Wednesday, March 04 2009
Super competition on the cards for penultimate meeting at Nad Al Sheba
Super Thursday, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farms, the American arm of his breeding empire, is the second biggest meeting of the season and a dress rehearsal for Dubai World Cup night in just over three weeks time.
With trial and/or prep races for all seven contests on the big night, the world’s most valuable day of racing, it is no surprise to see a high-quality Super Thursday card, highlighted by the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round III - Invasor, over the same 2000m dirt course as the $6million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horse race.
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ARLINGTON QUALIFERS STRIKE IT RICH AT COAST CASINO’S HORSEPLAYER’S WORLD SERIES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 3, 2009) – Two area residents who earned qualifying berths from Arlington Park for the 2009 Horseplayer’s World Series – Dave Sellner of Palatine and Dennis Lindbergh of Midlothian – posted top 20 finishes in the recently concluded tournament held at Coast Casino in Las Vegas. Sellner finished 10th, earning a prize of $6,800 for his placing, while Lindbergh’s 20th-place finish was worth $3,400.
The Trackside OTB Spring Live Money Contest Series begins Saturday, March 7 with the first of eight scheduled events in the Spring Handicapping Series at Trackside Arlington Park. The winner of each weekly contest will earn a berth into the expected 2010 Coast Casino’s Horseplayer World Series and an additional season-long “wild-card” berth will be awarded to the person with the best cumulative score over the eight contests who did not win an individual event in the series.
Tuesday, March 03 2009
Update on Monday’s Ontario Boys Series Final accident
Toronto, March 3, 2009 - Two drivers remain in hospital after the eight-horse accident that marred Monday night’s $55,400 Ontario Boys Pacing Series Final for four-year-olds at Woodbine Racetrack.
Veteran reinsman Roger Mayotte (driving Shiny Mach) and Robert Sheppard (in the sulky of Rust Belt) are in Etobicoke Hospital. Mayotte, native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has three breaks in his right arm, a dislocated right shoulder and a hairline fracture in his pelvic bone. Sheppard reportedly has two broken bones in his left leg.
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NATIONAL THOROUGHBRED RACING ASSOCIATION THREE-YEAR-OLD POLL
Week one of the 2009 NTRA Thoroughbred Three-Year-Old Poll conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), covering racing performances through March 1. Current ranking of the top Three-Year-Old Thoroughbred as 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis with first place votes in parentheses, 2009 record and total points. Poll concludes Monday, June 8.
Hawthorne Introduces New Rebate Package
Stickney, IL-Hawthorne Race Course has introduced a multi-tier benefits package which at its highest level will become the best rebate program at any track in America.
The four-level rebate begins with “Member” status, where any Club Hawthorne member will receive one percent back on all wagers; moves to “Silver Player” when rebates can reach two percent if the player wagers $1000 during a 30-day period; it then escalates to “Gold Player” distinction, with three percent* rebates attached to all players who wager $5,000 during a 30-day period; and finally the “Platinum Player” maximizes their rebate at four percent* by wagering $15,000 during a 30-day period.
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Shadwell Farm returns to Nad Al Sheba to sponsor showpiece Super Thursday card
This Thursday, Nad Al Sheba will host Super Thursday, the dress rehearsal for the world’s richest day of racing, the Dubai World Cup, and the concluding fixture of the Dubai International Racing Carnival.
The Dubai Racing Club is delighted to announce that Shadwell Farm will be sponsoring the meeting, which promises to be the best night’s racing so far this season, and a fitting prelude to the Dubai World Cup meeting on March 28th.
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Monday, March 02 2009
Churchill Downs Incorporated Announces Safety Measures in Effect for Kentucky Derby 135
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 2, 2009) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI” or “Company”) has announced a series of groundbreaking new rules and policies designed to enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys and horses. These measures will be in place at Churchill Downs racetrack in advance of the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 2, and will include unprecedented standardized third-party testing of track surfaces and comprehensive testing of all winning horses for more than 100 prohibited drugs.
The safety initiatives will be implemented at Churchill Downs effective opening day of its 2009 Spring Meet on Saturday, April 25, and will be phased in at all other Company racetracks – Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.; Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Fla.; and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans – by the start of their respective 2010 race meets.
GP Barn Notes 3-1
Affirmatif Very Impressive With Debut Win Saturday
The dust wasn’t completely settled from Saturday’s Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park when trainer Todd Pletcher threw another 3-year-old on to the stage in a big way as the Wertheimer Brothers’ Affirmatif rolled to a nine-length victory in his career debut.
The Kentucky homebred son of Unbridled’s Song won the one-mile maiden turf contest in 1:34.27 – faster by .04 than the time run by 5-year-old Pletcher-trained stablemate Twilight Meteor two races earlier in the Canadian Turf Stakes (G3).
Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Handle Soars Beyond Last Year’s Totals
Beautiful weather and a solid racing program that featured appearances by classic winner Da’Tara; a graded turf stakes, and a headliner that matched most of the nation’s finest 3-year-olds contributed to an astronomical rise in total handle Saturday from the corresponding day at Gulfstream Park last year.
Saturday’s main event was the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth, won by Quality Road, whose victory moved him to the upper echelon of Florida and Kentucky Derby hopefuls. On-track wagering was up 52.79% from last year’s ninth Saturday of the meet, a card highlighted by the historic Gulfstream Park Handicap.
Justwhistledixie Romps to Victory in Davona Dale Sunday
West Point Stables and Lakland Farm’s 3-year-old filly Justwhistledixie made an auspicious South Florida debut drawing off to win Sunday’s $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) by 3¾ lengths under jockey Alan Garcia in her first start since a 3½-length victory in the Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 4.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Justwhistledixie is a daughter of Dixie Union purchased for $425,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales. She was posting her fourth victory in six starts, stamping herself as a Kentucky Oaks (G1) prospect.
LIGHTS OFF ANNIE LIGHTS UP BROADWAY
Repole Stable’s Light Off Annie, the least experienced of the group, broke from post 2 running Sunday afternoon and lead all the way to win the 30th running of the $69,680 Broadway for New York-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs.
“As long as she broke well, my intention was to try and make the lead,” said jockey Rajiv Maragh, whose winning time was 1:10.83 for the five-length victory on Aqueduct’s fast inner track, after uncontested fractions of 23.64, 46.72 and 58.41. “She broke sharp, got up and got comfortable on the rail. It’s not like there were horses breathing down my neck and she got happy on the lead. I knew I was going to have a lot of horse left and she just sprinted away when I asked her.”
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AQUEDUCT NOTES, MARCH 1, 2009
Because of a severe winter storm expected in the New York area for Sunday night into Monday morning, Aqueduct Racetrack will closed for simulcasting on Monday, March 2.
Telebet and internet wagering will be available for the simulcast menu which includes Philadelphia Park, Beulah Park, Turf Paradise and Portland Meadows. Full dark day simulcast operations will resume on Tuesday, March 3. There is no charge for parking or admission and gates open at 11:30 a.m.
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