Saturday, November 08 2008
“WHEELS UP” LOOKS TO CLEAR GRADED STAKES HURDLE
When trainer Paul Douglas Fout saw Wheels Up At Noon in action at Delaware Park, he was immediately struck by the horse’s agility and balance. Naturally, being primarily a trainer of steeplechasers, Fout’s first thought was that the son of Outflanker would make a wonderful hurdler.
That’s exactly what Fout intended to do with the dark bay colt after he purchased him late last year for Eldon Farm, and gelded him. But things didn’t quite work out as Fout intended.
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NAPRAVNIK BACK AFTER MISSING THREE MONTHS WITH BROKEN LEG
LAUREL, MD. 11-07-08---Pound for pound jockeys could be the world’s toughest athlete. In the Maryland riding colony no one is as physically or mentally resilient as Rosie Napravnik. In the first 41 months of her career, the 20-year-old has missed 10 months of action with four major injuries. She recently returned after breaking the tibia and fibula bones in her left leg in a spill at Delaware Park three months ago.
“I honestly feel like I have not missed a beat,” said Napravnik, the 2006 Eclipse Award winning runner-up for outstanding apprentice. “I am getting really experienced at bouncing back from injuries and I feel like I never left. I worked horses for about three weeks before I rode my first race (last Saturday at Delaware Park) and was in an intense therapy program at the same time working out four hours a day-five days a week. I really worked hard getting fit and I think it has paid off.”
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Weanlings Headline Friday Session of Keeneland November Sale
Lexington, KY (November 7, 2008) – Weanling colts – led by a son of Giant’s Causeway which sold for $310,000 – topped Friday’s session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.
Castle Park Farm LLC (Noel Murphy), agent, consigned the colt by Giant’s Causeway out of the Dixieland Band mare Queen’s Music. He was purchased by Clear Ridge Stable.
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GERMAN-BRED CAPRICE SEEKS FIRST U.S. WIN IN HERMOSA BEACH
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2008) — German-bred Caprice will carry high weight of 118 pounds as she aims for her first North American victory in a contentious field of nine fillies and mares in the $65,000 Hermosa Beach Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Caprice, based in the East with trainer H. Graham Motion, won at the Hermosa Beach distance of 1½ miles in France last September. The 5-year-old mare, who came to the U.S. for her 2008 campaign, has failed to win but has not missed the board in four starts. Most recently, she finished third in the Dowager Stakes at Keeneland. Prior to that, she was only beaten a neck while finishing second in the Claire Marine at Arlington Park. Both races were on the turf at 1½ miles.
HP Notes: Friday, Nov. 7, 2008
MUNY ON TARGET FOR $500,000 HOLLYWOOD DERBY
Muny, who posted his third straight victory with a front-running effort in the Oak Tree Derby on the Breeders‘ Cup undercard at Santa Anita, is slated to make his next start in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 30, trainer Mike Puype said Friday at Hollywood Park. The Grade I race is at 1 ¼ miles on turf.
“He’s three-for-four,” said Puype of the 3-year-old gelding. “I bet not many horses have won the Oak Tree Derby in only their fourth start. It’s not easy to take on those seasoned horses and carry them wire-to-wire.
JAMES, ANTONGEORGI TEAM UP FOR TWO MORE WINS AT GGF
ALBANY -- The combination of trainer Greg James and jockey William Antongeorgi III struck again - actually twice - Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
James and Antongeorgi, who teamed up to win the sixth race Thursday with Simple Justice ($6.60), clicked again in the first and sixth races Friday. The duo took the opener with Summer Solstice ($7.80) and the sixth with Private Quaters ($8.40).
Friday, November 07 2008
Mega Rush from off the pace suitable for the Frost King
TORONTO, November 6 * T V Stables charge Mega Rush looks to spring an upset in Saturday's $125,000 Frost King at Woodbine.
The two-year-old son of Megas Vukefalos enters the seven-furlong Ontario-sired event as the freshest of the eight juveniles. The Mike DePaulo trainee hasn't raced since he broke his maiden in a maiden dash on September 26.
"We thought we would wait and give him a shot in this race and give him a good chance to run big," said the Toronto native. "We've learned that we don't want to rush him back. He seems to run better when his races were spaced out."
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COUNT BY FIVE WINS BY TWO IN MEADOWLANDS FEATURE
East Rutherford, NJ [Nov. 6, 2008] - Count By Five prevailed as the 4-5 favorite in the $50,000 seventh race allowance Thursday night at the Meadowlands.
With leading rider Jose Lezcano in the irons, Count By Five [$3.60, $2.20, $2.10] moved three-wide on the turn and drew off to a two-length victory over Exciting Times [$3.00, $2.40]. Count By Five stepped the five furlongs in 1:11.14 over a muddy track. Blazing Fuse [$3.20] finished third off a ground-saving journey.
FIND HANDICAP FEATURES TOP MARYLAND-BREDS
LAUREL, MD. 11-06-08---A sure sign the grass season at Laurel Park is drawing to a close is the scheduled running of the 1-1/8th mile $50,000 Find Handicap on Saturday. Fifteen Maryland-breds passed the entry box, including four also-eligibles.
Broadway Producer (5-2) and Dr Rico (9-2), the one-two finishers in the Maryland Million Turf on October 4, resume their rivalry. In the Million Turf, the duo drew away from the rest of the field and battled head-to-head to the finish line, with Broadway Producer prevailing by a neck.
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Danceinthesunlight Sells for $675,000 On Thursday at Keeneland
Lexington, KY (November 6, 2008) – Southern Equine Stables paid $675,000 for Danceinthesunlight, in foal to Forest Wildcat, to highlight Thursday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Consigned by Anderson Farms, agent for Sam-Son Farm, Danceinthesunlight is an unraced three-year-old daughter of A. P. Indy out of Canadian champion Dancethruthedawn. She is from the family of U.S. and Canadian champion Dance Smartly and Grade 1 stakes winner and sire Smart Strike.
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NEW ZEALAND-BRED MAJESTIC DIAMOND SETS UP $232,349 CARRYOVER
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2008) — New Zealand-bred Majestic Diamond, the longest shot in the field at odds of 32-1, rallied from sixth at the top of the stretch under jockey Julien Couton to capture Thursday’s $42,000 feature at Hollywood Park, setting up a two-day Pick Six carryover of $232,349.
The 5-year-old, making his U.S. debut, covered six furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:08.53 while rewarding backers with payoffs of $69, $19.40 and $10.40. Joe Bravo, a half-length back of the winner with Mike Smith up, paid $6.60 and $3.60. Favorite Banner Lodge, ridden by Garrett Gomez, finished third and returned $3.80.
DANCIN CANDY DANCES TO ANOTHER WIN ON TAPETA
ALBANY -- Dancin Candy high stepped his way to another victory on Golden Gate Fields' synthetic Tapeta racing surface Thursday.
Golden Gate Fields installed the Tapeta track in the summer of 2007, much to the delight of Dancin Candy, who has enjoyed great success on the surface. In nine starts on Tapeta, Dancin Candy has recorded four wins and two seconds.
Dancin Candy rallied from off the pace to win Thursday's featured fourth race, a 1 1/16-mile contest for 3-year-olds and up, by three-quarters of a length over even-money favorite Choctaw Chief. Suffolk Punch finished third.