Thursday, February 26 2009

Jebel Ali Sprint prep race this Friday

The Jebel Ali Sprint is a fortnight away and Friday’s Jebel Ali card is highlighted by a prep race, over the same minimum trip of 1000m and a maximum field of 16 will go to post.

Both this race and the Listed feature in two weeks are sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell organisation.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2009) – Switched to the stable of Christopher Paasch where she proceeded to break her maiden in her third start, Air Fair roared right back on Wednesday to run off with the $49,600 Palm Springs Purse for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

With Joel Rosario in the saddle, Air Fair bolted out of the pack inside the final sixteenth to defeat Play Nine by 1 ¾ lengths while the latter nosed out Waddup G in a photo for the place.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2009)—A massive two-day Pick Six carryover of $704,945 will await fans at Santa Anita on Thursday, with the prospect of the total pool exceeding $3 million by third-race post time.

Wednesday’s Pick Six began with race three, which went to French-bred Headache, with Julien Couton aboard returning $19.40 to win. Headache is trained by Leonard Powell, making for a French-bred connection of horse, rider and conditioner. The winning owners are Collet, Phung, Rosenthal and partners.

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ALBANY -- Ultra Blend will put her winning streak on the line Saturday when she faces four geldings and one fellow filly in the $50,000 King Glorious Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

The King Glorious is a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and Ultra Blend enters the feature having won her last four starts, including the $75,000 Tiburon Stakes in her most recent outing on Jan. 10 at Golden Gate Fields.

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Hawthorne and the Carey’s Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Stickney, Ill.— Opening day, March 6th, 2009, will mark the100th year of family-owned horseracing at Hawthorne Race Course under the proprietorship of the Carey family. The anniversary distinguishes Hawthorne as the oldest continuously family-owned and operated race track in the nation. As the longest running sports venue in Illinois, Hawthorne Race Course has been an integral player in the legendary heritage of Chicago sports entertainment and is proud to kick off a thrilling new season.

Since Thomas Carey first purchased the estate back in 1909, Hawthorne Race Course has been able to revive horseracing in Chicago time and again due to continuously placing fans in the middle of all the fast paced action and pure excitement involved in the sport. According to 4th generation president and general manager of Hawthorne, Tim Carey, they are looking forward to yet another tremendous year of stimulating racing in 2009. “I really believe we’re on the cusp of a terrific season,” said Carey.

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Wednesday, February 25 2009

Barn Notes 2-25

Vanquisher Gets Big League Call-up for Major League Operation

Be it the New York Yankees or Kinsman Stable, the Steinbrenner family has always been familiar with moving talented athletes from the farm, through the minors and eventually to the big leagues.

The family’s 5-year-old gelding Vanquisher doesn’t yet deserve to be compared with Derek Jeter, but he has the potential to make a splash on the big stage in Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

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Beethoven & ‘Candyman’ Clash in Wide-Open Fountain of Youth Saturday

John Oxley’s Beethoven and Joseph Rausch and David Pell’s Capt. Candyman Can, both Grade 2 stakeswinners, will each have their share of support when the full field of 12 3-year-olds goes to the post for the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

The 63rd edition of the Fountain of Youth, shortened to a one-turn mile test this year from nine furlongs, has attracted more high-profile potential Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects than any race on the national calendar at this point in the season with a fast pace almost certain to develop.

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Zambezi Sun, a disappointing seventh as the 9-10 favorite in his U.S. debut Sunday in the Grade II San Luis Obispo Handicap at 1 ½ miles on turf, will wheel back two weeks later in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, Bobby Frankel said Wednesday morning.

“There’s nothing wrong with him,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “He didn’t run hard; he’s OK. I just got him fit enough to run (in the Big ‘Cap).”

Making his first start since the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in France last Oct. 5, Zambezi Sun was very rank in the San Luis Obispo, stalking in second place into the stretch before he was overtaken. He was beaten only three lengths by victorious Spring House.

Read more articles in the Santa Anita category.



ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2009) – Aiming for his first Kentucky Derby victory after three seconds in 15 career rides, 44-year-old Alex Solis attempts to move a notch closer on Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade III, $200,000 Sham Stakes while riding heavily favored The Pamplemousse, a 3-year-old co-owned and selected at sale by his son, Alex II.

The Kentucky-bred son of Kafwain, purchased last March by a partnership for $150,000, will face eleven other 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles, the same distance as the April 5 Santa Anita Derby and one that would seem well suited for the gray colt, whose name translates to “grapefruit” in French.

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Turfway to host Derby-winning jockeys

FLORENCE, KY . . . February 24, 2009 . . . Five former jockeys with Kentucky Derby wins to their credit will greet fans and sign autographs at Turfway Park across three Monday afternoons in March. The last of the three Mondays kicks off the week leading to the Grade II Lane’s End Stakes, Turfway’s Derby prep race.

Chris McCarron and Mike Manganello will be on hand March 2, Pat Day and Craig Perret will appear March 9, and Steve Cauthen will appear March 16. A commemorative poster featuring the jockeys will be available free of charge, limited to one per person. A total of 600 posters will be printed. The autograph sessions will run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, and fans may have the poster and one other item signed on a first come, first served basis.

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Barton and Bin Suroor fillies headline the feature race

With the new Meydan grandstand dominating the skyline behind Nad Al Sheba it is fitting that Thursday’s penultimate meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival is sponsored by Meydan.

The Listed UAE Oaks, for three-year-old fillies over 1800m, is the official feature and eight take their chance – all of whom contested the UAE 1000 Guineas, over 1600m, three weeks ago.

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NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Ciruclates Compliance Standards for Review

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that a comprehensive set of safety and integrity standards has been circulated to members of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. After a period of comment, the compliance standards will be finalized in early March and serve as the basis for Alliance accreditation, which also will begin in March. The Alliance, formed last October with the goal of establishing national uniform standards in the areas of safety and integrity, includes 55 racetracks in North America and every major national horsemen’s organization.

Compliance will cover five broad areas: injury reporting and prevention; creating a safer racing environment; aftercare and transition of retired racehorses; medication and testing; and safety research. Within those five categories, specific standards will focus on many areas including:


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