Thursday, April 30 2009
ESPINOZA CHANGES TACTICS, COMPLETES DOUBLE ON CANDY PULL
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 29, 2009) — Jockey Victor Espinoza called an audible and guided 11-1 shot Candy Pull to a front-running victory in Wednesday’s $52,000 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.
Espinoza, who also rode Misremembered to victory one race earlier, planned to come from off the pace, but he let Candy Ride roll when he showed early speed. The 4-year-old gelding responded with an impressive 2 ½-length victory to snap a six-race winless streak.
BACKSTRETCH CONSENSUS FAVORS I WANT REVENGE IN DERBY
A random sampling of trainers based at Hollywood Park Wednesday favored I Want Revenge in the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, although CashCall Futurity winner Pioneerof the Nile and Papa Clem also received support in a 20-horse line-up with potent California connections.
Jesse Mendoza — “I’ve got to go for (trainer Jeff) Mullins’s horse (I Want Revenge). He was so impressive in his last race, getting left at the gate and overcoming trouble to win.”
HOLLENDORFER CHOOSES POST 11 FOR CHOCOLATE CANDY IN KENTUCKY DERBY
Northern California trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Chocolate Candy fans will employ the craps betting cry "yo-eleven" in Saturday's 135th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Hollendorfer, with the third selection, chose post position 11 for Chocolate Candy during the Kentucky Derby post position draw ceremony Wednesday in Louisville. Jockey Mike Smith, who will ride Chocolate Candy, helped Hollendorfer make his decision.
MARYLANDERS INVADING LOUISVILLE FOR DERBY WEEK
BALTIMORE, 04-29-09---Maryland trainers have targeted two graded stakes during Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs.
Co-owner and trainer John Salzman, Jr. is sending his exciting 2-year-old filly Gator Prowl up against four colts and four fillies in the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (GIII). The five furlong test goes as race nine on Thursday. Gator Prowl won her debut by 11-1/2 lengths at Laurel Park on April 9 under Jonathan Joyce, breaking a 45-year-old track record for the 4-1/2 furlong distance. Joyce will be back at the controls.
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Wednesday, April 29 2009
Kentucky Derby 135 Post Draw Quotes
ADVICE (Selection No. 13, Post position No. 4, morning line 30-1)/DUNKIRK (Selection No. 6, Post position No. 15, morning line 4-1)/JOIN IN THE DANCE (Selection No. 1, Post position No. 9 morning line 50-1) – Trainer Todd Pletcher
(On Dunkirk): “We talked about it this morning and our first choice was 15. So we got what we wanted. I was a little hesitant about going in next to Pioneerof the Nile (who picked fifth and selected No. 16) because I know he doesn’t always come out of there the right way. But 15 is a good spot. You’ve got some room there (it is the first opening in the auxiliary gate with space to the inside) and being outside you can fall into a good spot. We’re happy with it.” (On Join in the Dance): “Well, we thought about it a lot – sort of. Then when you know that Rashard’s jersey number is 9, you’ll know why we picked it.” (Rashard Lewis, a 10-year veteran of the NBA who currently plays for the Orlando Magic, wears No. 9 on his basketball jersey. He is one of the horse’s three owners along with Jake Ballis and Reagan Swinbank).
Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.29.08)
BE FAIR/STONE LEGACY/TWEETER
– All three D. Wayne Lukas-trained fillies galloped at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning in preparation for a meeting with likely odds-on favorite Rachel Alexandra in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks.
“What we’re going to do in the Oaks is I’m going to put Be Fair over there by the (track) kitchen; I’m going to put Tweeter right here (at the backstretch gap); and we’re going to tag around and keep barreling so we can hold off that monster,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, who also will saddle Stone Legacy, who apparently has been designated to start for Lukas’ tag team.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thursday, April 29, 2009
RENE READIES TO DEFEND ARLINGTON PARK CROWN
Arlington Park’s defending champion jockey Rene Douglas has now tied Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires with six riding titles at Chicago’s premier Thoroughbred oval and also remains the only jockey in Arlington Park history to win four successive riding crowns.
However, Douglas preferred to talk about how he might improve when encountered on the apron during training hours Wednesday morning – two days before the opening of Arlington’s 98-day 2009 session.
Suffolk Downs Opens This Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day
EAST BOSTON, MA - Opening Day of the 2009 live racing season at Suffolk Downs is this Saturday, May 2, 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. Wagering on the Kentucky Derby will be available both Friday and Saturday.
Federal Bill Introduced that Would Eliminate Automatic 25% Withholding on Pari-Mutuel Winnings of $5
A bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last night 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 “Pari-Mutuel Conformity and Equality Act” (PACE Act) was introduced by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY). Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R-LA) is the lead co-sponsor.
Unlike any of its competitors in other gaming industries, the pari-mutuel industry is burdened by an inequitable tax law that requires waging facilities to withhold federal taxes on winnings over $5,000 if the odds are at least 300 times the amount wagered. The PACE Act (H.R. 2140) would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, whose withholding threshold has remained unchanged for 17 years and was last increased in 1992, from $1,000 to $5,000.
Keeneland September Yearling Sale Yields 13 Kentucky Derby Entrants
Lexington, KY (April 29, 2009) – The 2007 Keeneland September Yearling Sale has yielded 13 of the 20 horses entered today in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
The group includes co-second choices on the morning line, Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Pioneerof the Nile and Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Dunkirk, who was sold for the sale-topping price of $3.7 million; Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Friesan Fire; Toyota Blue Grass (G1) winner General Quarters and runner-up Hold Me Back; and UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) winner Desert Party.
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FIVE TAMPA GRADS GEAR UP FOR KENTUCKY DERBY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 29, 2009) Don’t miss all of the Kentucky Derby excitement at Tampa Bay Downs! The 135th edition of the Run for the Roses will be shown at the Oldsmar oval on Saturday, May 2; gates open at 10 AM, mutuel lines will open at 10:15 AM and post time for the first race at Churchill Downs will be at 10:30 AM! Tampa Bay Dows will be running a 12-race live card with a special post time of approximately 12:15. Parking is always free, valet parking is $5, Grandstand admission is $2 and Clubhouse admission is $3. Mint juleps will be on sale throughout the facility all day in the official commemorative glass of the Kentucky Derby.
Eclipse Champion Zenyatta Makes Kentucky Debut In Louisville Distaff to Highlight Oaks Undercard
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 28, 2009) – Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss’ Zenyatta, the undefeated 5-year-old who earned a 2008 Eclipse Award as the nation’s top older filly or mare was one of three finalists for “Horse of the Year” honors, will face seven challengers Friday in the 24th running of the $350,000-added Louisville Distaff (Grade II) on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.
The 12-race card Friday, highlighted by the 135th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), will begin with a 10:30 a.m. ET post time. Five other stakes will be on the card, four of them graded.