Saturday, January 10 2009
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.
Keeneland January Sale Opens Monday
Lexington, KY (January 9, 2009) – Keeneland kicks off its 2009 sale season on Monday with its January Horses of All Ages Sale.
The six-day auction, which runs January 12-17, will feature the sale of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, offered in foal to 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper. Azeri is one of only six fillies ever to win Horse of the Year honors, and the only female to earn three Eclipse Awards as champion older mare (2002, 2003 and 2004).
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Kip Deville Kicks on Target for Gulfstream Park Turf
The 2007 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner and 2008 runner-up Kip Deville worked out Friday morning at Gulfstream Park for his IEAH Stables partners and trainer Rick Dutrow as he prepares for his 2009 seasonal debut in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) on Feb. 1.
“‘Kip’ was on his game this morning,” said Dutrow after the six-furlong breeze on the main track in 1:15 4/5 under regular jockey Cornelio Velasquez. The 6-year-old gray son of Kipling has worked twice since returning from a ninth-place finish in the Hong Kong Mile (G1) on Dec. 14.
Plavius takes feature but Watson and Jara in treble form
Friday afternoon’s meeting at Jebel Ali was a rescheduled fixture from the previous week when called off after the sad death His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmad Al Mualla, the ruler of Umm Al Quwain.
The Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum again sponsored the afternoon’s feature, on this occasion a 1600m handicap which was won impressively by Plavius.
Steve Sexton on the death of retired Daily Racing Forn Executive Columnist Joe Hirsch
“Joe Hirsch earned and deserved universal respect and admiration throughout Thoroughbred racing. Owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, grooms, racing executives, members of the media, and lovers of racing around the world revered Joe for his immense knowledge, remarkable talent and positive impact on our sport. But those who had to good fortune to know or simply meet him through the years will remember Joe for the incredible kindness he displayed to all who crossed his path. Countless journalists benefited from his guidance and counsel, and the Kentucky Derby and Thoroughbred racing are stronger because of the work and influence of Joe Hirsch. Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby family are deeply saddened by his passing, and mourn that his insightful and impassioned voice is now quiet. One of Joe's most memorable sentences came in a Daily Racing Form piece on five-time ‘Horse of the Year’ Kelso in which he wrote: ‘Once upon a time there was a horse named Kelso … but only once.’ Let us borrow Joe’s brilliant phrase and proclaim today that once upon a time, there was a special journalist and man named Joe Hirsch … but only once.”