Saturday, March 28 2009

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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1-2 for Godolphin in Mile

In a forceful show of power, Godolphin’s Two Step Salsa and Gayego more than lived up to their status as favorites in the US$1 million Godolphin Mile, leaving the rest of the field behind them as they cantered down the stretch as much the best.

With Frankie Dettori in the irons, Two Step Salsa broke near the front from the four post and went head and head with English-based Cat Junior before claiming the early lead.

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Rod Simpson Wins Dubai Kahayla Classic

Rod Simpson’s purebred Arabian, Fryvolous, became the first horse in the winner’s enclosure on Dubai World Cup night after overcoming a poor draw in stall 11 to take the USD $250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic, sponsored by EMAAR.

The heavens opened just before the race and Simpson was left alone in the paddock as the parade-ring crowd retreated to shelter.

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Horse Society’s Post-Race Party to Benefit Old Friends, New Vocations

A post-race party to be held at Gulfstream Park Saturday, Florida Derby Day, will benefit the Old Friends thoroughbred-retirement home and the New Vocations racehorse-adoption program.

The party is free and open to the public and will begin immediately after the 12th race in Gulfstream Park’s South Beach area. The event was organized and sponsored by Horse Society Magazine, an emerging publication that has made a splash in the industry with its profiles of the sport’s leading lights and its coverage of the “Lifestyle of Thoroughbred Racing.”

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Justwhistledixie Romps in Bonnie Miss Friday

West Point Thoroughbreds and partners’ 3-year-old filly Justwhistledixie confirmed her status as one of the favorites for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs when she rallied down the stretch to capture the $200,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Friday by 1¾ lengths over Edward P. Evans’ Casanova Move.

Jockey Julien Leparoux rode 3-5 favorite Justwhistledixie with complete confidence, rating comfortably in fourth down the backstretch of the 1 1/8 miles test before circling rivals on the far turn and drawing clear with authority as she scored her fifth straight victory for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

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Dunkirk (N.Y.) Abuzz

New York Great Lakes Town (No, Not Sacketts Harbor) Has Rooting Interest in the Florida Derby

The south shores of Lake Erie are far from the Aegean Sea, but there’s been a war brewing between city-states here mildly reminiscent of that between Athens and Sparta.

The cities in question are Fredonia, population 10,706, and Dunkirk, the bigger city with 13,131 inhabitants, two hamlets nestled between Erie, Pa., and Buffalo, N.Y..

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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2009) – Zayat Stables’ Zensational, sizzling winner of a maiden sprint race for 3-year-olds, tried to carry his speed one mile Friday in a $51,896 optional claimer at Santa Anita with Kentucky a considered destination, but he came up decidedly short.

Quindici Man, a $12,000 yearling purchase sent off at odds of 15-1, reeled in the 1-5 favorite to score by 1 ½ lengths over Zensational, who had begun to shorten stride after opening up a 10-length lead on the backstretch.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 27, 2009)—In deference to its annual Santa Anita Derby 5K Walk and Run, Santa Anita Park and the city of Arcadia have announced that Baldwin Ave., from the 210 Freeway to Huntington Drive, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on April 4.

Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate Eight, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., will also be closed to vehicles during the same time period.

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