Friday, February 13 2009


ALBANY -- Trainer Doug O'Neill is hoping a set of blinkers will help his colt Axel Foley turn the tables on favored Chocolate Candy in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Axel Foley finished second to Chocolate Candy in the California Derby on Jan. 17 but gave the winner a brief scare when he charged up the rail to challenge for the lead in midstretch. Chocolate Candy turned back Axel Foley and won the 1 1/16-mile race by 1 3/4 lengths.

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Ben Perkins Jr. fought the urge as long as he could. The son of one of the Mid-Atlantic’s more respected horsemen, Perkins tried hard to succeed at school. He even attended the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Business. But when he realized he was spending less time reading the Wall Street Journal and more time reading the Daily Racing Form, Perkins returned to his roots.

It was the right decision. Like his father, Perkins has forged a reputation as a dedicated, knowledgeable, and successful horseman.

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Fasig-Tipton Company, Inc. and the New York Racing Association, Inc. today announced a partnership to develop the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing at Saratoga Race Course for the second weekend of the season, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2009.

Saratoga’s 36-day meet opens on Wednesday, July 29 and the Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing will launch the second weekend and usher in the Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Sales at Saratoga to be held on Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11, 2009. The Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing will celebrate the rich history of Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga and the company’s many ties to New York racing.

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LAUREL, MD. 02-12-09---The $150,000 General George Handicap (GII) has attracted a stellar band of older runners. Monday’s seven furlong headliner at Laurel Park features Fabulous Strike, one of the top sprinters in the country.

Fabulous Strike, the 4-5 morning line favorite, is a prolific winner with twelve victories on his resume including ten stakes. The Todd Beattie trainee operates out of central Pennsylvania and ended 2008 with wins in the both the Fall Highweight and the Gravesend Handicaps at Aqueduct. With career earnings of $939,412 the gelding would become a millionaire with a win Monday.

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Meadowlands Racetrack and NJ Free Poker (NJFP) will host free Texas Hold'em tournaments Friday nights on the Clubhouse Level beginning February 27.

Professional dealers will offer free poker lessons at 6:30 p.m.; the free tournament begins at 7 p.m. All participants will receive free admission passes and a live racing program. While there is no gambling at the poker tables, participants can enter drawings to win mutuel vouchers.

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Party in the desert for Godolphin

The Godolphin team enjoyed a memorable night at Nad Al Sheba as the dominated the sixth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, kindly sponsored by Gulf News, when supplying four of the seven winners.

The quartet was highlighted by Desert Party who won the night’s feature, the Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas for three-year-olds over 1600m on the dirt.

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Thursday, February 12 2009

Barn Notes GP 2-12

Break Water Edison Breezes for Fountain of Youth

Trainer John Kimmel took the first steps toward helping Eli Gindi’s star 3-year-old colt erase the memories of a disappointing Hutcheson Stakes (G2) on Jan. 29 with a five-furlong breeze Thursday morning at Gulfstream Park.

After finishing last of six runners in his first start of the year, the son of Lemon Drop Kid is encouraging his trainer a rebound is coming in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) here on Feb. 28.

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The job of stakes coordinator for a Thoroughbred racetrack has never been an easy one. And, at this time of year in New York, it can be especially challenging.

Unlike the spring, summer, and early fall, when the stalls at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course are full, the local colony of horses has been depleted as the bigger outfits head south.

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Aqueduct Live Racing Canceled Thursday 2.12.09

Because of extremely high winds projected to gust up to 60 mph, the New York Racing Association has decided to cancel its scheduled live race card at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday, February 12, 2009.

Aqueduct will be open for simulcasting on Thursday. There is no parking or admission charge, and gates open at 11:30 a.m.

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Keeneland Rated #1 By Horseplayers Association of North America

Lexington, KY (February 12, 2009) – The Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) has ranked Keeneland first among 65 of the continent’s top racetracks in its inaugural Track Rating System.

HANA is a grassroots, not-for-profit group comprised of more than 500 horseplayers with a combined handle of approximately $30 million annually.

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Competitive day at Jebel Ali on Friday

Friday’s Jebel Ali meeting is a seven race card highlighted by an 1800m handicap, kindly sponsored by Shadwell Farms, the American arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s breeding operation.

It has attracted a maximum field of 16 with last year’s Godolphin Carnival winner Igor Protti, now trained by Abdulla Bin Huzaim, heading the weights.

Erwan Charpy saddles four runners, with Tadhg O’Shea electing to ride Spring City and Richard Hills on Sheikh Hamdan’s Morghim.

Read more articles in the Emirates Racing Authority category.



ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2009) – German-bred Caprice, who has competed at marathon distances in France, New York, Kentucky and Illinois, recorded her first United States victory Wednesday at Santa Anita in the $75,150 La Zanzara Handicap for fillies and mares at the seldom run distance of 1 ½ miles on turf.

The 6-year-old mare, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, rallied from last in the field of six to outfinish Restless Soul by 1 ¾ lengths with 8-5 favored Brushed Gold another length back in third after appearing rank while leading into the stretch.

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