Sunday, April 19 2009
Keeneland Barn Notes—Saturday, April 18, 2009
DERBY “SCRIMMAGE” ON TAP FOR FRIESAN FIRE
Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm’s Friesan Fire is scheduled to work a mile at Keeneland on Sunday with jockey Gabriel Saez aboard.
“This will kind of be like his scrimmage for the Derby,” trainer Larry Jones said of the work that is scheduled for 7 a.m.
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MAGICAL FANTASY TAKES SANTA BARBARA AS BLACK MAMBA NOSE VICTIM AGAIN
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 18, 2009) – After a wait that seemed endless on Saturday, Black Mamba realized a fate all too similar to the one that had befallen her one year before when beaten by the shortest of noses in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Barbara Handicap, but this time it was Magical Fantasy who took her measure.
A 4-year-old filly ridden by Alex Solis, Magical Fantasy barely rebuffed the circuitous charge from last by Black Mamba in the 61st running of the mile-and-one-quarter turf event for fillies and mares raced in 1:59.83. If was of small consolation to Black Mamba, who was ridden by Joel Rosario, that she avenged last year’s narrow nose loss to Foxysox. The latter wound up a well-beaten fifth this time.
STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH, 2009
GARY STUTE SEEKS ‘BIGGER FISH’ WITH PAPA CLEM AFTER $1 MILLION WIN
Still basking in the glow of the biggest win of his career, trainer Gary Stute was en route to Churchill Downs Saturday to prepare Papa Clem for the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 2.
Papa Clem won the $1 million Arkansas Derby last Saturday, upsetting odds-on favorite Old Fashioned by a half-length and earning $600,000 for owner Bo Hirsch. “No question it was my biggest win ever,” said the 52-year-old Stute, son of 81-year-old trainer Mel Stute. “Before that, running second with Papa Clem in the $600,000 Louisiana Derby was my best pay day.”
Dancing Allstar has all the right moves in Whimsical
TORONTO, April 18 – Bob Cheema’s Dancing Allstar returned to the winner’s circle in style, taking Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,800 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine by 1 ¾ lengths.
The six-furlong Polytrack event was the ninth career triumph from 14 races for the Millennium Allstar filly, who now has two wins and two seconds in five Woodbine starts.
GONZALEZ WINS THREE, CAPLE GETS TWO VICTORIES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 18, 2009) Reinsman Louis Gonzalez booted home three winners on today’s twelve race program, two of which came for trainer Gary Caple. Gonzalez took home his first victory of the day aboard Bello Pappa, a five-year-old gelded son of Snow Ridge bred in Florida by Kathie Haines and Wendy Christ, owned by Jean Griffin and trained by Donald Pittman. Gonzalez got his second victory with Maxime, this time for conditioner Gary Caple and owner/breeder Bonnie Heath Farm. Gonzalez and Caple teamed up again to capture the evening’s nightcap with Real Fortunate, a five-year-old Real Quiet mare bred in Florida by Martin Stables and owned by Billy Johnson and Josue Medina.
‘Swift’ Tempers California Invader in Sixty Sails Handicap
Stickney, IL—The heavily favored California shipper, Santa Teresita certainly proved she could handle a dirt race track, but a tough trip and a game Swift Temper left Santa Teresita a head short of victory in the $200,000 Grade 3, Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course.
Trained by Dale Romans and ridden to victory by Chris Emigh, Swift Temper was sent immediately to the front end in the 1 1/8-miles test for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. She reached the first quarter in a moderate 24.44, challenged only mildly by Mizzcan’tbewrong. By the time Swift Temper reached the half in 48.90, Santa Teresita had started to get bottled up on the rail, just behind the front-runner.
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MAID FOR MUSIC POSTS 10-TO-1 UPSET IN GOLDEN POPPY STAKES AT GGF
ALBANY -- Irish-bred Maid For Music charged from sixth in a field of nine to post a 10-to-1 upset in the $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Trained by Southern California-based James Cassidy and ridden by Frank Alvarado, Maid For Music rallied along the rail to defeat pacesetter Summers Peace by 1 1/4 lengths in the 1 1/16-miles turf contest for 3-year-old fillies.
Friday, April 17 2009
‘TwinSpires.Com Day at Keeneland’ Draws Estimated 750 Players, Guests to Historic Lexington Track
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ca. (April 17, 2009) – An estimated 750 people – including 450 account players who are account holders of TwinSpires.com – enjoyed a spectacular day of live racing at Keeneland on Thursday, April 16 at the invitation of TwinSpires.com, the official advance deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN), and the historic Lexington, Ky. track.
“TwinSpires.com Day at Keeneland” offered TwinSpires.com advance deposit wagering fans throughout the Blue Grass region an invitation to enjoy the day of live racing as guests of Keeneland and TwinSpires.com. Invitations were extended to TwinSpires.com online players who lived within 75 miles of Keeneland and had made a wager during the past year.
Register With Churchill Downs for a Chance to Win the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party Pack
LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 20, 2009) – The Kentucky Derby is often referred to as an event you “gotta see to believe,” but not everyone can attend the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports every year. That doesn’t mean you can’t bring the Derby home! This year, Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the annual “Run for the Roses,” is hosting the “Bring the Derby Home” sweepstakes, where one lucky fan will win the ultimate Kentucky Derby Party.
By registering on KentuckyDerbyParty.com or through the Facebook fan site, Derby fans can be entered for a chance to win a fully catered Kentucky Derby party for 20 guests, including a Toshiba flat screen TV and other prizes worth more than $3500 (no purchase necessary; see http://www.kentuckyderbyparty.com
for a complete list of prizes and rules). Sweepstakes ends Friday, April 24th.
COMEBACKING GLOBETROTTER LIFTS SADLER INTO TRAINING TIE, FREE FRIDAY CROWD REACHES 9,040
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2009) – Comebacking Globetrotter gained his first victory since taking the 2007 running of Canada’s Group III Grey Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Woodbine on Friday when he captured Santa Anita’s $56,400 allowance feature at 1 1/8 miles on turf, before a meet-high “Free Fridays” crowd of 9,040.
Joel Rosario, who had missed the previous two days of racing due to illness, guided the 2-1 favorite between horses in the stretch to emerge with a one-length win over Lease of Life and give trainer John Sadler his second victory of the afternoon.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, APRIL 17TH, 2009
MITCHELL SEEKS THREE-PEAT AND TRAINING FIRST IN MARATHON SAN JUAN
In more than 30 years as a trainer, Mike Mitchell has never won the same stakes race three years in a row. That void on his resume could be fulfilled Sunday if the 60-year-old Bakersfield native wins Santa Anita’s traditional closing-day feature, the Grade II, $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at about 1 ¾ miles on turf.
Mitchell sends out last year’s winner, Big Booster, and Church Service, in a compact field of six. Mitchell won the 2007 San Juan with former claiming horse On the Acorn.
Barn Notes 4-17-2009
McPeek Leads Pletcher by One as Title Chase Goes to Wire
Durham Racing and partners’ 3-year-old filly The Best Day Ever was all out to win Thursday’s last race at Gulfstream Park by a nose in a photo finish for trainer Ken McPeek to take a lead of one over Todd Pletcher (32-31) with five days to go before closing on Thursday.
Both powerful stables left divisions in South Florida to compete in the final weeks after shipping the majority of their horses north to Kentucky and/or New York. McPeek continues to close in on a personal career milestone of 1,000 victories as The Best Ever Day’s victory marked No. 994.