Friday, November 28 2008
BACK ON DIRT, FABUOUS STRIKE COASTS IN FALL HIGHWEIGHT
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
Maybe he’s just a traditionalist.
That explains why Walter Downey’s Fabulous Strike, sent off as the even-money favorite by Aqueduct’s Thanksgiving Day crowd of 3,239 Thursday afternoon, lead at all calls and easily defeated He’s So Chic in the 95th running of the $111,200 Fall Highweight Handicap.
Carrying top weight of 136 pounds – he spotted seven rivals from four to nine pounds – the 5-year-old Smart Strike gelding broke on top, entertained Grand Champion for about a half a mile and then glided over the fast track to a 1 ½-length victory in 1:09.02 for the six furlongs.
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ETERNAL STAR TAKES THANKSGIVING DAY FEATURE
LAUREL, MD. 11-27-08---Harry and Tom Meyerhoff’s Eternal Star was just too much for his five rivals in today’s Thanksgiving afternoon feature at Laurel Park, a $40,000 allowance test.
Eternal Star, a chestnut son of Five Star Day, tracked speedy Sir Silver Fox into the far turn before moving by without encouragement and drawing off to win by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:09.64 for the six furlong distance over the fast main track. Stakes winners Lycurgus and Celtic Innis finished second and third, respectively. Eternal Star paid $2.80 as the overwhelming favorite.
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BSHARPSONATA RALLIES UNDER GOMEZ IN PLAYA DEL REY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2008) — Bsharpsonata, fifth on the rail with a quarter-mile to run under Garrett Gomez, split horses approaching the sixteenth pole and cruised to a 1 1/2-length victory over favorite Peppermint Lounge in the $68,400 Playa del Rey on Thursday at Hollywood Park.
The daughter of Pulpit, overlooked in wagering at 7-1 despite competing with the nation’s leading 3-year-old fillies in the spring, covered six furlongs on Cushion Track in a stakes record 1:07.95 for her seventh win in 12 starts.
PASS THE HEAT EXPECTED TO BRING THE HEAT
ALBANY---Pass the Heat is expected to bring the heat in the $75,000 Forty Niner Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Friday.
The Forty Niner, the featured eighth race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m., is a 1 1/16 mile contest for three year olds and up. Pass the Heat is an 8 to 5 morning line favorite in a field of six.
Pass the Heat is a five year old gelding who has won half of his 18 career starts and three of his last four races. Trained by William J. Morey, Jr., and owned by the Joseph P. Morey, Jr. Revocable Trust, Pass the Heat has earned $321,499.
Thursday, November 27 2008
JUVENILES HIGHLIGHT HILL ‘N’ DALE CIGAR MILE UNDERCARD
When Thoroughbred owner Jeff Puglisi expanded and restructured his racing operation in 2008, included in his business plan was a multi-million commitment to purchase 2-year-olds, the vast majority of which would be fillies.
“In terms of residuals, fillies hold their value better than colts,” explained trainer Steve Klesaris. “If they become graded stakes winner and have some family, they’re worth something.”
From a business standpoint, Puglisi made a good choice.
HILL ‘N’ DALE CIGAR MILE COULD FIGURE IN BIG WEEKEND FOR ZITO
Nick Zito has always taken the time to count his blessings, and he was more than willing to share the appraisal on Thanksgiving morning. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out Stone Farm’s Wanderin Boy at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday in the 20th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile – the feature on a nine-race card that will also include the 95th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen for two-year-olds at nine furlongs and the 87th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Demoiselle for two-year-old fillies at nine furlongs.
First race post is 12:25 p.m., and there will be self-service wagering only on Churchill Downs race 1 at 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Zito will be at Churchill Downs to saddle Tracy Farmer’s favored Commentator, a two-time winner of Saratoga’s Grade 1 Whitney, in the Grade 2 Clark Handicap.
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SPEEDY CALIFORNIA FLAG TRIES TO REBOUND IN TURF EXPRESS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2008) — California Flag, who led before tiring in the final eighth to finish tenth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, will try to bounce back in the $150,000 Hollywood Turf Express on Saturday’s second day of the three-day Turf Festival at Hollywood Park.
The gray/roan gelding won the Morvich Handicap and three of his last four starts preceding the Breeders’ Cup for Hi Card Ranch and trainer Brian Koriner. He will break from the outside post in a ten-horse field for the Turf Express, which will be run at six furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course. The field for the 23rd running of the Grade III event lines up as follows from the rail out:
HP Stable Notes: Thursday, November 27, 2008
FRANKEL SEEKS FIFTH STRAIGHT MATRIARCH
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel has reached several milestones during an illustrious career, and he stands in a strong position to reach another Sunday when he sends out a powerful one-two punch of Precious Kitten and Visit in quest of a fifth straight victory in the $500,0000 Matriarch at Hollywood Park.
The Grade I test is for fillies and mares at one mile on turf and is co-featured with the $500,000 Hollywood Derby. The Sunday races climax the three-day Turf Festival, which begins Friday with the $400,000 Citation Handicap and $100,000-added Miesque Stakes.
BurJuman Ladies Night a hit
It was all about the ladies once again as Dubai Racing Club played host to the popular BurJuman Ladies Night.
Beautifully decorated suites in the Maktoum Grandstand opened their doors once again to welcome ladies dressed in their racing finest.
Whilst the thundering action on the track took place, guests enjoyed the stylish fashion displays, courtesy of BurJuman, whilst sampling the sparkling beverages and gourmet canapés in the delightful pink and white-themed suites.
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Perfect start for Mubarak Bin Shafya
Local apprentice Ahmed Ajtebi was in the saddle when trainer Mubarak Bin Shafya made a great start to his UAE campaign with Dubai Twilight running out the facile winner of the concluding 2000m handicap.
Beaming from ear-to-ear, Ajtebi said: “It’s great to have a winner for the team.
“I need five more to lose my apprentice claim and things are going really well.”
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Me the Sea and G T faces 11 rivals in Kingarvie
TORONTO, November 26 - Me the Sea and G T goes for his first stakes 'W' in Saturday's $125,000 Kingarvie at Woodbine.
The G.T. Heat Stable charge enters the 1 1/16-mile, Ontario-sired event on the strength of a strong third-place finish in the Bull Page on October 13. The Steve Owens trainee made up 3 3/4 lengths in the final quarter-mile and was just 1 1/4 lengths from victory.
"They went pretty quick in front of him. He settled really well and came with his run," said Owens, adding that jockey Patrick Husbands told him after that the youngster was starting to impress him with his ability to rate and that he may be developing into a 'nice little horse.'
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FOREST MELODY CRUISES UNDER ROSARIO IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2008) — Forest Melody gained control early, repelled a bid by Double Dip on the turn for home, and cruised to a 3 1/4-length victory under jockey Joel Rosario in the $43,000 allowance feature Wednesday at Hollywood Park.
The 4-year-old filly covered 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:43.78 for her third victory in 20 starts, snapping a seven-race winless streak in the process.