Wednesday, December 10 2008
2009 Hawthorne Stakes Schedule
Stickney, IL--The Illinois Racing Board has released the 2009 stakes schedule. The staple of the spring meet, the Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby will run on April 4. The last seven winners of the Illinois Derby have run in the Kentucky Derby, starting with War Emblem, who won both events in 2002.
The Sixty Sails Handicap, a Grade 3 stake for fillies and mares will be contested on April 18, and Illinois Champions Day, complete with six $100,000 stakes races, will be held on April 25.
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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE FEATURES FREE $50,000 HANDICAPPING CHALLENGE ON DECEMBER 13 AND 14
Stickney, Ill.—This weekend Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 S. Laramie, will host a $50,000 Handicapping Challenge, an unprecedented opportunity for players to win a $25,000 grand prize without paying an entry fee. The free contest, which has never been offered at the race course before, will take place on December 13 and 14 during live racing which begins at 1:35PM each day.
The $50,000 Handicapping Challenge is a “real money” event wherein players wager their own dollars, keep their own earnings, and win bonus cash and prizes simply for playing the ponies. The contest simply rewards the players who earn the most money with their starting bankroll—$250 on Saturday and $250 on Sunday.
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LONGTIME RACING OFFICIAL CHARLIE PALMER PASSES
Charlie Palmer, who spent more than 60 years working in the California horse racing industry, died of an aneurism at his home in Railroad Flats (Calaveras County) last Sunday. Palmer was 80.
Palmer began his career parking cars and cleaning stalls at Bay Area racetracks. He moved up through the ranks on the Northern California fair circuit to assistant operations manager, stable superintendent, patrol judge and racing secretary.
TAMPA BAY DOWNS OPENING DAY STAKE GARNERS 49 NOMINATIONS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 9, 2008) The $65,000 Lightning City Stakes, a five furlong turf test for fillies and mares which headlines Opening Day of the 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs racing meet, has drawn nominations from 49 fillies and mares. Among the nominees is Mike Hennig’s trainee Jazzy (ARG), a graded stakes winner who has earned $245,261 for owners Team Valor International, Robert Muir and Des Scott. While Jazzy has never attempted the five-eighths of a mile turf condition, the mare has achieved a stakes win and a second-place finish on the lawn at 5 1/5 furlongs.
TURF PUBLICISTS OF AMERICA ELECTS NEW SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2009
TUCSON, AZ.-- The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) has elected a new president, four regional vice presidents, and a secretary-treasurer to serve the organization in 2009, it was announced today at the TPA’s Mark Kaufman Workshop at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
President John Engelhardt of River Downs, Vice President-Eastern Mike Kane of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Vice President-Central Dan Leary of Lone Star Park, and Vice President At Large Wendy Davis of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program are all newly elected. They will join Vice President-Western Julie Sarno, a consultant, and Secretary-Treasurer Dave Zenner of Arlington Park, both of whom were re-elected to their posts, as the organization's officers for the coming year.
Stable-Area Population Continues to Grow at Gulfstream, Palm Meadows
With vans continuing to roll in on a regular basis since Thanksgiving, it will only be a matter of days before the barn areas in both Palm Meadows and Gulfstream Park are operating at near-full capacity.
World-class racing returns to South Florida Jan. 3 when Gulfstream opens its 70th anniversary meet, with racing on a Wednesday-through-Sunday basis.
HANDICAPPING CONTESTS AT GGF THIS WEEK
ALBANY -- A busy week at Golden Gate Fields will feature three handicapping contests, the $75,000 Corte Madera Stakes and a snow party for kids.
Thoroughbred racing will be conducted Wednesday through Sunday and post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.
Golden Gate Fields will host single-day handicapping contests Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The winner of each day's contest will earn an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas for the 2009 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Contest.
Extra race on Shadwell-sponsored card
Thursday’s Nad Al Sheba meeting, kindly sponsored by Shadwell Farm, the American arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s breeding empire, is a bumper seven race card featuring a 1400m handicap named after his 2007 Dubai World Cup winner Invasor.
Fernando Jara rode Invasor on that occasion and partners top weight Green Coast who is trained by Champion Trainer Doug Watson.
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ARLINGTON TO RUN 27 STAKES IN 2008 WORTH MORE THAN $5.3 MILLION
"ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Dec. 9, 2008) – The International Festival of Racing, featuring the 27th running of the Grade I Arlington Million, tops a 2009 schedule that includes 27 stakes races worth $5,325,000 during 98 days of racing at Arlington Park from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, Sept. 27. The announcement was made Tuesday following the approval of the Illinois Racing Board at its monthly meeting.
Arlington's International Festival of Racing will be run on Saturday, Aug. 8, and features three Grade I stakes, all scheduled to be run over Arlington’s internationally acclaimed turf course – the $1,000,000 Arlington Million for 3-year-olds & older; the $750,000 Beverly D. for fillies & mares, 3-years-old & older; and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes for 3-year-olds.
Monday, December 08 2008
Husbands, Casse take titles (again) as 2008 Woodbine meet concludes
TORONTO, December 7 * For the second consecutive season, the dynamic duo of jockey Patrick Husbands and trainer Mark Casse ruled the roost in their respective colonies at Woodbine.
Both finalists for year-end Sovereign Awards, Husbands, who won 166 races to take the riding title, and Casse, whose 75 triumphs were 17 wins more than his nearest competitor, connected for 62 wins this year to propel each to their respective 2008 championships, as the eight-month live Thoroughbred season came to a close on Sunday.
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COMFORTABLE WINS IN DAMON RUNYON, EAST VIEW
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
Turtle Bird Stable’s Haynesfield was ahead at every call Sunday afternoon and easily won the 30th running of the $83,775 Damon Runyon Stakes for two-year-old New York-breds at a mile and 70 yards at Aqueduct Racetrack.
In giving trainer Steve Asmussen his second winner of the day and jockey Ramon Dominguez the second of three winners on the afternoon -- Haynesfield set an uncontested pace of 23.46, 48,03, 1:13.84 and came home a 5 ¼-length winner in 1:42.51 on Aqueduct’s fast inner dirt track..
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AQUEDUCT NOTES; Sunday, Dec.7, 2008
The United States Marine Corps's annual "Toys for Tots" program was a big winner at Aqueduct Racetrack over the weekend.
Trainer Gary Contessa pledged 10 percent of his earnings on Saturday to the cause, and that total was matched by the New York Racing Association. The minimum to Toys for Tots was $2,000.
Meanwhile, Big A fans and employees contributed four giant boxes of new toys. Cash contributions were still being calculated on Sunday.
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