Wednesday, December 10 2008
GARY CAPUANO BARN WHITE HOT AS WEATHER TURNS COLD
LAUREL, MD. 12-10-08---On November 14, trainer Gary Capuano celebrated his 45th birthday with a two-win afternoon at Laurel Park igniting a streak not seen in Maryland since his older brother Dale saddled seven consecutive winners at the central Maryland track in March 2003.
When the younger Capuano reached the winners’ circle with Musician’s Pride ($3.80) in today’s third race it was the fifth consecutive victory for the barn. Though Capuano failed to win with either Quiet Trip (seventh) or Rock On Justin (eighth), he has won nine of his last 12 starts at his home track. The winning ways have helped Capuano pass his brother and move into a fifth place tie in the trainer standings during the current fall meeting.
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DELTA STORM CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS FOR HOUSE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2008) — Favorite Delta Storm, a $40,000 claim in May at Churchill Downs, won for the third time in seven starts for owner Michael House, posting a one-length triumph under jockey Aaron Gryder in Wednesday’s $48,000 allowance/claiming feature at Hollywood Park.
Third in the Grade III Hollywood Turf Express one start earlier, Delta Storm stalked pacesetter Hewitts before taking command in mid-stretch while covering six furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:08.12. He was the lone horse entered for the $100,000 claiming tag, but there were no takers.
PAMONA BALL SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY IN HOLLYWOOD STARLET
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2008) — Darley Stable’s Pamona Ball will take a big step up in class as she aims for her third consecutive victory and her first graded stakes win in Saturday’s $429,500 Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park.
Pamona Ball, trained by Eoin Harty, followed up a maiden win in October by rallying to score a one-length victory over Toro Bonito in the Sharp Cat Stakes here in November. Both were run at the Starlet distance of 1 1/16 miles.
HP Stable Notes: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008
"PAMONA BALL ARRIVES FOR $421,500 HOLLYWOOD STARLET
Pamona Ball, winner of the Sharp Cat Stakes here in her last start Nov. 1, jogged Wednesday at Hollywood Park for Saturday’s $421,500, Grade I Hollywood Starlet after being shipped across town Tuesday from Santa Anita by trainer Eoin Harty. She was scheduled to school in the paddock this afternoon, according to assistant Brian Ange.
Pamona Ball relegated two Bob Baffert-trained starters to runner-up status in the Sharp Cat, and Harty hopes for similar results when Pamona Ball lines up against two starters for his former boss in addition to four other formidable foes in the Starlet.
2009 Hawthorne Stakes Schedule
Stickney, IL--The Illinois Racing Board has released the 2009 stakes schedule. The staple of the spring meet, the Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby will run on April 4. The last seven winners of the Illinois Derby have run in the Kentucky Derby, starting with War Emblem, who won both events in 2002.
The Sixty Sails Handicap, a Grade 3 stake for fillies and mares will be contested on April 18, and Illinois Champions Day, complete with six $100,000 stakes races, will be held on April 25.
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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE FEATURES FREE $50,000 HANDICAPPING CHALLENGE ON DECEMBER 13 AND 14
Stickney, Ill.—This weekend Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 S. Laramie, will host a $50,000 Handicapping Challenge, an unprecedented opportunity for players to win a $25,000 grand prize without paying an entry fee. The free contest, which has never been offered at the race course before, will take place on December 13 and 14 during live racing which begins at 1:35PM each day.
The $50,000 Handicapping Challenge is a “real money” event wherein players wager their own dollars, keep their own earnings, and win bonus cash and prizes simply for playing the ponies. The contest simply rewards the players who earn the most money with their starting bankroll—$250 on Saturday and $250 on Sunday.
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LONGTIME RACING OFFICIAL CHARLIE PALMER PASSES
Charlie Palmer, who spent more than 60 years working in the California horse racing industry, died of an aneurism at his home in Railroad Flats (Calaveras County) last Sunday. Palmer was 80.
Palmer began his career parking cars and cleaning stalls at Bay Area racetracks. He moved up through the ranks on the Northern California fair circuit to assistant operations manager, stable superintendent, patrol judge and racing secretary.
TAMPA BAY DOWNS OPENING DAY STAKE GARNERS 49 NOMINATIONS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 9, 2008) The $65,000 Lightning City Stakes, a five furlong turf test for fillies and mares which headlines Opening Day of the 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs racing meet, has drawn nominations from 49 fillies and mares. Among the nominees is Mike Hennig’s trainee Jazzy (ARG), a graded stakes winner who has earned $245,261 for owners Team Valor International, Robert Muir and Des Scott. While Jazzy has never attempted the five-eighths of a mile turf condition, the mare has achieved a stakes win and a second-place finish on the lawn at 5 1/5 furlongs.
TURF PUBLICISTS OF AMERICA ELECTS NEW SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2009
TUCSON, AZ.-- The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) has elected a new president, four regional vice presidents, and a secretary-treasurer to serve the organization in 2009, it was announced today at the TPA’s Mark Kaufman Workshop at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
President John Engelhardt of River Downs, Vice President-Eastern Mike Kane of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Vice President-Central Dan Leary of Lone Star Park, and Vice President At Large Wendy Davis of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program are all newly elected. They will join Vice President-Western Julie Sarno, a consultant, and Secretary-Treasurer Dave Zenner of Arlington Park, both of whom were re-elected to their posts, as the organization's officers for the coming year.
Stable-Area Population Continues to Grow at Gulfstream, Palm Meadows
With vans continuing to roll in on a regular basis since Thanksgiving, it will only be a matter of days before the barn areas in both Palm Meadows and Gulfstream Park are operating at near-full capacity.
World-class racing returns to South Florida Jan. 3 when Gulfstream opens its 70th anniversary meet, with racing on a Wednesday-through-Sunday basis.
HANDICAPPING CONTESTS AT GGF THIS WEEK
ALBANY -- A busy week at Golden Gate Fields will feature three handicapping contests, the $75,000 Corte Madera Stakes and a snow party for kids.
Thoroughbred racing will be conducted Wednesday through Sunday and post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.
Golden Gate Fields will host single-day handicapping contests Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The winner of each day's contest will earn an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas for the 2009 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Contest.
Extra race on Shadwell-sponsored card
Thursday’s Nad Al Sheba meeting, kindly sponsored by Shadwell Farm, the American arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s breeding empire, is a bumper seven race card featuring a 1400m handicap named after his 2007 Dubai World Cup winner Invasor.
Fernando Jara rode Invasor on that occasion and partners top weight Green Coast who is trained by Champion Trainer Doug Watson.
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