Saturday, December 27 2008

Opening-Day Stakes at GP

Gulfstream Park opens its 2009 live racing meet – 70 years after its first opening – Saturday and sharing the marquee will be two Grade 3 events, the Spectacular Bid and the Hal’s Hope stakes.

The Spectacular Bid is for 3-year-olds at six furlongs and the Hal’s Hope is for older horses going a mile. Each race is worth $100,000.

“We see the size of the fields and the quality of horses in those fields are indications that this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Racing Secretary Doug Bredar. “We take it to mean that we’re going to have a lot of good racing here at Gulfstream Park this year.”


Friday, December 26 2008


OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 26, 2008) Lynne M. Scace is fast out of the starting gate for Tampa Bay Downs’ 83rd season of racing. Scace, who was leading trainer at the Oldsmar oval in the 2003-2004 race meet, has accrued five wins as of December 26 from ten attempts, and is currently the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs. One of her wins came with her homebred On the Vineyard, a four-year-old half-brother to Vineyard Haven; that two-year-old is the winner of both the Grade I Hopeful Stakes and the Grade I Champagne Stakes and was also bred by Scace.

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Turfway to make up canceled races

FLORENCE, KY . . . December 26, 2008 . . . To make up nine races lost to a full-card cancellation last Sunday, Turfway Park will add races to its holiday live racing schedule beginning Friday, December 26.

The track traditionally runs a holiday schedule of 10 races daily from the day after Christmas to the end of the year, including Monday and Tuesday should they fall in that timeframe.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2008) – Lucky J. H., on hiatus since winning the $135,000 Sensational Star Handicap at Santa Anita in April, returns Monday as the 117-pound high weight in the $70,000 Impressive Luck Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

The hard-hitting Harris Farms’ 6-year-old, off the board in but 3 of 17 career starts, will face seven rivals in the seventh race on an eight-race program that gets underway at 1 p.m.

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Indyanne has never been worse than second in seven career starts. The daughter of 1998 Santa Anita Derby winner Indian Charlie has five victories, two in Grade III events, and has shown a world of speed in each race.

Still, trainer Greg Gilchrist knows the gray filly owned by John Sikura of Lexington, Ky., faces a daunting task in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs.

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LAUREL, MD. 12-26-08---Trainer Scott Lake began this decade with fewer than 700 career victories. With a win in today’s seventh race at Laurel Park with Blushing Tiger ($7.40), the conditioner becomes the eighth trainer in history to reach the 4,5000 win plateau.

Lake, the nation’s second leading conditioner with 418 winners, has 113 victories at the major Maryland tracks this year and will wrap up his fourth consecutive state title tomorrow when the local 2008 season concludes.

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ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will give horse racing fans a present the day after Christmas when it opens its 118-day winter/spring season Friday. Post time is 12:15 p.m.

Friday's opener will feature nine races, including the $75,000 Silveyville Stakes, the third contest on the card. Pass the Heat, a 5-year-old gelding who has won nine of his 19 career races and $330,499, is among the six horses entered in the Silveyville.

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Festive fun at the races

Dubai Racing Club’s festive Boxing Day at the Races was a sell-out event!

Nad Al Sheba was the place to be to enjoy a fantastic family day out with a difference.

Guests dined on delicious gourmet cuisine, complete with all the traditional favourites, in the beautifully decorated Millennium Grandstand.

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It’s Fryvolous again

The Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah, the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, was the feature event at Nad Al Sheba on Friday afternoon at a meeting kindly sponsored by Etisalat.

The 1600m feature looked a match on paper between Fryvolous and Paris Gagner who had fought out a course and conditions race three weeks ago.

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Thursday, December 25 2008

Paris to Gagner on Boxing Day

Etisalat sponsor Friday’s matinee meeting at Nad Al Sheba which starts at 3pm and features the Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah, a 1600m race for Purebred Arabians.

National Day Cup winner Fryvolous returns to the dirt with trainer Rod Simpson continuing in fine form and the trainer said: “He is in great shape and has come out of that National Day Cup win in good order. This is a tough test conceding weight and Paris Gagner looks the one to beat.”

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Wednesday, December 24 2008

Holiday Cheer draws a dozen

FLORENCE, KY . . . December 23, 2008 . . . Turfway Park caps the Holiday Meet stakes schedule this Saturday with the $50,000 Holiday Cheer Stakes, a six-furlong sprint that drew a full field of 12.

Rouse the Cat brings an impressive record to his first start at Turfway. In 13 starts this year he has 10 in-the-money finishes, including five wins. He raced in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, finishing 12th of 14, but before that was second in the Grade II Nearctic on turf and afterward was again second in the Grade III Kennedy Road Stakes on Polytrack, both at Woodbine. Trainer Ollie Figgins III trains. Regular rider Christopher VanHassel is back aboard.

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 23, 2008) Saturday, December 27 is Tampa Bay Downs’s second annual Cotillion Festival Day, presented by Lambholm South. Cotillion Festival Day is a day of two-year-old racing capped off by two six furlong $65,000 stakes: the Inaugural Stakes for two-year-olds and the Sandpiper Stakes for two-year-old fillies. Among the top trainers who have nominated their two-year-olds to the Cotillion Festival Day card are Todd Pletcher, Graham Motion, Christophe Clement, and Eddie Plesa.

The $65,000 Inaugural Stakes has garnered 12 entries, including Code Runner, winner of the Fasig Tipton Dash Stakes at Calder Race Course. Code Runner is a Florida-bred son of Omega Code owned by Lloyd and Lisa Carnes, trained by Robert Smith and will be piloted by Paco Lopez; the colt has accrued $96,054 in lifetime earnings thus far.

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