Saturday, March 28 2009

Regal Ransom springs Derby shock

Godolphin repeated their feat in the Mile when sending out a second successive one-two in the UAE Derby, but it was the least fancied of the trio, Regal Ransom, who emerged triumphant, outgunning hot-favourite Desert Party by half a length, with the rest 15 lengths and more adrift.

Whereas Frankie Dettori was mystified at the defeat of the favourite – “we beat Regal Ransom by four and three-quarter lengths in the UAE 2000 Guineas, but he ran flat tonight and I could never get to him. I was only half a length down at the two-furlong pole, but he had no fizz” – Peru-born Alan Garcia, who rode the winner, was ecstatic.

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1-2 for Godolphin in Mile

In a forceful show of power, Godolphin’s Two Step Salsa and Gayego more than lived up to their status as favorites in the US$1 million Godolphin Mile, leaving the rest of the field behind them as they cantered down the stretch as much the best.

With Frankie Dettori in the irons, Two Step Salsa broke near the front from the four post and went head and head with English-based Cat Junior before claiming the early lead.

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Rod Simpson Wins Dubai Kahayla Classic

Rod Simpson’s purebred Arabian, Fryvolous, became the first horse in the winner’s enclosure on Dubai World Cup night after overcoming a poor draw in stall 11 to take the USD $250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic, sponsored by EMAAR.

The heavens opened just before the race and Simpson was left alone in the paddock as the parade-ring crowd retreated to shelter.

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Horse Society’s Post-Race Party to Benefit Old Friends, New Vocations

A post-race party to be held at Gulfstream Park Saturday, Florida Derby Day, will benefit the Old Friends thoroughbred-retirement home and the New Vocations racehorse-adoption program.

The party is free and open to the public and will begin immediately after the 12th race in Gulfstream Park’s South Beach area. The event was organized and sponsored by Horse Society Magazine, an emerging publication that has made a splash in the industry with its profiles of the sport’s leading lights and its coverage of the “Lifestyle of Thoroughbred Racing.”

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Justwhistledixie Romps in Bonnie Miss Friday

West Point Thoroughbreds and partners’ 3-year-old filly Justwhistledixie confirmed her status as one of the favorites for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs when she rallied down the stretch to capture the $200,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Friday by 1¾ lengths over Edward P. Evans’ Casanova Move.

Jockey Julien Leparoux rode 3-5 favorite Justwhistledixie with complete confidence, rating comfortably in fourth down the backstretch of the 1 1/8 miles test before circling rivals on the far turn and drawing clear with authority as she scored her fifth straight victory for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

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Dunkirk (N.Y.) Abuzz

New York Great Lakes Town (No, Not Sacketts Harbor) Has Rooting Interest in the Florida Derby

The south shores of Lake Erie are far from the Aegean Sea, but there’s been a war brewing between city-states here mildly reminiscent of that between Athens and Sparta.

The cities in question are Fredonia, population 10,706, and Dunkirk, the bigger city with 13,131 inhabitants, two hamlets nestled between Erie, Pa., and Buffalo, N.Y..

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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2009) – Zayat Stables’ Zensational, sizzling winner of a maiden sprint race for 3-year-olds, tried to carry his speed one mile Friday in a $51,896 optional claimer at Santa Anita with Kentucky a considered destination, but he came up decidedly short.

Quindici Man, a $12,000 yearling purchase sent off at odds of 15-1, reeled in the 1-5 favorite to score by 1 ½ lengths over Zensational, who had begun to shorten stride after opening up a 10-length lead on the backstretch.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 27, 2009)—In deference to its annual Santa Anita Derby 5K Walk and Run, Santa Anita Park and the city of Arcadia have announced that Baldwin Ave., from the 210 Freeway to Huntington Drive, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on April 4.

Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate Eight, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., will also be closed to vehicles during the same time period.

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Corey Nakatani has ridden Mr. Hot Stuff three times, and each time the imposing colt has made a late run, finishing third twice and winning once. His form will have to continue advancement in the Santa Anita Derby a week from Saturday if he hopes to upset the likes of The Pamplemousse, Pioneerof the Nile and Chocolate Candy in the Grade I race at 1 1/8 miles.

“He’s a big, strong horse by Tiznow that can run,” Nakatani said of Mr. Hot Stuff. “We know that he’s got ability and we know that he can run. We just have to see where he takes us.”

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AQUEDUCT NOTES; Friday, March 27, 2009

Mr. Fantasy, third behind I Want Revenge in the Gotham Stakes, will skip the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 4 in favor of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers on April 25, Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, said Friday.

Finley said the decision to bypass New York’s final major prep for the May 2 Kentucky Derby was made after trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who had been in Florida, visited with the colt en route to Dubai.

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ALBANY -- Frank Alvarado, the second-leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields, recorded a riding triple Friday.

Alvarado won races for three different trainers. He captured the fourth race with the Steve Specht-trained Flyin Kim ($3.80), the sixth with the Steve Sherman-conditioned Second Hand Lion ($2.80), and the seventh with William E. Morey-trained Tripp To Glory ($5.60).

Alvarado has won 59 races at the 2008-2009 winter/spring meeting.

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 27, 2009) Saturday’s twelve race card at Tampa Bay Downs is highlighted by the final leg of the Tampa Turf Test, a $27,000 1 3/8 miles race on the lawn for four-year-olds and upward. A full field of ten, with four alternate entries, has subscribed to the Turf Test, which is scheduled as the 9th race at 4:09 PM.

Highlighting the Turf Test field is Otis Ridge, a seven-year-old Florida-bred son of Quaker Ridge who captured February 14’s Tampa Turf Test for owner Richard Averill and trainer Kirk Ziadie. Otis Ridge has yet to finish out of the money on the Tampa lawn and will have the services of Tampa Bay Downs’s second leading rider Rosemary Homeister, Jr.

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