Wednesday, May 06 2009
Kentucky Derby 135 and Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.5.09)
MINE THAT BIRD ‘LOPES’ ONCE AROUND
– Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Kentucky Derby 135 winner Mine That Bird back-tracked to the paddock tunnel and then ‘loped’ once around a “fast” Churchill Downs main track Tuesday morning before the renovation break.
Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. liked what he saw and said Mine That Bird would ‘lope’ around twice on Wednesday.
HIGH RESOLVE RUNS SATURDAY AT GGF; SPRING CONCERT SERIES BEGINS SUNDAY
ALBANY -- High Resolve, a speedy filly who has finished in the money in all 11 of her races, will seek her eighth career victory Saturday when she competes in the $75,000 Raise Your Skirts Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Raise Your Skirts is a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares. High Resolve enters the feature with $438,270 in earnings, a total she has amassed by recording seven wins, two seconds and two thirds in 11 trips to the starting gate.
Tuesday, May 05 2009
DERBY TRIAL WINNER HULL ADDED TO PREAKNESS LINEUP
BALTIMORE, 05-04-09---Unbeaten Derby Trial (Grade III) winner Hull has been added to the lineup for the 134th running of the Preakness® Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16.
The son of Holy Bull is a perfect three-for-three this year, breaking his maiden first time out at the Fair Grounds on February 7 then defeating allowance company at Turfway Park on April 2 before his Derby Trial victory at Churchill Downs on April 25.
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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Announces 2009 Nominations
(From the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame)
Toronto, ON - A total of 21 nominees have been put forward by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's Thoroughbred and Standardbred Nominating Committees.
The list included Thoroughbred Triple Crown champion Wando and its breeder Gustav Schickedanz, along with Somebeachsomewhere, the incredible Standardbred pacer who was both Canada and North America's Horse of the Year in 2008.
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Monday, May 04 2009
Kentucky Derby 135 Notes/Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.4.09)
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD RETURNS TO CHURCHILL DOWNS TRACK
– “I have never been to Baltimore, but it looks like I won’t be able to say that in a few days,” Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. said Monday morning at Churchill Downs after his Kentucky Derby 135 winner Mine That Bird jogged a mile on a sloppy race track.
With owners Mark Allen of Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach of Buena Suerte Equine on hand, Mine That Bird went to the track at 6:40 with exercise rider Charlie Figueroa up.
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD IS PREAKNESS BOUND
BALTIMORE, 05-04-09---Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. informed Maryland Jockey Club officials that Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will run in the $1 million Preakness® Stakes at historic Pimlico Race Course on May 16. The surprise winner of Saturday’s “Run for the Roses” will leave Louisville next Monday or Tuesday morning by van and upon arrival will be stabled in Stall 40, reserved for the Kentucky Derby winner, in the Pimlico stakes barn.
“It is good for the sport,” Woolley said. “You cannot have a Triple Crown winner without having the Derby winner in the Preakness. That played into our decision but the horse looks super. I have never been to Baltimore, but it looks like I won’t be able to say that in a few days.”
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Steve Brauner Named Calder Director of Sales & Service
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 4, 2009) – Calder Race Course has named Steve Brauner its new Director of Sales & Service. He will lead group sales, sponsorships and various revenue-generating initiatives for racing and future casino operations.
A native of Flushing, NY, Brauner brings a wealth of experience in the local market, having worked for two major South Florida sports franchises during the last 11 years. Most recently, he served as the Corporate Development Director for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. Prior to that, Brauner was the Director of Season and Group Ticket Sales and Project Sales for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium, located just south of Calder.
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MINE THAT BIRD TEAM SALUTES BARBARO, GIVES ROSES FROM DERBY GARLAND TO FANS
LOUISVILLE, KY. (May 3, 2009) – Kentucky Derby fans who visited Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum on the day after the 135th “Run for the Roses” got a surprise gift from the team behind Mine That Bird, the 50-1 longshot that won America’s greatest race on Saturday.
Trainer Chip Woolley Jr. suggested Sunday morning that the mantle of roses worn by Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle after his victory be placed on the new sculpture of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro located at Churchill Downs’ Gate 1 entrance. After consulting with co-owners Mark Allen with Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach of Bueno Suerte Equine, the trio behind Saturday’s surprise Derby winner decided to give the nearly 400 “Freedom Roses” that make up the garland to Derby fans who were visiting the Barbaro Memorial and the Kentucky Derby Museum on the day after the race.
Kentucky Derby 135 Sunday Notes 5.3.09
MINE THAT BIRD
– The morning after the stunning victory in the $2,177,200 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) by Mine That Bird was a busy one for his owners and trainer – and for the 3-year-old gelding that won the roses with his last-to-first rally along the rail on Churchill Downs’ one-mile dirt oval..
Visitors to trainer Chip Woolley and owners Mark Allen of Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach of Bueno Suerte Equine included three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, trainer of Derby 135 runner-up Pioneerof the Nile; winning jockey Calvin Borel; and Tom McCarthy, the owner-trainer of General Quarters the winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) and 10th to Mine That Bird in Saturday’s race.
RAIL TRIP, CARLSBAD SEEK TO EXTEND UNBEATEN STREAKS
Rail Trip and Carlsbad, both undefeated in five starts, seek to add to those streaks in stakes features at Hollywood Park next weekend.
Rail Trip, a 4-year-old gelding, will try to win his first graded stake in the $150,000, Grade II Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track Saturday.
PATIENCE PAYS OFF FOR SAPPHIRE SKY IN SLOPPY BOUWERIE
ELMONT, N.Y. – Strait Gate Stable’s Sapphire Sky and jockey John Velazquez were content Sunday afternoon to watch the 32nd running of the $109,000 Bouwerie unfold ahead of them. With a steady rain falling most of the day, they weren’t in a hurry to get mud thrown in their faces early on in this seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old New York-bred fillies.
So, they waited. And waited. And waited.
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM TO LAUNCH AT BELMONT
ELMONT, N.Y. -- There will be a few extra hands at trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s barn at Belmont Park this spring, but they won’t belong to either grooms or hotwalkers. Instead, McLaughlin will be hosting a group of elementary students in the afternoon in conjunction with Gateway Youth Outreach, which supports the youth of neighboring Elmont with a number of programs and services.
According to Pat Boyle, the executive director of the agency, four students will visit McLaughlin’s barn on a weekly basis during GYO’s after-school program. The students will have the opportunity to observe the inner workings of one of the country’s leading Thoroughbred stables at historic Belmont Park, home of the Belmont Stakes.