Thursday, November 20 2008


SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF FINALISTS ANNOUNCED


ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2008)—Santa Anita Park announced today a list of five finalists for the 60th annual Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in January. Gary Baze, Calvin Borel, Javier Castellano, David Flores and John Velazquez will face an electorate comprised of their peers and one of the five will be selected the recipient of the 2009 Woolf Award.

The Woolf Award has been presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950 and is regarded as one of the most prestigious honors in all of racing. It honors and recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The winner’s trophy is a replica of the full-size statue of George Woolf which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area. The statue was created through donations from the racing public after Woolf’s death following a spill at Santa Anita on Jan. 13, 1946. Woolf, who was regarded as one of the nation’s top big-money jockeys, was affectionately known as “The Iceman,” and was revered by his colleagues as a fierce competitor and consummate professional.





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Friday, October 31 2008


2008 Oak Tree Owners’ Honors


JERRY AND ANN MOSS RIDE ZENYATTA, TIAGO, TO 2008 OAK TREE OWNERS’ HONORS

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2008)—The Oak Tree Racing Association has selected Jerry and Ann Moss as top owners for the 2008 Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, which concluded on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Spearheaded by the undefeated filly Zenyatta’s wins in the Gr. I Yellow Ribbon Stakes on Sept. 27, and her devastating triumph in the Gr. I Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic on Oct. 24, the Mosses were selected by the Oak Tree Board of Directors for recognition.





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Monday, October 27 2008


Gosden Still Aglow Over Classic Score by Raven’s Pass


John Gosden (Raven’s Pass, 1st, Classic and Donativum, 1st, Juvenile Turf) – Trainer John Gosden visited the quarantine barn at Santa Anita Park that is the home for international runners Sunday morning to take a look at his winners.

The veteran trainer walked Donativum for awhile and watched as Raven’s Pass was photographed. Hanging on a balcony overlooking the compound were the five blankets of flowers presented to the European winners.





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BREEDERS’ CUP SPURS STRONG FINISH TO OAK TREE SEASON


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2008)—The Oak Tree Racing Association’s 40th annual meeting finished on a powerful note as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, run Oct. 24 and 25, generated the strongest attendance and handle figures of the meet, which had been negatively effected by the sluggish local and national economy.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships were held as a two-day event for the first time in Oak Tree at Santa Anita history and the results were bullish, as on-track attendance reached 31,257 on Friday and 51,331 on Saturday. All-sources handle on Friday was $47,863,774, and on Saturday all-sources handle reached $107,610,778. The two-day all sources handle of $155,474,553 was a 5 1/2 percent increase over last year.





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Oak Tree 2008 Media Poll


ZENYATTA 2008 OAK TREE HORSE OF THE MEET

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2008) – Undefeated Zenyatta, racing’s newest superstar who stamped herself as a leading contender for Horse of the Year with her ninth consecutive win in capturing the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, was unanimously named Horse of the Meet in Oak Tree’s annual Media Poll.

The 4-year-old daughter of Street Cry, owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, thus becomes the second straight female to be so honored. Nashoba’s Key was Oak Tree’s Horse of the Meet in 2007, joining the elite company of Light Jig, Halfbridled and 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri as distaff stars to be recognized in that category since it was introduced in 1996.





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Sunday, October 26 2008


FW: European Team Wins Five to Climax 25th Breeders’ Cup World Championships


ARCADIA, Calif. –European-trained horses won five of nine Championship races, and Stonestreet Stable’s 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin finished fourth defending his Breeders’ Cup Classic title on Saturday at Santa Anita on a spectacular day of racing to complete the two-day 25th Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Breeders’ Cup President Greg Avioli said, “It was a tremendous two days of racing with incredible performances both days. We had 80,000-plus fans here over the two days and everything went smoothly in the operation – a testament to our hosts, the Oak Tree Racing Association.”





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Nite Lede, Saturday, October 25th, 2008


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2008) – A couple of returning 3-year-olds registered upsets Saturday in the pair of Oak Tree stakes races that followed the Breeders’ Cup World Championships program at Santa Anita.

