Monday, February 16 2009
LIFE IS SWEET DEFIES RACE CONDITIONS TO EXCEL IN GRADE II LA CANADA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2009) – A stunning winner of the Grade II El Encino Stakes in her first exposure to Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface, Life Is Sweet added a dramatic victory in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies while expanding upon a sudden rise to superiority.
What made this victory so impressive was her ability to rally so strongly from last after second-choice Bsharpsonata had set an extremely slow pace, a condition that generally is not suitable for come-from-behind runners.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2009
GEORGIE BOY IN A ZONE FOR SATURDAY’S SAN CARLOS HANDICAP
Georgie Boy found his comfort zone when he won the Sunshine Millions Sprint at six furlongs on Jan. 24. At least that’s the opinion of Garrett Gomez, who rode the California-bred son of Tribal Rule to a rail-skimming, 2 ¼-length victory in the $300,000 race.
The 4-year-old gelding was fourth in the Grade I Malibu Stakes a month before the Sunshine Millions. In the Malibu, Bob Black Jack was able to dictate the pace en route to a 2 ¼-length victory. Gomez expects Georgie Boy to hold his good form when he reunites with him in Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap at seven furlongs.
‘ALL OTHERS’ FAVORED, BUT UNBEATEN OLD FASHIONED TOPS INDIVIDUAL HORSES
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2009) – The opening pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) concluded Sunday just as it had in each year of the bet’s opening decade as the mutuel field, or “all others”, was the solid 2-1 favorite among 24 wagering interests at the conclusion of betting in four-day pool. But Fox Hill Farm’s Old Fashioned was a clear choice among the 23 individual horses in the Derby Future pool that ended on the eve of the colt’s 3-year-old racing debut.
The mutuel field, which included all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 1, was bet down to 1-9 in Pool 1’s opening moments on Thursday and was a strong favorite through every second of the four days of betting that ended at 6 p.m. (EST) on Sunday. But Remsen (GII) winner Old Fashioned loomed as the solid second choice – and the favored individual horse – throughout the pool and at odds of 7-1 on Sunday.
NOT FOR SILVER MAKES IT 3-FOR-3 IN “CAPPY” CAPOSSELA
When trainer Michael Trombetta decided to send Not for Silver to Aqueduct Racetrack for the 108th running of the $69,850 Fred “Cappy” Caposella, he was hoping the 3-year-old son of Not For Love would take his Laurel Park form with him.
Under Ramon Dominguez, Not for Silver came charging from off the pace and went on to a 1¼-length victory over Wildcat Brief to remain undefeated in three career starts.
CENTENO SCORES HAT TRICK
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 15, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s leading jockey Daniel Centeno added three more victories to his win tally today, giving him 62 trips to the Winner’s Circle in 44 days of racing at the Oldsmar oval; additionally, Centeno is currently ranked as the fourth leading rider in the nation by wins.
Centeno took home his first win aboard Superlook; the three-year-old gelded son of Double Honor was bred in Florida by owner Wilfredo J. Agusti and was conditioned to victory by Leo Azpurua, Jr. Centeno scored again with Screening Room, this time fir trainer David Burns and owner Leslee Cummings.
JOCKEY MAWING RIDES THREE WINNERS
ALBANY -- Leslie Mawing vaulted into second place in jockey standings by riding three winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
Mawing won the second race with Defensive Move ($4.40), the fourth with Toy Toy Toy ($6.60) and the sixth with Stag On the Run ($7.00). Defensive Move and Stag On the Run are both trained by Steve Sherman.
Trainer Hawaa claims UAE Arabian Derby
Sunday’s eleventh meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, featured both the UAE Arabian Derby and the Emirates Fillies’ Classic.
Over 2200m, the UAE Arabian Derby was contested by a field of nine after three withdrawals and it was Ibn Abeya, trained by Samir Hawaa, who landed the spoils in good style.
Sunday, February 15 2009
TALAMO COMPLETES TRIPLE AS SANTA TERESITA UPSETS IN SANTA MARIA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2009) – A third-place finish her best showing in four starts since being purchased for a reported $1 million last June, Santa Teresita put a positive spin on Southern Equine Stable’s investment Saturday when scoring a dramatic13-1 upset in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Maria Handicap.
With jockey Joe Talamo winning his third straight race, Santa Teresita took the lead from pacesetter Briecat on the far turn and steadily widened her lead to 2 ½ lengths over Marzelline and Model, who dead-heated for second in the mile-and-one-sixteenth event for fillies and mares.
GENERAL QUARTERS COMMANDS IN GRADE III SAM F. DAVIS STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 14, 2009) A crowd of 6,673 fans arrived at Tampa Bay Downs for Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, in which General Quarters proved the best of a field of eleven in today’s Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. General Quarters is a son of Sky Mesa bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. R. David Randal, is owned by Thomas McCarthy and was conditioned to victory by Mark L. Miller with James Lopez in the irons.
General Quarters stalked the field throughout the 1 1/16 miles race, moving to the lead mid-stretch to win by 3 ½ lengths. Sumo was second and Musket Man completed the trifecta, which paid $6,783.60 for a $2 wager.
Stable Notes, Saturday, February 14th, 2009
UNBEATEN RAIL TRIP COULD RUN IN SAN CARLOS; JOHNNY EVES INJURED
Rail Trip, who has been mentioned as a candidate for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on March 7, could make his next start in next Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Handicap at seven furlongs.
“It’s a possibility,” trainer Ron Ellis said Saturday morning. “I looked at the race, and it’s not a very strong field other than Georgie Boy, so it’s a possibility.”
Duke of Homberg Gets Clear Sailing in Hallandale Beach Victory
Padua Stable’s English-bred 3-year-old Duke of Homberg was away quickly from the rail under jockey Alan Garcia in Saturday’s $125,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park, put away challenger Tamborim into the far turn, and held a safe margin of 1¼ lengths at the finish over Dogwood Stable’s Lime Rickey.
Trained by Tom Albertrani, Duke of Homberg finished a troubled fifth last out in the Dania Beach Stakes over the Gulfstream course on Jan. 17, but had clear sailing Saturday as he paid $8 to win and was timed in 1:41:30 over the firm turf. IEAH Stable’s Into My Soul, the favorite, finished third, 1½ lengths behind the runner-up in the field of seven 3-year-olds.
How’s Your Halo Posts Big Upset in Richter Scale
Owner-trainer Brian Prichard’s 6-year-old How’s You Halo was sent off the longest price in the field of six older horses to line up for Saturday’s $150,000 Richter Scale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and wore down Edmund Gann’s second-choice Ikigai in the final yards for a half-length decision under jockey Juan Leyva.
How’s Your Halo stalked the pace set by Ikigai down the backstretch of the seven-furlong test before returning $96.20 to win.