Thursday, March 05 2009



Gerard Butler didn’t fly across the pond just for a Santa Anita reunion. The 42-year-old Irish trainer based in England came to run synthetic specialist Dansant in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.

“He’s arguably the best all-weather horse in England, or in Europe,” Butler said. “We spoke about going to Dubai (for the $6 million World Cup on March 28). We were there last year, and he didn’t like the track. In a consultation with the owner (Mrs. Barbara Keller of Switzerland), we decided the next best place to go would be back on a synthetic surface, and the Big ’Cap was a logical choice.”

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Turfway stakes winners face off in Wintergreen

FLORENCE, KY . . . March 5, 2009 . . . Recent Turfway Park stakes winners Kiss With a Twist and Unspoken Word return to the track Saturday for the 27th running of the Wintergreen Stakes.

Unspoken Word comes in to the Wintergreen off back-to-back wins at Turfway, including the Likely Exchange Stakes a month ago. Both wins came at the Wintergreen’s mile distance, and she won both by setting a sensible pace and drawing off to win by multiple lengths. The 5-year-old mare is trained by the meet’s leading trainer, Mike Maker, and ridden by the meet’s leading jockey, Victor Lebron.

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LAUREL, MD. 03-5-09---Nine 3-year-old fillies will stretch out to seven furlongs in Saturday’s $50,000 Wide Country Stakes. The race is the ninth on the Laurel Park card and the first leg of the Magna 5 wager.

The morning line favorite is Strut the Canary (5-2), who has won three straight, including a victory in the Marshua Stakes at Laurel in her most recent start on February 7. The daughter of Mineshaft loomed the easy winner a furlong from the finish in the Marshua but at the wire she was in front by only a head. Jockey Jeremy Rose took the blame for the narrow victory indicating he moved too soon. Rose retains the mount for trainer Tim Tullock.

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LAUREL, MD. 03-05-09---The Maryland Jockey Club’s parent company, Magna Entertainment Corp. (“MEC”) and certain of its subsidiaries today filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. MEC filed for Chapter 11 protection in order to implement a comprehensive financial restructuring. Simply put, MEC has far too much debt and interest expense.

MEC believes that this Chapter 11 restructuring will bring its level of debt in line with current economic realities and take pressure off its operations, which have historically been burdened with significant interest expense and financing fees. In today’s difficult economic environment, many companies are using a Chapter 11 filing to substantially reduce debt and position themselves for future growth.

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AQUEDUCT NOTES; Thursday, March 5, 2009

Saturday afternoon, March 7, Aqueduct Racetrack will again be a horseplayer’s paradise. In addition to a live 10-race card that begins at 12:30 p.m., the Big A will remain open so fans can enjoy racing from Santa Anita Handicap Day from Santa Anita Park in California.

The action begins right here at Aqueduct with a card featuring the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile and sixteenth on the inner dirt track. The Gotham is an important race on the road to the May 2 Kentucky Derby and is the main local prep for the biggest race of the Aqueduct meet – the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs on Saturday, April 4.

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ALBANY -- The simulcast of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, a Grade 1 classic that Bay Area trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will try to win for the second straight year, and Snow Day festivities will highlight a big Saturday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields.

There is a special early post time of 12:15 p.m. at Golden Gate Fields Saturday since Santa Anita has scheduled a noon post time for its Santa Anita Handicap Day program. Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire card from Santa Anita.

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100th Anniversary Kicks off with Promotional Race

WHAT: Opening day, March 6th, 2009, will mark the 100th year of family-owned horseracing at Hawthorne Race Course under the proprietorship of the Carey family. This anniversary distinguishes Hawthorne as the oldest continuously family-owned and operated race track in the nation. The races will kick off at 12:20 p.m. with a special, local celebrity 1/16th mile sprint in the style of racing from 100 years ago with a rope line start. Racing in this special event will be radio “jockeys” John “Jurko” Jurkovich, Harry Teinowitz and Carmen DeFalco of the Afternoon Saloon show and Tom Waddle of Waddle & Silvy on ESPN 1000. Morning show host Marc Silverman will call the race live on-air.

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Super Style Stakes at BurJuman Fillies & Fashion

Dubai Racing Club, official fashion partner BurJuman and event sponsors Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Contempo Events, played host to the glamorous finale – the Super Thursday edition of the BurJuman Fillies & Fashion series.

Combined with exquisite cuisine, and of course some of the best racing from all corners of the globe, it was certainly a night to remember.

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Keeneland to Offer $10 General Admission Season Pass for Spring Meet

Lexington, KY (March 5, 2009) – Keeneland will offer fans a general admission season pass at an introductory price of $10 for its spring race meeting, to be held April 3-24.

Passes are on sale now at for $10 (plus a $3 processing fee). The pass carries a value of $80 and is good for admission on all of Keeneland’s 15 spring race days, including Toyota Blue Grass Day, Saturday, April 11. The pass also is valid for Kentucky Derby Day at Keeneland, Saturday, May 2.

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 5, 2009) – Arlington Park officials announced that they will offer a $500,000 bonus to the owner(s) of any horse that can sweep the Mid-America Triple at the suburban Chicago racecourse.

The Mid-America Triple is a three-race series for 3-year-olds that consists of the $150,000 Arlington Classic, the Grade II $300,000 American Derby and the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes. All three races will be run over Arlington’s world renowned turf course.

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Boys dominate Al Maktoum Challenge

The final meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, Super Thursday, was kindly sponsored by Shadwell Farms and a cracking night’s racing served as the perfect aperitif for the final meeting ever at Nad Al Sheba – Dubai World Cup night – on 28th March.

The official feature was the Group 2 Maktoum Challenge III - Invasor, over 2000m on dirt and a race won three times previously by subsequent Dubai World Cup winners.

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) announced today the 2009 year-long schedule of qualifying events for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) which carries an estimated total purse of $1 million.

The schedule (subject to changes and additions) is comprised of 101 events hosted at 42 different racetracks, off-track wagering facilities, Websites and casinos. Competitions are scheduled to take place now through late December. A full list of NHC qualifying dates and venues can be viewed at Approximately 300 NHC qualifyiing berths will be available via the qualifiers and the NHC Tour.


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