Muny, a 10-1 shot who had been freshened since winning an optional claimer at Del Mar two months ago, took the Grade II, $150,000 Oak Tree Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf with a front-running victory under jockey David Flores in 1:47.69.

Into Mischief, off since February while recovering from a foot ailment, ran away with the first running of the $113,000 Damascus Stakes while covering seven furlongs in 1:20.38 over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic surface.





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Breeders’ Cup World Championships 2008 Quick Facts


Garrett Gomez is the first rider in the history of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to ride more than two winners at a single Championship.

Gomez posted the first of his four victories on Friday when he started off the Championships with a win aboard Ventura in the Filly & Mare Sprint. On Saturday, Gomez scored with Albertus Maximus (Dirt Mile), Midshipman (Juvenile) and Midnight Lute (Sprint).

His victory aboard Midnight Lute made the Bob Baffert trainee the first repeat winner of the Sprint. Baffert became the sixth trainer in the Championships to win the same race in consecutive years with the same horse.





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Saturday, October 25 2008


Breeders’ Cup World Championships October 24-25: Classic - Friday Notes


Casino Drive (Tr: Kazuo Fujisawa; ex. rider: Naruhito Kasai ) – The lightly raced but unbeaten Mineshaft colt, who arrived at Santa Anita mid-morning on Thursday from Hollywood Park, cantered 1m over the Pro-Ride main track here Friday morning with assistant trainer Naruhito Kasai aboard.

The Japan-based 3yo, who won at Santa Anita on Oct. 12 in just his third career start, is coming to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic the right way, according to Nobutaka Tada, racing manager for owner Hidetoshi Yamamoto.





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Stable Notes, Friday, October 24th, 2008


SMITH RETAINS EXCLUSIVITY IN DAMASCUS STAKES, OAK TREE DERBY

Mike Smith knows Gayego and Madeo like the back of his hand. Each horse has seven career starts, and the Hall of Fame rider has ridden them every time. He will be aboard again Saturday in the Damascus Stakes and the Oak Tree Derby, respectively.

“Early on he was great, but kind of tailed off,” Smith said of Gayego, who won the Grade II Arkansas Derby on April 12 but was well beaten in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes after that. “He’s had a lot of time since then (May 17) and he’s really been training well. Hopefully, he’ll run well Saturday. He should, the way he’s been working.”





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Friday, October 24 2008


Breeders’ Cup World Championships October 24-25: Jockey Stats


*No rider has won three Breeders' Cup races at a single Championships.

*Eighteen riders have combined to win two Breeders' Cup races on a single card 29 times. Mike Smith has done it four times (1994, 1995, 1997 and 2002). Jerry Bailey did it three times (1995, 1999 and 2000). Five riders have captured two races on a single card twice: Pat Day (1987, 1994), Eddie Delahoussaye (1992, 1993), Patrick Valenzuela (1991, 1992), John Velazquez (2002, 2004) and Garrett Gomez (2005, 2007). Other riders with two Cup victories on a single card are Jorge Chavez (1999), Angel Cordero Jr. (1988), Frankie Dettori (2006), Chris McCarron (1992), Corey Nakatani (1996), Laffit Pincay Jr. (1986), Edgar Prado (2005), Jose Santos (1990), Alex Solis (2003), Gary Stevens (1998), Cornelio Velasquez (2007) and Jorge Velasquez (1985).





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Breeders’ Cup World Championships October 24-25: Trainer Stats


*All trainers in the all-time top 10 in money won by Breeders’ Cup runners have horses entered in the 25th World Championships.

* No trainer has won two races in consecutive years with the same horses. Bob Baffert can do that this year with 2007 Sprint winner Midnight Lute in the Sprint and 2007 Juvenile Fillies winner Indian Blessing in the Filly & Mare Sprint. Indian Blessing could become the first horse to win two different Breeders’ Cup races.





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