Friday, February 13 2009
Kentucky Derby 135 Update
* DESERT PARTY ROLLS OVER STABLEMATES IN DUBAI
* OLD FASHIONED SET FOR ’09 DEBUT IN SOUTHWEST
* CHOCOLATE CANDY A SWEET VALENTINE FAVORITE
* ‘ALL OTHERS’ STILL FAVORED IN DERBY FUTURES
PUGLISI GUIDES SILENT SOUL TO UPSET AFTER RAIN-RELATED SURFACE CHANGE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2009) – Silent Soul, whose last previous victory came after wet weather had moved a scheduled turf event to a synthetic surface, scored an upset under similar conditions Friday when defeating odds-on favorite Mr Napper Tandy by a head in Santa Anita’s $58,800 optional claiming feature.
Jockey Iggy Puglisi, relegated to riding primarily longshots and who had struggled while winning with but four of his last 110 mounts, slipped through along the rail aboard Silent Soul to win the one-mile competition in 1:36.70 after rain took the race off the grass.
EVITA ARGENTINA EYES HISTORY AGAINST MALES IN SAN VICENTE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2009) – Should Evita Argentina -- the most accomplished of ten entrants – emerge victorious Monday in Santa Anita’s 68th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds, her achievement would have been unmatched in 62 years.
Only two fillies have ever won the seven-furlong event, and the last was Rex C. Ellsworth’s Hubble Bubble in 1947, just two years after the race was taken by Louis B. Mayer’s Busher, a Hall of Famer named Horse of the Year when a 3-year-old filly.
$33,783.63 PICK SIX CARRYOVER FOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW DAY PRESENTED BY LAMBHOLM SOUTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 13, 2009) A Pick 6 carryover of $33,783.63 ushers in tomorrow’s Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, the premiere day of February racing at the Oldsmar oval. The Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South card is highlighted by the Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for three-year-olds, the Grade III $125,000 Endeavour Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and up on the turf, and the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes for fillies three years old.
BULLSEYE ON BULLSBAY IN CAMPBELL HANDICAP
LAUREL, MD. 02-13-09---Bullsbay was eased to last in the Grade I Donn Handicap two weeks ago, but on Saturday he is the 8-5 favorite to win the $50,000 John B. Campbell Handicap, the co-feature at Laurel Park. The $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (GR II) headlines the nine-race card.
Graham Motion shipped the 5-year-old from South Florida to the Fair Hill Training Center earlier this week to race 1-1/8 miles against nine older runners. The son of Tiznow arrived in the Motion barn in October and produced two allowance wins and a runner-up finish in the Grade III Hal’s Hope before his inexplicable performance in the Donn.
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CHOCOLATE CANDY EVEN-MONEY FAVORITE IN $200,000 EL CAMINO REAL DERBY
ALBANY -- Saturday is Valentine's Day and many men are expected to bring home a box of chocolates. Chocolate Candy the racehorse is expected to bring home a victory in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
Chocolate Candy is an even-money favorite on the morning line to capture the 28th running of the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby, Northern California's most important race for 3-year-olds who aspire to make it to the Triple Crown events.
Friday the 13th a Lucky Day for Lezcano; Reaches 1,000-Win Mark at Gulfstream
Jose Lezcano reached his 1,000th-career victory, riding the 3-year-old Calabria home first in the second race at Gulfstream Park Friday afternoon.
“He broke well and I was able to put him in good position,” said Lezcano. “He gave me an extra push at the quarter pole.”
Barn Notes GP 2-13
Trip Key for Lime Rickey in Hallandale Beach
After a close call in the Dania Beach Stakes in his last start, Dogwood Stable’s 3-year-old Lime Rickey will be looking for a cleaner trip in Saturday’s $125,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Frank Alexander has watched the son of Lemon Drop Kid refine his late-closing kick in seven career starts and will be counting on timing from jockey Julien Leparoux in Saturday’s 1 1/16 miles contest to improve on the runner-up finish behind Jack Spratt in his last race on Jan. 17.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2009
O’NEILL HOPES HIS ‘PLAN’ IS REAL DEAL ON SYNTHETIC IN SANTA MARIA
Mistical Plan figures to be part of the pace scenario in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile Santa Maria Handicap, coming off a fourth-place finish after a troubled start in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint at six furlongs. The 5-year-old California-bred mare also figures to benefit from that race, her first in five months.
“She’s doing great,” trainer Doug O’Neill said of the daughter of Game Plan, who won the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks at 1 1/16 miles in March of 2007. “She’s proven at two turns. The only thing she’s not proven at is the distance on synthetics. But she’s training great and this race fits well into her schedule, so we’re going to give it a go.”
FANS TO CHOOSE COLOR FOR 2009 HASKELL HAT
OCEANPORT, N.J. – For over 20 years the traditional Haskell hat giveaway at Monmouth Park has been a fan favorite and this year the track has added a new twist to this Shore collectible. For the first time ever, the fans will decide the color of this year’s hat. By becoming Monmouth Park’s newest friend on Facebook, or visiting http://www.monmouthpark.com
, fans can view the four choices and cast their vote for their favorite color cap - red, blue, gray or orange.
Game Face & Any Limit Clash Again in Hurricane Bertie Saturday
Zabeel Racing International’s 4-year-old filly Game Face won the First Lady Stakes (G3) going six furlongs at Gulfstream Park by ¾ lengths over Joseph V. Shields Jr.’s 6-year-old mare Any Limit on Jan. 18, and the two talented sprinters meet again Sunday on the $125,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) going 6½ furlongs.
Jockey John R. Velazquez will be back aboard Game Face for trainer Todd Pletcher as the daughter of Menifee will likely be favored to post the fourth graded-stakes victory of her career. She won the Old Hat Stakes (G3) here early last year and the La Troienne (G3) at Churchill Downs in the spring.
Watson takes Jebel Ali feature
A healthy crowd gathered at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon for the course’s seventh meeting of the season and the afternoon’s feature, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm, was an 1800m handicap.
It was won in exciting fashion by the Doug Watson-trained Call Me George who was last with 500m to run, but produced a devastating late burst to deny stable companion Tri Another Cat in the dying strides, with Blues Ballad a close third.