Friday, January 09 2009
ELEVEN FILLIES AND MARES FACE OFF IN WHAT A SUMMER STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 01-08-09---Access Fee heads a cast of eleven fillies and mares in Saturday’s $50,000 What A Summer Stakes at Laurel Park. The race will go six furlongs on the main track.
Access Fee (9-5), a lightly raced four-year-old filly, has won three of five starts for trainer Larry Murray, including a perfect three-for-three at her home track. The daughter of Menifee began her three-year-old campaign with a pair of impressive wins at Laurel Park then finished second on the grass at Philadelphia Park in July. After a four month layoff she won an allowance test here before ending 2008 with a trip to Aqueduct with a fourth place finish as the co-favorite in the Foil Stakes on December 14. Murray’s star worked a half-mile Sunday morning in 48 seconds, the fastest of 11 times in preparation for this test. Jose Caraballo has the mount.
Canadian Champion Ginger Brew Returns in Marshua’s River Sunday
Stronach Stable’s 4-year-old Canadian homebred filly Ginger Brew returns to competition as one of the favorites in Sunday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Javier Castellano rides Ginger Brew for trainer Brian Lynch in a full field of 12 fillies and mares drawn for the 1 1/16 miles turf test. After her Calder Oaks victory last spring, the Canadian-bred daughter of Milwaukee Brew won the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on Polytrack on June 8 by six lengths and two weeks later finished a game second by a head as the favorite in the $1 million Queen’s Plate.
Winter Racing Challenge comes to glamorous conclusion
Dubai Racing Club, official fashion partner BurJuman and event sponsors Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Contempo Events, played host to the fabulous Winter BurJuman Fillies & Fashion this evening.
Partygoers dined on gourmet cuisine, supped sparkling beverages and took in the action both on the catwalk and the race track.
Fillies strutted around in stylish and beautiful dresses and eye catching head pieces.
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Big City Man stars at Nad Al Sheba
Thursday’s tenth meeting of the season at Nad Al Sheba, kindly sponsored by Keeneland, was highlighted by a 1200m conditions sprint, The Keeneland Trophy, on the dirt, as well as the first two turf races on the UAE’s flagship racecourse.
Jerry Barton, who trains in Saudi Arabia but has a team based at Nofa Stables at Nad Al Sheba for his Prince Sultan Mohd Saud Al Kabeer, was the man to follow with two winners for his main patron.
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DEL MAR, DARLEY TO PARTNER IN 2009
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Darley have announced a partnership starting in 2009 highlighted by the renaming of the Del Mar Debutante as the Darley Debutante.
The Grade I Debutante, Del Mar's championship race for 2-year-old fillies, has been won by six juvenile filly Eclipse Award winners in recent years and was captured this past summer by Stardom Bound, a solid favorite to earn an Eclipse as the latest 2-year-old filly queen. The 59th running of the seven-furlong headliner has been scheduled for Saturday, September 5 during the closing weekend of the seaside track’s annual summer meeting. Additionally, its purse will be enhanced from $250,000 to $300,000.
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Thursday, January 08 2009
ECLIPSE AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) today announced the finalists for the 2008 Eclipse Awards, as voted on and presented by the three organizations, in recognition of excellence in Thoroughbred racing. Winners in all categories will be announced at the 38th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday evening, January 26, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.
The Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are:
Delaware Park Names Pat Pope as Racing Secretary
Wilmington, Del., January 8, 2009 — Delaware Park (http://www.delawarepark.com
) today named horse racing industry veteran Pat Pope as racing secretary for the track’s upcoming 72nd meet. He will assume his duties at Delaware Park in April after the meet ends at Oaklawn Park, where Pope also serves as racing secretary.
Pope brings more than 29 years of horse racing industry experience to Delaware Park. The resident of Bossier City, Louisiana, has served as racing secretary at Louisiana Downs and Prairie Meadows. He has been the racing secretary at Oaklawn Park since 1994.
STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7TH, 2009
ANOTHER ‘RACKET’ FOR ABRAMS IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL HANDICAP
In less than two weeks, Racketeer moves from a restricted downhill stakes race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf to a mile and one-sixteenth Grade II stakes on Pro-Ride in Saturday’s $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap.
That is not uncharacteristic of Barry Abrams’ training strategy. “He’s a good horse and he fits in the race,” Abrams said in explaining the move for Racketeer, who last raced on Dec. 29. “He was one of the favorites (7-2) in the San Pasqual last year. He’s improving and this is the place to run.”
DEVOTED MAGIC’S UPSET LEADS TO $102,376 PICK SIX CARRYOVER
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2009) – In his first start since being claimed by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Devoted Magic ran away from his competition Wednesday in Santa Anita’s $50,000 allowance feature for California-breds, winning by 6 ¾ lengths and traversing 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.60.
The 5-1 upsetter helped generate a Pick Six carryover of $102,376 into Thursday’s eight-race program that commences at 1 p.m. Santa Anita has experienced four Pick Six carryovers in 10 racing days this season.
WELL ARMED RETURNS IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL, HEADS FIELD OF 12
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2009) – WinStar Farm millionaire Well Armed, beaten favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, returns to action in Saturday’s 72nd running of Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap with a field of 12 set for the mile-and-one-sixteenth event that often serves as a stepping-stone to the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.
After running second to Zappa in last year’s San Pasqual, Well Armed became a major force among older horses. He won Santa Anita’s Grade II San Antonio Handicap, traveled to Dubai to finish third behind Curlin in the $6 million Dubai World Cup, took the Grade II Del Mar Handicap, lost by a neck to Go Between in Del Mar’s Grade I Pacific Classic and captured Oak Tree’s Grade I Goodwood Stakes.
Macho Again on Target for Sunshine Millions Classic
Most of the leading contenders for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic to be run at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24 are already stabled in South Florida for the winter season, but a few will be flying in for the rich 1 1/8 miles test, including West Point Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old Macho Again from Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
“He’s doing fine, just needs a couple more works and we’ll be there,” said trainer Dallas Stewart Wednesday morning. A roan/gray Florida-bred colt by Macho Uno, Macho Again was a major player in the 3-year-old division last year as runner-up to Big Brown in the Preakness (G1) at Pimlico and winner of the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga.
Silver Tree Launches 2009 Campaign in Fort Lauderdale Saturday
Peter Vegso’s Florida homebred Silver Tree has posted career earnings of more than $1.75 million for trainer Bill Mott, and the durable chestnut horse by Hennessy will begin another season at age 9 Saturday as one of the favorites in a full field of 12 older horses drawn for the $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Robby Albarado is named to ride Silver Tree in the 1 1/16 miles turf test over a course where he has posted a career record of 8-4-2-1, including a memorable runner-up effort behind Miesque’s Approval in the 2006 edition of the Sunshine Millions Turf with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey riding the last race of his career, prior to an exhibition at Santa Anita last fall.