Thursday, November 27 2008


SPEEDY CALIFORNIA FLAG TRIES TO REBOUND IN TURF EXPRESS


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2008) — California Flag, who led before tiring in the final eighth to finish tenth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, will try to bounce back in the $150,000 Hollywood Turf Express on Saturday’s second day of the three-day Turf Festival at Hollywood Park.

The gray/roan gelding won the Morvich Handicap and three of his last four starts preceding the Breeders’ Cup for Hi Card Ranch and trainer Brian Koriner. He will break from the outside post in a ten-horse field for the Turf Express, which will be run at six furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course. The field for the 23rd running of the Grade III event lines up as follows from the rail out:





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HP Stable Notes: Thursday, November 27, 2008


FRANKEL SEEKS FIFTH STRAIGHT MATRIARCH

Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel has reached several milestones during an illustrious career, and he stands in a strong position to reach another Sunday when he sends out a powerful one-two punch of Precious Kitten and Visit in quest of a fifth straight victory in the $500,0000 Matriarch at Hollywood Park.

The Grade I test is for fillies and mares at one mile on turf and is co-featured with the $500,000 Hollywood Derby. The Sunday races climax the three-day Turf Festival, which begins Friday with the $400,000 Citation Handicap and $100,000-added Miesque Stakes.





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BurJuman Ladies Night a hit


It was all about the ladies once again as Dubai Racing Club played host to the popular BurJuman Ladies Night.

Beautifully decorated suites in the Maktoum Grandstand opened their doors once again to welcome ladies dressed in their racing finest.

Whilst the thundering action on the track took place, guests enjoyed the stylish fashion displays, courtesy of BurJuman, whilst sampling the sparkling beverages and gourmet canapés in the delightful pink and white-themed suites.





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Perfect start for Mubarak Bin Shafya


Local apprentice Ahmed Ajtebi was in the saddle when trainer Mubarak Bin Shafya made a great start to his UAE campaign with Dubai Twilight running out the facile winner of the concluding 2000m handicap.

Beaming from ear-to-ear, Ajtebi said: “It’s great to have a winner for the team.

“I need five more to lose my apprentice claim and things are going really well.”





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Me the Sea and G T faces 11 rivals in Kingarvie


TORONTO, November 26 - Me the Sea and G T goes for his first stakes 'W' in Saturday's $125,000 Kingarvie at Woodbine.

The G.T. Heat Stable charge enters the 1 1/16-mile, Ontario-sired event on the strength of a strong third-place finish in the Bull Page on October 13. The Steve Owens trainee made up 3 3/4 lengths in the final quarter-mile and was just 1 1/4 lengths from victory.

"They went pretty quick in front of him. He settled really well and came with his run," said Owens, adding that jockey Patrick Husbands told him after that the youngster was starting to impress him with his ability to rate and that he may be developing into a 'nice little horse.'





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FOREST MELODY CRUISES UNDER ROSARIO IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2008) — Forest Melody gained control early, repelled a bid by Double Dip on the turn for home, and cruised to a 3 1/4-length victory under jockey Joel Rosario in the $43,000 allowance feature Wednesday at Hollywood Park.

The 4-year-old filly covered 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:43.78 for her third victory in 20 starts, snapping a seven-race winless streak in the process.





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EARLY POST TIME AT GGF FOR THANKSGIVING DAY PROGRAM


ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields is opening all admission gates at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for its special Thanksgiving Day racing program.

Post time for the eight-race card is 11:15 a.m. The early starting time will allow the program to be completed by approximately 2:50 p.m., giving fans plenty of time to get home for their Thanksgiving feast.

Golden Gate Fields will present nine races Friday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the main event is the Forty Niner Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile contest for 3-year-olds and up. Post time for the Forty Niner, the eighth race on the card, is 4:15 p.m.





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Wednesday, November 26 2008


AQUEDUCT HOLIDAYFEST NOTES


HolidayFest at Aqueduct Racetrack begins tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, and with first race post at 11:25 a.m., there is plenty of time to get a day of racing in before the traditional feast.

Aqueduct’s last live race on Thursday will go to post at 3:10 p.m., with the second-floor clubhouse remaining open for simulcasting until approximately 5:30 p.m. Telebet/internet wagering closes at approximately 6 p.m.





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KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER FUNNY CIDE TO KENTUCKY HORSE PARK


LEXINGTON, KY (November 26, 2008) Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Funny Cide will become the newest resident of the Kentucky Horse Park on December 5. He will join another Kentucky Derby winner, Alysheba, who came to the park in October.

Funny Cide (Distorted Humor – Belle’s Good Cide, by Slewacide) was bred by William Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm in a collaborative venture with McMahon Thoroughbreds of Saratoga Springs, New York where he was foaled, raised and then sold as a yearling for $22,000 at the August 2001 Fasig-Tipton NY Bred Preferred Yearlings Sale. He was later purchased privately as a two-year old by Sackatoga Stable for $75,000. For them he went on to earn $3,529,412 and an Eclipse Award as Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, becoming the highest-earning New York-bred in history for trainer Barclay Tagg, under Jose Santos. His nine stakes wins also included the prestigious Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).







 

SHELDON RUSSELL MOVING TACK TO NEW YORK


LAUREL, MD. 11-26-08---Sheldon Russell, who sits atop the rider standings during the current fall meeting with 40 victories, announced that he will be moving his tack to New York for the winter. The 21-year-old finishes up at Laurel Park Friday afternoon, Nov. 28.

“I have been thinking about this for some time,” Russell said. “You rarely get these opportunities and this move will help me become a better rider.”





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ALL EHV-1 TEST RESULTS AT LAUREL PARK ARE NEGATIVE-HOLD ORDER IS LIFTED


LAUREL, MD. 11-26-08---The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) reports that all 25 horses in Laurel Park’s Barn 1 have tested negative for the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) on a second round of tests. These tests end the situation that began on Nov. 12 when a 2-year old filly from King Leatherbury’s stable became neurologic and tests proved she had the virus.

“Today MDA and Maryland Racing Commission veterinarians examined all 25 horses in Barn 1, confirming that all appear healthy and we lifted the Hold Order,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Guy Hohenhaus. “We are pleased and relieved that this situation ended so quickly and want to take the opportunity to remind horsemen at the track and on farms across the state to remain vigilant in their biosecurity practices to prevent this and many other illnesses in their horses.”





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HP Stable Notes:  Wednesday, November 26, 2008


COURT VISION, SAILOR’S CAP ARRIVE FOR HOLLYWOOD DERBY

Court Vision and Sailor’s Cap, a pair of stakes winners from the East, arrived at Hollywood Park this week for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Sunday.

The Hollywood Derby and $500,000 Matriarch are co-features closing day of the three-day, six-stake Turf Festival, which begins Friday.

Court Vision arrived in Barn 60 North Tuesday from Florida, while Sailor’s Cap was flown in Monday from New York and was stabled in Barn 50 North.





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