Thursday, April 30 2009


Hawthorne’s Spring Meet…Wet, but Encouraging


Stickney, IL--In spite of rainfall in both March and April that reached levels of historic proportions, Hawthorne Race Course continued to beat national trends, even posting a positive total- onsite-handle of 1.49 percent.

The 38-day meet featured the $500,000, Grade 2 Illinois Derby, won by Musket Man. The Derek Ryan-trained colt was sent off as the slight favorite in the field of ten and was a powerful winner under jockey Eibar Coa. Musket Man is scheduled to be the 8th consecutive Illinois Derby winner to compete in the Run for the Roses on May 2.





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I Want Revenge Is Solid Favorite in 135th Running of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands


LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 29, 2009) – David Lanzman, IEAH Stables & Puglisi Racing’s I Want Revenge, a dazzling winner of Aqueduct’s Wood Memorial (Grade I) and Gotham (GIII) since his move from synthetic racetracks to traditional dirt, was installed as a solid 3-1 favorite when he faces 19 rivals in Saturday’s 135th renewal of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday at historic Churchill Downs.

The 3-year-old son of Stephen Got Even could give IEAH Stables its second consecutive victory in America’s greatest race, following a dominant performance in last year’s Derby by the then-unbeaten Big Brown. A victory by I Want Revenge would provide California-based trainer Jeff Mullins with his first Kentucky Derby victory in five tries, and give 19-year-old jockey Joe Talamo a victory in the famed “Run for the Roses” in his first attempt. The Louisiana native would be the youngest jockey to win the Derby since Kentucky-born racing legend Steve Cauthen, then 18, won the 1978 Derby and swept the Triple Crown with Affirmed in 1978.





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Einstein Bids For Woodford Reserve Repeat


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 29, 2009) – Matthew Garretson’s Einstein (BRZ), a versatile major stakes winner on grass, dirt and synthetic surfaces, will attempt to become the first repeat winner of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on Saturday in one of the main appetizers on the Kentucky Derby 135 card at Churchill Downs.

The $2,202,200 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) is the centerpiece of the day that features five other graded stakes, two of them Grade I events, and the Eight Belles, a race for 3-year-old fillies that now honors the ill-fated filly that ran second to Big Brown in last year’s Kentucky Derby. First post time for the 13-race card is 10:30 a.m. with the Kentucky Derby post time set for 6:24 p.m. (all times EDT).





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BRIBON SWEEPS HIS WAY TO A SHOT AT THE SHADWELL MET MILE


By Francis LaBelle Jr.

Marc Keller’s Bribon made a sweeping move on the far turn that carried him to a one-length victory Wednesday in the 81st running of the Grade 3, $110,000 Westchester for three-year-olds and up. The one-mile race was the feature of Opening Day of Belmont Park’s 64-day Springs/Summer Meet.

Trained by Robert Ribaudo, the 6-year-old Mark of Esteem gelding had come close to being a graded stakes winner before, including his three-quarter-length loss behind Harlem Rocker and Tale of Ekati at Aqueduct last fall in the Grade 1 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile. Tale of Ekati won that race on the disqualification of Harlem Rocker, and it overshadowed a strong effort by Bribon.





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FOUT ON THE FLAT WITH DYNA’S LASSIE FOR THE BEAUGAY


It’s not steeplechase season at Saratoga Race Course.

So, don’t be confused when you see that trainer Paul Douglas Fout has entered a horse for Saturday’s 32nd running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Beaugay for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on Belmont Park’s inner turf course.





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DANCING FOREVER PRIMED FOR FORT MARCY – IF RAIN HOLDS OFF


With nearly $910,000 already bankrolled, Phipps Stables’ Dancing Forever is certain to go over the $1 million mark in earnings this year, but Hall of Fame trainer “Shug” McGaughey isn’t about to hurry the process.

McGaughey has big plans for the 6-year-old Rahy horse, including a defense of his victory in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 6. Ideally, Dancing Forever will begin his 2009 campaign on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park in the 33rd running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Fort Marcy for three-year-olds at up at a mile and a sixteenth on the Widener turf course.





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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.





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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.

The selections:

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.”





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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.





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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).





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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.





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