Saturday, November 29 2008
HYPERBARIC SCORES FRONT-RUNNING WIN UNDER BAZE IN CITATION
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2008) — Jack Preston’s Hyperbaric, given a breather by jockey Tyler Baze down the backstretch, dug in through the stretch to hold off all challengers en route to a front-running victory in the $400,000 Citation Handicap as the 17th Turf Festival began Friday with a pair of graded stakes at Hollywood Park.
The victory was the fourth consecutive for Hyperbaric, who notched his first Grade I win while covering 1 1/16 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:41.29. Formal Decree finished three-quarters of a length back in second, followed by Becrux, Proudinsky, Medici Code and even-money favorite Whatsthescript in the field of nine older horses.
HP Stable Notes: Friday, November 28, 2008
PLETCHER HOPES TO CONTINUE THANKSGIVING WEEK ROLL
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who began the Thanksgiving Day weekend at Hollywood Park with an impressive victory by Bsharpsonata in the $68,400 Playa del Rey Stakes Thursday, hopes to carry that momentum into the Turf Festival Saturday and Sunday.
New York-based Pletcher, who has won five Turf Festival races with just 17 starters, entered Cowboy Cal in the Hollywood Derby and Roshani in The Matriarch, the $500,000 Grade I co-features Sunday. He also entered Bittel Road and Hype in the $100,000-added Generous Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday.
ZENYATTA GANG LOOKS TO VISIT WINNER’S CIRCLE WITH MADEO
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2008) — Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, trainer John Shirreffs and owners/breeders Jerry and Ann Moss have one trip to the Hollywood Park winner’s circle guaranteed and are hoping for a second with Madeo following Sunday’s $500,000 Hollywood Derby.
The connections will make a winner’s circle appearance as Horse of the Year candidate Zenyatta will be paraded between races on Sunday’s program. They hope to return later in the afternoon when Del Mar Derby winner and Oak Tree Derby runner-up Madeo faces eight rivals in the 67th running of the Hollywood Derby.
LEAH’S SECRET SHOWS TOP FORM IN TOP FLIGHT
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
WinStar Farm’s favored Leah’s Secret backed off of an early speed duel and came late to pick of the pieces at Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday afternoon, rallying past Slewfoundmoney for a three-quarter-length victory in the 69th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Top Fight Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile.
With Any Limit, Slewfoundmoney, Altesse and Rite Moment bent on the lead, jockey Eibar Coa allowed Leah’s Secret to relax into a stalking position. Any Limit emerged with the lead, but had to run an opening quarter mile of 23.24 and a half of 45.92 on the fast main track to do it.
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Holiday Inaugural draws a dozen for Turfway’s opening day
FLORENCE, KY . . . November 28, 2008 . . . The $50,000 Holiday Inaugural Stakes, the feature race on Turfway Park's opening day card this Sunday, drew a dozen fillies and mares, including recent Turfway stakes winner Vote Early and a handful that appear to relish all-weather tracks.
Most recently sixth in an overnight handicap on the dirt at Churchill Downs, Vote Early came from off the pace two starts back to win the Weekend Delight Stakes at Turfway in September. On Monday she posted a best-of-50 work over a sloppy track at Churchill. Trainer Steve Margolis has tapped Shaun Bridgmohan to ride in the Holiday Inaugural.
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DAKOTA PHONE WINS FORTY NINER
ALBANY -- Dakota Phone surged by pacesetter Gallon in the final yards to win the $75,000 Forty Niner Stakes by a half-length Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
Receiving a strong ride from jockey Frank Alvarado, Dakota Phone rallied from last in a scratch-plagued field of four. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Dakota Phone captured the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up in 1:44.37 on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface.
Gallon, ridden by Kyle Kaenel, took second by three lengths over 4-to-5 favorite Pass the Heat, who was ridden by Russell Baze.
Friday, November 28 2008
Husbands picks up five wins on Thursday
TORONTO, November 27 * Jockey Patrick Husbands enjoyed a stellar day at Woodbine on Thursday afternoon, visiting the winner's circle five times in eight tries.
The 35-year-old Brampton resident won the first five races that he had a mount in. Husbands kicked off the five-bagger in race one with Miss Redoubled ($8.60), capping off the 'double' with Queen Bambi ($8.80) in the second. Seaside View ($7.70) took the fourth, Creekside Cafe ($10) won the sixth and Intuition Magic ($4.70) triumphed in the seventh.
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BACK ON DIRT, FABUOUS STRIKE COASTS IN FALL HIGHWEIGHT
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
Maybe he’s just a traditionalist.
That explains why Walter Downey’s Fabulous Strike, sent off as the even-money favorite by Aqueduct’s Thanksgiving Day crowd of 3,239 Thursday afternoon, lead at all calls and easily defeated He’s So Chic in the 95th running of the $111,200 Fall Highweight Handicap.
Carrying top weight of 136 pounds – he spotted seven rivals from four to nine pounds – the 5-year-old Smart Strike gelding broke on top, entertained Grand Champion for about a half a mile and then glided over the fast track to a 1 ½-length victory in 1:09.02 for the six furlongs.
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ETERNAL STAR TAKES THANKSGIVING DAY FEATURE
LAUREL, MD. 11-27-08---Harry and Tom Meyerhoff’s Eternal Star was just too much for his five rivals in today’s Thanksgiving afternoon feature at Laurel Park, a $40,000 allowance test.
Eternal Star, a chestnut son of Five Star Day, tracked speedy Sir Silver Fox into the far turn before moving by without encouragement and drawing off to win by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:09.64 for the six furlong distance over the fast main track. Stakes winners Lycurgus and Celtic Innis finished second and third, respectively. Eternal Star paid $2.80 as the overwhelming favorite.
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BSHARPSONATA RALLIES UNDER GOMEZ IN PLAYA DEL REY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2008) — Bsharpsonata, fifth on the rail with a quarter-mile to run under Garrett Gomez, split horses approaching the sixteenth pole and cruised to a 1 1/2-length victory over favorite Peppermint Lounge in the $68,400 Playa del Rey on Thursday at Hollywood Park.
The daughter of Pulpit, overlooked in wagering at 7-1 despite competing with the nation’s leading 3-year-old fillies in the spring, covered six furlongs on Cushion Track in a stakes record 1:07.95 for her seventh win in 12 starts.
PASS THE HEAT EXPECTED TO BRING THE HEAT
ALBANY---Pass the Heat is expected to bring the heat in the $75,000 Forty Niner Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Friday.
The Forty Niner, the featured eighth race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m., is a 1 1/16 mile contest for three year olds and up. Pass the Heat is an 8 to 5 morning line favorite in a field of six.
Pass the Heat is a five year old gelding who has won half of his 18 career starts and three of his last four races. Trained by William J. Morey, Jr., and owned by the Joseph P. Morey, Jr. Revocable Trust, Pass the Heat has earned $321,499.
Thursday, November 27 2008
JUVENILES HIGHLIGHT HILL ‘N’ DALE CIGAR MILE UNDERCARD
When Thoroughbred owner Jeff Puglisi expanded and restructured his racing operation in 2008, included in his business plan was a multi-million commitment to purchase 2-year-olds, the vast majority of which would be fillies.
“In terms of residuals, fillies hold their value better than colts,” explained trainer Steve Klesaris. “If they become graded stakes winner and have some family, they’re worth something.”
From a business standpoint, Puglisi made a good choice.