Monday, February 02 2009


ALBANY -- Jockey Frank Alvarado knows all about the phrase "adding insult to injury" after experiencing a bad day at the office Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

Alvarado suffered a mild concussion when he was head-butted by the 4-year-old filly Newport Lulu during the post parade of the second race. While Alvarado was waiting to undergo a precautionary CT-Scan at Highland Hospital in Oakland, three of the horses he was scheduled to ride won races.

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 1, 2009) February 14’s Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs is the highlight of Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, headlining a card that also includes the Grade III $125,000 Endeavour Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and up on the turf as well as the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes for three-year-old fillies.

The Sam F. Davis Stakes held its inaugural running as a $25,000 listed stake in the spring of 1981, created to serve as a prep race for the Tampa Bay Derby for three-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail. In 2004, the Sam F. Davis Stakes received a purse boost to $100,000, and has since gained in popularity for horsemen and horse players alike. This year, the race received graded status for the first time as well as its richest purse yet, $225,000.

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Sunday, February 01 2009

Barbaro’s Brother Suffers Slight Injury in Defeat

Barbaro’s younger full brother Nicanor injured himself slightly leaving the gate, put in a strong mid-race rally, but tired from his efforts and finished 10th of 12 in his eagerly anticipated debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Nicanor is owned by the Lael Stable of Roy and Gretchen Jackson; trained by Michael Matz and ridden by Edgar Prado, the same connections that guided Barbaro to victories in the Florida Derby here and the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs three years ago.

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Albertus Maximus Dubai-Bound After Donn Handicap Victory

Shadwell Stable’s 5-year-old Albertus Maximus wore down Rolbea Thoroughbred 30-1 longshot pace-setter Finallymadeit in the deep stretch of Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park for a half-length decision in the 1 1/8 miles test as the winner punched his ticket for a start next in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (G1) on Mar, 28.

Midnight Cry Stable’s 7-year-old Einstein ran well to finish third, 1¾ lengths behind the runner-up after breaking from the far outside post 10, and Jay Em Ess Stable’s 5-2 favorite Arson Squad checked in another 3¼ lengths back in fourth.


Castellano Sent to Hospital, Leparoux Wins 3 After Gulfstream Spills

Javier Castellano was sent to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood complaining of pain in his right shoulder after falling from his mount, Presto Change O, in the third race at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

Presto Change O ducked in at the start, rushed into contention, then clipped heels with another horse, forcing Castellano from the saddle. Castellano, one of the nation’s top riders, took off his remaining mounts Saturday.

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Saratoga Sinner Upsets Holy Bull Stakes

Lally Stable’s 3-year-old Saratoga Sinner stamped his credentials as a Kentucky Derby (G1) prospect when he edged away to win Saturday’s $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park by three-quarters of a length at 14-1 over Bear Stable’s longshot pace-setter Bear’s Rocket.

A son of 2002 Florida Derby (G12) winner Harlan’s Holiday, Saratoga Sinner had broken his maiden last out over the track and 1 1/8 miles distance on Jan. 7 after a fifth- and third-place finish in two starts last year at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Saratoga Sinner stalked the pace set by Bear’s Rocket from the backstretch and went on to give jockey Julien Leparoux his third winner on the card and seventh in two days here.

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Gulfstream Park Donates $22,000 to Injured-Jockeys’ Fund

Gulfstream Park presented the Jockeys’ Guild with a $22,000 check Saturday.

“In recent years Gulfstream Park has proven itself to be an invaluable friend to the Guild and jockeys everywhere,” said John Velazquez, Guild President. “We thank Frank Stronach (Chairman of MEC, owner of Gulfstream Park) and Bill Murphy (track president and General Manager) for their continued support, deep commitment and invaluable friendship.”

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2009) – Following her sterling four-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Juddmonte Farms’ Ventura encored Saturday with a handy one-length score over stablemate Jibboom in Santa Anita’s 52nd running of the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Monica Handicap for fillies and mares.

But the Santa Monica wasn’t as easy for her as the Breeders’ Cup event in which she blew away eventual Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing with a majestic rally from 9 ½ lengths behind that left her covering seven furlongs over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface in a blistering 1:19.90.

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 31, 2009) Rising Fever (BRZ) haltered the $65,000 seven furlong Manatee Stakes today, giving the five-year-old Put It Back mare her seventh lifetime victory and first win on North American soil. Leading Tampa Bay Downs jockey Daniel Centeno had the call to ride Rising Fever for trainer Christophe Clement and owner David Soifer.

Rising Fever took the lead early to ease away in the stretch, winning by 1 ¼ lengths. Star Operator was second, and Dee’s Rose rounded out the trifecta, which paid $49.60 for a $2 wager.

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By Francis LaBelle Jr.

After a hard-earned victory to end 2008, Gulf Coast Farm’s Distorted Passion had a much easier time Saturday afternoon to begin her 2009 campaign, biding her time off a solid pace and then simply running by the leaders for a 1½-length victory in the $70,460 Correction Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs on Aqueduct’s fast inner track.

“The race played very much in my favor,” said jockey Rajiv Maragh, whose mount returned $6.40 to win. “The 2 (favored A Rose for You) went after the 4 (Coli Bear) and set things up the way I hoped. It was really simple – a small field, no trouble and an outside trip. And she responded when I asked.”

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LAUREL, MD. 01-31-09---Mark Russell’s Russell Road improved his record to six wins in seven starts with a snappy performance in the $50,000 Dancing Count Stakes, today’s feature at Laurel Park. Russell Road, a West Virginia-bred son of Wheaton who was ridden by Travis Dunkelberger, was tested from the outset in this six furlong event for 3-year-olds.

The chestnut gelding broke alertly, then let Great Love with Eric Camacho slip inside of him to head the field down the backstretch and around the far turn. Russell Road engaged Great Love at the top of the lane and they battled the length of the stretch before edging clear to win by a length and a quarter in 1:09.79. St John’s Gospel finished third.

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ALBANY -- Will O Way, the 1-to-2 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, battled back after losing the lead in the stretch and won the $100,000 California Oaks by a nose Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Will O Way appeared defeated when Oro Blanco, ridden by Roberto Gonzalez, moved up strongly on the outside and put her head in front in midstretch. Will O Way regained the lead when Oro Blanco suddenly eased up at the sixteenth-pole.

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