Monday, January 19 2009
Handicapping Seminars/Contests announced
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Jan. 19, 2009) – Daily Herald and horseplayerpro.com handicapper Joe Kristufek will be on hand “talking horses” at Trackside OTB locations as part of his fourth “Learn to Win” tour that will include a “Beat the Pro” handicapping contest element for the first time in the Winter/Spring of 2009.
Kristufek’s tour of Trackside OTBs begins on Friday, Jan. 30 at Trackside McHenry, located inside Nicolino’s Restaurant, 621 Ridgeview Drive in McHenry. Kristufek will be on hand from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. to talk racing, answer questions and help fans hone their handicapping skills.
SHADES OF ZENYATTA AS LIFE IS SWEET SWOOPS TO EL ENCINO VICTORY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2009) – Following in the initial footsteps of her brilliant stablemate Zenyatta, Life Is Sweet stormed from behind Sunday to dominate Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies with a 2 ½ length triumph over 6-5 favorite Country Star.
The victory was the first in a stakes race for the Storm Cat offspring owned and bred by Martin and Pam Wygod, and it was her first in the care of trainer John Shirreffs, whose Zenyatta launched a seven-race winning streak in last year’s El Encino that led to Horse of the Year candidacy.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 18TH, 2009
SUNSHINE MILLIONS SPRINT HAS THE LOOK OF GRADE I RACE
With four Grade I winners pre-entered in next Saturday’s $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita next Saturday and two set to run, the seventh running of the six-furlong race has gathered increased status.
Pre-entered are Cost of Freedom (winner of the Grade I Ancient Title Handicap), Georgie Boy (winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity), Johnny Eves (winner of the Grade I Malibu Stakes in 2007), and In Summation (winner of the Grade I Bing Crosby Handicap in 2007, and back-to-back winner of the El Conejo Handicap).
YET AGAIN AFFECTIONATELY CALLS INNER TRACK `HOME’
Seahorse Stable’s Yet Again had already developed a liking for Aqueduct’s inner dirt track prior to Sunday’s 34th running of the $67,420 Affectionately Stakes. But then she got a perfect set-up in a short field and was able to parlay that into a 2 ¾-length victory over Are We Dreamin in the mile and a sixteenth race for fillies and mares.
The scratch of Successful Sarah whittled the field down to five and made Spritely the overwhelming choice of the day’s 2,513 fans.
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Oilgonewile Wire-to-Wire for 22-1 Upset in Sweetest Chant
Chester Bishop and partners’ 3-year-old filly Oilgonewile had won her last stakes start leading from start to finish in late November as a 13-1 longshot, but still got little respect from the bettors before going wire-to-wire to capture Sunday’s $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park at 22-1.
With jockey Wesley Henry aboard, Oilgonewile coasted under the wire in 1:36:24 over the ‘firm’ turf course, finishing 1¾ lengths clear of Edward P. Evans’ Weekend Strike in second. James Riccio’s Exe finished another neck back in third while A. Steven Miles Jr.’s 5-2 favorite Banker’s Choice retired to last in the field of 11 3-year-old fillies.
Game Face Prompt Favorite Winning First Lady Sunday
Zabeel Racing International’s 4-year-old filly Game Face won the Old Hat Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park last winter by seven lengths, and was back in the winner’s circle Sunday after drawing clear to win the $100,000 First Lady Stakes (G3) over the same track and six-furlong distance by 2 ¾ length under jockey John R. Velazquez.
A chestnut daughter of Menifee, Game Face was off a half-step slow and stalked the pace down the backstretch before rallying past Joseph V. Shields, Jr.’s 6-year-old pace-setter Any Limit, who held well in the stretch to finish second. Live Oak Plantation’s Slewfoundmoney rallied for third, three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up in the field of seven fillies and mares.
Here for Eclipse Awards, Karlsson Might Stay Awhile
With sub-zero temperatures in Chicago and a date at the Jan. 26 Eclipse Awards Dinner in Miami Beach, Inez Karlsson was making the rounds at Gulfstream Park Sunday morning hoping to get a foothold in the tough local jockey colony.
The 26-year-old native of Sweden is one of three finalists for the Eclipse champion apprentice award to be announced at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. Karlsson led the standings at Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago at their recently concluded meet.
SHERMAN HAS TRAINING TRIPLE
ALBANY -- Trainer Steve Sherman started fast and finished strong while saddling three winners at Golden Gate Fields Sunday
A crowd of 5,574 saw Sherman sweep the first two races on the card with Skyspy ($6.60) and Rydell ($9.40). The Sherman Daily Double paid $26.40.
Sherman completed his training hat trick when he won the ninth and final race of the day with Tijuana Tuesday ($6.80).
Sunday, January 18 2009
Tacky Cat leaps from maiden to stakes winner in Cincinnati Trophy
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 17, 2009 . . . Tacky Cat broke her maiden in memorable fashion at Turfway Park Saturday, drawing off impressively to win the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes in just her third career start. Orlando Mojica was aboard for the winning ride.
Drawing in from the also-eligible list when two others scratched, Tacky Cat broke from the outside post and immediately engaged the pace set by B N Graced N Glory and urged by Lady Cottingham. As the latter faded coming to the turn and the former in the stretch, Tacky Cat took over and extended her lead to win the 6 1/2 furlong Cincinnati Trophy by six lengths. Emma Darling, the 6-5 favorite, closed wide to take second on the turn and stayed the runner-up, three parts of a length ahead of She’s Due.
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MUSKET MAN AND ROCK CANDY SOAR ON SKYWAY FESTIVAL DAY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 17, 2009) Musket Man and Rock Candy garnered top honors in today’s Skyway Festival Day, winning the $75,000 Pasco Stakes for three-year-olds and the $65,000 Gasparilla Stakes for three-year-old fillies, respectively. Both races were contested at seven-eighths of a mile over the main track.
Musket Man, under jockey Louis Antonio Gonzalez, remains undefeated though his third lifetime start for owners Eric Fein and Vic Carlson and trainer Derek Ryan. The three-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Yonaguska broke alertly, and ran along early leaders to draw away in mid-stretch to win by one length in 1:23.06. General Quarters was second and Miles and Miles was third.
SAN RAFAEL WIN PUTS THE PAMPLEMOUSSE IN TRIPLE CROWN PICTURE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2009) – The Pamplemousse, with only a maiden victory to his credit, not only resisted a challenge by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Square Eddie, but drew away again Saturday to capture Santa Anita’s Grade III, $100,000 San Rafael Stakes, the track’s first major preparatory event for 3-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail.
Under a confident ride by Alex Solis, the gray son of Kafwain defeated the odds-on favorite by two lengths while covering one mile in 1:35.31 after setting a solid, but comfortable early pace. Runner-up Square Eddie, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, ended up 2 ¾ lengths ahead of third-place Ryehill Dreamer with Mike Smith aboard.
EVENING ATTIRE PROVES PERFECT FIT FOR BARRIER REEF
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
The New York Racing Association’s decision to re-name the Aqueduct Handicap the Evening Attire Stakes after the gray hero who retired last year at the age of 10 proved to be the right one on Saturday afternoon.
Not only did another gray, Darley Stable’s favored Barrier Reef, come through as the winner in 90th renewal of this $69,095 mile and a sixteenth race, but he showed the same kind of toughness that made Evening Attire a fan favorite for years.
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