Tuesday, February 10 2009
‘All Others’ Favored In Opening Pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2009) – Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) begins its 11th year on Thursday when the first of its three betting pools opens with the mutuel field, or “all others,” as the favored betting interest as fans take their shot at picking the winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) months in advance of America’s greatest race.
Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed the “all others” betting interest as the 5-2 favorite in Pool 1, which opens at noon (all times EST) on Thursday, Feb. 12 and concludes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. But that’s hardly a surprise as the mutuel field has been favored in the KDFW’s opening pool in each of the first 10 years of the Derby Future bet. Fans often opt for the “all others” bet rather than make a commitment to an individual horse so early in the Derby campaign and this year’s group of contenders seems more wide-open than most.
Gulf News back at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday
The sixth Dubai International Racing Carnival meeting is set to take place this Thursday, and is sponsored by long term partner, Gulf News.
Dubai Racing Club’s CEO Frank Gabriel Jr said: “Gulf News has been a loyal partner to Dubai Racing Club and we are delighted to welcome them to Nad Al Sheba once again.
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Monday, February 09 2009
Calder STABLE IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Feb. 09, 2009) – Calder Race Course announced today the application of a new elastomeric coating to sixty (60) barn roofs in the track’s stable area, a project that will help reduce stable temperatures normally hiked by the South Florida sun.
Calder Vice President & General Manager of Racing John Marshall commented, “This is a very important project towards improving the quality of work life in our barn area. We anticipate the treated stables to be up to 10 degrees cooler in comparison to similar conditions of past summer months.”
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Scolara Rallies from Last to First in Marion County
Haras Santa Maria de Araras’ 4-year-old homebred filly Scolara brought back a check in each of her last four stakes starts going back to last summer, but didn’t get her first stakes victory until Sunday when she rallied from last of eight Florida-bred fillies and mares to capture the $75,000 Marion County Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Scolara was making her first start since losing a head decision when second in the Pago Hop Stakes at Fair Grounds on Dec. 6. After breaking a half-step slow, the daughter of Quiet American was content to sit near the back of the field until splitting horse at the top of the stretch and going on to win by 2¼ lengths over Richlyn Stable’s Pay Wright.
Barn notes 2-8 GP
Wicked Style Ready to Complete Road to Recovery
Two years ago, Glenn Bromagen’s Wicked Style was an undefeated rising star with a Grade 1 victory and a spot in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). Two leg fractures later he’s a 4-year-old on the brink of a successful comeback, according to trainer Rusty Arnold, ahead of a classy allowance race Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
The son of Macho Uno impressively won his first three career races including the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland in 2007 before a disheartening 41-length loss in the Juvenile in the slop at Monmouth Park behind eventual champ War Pass. He emerged with a condylar fracture in his front leg that wiped out a shot at the 3-year-old classics and kept him on the shelf for seven months.
MAGNUM ENDS LONG TAILSPIN WITH 16-1 UPSET IN SUNDAY’S SAN ANTONIO
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2009) – Winless since May of 2006, which was two months after running second in the Santa Anita Handicap, 8-year-old gelding Magnum ran down Well Armed at odds of 16-1 Sunday in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Handicap to race back into consideration for the 2009 Big ’Cap on March 7.
With Joel Rosario aboard for the first time, Well Armed tracked the defending San Antonio champion though extremely pedestrian fractions during the 1 1/8-mile journey, but nonetheless was resolute enough to surge through the final sixteenth to triumph by one length.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2009
SANTA ANITA DERBY AWAITS STARDOM BOUND, PIONEEROF THE NILE—IF . . .
A potential “Dream Match” in the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 between champion filly Stardom Bound and the West Coast’s leading Kentucky Derby contender Pioneerof the Nile was questioned Sunday morning by Bobby Frankel, who saddled Stardom Bound for her fourth straight Grade I victory in Saturday’s Las Virgenes Stakes.
“I don’t know,” Frankel said when asked if the gray daughter of Tapit would make her next start against colts in the Santa Anita Derby, as firmly indicated after the Las Virgenes by Mike Iavarone, president of IEAH Stables, part owner of the filly. “Cooler heads will prevail,” Frankel continued. “I don’t know. It’s their horse.”
PROBABLE SAM F. DAVIS STAKES STARTERS PUT IN FINAL WORKS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 8, 2009) Probable contenders for Saturday’s Grade III 1 1/16 miles $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes are posting their final works leading up to the race. On February 7, Musket Man, who captured last month’s Pasco Stakes here, drilled five furlongs in 1:00 flat for trainer Derek Ryan. Atomic Rain also worked yesterday, clocking four furlongs in :49.08 over the Oldsmar oval, while A. P. Cardinal worked 4 furlongs at Palm Meadows in :49.85. Free Country traveled 5 furlongs in 1:02.1 and was ranked 18th of the 30 horses that worked the morning of the seventh at Gulfstream Park.
TRAINER LUCARELLI EARNS 1,000TH VICTORY
ALBANY -- Frank Lucarelli, one of the Northwest's leading trainers, reached an impressive career milestone Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he saddled his 1,000th winner.
The 6-year-old gelding Premier Diablo provided Lucarelli with the landmark victory when he rallied from last to win the first race, a six-furlong event for 4-year-olds and up, by two lengths under jockey Leslie Mawing.
Watson and Hills grab HH The President’s Cup
Sunday’s tenth meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, featured the one million dirhams HH The President’s Cup which was won in a close finish by the Doug Watson-trained Nirwan.
Both Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan were present to witness their Abu Alemarat and Shadiyda finish second and third respectively but it was Nirwan and Richard Hills who gained the day close home in the 2200m feature.
Sunday, February 08 2009
401 NOMINATED EARLY TO 2009 TRIPLE CROWN RACES
QUALITY STAYS AT HIGHEST LEVEL AS 401 EARLY NOMINATIONS ARE LOGGED FOR RACING’S 2009 TRIPLE CROWN
Four hundred and one 3-year-olds have been nominated during the early nomination period for the 2009 edition of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing.
The figures are down from the 2008 near-record fi gure of 449 early nominations, but the quality remains at the crème de la crème level with the top three colts from the 2008 Experimental Handicap weights – Midshipman, Vineyard Haven and Square Eddie – leading the way.
Vanquisher Charges through Stretch for Tallahassee Score
Kinsman Stable’s 5-year-old gelding Vanquisher rallied down the far outside in the stretch of Saturday’s $75,000 Tallahassee Stakes at Gulfstream Park to win by a half-length over Mount Joy Stable’s 4-year-old Smooth Air, the 7-5 favorite in the field of nine older Florida-breds.
Jockey Alan Garcia rode Vanquisher for Tampa Bay Downs-based trainer Gregory Griffith. The winner paid $19 to win after being timed the mile in 1:34:12 over firm ground. James Scatuorchio’s Ruff and Ready finished third, a half-length behind Smooth Air and a neck before Dennis Punches’ Jet Propulsion, who set a fast pace.