of in one of their Ferraris!
Never far off the pace, he went to the front at halfway and quickened clear 200m later.
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Wednesday, January 21 2009
Break Water Edison Busts Loose in Gulfstream Workout
Trainer John Kimmel just got back from a skiing vacation in Utah.
After the way Eli Gindi’s 3-year-old colt Break Water Edison worked at Gulfstream Park Wednesday morning, he knows that’s probably the last time off he will get for a while as the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail offers no vacation time.
LIVE RACING CONTINUES TOMORROW
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 20, 2009) Tomorrow, January 21 will be a bonus race day at Tampa Bay Downs. Wednesday’s live card will showcase ten races, including an allowance dash for fillies three years old travelling seven furlongs fresh off of their first wins. The featured race of the day is the ninth race, an allowance optional claiming test for four year olds an up. Titus, making his 2009 debut for trainer Jamie Ness, will take on nine other contenders in the five furlong turf test.
Saturday, January 24 will be Cap Giveaway Day at Tampa Bay Downs. A free Tampa Bay Downs commemorative baseball cap will be given away with each paid admission while supplies last.
Sprinters to motor at Nad Al Sheba
Al Tayer Motors sponsor tonight’s second meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival and an all Thoroughbred, nine race card starts at 6.55pm.
The feature race of the evening is the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint, a 1200m dash on dirt, for which 12 have been declared.
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Tuesday, January 20 2009
ARTISTE ROYAL GETS HOME IN LAST JUMP FOR DRYSDALE IN SAN MARCOS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2009) – Artiste Royal, whose fortunes veered off course when eleventh in last month’s $2.5-million Hong Kong Cup, got back on track in a hurry on Monday when storming from last to nail Medici Code on the money in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Marcos Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on turf.
With jockey Garrett Gomez timing his move to perfection, 5-2 favored Artiste Royal got up in the final jump to win by a nose and provide Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale with his fourth San Marcos win since 1989.
SPRINT CLASH FOCUS OF SUNSHINE MILLIONS ACTION AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2009) – The clash between Grade I winners In Summation and Georgie Boy in Saturday’s $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint may be Santa Anita’s most compelling attraction of the four Sunshine Millions events that comprise its share of $3.6 million bi-coastal competition between California-bred and Florida-breds that reaches to Gulfstream Park in Florida.
In addition to the six-furlong Sprint, Santa Anita offers the $500,000 San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino Turf at 1 1/8 miles, $500,000 Distaff at 1 1/16 miles, and the $250,000 Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs. The $1 million Classic, which annually alternates between the two tracks, heads the Florida lineup of four Sunshine Millions stakes races.
IN SUMMATION’S THE REAL DEAL FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS SPRINT
There’s nothing synthetic about In Summation except the racing surface he fancies.
In 27 career starts, the 6-year-old Florida-bred horse has had 10 on synthetic surfaces, winning five, with two seconds and one third. In five starts on Santa Anita’s synthetic track, In Summation has three victories, including back-to-back scores in the Grade III El Conejo Handicap at 5 ½ furlongs.
AT 6, GRAND CHAMPION MAKES SEASONAL BOW IN PAUMONOK
Grand Champion is the kind of horse a New York racing fan loves.
He runs hard always, loves Aqueduct’s winter track and has performed well enough to have a record of 6-1-6 from 16 career starts.
Saturday afternoon, he will launch his six-year-old season when he goes to post in the 101st running of the $65,000-added Paumonok for three-year-olds and up at six furlongs on the inner dirt track.
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