Friday, January 16 2009
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2009
IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR ABRAMS TO LIKE SUNSHINE MILLIONS
When it comes to the Sunshine Millions and Unusual Heat, count Barry Abrams as a fan. The 54-year-old trainer has eight horses pre-entered in the seventh Sunshine Millions races to be decided next Saturday, Jan. 24, at Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park, and each was sired by the prolific stallion Unusual Heat, who stands at Old English Rancho in Sanger. His breeding syndicate is managed by prominent owner Madeline Auerbach.
Maturity Coming Through for Nicanor
Lael Stable’s Nicanor, the full-brother of 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1) winner Barbaro, is doing “terrific” and has trainer Michael Matz eagerly eyeing possible debut dates on Donn Handicap (G1) weekend later this month.
“I’m not sure there’s a race scheduled for him,” said Matz Friday afternoon. “I would love to get him into a race those days.”
Gilchrist Stable in Sunshine Millions Action at Gulfstream and Santa Anita
Trainer Greg Gilchrist has had a remarkable record of success shipping stakes runners from his Northern California headquarters to South Florida in recent years, and he will have two top contenders in Sunshine Millions races at Gulfstream Park next Saturday (Jan. 24) and another that afternoon at Santa Anita.
“Wild Promises and High Resolve will be on a FedEx cargo flight out of Oakland Tuesday for the races at Gulfstream and Victorina will run in the Distaff at Santa Anita,” said Gilchrist Friday morning from Golden Gate Fields, adding that he will be at Gulfstream that afternoon.
Fillies look toward spring in Cincinnati Trophy Stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 16, 2009 . . . A dozen three-year-old fillies will go to the post at Turfway Park Saturday for the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes. Carded at 6 1/2 furlongs, the Cincinnati Trophy is the first of two local preps for the Grade III Bourbonette Oaks on the Lane’s End undercard.
Emma Darling was the beaten favorite in the Gowell Stakes in December after a stumble at the start forced her to catch up to finish third. A better start in the Cincinnati Trophy would give her a chance to stay a few lengths off the pace, her preferred style. Trainer Mike Maker currently is second in the standings and began this meet with four consecutive Turfway training titles to his credit. Leading rider Victor Lebron will be back aboard.
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COMPETITIVE FIELDS HIGHLIGHT SKYWAY FESTIVAL DAY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 16, 2009) Tomorrow’s Skyway Festival Day is Tampa’s premiere day of three-year-old racing in January, featuring the $75,000 Pasco Stakes for three-year-olds covering 7/8 of a mile over the main track and the $65,000 Gasparilla Stakes for three-year-old fillies also running seven furlongs on the dirt.
The $75,000 Pasco Stakes has attracted seven entrants; among them is Musket Man, a Yonaguska colt who has posted bullet workouts in his last two breezes over the Tampa Bay Downs surface. The colt, who is co-owned by Vic Carlson, carries the colors of Eric Fein, who owns last year’s Tampa Bay Derby Winner Big Truck. The three-year-old is undefeated in his two lifetime starts, capturing a maiden special weight at Belmont as well as a $44,000 allowance event at Philadelphia Park in the fall.
LEGACY OF JIMMY WINKFIELD LIVES ON AT AQUEDUCT
Thirty-five years after his death, the legacy of Jimmy Winkfield lives on at Aqueduct Racetrack, where for the fifth time on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 19) a stakes race will be run bearing the name of the great African-American Hall of Fame jockey.
Formerly the Best Turn, this year’s six-furlong stakes drew a field of seven, including a trio of three-year-olds from trainer Anthony Dutrow in Fellow Crasher, the high weight at 120 pounds, Z Day, and The Prince.
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‘ON THE RECORD’ BRINGS FANS CLOSER TO NYRA’S HISTORY MAKERS
The New York Racing Association launched a new series today on its YouTube Channel today called `On the Record,’ the purpose of which will be to bring fans even closer to the men and women that contribute to the most storied circuit in Thoroughbred racing.
The series will profile trainers that have made significant contributions to the sport at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. Initial interviews will feature:
White Colt Brings Highest Price on Friday at Keeneland
Lexington, KY (January 16, 2009) – White Prince, a white yearling colt by Devil His Due, attracted a final bid of $60,000 to top Friday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.
Consigned by Hopewell Farm LLC, as agent for Patchen Wilkes Farm, the colt is out of Patchen Beauty, by Hatchet Man. He was purchased by Florida-based pinhooker Christy Whitman.
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Big Meet by Karlsson, Solid Figures Kick Off 100 Year Celebration at Hawthorne
Stickney, IL--Hawthorne Race Course, racing beyond the 31st of December for the second straight year, was able to escape the brunt of the unusually harsh weather (even by Chicago standards), and finish the 2008/2009-fall/winter-meet on an uplifting note.
For the first time since 2001, a woman jockey wore the riding crown at Hawthorne, when Inez Karlsson, an apprentice rider for all but four days of the meet, beat out veteran Chris Emigh by 12 wins. The 25-year-old Swedish import, took the lead for good on December 18, and then drew off down the stretch to post the most unlikely upset. Her final win tally was 82.
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CHOCOLATE CANDY FAVORED IN $100,000 CALIFORNIA DERBY
ALBANY -- Chocolate Candy has been made a 9-to-5 favorite on the morning line to capture the 94th running of the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Northern California's first major test for 3-year-olds who aspire to get on the Triple Crown trail, the California Derby will be contested at 1 1/16-miles on Golden Gate Fields' synthetic Tapeta racing surface.
MISSION VIEJO HALO IGNITES TWO-DAY CARRYOVER INTO FRIDAY OF $461,236
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2009) – At 33-1 the longest shot in a field of nine fillies and mares, Mission Viejo Halo stormed from last on Thursday to capture Santa Anita’s $54,600 Monterey Bay Purse and ignite a two-day Pick Six carryover of $461,236 into Friday’s card.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, the 4-year-old filly owned and trained by Moon S. Han prevailed in a driving finish, defeating We Will Rock You by an expanding one-half length in the feature event at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s downhill turf course. The final time was 1:12.87.
SUNSHINE MILLIONS RELEASE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2009)—The seventh annual Sunshine Millions will be run at both Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. 24, and a total of 126 horses was pre-entered Wednesday in the eight-race event that pits Florida-bred horses against California-breds with $3.6 million in purse money at stake.
The $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at six furlongs for 4-year-olds and up figures to highlight the day’s racing at Santa Anita as four Gr. I winners, three of them California-bred, were among 18 horses pre-entered. Santa Anita will also host the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff, for fillies and mares aged four and up at 1 1/16 miles; the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles; and the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.