Wednesday, February 25 2009

Turfway to host Derby-winning jockeys

FLORENCE, KY . . . February 24, 2009 . . . Five former jockeys with Kentucky Derby wins to their credit will greet fans and sign autographs at Turfway Park across three Monday afternoons in March. The last of the three Mondays kicks off the week leading to the Grade II Lane’s End Stakes, Turfway’s Derby prep race.

Chris McCarron and Mike Manganello will be on hand March 2, Pat Day and Craig Perret will appear March 9, and Steve Cauthen will appear March 16. A commemorative poster featuring the jockeys will be available free of charge, limited to one per person. A total of 600 posters will be printed. The autograph sessions will run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, and fans may have the poster and one other item signed on a first come, first served basis.

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Barton and Bin Suroor fillies headline the feature race

With the new Meydan grandstand dominating the skyline behind Nad Al Sheba it is fitting that Thursday’s penultimate meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival is sponsored by Meydan.

The Listed UAE Oaks, for three-year-old fillies over 1800m, is the official feature and eight take their chance – all of whom contested the UAE 1000 Guineas, over 1600m, three weeks ago.

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NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Ciruclates Compliance Standards for Review

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that a comprehensive set of safety and integrity standards has been circulated to members of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. After a period of comment, the compliance standards will be finalized in early March and serve as the basis for Alliance accreditation, which also will begin in March. The Alliance, formed last October with the goal of establishing national uniform standards in the areas of safety and integrity, includes 55 racetracks in North America and every major national horsemen’s organization.

Compliance will cover five broad areas: injury reporting and prevention; creating a safer racing environment; aftercare and transition of retired racehorses; medication and testing; and safety research. Within those five categories, specific standards will focus on many areas including:



OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 24, 2009) Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month Carlos Montalvo rode three winners today while trainers Greg Griffith and Brenda McCarthy each escorted two of their charges to the Winner’s Circle.

Montalvotook home his first two wins on the afternoon’s program with trainer Greg Griffit; the duo notched their first win with Go ‘Xango, a six-year-old daughter of Henriques bred in Florida by Virginia L. Rice and William Rice and owned by Annie O Productions. Montalvo and Griffith scored their next win with Sword Play. The Crown Delite colt, who was bred in Florida by owner Kinsman Stable, captured his first lifetime win in his third career attempt. Montalvo completed his hat trick with Tenacious Gator, this time for owner-trainer John Cruise; the five-year-old Cimarron Secret Mare bred in Florida by Francis McDonnell.



BALTIMORE, 02-24-09---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that Baltimore-based Charm City Devils will round out the lineup for the Preakness InfieldFEST concert on Saturday, May 16 in the Pimlico Race Course public Infield prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I).

On February 5 Pimlico officials unveiled Preakness InfieldFEST, which 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.

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Tuesday, February 24 2009

Meydan sponsors Thursday’s racemeting

The Meydan Group is set to sponsor the ninth meeting of the Dubai International Racing Carnival.

The Meydan Group is currently overseeing the development of the UAE’s incredible new iconic horseracing development. It will feature a world-class grandstand, and the enterprise will also serve as a major business and conference district.

“The Dubai Racing Club is pleased to welcome their colleagues from Meydan to Nad Al Sheba as the official racemeeting sponsor.

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Quality on offer at ERA Sale

Multiple group winners Lord Admiral, Biarritz, Royal Vintage and Vertigineux highlight the Dubai International Racing Carnival Session of the annual Emirates Racing Authority Horses in Training Sale, sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld, at Nad Al Sheba next week.

In association with leading auction house Tattersalls, the sale will encompass 47 horses to be sold at the DIRC session on Tuesday March 3 with another 97 due to be sold the following evening at the ERA Horses in Training Sale.

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Monday, February 23 2009

Kentucky Derby 135 Update 2.23.09


Having already faced some of Southern California’s outstanding prospects for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Mayor Marv was relatively battle-tested for a horse that had only one win in six races heading into Saturday’s $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby at Arizona’s Turf Paradise.

His first trip out of Southern California and initial step into stakes company was a rousing success as Mayor Marv drew away in the stretch for an easy 4 ½-length victory over Hidden Bounty. David Flores was aboard Mayor Marv as he notched his second consecutive win after five career-opening losses that included solid efforts behind Kentucky Derby contenders The Pamplemousse, the winner of the San Rafael (GII), and Robert B. Lewis (GII) runner-up Papa Clem.

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ALBANY -- Chocolate Candy, Northern California's leading hope for the Kentucky Derby, worked four furlongs in :48 1/5 handily Sunday morning at Golden Gate Fields.

Chocolate Candy, winner of the California and El Camino Real Derbies at Golden Gate Fields, is being pointed for the Grade 1 $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4. The West Coast's premier Kentucky Derby prep, the Santa Anita Derby is a 1 1/8-mile contest.

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Durcan claims round two UAE Triple Crown second time in row

Sunday’s twelfth meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, featured the middle leg of the Arabian Triple Crown and the 2200m Group 3 feature attracted a small but select field of five.

Rod Simpson, based at Al Asayl near the capital, saddled two of the runners and continued his remarkable run of form with Ted Durcan on Jazeerat Alsadyaat beating stable companion Elmalak Elwaheed under Richard Mullen.

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Sunday, February 22 2009


ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2009) – Spring House split horses in deep stretch and held off hard-charging Church Service by one-half length Sunday to become only the second back-to-back winner of Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap while negotiating the 1 ½-mile distance on turf in 2:27.26, just five one-hundredths of a second slower than in the previous year’s 52nd running.

Alex Solis, who had ridden the 7-year-old gelding in his last two starts, was aboard as Spring House went off at odds of 7-1 after being dispatched as the 17-10 favorite in 2008 with Garrett Gomez in the saddle.

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Although Rail Trip has been nominated to the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, chances of the unbeaten gelding running in the mile and a quarter classic seemed extremely remote Sunday. His regular rider, Jose Valdivia Jr., has been engaged to ride Champs Elysees by Bobby Frankel in the Big ’Cap, a decision the Hall of Fame trainer confirmed this morning.

“We nominated, but we’re probably not going to run,” trainer Ron Ellis said of Rail Trip, who posted his fourth consecutive impressive victory last Friday, but who has never run in a stakes race. Asked about the possibility of running in the Grade II, $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap on April 4, Ellis was non-committal.


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