Thursday, February 05 2009
$250,000 LATE PICK 4 DEBUTS AT BIG A NEXT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14
The New York Racing Association today received approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to offer a guaranteed $250,000 late Pick 4 on Saturdays at Aqueduct Racetrack, beginning next Saturday, February 14, St. Valentine’s Day.
Although NYRA offers daily Pick 4s on races 2-5 and 6-9, the $250,000 guarantee applies only to the late Pick 4 on Saturdays.
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FOR HAYNESFIELD, WHIRLAWAY ANOTHER STEP TO HIGHER GROUND
Monday morning, shortly before “predicting” that winter will come to a quick end, Charles G. Hogg, Staten Island’s answer to the more famous Puxatawnie Phil and other prognasticating rodents, took a bite out of New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Already backed into his lair by the presence of the Groundhog Day crowd, Hogg was not about to be groped by the in-a-hurry mayor without making a statement.
Proof, once again, that impatience often leads to pain.
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Scolara the One to Beat in Marion County Sunday
Haras Santa Maria de Araras’s 4-year-old Florida homebred filly Scolara looks like the class and the horse to beat in a field of nine Florida-bred fillies and mares entered in Sunday’s $75,000 Marion County Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux gets the call on Scolara for trainer Bill Mott in the one mile turf test as she makes her first start since a game second by a head in the Pago Hop Stakes over the Fair Grounds course on Dec. 2. The daughter of Quiet American boasts an 8-2-3-2 record on turf and finished a strong third in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 8 prior to the Pago Hop.
Barn Notes GP 2-5
Dutrow Seeks Similar Results on Turf in the Tallahassee
The stakes aren’t quite as high and there isn’t a Grade 1 race on the line, but six days after watching Kip Deville bounce back from a dull race to win the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) on Sunday, trainer Rick Dutrow will send Vincent Scuderi’s 4-year-old Formal King into the $75,000 Tallahassee Stakes Saturday off a similar dull race.
The gelded son of Formal Dinner will take on a dozen other Florida-breds in the one-mile turf contest while trying to put the memories of his 73-length loss in an optional-allowance race on the inner dirt track at Aqueduct on Jan. 2 behind him.
Indy excels in challenge
Thursday night’s fourth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Derrinstown Stud, was highlighted by the second rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge.
Godolphin’s My Indy repeated his win in the first round with a hard fought success in the Thoroughbred version, a Group 3 contest over 1800m on dirt.
PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST TO ROCK PIMLICO MAY 16
BALTIMORE, 02-05-09---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced at a news conference in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course that it is redefining the Infield experience on Preakness day, May 16, 2009. Preakness InfieldFEST will feature a concert with three rock performances, including Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and Grammy-nominated Buckcherry, along with a pro volleyball tournament and an interactive section prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I). A new Infield (including the Infield’s Top of the Stretch seating area) policy on alcohol and all beverages will be implemented for the 134th event, the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.
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Double feature at Turfway Saturday with Likely Exchange, rescheduled WEBN stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 5, 2009 . . . The field for the rescheduled $50,000 WEBN Stakes this Saturday grew to 12 when entries were retaken Wednesday, and additional early speed adds new possibilities to the mile contest for three-year-olds.
Bill Hembrecht trainee Music City, who thoroughly dominated the two most recent of his three career starts, should be right out front. He won his last race, a mile allowance at Turfway, by five lengths and was never challenged.
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‘JOCKEYS’ to premiere in Canada on Saturday
TORONTO, February 5 - Horse racing fans have an opportunity to see a side of thoroughbred racing they may have never seen before with the debut of ‘JOCKEYS,’ a 12-part docudrama that chronicles the lives and careers of seven riders, including Canadian champion Chantal Sutherland.
The show, which premieres in Canada on Saturday, February 7 at 9 p.m. ET on Animal Planet, will focus on the work and lives of jockeys Jon Court, Aaron Gryder, Mike Smith, Alex Solis, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo and Sutherland.
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MODIFICATION ADAPTS TO ROUTE IN LOS ANGELES ZOO PURSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2009) – Modification, a 4-year-old filly who had routed but once previously and that was without success on grass, stormed from behind Wednesday to run off with the $58,816 Los Angeles Zoo Purse at one mile over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface.
Despite being caught extremely wide rounding the first turn and into the stretch, Modification proved much the best under jockey Rafael Bejarano, defeating 2-1 favorite Carmel Coffee by 1 ¾ lengths in the second condition allowance event for older fillies and mares. The winning time was 1:37.90.
THURSDAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER,
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2009)—Although post time favorites have been winning at a roughly 33 percent clip, Santa Anita experienced the 13th carryover of its 30-day winter/spring meet on Wednesday, with $84,478 set to roll into Thursday’s Pick Six pool.
With average field size at 10 starters per race, Wednesday’s Pick Six got off to a rollicking start, as Kayla Stra booted home her first winner of the meet in race three. Aboard the Jim Cassidy-conditioned Tallahsocean for the first time, Stra guided the 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Ocean Sound to a $38.60 upset.
Saturday Stakes Advances
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2009) – Four graded stakes races on Saturday at Santa Anita include a pair that could lead to a highly compelling clash in the April 4 Santa Anita Derby as 2-year-old filly champion Stardom Bound and California’s most accomplished male Triple Crown prospect, Pioneerof the Nile, make their 3-year-old debuts.
Stardom Bound, so dominant as a juvenile filly in 2008 that she commanded a sales price of $5.7 million in November, makes her first start for IEAH Stables and Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel in the 27th running of the Grade I, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile.
Smooth Air Returns in Tallahassee Saturday at Gulfstream
The connections of Mount Joy Stable’s 4-year-old homebred colt Smooth Air are hopeful the two-time Grade 2 winner will be a major player in the handicap division this season. A test comes Saturday when he makes his 2009 debut in the $75,000 Tallahassee Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Paco Lopez will be aboard Smooth Air for the first time in the one-mile turf race for trainer Bennie Stutts Jr. It will be his first start since a respectable seventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita on Oct. 25, beaten only 5 ¼ lengths for it all by Raven’s Pass.