Thursday, November 27 2008
FOREST MELODY CRUISES UNDER ROSARIO IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2008) — Forest Melody gained control early, repelled a bid by Double Dip on the turn for home, and cruised to a 3 1/4-length victory under jockey Joel Rosario in the $43,000 allowance feature Wednesday at Hollywood Park.
The 4-year-old filly covered 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:43.78 for her third victory in 20 starts, snapping a seven-race winless streak in the process.
EARLY POST TIME AT GGF FOR THANKSGIVING DAY PROGRAM
ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields is opening all admission gates at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for its special Thanksgiving Day racing program.
Post time for the eight-race card is 11:15 a.m. The early starting time will allow the program to be completed by approximately 2:50 p.m., giving fans plenty of time to get home for their Thanksgiving feast.
Golden Gate Fields will present nine races Friday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the main event is the Forty Niner Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile contest for 3-year-olds and up. Post time for the Forty Niner, the eighth race on the card, is 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, November 26 2008
AQUEDUCT HOLIDAYFEST NOTES
HolidayFest at Aqueduct Racetrack begins tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, and with first race post at 11:25 a.m., there is plenty of time to get a day of racing in before the traditional feast.
Aqueduct’s last live race on Thursday will go to post at 3:10 p.m., with the second-floor clubhouse remaining open for simulcasting until approximately 5:30 p.m. Telebet/internet wagering closes at approximately 6 p.m.
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KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER FUNNY CIDE TO KENTUCKY HORSE PARK
LEXINGTON, KY (November 26, 2008) Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Funny Cide will become the newest resident of the Kentucky Horse Park on December 5. He will join another Kentucky Derby winner, Alysheba, who came to the park in October.
Funny Cide (Distorted Humor – Belle’s Good Cide, by Slewacide) was bred by William Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm in a collaborative venture with McMahon Thoroughbreds of Saratoga Springs, New York where he was foaled, raised and then sold as a yearling for $22,000 at the August 2001 Fasig-Tipton NY Bred Preferred Yearlings Sale. He was later purchased privately as a two-year old by Sackatoga Stable for $75,000. For them he went on to earn $3,529,412 and an Eclipse Award as Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, becoming the highest-earning New York-bred in history for trainer Barclay Tagg, under Jose Santos. His nine stakes wins also included the prestigious Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).
SHELDON RUSSELL MOVING TACK TO NEW YORK
LAUREL, MD. 11-26-08---Sheldon Russell, who sits atop the rider standings during the current fall meeting with 40 victories, announced that he will be moving his tack to New York for the winter. The 21-year-old finishes up at Laurel Park Friday afternoon, Nov. 28.
“I have been thinking about this for some time,” Russell said. “You rarely get these opportunities and this move will help me become a better rider.”
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ALL EHV-1 TEST RESULTS AT LAUREL PARK ARE NEGATIVE-HOLD ORDER IS LIFTED
LAUREL, MD. 11-26-08---The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) reports that all 25 horses in Laurel Park’s Barn 1 have tested negative for the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) on a second round of tests. These tests end the situation that began on Nov. 12 when a 2-year old filly from King Leatherbury’s stable became neurologic and tests proved she had the virus.
“Today MDA and Maryland Racing Commission veterinarians examined all 25 horses in Barn 1, confirming that all appear healthy and we lifted the Hold Order,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Guy Hohenhaus. “We are pleased and relieved that this situation ended so quickly and want to take the opportunity to remind horsemen at the track and on farms across the state to remain vigilant in their biosecurity practices to prevent this and many other illnesses in their horses.”
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HP Stable Notes: Wednesday, November 26, 2008
COURT VISION, SAILOR’S CAP ARRIVE FOR HOLLYWOOD DERBY
Court Vision and Sailor’s Cap, a pair of stakes winners from the East, arrived at Hollywood Park this week for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Sunday.
The Hollywood Derby and $500,000 Matriarch are co-features closing day of the three-day, six-stake Turf Festival, which begins Friday.
Court Vision arrived in Barn 60 North Tuesday from Florida, while Sailor’s Cap was flown in Monday from New York and was stabled in Barn 50 North.
Keeneland’s Vinery Madison Stakes Awarded Grade 1 Status; Three Other Stakes Upgraded
Lexington, KY (November 25, 2008) – The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has elevated the graded status of Keeneland’s Vinery Madison, Thoroughbred Club of America, Fayette and Woodford Stakes for 2009.
“Stakes achieve upgrades because of the quality of the horses who participate in them. On behalf of Keeneland, I want to thank all the horsemen who support our racing program,” said Rogers Beasley, Keeneland’s director of racing.
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EARLY POST TIME THANKSGIVING DAY, FORTY NINER STAKES FRIDAY
ALBANY -- A holiday week of racing at Golden Gate Fields features Pick Six carryovers on Wednesday, an early post time on Thanksgiving Day, the $75,000 Forty Niner Stakes on Friday, and $1 specials on Sunday.
Post time Wednesday is 12:45 p.m. and there is a carryover of $14,823 in the Golden Gate Fields Pick Six, which will be held on races three through eight. Fans can also play, via simulcast wagering, the Pick Six at Hollywood Park, where there is a carryover $128,073. Hollywood Park's Pick Six will also be held on races three through eight.
Watson looks trainer to follow
Champion Trainer Doug Watson appears to hold a strong hand at Thursday’s fourth Nad Al Sheba meeting of the season, kindly sponsored by Gulf News.
With over AED100,000 available to racegoers courtesy of the free-to-enter tipping competitions, Watson’s runners appear certain to figure prominently among Pick Six contestants.
The American saddles two in the opening 1800m Purebred Arabian GNB Stakes, with his classy Nirwan heading the weights and stable companion Wayne Rooney providing an interesting second option.
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Tuesday, November 25 2008
SAM F. DAVIS STAKES MAKES THE GRADE
OLDSMAR, Fla. (November 24, 2008) Tampa Bay Downs was pleased to receive the news today that the American Graded Stakes Committee has awarded the $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes a Grade III status. The Sam F. Davis, to be run on February 14, 2009, has become an important stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby, and past participants include such horses as Smooth Air, Any Given Saturday, and Bluegrass Cat.
Peter Berube, Vice President and General Manager of Tampa Bay Downs, said of the grading, “I am very pleased by the Graded Stakes Committee’s decision, as the Sam F. Davis has become an integral part of the Tampa Bay Downs stakes program. “ Berube continued, “Tampa Bay Downs now offers five graded stakes with the addition of the Sam F. Davis Stakes, which joins the Grade III $150,000 Endeavour Breeders’ Cup, the Grade III $175,000 Hillsborough Stakes, $200,000 Florida Oaks, and the Grade III $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby.”
WAGERING, ATTENDANCE UP AT MEADOWLANDS THOROUGHBRED MEET
The Meadowlands concluded the 2008 Thoroughbred meet with positive gains in both total handle and attendance.
Total common pool handle for the 40-date meet, which spanned six cards a week from September 30 – November 15, was $62,940,501 vs. $60,127,478 for a 41-date meet in 2007. The average daily total handle was $1,573,513, a 7.3 percent increase over the $1,466,524 in 2007. One card during the 2008 meet was canceled after the second race due to inclement weather. Daily attendance averaged 3,556, marking a 13 percent increase over the 3,137 average in 2007 [Sept 3 – Nov. 10].