Saturday, November 15 2008
AUTISM AWARENESS RETURNS SATURDAY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- Autism Awareness, who scored a shocking upset in the El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows last March, makes his return to the races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Autism Awareness, a colt named to bring attention to the complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others, won the El Camino Real Derby at odds of 62-to-1. Autism Awareness paid $126.00 to win and garnered the attention of national turf writers, who wrote of the colt and his cause.
Friday, November 14 2008
MITCHELL-GOMEZ AIM FOR REPEAT IN MOCCASIN STAKES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2008) — The combination of trainer Mike Mitchell and jockey Garrett Gomez will aim for their second straight Moccasin Stakes victory Sunday at Hollywood Park as unbeaten Mi Chiamano Mimi aims to increase her winning streak to three in the $100,000 event.
Mitchell sent out Spring Awakening to win the seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies in a stakes record 1:21.33 in 2007. The victory was a record 71st for Gomez in a stakes as he went on to finish the year with 76, eclipsing Jerry Bailey’s mark of 70 in 2003.
Mi Chiamano Mimi, owned by Nathaniel Friedman, was a 4 ½-length winner while running for a claiming tag of $80,000 in her career debut Aug. 29 at Del Mar. She then won the six-furlong Anoakia in a swift 1:07 4/5 at Santa Anita on Oct. 19.
The daughter of Came Home will face tough competition in the field of 11, which lines up as follows from the rail out:
Mi Chiamano Mimi, Gomez up, carries 118 pounds; Casino Gold, David Flores, 116; Will O Way, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Wind Caper, Jose Valdivia Jr., 116; Malusita, Joel Rosario, 116; Pasar Silbano, Mike Smith, 120; Montana Fields, Michael Baze, 118; Evita Argentina, Tyler Baze, 122; Palacio de Amor, Victor Espinoza, 116; Wynning Ride, Joseph Talamo, 116, and Moontune Missy, Aaron Gryder, 116.
Evita Argentina and Palacio de Amor both try to rebound following ninth and 13th-place finishes, respectively, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Evita Argentina, trained by John Sadler, is the lone graded winner in the field. She won the Sorrento at Del Mar in her second start before finishing fourth in the Del Mar Debutante.
Palacio de Amor, owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, finished second behind Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Stardom Bound in the Del Mar Debutante and the Oak Leaf — both Grade I races.
Pasar Silbano won four of six starts in Ireland for trainer Ger Lyons and his wife, Lynn, who made the trip here for the Moccasin. The filly, recently purchased from the couple by Three Chimneys Racing, will be transferred to trainer Jim Cassidy following the race. Her first two starts — both victories — were on the all weather track at Dundalk, Ireland.
Casino Gold was fourth in the Anoakia; Will O Way won her career debut at Calder before finishing third in the Del Mar Debutante and sixth in the Oak Leaf; Wind Caper aims for her second win in as many starts; Malusita broke her maiden her in June and seeks her second win in her seventh start; Montana Fields has won two of five starts; Wynning Ride attempts to keep her record perfect in her second start, and Moontune Missy tries to improve her record to two-for-three.
The Moccasin will run as the eighth race on Sunday’s nine-race program at Hollywood Park. First post time is 12:30 p.m.
HP Stable Notes: Friday, November 14, 2008
SHAKIS WORKS IMPRESSIVELY FOR CITATION HANDICAP
Neal McLaughlin, brother and assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, had not visited Hollywood Park since the 1997 Breeders’ Cup, but he was happy to be back Friday.
McLaughlin, an assistant in New York and Florida for 16 years, was on hand to supervise the works of two Shadwell Farm candidates for the Turf Festival later this month.
BARN AREA OPENS FOR 2008-2009 RACING SEASON
OLDSMAR, Fla. (November 13, 2008) The Tampa Bay Downs backstretch opened this morning, heralding the start of the Oldsmar oval’s 83rd season of Thoroughbred racing. After an overnight trip from Delaware Park, trainer Richard Ciardullo was the first trainer to enter the grounds f for the new season, arriving at 6:30 with his string of horses.
