Monday, February 16 2009
TRUE QUALITY LEADS THROUGHOUT IN GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP
LAUREL, MD. 02-16-09---Paraneck Stable’s True Quality led from start to finish and beat odds-on favorite Fabulous Strike and four others to win the $150,000 General George Handicap (GII) at Laurel Park.
True Quality, under C. C. Lopez, crossed the finish line in 1:22.31 for the seven furlong distance over the fast main track. The son of Elusive Quality beat Fabulous Strike by a length and a half. Laurel Park-based speedster Malibu Kid finished third.
The winner, who is trained by John P. Campo, Jr. at Aqueduct, paid $9.80. The exacta returned $21.60 and the triple paid $88.
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STABLE NOTES, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2009
MUTADDA INVADES FOR SATURDAY’S SAN CARLOS HANDICAP
Citing limited opportunities elsewhere and a penchant for seven furlongs, Tom Amoss is bringing Mutadda to Santa Anita for Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Handicap.
“This looked like a good spot,” Amoss said by phone Monday morning from the Ocala Breeders’ Sales in Florida. “There wasn’t too much around and seven-eighths is his best distance.” Mutadda has two wins and a third in four starts at seven furlongs. He registered his first stakes victory in the restricted Gaudin Memorial at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 10. He has a 4-3-1 record from 15 career starts, with earnings of $171,959.
GOLD AND ROSES SEEKS REPEAT IN HOLLIE HUGHES TO END SKID
Since winning the Hollie Hughes here last year, Harry C. Gregory’s Gold and Roses has lost nine straight races. He has even had a new trainer since that last victory, but the results have been the same.
Still, trainer Richard Schosberg remains optimistic that the 7-year-old Gold Token gelding will put in a credible effort Thursday in the 31st running of the $65,000-added Hollie Hughes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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Gozzip Girl Rallies to Coconut Grove Victory
Farnsworth Farm’s 3-year-old filly Gozzip Girl made a huge run around horses nearing the stretch of Sunday’s $125,000 Coconut Grove Stakes at Gulfstream Park and went on to score by 2¼ lengths over Chester Bishop’s Oilgonewile, who set all the pace in the 1 1/16 miles turf test until overtaken by the winner.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux was aboard Gozzip Girl for trainer Tom Albertrani as the daughter of Dynaformer made only the fourth start of a promising career, posting a mild upset at 10-1 after being timed in 1:40:80 over the ‘firm’ course. Albertrani had sent out Padua Stable’s 3-year-old colt Duke of Homberg, a son of Dynaformer, to win the Hallandale Beach Stakes Saturday in the companion event to the Coconut Grove.
LIFE IS SWEET DEFIES RACE CONDITIONS TO EXCEL IN GRADE II LA CANADA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2009) – A stunning winner of the Grade II El Encino Stakes in her first exposure to Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface, Life Is Sweet added a dramatic victory in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies while expanding upon a sudden rise to superiority.
What made this victory so impressive was her ability to rally so strongly from last after second-choice Bsharpsonata had set an extremely slow pace, a condition that generally is not suitable for come-from-behind runners.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2009
GEORGIE BOY IN A ZONE FOR SATURDAY’S SAN CARLOS HANDICAP
Georgie Boy found his comfort zone when he won the Sunshine Millions Sprint at six furlongs on Jan. 24. At least that’s the opinion of Garrett Gomez, who rode the California-bred son of Tribal Rule to a rail-skimming, 2 ¼-length victory in the $300,000 race.
The 4-year-old gelding was fourth in the Grade I Malibu Stakes a month before the Sunshine Millions. In the Malibu, Bob Black Jack was able to dictate the pace en route to a 2 ¼-length victory. Gomez expects Georgie Boy to hold his good form when he reunites with him in Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap at seven furlongs.
‘ALL OTHERS’ FAVORED, BUT UNBEATEN OLD FASHIONED TOPS INDIVIDUAL HORSES
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2009) – The opening pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) concluded Sunday just as it had in each year of the bet’s opening decade as the mutuel field, or “all others”, was the solid 2-1 favorite among 24 wagering interests at the conclusion of betting in four-day pool. But Fox Hill Farm’s Old Fashioned was a clear choice among the 23 individual horses in the Derby Future pool that ended on the eve of the colt’s 3-year-old racing debut.
The mutuel field, which included all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 1, was bet down to 1-9 in Pool 1’s opening moments on Thursday and was a strong favorite through every second of the four days of betting that ended at 6 p.m. (EST) on Sunday. But Remsen (GII) winner Old Fashioned loomed as the solid second choice – and the favored individual horse – throughout the pool and at odds of 7-1 on Sunday.
NOT FOR SILVER MAKES IT 3-FOR-3 IN “CAPPY” CAPOSSELA
When trainer Michael Trombetta decided to send Not for Silver to Aqueduct Racetrack for the 108th running of the $69,850 Fred “Cappy” Caposella, he was hoping the 3-year-old son of Not For Love would take his Laurel Park form with him.
Under Ramon Dominguez, Not for Silver came charging from off the pace and went on to a 1¼-length victory over Wildcat Brief to remain undefeated in three career starts.
CENTENO SCORES HAT TRICK
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 15, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s leading jockey Daniel Centeno added three more victories to his win tally today, giving him 62 trips to the Winner’s Circle in 44 days of racing at the Oldsmar oval; additionally, Centeno is currently ranked as the fourth leading rider in the nation by wins.
Centeno took home his first win aboard Superlook; the three-year-old gelded son of Double Honor was bred in Florida by owner Wilfredo J. Agusti and was conditioned to victory by Leo Azpurua, Jr. Centeno scored again with Screening Room, this time fir trainer David Burns and owner Leslee Cummings.
JOCKEY MAWING RIDES THREE WINNERS
ALBANY -- Leslie Mawing vaulted into second place in jockey standings by riding three winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
Mawing won the second race with Defensive Move ($4.40), the fourth with Toy Toy Toy ($6.60) and the sixth with Stag On the Run ($7.00). Defensive Move and Stag On the Run are both trained by Steve Sherman.
Trainer Hawaa claims UAE Arabian Derby
Sunday’s eleventh meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, featured both the UAE Arabian Derby and the Emirates Fillies’ Classic.
Over 2200m, the UAE Arabian Derby was contested by a field of nine after three withdrawals and it was Ibn Abeya, trained by Samir Hawaa, who landed the spoils in good style.
Sunday, February 15 2009
TALAMO COMPLETES TRIPLE AS SANTA TERESITA UPSETS IN SANTA MARIA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2009) – A third-place finish her best showing in four starts since being purchased for a reported $1 million last June, Santa Teresita put a positive spin on Southern Equine Stable’s investment Saturday when scoring a dramatic13-1 upset in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Maria Handicap.
With jockey Joe Talamo winning his third straight race, Santa Teresita took the lead from pacesetter Briecat on the far turn and steadily widened her lead to 2 ½ lengths over Marzelline and Model, who dead-heated for second in the mile-and-one-sixteenth event for fillies and mares.