Friday, February 27 2009
MANTECA, ON A ROLL, ROLLS INTO STYMIE
Trainer Charlton Baker knew from the start that Anstu Stable’s Manteca was a serious racehorse.
“The way he trained, the way he carried himself, I thought he could be a special horse,” Baker said. “He ran second in his first race, but he has done everything right since then, so he’s doing what I thought he could do.”
Since that first lost last April, Manteca has won four consecutive races and his smallest margin of victory came in his last start, when he defeated the dangerous Giant Moon by two and a half lengths.
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THREE-YEAR-OLDS FACE OFF IN MIRACLE WOOD STAKES
LAUREL. MD. 02-26-09---In The Juice heads a cast of eight 3-year-olds scheduled to meet on Saturday in the $50,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park. The race is seven furlongs on the main track.
Jerry Robb trains In The Juice, the 5-2 morning line favorite, who last saw action in the Maryland Juvenile Championship, where he rallied to finish second, beaten only a half-length by promising Peace Town. The son of Rock Slide brings a lifetime mark of two wins in six starts and will carry Jeremy Rose. The Maryland-bred is one of two in the Miracle Wood nominated to the Triple Crown.
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Champion Midshipman Headlines 183 Nominations to Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1)
Lexington, KY (February 26, 2009) – Godolphin Racing’s 2008 champion juvenile colt Midshipman highlights an all-star list of 183 three-year-olds nominated to Keeneland’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1), to be held Saturday, April 11.
The 1 1/8-mile Toyota Blue Grass, contested over Keeneland’s Polytrack surface, is one of the country’s richest preps for the Kentucky Derby (G1). Nineteen horses, including most recently Street Sense in 2007, have used the Blue Grass as a steppingstone to victory in the Derby. Counted among this year’s 183 nominations – the most in more than two decades – are many of the nation’s top Triple Crown contenders.
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BAZE BEGINS WEEK WITH RIDING HAT TRICK
ALBANY -- Leading jockey Russell Baze kicked off the racing week at Golden Gate Fields by riding three winners Thursday.
Baze won the second race with Even Odds ($6.20), the fourth with Found in Dark ($4.40) and the fifth with Inoplov ($5.80). Baze tops the jockey standings with 64 victories through 40 days of racing at the 2008-2009 winter/spring meeting.
Carnival BurJuman Fillies & Fashion
Dubai Racing Club, official fashion partner BurJuman and event sponsors Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Contempo Events, played host to the fabulous Carnival edition of the BurJuman Fillies & Fashion series.
Gorgeous millinery displays from Walter Wright Limited, and make-up touch-ups were available from FACE Stockholm, ensured ladies were impeccably groomed from tip to toe.
The Ahlan! Glamour Studio proved a popular attraction, with guests paying a visit to have their very own photo finish by a team of professional photographers.
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Oaks claimed by Godolphin’s Devotee
Dubai World Cup night clues aplenty were on offer at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday at the ninth meeting of the Dubai International Racing Carnival.
Sponsored by Meydan City, the night’s feature was the Listed Oaks, a dirt race for three-year-old fillies and won by Godolphin’s Devotee who was able to bounce back after a disappointing run in the UAE 1000 Guineas when found to have an irregular heartbeat.
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Thursday, February 26 2009
Barn Notes 2-26 GP
Quality Road Looks to Overpower Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth
Edward Evans’ 3-year-old colt Quality Road schooled in the paddock Wednesday afternoon at Gulfstream Park in preparation for Saturday’s $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).
The big, strapping bay son of Elusive Quality will be looking to make amends for a second-place effort in his most recent start behind returning rival Theregoesjojo, and trainer Jimmy Jerkens thinks the pieces are there to construct a turn-around.
George Woolf Award Ceromony Set for March 8th
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2009)—John Velazquez, winner of the 2009 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, will receive the prestigious honor at Santa Anita on Sunday, March 8, it was announced today.
In a ceremony between races, Velazquez will formally receive the Woolf Trophy and be surrounded by many former winners of the award, which was instituted by Santa Anita in 1950. By a vote of his peers nationwide, Velazquez was selected over four other finalists, Gary Baze, Calvin Borel, Javier Castellano and David Flores.
Late ‘Voice of the Kentucky Derby’ Luke Kruytbosch to be honored
The late Luke Kruytbosch, who served for a decade as the “Voice of the Kentucky Derby” in his role as announcer at historic Churchill Downs, will be honored on Saturday, Feb. 28 as the American Heart Association holds its 17th annual Crystal Heart Gala at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.
The snazzy Saturday evening black-tie event features fine food, great auction items and music and annually raises money to fight heart disease and stroke. The Gala is annually a hot ticket each year that attracts many of Kentuckiana’s business and medical community leaders. This year’s event begins at 6 p.m. (Eastern).
Fresh off WEBN win, Parade Clown back for Battaglia
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 26, 2009 . . . Parade Clown won the second local prep for the Lane’s End Stakes and returns to Turfway Park Saturday to try the third, the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes (listed).
Parade Clown was a bit green in the early going of the WEBN Stakes, the second prep, but veteran jockey Billy Troilo persuaded him to settle and wait, a valuable lesson for a three-year-old approaching springtime. Riding for trainer Katherine Ball, Troilo is back aboard for the Battaglia Memorial. Parade Clown has two wins and a second in three races at Turfway, with one of the wins at the Battaglia’s 1 1/16-mile distance.
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Jebel Ali Sprint prep race this Friday
The Jebel Ali Sprint is a fortnight away and Friday’s Jebel Ali card is highlighted by a prep race, over the same minimum trip of 1000m and a maximum field of 16 will go to post.
Both this race and the Listed feature in two weeks are sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell organisation.
PALM SPRINGS PURSE WIN GIVES AIR FAIR ANOTHER FOR PAASCH
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2009) – Switched to the stable of Christopher Paasch where she proceeded to break her maiden in her third start, Air Fair roared right back on Wednesday to run off with the $49,600 Palm Springs Purse for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.
With Joel Rosario in the saddle, Air Fair bolted out of the pack inside the final sixteenth to defeat Play Nine by 1 ¾ lengths while the latter nosed out Waddup G in a photo for the place.