Friday, November 14 2008
CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED NAMES TOM O’DONNELL PRESIDENT OF CALDER RACE COURSE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2008) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI” or “Company”) today announced that Tom O’Donnell has been named president and general manager of Calder Race Course (“Calder”) in Miami, as well as senior vice president of CDI.
O’Donnell will be responsible for the successful overall direction, administration and coordination of all activities at Calder Race Course, including gaming and racing operations. He comes to CDI from Heller Gaming & Leisure, where he served as an advisor and consultant on casino operations, development and strategic acquisition evaluation. O’Donnell also has over 18 years of experience with Harrah’s Entertainment.
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Thursday, November 13 2008
HALL OF FAMER H. ALLEN JERKENS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens’ first order of business after being released Wednesday morning from Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation Center was to visit his barn at Belmont Park.
“He came home, and said, ‘I’d like to see the horses’,” said his wife, Elizabeth. “We drove him to the barn and he sat on the bench outside, and they brought out every single one of the horses for him.”
Larry Jones Named Winner of TPA’s Big Sport of Turfdom Award
The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced today that Larry Jones, trainer of the brilliant three-year-old fillies Proud Spell and Eight Belles, has been chosen as the 2008 winner of the organization's Big Sport of Turfdom award. The award is presented annually to a person or group of people who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with the media and Thoroughbred racing publicists.
"Larry has always been generous and gracious with publicists and reporters, but never was this clearer than in the aftermath of the tragic accident involving Eight Belles at the Kentucky Derby," said TPA president Eric Wing. "Larry met with reporters on Derby Day and numerous times thereafter under the most difficult of circumstances. With his heartfelt words, Larry was an embodiment of the love that horsemen have for their animals. The entire Thoroughbred industry owes Larry a great debt of thanks for his cooperation with the media this year, and the Turf Publicists of America is exceedingly proud to honor him as our 2008 Big Sport of Turfdom."
FREE GAS FUELS CLOSING WEEKEND AT MEADOWLANDS
FREE GAS FUELS CLOSING WEEKEND AT MEADOWLANDS
Meadowlands Racetrack will give away $11,000 worth of free gas as it concludes seven weeks of Gas Card Giveaways on Friday night
Twenty winners will receive a $100 gas gift card, plus all 140 weekly winners will be entered into a grand prize drawing for $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 gas cards. Drawing entry blanks are available in the racing program, regional newspapers and Guest Service locations.
FORMER TRAINER HILLING PASSES
Former Northern California trainer Jim Hilling, who sent out Show Dancer to a second-place finish behind Miesque in the 1987 Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park, died Tuesday night at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley from pneumonia and other complications.
Hilling, who had his son, David, and longtime companion Kit Conner at his bedside, was 66.
HP Stable Notes: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
CANADIAN COLT TO SHIP FOR PREVUE
Congor Bay, unbeaten in two starts at Woodbine, will be flown here for the $100,000-added Hollywood Prevue Stakes for 2-year-olds Nov. 23, trainer Mark Casse said Thursday from Toronto.
“He is going to fly out on the 19th with an assistant,” said Casse, who plans to race in California all winter for the first time.
Congor Bay, a son of Speightstown, broke his maiden by 6 ¾ lengths at first asking at six furlongs Oct. 1 and returned with a two-length score in a 6 ½-furlong allowance race Oct. 26. He is owned by Eugene Melnyk.
Wednesday, November 12 2008
‘Glorious’ road trip for Holiday Girl
TORONTO, November 12 - Puglisi Racing's Holiday Girl will travel to Woodbine for the $150,000 Glorious Song Stakes on Saturday.
The daughter of Harlan's Holiday ships into Toronto on Thursday to compete in the seven-furlong event, which has attracted a field of 10 two-year-old fillies
The Steve Klesaris trainee has only raced once, but demonstrated a great deal of potential when defeating her Delaware Park opposition by seven lengths on August 26.
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LEXI STAR RETIRES AFTER VICTORY IN WEDNESDAY’S FEATURE
LAUREL, MD. 11-12-08---Exactly 10 months after stablemate Silmaril retired with a victory in the What A Summer Stakes, multiple stakes winner Lexi Star went out a winner with her 12th trip to the winners’ circle in today’s $40,000 allowance feature.
Making her twenty-ninth start for trainer Chris Grove, the 6-year-old daughter of Crypto Star delivered another workmanlike effort in the 1-1/16th mile test over the fast main track. All Night Labor, who led from the start, finished a reluctant second after the winner circled up to challenge around the far turn and gradually wore her down as the duo closed in on the finish line. Lexi Star won by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:44.75 under jockey J.D. Acosta and paid $3.20.
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Weanling Colt by Indian Charlie Tops Wednesday Session at Keeneland
Lexington, KY (November 12, 2008) – The weanling market remained strong at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, where colts by Indian Charlie and Tapit accounted for the highest prices on Wednesday.
Shannon Run Stables paid the day’s top price of $110,000 for the Indian Charlie colt from the consignment of Eaton Sales, agent. Out of Willa Time, by Gilded Time, the colt is from the family of Travers Stakes (G1) winner Will’s Way and Ashland Stakes (G1) winner Willa On the Move.
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DILEMMA BEATS TALENTED CREW UNDER GOMEZ IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2008) — Glen Hill Farm’s Dilemma overhauled pacesetter Lang Field early in the stretch and held off hard-charging Rush Rush in the final sixteenth to win Wednesday’s $59,800 allowance feature by three-quarters of a length under jockey Garrett Gomez at Hollywood Park.
Dilemma, fifth in the Oak Tree Mile in his previous start, covered 1 1/8 miles on the Lakeside turf Course in 1:48.92 to win for the third time in nine 2008 starts. A slight betting favorite, he paid $7.20, $3.60 and $2.80. Rush Rush, ridden by Victor Espinoza, returned $5.40 and $3.60. The show payoff on Obrigado was $3.40. Lang Field, winner of the 2007 Citation Handicap, faded to fourth in the field of seven older horses.
HP Stable Notes: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008
IRISH TRAINER ARRIVES FOR MOCCASIN
Ger Lyons, who has sent out Pasar Silbano to four victories in six starts in Ireland this year, stood near her stall in Barn 51 South Wednesday morning at Hollywood Park in preparation for her United States debut in the $100,000-added Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs Sunday.
“She’s part of the family,” said Lyons’ wife, Lynne, as the couple readied to bid the filly adieu after the Moccasin. Pasar Silbano was purchased privately by Kentucky-based Three Chimneys Racing last month and will probably be transferred to locally-based Jim Cassidy after the Moccasin.
STONE TO FILL IN FOR WRONA IN ANNOUNCER’S BOOTH AT GGF
ALBANY -- Travis Stone, a 24-year-old native of New York and the track announcer at Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., will call the action at Golden Gate Fields this Wednesday through Sunday.
Stone will be filling in for Golden Gate Fields track announcer Michael Wrona, who will be calling the races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., this week.
Wrona and Stone are two of five "guest announcers" that Churchill Downs is employing during its 2008 Fall meeting. Churchill Downs officials are seeking a replacement for the late Luke Kruytbosch, who died of a heart attack on July 14 at age 47. Kruytbosch was the voice of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby since 1999.