Among the first trainers to set up their stable was Robert Jeffries, President of the Tampa Bay Downs National Horsemen’s Benevolence & Protective Association, who escorted Pitchnicholas into stall 50 in Barn 22. “He was in this stall last year, and he loves it. He’s a really curious horse, and he can watch all the comings and goings from here,” said Jeffries. He went on to express his pleasure at returning to Tampa Bay Downs.
ECONOMY LEADS TO MIXED RESULTS FOR SUFFOLK DOWNS’ 2008 MEET
EAST BOSTON, MA - Suffolk Downs wrapped up its 2008 racing season with declines in live wagering and attendance and an increase in all-sources handle, track officials announced today.
On-track handle for the 102-day live meet was down 7% from last year, as was attendance. All-sources handle was up 11% on the strength of 13% growth in transmitted handle.
AQUEDUCT NOTES, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
The Race Track Chaplaincy is asking for help in providing Thanksgiving turkeys and other food items for backstretch families.
The Chaplaincy had hoped to begin distributing 100 turkeys next Friday, November 21, at Belmont Park. It has, however, already received more requests—and fewer turkeys than usual.
Gifts of turkeys, chickens, gift cards, hams and all sorts of nonperishable food are needed at the Belmont Park Race Track food pantry (2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont , N.Y., Gate 6; telephone: (516) 488-6000, ext 4063). Items may be delivered Monday through Friday, anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
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ONCE UNLUCKLY STUD MUFFIN GOES OUT INTO THE OPEN
Trainer David Duggan had always believed that Stud Muffin would deliver as a racehorse. He felt that way when he claimed him for $35,000 back in March and he felt that way even after the 4-year-old Raffie’s Majesty colt won two of his next six starts.
But it was the seventh start, the Empire Classic on Belmont Park’s New York Showcase Day, where Stud Muffin came through for his boss. His 1 ½-length victory was all Duggan needed to be convinced that Stud Muffin had finally arrived.
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KING BLING SPARKLES IN MEADOWLANDS FEATURE
East Rutherford, NJ [November 13, 2008] King Bling made a late move down the stretch to win the featured $50,000 allowance Thursday night at the Meadowlands.
With Taylor Hole aboard King Bling picked up his second win of the year as he took the one mile-70 yard race over a sloppy track in 1:43.0. Deep Run Down was 2 3-4 lengths behind for second. Stars Night Out prevailed in a photo for show in the night’s sixth race. King Bling paid $10.80, $5.80, and $4.20.
LAUREL PARK HORSE TESTS POSITIVE FOR EQUINE HERPESVIRUS
LAUREL, MD. 11-13-08---The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed today that Nin, a filly trained by King Leatherbury at Laurel Park, has tested positive for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1). The two-year-old, who could not stand yesterday morning, was sitting up and eating this morning with no fever.
A Hold Order has been placed on Barn 1 at the central Maryland track, which means none of the horses in the barn will be permitted to train or race, pending further testing. None of the other 29 horses are showing neurologic signs.
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Quick Command Sells for $100,000 on Thursday at Keeneland
Lexington, KY (November 13, 2008) – Quick Command, in foal to Bernstein, brought a final bid of $100,000 to highlight Thursday’s session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.
The five-year-old Gold Legend mare is from the family of European champion Katies (IRE). She was purchased by E-Stable and consigned by Belvedere Farm Inc. (Marty Takacs), agent.
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ARAMBULA COMPLETES DOUBLE ABOARD BARBER IN FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2008) — Barber sped to a wire-to-wire victory in the $51,918 allowance/optional claiming feature as apprentice jockey Pedro Arambula completed a double on Thursday at Hollywood Park.
The 5-year-old chestnut gelding was clear at the head of the stretch and finished gamely to hold off favorite Mostacoli Mort by one length while covering 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:41.91.
GOMEZ AIMS FOR THIRD SKIRBALL-KENIS WIN IN FOUR YEARS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2008) — Garrett Gomez, rider of two of the last three winners, will aim for his third victory aboard supplemental entry Solar Miss in Saturday’s sixth running of the $65,000-added Audrey Skirball-Kenis Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Gomez, the nation’s Eclipse Award-winning jockey in 2007, matched Jerry Bailey’s 2003 record of 70 stakes wins when he guided Hucking Hot to victory in the Skirball-Kenis a year ago. He also rode Pussycat Doll to victory in 2005.