Thursday, April 02 2009


NYRA & DRF Partner on Saratoga Seminars


DAILY RACING FORM ANNOUNCES HARVEY PACK’S RETIREMENT AS HOST AND NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH NYRA FOR SARATOGA HANDICAPPING SEMINARS

NEW YORK, NY, April 2, 2009 -- Daily Racing Form today announced that Harvey Pack is retiring as the longtime host of DRF’s popular daily Saratoga handicapping seminars, which is ending its 17-year run at Siro’s restaurant, and that DRF has entered into a strategic partnership with the New York Racing Association to sponsor and provide analysts for an expanded and reformatted “Talking Horses” for the Saratoga race meet.

“Talking Horses, Presented by Daily Racing Form” will be conducted in a live audience format in 2009. The popular longstanding daily television show will be extended to 45 minutes, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. every racing day and broadcast live in the Carousel Restaurant facing the grandstand backyard. Scratches and changes have been moved to 11:40 am to allow the live program to be broadcast uninterrupted on all on-track monitors.





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Safety first in new (old) starting gate


TORONTO, April 2 - Woodbine Entertainment Group has always believed that safety of horse and rider is paramount in the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

In 2007, the company installed Polytrack, a partially synthetic, all-weather surface at Woodbine. It was an important step in saluting that mandate.

The track's starting gate is also well-regarded by horsepeople across the continent for its high quality, durability and safety features for human and equine athletes.





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Wednesday, April 01 2009


WOOD MEMORIAL NOTES, Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Paraneck Stable’s Cellar Dweller breezed five furlongs in 1:01.21 on the main track at Aqueduct Racetrack this morning and later was entered in Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs.

The Rahy colt is out of Oriole Way, whose sire, Cahill Road, won the 1991 Wood Memorial. Paraneck Stable, headed by Ernie Paragallo, is a two-time Wood Memorial winner with Unbridled’s Song (1996) and Adonis (1999).





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I WANT REVENGE ALSO WANTS ANOTHER STRONG SHOWING IN WOOD


At this point in the Thoroughbred racing season, with just over four weeks until the Kentucky Derby on May 2, time has become even more precious. Horses that have flashed ability have to put it together and get enough graded stakes earnings to qualify for the Derby’s 20-horse field or miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to “Run for the Roses” at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

For I Want Revenge, the impressive winner of the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 7, Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial is another opportunity to show that his progress is far from complete. If he can deliver a similar effort in New York’s last major Kentucky Derby prep to his 8 ½-length Gotham romp, I Want Revenge will convince many that he will be the horse to beat in Kentucky.





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SOLID FIELDS SET FOR BAY SHORE, EXCELSIOR


Having a horse on the Kentucky Derby trail is something that most horsemen can only dream about. But for trainer Ian Wilkes and owners Joseph Rauch and David Zell, having fun is more important than dreams of Derby glory.

So when Capt. Candyman Can finished a well-beaten fourth as the favorite in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth to Quality Road, the trio had no qualms about pulling him off the road to the Triple Crown.





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TALE OF EKATI EYES ANOTHER BIG A GRADE 1 IN CARTER ‘CAP


Charles E. Fipke’s Tale of Ekati looks for his third Grade 1 victory and a complete sweep of Aqueduct’s Grade 1 offerings for males in this Saturday’s $300,000 Carter Handicap at seven furlongs over the main track.

After finishing sixth in last year’s Louisiana Derby, the then-three-year-old son of Tale of the Cat returned to his home base in New York and ran down War Pass to finish first in the 2008 Wood Memorial. He closed out the year winning the Grade 1Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile upon Harlem Rocker’s disqualification for interference in the stretch.





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Finallymadeit the Center of Attention in Skip Away


Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing’s 5-year-old homebred Finallymadeit has earned his nickname as South Florida’s ‘Iron Horse’ over the last three years, often performing well above expectations, but he will get plenty of attention in Saturday’s $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Regular jockey Eduardo Nunez will be back aboard Finallymadeit for trainer Javier Negrete in the 1 3/16 miles test after a solid runner-up effort behind Smooth Air going one mile last out in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on Mar. 14 at odds of 10-1, his sixth start of the meet without winning.





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PRUSSIAN GIVES MITCHELL THREE IN ROW AND TRAINING LEAD


ARCADIA, Calif., (April 1, 2009) – Prussian, making his West Coast debut, mowed down his competition Wednesday in Santa Anita’s $56,508 Midnight Rambler Purse to give trainer Mike Mitchell his third consecutive victory and a one-win lead over John Sadler in the meet’s trainers’ race with three weeks remaining.

With Rafael Bejarano aboard, Prussian closed swiftly to defeat Headache by 1 ¼ lengths in the optional claiming event contested at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s downhill turf course. The winning time was 1:12.26.





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Barn Notes 4-1, 2009


Finallymadeit May Finally Be Favorite in Skip Away

At every turn this winter Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing’s Finallymadeit has been sticking his unheralded nose into the picture of Gulfstream Park’s biggest races, but Saturday the 5-year-old homebred son of Concerto will have the focus on him as he tries to speed away with the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) at 1 3/16 miles.

The race will be Finallymadeit’s sixth of the meet. Like clockwork the chestnut Florida-bred has seemingly shown up every time a big pot was on the table regardless of distance, surface or class.





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SANTA ANITA DERBY ADVANCE


ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2009) – Saturday’s anxiously anticipated Santa Anita Derby showdown unfolded with perceived underdog The Pamplemousse being installed as a narrow choice over high flying Pioneerof the Nile among 10 entrants in the 72nd running of Santa Anita’s Grade I, $750,000 event for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles.

Even though Zayat Stables at the last minute entered a potential rabbit, speedy maiden winner Z Day, to press front-running The Pamplemousse, Santa Anita oddsmaker Jeff Tufts was unfazed. He established The Pamplemousse as the 9-5 favorite. His more accomplished opponent, Zayat Stables’ Pioneerof the Nile, was listed at 2-1.





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STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST, 2009


THE PAMPLEMOUSSE, PIONEEROF THE NILE FAVORED IN SANTA ANITA DERBY

On a picturesque Southern California Wednesday morning replete with blue skies, sunshine and balmy temperatures, The Pamplemousse and Pioneerof the Nile were installed close first and second choices for Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, a race that has all the earmarks of a heavyweight championship match.

The Pamplemousse was made the 9-5 favorite by oddsmaker Jeff Tufts, who listed Pioneerof the Nile at 2-1 in a field of 10 sophomores that hope to use the West Coast’s marquee race for 3-year-olds as a steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 2.





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TRAINER RICHARD MATLOW DEAD AT 66


ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2009)—Long-time California based trainer Richard Matlow succumbed to the effects of Amytrophic Lateral Schlerosis (ALS) late Monday at his home in Monrovia at the age of 66. Best known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after the Hall of Fame New York Yankee slugger who contracted the disease and retired as a result of it in 1939, ALS is a neurodegenerative disease which attacks the body’s central nervous system.

Matlow, who was diagnosed with ALS in February of 2008, and who announced his retirement as a result of the disease on Jan. 29, sent out his final starter on that same day at Santa Anita.





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