Wednesday, December 31 2008
Best so far at Nad Al Sheba
Thursday’s best Nad Al Sheba meeting of the season to date, kindly sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai, features the three finals of the Winter Racing Challenge.
Horses competing in the early part of the season have been awarded points for their efforts, in three distance categories, with the top six invited to their respective final where they meet a host of quality performers using the night as a stepping stone to the Carnival which starts a fortnight later.
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Tuesday, December 30 2008
Turfway winter/spring meet starts New Year’s Day
"FLORENCE, KY . . . December 29, 2008 . . . Live Thoroughbred racing continues at Turfway Park with the opening of the winter/spring meet on January 1, immediately after the closing of the holiday meet on December 31. The 69-day winter/spring meet ends April 2
Live racing will run Wednesday through Sunday each week as well as on three Mondays: January 19, February 16, and March 16. Other Mondays and all Tuesdays are dark.
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STABLE NOTES, MONDAY, DECEMBER 29TH, 2008
GAME GARRETT GOMEZ RIDES AGAIN IN PURSUIT OF MONEY RECORD
Two days after a frightening spill in which he lost several upper front teeth, suffered a gash on his left knee which did not require sutures and a swollen left hand, Garrett Gomez was back in the saddle at Santa Anita Monday in pursuit of Jerry Bailey’s record of $23,354,960 for purse earnings in one year. Gomez won the money title the last two years.
“He rides,” agent Ron Anderson said succinctly when asked the status of Gomez, who is named on five horses today. He took off his scheduled seven mounts Sunday.
LUCKY J.H. MAKES GOOD IN MONDAY’S IMPRESSIVE LUCK HANDICAP
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2008) – Lucky J.H. doesn’t run often, but when he does, he seldom runs poorly, and Monday was no exception as the 6-year-old bay gamely held on to defeat Majestic Diamond by one-half length in Santa Anita’s $92,070 Impressive Luck Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course.
It was only the fourth start this year for the injury-prone son of Cee’s Tizzy following three races each of the preceding two years, but, as the even-money favorite, Lucky J.H. responded with his usual gutsy performance after an eighth-month layoff to care for quarter cracks.
GONZALEZ RIDES BACK-TO-BACK WINNERS
ALBANY -- Jockey Roberto Gonzalez posted victories in back-to-back races Monday at Golden Gate Fields.
Gonzalez, riding horses that were heavily bet, won the fourth race with holiday season hunch play Christmas Lady ($4.20) and the fifth with Hava Java ($5.20). The "Gonzalez Daily Double" covering races four and five paid $12.00.
Commercial Bank of Dubai sponsors new year’s day racing at Nad Al Sheba
The penultimate Winter Racing Challenge meeting kicks off this Thursday January 1st 2009, the perfect start to the new year.
Sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai, the highly competitive card will be a six race affair, showcasing the Winter Racing Challenge Final Sprint, Mile and Long races
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Monday, December 29 2008
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28TH, 2008
GOMEZ, GILCHRIST LOOK FORWARD TO NEW YEAR AFTER SAD ENDING TO 2008
Jockey Garrett Gomez and trainer Greg Gilchrist were optimistic about the future after being involved in accidents that could have been more serious than they were at Santa Anita yesterday.
Gomez, en route to his third consecutive national money title, lost several upper front teeth, suffered a gash on his left knee which did not require sutures, and a swollen left hand after the 2-year-old colt Back At You veered in during the stretch and hit the rail, unseating Gomez in Saturday’s seventh race. Gomez, who turns 37 on New Year’s Day, was taken to Arcadia Methodist Hospital where he was released last night after being treated.
A CHANCE TO LOOK BACK, AND AHEAD, ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
For many people, New Year’s Eve presents an opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months and perhaps to make plans for the coming year.
For Thoroughbred owner and trainer Gary Katz, it’s a chance to take a deep breath and marvel at life’s funny twists and turns.
Wednesday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, Katz will be saddling his five-year-old gelding Critical Acclaim in the $75,000-added Gallant Fox Handicap, a one mile, five-furlong marathon that is the final stakes race of the year in New York. The race, which drew a field of 10, will be Critical Acclaim’s last start for some months as Katz, 55, also takes a break to return his other full-time job as a practicing attorney.
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NJAW GOING MOBILE IN 2009
East Rutherford, NJ [Dec. 27, 2008] -- New Jersey Account Wagering (NJAW) members will soon be able to place their bets anytime, anywhere via cell phones and PDAs.
With technology provided by Sona Mobile, NJAW will launch its mobile wagering platform in early 2009. Account holders will be able to view real-time racing and account information and place wagers with mobile devices including BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows Mobile cellular phones.
MERRY MARINO IMPRESSIVE IN WINNING FEATURE AT GGF
ALBANY -- Merry Marino, receiving a confident ride from jockey Frank Alvarado, won the $21,580 feature race at Golden Gate Fields in impressive fashion Sunday.
Alvarado waited until midstretch before asking Merry Marino for her best and she responded with a strong closing kick, pulling away from her five opponents for a two-length victory in the one-mile contest for 2-year-old fillies.
Simpson saddles 1-2-3 in feature
Englishman Rod Simpson dominated the Abu Dhabi Three-Year-Old Championship, the feature race on Sunday evening at a meeting sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
He saddled a remarkable 1-2-3 in the Listed 1600m feature with Sophie Doyle on Elmalak Elwaheed denying Daragh O’Donohoe on Men Abu Dhabi in the dying strides, with Robbie Burke’s mount, debutant Jazeerat Alsadyaat running on to take third.
DOUBLE TROUBLE SEEKS REBOUND IN FRIDAY’S PASEANA HANDICAP
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2008) – Winless in five starts following a 4 ½- length victory in February’s Grade I Santa Maria Handicap, Double Trouble seems well spotted for a return to the win column in Friday’s sixth running of the $70,000 Paseana Handicap at 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic surface.
With Garrett Gomez in the saddle, Double Trouble will face five rival fillies and mares in the feature on a program that ushers in Santa Anita’s Free Fridays promotion. In addition to free general admission on Fridays, the track this season offers free box seating on a first come, first served basis as well as a one-dollar menu featuring beer, sodas, hot dogs and popcorn.