Thursday, October 30 2008

AQUEDUCT NOTES, Wed. October 29, 2008

The first stakes offerings of Aqueduct’s Fall Meet will be this weekend.

On Saturday, fillies and mares will got a mile and a half on the turf in the 52nd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap.

Expected here are Haras du Mezeray’s Astrologie (FR) and Shake the Moon (GER), Darley Stables’ Criticism (GB), William L. Clifton Jr.’s Hostess, Lawrence Goichman’s J’Ray, Alain Falourd’s La Hernanda (IRE), Peter Harris’ Marzelline (IRE), Triple Diamond Stable’s Sentimental Union and Jane Schosberg’s Sunshine for Life.

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Tuesday, October 28 2008


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. * Fox Hill Farms’ Solar Flare sat patiently off the early pace before taking command around the far turn and holding all rivals safe at bay in winning the $47,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at the Meadowlands on Monday afternoon.

Ridden by Terry Thompson, Solar Flare covered the mile and a sixteenth over a fast main track in 1:45 flat and returned $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10 as the odds-on choice in the field of five older colts and geldings. It was 2 ½ lengths back to Saratoga Lulaby, who completed a $6.20 exacta and returned $2.40 and $2.20. Dragon Fi, who finished another length and a half back in third, paid $2.60 to show.

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Keeneland Realizes Near-Record Attendance for Fall Race Meeting

Lexington, KY (October 27, 2008) – Keeneland recorded near-record attendance of 239, 117 for its 2008 fall race meeting, held October 3-25.

The total ranks as the second-largest fall meet attendance in Keeneland history, just shy of last year’s record 239,296. Average daily attendance of 14,066 was only 10 fewer than the 14,076 reported in 2007. A fall meet Friday record crowd of 22,052 was set on College Scholarship Day, Friday, October 10, while the meet’s single-day high of 24,241 was reported on Saturday, October 18.

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The Florida Million at Calder Race Course

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 8
* Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
* First race post at 12:25 p.m.

WHERE: Calder Race Course
21001 NW 27th Avenue (University Drive)
Miami, Florida 33056

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Monday, October 27 2008

Gosden Still Aglow Over Classic Score by Raven’s Pass

John Gosden (Raven’s Pass, 1st, Classic and Donativum, 1st, Juvenile Turf) – Trainer John Gosden visited the quarantine barn at Santa Anita Park that is the home for international runners Sunday morning to take a look at his winners.

The veteran trainer walked Donativum for awhile and watched as Raven’s Pass was photographed. Hanging on a balcony overlooking the compound were the five blankets of flowers presented to the European winners.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2008) – Two days after Stardom Bound’s stunning victory in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Juvenile Fillies, her connections were back in the Santa Anita winner’s circle with a 3-year-old filly after Foxy Danseur closed swiftly to take the $110,500 Cascapedia Stakes, the closing day feature of Oak Tree’s 26-day race meet.

Jockey Mike Smith guided the daughter of Mr. Greeley to a one-length victory over High Resolve in the 15th running of the seven-furlong event for sophomore fillies while running the distance in 1:21.66.



ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2008)—The Oak Tree Racing Association’s 40th annual meeting finished on a powerful note as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, run Oct. 24 and 25, generated the strongest attendance and handle figures of the meet, which had been negatively effected by the sluggish local and national economy.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships were held as a two-day event for the first time in Oak Tree at Santa Anita history and the results were bullish, as on-track attendance reached 31,257 on Friday and 51,331 on Saturday. All-sources handle on Friday was $47,863,774, and on Saturday all-sources handle reached $107,610,778. The two-day all sources handle of $155,474,553 was a 5 1/2 percent increase over last year.

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Oak Tree 2008 Media Poll


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2008) – Undefeated Zenyatta, racing’s newest superstar who stamped herself as a leading contender for Horse of the Year with her ninth consecutive win in capturing the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, was unanimously named Horse of the Meet in Oak Tree’s annual Media Poll.

The 4-year-old daughter of Street Cry, owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, thus becomes the second straight female to be so honored. Nashoba’s Key was Oak Tree’s Horse of the Meet in 2007, joining the elite company of Light Jig, Halfbridled and 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri as distaff stars to be recognized in that category since it was introduced in 1996.

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By Francis LaBelle Jr.

It took a year and the patience of both owner Helen Alexander and Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey to make Altesse a graded stakes winner, but the plan finally came to fruition on Sunday afternoon when the 5-year-old A.P. Indy mare dug in on the rail to defeat favored Spring Waltz by a neck in the 14th running of the Grade 3, $107,600 Turnback the Alarm Handicap for fillies and mares at nine furlongs. The race was the feature on the closing day of the 2008 Belmont Park Fall Championship Meet. Racing will resume on Wednesday with the Opening Day of the Aqueduct Fall Meet. First race post is 12:30 p.m.

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Utterly Cool wins Cup & Saucer with chilling ease

TORONTO, October 26 - Utterly Cool turned the $252,800 Cup and Saucer Stakes into a one-horse show, Sunday at Woodbine.

The two-year-old was the first of two Sid Attard-trained Ontario-breds to record added-money victories on the card, which also featured the Labeeb Stakes.

A gelded son of Smoke Glacken, Utterly Cool won the 72nd edition of the Cup & Saucer by 10 1/4 lengths, traveling 1 1/16 miles in a spiffy 1:44.62 over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course's yielding terrain.

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ALBANY -- Victorina outran pacesetter Unspoken Word down the stretch to win the $65,900 Marina Stakes by three-quarters of a length Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

Ridden by William Antongeorgi III and trained by Greg Gilchrist, Victorina stopped the timer in 1:37.32 while improving to 1-for-2 in one-mile races. Overall, Victorina has 12 victories in 22 career starts.

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Sunday, October 26 2008

FW: European Team Wins Five to Climax 25th Breeders’ Cup World Championships

ARCADIA, Calif. –European-trained horses won five of nine Championship races, and Stonestreet Stable’s 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin finished fourth defending his Breeders’ Cup Classic title on Saturday at Santa Anita on a spectacular day of racing to complete the two-day 25th Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Breeders’ Cup President Greg Avioli said, “It was a tremendous two days of racing with incredible performances both days. We had 80,000-plus fans here over the two days and everything went smoothly in the operation – a testament to our hosts, the Oak Tree Racing Association.”

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