Tuesday, November 25 2008
SAM F. DAVIS STAKES MAKES THE GRADE
OLDSMAR, Fla. (November 24, 2008) Tampa Bay Downs was pleased to receive the news today that the American Graded Stakes Committee has awarded the $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes a Grade III status. The Sam F. Davis, to be run on February 14, 2009, has become an important stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby, and past participants include such horses as Smooth Air, Any Given Saturday, and Bluegrass Cat.
Peter Berube, Vice President and General Manager of Tampa Bay Downs, said of the grading, “I am very pleased by the Graded Stakes Committee’s decision, as the Sam F. Davis has become an integral part of the Tampa Bay Downs stakes program. “ Berube continued, “Tampa Bay Downs now offers five graded stakes with the addition of the Sam F. Davis Stakes, which joins the Grade III $150,000 Endeavour Breeders’ Cup, the Grade III $175,000 Hillsborough Stakes, $200,000 Florida Oaks, and the Grade III $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby.”
WAGERING, ATTENDANCE UP AT MEADOWLANDS THOROUGHBRED MEET
The Meadowlands concluded the 2008 Thoroughbred meet with positive gains in both total handle and attendance.
Total common pool handle for the 40-date meet, which spanned six cards a week from September 30 – November 15, was $62,940,501 vs. $60,127,478 for a 41-date meet in 2007. The average daily total handle was $1,573,513, a 7.3 percent increase over the $1,466,524 in 2007. One card during the 2008 meet was canceled after the second race due to inclement weather. Daily attendance averaged 3,556, marking a 13 percent increase over the 3,137 average in 2007 [Sept 3 – Nov. 10].
Gulf News partners with Dubai Racing Club this Thursday
The Dubai Racing Club is pleased to welcome Gulf News as sponsor of the fourth meeting of the 2008-09 Winter Racing Challenge at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday.
Dubai Racing Club CEO Mr Frank Gabriel Jr said: “It’s fantastic to have Gulf News on board with us once again at Nad Al Sheba.
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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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IDIOT PROOF MAKES NY DEBUT IN FALL HIGHWEIGHT ‘CAP
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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JUVENILES HIGHLIGHT HILL ‘N’ DALE CIGAR MILE UNDERCARD
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."
JACK O’LANTERN GIVES MATLOW FIRST GRADED WIN IN PREVUE
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.
TWO SCHEDULE CHANGES THANKSGIVING WEEK AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
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.
AUTOGRAPHED ZENYATTA POSTERS SUNDAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
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.
BAZE FINISHES WEEK WITH HAT TRICK
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).
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.