Tuesday, January 13 2009
Home team ready to repel the raiders
The international challenge for the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival may be the strongest ever assembled but they will certainly not gave it all their own way with a ‘home defence’ that is certainly the most powerful we have seen.
As always, Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has a powerful string at his disposal which includes some very exciting young recruits such as Midshipman and Vineyard Haven who will be aimed at the Classics.
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Monday, January 12 2009
South African contingent looking for further dominance at Dubai International Racing Carnival
As the countdown to the DIRC continues we look around the world at the regions that will be represented.
TODAY: SOUTH AFRICA
The highest quality Dubai International Racing Carnival to date commences on Thursday with an exceptionally strong equine cast gathering in Dubai for the $31million extravaganza.
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BAFFERT RUNS THREE, TAKES SANTA YSABEL WITH 24-1 CENTURY PARK
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2009) – Century Park, the second longest price in the field at 24-1 and clearly the least fancied of trainer Bob Baffert’s three entrants, ran off with Santa Anita’s 42nd running of the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday.
After a brief scramble for the early lead, Century Park took control under jockey Tyler Baze, was able to dictate the tempo with moderate fractions, and had enough in reserve to deter hard-charging 3-1 favorite Haka by one length.
OWNER, ANALYST/HANDICAPPER JEFF SEIGEL AVAILABLE DAILY AT SANTAANITA.COM
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2009)—HRTV’s Jeff Seigel has been called many things during his nearly 40-year career in Thoroughbred racing: owner, breeder, publicist, television analyst and perhaps most importantly, Southern California’s most entertaining handicapper. All of these descriptions will serve fans well when they visit Seigel’s daily horse racing blog at http://www.SantaAnita.com
“The blog is a work in progress,” said the always-upbeat Seigel. “We’re going to be adding things every week, but for now, I will have a daily handicap and analysis of the following day’s races up the night before race-day.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 11TH, 2009
BROTHER KEITH, SQUARE EDDIE MEET IN SATURDAY’S SAN RAFAEL
Brother Keith, winner of his only start, steps into graded company next Saturday in the $100,000 San Rafael Stakes at one mile, an important prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4.
“You gotta try him someplace,” Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said. When it was suggested he might go through his conditions, rather than face the likes of Lane’s End Futurity winner Square Eddie, Frankel countered: “Maybe the races won’t go. I got to get him started.”
LUIS GONZALEZ BOOTS HOME THREE WINNERS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 11, 2009) Luis Antonio Gonzalez escorted three horses on today’s card, giving him fourteen wins for the 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs racing season.
Gonzalez got his first victory in the day’s opener aboard E. F. F. Sher, a three-year-old Eltish filly bred in Florida by William Lauren, conditioned by Jane Cibelli, and owned by Lauren Stable. Gonzalez completed the early Daily Double aboard Bo’s Secret Storm, a five-year-old gelded son of Exploit saddled by Odin Londono, Jr. for owner Jeff Hayes.
‘First Saturday in May,” Aired at Gulfstream Park and on HRTV, Wins Eclipse Award
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association have announced that the Hennegan Brothers documentary, "The First Saturday in May," which chronicled the story of Florida Derby winner Barbaro and five other horses and their connections en route to the 2006 Kentucky Derby, has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award in the National Television Feature programming category.
The 90-minute program was repeatedly aired free of charge at Gulfstream Park last May, in the days leading up to the 2008 Kentucky Derby, and on HRTV as well, later in the year.
Waquoit’s Love Wins First Stakes in Marshua’s River Sunday
Dennis Federico’s Maryland homebred mare Waquoit’s Love had come close to winning a stakes several times over the last year, twice losing head decisions, but finally broke through to capture Sunday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River Stakes at Gulfstream Park by a neck under jockey Rene Douglas.
The roan/gray 6-year-old daughter of Waquoit, trained by Tim Hills, was close-up from the start, broke clear in the stretch, but was all out to hold Darley Stable’s Sea Chanter safe at the wire after 1 1/16 miles in 1:41:10 over the ‘firm’ course. Stronach Stable’s Ginger Brew was the even-money favorite in the field of 11 fillies and mares and rallied for third, 1¼ lengths behind the runner-up.
Beethoven on Course for Season Debut in Holy Bull
Trainer John Ward reports John Oxley’s leading 3-year-old prospect Beethoven remains on target for the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) on Sat., Jan. 31 at Gulfstream Park.
Beethoven worked Saturday and Ward said, “He came out of it good. Everything is quiet this morning and we’re on schedule.”
The son of Sky Mesa breezed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5.
MEDIA ADVISORY; AQUEDUCT RACE SKED JAN. 14-19, 2009
Live racing at Aqueduct will be conducted Wednesday, January 14, through Monday, January 19, with the three-day holiday weekend featuring a trio of stakes races beginning with Saturday’s $65,000 Evening Attire for three-year-olds and up.
Formerly the Aqueduct Handicap, the race was renamed in honor of the recently retired New York-bred gelding who won the mile and a sixteenth race in 2002 at age four.
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CHOCOLATE CANDY SET TO START IN CALIFORNIA DERBY
ALBANY -- Chocolate Candy, who ran third in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park, is among the horses already confirmed for the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
Northern California's first major race for 3-year-olds who have aspirations of getting on the Triple Crown trail, the California Derby will be run Saturday. Entries for the 1 1/16-miles test will be taken Wednesday morning.
Royal proves his class
The opening round of the Arabian Triple Crown, kindly sponsored by Hydra Properties, over 1600m was the feature race at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan’s retained jockey Richard Hills was seen at his very best on top-weight Royal Class, rained by Gill Duffield, who reversed recent course and distance form with Elmalak Elwaheed, who chased him home.