Friday, January 30 2009
NYRA Files Statement with MTA on “Belmont Special” Train Service
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today sent a brief statement to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) reiterating its opposition to the proposed elimination of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) “Belmont Special” train service (except for Belmont Stakes Day) which the MTA recently announced as part of a series of proposed fare increases and service cuts.
At an MTA public hearing on its proposed changes held on Jan. 21, 2009, two NYRA representatives, joined by a New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association board member and eight civic leaders provided oral statements in opposition to the planned suspension of rail service to Belmont Park.
Arrow hits the bulls eye
Erwan Charpy maintained his dominance in Thoroughbred Listed races this season when saddling Golden Arrow to win Friday’s Jebel Ali Mile, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Derrinstown Stud.
There have now been four such races, two at Abu Dhabi and two at Jebel Ali, and the Frenchman has won all four after Tadhg O’Shea steered his six-year-old to a brave victory in a race they had been second last year.
GOMEZ STRIKES AT 10-1 IN FEATURE, PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF 74,682 IN PLAY FOR FRIDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2009) – Four races after Rafael Bejarano had ridden a first-time starter to victory at odds of 11-1 for trainer Doug O’Neill on Thursday, Garrett Gomez struck with a 10-1 O’Neill trainee, Scorewithcater, to register a head victory over Unbridled Roman in Santa Anita’s feature, the $57,656 Palm Springs Purse for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
Despite victories by two favorites in the Pick Six sequence, some unusual events combined to generate a Pick Six carryover of $74,682 into Friday’s racing program when Santa Anita offers free general admission as well as free box seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
EMMY DARLING DOES QUICK TURNAROUND IN SUNDAY’S LA HABRA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2009) – After running a disappointing seventh last Saturday in the $250,000 Sunshine Million Oaks, Emmy Darling is scheduled for a hasty U-turn when returning to a grass surface in Sunday’s 36th running of the Grade III, $100,000 La Habra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over 6 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.
The La Habra will be the eighth-race feature on a nine-race program that will begin at 11 a.m., 1 ½ hours earlier than usual, in deference to the Super Bowl with its scheduled kickoff of 3:28 p.m. (PST).
STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 2009
VENTURA ‘CRANKED’ TO WIN SATURDAY’S GRADE I SANTA MONICA
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Ventura is set for her 2009 debut in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Monica Handicap for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs. The 5-year-old Chester House mare owned and bred by the Juddmonte Farms has not raced since her breathtaking four-length triumph in the Breeders’ Cup race at Oak Tree last Oct. 24.
Asked if she was “cranked” for her return, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said, “She’s cranked enough to win.” Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez has the mount. He has ridden Ventura in each of her seven U.S. starts, four of them victories.
Breeders’ Cup Winners Kip Deville & Red Rocks Clash in Gulfstream Turf
IEAH Stables and partners’ 6-year-old Kip Deville and J. Paul Reddam’s 6-year-old Irish-bred Red Rocks have each won Breeders’ Cup championship races, and the two veteran performers will meet for the first time Sunday in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
Also to be run on Sunday will be the $125,000 Suwannee River Handicap (G3) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf with Three Chimneys Racing and Harlequin Ranch’s Irish-bred, Canadian champion mare Callwood Dancer and Dennis Federico’s Waquoit’s Love among the favorites in a field of 10.
WEBN Stakes next step to Lane’s End
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 29, 2009 . . . Ten three-year-olds have been entered for the $50,000 WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. Covering a mile, the race is the second of three local preps for the Lane’s End Stakes.
Azicharmyou was the runner-up in his debut, a maiden special sprint at Turfway, but followed with a 6 3/4-length win at the same level two weeks later in his second start, also a sprint at Turfway. He either set the pace or was right on top of it in both efforts, a style that will be put to the test in the WEBN, his first try around two turns. Rodney Prescott rides for trainer Larry Holt.
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LUIS ANTONIO GONZALEZ NAMED HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 29, 2009) Jockey Luis Antonio Gonzalez has had much to celebrate in the month of January, including a win in the Pasco Stakes aboard Musket Man. Gonzalez piloted the three-year-old to a 2 1/4 length victory in the seven furlong test, and Musket Man is expected to make his next start in Festival Preview Day’s Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes here on February 14. Along with his victory in the Pasco, Gonzalez has booted home 21 winners, 20 second place finishers and 18 thirds for $279,872 in purses through 28 days of riding in the current meet, making him the fourth leading rider overall.
NJSEA RECOGNIZED FOR ALCOHOL MANAGEMENT TRAINING
East Rutherford, NJ [January 29, 2009] -- The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority is a recipient of TEAM Coalition’s 2008 Hall of Fame Award for training in alcohol management.
Twenty-six members of NJSEA senior management were certified in TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) Coalition’s alcohol management program in 2008. All NJSEA operations staff will undergo TEAM training in 2009.
OUT-OF-TOWNERS SHIP TO MARYLAND FOR DANCING COUNT STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 01-29-09---New York’s loss could be Maryland’s gain. Mr. Fantasy, who missed a start on Wednesday when racing was cancelled at Aqueduct, is listed as the program favorite for Saturday’s $50,000 Dancing Count Stakes at Laurel Park.
The Dancing Count, a six furlong test for three-year-olds, is the final race of the day at Laurel but the first leg of the Magna 5, a coast-to-coast pick five wager which includes races from Santa Anita, Gulfstream and Golden Gate Fields.
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CAL DERBY CHAMP CHOCOLATE CANDY HAS SWEET WORKOUT AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- California Derby winner Chocolate Candy had a solid workout Thursday at Golden Gate Fields as he continues his preparation for the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby.
Chocolate Candy drilled five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 handily under jockey Russell Baze. The work was easily the best of 10 at the distance (1:01 4/5 was second-best) and it thoroughly impressed veteran clocker Art Lobato.
Thursday, January 29 2009
SPA RESERVED SEAT LOTTERY APPLICATIONS DEADLINE NEARS
Reserved Seat Applications for the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meeting are now available. The 36-day 2009 Saratoga meeting will begin Wednesday, July 29 and end on Monday, September 7. There is no racing on Tuesdays at Saratoga.
All applications for 2009 Saratoga Reserved Seats must be postmarked by January 31, 2009 to be eligible for the lottery.
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