Monday, November 24 2008

Surprise finish in Bessarabian

TORONTO, November 23 - John Sikura's Smart Surprise outfinished Saskawea to take Sunday's $169,000 Bessarabian Stakes at Woodbine.

The seven-furlong tilt was the chestnut filly's first career added-money score in her first stakes attempt.

The exquisitely-bred daughter of Smart Strike held off a game try from multiple-stakes winner Saskawea for the half-length score, her third in her last three starts.

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It has not been a particularly good year for Idiot Proof. After posting a 4-2-1 mark from eight starts in 2007, including a Grade 1 win and a second to Midnight Lute in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Idiot Proof has yet to win a race in four starts this year.

But now in a new barn on a new coast, the 4-year-old Benchmark colt will try to reverse his fortunes in one of New York’s more popular and tradition-rich races, Thursday’s 95th running of the $100,000-added Fall Highweight Handicap at six furlongs.

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When Thoroughbred owner Jeff Puglisi expanded and restructured his racing operation in 2008, included in his business plan was a multi-million commitment to purchase 2-year-olds, the vast majority of which would be fillies.

“In terms of residuals, fillies hold their value better than colts,” explained trainer Steve Klesaris. “If they become graded stakes winner and have some family, they’re worth something.”

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Asmussen Breaks His Own Single-Year Record for Training Wins in North America

Trainer Steve Asmussen broke his own single-year record for North American wins by a trainer, when Prophesy captured the first race today at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The win was Asmussen's 556th of the year, breaking his old mark of 555 set in 2004.

Quotes from Steve Asmussen:

"We've had a tremendous year, made possible by some tremendous opportunities and my outstanding help."



INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2008) — Jack o’ Lantern, given a perfect trip by Isaias Enriquez, found room along the rail in the stretch and took charge nearing the sixteenth pole en route to a $41.80 upset in Sunday’s $103,700 Hollywood Prevue at Hollywood Park.

Favorite Azul Leon finished a half-length back in second in the Grade III event — a major stepping-stone to the CashCall Futurity here Dec. 20. Ventana and Arashi Cat were another half-length back in a dead heat for third while second choice Backbackbackgone finished fifth and Congor Bay sixth.

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2008) — The schedule at Hollywood Park will change this week with an 11 a.m. post time on Thanksgiving Day and a 12:30 p.m. post time on Friday when the three-day Turf Festival begins.

Other than the early post on Thursday, post time will be at 12:30 p.m. through the remainder of the 40-day meeting, which concludes Dec. 21.

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2008) — Patrons will receive a Zenyatta poster autographed by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith when the unbeaten Horse of the Year candidate is honored at Hollywood Park on Sunday, Nov. 30 — closing day of the 17th Turf Festival.

Zenyatta, owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, has won each of her nine starts, most recently capturing the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic to clinch distaff honors and establish herself as a legitimate contender for Horse of the Year along with Curlin.

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ALBANY -- Leading jockey Russell Baze, capitalizing on some live mounts, rode three winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

Baze, who tops the jockey standings with 76 victories at the fall meeting, scored his hat trick with three favorites. The Hall of Famer won the first race with Bold Reward ($4.60), the third with Luck Be a Lily ($6.40) and the fourth with Out of Seattle ($4.80).

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Abu Alemarat the star at Abu Dhabi

Last season’s Abu Dhabi Triple Crown winner Abu Alemarat made a winning return to action on Sunday evening when landing the featured 2200m conditions race at the Capital’s third meeting of the season.

Now trained by Englishman Rod Simpson, the four-year-old, who carries the colours of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was sent to the front at the two furlong pole by Daragh O’Donohoe and never looked likely to be caught.

Read more articles in the Emirates Racing Authority category.


BurJuman Ladies Night at the races

The Dubai Racing Club, along with the official fashion partner BurJuman, is delighted to be once again hosting the BurJuman Ladies Night this Thursday at Nad Al Sheba racecourse.

BurJuman Ladies Night is the perfect opportunity for ladies to enjoy an evening of thrilling thoroughbred racing action during a fun and stylish night out with the girls.

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Sunday, November 23 2008

Shadowless casts a spell on Kennedy Road foes

TORONTO, November 22 * Shadowless, at 16-1, captured yet another thrilling renewal of Kennedy Road Stakes, taking Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 feature by a half-length.

For the David Bell-trained gelded son of Stormy Atlantic, the six-furlong event was his fourth victory of the 2008 campaign and first added-money triumph from 13 starts.

Main Executive broke sharply from post seven and was immediately challenged by Rouse the Cat, with the duo taking the field through early splits of :22.26 and :44.65.

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By Francis LaBelle Jr.

Winter Park Partners’ Wishful Tomcat won his third consecutive race and became a graded-stakes winner at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday afternoon, taking jockey Ramon Dominguez to a front-running 1 ¾-length victory over That’srightofficer in the 63rd running of the Grade 3, $110,100 Discovery Handicap for three-year-olds at nine furlongs.

“He has a heart of gold,” said trainer Gary Contessa, after the Tactical Cat colt returned $16.20 to win. “All I can say is, `Watch out New York-breds!’ I would like to see him dominate stakes races here this winter. It’s extra cold today; maybe it will push out the Florida trainers sooner.”

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