Thursday, January 15 2009
ROYAL TAAT SCORES; PICK SIX CARRIES OVER TO THURSDAY AT $103,255
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2009) – Even though 8-5 second-choice Royal Taat took the afternoon’s featured Sierra Madre Purse, upsets marked Wednesday’s Pick Six races at Santa Anita, resulting in a carryover of $103,255 into Thursday’s program, the seventh carryover in 15 days of racing this season.
After finishing off-the-board in the Grade III Monrovia Handicap on New Year’s Day, New Zealand-bred Royal Taat resumed her winning ways by closing strongly to run off with the $57,800 Sierra Madre for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.
SQUARE EDDIE TAKES DEAD AIM ON TRIPLE CROWN IN SAN RAFAEL SATURDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2009) – Preparations for this year’s Triple Crown begin in earnest on Saturday at Santa Anita with the Grade III, $100,000 San Rafael Stakes part of a graded stakes tripleheader that includes a pair of Grade II events, the $150,000 San Fernando for 4-year-olds and the $150,000 Santa Ynez for 3-year-old fillies.
Square Eddie, runner-up to Midshipman as the 7-2 favorite in October’s
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, likely will be an odds-on choice among eight 3-year-olds in the one-mile San Rafael, a race that has produced six Santa Anita Derby winners during the past 19 years.
‘OLD MAN’ JUDITHS WILD RUSH DRAWS INSIDE FOR EVENING ATTIRE
He had retired once before, but this time, September 28, 2008, the retirement stuck.
At 10 years old, with just under $3 million in career earnings, a nagging suspensory injury, and the love and respect of racing fans, Evening Attire was sent to Akindale Farm to enjoy a life of leisure.
That he operated at such a high level for so long was appreciated by all, particularly The New York Racing Association, which chose to re-name the Aqueduct Handicap in his honor.
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Maria’s Mon Colt Highlights Wednesday at Keeneland January Sale
Lexington, KY (January 14, 2009) – A yearling colt by Maria’s Mon brought $390,000 to top Wednesday’s session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.
Florida pinhooker Jimmy Gladwell signed the ticket in the name of his Ferguson Valley Ranch. He said the colt would be sent to his Kindergarten Farm near Williston, Florida, and be sold at auction later this year.
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Kelly’s Landing & Black Seventeen Clash in Mr. Prospector Saturday
The $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park came up particularly strong for Saturday’s renewal with Summerplace Farm’s 8-year-old gelding Kelly’s Landing coming out for another season and Wind River Stable’s 5-year-old Black Seventeen shipping in from California for the six-furlong dash.
The co-feature on Saturday’s 10-race program will be the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf and drew a wide-open field of 14 with Three Diamond Farm’s Smart Shot and Green Lantern Farm’s Koptar among the likely favorites.
League to prove he’s champion at Jebel Ali
Jebel Ali stages a seven race card on Friday afternoon with the featured 1200m handicap again kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell organisation.
Thirteen have been declared for the AED100,000 dash with the weights headed by the Rashed Bouresly-trained League Champion who has run both his best races locally on this course.
Wednesday, January 14 2009
ALICE CHANDLER TO RECEIVE ECLIPSE AWARD OF MERIT FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and The National Turf Writers Association today announced that Alice Headley Chandler, owner of Mill Ridge Farm and preeminent industry leader, will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.
Mrs. Chandler will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit on Monday, evening January 26 at the 38th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.
AQUEDUCT NOTES, Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Saturday afternoon will start three days of stakes action on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track.
The feature race on Saturday will be the 90th running of the Evening Attire for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth. Formerly the Aqueduct Handicap, the Evening Attire was renamed in honor of the popular New York-bred gelding who retired last September at the age of 10 because of a suspensory injury. Evening Attire started 69 times in his career, mainly at Aqueduct, and had a record of 15-16-9 with earnings of $2,977,130. His greatest victory came at Belmont Park, where he won the 2002 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
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Any Limit Ready to Return after Gulfstream Workout
Joseph Shields’s star mare Any Limit is nearing the end of her career, but she showed her connections there is still some gas in the tank after a Wednesday morning workout at Gulfstream Park that likely puts her in Sunday’s $100,000 First Lady Stakes (G3).
The 6-year-old homebred by Limit Out is a two-time stakes winner at Gulfstream, but enters this campaign after two sixth-place finishes last fall.
STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14TH, 2009
SQUARE EDDIE EYES WINNER’S CIRCLE IN SATURDAY’S SAN RAFAEL
Lane’s End Futurity winner Square Eddie, second to Midshipman in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Oak Tree last Oct. 25, makes his 3-year-old debut Saturday in the San Rafael Stakes, a one-mile test that trainer Doug O’Neill hopes will propel the son of Smart Strike to the Kentucky Derby on May 2.
"He's doing fantastic. He looks great, full of energy,” O’Neill said from his Hollywood Park headquarters Wednesday morning. “We gave him 83 days between the Breeders' Cup and the San Rafael, so he's been freshened and he looks ready to roll."
2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival curtain raises Thursday
The eagerly awaited opening night of the $31million 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival arrives on Thursday with a seven race card kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate.
The night features the Al Maktoum Challenge Round I, two 1600m dirt contests, one for Purebred Arabians and one for Thoroughbreds, both of which have attracted the previous year’s winner.
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ZIADIE SADDLES TWO WINNERS; LOPEZ RIDES THREE TO VICTORY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 13, 2009) Kirk Ziadie escorted two of his trainees to the Winner’s Circle today, thereby securing his position as leading Tampa Bay Downs trainer with 12 wins for the current meet.
Ziadie’s first victory came in the seventh race with Summer Party Girl. The four-year-old Florida-bred son of Snuck In is owned by Richard Averill and was ridden by Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Ziadie next saddled Iztaccihuatl to victory, this time with jockey David Cardoso aboard. Iztaccihuatl was bred in Florida by Dr. Michael Marenchic and carries the colors of St. George Stable.