Wednesday, February 18 2009
Final Public Appearance by Calder Mascot this Saturday
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2009) – One of Calder Race Course’s miniature horse mascots, Lightning, will make her third annual appearance at the “Purina Walk for the Animals” on Saturday, February 21 from 9 a.m. to noon in downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park. The event is a significant fundraiser for the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Lighting’s presence always attracts a lot of attention to the event and helps encourage donations for the Humane Society.
Entertainment starts at 9 a.m. and includes a kids’ corner with interactive games, K-9 demonstrations, Paw Art, face painting and businesses promoting animal products and welfare. The Humane Society also offers reduced rate micro-chipping onsite. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman serves as Grand Marshall with University of Miami President Donna Shalala serving as the “Leader of the Pack.”
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Tuesday, February 17 2009
HASKELL TOPS 2009 MONMOUTH PARK STAKES WORTH $4.7 MILLION
OCEANPORT, N.J. – With the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2, leading the way, Monmouth Park will offer $4.7 million in stakes purses this year. Bolstered by an agreement signed with horsemen in 2008, Monmouth Park will see a $500,000 increase in stakes purses, or roughly 12%.
“This year’s stakes schedule should once again ensure that Monmouth Park continues to bring the best horses from across the country to the Jersey Shore,” said Bob Kulina, vice president and general manager of Monmouth Park. “We bucked the national trend in seeing an increase in overall handle last year at Monmouth and the stakes schedule we’re putting forth this year will hopefully allow us to continue that momentum.”
GEORGIE BOY LOOKS LIKE STANDOUT SATURDAY IN SAN CARLOS HANDICAP
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2009) – Having demonstrated in the Jan. 24 Sunshine Millions Sprint that he has returned to top form following a back injury that knocked him off the 2008 Triple Crown trail, California-bred Georgie Boy likely will be a heavy favorite Saturday in Santa Anita’s 71st running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap at seven furlongs.
As the 5-2 second choice in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions event, Georgie Boy closed strongly to win by 2 ½ lengths while displaying the talent that had taken him to successive victories in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity, Grade II San Vicente Stakes and the Grade II San Felipe Stakes before being stymied by the back ailment in March.
FILLY EVITA ARGENTINA TOPPLES BOYS IN SAN VICENTE
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Don't cry for this lady.
Evita Argentina became the first filly in 62 years to win the Gr. II, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes, beating the boys by one length Monday at Santa Anita.
Sent off as the 2-1 wagering favorite in the field of 10, Evita Argentina and jockey Garrett Gomez came flying down the middle of the track to hold off Leedstheway.
WOOLF WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED THURSDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2009)—Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will announce the winner of the 2009 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award live on HRTV, this Thursday at approximately 2:05 p.m. Stevens, now retired, works as a full-time analyst on HRTV and was himself a Woolf winner in 1996.
Jockeys from across North America once again voted in this year’s balloting, choosing from a group of five finalists; Gary Baze, Calvin Borel, Javier Castellano, David Flores and John Velazquez.
ALVARADO ENJOYS BIG PRESIDENTS’ DAY, WINS FOUR RACES
ALBANY -- Presidents' Day proved to be a very enjoyable holiday for jockey Frank Alvarado, who rode four winners at Golden Gate Fields Monday.
Alvarado capitalized on live mounts throughout the card to record his four-bagger. He captured the second race with Officer Allie ($5.00), the fifth with Polish Charmer ($5.20), the seventh with Catalina Fog ($5.00), and the eighth with Sevengoldnmissiles ($3.20). All four horses were favored in the wagering.
Commercial Bank of Dubai sponsors racemeeting this Thursday
The 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival is well underway and this weekend Nad Al Sheba will host another two exciting editions on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday will see the seventh DIRC meeting kindly sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai.
Frank Gabriel Jr, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Racing Club said: “We’re passed the half-way mark of the Dubai International Racing Carnival and have seen some top class racing action.
Monday, February 16 2009
TRUE QUALITY LEADS THROUGHOUT IN GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP
LAUREL, MD. 02-16-09---Paraneck Stable’s True Quality led from start to finish and beat odds-on favorite Fabulous Strike and four others to win the $150,000 General George Handicap (GII) at Laurel Park.
True Quality, under C. C. Lopez, crossed the finish line in 1:22.31 for the seven furlong distance over the fast main track. The son of Elusive Quality beat Fabulous Strike by a length and a half. Laurel Park-based speedster Malibu Kid finished third.
The winner, who is trained by John P. Campo, Jr. at Aqueduct, paid $9.80. The exacta returned $21.60 and the triple paid $88.
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STABLE NOTES, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2009
MUTADDA INVADES FOR SATURDAY’S SAN CARLOS HANDICAP
Citing limited opportunities elsewhere and a penchant for seven furlongs, Tom Amoss is bringing Mutadda to Santa Anita for Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Handicap.
“This looked like a good spot,” Amoss said by phone Monday morning from the Ocala Breeders’ Sales in Florida. “There wasn’t too much around and seven-eighths is his best distance.” Mutadda has two wins and a third in four starts at seven furlongs. He registered his first stakes victory in the restricted Gaudin Memorial at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 10. He has a 4-3-1 record from 15 career starts, with earnings of $171,959.
GOLD AND ROSES SEEKS REPEAT IN HOLLIE HUGHES TO END SKID
Since winning the Hollie Hughes here last year, Harry C. Gregory’s Gold and Roses has lost nine straight races. He has even had a new trainer since that last victory, but the results have been the same.
Still, trainer Richard Schosberg remains optimistic that the 7-year-old Gold Token gelding will put in a credible effort Thursday in the 31st running of the $65,000-added Hollie Hughes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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Gozzip Girl Rallies to Coconut Grove Victory
Farnsworth Farm’s 3-year-old filly Gozzip Girl made a huge run around horses nearing the stretch of Sunday’s $125,000 Coconut Grove Stakes at Gulfstream Park and went on to score by 2¼ lengths over Chester Bishop’s Oilgonewile, who set all the pace in the 1 1/16 miles turf test until overtaken by the winner.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux was aboard Gozzip Girl for trainer Tom Albertrani as the daughter of Dynaformer made only the fourth start of a promising career, posting a mild upset at 10-1 after being timed in 1:40:80 over the ‘firm’ course. Albertrani had sent out Padua Stable’s 3-year-old colt Duke of Homberg, a son of Dynaformer, to win the Hallandale Beach Stakes Saturday in the companion event to the Coconut Grove.
LIFE IS SWEET DEFIES RACE CONDITIONS TO EXCEL IN GRADE II LA CANADA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2009) – A stunning winner of the Grade II El Encino Stakes in her first exposure to Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface, Life Is Sweet added a dramatic victory in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies while expanding upon a sudden rise to superiority.
What made this victory so impressive was her ability to rally so strongly from last after second-choice Bsharpsonata had set an extremely slow pace, a condition that generally is not suitable for come-from-behind runners.