Friday, October 24 2008
Breeders’ Cup World Championships October 24-25: Jockey Stats
*No rider has won three Breeders' Cup races at a single Championships.
*Eighteen riders have combined to win two Breeders' Cup races on a single card 29 times. Mike Smith has done it four times (1994, 1995, 1997 and 2002). Jerry Bailey did it three times (1995, 1999 and 2000). Five riders have captured two races on a single card twice: Pat Day (1987, 1994), Eddie Delahoussaye (1992, 1993), Patrick Valenzuela (1991, 1992), John Velazquez (2002, 2004) and Garrett Gomez (2005, 2007). Other riders with two Cup victories on a single card are Jorge Chavez (1999), Angel Cordero Jr. (1988), Frankie Dettori (2006), Chris McCarron (1992), Corey Nakatani (1996), Laffit Pincay Jr. (1986), Edgar Prado (2005), Jose Santos (1990), Alex Solis (2003), Gary Stevens (1998), Cornelio Velasquez (2007) and Jorge Velasquez (1985).
Breeders’ Cup World Championships October 24-25: Trainer Stats
*All trainers in the all-time top 10 in money won by Breeders’ Cup runners have horses entered in the 25th World Championships.
* No trainer has won two races in consecutive years with the same horses. Bob Baffert can do that this year with 2007 Sprint winner Midnight Lute in the Sprint and 2007 Juvenile Fillies winner Indian Blessing in the Filly & Mare Sprint. Indian Blessing could become the first horse to win two different Breeders’ Cup races.
Keeneland Barn Notes—Friday, October 24, 2008
KEENELAND CLOSING DAYS FEATURE MIX OF LIVE RACING and BREEDERS’ CUP SIMULCAST
Fans on hand for the final two days of Keeneland’s 2008 fall meeting will enjoy full cards featuring both live racing and simulcasts of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
On Friday, Keeneland will conduct nine live races intermingled with simulcasts of five Breeders’ Cup stakes for fillies and mares, highlighted by undefeated Zenyatta’s bid in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic.
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OAK TREE’S PICK SIX CARRYOVER DEFERRED UNTIL SUNDAY’S CLOSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2008) – Favorites fell in each of Oak Tree’s Pick Six races on Thursday, resulting in a carryover of $66,214 which will be deferred until Sunday’s closing day of the 26-day meet and after the Breeders’ Cup World Championships are conducted on Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita.
With the meet ending on Sunday, the winning pool in the Pick Six will be distributed to those with the most winners if nobody is able to correctly select all six.
Illustrative of the topsy-turvy afternoon Thursday was when Rafael Bejarano drove 7-1 shot Island Hop between horses to overtake pace-setter Sheza Maneater by a neck and end a seven-race losing streak when upsetting five rival fillies in the $50,576 allowance feature at one-mile over the track’s Pro-Ride synthetic surface.
Breeders’ Cup World Championships October 24-25: Classic - Thursday Notes
Casino Drive (Tr: Kazuo Fujisawa; ex. rider: Naruhito Kasai ) – Casino Drive, tThe unbeaten 3yo colt from Japan, jogged 3f on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track under assistant trainer Naruhito Kasai before being shipped to Santa Anita Thursday morning.
“He is still fresh after the five-furlong work here yesterday and happy,” said Nobutaka Tada, racing manager for Hidetoshi Yamamoto.
Tada said that trainer Kazuo Fujisawa is scheduled to arrive from Japan today and will be here to supervise Casino Drive’s training Friday for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Stable Notes, Thursday, October 23rd
GEORGIE BOY, GOMEZ TOGETHER AGAIN IN DAMASCUS STAKES
Garrett Gomez reunites with Georgie Boy in Saturday’s Damascus Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. It marks the first race for the California-bred son Tribal Rule since March 15, when he won the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, and the first ride for Gomez on Georgie Boy since they won the Grade I Del Mar Futurity together last year. Gomez, whose mounts have earned more than $17.7 million to date this year, is seeking his third straight national money-winning title. He leads runner-up Robby Albarado by more than $2.2 million.
“Georgie Boy has been doing everything great,” said Gomez, who has worked the gelding owned and bred by George Schwary and trained by Kathy Walsh several times en route to his comeback. “We’ve tried to get enough air in him to make sure he’s fit, without going too fast. He’s a classy individual and he’s doing good.”
INTERPATATION COULD COME THROUGH FOR BARBARA
Just before the opening of Saratoga Race Course back in July, trainer Bobby Barbara was facing a hard fact. He didn’t think he had horses that could compete at racing’s most prestigious meet.
But his meet was salvaged by the sudden wake-up of Elliot Mavorah’s Interpatation. While the 6-year-old Langfuhr gelding has yet to win in seven starts this year, at Saratoga he ran third to Grand Couturier in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational, came back to run third at Philadelphia Park, and then ran second in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational to runaway winner Grand Couturier.
FEATURE: C Karma. Could it be for the filly?
Occasional horse racing fans are always looking for the horse to root for on the big day. They'll watch the Queen's Plate, the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders' Cup and want to back a horse they can connect with.
This year, in the 25th edition of the Bredeers' Cup World Championships, set for this Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, the romantic horse is one with a decidedly Canadian angle.
Trained by Woodbine-based horseman Greg DeGannes, C Karma, rated 8-1 in the morning line for Friday's Juvenile Fillies Turf event, simply shouldn't be here.
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MADDY’S HEART HOLDS ON TIGHT TO TAKE MEADOWLANDS FEATURE
East Rutherford, NJ [October 23, 2008] Maddy’s Heart prevailed by a head over Always For Love in a fierce stretch duel to win the $45,000 sixth race allowance on Thursday night at the Meadowlands.
She covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:39.82, giving jockey Stewart Elliot and trainer Timothy Hills their second win of the night. Dattts Our Girl made a late rally to finish a half-length behind in third. Maddy’s Heart paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.60.