Wednesday, December 03 2008

Cracking Purebred action tops the card

Nad Al Sheba’s fifth meeting of the current campaign, kindly sponsored by BBC World is a six-race card, with two worth AED110,000 each during the evening.

The first of these is the opening 1600m Al Barsha Plate, a Purebred Arabian conditions contest which has attracted a field of 11 including Paris Gagner, representing Champion Trainer Doug Watson.

Sporting the colours of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the five-year-old proved himself a genuine Group 1 performer last season but this trip would be very much his minimum.

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Tuesday, December 02 2008

BBC World sponsors Thursday’s race meeting

The Dubai Racing Club is proud to announce this Thursday’s race card is kindly sponsored by BBC World, the global news and television channel.

Dubai Racing Club CEO Mr Frank Gabriel Jr said: “This week sees the Winter Racing Challenge reach its half way mark.

“So far, we have enjoyed a very positive start to the season, with many horses announcing themselves as contenders for the Winter Racing Challenge Finals held on January 1, 2009.

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Del Mar’s Hirsch, O’Brien Are Lifted to Grade I Status

Two of Del Mar's major stakes races were enhanced to Grade I status for the 2009 racing season by the American Graded Stakes Committee at its annual grading session in Lexington last week.

The Clement L. Hirsch Handicap and the Pat O’Brien Handicap both were elevated from their current Grade II status to the highest ranking for North American stakes races, giving the seaside track nine Grade I races -- the most in its history -- among its 31 advertised stakes. It also features eight Grade II and two Grade III events.

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Monday, December 01 2008

Milwaukee Appeal upsets Ontario Lassie

TORONTO, November 30 - C E C Farms charge Milwaukee Appeal notched her first career stakes win in Sunday's $151,200 Ontario Lassie at Woodbine.

The daughter of Milwaukee Brew sat just off the pace and opened up a comfortable lead in mid-stretch to capture the 30th edition of the 1 1/16-mile contest for Ontario-foaled two-year-old fillies by 1 1/4 lengths.

From between horses with belated interest, 2-5 favorite Retraceable edged D' Country for the runner-up position.

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Afleet Angel afire in Holiday Inaugura

FLORENCE, KY . . . November 30, 2008 . . . Waiting out a speed battle far in front of her, the veteran mare Afleet Angel revved up in the final furlong to win the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural Stakes at Turfway Park Sunday, opening day of the Holiday Meet.

Simply Seattle rushed to the front as usual to start the six furlongs and flew through the first quarter in :21.78, with Sea the Joy just behind and Pola’s Place third on the rail. Pola’s Place briefly took the lead at the half, timed in :45.29, but could not sustain the pace. Meanwhile, Afleet Angel and jockey Willie Martinez were biding their time near the back of the 12-horse field. Approaching the stretch, Martinez wove Afleet Angel through horses to reach the far outside, and the two took aim on the wire while running seven or eight paths off the rail. Vote Early made a late run of her own toward the outside and School Girl put in a bid from between horses, but Afleet Angel was in full stride by then and drove past to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Vote Early was second, three lengths ahead of Simply Seattle in third. Final time was 1:11.94.



INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2008) — Second-choice Court Vision, last in the field of nine at the quarter pole, rallied in the middle of the course to win the Hollywood Derby as jockey Ramon Dominguez completed a sweep of $500,000, Grade I events on Sunday’s final day of the Turf Festival at Hollywood Park.

Eastern-based Dominguez, who won with his first two Hollywood Park mounts in the 2004 Turf Festival, also guided favorite Cocoa Beach to a come-from-behind victory two races earlier in The Matriarch.

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HP Stable Notes: Sunday, November 30, 2008


Trainer Mike Machowsky said Sunday that Rush Rush would seek his first stakes victory in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, a Grade I test at 1 ½ miles on turf Saturday.

“He’s kind of a quirky horse to ride, and I think Victor (jockey Victor Espinoza) has figured him out pretty well,” said Santa Anita-based Machowsky of the 5-year-old gelding who rallied to finish second in an allowance race at 1 1/8 miles on turf here Nov. 12 in his first start under Espinoza.

Rush Rush won a grass race at 1 ¼ miles here last year but has been unplaced in two tries at 1 ½ miles, including a fourth-place finish in the 2007 Sunset Handicap.

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ALBANY -- Run It ran to another victory at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

Run It, who broke his maiden against winners on Nov. 6 at Golden Gate Fields, proved the victory was no fluke when he scored a two-length victory in Sunday's $19,300 feature for 2-year-olds.

A Kentucky-bred colt by Cherokee Run, Run It completed a mile on the synthetic Tapeta surface in 1:39.03 and paid $6.80. Scorpio Dog took second by three lengths over 3-to-2 favorite Skim Scam.



On Wednesday, December 3, racing will move to Aqueduct’s inner dirt track. Built in 1975, the one-mile oval was erected on the former site of the inner turf course to better accommodate winter racing.

The Big A’s inner dirt track played a big role in the careers of such horses as Thunder Rumble, Prairie Bayou and Smarty Jones, all of whom won the Count Fleet. The Interborough Handicap produced such winners as Lottsa Talc, Xtra Heat and Oprah Winney. Wayward Lass, King’s Swan, Evening Attire, Peeping Tom, Missy’s Mom, Magnolia Jackson, Dixie Brass, Plankton, It’s Acedemic, More to Tell, Honorable Miss, Boom Towner and Affirmed Success are among Aqueduct’s more accomplished inner dirt track alumni."

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By Francis LaBelle Jr.

A starting gate malfunction delayed the start of Sunday afternoon’s 29th running of the $81,825 Montauk Handicap for New York-bred fillies and mares by just over half an hour, but the wait didn’t seem to bother Thomas, Michael and Vincent Murray’s Here Comes Rita, who carried jockey Pablo Fragoso to a 2 ¼-victory in the sloppy nine-furlong final race of Aqueduct’s main track season.

Because of the delay, darkness forced the cancellation of Sunday’s ninth race, which was scheduled to go to post at 4:12 p.m. The announcement of the cancellation was made at 4:25 p.m. ET – sunset was at 4:29 pm. -- and the ninth race became an “ALL” for all multiple wagers (i.e., Pick 6, Pick 3, Pick 4, late Double). The track remained open for simulcasting, and will also be open for simulcasting on Monday and Tuesday, December 1-2.

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Sunday, November 30 2008

Parabola charts perfect route to Kingarvie score

TORONTO, November 29 - Jockey Justin Stein guided 17-1 shot Parabola to an upset victory in Saturday's $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes at Woodbine.

The 1 1/16-mile event for two-year-old Ontario-sired colts and geldings was the first stakes score for the cleverly-named son of Trajectory.

Ninth at the five-sixteenths pole, the Barb Minshall trainee started a strong move on the second turn and seized command with one sixteenth of a mile remaining. He outfinished determined multiple stakes-winner Mean Green for a half-length tally. Wildcat Fashion, who was on the lead early, stayed on for third.

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By Francis LaBelle Jr.

Charles E. Fipke’s Tale of Ekati won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial here at Aqueduct Racetrack back on April 5 and his only other victory of the year came in Belmont Park’s Grade 2 Jerome Handicap on October 5.

Trainer Barclay Tagg hadn’t been exactly lighting it up either, entering Saturday’s card in an 0-for-28 slump.

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