Friday, February 06 2009
WITCHY MEETING FLIES HOME TO UPSET AT 14-1 IN SPRINT FEATURE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2009) – After being sidelined since March of last year, 14-1 shot Witchy Meeting mounted a furious closing rally Friday with leading rider Rafael Bejarano at the controls to capture Santa Anita’s $48,800 allowance feature for California-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs.
Ahead of just one horse turning into the stretch, the 5-year-old daughter of General Meeting overhauled six others while running past Unworldly Heat in the final yards to emerge with a three-quarter length victory. The winning time was 1:09.91.
SATURDAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $85,768
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2009)—On an afternoon that at times produced intense rain and intermittent periods of meteorological calm, Santa Anita’s Pick Six once again proved an elusive proposition, resulting in a carryover into Saturday of $85,768. Friday’s carryover marked the 14th such occurrence from 32 days of racing.
Leg one in the Friday Pick Six was the third race and it went to longshot A Big To’do, returning 28.80 to win under Brice Blanc. Originally scheduled to be run on turf, the race was transferred to Santa Anita’s Pro Ride synthetic main track, which appeared to weather the rain with no problems. A Big To’Do is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2009
MOSSES EAGER FOR TIAGO’S 2009 DEBUT IN SAN ANTONIO HANDICAP
Nothing can match the thrill of winning the Kentucky Derby, but for Jerry and Ann Moss, who etched a place in history when their Giacomo registered a stunning 50-1 upset in 2005, winning is never monotonous, no matter the race.
The excitement will be at a lower pitch than it was after Giacomo’s stirring victory, but on Sunday, the anticipation for the Mosses will be just as great when their Tiago runs in the Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes, a major prep for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.
Barn Notes GP 2-6
Sheppard Plots Course for Turf Stars
With the champion turf female trudging through the snow in Pennsylvania, Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard saw two new potential turf stars emerge at Gulfstream Park last weekend and is now drawing up schedules for the months ahead.
Augustin Stable’s Forever Together has been at Sheppard’s farm since winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) on Oct. 24 at Santa Anita. The winner of the Forward Gal Stakes (G2) here in 2007 has turned particular about what kind of weather she likes.
BLIND RIVER FOX FACES TOUGH SUPER STAKES FIELD
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 6, 2009) A full field of ten older horses are scheduled to go forward in tomorrow’s $75,000 seven furlong Super Stakes over the main track. Headlining the field is Blind River Fox, who captured last month’s Pelican Stakes here; the seven-year-old Florida-bred Foxtail gelding has never finished worse than second in four trips at the 7/8 mile distance and has campaigned over the Oldsmar oval 21 times, winning 10 races, coming in second 9 times and was thrice third. Willie Martinez will retain the ride on Blind River Fox for owner Winning Stables and conditioner Gerald Bennett.
FEEL THE LOVE! $250,000 LATE PICK 4, EQUESTRIS BUFFET ON FEB. 14
Next Saturday is St. Valentine’s Day and here is great idea and one that’s more fun and exciting than just dinner, flowers and candy to mark the occasion.
Make it a real date with a brunch buffet at Aqueduct Racetrack, where you can also enjoy a thrilling day of Thoroughbred racing,
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NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR LAUREL PARK’S WINTER SPRINTFEST
"LAUREL, MD. 02-06-09---Nominations for the three races which highlight the President’s day holiday weekend at Laurel Park were released by the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing office this afternoon.
SprintFest features two graded, seven furlong contests - the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (GII) for fillies and mares on Saturday, February 14 and the $150,000 General George Handicap (GII) for 3-year-olds and up on Monday, February 16. Saturday’s co-feature is the $50,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at nine furlongs.
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VICTORINA 2-TO-1 FAVORITE TO EARN HER 10TH STAKES VICTORY
ALBANY -- The 6-year-old mare Victorina has captured nine stakes in her 24-race career and she'll be favored to add another stakes victory to her portfolio Saturday when she competes in the $75,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
Victorina is a 2-to-1 morning-line favorite in the Campanile, a 1 1/16-mile contest for fillies and mare that attracted a strong field of eight. The Campanile is the eighth event on a nine-race card that begins at 12:45 p.m.
Shiny guineas for Barton
Friday’s fifth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, sponsored by GPD Investments, featured the UAE 1000 Guineas, the first Classic of the season.
Restricted to three-year-old fillies, the 1600m dirt contest carries Listed status and was won by the Jerry Barton-trained So Shiny who made all under Mick Kinane.
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FIRE WOOD STRIKES OFF CLAIM BY MITCHELL IN LONG WALK HOME
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2009) – After being claimed by trainer Mike Mitchell for $32,000 in his last start, 7-2 fourth-choice Fire Wood closed strongly Thursday to defeat Isipingo by a neck in Santa Anita’s $52,800 Long Walk Home Purse, a first condition allowance for older horses, at 1 ¼ miles.
His late charge timed perfectly by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, the 7-year-old gelding covered the classic distance over the Pro-Ride synthetic surface in 2:03.34 while providing Mitchell, the meet’s leading trainer, with his second win of the afternoon.
KIRK ZIADIE NAMED COURTSIDE GRILLE TRAINER OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 5, 2009) Trainer Kirk Ziadie has enjoyed a very successful 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs meet, and in the week of January 29 through February 3 has had 8 wins, 3 seconds and 4 third-place finishes from 20 starters. Though February 3rd, the conditioner is leading the Tampa Bay Downs trainers’ colony with 23 victories to his credit.
Ziadie conditioned R Lady Joy to a nine-length win in the 2005 Florida Oaks and joins Gerald Bennett and Ron Allen, Sr. as the only trainers in Tampa’s top ten to make the top 100 trainers by wins in the nation by achieving 68 wins that year.
MASON, BISONO SCORE A PAIR OF WINS
ALBANY -- Trainer Lloyd Mason and jockey Alex Bisono each recorded a pair of victories at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Mason won the third race with Rain N Jewels ($10.00) and then teamed up with Bisono to take the fifth with Bakers Beach ($11.20).
Bisono completed his riding double when he guided Kalookan Storm ($21.60) to a front-running victory in the seventh race. Kalookan Storm scored as a big overlay as he was 3-to-1 on the morning line.