Monday, November 10 2008
HP Notes: Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008
McLAUGHLIN TO RUN PAIR IN TURF FESTIVAL
It will be something old and something new for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin during the Turf Festival Nov. 28-30 at Hollywood Park.
McLaughlin said from New York Sunday veteran Shakis would conclude his racing career in the $400,000 Citation Handicap on Nov. 28, the same afternoon that budding star Hayaba seeks her first stakes victory in the $100,000-added Miesque for 2-year-old fillies.
Shakis, an Irish-bred 8-year-old horse, has won seven of 35 starts and earned $860,532 for owner-breeder Shadwell Farm. A two-time winner of the Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, Shakis was a fast-closing second in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland and a troubled 11th in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita in his last two starts.
TRAINER SPECHT SEES HIS HORSES DEAD-HEAT FOR WIN AT GGF
ALBANY -- Steve Specht enjoyed a thrill experienced by very few trainers Sunday when he watched his horses dead-heat for the win in the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields.
The rare same-trainer dead-heat occurred in the $38,700 allowance feature, a 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares in which Specht's two entrants, Shes a Lucky Wager and Lady Railrider, couldn't be separated at the wire.
Shes a Lucky Wager, who was last in the field of 10 through the opening half-mile, and Lady Railrider, who raced in fourth through most of the race, both rallied strongly down the stretch to earn a share of the victory.
Sunday, November 09 2008
Shut It Down turns it on in Frost King Stakes
TORONTO, November 8 * Shut It Down blew by his rivals with ease to capture Saturday's $125,000 Frost King Stakes at Woodbine.
The seven-furlong event for Ontario-sired two-year-olds was the first added-money tally for the Porto Foricos gelding, who is trained by Lorne Richards and owned by K.K. Sangara.
After bobbling just after the start, Shut It Down regrouped and rallied to take the lead a furlong out, going on to a 5 ½ length score. Wildcat Fashion, who lost by a head in the Bull Page Stakes, rallied for second. Vandal Stakes winner Win and Reign was third.
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SPRITELY STEPS TO FIRST STAKES WIN IN HONEY BEE
East Rutherford, NJ [Nov. 8, 2008] - Spritely led from gate to wire as she earned her first stakes victory in the $60,000 Honey Bee on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
Ridden by Mike Luzzi, Spritely [$7.80, $3.80, $2.60] repelled a challenge by Hamsa [$3.20, $2.80] on the final turn and drew off to a three-length victory. She covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:37 1/5 over a sloppy track. It was nine lengths back to Sky Copper in third [$5.20].
Spritely's three starts prior to the Honey Bee were all at six or seven furlongs.
Medaglia d’Oro Colt Brings $290,000 On Saturday at Keeneland
Lexington, KY (November 8, 2008) – Demand for quality foals continued on Saturday at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, where weanling colts accounted for seven of the session’s top 10 prices.
Stockplace paid the day’s highest price of $290,000 for a colt by Medaglia d’Oro. Out of the Affirmed mare Vanity Flair, the colt is from the family of stakes winners Music Maestro, Circulating and La Grande Mamma.
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CHOCOLATE CANDY RALLIES UNDER GOMEZ TO WIN REAL QUIET STAKES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2008) — Chocolate Candy, ridden perfectly by Garrett Gomez, charged to the lead inside the sixteenth pole and went on to a one-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park.
The bay son of Candy Ride covered 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in a stakes record time of 1:42.25 while paying $15.60, $6.80 and $3.80 as the fourth choice in the field of seven 2-year-olds. The upset helped set up a Pick Six carryover of $112,486 when racing resumes Sunday.
BAZE STAYS HOT - WINS A PAIR OF RACES AT GGF
ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze followed up his hat trick on Friday with a riding double Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Baze, the leading rider at the Fall meeting with 55 victories, scored his wins with heavy favorites - McMurtry ($2.80) in the first race and Joshua's Dream ($4.20) in the eighth.
Saturday, November 08 2008
SIX NEW YORK STALLION SERIES RACES SUNDAY AT BIG A
Three weeks ago, Belmont Park was the site of New York Showcase Day, with seven stakes races worth $1 million for state-bred horses. This Sunday will be a special day at Aqueduct Racetrack, a mini-showcase day featuring a half-dozen stakes races worth $500,000 restricted to horses sired by New York stallions.
There are many familiar names among the 51 horses entered in the six New York Stallion Series events, including the Richard Dutrow-trained Logic Way, a neck winner over Get Serious in the Mohawk Handicap on Showcase Day. With four victories and one second in six starts this year, Logic Way is one of 10 entered in the $75,000 Cormorant Division at 1 1/16th miles on the turf, which will be run as the seventh race on the day’s nine-race card. Also returning from the Mohawk are Get Serious and Classic Pack, who was fifth.
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“WHEELS UP” LOOKS TO CLEAR GRADED STAKES HURDLE
When trainer Paul Douglas Fout saw Wheels Up At Noon in action at Delaware Park, he was immediately struck by the horse’s agility and balance. Naturally, being primarily a trainer of steeplechasers, Fout’s first thought was that the son of Outflanker would make a wonderful hurdler.
That’s exactly what Fout intended to do with the dark bay colt after he purchased him late last year for Eldon Farm, and gelded him. But things didn’t quite work out as Fout intended.
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NAPRAVNIK BACK AFTER MISSING THREE MONTHS WITH BROKEN LEG
LAUREL, MD. 11-07-08---Pound for pound jockeys could be the world’s toughest athlete. In the Maryland riding colony no one is as physically or mentally resilient as Rosie Napravnik. In the first 41 months of her career, the 20-year-old has missed 10 months of action with four major injuries. She recently returned after breaking the tibia and fibula bones in her left leg in a spill at Delaware Park three months ago.
“I honestly feel like I have not missed a beat,” said Napravnik, the 2006 Eclipse Award winning runner-up for outstanding apprentice. “I am getting really experienced at bouncing back from injuries and I feel like I never left. I worked horses for about three weeks before I rode my first race (last Saturday at Delaware Park) and was in an intense therapy program at the same time working out four hours a day-five days a week. I really worked hard getting fit and I think it has paid off.”
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Weanlings Headline Friday Session of Keeneland November Sale
Lexington, KY (November 7, 2008) – Weanling colts – led by a son of Giant’s Causeway which sold for $310,000 – topped Friday’s session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.
Castle Park Farm LLC (Noel Murphy), agent, consigned the colt by Giant’s Causeway out of the Dixieland Band mare Queen’s Music. He was purchased by Clear Ridge Stable.
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GERMAN-BRED CAPRICE SEEKS FIRST U.S. WIN IN HERMOSA BEACH
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2008) — German-bred Caprice will carry high weight of 118 pounds as she aims for her first North American victory in a contentious field of nine fillies and mares in the $65,000 Hermosa Beach Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Caprice, based in the East with trainer H. Graham Motion, won at the Hermosa Beach distance of 1½ miles in France last September. The 5-year-old mare, who came to the U.S. for her 2008 campaign, has failed to win but has not missed the board in four starts. Most recently, she finished third in the Dowager Stakes at Keeneland. Prior to that, she was only beaten a neck while finishing second in the Claire Marine at Arlington Park. Both races were on the turf at 1½ miles.