Thursday, November 27 2008
JUVENILES HIGHLIGHT HILL ‘N’ DALE CIGAR MILE UNDERCARD
When Thoroughbred owner Jeff Puglisi expanded and restructured his racing operation in 2008, included in his business plan was a multi-million commitment to purchase 2-year-olds, the vast majority of which would be fillies.
“In terms of residuals, fillies hold their value better than colts,” explained trainer Steve Klesaris. “If they become graded stakes winner and have some family, they’re worth something.”
From a business standpoint, Puglisi made a good choice.
HILL ‘N’ DALE CIGAR MILE COULD FIGURE IN BIG WEEKEND FOR ZITO
Nick Zito has always taken the time to count his blessings, and he was more than willing to share the appraisal on Thanksgiving morning. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out Stone Farm’s Wanderin Boy at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday in the 20th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile – the feature on a nine-race card that will also include the 95th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen for two-year-olds at nine furlongs and the 87th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Demoiselle for two-year-old fillies at nine furlongs.
First race post is 12:25 p.m., and there will be self-service wagering only on Churchill Downs race 1 at 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Zito will be at Churchill Downs to saddle Tracy Farmer’s favored Commentator, a two-time winner of Saratoga’s Grade 1 Whitney, in the Grade 2 Clark Handicap.
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SPEEDY CALIFORNIA FLAG TRIES TO REBOUND IN TURF EXPRESS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2008) — California Flag, who led before tiring in the final eighth to finish tenth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, will try to bounce back in the $150,000 Hollywood Turf Express on Saturday’s second day of the three-day Turf Festival at Hollywood Park.
The gray/roan gelding won the Morvich Handicap and three of his last four starts preceding the Breeders’ Cup for Hi Card Ranch and trainer Brian Koriner. He will break from the outside post in a ten-horse field for the Turf Express, which will be run at six furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course. The field for the 23rd running of the Grade III event lines up as follows from the rail out:
HP Stable Notes: Thursday, November 27, 2008
FRANKEL SEEKS FIFTH STRAIGHT MATRIARCH
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel has reached several milestones during an illustrious career, and he stands in a strong position to reach another Sunday when he sends out a powerful one-two punch of Precious Kitten and Visit in quest of a fifth straight victory in the $500,0000 Matriarch at Hollywood Park.
The Grade I test is for fillies and mares at one mile on turf and is co-featured with the $500,000 Hollywood Derby. The Sunday races climax the three-day Turf Festival, which begins Friday with the $400,000 Citation Handicap and $100,000-added Miesque Stakes.
BurJuman Ladies Night a hit
It was all about the ladies once again as Dubai Racing Club played host to the popular BurJuman Ladies Night.
Beautifully decorated suites in the Maktoum Grandstand opened their doors once again to welcome ladies dressed in their racing finest.
Whilst the thundering action on the track took place, guests enjoyed the stylish fashion displays, courtesy of BurJuman, whilst sampling the sparkling beverages and gourmet canapés in the delightful pink and white-themed suites.
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Perfect start for Mubarak Bin Shafya
Local apprentice Ahmed Ajtebi was in the saddle when trainer Mubarak Bin Shafya made a great start to his UAE campaign with Dubai Twilight running out the facile winner of the concluding 2000m handicap.
Beaming from ear-to-ear, Ajtebi said: “It’s great to have a winner for the team.
“I need five more to lose my apprentice claim and things are going really well.”
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Me the Sea and G T faces 11 rivals in Kingarvie
TORONTO, November 26 - Me the Sea and G T goes for his first stakes 'W' in Saturday's $125,000 Kingarvie at Woodbine.
The G.T. Heat Stable charge enters the 1 1/16-mile, Ontario-sired event on the strength of a strong third-place finish in the Bull Page on October 13. The Steve Owens trainee made up 3 3/4 lengths in the final quarter-mile and was just 1 1/4 lengths from victory.
"They went pretty quick in front of him. He settled really well and came with his run," said Owens, adding that jockey Patrick Husbands told him after that the youngster was starting to impress him with his ability to rate and that he may be developing into a 'nice little horse.'
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FOREST MELODY CRUISES UNDER ROSARIO IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2008) — Forest Melody gained control early, repelled a bid by Double Dip on the turn for home, and cruised to a 3 1/4-length victory under jockey Joel Rosario in the $43,000 allowance feature Wednesday at Hollywood Park.
The 4-year-old filly covered 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:43.78 for her third victory in 20 starts, snapping a seven-race winless streak in the process.
EARLY POST TIME AT GGF FOR THANKSGIVING DAY PROGRAM
ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields is opening all admission gates at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for its special Thanksgiving Day racing program.
Post time for the eight-race card is 11:15 a.m. The early starting time will allow the program to be completed by approximately 2:50 p.m., giving fans plenty of time to get home for their Thanksgiving feast.
Golden Gate Fields will present nine races Friday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the main event is the Forty Niner Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile contest for 3-year-olds and up. Post time for the Forty Niner, the eighth race on the card, is 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, November 26 2008
AQUEDUCT HOLIDAYFEST NOTES
HolidayFest at Aqueduct Racetrack begins tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, and with first race post at 11:25 a.m., there is plenty of time to get a day of racing in before the traditional feast.
Aqueduct’s last live race on Thursday will go to post at 3:10 p.m., with the second-floor clubhouse remaining open for simulcasting until approximately 5:30 p.m. Telebet/internet wagering closes at approximately 6 p.m.
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KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER FUNNY CIDE TO KENTUCKY HORSE PARK
LEXINGTON, KY (November 26, 2008) Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Funny Cide will become the newest resident of the Kentucky Horse Park on December 5. He will join another Kentucky Derby winner, Alysheba, who came to the park in October.
Funny Cide (Distorted Humor – Belle’s Good Cide, by Slewacide) was bred by William Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm in a collaborative venture with McMahon Thoroughbreds of Saratoga Springs, New York where he was foaled, raised and then sold as a yearling for $22,000 at the August 2001 Fasig-Tipton NY Bred Preferred Yearlings Sale. He was later purchased privately as a two-year old by Sackatoga Stable for $75,000. For them he went on to earn $3,529,412 and an Eclipse Award as Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, becoming the highest-earning New York-bred in history for trainer Barclay Tagg, under Jose Santos. His nine stakes wins also included the prestigious Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).
SHELDON RUSSELL MOVING TACK TO NEW YORK
LAUREL, MD. 11-26-08---Sheldon Russell, who sits atop the rider standings during the current fall meeting with 40 victories, announced that he will be moving his tack to New York for the winter. The 21-year-old finishes up at Laurel Park Friday afternoon, Nov. 28.
“I have been thinking about this for some time,” Russell said. “You rarely get these opportunities and this move will help me become a better rider.”
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