Wednesday, January 28 2009
Donn Handicap & Holy Bull Share Spotlight Saturday
Midnight Cry Stable’s Einstein and Shadwell Stable’s Albertus Maximus are the marquee names entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park for older horses, while the most definitive test yet for potential Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects is set for the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3).
Both races will be run at 1 1/8 miles.
Jockey Julien Leparoux will ride 7-year-old Einstein in the 51st edition of the Donn after drawing the far outside post 10 as he makes his first start since capturing the Clark Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28 for trainer Helen Pitts.
Barn Notes GP 1-28
Breen Likes Holy Bull Options with West Side Bernie
George and Lori Hall and their trainer Kelly Breen have a two-pronged plan of attack on the 3-year-old season with their colts West Side Bernie and Atomic Rain. The former will get to fire the first shot Saturday in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3), an early two-turn test for Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects at Gulfstream Park.
West Side Bernie, a Kentucky-bred son of Bernstein, will get the chance to avenge a loss to Big Drama in the $750,000 Delta Jackpot (G3) at Delta Downs in Louisiana on Dec. 5. With Big Drama missing this round due to a training setback, Breen was satisfied the pace scenario of the Holy Bull allowed his charge to go it alone.
SANTA ANITA TO HOST FIRST-EVER SNOW DAY FEB. 15
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2009)—Although Southern California is currently in the midst of a heat wave, Santa Anita Park will attempt to buck the trend by hosting its first-ever Snow Day on Sunday, Feb. 15.
A total of 400,000 pounds of the white stuff will be available in Santa Anita’s massive infield area, free of charge to kids of all ages throughout the racing day.
SANTA ANITA RACES TO HAVE “BIG GAME” THEME SUNDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2009)—Although Sunday’s Gr. III, $100,000 La Habra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies figures to be the highlight of the day’s racing at Santa Anita, the Great Race Place will card a number of races themed to coincide with the Super Bowl Game in Tampa, Fla., and Santa Anita will also name Sunday’s second race in honor of 106-year-old Florence Tuckman, who will attend along with family and friends.
Tuckman, who was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1903, was a regular attendee, along with her late husband Leo, at Santa Anita in the late 1930s and ‘40s, according to her family. Although she still enjoys the races, Tuckman’s spare time is now primarily spent “playing cards or bingo on a daily basis” with her family and friends.
BIG A CANCELLATION OF LIVE RACES, JAN. 28
The New York Racing Association cancelled its live racing card at Aqueduct Racetrack today, as an Eastward-moving winter storm enveloped the Metropolitan New York area.
Aqueduct will remain open for simulcasting, however. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and there is no charge for parking or admission.
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LAUREL PARK CANCELS WEDNESDAY CARD
LAUREL, MD. 01-28-09---A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain that hit the Baltimore-Washington region Tuesday morning and which is expected to continue through Wednesday evening forced Maryland Jockey Club officials to cancel live racing at Laurel Park for Wednesday, January 28.
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Iron hooves to run on Thursday
The Group 3 Al Rashidiya is the feature race at the third meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival on a seven race card kindly sponsored by Dubai Aluminium Company Limited.
The 1777m highlight is the first turf feature of the season and has attracted a field of ten, with five of the runners set to represent South Africa and the remainder trained locally.
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LEADING OWNER STIKES AGAIN; NESS WINS TWO
OLDMAR, Fla. (January 27, 2009) Leading owner Richard Averill haltered his ninth victory from twenty starts today; Averill has posted a 45% win clip and 80% in-the-money finishes at Tampa Bay Downs over the thirty days of racing and has accrued $96,279 in purse money since the meet began. Averill, who finished the 2005-2006 Tampa season as leading owner, will co-host Saturday’s Morning Glory Club with track announcer Richard Grunder. Morning Glory begins at 10 AM in the first floor of the Grandstand, is free to the public, and includes complimentary coffee, donuts and Grandstand admission.
Tuesday, January 27 2009
Steel support from DUBAL this Thursday
The 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival will see its third meeting of the season take place this Thursday and will be sponsored by DUBAL.
Frank Gabriel Jr, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Racing Club said: “We are delighted to once again welcome our valued partner, DUBAL, to Nad Al Sheba for the second time this season.
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2008 ECLIPSE AWARD WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) tonight announced the winners of the 2008 Eclipse Awards at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. The 38th annual Eclipse Awards are voted on and presented by the NTRA, Daily Racing Form (DRF) and the National Turf Writers Association (NTWA). The votes are tabulated and certified by Ernst & Young LLP. Below are the winners in all categories (horse age in parentheses where applicable):
Monday, January 26 2009
Mike Ziegler Named Executive Director of NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Mike Ziegler has been named the executive director of the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.
Ziegler, who will be based in Lexington, Ky., will manage multiple Alliance projects and secure broad-based support of Alliance initiatives in the areas of equine and human safety, as well as industry integrity. He will report to NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop. Ziegler comes to the Alliance from Youbet.com, Inc., where he served as a senior vice president. He has previously held senior management positions with Hollywood Park, Bay Meadows and Santa Anita Park.
CENTENO WINS THREE, ZIADIE GETS TWO
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 25, 2009) Reinsman Daniel Centeno enjoyed three more trips to the Winner’s Circle today, giving him 43 wins for the current meet and solidifying his position as fourth leading rider in the nation by wins. Kirk Ziadie, who currently leads the Tampa trainer’s standings, added two more victories to his tally.
Centeno’s first win on the program in the came in the fourth race when he booted home Lord Louis, a nine-year-old Langfuhr gelding owned by Winning Move Stable and trained by Peter Walder. Centeno came right back in the fifth race to score with Teagan’s Girl.