Saturday, February 28 2009
GP Barn Notes 2-28
Cool Coal Man & Dream Empress Prominent on Busy Palm Meadows Tab
Robert LaPenta’s 4-year-old Cool Coal Man, winner of last year’s renewal of the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) for trainer Nick Zito, breezed a half-mile in 49 flat Saturday morning as he prepares for his second start this season following a sharp allowance victory here going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 28.
The son of Mineshaft went on to finish 15th behind Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and third behind that rival in the Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park. Cool Coal Man is targeted for the one-mile, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) to be run Sat., Mar. 14.
STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2009
EUROPEAN ACE DANSANT SETTLES IN FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
European invader Dansant enjoyed taking in the scenic sights at Santa Anita for the first time Saturday morning, jogging twice around the track in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.
“He’s settled in very well and he’s very alert,” said Cindy Niemetz, West Coast representative for the International Racing Bureau. “He’s scheduled to canter tomorrow.”
Friday, February 27 2009
FUNALLOVER PURSE NO ROMP FOR VICTORIOUS SLEEP TIGHT
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2009) – Surviving a stewards’ inquiry and the fate of a nose bob at the wire, Sleep Tight narrowly gained her third straight victory Friday when capturing Santa Anita’s $51,168 Funallover Purse for fillies and mares while running 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.10.
The fourth choice in a field of five with Michael Baze in the saddle, Sleep Tight nosed out Unusual Spirit and jockey Victor Espinoza in a driving finish as 19-10 favorite Masterful Miss settled for third, one length further behind.
UNDEFEATED MR. MONKEY JONES FAVORED IN KING GLORIOUS STAKES
ALBANY -- The undefeated gelding Mr. Monkey Jones has been installed
a 2-to-1 favorite on the morning line to win the $50,000-added King Glorious
Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Six 3-year-olds - four geldings and two fillies - will meet in the six-furlong King Glorious, the featured eighth race on a nine-race card. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
Mr. Monkey Jones, trained by R. B. Hess, is perfect in two starts. The Florida-bred son of Black Mambo romped home by six lengths in his career debut on Jan. 11 and then overcame a slow start to win a six-furlong allowance race by three-quarters of a length on Feb. 7 at Golden Gate Fields.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2009
REDDAM MULLS SANTA ANITA HANDICAP FOR RED ROCKS
Red Rocks, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2006 and the Grade I Man o’ War Stakes on turf at Belmont Park last July, could make his first start on a surface other than grass in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.
“He’s going to breeze Saturday (five furlongs at Payson Park in Florida) and then we’ll think about it,” trainer Mark Hennig said by phone late Thursday. “Paul’s never shy about taking a shot,” Hennig continued, referring to owner J. Paul Reddam. “He’s expressed some interest.”
Red Rocks, a 6-year-old Irish-bred horse by the Sadler’s Wells sire, Galileo, has a 6-4-3 record from 21 starts, with earnings of more than $2.8 million.
Gulfstream Featured on Channel 7 Tuesday Night
Fox Channel 7 (Miami) spent Wednesday at Gulfstream Park gathering material for its weekly All Access feature, a behind-the-scenes feature that will air Tuesday night at 10.
Dave Kartunen hosts the show, which in recent weeks gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations of a Billy Joel concert, open-heart surgery, the Winterfest Boat Show and Cirque Du Soleil.
Barn Notes 2-27 GP
Belmont Winner Da’ Tara Makes Season Debut in Saturday Allowance
Robert LaPenta’s 4-year-old colt Da’ Tara made history last spring winning the 140th Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park on June 7 by 5 ¼ lengths for trainer Nick Zito with jockey Alan Garcia aboard at 38-to-1 while so much attention was focused on Big Brown being eased behind him in his bid to sweep the Triple Crown.
The victory was only the second in Da’ Tara’s eight-race career and the son of Tiznow will attempt to win for the first time since in Saturday’s eighth race allowance going seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park. He makes his first start this year two races prior to the highly-anticipated renewal of the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).
CHAMPION STARDOM BOUND HEADS ROSTER OF 170 FILLIES NOMINATED TO 135TH KENTUCKY OAKS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2009) – IEAH Stables, Paul Pompa Jr., Michael Dubb, and Golden Goose Enterprises LLC’s Stardom Bound, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2008 and winner of the Las Virgenes (Grade I) at Santa Anita in her 2009 debut, heads an impressive roster of 170 horses nominated to compete in the 135th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI), which will be run on Friday, May 1 at Churchill Downs.
The 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks is America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies and is run each year on the eve of America’s greatest race, the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). Like the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks has been renewed each year without interruption since 1875 when the first racing meet was held at Churchill Downs, then known as the Louisville Jockey Club.
Defending Champion Einstein, Breeders’ Cup Heroes Kip Deville, Red Rocks, Better Talk Now
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2009) – Defending champion Einstein, one of America’s top racing stars on both grass and dirt, is joined by Breeders’ Cup World Championships heroes Kip Deville, Red Rocks and Better Talk Now on a glittering roster of racing stars nominated to compete in the 23rd running of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 2.
The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up on turf attracted 101 nominations, a total that is down slightly from last year’s roster of 108 nominees. The race is traditionally run immediately prior to the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). The Woodford Reserve Turf Classic is one of three Grade I events on a stellar Kentucky Derby Day racing program that will include six graded stakes races with total purses of $3.35 million. It will be televised by ESPN.
Turfway cancels added Monday card
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 27, 2009 . . . Turfway Park’s live racing card scheduled for Monday, March 2, has been canceled due to lack of entries. The card had been added to the schedule in an effort to make up races lost to six full or partial cancellations, five in January and one in February.
“Hindsight is 20/20,” said Turfway president Robert N. Elliston, “and we missed the mark in terms of the horse population that would be available to fill additional race days. Horses that otherwise would prefer to run in Kentucky, and traditionally did so, are instead racing in jurisdictions where purses are enhanced with revenue from alternative gaming. Kentucky has not been permitted to level the playing field, and we are beginning to feel the effects of the competitive advantage other states have over us, tradition or not.”
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MOON CATCHER TOPS STRONG FIELD OF EIGHT IN WAYWARD LASS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 27, 2009) The $65,0000 Wayward Lass Stakes has attracted the entries of eight older fillies and mares who will cover 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Tampa Bay Downs in Saturday’s eighth race. Highlighting the field is Moon Catcher, a five-year-old Malibu Moon mare under the care of top national trainer Christophe Clement. Moon Catcher has earned $704,450 in her career, which includes victories in the Grade II Delaware Oaks, the $180,000 Susan’s Girl Breeders’ Cup, the Maryland Millions Oaks and the Emergency Nurse Stakes. The mare has won at the 1 1/16 miles distance three times from five attempts, and will have the services of Tampa Bay Downs’s leading rider Daniel Centeno.
Keeneland Schedules “Live Money” Handicapping Contest
Lexington, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2009)—On Sunday, April 19, Keeneland will host the “Grade One Gamble,” a live money handicapping contest that will send three people to the 2010 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.
The “Grade One Gamble” will be limited to players who pay a $3,000 entry fee of which $1,800 must be wagered on Keeneland’s nine-race program. The contest will be limited to 30 players.
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