Friday, May 15 2009


Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.15.09)


TRAINER AMOSS CHERISHES 300th VICTORY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS –

As trainer Tom Amoss stood in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs following his 300th victory under the historic Twin Spires of the home of the Kentucky Derby, he recalled his first journey to the Louisville track.

The 47-year-old New Orleans native picked a good day for that first visit.





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CHRB APPROVES FOUR-DAY RACE WEEK AT HOLLYWOOD PARK


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 15, 2009) — Hollywood Park has been granted approval by the California Horse Racing Board to adopt a four-day racing week through Sunday, June 14.

As a result, the following changes have been made to the schedule:

There will be simulcast wagering only on Wednesday, May 20; Thursday, May 28; Wednesday, June 3, and Wednesday, June 10. Wednesday, May 27 was originally a dark day and remains a dark day.





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FOX NEWSCAST MISLEADS VIEWERS ON STATUS OF HOLLYWOOD PARK


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 15, 2009) — A Fox National News report originating Friday morning from Hollywood Park gave many viewers the completely false impression that Hollywood Park had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Hollywood Park has not and will not be filing for bankruptcy protection. While the reporter was commenting on the difficult times racetracks throughout the country are facing in the tough economy, a scroll ran on the bottom of the picture stating the “largest track” had filed Chapter 11.





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PREAKNESS SIMULCAST, NINE LOCAL RACES AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SATURDAY


ALBANY -- A big Saturday racing program at Golden Gate Fields will feature the simulcast of the 134th Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course and nine local races. Post time is 12:15 p.m.

Golden Gate Fields will open all admission gates at 8:30 a.m. and present the first simulcast from Pimlico (Race 4) at 8:48 a.m. The Preakness Stakes, the middle leg of the Triple Crown, is the 12th race and will be run at 3:15 p.m.





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Keogh duo looks for dynamic effort in La Lorgnette


TORONTO, May 15 - Gus Schickedanz’s Woodsmoke and Politelyprecocious, both daughters of Langfuhr, hope to continue their winning ways in Sunday’s $150,000 La Lorgnette Stakes, at Woodbine.

Trained by Mike Keogh, the Ontario-bred three-year-olds come into the key Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, prep, off impressive wins.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 15, 2009


INEZ TO BECOME ARLINGTON’S ‘RISING STAR’ ON SWEDISH TELEVISION

Illinois-based jockey Inez Karlsson, quickly a Chicago sports celebrity in less than two years, has now developed an international following – a reality made evident by the Swedish television crew that has been shadowing her daily routine at Arlington Park in recent days.

Karlsson, 26, was Arlington’s leading apprentice jockey last summer, the leading rider at Hawthorne last winter and also runner-up for the 2008 Eclipse Award as the nation’s top apprentice. However, she is a native of Göteborg, Sweden, who emigrated originally to Canada to work with harness horses, but soon after came to the United States in pursuit of a career as a Thoroughbred jockey.





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Preakness News-May 15 2009


MINE THAT BIRD – Jockey Mike Smith dropped in on Mine That Bird at the Preakness Stakes Barn Friday morning, thrilled to be tabbed by the Kentucky Derby winner’s connections to replace Calvin Borel for Saturday’s 134th running of the Preakness Stakes.

When Borel, who masterminded a rail-hugging, last-to-first victory aboard Mine That Bird at Churchill Downs nearly two weeks ago, opted to ride Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, Smith won the assignment to ride the Derby winner.





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Eye Scores In Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap


BALTIMORE, 05-15-09 – The Jim Stable’s Eye rallied from off a slow pace to win in the second running of the Kattegat 's Pride Starter Handicap, the first of seven added money events on Black-Eyed Susan day at Pimlico.

Ridden by Jeremy Rose and trained by King Leatherbury, Eye settled in fifth in a field of six fillies and mares going down the backstretch in the 1 1/16-mile test on the main track. She rallied on the far turn before splitting horses at the top of the stretch, crossing the finish line first in 1:47.52.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, May 15, 2009


BOLD UNION BACK AT MONMOUTH FOR SATURDAY’S STAKES RACE

George and Lori Hall’s Bold Union, who has come back running this year, will take some catching in Saturday’s $65,000 Just Smashing Stakes.

Trainer Kelly Breen, who had the speedy 3-year-old filly entered in the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Friday, decided to keep her home to run in Monmouth’s six-furlong feature.





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BACK-TO-BACK CHURCHILL DOWNS MILESTONES


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 14, 2009) – Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel became only the fourth rider to win 900 races in the 135-year history of Churchill Downs when Patton’s Creek Farm’s War Eagle Lady romped to a 14 ¾-length victory in Wednesday’s sixth race.

One race earlier, Tom Amoss became the ninth trainer in track history to saddle 300 local winners when Maggi Moss’ McGlamery Road prevailed in the fifth.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.14.09)


KLEIN FAMILY’S CASH REFUND READY TO STEP UP IN SATURDAY’S MATT WINN – Louisville-based owners and breeders Richard, Elaine and Bert Klein have raced some very talented horses at Churchill Downs through the years, but few have attracted the early attention generated by their 3-year-old gelding Cash Refund.

The talk surrounding the unbeaten son of Petionville figures to intensify if he notches a third consecutive victory when he makes his stakes debut in Saturday’s eighth running of the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds. The Steve Margolis-trained Cash Refund won his two prior starts by a combined margin of 13 ¾ lengths, has been so impressive that Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia made him the close 8-5 second choice in the field of five in the Matt Winn.





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LADY LUMBERJACK FLEXES MUSCLES IN THE STRETCH


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 14, 2009) — Lady Lumberjack overtook pacesetter Pinkerbelle at the sixteenth pole and drew off to score a three-length victory in the $48,000 feature as jockey Rafael Bejarano capped a three-win afternoon Thursday at Hollywood Park.

Lady Lumberjack, a 3-year-old daughter of Forestry owned by Roger Licht and David Milch, covered 6 ½ furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:15.59 while registering her second win in six starts.





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