Thursday, December 18 2008
HP Stable Notes: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008
AXEL FOLEY POISED FOR UPSET IN $750,000 FUTURITY
Martin Smith, assistant and exercise rider for English trainer John Best, hopes the stable enjoys as much success in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity Saturday at Hollywood Park with Axel Foley as it did with Square Eddie in the Breeders Futurity at Keeneland in October.
Axel Foley looms as the mystery horse in the Grade I Futurity at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track. He galloped on the main track for the second straight morning Wednesday after clearing quarantine here Monday following a 12-hour flight from Luxemburg to LAX Friday.
BAZE RIDES FOUR WINNERS TO REACH 100-VICTORY MARK AT GGF FALL MEETING
ALBANY -- Russell Baze rode four winners Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields and the four-bagger powered the Hall of Famer to the 100-win mark at fall meeting.
The 67-day fall session concludes Sunday and Baze heads into the final\ four days of the season with a huge 100-56 advantage in the jockey standings over Frank Alvarado. Roberto Gonzalez is third with 54 wins.
Baze won the first race with Crafty Power ($5.00), the third with Hornung ($2.60), the fourth with Devil Cielo ($5.40) and the sixth with Islandhoppertopper ($5.00).
Shadwell supports Jebel Ali’s first feature
Friday’s third meeting of the current season, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell, features the first of three Listed races on the course this season.
With AED500,000 on offer, the 1950m Jebel Ali Stakes feature has attracted a quality field of 12, including last year’s winner Anani, the runner-up Remaadd and the 2006 winner Singing Poet.
Wednesday, December 17 2008
MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB UNVEILS 2009 PREAKNESS LOGO
BALTIMORE, 12-16-08---The Maryland Jockey Club today unveiled the 2009 Preakness logo. The 134th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, is set for Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Pimlico Race Course.
The whimsical appeal of the 2009 Preakness logo lay in its simple color palette, contrasting the traditional combination of yellow and black, so emblematic of the Preakness, and Maryland’s favorite bloom, the Black-Eyed Susan. The clean and fluid lines emphasize the graceful movement of thoroughbred racing, while showcasing the cherished and iconic symbols of Preakness: the historic Pimlico clubhouse cupola, a prominent Black-Eyed Susan flower and the classic horse and rider.
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Keeneland Announces 2008 Contributions For Community and Horse Industry
Lexington, KY (December 16, 2008) – Keeneland announced its 2008 contributions at its annual holiday luncheon today, reporting for the first time funding for community and charitable organizations as well as the association's reinvestment in equine-related initiatives.
Keeneland’s funding program is supported by profits generated through its Thoroughbred racing, sales, and simulcast operations.
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FINAL WEEK OF GGF FALL MEETING BEGINS WEDNESDAY WITH PICK SIX CARRYOVER
ALBANY -- The final week of racing at Golden Gate Fields' fall meeting gets underway Wednesday with an eight-race card that features a Pick Six carryover of $17,237.
Post time Wednesday through Sunday, closing day, is 12:45 p.m.
Wednesday's Pick Six, a wager which challenges handicappers to select the winners of six consecutive races, will be held on races three through eight. Post time for the third race is 1:45 p.m.
Leisurely night at the races
Thursday’s seventh meeting of the season at Nad Al Sheba, kindly sponsored by Al Nasr Leisureland, is a six race affair with two AED110,000 handicaps dominating the card.
The penultimate event, the Al Nasr Leisureland Mile, a 1600m handicap, may have only attracted seven declarations but looks a real quality contest with the weights headed by the Erwan Charpy-trained Golden Arrow.
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Tuesday, December 16 2008
Al Nasr Leisureland to sponsor Thursday meeting
The Dubai Racing Club is pleased to annouce Al Nasr Leisureland will be sponsoring the seventh meeting of the 2008-09 Winter Racing Challenge at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday.
Dubai Racing Club CEO Mr Frank Gabriel Jr said: “All Nasr Leisureland has been a long standing supporter and partner of Dubai Racing Club and we are pleased that they join us again on Thursday for what promises to be another exciting evening of racing, as the Winter Racing Challenge builds towards its climax”.
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Monday, December 15 2008
BORROWING BASE SCORES FIRST STAKES WIN IN LADIES ‘CAP
In the middle of December, a mile and one quarter might not be the most popular distance for fillies and mares. But Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, it suited Borrowing Base just fine.
The five-year-old New York-bred daughter of Personal Flag scored the first stakes victory of her career in the 137th running of the $82,100 Ladies Handicap as she rallied through the stretch to beat Nijinsky Bullet by three lengths.
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STAR NICHOLAS RIGHT AT HOME AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2008) — Star Nicholas, a two-time winner here in the summer, rallied from fourth in the final quarter under jockey Michael Baze to win Sunday’s $77,275 On Trust Handicap by a half-length over Partywithlarryz.
Star Nicholas, trained by Peter Eurton, bore in through the stretch, but survived a stewards’ inquiry to earn his third win in five starts at Hollywood Park.
Hollywood Park Stable Notes: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008
BAFFERT DUO DRILLS FOR $750,000 CASHCALL FUTURITY
Trainer Bob Baffert, fresh off a two-three finish in the Hollywood Starlet on Saturday, will try again with two entrants in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity here next Saturday.
Baffert gave the green light to Pioneerof the Nile and Ventana after the pair worked Sunday at Santa Anita.
GONZALEZ, POWERS LILSIS WIN SPRINT FEATURE
ALBANY -- Powers Lilsis, responding to strong urging from jockey Roberto Gonzalez down the stretch, ran down pacesetter Judy Patootie in the final yards to win the $36,240 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Powers Lilsis defeated Judy Patootie by 1 1/4 lengths in the six-furlong contest for fillies and mares and paid $15.60 after stopping the timer in 1:10.20. Stop the Humor finished third.