Saturday, May 09 2009
ANTONGEORGI HAS RIDING HAT TRICK
ALBANY -- William Antongeorgi III, the third-leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields, rode three winners at the East Bay track Friday.
Antongeorgi won with his first mount of the day, Topper's Smiling ($4.60), who scored a hard-fought victory in the second race. Antongeorgi finished last aboard 6-to-5 favorite Meetyouatyogi's in the third race before bouncing back to score an easy five-length victory with Feel Free to Flee ($7.00) in the fourth.
AFTER 19 YEARS, JAN RUSHTON LEAVES NYRA
ELMONT, N.Y.-- Jan Rushton, the New York Racing Association’s paddock analyst and popular television host, has resigned her position. Rushton has been away since the end of January to tend to her family in South Carolina. Earlier this year, her brother, Doug, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“I would like to thank all the fans, horsemen and fellow NYRA workers for all the support through my years in racing but I have to resign my position to be caretaker for my brother, who has a serious illness,” said Rushton, who began working for NYRA in May, 1995. “This has been a hard decision, but I feel that family must come first. I will miss all of you and thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.”
Friday, May 08 2009
DECISION ON RACHEL ALEXANDRA’S PREAKNESS STATUS EXPECTED AFTER THE SUPERSTAR FILLY WORKS…..
BALTIMORE, 05-08-09---A decision as to whether Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra will be supplemented into the field for the 134th Preakness® Stakes could be made Sunday or Monday after the filly works for her new trainer, Steve Asmussen. The $1 million Preakness will be held on Saturday, May 16 at historic Pimlico Race Course.
The Preakness field currently has nine confirmed starters: Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, Musket Man, Papa Clem, General Quarters, Flying Private, Big Drama, Take the Points, Terrain and Hull.
36TH ANNUAL PREAKNESS PARADE AND OTHER DOWNTOWN EVENTS SPICE UP PREAKNESS WEEK CELEBRATION
BALTIMORE, 05-08-09---The 2009 Preakness Parade of Lights will be held on Friday, May 15, at 8:30 p.m. This year the parade will feature illuminated floats, bands, giant balloons, equestrian units and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The 2009 Grand Marshal is Baltimore’s own Stacy Keibler, who the next day at Pimlico Race Course will be the celebrity host of the InfieldFEST, presented by Bud Light, at the 134th Preakness® Stakes.
The Preakness parade steps-off on Pratt Street and Eutaw Street and continues east on Pratt Street to Market Place. Spectators can catch the best views of the parade near the reviewing stand located on the northwest corner of Pratt and Light streets.
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BELMONT PARK NOTES; Friday, May 8, 20009
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Barry Irwin of Team Valor International said that Gitano Hernando (GB) will make his American debut in the 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6. The 1½-mile Belmont Stakes for three-year-olds, “The Test of the Champion,” is the oldest and longest of the Triple Crown races.
The son of Hernando, runner-up in today’s Group 3 Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes at Chester Race Course in England, has never run on dirt but is scheduled to breeze several times over sand before shipping to New York.
Churchill Downs Barn Notes 5.09.09
BOREL TO CONTINUE TO RIDE KENTUCKY OAKS WINNER RACHEL ALEXANDRA
– Jockey Calvin Borel has reached an agreement with the new owners of Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra to ride the 3-year-old filly through the “current racing season.”
Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables, majority owner of Rachel Alexandra, and partner Harold McCormick announced in a press release issued Friday that Borel would continue to ride the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who was purchased for an undisclosed price in a private transaction earlier this week. Rachel Alexandra is unbeaten in five races under Borel, a string that started in November in the Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs and continued in her record 20 ¼-length victory in the Oaks under the track’s historic Twin Spires on May 1.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 8, 2009
BAIRD OFF TO FLYING START AT ARLINGTON PARK
Veteran Chicago-born reinsman E. T. Baird is currently perched atop the leader board in Arlington’s jockey standings following a riding triple Thursday – fifth racing day of the young Arlington season.
After winning Thursday’s fifth aboard Frank Calabrese’s Sarahthetiger for trainer Danny Miller, the eighth on Richard Ravin and Larry Rivelli’s First Movement and the 10th on George Ditola and Larry Rivelli’s Big Bold Place – both conditioned by Rivelli – Baird has a 50 percent win ratio with seven wins from 14 mounts, while his nearest pursuer is jockey Junior Alvarado with five trips to the winner’s circle.
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, May 8, 2009
TALKIN ABOUT LOVE MAKES 2009 DEBUT VS. 5 IN RED CROSS STAKES
Is this the year the real Talkin About Love shows up in Monmouth stakes races? Owner-trainer-breeder Kevin Sleeter sure hopes so.
Sleeter has the 5-year-old mare entered in Sunday’s $70,000 Red Cross Stakes at six furlongs, and has already made plans to run her back in the Open Mind Handicap for state-breds on May 31.
Fournier duo hope for hot pace in New Providence
TORONTO, May 8 - Legal Move and Yummy With Butter look to utilize their late-running tactics to good effect in Saturday’s $125,000 New Providence Stakes, at Woodbine.
Owned by Bruno Schickedanz and trained by Mark Fournier, Legal Move and Yummy With Butter bring a combined 14 career wins and over $1-million in purse earnings to the New Providence, a six-furlong race over the Toronto oval’s Polytrack.
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Saskawea returns in Hendrie
TORONTO, May 8 - Saskawea will make her five-year-old debut in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine.
The 6 1/2-furlong event for fillies and mares, four-years-old and older, has attracted nine entrants, four of which have recorded $500,000 or more in career earnings.
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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.7.09)
RACHEL ALEXANDRA MOVES TO NEW BARN
– Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick’s new purchase Rachel Alexandra began her new life in the care of trainer Steve Asmussen on Thursday morning by galloping once around a sloppy Churchill Downs main track under exercise rider Dominic Terry.
The dominating, 20 ¼-length winner of last Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), Rachel Alexandra was sold by the L and M Partners of Dolphus Morrison and Michael Lauffer on Wednesday. Rachel Alexandra was transferred from trainer Hal Wiggins’ barn to Asmussen’s at 5:15 (EDT) Thursday morning.
OCULUNA NOSES NORTHERN BELLE TO WIN CHURCHILL DOWNS FEATURE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 7, 2009) – Silverton Hill’s Oculuna outgamed Northern Belle through a stretch-long duel to win Thursday’s $51,785 featured allowance at Churchill Downs by a nose.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Oculuna ranged alongside Northern Belle at the top of the stretch after Northern Belle had put away the pace-setting Gibsonsfasttrick. The two raced as team to wire with Oculuna winning the head-bob and completing the five furlongs on a “sloppy” track in :57.88.