Saturday, November 29 2008


DAKOTA PHONE WINS FORTY NINER


ALBANY -- Dakota Phone surged by pacesetter Gallon in the final yards to win the $75,000 Forty Niner Stakes by a half-length Friday at Golden Gate Fields.

Receiving a strong ride from jockey Frank Alvarado, Dakota Phone rallied from last in a scratch-plagued field of four. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Dakota Phone captured the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up in 1:44.37 on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface.

Gallon, ridden by Kyle Kaenel, took second by three lengths over 4-to-5 favorite Pass the Heat, who was ridden by Russell Baze.





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Friday, November 28 2008


Husbands picks up five wins on Thursday


TORONTO, November 27 * Jockey Patrick Husbands enjoyed a stellar day at Woodbine on Thursday afternoon, visiting the winner's circle five times in eight tries.

The 35-year-old Brampton resident won the first five races that he had a mount in. Husbands kicked off the five-bagger in race one with Miss Redoubled ($8.60), capping off the 'double' with Queen Bambi ($8.80) in the second. Seaside View ($7.70) took the fourth, Creekside Cafe ($10) won the sixth and Intuition Magic ($4.70) triumphed in the seventh.





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BACK ON DIRT, FABUOUS STRIKE COASTS IN FALL HIGHWEIGHT


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

Maybe he’s just a traditionalist.

That explains why Walter Downey’s Fabulous Strike, sent off as the even-money favorite by Aqueduct’s Thanksgiving Day crowd of 3,239 Thursday afternoon, lead at all calls and easily defeated He’s So Chic in the 95th running of the $111,200 Fall Highweight Handicap.

Carrying top weight of 136 pounds – he spotted seven rivals from four to nine pounds – the 5-year-old Smart Strike gelding broke on top, entertained Grand Champion for about a half a mile and then glided over the fast track to a 1 ½-length victory in 1:09.02 for the six furlongs.





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ETERNAL STAR TAKES THANKSGIVING DAY FEATURE


LAUREL, MD. 11-27-08---Harry and Tom Meyerhoff’s Eternal Star was just too much for his five rivals in today’s Thanksgiving afternoon feature at Laurel Park, a $40,000 allowance test.

Eternal Star, a chestnut son of Five Star Day, tracked speedy Sir Silver Fox into the far turn before moving by without encouragement and drawing off to win by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:09.64 for the six furlong distance over the fast main track. Stakes winners Lycurgus and Celtic Innis finished second and third, respectively. Eternal Star paid $2.80 as the overwhelming favorite.





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BSHARPSONATA RALLIES UNDER GOMEZ IN PLAYA DEL REY


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2008) — Bsharpsonata, fifth on the rail with a quarter-mile to run under Garrett Gomez, split horses approaching the sixteenth pole and cruised to a 1 1/2-length victory over favorite Peppermint Lounge in the $68,400 Playa del Rey on Thursday at Hollywood Park.

The daughter of Pulpit, overlooked in wagering at 7-1 despite competing with the nation’s leading 3-year-old fillies in the spring, covered six furlongs on Cushion Track in a stakes record 1:07.95 for her seventh win in 12 starts.





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