Friday, January 25 2013
GULFSTREAM TODAY - 1.24.13
The Lead: While undefeated champion Shanghai Bobby and promising stablemate Verrazano schooled during the second race Thursday afternoon at Gulfstream Park, another Pletcher-trained colt was winning his race debut.
Thursday, January 24 2013
LIGHTING CITY STAKES DRAWS HIGH-QUALITY FIELD
OLDSMAR, FL. – Madame Giry, a winner of five races in a row before a narrow defeat last month at Gulfstream, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $75,000 Lightning City Stakes for older fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf.
The Lightning City Stakes is the showcase of a full weekend of Thoroughbred action at Tampa Bay Downs that kicks off with a 10-race card Friday beginning at 12:38 p.m. The Lightning City will be contested as the 10th race on Saturday’s 11-race card.
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• PERCENTAGES IN ESPINOZA’S FAVOR FOR SANTA MONICA
• BEHOLDER ON COURSE FOR LAS VIRGENES DESPITE ULCER
• STEVENS IN GOOD HANDS WITH BRANDING FOR SANTA YSABEL
• UNBEATEN FILLY ISMENE RETURNS FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA
• NO BLANKS FOR BLANC AFTER STAKES WIN ON A JEALOUS WOMAN
FULL FIELD EXPECTED FOR SATURDAY’S NELLIE MORSE STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 01-24-13---Country Life Farm’s Moon Philly is the morning line favorite to win Saturday’s feature at Laurel Park, the $125,000 Nellie Morse Stakes for fillies and mares. The 1-1/16th mile test drew 12 runners. Ten can face the starter.
Trained by Mike Trombetta, Moon Philly (9-5) drew the rail. The Malibu Moon filly had a troubled trip in the Cat Cay Stakes at Aqueduct on January 6, her most recent start. After stumbling at the gate under Jeremy Rose, Moon Philly had to jump a fallen horse in the stretch but still managed to take second. Moon Philly was a model of consistency last year with eight first or second place finishes in 11 starts. Rose keeps the mount on Saturday.
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Caroline Thomas Ready for Next Step in Sweetest Chant
Joyce Young’s 3-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Caroline Thomas, a regally-bred daughter of Giant’s Causeway out of the Grade 1 winner Bit of Whimsy, will try to earn some black type of her own when making her stakes debut in Sunday’s $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park
Gulfstream Park News & Notes
Dewey Set to ‘Square’ Up Against Shanghai Bobby in Holy Bull
Tulira Castle On Track for Holy Bull
Rosario Gets Mount on Animal Kingdom
Champion Groupie Doll to be Turned Out for Three Months
LIVE RACING AT AQUEDUCT CANCELED THURSDAY, SIMULCASTING AVAILABLE
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday, January 24, due to extreme cold.
Aqueduct and the Belmont Café will remain open for simulcasting, and Telebet and Internet wagering will be available through NYRA Rewards.
Live racing at Aqueduct is scheduled to resume Friday, January 25.
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GRADE II SANTA MONICA & GRADE III SANTA YSABEL HEAD SUNSHINE MILLIONS CARD
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2013)—Grade I winner Teddy’s Promise heads a nine-horse field in Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs, one of six stakes offered on Sunshine Millions Day as part of a 10-race program.
Shanghai Bobby Returns to Spotlight in Holy Bull
BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Shanghai Bobby is set to run at Gulfstream Park Saturday wearing the figurative crown of a champion. Honored as the country’s outstanding 2-year-old of 2012 at last weekend’s Eclipse Awards ceremony, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt will begin a quest for a more elusive crown in the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3), a major prep on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and, ultimately, the Triple Crown.
EARLY NOMINATIONS TO 2013 TRIPLE CROWN SERIES DUE SATURDAY, JAN. 26
LOUISVILLE, KY. (Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013) – Owners and trainers of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds who dream that their young horses will participate in the 2013 Triple Crown races have only a few days remaining to make their horses eligible during its early nomination period to compete in the coveted series of American classics that includes the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), the $1 million Preakness (GI) and the $1 million Belmont Stakes (GI).
Tuesday, January 22 2013
SANTA YNEZ STAKES QUOTES
TYLER BAZE, RENEE’S TITAN, WINNER: (In response to Dennis O’Neill’s comment that Renee’s Titan is “crazy”): “She’s got a few problems in her head, but she can really run when she holds it all together and she proved that today.
SAN PEDRO STAKES QUOTES
EDWIN MALDONADO, DISTINCTIV PASSION, WINNER: “It’s not always easy getting him to relax. Now that he is starting to relax I don’t think stretching out to seven (furlongs) should be any problem. He has gone 1:08 (final time today was 1:08.50) in his last two races so we know he has speed.”
(In response to where he might be pointed next. He is SA Derby-nominated): “I’m not sure. That is up to Jeff (Bonde and connections) to figure out.”