Wednesday, November 26 2008


HolidayFest at Aqueduct Racetrack begins tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, and with first race post at 11:25 a.m., there is plenty of time to get a day of racing in before the traditional feast.

Aqueduct’s last live race on Thursday will go to post at 3:10 p.m., with the second-floor clubhouse remaining open for simulcasting until approximately 5:30 p.m. Telebet/internet wagering closes at approximately 6 p.m.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 26, 2008) Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Funny Cide will become the newest resident of the Kentucky Horse Park on December 5. He will join another Kentucky Derby winner, Alysheba, who came to the park in October.

Funny Cide (Distorted Humor – Belle’s Good Cide, by Slewacide) was bred by William Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm in a collaborative venture with McMahon Thoroughbreds of Saratoga Springs, New York where he was foaled, raised and then sold as a yearling for $22,000 at the August 2001 Fasig-Tipton NY Bred Preferred Yearlings Sale. He was later purchased privately as a two-year old by Sackatoga Stable for $75,000. For them he went on to earn $3,529,412 and an Eclipse Award as Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, becoming the highest-earning New York-bred in history for trainer Barclay Tagg, under Jose Santos. His nine stakes wins also included the prestigious Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).



LAUREL, MD. 11-26-08---Sheldon Russell, who sits atop the rider standings during the current fall meeting with 40 victories, announced that he will be moving his tack to New York for the winter. The 21-year-old finishes up at Laurel Park Friday afternoon, Nov. 28.

“I have been thinking about this for some time,” Russell said. “You rarely get these opportunities and this move will help me become a better rider.”

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LAUREL, MD. 11-26-08---The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) reports that all 25 horses in Laurel Park’s Barn 1 have tested negative for the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) on a second round of tests. These tests end the situation that began on Nov. 12 when a 2-year old filly from King Leatherbury’s stable became neurologic and tests proved she had the virus.

“Today MDA and Maryland Racing Commission veterinarians examined all 25 horses in Barn 1, confirming that all appear healthy and we lifted the Hold Order,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Guy Hohenhaus. “We are pleased and relieved that this situation ended so quickly and want to take the opportunity to remind horsemen at the track and on farms across the state to remain vigilant in their biosecurity practices to prevent this and many other illnesses in their horses.”

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HP Stable Notes:  Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Court Vision and Sailor’s Cap, a pair of stakes winners from the East, arrived at Hollywood Park this week for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Sunday.

The Hollywood Derby and $500,000 Matriarch are co-features closing day of the three-day, six-stake Turf Festival, which begins Friday.

Court Vision arrived in Barn 60 North Tuesday from Florida, while Sailor’s Cap was flown in Monday from New York and was stabled in Barn 50 North.

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Keeneland’s Vinery Madison Stakes Awarded Grade 1 Status; Three Other Stakes Upgraded

Lexington, KY (November 25, 2008) – The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has elevated the graded status of Keeneland’s Vinery Madison, Thoroughbred Club of America, Fayette and Woodford Stakes for 2009.

“Stakes achieve upgrades because of the quality of the horses who participate in them. On behalf of Keeneland, I want to thank all the horsemen who support our racing program,” said Rogers Beasley, Keeneland’s director of racing.

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ALBANY -- A holiday week of racing at Golden Gate Fields features Pick Six carryovers on Wednesday, an early post time on Thanksgiving Day, the $75,000 Forty Niner Stakes on Friday, and $1 specials on Sunday.

Post time Wednesday is 12:45 p.m. and there is a carryover of $14,823 in the Golden Gate Fields Pick Six, which will be held on races three through eight. Fans can also play, via simulcast wagering, the Pick Six at Hollywood Park, where there is a carryover $128,073. Hollywood Park's Pick Six will also be held on races three through eight.

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Watson looks trainer to follow

Champion Trainer Doug Watson appears to hold a strong hand at Thursday’s fourth Nad Al Sheba meeting of the season, kindly sponsored by Gulf News.

With over AED100,000 available to racegoers courtesy of the free-to-enter tipping competitions, Watson’s runners appear certain to figure prominently among Pick Six contestants.

The American saddles two in the opening 1800m Purebred Arabian GNB Stakes, with his classy Nirwan heading the weights and stable companion Wayne Rooney providing an interesting second option.

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Tuesday, November 25 2008


OLDSMAR, Fla. (November 24, 2008) Tampa Bay Downs was pleased to receive the news today that the American Graded Stakes Committee has awarded the $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes a Grade III status. The Sam F. Davis, to be run on February 14, 2009, has become an important stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby, and past participants include such horses as Smooth Air, Any Given Saturday, and Bluegrass Cat.

Peter Berube, Vice President and General Manager of Tampa Bay Downs, said of the grading, “I am very pleased by the Graded Stakes Committee’s decision, as the Sam F. Davis has become an integral part of the Tampa Bay Downs stakes program. “ Berube continued, “Tampa Bay Downs now offers five graded stakes with the addition of the Sam F. Davis Stakes, which joins the Grade III $150,000 Endeavour Breeders’ Cup, the Grade III $175,000 Hillsborough Stakes, $200,000 Florida Oaks, and the Grade III $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby.”

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The Meadowlands concluded the 2008 Thoroughbred meet with positive gains in both total handle and attendance.

Total common pool handle for the 40-date meet, which spanned six cards a week from September 30 – November 15, was $62,940,501 vs. $60,127,478 for a 41-date meet in 2007. The average daily total handle was $1,573,513, a 7.3 percent increase over the $1,466,524 in 2007. One card during the 2008 meet was canceled after the second race due to inclement weather. Daily attendance averaged 3,556, marking a 13 percent increase over the 3,137 average in 2007 [Sept 3 – Nov. 10].

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Gulf News partners with Dubai Racing Club this Thursday

The Dubai Racing Club is pleased to welcome Gulf News as sponsor of the fourth meeting of the 2008-09 Winter Racing Challenge at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday.

Dubai Racing Club CEO Mr Frank Gabriel Jr said: “It’s fantastic to have Gulf News on board with us once again at Nad Al Sheba.

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Monday, November 24 2008

Surprise finish in Bessarabian

TORONTO, November 23 - John Sikura's Smart Surprise outfinished Saskawea to take Sunday's $169,000 Bessarabian Stakes at Woodbine.

The seven-furlong tilt was the chestnut filly's first career added-money score in her first stakes attempt.

The exquisitely-bred daughter of Smart Strike held off a game try from multiple-stakes winner Saskawea for the half-length score, her third in her last three starts.

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