Friday, October 31 2008
HIGHLAND CAT HOLDS ON IN GREY GHOST; HECKUVA GOOD TIME CASTS SPELL IN WITCHES BREW
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 31, 2008] - Even horse racing has its Halloween traditions.
In a dappled dash to the wire, Highland Cat held on to win the $35,000 Grey Ghost Handicap by three-quarters of a length on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Ridden by Jose Lezcano, Highland Cat covered the 1 1-16 miles in 1:38.48. Lightning Power rallied four-wide in the stretch to finish second, while it was three lengths back to Raynicks Fan in third. Highland Cat paid $8.20, $3.20 and $2.20. Lightning Power returned $3.00 and $2.20, while Raynicks Fan was worth $2.60 to show.
The annual Grey Ghost is a starter handicap reserved strictly for horses registered as grey or roan in color.
BRAZILIAN RIDER OFF TO SWIFT START AT MEADOWLANDS
At age 19, Maylan Studart has already dabbled in more professions than most people twice her age.
She has worked as an actress, model and stuntwoman and nearly went pro as a wakeboarder. But it is atop a horse, racing 35 mph into the wind that Studart has found her niche.
The Brazilian apprentice jockey lit up the tote board at the Meadowlands this week when she finished second by a neck with Voodooyouthinkur, a 90-1 shot, in the sixth race on Monday. That momentum continued as she finished third with Chicago's Girl in the Tuesday opener and upset Wednesday's seventh race at Belmont with Decorated Court, who paid $104 to win.
ACCOMPLISHED DISTAFFERS MEET IN ALL BRANDY STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 10-31-08---As many as twelve Maryland-bred fillies and mares could line up in Saturday’s $50,000 All Brandy Stakes, set for nine furlongs on the turf. The field runs the gamut from multiple stakes winners to runners in search of a second lifetime victory.
Stakes winners come from the powerful stables of Graham Motion (Miss Lombardi), Hamilton Smith (Sales Tax), Mike Trombetta (Spectacular Malibu), Chris Grove (Lexi Star) and Richard Small (For Kisses).
Miss Lombardi is the 8-5 morning line favorite. The 6-year-old enters the fray off two wins, including a come from behind victory in the Maryland Million Ladies, which was contested four weeks ago on the turf at Saturday’s distance. The daughter of Unbridled Jet, who will carry Luis Garcia, worked last Friday (five furlongs in 1:01.20) at the Fair Hill Training Center in preparation for the All Brandy.
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MODEL AIMS FOR STAKES SCORE IN INAUGURAL IT’S IN THE AIR STAKES
NGLEWOOD, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2008) — Model, second in the Grade I Spinster Stakes at Keeneland in her last start and runner-up to unbeaten Zenyatta in the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar in August, will aim for her first stakes victory in the inaugural running of the $65,000 It’s In The Air on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
The 4-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway was beaten one length by Horse of the Year candidate Zenyatta in the Hirsch while traveling the It’s In The Air distance of 1 1/16 miles. The Neil Drysdale trainee will be making her Hollywood Park debut from the outside post Sunday in a field of seven fillies and mares which lines up as follows:
BAFFERT, HARTY TO CLASH IN SHARP CAT
Trainer Bob Baffert will send out an entry of Toro Bonito and Ten Churros in the $100,000-added Sharp Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track Saturday. Competition in the five-horse field will be headed by Pamona Ball, trained by former assistant Eoin Harty.
“The Earnhardt specials,” said Baffert Friday of his two entrants owned by Hal and Patti Earnhardt, two of his longest owners from Arizona. “For $100,000, I’m giving them another shot.”
STRAIGHT TO THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE FOR MCCARRON PROTÉGÉ
LAUREL, MD. 10-30-08---Chris McCarron began his Hall Of Fame career as an apprentice sensation in Maryland in 1974. Nearly 35 years later a protégé of the legendary rider has joined the Laurel Park riding colony hoping for the same success.
Matthew Straight graduated from McCarron’s Lexington, Kentucky based North American Racing Academy in June and rode in Kentucky until through last Friday. In this afternoon’s opener in just his second mount in Maryland, the 22-year-old picked up his 19th career victory aboard Don’tmesswithrandy ($6.40) for trainer Benny Feliciano.
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ORO BLANCO AIMS FOR FIRST CAREER VICTORY IN SHARP CAT
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2008) — Oro Blanco, third to eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Stardom Bound in the Oak Leaf Stakes last month at Santa Anita Park, will attempt to break her maiden in Saturday’s $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood Park.
The Kentucky-bred daughter of Hold for Gold has worked sharply in preparation for the 1 1/16-mile Sharp Cat.
JOCKEY MAWLING HAS RIDING DOUBLE AT GGF
ALBANY -- Jockey Leslie Mawing guided two horses to front-running victories at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Mawing won the first race of the day aboard even-money favorite Perfect Honey, who sped away to a 3 1/2-length victory in a six-furlong dash for fillies and mares. Trained by Steve Sherman, Perfect Honey paid $4.20.
Mawing finished second in the second race aboard 14-to-1 long shot Fergie's Fantasy and then sat out the third race. Mawing came off the bench to capture the fourth race with 7-to-1 outsider Defensive Move, who held off fellow 7-to-1 shot Jet Iron by a half-length in the six-furlong contest for 3-year-olds and up.
Thursday, October 30 2008
HOSTESS LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK IN LONG ISLAND ‘CAP
On Tuesday, she will be Hip No. 365 in Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. But before she gets on the plane for Kentucky, William L. Clifton Jr.’s 5-year-old mare Hostess has one more mission, and that’s to return to the winner’s circle one more time in Saturday’s 52nd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap on Aqueduct Racetrack’s turf.
The strapping daughter of Chester House was seventh behind Folk Opera in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine on October 4, and trainer H. James Bond is hoping she will return to her usually consistent self as she takes on eight fillies and mares in the mile and a half Long Island.
Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale Gets Underway Monday
Lexington, KY (October 30, 2008) – Keeneland opens its 15-day November Breeding Stock Sale – the largest of its kind in the world – on Monday, November 3.
A record 5,709 horses have been cataloged for the sale, which runs through Monday, November 17. Sessions begin daily at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale will be streamed live at Keeneland.com.
The total number of horses cataloged for the 2008 November Sale exceeds last year by 294 and includes 2,893 broodmares, 2,267 weanlings, 542 horses of racing age, and seven stallions.
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HP Stable Notes: Thursday, October 30, 2008
SADLER MAKES LUKEWARM CASE FOR DEFENSE
It all began here last year for trainer John Sadler. A perennial contender, Sadler captured the first training title of his career at the 2007 Hollywood Park Autumn Meet with 21 wins — ten more than his nearest rivals.
After finishing second to Mike Mitchell last winter at Santa Anita, Sadler has added the last three major stops on the Southern California circuit — Hollywood Park Spring/Summer, Del Mar and Oak Tree — to his fast-growing list of championships.
The Illinois Festival of Racing: State-breds Front and Center
Stickney, IL---The Illinois Festival of Racing on Saturday, November 1 marks the time on the calendar to celebrate the local state-bred equines that populate the majority of Hawthorne’s backstretch. And while the progeny of our state’s thoroughbreds won’t be confused with those from Kentucky, many have proven successful when raced on the national stage.
Copper State and Rolling Seas (both nominated, but not entered in the Illini Princess) are two such mares who have demonstrated the ability to compete outside of their friendly confines, by either winning or placing in multiple graded stakes.
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