Friday, February 13 2009
FABULOUS STRIKE HEADLINES GENERAL GEORGE LINEUP
LAUREL, MD. 02-12-09---The $150,000 General George Handicap (GII) has attracted a stellar band of older runners. Monday’s seven furlong headliner at Laurel Park features Fabulous Strike, one of the top sprinters in the country.
Fabulous Strike, the 4-5 morning line favorite, is a prolific winner with twelve victories on his resume including ten stakes. The Todd Beattie trainee operates out of central Pennsylvania and ended 2008 with wins in the both the Fall Highweight and the Gravesend Handicaps at Aqueduct. With career earnings of $939,412 the gelding would become a millionaire with a win Monday.
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MEADOWLANDS ADDS POKER TO PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE
Meadowlands Racetrack and NJ Free Poker (NJFP) will host free Texas Hold'em tournaments Friday nights on the Clubhouse Level beginning February 27.
Professional dealers will offer free poker lessons at 6:30 p.m.; the free tournament begins at 7 p.m. All participants will receive free admission passes and a live racing program. While there is no gambling at the poker tables, participants can enter drawings to win mutuel vouchers.
Party in the desert for Godolphin
The Godolphin team enjoyed a memorable night at Nad Al Sheba as the dominated the sixth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, kindly sponsored by Gulf News, when supplying four of the seven winners.
The quartet was highlighted by Desert Party who won the night’s feature, the Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas for three-year-olds over 1600m on the dirt.
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Thursday, February 12 2009
Barn Notes GP 2-12
Break Water Edison Breezes for Fountain of Youth
Trainer John Kimmel took the first steps toward helping Eli Gindi’s star 3-year-old colt erase the memories of a disappointing Hutcheson Stakes (G2) on Jan. 29 with a five-furlong breeze Thursday morning at Gulfstream Park.
After finishing last of six runners in his first start of the year, the son of Lemon Drop Kid is encouraging his trainer a rebound is coming in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) here on Feb. 28.
TROMBETTA ACCEPTS INVITATION TO DEARLY PRECIOUS
The job of stakes coordinator for a Thoroughbred racetrack has never been an easy one. And, at this time of year in New York, it can be especially challenging.
Unlike the spring, summer, and early fall, when the stalls at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course are full, the local colony of horses has been depleted as the bigger outfits head south.
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Aqueduct Live Racing Canceled Thursday 2.12.09
Because of extremely high winds projected to gust up to 60 mph, the New York Racing Association has decided to cancel its scheduled live race card at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday, February 12, 2009.
Aqueduct will be open for simulcasting on Thursday. There is no parking or admission charge, and gates open at 11:30 a.m.
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Keeneland Rated #1 By Horseplayers Association of North America
Lexington, KY (February 12, 2009) – The Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) has ranked Keeneland first among 65 of the continent’s top racetracks in its inaugural Track Rating System.
HANA is a grassroots, not-for-profit group comprised of more than 500 horseplayers with a combined handle of approximately $30 million annually.
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Competitive day at Jebel Ali on Friday
Friday’s Jebel Ali meeting is a seven race card highlighted by an 1800m handicap, kindly sponsored by Shadwell Farms, the American arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s breeding operation.
It has attracted a maximum field of 16 with last year’s Godolphin Carnival winner Igor Protti, now trained by Abdulla Bin Huzaim, heading the weights.
Erwan Charpy saddles four runners, with Tadhg O’Shea electing to ride Spring City and Richard Hills on Sheikh Hamdan’s Morghim.
MARATHONER CAPRICE GAINS FIRST U.S. WIN IN LA ZANZARA ’CAP
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2009) – German-bred Caprice, who has competed at marathon distances in France, New York, Kentucky and Illinois, recorded her first United States victory Wednesday at Santa Anita in the $75,150 La Zanzara Handicap for fillies and mares at the seldom run distance of 1 ½ miles on turf.
The 6-year-old mare, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, rallied from last in the field of six to outfinish Restless Soul by 1 ¾ lengths with 8-5 favored Brushed Gold another length back in third after appearing rank while leading into the stretch.
PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $90,411 INTO THURSDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2009)—Due in large part to two major upsets, there is a Pick Six carryover of $90,411 into Thursday at Santa Anita, which marks the 15th carryover through 35 days of racing.
The biggest upset of the day came in race four, the second leg of the Pick Six. My King, under Alonso Quinonez, paid $35.60 to win. Owned by MT Racing Stable and trained by Mark Tsagalakis, the 5-year-old son of Lear Fan broke his maiden in his sixth career start and first time in for a claiming tag.
Wednesday, February 11 2009
CHOCOLATE CANDY TO FACE SIX IN $200,000 EL CAMINO REAL DERBY
ALBANY -- California Derby winner Chocolate Candy will try to remain on the road to the Kentucky Derby when he faces six opponents Saturday in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
A Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds, the El Camino Real Derby is Northern California's premier steppingstone to the Triple Crown events. In 27 runnings the race has produced a Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year (Charismatic-1999), two Kentucky Derby runners-up (Cavonnier-1996 and Casual Lies-1992), five Preakness Stakes winners (Charismatic-1999, Tabasco Cat-1994, Snow Chief-1986, Tank's Prospect-1985, and Gate Dancer-1984), a Belmont Stakes winner (Tabasco Cat-1994), and a Belmont Stakes runner-up (Ten Most Wanted-2003).
LEAH’S SECRET TRIES TO DENY FRANKEL IN GRADE I SANTA MARIA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2009) – WinStar Farm’s Leah’s Secret, a decisive winner of the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff three weeks before, will attempt to deny Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel a third straight victory in Santa Anita’s 67th running of the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Maria Handicap on Saturday.
Frankel will saddle a pair of entrants, Juddmonte Farms’ well-fancied British-bred Visit and multiple Grade I winner Country Star, among twelve contestants in the mile-and-one-sixteenth event for fillies and mares that he won last year with Double Trouble and the year before with Sugar Shake.