Sunday, December 21 2008
Hawthorne Cancels Sunday Program-December 21
Due to impending weather, Hawthorne Race Course will cancel live racing on Sunday, December 21. The track remains open for simulcasting both day and night.
Racing will resume on Friday, December 26 with a ten-race card; first post at 1:35 pm.
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MERUS MIAMI RALLIES FROM LAST TO WIN GOLD RUSH STAKES AT GGF
ALBANY -- Merus Miami dropped back to last on the backstretch and then rallied through the final quarter of a mile to win the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes by one length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Trained by O. J. Jauregui and ridden by Alex Bisono, Merus Miami captured the one-mile race for 2-year-olds in 1:38.48 on the synthetic Tapeta track. Adriatic Moon took second by a length over 7-to-5 favorite Cut the Check.
Calder to Offer “Park & Walk” to Dolphin Stadium
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 21, 2008) – Calder Race Course, located just north of Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, will offer its “Park & Walk” option to college football fans attending the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 1 and the FedEx BCS National Championship on Jan. 8.
The Calder gates open at 11 a.m. and parking for cars is just $10 each. The cost to park buses, limos and recreational vehicles is $30 each. Overnight parking is not allowed.
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Adams seals Listed treble for Charpy
It has been a memorable week for trainer Erwan Charpy who saddled his third Listed winner in eight days when Grantley Adams won HH The President’s Cup at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening.
The 1400m contest, kindly sponsored by Hyrda Properties, produced a thrilling finish with Tadhg O’Shea forcing the head of Grantley Adams in front right on the line, to deny Ali Rashid Al Raihe’s Montpellier – as stable companion Emirates Gold had done in last week’s National Day Cup.
VALDIVIA GIVES VACARE PERFECT TRIP AS CLEMENT GETS 1,000TH WIN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2008) — Odds-on favorite Vacare, given a perfect trip by Jose Valdivia Jr., overhauled Gotta Have Her and In My Glory in the stretch to score a one-length victory in Sunday’s $150,000 Dahlia Handicap at Hollywood Park as trainer Christophe Clement notched career win No. 1,000 in the Grade II event.
Vacare, a 5-year-old daughter of Lear Fan making her final career start, covered 1 1/16 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:41.13 under high weight of 122 pounds to score her eighth win in 14 career starts. Gotta Have Her, who pressed pacesetter In My Glory, prevailed by a half-length over the 18-1 shot to earn second money in the closing-day feature.
BEJARANO, O’NEILL WIN MEET TITLES WITH FLAIR
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2008) — Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who did not ride closing day, completed a sweep of the five major Southern California meetings by riding 52 winners at Hollywood Park’s 40-day Autumn Meet, which concluded Sunday.
Bejarano, a 26-year-old native of Arequipa, Peru., moved his tack west during the 2007 Autumn Meet and became just the third jockey to sweep the Santa Anita Winter/Spring Meeting, the Hollywood Park Spring/Summer Meet, Del Mar, Oak Tree and the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet. Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron was the first to do so in 1983 and Patrick Valenzuela matched the feat in 2003.
HP Notes: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008
PANZA CITES FUTURITY AS HIGH POINT OF AUTUMN MEET
Martin Panza, vice president of racing at Hollywood Park, pointed to the $750,000 CashCall Futurity on Saturday as the highlight of a 40-day Autumn Meet, which concludes today.
“I thought the CashCall Futurity was the best race of the meet,” Panza said Sunday of the Grade I test in which favored Pioneerof the Nile edged I Want Revenge by a nose in 1:41.95 for 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track. Chocolate Candy finished third in a field of 11.
Saturday, December 20 2008
MISS SINGHSIX RALLIES UNDER SOLIS TO WIN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Miss Singhsix moved into contention along the rail on the turn for home, swung out for the stretch drive and went on to score a comfortable 1 ¾-length victory over favorite Carmel Coffee under jockey Alex Solis in Friday’s $43,400 allowance/claiming feature at Hollywood Park.
The Irish-bred covered 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:42.36 to register her second win in six North American starts. The second choice in the field of six fillies and mares, she paid $5.60, $2.60 and $2.20. Carmel Coffee, ridden by Clinton Potts, returned $3 and $2.60, while the show payoff on Sheza Maneater with Corey Nakatani aboard was $3.20.
MILLIONAIRE VACARE HOPES TO ADD TO IMPRESSIVE CREDENTIALS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Vacare, a winner of seven of 13 starts and $1.1 million, will try to rebound from a fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf under high weight of 122 pounds in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap, closing day feature Sunday at Hollywood Park.
The 5-year-old daughter of Lear Fan won the Palomar Handicap at Del Mar three starts back while traveling the Dahlia distance of 1 1/16 miles on turf and was second two starts back in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes.
Hollwood Park Stable Notes: Friday, Dec. 19, 2008
"O’NEILL SAVORS TRAINING CROWN
Trainer Doug O’Neill is following an unusual pattern in clinching his fourth title with record numbers at the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet, which concludes Sunday.
O’Neill has won the title during even years — previously in 2002, 2004 and 2006 —while adding three titles during the longer Spring/Summer Meet during odd years — 2003, 2005 and 2007, the latter a tie.
Ninth race accident
Stickney, IL--On a day when Hawthorne Race Course established a new record carryover for its Pick Six, the final race on the card ended with an accident, resulting in three horses not finishing the race, and three jockeys thrown from their respective mounts.
The incident occurred down the backstretch when the first-time starter Big Twister went down, tossing jockey Gabriel Lagunes. Both G. I. Moe with jockey Lyndie Wade in the saddle, and Mister Scott ridden by Jesse Lantz were unable to avoid the fallen horse, and they do were unceremoniously thrown to the ground.
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SCACE PULLS TO AN EARLY LEAD
Oldsmar, Fla. (December 19, 2008) Lynne M. Scace scored another training double today, earning her fourth win in as many days of racing at Tampa Bay Downs. Scace’s first trip to the Winner’s Circle came with her gelding Alex Ingram, a three-year-old son of Smoke Glacken who took home the day’s opener with Juan C. Levya in the irons.
Scace saddled her second winner of the day with her homebred On the Vineyard in the featured race Pelican Prep, this time with Carlos Cruz aboard. On the Vineyard is a four-year-old half-brother to Vineyard Haven; that two-year-old is the winner of both the Grade I Hopeful Stakes and the Grade I Champagne Stakes and was also bred by Scace.