Thursday, January 15 2009


Because of an ominous forecast for bitter Arctic cold, compounded by strong winds, the New York Racing Association has decided to cancel its scheduled live race card at Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday, January 16.

Aqueduct will be open for simulcasting on Friday. There is no parking or admission charge, and gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Friday’s scheduled races will come back as extra races during the week.

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On Call Program of AAEP to Recieve Special Eclipse Award

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association today announced that the veterinary On Call media-assistance program of the American Association of Equine Practitioners has been honored with the 2008 Special Eclipse Award. The Special Eclipse Award, honors outstanding individual achievements in, or contributions to, the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

Representatives of the On Call program of the AAEP will be presented the Special Eclipse at the 38th annual Eclipse Awards on Monday, January 26 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.


Breeders’ Cup Win by Zenyatta Voted 2008 NTRA Moment of the Year

The victory by Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic—a win that culminated a perfect seven-for-seven 2008 campaign—has been voted the 2008 National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Moment of the Year. The connections of Zenyatta will be honored at the Eclipse Award ceremony Monday, January 26, in Miami with the "NTRA Moment of the Year" award. Balloting was conducted at the NTRA Web site,, and offered voters 12 different images illustrating a wide range of human emotions as well as outstanding displays of equine athleticism. The images and events that fans chose from were:


Yearlings Headline Thursday at Keeneland January Sale

Lexington, KY (January 15, 2009) – Yearlings dominated the Thursday session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, led by a Street Cry (IRE) filly who sold for $125,000.

Front Range Farm purchased the filly, who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Dash of Humor. She was consigned by Tom Evans’ Trackside Farm, agent.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2009) – Even though 8-5 second-choice Royal Taat took the afternoon’s featured Sierra Madre Purse, upsets marked Wednesday’s Pick Six races at Santa Anita, resulting in a carryover of $103,255 into Thursday’s program, the seventh carryover in 15 days of racing this season.

After finishing off-the-board in the Grade III Monrovia Handicap on New Year’s Day, New Zealand-bred Royal Taat resumed her winning ways by closing strongly to run off with the $57,800 Sierra Madre for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2009) – Preparations for this year’s Triple Crown begin in earnest on Saturday at Santa Anita with the Grade III, $100,000 San Rafael Stakes part of a graded stakes tripleheader that includes a pair of Grade II events, the $150,000 San Fernando for 4-year-olds and the $150,000 Santa Ynez for 3-year-old fillies.

Square Eddie, runner-up to Midshipman as the 7-2 favorite in October’s

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, likely will be an odds-on choice among eight 3-year-olds in the one-mile San Rafael, a race that has produced six Santa Anita Derby winners during the past 19 years.

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He had retired once before, but this time, September 28, 2008, the retirement stuck.

At 10 years old, with just under $3 million in career earnings, a nagging suspensory injury, and the love and respect of racing fans, Evening Attire was sent to Akindale Farm to enjoy a life of leisure.

That he operated at such a high level for so long was appreciated by all, particularly The New York Racing Association, which chose to re-name the Aqueduct Handicap in his honor.

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Maria’s Mon Colt Highlights Wednesday at Keeneland January Sale

Lexington, KY (January 14, 2009) – A yearling colt by Maria’s Mon brought $390,000 to top Wednesday’s session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Florida pinhooker Jimmy Gladwell signed the ticket in the name of his Ferguson Valley Ranch. He said the colt would be sent to his Kindergarten Farm near Williston, Florida, and be sold at auction later this year.

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Kelly’s Landing & Black Seventeen Clash in Mr. Prospector Saturday

The $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park came up particularly strong for Saturday’s renewal with Summerplace Farm’s 8-year-old gelding Kelly’s Landing coming out for another season and Wind River Stable’s 5-year-old Black Seventeen shipping in from California for the six-furlong dash.

The co-feature on Saturday’s 10-race program will be the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf and drew a wide-open field of 14 with Three Diamond Farm’s Smart Shot and Green Lantern Farm’s Koptar among the likely favorites.

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League to prove he’s champion at Jebel Ali

Jebel Ali stages a seven race card on Friday afternoon with the featured 1200m handicap again kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell organisation.

Thirteen have been declared for the AED100,000 dash with the weights headed by the Rashed Bouresly-trained League Champion who has run both his best races locally on this course.

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Wednesday, January 14 2009


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and The National Turf Writers Association today announced that Alice Headley Chandler, owner of Mill Ridge Farm and preeminent industry leader, will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.

Mrs. Chandler will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit on Monday, evening January 26 at the 38th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.


AQUEDUCT NOTES, Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Saturday afternoon will start three days of stakes action on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track.

The feature race on Saturday will be the 90th running of the Evening Attire for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth. Formerly the Aqueduct Handicap, the Evening Attire was renamed in honor of the popular New York-bred gelding who retired last September at the age of 10 because of a suspensory injury. Evening Attire started 69 times in his career, mainly at Aqueduct, and had a record of 15-16-9 with earnings of $2,977,130. His greatest victory came at Belmont Park, where he won the 2002 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

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