Thursday, February 05 2009
Saturday Stakes Advances
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2009) – Four graded stakes races on Saturday at Santa Anita include a pair that could lead to a highly compelling clash in the April 4 Santa Anita Derby as 2-year-old filly champion Stardom Bound and California’s most accomplished male Triple Crown prospect, Pioneerof the Nile, make their 3-year-old debuts.
Stardom Bound, so dominant as a juvenile filly in 2008 that she commanded a sales price of $5.7 million in November, makes her first start for IEAH Stables and Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel in the 27th running of the Grade I, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile.
Smooth Air Returns in Tallahassee Saturday at Gulfstream
The connections of Mount Joy Stable’s 4-year-old homebred colt Smooth Air are hopeful the two-time Grade 2 winner will be a major player in the handicap division this season. A test comes Saturday when he makes his 2009 debut in the $75,000 Tallahassee Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Paco Lopez will be aboard Smooth Air for the first time in the one-mile turf race for trainer Bennie Stutts Jr. It will be his first start since a respectable seventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita on Oct. 25, beaten only 5 ¼ lengths for it all by Raven’s Pass.
STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2009
BROTHER KEITH STAYS HOME FOR LEWIS; STARDOM BOUND IN 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT
Bobby Frankel, who had been wavering between Saturday’s Robert B. Lewis Stakes and the Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds the same day for Triple crown prospect Brother Keith, entered the son of Johar in the Grade II Lewis, a major steppingstone to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4.
“There are a lot of horses in the Risen Star (13 were entered) and I’d have had to ship,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, Santa Anita’s career leader in victories with 906.
GILCHRIST ENTERS POTENT PAIR IN CAMPANILE STAKES
ALBANY -- Trainer Greg Gilchrist will bring a filly off the bench and also start a seasoned veteran in the $75,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Sky Mystic, who hasn't raced since winning the California Oaks one year ago, and Victorina, a 6-year-old mare has won multiple stakes and $627,455, will represent Gilchrist in the Campanile.
Classic feature at Nad Al Sheba tomorrow
Friday’s second Dubai International Racing Carnival meeting of the weekend, kindly sponsored by GPD Investments, is highlighted by the first Classic of the season, the UAE 1000 Guineas.
Restricted to three-year-old fillies, ten have been declared for the 1600m dirt feature and trainer Saeed Bin Suroor, seeking his seventh win in the race, appears to have a very strong hand with Sos Brillante, a winner on the opening night of the Carnival, joined in the field by UAE debutante Devotee and it looks significant that Frankie Dettori chooses to partner the latter.
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Wednesday, February 04 2009
GPD Investments to back Friday’s race meeting
Dubai Racing Club’s second instalment of an action-packed doubleheader weekend, is kindly sponsored GPD Investments.
Frank Gabriel Jr, CEO of Dubai Racing Club said: “We are delighted to welcome GPD Investments to Nad Al Sheba for the first time.
“We look forward to what will hopefully be a prosperous alliance and wish them, and all patrons, an enjoyable evening”.
Al Maktoum Challenge Round II features on Thursday
Derrinstown Stud, the Irish arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s breeding operation, kindly sponsors the fifth meeting of the Dubai International Racing Carnival at Nad Al Sheba tomorrow when the second rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge take centre stage.
Racing opens with the Purebred Arabian version, a Group 1 contest over 2400m, on dirt, in which Doug Watson’s Al Jalfane will bid to repeat his victory of 2007.
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Tuesday, February 03 2009
FEBRUARY 2009 PROMOTIONS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 3, 2009) February 2009 is action packed at Tampa Bay Downs, starting with this Saturday’s $75,000 Super Stakes, a seven furlong sprint for four-year-olds and up. The fun continues on Sunday, February 8th with Kids and Family Day. Join Radio Disney and the gang for an afternoon of free fun, games and Pony Rides in the Backyard from noon until three PM.
Saturday, February 14 is Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, featuring the Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the $100,000 Grade III Endeavour Stakes the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes. New on the Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South card is Taste of the Bay, featuring some of their most popular menu items during the event adjacent and just north of the Grandstand! Each featured Bay area restaurant will have a variety of items available at reasonable prices from 11 AM until 4 PM.
CHURCHILL DOWNS 2009 SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2009) – Churchill Downs has unveiled a stakes schedule for its 2009 Spring Meet that is headed by the 135th renewals of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI), and includes a total of 29 stakes events with total purses of $7.575 million.
Three more Grade I events are included on the schedule for the 52-day session that will run from April 25-July 5. The $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and $300,000-added Humana Distaff, both scheduled on the Kentucky Derby program on Saturday, May 2, and the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap, which is set to head the “Stephen Foster Super Saturday” racing program on Saturday, June 13, round out the five Grade I events on the schedule.
Derrinstown Stud to sponsor Thursday’s race meeting
Dubai Racing Club hosts a double header racing weekend, with Derrinstown Stud sponsoring the first leg this Thursday.
Derrinstown Stud, a world-class stud based in Ireland, has been a long-standing partner with Dubai Racing Club, having sponsored at the Dubai International Racing Carnival since its inception.
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Monday, February 02 2009
TRACKSIDE OTB SPRING HANDICAPPING CONTEST SERIES TO COINCIDE WITH SEMINARS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Feb. 2, 2009) – Arlington Park, which introduced its first live money handicapping contests in 2008, will again bring the popular contests to selected Illinois Trackside OTB locations during the Spring of 2009 to be held in conjunction with handicapping seminars at each location conducted by Chicago Sun-Times handicapper M. Scott McMannis.
All players need to do to participate is purchase a $50 contest wagering card at the Twin Spires Club Center at the designated location on day of each contest and play a minimum of five races from that day’s card at Hawthorne Race Course.
Kip Deville Goes All the Way in Gulfstream Turf Handicap
IEAH Stables and partners’ 6-year-old Kip Deville broke fast under jockey Cornelio Velasquez, was on the lead early in Sunday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1), and had plenty left in the stretch of the 1 1/8 miles test to hold Jonathan Sheppard’s 24-1 longshot Just as Well safe to win by three-quarters of a length.
Kip Deville’s victory in the GP Turf capped a weekend that saw Breeders’ Cup winners from the last three years compete at Gulfstream Park.