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.







 

Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sat. May 23


EAST MEETS WEST IN JAPAN CUP, ARLINGTON MILLION AND HANSHIN CUP

The winner of Arlington Million XXVII on Aug. 8 will receive an automatic invitation to this year’s Japan Cup in Tokyo Nov. 29, it was announced by the Japan Racing Association (JRA) earlier this week, and that announcement could not have come at a more opportune time.

Conveniently, Saturday’s Grade III Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park is celebrating its 15th anniversary edition as an exchange race with the Japan Racing Association and Mr. Yutaka Yokoyama, senior manager of the JRA’s New York office, and Mr. Shigeru Suzuki, general manager of the JRA’s New York office, will be on hand at Arlington to present the Hanshin Cup to the connections of the winner of Saturday’s $100,000 race at one mile.





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Sutherland sends Sans Sousi to Lady Angela winner’s circle


TORONTO, May 23 - Jockey Chantal Sutherland teamed with Sans Sousi to take the 28th running of the $125,000 Lady Angela Stakes, Saturday at Woodbine.

Sent off as the 4-1 second choice in the seven-furlong feature, Sans Sousi, who has never finished lower than fourth in 11 career starts, rallied late to net her first added-money victory.





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VENTURA TACKLES MALES IN MONDAY’S 66TH SHOEMAKER MILE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 23, 2009) — Classy mare Ventura, beaten a nose when testing males two starts back in the Kilroe Mile, will attempt to become just the third female to win the Shoemaker Mile on Memorial Day at Hollywood Park.

Only Happy Issue in 1946 and Special Touch in 1951 managed to beat the boys in the prestigious Shoemaker — the track’s oldest race. Run as the Premiere Handicap through 1989, it was the feature on opening day of Hollywood Park’s inaugural meeting on June 10, 1938.





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GET SERIOUS SETS TURF RECORD IN WINNING ELKWOOD STAKES


OCEANPORT, N.J. * Get Serious set a new turf course record in winning the $70,000 Elkwood Stakes, and Joey P. turned in one of the most impressive victories of his career in the $60,000 John J. Reilly Handicap as a crowd of 10,350 got their money’s worth on the Saturday program at Monmouth Park.

Get Serious, trained by the team of John Forbes and Pat McBurney and ridden by Pablo Fragoso, blazed to the lead rounding the turn and roared off through the stretch to stop the teletimer in 1:32.78 for one mile on the firm turf course. He shattered the course record of 1:33.36 that was set in the 2006 Red Bank Stakes by Miesque’s Approval, who went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile that year.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, May 23, 2009


SANDI’S READY SET FOR TOP EFFORT IN LITTLE SILVER ON TURF

Sunday’s $65,000 Little Silver Stakes at one mile on the turf is the perfect proving grounds for 3-year-old fillies to show how their careers are progressing. It’s also a typical Monmouth stakes, in that it came up so tough even though it’s ungraded.

“It’s a good field for an ungraded stakes,” said trainer Cam Gambolati, who sends out a rapidly improving miss in Ol Memorial Stable & C.E. Glasscock’s Sandi’s Ready.





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AMIE’S LEGEND RALLIES TO WIN SHINE AGAIN STAKES


BALTIMORE, 05-23-09---Two Legends Farm, Richard Golden & David Wade’s Amie’s Legend was off slowly and remained unhurried early, but her last to first move was good enough to capture the closing day feature at Pimlico Race Course, the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes.

Sent to post as the 3-5 favorite against five other Maryland-bred fillies and mares, Amie’s Legend carried Luis Garcia to her second consecutive victory for trainer Graham Motion. The daughter of Not For Love rallied up the rail to win by 2-1/2 lengths over Five Diamonds. Eye finished third.





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