Saturday, February 21 2009


Walloon steps up to stakes win in Valdale


FLORENCE, KY . . . February 21, 2009 . . . Walloon stepped up to two turns and earned her first stakes trophy Saturday at Turfway Park, taking the $50,000 Valdale Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths.

Karacuda jumped out quickly to set the pace, followed closely by the 3-2 favorite, Tacky Cat. Breaking from the inside post under jockey Hector Rosario Jr., Walloon went at the leaders briefly before settling back to mid-pack along the rail. Rosario moved her off the rail leaving the final turn and made a four-wide run past the tiring leaders. She’s Due closed from far back to take second. Three-quarters of a length farther back was Satans Quick Chick, who had trailed the field early.





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Jockey Billy Troilo gets career win 2,500


FLORENCE, KY . . . February 21, 2009 . . . Jockey Billy Troilo earned his 2,500th career win Saturday when he guided Sabeeb to a two-length victory in the sixth race at Turfway Park.

The milestone win came one race after Troilo earned win number 2,499 with Queen of Victory. He added win number 2,501 in the eighth race aboard Overdrive.





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WORTH WAITING FOR, WEATHERED SHINES IN RARE TREAT


Saturday afternoon, there was more excitement before Aqueduct’s 37th running of the $70,695 Rare Treat than during the actual running of the nine-furlong inner track event.

A loose shoe forced Rap Tale back to the saddling area. Once that problem was corrected, the race was delayed even longer when the bridle came off of longshot Vladimira.





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GUARANTEED $250,000 LATE PICK 4 A HIT IN SECOND WEEK


Saturday afternoon, in the second week of its existence, the New York Racing Association’s guaranteed $250,000 late Pick 4 proved a big hit with Aqueduct Racetrack’s customers.

Total handle on the pool was $376,790, up from the $339,363 that was put in when the pool debuted on February 14.





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HELLO POOCHI POOH GALLOPS IN MARYLAND RACING MEDIA HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 02-21-09---The others handed the race to Hello Poochi Pooh on a silver platter when they let her gallop to an uncontested lead in the $50,000 Maryland Racing Media Handicap at Laurel Park.

Sent to post as the overwhelming 3-5 favorite and lone speed in the field of five fillies and mares, Hello Poochi Pooh clicked off fractions of 25.30, 50.23 and 1:14.73 on her way to a final time of 1:51.78 for the nine furlong distance. Peachy Kiss finished second, 2-3/4 lengths behind the winner. Clara’s Song was third. The winner, under jockey Erick Rodriguez, paid $3.20.





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Presious Passion Turns Back Challenge to Win Mac Diarmida


Patricia Generazio’s remarkable 6-year-old gelding Presious Passion set brisk early fractions and was seven lengths in front after one mile of the $125,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, but he had enough left to hold on for a half-length victory over Fab Oak Stable and Kona Stable’s Quasicobra at the finish line of the 1 3/8 miles turf test.

Presious Passion has made a career of winning major long-distance turf stakes and producing big payoffs, including last year’s Pan American Handicap, the United Nations (G1) at Monmouth and the last two editions of Calder’s W.L. McKnight Handicap (G2). Trained by Mary Hartmann, the chestnut son of Royal Anthem paid $11 for $2 to win Saturday.





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GP Barn Notes 2-21


‘Phil’ Fast Early in Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Drill

Sticking with a plan that worked last time, Paul Pompa Jr.’s 3-year-old This Ones for Phil worked six furlongs for trainer Rick Dutrow Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park with a week until his next start in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).

The Florida-bred son of Untuttable was part of a rush of workhorses just after the first renovation break under exercise rider/jockey Mario Madrid. He sizzled the early portion of the work with fractions of 22 and 34 seconds. He then leveled off on the turn, getting a half-mile in 45 2/5 before hitting the wire in 1:11 2/5.





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RAIL TRIP EXTENDS UNBEATEN SKEIN, BIG ’CAP AN OPTION


ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2009)—After beginning his career last November with three successive wins by a combined 12 ½ lengths, unbeaten 4-year-old gelding Rail Trip easily added number four on Friday in a $58,800 third-condition allowance event at Santa Anita, and afterward trainer Ron Ellis did not rule out the possibility of a start in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.

With regular rider Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard, Jay Em Ess Stable’s Kentucky-bred son of Jump Start (by A.P. Indy), cruised to a handy 1 ¾ length victory at odds of 1-9 versus three other rivals. Booyah, with Joe Talamo aboard, finished second while never seriously testing the winner who was clocked in 1:42.11 for the 1 1/16 miles.





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MIRANDA BARN HEATING UP


ALBANY -- The barn of trainer Efrain Miranda is heating up at Golden Gate Fields.

Miranda, who was 2-for-26 through the first 35 days of racing at the 2008-2009 winter meeting, won one race Thursday and then came back to saddle two more winners Friday.

Miranda went 1-for-2 Thursday, winning the first race with Chief Bill ($3.80). His other entrant, Good Time'n Dixie, finished last in the eighth race.





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Classy battle for second round of UAE Triple Crown


Sunday’s twelfth meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club features the Group 3 middle round of the UAE Triple Crown, over 2200m, with a small, but select, field of five declared.

A strong case can be made for four of them though with last week’s UAE Arabian Derby winner Ibn Abeya likely to be hard to beat for trainer Samir Hawaa with jockey Robbie Burke maintaining the partnership.





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Saturday gallops


With under a fortnight to Super Thursday and just over a month to the Dubai World Cup meeting, big night contenders are arriving at Nad Al Sheba and Japan’s Dubai Duty Free hopeful Vodka was on the Nad Al Sheba dirt track this morning – walking one circuit before cantering a second.

Fourth in the race last year, she could have a prep race on Super Thursday (March 5th) this time.







 

Friday, February 20 2009


One Caroline Stays Perfect After Sabin Victory


G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s 4-year-old filly One Caroline was sent away the even-money favorite in Friday’s $100,000 Sabin Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park after winning all three of her previous career starts, and she remained undefeated as she held Mark Stanley’s 5-year-old mare Swift Temper safe at the finish to score by a length.

Ridden by Edgar Prado, One Caroline broke alertly and, after being headed briefly on the backstretch, took command in the far turn of the one-mile test for fillies and mares. A roan/gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song, One Caroline was a $400,000 Saratoga yearling purchase. She paid $4 to win as she was timed in 1:36:87 over the fast track.





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