Sunday, December 07 2008
Kiss With a Twist goes to plan B for first stakes win
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 6, 2008 . . . The My Charmer Stakes didn’t start the way jockey Miguel Mena envisioned, but plan B worked just fine, as Kiss With a Twist sailed through on the inside to win by 2 1/4 lengths. The win at Turfway Park Saturday earned the four-year-old filly her first stakes trophy.
Breaking from the three post, Kiss With a Twist stumbled leaving the gate and found herself running last instead of lying about fifth as Mena intended. While Callie’s Joy set a moderate pace with Silver Moonshine just behind, Kiss With a Twist found her stride, moved up to ninth entering the backstretch, and steadily gained until she was seventh at the top of the turn. As the field turned for home, the door opened wide for Mena between Lauren’s Tizzy on the rail and the rest of the field.
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BIG PAYDAY FOR JOCKEYS VALDIVIA AND ROSARIO AT HOLLYPARK
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2008) — Jockeys Joel Rosario — with five wins — and Jose Valdivia Jr. — with a late assignment on winner Champs Elysees in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup — each enjoyed a major payday Saturday afternoon at Hollywood Park.
Agent Jim Pegram called Friday to inform Valdivia he had picked up the mount on Turf Cup favorite Champs Elysees and the Peruvian-born jockey made no mistakes in the Grade I Turf Cup, earning his first graded and richest victory of the year.
Deep Closing Maiden wins Whitworth Illinois Debutante
Stickney, IL—Sometimes a good pedigree can overcome experience and a tough post position. Such was the case in the 26th running of the $107,650 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante, when Ava Mae, a full sister to 2006 Hawthorne Derby winner Best of Buddies, rallied powerfully through the stretch to win the Illinois-bred race for two-year-old fillies.
Ridden by Jose Ferrer and trained by Michelle Boyce, Ava Mae entered the ‘Debutante’ a maiden, having finished 2nd and 4th in her only two lifetime starts, but the connections were confident they had a talented filly and thought this could be a spot to take a chance.
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ALVARADO WINS ANOTHER STAKES AT GGF
ALBANY -- Jockey Frank Alvarado recorded his third straight stakes win at Golden Gate Fields Saturday when he guided Lady Railrider to a come-from-behind victory in the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes.
Alvarado started his stakes winning streak on Nov. 22 when he captured the Sausalito with Siren Lure ($12.60). Six days later, Alvarado won the Forty Niner Stakes aboard Dakota Phone ($6.20) and promptly predicted he'd be back in the winner's circle following the Pacific Heights.
Saturday, December 06 2008
Cash Card unveiled at Woodbine
TORONTO, December 5 - Woodbine Entertainment is offering horseplayers a new way to place their bets.
The HorsePlayer Cash Card provides customers wagering at self-serve terminals at Woodbine, Mohawk, Greenwood or any Champions teletheatre with a PIN-protected, paper-less alternative to the traditional cash voucher.
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Sovereign Award finalists announced
TORONTO, December 5 - The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2008 Sovereign Awards. Winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremonies at the Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto, Ontario on 12 December 2008.
Woodbine Thoroughbred season nears close
TORONTO, December 4 - The final race card of the 2008 Woodbine thoroughbred racing season was drawn Thursday morning, signaling the end of the eight-month season.
Sunday's closing day, which has a first-race post time of 12:40 p.m., one-half hour earlier than the usual 1:10 p.m. launch, features a season-high 180 horses spread over a 13-race card.
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Plenty of options in My Charmer Stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 4, 2008 . . . Handicappers will have plenty of options in the $50,000 My Charmer Stakes at Turfway this Saturday, as a dozen fillies and mares with a range of running styles line up for the 1 1/16 mile race.
Kiss With a Twist has four wins, four seconds, and four thirds from 18 starts, including a 2-for-4 record on all-weather surfaces. She can close or sit just off the pace, as she did while finishing third in the Grade III Cardinal Handicap on the yielding turf at Churchill. That race covered 1 1/8-miles, so the return to Polytrack and the shorter distance may prove her edge in the My Charmer.
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BUSH HAS TWO IN HAND FOR SUNDAY’S BIG A STAKES
With six starts to his credit, Fiddlers Afleet is the most experienced of the 10 two-year-old New York-breds entered in the main body for Sunday’s 30th running of the $75,000-added Damon Runyon.
And while Fiddlers Afleet has not run worse than third, he has only one victory. In his only start beyond six furlongs, he broke from post 8 and was a distant third in Belmont Park’s Sleepy Hollow Stakes on New York Showcase Day back on October 18.
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AQUEDUCT’S Top Trainer Teams Up With Toys for Tots
In 2007, Gary Contessa won a record 159 races on the New York circuit and he’s currently the leading trainer at the Aqueduct Fall meet. So, by pledging his share of any winnings at Aqueduct on Saturday, December 6 to the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program, there’s a great chance a lot more kids will be getting presents this holiday season.
Especially since the New York Racing Association will match Contessa’s donation.
NYRA 2009 STAKES SKED FEATURES PURSE BUMP TO 13 GRADE 1 RACES
The New York Racing Association, host to the greatest number of Grade 1 Thoroughbred races in North America, will raise the purses on 13 of them offered at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course in 2009. The hikes are part of the 2009 NYRA Stakes Schedule, which was approved by NYRA’s Board of Directors at its monthly meeting on Wednesday. It now awaits approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
The total value of the 2009 NYRA Stakes schedule for 177 stakes races is $34,765,000, of which $28,780,000 is for 113 graded stakes races (40 Grade 1 races, 41 Grade 2 races and 32 Grade 3 races). This includes $350,000 for three steeplechase races: the Grade 2, $100,000-added A.P. Smithwick and the Grade 1, $100,000 New York Turf Writers’ Cup at Saratoga, and the Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory during Belmont Park’s Fall Championship Meet.
Barbaro Memorial Fund Disburses $90,801 to Support Equine Research Projects
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that its subsidiary, NTRA Charities, has disbursed $90,801 in support of one new and two continuing equine medical research projects. The disbursements were made from the NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund, established in memory of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who succumbed to laminitis, a disease of the hoof, in 2007. Funds for the studies will flow through the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
All three studies involve laminitis research. The new study, "Effect of Digital Hypothermia on Inflammatory Injury in Laminitis," by Dr. James Belknap of Ohio State University, is a two-year project funded for $82,109.