Monday, December 01 2008


HP Stable Notes: Sunday, November 30, 2008


RUSHING TO THE TURF CUP

Trainer Mike Machowsky said Sunday that Rush Rush would seek his first stakes victory in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, a Grade I test at 1 ½ miles on turf Saturday.

“He’s kind of a quirky horse to ride, and I think Victor (jockey Victor Espinoza) has figured him out pretty well,” said Santa Anita-based Machowsky of the 5-year-old gelding who rallied to finish second in an allowance race at 1 1/8 miles on turf here Nov. 12 in his first start under Espinoza.

Rush Rush won a grass race at 1 ¼ miles here last year but has been unplaced in two tries at 1 ½ miles, including a fourth-place finish in the 2007 Sunset Handicap.





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RUN IT RUNS TO ANOTHER WIN AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS


ALBANY -- Run It ran to another victory at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

Run It, who broke his maiden against winners on Nov. 6 at Golden Gate Fields, proved the victory was no fluke when he scored a two-length victory in Sunday's $19,300 feature for 2-year-olds.

A Kentucky-bred colt by Cherokee Run, Run It completed a mile on the synthetic Tapeta surface in 1:39.03 and paid $6.80. Scorpio Dog took second by three lengths over 3-to-2 favorite Skim Scam.







 

BIG A’S INNER TRACK NOT WANTING FOR PLAYERS


On Wednesday, December 3, racing will move to Aqueduct’s inner dirt track. Built in 1975, the one-mile oval was erected on the former site of the inner turf course to better accommodate winter racing.

The Big A’s inner dirt track played a big role in the careers of such horses as Thunder Rumble, Prairie Bayou and Smarty Jones, all of whom won the Count Fleet. The Interborough Handicap produced such winners as Lottsa Talc, Xtra Heat and Oprah Winney. Wayward Lass, King’s Swan, Evening Attire, Peeping Tom, Missy’s Mom, Magnolia Jackson, Dixie Brass, Plankton, It’s Acedemic, More to Tell, Honorable Miss, Boom Towner and Affirmed Success are among Aqueduct’s more accomplished inner dirt track alumni."





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DELAYED START DOESN’T HURT HERE COMES RITA IN MONTAUK


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

A starting gate malfunction delayed the start of Sunday afternoon’s 29th running of the $81,825 Montauk Handicap for New York-bred fillies and mares by just over half an hour, but the wait didn’t seem to bother Thomas, Michael and Vincent Murray’s Here Comes Rita, who carried jockey Pablo Fragoso to a 2 ¼-victory in the sloppy nine-furlong final race of Aqueduct’s main track season.

Because of the delay, darkness forced the cancellation of Sunday’s ninth race, which was scheduled to go to post at 4:12 p.m. The announcement of the cancellation was made at 4:25 p.m. ET – sunset was at 4:29 pm. -- and the ninth race became an “ALL” for all multiple wagers (i.e., Pick 6, Pick 3, Pick 4, late Double). The track remained open for simulcasting, and will also be open for simulcasting on Monday and Tuesday, December 1-2.





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Sunday, November 30 2008


Parabola charts perfect route to Kingarvie score


TORONTO, November 29 - Jockey Justin Stein guided 17-1 shot Parabola to an upset victory in Saturday's $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes at Woodbine.

The 1 1/16-mile event for two-year-old Ontario-sired colts and geldings was the first stakes score for the cleverly-named son of Trajectory.

Ninth at the five-sixteenths pole, the Barb Minshall trainee started a strong move on the second turn and seized command with one sixteenth of a mile remaining. He outfinished determined multiple stakes-winner Mean Green for a half-length tally. Wildcat Fashion, who was on the lead early, stayed on for third.





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WHAT A TALE! HILL ‘N’ DALE CIGAR MILE DQ ENDS TAGG SLUMP


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

Charles E. Fipke’s Tale of Ekati won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial here at Aqueduct Racetrack back on April 5 and his only other victory of the year came in Belmont Park’s Grade 2 Jerome Handicap on October 5.

Trainer Barclay Tagg hadn’t been exactly lighting it up either, entering Saturday’s card in an 0-for-28 slump.





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NO MORE LOOKING BACK FOR OLD FASHIONED AFTER REMSEN WIN


All through the lane Saturday afternoon, jockey Ramon Dominguez kept looking back to see if there was any competition coming for Fox Hill Farm’s front-running favorite Old Fashioned. All he saw a growing distance between his mount and the six other horses entered in Aqueduct’s 95th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen for two-year-olds at nine furlongs.

Now, there is something to look forward to.





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SPRINGSIDE UPSETS SKY DIVA IN DEMOISELLE


Springside, dismissed at 5-1, overtook heavily favored Sky Diva in the lane and continued on to 9 ½-length upset Saturday afternoon in the 87th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Demoiselle for two-year-old fillies at nine furlongs at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Owned by James and Alice Sapara, the Awesome Again filly was vanned off following her victory, which came in 1:51.71 on the fast main track. According to Dr. Anthony Verderosa, chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association, Springside suffered what appears to be a fracture of the right-front pastern and was taken for x-rays. It was her first start on a conventional dirt track.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES, Saturday, Nov. 29,2008


The Maryland racing circuit has a history of producing quality jockeys who have moved on to successful careers in New York, notably Edgar Prado and Kent Desormeaux (both Hall of Famers), Mike Luzzi and Ramon Dominguez.

As racing at Aqueduct switches to the inner dirt track on Wednesday, among the new faces in New York this winter will be two additions from Maryland: Sheldon Russell, the leading rider at the current Laurel Park meet, and Rosie Napravnik, who are expected to move their tack to the Big A.





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NOW IT BEGINS SCOOTS AND SCORES IN SQUAN SONG STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-29-08---R. Larry Johnson’s Now It Begins bounded to the lead and then led to the very final jump, narrowly holding on to win the $50,000 Squan Song Stakes for fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

Second by a neck in this race last year after leading every step of the way, Now It Begins carried jockey Charles Forrest to victory in 1:25.12 for the seven furlong distance over the fast main track. Mike Trombetta trains the daughter of Two Punch.





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SUTHERLAND NOTCHES FIRST HOLLYPARK STAKES WIN ON MR. ROD


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 29, 2008) — While California Flag solidified his credentials as a top flight sprinter with a scintillating performance in the $150,000 Hollywood Turf Express, Mr. Rod and Canadian jockey Chantal Sutherland served notice they belong in first class company with a front-running win in the $109,300 Generous Stakes on Saturday’s second day of Hollywood Park’s three-day Turf Festival.

Sutherland, a 32-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, registered her first Hollywood Park stakes win in the Grade III Generous, but she is no stranger to the winner’s circle. She is among North America’s leading jockeys in 2008 as her mounts have earned more than $5.7 million. She was third in the standings at Canada’s Woodbine before leaving in October to ride at Santa Anita Park, where she had enjoyed success earlier in the year.





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Saturday, November 29 2008


HYPERBARIC SCORES FRONT-RUNNING WIN UNDER BAZE IN CITATION


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2008) — Jack Preston’s Hyperbaric, given a breather by jockey Tyler Baze down the backstretch, dug in through the stretch to hold off all challengers en route to a front-running victory in the $400,000 Citation Handicap as the 17th Turf Festival began Friday with a pair of graded stakes at Hollywood Park.

The victory was the fourth consecutive for Hyperbaric, who notched his first Grade I win while covering 1 1/16 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:41.29. Formal Decree finished three-quarters of a length back in second, followed by Becrux, Proudinsky, Medici Code and even-money favorite Whatsthescript in the field of nine older horses.





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