Sunday, January 04 2009


GP Barn notes 1-3


Beethoven Rolls Over Gulfstream Strip

Two of John Oxley’s top 3-year-old prospects worked out Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park for trainer John Ward, including Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) winner Beethoven, and jockeys who won two of the last three editions of the Kentucky Derby (G1) rode them.

Calvin Borel, who rode Street Sense to win the 2007 Derby, shipped in to work Beethoven, going three furlongs in 36. Edgar Prado, rider of 2006 Derby winner Barbaro, was aboard Strategic Decision, a maiden out of the champion mare Beautiful Pleasure. He was timed an easy half-mile in 50 1/5.





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Loch Dubh makes the leap to stakes winner in Turfway Prevue


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 3, 2009 . . . Loch Dubh proved himself a good investment Saturday at Turfway Park, drawing off to win the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes in his second start off a $15,000 claim at Churchill Downs.

Asked what prompted the claim, trainer Jeff Talley said, “He’s a big, good-looking horse. We watched him in the paddock every race at Churchill, and then [trainer Eddie Kenneally] ran him for thirty [thousand]. I was mad I didn’t take him that day.”





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DREAM RUSH HUSTLES TO MINARET VICTORY


OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 3, 2009) The 28th renewal of the $65,000 Minaret Stakes was captured today by Dream Rush, a five-year-old daughter of Wild Rush who ran the six furlongs over the main track in 1:10.73 before a crowd of 4,245 fans. Dream Rush is under the care of trainer William Phipps, is owned by Minor Stables and was bred in Kentucky by James H. Petrey. Jockey Daniel Centeno had the return call to ride Dream Rush, giving the mare her eighth lifetime victory from fifteen starts. Dream Rush has won such noted stakes as the Grade I Test Stakes at Saratoga and the Grade I Prioress Stakes at Belmont Park, and has now earned more that $750,000.





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JIBBOOM, GOMEZ FINALLY FIND ROOM TO CAPTURE MONROVIA HANDICAP


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2009) – Blocked behind rivals in deep stretch, Garrett Gomez finally maneuvered favored Jibboom between horses to emerge with a one-half length victory over longshot Christiana’s Heat Saturday in Santa Anita’s 42nd running of the Grade III, $100,000 Monrovia Handicap for fillies and mares while covering 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:13.21

The win seemed to confirm trainer Bobby Frankel’s notion that the 5-year-old roan mare, once thought by the Hall of Fame conditioner to be “my next (2007 Female champion) Ginger Punch,” may be best suited as a late-running sprinter.





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STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, JANUARY 3RD, 2009


WELL ARMED SET FOR RETURN IN NEXT SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL

Well Armed is scheduled to make his first start since a disappointing ninth as the 6-5 favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last Oct. 25 when the 6-year-old gelding runs in next Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap for older horses at 1 1/16 miles.

“The rest helped him and he’s been working super,” trainer Eoin Harty said of the bay son of Tiznow owned by WinStar Farm. “It was pretty bad,” Harty continued, referring to the Dirt Mile “trouble line” in Daily Racing Form’s past performances that reads, “steadied turn.”





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HAYNESFIELD MAKES IT THREE STRAIGHT IN COUNT FLEET


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

It’s still a long way to the first Saturday in May, but Turtle Bird Stable’s Haynesfield is at least heading in the right direction.

The Speightstown colt picked up his third consecutive victory Saturday afternoon, warding off a stiff mid-stretch challenge from Mike >From Queens and drawing off to a 3 ½-length victory in the 34th running of the $69.700 Count Fleet Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile and 70 yards on Aqueduct’s fast inner dirt track.







 

ADW Accounts safe and secure for NYRA Rewards Members


The recent bankruptcy of the Hinsdale Greyhound Racing Association, which resulted in its Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) customers becoming creditors without access to their own funds, has raised general concerns among many ADW patrons nationwide as to the safety of their deposits.

The guaranteed safety and security of members’ accounts is a key feature of NYRA Rewards, the New York Racing Association’s ADW program. NYRA Rewards funds are maintained in a trust account that is used solely for the deposits and withdrawals of NYRA Rewards patrons and is completely separate and segregated from any other NYRA account. For example, throughout NYRA’s own bankruptcy, NYRA Rewards members had complete access to their accounts, both for deposits and withdrawals, without interruption.







 

LORD SNOWDON RALLIES TO WIN NATIVE DANCER STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-03-09---Far back early, Dubb, Goldfarb, Robbins LLC and Kaplan Racing’s Lord Snowdon rallied seven-wide into the stretch on the way to victory in the $50,000 Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park.

Ridden by jockey Jeremy Rose, the 6-year-old gelding completed the one mile distance in 1:38.11 over the fast main track. Sharps Island finished a game second, just three-quarters of a length behind the winner. P V Lightening, after leading early, gave way to finish third.







 

BEAMING BABE RUNS AWAY TO BIG WIN


ALBANY -- Beaming Babe simply ran away from her five opponents in the $35,880 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Beaming Babe, trained by Steve Specht and ridden by Alex Bisono, took command at the start of the six-furlong race for fillies and mares and was never threatened. Drawing off impressively the down the stretch, Beaming Babe crossed the wire nine lengths clear of runner-up Northern Station. Schill finished third.





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Friday, January 02 2009


Turfway Park daily averages up for holiday meet


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 2, 2009 . . . Turfway Park closed its 2008 Holiday Meet with slight increases in average daily handle both on-track and from all sources. Daily on-track wagering on Turfway races was $127,992, an increase of 0.3 percent, while daily all-sources wagering on Turfway races was $2,775,799, up 1.8 percent.

“In light of the current economy, we are pleased to post even slight gains in activity,” said Turfway Park president Robert N. Elliston. “I’ve seen blog comments that argue who’s more important to tracks today, players or fans. We don’t answer the question as either-or but as both. For players, our horsemen allowed us to offer attractive field sizes—10.4 compared to 10.1 last year. Additionally, we promoted the value of Turfway payoffs and provided information on playing our Polytrack surface.





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DREAM RUSH HIGHLIGHTS FULL MINARET STAKES FIELD


OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 2, 2009) Dream Rush, who won her last start on Opening Day at Tampa Bay Downs, will make her way postward with nine other fillies and mares in the 28th edition of the Minaret Stakes on Saturday. The Minaret Stakes is a $65,000 test for fillies and mares four years old and up run over 6 furlongs on the main track. Dream Rush is the winner of $749,364 in her career, which has included victories in the Grade I Prioress Stakes and the Grade I Test Stakes. The five-year-old Wild Rush mare will retain the services of Daniel Centeno for owner Minor Stable and trainer William Phipps.





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“FREE FRIDAYS” ATTRACTS SANTA ANITA CROWD OF 9,269


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2009) – Before an on-track crowd of 9,269 on the first of Santa Anita’s weekly Free Fridays promotion, 3-2 second-choice Victorina mounted a strong finish to run past You Lift Me Up and capture the eighth running of the $80,900 Paseana Handicap for fillies and mares by 2¼ lengths with Rafael Bejarano aboard.

A widely-traveled Northern California-based mare who has been off-the-board only three times in 24 starts, the 6-year-old Florida-bred negotiated the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:43.92 with Island Hop checking in third. Double Trouble, the even-money favorite in the field of six, never threatened while finishing fourth.





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