Friday, October 24 2008

Breeders’ Cup World Championships October 24-25: Classic - Thursday Notes

Casino Drive (Tr: Kazuo Fujisawa; ex. rider: Naruhito Kasai ) – Casino Drive, tThe unbeaten 3yo colt from Japan, jogged 3f on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track under assistant trainer Naruhito Kasai before being shipped to Santa Anita Thursday morning.

“He is still fresh after the five-furlong work here yesterday and happy,” said Nobutaka Tada, racing manager for Hidetoshi Yamamoto.

Tada said that trainer Kazuo Fujisawa is scheduled to arrive from Japan today and will be here to supervise Casino Drive’s training Friday for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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Stable Notes, Thursday, October 23rd


Garrett Gomez reunites with Georgie Boy in Saturday’s Damascus Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. It marks the first race for the California-bred son Tribal Rule since March 15, when he won the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, and the first ride for Gomez on Georgie Boy since they won the Grade I Del Mar Futurity together last year. Gomez, whose mounts have earned more than $17.7 million to date this year, is seeking his third straight national money-winning title. He leads runner-up Robby Albarado by more than $2.2 million.

“Georgie Boy has been doing everything great,” said Gomez, who has worked the gelding owned and bred by George Schwary and trained by Kathy Walsh several times en route to his comeback. “We’ve tried to get enough air in him to make sure he’s fit, without going too fast. He’s a classy individual and he’s doing good.”

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Just before the opening of Saratoga Race Course back in July, trainer Bobby Barbara was facing a hard fact. He didn’t think he had horses that could compete at racing’s most prestigious meet.

But his meet was salvaged by the sudden wake-up of Elliot Mavorah’s Interpatation. While the 6-year-old Langfuhr gelding has yet to win in seven starts this year, at Saratoga he ran third to Grand Couturier in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational, came back to run third at Philadelphia Park, and then ran second in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational to runaway winner Grand Couturier.

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FEATURE:  C Karma.  Could it be for the filly?

Occasional horse racing fans are always looking for the horse to root for on the big day. They'll watch the Queen's Plate, the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders' Cup and want to back a horse they can connect with.

This year, in the 25th edition of the Bredeers' Cup World Championships, set for this Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, the romantic horse is one with a decidedly Canadian angle.

Trained by Woodbine-based horseman Greg DeGannes, C Karma, rated 8-1 in the morning line for Friday's Juvenile Fillies Turf event, simply shouldn't be here.

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East Rutherford, NJ [October 23, 2008] Maddy’s Heart prevailed by a head over Always For Love in a fierce stretch duel to win the $45,000 sixth race allowance on Thursday night at the Meadowlands.

She covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:39.82, giving jockey Stewart Elliot and trainer Timothy Hills their second win of the night. Dattts Our Girl made a late rally to finish a half-length behind in third. Maddy’s Heart paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.60.

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