Tuesday, January 20 2009


SPRINT CLASH FOCUS OF SUNSHINE MILLIONS ACTION AT SANTA ANITA


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2009) – The clash between Grade I winners In Summation and Georgie Boy in Saturday’s $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint may be Santa Anita’s most compelling attraction of the four Sunshine Millions events that comprise its share of $3.6 million bi-coastal competition between California-bred and Florida-breds that reaches to Gulfstream Park in Florida.

In addition to the six-furlong Sprint, Santa Anita offers the $500,000 San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino Turf at 1 1/8 miles, $500,000 Distaff at 1 1/16 miles, and the $250,000 Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs. The $1 million Classic, which annually alternates between the two tracks, heads the Florida lineup of four Sunshine Millions stakes races.





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IN SUMMATION’S THE REAL DEAL FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS SPRINT


There’s nothing synthetic about In Summation except the racing surface he fancies.

In 27 career starts, the 6-year-old Florida-bred horse has had 10 on synthetic surfaces, winning five, with two seconds and one third. In five starts on Santa Anita’s synthetic track, In Summation has three victories, including back-to-back scores in the Grade III El Conejo Handicap at 5 ½ furlongs.





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AT 6, GRAND CHAMPION MAKES SEASONAL BOW IN PAUMONOK


Grand Champion is the kind of horse a New York racing fan loves.

He runs hard always, loves Aqueduct’s winter track and has performed well enough to have a record of 6-1-6 from 16 career starts.

Saturday afternoon, he will launch his six-year-old season when he goes to post in the 101st running of the $65,000-added Paumonok for three-year-olds and up at six furlongs on the inner dirt track.





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MJC HONORS BEST OF THE BEST FROM 2008


LAUREL, MD. 01-19-09---The Maryland Jockey Club honored local stars that shined during 2008 with ceremonies in-between races at Laurel Park Monday afternoon.

Owner Robert Cole, whose trainers include Scott Lake, Howard Wolfendale and John Rigattieri, was the state’s top owner for the third straight year. Cole runners won 39 times from 118 starts at the major Maryland tracks last year, an impressive 33% rate, including four winners with four different trainers at Pimlico Race Course on May 9.





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MIM’S MAN RECORDS FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN


ALBANY -- The 6-year-old gelding Mim's Man extended his winning streak to five races Monday when he captured the $24,940 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.

Mim's Man, ridden by Eulices Gomez, held off Tango Mango and jockey Roberto Gonzalez down the stretch to win the six-furlong dash for 4-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length. You're My Boy Blue, the even-money favorite ridden by Russell Baze, finished third.





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Al Tayer Motors partners at Dubai International Racing Carnival


The second meeting of the 2009 Dubai International racing Carnival gets underway this Thursday, kindly sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.

Al Tayer Motors, one of the UAE’s premier automobile dealerships, is a long-standing sponsor of the Dubai International Racing Challenge.





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Monday, January 19 2009


Classic Presence of Delightful Kiss a Highlight of Gulfstream’s Sunshine Millions


Hobeau Farm’s 5-year-old homebred gelding Delightful Kiss ranks among the most accomplished and celebrated one-horse stables ever seen in the sport, and his appearance as the probable favorite in the $1 million OBS Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park will be among the highlights of the annual clash between Florida-breds and California-breds in eight races at Gulfstream and Santa Anita.

Jockey Calvin Borel will be back aboard the charismatic Delightful Kiss when a full field of 12 older horses goes to the post for the OBS Classic at 1 1/8 miles, the richest of the four races run Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream, preceded by the $500,000 Filly & Mare Turf, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Filly & Mare Sprint and $250,000 Dash.





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Handicapping Seminars/Contests announced


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Jan. 19, 2009) – Daily Herald and horseplayerpro.com handicapper Joe Kristufek will be on hand “talking horses” at Trackside OTB locations as part of his fourth “Learn to Win” tour that will include a “Beat the Pro” handicapping contest element for the first time in the Winter/Spring of 2009.

Kristufek’s tour of Trackside OTBs begins on Friday, Jan. 30 at Trackside McHenry, located inside Nicolino’s Restaurant, 621 Ridgeview Drive in McHenry. Kristufek will be on hand from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. to talk racing, answer questions and help fans hone their handicapping skills.





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SHADES OF ZENYATTA AS LIFE IS SWEET SWOOPS TO EL ENCINO VICTORY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2009) – Following in the initial footsteps of her brilliant stablemate Zenyatta, Life Is Sweet stormed from behind Sunday to dominate Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies with a 2 ½ length triumph over 6-5 favorite Country Star.

The victory was the first in a stakes race for the Storm Cat offspring owned and bred by Martin and Pam Wygod, and it was her first in the care of trainer John Shirreffs, whose Zenyatta launched a seven-race winning streak in last year’s El Encino that led to Horse of the Year candidacy.





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STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 18TH, 2009


SUNSHINE MILLIONS SPRINT HAS THE LOOK OF GRADE I RACE

With four Grade I winners pre-entered in next Saturday’s $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita next Saturday and two set to run, the seventh running of the six-furlong race has gathered increased status.

Pre-entered are Cost of Freedom (winner of the Grade I Ancient Title Handicap), Georgie Boy (winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity), Johnny Eves (winner of the Grade I Malibu Stakes in 2007), and In Summation (winner of the Grade I Bing Crosby Handicap in 2007, and back-to-back winner of the El Conejo Handicap).





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YET AGAIN AFFECTIONATELY CALLS INNER TRACK `HOME’


Seahorse Stable’s Yet Again had already developed a liking for Aqueduct’s inner dirt track prior to Sunday’s 34th running of the $67,420 Affectionately Stakes. But then she got a perfect set-up in a short field and was able to parlay that into a 2 ¾-length victory over Are We Dreamin in the mile and a sixteenth race for fillies and mares.

The scratch of Successful Sarah whittled the field down to five and made Spritely the overwhelming choice of the day’s 2,513 fans.





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Oilgonewile Wire-to-Wire for 22-1 Upset in Sweetest Chant


Chester Bishop and partners’ 3-year-old filly Oilgonewile had won her last stakes start leading from start to finish in late November as a 13-1 longshot, but still got little respect from the bettors before going wire-to-wire to capture Sunday’s $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park at 22-1.

With jockey Wesley Henry aboard, Oilgonewile coasted under the wire in 1:36:24 over the ‘firm’ turf course, finishing 1¾ lengths clear of Edward P. Evans’ Weekend Strike in second. James Riccio’s Exe finished another neck back in third while A. Steven Miles Jr.’s 5-2 favorite Banker’s Choice retired to last in the field of 11 3-year-old fillies.





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