Friday, November 14 2008
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.
FRUMIOUS RECORDS THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
ALBANY -- The speedy 2-year-old colt Frumious posted his third straight victory Thursday at Golden Gate Fields when he led his rivals from start to finish in the $37,500 allowance feature.
Trained by Jeff Bonde and ridden by Chris Landeros, Frumious won the one-mile test for 2-year-olds by two lengths over Skimasco in 1:37.59. Mt. Davidson finished third while 2-to-1 favorite Dave's Pacemaker checked in fourth.
CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED NAMES TOM O’DONNELL PRESIDENT OF CALDER RACE COURSE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2008) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI” or “Company”) today announced that Tom O’Donnell has been named president and general manager of Calder Race Course (“Calder”) in Miami, as well as senior vice president of CDI.
O’Donnell will be responsible for the successful overall direction, administration and coordination of all activities at Calder Race Course, including gaming and racing operations. He comes to CDI from Heller Gaming & Leisure, where he served as an advisor and consultant on casino operations, development and strategic acquisition evaluation. O’Donnell also has over 18 years of experience with Harrah’s Entertainment.
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Thursday, November 13 2008
HALL OF FAMER H. ALLEN JERKENS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens’ first order of business after being released Wednesday morning from Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation Center was to visit his barn at Belmont Park.
“He came home, and said, ‘I’d like to see the horses’,” said his wife, Elizabeth. “We drove him to the barn and he sat on the bench outside, and they brought out every single one of the horses for him.”