Friday, February 13 2009


ENTRIES OUT FOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW DAY PRESENTED BY LAMBHOLM SOUTH


OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 12, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South has produced three full stakes fields for the premiere day of racing in February at the Oldsmar oval. The Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes has garnered eleven entries, the Grade III $125,000 Endeavour Stakes has attracted thirteen fillies and mares, and the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes will have a large field of nine three-year-old fillies.

The Sam F. Davis Stakes has drawn such up-and-coming three-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls as morning line favorite Free County, who comes into the Sam F. Davis off of an impressive victory in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on January 8 for owner Silver Wing Stable, et al. and trainer Kenneth McPeek. Jockey Kent Desormeaux has the call to ride the Kentucky-bred son of Big County.





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‘ALL OTHERS’ STRONG EARLY CHOICE IN DERBY FUTURES


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2009) – Fans of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) have made the mutuel field, or “all others,” the favored betting interest in the opening pool of the bet every year since its introduction in 1999. They appear in no mood to alter that pattern in the first of three 2009 Derby Future pools.

The “all others” betting interest, which includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses listed on the KDFW Pool 1 wagering roster, was a strong favorite from the opening seconds of the four-day pool and was an odds-on fan’s choice at 4-5 when Thursday’s wagering concluded at 10 p.m. (all times EST) on Thursday. Total betting on the first day of the Feb. 12-15 pool was $48,207, which reflected a solid increase over 2008’s opening day betting of $30,351.





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TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $353,752 INTO FRIDAY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2009)—For the second consecutive day, no one selected six winners in Santa Anita’s Pick Six, resulting in a two-day carryover of $353,752 into Friday. This marks the 16th Pick Six carryover through 36 days of racing and it’s expected the total Pick Six pool on Friday could exceed $2 million.

Thursday’s Pick Six got off to a rocky start in race three as the 1-2 favorite, Solo Piano, finished second to 11-1 shot Unusual Strike, who was handled by Gerry Olguin. The 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat paid $25.40 to win. Owned by Johnson, Nakkashian, Roberts and partners, she’s trained by Barry Abrams.





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GENERAL CONSENSUS SCORES SECOND WIN IN ROW IN SANTA ANITA TURF FEATURE


ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2009) – With jockey Alex Solis generating a dash for home on the far turn, General Consensus bolted to the front and reached the wire three-quarters-of-length ahead of Shes a Real Keeper Thursday in Santa Anita’s feature race, a $55,920 first condition allowance event for fillies and mares at one-mile on turf.

Sent off at odds of 7-1, the victorious 4-year-old filly, a $400,000 sales purchase as a yearling, registered her second straight win over the course and at the same distance after going winless in her first six starts. The final time over a “firm” turf course was 1:36.95.





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LIFE IS SWEET, DESERT CODE HEAD SUNDAY’S GRADED STAKES


ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2009) – Dominant El Encino Stakes winner Life Is Sweet and Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint champion Desert Code, each having demonstrated a keen fondness for Santa Anita’s respective racing surfaces, head a pair of graded stakes at the track on Sunday.

Martin and Pam Wygod’s Life Is Sweet is the 123-pound high weight among nine entrants in the 35th running of the Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes. She attempts to become the twelfth El Encino victor to also annex the mile-and-one-eighth event for 4-year-old fillies.





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STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2009


DELGADILLO SEEKS FIRST GRADE I VICTORY IN SANTA MARIA

Agapito Delgadillo goes for the biggest win of his career Saturday. The 42-year-old jockey, who has dealt with weight problems for the past decade, rides Tizfiz for trainer Rafael DeLeon in the Grade I Santa Maria Handicap for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

Victory would give Delgadillo his first Grade I triumph in nearly 25 years as a jockey. He registered one of his greatest wins when he rode Tizfiz to a nose victory at 9-1 in the Grade II, $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap on Jan. 4. Prior to that, his richest stakes win came in the $200,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields in 1997.





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Brass Hat returns in Dust Commander


FLORENCE, KY . . . February 12, 2009 . . . Millionaire grade I winner Brass Hat returns to racing this Saturday in the $50,000 Dust Commander Stakes at Turfway Park, his first start in eight months.

After finishing fifth behind Curlin in the Stephen Foster last June, Brass Hat returned from a work with a minor injury, and trainer William “Buff” Bradley elected to turn a few weeks’ recovery into an extended vacation.





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AXEL FOLEY TO SPORT BLINKERS IN $200,000 EL CAMINO REAL DERBY


ALBANY -- Trainer Doug O'Neill is hoping a set of blinkers will help his colt Axel Foley turn the tables on favored Chocolate Candy in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Axel Foley finished second to Chocolate Candy in the California Derby on Jan. 17 but gave the winner a brief scare when he charged up the rail to challenge for the lead in midstretch. Chocolate Candy turned back Axel Foley and won the 1 1/16-mile race by 1 3/4 lengths.





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PERKINS LOOKS FOR YET ANOTHER “CAPPY” VICTORY


Ben Perkins Jr. fought the urge as long as he could. The son of one of the Mid-Atlantic’s more respected horsemen, Perkins tried hard to succeed at school. He even attended the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Business. But when he realized he was spending less time reading the Wall Street Journal and more time reading the Daily Racing Form, Perkins returned to his roots.

It was the right decision. Like his father, Perkins has forged a reputation as a dedicated, knowledgeable, and successful horseman.





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NYRA PARTNERS IN SPA FASIG-TIPTON FESTIVAL OF RACING


Fasig-Tipton Company, Inc. and the New York Racing Association, Inc. today announced a partnership to develop the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing at Saratoga Race Course for the second weekend of the season, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2009.

Saratoga’s 36-day meet opens on Wednesday, July 29 and the Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing will launch the second weekend and usher in the Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Sales at Saratoga to be held on Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11, 2009. The Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing will celebrate the rich history of Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga and the company’s many ties to New York racing.





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FABULOUS STRIKE HEADLINES GENERAL GEORGE LINEUP


LAUREL, MD. 02-12-09---The $150,000 General George Handicap (GII) has attracted a stellar band of older runners. Monday’s seven furlong headliner at Laurel Park features Fabulous Strike, one of the top sprinters in the country.

Fabulous Strike, the 4-5 morning line favorite, is a prolific winner with twelve victories on his resume including ten stakes. The Todd Beattie trainee operates out of central Pennsylvania and ended 2008 with wins in the both the Fall Highweight and the Gravesend Handicaps at Aqueduct. With career earnings of $939,412 the gelding would become a millionaire with a win Monday.





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MEADOWLANDS ADDS POKER TO PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE


Meadowlands Racetrack and NJ Free Poker (NJFP) will host free Texas Hold'em tournaments Friday nights on the Clubhouse Level beginning February 27.

Professional dealers will offer free poker lessons at 6:30 p.m.; the free tournament begins at 7 p.m. All participants will receive free admission passes and a live racing program. While there is no gambling at the poker tables, participants can enter drawings to win mutuel vouchers.





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