Saturday, December 06 2008
IRISH DUO BACK TO TAKE A SHOT WITH WINCHESTER IN TURF CUP
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 4, 2008) — The Irish tandem of trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Patrick Smullen, who combined to win The Matriarch here four years ago with Dress to Thrill, have returned to Hollywood Park and have their sights set on Saturday’s $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup.
Winchester, winner of the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park while making his North American debut in August, will try to rebound in the Grade I Turf Cup following a seventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in October.
YOU LIFT ME UP WILL TRY TO COMPLETE STAKES HAT TRICK SATURDAY
ALBANY -- You Lift Me Up will seek her third stakes victory of the year Saturday when she faces six opponents in the $75,000 Pacific Heights at Golden Gate Fields.
Post time is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the nine-race card will receive a free Golden Gate Fields long sleeve shirt.
The Pacific Heights is for California-bred fillies and mares and will be run at 1 1/16-miles on Tapeta. The feature is the eighth race on the card and is scheduled to be run at 4:15 p.m.
Friday, December 05 2008
Mandobi the star on an afternoon of doubles
Jebel Ali’s bumper seven race card on Friday afternoon was highlighted by a quality 1600m conditions race in which Mandobi, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam, posted an impressive victory.
Sporting the famous yellow silks of Selvaratnam’s main patron, Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the seven-year-old was produced with a perfectly-timed challenge by William Buick to land the spoils.
Buick explained: “He is a talented horse with a lot of ability; he actually won at Royal Ascot a few years ago and hopefully can be a serious Carnival horse this season.”
HP Stable Notes: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008
WELD, SMULLEN ARRIVE FOR HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP
“He looks great, absolutely magnificent,” said trainer Dermot Weld from a stand overlooking the backstretch at Hollywood Park on Thursday morning after watching Winchester canter once around the turf course under jockey Patrick Smullen for Saturday’s $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup.
Weld and Smullen both arrived in California after a flight from Ireland on Wednesday night and saw the 3-year-old colt for the first time since the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Oct. 25. The colt was vanned across town the following week and has spent the past month here with assistant Thomas Daly.
TUTTA BELLA AMONG EIGHT ENTERED IN PACIFIC HEIGHTS
ALBANY -- Tutta Bella, who earlier this year captured the $150,000 Fran's Valentine Stakes at Hollywood Park, is among the eight California-bred fillies and mares entered in Saturday's $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Pacific Heights will be run at 1 1/16-miles on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface. Tutta Bella will break from post position two and be ridden by Julio Garcia.
Tutta Bella is a 5-year-old mare trained by John Sadler, the leading conditioner at the current Hollywood Park meeting. Tutta Bella has won four of her 15 career starts and sports $279,144 in earnings.
Double delight for Bin Shafya
Trainer Mubarak Bin Shafya has wasted little time making his mark on the UAE racing scene and, after his first winner with his second runner last week, he saddled a double at Nad Al Sheba’s fifth meeting of the season this evening.
On a card kindly sponsored by BBC World, Bin Shafya saw local apprentice Ahmad Ajtebi land the concluding 1200m handicap on Arminius, having earlier won the 1800m handicap with Emirates Line who made all under Jesus Rosales.
A delighted trainer explained: “It has been a great start to the season and the horses are running well.”
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Thursday, December 04 2008
Sir Barton Stakes score lands Tiller his 1,500th victory
TORONTO, December 3 - Dancer's Bajan, who is owned by 3 Sons Racing Stable, waltzed into the winner's circle after a thrilling renewal of Wednesday's $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes at Woodbine.
The four-year-old chestnut gelding outfinished Archers Alyancer and odds-on favorite Sand Cove to capture the Ontario-sired event by a half-length.
For the son of Trajectory, it was his eighth career victory. For trainer Bob Tiller, the 1 1/16-mile event was his 1,500th career tally.
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Santa Anita Stakes Schedule Set for New Season
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2008)—Santa Anita Park has announced its complete stakes schedule for the upcoming 2008/09 season, which will get underway on Dec. 26. This will be Santa Anita’s 72nd winter/spring meeting and a total of 75 stakes will be offered, beginning with Santa Anita’s traditional opening day feature, the Gr. I, $250,000 Malibu Stakes.
The Gr. I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, and the Gr. I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4 figure to once again serve as highlights in the upcoming season.
Horse of the Year Azeri Headlines Keeneland January Sale
Lexington, KY (December 3, 2008) – Azeri, 2002 Horse of the Year and three-time champion older mare, in foal to 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, highlights Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held January 12-17.
Azeri is one of only six fillies ever to win Horse of the Year honors, and the only female to earn three Eclipse Awards as champion older mare (2002, 2003 and 2004). During four seasons of racing, Azeri won 17 of 24 starts, including 14 graded stakes, and amassed earnings of $4,079,820. Among her 11 Grade 1 victories were wins in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Apple Blossom Handicap (three times), Vanity Handicap (twice), Milady Breeders’ Cup (twice), and Juddmonte Spinster Stakes.
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PORTO SANTO PERFECT ON HOLLYWOOD GREEN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2008) — Favorite Porto Santo, winner of the 2006 Bien Bien Stakes in his only previous start on the Hollywood Park turf course, caught pacesetter Black Astor in mid-stretch and inched away to score a one-length victory under jockey Victor Espinoza in Wednesday’s $50,000 allowance feature.
The 5-year-old French-bred covered 1 1/16 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:40.69 to score his fifth win in 22 starts, paying $6, $3.60 and $2.80. Black Astor returned $5 and $3.60, while the show payoff on Band of Thunder was $2.80.
POINT OF REFERENCE IS WINNER’S CIRCLE
ALBANY -- Point of Reference recorded her second straight win at Golden Gate Fields when she ran away to a three-length victory in Wednesday's $19,300 feature.
A Washington-bred daughter of Benchmark, Point of Reference captured the six-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies in 1:10.95. Merry Marino took second by a length over Starship Countess.
Dixie Hawks, the 6-to-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, stumbled at the start and never threatened while checking in last in the field of six.
Bouresly and Selvaratnam to double-up at Jebel Ali
Friday afternoon is the second meeting of the current season at Jebel Ali and Dhruba Selvaratnam, who trains on the track, looks to have high hopes of adding to his treble on the course a fortnight ago.
Two of his winners on that occasion, Chun Tosaigh and Mannjal, return to action and are joined by a strong supporting team of stable companions.
However, the star attraction is Rashed Bouresly’s Star Crowned who also won at the course’s first meeting two weeks ago.