Wednesday, February 25 2009


MONTALVO BOOTS HOME THREE WINNERS; GRIFFITH & McCARTHY SCORE TRAINING DOUBLE


OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 24, 2009) Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month Carlos Montalvo rode three winners today while trainers Greg Griffith and Brenda McCarthy each escorted two of their charges to the Winner’s Circle.

Montalvotook home his first two wins on the afternoon’s program with trainer Greg Griffit; the duo notched their first win with Go ‘Xango, a six-year-old daughter of Henriques bred in Florida by Virginia L. Rice and William Rice and owned by Annie O Productions. Montalvo and Griffith scored their next win with Sword Play. The Crown Delite colt, who was bred in Florida by owner Kinsman Stable, captured his first lifetime win in his third career attempt. Montalvo completed his hat trick with Tenacious Gator, this time for owner-trainer John Cruise; the five-year-old Cimarron Secret Mare bred in Florida by Francis McDonnell.







 

CHARM CITY DEVILS ADDED TO PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST LINEUP


BALTIMORE, 02-24-09---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that Baltimore-based Charm City Devils will round out the lineup for the Preakness InfieldFEST concert on Saturday, May 16 in the Pimlico Race Course public Infield prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I).

On February 5 Pimlico officials unveiled Preakness InfieldFEST, which will feature a concert with three rock performances, including Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and Grammy-nominated Buckcherry, along with a pro volleyball tournament and an interactive section.





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Tuesday, February 24 2009


Meydan sponsors Thursday’s racemeting


The Meydan Group is set to sponsor the ninth meeting of the Dubai International Racing Carnival.

The Meydan Group is currently overseeing the development of the UAE’s incredible new iconic horseracing development. It will feature a world-class grandstand, and the enterprise will also serve as a major business and conference district.

“The Dubai Racing Club is pleased to welcome their colleagues from Meydan to Nad Al Sheba as the official racemeeting sponsor.





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Quality on offer at ERA Sale


Multiple group winners Lord Admiral, Biarritz, Royal Vintage and Vertigineux highlight the Dubai International Racing Carnival Session of the annual Emirates Racing Authority Horses in Training Sale, sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld, at Nad Al Sheba next week.

In association with leading auction house Tattersalls, the sale will encompass 47 horses to be sold at the DIRC session on Tuesday March 3 with another 97 due to be sold the following evening at the ERA Horses in Training Sale.





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Monday, February 23 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Update 2.23.09


WEST/BAFFERT, PEGRAM TAKE TURF PARADISE DERBY WITH MAYOR MARV

Having already faced some of Southern California’s outstanding prospects for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Mayor Marv was relatively battle-tested for a horse that had only one win in six races heading into Saturday’s $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby at Arizona’s Turf Paradise.

His first trip out of Southern California and initial step into stakes company was a rousing success as Mayor Marv drew away in the stretch for an easy 4 ½-length victory over Hidden Bounty. David Flores was aboard Mayor Marv as he notched his second consecutive win after five career-opening losses that included solid efforts behind Kentucky Derby contenders The Pamplemousse, the winner of the San Rafael (GII), and Robert B. Lewis (GII) runner-up Papa Clem.





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CHOCOLATE CANDY, MERUS MIAMI WORK; ALVARADO, MOREY TEAM UP FOR HAT TRICK


ALBANY -- Chocolate Candy, Northern California's leading hope for the Kentucky Derby, worked four furlongs in :48 1/5 handily Sunday morning at Golden Gate Fields.

Chocolate Candy, winner of the California and El Camino Real Derbies at Golden Gate Fields, is being pointed for the Grade 1 $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4. The West Coast's premier Kentucky Derby prep, the Santa Anita Derby is a 1 1/8-mile contest.





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Durcan claims round two UAE Triple Crown second time in row


Sunday’s twelfth meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, featured the middle leg of the Arabian Triple Crown and the 2200m Group 3 feature attracted a small but select field of five.

Rod Simpson, based at Al Asayl near the capital, saddled two of the runners and continued his remarkable run of form with Ted Durcan on Jazeerat Alsadyaat beating stable companion Elmalak Elwaheed under Richard Mullen.





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Sunday, February 22 2009


SPRING HOUSE BECOMES SECOND REPEAT WINNER OF SAN LUIS OBISPO


ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2009) – Spring House split horses in deep stretch and held off hard-charging Church Service by one-half length Sunday to become only the second back-to-back winner of Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap while negotiating the 1 ½-mile distance on turf in 2:27.26, just five one-hundredths of a second slower than in the previous year’s 52nd running.

Alex Solis, who had ridden the 7-year-old gelding in his last two starts, was aboard as Spring House went off at odds of 7-1 after being dispatched as the 17-10 favorite in 2008 with Garrett Gomez in the saddle.





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STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2009


RAIL TRIP’S NEXT RACE UNDECIDED; VALDIVIA ON CHAMPS ELYSEES IN BIG ’CAP

Although Rail Trip has been nominated to the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, chances of the unbeaten gelding running in the mile and a quarter classic seemed extremely remote Sunday. His regular rider, Jose Valdivia Jr., has been engaged to ride Champs Elysees by Bobby Frankel in the Big ’Cap, a decision the Hall of Fame trainer confirmed this morning.

“We nominated, but we’re probably not going to run,” trainer Ron Ellis said of Rail Trip, who posted his fourth consecutive impressive victory last Friday, but who has never run in a stakes race. Asked about the possibility of running in the Grade II, $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap on April 4, Ellis was non-committal.







 

JOCKEYS, HOLY ANGELS CAGERS MEET FEB. 26


ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2009)—The 42nd annual Holy Angels/Santa Anita Jockeys Charity Basketball game will take place Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at La Salle High School in Pasadena. Proceeds will benefit the Holy Angels athletic department and legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye and Laffit Pincay Jr. will serve as honorary captains. Delahoussaye and Pincay will be available to sign autographs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the La Salle High gymnasium.

“This game has been such a fun thing for all of us over the years,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles. “To have Eddie and Laffit involved again in this way as honorary captains I think helps to draw added attention to it and hopefully, it will help us raise more money for the athletic program at Holy Angels.”





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PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $169,419 INTO WEDNESDAY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2009)—Due in large measure to a $117.00 winner, Santa Anita experienced its 19th Pick Six carryover from 44 racing days of racing on Sunday, as $169,419 will await Pick Six punters when racing resumes on Wednesday. It’s expected the total pool Wednesday could easily reach $1 million.

Moonlit Habit, with Alonso Quinonez aboard, was the third-longest priced runner in race five and returned $117.00 to win. Conditioned by Ruben Cardenas, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Malibu Moon took the $10,000 claiming event for owner L. Steve Keh.





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Criticism Leads all the Way in The Very One


Darley Stable’s 5-year-old English homebred mare Criticism was Group 3-placed during a modest career in France but she’s taken her game to a new level since coming under the care of trainer Tom Albertrani last fall, winning two of three U.S. starts, including the $125,000 The Very One Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Ridden by Edgar Prado, Criticism broke sharply and took command early in the 1 3/8 miles turf test, was allowed to set slow fractions while setting the pace, and had plenty left in the stretch to coast home a 2½ lengths winner over Swettenham Stud’s 4-year-old Irish-bred filly Dress Rehearsal.





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