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"1,000th Career Win For Jockey Justin Shepherd"
Turf Paradise Phoenix, Arizona
November 3, 2015 Race #05
One Mile-Turf 1:38.27
Harrington Racing Stable, Owner
Wade Rarick, Trainer
Justin Shepherd, Jockey
Fair Trade (2nd)
Hollywood Premiere (3rd)
$19.20 $5.00 $4.00
Order of Finish - 9, 4, 7, 3
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography
Ditch The Malls. Get Off The Couch. Get to the Track.
Free Admission Friday. Free Sweatshirts On Saturday. Sunday Fiesta Day.
Once again Turf Paradise is offering fans and families a way to enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend, get outside, and watch, wager and win on live local horse racing.
For 60 years the Phoenix racetrack has been the place Arizonans gather once the leftovers are in the fridge and the folding chairs have been put away. It’s also a great place to hide out and avoid mobs at the malls. In fact, we were here before the malls.
Got a house full of relatives? No problem. Take them to the track. Turf Paradise has three days of exciting and inexpensive fun.
Free Friday November 27th
Grandstand admission is free Friday. After spending Friday morning running around at the mall looking for reindeer socks, why not spend the rest of the day at Turf Paradise watching horses run around our track? It’s a lot more fun and you can bet on them as well. There’s also $2 draft beer. And ladies if your spouse, boyfriend or grumpy male relative won’t stop complaining about holiday shopping, drop them off at the track. You’ll both me much happier.
Family Fun Day November 28th
After spending all your cash the day before holiday shopping, Turf Paradise offers a day of family fun. Grandstand admission is $2. Kids 16 and under get in free and the first 3,000 paid admissions get a free Turf Paradise sweatshirt, which will get a lot more use than that pair of reindeer socks you bought the day before. In addition to a full card of live horse racing, there are two heart-stopping stakes races. The $35,000 Queen of the Green Stakes and the $35,000 Walter Cluer Memorial Stakes feature the best local and regional thoroughbreds competing in two signature races. Cluer founded Turf Paradise in 1956 and he was never fond of reindeer socks. All domestic aluminum bottled beer is $3 which is a much better bargain than those reindeer socks. There’s also live music and a kids fun park with bounce house inflatables.
Sunday Fiesta Day November 29th
Sunday has arrived and the kids are bored, the relatives are restless and you really need a break from leftovers. Turf Paradise is here to help with Fiesta Sunday featuring Mexican food specials and music. Grandstand admission is just $2 and kids 16 and under get in free. There will be a full card of live horse racing, including some of the best quarter horse racing in the southwest. And if you still have the urge to go holiday shopping, Turf Paradise has two gift stores where you can find a large assortment of gifts for horse racing fans, with the exception of reindeer socks.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, “At Turf Paradise we believe horses should go fast and a dollar should go far. For 60 years we have been providing affordable family fun on Thanksgiving weekend and all season long.”
In addition to offering live local racing through May 8th the season also includes:
Two three-year-old stakes, the $35,000 Jeff and Jack Coady Stakes for colts and geldings and the $35,000 Chandler Stakes for fillies will be featured Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Both stakes, which drew fields of eight runners, will be run at one mile on the turf, with the Jeff & Jack Coady going as the 5th race and the Chandler as the 7th on the eight-race card. Post time is 12:55 pm.
The Jeff & Jack Coady Stakes: (Named after father and son, two of Turf Paradise’s premier and beloved track photographers).
Focusing on Ride Hard Kowboy trained by Molly Pearson, the lone stakes winner in the field, it becomes apparent that the son of Kodiak Kowboy may find the Coady Stakes right up in his alley after competing against tougher stakes competitors in southern California.
Ride Hard Kowboy, who is a perfect 3-for-3 locally on the turf, including a win in the Temper Handicap, and who prefers a come from behind style will have Scott Stevens aboard.
The lightly raced Carouse (2 wins in 5 lifetime starts) won his local debut October 24, an eye-catching come from behind allowance win at 7 ½ furlongs on the turf. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, who won this race last year with Twelve Tribes, Carouse, a son of Curlin, will have JorgeCarreno up.
