Wednesday, February 25 2009
Barn Notes 2-25
Vanquisher Gets Big League Call-up for Major League Operation
Be it the New York Yankees or Kinsman Stable, the Steinbrenner family has always been familiar with moving talented athletes from the farm, through the minors and eventually to the big leagues.
The family’s 5-year-old gelding Vanquisher doesn’t yet deserve to be compared with Derek Jeter, but he has the potential to make a splash on the big stage in Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Beethoven & ‘Candyman’ Clash in Wide-Open Fountain of Youth Saturday
John Oxley’s Beethoven and Joseph Rausch and David Pell’s Capt. Candyman Can, both Grade 2 stakeswinners, will each have their share of support when the full field of 12 3-year-olds goes to the post for the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The 63rd edition of the Fountain of Youth, shortened to a one-turn mile test this year from nine furlongs, has attracted more high-profile potential Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects than any race on the national calendar at this point in the season with a fast pace almost certain to develop.
STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2009
ZAMBEZI SUN JOINS FULL LINEUP FOR MARCH 7 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
Zambezi Sun, a disappointing seventh as the 9-10 favorite in his U.S. debut Sunday in the Grade II San Luis Obispo Handicap at 1 ½ miles on turf, will wheel back two weeks later in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, Bobby Frankel said Wednesday morning.
“There’s nothing wrong with him,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “He didn’t run hard; he’s OK. I just got him fit enough to run (in the Big ‘Cap).”
Making his first start since the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in France last Oct. 5, Zambezi Sun was very rank in the San Luis Obispo, stalking in second place into the stretch before he was overtaken. He was beaten only three lengths by victorious Spring House.
THE PAMPLEMOUSSE CAN PUT SOLIS CLOSER TO DERBY AIM IN SHAM
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2009) – Aiming for his first Kentucky Derby victory after three seconds in 15 career rides, 44-year-old Alex Solis attempts to move a notch closer on Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade III, $200,000 Sham Stakes while riding heavily favored The Pamplemousse, a 3-year-old co-owned and selected at sale by his son, Alex II.
The Kentucky-bred son of Kafwain, purchased last March by a partnership for $150,000, will face eleven other 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles, the same distance as the April 5 Santa Anita Derby and one that would seem well suited for the gray colt, whose name translates to “grapefruit” in French.
Turfway to host Derby-winning jockeys
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 24, 2009 . . . Five former jockeys with Kentucky Derby wins to their credit will greet fans and sign autographs at Turfway Park across three Monday afternoons in March. The last of the three Mondays kicks off the week leading to the Grade II Lane’s End Stakes, Turfway’s Derby prep race.
Chris McCarron and Mike Manganello will be on hand March 2, Pat Day and Craig Perret will appear March 9, and Steve Cauthen will appear March 16. A commemorative poster featuring the jockeys will be available free of charge, limited to one per person. A total of 600 posters will be printed. The autograph sessions will run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, and fans may have the poster and one other item signed on a first come, first served basis.
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Barton and Bin Suroor fillies headline the feature race
With the new Meydan grandstand dominating the skyline behind Nad Al Sheba it is fitting that Thursday’s penultimate meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival is sponsored by Meydan.
The Listed UAE Oaks, for three-year-old fillies over 1800m, is the official feature and eight take their chance – all of whom contested the UAE 1000 Guineas, over 1600m, three weeks ago.
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NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Ciruclates Compliance Standards for Review
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that a comprehensive set of safety and integrity standards has been circulated to members of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. After a period of comment, the compliance standards will be finalized in early March and serve as the basis for Alliance accreditation, which also will begin in March. The Alliance, formed last October with the goal of establishing national uniform standards in the areas of safety and integrity, includes 55 racetracks in North America and every major national horsemen’s organization.
Compliance will cover five broad areas: injury reporting and prevention; creating a safer racing environment; aftercare and transition of retired racehorses; medication and testing; and safety research. Within those five categories, specific standards will focus on many areas including:
MONTALVO BOOTS HOME THREE WINNERS; GRIFFITH & McCARTHY SCORE TRAINING DOUBLE
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 24, 2009) Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month Carlos Montalvo rode three winners today while trainers Greg Griffith and Brenda McCarthy each escorted two of their charges to the Winner’s Circle.
Montalvotook home his first two wins on the afternoon’s program with trainer Greg Griffit; the duo notched their first win with Go ‘Xango, a six-year-old daughter of Henriques bred in Florida by Virginia L. Rice and William Rice and owned by Annie O Productions. Montalvo and Griffith scored their next win with Sword Play. The Crown Delite colt, who was bred in Florida by owner Kinsman Stable, captured his first lifetime win in his third career attempt. Montalvo completed his hat trick with Tenacious Gator, this time for owner-trainer John Cruise; the five-year-old Cimarron Secret Mare bred in Florida by Francis McDonnell.
CHARM CITY DEVILS ADDED TO PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST LINEUP
BALTIMORE, 02-24-09---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that Baltimore-based Charm City Devils will round out the lineup for the Preakness InfieldFEST concert on Saturday, May 16 in the Pimlico Race Course public Infield prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I).
On February 5 Pimlico officials unveiled Preakness InfieldFEST, which will feature a concert with three rock performances, including Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and Grammy-nominated Buckcherry, along with a pro volleyball tournament and an interactive section.
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Tuesday, February 24 2009
Meydan sponsors Thursday’s racemeting
The Meydan Group is set to sponsor the ninth meeting of the Dubai International Racing Carnival.
The Meydan Group is currently overseeing the development of the UAE’s incredible new iconic horseracing development. It will feature a world-class grandstand, and the enterprise will also serve as a major business and conference district.
“The Dubai Racing Club is pleased to welcome their colleagues from Meydan to Nad Al Sheba as the official racemeeting sponsor.
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Quality on offer at ERA Sale
Multiple group winners Lord Admiral, Biarritz, Royal Vintage and Vertigineux highlight the Dubai International Racing Carnival Session of the annual Emirates Racing Authority Horses in Training Sale, sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld, at Nad Al Sheba next week.
In association with leading auction house Tattersalls, the sale will encompass 47 horses to be sold at the DIRC session on Tuesday March 3 with another 97 due to be sold the following evening at the ERA Horses in Training Sale.
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Monday, February 23 2009
Kentucky Derby 135 Update 2.23.09
WEST/BAFFERT, PEGRAM TAKE TURF PARADISE DERBY WITH MAYOR MARV
Having already faced some of Southern California’s outstanding prospects for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Mayor Marv was relatively battle-tested for a horse that had only one win in six races heading into Saturday’s $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby at Arizona’s Turf Paradise.
His first trip out of Southern California and initial step into stakes company was a rousing success as Mayor Marv drew away in the stretch for an easy 4 ½-length victory over Hidden Bounty. David Flores was aboard Mayor Marv as he notched his second consecutive win after five career-opening losses that included solid efforts behind Kentucky Derby contenders The Pamplemousse, the winner of the San Rafael (GII), and Robert B. Lewis (GII) runner-up Papa Clem.