Sunday, March 22 2009
Just for Keeps Goes Wire-to-Wire in Queen
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 21, 2009 . . . Just for Keeps, the 2-1 favorite, went wire-to-wire to take the $50,000 Queen Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Proud Heiress. Mrs Petoski was two lengths back in third.
Ridden by Julian Leparoux, Just for Keeps went straight to the lead and never looked back. The 5-year-old daughter of Broken Vow came into the Queen off a similar wire-to-wire score in a Feb. 1 classified allowance race at Gulfstream for Turfway Park’s leading trainer Michael Maker and owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey. Today’s win was the second career stakes victory for Just for Keeps, who captured the Mamzelle Stakes last May over the Churchill Downs turf course.
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SECRET GYPSY A SECRET NO MORE WITH DISTAFF TRIUMPH
Secret Gypsy made the long trip up from the Fair Grounds in Louisiana to Aqueduct Racetrack last week get some black type and New York recognition.
Saturday afternoon, she attained both goals as she easily defeated four rivals to win the 55th running of the Grade 2, $157,300 Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs.
Although the margin of victory was a length and a quarter, Secret Gypsy was in hand for jockey Robby Albarado, who never turned his stick.
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CIBELLI, PROCTOR TRAIN TWO WINNERS; CENTENO RIDES THREE TO VICTORY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 21, 2009) Conditioners Jane Cibelli and Tom Proctor saddled two winners each on the afternoon’s card, while leading rider Daniel Centeno booted home three winners to round out the eleven race program.
Cibelli got her first trip to the Winner’s Circle of the day with A Curious Lady. The five-year-old Montbrook mare was bred in Florida by owner Laurence Foggle and was ridden by Tampa Bay Downs’s second leading rider Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Cibelli struck again with High on Candy; the High Yield gelding carries the colors of owner Sullimar Stables and had the services of jockey Jose Velez, Jr.
ST JOHN’S GOSPEL UPSETS NOT FOR SILVER IN PRIVATE TERMS STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 03-21-09---Lee Christian’s St John’s Gospel, the longest price on the board, took on the overwhelming favorite and beat him to the finish line in the $50,000 Private Terms Stakes for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park.
St John’s Gospel had won a restricted stakes at Philadelphia Park last year but his effort this afternoon unveiled a turn of speed and a finishing kick that produced a front running, $35.40 victory over the 1-2 favorite, Not for Silver.
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8-YEAR-OLD SIREN LURE WINS GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SPRINT
ALBANY -- The 8-year-old gelding Siren Lure displayed his class Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he rallied from last for a convincing victory in the $75,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint.
Trained by Steve Sherman and ridden by Frank Alvarado, Siren Lure won the six-furlong feature for older horses by one length over Big Bad Leroybrown in 1:09.76 on the synthetic Tapeta surface. Mutak Gold finished third.
Final Abu Dhabi meeting of the season staged tomorrow
The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club sponsor Sunday’s final meeting of the season in the Capital with the Group 1 Emirates Championship for Purebred Arabians sharing star billing with the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship for Thoroughbreds.
Both races are over 2200m and 11 have been declared for the Purebred Arabian event in which Richard Hills has elected to ride Remarkable Man, one of three runners owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Style Stakes fashion ahead of the competition
The countdown to Dubai’s sporting and social highlight officially begins today. Nad Al Sheba is set to host the 14th annual Dubai World Cup racemeeting, packed with glamour and excitement both on and off the track.
In addition to the thrills of world class racing, the frills of fashion-savvy race goers will turn the heads of those who admire the ritz and pizzazz that goes hand-in-hand with the Dubai World Cup and its signature fashion competition, the Style Stakes.
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Friday, March 20 2009
FLASHOVER WINS DUEL WITH DOTSY JEAN IN CASSIOPEIA PURSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 20, 2009) – Making her first start on grass, Flashover, a daughter of stellar California sire Unusual Heat, responded with a gritty half-length victory over Dotsy Jean Friday in Santa Anita’s featured $48,000 Cassiopeia Purse for California-bred fillies and mares at 6½ furlongs over the track’s downhill turf course.
Bet down to 6-5 favoritism with Joe Talamo along for the ride, Flashover gained a slight advantage over pace-setter and second choice Dotsy Jean, ridden by Joel Rosario, as the pair straightened into the stretch. They proceeded to battle stride-for-stride before Flashover inched clear in the closing yards under a hand ride. The final time was 1:13.12.
POPULAR “UNCORKED” WINE EVENT SET FOR MAR. 29
ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 20, 2009)—Santa Anita Park will play host to its second annual “Santa Anita Uncorked” wine event on Sunday, Mar. 29. The event, which includes wine tasting, cuisine sampling and an art show, will be held in Santa Anita’s beautiful Paddock Gardens area, adjacent to the Seabiscuit Walking Ring.
Fans aged 21 and over are encouraged to spend a day at Santa Anita tasting fine wines, sampling cuisine from popular area restaurants, and perusing a colorful Paddock Art Exhibit while experiencing an exciting day at the races.
Stable Notes, Friday, March 20th, 2009
SANTA ANA GRASS IS GREENER FOR VISIT, FRANKEL SAYS
Bobby Frankel says there’s little doubt Visit is better on grass than she is on dirt or synthetic. Thus, the Hall of Fame trainer, Santa Anita’s career leader in victories with 913, expects considerable improvement from the English-bred daughter of Oasis Dream when she runs in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ana Handicap for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Visit was sixth by 11 ¼ lengths as the 3-2 favorite in the Grade I Santa Maria Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Pro-Ride Feb. 14. It was her first race on synthetic. She has a 2-2-2 record from nine starts on turf.
VIC GILARDI OBIT
Vic Gilardi, one of the more successful jockey agents in history, died Thursday afternoon, March 19, at Long Island Jewish Hospital after a one-month stay. He was 78.
A native of Staten Island, N.Y. and a United States Marine Corps veteran who served during the Korean conflict, Gilardi sold insurance before starting out as an agent for his brother-in-law, jockey Tony Russo.
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GP Barn NOtes 3-20
Five Graded Stakes Set for Florida Derby Weekend
The $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) next Saturday will be the highlight of an outstanding weekend of racing at Gulfstream Park as the 58th edition of the historic Kentucky Derby (G1) preview leads a schedule of five graded stakes to be run over three days.
A field of seven or eight is taking shape for the 1 1/8 miles Florida Derby, led by several of the nation’s most highly-regarded Kentucky Derby prospects – Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Dunkirk; Edward P. Evans’ Quality Road, John Oxley’s Beethoven and Samotawka Stables and partners’ Theregoesjojo.