Saturday, November 15 2008


YOU LIFT ME UP HANGS ON UNDER SMITH TO WIN SKIRBALL-KENIS


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2008) — Longshot You Lift Me Up, given a perfect ride by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, relaxed on the lead and then gamely held her ground through the stretch to beat favorite Solar Miss by a head in the $81,800 Audrey Skirball-Kenis Stakes on Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Smith held his ground along the rail aboard You Lift Me Up, refusing to give Garrett Gomez and Solar Miss running room until it was too late for the favorite as she came close, but failed to nail the front-runner on the wire.





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El Brujo seeks first stakes score in Coronation Futurity


TORONTO, November 14 * El Brujo, a gelded bay son of Candy Ride, looks to land his first career added-money tally in Sunday's $250,000 Coronation Futurity Stakes, at Woodbine.

Owned by Windways Farm and trained by Malcolm Pierce, El Brujo has two wins, two seconds and one third from five career starts.

His two-runner up scores and third-place effort have come in stakes events: a second in the Clarendon, a second in the Vandal and a third in the Swynford.





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Sovereign Award Media finalists announced


TORONTO, November 14 - The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce finalists in the 2008 Sovereign Award Media categories. Winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremonies at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Toronto on Friday 14 December 2008.

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P.Taylor to serve as an international representative of Canada's Thoroughbred sport and to promote improvements to Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding both in Canada and internationally. To that end the Jockey Club of Canada organizes and hosts the annual Sovereign Awards to honour outstanding achievements in all areas of Thoroughbred sport - from media coverage to Horse of the Year.





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MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB RESTRICTS MOVEMENT OF HORSES INTO LAUREL PARK


3:50 pm update:
The Maryland Department of Agriculture reports that testing from the University of Kentucky confirms that the 2-year old filly in Laurel Park's Barn 1 is positive for EHV-1.

LAUREL, MD. 11-14-08---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced until further notice no horses will be allowed to ship into Laurel Park except those from the Bowie Training Center on a Maryland Jockey Club shuttle. The limitations were instituted after a two-year-old filly in Barn 1 at Laurel tested positive for equine herpesvirus Thursday. In addition horses based at Laurel and Bowie are restricted to the grounds. The Pimlico Race Course stable area is closed for the winter.

“This is a precautionary measure,” said Tom Chuckas, president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club. “It is in our best interest to restrict the movement of horses in and out of Laurel until we see the outcome of the tests on the remaining horses in Barn 1.”





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Sky Mesa Colt Tops at Keeneland on Friday


Lexington, KY (November 14, 2008) – A weanling colt by Sky Mesa sold for $77,000 during the Friday session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

Goldmine Investments purchased the colt, out of the Mr. Greeley mare Princess Falina and from the family of champion mare Cascapedia and Australian graded stakes winner Republic Lass. He was consigned by Margaux Farm LLC, agent.





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AUTISM AWARENESS RETURNS SATURDAY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS


ALBANY -- Autism Awareness, who scored a shocking upset in the El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows last March, makes his return to the races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Autism Awareness, a colt named to bring attention to the complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others, won the El Camino Real Derby at odds of 62-to-1. Autism Awareness paid $126.00 to win and garnered the attention of national turf writers, who wrote of the colt and his cause.





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Friday, November 14 2008


MITCHELL-GOMEZ AIM FOR REPEAT IN MOCCASIN STAKES


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2008) — The combination of trainer Mike Mitchell and jockey Garrett Gomez will aim for their second straight Moccasin Stakes victory Sunday at Hollywood Park as unbeaten Mi Chiamano Mimi aims to increase her winning streak to three in the $100,000 event.

Mitchell sent out Spring Awakening to win the seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies in a stakes record 1:21.33 in 2007. The victory was a record 71st for Gomez in a stakes as he went on to finish the year with 76, eclipsing Jerry Bailey’s mark of 70 in 2003.

Mi Chiamano Mimi, owned by Nathaniel Friedman, was a 4 ½-length winner while running for a claiming tag of $80,000 in her career debut Aug. 29 at Del Mar. She then won the six-furlong Anoakia in a swift 1:07 4/5 at Santa Anita on Oct. 19.

