Sunday, July 27 2008
Del Mar Stable Notes 7/26/8
STREET BOSS CROSBY FAVORITE, REIGNING CHAMP THIRD CHOICE
Street Boss, on a four-race win streak, rates as a clear favorite on the morning-line for Sunday's 63rd running of the Grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap at 6 furlongs on the main track.
The late-running sprinter is the 9-5 program choice in a field that smacks of much early speed, which should help set the race up for Street Boss' big stretch kick. That's what trainer Bruce Headley and jockey David Flores are banking on.
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Yesbyjimminy Impressive in Friday Allowance Victory
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 26, 2008) – Trilogy Stable’s 4-year-old homebred colt Yesbyjimminy romped home an eight-length winner of Friday’s eighth race ‘money’ allowance at Calder Race Course as the even-money favorite, and trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. will ponder options for the future that could include an overnight stakes here or a trip to the mid-Atlantic to join his full division stabled at Monmouth Park for the summer.
“I think it just took him a race or two to get going again when he came back,” said Plesa Saturday morning from Monmouth where he will send out Centaur Farms’ homebred 5-year-old Gottcha Gold as the morning line favorite in the $75,000 Skip Away Stakes this afternoon. “He (Yesbyjimminy) indicated that he was coming back to himself when he won his last start.”
Pick’s Express & Capulet Likely Choices in Monday Allowance Feature
Herman Heinlein’s Pick’s Express and Padua Stable’s Capulet are homebred 2-year-olds that have shown promise early on breaking their maidens at Calder, and will take the next step in their careers as the probable favorites among seven colts and geldings entered in Monday’s ‘a other than’ allowance race at 5 ½ furlongs.
Jockey Manoel Cruz has ridden Capulet in all three of his starts for trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. and was aboard Pick’s Express in his only appearance for trainer Jose Pinchin, and had opted for the latter in Monday’s race while Manuel Aguilar gets the call on Capulet.
How’s Your Halo is Heaven-Sent for Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 26, 2008) – When Brian Prichard’s How’s Your Halo finished second in the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) behind the country’s top-ranked sprinter Benny the Bull on July 12 at Calder Race Course, the folks at Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida may have not been aware of what an important accomplishment it was. But after local country radio station WKIS 99.9 FM held a “radiothon” benefiting the organization on Friday, July 25, they now know.
KARELIAN RETURNS WITH SEA O’ERIN VICTORY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 26, 2008) – D. Richard Masson’s Karelian returned from an 11-month layoff to post an upset score in the $150,000 Sea o’Erin Handicap Saturday at Arlington Park. James Graham rode the son of Bertrando to a three-quarter length victory in 1:36.37 for the mile over a turf course rated as “firm.”
“Rusty (trainer George Arnold) did a great training job,” said Graham. “I was a little worried that he was being a little aggressive early, but it played to his advantage and he finished up strong. He wouldn’t let the field go by him.”
EARLY PICK FOUR CARRYOVER FOR SUNDAY, JULY 27
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 26, 2008) – There will be a $16,942 carryover into Sunday’s Early Pick Four pool at Arlington Park. Since there were no perfect tickets on Saturday’s Early Pick Four, those who had three of four correct received a consolation payoff of $104.60 on a $1 ticket.
Saturday’s Early Pick Four winners were:
Arlington Park Barn Notes: July 26
BEVERLY D. STILL POSSIBLE FOR COMMUNIQUE; ‘TEMPER’ OAKS-BOUND
Kentucky-based trainer “Rusty” Arnold, enjoying a super session at Arlington Park this summer, advised over the phone from Lexington Saturday morning that Grade III Modesty Handicap heroine Communique, owned by G. Watts Humphrey, is still a possibility for the Grade I Beverly D. – the Arlington Million’s sister race to be run along with the Million Aug. 9.
On the morning after the Modesty, Arnold – who also saddled Arlington Handicap hero Stream Cat the previous day – indicated that while Stream Cat was probable for the Million, Communique’s status for the Beverly D. was uncertain.
Saturday, July 26 2008
LAKE GEORGE RECAP
Jockey Eibar Coa capped a three-win day Friday afternoon with a three-quarter length victory aboard Lael Stable’s My Princess Jess in the first grass race of the Saratoga Race Course season, the 13th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Lake George Stakes for three-year-old fillies.
The race was the feature on a Sunset Racing card to kicks off “Hats Off to Saratoga” -- the traditional Opening Weekend celebration in Saratoga.
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PYRO SET TO SPARKLE IN JIM DANDY
There was a time earlier this year that nearly every Kentucky Derby poll had Pyro on or close to the top of the list. Overshadowed at age 2 by juvenile champion War Pass, who had beaten him three straight times, the son of Pulpit finally got everyone’s attention in February with his scintillating last-to-first victory in the Risen Star Stakes and followed that up with another impressive performance in the Louisiana Derby.
But Pyro’s flame flickered out as quickly as it had ignited. Sent off as the even-money favorite in the Blue Grass Stakes, he finished 10th in a 12-horse field, beaten 11 ½ lengths over Polytrack. Three weeks later, he clunked home eighth, a dull 15 lengths behind Big Brown at Churchill Downs.
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SARATOGA NOTES, Friday, July 25, 2008
Cue The Who.
“You Bettor, you better, you bet!”
If you like betting action, you have to love Saratoga Race Course, which will offer fans plenty of wagering options this meet.
Already in place are rolling doubles and superfectas on all races that qualify.
Saturday, there will be an all-stakes $500,000 guaranteed Pick 4 on races 7-10, beginning at 4:12 p.m.
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PARADISE TONIGHT CAPTURES FEATURE AT MONMOUTH
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Paradise Tonight charged down the center of the track in deep stretch and rolled on to a nearly four-length victory in the $51,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Friday.
The winner, trained by Joe Pierce Jr. and ridden by Elvis Trujillo, raced the one mile and 70 yards in 1:42 1/5 over the fast main track, and paid $6.80, $3.40 and $3.40 across the board as second choice in the field of seven fillies and mares.
DIXIE UNION WINS WICKERR IN BLANKET FINISH
In a blanket finish to end all blanket finishes, One Union held on tenaciously in the final strides under jockey Victor Espinoza to win a thrilling renewal of the $92,610 Wickerr Handicap today, with the first five horses under the line separated by mere noses.
One Union, who led from the start, barely nosed out the onrushing Awesome Gem, who in turn was a nose in front of third-place Dark Islander. Worldly was a nose back in fourth and the same margin ahead of fifth-place Stoneside in the field of ten horses. Thus, the margin from the winner to the fifth-place horse was only a neck.