Friday, May 15 2009


SIREN LURE HAS SIGHTS SET ON SECOND L.A. ‘CAP WIN


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 14, 2009) — Siren Lure has a chance to join exclusive company with a victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park.

He would join Native Diver and Kona Gold as the only 8-year-olds to win the six-furlong sprint and match The Diver as a two-time winner.





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Another ‘Awesome’ effort in the Marine?


TORONTO, May 14 - Wando Stakes winner Awesome Rhythm will attempt a curtain call in Saturday’s $150,000 Marine Stakes at Woodbine.

The son of Toccet is one of six three-year-olds competing in the 54th edition of the 1 1/16-mile event, which is the Toronto oval’s second two-turn stakes prep for the June 21 Queen’s Plate.

The only Marine entrant that is eligible for the $1 million Canadian classic is Parabola, who was seventh in the Queenston.





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First turf race set for Saturday


TORONTO, May 14 - A contentious field, including David Bell trainee, Galipette, has been assembled for the first grass event of the Woodbine meet, slated for May 16.

The seven furlong event, an allowance optional claiming race worth $76,800 for fillies and mares, three-year-olds and upward, is the fourth race on Saturday’s 10-race program.

The eight-horse field (Knocker is listed as Main Track Only) on the world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course includes past stakes winner Palace Pier.





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‘THE DORF’ SADDLES THREE WINNERS; PREAKNESS BETTING BEGINS FRIDAY


ALBANY -- Leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer saddled three of the first four winners on Thursday's racing card at Golden Gate Fields.

"The Dorf" won the first race with Ruud Boy ($10.40), the second with Smart Sugar ($4.00) and the fourth with Warren's Dreaming ($6.00). Hollendorfer didn't have a starter in the third race.

Hollendorfer has won 78 races at the winter/spring meeting. Steve Sherman is second in the trainer standings with 57 victories and William E. Morey is third with 44.





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Thursday, May 14 2009


EIGHT STAKES RACES HIGHLIGHT PREAKNESS UNDERCARD


BALTIMORE, 05-14-09---Saturday’s thirteen race card at Pimlico Race Course is fully loaded with nine stakes races, including seven graded events, topped off by the 134th Preakness Stakes, which is race twelve on the program. Saturday’s first post is 10:15 a.m. with the $1.1 million Preakness set for 6:15 p.m. on NBC.

The undercard has a flurry of added-money events. Race eleven is the historic GR II Dixie Stakes, to be run over the turf at 1-1/8th miles. The entry of Proudinsky and Musketier is listed as the program favorite. Both are German-breds; the former is the stronger half of the entry and is trained by Bobby Frankel, the latter is conditioned by Roger Attfield. Proudinsky is a two time winner of the Mervin Munez Handicap on the turf at the Fair Grounds.





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Preakness News-May 14 2009 News


MINE THAT BIRD GETS HIS FEET WET DURING GALLOP; ‘RACHEL’ JUST WALKS ON FIRST MORNING AT PIMLICO

MINE THAT BIRD – Early morning rains did nothing to alter training plans for Mine That Bird, who galloped his customary two miles under exercise rider Charlie Figueroa Thursday at Pimlico in preparation for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

“The track looks super to me,” trainer Chip Woolley said. “It looks like it could be a little laboring, but overall, it looks good to me. It looks like a little moisture is just the ticket for it.”





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Preakness News-May 14 2009 News


MINE THAT BIRD GETS HIS FEET WET DURING GALLOP; ‘RACHEL’ JUST WALKS ON FIRST MORNING AT PIMLICO

MINE THAT BIRD – Early morning rains did nothing to alter training plans for Mine That Bird, who galloped his customary two miles under exercise rider Charlie Figueroa Thursday at Pimlico in preparation for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

“The track looks super to me,” trainer Chip Woolley said. “It looks like it could be a little laboring, but overall, it looks good to me. It looks like a little moisture is just the ticket for it.”





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, May 14, 2009


MUSKET MAN GALLOPS AT MONMOUTH; SHIPS TO MD. SATURDAY

Eric Fein and Vic Carlson’s Musket Man, who is aiming to improve on his third place Kentucky Derby finish when he runs in Saturday’s $1.1 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico, galloped a mile and a half around the fast main track at Monmouth Thursday morning.

“He’s doing fine,” said trainer Derek Ryan, who brought the Yonaguska colt to his Monmouth home base immediately after the Run for the Roses. Musket Man had his final breeze for the Preakness at Monmouth on Tuesday morning when he zipped a half-mile in a bullet :46.60. At the Preakness draw on Wednesday, Musket Man drew Post 3 in the field of 13.





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Arlington Parm Barn Notes: Thur. May 14 2009


AMERICAN TURF HERO ORTHODOX NOW LIKELY FOR ARLINGTON CLASSIC

John and Kim Glenney’s Orthodox, hero of Churchill’s Grade III American Turf Stakes on Kentucky Oaks Day May 1, breezed a half-mile in :48 over Keeneland’s Polytrack course Monday and is now likely for the 75th running of the Arlington Classic May 23 as the first leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple.

Orthodox joins Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak, second by a neck in last fall’s Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, and Kalarikkal and Vilasini’s Summer Bird, sixth in the Grade I Kentucky Derby earlier this month, as a third headline attraction slated for the Classic, restricted to grass-favoring sophomores with international potential.





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“Free & Easy Wednesdays” a Winner at Del Mar This Summer


With a "long" weekend (two days instead of one) on the agenda at Del Mar this summer, as well as the realization that everyone now is looking for ways to make their dollars go further, track officials wanted to come up with a way to welcome back their fans following the Monday-Tuesday break while providing them with what amounts to the best bargain in town. Thus was born "Free & Easy Wednesday."

And just as it sounds, the new promotion will offer racegoers big-gain-no-pain access to a day's fun at the seaside palace just north of San Diego, starting with free admission and a free reserved seat, along with half-price drinks and food for those welcoming back those thundering Thoroughbreds following their break.





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RACHEL ALEXANDRA THE 8-5 MORNING LINE FAVORITE IN SATURDAY’S $1.1 MILLION PREAKNESS STAKES


BALTIMORE, 05-13-09– Rachel Alexandra, the lone filly in the 13-horse field entered Wednesday in the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes, is rated as the 8-5 favorite in the morning line for Saturday’s Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course.

The Steve Asmussen-trained filly, who was purchased privately by Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick following her 20 ¼-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 1, drew the No. 13 at Wednesday’s post position draw. No horse has won from that post in 11 tries since 1909.





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MINE THAT BIRD TOPS 13-HORSE FIELD FOR PREAKNESS 134


BALTIMORE , 05-13-09– The first four finishers in the Kentucky Derby, including 50-1 upset winner Mine That Bird, and super filly Rachel Alexandra were among the 13 horses entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 134th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Mine That Bird closed from last to score by 6 ¾ lengths at Churchill Downs on May 2, followed by Pioneerof the Nile, Musket Man and Papa Clem, all of whom will contest the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. Beaten Derby favorite Friesan Fire will also seek redemption in the 1 3/16-mile classic.





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