Friday, December 05 2008
HP Stable Notes: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008
WELD, SMULLEN ARRIVE FOR HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP
“He looks great, absolutely magnificent,” said trainer Dermot Weld from a stand overlooking the backstretch at Hollywood Park on Thursday morning after watching Winchester canter once around the turf course under jockey Patrick Smullen for Saturday’s $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup.
Weld and Smullen both arrived in California after a flight from Ireland on Wednesday night and saw the 3-year-old colt for the first time since the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Oct. 25. The colt was vanned across town the following week and has spent the past month here with assistant Thomas Daly.
TUTTA BELLA AMONG EIGHT ENTERED IN PACIFIC HEIGHTS
ALBANY -- Tutta Bella, who earlier this year captured the $150,000 Fran's Valentine Stakes at Hollywood Park, is among the eight California-bred fillies and mares entered in Saturday's $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Pacific Heights will be run at 1 1/16-miles on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface. Tutta Bella will break from post position two and be ridden by Julio Garcia.
Tutta Bella is a 5-year-old mare trained by John Sadler, the leading conditioner at the current Hollywood Park meeting. Tutta Bella has won four of her 15 career starts and sports $279,144 in earnings.
Double delight for Bin Shafya
Trainer Mubarak Bin Shafya has wasted little time making his mark on the UAE racing scene and, after his first winner with his second runner last week, he saddled a double at Nad Al Sheba’s fifth meeting of the season this evening.
On a card kindly sponsored by BBC World, Bin Shafya saw local apprentice Ahmad Ajtebi land the concluding 1200m handicap on Arminius, having earlier won the 1800m handicap with Emirates Line who made all under Jesus Rosales.
A delighted trainer explained: “It has been a great start to the season and the horses are running well.”
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Thursday, December 04 2008
Sir Barton Stakes score lands Tiller his 1,500th victory
TORONTO, December 3 - Dancer's Bajan, who is owned by 3 Sons Racing Stable, waltzed into the winner's circle after a thrilling renewal of Wednesday's $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes at Woodbine.
The four-year-old chestnut gelding outfinished Archers Alyancer and odds-on favorite Sand Cove to capture the Ontario-sired event by a half-length.
For the son of Trajectory, it was his eighth career victory. For trainer Bob Tiller, the 1 1/16-mile event was his 1,500th career tally.
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Santa Anita Stakes Schedule Set for New Season
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2008)—Santa Anita Park has announced its complete stakes schedule for the upcoming 2008/09 season, which will get underway on Dec. 26. This will be Santa Anita’s 72nd winter/spring meeting and a total of 75 stakes will be offered, beginning with Santa Anita’s traditional opening day feature, the Gr. I, $250,000 Malibu Stakes.
The Gr. I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, and the Gr. I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4 figure to once again serve as highlights in the upcoming season.
Horse of the Year Azeri Headlines Keeneland January Sale
Lexington, KY (December 3, 2008) – Azeri, 2002 Horse of the Year and three-time champion older mare, in foal to 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, highlights Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held January 12-17.
Azeri is one of only six fillies ever to win Horse of the Year honors, and the only female to earn three Eclipse Awards as champion older mare (2002, 2003 and 2004). During four seasons of racing, Azeri won 17 of 24 starts, including 14 graded stakes, and amassed earnings of $4,079,820. Among her 11 Grade 1 victories were wins in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Apple Blossom Handicap (three times), Vanity Handicap (twice), Milady Breeders’ Cup (twice), and Juddmonte Spinster Stakes.
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PORTO SANTO PERFECT ON HOLLYWOOD GREEN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2008) — Favorite Porto Santo, winner of the 2006 Bien Bien Stakes in his only previous start on the Hollywood Park turf course, caught pacesetter Black Astor in mid-stretch and inched away to score a one-length victory under jockey Victor Espinoza in Wednesday’s $50,000 allowance feature.
The 5-year-old French-bred covered 1 1/16 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:40.69 to score his fifth win in 22 starts, paying $6, $3.60 and $2.80. Black Astor returned $5 and $3.60, while the show payoff on Band of Thunder was $2.80.
POINT OF REFERENCE IS WINNER’S CIRCLE
ALBANY -- Point of Reference recorded her second straight win at Golden Gate Fields when she ran away to a three-length victory in Wednesday's $19,300 feature.
A Washington-bred daughter of Benchmark, Point of Reference captured the six-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies in 1:10.95. Merry Marino took second by a length over Starship Countess.
Dixie Hawks, the 6-to-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, stumbled at the start and never threatened while checking in last in the field of six.
Bouresly and Selvaratnam to double-up at Jebel Ali
Friday afternoon is the second meeting of the current season at Jebel Ali and Dhruba Selvaratnam, who trains on the track, looks to have high hopes of adding to his treble on the course a fortnight ago.
Two of his winners on that occasion, Chun Tosaigh and Mannjal, return to action and are joined by a strong supporting team of stable companions.
However, the star attraction is Rashed Bouresly’s Star Crowned who also won at the course’s first meeting two weeks ago.
Wednesday, December 03 2008
Hollywood Park Stable Notes: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008
TWO FEMALES ENTERED IN TURF CUP
Black Mamba and High Heel Sneakers, a pair of 5-year-old mares who have both won turf stakes against females at Hollywood Park, will tangle with males Saturday in the $250,000, Grade I Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles.
Meet-leading trainer John Sadler entered New Zealand-bred Black Mamba, scratched from the Matriarch Sunday, while conditioner Ben Cecil entered English-bred High Heel Sneakers.
SPECHT’S DEAD-HEATERS TO RUN IN PACIFIC HEIGHTS STAKES AT GGF
ALBANY -- Lady Railrider and Shes a Lucky Wager, two fillies that couldn't be separated in their last start, will represent trainer Steve Specht in the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
"I'm not only running, I'm going to dead-heat," said Specht with a laugh when asked about the Pacific Heights, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares bred in California.
Cracking Purebred action tops the card
Nad Al Sheba’s fifth meeting of the current campaign, kindly sponsored by BBC World is a six-race card, with two worth AED110,000 each during the evening.
The first of these is the opening 1600m Al Barsha Plate, a Purebred Arabian conditions contest which has attracted a field of 11 including Paris Gagner, representing Champion Trainer Doug Watson.
Sporting the colours of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the five-year-old proved himself a genuine Group 1 performer last season but this trip would be very much his minimum.
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