Thursday, March 05 2009
LUCKY ISLAND HOPES TO SLIDE INTO 2009 SEASON ON TOBOGGAN
Saturday’s 116th running of Aqueduct Racetrack’s Grade 3, $100,000-added Toboggan Stakes for three-year-olds and up at six furlongs (race 8; 3:49 p.m.) marks the season debut for several horses. And the one that figures to be most closely scrutinized is Shadwell Stable’s Argentina-bred Lucky Island.
If bettors believe he is at the top of his game, Lucky Island could easily be a single in Aqueduct’s guaranteed $250,000 late Pick 4 on races 7-10 – the 57th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham for three-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth is the featured ninth race – but if he not, the door is open for some juicy payoffs.
SANTA ANITA HANDICAP SIMULCAST, SNOW DAY HEADLINE SATURDAY RACING PROGRAM
ALBANY -- The simulcast of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, a Grade 1 classic that Bay Area trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will try to win for the second straight year, and Snow Day festivities will highlight a big Saturday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields.
There is a special early post time of 12:15 p.m. at Golden Gate Fields Saturday since Santa Anita has scheduled a noon post time for its Santa Anita Handicap Day program. Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire card from Santa Anita.
Autograph sessions with Derby winners rescheduled
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 4, 2009 . . . Turfway Park has rescheduled previously planned autograph sessions with Kentucky Derby-winning jockeys Steve Cauthen, Pat Day, Mike Manganello, Craig Perret, and Chris McCarron.
Manganello, Perret, and McCarron will be at Turfway Park on Thursday, March 12, to meet fans and sign autographs. Day and Cauthen will be on hand Thursday, March 19. The autograph sessions are scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. both days.
Read more articles in the Turfway
Wednesday, March 04 2009
Florida Derby Prospects Likely to Emerge from Friday Feature
Lori and George Hall’s Atomic Rain and Jayeff B Stable’s Chef are prominent in a field of eight 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 1 1/8 miles allowance feature at Gulfstream Park, a race almost certain to yield a contender or two for the $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) to be run over the track and distance on Sat., Mar. 28.
Jockey Joe Bravo rides Atomic Rain for trainer Kelly Breen as he bids to bounce back from a dull seventh-place finish as one of the favorites in the Sam Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 14.
MARCH SCHEDULE ACTION-PACKED AT TAMPA BAY DOWNS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 3, 2009) Sun Coast racing fans have much to anticipate in the month of March with live Thoroughbred excitement highlighted by on-track activities taking place five days a week at the Oldsmar oval.
Saturday, March 7 is the 18th edition of the $65,000 Challenger Stakes for four-year-olds and upward running 1 1/16 miles over the main track. March 7th also features Blues and Bar-B-Que, a day of Blues music and bar-b-qued ribs in the Picnic Area. The Blues and Bar-B-Que Festival will begin at noon with food, music and fun for the whole family. Sunday, March 8 is Family Fiesta Day in the Tampa Bay Downs Backyard. The family-friendly afternoon is hosted by Univision Television and will feature free Latin-themed entertainment and personalities, pony rides, games and more from noon until 3:00 PM.
BAY AREA’S HOLLENDORFER SEEKS REPEAT WIN IN $1 MILLION BIG ‘CAP
The simulcast of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, a Grade 1 classic that Bay Area trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will try to win for the second straight year, and Snow Day festivities will highlight a big Saturday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields.
Golden Gate Fields resumes its Wednesday-through-Sunday racing schedule this week. Post time for Wednesday's eight-race card is 12:45 p.m.
TWINSPIRES.COM OPENS ‘09 ‘LEADERBOARD’ COMPETITION
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ca. (March 3, 2009) – TwinSpires.com, the official advance deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN), has launched its second annual “TwinSpires.com Leaderboard” competition in which top players can secure spots in the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship XI (“NHC XI”) or Coast Casinos’ Horse Player World Series in Las Vegas early next year.
Along with earning bragging rights in the TwinSpires.com and handicapping contest communities, six players who top the TwinSpires.com Leaderboard competition will earn spots in the field for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship and a chance at its $1,000,000 in prize money. Six runners-up in those Leaderboard categories will be awarded entries in the Coast Casinos Horse Player World Series.
WE’RE BACK!—AND CELEBRATING!
HERE WE GO!
It’s been about seven weeks since Chicagoland last saw live Thoroughbred racing. For some, that seven-week period went by in a flash. For others, it was an eternity. You could count most of us in that latter category.
But, we’re back. Finally!
Read more articles in the Hawthorne
Super competition on the cards for penultimate meeting at Nad Al Sheba
Super Thursday, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farms, the American arm of his breeding empire, is the second biggest meeting of the season and a dress rehearsal for Dubai World Cup night in just over three weeks time.
With trial and/or prep races for all seven contests on the big night, the world’s most valuable day of racing, it is no surprise to see a high-quality Super Thursday card, highlighted by the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round III - Invasor, over the same 2000m dirt course as the $6million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horse race.
Read more articles in the Meydan
ARLINGTON QUALIFERS STRIKE IT RICH AT COAST CASINO’S HORSEPLAYER’S WORLD SERIES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 3, 2009) – Two area residents who earned qualifying berths from Arlington Park for the 2009 Horseplayer’s World Series – Dave Sellner of Palatine and Dennis Lindbergh of Midlothian – posted top 20 finishes in the recently concluded tournament held at Coast Casino in Las Vegas. Sellner finished 10th, earning a prize of $6,800 for his placing, while Lindbergh’s 20th-place finish was worth $3,400.
The Trackside OTB Spring Live Money Contest Series begins Saturday, March 7 with the first of eight scheduled events in the Spring Handicapping Series at Trackside Arlington Park. The winner of each weekly contest will earn a berth into the expected 2010 Coast Casino’s Horseplayer World Series and an additional season-long “wild-card” berth will be awarded to the person with the best cumulative score over the eight contests who did not win an individual event in the series.
Tuesday, March 03 2009
Update on Monday’s Ontario Boys Series Final accident
Toronto, March 3, 2009 - Two drivers remain in hospital after the eight-horse accident that marred Monday night’s $55,400 Ontario Boys Pacing Series Final for four-year-olds at Woodbine Racetrack.
Veteran reinsman Roger Mayotte (driving Shiny Mach) and Robert Sheppard (in the sulky of Rust Belt) are in Etobicoke Hospital. Mayotte, native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has three breaks in his right arm, a dislocated right shoulder and a hairline fracture in his pelvic bone. Sheppard reportedly has two broken bones in his left leg.
Read more articles in the Woodbine
NATIONAL THOROUGHBRED RACING ASSOCIATION THREE-YEAR-OLD POLL
Week one of the 2009 NTRA Thoroughbred Three-Year-Old Poll conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), covering racing performances through March 1. Current ranking of the top Three-Year-Old Thoroughbred as 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis with first place votes in parentheses, 2009 record and total points. Poll concludes Monday, June 8.