Wednesday, February 11 2009
Tale of Ekati & Ikigai Clash in Richter Scale Saturday
Charles Fipke’s 4-year-old homebred colt Tale of Ekati is a three-time Grade 1 stakes winner and expectations are high that he will be among the leaders of the handicap division this season as he makes his 2009 season debut in Saturday’s $150,000 Richter Scale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Edgar Prado rode Tale of Ekati in five of eight starts last year for trainer Barclay Tagg and will be back aboard for Saturday’s seven-furlong test.
He’ll face five rival older horses, including Edmund Gann’s emerging sprint star Ikigai with regular rider Jermaine Bridgmohan getting a return call for trainer Marty Wolfson.
Barn notes GP 2-11
Jack Spratt Jumps into Fountain of Youth Mix
Trainer Mike Maker will get a reading on the Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects of Thomas Conway and partners’ Jack Spratt when that 3-year-old colt runs in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Feb. 28.
It will be the son of Candy Ride’s first race on dirt.
After winning the Dania Beach Stakes on turf here on Jan. 17 with a sweeping late burst, Maker is out to see if Jack Spratt can convert that success onto the big stage of the main track.
Jockeys Play Charity Basketball Game
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2009)—The 42nd annual Holy Angels/Santa Anita Jockeys Charity Basketball game will take place Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at La Salle High School in Pasadena. Proceeds will benefit the Holy Angels athletic department and legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye and Laffit Pincay Jr. will serve as honorary captains. Delahoussaye and Pincay will be available to sign autographs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the La Salle High gymnasium.
“This game has been such a fun thing for all of us over the years,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles. “To have Eddie and Laffit involved again in this way as honorary captains I think helps to draw added attention to it and hopefully, it will help us raise more money for the athletic program at Holy Angels.”
ROSEMARY HOMEISTER RIDES THREE WINNERS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 10, 2009) Jockey Rosemary Homeister, Jr., who is currently the second leading rider at Tampa Bay Downs through 40 days of racing, added three more victories to her win tally today. Homeister has been to the Winner’s Circle 41 times thus far, has ridden 33 second place finishers and 24 thirds.
Homeister’s first win came aboard Expect Validity, a six-year-old Valid Expectations gelding bred in Florida by Arthur Appleton. Valid Expectations is owned by Tampa Bay Downs’s leading owner Richard Averill and is trained by Kirk Ziadie.
CHURCHILL DOWNS RECEIVES KHRC APPROVAL TO OFFER EXACTAS IN KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER POOLS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2009) – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) has granted approval to allow Churchill Downs to offer exacta wagering in its Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) pools. The home of the America’s greatest race will not offer exacta betting in Pool 1 of the 2009 Derby Future bet, which opens its four-day run on Thursday, but Derby Futures Exacta betting will be available in the two remaining pools scheduled to run March 12-15 and April 2-5.
The addition of exacta wagering in the field of 24 wagering interests is the first change in the betting menu in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager since the bet was introduced in 1999. To this point the pools in each Kentucky Derby Future Wager have offered only a $2 minimum win wager. Starting with Pool 2 of 2009, the exacta wager – also a $2 minimum bet – will be part of the wagering menu on the pool’s field of 24 betting interests.
Newsworthy 2000 Guineas on Thursday
Gulf News kindly sponsor Thursday’s sixth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival with an intriguing seven race card highlighted by the Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas.
Restricted to there-year-olds, over 1600m on the dirt, the feature has attracted a field of ten with two trainers, both seeking a fourth win in the race, responsible for half the field.
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Tuesday, February 10 2009
‘All Others’ Favored In Opening Pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2009) – Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) begins its 11th year on Thursday when the first of its three betting pools opens with the mutuel field, or “all others,” as the favored betting interest as fans take their shot at picking the winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) months in advance of America’s greatest race.
Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed the “all others” betting interest as the 5-2 favorite in Pool 1, which opens at noon (all times EST) on Thursday, Feb. 12 and concludes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. But that’s hardly a surprise as the mutuel field has been favored in the KDFW’s opening pool in each of the first 10 years of the Derby Future bet. Fans often opt for the “all others” bet rather than make a commitment to an individual horse so early in the Derby campaign and this year’s group of contenders seems more wide-open than most.
Gulf News back at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday
The sixth Dubai International Racing Carnival meeting is set to take place this Thursday, and is sponsored by long term partner, Gulf News.
Dubai Racing Club’s CEO Frank Gabriel Jr said: “Gulf News has been a loyal partner to Dubai Racing Club and we are delighted to welcome them to Nad Al Sheba once again.
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Monday, February 09 2009
Calder STABLE IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Feb. 09, 2009) – Calder Race Course announced today the application of a new elastomeric coating to sixty (60) barn roofs in the track’s stable area, a project that will help reduce stable temperatures normally hiked by the South Florida sun.
Calder Vice President & General Manager of Racing John Marshall commented, “This is a very important project towards improving the quality of work life in our barn area. We anticipate the treated stables to be up to 10 degrees cooler in comparison to similar conditions of past summer months.”
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Scolara Rallies from Last to First in Marion County
Haras Santa Maria de Araras’ 4-year-old homebred filly Scolara brought back a check in each of her last four stakes starts going back to last summer, but didn’t get her first stakes victory until Sunday when she rallied from last of eight Florida-bred fillies and mares to capture the $75,000 Marion County Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Scolara was making her first start since losing a head decision when second in the Pago Hop Stakes at Fair Grounds on Dec. 6. After breaking a half-step slow, the daughter of Quiet American was content to sit near the back of the field until splitting horse at the top of the stretch and going on to win by 2¼ lengths over Richlyn Stable’s Pay Wright.
Barn notes 2-8 GP
Wicked Style Ready to Complete Road to Recovery
Two years ago, Glenn Bromagen’s Wicked Style was an undefeated rising star with a Grade 1 victory and a spot in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). Two leg fractures later he’s a 4-year-old on the brink of a successful comeback, according to trainer Rusty Arnold, ahead of a classy allowance race Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
The son of Macho Uno impressively won his first three career races including the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland in 2007 before a disheartening 41-length loss in the Juvenile in the slop at Monmouth Park behind eventual champ War Pass. He emerged with a condylar fracture in his front leg that wiped out a shot at the 3-year-old classics and kept him on the shelf for seven months.
MAGNUM ENDS LONG TAILSPIN WITH 16-1 UPSET IN SUNDAY’S SAN ANTONIO
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2009) – Winless since May of 2006, which was two months after running second in the Santa Anita Handicap, 8-year-old gelding Magnum ran down Well Armed at odds of 16-1 Sunday in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Handicap to race back into consideration for the 2009 Big ’Cap on March 7.
With Joel Rosario aboard for the first time, Well Armed tracked the defending San Antonio champion though extremely pedestrian fractions during the 1 1/8-mile journey, but nonetheless was resolute enough to surge through the final sixteenth to triumph by one length.