Wednesday, January 14 2009

Any Limit Ready to Return after Gulfstream Workout

Joseph Shields’s star mare Any Limit is nearing the end of her career, but she showed her connections there is still some gas in the tank after a Wednesday morning workout at Gulfstream Park that likely puts her in Sunday’s $100,000 First Lady Stakes (G3).

The 6-year-old homebred by Limit Out is a two-time stakes winner at Gulfstream, but enters this campaign after two sixth-place finishes last fall.

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Lane’s End Futurity winner Square Eddie, second to Midshipman in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Oak Tree last Oct. 25, makes his 3-year-old debut Saturday in the San Rafael Stakes, a one-mile test that trainer Doug O’Neill hopes will propel the son of Smart Strike to the Kentucky Derby on May 2.

"He's doing fantastic. He looks great, full of energy,” O’Neill said from his Hollywood Park headquarters Wednesday morning. “We gave him 83 days between the Breeders' Cup and the San Rafael, so he's been freshened and he looks ready to roll."

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2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival curtain raises Thursday

The eagerly awaited opening night of the $31million 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival arrives on Thursday with a seven race card kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate.

The night features the Al Maktoum Challenge Round I, two 1600m dirt contests, one for Purebred Arabians and one for Thoroughbreds, both of which have attracted the previous year’s winner.

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 13, 2009) Kirk Ziadie escorted two of his trainees to the Winner’s Circle today, thereby securing his position as leading Tampa Bay Downs trainer with 12 wins for the current meet.

Ziadie’s first victory came in the seventh race with Summer Party Girl. The four-year-old Florida-bred son of Snuck In is owned by Richard Averill and was ridden by Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Ziadie next saddled Iztaccihuatl to victory, this time with jockey David Cardoso aboard. Iztaccihuatl was bred in Florida by Dr. Michael Marenchic and carries the colors of St. George Stable.

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Vestrey Lady Brings $300,000 On Tuesday at Keeneland

Lexington, KY (January 13, 2009) – Stakes winning Vestrey Lady, in foal to Broken Vow, commanded a top price of $300,000 during Tuesday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Nobuo Tsunoda bought the six-year-old mare who is by Vicar out of the Kris S. mare Episode and is from the family of champion Street Sense and graded stakes winner and sire Mr. Greeley. She was consigned by Cara Bloodstock (Bernard McCormack), agent.

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Team Europe arrive to compete for Carnival riches

South Africans Mike de Kock and Herman Brown may have the largest individual teams of the international trainers, but it is Europe who will supply the most trainers throughout the Carnival.

With handlers from the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Greece, Spain and Italy among those confirmed, ‘team Europe’ looks a strong and versatile one.

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Tuesday, January 13 2009

Island Fashion, Almonsoon Top Opening Day Of Keeneland January Sale

Lexington, KY (January 12, 2008) – Island Fashion, in foal to Ghostzapper, and Almonsoon, sold as a racing or broodmare prospect, each brought final bids of $950,000 to highlight opening day of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Naohiro Hosoda signed the ticket for Island Fashion on behalf of Katsumi Yoshida, owner of Northern Farm in Japan.

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Shadwell Estate sponsors first Carnival meeting of the season

The highly-anticipated sixth Dubai International Racing Carnival kicks off this Thursday with a feature racecard, kindly sponsored by Shadwell Estate.

The programme is highlighted by the first rounds of both the Purebred Arabian and Thoroughbred versions of the Al Maktoum Challenge.

Read more articles in the Meydan category.



LOS ANGELES (January 12, 2009) – TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, will exclusively broadcast the 38th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony live on Monday, January 26 from The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, Florida. Stars of the 2008 awards are expected to include reigning Horse of the Year Curlin, 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown and Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic winner Zenyatta.

TVG kicks off its live coverage of the Eclipse Awards at 7 p.m. EST. TVG’s Todd Schrupp, Simon Bray and Jill Byrne will host the network’s programming surrounding the event. The Eclipse Awards show will be produced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) in association with TVG.


Home team ready to repel the raiders

The international challenge for the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival may be the strongest ever assembled but they will certainly not gave it all their own way with a ‘home defence’ that is certainly the most powerful we have seen.

As always, Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has a powerful string at his disposal which includes some very exciting young recruits such as Midshipman and Vineyard Haven who will be aimed at the Classics.

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Monday, January 12 2009

South African contingent looking for further dominance at Dubai International Racing Carnival

As the countdown to the DIRC continues we look around the world at the regions that will be represented.


The highest quality Dubai International Racing Carnival to date commences on Thursday with an exceptionally strong equine cast gathering in Dubai for the $31million extravaganza.

Read more articles in the Meydan category.



ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2009) – Century Park, the second longest price in the field at 24-1 and clearly the least fancied of trainer Bob Baffert’s three entrants, ran off with Santa Anita’s 42nd running of the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday.

After a brief scramble for the early lead, Century Park took control under jockey Tyler Baze, was able to dictate the tempo with moderate fractions, and had enough in reserve to deter hard-charging 3-1 favorite Haka by one length.

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