Monday, September 22, 2003
GOODWOOD GOES TO CALIFORNIA
Goodwood Racecourse will be strongly represented at the American Racetrack of Santa Anita Park in California on Saturday, October 4.
This is because the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap (Grade Two) is staged that day by the Oak Tree Racing Association which has had a long and close relationship with Goodwood.
The Goodwood Handicap has become an important race in the build-up to the annual Breeders’ Cup raceday which is staged at Santa Anita Park on October 25 and attracts horses from around the world.
The 2000 running was won by Tiznow who went on to capture America’s most valuable race, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, while horses of the calibre of Captain Steve (1998), Soul Of The Matter (1995), Bertrando (1994) and Ferdinand (1987) have been successful in recent years.
The Goodwood Handicap was founded in 1982 in recognition of the twinning of the two courses and the Oak Tree Stakes, a Listed contest which is staged during Glorious Goodwood in the summer, came into existence the same year.
His Grace the Duke of Richmond, chairman of Goodwood Racecourse, will lead a party of Goodwood’s annual members and shareholders in the Goodwood Racehorse Owners’ Group, better known as Groggers, to Santa Anita.
He will make the presentation to the winning owner of the Goodwood Handicap which will be called by the British commentator Mark Johnson.
The Oak Tree Stakes has seen a commentary by an American - Jonathan Horowitz - for the last three years and now Johnson, 37, is making his first visit to Santa Anita Park on October 4.
“It is a great honour to be asked to call the Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Santa Anita,” Johnson said.
An experienced commentator, he has called five Epsom Derbys and is no stranger to American racing. He is one of the presenters on the attheraces television channel which shows live American racing every evening in Britain.
Santa Anita is one of the principal racetracks covered and the Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap will be shown live on the programme.
Rod Fabricius, General Manager of Goodwood Racecourse, commented: “We are delighted to be renewing friendships established over 20 years and, with the Oak Tree Stakes having been won so impressively by the progressive Tantina perhaps this year’s Goodwood Handicap can produce another Tiznow!”
EXTRA RACE ON WEDNESDAY
After receiving 81 entries at the five-day stage, the Premier Foods Claiming Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday (September 24) is to be divided.
The first division, titled the Caterers' Day Claiming Stakes, will now kick off the card at a new start time of 2pm with Goodwood Racecourse putting up the additional £4,000 to stage the extra race.
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