Monday, January 26 2009
Barn notes 1-25 GP
Pick Six on Target for Gulfstream Park Turf
A strong workout on the grass course Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park solidified plans for Phipps Stables’ Pick Six as a contender for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) next Sunday.
Trainer Shug McGaughey was on the lookout for a solid performance in the half-mile breeze as he seeks an improvement on a ninth-place finish in the Fort Lauderdale Stakes here on Jan. 10 by the 5-year-old homebred son of Dynaformer.
FEATURE RACE WIN COMPLETES RIDING TRIPLE FOR ALVARADO
ALBANY -- A victory aboard Reality Now in the $33,000 allowance feature completed a riding hat trick for jockey Frank Alvarado at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Alvarado won the fourth race with Pisa Playboy ($12.80) and the sixth with Bunny At the Lake ($8.80) before squeaking out a victory in the eighth with Reality Now ($4.40).
Sunday, January 25 2009
Aqmaar claims feature at Abu Dhabi
Richard Hills may only have had three rides on Sunday evening’s Abu Dhabi card, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, but he won on two of them, including Aqmaar in the featured 1400m handicap.
The only race for Thoroughbreds, it produced the best finish of the night with Hill’s mount prevailing in a driving finish from Ans Bach, winner of the 2007 HH The President’s Cup over course and distance.
Saturday’s are becoming the busiest morning of the week on the Nad Al Sheba gallops and a host of horses from various countries were out stretching their legs.
The Japanese pair of Earth Living and Black Emblem were among these and took a leisurely stroll around the dirt track, while Australia’s Dubai International Racing Carnival’s representatives were others spotted for the first time.
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All Smiles Springs Upset In Nellie Morse Stakes
LAUREL, MD. 1-24-09---Cynthia McGinnes’ All Smiles ran down 2-5 favorite Fascinatin’ Rhythm to capture the $50,000 Nellie Morse Stakes, today’s feature race at Laurel Park. The Nellie Morse Stakes was the first leg of the Magna 5, a $1 national pick 5 wager conducted at Magna Entertainment racetracks from coast-to-coast.
Sent to post at 19-1, the longest price in the field of seven, All Smiles carried jockey Dale Beckner for trainer Fran Campitelli. The daughter of Awesome Again settled comfortably into fifth place in the one turn, one mile event, while tracking odds-on favorite Fascinatin’ Rhythm into the stretch. She moved outside of the favorite, fought her tooth and nail the rest of the way and won by a neck. Irvs Pick finished third.
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Handle, Crowd Up At Gulfstream Park’s Sunshine Millions
On-track handle at Gulfstream Park on Sunshine Millions Day reached $1,449,863.50, an increase from the $1,319,197.80 handle recorded Sunshine Millions Day, 2008.
All-sources handle was also up significantly from 2008 figures, coming in at $13,602,677.28 this year as opposed to $12,368,226.13 last year.
Hill ‘n’ Dale Filly & Mare Sprint
Estate of Harry Aleo’s 4-year-old Florida-bred filly High Resolve broke on top from the rail in the $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint Saturday at Gulfstream Park, and went on to a wire-to-wire to score by 2¼ lengths under Robby Albarado as Northern California-based trainer Greg Gilchrist went two-for-two for the afternoon.
Gilchrist had sent out 5-year-old Florida-bred mare Wild Promises to capture the $500,000 Filly & Mare Turf in the previous race with jockey Aaron Gryder in the saddle on the rich card of stakes for horses bred in Florida or California. A roan/gray daughter of Put It Back, High Resolve was winning for the seventh time in 10 career starts, but paid a generous $13.40 to win.
It’s Bird Posts Mild Upset in OBS Sunshine Millions Classic
Edmund Gann’s 6-year-old Florida-bred It’s a Bird raced close-up behind the pace set by Rolbea Thoroughbreds’ Finallymadeit in the early going of Saturday’s $1 million OBS Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park, took command in the upper stretch, and never was threatened while drawing out to win by 5¼ lengths over Carol Nyren’s Dry Martini.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, It’s a Bird had lost three in a row going into the race for trainer Marty Wolfson and paid $24 to win while timed in 1:49:35 for the 1 1/8 miles on a fast track. Hobeau Farm’s 5-year-old gelding Delightful Kiss was the 2-1 favorite in the field of 12, breaking from the far outside, and rallied late in the stretch to gain third under jockey Calvin Borel, only a nose behind the runner-up.
Wild Promises Wins Sixth Straight in Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf
Making her second trip from Northern California to South Florida this winter, Estate of Harry Aleo’s 5-year-old Florida-bred mare Wild Promises captured the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Saturday at Gulfstream Park with jockey Aaron Gryder along for the ride, posting her sixth consecutive stakes victory for trainer Greg Gilchrist.
Gryder had Wild Promises rating comfortably in third down the backstretch of the 1 1/8 miles turf test and she took command easily when asked in the upper stretch before drawing out to win by 1¾ lengths over Gold Mark Farm’s Elusive Lady in the field of eight fillies and mares. Live Oak Plantation’s Snow Cone rallied for third, 1¼ lengths behind the runner-up.
“Phil’ Rallies to Upset Score in Sunshine Millions Dash
Paul Pompa Jr’s 3-year-old Florida homebred This Ones for Phil collared the leaders at the top of the stretch in Saturday’s $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream Park, and drew clear to win by 2¼ lengths over Kramer Stables’ 6-5 favorite You Luckie Mann in the six-furlong test.
With Edgar Prado aboard, This One for Phil was making his first start since Nov, 8 at Calder and first since being purchased privately and placed with trainer Rick Dutrow. The chestnut gelding by Untuttable was twice stakes-placed last year for trainer Kathleen O’Connell. He paid $25.40 to win and was timed the six furlongs on a fast track in 1:09:10 to give Prado his third winner of the afternoon.
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Beethoven and Borel Team for Holy Bull Breeze
With a busy afternoon ahead of him, jockey Calvin Borel got his Sunshine Millions day started early with a breeze aboard John Oxley’s 3-year-old colt Beethoven at Gulfstream Park with a return planned for next week to ride the colt in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3).
Trainer John Ward indicated he was happy with the son of Sky Mesa’s 1:01 3/5 drill and declared him ready for his 2009 debut.
SUNSHINE MILLIONS DOMINATED BY FLORIDA-BREDS
By BETH HARRIS - AP Racing Writer
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ It's a Bird rallied from the off the pace to win Saturday's $1 million Classic at Gulfstream Park, helping Florida-bred horses easily defeat their California counterparts for the seventh straight time in the bi-coastal Sunshine Millions program.
The eight races worth $3.6 million came off under drastically different conditions.