Friday, January 30 2009
LUIS ANTONIO GONZALEZ NAMED HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 29, 2009) Jockey Luis Antonio Gonzalez has had much to celebrate in the month of January, including a win in the Pasco Stakes aboard Musket Man. Gonzalez piloted the three-year-old to a 2 1/4 length victory in the seven furlong test, and Musket Man is expected to make his next start in Festival Preview Day’s Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes here on February 14. Along with his victory in the Pasco, Gonzalez has booted home 21 winners, 20 second place finishers and 18 thirds for $279,872 in purses through 28 days of riding in the current meet, making him the fourth leading rider overall.
NJSEA RECOGNIZED FOR ALCOHOL MANAGEMENT TRAINING
East Rutherford, NJ [January 29, 2009] -- The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority is a recipient of TEAM Coalition’s 2008 Hall of Fame Award for training in alcohol management.
Twenty-six members of NJSEA senior management were certified in TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) Coalition’s alcohol management program in 2008. All NJSEA operations staff will undergo TEAM training in 2009.
OUT-OF-TOWNERS SHIP TO MARYLAND FOR DANCING COUNT STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 01-29-09---New York’s loss could be Maryland’s gain. Mr. Fantasy, who missed a start on Wednesday when racing was cancelled at Aqueduct, is listed as the program favorite for Saturday’s $50,000 Dancing Count Stakes at Laurel Park.
The Dancing Count, a six furlong test for three-year-olds, is the final race of the day at Laurel but the first leg of the Magna 5, a coast-to-coast pick five wager which includes races from Santa Anita, Gulfstream and Golden Gate Fields.
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CAL DERBY CHAMP CHOCOLATE CANDY HAS SWEET WORKOUT AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- California Derby winner Chocolate Candy had a solid workout Thursday at Golden Gate Fields as he continues his preparation for the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby.
Chocolate Candy drilled five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 handily under jockey Russell Baze. The work was easily the best of 10 at the distance (1:01 4/5 was second-best) and it thoroughly impressed veteran clocker Art Lobato.
Thursday, January 29 2009
SPA RESERVED SEAT LOTTERY APPLICATIONS DEADLINE NEARS
Reserved Seat Applications for the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meeting are now available. The 36-day 2009 Saratoga meeting will begin Wednesday, July 29 and end on Monday, September 7. There is no racing on Tuesdays at Saratoga.
All applications for 2009 Saratoga Reserved Seats must be postmarked by January 31, 2009 to be eligible for the lottery.
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MEADOWLANDS HAS JOB OPENING FOR TRACKMAN
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - January 29, 2009 - The Meadowlands has announced a job opening for a trackman to work under the racetrack superintendent.
The position is track operations supervisor and the salary range is $51,100 to $78,900 with an excellent benefits package.
Barn Notes 1-29 GP
Nicanor & Well Positioned Set for Donn-Holy Bull Undercard
Renewals of the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) and $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) highlight an outstanding Saturday program at Gulfstream Park, and there will be plenty of action on the supporting card with Paul Pompa Jr.’s Well Positioned making his 3-year-old debut in the first race allowance and Lael Stable’s Nicanor, Barbaro’s 3-year-old full-brother, set to make his career debut in the eighth race.
Well Positioned makes his first start since his brilliant performance breaking his maiden by 14 ¼ lengths going one mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 23 for trainer Patrick Reynolds. The son of Awesome Again was a $350,000 Adena Springs 2-year-old purchase.
Silver shines through the Mist
South African Champion Trainer Mike De Kock won the Group 3 Al Rashidiya for the third time when stable jockey Kevin Shea steered Silver Mist, through the mist, to win the 1777m turf feature in a driving finish.
Kindly sponsored by Dubal, the Al Rashidiya is the first grass feature of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival and South Africa have now won four of the last six renewals after Shea took his mount to the front about 200m out.
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Turfway cancels Thursday card
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 29, 2009 . . . With road conditions preventing horses stabled off-site from safely shipping in for the day’s races, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Thursday, January 29, 2009.
The track remains open for simulcasting. Gates open at 11:15 a.m.
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$1 Million Delaware Handicap Highlights Delaware Park’s 2009 $3.175 Million Stakes Schedule
Wilmington, Del., January 29, 2009 - The $1,000,000-guaranteed Grade II Delaware Handicap is the highlight of the $3.175 million 2009 stakes program at Delaware Park (http://www.delawarepark.com
). The program includes $150,000 from the Breeder's Cup Fund.
The Delaware Handicap, a 1 1/4-mile classic for fillies and mares, will be the feature presentation of the $1.775 million Delaware Handicap Festival of Racing slated for July 18-19. The 72nd renewal of the Delaware Handicap will be run on Sunday, July 19. The supporting races on the Delaware Handicap Day card are the Grade III Barbaro Stakes and the Light Hearted Stakes.
VENTURA, INDIAN BLESSING SET FOR REMATCH IN SANTA MONICA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2009) – A burgeoning rivalry between 4-year-old Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing and 5-year-old mare Ventura, who took the champion’s measure in last October’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, escalates on Saturday when the two are scheduled to collide in Santa Anita’s 52nd running of the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Monica Handicap at seven furlongs, which will be shown live on HRTV.
Just three days after being voted a 2008 Eclipse Award as outstanding female sprinter, Indian Blessing was a surprise entrant in the Santa Monica by her trainer, Bob Baffert, who had won two of the three previous runnings. Baffert hedged somewhat, however, when he said, “I entered, but I don’t know yet if she’ll run. I’m just going to see how the race shapes up.”
RESTLESS SOUL BREAKS THROUGH IN GRASS ROUTE AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2009) – British-bred import Restless Soul, contentious without a victory in six previous U.S. starts, broke through on Wednesday to capture Santa Anita’s $52,400 allowance feature for fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf.
With Joel Rosario in the saddle, the 5-year-old mare made her winning move on the extreme outside while rounding the final turn to gain a 2 ¼ length victory over 2-1 favorite Carnival Queen.