The daughter of Came Home will face tough competition in the field of 11, which lines up as follows from the rail out:

Mi Chiamano Mimi, Gomez up, carries 118 pounds; Casino Gold, David Flores, 116; Will O Way, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Wind Caper, Jose Valdivia Jr., 116; Malusita, Joel Rosario, 116; Pasar Silbano, Mike Smith, 120; Montana Fields, Michael Baze, 118; Evita Argentina, Tyler Baze, 122; Palacio de Amor, Victor Espinoza, 116; Wynning Ride, Joseph Talamo, 116, and Moontune Missy, Aaron Gryder, 116.

Evita Argentina and Palacio de Amor both try to rebound following ninth and 13th-place finishes, respectively, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Evita Argentina, trained by John Sadler, is the lone graded winner in the field. She won the Sorrento at Del Mar in her second start before finishing fourth in the Del Mar Debutante.

Palacio de Amor, owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, finished second behind Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Stardom Bound in the Del Mar Debutante and the Oak Leaf — both Grade I races.

Pasar Silbano won four of six starts in Ireland for trainer Ger Lyons and his wife, Lynn, who made the trip here for the Moccasin. The filly, recently purchased from the couple by Three Chimneys Racing, will be transferred to trainer Jim Cassidy following the race. Her first two starts — both victories — were on the all weather track at Dundalk, Ireland.

Casino Gold was fourth in the Anoakia; Will O Way won her career debut at Calder before finishing third in the Del Mar Debutante and sixth in the Oak Leaf; Wind Caper aims for her second win in as many starts; Malusita broke her maiden her in June and seeks her second win in her seventh start; Montana Fields has won two of five starts; Wynning Ride attempts to keep her record perfect in her second start, and Moontune Missy tries to improve her record to two-for-three.

The Moccasin will run as the eighth race on Sunday’s nine-race program at Hollywood Park. First post time is 12:30 p.m.



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HP Stable Notes: Friday, November 14, 2008


SHAKIS WORKS IMPRESSIVELY FOR CITATION HANDICAP

Neal McLaughlin, brother and assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, had not visited Hollywood Park since the 1997 Breeders’ Cup, but he was happy to be back Friday.

McLaughlin, an assistant in New York and Florida for 16 years, was on hand to supervise the works of two Shadwell Farm candidates for the Turf Festival later this month.





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BARN AREA OPENS FOR 2008-2009 RACING SEASON


OLDSMAR, Fla. (November 13, 2008) The Tampa Bay Downs backstretch opened this morning, heralding the start of the Oldsmar oval’s 83rd season of Thoroughbred racing. After an overnight trip from Delaware Park, trainer Richard Ciardullo was the first trainer to enter the grounds f for the new season, arriving at 6:30 with his string of horses.

Among the first trainers to set up their stable was Robert Jeffries, President of the Tampa Bay Downs National Horsemen’s Benevolence & Protective Association, who escorted Pitchnicholas into stall 50 in Barn 22. “He was in this stall last year, and he loves it. He’s a really curious horse, and he can watch all the comings and goings from here,” said Jeffries. He went on to express his pleasure at returning to Tampa Bay Downs.





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ECONOMY LEADS TO MIXED RESULTS FOR SUFFOLK DOWNS’ 2008 MEET


EAST BOSTON, MA - Suffolk Downs wrapped up its 2008 racing season with declines in live wagering and attendance and an increase in all-sources handle, track officials announced today.

On-track handle for the 102-day live meet was down 7% from last year, as was attendance. All-sources handle was up 11% on the strength of 13% growth in transmitted handle.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008


The Race Track Chaplaincy is asking for help in providing Thanksgiving turkeys and other food items for backstretch families.

The Chaplaincy had hoped to begin distributing 100 turkeys next Friday, November 21, at Belmont Park. It has, however, already received more requests—and fewer turkeys than usual.

Gifts of turkeys, chickens, gift cards, hams and all sorts of nonperishable food are needed at the Belmont Park Race Track food pantry (2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont , N.Y., Gate 6; telephone: (516) 488-6000, ext 4063). Items may be delivered Monday through Friday, anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.





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ONCE UNLUCKLY STUD MUFFIN GOES OUT INTO THE OPEN


Trainer David Duggan had always believed that Stud Muffin would deliver as a racehorse. He felt that way when he claimed him for $35,000 back in March and he felt that way even after the 4-year-old Raffie’s Majesty colt won two of his next six starts.

But it was the seventh start, the Empire Classic on Belmont Park’s New York Showcase Day, where Stud Muffin came through for his boss. His 1 ½-length victory was all Duggan needed to be convinced that Stud Muffin had finally arrived.





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