Saturday, December 27 2008
STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27TH, 2008
SMITH FANCIES BECRUX IN SUNDAY’S SAN GABRIEL HANDICAP
Mike Smith is looking forward to Sunday’s Grade I San Gabriel Handicap and a reunion with Becrux.
The Hall of Fame jockey has ridden the 6-year-old Italian-bred gelding in his last two races, winning a seven-furlong allowance race on synthetic at Oak Tree on Oct. 24 before finishing a fast-closing third in the Grade I Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park on Nov. 28.
“He’s a neat horse,” Smith said. “I really like him a lot. He’s really coming around and the Citation was a big race. If he runs back to that race, he’ll be tough.”
Officer Rocket works Holiday Cheer to his advantage
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 27, 2008 . . . Officer Rocket worked speed both ways in the $50,000 Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, ignoring a fiery pace early and then zooming up the rail late to win by a length. Rouse the Cat, favored at 2-1, was second, with Golden Country a neck back in third.
The win capped a fine day for Officer Rocket’s connections. His savvy performance was the third win on the day for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker and the fourth for jockey Orlando Mojica.
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DR. ZIC, TOP SEED TAKE TOP HONORS ON LAMBHOLM SOUTH COTILLION FESTIVAL DAY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 27, 2008) Tampa Bay Downs hosted Lambholm South Cotillion Festival Day in front of a crowd of 4,839 today. Cotillion Festival Day, a day dedicated to two-year-old racing, was headlined by both the $65,000 Sandpiper Stakes for fillies and the $65,000 Inaugural Stakes for colts and geldings; both races were run over the main track at the six furlong distance.
The $65,000 Sandpiper Stakes was captured by Dr. Zic for owners Derby Lane Farm, Jim Tom, Marette Farrell and Joan Scott; Scott also saddled the Milwaukee Brew filly. Last year’s leading Tampa Bay Downs jockey Daniel Centeno had the call to ride Dr. Zic, piloting her home handily in 1:10.77, just 2/5 of a second off of the stakes record. Sunday in Malibu was second and Hooh Why was third.
FABULOUS STRIKE SHOWS NEW DIMENSION IN GRAVESEND VICTORY
By Jenny Kellner
Trainer Todd Beattie had always thought Fabulous Strike was capable of rating behind horses. But having consistently drawn inside, the five-year-old son of Smart Strike just never got the opportunity and scored most of his victories on the lead .
On a foggy Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, Fabulous Strike finally got the chance to show a new dimension. Taken back by jockey Ramon Dominguez as True Quality shot to the front in the Grade 3, $103,100 Gravesend Handicap, Fabulous Strike rallied through the stretch and went on to a 1¾-length victory in the six-furlong race, the final graded stakes of the year in New York.
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PEACE TOWN SCORES IN MARYLAND JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP
LAUREL, MD. 12-27-08---Vinery Stables LLC & Singer Stables’ Peace Town lived up to pre-race billing with a decisive victory over five other Maryland-breds in the $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park.
After tracking Ready to Cruise to the far turn, Peace Town and jockey Julian Pimentel forged to the lead, opening daylight on all but In the Juice in the 1-1/16th mile test. In the Juice rallied inside the leader going to the wire but his effort fell a half-length short. Royal Stare finished third.
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Opening-Day Stakes at GP
Gulfstream Park opens its 2009 live racing meet – 70 years after its first opening – Saturday and sharing the marquee will be two Grade 3 events, the Spectacular Bid and the Hal’s Hope stakes.
The Spectacular Bid is for 3-year-olds at six furlongs and the Hal’s Hope is for older horses going a mile. Each race is worth $100,000.
“We see the size of the fields and the quality of horses in those fields are indications that this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Racing Secretary Doug Bredar. “We take it to mean that we’re going to have a lot of good racing here at Gulfstream Park this year.”
Friday, December 26 2008
LYNNE SCACE NAMED COURTSIDE GRILLE TRAINER OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 26, 2008) Lynne M. Scace is fast out of the starting gate for Tampa Bay Downs’ 83rd season of racing. Scace, who was leading trainer at the Oldsmar oval in the 2003-2004 race meet, has accrued five wins as of December 26 from ten attempts, and is currently the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs. One of her wins came with her homebred On the Vineyard, a four-year-old half-brother to Vineyard Haven; that two-year-old is the winner of both the Grade I Hopeful Stakes and the Grade I Champagne Stakes and was also bred by Scace.
Turfway to make up canceled races
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 26, 2008 . . . To make up nine races lost to a full-card cancellation last Sunday, Turfway Park will add races to its holiday live racing schedule beginning Friday, December 26.
The track traditionally runs a holiday schedule of 10 races daily from the day after Christmas to the end of the year, including Monday and Tuesday should they fall in that timeframe.
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LUCKY J.H. RETURNS TO ACTION AS IMPRESSIVE LUCK HIGH WEIGHT
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2008) – Lucky J. H., on hiatus since winning the $135,000 Sensational Star Handicap at Santa Anita in April, returns Monday as the 117-pound high weight in the $70,000 Impressive Luck Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.
The hard-hitting Harris Farms’ 6-year-old, off the board in but 3 of 17 career starts, will face seven rivals in the seventh race on an eight-race program that gets underway at 1 p.m.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2008
SPEEDY INDYANNE TACKLES CHAMP IN SATURDAY’S LA BREA STAKES
Indyanne has never been worse than second in seven career starts. The daughter of 1998 Santa Anita Derby winner Indian Charlie has five victories, two in Grade III events, and has shown a world of speed in each race.
Still, trainer Greg Gilchrist knows the gray filly owned by John Sikura of Lexington, Ky., faces a daunting task in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs.
SCOTT LAKE REACHES 4,500 WIN-PLATEAU
LAUREL, MD. 12-26-08---Trainer Scott Lake began this decade with fewer than 700 career victories. With a win in today’s seventh race at Laurel Park with Blushing Tiger ($7.40), the conditioner becomes the eighth trainer in history to reach the 4,5000 win plateau.
Lake, the nation’s second leading conditioner with 418 winners, has 113 victories at the major Maryland tracks this year and will wrap up his fourth consecutive state title tomorrow when the local 2008 season concludes.
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GOLDEN GATE FIELDS OPENS 118-DAY WINTER/SPRING SEASON FRIDAY
ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will give horse racing fans a present the day after Christmas when it opens its 118-day winter/spring season Friday. Post time is 12:15 p.m.
Friday's opener will feature nine races, including the $75,000 Silveyville Stakes, the third contest on the card. Pass the Heat, a 5-year-old gelding who has won nine of his 19 career races and $330,499, is among the six horses entered in the Silveyville.