Saturday, February 28 2009
Twilight Meteor Blazes to Canadian Turf Victory
Making his second start after a nine-month layoff, Peachtree Stable’s 5-year-old Canadian-bred Twilight Meteor stalked the early pace in Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park before forging to the front in the upper stretch and holding on for a one-length victory in the one-mile test under jockey John. R. Velazquez.
A chestnut son of Smart Strike, Twilight Meteor finished fourth in an allowance race over the course on Jan. 29 in his first start since late April. Saturday’s victory gave trainer Todd Pletcher his fourth tally in the Canadian Turf.
ROCK ON JUSTIN TAKES MIRACLE WOOD STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 02-28-09---Non Stop Stable’s Rock On Justin and jockey Tony Maragh teamed up to win their first stakes in this afternoon’s $50,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park.
Sent to post as the third choice in the field of seven 3-year-olds, Rock On Justin broke last but quickly recovered and spurted up the rail to take a spot behind the pacesetter. Straightening out for home, he emerged with the lead and pulled away to win by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:24.58 for the seven furlong distance over the fast main track.
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STRIKING TOMISUE VICTORIOUS IN WAYWARD LASS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 28, 2009) Striking Tomisue captured the 25th running of the $65,000 1 1/16 miles Wayward Lass Stakes today for owners Tomisue Hilbert and John R. Menard and trainer Nicholas P. Zito. Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan had the call to ride the five-year-old daughter of Smart Strike to her fifth career victory.
Striking Tomisue broke alertly, settled behind early leaders Amazing and Boudoir throughout opening fractions, and moved to the lead at the sixteenth pole to win by one length in 1:45.50. Moon Catcher was second and Boudoir was third, yielding a trifecta payout of $184.40 for a $2 wager.
FOUR MORE WINS FOR `HOMEY’ DOMINGUEZ AT BIG A
Earlier this year, jockey Ramon Dominguez announced that, after 11 years and five riding titles at Delaware Park, he was moving to New York where he had improved his business after commuting for two years.
Saturday afternoon, he showed that business is booming.
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Castellano Injured in First Race Back From Injury
Jockey Javier Castellano, in his first ride since returning from an injury, fell from his mount Saturday and was under observation while complaining of soreness at Memorial Regional Hospital.
Castellano was aboard Valid Name in the first race at Gulfstream Park. The mishap occurred on the far turn.
GP Barn Notes 2-28
Cool Coal Man & Dream Empress Prominent on Busy Palm Meadows Tab
Robert LaPenta’s 4-year-old Cool Coal Man, winner of last year’s renewal of the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) for trainer Nick Zito, breezed a half-mile in 49 flat Saturday morning as he prepares for his second start this season following a sharp allowance victory here going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 28.
The son of Mineshaft went on to finish 15th behind Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and third behind that rival in the Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park. Cool Coal Man is targeted for the one-mile, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) to be run Sat., Mar. 14.
STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2009
EUROPEAN ACE DANSANT SETTLES IN FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
European invader Dansant enjoyed taking in the scenic sights at Santa Anita for the first time Saturday morning, jogging twice around the track in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.
“He’s settled in very well and he’s very alert,” said Cindy Niemetz, West Coast representative for the International Racing Bureau. “He’s scheduled to canter tomorrow.”
Friday, February 27 2009
FUNALLOVER PURSE NO ROMP FOR VICTORIOUS SLEEP TIGHT
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2009) – Surviving a stewards’ inquiry and the fate of a nose bob at the wire, Sleep Tight narrowly gained her third straight victory Friday when capturing Santa Anita’s $51,168 Funallover Purse for fillies and mares while running 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.10.
The fourth choice in a field of five with Michael Baze in the saddle, Sleep Tight nosed out Unusual Spirit and jockey Victor Espinoza in a driving finish as 19-10 favorite Masterful Miss settled for third, one length further behind.
UNDEFEATED MR. MONKEY JONES FAVORED IN KING GLORIOUS STAKES
ALBANY -- The undefeated gelding Mr. Monkey Jones has been installed
a 2-to-1 favorite on the morning line to win the $50,000-added King Glorious
Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Six 3-year-olds - four geldings and two fillies - will meet in the six-furlong King Glorious, the featured eighth race on a nine-race card. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
Mr. Monkey Jones, trained by R. B. Hess, is perfect in two starts. The Florida-bred son of Black Mambo romped home by six lengths in his career debut on Jan. 11 and then overcame a slow start to win a six-furlong allowance race by three-quarters of a length on Feb. 7 at Golden Gate Fields.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2009
REDDAM MULLS SANTA ANITA HANDICAP FOR RED ROCKS
Red Rocks, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2006 and the Grade I Man o’ War Stakes on turf at Belmont Park last July, could make his first start on a surface other than grass in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.
“He’s going to breeze Saturday (five furlongs at Payson Park in Florida) and then we’ll think about it,” trainer Mark Hennig said by phone late Thursday. “Paul’s never shy about taking a shot,” Hennig continued, referring to owner J. Paul Reddam. “He’s expressed some interest.”
Red Rocks, a 6-year-old Irish-bred horse by the Sadler’s Wells sire, Galileo, has a 6-4-3 record from 21 starts, with earnings of more than $2.8 million.
Gulfstream Featured on Channel 7 Tuesday Night
Fox Channel 7 (Miami) spent Wednesday at Gulfstream Park gathering material for its weekly All Access feature, a behind-the-scenes feature that will air Tuesday night at 10.
Dave Kartunen hosts the show, which in recent weeks gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations of a Billy Joel concert, open-heart surgery, the Winterfest Boat Show and Cirque Du Soleil.
Barn Notes 2-27 GP
Belmont Winner Da’ Tara Makes Season Debut in Saturday Allowance
Robert LaPenta’s 4-year-old colt Da’ Tara made history last spring winning the 140th Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park on June 7 by 5 ¼ lengths for trainer Nick Zito with jockey Alan Garcia aboard at 38-to-1 while so much attention was focused on Big Brown being eased behind him in his bid to sweep the Triple Crown.
The victory was only the second in Da’ Tara’s eight-race career and the son of Tiznow will attempt to win for the first time since in Saturday’s eighth race allowance going seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park. He makes his first start this year two races prior to the highly-anticipated renewal of the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).