Thursday, November 06 2008
Business Trends mixed at Belmont Fall Meet
The 37-day 2008 Belmont Fall meeting, which ended on October 26, produced mixed business results. All-sources handle on NYRA races was $356.3 million, versus the equivalent 2007 figure of $346.5 million, for an increase of 2.8 percent. As the 2008 meet included four more days than the 2007 meet, there was actually an 8.3 percent decline in the equivalent daily average all-sources handle figure. However, that decrease does represent an improvement over the approximately 10.2 percent all-sources handle decline registered during the 2008 Saratoga meet.
“The decline in all-sources handle at the Fall Belmont Park Meet was disappointing but consistent with national wagering trends,” said Charles Hayward, NYRA president and CEO. “There is no question that the economic climate in New York and around the country has had a negative impact on our live handle as well as the New York State Off-Track Betting Corporations and other simulcast customers.”
NEW JERSEY-BRED FILLIES CAP CARD IN FRIDAY NIGHT STAKES
Two fillies with two different running styles will be looking for some black type on Friday night at the Meadowlands when they meet in the fillies division of the New Jersey Juvenile, slated as the ninth and final race on the card.
Hailing from the Ben Perkins Jr. barn is the likely favorite in the six furlong contest, Love That Dance, who has very good early foot. Coming from the Tony Wilson camp is No Mo Magic, a filly that is likely to be following Love That Dance early before coming after that foe in the lane for the winner's share of the $60,000 purse.
MARYLAND VOTERS DECIDE FOR SLOTS REFERENDUM
LAUREL, MD. 11-05-08---The Maryland Jockey Club is pleased to report that on November 4, 2008 Maryland voters overwhelming approved the proposed state constitutional amendment authorizing the General Assembly to issue up to five video lottery licenses for the installation and operation of up to 15,000 video lottery terminals at five locations for the purpose of raising revenue for education. Support for the measure garnered 59% of the vote with 99% of the precincts reporting.
Laurel Park is a potential site for 4,750 machines to be located in Anne Arundel County. The Maryland Jockey Club will begin the process of applying for a license once the licensing process has been finalized.
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Dam of Stardom Bound Highlights Wednesday Session of Keeneland November Sale
Lexington, KY (November 5, 2008) – My White Corvette, dam of 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner Stardom Bound, brought top price of $825,000 on Wednesday at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.
Barry Weisbord signed the ticket, on behalf of celebrity chef Bobby Flay, for the 10-year-old mare by Tarr Road. My White Corvette was not mated in 2008 since her weanling filly by Lion Heart was a May foal. She was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent.
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A LIL DUMAANI STRIKES FOR REN-MAR IN HOLLYWOOD FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2008) — A Lil Dumaani split horses in mid-stretch under jockey Michael Baze and went on to hold off Swift Demand by one-half length to win Wednesday’s $39,000 optional claiming feature at Hollywood Park.
A Lil Dumaani covered six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:08.03 while winning for the third time in seven starts. The gray/roan 3-year-old paid $8.40, $4.40 and $3.20. Swift Demand returned $4 and $3, while the show payoff on 2-1 favorite Spot the Diplomat was $2.60.
BAZE WINS FAMILY AFFAIR AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- It was father-in-law versus son-in-law in the stretch run of the fourth race at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday.
The father-in-law, a Hall of Fame jockey named Russell Baze, prevailed in a photo finish over his son-in-law, Kyle Kaenel. Baze and River Rebel defeated Kaenel and Shining Day by a head in the one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.
River Rebel and Shining Day hooked up at the top of the stretch and battled head and head to the wire. River Rebel, despite trying to lug into his rival throughout the final furlong, got the bob and paid $3.60 to win as the 4-to-5 favorite.
Wednesday, November 05 2008
Phantom Gourmet Beer & Food Phest at Suffolk Downs
Join us on the final day of the 2008 live racing season at Suffolk Downs, Saturday, November 8, for the Phantom Gourmet Beer & Food Phest. From the producers of the Phantom Gourmet Food Festival and the BBQ Beach Party comes the biggest and best beer event in Boston history.
Mushka Brings $2.4 Million to Top Tuesday Session of Keeneland November Sale
Lexington, KY (November 4, 2008) – Graded stakes winner Mushka brought a final bid of $2.4 million from Elizabeth Moran’s Brushwood Stable to top Tuesday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
By Empire Maker out of the stakes-winning Seeking the Gold mare Sluice, Mushka won the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) at two and, in her last start prior to the November Sale, an allowance race on opening day of Keeneland’s fall meeting. Franny Abbott, who acted as agent for Mrs. Moran, reported that the three-year-old filly will remain in training with Bill Mott.
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Hollywood Park Notes: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008
BOB BLACK JACK TO RETURN IN VERNON O. UNDERWOOD
Bob Black Jack, North American record-setter at six furlongs, is scheduled to make his first start since May in the $100,000-added Vernon O. Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park Nov. 22, trainer Jim Kasparoff said Wednesday. The Grade III Underwood is at six furlongs on Cushion Track.
Bob Black Jack, a 3-year-old colt, won the Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita in January in 1:06.53, lowering the continent standard of 1:06.60 set by G Malleah at Turf Paradise in 1995.
Tuesday, November 04 2008
BROWNING TAKES MONDAY FEATURE AT THE MEADOWLANDS
East Rutherford, NJ [Nov. 3, 2008] - Browning took command at the quarter and held on to win the featured $41,000 seventh race for filly sprinters Monday afternoon at the Meadowlands.
With Daniel Centeno aboard, Browning [$22.60, $8.00, $4.80] stepped the five furlongs in 57.63 over a turf course rated good. Lady Rizzi [$3.00, $2.20] rallied between horses to finish three-quarters of a length behind in second. Big Cat Walks Late [$3.00] made a three-wide move into the lane and flew home to finish a neck behind in third.
Hystericalady Brings $3 Million to Open Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale
Lexington, KY (November 3, 2008) – Demand for young, quality mares and broodmare prospects continued to be strong on opening day of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, which was highlighted by the sale of Grade 1 stakes-winner Hystericalady for $3 million.
John Ferguson, on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, signed the ticket for the five-year-old mare by Distorted Humor out of Chilean champion Sacramentada. Sold as a racing or broodmare prospect, Hystericalady recorded 11 wins in 23 starts, including the Humana Distaff (G1), Hollywood Breeders’ Cup Oaks (G2) and Molly Pitcher Stakes (G2) twice, for earnings of nearly $2.4 million. She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
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Monday, November 03 2008
MODEL CONNECTS UNDER MICHAEL BAZE FOR FIRST STAKES VICTORY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2008) — Model cruised to the lead on the outside turning for home and held on for a 1¾-length victory under jockey Michael Baze in the first running of the $75,250 It’s In The Air Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
The 4-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway earned her first stakes victory while covering 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:41.01, paying $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 3-5 betting choice. Spenditallbaby, who closed for second under Victor Espinoza, paid $7.20 and $3.80, while the show payoff on Bai and Bai with Aaron Gryder up was $3.