Wednesday, November 12 2008
HP Stable Notes: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008
IRISH TRAINER ARRIVES FOR MOCCASIN
Ger Lyons, who has sent out Pasar Silbano to four victories in six starts in Ireland this year, stood near her stall in Barn 51 South Wednesday morning at Hollywood Park in preparation for her United States debut in the $100,000-added Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs Sunday.
“She’s part of the family,” said Lyons’ wife, Lynne, as the couple readied to bid the filly adieu after the Moccasin. Pasar Silbano was purchased privately by Kentucky-based Three Chimneys Racing last month and will probably be transferred to locally-based Jim Cassidy after the Moccasin.
STONE TO FILL IN FOR WRONA IN ANNOUNCER’S BOOTH AT GGF
ALBANY -- Travis Stone, a 24-year-old native of New York and the track announcer at Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., will call the action at Golden Gate Fields this Wednesday through Sunday.
Stone will be filling in for Golden Gate Fields track announcer Michael Wrona, who will be calling the races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., this week.
Wrona and Stone are two of five "guest announcers" that Churchill Downs is employing during its 2008 Fall meeting. Churchill Downs officials are seeking a replacement for the late Luke Kruytbosch, who died of a heart attack on July 14 at age 47. Kruytbosch was the voice of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby since 1999.
Tuesday, November 11 2008
LUCKY JAMES EASY WINNER OF MONDAY FEATURE AT THE BIG M
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. * After stalking the early pacesetters Eddie Broome’s Lucky James engaged the frontrunners around the turn and powered past his rivals at the top of the stretch before drawing off to a 5 ½ length win in the $51,000 allowance feature at the Meadowlands on Monday afternoon.
Trained by his owner and ridden by C. H. Marquez Jr., Lucky James covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10 4/5 and returned $5, $3.80 and $2.10 as the second choice in the field of six colts and geldings.
Colts Command Attention on Monday at Keeneland
Lexington, KY (November 10, 2008) – Weanling colts by young sires captured the top prices at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale on Monday, where a colt by Tapit sold for $250,000 to Ben Glass, agent.
Consigned by Elm Tree Farm LLC (Mr. and Mrs. Jody Huckabay), agent, the colt is out of the Green Dancer mare Rumba Punch, and is a half-brother to stakes winner Lyin’ Heart.
Gulfstream Park’s Stable Area Opens; 2009 Meeting Not Far Away
Trainers Eddie Plesa Jr. and Billy Croll took their customary position at the head of the line Monday morning as the horse vans rolled in and Gulfstream Park’s stable gates swung open in anticipation of the 2009 meeting.
Gulfstream Park will be celebrating its 70th birthday when its live meet opens Jan. 3, or 54 days from today.
“All systems are ‘go’” for a fantastic meet in 2009,” said Gulfstream President and General Manager Bill Murphy.
Half-Sister to Hystericalady Brings $450,000 At Keeneland on Tuesday
Lexington, KY (November 11, 2008) – Concern Nacca, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Hystericalady, brought a top bid of $450,000 at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale on Tuesday.
Tasuku Tsuji purchased the eight-year-old daughter of Concern, in foal to Horse of the Year Invasor (ARG). She was consigned by Niknar Farm LLC, agent.
WinStar Racing, agent, was the day’s leading consignor, selling 19 horses for $1,208,000, including five of the session’s highest prices.
Monday, November 10 2008
FAMILIAR FACES SHINE IN NEW YORK STALLION SERIES
It was nearly three decades ago, in 1979, that Ramon “Mike” Hernandez was named the top trainer of New York-breds by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders. Sunday afternoon, the 85-year-old Hernandez, the oldest active trainer on the New York Racing Association circuit, showed he has not lost his touch, saddling veteran Classic Pack and juvenile Lookin At Her to win two of the six New York Stallion Series stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
John T. Becker’s Classic Pack, a five-year-old son of Regal Classic, rallied from fifth with a three-wide move on the turn to take the $75,000 Cormorant Division, while Lookin At Her, a two-year-old son of Hook and Ladder, won the $100,000 Great White Way Division in front-running fashion.
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Marchfield takes Autumn despite traffic trouble
TORONTO, November 9 - Melnyk Racing Stables homebred Marchfied weaved his way to victory in an exciting renewal of the $165,250 Autumn Stakes, Sunday at Woodbine.
The Grade 2 event was the first graded stakes victory of the bay colt's career. The Mark Casse trainee's last added-money triumph came in last season's Breeders' Stakes.
The four-year-old colt finished a half-length in front of Stunning Stag, who had circled to the lead approaching the eighth-pole. Ice Bear, who led for most of the race, was a game third in the 1 1/16-mile event.
Walklikeanegyptian (IRE) Tops Sunday Session At $220,000
Lexington, Ky. (November 9, 2008)—A 5-year-old broodmare, who is pregnant to Perfect Soul (IRE), brought a top price of $220,000 during Sunday’s session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.
Arch Bloodstock LLC bought Walklikeanegyptian (IRE), a graded stakes- placed winner of $93,241, from Glen Hill Farm. Walklikeanegyptian is by Danehill out of Ahdaab and a half-sister to stakes winner Callwood Dancer (IRE).
HIGH HEEL SNEAKERS CRUISES UNDER ESPINOZA IN HERMOSA BEACH
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2008) — Favorite High Heel Sneakers, given a ground-saving trip by jockey Victor Espinoza, moved off the rail with three furlongs to run and easily out-ran Brushed Gold through the stretch en route to a 2 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s $65,000 Hermosa Beach Handicap at Hollywood Park.
The 5-year-old bay mare — meeting easier competition after a seventh-place finish in the Grade I Yellow Ribbon at Santa Anita Park, covered 1 ½ miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 2:28.58 while paying $5.60, $3.40 and $2.60. Brushed Gold, ridden by Garrett Gomez, paid $5.40 and $3.40, while the show payoff on second-choice Caprice with Rafael Bejarano up was $2.60.
HP Notes: Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008
McLAUGHLIN TO RUN PAIR IN TURF FESTIVAL
It will be something old and something new for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin during the Turf Festival Nov. 28-30 at Hollywood Park.
McLaughlin said from New York Sunday veteran Shakis would conclude his racing career in the $400,000 Citation Handicap on Nov. 28, the same afternoon that budding star Hayaba seeks her first stakes victory in the $100,000-added Miesque for 2-year-old fillies.
Shakis, an Irish-bred 8-year-old horse, has won seven of 35 starts and earned $860,532 for owner-breeder Shadwell Farm. A two-time winner of the Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, Shakis was a fast-closing second in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland and a troubled 11th in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita in his last two starts.
TRAINER SPECHT SEES HIS HORSES DEAD-HEAT FOR WIN AT GGF
ALBANY -- Steve Specht enjoyed a thrill experienced by very few trainers Sunday when he watched his horses dead-heat for the win in the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields.
The rare same-trainer dead-heat occurred in the $38,700 allowance feature, a 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares in which Specht's two entrants, Shes a Lucky Wager and Lady Railrider, couldn't be separated at the wire.
Shes a Lucky Wager, who was last in the field of 10 through the opening half-mile, and Lady Railrider, who raced in fourth through most of the race, both rallied strongly down the stretch to earn a share of the victory.