Friday, May 22 2009


HOLLYWOOD PARK DARK THREE DAYS FOLLOWING MEMORIAL DAY


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 22, 2009) — Hollywood Park will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday following Monday’s special Memorial Day program. Live racing will resume Friday, May 29, with a 7:05 p.m. post time.

There will be no simulcast wagering on the dark days.





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GGF DROPPING THREE CARDS TO COINCIDE WITH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RACING SCHEDULE


ALBANY -- In order to coincide with the racing schedule in Southern California, Golden Gate Fields announced Friday that it is dropping the racing programs scheduled for Thursday, May 28; Wednesday, June 3; and Wednesday, June 10.

Hollywood Park, citing a lack of horses, received permission from the California Horse Racing Board on May 15 to adopt a four-day racing week that eliminated Wednesday racing programs as well as the card scheduled for Thursday, May 28.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: Friday, May 22, 2009


INEZ RIDES INTO ARLINGTON HISTORY WITH FIVE WINS THURSDAY

While riding with the advantageous apprentice allowance last summer, Swedish jockey Inez Karlsson became the first female jockey in history to win four races on a single program at Arlington Park. One month later – she did it again.

However, on Thursday’s 12th racing day of the 2009 Arlington season – while riding as a full-fledged journeyman jockey – Karlsson raised that bar by riding five winners on a single program. By reaching the winner’s circle after exactly half the afternoon’s races at the Chicago oval, she also became the first rider of either gender to enjoy a five-win day at the current session.





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ARLINGTON MILLION WINNER TO RECEIVE AUTOMATIC BERTH TO JAPAN CUP


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 22, 2009) – The winner of the 27th edition of the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 8 will receive an automatic invitation to participate in the Group I $5.6 million Japan Cup to be contested Nov. 29, 2009, at Tokyo Racecourse it was announced by the Japan Racing Association.

The Arlington Million is the only North American race to be selected for its winner to receive an automatic berth to the prestigious event and joins such international Group I fixtures as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Prix de’l Arc de Triomphe, Arlington Million, Grosser Preis von Baden, Irish Champion Stakes to be so honored.





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BAMAHA BREEZE RECORDS SIXTH CAREER WIN IN 2009 DEBUT


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 21, 2009) — Longshot Bamaha Breeze caught pacesetter Sea of Pleasure nearing the sixteenth pole and held off Euroglide by a neck to score an upset victory in Thursday’s $72,300 El Segundo Stakes under jockey Martin Garcia at Hollywood Park.

Bamaha Breeze, a winner of his first five starts before suffering defeats in his final two races a year ago, was overlooked at 12-1 while making his 2009 debut after a layoff of almost six months.





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BACKBACKBACKGONE WILL TRY TO STRETCH SPEED IN BARRERA


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 21, 2009) — Backbackbackgone will try to stretch his speed an extra furlong as he aims for his second straight victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Lazaro S. Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park.

The speedy son of Put It Back will shift back to Cushion Track from turf, where he drew off to win the six-furlong Harry Henson Stakes here in April.



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HP STABLE NOTES Thursday, May 21, 2009


THORN SONG TO SHIP FOR SHOEMAKER MILE

Thorn Song, one of the leading turf milers in the nation, will be shipped from Kentucky to California Friday for the $250,000-added Grade I Shoemaker Mile on the Hollywood Park turf Monday.

“It just kind of came up,” said trainer Dale Romans from Churchill Downs on Thursday. “Mr. Zayat (owner Ahmed Zayat) was looking over all the races he might run in and saw this as an opportunity for another Grade I. It looks like a tough group but a small field.





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NAMASTE’S WISH WINS THE PACKET PURSE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 21, 2009) – Live Oak Plantation’s Namaste’s Wish pulled away from Leamington in the final yards to win Thursday afternoon’s featured $52,700 The Packet Purse for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up by three-quarters of a length at Churchill Downs.

In giving jockey Julien Leparoux his third winner of the afternoon, Namaste’s Wish covered the 1 1/16 miles over a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:41.88. Bill Mott trains Namaste’s Wish.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.21.09)


BRASS HAT SEEKS ELUSIVE FIRST TURF WIN IN LOUISVILLE HANDICAP – When Fred Bradley’s homebred Brass Hat made his turf debut in 2004, four of his rivals in Saturday’s Louisville Handicap (Grade III) had not been foaled.

“Four of them? That’s pretty neat, I’ve got to tell my dad,” said trainer William “Buff” Bradley of the popular 8-year-old gelding who has yet to win in seven career turf tries.





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Arlington Park News Release: Five-Bagger for Karlsson


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 21, 2009) – Jockey Inez Karlsson became the first rider this season to bring home five winners on one program, completing the feat when Judy Dorris’s Oughta Be Mine ($9.20) earned a hard fought victory in Thursday afternoon’s ninth race.

Earlier in the card, the Swedish-born jockey tallied with Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Itchy Toes ($3.40) in the second race; Eagle Valley Farm’s The Elevator ($11.80) in the third; Midwest Thoroughbreds’ What About It Brud ($6.20) in a dead-heat in the fifth; and Iron County Farms Inc.’s Snapped ($21.80) in the eighth.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thurs., May 21


MONDAY, MONDAY – MEMORIAL DAY OFFERS RARE RACING PROGRAM

It’s going to be a particularly festive weekend at Arlington Park – beginning Friday with the first Miller Lite Party in the Park featuring the U2 tribute band Elevation – and concluding on Memorial Day with the first of only two Monday racing programs conducted at Arlington this season.

More important to Thoroughbred racing fans, however, is the fact that Arlington will offer four of its traditionally highlighted stakes packaged together Saturday as the American 1000 Guineas Festival. A Family Day on Sunday will feature two other stakes races.





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MEMORIAL SERVICE TO BE HELD SATURDAY FOR STARTER STENSGAR


ALBANY -- A memorial service for Golden Gate Fields starter Gary "Chief" Stensgar will be held in the Bay View Lounge of the track's Turf Club Saturday after the races. Stensgar, 37, died last Sunday of head injuries sustained in an off-the-track accident on May 11.

Stensgar, a native of Colville, Washington, began working at the racetrack at age 16 when he took a job on the starting gate at Playfair (Spokane, Wash.). He served as an assistant starter on the Washington and Oregon racing circuits before coming to Northern California in 2000.





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