Thursday, January 08 2009
ECLIPSE AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) today announced the finalists for the 2008 Eclipse Awards, as voted on and presented by the three organizations, in recognition of excellence in Thoroughbred racing. Winners in all categories will be announced at the 38th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday evening, January 26, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.
The Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are:
Delaware Park Names Pat Pope as Racing Secretary
Wilmington, Del., January 8, 2009 — Delaware Park (http://www.delawarepark.com
) today named horse racing industry veteran Pat Pope as racing secretary for the track’s upcoming 72nd meet. He will assume his duties at Delaware Park in April after the meet ends at Oaklawn Park, where Pope also serves as racing secretary.
Pope brings more than 29 years of horse racing industry experience to Delaware Park. The resident of Bossier City, Louisiana, has served as racing secretary at Louisiana Downs and Prairie Meadows. He has been the racing secretary at Oaklawn Park since 1994.
STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7TH, 2009
ANOTHER ‘RACKET’ FOR ABRAMS IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL HANDICAP
In less than two weeks, Racketeer moves from a restricted downhill stakes race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf to a mile and one-sixteenth Grade II stakes on Pro-Ride in Saturday’s $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap.
That is not uncharacteristic of Barry Abrams’ training strategy. “He’s a good horse and he fits in the race,” Abrams said in explaining the move for Racketeer, who last raced on Dec. 29. “He was one of the favorites (7-2) in the San Pasqual last year. He’s improving and this is the place to run.”
DEVOTED MAGIC’S UPSET LEADS TO $102,376 PICK SIX CARRYOVER
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2009) – In his first start since being claimed by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Devoted Magic ran away from his competition Wednesday in Santa Anita’s $50,000 allowance feature for California-breds, winning by 6 ¾ lengths and traversing 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.60.
The 5-1 upsetter helped generate a Pick Six carryover of $102,376 into Thursday’s eight-race program that commences at 1 p.m. Santa Anita has experienced four Pick Six carryovers in 10 racing days this season.
WELL ARMED RETURNS IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL, HEADS FIELD OF 12
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2009) – WinStar Farm millionaire Well Armed, beaten favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, returns to action in Saturday’s 72nd running of Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap with a field of 12 set for the mile-and-one-sixteenth event that often serves as a stepping-stone to the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.
After running second to Zappa in last year’s San Pasqual, Well Armed became a major force among older horses. He won Santa Anita’s Grade II San Antonio Handicap, traveled to Dubai to finish third behind Curlin in the $6 million Dubai World Cup, took the Grade II Del Mar Handicap, lost by a neck to Go Between in Del Mar’s Grade I Pacific Classic and captured Oak Tree’s Grade I Goodwood Stakes.
Macho Again on Target for Sunshine Millions Classic
Most of the leading contenders for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic to be run at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24 are already stabled in South Florida for the winter season, but a few will be flying in for the rich 1 1/8 miles test, including West Point Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old Macho Again from Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
“He’s doing fine, just needs a couple more works and we’ll be there,” said trainer Dallas Stewart Wednesday morning. A roan/gray Florida-bred colt by Macho Uno, Macho Again was a major player in the 3-year-old division last year as runner-up to Big Brown in the Preakness (G1) at Pimlico and winner of the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga.
Silver Tree Launches 2009 Campaign in Fort Lauderdale Saturday
Peter Vegso’s Florida homebred Silver Tree has posted career earnings of more than $1.75 million for trainer Bill Mott, and the durable chestnut horse by Hennessy will begin another season at age 9 Saturday as one of the favorites in a full field of 12 older horses drawn for the $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Robby Albarado is named to ride Silver Tree in the 1 1/16 miles turf test over a course where he has posted a career record of 8-4-2-1, including a memorable runner-up effort behind Miesque’s Approval in the 2006 edition of the Sunshine Millions Turf with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey riding the last race of his career, prior to an exhibition at Santa Anita last fall.
AFTER TRAGEDY, OUR KHRYSTY KEEPS SPIRIT ALIVE
At just under five feet tall and weighing about 110 pounds, Khrystina Bixa was small. She was also tough, and determined to make life better for herself and her two young children
Long hours of rubbing horses had given Khrystina a chance to think about the direction in which she was heading and she decided she would make things right. She even talked of buying a house.
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GARCIA BROTHERS HELP CARLOS GARCIA TAKE TWO ON WEDNESDAY CARD
LAUREL, MD. 01-07-09---Brothers Luis and Geovany Garcia helped trainer Carlos Garcia (no relation) win two races on Wednesday’s nine-race card at Laurel Park.
In the seventh race, 24-year-old Luis, guided Clara’s Song ($12.80) to a driving victory in a $32,000 allowance test. One race later, 20-year-old Geovany was aboard Sharp Lioness ($5.20) for an exciting maiden breaking score.
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Golden Gate vs. Portland Meadows Jockey Challenge
The 1st Annual Golden Gate vs. Portland Meadows Jockey challenge brought you by XpressBet was a rousing success with Team Portland Meadows taking home the team title. Debbie Hoonan-Trujillo led the charge for Portland Meadows with a win aboard Mystacallie in the 2nd leg of the Challenge Series. Hoonan-Trujillo also had a pair of second place finishes to take the individual title and an additional $2,500. Javier Matias finished second in the individual point standings and picked up $1,500, and David Lopez was third and received a $1,000 bonus. The final point totals for the XpressBet Jockey Challenge was 65 for Team Portland Meadows and 78 for Team Golden Gate.
The objective was to have the lowest point total. For their win, Team Portland Meadows consisting of Hoonan-Trujillo, Matias, Lopez, and Mark Anderson will split up $10,000. For finishing second, Team Golden Gate which featured Russell Baze, Kyle Kaenel, Francisco Duran, and Leslie Mawing, was awarded $5,000.
STREAKING FILLY ULTRA BLEND WILL MAKE STAKES DEBUT
ALBANY -- Ultra Blend, a 3-year-old filly who has won three straight races, will make her stakes debut Saturday at Golden Gate Fields in the $75,000 Tiburon Stakes.
Six 3-year-old fillies will match strides over six furlongs in the Tiburon, which is carded as the third race on a nine-race program. Post time for the first race Saturday is 12:45 p.m.
Alo Pura to win as Jebel Ali rearranges fixture
There is racing at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon with the course having rescheduled the meeting called off last week after the sad death of His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmad Al Mualla, the ruler of Umm Al Quwain.
The Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum again sponsor the feature race with the name of Kingwood House Stables attached to the main 1600m handicap.