Sunday, November 23 2008
WISHFUL TOMCAT MAKES THE GRADE IN DISCOVERY
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
Winter Park Partners’ Wishful Tomcat won his third consecutive race and became a graded-stakes winner at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday afternoon, taking jockey Ramon Dominguez to a front-running 1 ¾-length victory over That’srightofficer in the 63rd running of the Grade 3, $110,100 Discovery Handicap for three-year-olds at nine furlongs.
“He has a heart of gold,” said trainer Gary Contessa, after the Tactical Cat colt returned $16.20 to win. “All I can say is, `Watch out New York-breds!’ I would like to see him dominate stakes races here this winter. It’s extra cold today; maybe it will push out the Florida trainers sooner.”
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GOMEZ CAPS FOUR-WIN DAY ABOARD JOHNNY EVES IN UNDERWOOD
NGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2008) — Garrett Gomez capped a four-win afternoon as Johnny Eves gained the lead from gritty pacesetter Wiredfortwotwenty in deep stretch and held late-charging Northern Solider at bay to win the $108,400 Vernon O. Underwood by one length Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Gomez, headed for his third straight title as the nation’s leading money-winning jockey, made no mistakes as he had Johnny Eves in perfect stalking position through the first half-mile. As the field turned for home, Johnny Eves moved up on the outside of Wiredfortwotwenty and Bob Black Jack and proved best in the lane, covering six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:07.90.
SIREN LURE ENDS VICTORY DROUGHT WITH TRIUMPH IN SAUSALITO STAKES
ALBANY -- Siren Lure snapped a 12-race losing streak Saturday when he charged powerfully down the stretch to score a 1 1/4-length victory over 2-to-5 favorite Indyanne in the $75,000 Sausalito Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The victory was Siren Lure's first since Aug. 20, 2006, when he captured the Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar.
Hollywood Park Stable Notes: Sunday, November 23, 2008
MUNY WORKS FOR HOLLYWOOD DERBY
Muny was “on the money” for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby next Sunday. The front-running Oak Tree Derby winner worked six furlongs breezing in 1:14 on turf at Hollywood Park Sunday to the delight of trainer Mike Puype and jockey David Flores.
“He was going as easy as can be; he’s ready to go,” said Puype after the drill in company with stablemate El Carillero, who came from behind and closed two lengths in the stretch but did not pass the leader, under a hold by Flores.
Saturday, November 22 2008
Rahy’s Attorney carries Canada’s hopes in Mile Championship
TORONTO, November 21 - Rahy's Attorney, who captured the Grade 1, $1-million Woodbine Mile in September, looks to win one for Canada in the prestigious Mile Championship at Japan's Kyoto Racecourse on November 23.
The four-year-old gelded son of Crown Attorney will be racing for a winner's share of $952,000 plus a $950,000 bonus awarded to the winner of both the Woodbine Mile and the Mile Championship.
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BACKBACKBACKGONE AIMS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT IN PREVUE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2008) — Unbeaten Backbackbackgone will try to stretch his winning streak to four when he returns to Hollywood Park for Sunday’s $100,000 Hollywood Prevue.
The son of Put It Back — named for the phrase made popular by broadcaster Chris Berman — scored a ten-length victory in his career debut at Bay Meadows before drawing off to win the Willard L. Proctor Memorial by four lengths here in May. He prevailed by a nose while making his most recent start in the Jack Goodman at Santa Anita Park in October.
HP Stable Notes: Friday, November 21, 2008
GIO PONTI WORKS FOR HOLLYWOOD DERBY
Gio Ponti, a leading contender for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 30, worked Friday at Santa Anita for the Grade I test for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles on turf.
“He breezed five eighths in a minute and one fifth, the last quarter in 23 and change,” said a satisfied Nicholas Bachalard, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, after the drill under exercise rider Paul Turner. “He will school in the paddock at Hollywood Park for the second time tomorrow.”
Triple Crown winner returns to action
Sunday’s third meeting of the Abu Dhabi season, a six race all Purebred Arabian card, features a fascinating 2200m conditions race kindly sponsored by Hyrda Properties and for which nine have been declared.
Last year’s Abu Dhabi Triple Crown winner Abu Alemarat makes his eagerly anticipated return in the race having won his last four starts.
YACHT SPOTTER, IN MY GLORY SCORE FRONT-RUNNING UPSETS
ALBANY -- Yacht Spotter and In My Glory both used front-running tactics to score upsets in the co-feature races at Golden Gate Fields Friday.
Yacht Spotter defeated Grade 1 stakes-winners Artiste Royal and Matto Mondo in the third race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance test on the turf for 3-year-olds and up. Ridden by Alex Bisono, Yacht Spotter held off 3-to-5 favorite Artiste Royal down the stretch to score by 1 1/4 lengths while Matto Mondo checked in another length back in third.
Friday, November 21 2008
‘Legal’ moves to Schickedanz barn
TORONTO, November 20 * Legal Move goes for his sixth victory of the year in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Kennedy Road Stakes at Woodbine.
For the first time, the four-year-old son of Bold Executive will race in the white and scarlet colours of owner Bruno Schickedanz, who purchased the 10-time winner for $245,000 at last Saturday's Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Formerly a resident of the Mark Casse stable, the bay colt's new trainer is Mark Fournier, who has been impressed with his new pupil since he arrived from Lexington this past Tuesday.
AQUEDUCT HOLIDAYFEST NOTES: Friday, November 21, 2008
Next Saturday’s 20th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile is the feature race of HolidayFest at Aqueduct Racetrack. It’s the biggest week of the Big A’s Fall Meet and will get the holiday season off to a running start.
Expected for the Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile are Arson Squad, Bribon (FR), Harlem Rocker, Kodiak Kowboy, Storm Play, Tale of Ekati, Visionaire and Wanderin Boy. Past the Point is questionable at this point.
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Selvaratnam in treble form
Jebel Ali’s resident trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam saddled half of the six winners as racing returned to his local course on Friday afternoon with stable jockey William Buick partnering two of the winners.
However, it was Rashed Bouresly’s Star Crowned who won the afternoon’s featured 1000m sprint under Tadhg O’Shea, denying stable companion League Champion.