Wednesday, January 14 2009


2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival curtain raises Thursday


The eagerly awaited opening night of the $31million 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival arrives on Thursday with a seven race card kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate.

The night features the Al Maktoum Challenge Round I, two 1600m dirt contests, one for Purebred Arabians and one for Thoroughbreds, both of which have attracted the previous year’s winner.





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ZIADIE SADDLES TWO WINNERS; LOPEZ RIDES THREE TO VICTORY


OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 13, 2009) Kirk Ziadie escorted two of his trainees to the Winner’s Circle today, thereby securing his position as leading Tampa Bay Downs trainer with 12 wins for the current meet.

Ziadie’s first victory came in the seventh race with Summer Party Girl. The four-year-old Florida-bred son of Snuck In is owned by Richard Averill and was ridden by Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Ziadie next saddled Iztaccihuatl to victory, this time with jockey David Cardoso aboard. Iztaccihuatl was bred in Florida by Dr. Michael Marenchic and carries the colors of St. George Stable.





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Vestrey Lady Brings $300,000 On Tuesday at Keeneland


Lexington, KY (January 13, 2009) – Stakes winning Vestrey Lady, in foal to Broken Vow, commanded a top price of $300,000 during Tuesday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Nobuo Tsunoda bought the six-year-old mare who is by Vicar out of the Kris S. mare Episode and is from the family of champion Street Sense and graded stakes winner and sire Mr. Greeley. She was consigned by Cara Bloodstock (Bernard McCormack), agent.





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Team Europe arrive to compete for Carnival riches


South Africans Mike de Kock and Herman Brown may have the largest individual teams of the international trainers, but it is Europe who will supply the most trainers throughout the Carnival.

With handlers from the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Greece, Spain and Italy among those confirmed, ‘team Europe’ looks a strong and versatile one.





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Tuesday, January 13 2009


Island Fashion, Almonsoon Top Opening Day Of Keeneland January Sale


Lexington, KY (January 12, 2008) – Island Fashion, in foal to Ghostzapper, and Almonsoon, sold as a racing or broodmare prospect, each brought final bids of $950,000 to highlight opening day of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Naohiro Hosoda signed the ticket for Island Fashion on behalf of Katsumi Yoshida, owner of Northern Farm in Japan.





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Shadwell Estate sponsors first Carnival meeting of the season


The highly-anticipated sixth Dubai International Racing Carnival kicks off this Thursday with a feature racecard, kindly sponsored by Shadwell Estate.

The programme is highlighted by the first rounds of both the Purebred Arabian and Thoroughbred versions of the Al Maktoum Challenge.





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TVG TO BROADCAST EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE OF THE ECLIPSE AWARDS ON JANUARY 26


LOS ANGELES (January 12, 2009) – TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, will exclusively broadcast the 38th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony live on Monday, January 26 from The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, Florida. Stars of the 2008 awards are expected to include reigning Horse of the Year Curlin, 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown and Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic winner Zenyatta.

TVG kicks off its live coverage of the Eclipse Awards at 7 p.m. EST. TVG’s Todd Schrupp, Simon Bray and Jill Byrne will host the network’s programming surrounding the event. The Eclipse Awards show will be produced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) in association with TVG.







 

Home team ready to repel the raiders


The international challenge for the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival may be the strongest ever assembled but they will certainly not gave it all their own way with a ‘home defence’ that is certainly the most powerful we have seen.

As always, Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has a powerful string at his disposal which includes some very exciting young recruits such as Midshipman and Vineyard Haven who will be aimed at the Classics.





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Monday, January 12 2009


South African contingent looking for further dominance at Dubai International Racing Carnival


As the countdown to the DIRC continues we look around the world at the regions that will be represented.

TODAY: SOUTH AFRICA

The highest quality Dubai International Racing Carnival to date commences on Thursday with an exceptionally strong equine cast gathering in Dubai for the $31million extravaganza.





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BAFFERT RUNS THREE, TAKES SANTA YSABEL WITH 24-1 CENTURY PARK


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2009) – Century Park, the second longest price in the field at 24-1 and clearly the least fancied of trainer Bob Baffert’s three entrants, ran off with Santa Anita’s 42nd running of the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday.

After a brief scramble for the early lead, Century Park took control under jockey Tyler Baze, was able to dictate the tempo with moderate fractions, and had enough in reserve to deter hard-charging 3-1 favorite Haka by one length.





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OWNER, ANALYST/HANDICAPPER JEFF SEIGEL AVAILABLE DAILY AT SANTAANITA.COM


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2009)—HRTV’s Jeff Seigel has been called many things during his nearly 40-year career in Thoroughbred racing: owner, breeder, publicist, television analyst and perhaps most importantly, Southern California’s most entertaining handicapper. All of these descriptions will serve fans well when they visit Seigel’s daily horse racing blog at http://www.SantaAnita.com.

“The blog is a work in progress,” said the always-upbeat Seigel. “We’re going to be adding things every week, but for now, I will have a daily handicap and analysis of the following day’s races up the night before race-day.





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STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 11TH, 2009


BROTHER KEITH, SQUARE EDDIE MEET IN SATURDAY’S SAN RAFAEL

Brother Keith, winner of his only start, steps into graded company next Saturday in the $100,000 San Rafael Stakes at one mile, an important prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4.

“You gotta try him someplace,” Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said. When it was suggested he might go through his conditions, rather than face the likes of Lane’s End Futurity winner Square Eddie, Frankel countered: “Maybe the races won’t go. I got to get him started.”





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