Tuesday, May 19 2009


Field Commission pulls of Vigil shocker


TORONTO, May 18 – Field Commission, a four-time winner in 2008, made his second start of the season a winning one, defeating some big-name rivals in Holiday Monday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Vigil Stakes.

Despite a third-place finish, just a half-length back of Disfunction in the Jacques Cartier Stakes on April 25 at Woodbine, Field Commission was considered a longshot, at least on the toteboard, in the 54th running of the Vigil.





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Monday, May 18 2009


Preakness News-May 17 2009


RACHEL ALEXANDRA – At 6 a.m. Sunday, just under 12 hours after her impressive victory in the Preakness, Rachel Alexandra left Pimlico for the return trip to trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Asmussen said the filly owned by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and Harold T. McCormick, would go back to the track on Wednesday and would probably have her first post-Preakness work on Monday, May 25. Since Jackson and McCormick purchased the filly about 10 days before the Preakness, Asmussen and his staff are still getting to know her. She had one workout between the purchase and the race, where she became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness.

"This time, we have something to measure it to, as far as how she feels and how she's acting,” Asmussen said. “It's our first comparison, so to speak. We're not going to tell her how she's feeling. She'll tell us how she's feeling."





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Multiple Stakes Winner Tizdejavu Remains Unbeaten At Churchill Downs With Victory in Sunday Feature


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 17, 2009) – Multiple stakes winner Tizdejavu remained unbeaten on the grass course at Churchill Downs when he returned from a nine-month absence from competition to win Sunday’s $57,780 featured allowance race at Churchill Downs.

Ridden by Julien Leparoux, the leading jockey of the Churchill Downs Spring Meet, the 4-year-old son of Tiznow rallied from just off the pace and then held off the late charge of Jazz in the Park to win by three-quarters of a length.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.17.09)


RACHEL ALEXANDRA BACK HOME AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – Stonestreet Stables and Herold McCormick’s Preakness Stakes (Grade I) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Rachel Alexandra returned to trainer Steve Asmussen’s Barn 38 at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning following a flight from Baltimore.

Scott Blasi, Asmussen’s chief assistant, accompanied the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro on the flight. Blasi led her off the van at 10:20 a.m. (all times EDT) and back to barn, where she was walked and bedded down in Stall 24.





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COCO BELLE PREVAILS UNDER SMITH IN FEATURE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 7, 2009) — Coco Belle seized the lead from the start and led all the way under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith to snap a six-race losing streak in Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.

The chestnut mare covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.33 while hanging on in the stretch for a one-length victory over She’s Cheeky. Ashley’s Kitty finished third in the field of six fillies and mares, followed by even-money favorite Foxy Danseur.





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KIZZY’S CHAOS CLEAR CUT WINNER UNDER GARCIA IN GALLANT MAN


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 17, 2009) — Martin Garcia followed trainer Vladimir Cerin’s instructions to perfection and Kizzy’s Chaos responded with an impressive front-running victory in Sunday’s second running of the $100,000 Gallant Man Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Kizzy’s Chaos gained command shortly after the start of the mile and five-eighths race, easily turned back a challenge from Isipingo nearing the far turn, and drew off in the stretch while winning at the seldom-run distance in Cushion Track record time of 2:43.48 under 112 pounds.





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Fantastic 1-2-3 for Dubai graduates in Singapore


Gloria De Campeao, second in the 2009 Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, went one better claiming his first Group One win in a thrilling finish to the S$3 million Singapore Airlines International Cup earlier on Sunday.

Second until being left in front before the home turn, the five year-old entire straightened for the judge a length ahead of the pack, which included previous Dubai runners Balius, Presvis, Bankable, Pompeii Ruler and last year’s winner Jay Peg.





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HP Stable Notes: Sunday, May 17, 2009


VENTURA TO TACKLE MALES IN SHOEMAKER MILE

Nine days after Rachel Alexandra became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness Stakes, Ventura seeks to become the first female in 58 years to win the $250,000-added Shoemaker Mile on the Hollywood Park turf May 25. The Shoemaker will be the first Grade 1 stake of the meet.

While Rachel Alexandra made her first start against males in the Preakness, Ventura has had plenty of experience running with the boys. The 5-year-old mare has started four times against the other gender with two firsts and two seconds.





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BAZE WINS THREE STRAIGHT RACES ON WAY TO FOUR-VICTORY AFTERNOON


ALBANY -- Leading jockey Russell Baze swept races four through six Sunday at Golden Gate Fields and finished the afternoon with four victories after taking the nightcap.

Baze won the fourth race with Irish-bred Ordination ($3.60), the fifth with Groovy Chick ($6.40) and the sixth with Seven Lucky J's ($6.60). Groovy Chick and Seven Lucky J's are both conditioned by leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has 81 wins at the 2008-2009 meeting.





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Hooh Why knows how to win the La Lorgnette


TORONTO, May 17 - American invader Hooh Why returned to Woodbine in style, capturing Sunday's $168,600 La Lorgnette Stakes.

The 1 1/16-mile event for three-year-old fillies was the first stakes score at the Toronto oval for the Kenneth Hoffman trainee, who was a game second against the boys in the Display Stakes last fall.





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‘Awesome’ again…this time in the Marine Stakes


TORONTO, May 16 – Awesome Rhythm won his second consecutive added-money event, in taking Saturday's $150,000 Marine Stakes, at Woodbine.

Jim McAleney rode the dark bay son of Toccet to a rallying 2 ¼-length triumph over a pair of U.S. invaders, for trainer John Ross. The Kentucky-bred came into the Marine off a four-length romp in the Wando Stakes on April 25 at the Toronto oval.





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Monmouth Park Recap for Sunday, May 17, 2009


OCEANPORT, N.J. * Golden Dome Stable’s Arctic Rain shot through on the inside and drew clear late in the lane to win the $52,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Sunday by a length and a quarter.

Trained by Mark Shuman, Arctic Rain stepped the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:11.68 and returned $3.80, $2.60 and $2.20 as the odds-on choice in the field of seven New Jersey-bred fillies and mares. Yankee Empress completed a $30 exacta and paid $7.80 and $3.60. It was another 4 ¾ lengths back to Juke Bocks Hero, who paid $4 to show.





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