Thursday, January 01 2009
HAYNESFIELD TAKES NEXT STEP IN COUNT FLEET
Aqueduct Racetrack in January might not be where one would expect to find the next Kentucky Derby winner, but it was just five years ago that a Pennsylvania-bred colt named Smarty Jones took the first step on the road to winning the Derby when he took the Big A’s Count Fleet Stakes, the first three-year-old stakes of the year in New York.
On Saturday, trainer Steve Asmussen finds out if Turtle Bird Stables’ Haynesfield can take that same step as he faces six other sophomores in the 34th running of the $65,000-added Count Fleet. The one mile, 70 yard race is included on the resumes of 1993 Preakness winner Prairie Bayou and 1992 Travers winner Thunder Rumble and was won last year by Giant Moon, who went on to complete in the Preakness, finishing eighth behind Derby winner Big Brown.
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DELOSVIENTOS RINGS OUT 2008 WITH GALLANT FOX VICTORY
By Jenny Kellner
When longshot Lord Kipling ranged up near favored Delosvientos on the far turn of Wednesday’s $84,050, 1 5/8th mile Gallant Fox Handicap, owner and trainer Giuseppe Iadisernia was not in the least worried. For almost 11 furlongs, the five-year-old gelding had been cruising along on an uncontested lead, and if past history was any indication, Delosvientos would handle the challenge with ease.
And that’s just what he did. Shaking off his rival, Delosvientos pulled clear to an 11 ¼-length victory in the 70th edition of the Gallant Fox a snowy New Year’s Eve, extending his record at 12 furlongs or more to five-for-five.
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BLOWING KISSES LOOKS TO CONTINUE SUCCESS IN INTERBOROUGH
For the past two month, Jeff Barkley has been settling into his new role as the trainer of record for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Stables, a position that opened up when Larry Jones announced he would be retiring after the Breeders’ Cup in 2009. A former assistant to Jones, the 47-year-old native of Indiana had been out on his own for the past three years, racing primarily at Prairie Meadows and Turfway Park.
He was successful enough, having complied a 10-12-8 mark from 66 starters through the first 10 months of 2008, but when the call came from Porter, there wasn’t much hesitation.
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Hal’s Hope & Spectacular Bid Get Gulfstream Season Off to Fast Start
A full field of 14 older horses led by Hobeau Farm’s Delightful Kiss will go to the post for the $100,000 Hal’s Hope Handicap (G3), and eight 3-year-olds are set to clash in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes, the highlights of Saturday’s opening-day program at Gulfstream Park.
The Hallandale Beach, Fla. track will run on a five-day-a-week schedule, Wednesdays through Sundays, before closing on April 23. Post time for the first race daily is 1:15 p.m.
BACKBACKBACKGONE, REVOLUTA MEET IN GOLDEN BEAR AT GGF
ALBANY -- The promising colts Backbackbackgone and Revoluta will meet Thursday at Golden Gate Fields in the $75,000 Golden Bear Stakes, the main event on a special New Year's Day racing program. Post time is 12:45 p.m
The Golden Bear is a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and the race attracted a field of five. The feature is the third event on a nine-race card.
Mannjal seeks third victory at Jebel Ali
The Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum again sponsor the feature race at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon with the name of Kingwood House Stables attached to the main 1600m handicap.
Owned by Sheikh Hamdan, Marcus Tregoning trains from the Lambourn training establishment.
Wednesday, December 31 2008
PAST LEADING JOCKEY DANIEL CENTENO WINS THREE RACES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 30, 2008) Jockey Daniel Centeno, who secured the riding title here over the past two seasons of racing, escorted three horses to the Winner’s Circle on today’s ten race card. Centeno’s first victory came aboard Roboponi, a three-year-old Volponi gelding owned by Frank C. Calabrese under the care of Rick Slomkowski. Centeno next scored wearing the colors of Wheelock Whitney aboard Glen Wilding, a four-year-old Devil’s Bag filly. Glen Wilding was bred in Florida by Whitney and was conditioned to victory by Leigh Delacour. Centeno rounded out his hat trick with Cooltime, a three-year-old Florida-bred gelded son of Unbridled Time trained by conditioner Derek Ryan for owner Liam Benson.
HORSERACING TV READIES FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE OF UPCOMING GULFSTREAM PARK MEETING
Hallandale, FL Facility Begins 79-Day Stand This Saturday, January 3
Hallandale, FL, Dec. 29 -- HorseRacing TV (TM) (HRTV) will provide complete coverage of one of Thoroughbred racing's signature race meetings when Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, FL opens its 70th annual race meeting this Saturday, January 3.
The Sunshine State's outstanding racing facility will kickoff its 79-date campaign with a 1:15 p.m. ET/10:15 a.m. PT post time. Gulfstream Park will conduct five-day race weeks (Wednesday-Sunday) through Closing Day, Thursday, April 23. A pair of $100,000 races -- the Spectacular Bid and the (Grade 3) Hal's Hope -- headline the Opening Day card.
Best so far at Nad Al Sheba
Thursday’s best Nad Al Sheba meeting of the season to date, kindly sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai, features the three finals of the Winter Racing Challenge.
Horses competing in the early part of the season have been awarded points for their efforts, in three distance categories, with the top six invited to their respective final where they meet a host of quality performers using the night as a stepping stone to the Carnival which starts a fortnight later.
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Tuesday, December 30 2008
Turfway winter/spring meet starts New Year’s Day
"FLORENCE, KY . . . December 29, 2008 . . . Live Thoroughbred racing continues at Turfway Park with the opening of the winter/spring meet on January 1, immediately after the closing of the holiday meet on December 31. The 69-day winter/spring meet ends April 2
Live racing will run Wednesday through Sunday each week as well as on three Mondays: January 19, February 16, and March 16. Other Mondays and all Tuesdays are dark.
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STABLE NOTES, MONDAY, DECEMBER 29TH, 2008
GAME GARRETT GOMEZ RIDES AGAIN IN PURSUIT OF MONEY RECORD
Two days after a frightening spill in which he lost several upper front teeth, suffered a gash on his left knee which did not require sutures and a swollen left hand, Garrett Gomez was back in the saddle at Santa Anita Monday in pursuit of Jerry Bailey’s record of $23,354,960 for purse earnings in one year. Gomez won the money title the last two years.
“He rides,” agent Ron Anderson said succinctly when asked the status of Gomez, who is named on five horses today. He took off his scheduled seven mounts Sunday.
LUCKY J.H. MAKES GOOD IN MONDAY’S IMPRESSIVE LUCK HANDICAP
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2008) – Lucky J.H. doesn’t run often, but when he does, he seldom runs poorly, and Monday was no exception as the 6-year-old bay gamely held on to defeat Majestic Diamond by one-half length in Santa Anita’s $92,070 Impressive Luck Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course.
It was only the fourth start this year for the injury-prone son of Cee’s Tizzy following three races each of the preceding two years, but, as the even-money favorite, Lucky J.H. responded with his usual gutsy performance after an eighth-month layoff to care for quarter cracks.