Friday, December 26 2008
LUCKY J.H. RETURNS TO ACTION AS IMPRESSIVE LUCK HIGH WEIGHT
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2008) – Lucky J. H., on hiatus since winning the $135,000 Sensational Star Handicap at Santa Anita in April, returns Monday as the 117-pound high weight in the $70,000 Impressive Luck Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.
The hard-hitting Harris Farms’ 6-year-old, off the board in but 3 of 17 career starts, will face seven rivals in the seventh race on an eight-race program that gets underway at 1 p.m.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2008
SPEEDY INDYANNE TACKLES CHAMP IN SATURDAY’S LA BREA STAKES
Indyanne has never been worse than second in seven career starts. The daughter of 1998 Santa Anita Derby winner Indian Charlie has five victories, two in Grade III events, and has shown a world of speed in each race.
Still, trainer Greg Gilchrist knows the gray filly owned by John Sikura of Lexington, Ky., faces a daunting task in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs.
SCOTT LAKE REACHES 4,500 WIN-PLATEAU
LAUREL, MD. 12-26-08---Trainer Scott Lake began this decade with fewer than 700 career victories. With a win in today’s seventh race at Laurel Park with Blushing Tiger ($7.40), the conditioner becomes the eighth trainer in history to reach the 4,5000 win plateau.
Lake, the nation’s second leading conditioner with 418 winners, has 113 victories at the major Maryland tracks this year and will wrap up his fourth consecutive state title tomorrow when the local 2008 season concludes.
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GOLDEN GATE FIELDS OPENS 118-DAY WINTER/SPRING SEASON FRIDAY
ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will give horse racing fans a present the day after Christmas when it opens its 118-day winter/spring season Friday. Post time is 12:15 p.m.
Friday's opener will feature nine races, including the $75,000 Silveyville Stakes, the third contest on the card. Pass the Heat, a 5-year-old gelding who has won nine of his 19 career races and $330,499, is among the six horses entered in the Silveyville.
Festive fun at the races
Dubai Racing Club’s festive Boxing Day at the Races was a sell-out event!
Nad Al Sheba was the place to be to enjoy a fantastic family day out with a difference.
Guests dined on delicious gourmet cuisine, complete with all the traditional favourites, in the beautifully decorated Millennium Grandstand.
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It’s Fryvolous again
The Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah, the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, was the feature event at Nad Al Sheba on Friday afternoon at a meeting kindly sponsored by Etisalat.
The 1600m feature looked a match on paper between Fryvolous and Paris Gagner who had fought out a course and conditions race three weeks ago.
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Thursday, December 25 2008
Paris to Gagner on Boxing Day
Etisalat sponsor Friday’s matinee meeting at Nad Al Sheba which starts at 3pm and features the Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah, a 1600m race for Purebred Arabians.
National Day Cup winner Fryvolous returns to the dirt with trainer Rod Simpson continuing in fine form and the trainer said: “He is in great shape and has come out of that National Day Cup win in good order. This is a tough test conceding weight and Paris Gagner looks the one to beat.”
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Wednesday, December 24 2008
Holiday Cheer draws a dozen
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 23, 2008 . . . Turfway Park caps the Holiday Meet stakes schedule this Saturday with the $50,000 Holiday Cheer Stakes, a six-furlong sprint that drew a full field of 12.
Rouse the Cat brings an impressive record to his first start at Turfway. In 13 starts this year he has 10 in-the-money finishes, including five wins. He raced in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, finishing 12th of 14, but before that was second in the Grade II Nearctic on turf and afterward was again second in the Grade III Kennedy Road Stakes on Polytrack, both at Woodbine. Trainer Ollie Figgins III trains. Regular rider Christopher VanHassel is back aboard.
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LAMBHOLM SOUTH COTILLION FESTIVAL DAY DRAWS 134 ENTRIES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 23, 2008) Saturday, December 27 is Tampa Bay Downs’s second annual Cotillion Festival Day, presented by Lambholm South. Cotillion Festival Day is a day of two-year-old racing capped off by two six furlong $65,000 stakes: the Inaugural Stakes for two-year-olds and the Sandpiper Stakes for two-year-old fillies. Among the top trainers who have nominated their two-year-olds to the Cotillion Festival Day card are Todd Pletcher, Graham Motion, Christophe Clement, and Eddie Plesa.
The $65,000 Inaugural Stakes has garnered 12 entries, including Code Runner, winner of the Fasig Tipton Dash Stakes at Calder Race Course. Code Runner is a Florida-bred son of Omega Code owned by Lloyd and Lisa Carnes, trained by Robert Smith and will be piloted by Paco Lopez; the colt has accrued $96,054 in lifetime earnings thus far.
PROUDINSKY TAKES ANOTHER SHOT AT SAN GABRIEL SUNDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 24, 2008) – Trainer Bobby Frankel’s Proudinsky, second to Daytona in last year’s Grade II San Gabriel Handicap, on Sunday will strive to better his standing in Santa Anita’s 62nd running of the $150,000 turf event that attracted nine entrants bred in seven different countries.
On paper, form seems as mixed as the field’s origins. German-bred Proudinsky is coming off a fourth-place finish in Hollywood Park’s Grade I Citation Handicap last month when losing to Hyperbaric by 1¾ lengths after the rider dropped his whip in the stretch.
INDIAN BLESSING FACES TALENTED FIELD IN SATURDAY’S LA BREA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2008) – Multimillionaire Indian Blessing, all but irrepressible as the favorite in 11 career starts that include four Grade I victories, will try to atone for a second-place finish in October’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint when heading a lineup of ten 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $250,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita.
John Velasquez, who offered no excuse for Indian Blessing’s defeat by Ventura in the Breeders’ Cup event at Santa Anita, will return from the East to handle trainer Bob Baffert’s daughter of Indian Charlie. She will carry co-high weight of 123 pounds in the 36th running of the seven-furlong event which Baffert has won a record five times.
Stable Notes, Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
Rain or shine, good times or bad, there is only one Santa Anita Park. Embarking on its 72nd season of racing Friday, the historic track has been home to legions of stars, equine and athletic, surviving World War II and natural disasters since opening on Christmas Day, 1934.
In short, the winter/spring meet is one racing fans anticipate. It’s a new beginning, with quality horses, important races and seemingly limitless opportunities to enjoy them in one of the most scenic settings in all of sports, the San Gabriel Mountains serving as a picturesque backdrop.