Saturday, November 01 2008
Illinois Festival of Racing Wrap-Up
High Expectations and Stop a Train highlight Big Illinois Stakes Day for Janks
Stickney, IL---Longtime Chicagoland-trainer Christine Janks has made a nice living off many of these Illinois-bred stakes days, but today she might have gone beyond even her lofty ambitions.
Janks conditioned three winners and two runners-up on Saturday, as Hawthorne hosted the Illinois Festival of Racing. Veteran local champions High Expectations and Stop a Train turned back the clock a little as they registered popular scores in the Lightening Jet and Illini Princess Handicaps, respectively, and Nicks won her first stakes race in the Powerless Handicap.
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Friday, October 31 2008
2008 Oak Tree Owners’ Honors
JERRY AND ANN MOSS RIDE ZENYATTA, TIAGO, TO 2008 OAK TREE OWNERS’ HONORS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2008)—The Oak Tree Racing Association has selected Jerry and Ann Moss as top owners for the 2008 Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, which concluded on Sunday, Oct. 26.
Spearheaded by the undefeated filly Zenyatta’s wins in the Gr. I Yellow Ribbon Stakes on Sept. 27, and her devastating triumph in the Gr. I Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic on Oct. 24, the Mosses were selected by the Oak Tree Board of Directors for recognition.
Is Northern Netti Woodbine’s next top model?
TORONTO, October 31 - Northern Netti could become a diva of Ontario Fashion on Sunday at Woodbine.
So far in her career, the three-year-old is a model of perfection, entering the $150,000 sprint for fillies and mares with a perfect 3-for-3 dance card.
Far from a one-trick pony, the daughter of City Zip is a two-city, duel-surface talent.
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NYRA JOINS WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS FOR ELMONT CLEANUP DA
Local community groups, backstretch workers, church organizations and employees of the New York Racing Association will be teaming up on Saturday, November 8 in the first Elmont Cleanup Day.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Councilman Ed Ambrosino, and Nassau County Legislator John Ciotti are among the government officials scheduled to launch the cleanup effort, set to begin at 10 a.m., rain or shine. With Belmont Park’s Marquee Tent serving as operations base, groups of volunteers will work together to beautify the stretch of Hempstead Turnpike that runs east from the Cross Island Parkway past Meachem Avenue. In addition to tee-shirts for each volunteer and signage prominent throughout the surrounding communities, NYRA is providing buses to transport the workers to six locations on both sides of the road.
HIGHLAND CAT HOLDS ON IN GREY GHOST; HECKUVA GOOD TIME CASTS SPELL IN WITCHES BREW
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 31, 2008] - Even horse racing has its Halloween traditions.
In a dappled dash to the wire, Highland Cat held on to win the $35,000 Grey Ghost Handicap by three-quarters of a length on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Ridden by Jose Lezcano, Highland Cat covered the 1 1-16 miles in 1:38.48. Lightning Power rallied four-wide in the stretch to finish second, while it was three lengths back to Raynicks Fan in third. Highland Cat paid $8.20, $3.20 and $2.20. Lightning Power returned $3.00 and $2.20, while Raynicks Fan was worth $2.60 to show.
The annual Grey Ghost is a starter handicap reserved strictly for horses registered as grey or roan in color.
BRAZILIAN RIDER OFF TO SWIFT START AT MEADOWLANDS
At age 19, Maylan Studart has already dabbled in more professions than most people twice her age.
She has worked as an actress, model and stuntwoman and nearly went pro as a wakeboarder. But it is atop a horse, racing 35 mph into the wind that Studart has found her niche.
The Brazilian apprentice jockey lit up the tote board at the Meadowlands this week when she finished second by a neck with Voodooyouthinkur, a 90-1 shot, in the sixth race on Monday. That momentum continued as she finished third with Chicago's Girl in the Tuesday opener and upset Wednesday's seventh race at Belmont with Decorated Court, who paid $104 to win.
