Tuesday, May 12 2009
Malagon, Ruiz Named to New Positions
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 11, 2009) – Arlington Park President Roy Arnold announced the promotion of two longtime Arlington Park employees, Ricardo Malagon and Gabriel Ruiz, to the positions of Synthetic Track Superintendent and Turf Course Superintendent, respectively.
Malagon and Ruiz succeed Javier Barajas, who resigned as Track Superintendent earlier this year to accept a similar position with the Dubai Racing Club.
Monday, May 11 2009
Preakness News-May 10 2009
‘RACHEL’ WORKS SHARPLY IN KENTUCKY FOR MIDDLE JEWEL; TWO NEW SHOOTERS COULD EXCLUDE FILLY FROM FIELD
BALTIMORE, 05-10-09---Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra turned in a strong workout Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, but a full field of 14 Triple Crown-nominated horses could stymie plans to enter the standout filly in Saturday’s 134th running of the Preakness.
Pimlico officials had been expecting a field of 13 runners – including Rachel Alexandra – to be entered in the Preakness, but late Sunday afternoon it appeared that the filly who captured the Oaks by more than 20 lengths might be excluded from the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by the prospect of two new shooters being entered.
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Indy Express out of Preakness
Mark Allen, owner of the 135th Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, will not enter Indy Express in the 2009 Preakness Stakes.
Early this morning Allen was delivered a message to contact another owner “Our conversation consisted of congratulating me on our win in the Derby and talking about a rematch, wanting a chance to hook us on a fast surface. We laughed and joked about what a race that would be,” said Allen.
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BANROCK DELIVERS IN ’09 HOMECOMING
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Tom Bush has made no secret of how to handle Nyala Farm’s six-year-old Banrock: space the gelding’s races, keep him happy and hope for soft turf. He’ll do the rest.
Sunday afternoon, before a Mother’s Day crowd of 7,835 at Belmont Park, all the elements came together and favored Banrock strutted away to a 4¾-length victory over front-running longshot Mission Approved to win the 31st running of the $108,500 Kingston Stakes for New York-breds. Originally scheduled for the inner turf course, the race was run at a mile and a sixteenth on the soft Widener (outer) turf course.
BELMONT PARK NOTES, Sunday, May 10, 2009
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said this morning that Charitable Man came out of his victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes in fine form and that he and owner William K. Warren Jr. would decide on the colt’s next start shortly.
“He came out of the race great,” said McLaughlin of Charitable Man, who covered the nine furlongs in 1:47.13. “The main decision is, `Where do we go next? What do we do?’ I will be corresponding with Mr. Warren today and tomorrow, and we are looking at the Belmont Stakes (Grade 1, $1 million, 3-year-olds, 1½ miles, June 6) or the Dwyer (Grade 2, $200,000, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16th miles, July 4) with heading to the Shadwell Travers (Grade 1, $1 million, 1 ¼ miles, Aug. 29, Saratoga) as the main objective.
Churchill Downs Barn Notes 5.10.09
KENTUCKY OAKS WINNER RACHEL ALEXANDRA WORKS FOR NEW BARN – Possible Preakness candidate Rachel Alexandra, a record-smashing 20 ¼-length winner of the Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) tuned up for a possible bid for Saturday’s $1 million Preakness Stakes (GI) with an easy four-furlong work on Sunday at Churchill Downs.
The 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, working for the first time for new trainer Steve Asmussen, covered the half-mile distance over a “fast” track in :48.40. Exercise rider Dominic Terry was in the saddle as Rachel Alexandra turned out fractional times of :12.40 and :24.40 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02. The move ranked 13th among 81 works at the distance.
WITTY PREVAILS IN BATTLE OF UNBEATEN FILLIES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 10, 2009) — Witty hooked fellow unbeaten filly Carlsbad at the top of the stretch and pulled away in the final sixteenth to win Sunday’s $100,000 Railbird Stakes at Hollywood Park by 1 ½ lengths under jockey Victor Espinoza.
The victory kept Witty’s record perfect in three starts and provided Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella a record fourth victory in the Grade III event for 3-year-old fillies.
Stable Notes: May 5 2009
MITCHELL SEEKS WEEKEND STAKES SWEEP
There was something old and something new in the Mike Mitchell barn in quest of a stakes sweep at Hollywood Park next weekend.
Something new is Dehere Again, a 4-year-old Australian import scheduled to make his United States debut in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap, a Grade III test at six furlongs on Cushion Track Saturday.
ANOTHER MULTIPLE-WIN DAY AT GGF FOR LEADING JOCKEY BAZE
ALBANY -- Leading jockey Russell Baze capped another big week at Golden Gate Fields by riding three winners Sunday before an on-track crowd of 6,210.
Baze, who had riding doubles on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, capitalized on very live mounts to record his hat trick. The Hall of Famer won the first race with Judge's Verdict ($3.00), the second with Movie Star R. N. ($4.20) and the eighth with Sidepocket Cat ($3.60).
Monmouth Park Recap for Sunday, May 10, 2009
Oceanport, N.J. * Sondra D. Bender’s Access Fee set a pressured pace early on before holding off the late charge of D’wild Ride to win the $70,000 Red Cross Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday before a crowd of 11,095.
Ridden by Luis Garcia, Access Fee covered the six furlongs in 1:09.90 and returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.10 as the odds-on choice in the field of five fillies and mares. D’wild Ride tried to get by the winner for most of the stretch, but finished a head behind and paid $6, $2.60. The exacta returned $26.40. By the Light was another three quarters of a length back in third, good for a $2.20 show mutuel.
Smart Surprise makes the grade in the Hendrie
TORONTO, May 10 - Favorite Smart Surprise was no surprise in Sunday's $158,600 Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine.
The Grade 3 event was the five-year-old mare's third stakes score in her past five starts. More importantly, for such a well-bred filly, the contest was her first graded stakes tally.
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With Start of Calder Comes a New Season of “The Apprentice”
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 10, 2009) – The jockeys’ room at Calder Race Course annually includes a contingent of apprentice riders, young athletes getting their start in a sport that has often led to successful competition at racetracks around the country and even Eclipse Awards. The current condition book lists ten apprentice jockeys at Calder, including five “three-star” bug riders, meaning they enjoy a ten-pound weight allowance.
Among those riders is 22-year-old Jose Angel Garcia, who won his first race on the United States mainland at Calder on Saturday when he guided the 5-year-old gelding Deisel Power to a 7 ½ length victory and a $24.60 win payout in the seventh race.
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