Thursday, January 08 2009
GARCIA BROTHERS HELP CARLOS GARCIA TAKE TWO ON WEDNESDAY CARD
LAUREL, MD. 01-07-09---Brothers Luis and Geovany Garcia helped trainer Carlos Garcia (no relation) win two races on Wednesday’s nine-race card at Laurel Park.
In the seventh race, 24-year-old Luis, guided Clara’s Song ($12.80) to a driving victory in a $32,000 allowance test. One race later, 20-year-old Geovany was aboard Sharp Lioness ($5.20) for an exciting maiden breaking score.
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Golden Gate vs. Portland Meadows Jockey Challenge
The 1st Annual Golden Gate vs. Portland Meadows Jockey challenge brought you by XpressBet was a rousing success with Team Portland Meadows taking home the team title. Debbie Hoonan-Trujillo led the charge for Portland Meadows with a win aboard Mystacallie in the 2nd leg of the Challenge Series. Hoonan-Trujillo also had a pair of second place finishes to take the individual title and an additional $2,500. Javier Matias finished second in the individual point standings and picked up $1,500, and David Lopez was third and received a $1,000 bonus. The final point totals for the XpressBet Jockey Challenge was 65 for Team Portland Meadows and 78 for Team Golden Gate.
The objective was to have the lowest point total. For their win, Team Portland Meadows consisting of Hoonan-Trujillo, Matias, Lopez, and Mark Anderson will split up $10,000. For finishing second, Team Golden Gate which featured Russell Baze, Kyle Kaenel, Francisco Duran, and Leslie Mawing, was awarded $5,000.
STREAKING FILLY ULTRA BLEND WILL MAKE STAKES DEBUT
ALBANY -- Ultra Blend, a 3-year-old filly who has won three straight races, will make her stakes debut Saturday at Golden Gate Fields in the $75,000 Tiburon Stakes.
Six 3-year-old fillies will match strides over six furlongs in the Tiburon, which is carded as the third race on a nine-race program. Post time for the first race Saturday is 12:45 p.m.
Alo Pura to win as Jebel Ali rearranges fixture
There is racing at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon with the course having rescheduled the meeting called off last week after the sad death of His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmad Al Mualla, the ruler of Umm Al Quwain.
The Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum again sponsor the feature race with the name of Kingwood House Stables attached to the main 1600m handicap.
GP Barn Notes 1-8
Big Drama Targeted for Holy Bull
Harold Queen’s Florida homebred colt Big Drama will make his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) to be run at 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park on Sat., Jan. 31, according to trainer David Fawkes.
“He’s been a distance twice and for right now we want to keep him at two turns,” said Fawkes. “I’m going to keep him home at Calder to train for the race, keep everything the same. (Eibar) Coa will ride him back.
Wednesday, January 07 2009
AQUEDUCT NOTES, Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Aqueduct Racetrack will be open for live racing six days next week, Wednesday, January 14, through Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19.
There will be no live racing on Tuesday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 21, but the Big A will be open for simulcasting on those days.
Tuesday night marked the third straight year that a New York jockey has joined New York Jets, Giants, Islanders, Red Bulls and other top athletes at the annual “MDA Muscle Team,” a gala event at New York’s Chelsea Piers that raised nearly $1 million in support of the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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GERALD BENNETT, VICKI OLIVER SADDLE TWO WINNERS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 6, 2009) Trainers Gerald Bennett and Vicki Oliver each escorted two of their trainees to the Winner’s Circle today. Bennett’s first victory of the day came with Real Conquest. Luis Antonio Gonzalez rode the four-year-old daughter of Full Mandate, who was bred in Florida by Barry Ostrager and Steven Mukamal and is owned by Robert Killian. Bennett and Gonzalez hooked up again to win the eighth race with Right Flanker. The six-year-old Florida-bred Outflanker gelding scored his ninth win from forty-eight lifetime starts for owners Winning Stables and Ray Rech.
MEADOWLANDS POSTS GAINS IN HANDLE FOR 2008
Despite negative trends throughout the racing industry, total wagering on racing at the Meadowlands in 2008 was up more than five percent.
All sources handle on the Meadowlands’ January – August harness meet was $354.8 million, up 7 percent from the $331.7 million wagered in 2007. For the recently wrapped 17-date Holiday Harness Meet, the total average daily handle was $2,645,212, a 10.4 percent increase over the 2007 daily average of $2,396,958.
MJC ANNOUNCES FINAL 2008 HANDLE FIGURES
LAUREL, MD. 01-06-09---The Maryland Jockey Club concluded the 2008 racing season with average wagering figures 22.5% lower than 2007. All sources handle totaled $668.1 million as compared to $875.8 million the previous year. Racing 14 fewer days in 2008, the daily handle decreased from nearly $3.8 million to just over $2.9 million each day.
Wagering figures for the 17-week Laurel Park fall meeting were 39 percent lower than a year ago. Numbers for the Laurel Park winter (down 17%) and Pimlico Race Course spring (down 16%) stands were also down from the previous year.
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Turf is back!
Keeneland sponsor Thursday’s Nad Al Sheba fixture which sees the return of turf racing at the UAE’s flagship racecourse.
There are two grass handicaps on an exciting card which also includes the featured Keeneland Trophy, a 1200m conditions race and The Woodford Trophy, a quality 2000m conditions event for Purebred Arabians.
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Delaware Park Announces 2009 Live Racing Dates
Wilmington, Del., January 6, 2009 — Delaware Park announced today it will offer 116 days of live thoroughbred racing at the Stanton oval in 2009 with the meet starting on April 25 and concluding November 7. The schedule for Delaware Park’s 72nd season of exciting live racing was recently approved by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission.
Dates Set For Three ‘09 Kentucky Derby Future Pools; Oaks Future Bet Back To Single Pool Format
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2009) – Dates for the three pools of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) are set and a single pool will be offered in each of the three months preceding the 135th renewal of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on May 2. Meanwhile, the seven-year-old Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”) will return to a single pool format in 2009, and that pool will run concurrent with the Derby Future pool offered in March.
Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is set for Feb. 12-15, Pool 2 is scheduled for March 12-15 and the third and final pool will be conducted April 2-5. Wagering on the lone 2009 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is set for March 12-15. The Oaks Future bet was conducted in a single pool in its first year in 2003, but had been offered in a three-pool format in each the past five years. Dates for the four-day pools for the two Churchill Downs future bets were approved Tuesday, Jan. 6 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.