Friday, January 23 2009
Officer Rocket tries for second Turfway trophy
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 22, 2009 . . . Officer Rocket will try for two stakes wins in a row when he lines up with seven rivals in the 26th running of the Forego Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. The $50,000 Forego is carded for horses four years old and up going 6 1/2 furlongs.
Officer Rocket won the Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway late last year while making his first start off a claim for new owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. He usually races comfortably behind the pace but showed his versatility that day by waiting far back for a hot early pace to tire, and he also has won after contesting the lead. The five-year-old horse has never won at the Forego distance but has been close, and he won his only other start on an all-weather surface, the six-furlong Holiday Cheer. Leading rider Victor Lebron picks up the mount for co-leading trainer Mike Maker.
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JAMIE NESS NAMED COURTSIDE GRILLE II TRAINER OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 22, 2009) Jamie Ness, who in the week through January 20 has had ten wins and five second place finishes and three thirds third in twenty-four starts, is tied for leading trainer as of January 21, 2009. Ness attributes his success to both the horses already in his barn as well as his recent claims. “I make my living out of the claiming box,” says Ness of his success with newly acquired horses. “I do my homework and study the horses on and off the track, and I look at the trainers’ tendencies. I don’t have two-year-olds and I don’t have stakes horses. It’s a blue-collar barn so I need to know what I’ve got.”
JOHNNY EVES TOPS PALOS VERDES; MAGICAL FANTASY HEADS TUZLA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2009) – Grade I winner Johnny Eves, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding who has experienced a series of ups-and-downs during his three-year career, will be the starting high weight at 118 pounds Sunday in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at six furlongs.
Garrett Gomez will be back aboard the Mooncoin, LLC sprinter who broke a seven-race losing streak in Hollywood Park’s Grade III Vernon O. Underwood Stakes last November before being eased at 17-10 odds after tracking a blistering pace on New Year’s Day in Santa Anita’s Grade III El Conejo Handicap.
BLUE EXIT UPSETS IN ALTADENA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2009) – A winner of two listed stakes in France, Blue Exit finally transferred his European form to the United States on Thursday when becoming a three-length winner of Santa Anita’s $64,000 Altadena Purse at 1 1/16 miles.
The mild upset, spurred by 33-1 stunner Talktoomuch in the fifth race, led to Santa Anita’s tenth Pick Six carryover on the 21st day of its current meet. A total of $91,353 will be carried into Friday’s Pick Six on a day when the track offers free general admission.
STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND, 2009
SMITH HOPES FOR MACHISMO BREATHER IN SUNSHINE MILLIONS SPRINT
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith expects another solid performance from Machismo in Saturday’s $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint. The consistent Florida-bred was second to multiple graded stakes winner In Summation in the Grade III El Conejo Handicap on Jan. 1, and has a 5-6-3 record from 26 starts overall, with earnings of $158,730.
Machismo also is entered in Sunday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Handicap.
NYRA OUTPERFORMS THOROUGHBRED INDUSTRY IN 2008
While the nation’s Thoroughbred racing industry as a whole slumped last year because of the economic downturn, the New York Racing Association saw only modest business declines.
The all-sources handle on NYRA races from Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course went from $2,543,796,141 in 2007 to $2,489,276,587 last year, a 2.1 percent decline, while the daily average wagering on NYRA races from all sources fell 3.7 percent, from $10,382,841 to $9,997,095.
NELLIE MORSE STAKES KICKS OFF 2009 MAGNA 5
LAUREL, MD. 01-22-09---The Sunshine Millions in Florida and California has inspired Laurel Park to offer an on-track beach party on Saturday, including an exotic tropical buffet, “sunsational” games with prizes and a nine race card featuring the $50,000 Nellie Morse Stakes.
Saturday also marks the return of the Magna 5, the nationwide pick five wager on races at coast-to-coast tracks, beginning with the final race on the Laurel program. The other races are simulcast from Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. The wager has a $1 minimum bet with no guaranteed pool, which was not the case in previous five years.
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GOLDEN GATE FIELDS ADDS TWO OVERNIGHT STAKES
ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields announced Thursday the addition of two overnight events to its stakes schedule - the $50,000 McCann's Mojave on Saturday, Feb. 14, and the $50,000 King Glorious on Saturday, Feb. 28.
The McCann's Mojave, a 1 1/16-mile race for 4-year-olds and up, will be part of the undercard on El Camino Real Derby Day. Nominations for the McCann's Mojave close Saturday, Feb. 7.
Entries confirm global appeal of Dubai World Cup
The Dubai World Cup has again proven to lead the way in horse racing’s international era, its global appeal emphasised by the Dubai Racing Club receiving in excess of 1,600 entries from 27 countries for the world’s richest race-meeting.
The 2009 US$6,000,000 Group 1 Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, to be run on March 28, 2009, holds special significance as it will be the 14th and final renewal staged at Nad Al Sheba racecourse before racing is moved to Meydan in 2010.
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Thursday, January 22 2009
Back at Jebel Ali
Jebel Ali will tomorrow afternoon, stage the seven race card postponed from a week ago, with the featured 1200m handicap again kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell organisation.
Thirteen have been declared for the AED100,000 dash with the weights headed by the Rashed Bouresly-trained League Champion who has run both his best races locally on this course.
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TAMPA BAY DOWNS UPDATE: QUARTERLY REPORT
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 21, 2009) The Tampa Bay Downs trainers’ standings are a close lock through the first 25 days of the Oldsmar oval’s 83rd season of racing, with past leading trainers Jamie Ness and Kirk Ziadie tied for the lead with 16 wins each. Lynne Scace is currently the third leading conditioner with 121victories to her credit; Greg Griffith is fourth with 8 wins; and Dale Bennett is in fifth place with seven trips to the Winner’s Circle.
KENNY RICE TO HOST ECLIPSE AWARDS CEREMONY
Award-winning horse racing and sports announcer Kenny Rice will host the 38th annual Eclipse Awards on Monday evening January 26 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.
The Eclipse Awards are presented by the NTRA, National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form. Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon 17 horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in 2008 have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. The Eclipse Awards will be televised live by TVG, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.