Monday, May 25 2009


Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Sunday, May 24, 2009


DOES MAREN LOVE MONMOUTH? TUNE IN MONDAY TO FIND OUT

Monmouth’s distaff stakes always come up competitive affairs, and Monday’s $70,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes fits the traditional pattern. A field of eight fillies and mares was named for the one mile and 70-yard event, and it’s guaranteed the winner will have to do some running.

Trainer Larry Jones is bringing back Maren’s Meadow, a 4-year-old daughter of Meadowlake who wowed the crowd here last August with a brilliant front-running victory in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks.





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Stakes Re-Caps for Your Ladyship and Zen Stakes


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 24, 2009) – Homewrecker Racing Stable’s Wildeydsouthernboy came from just off the pace to draw clear late for a 2 3/4-length score and justify his role as the odds-on choice in Sunday’s $53,600 Zen Stakes at Arlington Park.

The Zen often serves as the preview of the $100,000 White Oak Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day, to be contested this year on June 20.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes - Sunday, May 24, 2009


GIANT OAK TAKES GIANT STEP TOWARD MID-AMERICA TRIPLE

On Saturday afternoon Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak made a successful return to the grassy surface over which he broke his maiden last summer with a dramatic one-length win in the 75th running of the $150,000 Arlington Classic.

On Sunday morning trainer Chris Block reported that Giant Oak came out of the race well and would be pointed toward the next leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple – the Grade II American Derby on July 11.





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SIERRA SUNSET MAKES RETURN IN $150,000 BERKELEY STAKES AT GGF


ALBANY -- Sierra Sunset, idle since winning the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in 2008, will make his return to the races Monday at Golden Gate Fields in the $150,000 Berkeley Stakes.

The Berkeley is the main event on a special Memorial Day program that will feature nine races and many "Family Day" activities for kids, including free pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and face painters. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the track will receive a free Golden Gate Fields picnic blanket.





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Sterwins and Husbands up in time in Connaught Cup


TORONTO, May 24 - Sterwins rallied late to defeat reigning turf champion Rahy's Attorney in Sunday's Grade 3, $173,300 Connaught Cup at Woodbine.

The Melnyk Racing Stables homebred completed the 1 1/16-mile E.P. Taylor Turf event in 1:38.99, breaking a 14-year-old course record by about one-fifth of a second (Jet Freighter, 1:39 1/5, June 4, 1995).





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Sterwins and Husbands up in time in Connaught Cup


TORONTO, May 24 - Sterwins rallied late to defeat reigning turf champion Rahy's Attorney in Sunday's Grade 3, $173,300 Connaught Cup at Woodbine.

The Melnyk Racing Stables homebred completed the 1 1/16-mile E.P. Taylor Turf event in 1:38.99, breaking a 14-year-old course record by about one-fifth of a second (Jet Freighter, 1:39 1/5, June 4, 1995).





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Sunday, May 24 2009


Gladiatorus on top of the world


Gladiatorus, the dominant winner of the 2009 Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free was just announced as the world’s top rated horse, according to The World Thoroughbred Rankings.

His terrific performance at Nad Al Sheba in March ensured his top-billing on the prestigious list with a rating of 127.





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Saturday, May 23 2009


Veteran Brass Hat Rallies Under Borel To Win 72nd Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 23, 2009) – Fred Bradley’s veteran Brass Hat collared favored Spice Route (GB) in deep stretch and edged clear to win Saturday’s 72nd running of the $111,800 Louisville Handicap (Grade III) by a half-length at Churchill Downs.

In giving jockey two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel his fifth victory of the afternoon and third in the Louisville Handicap, the 8-year-old Brass Hat snapped a 10-race losing streak and covered the 1 ½ miles on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 2:28.44. William “Buff” Bradley, the owner’s son, trains Brass Hat, who posted his first victory in eight starts on grass and notched his first win since taking the Massachusetts Handicap on Sept. 22, 2007, at Suffolk Downs.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.23.09)


WESTROCK BABIES PUT LUKAS ON A ROLL – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas suffered through a miserable fall here last year, failing to win a race from 34 starters.

What a difference six months and a barn full of precocious 2-year-olds can make.

“We are coming around,” Lukas said Saturday morning, a day after Westrock Stables, LLC’s Soundman ran the fastest 4 ½ furlongs of the meet (:51.40) in breaking his maiden by 7 ¾ lengths. “That’s three in a row I have won for them.”





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VELAZQUEZ, MCGAUGHEY TEAM SCORE AGAIN IN HANSHIN


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – The jockey-trainer-owner trio of John Velazquez and “Shug” McGaughey posted their second Arlington Park stakes victory of the afternoon when they combined for a 2 ¼-length tally with Vacation in the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup approximately one hour after scoring with Consequence in the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas Stakes. Vacation, a son of Dynaformer, covered the mile over Polytrack in 1:36.56.

The Hanshin was the first stakes score for Vacation and his third victory in 19 starts overall. He picked up $58,200 to elevated his earnings to $227,663 for his owner-breeder.





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EUPHONY WINS ARLINGTON MATRON; JOCKEY DOUGLAS INJURED


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Pin Oak Stud’s Euphony regained the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear to a three-quarter of a length victory in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Matron under jockey Cliff Berry.

The race, however, was marred when Born to Be clipped heels with Sky Mom near the top of the stretch, unseating jockey Rene Douglas.





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CONSEQUENCE WINS THE AMERICAN 1000 GUINEAS


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 23, 2009) – Phipps Stable’s Consequence split horses mid stretch and held off a late rally by Excelente to win the second running of the American 1000 Guineas by a half-length Saturday at Arlington Park. John Velazquez came in from his New York home base to guide the “Shug” McGaughey-trained daughter of El Prado who covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:37.59.

“I was proud of the way the filly sprinted home,” said Velazquez.







 

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