Monday, January 19 2009


Game Face Prompt Favorite Winning First Lady Sunday


Zabeel Racing International’s 4-year-old filly Game Face won the Old Hat Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park last winter by seven lengths, and was back in the winner’s circle Sunday after drawing clear to win the $100,000 First Lady Stakes (G3) over the same track and six-furlong distance by 2 ¾ length under jockey John R. Velazquez.

A chestnut daughter of Menifee, Game Face was off a half-step slow and stalked the pace down the backstretch before rallying past Joseph V. Shields, Jr.’s 6-year-old pace-setter Any Limit, who held well in the stretch to finish second. Live Oak Plantation’s Slewfoundmoney rallied for third, three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up in the field of seven fillies and mares.





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Here for Eclipse Awards, Karlsson Might Stay Awhile


With sub-zero temperatures in Chicago and a date at the Jan. 26 Eclipse Awards Dinner in Miami Beach, Inez Karlsson was making the rounds at Gulfstream Park Sunday morning hoping to get a foothold in the tough local jockey colony.

The 26-year-old native of Sweden is one of three finalists for the Eclipse champion apprentice award to be announced at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. Karlsson led the standings at Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago at their recently concluded meet.





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SHERMAN HAS TRAINING TRIPLE


ALBANY -- Trainer Steve Sherman started fast and finished strong while saddling three winners at Golden Gate Fields Sunday

A crowd of 5,574 saw Sherman sweep the first two races on the card with Skyspy ($6.60) and Rydell ($9.40). The Sherman Daily Double paid $26.40.

Sherman completed his training hat trick when he won the ninth and final race of the day with Tijuana Tuesday ($6.80).





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Sunday, January 18 2009


Tacky Cat leaps from maiden to stakes winner in Cincinnati Trophy


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 17, 2009 . . . Tacky Cat broke her maiden in memorable fashion at Turfway Park Saturday, drawing off impressively to win the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes in just her third career start. Orlando Mojica was aboard for the winning ride.

Drawing in from the also-eligible list when two others scratched, Tacky Cat broke from the outside post and immediately engaged the pace set by B N Graced N Glory and urged by Lady Cottingham. As the latter faded coming to the turn and the former in the stretch, Tacky Cat took over and extended her lead to win the 6 1/2 furlong Cincinnati Trophy by six lengths. Emma Darling, the 6-5 favorite, closed wide to take second on the turn and stayed the runner-up, three parts of a length ahead of She’s Due.





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MUSKET MAN AND ROCK CANDY SOAR ON SKYWAY FESTIVAL DAY


OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 17, 2009) Musket Man and Rock Candy garnered top honors in today’s Skyway Festival Day, winning the $75,000 Pasco Stakes for three-year-olds and the $65,000 Gasparilla Stakes for three-year-old fillies, respectively. Both races were contested at seven-eighths of a mile over the main track.

Musket Man, under jockey Louis Antonio Gonzalez, remains undefeated though his third lifetime start for owners Eric Fein and Vic Carlson and trainer Derek Ryan. The three-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Yonaguska broke alertly, and ran along early leaders to draw away in mid-stretch to win by one length in 1:23.06. General Quarters was second and Miles and Miles was third.





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SAN RAFAEL WIN PUTS THE PAMPLEMOUSSE IN TRIPLE CROWN PICTURE


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2009) – The Pamplemousse, with only a maiden victory to his credit, not only resisted a challenge by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Square Eddie, but drew away again Saturday to capture Santa Anita’s Grade III, $100,000 San Rafael Stakes, the track’s first major preparatory event for 3-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail.

Under a confident ride by Alex Solis, the gray son of Kafwain defeated the odds-on favorite by two lengths while covering one mile in 1:35.31 after setting a solid, but comfortable early pace. Runner-up Square Eddie, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, ended up 2 ¾ lengths ahead of third-place Ryehill Dreamer with Mike Smith aboard.





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EVENING ATTIRE PROVES PERFECT FIT FOR BARRIER REEF


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

The New York Racing Association’s decision to re-name the Aqueduct Handicap the Evening Attire Stakes after the gray hero who retired last year at the age of 10 proved to be the right one on Saturday afternoon.

Not only did another gray, Darley Stable’s favored Barrier Reef, come through as the winner in 90th renewal of this $69,095 mile and a sixteenth race, but he showed the same kind of toughness that made Evening Attire a fan favorite for years.





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SUAVE JAZZ POUNCES IN FIRE PLUG STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-17-09----Last in a field of six and pinned down on the rail, Michael Dubb’s Suave Jazz powered through a narrow opening at the furlong pole and drew off to win the $50,000 Fire Plug Stakes this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Ridden by Jeremy Rose, Suave Jazz had traveled from New York to beat five older horses for trainer Tony Dutrow. The 6-year-old son of Suave Prospect was winning for the first time since November 2007, posting a two length victory in 1:10.96 for the six furlong distance. Yes It’s the Truth edged Springs Road for second. Suave Jazz paid $4.60 and topped a $31.80 exacta and $251 trifecta.





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Keeneland Concludes January Horses of All Ages Sale


Lexington, KY (January 17, 2009) – A large, diverse contingent of domestic and foreign buyers participated in Keeneland’s recently concluded January Horses of All Ages Sale, despite the ongoing global financial crisis.

Gross receipts for the six-day auction, held January 12-17, totaled $32,824,000, down 53.4 percent from last year’s seven-day total of $70,446,000. Average price of $24,532 declined 48 percent from $47,184 reported in 2008. The median of $9,500 decreased 44.1 percent from last year’s $17,000. A total of 1,338 horses sold compared to 1,493 a year ago. The not sold rate dropped 9.2 percent when compared to 2008.





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Ikagai Scores Biggest Victory Yet in Mr. Prospector


Edmund Gann’s 4-year-old colt Ikigai had won four of his last five starts for trainer Marty Wolfson, but was taking a big step up in Saturday’s $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, facing Grade\Group I winners Kelly’s Landing and Black Seventeen in the field of seven going six furlongs.

With jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan aboard, Ikigai stalked from second down the backstretch, took command on the far turn, and drew clear to score by 2¼ lengths over Lael Stable’s Rollers with Wind River Stable’s California invader Black Seventeen another 3¼ lengths back in third as the winner was timed in 1:09:37 over the ‘fast’ track.





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Jack Spratt Takes Dania Beach


Thomas Conway, Sand Dollar Stable and partners’ 3-year-old Jack Spratt overcame the far outside post position in a bulky field of 13 to rally to a half-length victory under jockey Julien Leparoux in Saturday’s $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Less than a length separated the first four under the wire in the one mile turf test.





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Career Debut Imminent for Nicanor after Saturday Workout


Lael Stable’s Nicanor, the 3-year-old full-brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1) winner Barbaro, is doing “terrific” and has trainer Michael Matz hoping he will be able to make his career debut on Donn Handicap (G1) weekend, Jan. 30-Feb. 1.

The Kentucky homebred son of Dynaformer breezed a half-mile in company with fellow Matz-trainee Hennigan in 50 2/5. The two finished together with Nicanor getting the wider, outside trip around the sweeping Palm Meadows turn under exercise rider and assistant trainer Peter Brette. It was a breeze designed to gauge how ready the colt is for his debut. By all accounts, it’s a matter of scheduling now.





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