Saturday, December 20 2008


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Vacare, a winner of seven of 13 starts and $1.1 million, will try to rebound from a fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf under high weight of 122 pounds in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap, closing day feature Sunday at Hollywood Park.

The 5-year-old daughter of Lear Fan won the Palomar Handicap at Del Mar three starts back while traveling the Dahlia distance of 1 1/16 miles on turf and was second two starts back in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes.

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Hollwood Park Stable Notes:  Friday, Dec. 19, 2008


Trainer Doug O’Neill is following an unusual pattern in clinching his fourth title with record numbers at the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet, which concludes Sunday.

O’Neill has won the title during even years — previously in 2002, 2004 and 2006 —while adding three titles during the longer Spring/Summer Meet during odd years — 2003, 2005 and 2007, the latter a tie.

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Ninth race accident

Stickney, IL--On a day when Hawthorne Race Course established a new record carryover for its Pick Six, the final race on the card ended with an accident, resulting in three horses not finishing the race, and three jockeys thrown from their respective mounts.

The incident occurred down the backstretch when the first-time starter Big Twister went down, tossing jockey Gabriel Lagunes. Both G. I. Moe with jockey Lyndie Wade in the saddle, and Mister Scott ridden by Jesse Lantz were unable to avoid the fallen horse, and they do were unceremoniously thrown to the ground.

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Oldsmar, Fla. (December 19, 2008) Lynne M. Scace scored another training double today, earning her fourth win in as many days of racing at Tampa Bay Downs. Scace’s first trip to the Winner’s Circle came with her gelding Alex Ingram, a three-year-old son of Smoke Glacken who took home the day’s opener with Juan C. Levya in the irons.

Scace saddled her second winner of the day with her homebred On the Vineyard in the featured race Pelican Prep, this time with Carlos Cruz aboard. On the Vineyard is a four-year-old half-brother to Vineyard Haven; that two-year-old is the winner of both the Grade I Hopeful Stakes and the Grade I Champagne Stakes and was also bred by Scace.

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Record Carryover in Hawthorne Pick Six $96,932

Stickney, IL-As if everyday at Hawthorne isn’t a treat, you get an added bonus on Saturday, December 20, when the Pick Six begins the day with a carryover of $96,932.

The carryover is the largest in Hawthorne history.

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ALBANY -- Backbackbackgone, a winner of three of his four career starts, is the one to beat in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

The Gold Rush is a one-mile race for 2-year-olds that will be run on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface. The feature is the eighth race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.

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Jock to reign again?

Sunday is the Listed Thoroughbred version of HH The President’s Cup, kindly sponsored by Hyrda Properties, and 12 have been declared for the 1400m feature on the Abu Dhabi turf.

The weights are headed by the 2006 winner King Jock who was third in last week’s National Day Cup, a race he also won in 2006, over a furlong further.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2008) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI” or “Company”) today announced that John T. Marshall has been named vice president and general manager of racing for Calder Race Course (“Calder”) in Miami. He will report to Calder President and General Manager Tom O’Donnell and begins his new role effective Jan. 19, 2009.

Marshall joins CDI from The Meadows Racetrack in Pennsylvania, where he previously served as vice president and general manager. Prior responsibilities at The Meadows include tenures as assistant general manager and as human resources manager for both the track and its four associated off-track betting facilities.

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 20, 2008) — Pioneerof the Nile had trainer Bob Baffert thinking Kentucky Derby after he scored a thrilling victory over I Want Revenge in Saturday’s $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.

Baffert, who has saddled three Derby winners, equaled the record of four Futurity victories set by D. Wayne Lukas as Pioneerof the Nile fought off gritty 6-1 shot I Want Revenge in deep stretch to win the 28th running of the Grade I event by a nose under jockey Garrett Gomez.

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Friday, December 19 2008

Experience should tell in Gowell Stakes

FLORENCE, KY . . . December 18, 2008 . . . The $50,000 Gowell Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday has drawn 11 two-year-old fillies with a wide range of racing experience.

With five career starts and two wins, including a maiden win at the Gowell distance at Turfway, Emma Darling brings wide experience to the race. She sat behind a quick pace for the maiden win at six furlongs and used a similar style to win her most recent race, a mile allowance at Churchill Downs. She also has stakes experience, finishing fourth in the Bassinet Stakes at River Downs at summer’s end. Emma Darling is trained by Mike Maker, the meet’s top trainer, and will be ridden by Victor Lebron.

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Jockey Wilkinson gets first career win

FLORENCE, KY . . . December 18, 2008 . . . Apprentice jockey Erin Wilkinson, 24, earned her first career win Thursday night when she guided the filly Misstee Blue to a commanding 7 1/4-length win in the third race at Turfway Park. The ride was the 28th of her young career.

“It’s pure adrenalin,” Wilkinson said of race riding. “I can’t explain it.”

“She’s true grit,” said her agent, Fred Struss. “She’ll ride at Turfway in the morning, turn around and drive back to LaGrange to get on horses at High Point (Training Center), and then turn right back around and come back to Turfway to ride at night. She works hard. She’s going to be a good one.”

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 18, 2008) Rosemary Homeister, Jr. booted home Rustyshouldrun for her 2000th career victory today at the Oldsmar oval. Homeister, who ended her inaugural season last year at Tampa Bay Downs as the second leading rider, said of her milestone win, “It felt like it took forever to get that last win! I can’t even explain the feeling – it’s like winning your first race!” Homeister, who was met with congratulations from fans and horsemen alike after her win, said that she doesn’t plan on resting on he laurels for the upcoming Tampa meet. “I’m currently the third leading female rider in the country, and I’m only behind P. J. Cooksey a hundred thirty-something wins. My next goal is to be second leading female rider in the country… but I don’t know if I’ll ever catch Julie Krone! I’m just so grateful and happy to be back here in Tampa. I love it here, and I’m hoping to have another great season.”

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