Monday, November 24 2008


TWO SCHEDULE CHANGES THANKSGIVING WEEK AT HOLLYWOOD PARK


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2008) — The schedule at Hollywood Park will change this week with an 11 a.m. post time on Thanksgiving Day and a 12:30 p.m. post time on Friday when the three-day Turf Festival begins.

Other than the early post on Thursday, post time will be at 12:30 p.m. through the remainder of the 40-day meeting, which concludes Dec. 21.





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AUTOGRAPHED ZENYATTA POSTERS SUNDAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2008) — Patrons will receive a Zenyatta poster autographed by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith when the unbeaten Horse of the Year candidate is honored at Hollywood Park on Sunday, Nov. 30 — closing day of the 17th Turf Festival.

Zenyatta, owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, has won each of her nine starts, most recently capturing the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic to clinch distaff honors and establish herself as a legitimate contender for Horse of the Year along with Curlin.





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BAZE FINISHES WEEK WITH HAT TRICK


ALBANY -- Leading jockey Russell Baze, capitalizing on some live mounts, rode three winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

Baze, who tops the jockey standings with 76 victories at the fall meeting, scored his hat trick with three favorites. The Hall of Famer won the first race with Bold Reward ($4.60), the third with Luck Be a Lily ($6.40) and the fourth with Out of Seattle ($4.80).





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Abu Alemarat the star at Abu Dhabi


Last season’s Abu Dhabi Triple Crown winner Abu Alemarat made a winning return to action on Sunday evening when landing the featured 2200m conditions race at the Capital’s third meeting of the season.

Now trained by Englishman Rod Simpson, the four-year-old, who carries the colours of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was sent to the front at the two furlong pole by Daragh O’Donohoe and never looked likely to be caught.





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BurJuman Ladies Night at the races


The Dubai Racing Club, along with the official fashion partner BurJuman, is delighted to be once again hosting the BurJuman Ladies Night this Thursday at Nad Al Sheba racecourse.

BurJuman Ladies Night is the perfect opportunity for ladies to enjoy an evening of thrilling thoroughbred racing action during a fun and stylish night out with the girls.





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Sunday, November 23 2008


Shadowless casts a spell on Kennedy Road foes


TORONTO, November 22 * Shadowless, at 16-1, captured yet another thrilling renewal of Kennedy Road Stakes, taking Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 feature by a half-length.

For the David Bell-trained gelded son of Stormy Atlantic, the six-furlong event was his fourth victory of the 2008 campaign and first added-money triumph from 13 starts.

Main Executive broke sharply from post seven and was immediately challenged by Rouse the Cat, with the duo taking the field through early splits of :22.26 and :44.65.





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WISHFUL TOMCAT MAKES THE GRADE IN DISCOVERY


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

Winter Park Partners’ Wishful Tomcat won his third consecutive race and became a graded-stakes winner at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday afternoon, taking jockey Ramon Dominguez to a front-running 1 ¾-length victory over That’srightofficer in the 63rd running of the Grade 3, $110,100 Discovery Handicap for three-year-olds at nine furlongs.

“He has a heart of gold,” said trainer Gary Contessa, after the Tactical Cat colt returned $16.20 to win. “All I can say is, `Watch out New York-breds!’ I would like to see him dominate stakes races here this winter. It’s extra cold today; maybe it will push out the Florida trainers sooner.”





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GOMEZ CAPS FOUR-WIN DAY ABOARD JOHNNY EVES IN UNDERWOOD


NGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2008) — Garrett Gomez capped a four-win afternoon as Johnny Eves gained the lead from gritty pacesetter Wiredfortwotwenty in deep stretch and held late-charging Northern Solider at bay to win the $108,400 Vernon O. Underwood by one length Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Gomez, headed for his third straight title as the nation’s leading money-winning jockey, made no mistakes as he had Johnny Eves in perfect stalking position through the first half-mile. As the field turned for home, Johnny Eves moved up on the outside of Wiredfortwotwenty and Bob Black Jack and proved best in the lane, covering six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:07.90.





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SIREN LURE ENDS VICTORY DROUGHT WITH TRIUMPH IN SAUSALITO STAKES


ALBANY -- Siren Lure snapped a 12-race losing streak Saturday when he charged powerfully down the stretch to score a 1 1/4-length victory over 2-to-5 favorite Indyanne in the $75,000 Sausalito Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

The victory was Siren Lure's first since Aug. 20, 2006, when he captured the Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar.



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Hollywood Park Stable Notes: Sunday, November 23, 2008


MUNY WORKS FOR HOLLYWOOD DERBY

Muny was “on the money” for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby next Sunday. The front-running Oak Tree Derby winner worked six furlongs breezing in 1:14 on turf at Hollywood Park Sunday to the delight of trainer Mike Puype and jockey David Flores.

“He was going as easy as can be; he’s ready to go,” said Puype after the drill in company with stablemate El Carillero, who came from behind and closed two lengths in the stretch but did not pass the leader, under a hold by Flores.





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Saturday, November 22 2008


Rahy’s Attorney carries Canada’s hopes in Mile Championship


TORONTO, November 21 - Rahy's Attorney, who captured the Grade 1, $1-million Woodbine Mile in September, looks to win one for Canada in the prestigious Mile Championship at Japan's Kyoto Racecourse on November 23.

The four-year-old gelded son of Crown Attorney will be racing for a winner's share of $952,000 plus a $950,000 bonus awarded to the winner of both the Woodbine Mile and the Mile Championship.





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BACKBACKBACKGONE AIMS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT IN PREVUE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2008) — Unbeaten Backbackbackgone will try to stretch his winning streak to four when he returns to Hollywood Park for Sunday’s $100,000 Hollywood Prevue.

The son of Put It Back — named for the phrase made popular by broadcaster Chris Berman — scored a ten-length victory in his career debut at Bay Meadows before drawing off to win the Willard L. Proctor Memorial by four lengths here in May. He prevailed by a nose while making his most recent start in the Jack Goodman at Santa Anita Park in October.





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