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Thursday, February 26, 2009

QUALITY

ON DUTY
Queen's Plate contender active today


ACTIVE DUTY, who rates as the local favourite for the QUEEN'S PLATE, makes his 2nd start of 2009 today at Santa Anita (where the Pick 6 could zoom up to $3 million!).
The Deputy Commander gelding, bred by Adena Springs, is owned by Woodford Racing LLC and trained by Mark Casse.
The gelding was 3rd in his season debut on Jan 29.
He won the prestigious CORONATION FUTURITY last year.

Santa Anita today 4th (2:34)

1 1/16 Miles (All Weather Track) | Open | 3 Year Olds Allowance | Purse: $52,000

Prg. #PPHorseJockeyTrainerWt.Claim $Equip.Med.ML
1 1Herr MozartGomez G KBaffert Bob118

L7-2
2 2Unbridled RomanSmith M EPaasch Christopher S118

L5-2
3 3JeranimoBlanc BPender Michael118

L8-1
4 4Major Rock StarBejarano RMitchell Mike118

L6-1
5 5AdviceRosario JPletcher Todd A118

L6-1
6 6Active DutyHusbands PCasse Mark122

L5-1
7 7African GrayBaze M CWest Ted H118

L12-1
8 8Balfour ParkQuinonez ALewis Craig A118
Blk-OnL15-1
9 9African DiamondGryder A THarty Eoin118

L15-1

$1 Exacta / $1 Trifecta / $2 Parlay $2 Rolling Double / $1 Pick Three (Races 4-5-6) $1 Superfecta (.10 Min.







Launch pad - BEAR'S ROCKET gearing up for the Tampa Bay Derby next week. Jim McAleney is working in Florida this winter and is on board the Bear Stables colt.












WEEKEND PREVIEW


FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - Gulfstream
Big Beyer Figures, big speed

The big three in the FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - THIS ONE'S FOR PHIL,

NOTONTHESAMEPAGE and TAQUARAB are fast and have big Beyer Figures.

The three posted 116, 114, and 104 Beyer Figures respectively in their last starts.

But the once-classic, class prep is now just aone0turn mile race and may not have an

impact on the Kentucky Derby 2 months from now.

But it is a supercard at Gulfstream on Saturday and the 'Youth is a fascinating race.

THE PICKS FROM THIS CORNER: Beethoven, Quality Road


Saturday, Gulfstream Park
FASIG-TIPTON FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH S.-GII,
$250,000, 3yo, 1m
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY WT

1 Bee Cee Cee Songandaprayer Velasquez 120
2 Theregoesjojo Brahms Desormeaux 116
3 Notonthesamepage Catienus Trujillo 120
4 Take the Points Even the Score DeCarlo 116
5 Jack Spratt Candy Ride (Arg) Douglas 120
6 Rocketing Returns Gone West Lezcano 116
7 Beethoven Sky Mesa Borel 122
8 Break Water Edison Lemon Drop Kid Coa 122
9 Capt. Candyman Can Candy Ride (Arg) Leparoux 122
10 Taqarub Aldebaran Garcia 120
11 Quality Road Elusive Quality Velazquez 114
12 This Ones for Phil Untuttable Prado 120

Read this preview from Jennie Rees:
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090226/COLUMNISTS03/902260479/10

02/SPORTS



SANTA ANITA - GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE

SHAM STAKES for 3yo's,


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.

After losing his first two starts while sprinting, The Pamplemousse broke his

maiden with an impressive victory at

1 1/16 miles while timed in a rapid 1:41 2/5 over Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track

synthetic surface. He subsequently sizzled in taking the Grade III San Rafael Stakes

while covering one mile in 1:35 1/5 over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface on Jan. 17.

“I’m speechless, I really am,” Solis said immediately following his two-length

triumph in the San Rafael. “It feels like he’s walking, he does everything so

effortlessly.” Referring to the Kentucky Derby, Solis added, “I better start going to

church and hoping he stays sound.”

The Pamplemousse could provide the first Kentucky Derby starter for his

trainer, 70-year-old Julio Canani, who has saddled three Breeders’ Cup winners

during a 37-year career that has seen his runners earn over $40 million.

“I don’t got the (Kentucky Derby) fever,” the Peruvian-born Canani excitedly

told the Daily Racing Form after The Pamplemousse effortlessly worked six furlongs

in 1:12 2/5 on a recent morning. “Did you see that?” he exclaimed. “Look at him. He

was just galloping. Thank God I don’t got the fever.”

The Pamplemousse, who has earned $89,280 from his four starts and ranks

among the leading contenders for the Santa Anita Derby, drew post position No. 5

for the Sham, named for the winner of the 1973 Santa Anita Derby and which will be

contested for the ninth time. Giacomo ran third in the 2005 Sham in route to his

dramatic Kentucky Derby upset.

Todd Pletcher, the four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer who gained his

first Triple Crown victory with Rags to Riches in the 2007 Belmont Stakes, has

shipped Take the Points to Santa Anita to take on The Pamplemousse on Saturday.

Take the Points, who broke his maiden in the mud at Belmont Park last

September before winning an allowance event at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 31, will be

racing over a synthetic surface for the first time with Garrett Gomez named to ride.

