Sunday, April 12 2009


HILTON GARDEN INN JOCKEY OF THE MONTH MIKE STRAIGHT BOOTS HOME THREE WINNERS


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 11, 2009) Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month Mike Straight escorted three of his mounts to the Winner’s Circle today; the apprentice rider got his first career victory here in his first attempt on March 6, 2009.

Straight took home his first victory of the afternoon aboard R True Lady, a Florida-bred daughter of Yes It’s True under the care of trainer Kirk Ziadie for Tampa’s leading owner Richard Averill. Straight scored again with My Friend Rossario, this time for conditioner Arlene Edelkraut and owners Siesta Sun Stable, Laura Trabulsi and Nacca Racing Stable. Straight rounded out his hat trick aboard Taxicab, a five-year-old Mutakddim gelding owned by Robert Fridley and Tom Schafer and trained by Brenda McCarthy.






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El Brujo bewitching in Achievement Stakes


El Brujo, a three-year-old son of Candy Ride, won his first added-money event and third career race, taking the $150,000 Achievement Stakes in authoritative fashion, Saturday at Woodbine.

With Patrick Husbands in the irons, El Brujo, in his seventh lifetime start, dueled between several rivals through opening fractions of :22.01 and :44.73.






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BAZE WINS FOUR RACES AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS


ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze continued his sizzling week at Golden Gate Fields by riding four winners Saturday.

The four-bagger followed two-win afternoons on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday by the Hall of Famer.

Baze scored Saturday with Rocket Kitty ($5.80) in the second race, Awesome Jared ($6.00) in the third, Blue Suede Hooves ($10.80) in the fifth and Effervescent Charm ($4.40) in the seventh.






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Saturday, April 11 2009


TelluRide, DJ Vice Headline Crown Royal ‘Festival in the Infield Club’ at Churchill Downs on April


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 10, 2009) – Churchill Downs has announced the featured entertainment for the Crown Royal “Festival in the Infield Club,” which will take place in the new Infield Club when it opens to race fans on Thursday, April 30. The event will be headlined by Nashville-based contemporary country music artists TelluRide and the popular DJ Vice. This year marks the 12th consecutive year Crown Royal® Canadian Whisky has sponsored music programming at Churchill Downs on Thursday of Derby Week.

Widely regarded as the next big breakout artist in the contemporary country music genre, TelluRide plays an average of 150 road dates a year and has performed at numerous Major League Baseball parks and at NASCAR Sprint Cup tracks.





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Friday, April 10 2009


STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH, 2009


SQUARE EDDIE TO USE LEXINGTON STAKES AS KENTUCKY DERBY PREP

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Square Eddie, who had been expected to train up to the Kentucky Derby on May 2, instead will first run in next Saturday’s Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, if all goes well following a scheduled six furlong workout at Hollywood Park tomorrow.

“That’s the tentative game plan,” trainer Doug O’Neill said Friday morning from his Hollywood headquarters, where Square Eddie has been training forwardly after recovering from shin problems that sidelined him since early February.





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CITY OF ARCADIA NAMES A DAY FOR LATE EDDIE LOGAN


ARCADIA, Calif. (April 10, 2009)—The City of Arcadia has proclaimed Sunday, April 19 as “Eddie Logan Day” in honor of Santa Anita’s iconic shoeshine attendant who passed away on Jan. 31 at the age of 98. Logan, a self-proclaimed “Footman,” ran his Santa Anita shoeshine stand from opening day, Dec. 25, 1934, until the morning of Jan. 3, when he suffered a seizure and stroke from which he never recovered. Born in 1910, he would have been 99 on May 20.

Santa Anita will also unveil a beautiful oversized bronze relief plaque in Logan’s image on April 19, with an inscription that captures the essence of what he meant to The Great Race Place over a span of eight decades. The plaque will be unveiled in a winner’s circle ceremony and will be installed for permanent display in the area overlooking his long-time work area adjacent to the racing office.





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AFTER 1 ½ MILES ON TURF, THREE-HORSE PHOTO GOES TO ISIPINGO


ARCADIA, Calif. (April 10, 2009) – After traversing the seldom run marathon distance of 1 ½ miles on turf, it took a photo Friday to separate the first three finishers in Santa Anita’s $55,520 optional claiming feature with the nod going to favored Isipingo.

Winless the last two years but able to call on past graded stakes experience, the 6-year-old gelding nosed out second-choice Unusual Smoke with fastest-finishing Romp another head back in third.





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Barn Notes - Fla Derby 1,2 prep


Quality Road, Dunkirk Keep on Edge

Quality Road and Dunkirk, 1,2 in their March 28 match in the Grade 1 Blackberry Florida Derby, put in workouts Friday morning toward what their connections hope will be their next meeting, the May 2 Kentucky Derby.

Richard Evans’ Quality Road finished 1¾ lengths ahead of Dunkirk in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, a race that appears in the past performances of 21 Kentucky Derby winners since its inception in 1952.





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INAUGURAL JOCKEY CHALLENGE SET FOR BLACK-EYED SUSAN DAY


BALTIMORE, 04-10-09---Eight of the nation’s top jockeys, including Eclipse Award winners Kent Desormeaux, Edgar Prado, Garrett Gomez and John Velazquez, will square off in the inaugural Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, the day before the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. The Maryland Jockey Club teamed up with the Jockeys’ Guild for the event and will make a $5,000 contribution to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

The jockey with the most points at the end of a four-race competition will be crowned champion. Riding assignments are determined by a drawing Sunday, May 10, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race. The champion jockey will earn $14,000. Other prize money: $10,000 (second); $8,000 (third) and $3,500 (fourth through eighth).





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Mr. Sidney Gives Kent Desormeaux Sweep Of Keeneland Stakes


Lexington, Ky. (April 10, 2009)—Mr. Sidney, a regally bred but lightly raced 5-year-old, won the $300,000, Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile Friday at Keeneland to give jockey Kent Desormeaux his stakes second stakes victory of the stormy afternoon. Desormeaux finished with four wins for the day.

By Storm Cat out of A.P.Indy’s daughter Tomisue’s Delight, Mr. Sidney ran one mile in 1:41.84 on the turf course made “yielding” by a series of thunderstorms throughout the day.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Friday, April 10, 2009


WALDEN PLEASED WITH HOLD ME BACK

Standing under cover in the midst of intermittent showers on Friday morning at Keeneland, a crew from WinStar Farm, including co-owner Bill Casner, was laughing and smiling. WinStar owns Hold Me Back, the 3-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) who is trained by Bill Mott.

“We’re excited,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar’s vice president and racing manager. “He (Hold Me Back) trained good this morning, galloped a mile and a half and looks great.”





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VETERANS GONZALEZ, BAZE MAKE IT BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLES AT GGF


ALBANY -- Jockeys Roberto Gonzalez and Russell Baze, both winners of two races Thursday at Golden Gate Fields, duplicated the trick Friday at the East Bay racetrack.

Gonzalez recorded his riding double with Izzacopy ($13.60), who won Friday's first race, and Acekingqueenjacten ($3.60), who captured the fifth event.





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