The pace-setting role will be sorted out among Purple Heaven, Shrewd Move, Solomon and Prater Sixty Four, each one looking for his first career turf win.
The Chandler Stakes: The two newcomers to Turf, Avenue Montaigne and Hero’s Amor, will attract attention due to their front-running styles and competitive resumes, in a field of closers.
Avenue Montaigne turned in a front-running mile victory at Zia Park October 3. She will be making her first turf start for trainer Shaun Morrow. The five-time winner Hero’s Amor, has won three of her last four efforts in Canada, including a hard-earned victory in the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks for trainer Greg Tracy.
A daughter of Street Hero, the Kentucky bred Hero’s Amor leads all entrants in wins and bankroll -$98,874.
The Dan McFarlane-trained My Blue Sky should find the competition softer in the Chandler after failing to be a factor in the $199,000 Kentucky Downs Oaks, in her last start, February 19. McFarlane is not a stranger to the Chandler Stakes winner’s circle, having won this event four previous times, the most recent in 2013 with Of Royalty.
$25 Million Championship Simulcast at Turf Paradise and All OTBs
Once a year, the best horses in the world assemble to compete against each other in one of 13 races that comprises the $25 million World Thoroughbred Championship Breeders’ Cup (BC). This year’s two day event will be hosted by Keeneland Race Track in Lexington. Kentucky.
Friday’s schedule at Turf Paradise: Gates Open: 9:00 am, 1st Simulcast: 9:30 am. 1st BC Race: 12:30 pm, 1st Live Race: 12:55 pm.
Saturday’s schedule: Gates Open: 7:30 am, 1st simulcast: 8:00 am, 1st BC Race: 9:05 am. 1st Live Race: 11:30 am.
Friday’s BC Races: $1 million Juvenile Turf; $1 million Dirt Mile’ $1 million Juvenile Turf fillies; $2 million Distaff.
Saturday’s BC Races: $2 million Juvenile Fillies; $1 million Turf Sprint; $1 million Filly & mare Sprint; $2 million Filly & mare Turf; $1.5 million Sprint. $2 million Mile Turf; $2 million Juvenile; $3 million Turf and $5 million Classic. Admittedly, the BC is an annual treat, a cornucopia of Thoroughbred excellence.
After all, the best horses in America are squaring off against some of Europe’s Grade A talent. Therein, the handicapping challenge and the accompanying headache that goes with it.
The goal of handicapping a horse race is to analyze the competition and eventually (hopefully) narrow your selections to the Top 3. From there, money management comes into play as to how you’re going to allocate your bankroll:
Win wagering, exactas, trifectas, etc. With BC races, any BC race, it’s difficult if not impossible to narrow your selection to a Top 3, due to the fact the talent runs so deep.
Take the BC Classic, for example. A field of 10 horses is expected. A case can be made for 8 of the 10. Unless you feel Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is “The One”, you’re looking at a sizable investment.
So, let’s start there: Is there any BC race where a horse is such a standout because of his record that he/she can be singled and then build the rest of your bet from there?
There are two BC races where singling a horse might be in order: Private Zone in the Sprint and Golden Horn in the Turf.
Private Zone, who finished third in this race last year, has won three of his five races this year (all Graded stake and he’s coming off a win in the Forego (G1) where he beat 11 rivals while not being fully asked for his best.
Golden Horn has won seven of his eight efforts in Europe, including his last victory, the prestigious Prix del Arc de Triomphe, in which he bested 16 rivals.But that’s only two of 13 races where standout horses are being signaled. What to do with the rest of the BC races?A few helpful handicapping hints (hopefully): European horses do well on the turf (their normal and preferred running surface in England, Ireland and France). They struggle if racing on the dirt.
Give preference to horses which have won or finished in the money in Grade 1 races. Graded races, which are marked by a G1, G2 or G3 following the name of the stakes, indicate the level of competition. G1 races are the best and toughest.
Take note of horses’ workouts at Keeneland. If they’re good workouts, it’s an indication they’re taking to the surface and that’s a plus.Last race indicator. Did a horse’s last race indicate he may be falling off form, or, is he/she rounding into a best effort? If you spot the rounding into best effort horse, you assured a decent price.
