Saturday, November 22 2008
HP Stable Notes: Friday, November 21, 2008
GIO PONTI WORKS FOR HOLLYWOOD DERBY
Gio Ponti, a leading contender for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 30, worked Friday at Santa Anita for the Grade I test for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles on turf.
“He breezed five eighths in a minute and one fifth, the last quarter in 23 and change,” said a satisfied Nicholas Bachalard, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, after the drill under exercise rider Paul Turner. “He will school in the paddock at Hollywood Park for the second time tomorrow.”
Triple Crown winner returns to action
Sunday’s third meeting of the Abu Dhabi season, a six race all Purebred Arabian card, features a fascinating 2200m conditions race kindly sponsored by Hyrda Properties and for which nine have been declared.
Last year’s Abu Dhabi Triple Crown winner Abu Alemarat makes his eagerly anticipated return in the race having won his last four starts.
YACHT SPOTTER, IN MY GLORY SCORE FRONT-RUNNING UPSETS
ALBANY -- Yacht Spotter and In My Glory both used front-running tactics to score upsets in the co-feature races at Golden Gate Fields Friday.
Yacht Spotter defeated Grade 1 stakes-winners Artiste Royal and Matto Mondo in the third race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance test on the turf for 3-year-olds and up. Ridden by Alex Bisono, Yacht Spotter held off 3-to-5 favorite Artiste Royal down the stretch to score by 1 1/4 lengths while Matto Mondo checked in another length back in third.
Friday, November 21 2008
‘Legal’ moves to Schickedanz barn
TORONTO, November 20 * Legal Move goes for his sixth victory of the year in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Kennedy Road Stakes at Woodbine.
For the first time, the four-year-old son of Bold Executive will race in the white and scarlet colours of owner Bruno Schickedanz, who purchased the 10-time winner for $245,000 at last Saturday's Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Formerly a resident of the Mark Casse stable, the bay colt's new trainer is Mark Fournier, who has been impressed with his new pupil since he arrived from Lexington this past Tuesday.
AQUEDUCT HOLIDAYFEST NOTES: Friday, November 21, 2008
Next Saturday’s 20th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile is the feature race of HolidayFest at Aqueduct Racetrack. It’s the biggest week of the Big A’s Fall Meet and will get the holiday season off to a running start.
Expected for the Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile are Arson Squad, Bribon (FR), Harlem Rocker, Kodiak Kowboy, Storm Play, Tale of Ekati, Visionaire and Wanderin Boy. Past the Point is questionable at this point.
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Selvaratnam in treble form
Jebel Ali’s resident trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam saddled half of the six winners as racing returned to his local course on Friday afternoon with stable jockey William Buick partnering two of the winners.
However, it was Rashed Bouresly’s Star Crowned who won the afternoon’s featured 1000m sprint under Tadhg O’Shea, denying stable companion League Champion.
SPRING STYLE RALLIES AS ROSARIO COMPLETES HAT-TRICK IN FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2008) — Spring Style, a 17-1 shot with eight rivals to catch straightening for home, rallied in the middle of the course under jockey Joel Rosario to win Thursday’s $40,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Hollywood Park, helping set the stage for a two-day Pick Six carryover of $251,712 when racing resumes Friday.
Nautical Rule, ridden by Joseph Talamo, clinched the carryover by winning the nightcap at odds of better than 22-1. The Pick Six begins with the third race on Friday’s card, which is the final night program of the year. First post time is 7:05 p.m.
BOB BLACK JACK RETURNS IN VERNON O. UNDERWOOD
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2008) — World record-holder Bob Black Jack, who earned a trip to the Kentucky Derby with a second-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby, will return to the races when he faces older horses in Saturday’s $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood at Hollywood Park.
The son of Stormy Jack, who set the pace before tiring and finishing 16th in the Kentucky Derby, established a world record of 1:06.53 for six furlongs at Santa Anita in January. He then finished third in the San Felipe and was the runner-up — beaten a half-length by Colonel John — in the Santa Anita Derby.
Nick Martinez Named Gulfstream Artist in Residence, 2009
Former jockey Nick Martinez has been named Gulfstream Park’s Artist in Residence for the 2009 meeting.
Gulfstream Park’s live program opens for a 79-day stand Jan. 3. Closing day will be April 23.
In making the announcement, Gulfstream Park President and General Manager Bill Murphy said, “As in years past, this was a difficult decision and it by no means is a judgment on the work of other artists. The program is designed to showcase the talents and various styles of today’s equine artists, and I believe all will agree that Nick certainly has his own style. He’s one of the finest talents of the age and he will have a contributing role in making this meet distinctive.”
CLASSY STAKES RUNNERS FEATURED FRIDAY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- Looking over the Golden Gate Fields races in Friday's Daily Racing Form would lead one to think they had mistakenly picked up a Saturday edition of the horse racing newspaper. That's because Friday's third and seventh races are stakes-caliber events worthy of spots on a weekend card.
The third race features Artiste Royal, a multiple Grade 1 stakes-winner from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale. Idle since winning the $300,000 Charlie Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 7, Artiste Royal will face six opponents in a $39,000 allowance race that will be run at 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Thursday, November 20 2008
LOOKING FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE IN DISCOVERY ‘CAP
Deep into the racing season, Saturday’s 64th edition of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack offers three-year-olds one final chance to compete against their contemporaries.
Eight sophomores, all of whom officially become four years old on January 1, were entered in the 1 1/8th mile race, and all but two will be seeking their first victory in a graded stakes.
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Star to be Crowned at Jebel Ali
Racing returns to Jebel Ali on Friday with a six race card highlighted by a cracking sprint conditions race over the minimum 1000m.
Twelve have been declared, including last year’s winner Salaam Dubai who was placed in the Golden Shaheen on World Cup night in 2007.
Trained by Adi Selvaratnam, he has proved a real star for connections but his trainer feels he will perhaps need the run: “He is ready for a race but will certainly improve for it.