Monday, January 26 2009
JOHNNY EVES WIRES PALOS VERDES FIELD; FOXYSOX TAKES TUZLA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2009) – Johnny Eves, winner of a single stakes race in nine attempts since taking Santa Anita’s Grade I Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, 2007, rediscovered his winning groove Sunday with a dominant wire-to-wire triumph in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at six furlongs.
Also a winner of but one stakes race in her last nine starts, Foxysox edged favored Gotta Have Her by one-half length in a driving finish to capture a companion feature, the Grade III, $100,000 Tuzla Handicap for fillies and mares at one-mile on turf.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2009
VENTURA WORKS FOR SANTA MONICA; BAFFERT UNDECIDED ON INDIAN BLESSING
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Ventura, prepping for her 2009 debut in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Monica Handicap at seven furlongs, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride Sunday in 1:00.20 under Goncalino Almeida.
“She went very well,” said Humberto Ascanio, assistant to Bobby Frankel. “We’re looking forward to her first race back.”
Hutcheson, Forward Gal advance
‘Break Water’ & Hello Broadway Clash in Hutcheson
Gulfstream Park will offer six graded-stakes races next weekend, beginning Friday with renewals of the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) and $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2), companion events for 3-year-olds, the latter for fillies.
Also on the weekend slate are Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Donn Handicap and the Grade 3, $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes, both at nine furlongs, the Holy Bull exclusively for 3-year-olds, and, on Sunday, the Grade 1, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf and the Grade 3, $125,000 Suwannee River, both turf events for older horses, the Suwannee River exclusively for fillies and mares.
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Pick Six on Target for Gulfstream Park Turf
A strong workout on the grass course Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park solidified plans for Phipps Stables’ Pick Six as a contender for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) next Sunday.
Trainer Shug McGaughey was on the lookout for a solid performance in the half-mile breeze as he seeks an improvement on a ninth-place finish in the Fort Lauderdale Stakes here on Jan. 10 by the 5-year-old homebred son of Dynaformer.
FEATURE RACE WIN COMPLETES RIDING TRIPLE FOR ALVARADO
ALBANY -- A victory aboard Reality Now in the $33,000 allowance feature completed a riding hat trick for jockey Frank Alvarado at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Alvarado won the fourth race with Pisa Playboy ($12.80) and the sixth with Bunny At the Lake ($8.80) before squeaking out a victory in the eighth with Reality Now ($4.40).
Sunday, January 25 2009
Aqmaar claims feature at Abu Dhabi
Richard Hills may only have had three rides on Sunday evening’s Abu Dhabi card, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, but he won on two of them, including Aqmaar in the featured 1400m handicap.
The only race for Thoroughbreds, it produced the best finish of the night with Hill’s mount prevailing in a driving finish from Ans Bach, winner of the 2007 HH The President’s Cup over course and distance.
Saturday’s are becoming the busiest morning of the week on the Nad Al Sheba gallops and a host of horses from various countries were out stretching their legs.
The Japanese pair of Earth Living and Black Emblem were among these and took a leisurely stroll around the dirt track, while Australia’s Dubai International Racing Carnival’s representatives were others spotted for the first time.
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All Smiles Springs Upset In Nellie Morse Stakes
LAUREL, MD. 1-24-09---Cynthia McGinnes’ All Smiles ran down 2-5 favorite Fascinatin’ Rhythm to capture the $50,000 Nellie Morse Stakes, today’s feature race at Laurel Park. The Nellie Morse Stakes was the first leg of the Magna 5, a $1 national pick 5 wager conducted at Magna Entertainment racetracks from coast-to-coast.
Sent to post at 19-1, the longest price in the field of seven, All Smiles carried jockey Dale Beckner for trainer Fran Campitelli. The daughter of Awesome Again settled comfortably into fifth place in the one turn, one mile event, while tracking odds-on favorite Fascinatin’ Rhythm into the stretch. She moved outside of the favorite, fought her tooth and nail the rest of the way and won by a neck. Irvs Pick finished third.
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Handle, Crowd Up At Gulfstream Park’s Sunshine Millions
On-track handle at Gulfstream Park on Sunshine Millions Day reached $1,449,863.50, an increase from the $1,319,197.80 handle recorded Sunshine Millions Day, 2008.
All-sources handle was also up significantly from 2008 figures, coming in at $13,602,677.28 this year as opposed to $12,368,226.13 last year.
Hill ‘n’ Dale Filly & Mare Sprint
Estate of Harry Aleo’s 4-year-old Florida-bred filly High Resolve broke on top from the rail in the $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint Saturday at Gulfstream Park, and went on to a wire-to-wire to score by 2¼ lengths under Robby Albarado as Northern California-based trainer Greg Gilchrist went two-for-two for the afternoon.
Gilchrist had sent out 5-year-old Florida-bred mare Wild Promises to capture the $500,000 Filly & Mare Turf in the previous race with jockey Aaron Gryder in the saddle on the rich card of stakes for horses bred in Florida or California. A roan/gray daughter of Put It Back, High Resolve was winning for the seventh time in 10 career starts, but paid a generous $13.40 to win.
It’s Bird Posts Mild Upset in OBS Sunshine Millions Classic
Edmund Gann’s 6-year-old Florida-bred It’s a Bird raced close-up behind the pace set by Rolbea Thoroughbreds’ Finallymadeit in the early going of Saturday’s $1 million OBS Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park, took command in the upper stretch, and never was threatened while drawing out to win by 5¼ lengths over Carol Nyren’s Dry Martini.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, It’s a Bird had lost three in a row going into the race for trainer Marty Wolfson and paid $24 to win while timed in 1:49:35 for the 1 1/8 miles on a fast track. Hobeau Farm’s 5-year-old gelding Delightful Kiss was the 2-1 favorite in the field of 12, breaking from the far outside, and rallied late in the stretch to gain third under jockey Calvin Borel, only a nose behind the runner-up.
Wild Promises Wins Sixth Straight in Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf
Making her second trip from Northern California to South Florida this winter, Estate of Harry Aleo’s 5-year-old Florida-bred mare Wild Promises captured the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Saturday at Gulfstream Park with jockey Aaron Gryder along for the ride, posting her sixth consecutive stakes victory for trainer Greg Gilchrist.
Gryder had Wild Promises rating comfortably in third down the backstretch of the 1 1/8 miles turf test and she took command easily when asked in the upper stretch before drawing out to win by 1¾ lengths over Gold Mark Farm’s Elusive Lady in the field of eight fillies and mares. Live Oak Plantation’s Snow Cone rallied for third, 1¼ lengths behind the runner-up.