Tuesday, December 23 2008
Etisalat partners first Friday meeting of the season at Nad Al Sheba
Racing returns to Nad Al Sheba this week on Friday December 26, when the eighth meeting of the season will be sponsored by Etisalat, and is a seven race affair.
Dubai Racing Club CEO Mr Frank Gabriel Jr said: “Etisalat has long been associated with the Dubai Racing Club, sponsoring meetings during the Winter Racing Challenge, the Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Godolphin Mile at the Dubai World Cup.
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COLONEL JOHN HEADS MAILBU AS SANTA ANITA OPENS 72ND SEASON
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2008) – Santa Anita Derby and Travers Stakes winner Colonel John leads seven 3-year-olds into Friday’s Grade I, $250,000 Malibu Stakes as Santa Anita traditionally opens its 72nd season on the day after Christmas with first post at 12 noon.
The 57th Malibu, at seven furlongs, is one of three stakes races on the nine-race program that ushers in the track’s 84-day run over Santa Anita’s new Pro-Ride synthetic surface that was successfully introduced during the track’s recent Oak Tree meeting. The nine races attracted 103 entrants, an average of 11 per race.
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HORSES AT THE READY AS SANTA ANITA BEGINS 72ND CAMPAIGN FRIDAY
Santa Anita Park, which opened on Christmas Day, 1934 and instantly established itself as one a great Thoroughbred venue, plans to continue that rich heritage when it ushers in its 72nd season of world-class racing this Friday, the day after Christmas, its traditional opening day.
Highlighting the initial program is the 57th running of the Grade I Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, an event that has been won in the past by equine luminaries such as Determine, Round Table, Native Diver, Buckpasser, Damascus, Ancient Title, Spectacular Bid, Precisionist and Ferdinand.
Gulfstream Park Donates $25,000 Toward Hallandale Beach PAL’s Purchase of 15-Seat Van
Magna Entertainment Corp. Chairman Frank Stronach was on hand at Gulfstream Park Monday to present the keys to a 2009 Ford E-350 Super Duty® Extended Length XL van to the Hallandale Beach Police Athletic League.
“It is with great pleasure that Gulfstream Park and (its parent company) MEC makes this contribution to the community and to such a worthy organization as the PAL,” Mr. Stronach said. “We recognize that the key to a better society rests with its youth, and we recognize the many contributions that the PAL – through (Hallandale Police Chief) Tom Magill, Major Ken Cowley and Sergeant Paul Robert – have made. We take great pride in being able to contribute to such a worthy cause.”
Churchill Downs Incorporated Reaches One-Year ADW Agreement
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 22, 2008) – Officials of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) and representatives of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (“FHBPA”) have come to an agreement on the distribution of live racing signals from Calder Race Course (“Calder”) to national advance-deposit wagering (“ADW”) platforms.
The one-year agreement covers the remainder of the current Tropical Meet at Calder, ending Jan. 2, 2009, and the 2009 Calder and Tropical meets.
Monday, December 22 2008
Festive family day out at the races
Dubai Racing Club invites you to spend Boxing Day at the Races this Friday!
What better way to celebrate the festive season with friends and family than with a gourmet festive lunch?
Held in hospitality suites and restaurants of the Millennium Grandstand, guests will be able to experience a traditional day with a twist.
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HOLLYWOOD PARK UNABLE TO OVERCOME NATIONAL TREND
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2008) — Hollywood Park, fighting the declining economy and an Advance Deposit Wagering dispute which curtailed wagering by players residing outside of California for 17 racing days, finished its 40-day Autumn Meet on Sunday with declines across the board in attendance and handle.
Overall, handle averaged $8.9 million, down 18.3 percent from the figure of $10.9 million during a 32-day meeting in 2007. The on-track average of $1.05 million was down 21.6 percent from the average of $1.3 million in 2007. On track-attendance fell 12 percent to 4,353, compared to 4,944 in 2007.
BEJARANO, O’NEILL WIN MEET TITLES WITH FLAIR
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2008) — Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who did not ride closing day, completed a sweep of the five major Southern California meetings by riding 52 winners at Hollywood Park’s 40-day Autumn Meet, which concluded Sunday.
Bejarano, a 26-year-old native of Arequipa, Peru., moved his tack west during the 2007 Autumn Meet and became just the third jockey to sweep the Santa Anita Winter/Spring Meeting, the Hollywood Park Spring/Summer Meet, Del Mar, Oak Tree and the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet. Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron was the first to do so in 1983 and Patrick Valenzuela matched the feat in 2003.
MEDIA VOTE COCOA BEACH HORSE OF THE MEET
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2008) — Cocoa Beach, impressive come-from-behind winner of The Matriarch on closing day of the Turf Festival, was a unanimous choice by media as Horse of the Meet as Hollywood Park’s 40-day Autumn Meet closed Sunday.
Cocoa Beach, owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, had not run on turf since winning her career debut in Chile in January of 2007. She rallied in the stretch under Ramon Dominguez to win the Grade I event by three-quarters of a length over defending champion and pacesetter Precious Kitten.
BAZE, HOLLENDORFER CELEBRATE TITLE-WINNING CAMPAIGNS
ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer put exclamation points on their title-winning campaigns at Golden Gate Fields by scoring multiple victories Sunday, closing day of the track's 2008 fall meeting.
Baze rode four winners and finished the 67-day season with 107 victories to easily claim his 34th career riding championship at Golden Gate Fields. Frank Alvarado finished second in the jockey standings with 63 wins and Roberto Gonzalez was third with 55.
Sunday, December 21 2008
Step Out Smartly steps up to Gowell win
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 20, 2008 . . . Step Out Smartly stepped up from maiden winner to stakes winner at Turfway Park Saturday, coming from far back to take the $50,000 Gowell Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths. Lady’s Laughter led into the stretch and stayed in for second, three lengths ahead of 2-1 favorite Emma Darling, who stumbled out of the gate.
Queen of Victory took the lead from Karacuda shortly after the break and set fractions of :22.11 and :45.74 under pressure from Lady’s Laughter to her outside. As Lady’s Laughter took over coming into the stretch, Step Out Smartly was second to last, but jockey Bill Troilo had her on the move and she swept past effortlessly in the middle of the track to get up in the final few strides.
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Turfway cancels Sunday card
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 20, 2008 . . . With forecasters promising strong winds and single-digit windchill temperatures, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Sunday, December 21. The track will remain open for simulcasting.
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