Friday, May 01 2009
Suffolk Downs Opens Tomorrow, Kentucky Derby Day
EAST BOSTON, MA - Opening Day of the 2009 live racing season at Suffolk Downs is tomorrow, Kentucky Derby Day. Gates open at 10 a.m. First post time for the nine-race program is 1:15 p.m.
In addition to live racing, the track will simulcast the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.
Mullins Beach looks to unleash her ‘Fury’ on Sunday
TORONTO, May 1 - Mullins Beach, a bay daughter of Speightstown, goes after her second consecutive score in Sunday’s $150,000 Fury Stakes.
Owned by Eugene Melnyk and trained by Malcolm Pierce, Mullins Beach heads into the seven-furlong Fury off a 3 ¾-length triumph in the five-furlong La Voyageuse Stakes on April 4 at Woodbine.
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ROSARIO RIDES FIVE WINNERS TO TIE BEJARANO ATOP STANDINGS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 1, 2009) — Favorite Maui Mark, fourth at the head of the stretch, easily caught pacesetter Slam Slew with a furlong to run and drew away for a 3 1/4-length victory as Joel Rosario notched his fourth of five wins in Friday’s $48,000 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.
The five-win afternoon gave Rosario 14 as he moved into a tie atop the Hollywood Park jockeys’ standings with Rafael Bejarano, who is in Kentucky where he will ride Chocolate Candy in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
KENTUCKY DERBY DAY FESTIVITIES AT GGF WILL INCLUDE HAT CONTEST
ALBANY -- All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 7:15 a.m. Saturday for a huge racing program that will feature the simulcast of the entire Kentucky Derby Day card from Churchill Downs and 10 local races.
Post time for the first race on Churchill Downs' 13-race card is 7:30 a.m. The Kentucky Derby is the 11th race on the program and will be run at approximately 3:24 p.m. Post time for the first Golden Gate Fields race is 11:45 a.m.
Baltimore Native Wins Her First Race
BALTIMORE, MD. 5-1-09---Apprentice Jennifer Jennings notched her first lifetime win in today’s sixth race at Pimlico when her mount led from start to finish.
PTK LLC’s Plagiarize outkicked $5,000 claimers straight from the gate and Jennings spent most of her winning ride looking back for competition. The Allen’s Prospect offspring won by 7-1/2 lengths and paid $9.20.
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TVG TO OFFER WAGERING ON KENTUCKY DERBY 135
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 30, 2009) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) has announced that advance-deposit wagering (“ADW”) company TVG will offer wagering on the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands from Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The deal, which is through TrackNet Media, extends through Oct. 31, 2009, and covers the complete 2009 spring meet at Churchill Downs, the complete 2009 racing meet at Arlington Park, and the Calder Race Course 2009 meet through Oct. 31.
“We are pleased to announce this agreement with TVG, which will allow even more customers to enjoy the ease and convenience of wagering on our products,” said Kevin Flanery, senior vice president of CDI. “We look forward to bringing the excellent racing of Churchill Downs Incorporated into their homes courtesy of TVG.”
Eight Set To Go In Federico Tesio Stakes
BALTIMORE, MD. 4-30-09---The $75,000 Federico Tesio Stakes highlights Saturday’s Kentucky Derby day celebration at Pimlico. The Tesio, often used as a prep for the Preakness Stakes, has attracted eight 3-year-olds who will race nine furlongs on the main track.
Saturday’s eleven race card has a special first post of 12:45 p.m. The Kentucky Derby will be simulcast to Pimlico at 6:24 p.m.
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JOCKEY GONZALEZ SIDELINED INDEFINITELY WITH FRACTURES OF C-2 VERTEBRAE, LEFT ANKLE
ALBANY -- Veteran jockey Roberto Gonzalez, 54, will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking the C-2 vertebrae in his neck and his left ankle in a spill at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday.
The accident occurred in the sixth race, a two-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies, when Gonzalez' mount, Free Runnin, lost the action in her hind legs passing the furlong pole and ducked into the path of Devil Singletary and jockey Alfredo Miranda.
Thursday, April 30 2009
Kentucky Derby 135 Notes (Thursday 4.30.09)
ADVICE/DUNKIRK/JOIN IN THE DANCE
– The Todd Pletcher Derby trio of Advice, Dunkirk and Join in the Dance were out early, exercised and back in Barn 38 before 7 a.m. Thursday, missing the rains that splashed down on Louisville a bit later in the morning.
Kevin Willey handled both Advice and Join in the Dance in their gallops, while Patti Barry was up for Dunkirk’s exercise.
“They all went about a mile and three eighths,” Pletcher said. “It’s all good.”
Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.30.09)
BE FAIR/STONE LEGACY/TWEETER
– Trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent his three Kentucky Oaks entrants to the track for morning gallops before the renovation break at Churchill Downs on Thursday. The Hall of Fame trainer later acknowledged that “It’s a bad year to be in the Oaks” because of the presence of Rachel Alexandra, the odds-on morning-line favorite.
“We’re realistic. Rachel Alexandra is a super good filly. Since Winning Colors, she’s the best to come along,” said Lukas, who notched his first of four Kentucky Derby successes when Winning Colors beat the boys in 1988.
FIVE FILLIES TRY BELMONT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NASSAU COUNTY
It’s the first graded race for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park and, fittingly, all five starters will try the track for the very first time in the 14th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Nassau County Saturday at seven furlongs over the dirt.
Darley Stable’s New York-based Flashing will try for her first black-type win for trainer Tom Albertrani. Coming off back-to-back wins in allowance company going longer, the daughter of A.P. Indy will sprint for the first time since she broke her maiden at Aqueduct in November.
NYRA SUPPORTS BILL TO ELIMINATE WITHHOLDING TAX
Elmont, NY – The New York Racing Association, Inc. supports a bill that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 28 that would eliminate the automatic 25 percent federal withholding on pari-mutuel winnings of $5,000 or more for bets that carry odds of 300-1 or higher.
The bill, titled the “Pari-Mutuel Conformity and Equality Act” (PACE Act – H.R. 2140) was introduced by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) with Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R-LA) as the co-sponsor.