Sunday, May 17 2009


Social Queen Gets Up In Time In Gallorette Handicap


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09---Richard Santulli’s Social Queen caught All Is Vanity in the very last jump to win the 58th running of the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday at Pimlico.

The Grade 3 grass race for fillies and mares attracted seven starters, including Dynaforce, the 4-5 favorite. Social Queen, trained by Alan Goldberg, came flying late on the far outside under Rafael Bejarano to win by a head. The daughter of Dynaformer ran 1 1/16 miles over a firm turf in 1:41.84 to edge All Is Vanity by a head. Tejida finished another 2 ¼ lengths back in third. The Bill Mott-trained Dynaforce attended the pace but faded in the drive and finished fifth.





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Sumacha’hot Romps In Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09– Butch Cave’s Sumacha’hot circled his rivals and stormed away to victory in the 2nd running of the $35,000 Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap Saturday at Pimlico.

Trained by his owner, the gelded son of Mojave Moon was away slowly in the 1 1/16-mile test on the main track, settling near the back of the pack as the field raced into the far turn. The 4-year-old gelding came off the rail coming into the stretch and rallied widest of all to power to a 7 ¼-length triumph. Although not able to withstand the stretch surge of the winner, Out To Please, a 17-1 long shot, held second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of Norjac.





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No Advantage Springs Upset In William Donald Schaefer Stakes


BALTIMORE , 05-16-09—No Advantage, owned by Suarez Racing, Inc., Joseph Besecker & Kirk Wycoff’, stalked the early pacesetters before launching a strong stretch drive on his way to an upset victory in the 15th running of the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Stakes.

The Grade 3 test attracted seven older runners. No Advantage, sent to post at 12-1 under Juan Acosta, pressed pacesetters Real Merchant and Crimson Comic to the far turn, before charging past that duo on the outside to gain command and drawing away to win by 2 ¾ lengths. The 4-year-old son of Posse ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.79 over the fast main track. Real Merchant and favored Ea finished in a dead-heat for second.





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Skylighter Flies In Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09---Darley Stable’s Skylighter took command right after the start, then galloped to an easy score in the 18th running of the $150,000 Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes, the first of nine added-money races Saturday at Pimlico. Jockey Julien Leparoux was at the controls aboard the 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa for trainer Bobby Frankel. The bay filly was able to circle the main track at a pedestrian pace before crossing the finish line in 4 ¼ lengths ahead of Unforgotten in the Grade 2 stakes for fillies and mares. Skylighter ran the 1 1/16 miles over the main track in 1:44.34 for the 1-1/16th mile distance. Unforgotten edged All Smiles by a nose to take second.





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CAPT. CANDYMAN CAN WINS MATT WINN AT CHURCHILL DOWNS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 16, 2009) – Capt. Candyman Can collected the fourth stakes win of his career when he out-kicked 4-5 favorite Cash Refund by three-quarters of a length in Saturday’s eighth running of the $106,900 Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs.

Capt. Candyman Can, ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Ian Wilkes, ran seven furlongs in 1:22.89 and paid $4, $2.10 and $2.10 as the even-money second choice in the field of five 3-year-olds. Cash Refund returned $2.20 and $2.10 as the betting choice after back-to-back eye-catching performances against maidens and allowance company. Conchacer finished third, another 5 ½ lengths behind the runner-up, and paid $2.20. Zigaree and Dance Caller completed the order of finish.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.16.09)


WHILE STARS OF CROP BATTLE AT PREAKNESS, OTHERS WAIT IN WINGS AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – The current stars of the 3-year-old crop – headed by Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird, Kentucky Oaks (GI) filly Rachel Alexandra and Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile – are among 13 three-year-olds doing battle in the 134th running of the Preakness (GI) at Pimlico.

While several of those horses figure to be major players in the crop of Kentucky Derby-aged horses through the rest of the year, others that could be significant factors in the division are in the wings at Churchill Downs and awaiting their chance.





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Monmouth Park Recap for Saturday, May 16, 2009


OCEANPORT, N.J. * Brereton C. Jones’ On the Menu wore down a stubborn Bold Union in deep stretch and went on to score a neck victory before a crowd of 10,889 in the $65,000 Just Smashing Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

The 3-year-old filly trained by J. Larry Jones gave jockey Eddie Castro his fourth winner of the afternoon and returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.40 across the board as the favorite in the field of six 3-year-old fillies. Brereton Jones, former Governor of Kentucky, was on hand to accept the trophy for winning the Just Smashing with his homebred filly.





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MIZZCAN’TBEWRONG RIGHT IN WINNING RELUCTANT GUEST


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 16, 2009) – The move of the $57,300 Reluctant Guest Stakes from turf to Polytrack following several days of rain did not phase Clyde Peterson’s Mizzcan’tbewrong, who led every step of the way in the one mile and one-sixteenth race at Arlington Park on Saturday. The daughter of Mizzen Mast was ridden by Eusebio Razo Jr. and covered the distance in 1:42.66.

“There was no speed with me, so I was able to set a comfortable pace,” Razo said. “It was my first time aboard this filly, and it really worked out well. I thought we might have someone challenge us down the lane, but nobody did.”





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RED ARROW STRIKES UNDER TALAMO IN LOS ANGELES ’CAP


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 16, 2009) — Australian-bred Red Arrow gained the lead shortly after the break, opened a two-length advantage on the turn for home and held off a late charge by Paul’s Hope in the stretch to score an upset victory under jockey Joe Talamo in Saturday’s $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park.

The 6-year-old prevailed by three-quarters of a length while covering six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:08.92 to register his first stakes win in the Grade III event.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 16, 2009


ARLINGTON CLASSIC MAY GET ADDED INTERNATIONAL GARNISH

Golden Mexico is an undefeated Irish-bred 3-year-old colt who broke his maiden in Italy, is owned by Team Valor International and former South African resident Gary Barber, is trained by French-born Christophe Clement and was most recently ridden by Peruvian-born Alan Garcia.

Now, the son of Daggars Drawn is under consideration for the 75th running of the Arlington Classic May 23 as the first leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple. The Triple continues with the Grade II American Derby July 11 and concludes with the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day on Aug. 8.





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HORSE RACING AND TUNES AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SUNDAY


ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will offer horse racing and tunes Sunday when the track presents a nine-race program and live music by the popular Bay Area band Tainted Love.

Post time is 1:15 p.m. and fans attending the Dollar Day program will be treated to $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 racing programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers and $1 sodas.





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Friday, May 15 2009


Payton d’Oro Posts Front-Running Win In Black-Eyed Susan Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-15-09 – Payton d’Oro went right to the front of the field of eight fillies and never looked back to capture the 85th running of the $150,000 Black-Eyed Susan Friday at Pimlico Race Course. A crowd of 23,892 enjoyed the 13-race card that featured seven stakes races and the inaugural Jockey Challenge with former Maryland star Kent Desormeaux taking top honors.

Trained by Larry Jones, who will saddle Friesan Fire for Saturday’s 134th running of the $1.1 million Preakness Stakes, Payton d’Oro defeated Bon Jovi Girl by 1 ¼ lengths the Grade 2 stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The 5-2 second choice of 23,892 ran 1 1/8 miles in a solid 1:49.75 for owners John Ferris and Mike Pressley.





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