Saturday, January 31 2009


Take the Points Takes Next Step


Could it be an omen a day before Super Bowl XLIIII in Tampa Bay?

Paul Pompa Jr.’s 3-year-old Well Positioned was a strong 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s first race at Gulfstream Park in his first start since a 14¼ lengths maiden victory at Aqueduct in November.

Well Positioned broke a half-step slow in the one mile allowance race, but never got closer than third down the backstretch as Starlight Stable’s Take the Points went on to score by two lengths under jockey Edgar Prado at 9-2 over Peachtree Stable’s Masala at 5-1 in second. Well Positioned finished sixth of seven.





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Barn Notes 1-31 GP


Hello Broadway Crew Happy With Hutcheson Performance

Elizabeth Valando’s 3-year-old homebred Hello Broadway was tired but looking good the morning after his second-place finish behind Capt. Candyman Can in Friday’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

Trainer Barclay Tagg was concerned about starting the strapping son of Broken Vow’s season off in a seven-furlong race, but his connections were happy with the colt’s effort and where it could lead.





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Friday, January 30 2009


“JOCKEYS” REALITY DOCUMENTARY TO DEBUT FEB. 6


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2009)—A reality/documentary series entitled “Jockeys,” featuring in-depth video and sound of Santa Anita-based jockeys including Mike Smith, Alex Solis, Aaron Gryder, Chantal Sutherland and Joe Talamo, will debut Friday, Feb. 6, at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet cable network. The series consists of 12 episodes and will run six weeks, with back-to-back shows airing for a total of one hour each week.

Shot in HD, “Jockeys” will depict the athletes in-depth, at work and at home. “Based upon the pilot we’ve been able to review and from the feedback we’ve received from the jockeys themselves, this series is going to break new ground, as far as how the jockeys are perceived and understood,” said Santa Anita Community and Special Projects Director Pete Siberell.





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UNBEATEN RAIL TRIP EASILY HANDLES ROUTE IN ANTELOPE VALLEY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2009) – Unbeaten Rail Trip, a late developing 4-year-old gelding, ran himself into potential stardom Friday with a dominant 5 ½ -length victory in Santa Anita’s $57,600 Antelope Valley Purse at 1 1/16 miles while positively answering questions about his distance capability.

After winning each of his first two starts by 3 ½ lengths at sprint distances, the bay son of Jump Start, regarded primarily as a sprint sire, easily carried his speed the route distance while timed in 1:42.41 under a hand ride by Jose Valdivia Jr.





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STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, JANUARY 30TH, 2009


REPEAT ECLIPSE WINNER GOMEZ REUNITES WITH VENTURA SATURDAY

Garrett Gomez has ridden Ventura in each of her seven starts in the United States, winning four. But to hear the two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey tell it, with any kind of luck, he might be perfect.

Ventura was second, beaten a nose, in the CashCall Mile at Hollywood Park last July, second by a length and a quarter in the Grade I Woodbine Mile on a yielding turf course against males, and third by nearly four lengths on a “good” course at Churchill Downs in the Distaff Turf Mile last May 3.





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Capt. Candyman Can Gets it Done in Hutcheson Stakes


Joseph Rausch and David Zell’s 3-year-old Capt. Candyman Can was eased back to the inside off an early pace duel in Friday’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park until jockey Julien Leparoux swung him to the outside near the quarter pole and powered to score by 1½ lengths over Elizabeth Valando’s 2-1 favorite Hello Broadway in the seven-furlong test.

The victory marked the fourth of the afternoon for Leparoux as Capt. Candyman Can paid $7.40 to win as the third choice in the field of six while timed in 1:23:69 over the fast track. Capt. Candyman Can, who is trained by Ian Wilkes, is a son of Candy Ride who was making his first start since a close-up third-place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29.





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Frolic’s Dream Dominates Friday’s Forward Gal


Dare To Dream Stable’s 3-year-old homebred filly Frolic’s Dream took command easily into the far turn of Friday’s $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and was never threatened in the stretch as she coasted home to score by 2½ lengths over Richard Rowan’s 14-1 Renda in the seven-furlong test.

Ridden by regular jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, Frolic’s Dream avenged the lone defeat of her career when beaten a head for it all, finishing third in the Old Hat Stakes (G3) going six furlongs here Jan. 4 when she had a troubled trip.





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WILL O WAY 7-TO-5 FAVORITE IN CALIFORNIA OAKS AT GGF


ALBANY -- Will O Way, a romping winner of the Corte Madera Stakes on Dec. 13, will try to add another stakes victory to her resume Saturday when she competes in the $100,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.

Will O Way was an odds-on favorite when she scored a 5 1/2-length victory in the one-mile Corte Madera and she is a 7-to-5 choice on the morning line to capture the 1 1/16-mile California Oaks.



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NYRA NAMES FIVE TO Saratoga Advisory Board


The New York Racing Association, Inc. has filled its five seats on the 15-member Saratoga Race Course Local Advisory Board, a committee established under the terms of NYRA’s renewed 25-year racing franchise. The City of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County had previously announced their appointees.

Two of the NYRA appointees are well-known local business and civic leaders. Tom Roohan is president of Roohan Realty and active in such civic organizations as The Saratoga County Planning Board, The Downtown Special Assessment District, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, City of Saratoga Springs Board of Assessment Review and Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing. Joseph A. Torani is a Managing Partner of the management and consulting firm of Bollam Sheedy Torani & Co LLP, CPAs. He is a former member of the NYRA Oversight Board and has held leadership positions in a number of industry and charitable organizations.





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NYRA Files Statement with MTA on “Belmont Special” Train Service


The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today sent a brief statement to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) reiterating its opposition to the proposed elimination of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) “Belmont Special” train service (except for Belmont Stakes Day) which the MTA recently announced as part of a series of proposed fare increases and service cuts.

At an MTA public hearing on its proposed changes held on Jan. 21, 2009, two NYRA representatives, joined by a New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association board member and eight civic leaders provided oral statements in opposition to the planned suspension of rail service to Belmont Park.





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Arrow hits the bulls eye


Erwan Charpy maintained his dominance in Thoroughbred Listed races this season when saddling Golden Arrow to win Friday’s Jebel Ali Mile, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Derrinstown Stud.

There have now been four such races, two at Abu Dhabi and two at Jebel Ali, and the Frenchman has won all four after Tadhg O’Shea steered his six-year-old to a brave victory in a race they had been second last year.





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GOMEZ STRIKES AT 10-1 IN FEATURE, PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF 74,682 IN PLAY FOR FRIDAY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2009) – Four races after Rafael Bejarano had ridden a first-time starter to victory at odds of 11-1 for trainer Doug O’Neill on Thursday, Garrett Gomez struck with a 10-1 O’Neill trainee, Scorewithcater, to register a head victory over Unbridled Roman in Santa Anita’s feature, the $57,656 Palm Springs Purse for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

Despite victories by two favorites in the Pick Six sequence, some unusual events combined to generate a Pick Six carryover of $74,682 into Friday’s racing program when Santa Anita offers free general admission as well as free box seating on a first-come, first-served basis.





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