Tuesday, January 20 2009
MJC HONORS BEST OF THE BEST FROM 2008
LAUREL, MD. 01-19-09---The Maryland Jockey Club honored local stars that shined during 2008 with ceremonies in-between races at Laurel Park Monday afternoon.
Owner Robert Cole, whose trainers include Scott Lake, Howard Wolfendale and John Rigattieri, was the state’s top owner for the third straight year. Cole runners won 39 times from 118 starts at the major Maryland tracks last year, an impressive 33% rate, including four winners with four different trainers at Pimlico Race Course on May 9.
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MIM’S MAN RECORDS FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN
ALBANY -- The 6-year-old gelding Mim's Man extended his winning streak to five races Monday when he captured the $24,940 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.
Mim's Man, ridden by Eulices Gomez, held off Tango Mango and jockey Roberto Gonzalez down the stretch to win the six-furlong dash for 4-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length. You're My Boy Blue, the even-money favorite ridden by Russell Baze, finished third.
Al Tayer Motors partners at Dubai International Racing Carnival
The second meeting of the 2009 Dubai International racing Carnival gets underway this Thursday, kindly sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.
Al Tayer Motors, one of the UAE’s premier automobile dealerships, is a long-standing sponsor of the Dubai International Racing Challenge.
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Monday, January 19 2009
Classic Presence of Delightful Kiss a Highlight of Gulfstream’s Sunshine Millions
Hobeau Farm’s 5-year-old homebred gelding Delightful Kiss ranks among the most accomplished and celebrated one-horse stables ever seen in the sport, and his appearance as the probable favorite in the $1 million OBS Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park will be among the highlights of the annual clash between Florida-breds and California-breds in eight races at Gulfstream and Santa Anita.
Jockey Calvin Borel will be back aboard the charismatic Delightful Kiss when a full field of 12 older horses goes to the post for the OBS Classic at 1 1/8 miles, the richest of the four races run Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream, preceded by the $500,000 Filly & Mare Turf, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Filly & Mare Sprint and $250,000 Dash.
Handicapping Seminars/Contests announced
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Jan. 19, 2009) – Daily Herald and horseplayerpro.com handicapper Joe Kristufek will be on hand “talking horses” at Trackside OTB locations as part of his fourth “Learn to Win” tour that will include a “Beat the Pro” handicapping contest element for the first time in the Winter/Spring of 2009.
Kristufek’s tour of Trackside OTBs begins on Friday, Jan. 30 at Trackside McHenry, located inside Nicolino’s Restaurant, 621 Ridgeview Drive in McHenry. Kristufek will be on hand from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. to talk racing, answer questions and help fans hone their handicapping skills.
SHADES OF ZENYATTA AS LIFE IS SWEET SWOOPS TO EL ENCINO VICTORY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2009) – Following in the initial footsteps of her brilliant stablemate Zenyatta, Life Is Sweet stormed from behind Sunday to dominate Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies with a 2 ½ length triumph over 6-5 favorite Country Star.
The victory was the first in a stakes race for the Storm Cat offspring owned and bred by Martin and Pam Wygod, and it was her first in the care of trainer John Shirreffs, whose Zenyatta launched a seven-race winning streak in last year’s El Encino that led to Horse of the Year candidacy.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 18TH, 2009
SUNSHINE MILLIONS SPRINT HAS THE LOOK OF GRADE I RACE
With four Grade I winners pre-entered in next Saturday’s $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita next Saturday and two set to run, the seventh running of the six-furlong race has gathered increased status.
Pre-entered are Cost of Freedom (winner of the Grade I Ancient Title Handicap), Georgie Boy (winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity), Johnny Eves (winner of the Grade I Malibu Stakes in 2007), and In Summation (winner of the Grade I Bing Crosby Handicap in 2007, and back-to-back winner of the El Conejo Handicap).
YET AGAIN AFFECTIONATELY CALLS INNER TRACK `HOME’
Seahorse Stable’s Yet Again had already developed a liking for Aqueduct’s inner dirt track prior to Sunday’s 34th running of the $67,420 Affectionately Stakes. But then she got a perfect set-up in a short field and was able to parlay that into a 2 ¾-length victory over Are We Dreamin in the mile and a sixteenth race for fillies and mares.
The scratch of Successful Sarah whittled the field down to five and made Spritely the overwhelming choice of the day’s 2,513 fans.
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Oilgonewile Wire-to-Wire for 22-1 Upset in Sweetest Chant
Chester Bishop and partners’ 3-year-old filly Oilgonewile had won her last stakes start leading from start to finish in late November as a 13-1 longshot, but still got little respect from the bettors before going wire-to-wire to capture Sunday’s $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park at 22-1.
With jockey Wesley Henry aboard, Oilgonewile coasted under the wire in 1:36:24 over the ‘firm’ turf course, finishing 1¾ lengths clear of Edward P. Evans’ Weekend Strike in second. James Riccio’s Exe finished another neck back in third while A. Steven Miles Jr.’s 5-2 favorite Banker’s Choice retired to last in the field of 11 3-year-old fillies.
Game Face Prompt Favorite Winning First Lady Sunday
Zabeel Racing International’s 4-year-old filly Game Face won the Old Hat Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park last winter by seven lengths, and was back in the winner’s circle Sunday after drawing clear to win the $100,000 First Lady Stakes (G3) over the same track and six-furlong distance by 2 ¾ length under jockey John R. Velazquez.
A chestnut daughter of Menifee, Game Face was off a half-step slow and stalked the pace down the backstretch before rallying past Joseph V. Shields, Jr.’s 6-year-old pace-setter Any Limit, who held well in the stretch to finish second. Live Oak Plantation’s Slewfoundmoney rallied for third, three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up in the field of seven fillies and mares.
Here for Eclipse Awards, Karlsson Might Stay Awhile
With sub-zero temperatures in Chicago and a date at the Jan. 26 Eclipse Awards Dinner in Miami Beach, Inez Karlsson was making the rounds at Gulfstream Park Sunday morning hoping to get a foothold in the tough local jockey colony.
The 26-year-old native of Sweden is one of three finalists for the Eclipse champion apprentice award to be announced at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. Karlsson led the standings at Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago at their recently concluded meet.
SHERMAN HAS TRAINING TRIPLE
ALBANY -- Trainer Steve Sherman started fast and finished strong while saddling three winners at Golden Gate Fields Sunday
A crowd of 5,574 saw Sherman sweep the first two races on the card with Skyspy ($6.60) and Rydell ($9.40). The Sherman Daily Double paid $26.40.
Sherman completed his training hat trick when he won the ninth and final race of the day with Tijuana Tuesday ($6.80).