Monday, March 02 2009
Kentucky Derby 135 Update (3.1.09)
DUBAI/CHAMPION MIDSHIPMAN OFF THE KENTUCKY DERBY TRAIL
The hard-luck suffered by champion 2-year-olds along the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) continues in 2009 as reigning juvenile champion Midshipman has been knocked out of consideration for the “Run for the Roses” after suffering what is described as a minor leg injury.
The winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI), purchased privately last fall by Dubai-based Godolphin, was reported to have suffered a soft tissue injury to his left fore leg during training for the colt’s scheduled 3-year-old debut on Thursday in the Al Bastikaya at Nad Al Sheba. Godolphin Racing Manager Simon Crisford said Midshipman could return to racing in the latter half of the year.
BATTLE OF HASTINGS SETS BALDWIN STAKES MARK BEFORE 17,972
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 1, 2009) – British-bred 3-year-old Battle of Hastings, who won his last two starts in England prior to a lackluster United States debut, redeemed himself in Santa Anita’s Grade III, $100,000 Baldwin Stakes on Sunday when closing strongly to capture the 6 1/2-furlong grass sprint by 1 ¼ lengths over favored Flashmans Papers.
On a warm, sunshiny day when Santa Anita offered a Snow Day promotion while importing 200 tons of snow for its infield, a crowd of 17,972 turned out. The figure did not include an estimated 10,000 children, aged 17 and under, who were admitted free.
STABLE NOTES, SUANDAY MARCH 1ST, 2009
LARGE FIELD NO DETERRENT FOR SMITH, TIAGO IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
A full field of 14 is in prospect for the Santa Anita Handicap next Sunday, and as far as Mike Smith is concerned, the more the merrier.
Smith rides Tiago, a stretch-running son of Pleasant Tap, in the mile and a quarter Big ‘Cap. Potential traffic problems are always a risk in a bulky field, but Smith was quick to take an optimistic stance for Tiago, a half-brother to Giacomo, 50-1 winner of the 2005 Kentucky Derby with Smith aboard.
MARCH 14’S FESTIVAL DAY DRAWS 117 STAKES NOMINATIONS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 1, 2009) Nominations for March 14’s Festival Day have drawn 117 horses for the four stake card that includes The Grade III $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby for three-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track, the Grade III $200,000 Florida Oaks for fillies three years old competing 1 1/16 miles, the Grade III $175,000 Hillsborough Stakes for older females running about 1 1/8 miles on the lawn, and the $75,000 Turf Dash for three-year-olds and up traveling about 5 furlongs on the turf.
Nationally recognized horses such as Street Sense, Dreaming of Anna, Any Given Saturday, Bluegrass Cat, Cotton Blossom, Limehouse, Bushfire and Deputy Glitters are among previous years’ Festival Day alumni. Among the nominees this year are 44 stakes winners and 13 Graded or Group stakes winners.
WARREN’S DREAMING SCORES BY A NOSTRIL IN FEATURE RACE
ALBANY -- Warren's Dreaming, the 7-to-5 favorite ridden by William Antongeorgi III, got her nose down on the wire and handed Rule the Storm a tough defeat in the $21,580 feature race at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Rule the Storm, with Omar Figueroa aboard, battled with Warren's Dreaming through the length of the stretch and led for every step but the last one. The photo finish picture showed Warren's Dreaming prevailing by a nostril in the one-mile starter allowance contest for fillies and mares.
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ARLINGTON PARK UNVEILS SEASON MEMBERSHIP PLAN AND 2009 ADMISSION PRICING STRUCTURE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 2, 2009) – Arlington Park unveiled its 2009 admissions pricing structure which for the first time offers a limited number of season-long membership packages in the Arlington Racing Club for individuals and families as well as tiered daily admission that includes “Value Day Wednesdays.”
Each Arlington Racing Club package for 2009 includes a season pass (valid daily except Arlington Million Day on Saturday, Aug. 8), preferred parking, a wagering credit, guest passes available for one-time use, additional special offers, a monthly E-newsletter, and an invitation to special member’s only events.
Sunday, March 01 2009
THE PAMPLEMOUSSE DOMINANT IN SHAM STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ The Pamplemousse ran to the lead out of the gate and dared his 10 rivals to come and get him. No one did.
The gray colt romped to a six-length victory in the Gr. III, $200,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, solidifying his status as one of California's top 3-year-olds and a leading Kentucky Derby candidate.
Proceed Bee takes Battaglia Memorial
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 28, 2009 . . .Proceed Bee earned his second stakes win Saturday at Turfway Park, running down a game Parade Clown in the stretch to take the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes by a length and a quarter.
With the scratch of Fitzaslew, pacesetting chores eventually fell to Dynamite Bob and Platinum Van, but as the field rounded the first turn of the 1 1/16-mile race, five of the seven horses were ranged across the track. Parade Clown, who broke from the outside post as the 3-5 favorite, was eager to join the fray and rounded the turn widest of all.
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CHARLIE’S MOMENT TRIUMPHS IN KING GLORIOUS STAKES
ALBANY -- Charlie's Moment survived an early duel with speedster Lordgivemealift and captured the $52,750 King Glorious Stakes by a convincing 2 1/4 lengths Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Charlie's Moments raced head and head with Lordgivemealift through the opening four furlongs of the six-furlong feature for 3-year-olds and then shook loose of his rival at the top of the stretch.
With only next week’s Super Thursday meeting, the dress rehearsal for Dubai World Cup night left before the big night itself, it was not surprising Nad Al Sheba was a lot quieter than normal for a Saturday morning.
However, those who did drag themselves out of bed were able to see Richard Hills put Dubai Sheema Classic hopeful Youmzain through his paces on the turf. He may run on Thursday, as could Dubai Duty Free aspirant Vodka who was also spotted on the track.
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Saturday, February 28 2009
Quality Road Rolls in Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth
Edward P. Evans’ 3-year-old Virginia homebred colt Quality Road broke alertly in Saturday’s $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, took command in the upper stretch of the one-mile test and drew clear to score by 4¼ lengths over Samotowka Stables and partners’ Theregoesjojo in the longtime Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby preview.
Ridden by John R. Velazquez for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, Quality Road was making only the third start of his career in the one-turn mile test after a sensational debut at Aqueduct in late November and a runner-up effort at odds-on in an allowance race here Jan. 10. The imposing 17 hands bay paid $13 to win and was timed in 1:35:01 over the fast track.
Twilight Meteor Blazes to Canadian Turf Victory
Making his second start after a nine-month layoff, Peachtree Stable’s 5-year-old Canadian-bred Twilight Meteor stalked the early pace in Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park before forging to the front in the upper stretch and holding on for a one-length victory in the one-mile test under jockey John. R. Velazquez.
A chestnut son of Smart Strike, Twilight Meteor finished fourth in an allowance race over the course on Jan. 29 in his first start since late April. Saturday’s victory gave trainer Todd Pletcher his fourth tally in the Canadian Turf.