Sunday, January 25 2009
Success Success succeeds in Forego Stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 24, 2009 . . . Success Success made the most of his first start at Turfway Park Saturday, catching the leader in deep stretch to win the $50,000 Forego Stakes by a neck. Golden Country was second, one length better than Officer Rocket in third.
The 6 1/2-furlong Forego was the first stakes win for Success Success, a six-year-old gelding trained by Paul McGee for David P. Holloway Racing Inc.
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RHONE TRAINS TWO WINNERS, CENTENO PILOTS THREE TO VICTORY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 24, 2009) A crowd of 7,514 fans flocked to Tampa Bay Downs for today’s Cap Giveaway Day, during which conditioner Bernell Rhone had two winners and jockey Daniel Centeno piloted home three horses to victory.
Rhone took home his first win of the day with Payyourtax, a five-year-old son of Artax owned by Barbara Rehbein and Cindy Rhone and piloted by Luis Antonio Gonzalez. Rhone returned to the Winner’s Circle with Onotheregoestokyo, a six-year-old Storm Creek gelding owned by Bill Lethert and Tom Metzen and ridden by Dean Butler.
AQUEDUCT NOTES, Saturday, January 24, 2009
Local race fans are vying to be America’s next top horseplayer at the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship (NHC) in at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas
The Tournament leader at the end of Day 1 was Thomas Mooney, a 55-year-old financial analyst from Lindenhurst, N.Y., who qualified through his second-place finish in the Aqueduct Fall Handicapping Challenge.
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TRUE QUALITY EARNS A TOUGH WIN IN PAUMONOK
The majority of the 3,529 fans at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday afternoon were fully aware that Paraneck Stable’s True Quality had plenty of speed and knew how it use it. That was why they made him their even-money favorite in the 101st running of the $69.330, six-furlong Paumonok Stakes for three-year-olds and up.
But in making his first start of 2009, the 4-year-old Elusive Quality colt also displayed plenty of toughness as he defeated Place Your Bet by three and three quarters of a length in 1:10.92 on the fast inner dirt track.
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UNITED FRONT AGAINST proposed Belmont Park transit cut
As part of a plan to cut expenses throughout its bus, train and subway system, New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority has proposed eliminating Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) service to Belmont Park, except for Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 6.
Wednesday evening, during a public hearing at Garden City, Long Island, speakers from the state’s racing industry and Belmont Park’s surrounding communities voiced their opposition to the elimination of the “Belmont Special.”
NEW YORKER JOHN CONTE CAPTURES DRF/NTRA NATIONAL HANDICAPPING CHAMPIONSHIP
John Conte, 68, of Oceanside, N.Y., won the $500,000 first-place prize and title of Handicapper of the Year in the 10th annual $1 million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, which concluded Saturday at Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas..
Conte, a former New York Post handicapper whose “Grass is Greener” tout sheet is available at New York tracks and OTBs, was sitting in 11th place going into the final race of the two-day contest and used Raiding Party, which paid $46.60 to win (capped at $42 for scoring purposes) and $13 to place in the 11th race at Santa Anita. No one ahead of him used the horse and he finished with a final score of $228.00, after making 15 mythical $2 win-and-place wagers each day of the tournament with eight races being mandatory plays, and the other seven being player’s-choice races from among the seven eligible contest tracks.
Saturday, January 24 2009
In the Face of a Slow Economy, Gulfstream Park’s Handle Up from ’08 Numbers
Through the first 14 days of the 2009 meeting, on the eve of the ultra-popular Sunshine Millions, Gulfstream Park recorded an 8.6% increase in “live,” or on-track handle while also showing a 5.4% bump in all-sources handle.
Crowd counts are not taken at Gulfstream Park but the feeling among management and fans is that there are more people attending the races here this year than there has been since the facility was renovated in 2004.
LEEDSTHEWAY COMES FROM BEHIND FOR WIN IN GOOD VIBRATIONS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2009) – After leading all the way to score his maiden victory at odds of 8-1, Leedstheway burst from behind at 4-1 on Friday to remain unbeaten with a
3 ¼ -length victory over 12-1 longshot Liturgical in Santa Anita’s $50,928 Good Vibrations Purse for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs.
After earlier drizzles moved the race from its scheduled setting on the turf, Leedstheway tracked the early pace before a midstretch move under jockey Tyler Baze turned the eight-horse competition into a runaway.
LAMBHOLM SOUTH TO SPONSOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW DAY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 23, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs is pleased to announce that Lambholm South will be the presenting sponsor of Festival Preview Day, to be held here on February 14, 2009. Lambholm South Festival Preview Day is headlined by the newly graded Sam F. Davis Stakes, a Grade III $225,000 1 1/16 miles main track event for three-year-olds beginning on the Triple Crown Trail. Also on the card is the Grade III $125,000 Endeavour Stakes, a 1 1/16 mile turf race for fillies and mares four years old and up. Completing the Lambholm South Festival Preview Day program is the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes for fillies three years old going 1 mile 40 yards on the main track.
GGF SCHEDULES NOON POST TIME FOR BIG SATURDAY RACING CARD
ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields has scheduled a special noon post time Saturday for a loaded racing program that will feature 10 local events and the simulcast of the Sunshine Millions races.
The Sunshine Millions is a $3.6 million event in which California-breds and Florida-breds compete in rich stakes races at Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park.
Ans back at Abu Dhabi
Racing returns to Abu Dhabi this Sunday with a seven race card kindly sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and highlighted by a 1400m Thoroughbred handicap for which the weights are headed by the Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained Ans Bach.
Winner of the 2007 HH The President’s Cup, over the same course and distance, he was second over 1600m at Abu Dhabi on his return and clearly likes the Capital’s course.
Friday, January 23 2009
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2009
MARY HARTMANN HOPES FOR GOOD RATINGS IN SUNSHINE MILLIONS TURF
When Mary Hartmann saddles Presious Passion for Saturday’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf, she doesn’t expect the race to turn into a soap opera.
The trainer probably has heard all the wisecracks about her name, and its nearly identical spelling to that of the 1976 syndicated soap opera parody, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”