Points for jockey and trainer. Normally in regular horse races, this evaluation can be a tie breaker when deciding between/among horses. But since all jockeys and trainers are the world’s best in BC races, this consideration loses its importance.
Handicapping the BC Classic: Let’s take a look at one race, the eagerly awaited BC Classic, and see if we can narrow the expected 10 horse field down to the Top 3. First, due to the quality of talent and running styles, the BC Classic becomes a tactical race: that is, a single mistake by any of the entrants will cost him/her the victory.To start, I’ve eliminated Effinex and Hard Aces from Top 3 consideration, feeling they’re over matched with the rest of the talent.
The key to the BC Classic, I feel, rests with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and the brilliant race mare Beholder. Both of these horses do their best running on or near the lead. If American Pharoah tracks close to a pace-setting Beholder, the danger would be to let the mare carve out too slow early fractions, thereby having wind in her sails in the stretch drive of the 1 ¼ mile Classic.
If American Pharoah presses Beholder too early, he may come up with less than what is needed for the stretch drive, giving a host of closers a chance at the prize. Another scenario would be If American Pharoah and Beholder go at it right from the get go. This could compromise both their chances of winning. I don’t think this tactic will unfold.
The question mark in the Classic is the European import Gleneagles. The 3-year-old’s European form is impressive with five G1 victories. In his last start, his first against older horses, he could only manage a 6th place of nine effort. That and making his first start on dirt, are question marks.
The Top 3 in the Classic: American Pharoah, Beholder and Honor Code, not necessarily in that order.
Enjoy the world’s best horses. Good luck.
Horse racing fans who can’t make the trip to Kentucky will converge on Turf Paradise Friday October 30th and Saturday October 31st to watch and wager on the simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is among the contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Featured race, the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday.
Gate opening and times are as follows:
Friday: Gates Open: 9:00 am. 1st Breeders’ Cup Race: 12:30 pm. 1st Live Race: 12:55 pm.
Saturday: Gates Open: 7:30 am; 1st Breeders’ Cup Race: 9:05 am. 1st Live Race: 11:30 am
The two-day, 13-race Breeders’ Cup Championship, which will be contested at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky for the first time, will be simulcast in its entirety at Turf Paradise and all 62 OTB (Off Track Betting) sites.
To mark the event, Turf Paradise will offer live local racing on Friday. In addition to live racing on Saturday, Turf is also offering all day buffets allowing fans to watch the Breeders’ Cup races in style while taking in a day of live and local horse racing.
On Friday the gates open at 9am with the first Breeders Cup race at 12:30pm.
A special day of local racing at Turf starts at 12:55pm.On Saturday, the gates open at 7:30 am. The first Keenland simulcast is 8amand the first Breeder’s Cup race is 9:05am. The first live race at Turf Paradise is 11:30am
The Breeders’ Cup all day buffet at the clubhouse is$29.00. The Turf Club offers a more formal atmosphere for $38.00. Clubhouse Reservations: (602) 375-6470. Turf Club Reservations: (602) 375-6472.
The show piece of the Breeders’ Cup races is the $5 million Classic at 1 ¼ miles. The talent runs deep in this year’s Classic, what with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the mare Beholder, who soundly beat the boys in the Pacific Coast Classic, Honor Code, Liam’s Map, Tonalist, Frosted and Keen Ice to name a few.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, “This offers horse racing fans the best of both worlds. Where else can you watch and wager on the Breeders’ Cup in style while taking in live, local horse racing."
In addition to offering live local racing through May 8th the season also includes
What: Breeders’ Cup Party
When: October 30th and 31st
Where: Turf Paradise 1501 West Bell Road
Grandstand admission is just $2
Clubhouse Buffet $29
Turf Club Buffet $30
Favorite Winning Vision didn’t disappoint her backers by easily capturing the $35.000 Princess of Palms Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Ridden confidently by Scott Stevens for owner CJ Racing and trainer Molly Pearson, Winning Vision ($4.00) tracked the pace-setting Mechaya (6th) into the stretch, and then put 2 ¾lengths between her and runner up Be Proud at the wire with Always a Chance third in the field of eight fillies and mares.
The 4-year-old Winning Vision, ran the 6-furlongs in 1:09.08 for her fifth win in 11 starts for earnings of $131,508.