Sunday, February 08 2009
401 NOMINATED EARLY TO 2009 TRIPLE CROWN RACES
QUALITY STAYS AT HIGHEST LEVEL AS 401 EARLY NOMINATIONS ARE LOGGED FOR RACING’S 2009 TRIPLE CROWN
Four hundred and one 3-year-olds have been nominated during the early nomination period for the 2009 edition of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing.
The figures are down from the 2008 near-record fi gure of 449 early nominations, but the quality remains at the crème de la crème level with the top three colts from the 2008 Experimental Handicap weights – Midshipman, Vineyard Haven and Square Eddie – leading the way.
Vanquisher Charges through Stretch for Tallahassee Score
Kinsman Stable’s 5-year-old gelding Vanquisher rallied down the far outside in the stretch of Saturday’s $75,000 Tallahassee Stakes at Gulfstream Park to win by a half-length over Mount Joy Stable’s 4-year-old Smooth Air, the 7-5 favorite in the field of nine older Florida-breds.
Jockey Alan Garcia rode Vanquisher for Tampa Bay Downs-based trainer Gregory Griffith. The winner paid $19 to win after being timed the mile in 1:34:12 over firm ground. James Scatuorchio’s Ruff and Ready finished third, a half-length behind Smooth Air and a neck before Dennis Punches’ Jet Propulsion, who set a fast pace.
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Exuberant Beethoven Quickly Gets Back to Work
Only one week after finishing fourth in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3), John Oxley’s Beethoven was back on the track at Gulfstream Park working out for trainer John Ward, who is now leaning toward running the 3-year-old classic prospect in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) on Feb. 28.
“He just went easy and I normally wouldn’t think of working him back so soon, but he was jumping out of his skin,” said Ward, who had to take cover when the son of Sky Mesa literally kicked up his heels next to him, showering him with dirt. “See that? I don’t think it took much out of him.”
PIONEEROFTHE NILE, STARDOM BOUND SHINE AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Bob Baffert loves the spot he's in, having a solid Kentucky Derby candidate with three months to go until the first Saturday in May.
Pioneerof the Nile rallied from off the pace to win Saturday's $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by a half-length over Papa Clem in his 3-year-old debut.
Parade Clown settles down, wins WEBN Stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 7, 2009 . . . Parade Clown got a wise ride from veteran rider Bill Troilo Saturday at Turfway Park to take home the $50,000 WEBN Stakes trophy. It was the first stakes win for the son of Distorted Humor and a decisive step toward the Lane’s End Stakes next month.
Music City, the 2-1 favorite, rocketed out of the gate to get the early lead, while Parade Clown, a bit green, pushed up from fourth to within half a length of the lead heading into the backstretch. Troilo settled him down, and when Music City moved suddenly to open up a three or four length lead down the backstretch, Parade Clown let him go.
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Unspoken Word cruises to Likely Exchange win
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 7, 2009 . . . Unspoken Word got the lead early and easily and finished the same way, taking the $50,000 Likely Exchange Stakes by five lengths Saturday at Turfway Park. The five-year-old mare proved the bettors right, paying $3.00 as the 1-2 favorite.
Wellofaprize was second, a photo-finish neck ahead of Solarana in third.
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Woodbine announces 2009 Thoroughbred stakes schedule
TORONTO, February 6 - Woodbine's 2009 Thoroughbred stakes schedule, released today by Woodbine Entertainment Group, spotlights 103 races, worth over $22 million in purses.
The 2009 season will feature an historic moment in the history of Canadian racing. The highly-anticipated Sunday, June 21 renewal of the Queen's Plate will mark the 150th consecutive edition of the grand race.
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HAYNESFIELD ACES ANOTHER TEST UNDER RED-HOT DOMINGUEZ
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
Turtle Bird Stable’s Haynesfield continued on his steady course of improvement Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack as he overpowered five other three-year-olds en route to a 6 ¼-length victory in the 30th running of the $107,600 Whirlaway.
It was the fourth consecutive victory for the New York-bred Speightstown colt who will now likely run here in the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham, also at a mile and a sixteenth on March 7.
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AQUEDUCT NOTES, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009
It’s an upcoming six days of live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, which will be open Wednesday, February 11 through Monday, Presidents’ Day, February 16.
Next weekend’s stakes action begins on Saturday, February 14 with the 15th running of the $65,000-added Dearly Precious for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs. Edward P. Evans Dance Tale; Seidman Stable’s J.J. Cuvee and Zayat Stable’s Rightly So head a field that may also include Chattertown, Dream Play, Golden Artemis, Liza Too and Spina.
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HYPOCRITE HONEST IN SUPER STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 7, 2009) Hypocrite proved the best of a talented field of nine older horses in today’s $75,000 Super Stakes, giving the four-year-old his fifth lifetime win. Hypocrite is an Outofthebox colt bred in Florida by Steve Tortora and Toni Ancona, owned by Jacqueline Tortora and Toni and Richard Ancona and was conditioned to victory by trainer Emanuel Tortora.
Hypocrite broke alertly under jockey Manoel Cruz in the seven furlong Super Stakes, settled behind early leader On the Vineyard and moved to the lead mid- stretch to win by 3 ¾ lengths in the running time of 1:22.84. Paradise Dancer was second and Let It Rock was third to pay $813.40 for a $2 trifecta wager.
VICTORNIA TRIUMPHS IN CAMPANILE, EARNS 10TH CAREER STAKES VICTORY
ALBANY -- Victorina recorded her 10th career stakes victory Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when she defeated Gadget Queen by a length in the $75,000 Campanile Stakes.
Victorina is trained by Greg Gilchrist and was ridden by Russell Baze. Both men are huge fans of the 6-year-old mare, who has amassed 14 wins, six seconds and two thirds in 25 trips to the starting gate.
STRUT THE CANARY NARROWLY PREVAILS IN MARSHUA STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 02-07-09---Everest Stables, Inc.’s Strut the Canary loomed the easy winner a furlong from the finish but at the wire she was in front by only a head, enough to win the $50,000 Marshua Stakes, the feature offering on this sunny afternoon at Laurel Park.
Jockey Jeremy Rose took the blame for the narrow victory. “That was one of my worst rides I put up in a while. That was just a terrible idea to take the lead that early. The reason I made the early move was that I didn’t know how good the horse on the lead (Aspenglow) was. She was by herself and wanted to get by her. We went by her too soon. It was a bad ride.”
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