Sunday, April 26 2009
MR NAPPER TANDY WINS $300,000 SAN FRANCISCO MILE BY A NOSE
ALBANY -- Mr Napper Tandy charged down the middle of the Lakeside Turf Course and got up in the final jump to nail pacesetter Yacht Spotter on the wire and win the $300,000 San Francisco Mile Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Ridden by Julio Garcia, Mr Napper Tandy defeated Yacht Spotter and jockey Alex Bisono by a nose in the Grade 2 SF Mile, Northern California's richest and highest-rated race. Bold Chieftain finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Yacht Spotter.
Acting Zippy springs upset in Vincent A. Moscarelli MemorialW
Wilmington, Del., April 25, 2009 - William Don Bennett and Carl Bowling's Acting Zippy posted an upset victory in the opening day feature, the $75,000 Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial, at Delaware Park today.
With David Cohen astride, the 4-year-old gelded son of City Zip who has a weakness for tacos and donuts, returned $50.40 as the longest shot in the field of nine. The Florida-bred trained by William Don Bennett, who is in his first full year stabled at Delaware Park, notched a 4-length score and covered the six furlongs in 1:08.37.
A determined Disfunction maps out Jacques Cartier victory
TORONTO, April 25 - Disfunction, under Emile Ramsammy, rallied stoutly down the stretch to best some of Canada's top sprinters in Saturday's $150,000 Jacques Cartier Stakes, at Woodbine.
Trained by Julia Carey, the five-year-old son of Vying Victor, known for his front-running ways, won his eighth career race in gritty style, a neck score in a blistering 1:08.62 on the Polytrack over Shadowless and Field Commission.
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Champion’s Day Recap from Hawthorne Race Course
Wade, Williamson, Janks, Big Winners on Champion’s Day
Stickney, IL--Illinois Champion’s Day at Hawthorne became Lyndie Wade Day, as the young jockey from Louisiana won three of the six stakes races carded for Illinois-breds; he also finished second in another stakes race. Trainers Brian Williamson and Christine Janks also had success on Champion’s Day, winning two races apiece. The following is a recap of the afternoon’s racing, which had its usual share of long price winners sprinkled among the favorites.
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Saturday, April 25 2009
JERKENS HOPEFUL AFTER QUALITY ROAD QUARTER CRACK IS TREATED
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens expressed optimism Friday afternoon that Quality Road, a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby, would be able to make the May 2 “Run for the Roses” after noted hoof specialist Ian McKinlay treated a second quarter crack in the colt’s right-front hoof at Belmont Park.
“Ian closed the crack up with laces [this afternoon],” said Jerkens. “We will jog him tomorrow, if there’s no blood we can patch him. He can gallop Sunday and breeze Monday, and if he is sound Tuesday we’ll ship to Kentucky.
135th Derby,Oaks Launch Historic Churchill Downs Spring Meet That Introduces Night Racing
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 24, 2009) – Historic Churchill Downs will raise the curtain on Saturday, April 25 on its historic 52-day Spring Meet that begins with the 135th renewals of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), but will also be marked by first sessions of night racing in the legendary track’s history and the introduction of Mark Johnson as track announcer and the first international voice to provide the on-track call of the “Run for the Roses.”
Johnson, the British commentator who succeeds the late Luke Kruytbosch as announcer, will welcome racing fans who gather beneath the track’s historic Twin Spires on Saturday for an 11-race program opening day program that get underway with its first race at 12:45 p.m. (all times EDT). The racing program is topped by the 85th running of the $100,000-added Derby Trial (Grade III), a 7 ½-furlong race for 3-year-olds that is the final significant prep race for the May 2 Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.24.09)
KENTUCKY DERBY 135 NOTES
Friday, April 24, 2009
ADVICE/DUNKIRK/JOIN IN THE DANCE – Two of the three Todd Pletcher Kentucky Derby hopefuls galloped Friday morning at Churchill Downs.
Tampa Bay Derby (Grade III) runner-up Join in the Dance galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Kevin Willey. With $90,000 in graded earnings, Join in the Dance would need one defection for the list of possible Kentucky Derby starters to gain a spot in the starting gate.
Public Unveiling of Barbaro Memorial Set for Sunday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m.
What: The public unveiling of a larger-than-life bronze statue to celebrate the career of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro will take place at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
When: Sunday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. ET (Churchill Downs’ grandstand gates open at 11 a.m. and the first live race is 12:45 p.m.)
NYRA TO PROVIDE BELMONT SHUTTLES FOR LIRR PATRONS
Beginning on Wednesday, April 29, The New York Racing Association, Inc. will provide free shuttle bus service between Belmont Park and the Queens Village station of the Long Island Rail Road for its patrons affected by the suspension of the “Belmont Special” by the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
“We remain optimistic that train service to Belmont Park will be restored,” said Kenneth Cook, NYRA’s Vice-President of Security. “In the interim, in order to fill the gap left by government cuts, shuttle service is a way to accommodate those who depended on the train to bring them directly to Belmont Park.”
Keeneland Spring Meeting Produces Third-Highest Total Attendance
Lexington, KY (April 24, 2009) – Keeneland realized total attendance of 240,755 – the third-highest in track history – for its 2009 spring race meeting, held April 3-24.
Total attendance for the 15-day meet was off just 1.1 percent from last year’s total of 243,606 for the 16-day meeting. The Keeneland record of 244,145 was set during the 2006 spring meeting.
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Spice Route Scores Mild Upset In Fifth Third Elkhorn
Lexington, Ky. (April 24, 2009)—Spice Route (GB) won the $200,000, Grade 2 Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes Friday at Keeneland, upsetting heavily favored Champs Elysees (GB) and spoiling the 10-year-old debut of multi-millionaire Better Talk Now.
The 5-year-old son of King’s Best took the lead with an eighth of a mile remaining in the 1 1/2-mile turf race under Rene Douglas en route to a two-length victory. Time for the race on the firm turf was 2:29.23.
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FRENCHMAN BLANC SEEKS THIRD VICTORY IN $300,000 SF MILE AT GGF
ALBANY -- Jockey Brice Blanc will seek his third victory in the San Francisco Mile Saturday when he rides Storm Military for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel in the $300,000 turf stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Grade 2 SF Mile highlights a big 10-race program Saturday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the track will receive a free Golden Gate Fields sports bag.