“He trains like he’ll handle it,” Pletcher said of the gray colt owned by

Starlight Partners and sired in Kentucky by Even the Score. “If he runs well, he can

come back in the Santa Anita Derby.”


THE PICKS FROM THIS CORNER: The Pamplemousse, Ventana

SHAM S.-GIII, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m (AWT)
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY WT

1 Hi Flyin Indy A.P. Indy Quinonez 116
2 Smart Bid Smart Strike Bejarano 118
3 Tiz True Tiznow Gryder 116
4 Lifeline Pulpit T Baze 116
5 The Pamplemousse Kafwain Solis 118
6 Balfour Park Mutakddim Blanc 116
7 Mr. Hot Stuff Tiznow Nakatani 116
8 Bourbon Bay Sligo Bay (Ire) Rosario 116
9 Ventana Toccet Rios 116
10 Mark S the Cooler Johar Talamo 116
11 Unbridled Roman Roman Dancer Smith 116
12 Take the Points Even the Score Gomez 118



CANADIAN-BREDS IN CANADIAN TURF

Saturday, Gulfstream Park
CANADIAN TURF S.-GIII, $150,000, 4yo/up, 1mT
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY WT

1 Rogue Victory Victory Gallop Douglas 116
2 Sporting Art Doneraile Court Desormeaux 122
3 Hey Byrn Put It Back Velasquez 122
4 Buffalo Man El Prado (Ire) Coa 122
5 Delightful Kiss Kissin Kris Borel 122
6 Passager (Fr) Anabaa Prado 120
7 Vanquisher Gulch Garcia 120
8 Just As Well A.P. Indy Leparoux 118
9 Twilight Meteor Smart Strike Velazquez 120
10 Bujagali Johannesburg Trujillo 116
11 Buddy's Humor Distorted Humor Lezcano 120


STYMIE HANDICAP
Canadian owned True Resurgence a contender

Donna and Verne Dubinsky's TRUE RESURGENCE is surging into a top older

horse in New York right now. Back at Aqueduct after a failed run in the Hal's Hope

at Gulfstream, the colt is trained by John Terranova.

The Dubinsky's own DONVER STABLE and they are from western Canada.

Canadian champion JUDITH'S WILD RUSH, who seemingly has been racing

forever, is also in the field.




FROM BLOOD-HORSE

FIVE-CROSS FILES BLOG
by Scot Gillier

Ascot Stud Offer Motivates Breeders

I enjoyed a nice phone chat late last week with Chris Blake of Ascot Stud in Ontario,

Canada. I had called him to discuss the farm's unusual incentive plan for breeders, as

part of my research for an upcoming issue of MarketWatch. He chatted with me for

several minutes about the program, which actually pays the owners of "solid,

hard-knocking mares" to be bred by the farm's Clifton Park (pedigree), a stallion

entering stud service in 2009.

Blake told me that the stallion's owner committed to "thinking outside the box" to

introduce Clifton Park in his first year at stud. "We asked ourselves what can we do

to maximize his strength and get the best book possible," Blake remembers. Ascot

Stud researched "what the big markets are doing as far as incentives" and tried to

emulate the innovations seen elsewhere. Blake liked the idea of offering cash rewards

to breeders who patronized a stallion in his first year, and was committed to improving

on that type of offering. The answer was: offer a "guaranteed incentive" to the owners

of broodmares that would likely improve Clifton Park's success as a first-year sire.

Instead of offering a cash payout to the breeder of the first Clifton Park foal to break

his maiden or to win a stakes, the owners of all mares accepted to the stallion's book

will receive a "reverse stud fee" of $1,000 to $5,000 (once the foal has been

vet-certified as "stands and nurses"). Read about Ascot Stud's Breeders' Incentive

Program for Clifton Park.

Blake admits that the current economic climate has "put a dent into how well the

program could've done," but he is certain that the net effect has been a larger and

much higher-class book than Clifton Park might otherwise have attracted as a

first-year stud in Ontario. The stallion's book is already halfway to the goals set by
Italic
the farm and the stud's owner.

http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/scot/archive/2009/02/23/ascot-stud-clifton-park-offer

-motivates-breeders.aspx




FORT ERIE - SITTING, WAITING
Province of Ontario holds the key...

story from Niagara Falls Review...

Fewer owners willing to commit to Fort Erie Race Track
Posted By RAY SPITERI, REVIEW STAFF WRITER
Posted 44 mins ago


As the clock keeps ticking on the Fort Erie Race Track's future, the number of

horsemen willing to work there is shrinking, says the president of the Ontario

Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

"We're losing horses every day, so every day we lose we have one less trainer, one

less owner, one less horse to ... make a competitive meet that the public is going to

accept as being viable to wager on," said Sue Leslie.

"Every day we wait, we jeopardize the quality of the meet and ... income that the

horsemen and the race track are going to realize in terms of wagering dollars."

The fate of the Fort Erie Race Track is mired in limbo.


read the rest...
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1452483

1 Comments:

  • At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Lois Keays said…

    Good reading in this month's Canadian Thoroughbred, due to your article contributions, Jen. Thank you!

     

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