Friday, February 06 2009
NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR LAUREL PARK’S WINTER SPRINTFEST
"LAUREL, MD. 02-06-09---Nominations for the three races which highlight the President’s day holiday weekend at Laurel Park were released by the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing office this afternoon.
SprintFest features two graded, seven furlong contests - the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (GII) for fillies and mares on Saturday, February 14 and the $150,000 General George Handicap (GII) for 3-year-olds and up on Monday, February 16. Saturday’s co-feature is the $50,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at nine furlongs.
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VICTORINA 2-TO-1 FAVORITE TO EARN HER 10TH STAKES VICTORY
ALBANY -- The 6-year-old mare Victorina has captured nine stakes in her 24-race career and she'll be favored to add another stakes victory to her portfolio Saturday when she competes in the $75,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
Victorina is a 2-to-1 morning-line favorite in the Campanile, a 1 1/16-mile contest for fillies and mare that attracted a strong field of eight. The Campanile is the eighth event on a nine-race card that begins at 12:45 p.m.
Shiny guineas for Barton
Friday’s fifth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, sponsored by GPD Investments, featured the UAE 1000 Guineas, the first Classic of the season.
Restricted to three-year-old fillies, the 1600m dirt contest carries Listed status and was won by the Jerry Barton-trained So Shiny who made all under Mick Kinane.
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FIRE WOOD STRIKES OFF CLAIM BY MITCHELL IN LONG WALK HOME
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2009) – After being claimed by trainer Mike Mitchell for $32,000 in his last start, 7-2 fourth-choice Fire Wood closed strongly Thursday to defeat Isipingo by a neck in Santa Anita’s $52,800 Long Walk Home Purse, a first condition allowance for older horses, at 1 ¼ miles.
His late charge timed perfectly by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, the 7-year-old gelding covered the classic distance over the Pro-Ride synthetic surface in 2:03.34 while providing Mitchell, the meet’s leading trainer, with his second win of the afternoon.
KIRK ZIADIE NAMED COURTSIDE GRILLE TRAINER OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 5, 2009) Trainer Kirk Ziadie has enjoyed a very successful 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs meet, and in the week of January 29 through February 3 has had 8 wins, 3 seconds and 4 third-place finishes from 20 starters. Though February 3rd, the conditioner is leading the Tampa Bay Downs trainers’ colony with 23 victories to his credit.
Ziadie conditioned R Lady Joy to a nine-length win in the 2005 Florida Oaks and joins Gerald Bennett and Ron Allen, Sr. as the only trainers in Tampa’s top ten to make the top 100 trainers by wins in the nation by achieving 68 wins that year.
MASON, BISONO SCORE A PAIR OF WINS
ALBANY -- Trainer Lloyd Mason and jockey Alex Bisono each recorded a pair of victories at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Mason won the third race with Rain N Jewels ($10.00) and then teamed up with Bisono to take the fifth with Bakers Beach ($11.20).
Bisono completed his riding double when he guided Kalookan Storm ($21.60) to a front-running victory in the seventh race. Kalookan Storm scored as a big overlay as he was 3-to-1 on the morning line.
Thursday, February 05 2009
STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2009
TRIPLE CROWN EXCITEMENT BEGINS WITH SATURDAY’S ROBERT B. LEWIS
Nothing in Thoroughbred racing captures the fancy of mainstream America like classic 3-year-olds. They are racing’s rock stars, each on a stage their connections hope will lead to gold and glory in the world’s most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, this year to be run on May 2.
But first things first.
TIAGO SET FOR SAN ANTONIO, FACES CHAMPS ELYSEES, WELL ARMED
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2009) – Multi-millionaire Tiago, freshened since closing swiftly for third in Oak Tree’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 25, returns to action Sunday in Santa Anita’s 71st running of the Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Handicap at 1 1/8 miles.
Jerry and Ann Moss’s 5-year-old homebred son of Pleasant Tap will be confronted by a pair of millionaires, defending champion Well Armed and the versatile Champs Elysees, among eleven entrants in the event that can serve as a final stepping stone to the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, set for March 7.
$250,000 LATE PICK 4 DEBUTS AT BIG A NEXT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14
The New York Racing Association today received approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to offer a guaranteed $250,000 late Pick 4 on Saturdays at Aqueduct Racetrack, beginning next Saturday, February 14, St. Valentine’s Day.
Although NYRA offers daily Pick 4s on races 2-5 and 6-9, the $250,000 guarantee applies only to the late Pick 4 on Saturdays.
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FOR HAYNESFIELD, WHIRLAWAY ANOTHER STEP TO HIGHER GROUND
Monday morning, shortly before “predicting” that winter will come to a quick end, Charles G. Hogg, Staten Island’s answer to the more famous Puxatawnie Phil and other prognasticating rodents, took a bite out of New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Already backed into his lair by the presence of the Groundhog Day crowd, Hogg was not about to be groped by the in-a-hurry mayor without making a statement.
Proof, once again, that impatience often leads to pain.
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Scolara the One to Beat in Marion County Sunday
Haras Santa Maria de Araras’s 4-year-old Florida homebred filly Scolara looks like the class and the horse to beat in a field of nine Florida-bred fillies and mares entered in Sunday’s $75,000 Marion County Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux gets the call on Scolara for trainer Bill Mott in the one mile turf test as she makes her first start since a game second by a head in the Pago Hop Stakes over the Fair Grounds course on Dec. 2. The daughter of Quiet American boasts an 8-2-3-2 record on turf and finished a strong third in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 8 prior to the Pago Hop.
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Dutrow Seeks Similar Results on Turf in the Tallahassee
The stakes aren’t quite as high and there isn’t a Grade 1 race on the line, but six days after watching Kip Deville bounce back from a dull race to win the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) on Sunday, trainer Rick Dutrow will send Vincent Scuderi’s 4-year-old Formal King into the $75,000 Tallahassee Stakes Saturday off a similar dull race.
The gelded son of Formal Dinner will take on a dozen other Florida-breds in the one-mile turf contest while trying to put the memories of his 73-length loss in an optional-allowance race on the inner dirt track at Aqueduct on Jan. 2 behind him.