Monday, May 04 2009
RACING’S BEST REWARDS PROGRAM JUST GOT BETTER
ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. has announced a new and upgraded NYRA Rewards rebate schedule with new awards levels and increased rebates. The monthly point categories have been rearranged and the payout percentages have been increased for each type of wager.
“The new NYRA Rewards rebate schedule will result in all of our members receiving higher rebates,” said NYRA Director of Marketing Neema Ghazi. “The new schedule makes it easier for our members to qualify for higher rebates because we have reorganized our monthly point categories. In addition, the percent payouts for every type of wager have been increased.”
BELMONT PARK NOTES, Sunday, March 3, 2009
In the aftermath of Rachel Alexandra’s powerhouse victory in Friday’s Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, trainer Hal Wiggins was still on cloud nine even as he looked ahead to the three-year-old filly’s next start, the Grade 1, $300,000 Acorn at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 6.
“We’ve got the Acorn penciled in pretty good,” said Wiggins from Churchill Downs. “It really is, historically, a very prestigious race. The one-turn mile should fit her just great. Plus it gives us five weeks, which is what I like.”
McAleney notches his 2,000 win!
TORONTO, May 3 – Jockey Jim McAleney recorded the 2,000th win of his career, Sunday at Woodbine.
In dramatic fashion, McAleney netted the milestone victory in the 10th race, pairing with Whiskeyontherocks to finish in a dead-heat (with Tempesta Di Neve) for win in the 6-furlong event.
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Stakes record for Woodsmoke in Fury
TORONTO, May 3 - Gustav Schickedanz homebred Woodsmoke led from gate to wire in Sunday's $151,200 Fury Stakes at Woodbine.
The three-year-old daughter of Woodman is now 2-for-2 in her young career and may have stamped herself as a contender for the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, on June 7.
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CENTENO, AVERILL, STRAIGHT AND NESS CAPTURE YEAR END AWARDS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (May 3, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs concluded its 83rd live race meeting today by handing out honors to the leading trainer, jockey, owner and apprentice jockey.
The title of Leading Trainer went to conditioner Jamie Ness for the third year in a row. Ness saddled 62 winners from 223 starters this year with purse earnings approaching $650,000.
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD’S PREAKNESS STATUS TO BE DECIDED IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS
BALTIMORE, 05-03-09---The eyes of the racing world shift from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course as the Triple Crown players set their sights on Baltimore for the 134th running of the Preakness® Stakes on May 16.
This morning trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. informed a Maryland Jockey Club official that a decision on Mine That Bird, the stunning 50-1 winner of yesterday’s Kentucky Derby, will be made in a day or two.
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CHOCOLATE CANDY EXITS DERBY WELL, WILL BE POINTED FOR BELMONT STAKES
ALBANY -- Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer reported Sunday that Chocolate Candy came out of his fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby in good order and will now be pointed for the Belmont Stakes.
"He came out of the race fine," said Hollendorfer, who was back at Golden Gate Fields Sunday afternoon. "We're going to skip the Preakness and run in the Belmont. He'll go to New York Monday."
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sun., May 3
ALVARADO ON TOP AT ARLINGTON FOLLOWING SATURDAY TRIPLE
Jockey Junior Alvarado, who completed a Saturday riding hat trick with a front-running two-length tally aboard the Moises Yanez-trained Voy Por Uno Mas, surged to the top of Arlington Park’s rider standings with four wins following Arlington’s first two racing days.
Voy Por Uno Mas, owned by the trainer and his wife Karen in partnership of Salvador Hernandez, fulfilled the promise of his Spanish name with a win in Saturday’s fourth running of the $100,000 Richard Radke Illinois Owners Stakes. It was the 5-year-old gelding’s first victory at the local oval since capturing the 2007 Honor Glide Stakes here in September of 2007.
Sunday, May 03 2009
Mine That Bird Flies Home to Kentucky Derby Upset
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird, the longest shot on the board at 50-1, exploded along the rail down the stretch under Calvin Borel to win the 135th running of the $2,177,200 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).
Mine That Bird rallied from last in a field of 19 Thoroughbreds to win by 6 3/4 lengths before a crowd of 153,563, seventh-largest in race history.
Crowd of 153,563 Witnesses History as Longshot Mine That Bird Wins Kentucky Derby 135
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – A crowd of 153,563 witnessed Kentucky Derby history on Saturday as Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird scored a stunning upset at odds of 50-1 and captured the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands by 6 3/4 lengths in a field of 19.
The attendance figure marks the ninth time that Kentucky Derby Day attendance has topped 150,000. Combined attendance for the 2009 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks was 258,430, exceeding the combined attendance of both events from one year prior.
Derby 135 Stakes/Einstein Repeats in Woodford Reserve Turf Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Matthew Garretson’s Einstein (BRZ), ridden by Julien Leparoux, outdueled Cowboy Cal by a head to become the first repeat winner of the $557,600 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Helen Pitts-Blasi, Einstein added Saturday’s Grade I victory over the Matt Winn Turf Course to a triumph in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on Pro-Ride on March 7. Last year, Einstein won the Grade II Clark Handicap on dirt at Churchill Downs and ran second in the Grade I Stephen Foster on dirt to Horse of the Year Curlin.
Derby Day Stakes: Informed Decision Strikes Late, Wins Chuchill’s Grade I Humana Distaff
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Augustin Stable’s Informed Decision caught pacesetting Dubai Majesty in deep stretch and then held off 32-1 shot Temple Street by three-quarters of a length to win the 23rd running of the $335,400 Humana Distaff (Grade I) for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Jonathan Sheppard, Informed Decision ran the seven furlongs on a “sloppy” main track in 1:23.69.