Saturday, February 21 2009


ALBANY -- The barn of trainer Efrain Miranda is heating up at Golden Gate Fields.

Miranda, who was 2-for-26 through the first 35 days of racing at the 2008-2009 winter meeting, won one race Thursday and then came back to saddle two more winners Friday.

Miranda went 1-for-2 Thursday, winning the first race with Chief Bill ($3.80). His other entrant, Good Time'n Dixie, finished last in the eighth race.

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Classy battle for second round of UAE Triple Crown

Sunday’s twelfth meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club features the Group 3 middle round of the UAE Triple Crown, over 2200m, with a small, but select, field of five declared.

A strong case can be made for four of them though with last week’s UAE Arabian Derby winner Ibn Abeya likely to be hard to beat for trainer Samir Hawaa with jockey Robbie Burke maintaining the partnership.

Read more articles in the Meydan category.


Saturday gallops

With under a fortnight to Super Thursday and just over a month to the Dubai World Cup meeting, big night contenders are arriving at Nad Al Sheba and Japan’s Dubai Duty Free hopeful Vodka was on the Nad Al Sheba dirt track this morning – walking one circuit before cantering a second.

Fourth in the race last year, she could have a prep race on Super Thursday (March 5th) this time.


Friday, February 20 2009

One Caroline Stays Perfect After Sabin Victory

G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s 4-year-old filly One Caroline was sent away the even-money favorite in Friday’s $100,000 Sabin Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park after winning all three of her previous career starts, and she remained undefeated as she held Mark Stanley’s 5-year-old mare Swift Temper safe at the finish to score by a length.

Ridden by Edgar Prado, One Caroline broke alertly and, after being headed briefly on the backstretch, took command in the far turn of the one-mile test for fillies and mares. A roan/gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song, One Caroline was a $400,000 Saratoga yearling purchase. She paid $4 to win as she was timed in 1:36:87 over the fast track.

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 20, 2009) The $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup has attracted a full turf field of ten older horses scheduled to cover 1 1/16 miles in tomorrow’s eighth and featured race. Atoned, who was runner-up in last year’s edition of the Grade III Tampa Bay Derby, will make his grass debut in the Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup after putting in several strong works over the lawn at Palm Meadows. His last listed work earned him a bullet for travelling 5 furlongs with around the dogs in the day’s fastest time of :59.2 for owners Dogwood Farm and conditioner Todd Pletcher.

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GP Barn Notes 2-20

Stakes Ahead for McLaughlin Runners

Vision Racing’s 4-year-old colt Keep Laughing and Mr. and Mrs William K. Warren’s 3-year-old colt Charitable Man both hit important benchmarks for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin Thursday and have stakes races in their future.

Keep Laughing, a son of Distorted Humor, returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since winning the Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland last April with a come-from-behind victory Thursday afternoon in a six-furlong allowance at Gulfstream Park.

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In 10 career starts, Sagamore Farm’s Bourbon Maid has tried seven jockeys, six racetracks, five different surfaces (fast, muddy, sloppy, good and even turf) and four distances.

And it still hasn’t added up to a formula for success.

Sunday afternoon, in the 37th renewal of the $65,000-added Rare Treat, the 4-year-old daughter of Menifee will make her first start at nine furlongs on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track, and that could well be the change that turns the trick.

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Tri-Bone Stable’s What a Pear is unbeaten in three career starts. Pumpkin Shell, after four failed attempts to win a race, broke her maiden on December 4, then came back on January 10 to win Aqueduct Racetrack’s Busanda.

Come Sunday, one or maybe even both could see a sudden end to recent good fortune when they face five others in the 30th running of the $65,000-added Busher for three-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth.

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If ever a horse was a natural for Barry Abrams to train, it’s On Fire. The 5-year-old horse was sired by Pulpit, although On Fire’s name might seem more appropriate if the stallion had been Abrams’ go-to sire, the prolific Unusual Heat, whose progeny dominate the Abrams barn.

At any rate, On Fire, recently purchased privately by Abrams’ client Team Green, will run in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap for older horses at 1 ½ miles on turf.

Read more articles in the Santa Anita category.


Central dances to Balanchine glory

Friday’s eighth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, kindly sponsored by Etisalat, was an all Thoroughbred eight race card with Irishman Johnny Murtagh taking the riding plaudits.

He rode a double, including winning the featured 1777m Group 3 Balanchine Stakes, a race restricted to fillies and mares, on the Herman Brown-trained My Central who he brought from last to first in the final 500m.

Read more articles in the Meydan category.


Fillies up for rematch in Valdale Stakes

FLORENCE, KY . . . February 20, 2009 . . . The top three finishers of the Cincinnati Trophy Stakes will be back at Turfway Park Saturday to face off again in the $50,000 Valdale Stakes. Carded for three-year-old fillies, the one-mile Valdale is the second of two local preps for the Grade III Bourbonette Oaks, itself a prep for the Grade I Kentucky Oaks.

Tacky Cat drew off to win the 6 1/2-furlong Cincinnati Trophy by an easy six lengths, and while the Valdale will be her first attempt at two turns, her willingness to sit off the pace may help her take that next step. Orlando Mojica is back aboard for trainer Wayne Mogge.

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Kentucky Derby 135 Update (2.20.09)


Favored Dunkirk, a star in the sales ring well before he made it to the races, lived up to his considerable advance billing with a powerful 4 ¾-length victory in a strong 3-year-old allowance race on Thursday at Gulfstream Park. The emphatic win stamped the lightly-raced colt as a serious contender for the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade 1) at Churchill Downs on May 2.

The gray son of Unbridled’s Song, a $3.7 million purchase as a yearling in Keeneland’s 2007 September Sale, overcame a wide journey around the first turn in the 1 1/8-mile contest, grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear to turn back runner-up Warrior’s Reward and eight other 3-year-olds. Sincero, a 48-1 longshot, finished third and More Than Willing was fourth.

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