Sunday, January 18 2009
Career Debut Imminent for Nicanor after Saturday Workout
Lael Stable’s Nicanor, the 3-year-old full-brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1) winner Barbaro, is doing “terrific” and has trainer Michael Matz hoping he will be able to make his career debut on Donn Handicap (G1) weekend, Jan. 30-Feb. 1.
The Kentucky homebred son of Dynaformer breezed a half-mile in company with fellow Matz-trainee Hennigan in 50 2/5. The two finished together with Nicanor getting the wider, outside trip around the sweeping Palm Meadows turn under exercise rider and assistant trainer Peter Brette. It was a breeze designed to gauge how ready the colt is for his debut. By all accounts, it’s a matter of scheduling now.
Dubai riches appeal Down Under
The 2005 Dubai Duty Free victory of Elvstroem, whose half-brother Haradasun won the Group 1 Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on his second and final run in Europe last year, remains Australia’s Nad Al Sheba highlight.
However, who can forget the impact Tony Noonan had when saddling their first Carnival runners in 2007 with Benedetti and Smart and Mighty winning their first three races between them.
CHOCOLATE CANDY PREVAILS IN CALIFORNIA DERBY AT GGF
ALBANY -- Chocolate Candy, the 4-to-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, surged to the lead at the top of the stretch and went on to post a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Chocolate Candy completed a mile and a sixteenth on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface in 1:43.98 while defeating six rivals in Northern California's first major race for 3-year-olds with Kentucky Derby dreams. Axel Foley took second by 2 1/2 lengths over Merus Miami.
Pearls of the East set for Dubai
Japan may yet to have registered a winner at the Dubai International Racing Carnival, albeit from very few runners, but they do have a great record on World Cup night.
Victories for the likes of Admire Moon (Dubai Duty Free), Stay Gold and Heart’s Cry (Dubai Sheema Classic) and Utopia (Godolphin Mile) have seen the Hinomaru (Japanese flag) flown over Nad Al Sheba with pride in the past and this year it appears they could have their strongest team ever.
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Saturday, January 17 2009
Cumani arrives prior to Carnival debut
Leading trainer Luca Cumani was on hand at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday morning, supervising final preparations for what will be his first runners at a Dubai International Carnival on Thursday night.
Cumani is yet to have a runner at the Dubai International Carnival but was one of the pioneers of the International Stables, training Endless Hall at the facility when that horse was fourth in the 2001 Dubai Sheema Classic before his win in the Singapore Airlines International Cup.
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STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, JANUARY 17TH, 2009
GOMEZ HOPES GEORGIE BOY MAKES SHORT WORK OF SUNSHINE MILLIONS FOES
Georgie Boy will do something he has never done before when he runs in next Saturday’s $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita. He will be making his first start at six furlongs.
The California-bred gelding trained by Kathy Walsh has had nine lifetime starts: three at 5 ½ furlongs; one at 6 ½ furlongs; four at seven furlongs, and one at 1 1/16 miles. The son of Tribal Rule was on the lead before finishing second in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar as a 2-year-old in August 2007, but his best race came in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity at seven furlongs on Sept. 5, 2007, when he rallied from next to last in a field of 13 to win by a half-length.
Friday, January 16 2009
AGGIE ENGINEER HANDY WINNER OF SANTA ANITA SPRINT FEATURE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2009) – Before a “Free Friday” on-track crowd of 6,026, the lightly-raced 4-year-old gelding Aggie Engineer scored impressively in his third career start when he overtook A Lil Dumaani to capture Santa Anita’s $51,280 allowance feature by 1 ¾ lengths while negotiating six furlongs in 1:08.56.
Under a confident hand ride by Alex Solis, the son of E Dubai rallied from third after going off as the 9-5 second choice in the field of six. Onetimeatbandcamp, the 3-2 favorite, finished third, 2 ¾ lengths behind A Lil Dumaani.
DRYSDALE HAS THREE-PRONGED ATTACK FOR SAN MARCOS MONDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2009) – In search of his fourth San Marcos Stakes victory, Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale will send out three formidable contenders among ten entrants on Monday in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade II, $150,000 event at 1 ¼ miles on turf.
Millionaire Marsh Side, multiple Grade I stakes winner Artiste Royal and Obrigado, a recent second in Hollywood Park’s Grade I Hollywood Turf Cup, will be Drysdale’s shooters in the stakes race that tops the track’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day program of nine races. First post is at 12:30 p.m. A secondary feature is the $70,000 San Pedro Stakes for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2009
IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR ABRAMS TO LIKE SUNSHINE MILLIONS
When it comes to the Sunshine Millions and Unusual Heat, count Barry Abrams as a fan. The 54-year-old trainer has eight horses pre-entered in the seventh Sunshine Millions races to be decided next Saturday, Jan. 24, at Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park, and each was sired by the prolific stallion Unusual Heat, who stands at Old English Rancho in Sanger. His breeding syndicate is managed by prominent owner Madeline Auerbach.
Maturity Coming Through for Nicanor
Lael Stable’s Nicanor, the full-brother of 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1) winner Barbaro, is doing “terrific” and has trainer Michael Matz eagerly eyeing possible debut dates on Donn Handicap (G1) weekend later this month.
“I’m not sure there’s a race scheduled for him,” said Matz Friday afternoon. “I would love to get him into a race those days.”
Gilchrist Stable in Sunshine Millions Action at Gulfstream and Santa Anita
Trainer Greg Gilchrist has had a remarkable record of success shipping stakes runners from his Northern California headquarters to South Florida in recent years, and he will have two top contenders in Sunshine Millions races at Gulfstream Park next Saturday (Jan. 24) and another that afternoon at Santa Anita.
“Wild Promises and High Resolve will be on a FedEx cargo flight out of Oakland Tuesday for the races at Gulfstream and Victorina will run in the Distaff at Santa Anita,” said Gilchrist Friday morning from Golden Gate Fields, adding that he will be at Gulfstream that afternoon.
Fillies look toward spring in Cincinnati Trophy Stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 16, 2009 . . . A dozen three-year-old fillies will go to the post at Turfway Park Saturday for the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes. Carded at 6 1/2 furlongs, the Cincinnati Trophy is the first of two local preps for the Grade III Bourbonette Oaks on the Lane’s End undercard.
Emma Darling was the beaten favorite in the Gowell Stakes in December after a stumble at the start forced her to catch up to finish third. A better start in the Cincinnati Trophy would give her a chance to stay a few lengths off the pace, her preferred style. Trainer Mike Maker currently is second in the standings and began this meet with four consecutive Turfway training titles to his credit. Leading rider Victor Lebron will be back aboard.
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