Thursday, April 09 2009
Patrick Mahony promoted to NYRA Senior Vice President
A respected expert in Pari-Mutuel operations, Patrick Mahony has been promoted to the post of Senior Vice President of Mutuels, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today. His previous title had been Vice President of Pari-Mutuel Operations. Mahony joined NYRA in 2003 after a distinguished career at Gulfstream Park, Calder, Hialeah, Atlantic City Race Track, Garden State Race Track, and Monmouth Park.
“At NYRA, Pat has worked diligently to position our Mutuel department as one of the finest in the industry,” NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward said. “He’s put a solid management team in place while establishing the highest standards of credibility and integrity. In addition, Pat has worked with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and industry organizations on national tote strategies and protocols.”
Autrey targets DelPark
Wilmington, Del., April 9, 2009 — Cody Autrey, a perennial top trainer in the Midwest, is among some of the new trainers targeting Delaware Park for the upcoming 72nd live race meeting. The 116-day live race season opens on Saturday, April 25 and ends on Saturday, November 7. Post time for the first race has been set at 1:15 p.m.
Since finishing third in the trainer standings at the recently concluded Fair Grounds meet, Autrey started sending horses to Delaware Park. By the beginning of the season at the Stanton-oval, Autrey should have approximately 35 horses on the grounds. In past years, the native of Waxahachie, Texas, has split his operation between Churchill Downs and Lone Star Park after the Fair Grounds. But, this year, the 29-year-old who won his first career race at Retama Park on September 14, 2000, will split his stable sending a division to Churchill Downs and for the first time in his career sending a division to the east coast.
ARLINGTON PARK TO OFFER TWO LIVE MONEY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 8, 2009) – Arlington Park will offer handicappers two chances to qualify for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held in Las Vegas in January 2010. Each Arlington-sponsored tournament will be “live-money” tournaments and offer cash prizes as well as three berths into the national tournament, which in 2009 offered more than $1,000,000 in prize money. Registration for both tournaments will be accepted beginning Wednesday, April 15, 2009, online at http://www.arlingtonpark.com
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The first of the two tournaments is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at Trackside Arlington Park and will be limited to 300 entries with a maximum of two entries per person. Players will be responsible for purchasing a $500 wagering card at the time of registration, which will serve as the player’s live bankroll for contest purposes.
MALIBU ARTISTE SHOWS WAY IN RELUCTANT GUEST
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2009)—Favored Malibu Artiste led from start to finish for her third straight victory in Wednesday’s featured $52,000 Reluctant Guest Purse at Santa Anita Park, covering 1 1/8 miles over a firm turf course in 1:48.43.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani under 119 pounds for trainer George Papaprodromou, Malibu Artiste won by 1 ½ lengths over Always Auditioning, who had three-quarters of a length on third-place Vikkilee.
War Kill Edges Selva In Beaumont
Lexington, Ky. (April 8, 2009)—War Kill scored a narrow victory over Selva in the $150,000, Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes Wednesday to give jockey Julien Leparoux his fourth win of the afternoon.
It was a two-horse race for more than half of the seven furlong, 184 feet race with no more than a half length separating the first two finishers as heavily favored Evita Argentina trailed the six-horse field.
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Full Field of 14 Set for Sunday’s Wide-Open South Beach
Farnsworth Stables’ 5-year-old mare Flibberjibbit finished a game third behind I Lost My Choo last out in the Honey Fox Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Mar. 7, and will be among the favorites in a field of 14 fillies and mares entered in Saturday’s $50,000 South Beach Stakes.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo gets the call on Flibberjibit for trainer Marty Wolfson in the 7½-furlong turf test and will not have to face I Lost My Choo again – that rival was entered in Saturday’s Jenny Wiley Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.
MIKE STRAIGHT NAMED HILTON GARDEN INN JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 8, 2009) Apprentice jockey Mike Straight has only been in the irons for a little over one month, but he has already made a big impression at Tampa Bay Downs. Straight has booted home seven winners in 25 days of racing at the Oldsmar oval, making him the leading apprentice rider at Tampa Bay Downs.
Straight got his first win from his first career ride on March 6, 2009 in the sixth race aboard Ready Ruler for trainer Michael Thomas and owner Leighton Evans. Straight, who is a graduate of Chris McCarron’s North American Racing Academy, is the twin brother of Maryland jockey Matthew Straight.
TOP CALIFORNIA SIRE UNUSUAL HEAT REPRESENTED BY THREE WINNERS AT GGF
ALBANY -- The top California sire Unusual Heat had to be a proud father following the conclusion of Wednesday's racing at Golden Gate Fields.
The 4-year-old filly Mystical Heat, the 6-year-old gelding Unusual Treasure, and the 4-year-old colt Quite Unusual - all sired by Unusual Heat - won races to give their papa a three-win afternoon.
Wednesday, April 08 2009
MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB REACTS TO EMINENT DOMAIN BILL AND ANNOUNCES DATE OF SLOTS APPEAL
LAUREL, MD. 04-08-09---Earlier today in the General Assembly in Annapolis, House Bill 1578 was introduced attempting to confiscate Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park, the Bowie Training Center and the Preakness® Stakes from the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC).
“We share the Governor’s interest in preserving the historic Maryland Jockey Club and the Preakness,” said MJC president and chief operating officer Tom Chuckas. ”But we question the government’s right to confiscate private property which will only lead to more confusion and litigation while these matters are in bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 process should be allowed to proceed.”
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NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop On New York Investigations of Jeff Mullins and Ernie Paragallo
“Two recent incidents in New York are very troubling to the hundreds of thousands of responsible individuals who derive their livelihood from Thoroughbred breeding and racing and the millions of customers who participate in our game.
“In the case of trainer Jeff Mullins, regardless of how this incident is ultimately adjudicated, there is no excuse for not knowing or abiding by the New York rules of racing.
Keeneland Barn Notes—Wednesday, April 8, 2009
CLIFFY’S FUTURE WORKS TOWARD SATURDAY’S TOYOTA BLUE GRASS
With trainer Darrin Miller up, Silverton Hill LLC’s Cliffy’s Future worked three furlongs in :36.40 and galloped out a half-mile in :49 on Wednesday morning at Keeneland.
“It was a nice work,” Miller said of Cliffy’s Future, who won the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21 in his most recent start. “He felt good. I just wanted to see him stretch out through the lane and that is what he did.”
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Bucephalus seeks a second added-money ‘Achievement’
TORONTO, April 8 - Clarendon Stakes winner Bucephalus returns in Saturday's $150,000 Achievement Stakes at Woodbine.
The son of Cape Canaveral could rocket into the Queen's Plate picture with a victory in the six-furlong event for Ontario-foaled three-year-olds.
The first official prep on the road to the 1 1/4-mile Plate on June 21, the Achievement attracted a field of seven colts and geldings, all of whom will be making their first start of 2009.
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