Headlines for Tuesday, December 23, 2008

  • Golden Gate Fields

    Golden Gate's Winter Meet Begins Dec. 26

    Golden Gate Fields will give horse racing fans a present the day after Christmas when it opens its 118-day winter/spring season Dec. 26. Post time is 12:15 p.m.

  • Medici Code will break from the rail in the San 
Gabriel.

    San Gabriel: Proudinsky Has Another Shot

    Proudinsky, second to Daytona in last year's San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) on Santa Anita's turf course, has an outstanding opportunity to do that effort one better in the $150,000 event Dec. 28.

  • Indian Blessing won the seven furlong Test at Saratoga this past summer.

    Indian Blessing Faces Tough La Brea Cast

    Champion filly Indian Blessing, whose flashy three-race winning streak was ended by Ventura in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita two months ago, returns to the track for the $250,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 27.

  • Peppers Pride

    Peppers Pride Stays Hot to the End

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Peppers Pride extended the modern day American record for consecutive wins to 19 when she won at Zia Park on Dec. 14. It may have been the amazing New Mexico-bred filly's final performance and was certainly one of her best.

  • Gio Ponti was a two-length winner in the Hill Prince earlier this year at Belmont Park.

    Gio Ponti Part of Sir Beaufort Throng

    Gio Ponti, attempting to make amends after a troubled trip as the choice in the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) a month ago, figures to draw considerable attention in a contentious field for the $100,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Santa Anita opening day program Dec. 26.

  • The Gulfstream Park meeting begins Jan. 3.

    Gulfstream Banking on 2009 Meet Changes

    Gulfstream Park is hoping that a move to a five-day race week will help produce larger fields and attract more live fans and other bettors on days that have proven more popular than its newly-dark Mondays.

  • That Handicapping Show Malibu Stakes

    Evan and Tom analyze the Malibu (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park on Dec 26. Also The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Fair Grounds Race 10 on Friday, Dec. 26.Download a PDF of the "The Wizard's Spotlight Play" here.