Wednesday, December 10 2008


ARLINGTON TO RUN 27 STAKES IN 2008 WORTH MORE THAN $5.3 MILLION


"ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Dec. 9, 2008) – The International Festival of Racing, featuring the 27th running of the Grade I Arlington Million, tops a 2009 schedule that includes 27 stakes races worth $5,325,000 during 98 days of racing at Arlington Park from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, Sept. 27. The announcement was made Tuesday following the approval of the Illinois Racing Board at its monthly meeting.

Arlington's International Festival of Racing will be run on Saturday, Aug. 8, and features three Grade I stakes, all scheduled to be run over Arlington’s internationally acclaimed turf course – the $1,000,000 Arlington Million for 3-year-olds & older; the $750,000 Beverly D. for fillies & mares, 3-years-old & older; and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes for 3-year-olds.





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Monday, December 08 2008


Husbands, Casse take titles (again) as 2008 Woodbine meet concludes


TORONTO, December 7 * For the second consecutive season, the dynamic duo of jockey Patrick Husbands and trainer Mark Casse ruled the roost in their respective colonies at Woodbine.

Both finalists for year-end Sovereign Awards, Husbands, who won 166 races to take the riding title, and Casse, whose 75 triumphs were 17 wins more than his nearest competitor, connected for 62 wins this year to propel each to their respective 2008 championships, as the eight-month live Thoroughbred season came to a close on Sunday.





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COMFORTABLE WINS IN DAMON RUNYON, EAST VIEW


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

Turtle Bird Stable’s Haynesfield was ahead at every call Sunday afternoon and easily won the 30th running of the $83,775 Damon Runyon Stakes for two-year-old New York-breds at a mile and 70 yards at Aqueduct Racetrack.

In giving trainer Steve Asmussen his second winner of the day and jockey Ramon Dominguez the second of three winners on the afternoon -- Haynesfield set an uncontested pace of 23.46, 48,03, 1:13.84 and came home a 5 ¼-length winner in 1:42.51 on Aqueduct’s fast inner dirt track..





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AQUEDUCT NOTES; Sunday, Dec.7, 2008


The United States Marine Corps's annual "Toys for Tots" program was a big winner at Aqueduct Racetrack over the weekend.

Trainer Gary Contessa pledged 10 percent of his earnings on Saturday to the cause, and that total was matched by the New York Racing Association. The minimum to Toys for Tots was $2,000.

Meanwhile, Big A fans and employees contributed four giant boxes of new toys. Cash contributions were still being calculated on Sunday.





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BRIECAT SCORES FRONT-RUNNING WIN UNDER COURT IN BAYAKOA


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2008) — Briecat, a two-time stakes winner in Arizona, upstaged a group of older and more accomplished fillies and mares with a front-running victory in Sunday’s $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap under jockey Jon Court at Hollywood Park.

The 3-year-old chestnut, challenged briefly by even-money favorite Model turning into the stretch, drew away with ease en route to a 2 ¼-length victory in stakes record time of 1:40.38 for 1 1/16 miles. At odds of 13-1 as the fifth choice in the field of seven, she set the stage for a Pick Six carryover of $146,154 while winning her third consecutive start.





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Hollywood Park Stable Notes: Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008


DAVE’S REVENGE SEEKS RESPECT IN STARLET

Dave’s Revenge was dismissed at odds of 37-to-1 when she rallied from last place to win her debut at one mile at Del Mar on Aug. 31.

The 2-year-old filly was 64-to-1 when she rallied to finish a strong fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 24 at Santa Anita.

Dave’s Revenge is certain to be a much shorter price when she makes her third start in the $250,000, Grade I Hollywood Starlet at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track Saturday.





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LEADING TRAINER HOLLENDORFER SADDLES THREE WINNERS


ALBANY -- On a Sunday when several horsemen recorded multiple victories at Golden Gate Fields, leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer still came out on top.

Hollendorfer saddled three winners while trainers Steve Miyadi and Steve Sherman and jockeys Russell Baze, William Antongeorgi III and Leslie Mawing all won two races apiece.





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Sunday, December 07 2008


Patena ekes out Display victory


TORONTO, December 6 * Patena, at odds of 4-1, captured his first added-money win in style with a gutsy head score in Saturday's $150,000 Display Stakes at Woodbine.

For the bay two-year-old, the victory was his second from four career starts. Second was filly Hooh Why, while Red Leader finished another 1 ¼ lengths back.





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Kiss With a Twist goes to plan B for first stakes win


FLORENCE, KY . . . December 6, 2008 . . . The My Charmer Stakes didn’t start the way jockey Miguel Mena envisioned, but plan B worked just fine, as Kiss With a Twist sailed through on the inside to win by 2 1/4 lengths. The win at Turfway Park Saturday earned the four-year-old filly her first stakes trophy.

Breaking from the three post, Kiss With a Twist stumbled leaving the gate and found herself running last instead of lying about fifth as Mena intended. While Callie’s Joy set a moderate pace with Silver Moonshine just behind, Kiss With a Twist found her stride, moved up to ninth entering the backstretch, and steadily gained until she was seventh at the top of the turn. As the field turned for home, the door opened wide for Mena between Lauren’s Tizzy on the rail and the rest of the field.





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BIG PAYDAY FOR JOCKEYS VALDIVIA AND ROSARIO AT HOLLYPARK


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2008) — Jockeys Joel Rosario — with five wins — and Jose Valdivia Jr. — with a late assignment on winner Champs Elysees in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup — each enjoyed a major payday Saturday afternoon at Hollywood Park.

Agent Jim Pegram called Friday to inform Valdivia he had picked up the mount on Turf Cup favorite Champs Elysees and the Peruvian-born jockey made no mistakes in the Grade I Turf Cup, earning his first graded and richest victory of the year.





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Deep Closing Maiden wins Whitworth Illinois Debutante


Stickney, IL—Sometimes a good pedigree can overcome experience and a tough post position. Such was the case in the 26th running of the $107,650 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante, when Ava Mae, a full sister to 2006 Hawthorne Derby winner Best of Buddies, rallied powerfully through the stretch to win the Illinois-bred race for two-year-old fillies.

Ridden by Jose Ferrer and trained by Michelle Boyce, Ava Mae entered the ‘Debutante’ a maiden, having finished 2nd and 4th in her only two lifetime starts, but the connections were confident they had a talented filly and thought this could be a spot to take a chance.





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ALVARADO WINS ANOTHER STAKES AT GGF


ALBANY -- Jockey Frank Alvarado recorded his third straight stakes win at Golden Gate Fields Saturday when he guided Lady Railrider to a come-from-behind victory in the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes.

Alvarado started his stakes winning streak on Nov. 22 when he captured the Sausalito with Siren Lure ($12.60). Six days later, Alvarado won the Forty Niner Stakes aboard Dakota Phone ($6.20) and promptly predicted he'd be back in the winner's circle following the Pacific Heights.





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