ACCOMPLISHED DISTAFFERS MEET IN ALL BRANDY STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 10-31-08---As many as twelve Maryland-bred fillies and mares could line up in Saturday’s $50,000 All Brandy Stakes, set for nine furlongs on the turf. The field runs the gamut from multiple stakes winners to runners in search of a second lifetime victory.
Stakes winners come from the powerful stables of Graham Motion (Miss Lombardi), Hamilton Smith (Sales Tax), Mike Trombetta (Spectacular Malibu), Chris Grove (Lexi Star) and Richard Small (For Kisses).
Miss Lombardi is the 8-5 morning line favorite. The 6-year-old enters the fray off two wins, including a come from behind victory in the Maryland Million Ladies, which was contested four weeks ago on the turf at Saturday’s distance. The daughter of Unbridled Jet, who will carry Luis Garcia, worked last Friday (five furlongs in 1:01.20) at the Fair Hill Training Center in preparation for the All Brandy.
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MODEL AIMS FOR STAKES SCORE IN INAUGURAL IT’S IN THE AIR STAKES
NGLEWOOD, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2008) — Model, second in the Grade I Spinster Stakes at Keeneland in her last start and runner-up to unbeaten Zenyatta in the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar in August, will aim for her first stakes victory in the inaugural running of the $65,000 It’s In The Air on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
The 4-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway was beaten one length by Horse of the Year candidate Zenyatta in the Hirsch while traveling the It’s In The Air distance of 1 1/16 miles. The Neil Drysdale trainee will be making her Hollywood Park debut from the outside post Sunday in a field of seven fillies and mares which lines up as follows:
BAFFERT, HARTY TO CLASH IN SHARP CAT
Trainer Bob Baffert will send out an entry of Toro Bonito and Ten Churros in the $100,000-added Sharp Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track Saturday. Competition in the five-horse field will be headed by Pamona Ball, trained by former assistant Eoin Harty.
“The Earnhardt specials,” said Baffert Friday of his two entrants owned by Hal and Patti Earnhardt, two of his longest owners from Arizona. “For $100,000, I’m giving them another shot.”
STRAIGHT TO THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE FOR MCCARRON PROTÉGÉ
LAUREL, MD. 10-30-08---Chris McCarron began his Hall Of Fame career as an apprentice sensation in Maryland in 1974. Nearly 35 years later a protégé of the legendary rider has joined the Laurel Park riding colony hoping for the same success.
Matthew Straight graduated from McCarron’s Lexington, Kentucky based North American Racing Academy in June and rode in Kentucky until through last Friday. In this afternoon’s opener in just his second mount in Maryland, the 22-year-old picked up his 19th career victory aboard Don’tmesswithrandy ($6.40) for trainer Benny Feliciano.
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ORO BLANCO AIMS FOR FIRST CAREER VICTORY IN SHARP CAT
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2008) — Oro Blanco, third to eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Stardom Bound in the Oak Leaf Stakes last month at Santa Anita Park, will attempt to break her maiden in Saturday’s $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood Park.
The Kentucky-bred daughter of Hold for Gold has worked sharply in preparation for the 1 1/16-mile Sharp Cat.
JOCKEY MAWLING HAS RIDING DOUBLE AT GGF
ALBANY -- Jockey Leslie Mawing guided two horses to front-running victories at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Mawing won the first race of the day aboard even-money favorite Perfect Honey, who sped away to a 3 1/2-length victory in a six-furlong dash for fillies and mares. Trained by Steve Sherman, Perfect Honey paid $4.20.
Mawing finished second in the second race aboard 14-to-1 long shot Fergie's Fantasy and then sat out the third race. Mawing came off the bench to capture the fourth race with 7-to-1 outsider Defensive Move, who held off fellow 7-to-1 shot Jet Iron by a half-length in the six-furlong contest for 3-year-olds and up.