Friday, January 16 2009


COMPETITIVE FIELDS HIGHLIGHT SKYWAY FESTIVAL DAY


OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 16, 2009) Tomorrow’s Skyway Festival Day is Tampa’s premiere day of three-year-old racing in January, featuring the $75,000 Pasco Stakes for three-year-olds covering 7/8 of a mile over the main track and the $65,000 Gasparilla Stakes for three-year-old fillies also running seven furlongs on the dirt.

The $75,000 Pasco Stakes has attracted seven entrants; among them is Musket Man, a Yonaguska colt who has posted bullet workouts in his last two breezes over the Tampa Bay Downs surface. The colt, who is co-owned by Vic Carlson, carries the colors of Eric Fein, who owns last year’s Tampa Bay Derby Winner Big Truck. The three-year-old is undefeated in his two lifetime starts, capturing a maiden special weight at Belmont as well as a $44,000 allowance event at Philadelphia Park in the fall.



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LEGACY OF JIMMY WINKFIELD LIVES ON AT AQUEDUCT


Thirty-five years after his death, the legacy of Jimmy Winkfield lives on at Aqueduct Racetrack, where for the fifth time on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 19) a stakes race will be run bearing the name of the great African-American Hall of Fame jockey.

Formerly the Best Turn, this year’s six-furlong stakes drew a field of seven, including a trio of three-year-olds from trainer Anthony Dutrow in Fellow Crasher, the high weight at 120 pounds, Z Day, and The Prince.





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‘ON THE RECORD’ BRINGS FANS CLOSER TO NYRA’S HISTORY MAKERS


The New York Racing Association launched a new series today on its YouTube Channel today called `On the Record,’ the purpose of which will be to bring fans even closer to the men and women that contribute to the most storied circuit in Thoroughbred racing.

The series will profile trainers that have made significant contributions to the sport at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. Initial interviews will feature:





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White Colt Brings Highest Price on Friday at Keeneland


Lexington, KY (January 16, 2009) – White Prince, a white yearling colt by Devil His Due, attracted a final bid of $60,000 to top Friday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Consigned by Hopewell Farm LLC, as agent for Patchen Wilkes Farm, the colt is out of Patchen Beauty, by Hatchet Man. He was purchased by Florida-based pinhooker Christy Whitman.





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Big Meet by Karlsson, Solid Figures Kick Off 100 Year Celebration at Hawthorne


Stickney, IL--Hawthorne Race Course, racing beyond the 31st of December for the second straight year, was able to escape the brunt of the unusually harsh weather (even by Chicago standards), and finish the 2008/2009-fall/winter-meet on an uplifting note.

For the first time since 2001, a woman jockey wore the riding crown at Hawthorne, when Inez Karlsson, an apprentice rider for all but four days of the meet, beat out veteran Chris Emigh by 12 wins. The 25-year-old Swedish import, took the lead for good on December 18, and then drew off down the stretch to post the most unlikely upset. Her final win tally was 82.





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CHOCOLATE CANDY FAVORED IN $100,000 CALIFORNIA DERBY


ALBANY -- Chocolate Candy has been made a 9-to-5 favorite on the morning line to capture the 94th running of the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Northern California's first major test for 3-year-olds who aspire to get on the Triple Crown trail, the California Derby will be contested at 1 1/16-miles on Golden Gate Fields' synthetic Tapeta racing surface.





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MISSION VIEJO HALO IGNITES TWO-DAY CARRYOVER INTO FRIDAY OF $461,236


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2009) – At 33-1 the longest shot in a field of nine fillies and mares, Mission Viejo Halo stormed from last on Thursday to capture Santa Anita’s $54,600 Monterey Bay Purse and ignite a two-day Pick Six carryover of $461,236 into Friday’s card.

Ridden by Martin Garcia, the 4-year-old filly owned and trained by Moon S. Han prevailed in a driving finish, defeating We Will Rock You by an expanding one-half length in the feature event at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s downhill turf course. The final time was 1:12.87.





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SUNSHINE MILLIONS RELEASE


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2009)—The seventh annual Sunshine Millions will be run at both Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. 24, and a total of 126 horses was pre-entered Wednesday in the eight-race event that pits Florida-bred horses against California-breds with $3.6 million in purse money at stake.

The $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at six furlongs for 4-year-olds and up figures to highlight the day’s racing at Santa Anita as four Gr. I winners, three of them California-bred, were among 18 horses pre-entered. Santa Anita will also host the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff, for fillies and mares aged four and up at 1 1/16 miles; the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles; and the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.





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COUNTRY STAR OUT TO REESTABLISH GRADED STATUS IN EL ENCINO


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2009) – Darley Stable’s Country Star, a winner of two Grade I stakes as a 2-year-old but off-the-board in a pair last year, seeks to reestablish her graded status Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

Rafael Bejarano will be in the saddle for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel when the Kentucky-bred daughter of Empire Maker faces eleven of her peers in the event that last year launched a seven-race winning streak for Horse of the Year candidate Zenyatta.





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STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 2009


A RACING RARITY FOR GOMEZ AS HE PURSUES ANOTHER MONEY CROWN

Garrett Gomez has ridden more than 18,000 races in a career dating more than 20 years, but he had to think twice when asked if he had ever ridden horses in three straight stakes races on the same day at the same race track that he had never ridden before.

That could happen Saturday at Santa Anita. The 37-year-old jockey, in line for his second straight Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding rider, is scheduled to ride Evita Argentina for John Sadler in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies; Brother Keith for Bobby Frankel in the Grade III San Rafael Stakes for 3-year-olds; and Dakota Phone for Jerry Hollendorfer in the Grade II San Fernando Stakes for 4-year-olds.





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Any Limit & Game Face Lead Cast for Sunday’s First Lady


Joseph V. Shields, Jr.’s 6-year-old homebred mare Any Limit and Zabeel Racing International’s 4-year-old filly Game Face, established graded-stakes-winning sprinters, will attract the most attention in a field of eight fillies and mares drawn for Sunday’s $100,000 First Lady Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

The 27th running of the six-furlong First Lady will share top billing on Sunday’s 10-race program with the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf. Trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. will send out a pair of contenders each with solid credentials in the field of 11.





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JOCKEYS RECEIVE MOUNT FEE INCREASE IN SOUTH FLORIDA


Jockeys riding at Gulfstream Park as well as Calder and the Tropical Park meeting will receive an increase in losing mount fees beginning today, January 15.

The new scale provides for losing mount fees to range from $75 on the bottom to $105 at the top of the purse scale. Previously, the losing mount fee started at $55 or $65, depending on the track.





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