Friday, March 27 2009

One Caroline & Ginger Brew Clash in Rampart Sunday

G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s undefeated 4-year-old filly One Caroline will be favored to keep her record perfect in Sunday’s $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, but will face her sternest test yet with Stronach Stable’s Canadian champion filly Ginger Brew among six rival fillies and mares.

Jockey Edgar Prado rides One Caroline for trainer Rusty Arnold in the 1 1/8 miles Rampart as the roan/gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song bids for her third straight victory of the meet and fifth overall all after winning her first two starts at Churchill Downs last spring at 1 1/16 miles.

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ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will offer advance wagering Friday on the $6 million Dubai World Cup, which will be run Saturday at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.

The world's richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup is a 1 1/4-mile contest for 4-year-olds and up. Fourteen horses, including Donn Handicap winner Albertus Maximus, are entered in the Grade I World Cup.

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Nad Al Sheba finale to have Maximus star power

A record field of 14 will face the starter for the 2009 Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline and the final renewal of the US$6million world’s richest race to be staged at Nad Al Sheba.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Albertus Maximus looks certain to start favourite and, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, represents the same owner/trainer combination as 2007 winner Invasor. McLaughlin is looking forward to it: “The horse has really settled in well and is a very nice horse and one who has to have a big chance. His stamina has been questioned but we think he will stay.”

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Rod Simpson has Two Live Chances

Dubai’s Golden Shaheen contender, Balthazaar’s Gift, is untested on dirt, but his trainer, Rod Simpson is confident his charge can handle the surface.

Simpson, who also saddles purebred Arabian, Fryvolous, in the Dubai Kahayla Classic, believes he has two live chances Saturday night.

It’s a relief for Simpson to get Balthazaar’s Gift to the track. Three weeks ago the sprinter bruised himself after getting cast and his regular jockey, Daragh O’Donohoe, injured his knee during a race.

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Former steeplechase jockey guides Albertus Maximus

What does it feel like to sit on the back of Dubai World Cup favourite Albertus Maximus?

The man who knows the horse as well as anyone from that perspective is exercise rider Rob Massey, who has faced the formidable challenge of trying to contain the explosive energy of the muscled bay powerhouse for the past week.

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Family legacy continues in Dubai

When Marsh Side runs in Saturday’s $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic he will represent the legacy of a family whose roots are deeply entrenched in American racing.

Marsh Side is a homebred owned by Robert S. Evans whose late father, Thomas, bred and owned 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Pleasant Colony. Marsh Side’s dam, Colonial Play, is a daughter of Pleasant Colony and was bred and raced by Robert’s father.

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The Australian Connection - What you might not know

1. In 1984, Germany's top race - the Grossser Preis Von Baden - was won by Australian horse Strawberry Road who was owned by John Singleton, trained by John Nicholls and ridden by Brent Thomson. Remarkably, 25 years on, all three men are in Dubai for the Dubai World Cup. Singleton owns Tuesday Joy who runs in the Dubai Duty Free; Thomson is here as the DRC's Australian agent and Nicholls is assistant trainer to Musabah Al Muhairi.

2. Trainer David Hayes is here again with Niconero who finished 11th in the Dubai Duty Free last year. But that was not Hayes' first trip to Dubai. Back in 2002 when he was based in Hong Kong, he came to Dubai with Helene Vitality who finished second to Nayef in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

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2009 Dubai World Cup latest - Tracknotes March 27


Johnny Murtagh, who rides Asiatic Boy in the $6m Dubai World Cup, hopes that home advantage might tilt the scales in his favour over US raider Albertus Maximus in the richest race on the globe at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday.

Murtagh, who was runner-up on Asiatic Boy 12 months ago, said: “There is no Curlin around this year, and, while I have a lot of respect for Albertus Maximus, having seen him win at the Breeders Cup, my fellow has been trained here, whereas the favourite has had to endure a long journey being shipped over.

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Thursday, March 26 2009


LAUREL, MD. 03-26-09---Two runners from the powerful stable of trainer Graham Motion are listed as the first and second choices to win Saturday’s nine furlong $50,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap at Laurel Park. The Johnson kicks off the final Magna 5 wager of the season.

Motion has entered Bullsbay and Kurbat, 5-year-olds who have both won more than $203,000, but they race as separate betting interests. Only one is expected to compete in the Johnson, which drew a field of 11 older runners at nine-furlongs.


Barn Notes 2/26

Speedy Casey’s On Call Jumps Into the Fray

When Casey’s On Call made his 3-year-old debut in a $75,000 claiming race Feb. 19 at Gulfstream Park, his connections were not thinking about the Kentucky Derby trail.

Trainer Alec Fehr was.

The 42-year-old Canadian-based trainer convinced owner Terry Hamilton to claim the son of Gimmeawink. Six weeks later they are hoping to run away with the biggest prize of the season as BlackBerry Presents the $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) Saturday.

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Celebrate Community Day at Woodbine

TORONTO, March 26 - Woodbine Racetrack will host its annual Community Day on Saturday, April 4 starting at 11:00 am. This year the event coincides with the return of thoroughbred racing to the Toronto oval.

"These two events happening on the same day is a great fit for our organization," says Jane Holmes, Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) Vice President of Corporate Affairs. "WEG is committed to being a leader within the horse racing industry, a good corporate citizen and a strong community partner. Community Day helps us demonstrate our commitment on one day, under one roof."

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Pace makes the race, and with The Pamplemousse the lone speed in a prospective field of five for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles on April 4, the son of Kafwain looms a solid early favorite in the West Coast’s major prep for the Kentucky Derby on May 2.

“He’ll definitely be the (morning line) favorite,” said Jeff Tufts, who has been providing program odds at Southern California tracks for some 30 years.

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