Friday, November 21 2008
BOB BLACK JACK RETURNS IN VERNON O. UNDERWOOD
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2008) — World record-holder Bob Black Jack, who earned a trip to the Kentucky Derby with a second-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby, will return to the races when he faces older horses in Saturday’s $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood at Hollywood Park.
The son of Stormy Jack, who set the pace before tiring and finishing 16th in the Kentucky Derby, established a world record of 1:06.53 for six furlongs at Santa Anita in January. He then finished third in the San Felipe and was the runner-up — beaten a half-length by Colonel John — in the Santa Anita Derby.
Nick Martinez Named Gulfstream Artist in Residence, 2009
Former jockey Nick Martinez has been named Gulfstream Park’s Artist in Residence for the 2009 meeting.
Gulfstream Park’s live program opens for a 79-day stand Jan. 3. Closing day will be April 23.
In making the announcement, Gulfstream Park President and General Manager Bill Murphy said, “As in years past, this was a difficult decision and it by no means is a judgment on the work of other artists. The program is designed to showcase the talents and various styles of today’s equine artists, and I believe all will agree that Nick certainly has his own style. He’s one of the finest talents of the age and he will have a contributing role in making this meet distinctive.”
CLASSY STAKES RUNNERS FEATURED FRIDAY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- Looking over the Golden Gate Fields races in Friday's Daily Racing Form would lead one to think they had mistakenly picked up a Saturday edition of the horse racing newspaper. That's because Friday's third and seventh races are stakes-caliber events worthy of spots on a weekend card.
The third race features Artiste Royal, a multiple Grade 1 stakes-winner from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale. Idle since winning the $300,000 Charlie Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 7, Artiste Royal will face six opponents in a $39,000 allowance race that will be run at 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Thursday, November 20 2008
LOOKING FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE IN DISCOVERY ‘CAP
Deep into the racing season, Saturday’s 64th edition of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack offers three-year-olds one final chance to compete against their contemporaries.
Eight sophomores, all of whom officially become four years old on January 1, were entered in the 1 1/8th mile race, and all but two will be seeking their first victory in a graded stakes.
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Star to be Crowned at Jebel Ali
Racing returns to Jebel Ali on Friday with a six race card highlighted by a cracking sprint conditions race over the minimum 1000m.
Twelve have been declared, including last year’s winner Salaam Dubai who was placed in the Golden Shaheen on World Cup night in 2007.
Trained by Adi Selvaratnam, he has proved a real star for connections but his trainer feels he will perhaps need the run: “He is ready for a race but will certainly improve for it.
High Power Horse Power
Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe enjoyed a lucrative evening at Nad Al Sheba’s third meeting of the season when saddling half of the six winners on the Al Tayer Motors-sponsored card.
Stable jockey Royston Ffrench was in the saddle in the concluding 1600m handicap in which Rochdale battled to victory.
The five-year-old led close home to complete the jockey’s double and a trio for the trainer.
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TRUE EXCHANGE WINS 24 HOURS AFTER RUNNING FOURTH
LAUREL, MD. 11-20-08---Hubert Vester’s True Exchange dueled for the lead and finished fourth in yesterday’s seventh race. Just 24-hours later, feeling no worse the wear, True Exchange posted a driving victory in today’s eighth race at Laurel Park.
“He is a bit of a hard-head and is one of those horses when he gets in front he puts his toes in the ground which he did again yesterday,” said trainer Robbie Bailes prior to the race. “Today we are going to sit off the pace and try to wait as long as possible to make one run.”
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HP Notes: Thursday, November 20, 2008
FRENCH INVADER ALBHARI TO RUN IN HOLLYWOOD DERBY
French-based Albhari is scheduled to be shipped to California next week and run in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 30, trainer Patrick Biancone said Thursday from Santa Anita after supplementing the 3-year-old gelding for $10,000.
“He’s coming Monday,” said Biancone of the horse purchased out of the Arqana Sale at Saint-Cloud Monday by Ed Gann of San Diego. “He just won a listed stake at Le Croise Laroche (Nov. 3 at 1 5/16 miles).”
NETWA Announces 2008 Champions and Award Winners
EAST BOSTON, MA - The New England Turf Writers Association has selected its champions and award winners for 2008. The annual awards dinner will take place in July of 2009 during the live racing season at Suffolk Downs. The honorees are:
SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2008)—Santa Anita Park announced today a list of five finalists for the 60th annual Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in January. Gary Baze, Calvin Borel, Javier Castellano, David Flores and John Velazquez will face an electorate comprised of their peers and one of the five will be selected the recipient of the 2009 Woolf Award.
The Woolf Award has been presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950 and is regarded as one of the most prestigious honors in all of racing. It honors and recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The winner’s trophy is a replica of the full-size statue of George Woolf which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area. The statue was created through donations from the racing public after Woolf’s death following a spill at Santa Anita on Jan. 13, 1946. Woolf, who was regarded as one of the nation’s top big-money jockeys, was affectionately known as “The Iceman,” and was revered by his colleagues as a fierce competitor and consummate professional.
AQUEDUCT NOTES; WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2008
Anak Nakal, who dead-heated for third with Ready’s Echo in the Belmont Stakes, is highweight at 121 pounds for Saturday’s 64th running of Aqueduct Racetrack’s Grade 3, $100,000-added Discovery Handicap for three-year-olds at nine furlongs.
Owned by Four Roses Thoroughbreds and trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, the son of 1998 Belmont Stakes winner Victory Gallop rebounded from a fifth-place finish in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Jim Dandy to win the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park by a neck. He comes into the Discovery off a troubled second to Arson Squad in the Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup last month.
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BAZE RIDES THREE WINNERS, LEDEZMA HAS TRAINING DOUBLE
ALBANY -- Leading jockey Russell Baze won three races and trainer Sergio Ledezma saddled two winners Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields.
Baze, who tops the jockey standings with 69 victories at the fall meeting, guided the Ledezma-trained La Misteriosa ($5.40) to a two-length score in the first race. Baze came right back to take the second race with Tip Toe Topper ($5.60) and then completed his hat trick with a win aboard Go With Gusto ($11.80) in the fifth.