Sunday, December 21 2008
BEJARANO, O’NEILL WIN MEET TITLES WITH FLAIR
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2008) — Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who did not ride closing day, completed a sweep of the five major Southern California meetings by riding 52 winners at Hollywood Park’s 40-day Autumn Meet, which concluded Sunday.
Bejarano, a 26-year-old native of Arequipa, Peru., moved his tack west during the 2007 Autumn Meet and became just the third jockey to sweep the Santa Anita Winter/Spring Meeting, the Hollywood Park Spring/Summer Meet, Del Mar, Oak Tree and the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet. Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron was the first to do so in 1983 and Patrick Valenzuela matched the feat in 2003.
HP Notes: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008
PANZA CITES FUTURITY AS HIGH POINT OF AUTUMN MEET
Martin Panza, vice president of racing at Hollywood Park, pointed to the $750,000 CashCall Futurity on Saturday as the highlight of a 40-day Autumn Meet, which concludes today.
“I thought the CashCall Futurity was the best race of the meet,” Panza said Sunday of the Grade I test in which favored Pioneerof the Nile edged I Want Revenge by a nose in 1:41.95 for 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track. Chocolate Candy finished third in a field of 11.
Saturday, December 20 2008
MISS SINGHSIX RALLIES UNDER SOLIS TO WIN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Miss Singhsix moved into contention along the rail on the turn for home, swung out for the stretch drive and went on to score a comfortable 1 ¾-length victory over favorite Carmel Coffee under jockey Alex Solis in Friday’s $43,400 allowance/claiming feature at Hollywood Park.
The Irish-bred covered 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:42.36 to register her second win in six North American starts. The second choice in the field of six fillies and mares, she paid $5.60, $2.60 and $2.20. Carmel Coffee, ridden by Clinton Potts, returned $3 and $2.60, while the show payoff on Sheza Maneater with Corey Nakatani aboard was $3.20.
MILLIONAIRE VACARE HOPES TO ADD TO IMPRESSIVE CREDENTIALS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Vacare, a winner of seven of 13 starts and $1.1 million, will try to rebound from a fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf under high weight of 122 pounds in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap, closing day feature Sunday at Hollywood Park.
The 5-year-old daughter of Lear Fan won the Palomar Handicap at Del Mar three starts back while traveling the Dahlia distance of 1 1/16 miles on turf and was second two starts back in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes.
Hollwood Park Stable Notes: Friday, Dec. 19, 2008
"O’NEILL SAVORS TRAINING CROWN
Trainer Doug O’Neill is following an unusual pattern in clinching his fourth title with record numbers at the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet, which concludes Sunday.
O’Neill has won the title during even years — previously in 2002, 2004 and 2006 —while adding three titles during the longer Spring/Summer Meet during odd years — 2003, 2005 and 2007, the latter a tie.
Ninth race accident
Stickney, IL--On a day when Hawthorne Race Course established a new record carryover for its Pick Six, the final race on the card ended with an accident, resulting in three horses not finishing the race, and three jockeys thrown from their respective mounts.
The incident occurred down the backstretch when the first-time starter Big Twister went down, tossing jockey Gabriel Lagunes. Both G. I. Moe with jockey Lyndie Wade in the saddle, and Mister Scott ridden by Jesse Lantz were unable to avoid the fallen horse, and they do were unceremoniously thrown to the ground.
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SCACE PULLS TO AN EARLY LEAD
Oldsmar, Fla. (December 19, 2008) Lynne M. Scace scored another training double today, earning her fourth win in as many days of racing at Tampa Bay Downs. Scace’s first trip to the Winner’s Circle came with her gelding Alex Ingram, a three-year-old son of Smoke Glacken who took home the day’s opener with Juan C. Levya in the irons.
Scace saddled her second winner of the day with her homebred On the Vineyard in the featured race Pelican Prep, this time with Carlos Cruz aboard. On the Vineyard is a four-year-old half-brother to Vineyard Haven; that two-year-old is the winner of both the Grade I Hopeful Stakes and the Grade I Champagne Stakes and was also bred by Scace.
Record Carryover in Hawthorne Pick Six $96,932
Stickney, IL-As if everyday at Hawthorne isn’t a treat, you get an added bonus on Saturday, December 20, when the Pick Six begins the day with a carryover of $96,932.
The carryover is the largest in Hawthorne history.
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BACKBACKBACKGONE FAVORED IN GOLD RUSH STAKES
ALBANY -- Backbackbackgone, a winner of three of his four career starts, is the one to beat in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
The Gold Rush is a one-mile race for 2-year-olds that will be run on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface. The feature is the eighth race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.
Jock to reign again?
Sunday is the Listed Thoroughbred version of HH The President’s Cup, kindly sponsored by Hyrda Properties, and 12 have been declared for the 1400m feature on the Abu Dhabi turf.
The weights are headed by the 2006 winner King Jock who was third in last week’s National Day Cup, a race he also won in 2006, over a furlong further.
JOHN MARSHALL VICE PRESIDENT OF RACING FOR CALDER RACE COURSE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2008) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI” or “Company”) today announced that John T. Marshall has been named vice president and general manager of racing for Calder Race Course (“Calder”) in Miami. He will report to Calder President and General Manager Tom O’Donnell and begins his new role effective Jan. 19, 2009.
Marshall joins CDI from The Meadows Racetrack in Pennsylvania, where he previously served as vice president and general manager. Prior responsibilities at The Meadows include tenures as assistant general manager and as human resources manager for both the track and its four associated off-track betting facilities.
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BAFFERT GETS RECORD-TYING FOURTH CASHCALL FUTURITY VICTORY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 20, 2008) — Pioneerof the Nile had trainer Bob Baffert thinking Kentucky Derby after he scored a thrilling victory over I Want Revenge in Saturday’s $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.
Baffert, who has saddled three Derby winners, equaled the record of four Futurity victories set by D. Wayne Lukas as Pioneerof the Nile fought off gritty 6-1 shot I Want Revenge in deep stretch to win the 28th running of the Grade I event by a nose under jockey Garrett Gomez.