Thursday, March 05 2009
AQUEDUCT NOTES; Thursday, March 5, 2009
Saturday afternoon, March 7, Aqueduct Racetrack will again be a horseplayer’s paradise. In addition to a live 10-race card that begins at 12:30 p.m., the Big A will remain open so fans can enjoy racing from Santa Anita Handicap Day from Santa Anita Park in California.
The action begins right here at Aqueduct with a card featuring the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile and sixteenth on the inner dirt track. The Gotham is an important race on the road to the May 2 Kentucky Derby and is the main local prep for the biggest race of the Aqueduct meet – the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs on Saturday, April 4.
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SANTA ANITA HANDICAP SIMULCAST, SNOW DAY HEADLINE SATURDAY RACING PROGRAM
ALBANY -- The simulcast of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, a Grade 1 classic that Bay Area trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will try to win for the second straight year, and Snow Day festivities will highlight a big Saturday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields.
There is a special early post time of 12:15 p.m. at Golden Gate Fields Saturday since Santa Anita has scheduled a noon post time for its Santa Anita Handicap Day program. Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire card from Santa Anita.
100th Anniversary Kicks off with Promotional Race
WHAT: Opening day, March 6th, 2009, will mark the 100th year of family-owned horseracing at Hawthorne Race Course under the proprietorship of the Carey family. This anniversary distinguishes Hawthorne as the oldest continuously family-owned and operated race track in the nation. The races will kick off at 12:20 p.m. with a special, local celebrity 1/16th mile sprint in the style of racing from 100 years ago with a rope line start. Racing in this special event will be radio “jockeys” John “Jurko” Jurkovich, Harry Teinowitz and Carmen DeFalco of the Afternoon Saloon show and Tom Waddle of Waddle & Silvy on ESPN 1000. Morning show host Marc Silverman will call the race live on-air.
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Super Style Stakes at BurJuman Fillies & Fashion
Dubai Racing Club, official fashion partner BurJuman and event sponsors Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Contempo Events, played host to the glamorous finale – the Super Thursday edition of the BurJuman Fillies & Fashion series.
Combined with exquisite cuisine, and of course some of the best racing from all corners of the globe, it was certainly a night to remember.
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Keeneland to Offer $10 General Admission Season Pass for Spring Meet
Lexington, KY (March 5, 2009) – Keeneland will offer fans a general admission season pass at an introductory price of $10 for its spring race meeting, to be held April 3-24.
Passes are on sale now at Keeneland.com for $10 (plus a $3 processing fee). The pass carries a value of $80 and is good for admission on all of Keeneland’s 15 spring race days, including Toyota Blue Grass Day, Saturday, April 11. The pass also is valid for Kentucky Derby Day at Keeneland, Saturday, May 2.
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ARLINGTON TO OFFER HALF-MILLION DOLLAR BONUS FOR MID-AMERICA TRIPLE SWEEP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 5, 2009) – Arlington Park officials announced that they will offer a $500,000 bonus to the owner(s) of any horse that can sweep the Mid-America Triple at the suburban Chicago racecourse.
The Mid-America Triple is a three-race series for 3-year-olds that consists of the $150,000 Arlington Classic, the Grade II $300,000 American Derby and the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes. All three races will be run over Arlington’s world renowned turf course.
Boys dominate Al Maktoum Challenge
The final meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, Super Thursday, was kindly sponsored by Shadwell Farms and a cracking night’s racing served as the perfect aperitif for the final meeting ever at Nad Al Sheba – Dubai World Cup night – on 28th March.
The official feature was the Group 2 Maktoum Challenge III - Invasor, over 2000m on dirt and a race won three times previously by subsequent Dubai World Cup winners.
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NTRA RELEASES SCHEDULE OF NHC QUALIFIERS
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) announced today the 2009 year-long schedule of qualifying events for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) which carries an estimated total purse of $1 million.
The schedule (subject to changes and additions) is comprised of 101 events hosted at 42 different racetracks, off-track wagering facilities, Websites and casinos. Competitions are scheduled to take place now through late December. A full list of NHC qualifying dates and venues can be viewed at http://www.ntra.com/nhctour
. Approximately 300 NHC qualifyiing berths will be available via the qualifiers and the NHC Tour.
HITBOUND STABLES UNWORLDLY HEAT TAKES SARA SMILE
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2009)—Although the legendary musical duo of Hall & Oates weren’t on hand to enjoy it, today’s Sara Smile Purse was taken in impressive fashion by favored Unworldly Heat, a 4-year-old California-bred filly by Unusual Heat who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano and is owned coincidentally, by Hitbound Stable.
The Sara Smile, a first-condition allowance race for California-bred fillies and mares aged four years and up, was contested at six furlongs in a driving rain on Santa Anita’s Pro Ride synthetic main track.
STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH, 2009
EINSTEIN HEADS 14 IN SATURDAY’S $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
Despite the fact that Einstein has never raced on a synthetic track, his participation in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap was a no-brainer.
“He’s doing well. He’s really settled in nicely,” said Helen Pitts, who trains the Brazilian-bred son of 1985 Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck. “He’s handled the track fine, and seems to be going good. We’ve had great weather (before Wednesday’s rain), and he’s adapted very well.”
COLONEL JOHN IS 9-2 PICK IN DEEP, DIVERSE SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2009) – While Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks seems a solitary audition for dynamic 3-year-old filly Stardom Bound’s projected date with the boys in next month’s Santa Anita Derby, the 72nd running of the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap is plainly bursting with diversity and depth.
Fourteen horses, bred in five different countries, were entered in historic Santa Anita’s signature event at 1 ¼ miles. The cast includes eight Grade or Group I winners who are coming out of eight different graded stakes raced from coast-to-coast over surfaces ranging from grass to dirt to synthetics.
Barbaro’s Brother Nicanor Set for Round Two
Barbaro’s baby brother Nicanor, recovered from minor injuries suffered in his first career start, takes his second try at finding the winner’s circle Saturday when he tackles a field of nine other 3-year-olds.
Nicanor’s race, the Malibu Rum Finish Line, is the eighth on a card of 11 races, highlighted by the $100,000 Honey Fox and the $75,000 Sunshine State. The Malibu Rum carries a $40,000 purse and will be contested at seven furlongs.