Friday, January 16 2009


HUBER VILLA-GOMEZ NAMED HILTON GARDEN INN JOCKEY OF THE MONTH


OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 15, 2009) Huber Villa-Gomez has broken sharply out of the gate for the 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs race meet, haltering 28 in-the-money finishes from 71 attempts. In week of January 8th through the 13th, Villa-Gomes rode fifteen horses, piloting home four winners and three second-place finishers at average odds of 10.67-1.

Villa-Gomez was born on January 28, 1978 and began riding at in his native Peru after he gained an interest in horses through a cousin who worked at a racetrack. “The first day I went to the track, that’s when I knew I wanted to ride,” says Villa-Gomez. At age eighteen he attended jockey school in Peru, and won his first race there on a horse named Victorio.





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SUCCESSFUL SARAH HOPES FLORIDA FORM THRIVES IN NEW YORK


John and Tonja Terranova have figured it out -- as husband and wife, as parents to daughters Paulina, 7, and Giana, 3, and, to complete the trifecta, as horse trainers.

“We try,” Tonja said. “Hopefully, it’s working out.”

This weekend, there will be plenty of opportunity for the Terranovas to shine as they send out Successful Sarah in Sunday’s 34th running of the $65,000-added Affectionately for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track. On Saturday, they will send out Broadway Producer in the Evening Attire Stakes.





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FIRE PLUG STAKES ATTRACTS COMPETITIVE BAND


LAUREL, MD. 01-15-09---Seven older horses, some of which could be pointing to next month’s Grade II General George Handicap, will race six furlongs in Saturday’s $50,000 Fire Plug Stakes at Laurel Park.

The 2-1 morning line favorite is Suave Jazz, an Aqueduct-based runner trained by Tony Dutrow. With $490,000 plus in earnings and twenty-five in the money finishes from thirty-four starts, the son of Suave Prospect won the Vincent Moscarelli Stakes to end 2007. Last year he finished second in the Maryland Sprint Handicap on Preakness day, the first of three runner-up finishes from six starts, without any victories. Jeremy Rose gets a leg up on the 6-year-old gelding for the first time.





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UNDEFEATED MERUS MIAMI SET FOR CALIFORNIA DERBY


ALBANY -- The undefeated colt Merus Miami will try to establish himself as a legitimate candidate for the Triple Crown trail when he competes in the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

A Kentucky-bred colt by Friends Lake, Merus Miami won a six-furlong maiden allowance race in his debut and then jumped up in class to capture the one-mile Gold Rush Stakes.





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Indy rocks to Maktoum Challenge victory


Dubai International Racing Carnival action returned to Nad Al Sheba on Thursday on a seven race card kindly sponsored by Shadwell Estates and featuring the opening rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge, both over 1600m on dirt.

The Doug Watson-trained Kandar Du Falgas became the fourth horse to win the Purebred Arabian Group 1 version twice with Richard Hills in the saddle as the pair repeated their victory of 12 months ago.





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Thursday, January 15 2009


NO LIVE RACING AT BIG A ON FRIDAY


Because of an ominous forecast for bitter Arctic cold, compounded by strong winds, the New York Racing Association has decided to cancel its scheduled live race card at Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday, January 16.

Aqueduct will be open for simulcasting on Friday. There is no parking or admission charge, and gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Friday’s scheduled races will come back as extra races during the week.





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On Call Program of AAEP to Recieve Special Eclipse Award


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association today announced that the veterinary On Call media-assistance program of the American Association of Equine Practitioners has been honored with the 2008 Special Eclipse Award. The Special Eclipse Award, honors outstanding individual achievements in, or contributions to, the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

Representatives of the On Call program of the AAEP will be presented the Special Eclipse at the 38th annual Eclipse Awards on Monday, January 26 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.







 

Breeders’ Cup Win by Zenyatta Voted 2008 NTRA Moment of the Year


The victory by Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic—a win that culminated a perfect seven-for-seven 2008 campaign—has been voted the 2008 National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Moment of the Year. The connections of Zenyatta will be honored at the Eclipse Award ceremony Monday, January 26, in Miami with the "NTRA Moment of the Year" award. Balloting was conducted at the NTRA Web site, ntra.com, and offered voters 12 different images illustrating a wide range of human emotions as well as outstanding displays of equine athleticism. The images and events that fans chose from were:







 

Yearlings Headline Thursday at Keeneland January Sale


Lexington, KY (January 15, 2009) – Yearlings dominated the Thursday session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, led by a Street Cry (IRE) filly who sold for $125,000.

Front Range Farm purchased the filly, who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Dash of Humor. She was consigned by Tom Evans’ Trackside Farm, agent.





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ROYAL TAAT SCORES; PICK SIX CARRIES OVER TO THURSDAY AT $103,255


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2009) – Even though 8-5 second-choice Royal Taat took the afternoon’s featured Sierra Madre Purse, upsets marked Wednesday’s Pick Six races at Santa Anita, resulting in a carryover of $103,255 into Thursday’s program, the seventh carryover in 15 days of racing this season.

After finishing off-the-board in the Grade III Monrovia Handicap on New Year’s Day, New Zealand-bred Royal Taat resumed her winning ways by closing strongly to run off with the $57,800 Sierra Madre for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.





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SQUARE EDDIE TAKES DEAD AIM ON TRIPLE CROWN IN SAN RAFAEL SATURDAY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2009) – Preparations for this year’s Triple Crown begin in earnest on Saturday at Santa Anita with the Grade III, $100,000 San Rafael Stakes part of a graded stakes tripleheader that includes a pair of Grade II events, the $150,000 San Fernando for 4-year-olds and the $150,000 Santa Ynez for 3-year-old fillies.

Square Eddie, runner-up to Midshipman as the 7-2 favorite in October’s

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, likely will be an odds-on choice among eight 3-year-olds in the one-mile San Rafael, a race that has produced six Santa Anita Derby winners during the past 19 years.





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‘OLD MAN’ JUDITHS WILD RUSH DRAWS INSIDE FOR EVENING ATTIRE


He had retired once before, but this time, September 28, 2008, the retirement stuck.

At 10 years old, with just under $3 million in career earnings, a nagging suspensory injury, and the love and respect of racing fans, Evening Attire was sent to Akindale Farm to enjoy a life of leisure.

That he operated at such a high level for so long was appreciated by all, particularly The New York Racing Association, which chose to re-name the Aqueduct Handicap in his honor.





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