Tuesday, February 17 2009
WOOLF WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED THURSDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2009)—Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will announce the winner of the 2009 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award live on HRTV, this Thursday at approximately 2:05 p.m. Stevens, now retired, works as a full-time analyst on HRTV and was himself a Woolf winner in 1996.
Jockeys from across North America once again voted in this year’s balloting, choosing from a group of five finalists; Gary Baze, Calvin Borel, Javier Castellano, David Flores and John Velazquez.
ALVARADO ENJOYS BIG PRESIDENTS’ DAY, WINS FOUR RACES
ALBANY -- Presidents' Day proved to be a very enjoyable holiday for jockey Frank Alvarado, who rode four winners at Golden Gate Fields Monday.
Alvarado capitalized on live mounts throughout the card to record his four-bagger. He captured the second race with Officer Allie ($5.00), the fifth with Polish Charmer ($5.20), the seventh with Catalina Fog ($5.00), and the eighth with Sevengoldnmissiles ($3.20). All four horses were favored in the wagering.
Commercial Bank of Dubai sponsors racemeeting this Thursday
The 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival is well underway and this weekend Nad Al Sheba will host another two exciting editions on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday will see the seventh DIRC meeting kindly sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai.
Frank Gabriel Jr, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Racing Club said: “We’re passed the half-way mark of the Dubai International Racing Carnival and have seen some top class racing action.
Monday, February 16 2009
TRUE QUALITY LEADS THROUGHOUT IN GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP
LAUREL, MD. 02-16-09---Paraneck Stable’s True Quality led from start to finish and beat odds-on favorite Fabulous Strike and four others to win the $150,000 General George Handicap (GII) at Laurel Park.
True Quality, under C. C. Lopez, crossed the finish line in 1:22.31 for the seven furlong distance over the fast main track. The son of Elusive Quality beat Fabulous Strike by a length and a half. Laurel Park-based speedster Malibu Kid finished third.
The winner, who is trained by John P. Campo, Jr. at Aqueduct, paid $9.80. The exacta returned $21.60 and the triple paid $88.
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STABLE NOTES, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2009
MUTADDA INVADES FOR SATURDAY’S SAN CARLOS HANDICAP
Citing limited opportunities elsewhere and a penchant for seven furlongs, Tom Amoss is bringing Mutadda to Santa Anita for Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Handicap.
“This looked like a good spot,” Amoss said by phone Monday morning from the Ocala Breeders’ Sales in Florida. “There wasn’t too much around and seven-eighths is his best distance.” Mutadda has two wins and a third in four starts at seven furlongs. He registered his first stakes victory in the restricted Gaudin Memorial at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 10. He has a 4-3-1 record from 15 career starts, with earnings of $171,959.
GOLD AND ROSES SEEKS REPEAT IN HOLLIE HUGHES TO END SKID
Since winning the Hollie Hughes here last year, Harry C. Gregory’s Gold and Roses has lost nine straight races. He has even had a new trainer since that last victory, but the results have been the same.
Still, trainer Richard Schosberg remains optimistic that the 7-year-old Gold Token gelding will put in a credible effort Thursday in the 31st running of the $65,000-added Hollie Hughes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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Gozzip Girl Rallies to Coconut Grove Victory
Farnsworth Farm’s 3-year-old filly Gozzip Girl made a huge run around horses nearing the stretch of Sunday’s $125,000 Coconut Grove Stakes at Gulfstream Park and went on to score by 2¼ lengths over Chester Bishop’s Oilgonewile, who set all the pace in the 1 1/16 miles turf test until overtaken by the winner.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux was aboard Gozzip Girl for trainer Tom Albertrani as the daughter of Dynaformer made only the fourth start of a promising career, posting a mild upset at 10-1 after being timed in 1:40:80 over the ‘firm’ course. Albertrani had sent out Padua Stable’s 3-year-old colt Duke of Homberg, a son of Dynaformer, to win the Hallandale Beach Stakes Saturday in the companion event to the Coconut Grove.
LIFE IS SWEET DEFIES RACE CONDITIONS TO EXCEL IN GRADE II LA CANADA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2009) – A stunning winner of the Grade II El Encino Stakes in her first exposure to Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface, Life Is Sweet added a dramatic victory in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies while expanding upon a sudden rise to superiority.
What made this victory so impressive was her ability to rally so strongly from last after second-choice Bsharpsonata had set an extremely slow pace, a condition that generally is not suitable for come-from-behind runners.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2009
GEORGIE BOY IN A ZONE FOR SATURDAY’S SAN CARLOS HANDICAP
Georgie Boy found his comfort zone when he won the Sunshine Millions Sprint at six furlongs on Jan. 24. At least that’s the opinion of Garrett Gomez, who rode the California-bred son of Tribal Rule to a rail-skimming, 2 ¼-length victory in the $300,000 race.
The 4-year-old gelding was fourth in the Grade I Malibu Stakes a month before the Sunshine Millions. In the Malibu, Bob Black Jack was able to dictate the pace en route to a 2 ¼-length victory. Gomez expects Georgie Boy to hold his good form when he reunites with him in Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap at seven furlongs.
‘ALL OTHERS’ FAVORED, BUT UNBEATEN OLD FASHIONED TOPS INDIVIDUAL HORSES
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2009) – The opening pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) concluded Sunday just as it had in each year of the bet’s opening decade as the mutuel field, or “all others”, was the solid 2-1 favorite among 24 wagering interests at the conclusion of betting in four-day pool. But Fox Hill Farm’s Old Fashioned was a clear choice among the 23 individual horses in the Derby Future pool that ended on the eve of the colt’s 3-year-old racing debut.
The mutuel field, which included all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 1, was bet down to 1-9 in Pool 1’s opening moments on Thursday and was a strong favorite through every second of the four days of betting that ended at 6 p.m. (EST) on Sunday. But Remsen (GII) winner Old Fashioned loomed as the solid second choice – and the favored individual horse – throughout the pool and at odds of 7-1 on Sunday.
NOT FOR SILVER MAKES IT 3-FOR-3 IN “CAPPY” CAPOSSELA
When trainer Michael Trombetta decided to send Not for Silver to Aqueduct Racetrack for the 108th running of the $69,850 Fred “Cappy” Caposella, he was hoping the 3-year-old son of Not For Love would take his Laurel Park form with him.
Under Ramon Dominguez, Not for Silver came charging from off the pace and went on to a 1¼-length victory over Wildcat Brief to remain undefeated in three career starts.
CENTENO SCORES HAT TRICK
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 15, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s leading jockey Daniel Centeno added three more victories to his win tally today, giving him 62 trips to the Winner’s Circle in 44 days of racing at the Oldsmar oval; additionally, Centeno is currently ranked as the fourth leading rider in the nation by wins.
Centeno took home his first win aboard Superlook; the three-year-old gelded son of Double Honor was bred in Florida by owner Wilfredo J. Agusti and was conditioned to victory by Leo Azpurua, Jr. Centeno scored again with Screening Room, this time fir trainer David Burns and owner Leslee Cummings.