Saturday, March 28 2009



Frank Lucarelli said Saturday morning that Gallant Son was “99 percent sure” to run in the Santa Anita Derby a week from Saturday. The trainer had been considering the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course the same day for the son of Malabar Gold, who won the restricted Pasadena Stakes at one mile on turf at Santa Anita on March 15.

“He’s doing good in California, so we’re 99 percent sure to run in the Santa Anita Derby,” Lucarelli said. “He’s never really shipped that far, so going to the Midwest isn’t something I’d want to consider right now.”

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LAUREL, MD. 03-28-09---Mitchell Ranch LLC, Frank Lewkowitz & Joe Rice’s Bullsbay made amends for a disappointing stakes appearance at Laurel Park with a daring, rail skimming victory in the $50,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap.

A near-miss second in the John B. Campbell Handicap over President’s day weekend, Bullsbay took the short way home in this nine furlong test over the sloppy main track. Tucked in along the fence under Jeremy Rose for much of the race, Rose steered the Graham Motion trainee around the tiring pacesetter, dove back to the rail and in a furious drive, pushed by Senior and Brady Baby to secure the win.

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 28, 2009) Stumbling Block captured the final leg of the Tampa Turf Test today, besting nine other horses in the 1 3/8 miles contest over the lawn. Stumbling Block is trained by Tampa Bay Downs’s leading trainer Jamie Ness, is owned by Web’s Gem Stable and was ridden to victory by top Tampa jockey Daniel Centeno.

Stumbling Block, a six-year-old Illinois-bred son of Out of Place, settled behind early leaders to edge out second-place finisher Special Tiger by a neck; Onotheregoestokyo rounded out the trifecta, which yielded $1,881.20 for a $2 wager.

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John “Jack” Dreyfus, Sr., the “Lion of Wall Street” who became one of Thoroughbred racing’s more prominent owners, died Friday. Chairman of the New York Racing Association’s Board of Trustees in 1969 and 1975, Dreyfus was 95.

Born August 28, 1913 in Montgomery, Ala., the founder of the Dreyfus Funds graduated from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He is widely publicized for being the man who “invented” the commonplace mutual fund through direct marketing to the public.

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Chevalier Stable’s heavily favored Weathered turned back two challenges Saturday afternoon and powered on to a 1 ½-length victory in the 35th running of the Grade 3, $107,800 Next Move – the final graded stakes race of the Aqueduct Racetrack inner dirt season.

Trained by Karl Grusmark and ridden by Mike Luzzi, the 4-year-old New York-bred daughter of Key Contender won for the second time in three starts this year, all at the Big A, as the favorite of 4,197 fans. The Next Move, for fillies and mares, was at nine furlongs on the fast inner dirt track, the same distance as her victory in the February 21st Rare Treat.

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America’s Well Armed makes history

America brilliantly bookmarked the Dubai World Cup chapter at Nad Al Sheba, where Well Armed absolutely destroyed his 13 rivals, recording an astonishing 14-length record-winning distance.

Cigar’s victory in the inaugural race in 1996 took most people’s breath away and there was a similar reaction to Well Armed’s win - in what is the last race ever to be run at Nad Al Sheba, as racing moves to the state-of-the-art Meydan next UAE season.

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ALBANY -- Leslie Mawing won back-to-back races at Golden Gate Fields Saturday and was one of three jockeys to record a riding double.

Mawing scored a runaway victory with heavy favorite Mr. Rancho Vista ($3.40) in the fourth race and then captured the fifth with Gotcha Again ($6.80).

Omar Figueroa and Frank Alvarado also won two races.

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Locals steal the show on turf

Rookie trainer Mubarak Bin Shafya and Emirati apprentice Ahmed Ajtebi completed the Group 1 turf double and, in the process, stole the show on Dubai World Cup night when Eastern Anthem scored in a thrilling finish to the Dubai Sheema Classic, sponsored by Nakheel.

Just 45 minutes earlier they'd claimed the Dubai Duty Free with Gladiatorus and the wins came with spectacular and contrasting rides from Ajtebi who, tonight, left no doubt that he belongs on racing's biggest stage.

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Gladiatorus storms to Dubai Duty Free victory

The Dubai Duty Free was a truly Emirati victory with apprentice rider Ahmed Ajtebi completing a remarkable rise through the jockey ranks to partner Gladiatorus to an astonishing victory.

Prepared by first-season trainer Mubarak bin Shafya, and owned by His Excellency Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the pillar-to-post home victory was heralded with a huge roar from the Nad Al Sheba crown.

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Big City Man claims Dubai Golden Shaheen

Big City Man was never far off the pace and held off a stout challenge from the champion filly Indian Blessing to win the US$2million Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News. The margin of victory was 1¼ lengths. Diabolical finished third, five lengths behind Indian Blessing in the 12-horse field.

The winner was ridden by Jose Verenzuela in the 1,200m Group 1. Trained by Jerry Barton, Big City Man is owned by Prince Sultan Mohd Al Kabeer. The 4-year-old American-bred is by Northern Afleet out of the Valid Appeal mare Mini Appeal.


2009 BurJuman Style Stakes winners revealed!

After much deliberation, the judges were finally able to choose the winners of each of the four categories.

Style Stakes Lady: Olivia Hague

US$8,000 worth of gift vouchers from BurJuman.

Two nights stay for two people including breakfast in Banyan Tree Bangkok & three nights stay including breakfast in Banyan Tree Phuket Pool Villa, including two return tickets to Thailand from Dubai Racing Club. There is also a make-over by professional make-up company FACE Stockholm followed by a professional photo session at the Cherie of Beverly Hills Studio, worth AED6,000.

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Regal Ransom springs Derby shock

Godolphin repeated their feat in the Mile when sending out a second successive one-two in the UAE Derby, but it was the least fancied of the trio, Regal Ransom, who emerged triumphant, outgunning hot-favourite Desert Party by half a length, with the rest 15 lengths and more adrift.

Whereas Frankie Dettori was mystified at the defeat of the favourite – “we beat Regal Ransom by four and three-quarter lengths in the UAE 2000 Guineas, but he ran flat tonight and I could never get to him. I was only half a length down at the two-furlong pole, but he had no fizz” – Peru-born Alan Garcia, who rode the winner, was ecstatic.

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