Wednesday, February 04 2009

Al Maktoum Challenge Round II features on Thursday

Derrinstown Stud, the Irish arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s breeding operation, kindly sponsors the fifth meeting of the Dubai International Racing Carnival at Nad Al Sheba tomorrow when the second rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge take centre stage.

Racing opens with the Purebred Arabian version, a Group 1 contest over 2400m, on dirt, in which Doug Watson’s Al Jalfane will bid to repeat his victory of 2007.

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Tuesday, February 03 2009


OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 3, 2009) February 2009 is action packed at Tampa Bay Downs, starting with this Saturday’s $75,000 Super Stakes, a seven furlong sprint for four-year-olds and up. The fun continues on Sunday, February 8th with Kids and Family Day. Join Radio Disney and the gang for an afternoon of free fun, games and Pony Rides in the Backyard from noon until three PM.

Saturday, February 14 is Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, featuring the Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the $100,000 Grade III Endeavour Stakes the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes. New on the Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South card is Taste of the Bay, featuring some of their most popular menu items during the event adjacent and just north of the Grandstand! Each featured Bay area restaurant will have a variety of items available at reasonable prices from 11 AM until 4 PM.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. ­­­­3, 2009) – Churchill Downs has unveiled a stakes schedule for its 2009 Spring Meet that is headed by the 135th renewals of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI), and includes a total of 29 stakes events with total purses of $7.575 million.

Three more Grade I events are included on the schedule for the 52-day session that will run from April 25-July 5. The $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and $300,000-added Humana Distaff, both scheduled on the Kentucky Derby program on Saturday, May 2, and the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap, which is set to head the “Stephen Foster Super Saturday” racing program on Saturday, June 13, round out the five Grade I events on the schedule.

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Derrinstown Stud to sponsor Thursday’s race meeting

Dubai Racing Club hosts a double header racing weekend, with Derrinstown Stud sponsoring the first leg this Thursday.

Derrinstown Stud, a world-class stud based in Ireland, has been a long-standing partner with Dubai Racing Club, having sponsored at the Dubai International Racing Carnival since its inception.

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Monday, February 02 2009


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Feb. 2, 2009) – Arlington Park, which introduced its first live money handicapping contests in 2008, will again bring the popular contests to selected Illinois Trackside OTB locations during the Spring of 2009 to be held in conjunction with handicapping seminars at each location conducted by Chicago Sun-Times handicapper M. Scott McMannis.

All players need to do to participate is purchase a $50 contest wagering card at the Twin Spires Club Center at the designated location on day of each contest and play a minimum of five races from that day’s card at Hawthorne Race Course.

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Kip Deville Goes All the Way in Gulfstream Turf Handicap

IEAH Stables and partners’ 6-year-old Kip Deville broke fast under jockey Cornelio Velasquez, was on the lead early in Sunday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1), and had plenty left in the stretch of the 1 1/8 miles test to hold Jonathan Sheppard’s 24-1 longshot Just as Well safe to win by three-quarters of a length.

Kip Deville’s victory in the GP Turf capped a weekend that saw Breeders’ Cup winners from the last three years compete at Gulfstream Park.


Lady Carlock Survives Foul Claim to Score in Suwannee River

Bentley Smith’s 5-year-old Kentucky homebred mare Lady Carlock rallied from last to first in a field of eight fillies and mares in Sunday’s $125,000 Suwannee River Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park to score by a head over Brushwood Farm’s Mushka, and then had to survive a long stewards’ deliberation of a foul claim before the result was allowed to stand.

Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan was aboard Lady Carlock for trainer Carl Nafzger as the daughter of Chester House went off a 13-1 longshot in her first start since a second-place finish in a Churchill Downs allowance on Nov. 21. J. Mack Robinson’s Drop a Line finished 1¼ lengths behind the runner-up in third with Augustin Stable’s Long Approach another neck back in fourth after checking in deep stretch between horses.


Winning at Gulfstream Becoming a Regular Experience for Frank Calabrese

His eyes fixated on the race playing out on the flat screen before him, and his right thumb flipping through a program, Frank Calabrese is barely moved by the question.

He shrugs off the thought of his life story being depicted in Hollywood with a slight grin, but if any producers or directors have any ideas, Calabrese has a suggestion for the leading man – and only one.

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Barn Notes 2-1

Huge Gain for Gulfstream Park’s On-Track Handle on Donn Day

On-track handle at Gulfstream Park Saturday was $1,254,814, a 20.75% increase from the previous year’s Donn Day mark.

There were 10 races Donn Day this year, as there was Donn Day last year, which fell on Feb. 2.

Overall handle on the Gulfstream card, combining on-track handle with interstate and intertrack wagering, reached $13,816,476.54, up 14.54% from last year’s mark of $12,063,021.78.

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Bob Baffert has been down the Kentucky Derby trail before, has a well-worn path on it, as a matter of fact. The 56-year-old trainer has started 17 horses in the Run for the Roses, winning with three: Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, and War Emblem in 2002, but has not had a starter the past two years. Baffert missed by a desperate nose with his first Derby starter, Cavonnier, in 1996.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2009) – Irish-bred Pasar Silbano, making her second United States start, burst to the front a couple of furlongs into Santa Anita’s 36th running of the Grade III, La Habra Stakes on Sunday and proceeded to dominate the 6 ½-furlong turf event for 3-year-old fillies.

With Hall of Famer Mike Smith in the irons, the bay filly owned by Three Chimneys Racing maintained a safe margin throughout the late stages before reaching the wire 1 ¾ lengths ahead of 77-1 longshot Gold Goddess with Real Fancy Runner another neck back in third.

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ALBANY -- Jockey Frank Alvarado knows all about the phrase "adding insult to injury" after experiencing a bad day at the office Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

Alvarado suffered a mild concussion when he was head-butted by the 4-year-old filly Newport Lulu during the post parade of the second race. While Alvarado was waiting to undergo a precautionary CT-Scan at Highland Hospital in Oakland, three of the horses he was scheduled to ride won races.

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