Thursday, November 20 2008

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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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-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).”

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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:

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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.

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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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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.

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Wednesday, November 19 2008

Turfway Park set to open Holiday Meet

FLORENCE, KY . . . November 18, 2008 . . . Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Turfway Park on Sunday, Nov. 30, the start of the Northern Kentucky track’s annual Holiday Meet. Highlighting opening day is the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares.

Stakes racing continues each Saturday with the rest of the traditional line-up, each with a $50,000 purse:

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LAUREL, MD. 11-18-08---With this morning’s announcement by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) that the final 20 samples from Laurel Park’s Barn 1 tested negative for neurologic equine herpesvirus (EHV-1), the Maryland Jockey Club has amended its restrictions on off site runners racing at Laurel Park.

On November 14, one day after a two-year-old filly in King Leatherbury’s barn tested positive for EHV-1, the Maryland Jockey Club announced that until further notice no horses would be allowed to ship into Laurel Park except those from the Bowie Training Center. However with today’s news that all of the nearly 60 horses tested at Laurel Park are negative for the virus, the Laurel racing office will begin taking entries from other jurisdictions.

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ALBANY -- Several talented horses will be in action this week at Golden Gate Fields when the track presents racing Wednesday through Sunday. Post time each day is 12:45 p.m.

Irish-bred Artiste Royal, a multiple Grade I stakes winner, is scheduled to run in the third race Friday. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Artiste Royal will face six rivals in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the Lakeside Turf Course.

Artiste Royal will be making his first start since winning the Grade 1 Charlie Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 7. A consistent 7-year-old ridgling, Artiste Royal has finished in the money in 18 of his 25 career starts while earning $773,990.

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HP Notes: Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Criminologist, a multiple graded stakes winner, will be supplemented to the $500,000 Matriarch on Nov. 30 at Hollywood Park, trainer Shug McGaughey confirmed Wednesday from New York. The fee is $10,000 for the Grade I test for fillies and mares at one mile on turf.

“All systems are go,” said McGaughey from Belmont Park, where the 5-year-old mare has worked three times since a third-place finish as the favorite in the Oct. 11 Athenia Handicap.

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Tuesday, November 18 2008

Staten Islander Surges to Win Aqueduct Handicapping Challenge

Jerry McClenin, a 51-year-old printing press operator from Staten Island, N.Y., claimed the $35,000 grand prize in the Aqueduct Fall Handicapping Challenge this past weekend, defeating 206 contestants from 16 different states and three different countries en route to the victory.

Along with the second and third place finishers, McClenin will be on the three-member Aqueduct Racetrack team in the 2009 NTRA/Daily Racing Form National Handicapping Championship (NHC), to be held this coming January 23-24 at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. The NHC is giving out a grand total of $1 million in prize money with the first-place winner receiving $500,000 and the title of NTRA Handicapper of the Year, an honor the winner will receive at the 2008 Eclipse Awards, which will be held January 26, 2009, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla.

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