Monday, May 18 2009

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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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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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


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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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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Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sun., May 17


Hall of Fame trainer “Shug” McGaughey is set to take his New York-based act on the road this Saturday, bringing horses to Chicago for all four of Saturday’s stakes at Arlington Park.

Stewart Armstrong’s Venetian Causeway, a 4-year-old Giant’s Causeway filly who was a 1 3/4-length victress at last asking over Keeneland’s Polytrack surface April 16, has been penciled in for Saturday’s Grade III Arlington Matron, the local oval’s main event each season for older fillies and mares on the main track.

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Sunday, May 17 2009

Rachel Alexandra Struts Her Stuff In Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE, 05-16-09 – A sprinkling of late afternoon rain could not dampen the sparkling performance of Stonestreet Stables LLC & Harold McCormick’s Rachel Alexandra, who took it to the boys and won the 134th running of the Grade 1, $1,100,000 Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Before a crowd of 77,850 who contributed to the $86,684,470 which was wagered on the 13-race program, the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro broke alertly from her far outside post and promptly engaged speedy Big Drama as the field raced toward the clubhouse turn in the 1 3/16-mile classic. She is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924.

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Parading Marches In Dixie Stakes

BALTIMORE, 05-16-09 --Phipps Stable’s Parading launched a strong stretch drive over the Pimlico turf to capture the108th running of the $150,000 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico.

The historic Dixie, a Grade 2 fixture at Old Hilltop, attracted 11 older runners for a nine-furlong test over the firm going. Parading left the starting gate as the 2-1 favorite under jockey Kent Desormeaux for trainer Shug McGaughey. The 6-year-old son of Pulpit was never further back than fourth before launching a three-wide bid for the lead around the far turn. He reached the front with an eighth of a mile remaining and drove to the finish under a hand ride to win by a half-length over Just As Well. A rallying Wesley, who got off to a poor start, recovered to finish third, another1 ¼ lengths back..

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