Sunday, January 11 2009
PUMPKIN SHELL TURNS CINDERELLA IN BUSANDA
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
December Hill Farm’s Pumpkin Shell didn’t seem to be in much of a hurry on Saturday afternoon, having spent the majority of her time in the featured 36th running of the $72,020 Busanda at the back of the field.
But when the time came for her to act, the Lion Heart filly took jockey C.C. Lopez through a hole in the middle of the lane and went on to a hand-ridden one-length victory Saturday afternoon in the featured race for three-year-old fillies.
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ACCESS FEE CRUISES IN WHAT A SUMMER STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 01-10-09---Sondra Bender’s Access Fee sped to the lead and scored an easy victory in the $50,000 What A Summer Stakes for fillies and mares at Laurel Park.
Sent to post as the favorite against nine others under jockey Jose Caraballo, Access Fee remained unbeaten at Laurel Park with her 4-3/4 length victory in 1:10.31 over the fast main track. The daughter of Menifee paid $3.60.
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Saturday, January 10 2009
TEN HORSES TO TAKE FLIGHT IN PELICAN STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 9, 2009) Ten horses are scheduled to battle it out in Saturday’s 25th running of the $65,000 Pelican Stakes, a six furlong main track test for four-year-olds and up. Included in the field is Bernie Blue, the high-money earner in this group with a bankroll of $801,935. A multiple stakes winner, the five-year-old son of Bernstein has not finished out of the money since October of 2007. Of his fourteen starts at the six furlong distance, Bernie Blue has finished in the top three in ten of those attempts for owner Pyrite Stable.
THREE-DAY CARRYOVER OF $1,210,706 INTO SATURDAY’S PICK SIX
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2009) – Bonjour’s 14-1 upset in Friday’s $58,336 optional claiming feature contributed largely to the first three-day carryover in Santa Anita’s Pick Six, totaling $1,210,706, since Feb. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, of last year when a single winning ticket returned a record $3,120,256.80.
It is expected that the Pick Six pool on Saturday could possibly reach $4 million, with at least 10 horses scheduled to compete in each of the Pick Six races that begin with the fourth on a nine-race program that gets underway at 12:30 p.m.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, JANUARY 9TH, 2009
NOTHING BUT FOND MEMORIES OF LEGENDARY JOE HIRSCH, DEAD AT 80
Memories of respect and praise are infinite for legendary turf writer Joe Hirsch, who died Friday at the age of 80 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. Hirsch began his career with the New York Times, and in 1954 joined Daily Racing Form, where he was named executive columnist in 1974. He retired in November 2003.
“It was so much fun to work with him,” said current Racing Form writer Steve Andersen, “because he really led by example. He was the consummate gentleman. Everybody knew him and everybody wanted to be around him when he came to town. I remember in 1994, when Sam Houston Park opened, it was my first job with the Racing Form, and I had been there two weeks. Every day the track president stopped me and asked if Joe Hirsch was coming, because he knew that was the stamp of approval. If he could get Hirsch there, he knew he’d made it. Joe didn’t go.”
Turf Work Opens Possibilities to Career Debut
Lael Stable’s Nicanor, the full-brother of 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1) winner Barbaro, passed another test this week imposed by trainer Michael Matz by working out on the Palm Meadows turf course last Monday.
The 3-year-old homebred son of Dynaformer remains pointed toward a highly anticipated career debut at the end of January or early in February, but after his latest drill could make that start on the grass.
Arabian triple crown opens this Sunday at Abu Dhabi
Racing returns to Abu Dhabi this Sunday with a seven race card highlighted by the opening round of the Arabian Triple Crown, a 1600m contest carrying Listed status and kindly sponsored by Hydra Properties.
Purebred Arabian stars such as Parador and Nez D’Or have won this in the past, while last year’s winner Abu Alemarat went on to become the first to win all three legs.
Kelly’s Landing Set to Return in Mr. Prospector Saturday
Trainer Eddie Kenneally confirms that Summerplace Farm’s 8-year-old homebred gelding Kelly’s Landing is on target to make his season debut in next Saturday’s (Jan. 17) $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, one of four stakes to be run over the weekend.
“He’s doing well so far,” said Kenneally Saturday morning from his Palm Meadows winter headquarters. “We’re going to go one race at a time. We’ll see how he does in the Mr. Prospector before deciding what comes after that.” The son of Patton worked a strong five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Thursday at Palm Meadows.
Friday, January 09 2009
AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES--Friday, January 9, 2009
Jockey John Velazquez will be featured as celebrity guest presenter on a new television reality series, “The Real Winning Edge,” in syndication nationwide. Velazquez will appear in an episode airing in New York on WNYW- FOX 5 TV this Saturday, January 10, at 9 a.m.
The series features high school and college students who overcome challenges, such as illness or poverty, to excel in sports and the performing arts. Other athletes serving as guest presenters on the series include David Tyree of the New York Giants, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Olympic Gold medal short-track speed skater Apolo Ohno and other notables from NASCAR, the NBA, professional golf and other sports.
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LEGENDARY TURF WRITER JOE HIRSCH, 80, DIES
New York, NY, Jan. 9 -- Joe Hirsch, the dean of American turf writers, died Friday morning at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York. He was 80.
A funeral service will be held Sunday, 10 a.m. at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Ave. at 91st Street in Manhattan.
HRTV, Hennegan Brothers Documentary “The First Saturday in May” Wins National Television-Features Me
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association announced today that the Hennegan Brothers documentary "The First Saturday in May," which chronicled the stories of six horses and their connections on the journey to the 2006 Kentucky Derby, has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award in the National Television Feature programming category. The 90-minute program aired on HorseRacing TV (HRTV) on October 28, 2008.
This is the second Eclipse Award for HRTV, which won the 2006 National Television Media Eclipse Award for the Pony Highway Production of "On the Muscle; Portrait of a Thoroughbred Racing Stable."
TERRACES INTRODUCES NEW MENU, VIP AREA; PEGASUS TO BUILD ON GROUP BUSINESS IN 2009
East Rutherford, NJ [Jan. 9, 2009] -- Meadowlands Racetrack and ARAMARK, the racetrack’s exclusive caterer and food and beverage service provider, will unveil several exciting changes to the racetrack’s Terraces and Pegasus restaurants in 2009.
Terraces will become the track’s premier dining destination with a new, contemporary menu that focuses on the use of locally grown, seasonal ingredients. The menu will feature bistro classics with a twist, such as Classic Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, Steak Frites and Roasted Free Range Chicken. New menu items will be introduced weekly.