Friday, November 28, 2008


ETERNAL STAR TAKES THANKSGIVING DAY FEATURE


LAUREL, MD. 11-27-08---Harry and Tom Meyerhoff’s Eternal Star was just too much for his five rivals in today’s Thanksgiving afternoon feature at Laurel Park, a $40,000 allowance test.

Eternal Star, a chestnut son of Five Star Day, tracked speedy Sir Silver Fox into the far turn before moving by without encouragement and drawing off to win by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:09.64 for the six furlong distance over the fast main track. Stakes winners Lycurgus and Celtic Innis finished second and third, respectively. Eternal Star paid $2.80 as the overwhelming favorite.


Julian Pimentel rode Eternal Star for trainer Mike Trombetta. The colt has won six of nine starts this year including the Bensalem Stakes and De Le Vine Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park, the Damitrius Stakes at Delaware Park and the James Marvin at Saratoga. He was also fourth in the Grade I Forego at Saratoga and second in the Sport Page Handicap at Belmont.

Eternal Star began his career in the barn of Bud Delp but was transferred to Trombetta after the Hall of Famer passed away on December 29, 2006.

“He is very good,” Trombetta said. “I remember him breaking his maiden when Bud had him (August 2006) and thought he was a nice horse. As it turns out we wound up with him and are doing so many good things.”

Trombetta indicated Eternal Star would conclude his four-year-old campaign in the Grade III Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct on December 27.

Trombetta was a perfect three-for-three on Thanksgiving day, winning the second race at Laurel with Golden One ($4.40) and the third at Aqueduct with Now a Victor ($4.10). The 42-year-old conditioner ranks 35th nationally with 106 winners this year and is 33rd in earnings ($3.67 million).


SOMETHINGSHESAID STAYS PERFECT DURING THE FALL STAND

Stephen Scheuch’s Somethingshesaid won for the fourth consecutive time during the fall stand, which began September 4, when the three-year-old filly won today’s seventh race, a $16,000 beaten claimer at six furlongs. The daughter of No Armistice paid $4 for trainer Justin Nixon. She also won claiming races at Laurel on September 26, October 15 and October 30. She is six-for-eight this year.

Girl’s Best Friend won his fourth race of the stand on yesterday’s card. The seven-year-old gelding has won four bottom level claiming races since September 12.


ELEVEN SEEK FIRST STAKES WIN IN SATURDAY’S SQUAN SONG

Eleven Maryland-bred fillies and mares, each on a mission to capture her first stakes, will decide the issue in Saturday’s feature at Laurel Park, the seven furlong, $50,000 Squan Song Stakes.

The morning line favorite is Scott Lake’s Vicar’s Vixen (5-2). The daughter of Vicar has finished first or second in four starts in the Lake barn, including a runner-up effort here on November 19 to the talented Access Fee. In her three previous starts all at Delaware Park, she won a pair of allowance races.

“The filly has started to blossom,” Lake said. “She was really game in her last start. She is a filly who doesn’t like to breeze so we decided to use the allowance race at six-furlongs to prep up for this spot.”

Rosemary Homeister, who rode Vicar’s Vixen to the Delaware scores, has the mount. The 36-year-old is two wins shy of becoming the third female rider in history to win 2,000 career races.

Trainer Richard Small will start two runners in the Squan Song. Fascinatin’ Rhythm (3-1) is a precocious 3-year-old with three wins in just six starts including a runner-up finish in the Northern Dancer Stakes against open company. Jozbin Santana retains the mount. Take a Check (8-1) has won $467,510 without ever winning a stakes. Luis Garcia rides the daughter of Touch Gold who has finished in the money in 30 of 50 starts. The 6-year-old has been on the board in 14 of 26 stakes races.

Real Property (5-1) returns after a five month absence for trainer Graham Motion. The daughter of Real Quiet finished fifth in two restricted stakes before starting her long absence and took five races in seven starts before going on hiatus. Julian Pimentel will be aboard the filly for the first time.

Racing Bridgett (6-1) has not raced in Maryland in more than two years. She’s riding a two win streak at Charles Town, rallying in the final strides to take both races against optional-claiming company. Travis Dunkelberger continues to ride for trainer Rodney Jenkins.

The remainder of the field includes Swallow Falls (10-1), All Around (12-1), Now It Begins (12-1), Lucky You (15-1), Two Columbus (15-1) and Safe Journey (30-1).


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