Thursday, October 30 2008
The Illinois Festival of Racing: State-breds Front and Center
Stickney, IL---The Illinois Festival of Racing on Saturday, November 1 marks the time on the calendar to celebrate the local state-bred equines that populate the majority of Hawthorne’s backstretch. And while the progeny of our state’s thoroughbreds won’t be confused with those from Kentucky, many have proven successful when raced on the national stage.
Copper State and Rolling Seas (both nominated, but not entered in the Illini Princess) are two such mares who have demonstrated the ability to compete outside of their friendly confines, by either winning or placing in multiple graded stakes.
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Gulfstream Park’s Luxury Boxes Available for Rent
Gulfstream Park announced today that its state-of-the-art box seats are now available for rent during the 2009 meeting, which begins Jan. 3.
The boxes offer their owners a grand view of the racetrack and a sense of luxury while keeping them in the midst of all the action at one of the nation’s foremost racetracks.
Each box has six Brielle chairs, known as the most comfortable in the outdoor-furnishings industry; granite countertops; a private TV and a self-serve betting terminal; a telephone; Internet access, and in-box food and beverage service.
Get an earlier start on racing with Delaware Park’s new first post time
Don't miss the thrill and excitement of thoroughbred racing at Delaware Park as first post time "falls back" to 12:20 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, to account for the end of daylight savings time.
The new first race post time, which is 25 minutes earlier, will continue for all race days through the last day of live racing at Delaware Park, which will be held on Tuesday, November 11. Live racing is held Saturday through Tuesday. The previous first post time was 12:45 p.m.
LUCARELLI, BISONO TEAM UP FOR PAIR OF VICTORIES AT GGF
ALBANY -- Trainer Frank Lucarelli and jockey Alex Bisono teamed up to win a pair of races at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday.
Lucarelli and Bisono scored an easy victory in the second race with Yacht Spotter, who led from start to finish and crossed the wire six lengths clear of runner-up Squallcreek. Yacht Spotter paid $4.60.
The Lucarelli-Bisono combo clicked again in the fourth race with Stanford Dolly, who rallied from just off the pace to score a two-length victory over Galinda. Stanford Dolly returned $9.80.
DON’T STOP DREAMIN LOOKS FOR DREAM RUN IN WITCHES BREW
Nearly two years ago trainer Eddie Broome was at Calder Racecourse, claim slip in hand, looking at a filly in the eighth race. After eyeing the field in the paddock, he switched his attention to a different horse and dropped that $25,000 claim slip for Don't Stop Dreamin, a 2-year-old filly by West Acre.
Since then, Don't Stop Dreamin has made seven trips to the winner's circle. On Friday night, she'll take aim at some bigger dividends in the $60,000 Witches Brew Stakes at the Meadowlands.
AQUEDUCT NOTES, Wed. October 29, 2008
The first stakes offerings of Aqueduct’s Fall Meet will be this weekend.
On Saturday, fillies and mares will got a mile and a half on the turf in the 52nd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap.
Expected here are Haras du Mezeray’s Astrologie (FR) and Shake the Moon (GER), Darley Stables’ Criticism (GB), William L. Clifton Jr.’s Hostess, Lawrence Goichman’s J’Ray, Alain Falourd’s La Hernanda (IRE), Peter Harris’ Marzelline (IRE), Triple Diamond Stable’s Sentimental Union and Jane Schosberg’s Sunshine for Life.
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Tuesday, October 28 2008
SOLAR FLARE SHINES BRIGHT IN MONDAY FEATURE AT THE BIG M
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. * Fox Hill Farms’ Solar Flare sat patiently off the early pace before taking command around the far turn and holding all rivals safe at bay in winning the $47,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at the Meadowlands on Monday afternoon.
Ridden by Terry Thompson, Solar Flare covered the mile and a sixteenth over a fast main track in 1:45 flat and returned $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10 as the odds-on choice in the field of five older colts and geldings. It was 2 ½ lengths back to Saratoga Lulaby, who completed a $6.20 exacta and returned $2.40 and $2.20. Dragon Fi, who finished another length and a half back in third, paid $2.60 to show.
Keeneland Realizes Near-Record Attendance for Fall Race Meeting
Lexington, KY (October 27, 2008) – Keeneland recorded near-record attendance of 239, 117 for its 2008 fall race meeting, held October 3-25.
The total ranks as the second-largest fall meet attendance in Keeneland history, just shy of last year’s record 239,296. Average daily attendance of 14,066 was only 10 fewer than the 14,076 reported in 2007. A fall meet Friday record crowd of 22,052 was set on College Scholarship Day, Friday, October 10, while the meet’s single-day high of 24,241 was reported on Saturday, October 18.
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The Florida Million at Calder Race Course
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 8
* Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
* First race post at 12:25 p.m.
WHERE: Calder Race Course
21001 NW 27th Avenue (University Drive)
Miami, Florida 33056
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Monday, October 27 2008
Gosden Still Aglow Over Classic Score by Raven’s Pass
John Gosden (Raven’s Pass, 1st, Classic and Donativum, 1st, Juvenile Turf) – Trainer John Gosden visited the quarantine barn at Santa Anita Park that is the home for international runners Sunday morning to take a look at his winners.
The veteran trainer walked Donativum for awhile and watched as Raven’s Pass was photographed. Hanging on a balcony overlooking the compound were the five blankets of flowers presented to the European winners.
FOXY DANSEUR CLOSES OUT OAK TREE MEET WITH CASCAPEDIA WIN
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2008) – Two days after Stardom Bound’s stunning victory in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Juvenile Fillies, her connections were back in the Santa Anita winner’s circle with a 3-year-old filly after Foxy Danseur closed swiftly to take the $110,500 Cascapedia Stakes, the closing day feature of Oak Tree’s 26-day race meet.
Jockey Mike Smith guided the daughter of Mr. Greeley to a one-length victory over High Resolve in the 15th running of the seven-furlong event for sophomore fillies while running the distance in 1:21.66.
BREEDERS’ CUP SPURS STRONG FINISH TO OAK TREE SEASON
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2008)—The Oak Tree Racing Association’s 40th annual meeting finished on a powerful note as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, run Oct. 24 and 25, generated the strongest attendance and handle figures of the meet, which had been negatively effected by the sluggish local and national economy.
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships were held as a two-day event for the first time in Oak Tree at Santa Anita history and the results were bullish, as on-track attendance reached 31,257 on Friday and 51,331 on Saturday. All-sources handle on Friday was $47,863,774, and on Saturday all-sources handle reached $107,610,778. The two-day all sources handle of $155,474,553 was a 5 1/2 percent increase over last year.