Saturday, December 13 2008
Two National Day Cup feature races at Abu Dhabi
Racing returns to Abu Dhabi on Sunday for the prestigious National Day Cup meeting featuring the first major races of the new UAE season.
The Purebred Arabian National Day Cup is a Group 1 contest, with the Thoroughbred counterpart afforded Listed status. Both are over 1600m and kindly sponsored by Sorouh Real Estate.
Friday, December 12 2008
TAMPA BAY DOWNS ANNOUNCES EXPANDED WAGERING PLATFORMS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 12, 2008) Tampa Bay Downs has reached an agreement with Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) venues in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Downs HBPA for the upcoming season beginning on opening day, December 13. Tampa Bay Downs’s signal will be available on Xpressbet.com, myracebet.com), tracknet.com and twinspires.com (a subsidiary of the Churchill Downs, Inc.) as well as the Television Games Network (TVG) and Horse Racing Television (HRTV). YouBet.com is in final negotiations with Tampa Bay Downs with both parties looking to make an announcement later this afternoon.
CALENDAR PROMO BRIGHTENS AQUEDUCT HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
It’s always good to know what’s going on, and fans at Aqueduct Racetrack on New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2009, will be able to keep track of New York’s biggest races when they avail themselves of the 2009 New York Racing Association Calendar.
Because there is no admission or parking charge, Aqueduct fans will receive their NYRA calendars free on track with the purchase of any Post Parade magazine on New Year’s Day, or they can simply purchase a $1 coupon that may be redeemed for the calendar.
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HP Stable Notes: Friday, Dec. 12, 2008
FRUMIOUS FIRES BULLET FOR CASHCALL FUTURITY
Northern California invader Frumious worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.80 Friday on Cushion Track under jockey Victor Espinoza for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity on Dec. 20.
Trainer Jeff Bonde shipped the colt from Golden Gate Fields on Sunday with groom Julio Rodriguez to the barn of trainer Craig Dollase, who supervised the drill.
December 12 Cancellation after Race 3
Stickney, IL—Hawthorne Race Course cancelled the last six races of its nine-race card due to inclement weather.
Those who played the early Pick Four will be paid if you had the winners of the second and third races. Pick Threes starting with the second race will also pay if you had the first two winners. All other wagers including the Place Pick Nine will be refunded.
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The Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity
A Summer Feeling as Winter Nears
Trainer Anthony Mitchell has trained a couple of precocious two-year-olds, but the ones that come to mind are fillies: Original Spin and Summer Mis. The latter just happens to be the dam of Summer’s Empire, the probable favorite in the $100,000 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity for two-year-old colts and geldings.
“His (Summer’s Empire) mother figured it out real easy,” said Mitchell. “Some of them get it straight away and others take a little more time. This colt is only now beginning to learn the game and it’s pretty exciting when they do.”
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STRAIGHT WINS THREE STRAIGHT AS “JOCKEY OF THE DAY”
LAUREL, MD. 12-12-08---Every Friday in November and December, the Maryland Jockey Club marketing department presents a “Toast Your Jockey Day” promotion where racing analyst Frank Carulli randomly selects a jockey from all those with mounts that afternoon. Each time that rider wins a race, draft beers are half-price until the next race.
This afternoon Carulli picked apprentice Matthew Straight, who rewarded those in attendance with three consecutive victories: Bomber D Back ($9.40-third), Court Band ($14.60-fourth) and D D T and Me ($7.40-fifth). For his success, half-priced beer flowed from the taps for one hour and 20 minutes (1:35 to 2:55).
Classic foes return in Prairie Bayou
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 11, 2008 . . . Extreme Supreme and Canela, respectively second and third in September’s Grade II Kentucky Cup Classic, return to Turfway Park this Saturday for the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes. The two head a field of 10 for the 1 1/8 mile race.
Trained by John Ward Jr. for John Oxley, Extreme Supreme has not started since his runner-up finish in the Classic. He has performed well off similar or longer layoffs and in 15 career starts has finished out of the money only three times. Extreme Supreme has been training well over the Polytrack at Keeneland and should be ready to return to work in the Prairie Bayou. The mount goes to Otto Thorwarth, who finished second among riders in the fall meet after being edged out of the top spot on closing day.
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TEN TO START IN JENNINGS HANDICAP
LAUREL, MD. 12-11-08---New York invader Broadway Producer is listed as the morning line choice to win Saturday’s $50,000 Jennings Handicap at Laurel Park.
After capturing the Maryland Million Turf at Laurel in October and prepping for this start with a seven furlong effort against optional claimers at Aqueduct, Broadway Producer (5-2) tries nine other Maryland-breds at 1-1/6th miles on the main track. Trainer John Terranova will use Dale Beckner to guide the Not For Love 5-year-old, who has 15 in-the-money finishes out of twenty-two starts.
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SERRA SONG WINS BATTLE OF GRAYS IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2008) — Even-money favorite Serra Song out-dueled fellow gray/roan colt Lucky Honey through the stretch to win Thursday’s $43,144 allowance feature at Hollywood Park by a head under jockey Victor Espinoza.
Serra Song, owned by B. Wayne Hughes and trained by Richard Mandella, covered 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:41.11 while winning for the second time in five starts.
ALVARADO, SHERMAN TEAM UP FOR PAIR OF VICTORIES
ALBANY -- Jockey Frank Alvarado and trainer Steve Sherman teamed up for a pair of victories at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Alvarado and Sherman took the fourth race with heavy favorite Newport Lulu, who paid $3.00 after running off to a seven-length victory in a six-furlong contest for fillies and mares.
The duo came back to win the sixth race with Skyspy, who returned $11.20 after upsetting 1-to-2 favorite Summer Haze by one length in a six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds.
Thursday, December 11 2008
SANTA ANITA SET FOR DEC. 26 OPENER, FANS TO RECEIVE BONUS ADMISSIONS, 2009 CALENDAR AND MORE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2008)—Spectacular Santa Anita Park is readying for its 72nd opening day on Friday, Dec. 26, and all fans in attendance will receive an opening day bonus package of four free passes with each paid admission.
All General Admission and Clubhouse attendees will receive two free passes to the Jan. 24 Sunshine Millions program and two additional free passes good any day throughout Santa Anita’s 84-day winter/spring meeting.