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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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.
Nine-Time Winners Ken and Sarah Ramsey Joined by Newcomers Maker, Lebron as 2008 KTM Honorees
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 2009) – Perennial leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey will be joined by first-time honorees in trainer Mike Maker and jockey Victor Lebron when Kentucky Thoroughbred Media (“KTM”) honors the winners of its 19th annual leading owner, trainer and jockey awards presented annually to the statistical leaders on the Kentucky racing circuit.
The Ramseys will be honored for a ninth consecutive year as the leading owners in Kentucky racing, while Maker and Lebron will be presented with their first KTM awards during a special presentation at Turfway Park on Saturday, March 21 during festivities surrounding the $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes (Grade II).
2009 SPRING THOROUGHBRED RACING TELECASTS TO BE SUPPORTED BY “ON CALL” VETERINARIANS
Now in its 19th year, the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ “On Call” program will assist the spring season of live Thoroughbred racing on major television networks. The role of the “On Call” veterinarian is to deliver accurate veterinary information to broadcast and print journalists regarding the health of the equine athlete.
AAEP “On Call” veterinarians will assist the following spring racing telecasts as well as the Triple Crown:
Calder Race Course Announces 2009 Calder Meet Stakes Schedule
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (March 20, 2009) – Calder Race Course is pleased to announce its stakes schedule for the 2009 Calder Meet, a program that includes renewals of the Summit of Speed and Festival of the Sun and the 28th runnings of the Florida Stallion Stakes series.
The 2009 Calder Meet stakes schedule features 28 stakes races worth a total of $4,125,000. Nine of the stakes carry Graded status by the American Graded Stakes Committee, including the Grade I $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap to be run on the Summit of Speed program on July 11. Calder’s longtime cornerstone event, the Festival of the Sun, is scheduled for Oct. 17.
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AUSSIE RED ARROW FAVORED IN GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SPRINT
ALBANY -- Red Arrow, the Aussie horse who is 2-for-3 racing in the U.S., has been made a 7-to-5 favorite on the morning line to capture the $75,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint Saturday.
A six-furlong dash for 4-year-olds and up, the Golden Gate Fields Sprint is the main event on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. The Golden Gate Fields Sprint is the third race on the card and is scheduled to be run at 1:49 p.m.
Champion Stardom Bound at Keeneland to Prepare for Ashland
Lexington, KY (March 20, 2009) – Champion Stardom Bound arrived at Keeneland on Wednesday, March 18, and will have her first breeze over the Polytrack on Saturday as she prepares for her next scheduled start in the $400,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) on April 4.
“That's what we're here for,” said trainer Rick Dutrow about the Ashland. Stardom Bound will make her first start for Dutrow in the Keeneland stakes, after having raced for trainer Bobby Frankel in her two previous races of 2009.
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KAELIN WINS TWO, CRUZ BOOTS HOME THREE
OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 20, 2009) Trainer Forrest Kaelin escorted two of his charges to the Winner’s Circle today, and Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month Carlos M. Cruz rode three winners on the afternoon’s eleven race program. Kaelin got his first victory with Prince David, a three-year-old Crimson Classic gelding owned by Betty Kaelin and ridden to victory by Jesse Garcia. Kaelin teamed up with Carlos Cruz to notch his second win of the day; the duo scored with So Very Irish, a Stravinsky gelding carrying the colors of Davis V. Hall.
Day-before routines for Lane’s End contenders
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 20, 2009 . . . Bittel Road and West Side Bernie, one-two on the morning line for the Lane’s End Stakes Saturday, both were on the Polytrack at Turfway Park Friday morning.
Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, jogged Bittel Road once around the Turfway track and then galloped another circuit. “He went very easily,” Beckman said. “He’s loving the track. He’s just cruising over top of it.”
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