Wednesday, November 19 2008


TOP HORSES SCHEDULED TO RUN AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS


ALBANY -- Several talented horses will be in action this week at Golden Gate Fields when the track presents racing Wednesday through Sunday. Post time each day is 12:45 p.m.

Irish-bred Artiste Royal, a multiple Grade I stakes winner, is scheduled to run in the third race Friday. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Artiste Royal will face six rivals in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the Lakeside Turf Course.

Artiste Royal will be making his first start since winning the Grade 1 Charlie Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 7. A consistent 7-year-old ridgling, Artiste Royal has finished in the money in 18 of his 25 career starts while earning $773,990.





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HP Notes: Wednesday, November 19, 2008


CRIMINOLOGIST TO SUPPLEMENT FOR MATRIARCH

Criminologist, a multiple graded stakes winner, will be supplemented to the $500,000 Matriarch on Nov. 30 at Hollywood Park, trainer Shug McGaughey confirmed Wednesday from New York. The fee is $10,000 for the Grade I test for fillies and mares at one mile on turf.

“All systems are go,” said McGaughey from Belmont Park, where the 5-year-old mare has worked three times since a third-place finish as the favorite in the Oct. 11 Athenia Handicap.





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Tuesday, November 18 2008


Staten Islander Surges to Win Aqueduct Handicapping Challenge


Jerry McClenin, a 51-year-old printing press operator from Staten Island, N.Y., claimed the $35,000 grand prize in the Aqueduct Fall Handicapping Challenge this past weekend, defeating 206 contestants from 16 different states and three different countries en route to the victory.

Along with the second and third place finishers, McClenin will be on the three-member Aqueduct Racetrack team in the 2009 NTRA/Daily Racing Form National Handicapping Championship (NHC), to be held this coming January 23-24 at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. The NHC is giving out a grand total of $1 million in prize money with the first-place winner receiving $500,000 and the title of NTRA Handicapper of the Year, an honor the winner will receive at the 2008 Eclipse Awards, which will be held January 26, 2009, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla.





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Keeneland Concludes November Breeding Stock Sale


Lexington, KY (November 17, 2008) – Demand for quality individuals, particularly race mares and weanlings, remained strong during Keeneland’s recently concluded November Breeding Stock Sale, despite a market battered by the global financial crisis.

Gross receipts for the 15-day auction, held November 3-17, totaled $185,552,300, down 45.6 percent from last year’s record $340,877,200. Average price of $61,462 declined 39 percent from $100,821 reported in 2007. The median of $20,000 decreased 42.9 percent from last year’s $35,000. A total of 3,019 horses sold compared to 3,381 a year ago.





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Monday, November 17 2008


Active Duty salutes in Coronation Futurity


TORONTO, November 16 - Active Duty broke his maiden in style on Sunday, capturing the $250,000 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine.

The son of Deputy Commander took the lead at the top of the stretch from fellow Woodford Racing color-bearer Gallant and held off a mild bid from 1-2 favorite El Brujo, who was 2 1/4 lengths in arrears in the contest for two-year-olds, foaled in Canada.

Khabibulin finished third. Active Duty traveled 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.01.







 

EXERCISE RIDER DIES IN BARN AREA ACCIDENT


ALBANY -- Veteran exercise rider Ignacio Ramirez sustained fatal injuries Sunday morning when the horse he was aboard flipped over and fell on him in the barn area at Golden Gate Fields.

Ramirez, 58, had just left the barn and was heading to the racetrack for a workout when the filly he was riding became spooked by something and flipped over suddenly. The filly, a thoroughbred racehorse, was not injured.




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Sunday, November 16 2008


Stallion Prospects Top Sunday at Keeneland


Lexington, KY (November 16, 2008) – Earth Planet and Major General, each sold as a racing or stallion prospect, headlined Sunday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Oscar Lobo paid $60,000, the day’s highest price, for Earth Planet. The four-year-old colt is a half-brother by Distant View to several stakes winners, including Group 1 winner and European high weight Danehill.





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HP Stable Notes: Sunday, November 16, 2008


I CAN SEE EYES $500,000 MATRIARCH CLOSING DAY OF TURF FESTIVAL

I Can See, a 5-year-old mare who has overcome the handicap of blindness in one eye to earn more than $400,000, worked five furlongs on turf in 1:01.60 Sunday at Hollywood Park for the $500,000 Matriarch on Nov. 30. The Grade I Matriarch, co-featured with the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on closing day of the three-day Turf Festival, is for fillies and mares at one mile on grass.

“She worked very nicely, as good as I could expect,” said trainer Steve Knapp after the drill under exercise rider Fernando Serna. “I will work here once more next Sunday, and if all goes well, she will run in The Matriarch.”





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EVITA ARGENTINA CHARGES THROUGH STRETCH TO WIN MOCASSIN


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2008) — Evita Argentina, last much of the way, closed from eighth at the top of the stretch under jockey Tyler Baze to score a dramatic 1 1/2-length victory over front-running favorite Mi Chiamano Mimi in Sunday’s $111,100 Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Evita Argentina, who beat Stardom Bound in the Sorrento at Del Mar before chasing her home in the Del Mar Debutante and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, was 11th entering the far turn and only had three fillies behind her when she straightened for home.

She rallied with authority in the middle of the track while covering the seven furlongs in 1:21.80 on Cushion Track to win for the third time in five starts.





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RUNNING RICH NOTCHES THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS


ALBANY -- Running Rich recorded his third straight impressive victory at the 2008 fall meeting when he ran away to a four-length score in the $39,240 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Ridden by Roberto Gonzalez and trained by Kent Molinaro, Running Rich came from just off the pace to win the one-mile allowance test for 3-year-olds and up in 1:36.26. Sydney Again took second by two lengths over Gabriel's Hill





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Saturday, November 15 2008


Selva hits high note in the Glorious Song


TORONTO, November 15 - Selva rallied from just off the pace en route to capturing Saturday's $150,000 Glorious Song Stakes on a rainy day at Woodbine.

The two-length victory was the third in as many starts for the Kentucky-bred, who notched scores at Saratoga and Monmouth, before heading north of the border.

The favoured daughter of Forest Wildcat quickened impressively inside the final furlong after early splits of :22.67 and :45.41, set by Real Fancy Runner. Second choice Holiday Girl rallied along the rail to finish second, while Hooh Why was third.





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HAPPY HOUR FOR TURNER, DRY MARTINI IN STUYVESANT


On a dreary Saturday afternoon Aqueduct, Dry Martini hit the spot.

The 5-year-old gelded son of Slew Gin Fizz, winless in six starts dating back to June 30, 2007, picked the right time to wake up as he came from last and rolled on to a 3¼-length victory over Stud Muffin in the 58th running of the Grade 3, $110,500 Stuyvesant Handicap.

So emphatic was his win, his first since taking the Grade 2 Cornhusker at Prairie Meadows last year, that jockey Channing Hill eased up on him as he approached the wire. He still covered the muddy nine furlongs in 1:51.11.



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