Monday, February 09 2009
Scolara Rallies from Last to First in Marion County
Haras Santa Maria de Araras’ 4-year-old homebred filly Scolara brought back a check in each of her last four stakes starts going back to last summer, but didn’t get her first stakes victory until Sunday when she rallied from last of eight Florida-bred fillies and mares to capture the $75,000 Marion County Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Scolara was making her first start since losing a head decision when second in the Pago Hop Stakes at Fair Grounds on Dec. 6. After breaking a half-step slow, the daughter of Quiet American was content to sit near the back of the field until splitting horse at the top of the stretch and going on to win by 2¼ lengths over Richlyn Stable’s Pay Wright.
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Wicked Style Ready to Complete Road to Recovery
Two years ago, Glenn Bromagen’s Wicked Style was an undefeated rising star with a Grade 1 victory and a spot in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). Two leg fractures later he’s a 4-year-old on the brink of a successful comeback, according to trainer Rusty Arnold, ahead of a classy allowance race Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
The son of Macho Uno impressively won his first three career races including the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland in 2007 before a disheartening 41-length loss in the Juvenile in the slop at Monmouth Park behind eventual champ War Pass. He emerged with a condylar fracture in his front leg that wiped out a shot at the 3-year-old classics and kept him on the shelf for seven months.
MAGNUM ENDS LONG TAILSPIN WITH 16-1 UPSET IN SUNDAY’S SAN ANTONIO
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2009) – Winless since May of 2006, which was two months after running second in the Santa Anita Handicap, 8-year-old gelding Magnum ran down Well Armed at odds of 16-1 Sunday in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Handicap to race back into consideration for the 2009 Big ’Cap on March 7.
With Joel Rosario aboard for the first time, Well Armed tracked the defending San Antonio champion though extremely pedestrian fractions during the 1 1/8-mile journey, but nonetheless was resolute enough to surge through the final sixteenth to triumph by one length.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2009
SANTA ANITA DERBY AWAITS STARDOM BOUND, PIONEEROF THE NILE—IF . . .
A potential “Dream Match” in the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 between champion filly Stardom Bound and the West Coast’s leading Kentucky Derby contender Pioneerof the Nile was questioned Sunday morning by Bobby Frankel, who saddled Stardom Bound for her fourth straight Grade I victory in Saturday’s Las Virgenes Stakes.
“I don’t know,” Frankel said when asked if the gray daughter of Tapit would make her next start against colts in the Santa Anita Derby, as firmly indicated after the Las Virgenes by Mike Iavarone, president of IEAH Stables, part owner of the filly. “Cooler heads will prevail,” Frankel continued. “I don’t know. It’s their horse.”
PROBABLE SAM F. DAVIS STAKES STARTERS PUT IN FINAL WORKS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 8, 2009) Probable contenders for Saturday’s Grade III 1 1/16 miles $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes are posting their final works leading up to the race. On February 7, Musket Man, who captured last month’s Pasco Stakes here, drilled five furlongs in 1:00 flat for trainer Derek Ryan. Atomic Rain also worked yesterday, clocking four furlongs in :49.08 over the Oldsmar oval, while A. P. Cardinal worked 4 furlongs at Palm Meadows in :49.85. Free Country traveled 5 furlongs in 1:02.1 and was ranked 18th of the 30 horses that worked the morning of the seventh at Gulfstream Park.
TRAINER LUCARELLI EARNS 1,000TH VICTORY
ALBANY -- Frank Lucarelli, one of the Northwest's leading trainers, reached an impressive career milestone Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he saddled his 1,000th winner.
The 6-year-old gelding Premier Diablo provided Lucarelli with the landmark victory when he rallied from last to win the first race, a six-furlong event for 4-year-olds and up, by two lengths under jockey Leslie Mawing.
Watson and Hills grab HH The President’s Cup
Sunday’s tenth meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, featured the one million dirhams HH The President’s Cup which was won in a close finish by the Doug Watson-trained Nirwan.
Both Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan were present to witness their Abu Alemarat and Shadiyda finish second and third respectively but it was Nirwan and Richard Hills who gained the day close home in the 2200m feature.
Sunday, February 08 2009
401 NOMINATED EARLY TO 2009 TRIPLE CROWN RACES
QUALITY STAYS AT HIGHEST LEVEL AS 401 EARLY NOMINATIONS ARE LOGGED FOR RACING’S 2009 TRIPLE CROWN
Four hundred and one 3-year-olds have been nominated during the early nomination period for the 2009 edition of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing.
The figures are down from the 2008 near-record fi gure of 449 early nominations, but the quality remains at the crème de la crème level with the top three colts from the 2008 Experimental Handicap weights – Midshipman, Vineyard Haven and Square Eddie – leading the way.
Vanquisher Charges through Stretch for Tallahassee Score
Kinsman Stable’s 5-year-old gelding Vanquisher rallied down the far outside in the stretch of Saturday’s $75,000 Tallahassee Stakes at Gulfstream Park to win by a half-length over Mount Joy Stable’s 4-year-old Smooth Air, the 7-5 favorite in the field of nine older Florida-breds.
Jockey Alan Garcia rode Vanquisher for Tampa Bay Downs-based trainer Gregory Griffith. The winner paid $19 to win after being timed the mile in 1:34:12 over firm ground. James Scatuorchio’s Ruff and Ready finished third, a half-length behind Smooth Air and a neck before Dennis Punches’ Jet Propulsion, who set a fast pace.
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Exuberant Beethoven Quickly Gets Back to Work
Only one week after finishing fourth in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3), John Oxley’s Beethoven was back on the track at Gulfstream Park working out for trainer John Ward, who is now leaning toward running the 3-year-old classic prospect in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) on Feb. 28.
“He just went easy and I normally wouldn’t think of working him back so soon, but he was jumping out of his skin,” said Ward, who had to take cover when the son of Sky Mesa literally kicked up his heels next to him, showering him with dirt. “See that? I don’t think it took much out of him.”
PIONEEROFTHE NILE, STARDOM BOUND SHINE AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Bob Baffert loves the spot he's in, having a solid Kentucky Derby candidate with three months to go until the first Saturday in May.
Pioneerof the Nile rallied from off the pace to win Saturday's $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by a half-length over Papa Clem in his 3-year-old debut.
Parade Clown settles down, wins WEBN Stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 7, 2009 . . . Parade Clown got a wise ride from veteran rider Bill Troilo Saturday at Turfway Park to take home the $50,000 WEBN Stakes trophy. It was the first stakes win for the son of Distorted Humor and a decisive step toward the Lane’s End Stakes next month.
Music City, the 2-1 favorite, rocketed out of the gate to get the early lead, while Parade Clown, a bit green, pushed up from fourth to within half a length of the lead heading into the backstretch. Troilo settled him down, and when Music City moved suddenly to open up a three or four length lead down the backstretch, Parade Clown let him go.
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