Saturday, May 23 2009


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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CHEROKEE HEAVEN RALLIES UNDER BLANC IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 22, 2009) – Cherokee Heaven rallied from sixth at the top of the stretch under jockey Brice Blanc to score a two- length victory over Topper Shopper in Friday night's $56,320 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.

The Marty Jones-trained 5-year-old horse covered six furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:07.94 while making his first start in 11 months. Topper Shopper, who dueled on the front-end with Wine On the Porch most of the way, hung on gamely for second, while the latter finished in a dead heat for third with Noblety in the field of eight.





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Friday, May 22 2009


Speedy Dubai Majesty Heads Winning Colors On Memorial Day Holiday Card at Churchill Downs


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 22, 2009) – Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan’s Dubai Majesty, the pacesetter in the Humana Distaff (Grade I) on Kentucky Derby Day, headlines a field of seven fillies and mares ages 3-years-old and up entered for sixth running of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (Grade III), the featured event on a special Memorial Day holiday program at Churchill Downs.

The six-furlong Winning Colors will go as the 10th race on the 11-race Memorial Day card that kicks off with a 12:45 p.m. (EDT) post time.





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Leparoux Rides Five Churchill Downs Winners, Takes Feature on Complicity


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 22, 2009) – Jockey Julien Leparoux rode five winners from eight mounts on Friday and capped his day at Churchill Downs by guiding Complicity to a 1 ¾-length victory over Hungry Tigress in the featured $52,270 Ever After Purse for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

Leparoux, who has won four riding titles at Churchill Downs in his brief career, ran his victory total to 32 after 19 days of racing and owns a 12-win lead over Miguel Mena in the race for leading rider.





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