Monday, February 02 2009
Winning at Gulfstream Becoming a Regular Experience for Frank Calabrese
His eyes fixated on the race playing out on the flat screen before him, and his right thumb flipping through a program, Frank Calabrese is barely moved by the question.
He shrugs off the thought of his life story being depicted in Hollywood with a slight grin, but if any producers or directors have any ideas, Calabrese has a suggestion for the leading man – and only one.
Barn Notes 2-1
Huge Gain for Gulfstream Park’s On-Track Handle on Donn Day
On-track handle at Gulfstream Park Saturday was $1,254,814, a 20.75% increase from the previous year’s Donn Day mark.
There were 10 races Donn Day this year, as there was Donn Day last year, which fell on Feb. 2.
Overall handle on the Gulfstream card, combining on-track handle with interstate and intertrack wagering, reached $13,816,476.54, up 14.54% from last year’s mark of $12,063,021.78.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2009
BAFFERT HOPES LEWIS LEADS TO DERBY FOR PIONEEROF THE NILE
Bob Baffert has been down the Kentucky Derby trail before, has a well-worn path on it, as a matter of fact. The 56-year-old trainer has started 17 horses in the Run for the Roses, winning with three: Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, and War Emblem in 2002, but has not had a starter the past two years. Baffert missed by a desperate nose with his first Derby starter, Cavonnier, in 1996.
IRISH-BRED PASAR SILBANO GAINS FIRST U.S. WIN IN LA HABRA STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2009) – Irish-bred Pasar Silbano, making her second United States start, burst to the front a couple of furlongs into Santa Anita’s 36th running of the Grade III, La Habra Stakes on Sunday and proceeded to dominate the 6 ½-furlong turf event for 3-year-old fillies.
With Hall of Famer Mike Smith in the irons, the bay filly owned by Three Chimneys Racing maintained a safe margin throughout the late stages before reaching the wire 1 ¾ lengths ahead of 77-1 longshot Gold Goddess with Real Fancy Runner another neck back in third.
ALVARADO HEAD-BUTTED OFF THREE WINNERS
ALBANY -- Jockey Frank Alvarado knows all about the phrase "adding insult to injury" after experiencing a bad day at the office Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
Alvarado suffered a mild concussion when he was head-butted by the 4-year-old filly Newport Lulu during the post parade of the second race. While Alvarado was waiting to undergo a precautionary CT-Scan at Highland Hospital in Oakland, three of the horses he was scheduled to ride won races.
FESTIVAL PREVIEW DAY PRESENTED BY LAMBHOLM SOUTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 1, 2009) February 14’s Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs is the highlight of Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, headlining a card that also includes the Grade III $125,000 Endeavour Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and up on the turf as well as the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes for three-year-old fillies.
The Sam F. Davis Stakes held its inaugural running as a $25,000 listed stake in the spring of 1981, created to serve as a prep race for the Tampa Bay Derby for three-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail. In 2004, the Sam F. Davis Stakes received a purse boost to $100,000, and has since gained in popularity for horsemen and horse players alike. This year, the race received graded status for the first time as well as its richest purse yet, $225,000.
Sunday, February 01 2009
Barbaro’s Brother Suffers Slight Injury in Defeat
Barbaro’s younger full brother Nicanor injured himself slightly leaving the gate, put in a strong mid-race rally, but tired from his efforts and finished 10th of 12 in his eagerly anticipated debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Nicanor is owned by the Lael Stable of Roy and Gretchen Jackson; trained by Michael Matz and ridden by Edgar Prado, the same connections that guided Barbaro to victories in the Florida Derby here and the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs three years ago.
Albertus Maximus Dubai-Bound After Donn Handicap Victory
Shadwell Stable’s 5-year-old Albertus Maximus wore down Rolbea Thoroughbred 30-1 longshot pace-setter Finallymadeit in the deep stretch of Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park for a half-length decision in the 1 1/8 miles test as the winner punched his ticket for a start next in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (G1) on Mar, 28.
Midnight Cry Stable’s 7-year-old Einstein ran well to finish third, 1¾ lengths behind the runner-up after breaking from the far outside post 10, and Jay Em Ess Stable’s 5-2 favorite Arson Squad checked in another 3¼ lengths back in fourth.
Castellano Sent to Hospital, Leparoux Wins 3 After Gulfstream Spills
Javier Castellano was sent to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood complaining of pain in his right shoulder after falling from his mount, Presto Change O, in the third race at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
Presto Change O ducked in at the start, rushed into contention, then clipped heels with another horse, forcing Castellano from the saddle. Castellano, one of the nation’s top riders, took off his remaining mounts Saturday.
Saratoga Sinner Upsets Holy Bull Stakes
Lally Stable’s 3-year-old Saratoga Sinner stamped his credentials as a Kentucky Derby (G1) prospect when he edged away to win Saturday’s $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park by three-quarters of a length at 14-1 over Bear Stable’s longshot pace-setter Bear’s Rocket.
A son of 2002 Florida Derby (G12) winner Harlan’s Holiday, Saratoga Sinner had broken his maiden last out over the track and 1 1/8 miles distance on Jan. 7 after a fifth- and third-place finish in two starts last year at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Saratoga Sinner stalked the pace set by Bear’s Rocket from the backstretch and went on to give jockey Julien Leparoux his third winner on the card and seventh in two days here.
Gulfstream Park Donates $22,000 to Injured-Jockeys’ Fund
Gulfstream Park presented the Jockeys’ Guild with a $22,000 check Saturday.
“In recent years Gulfstream Park has proven itself to be an invaluable friend to the Guild and jockeys everywhere,” said John Velazquez, Guild President. “We thank Frank Stronach (Chairman of MEC, owner of Gulfstream Park) and Bill Murphy (track president and General Manager) for their continued support, deep commitment and invaluable friendship.”
AS 3-10 CHOICE, VENTURA NODS STABLEMATE BY LENGTH IN SANTA MONICA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2009) – Following her sterling four-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Juddmonte Farms’ Ventura encored Saturday with a handy one-length score over stablemate Jibboom in Santa Anita’s 52nd running of the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Monica Handicap for fillies and mares.
But the Santa Monica wasn’t as easy for her as the Breeders’ Cup event in which she blew away eventual Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing with a majestic rally from 9 ½ lengths behind that left her covering seven furlongs over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface in a blistering 1:19.90.