Sunday, May 03 2009

El Brujo king of the Queenston

Toronto, May 2 - El Brujo remained unbeaten in 2009 and solidified himself as a legitimate Queen's Plate contender, courtesy of a score in Saturday's $150,000 Queenston Stakes at Woodbine.

El Brujo, who launched his three-year-old campaign with a decisive 8 ¾-length win in the Achievement Stakes on April 11, was sent off as the prohibitive favourite in the seven-furlong Queenston.

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Saturday, May 02 2009

Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (5.2.2009)

RACHEL ALEXANDRA – It was easy to figure out where the winner of Friday’s 135th running of the Kentucky Oaks was … just follow the lilies.

The garland of lilies was draped over the wall in front of Stall 17 at Barn 30 where Rachel Alexandra was taking it easy after her jaw-dropping, 20 1/4-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks.

“She is good this morning,” trainer Hal Wiggins said. “She maybe left one or two bits of feed and this morning she was dragging the groom around the barn.”

Rachel Alexandra began her five-race win streak with a score in the Golden Rod (Grade II) here last fall. After that, Wiggins mapped out a plan to get to Friday’s Oaks.

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Barn Notes: Saturday, May 02, 2009


Friday’s opening day program of Arlington Park’s 2009 Thoroughbred racing season began with a bang when jockey Eduardo “Shorty” Perez guided Charles Sigrist and Del Sol Farm’s Sam Owen to a front-running neck tally in the first race of the afternoon.

Sam Owen, trained by part owner Moises Yanez, lit up the tote board with a win payoff of $68.60 – easily the longest-priced winner of the 10-race program. Combined with the $22.60 win payoff registered by William Logue’ Littlebutlively in the second race of the day, Friday’s opening day Daily Double returned $693.20.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – The connections of I Want Revenge will hold a news conference at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday in the Auxiliary Media Center. The owners intend to scratch morning line favorite I Want Revenge. No other information was available at this time.

Scheduled to appear at the news conference will be co-owner David Lanzman, trainer Jeff Mullins, Dr. Foster Northrop and Dr. Larry Bramlege.

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Friday, May 01 2009

Rachel Alexandra Dominates Kentucky Oaks 135

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – A crowd of 104,867, up 4.8 percent over the 2008 crowd of 100,046, witnessed a sublime performance in Kentucky Oaks 135, as favored Rachel Alexandra cruised to a record 20 ¼-length victory in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. Kentucky Oaks 135 also featured a day of events to raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, including a “pink out” among race fans and a special one-hour program on NBC’s sister cable network, Bravo, focusing on the food, fashion, and celebrity experience associated with Kentucky Oaks Day.

All sources wagering on the 12-race Kentucky Oaks 135 card was $30,020,877, a 3.9-percent decrease from the 2008 total of $31,231,991. On-track wagering for the entire Kentucky Oaks card was $10,475,352, a decrease of 6.6 percent from the $11,217,756 wagered by patrons at Churchill Downs during the previous year. Off-track wagering on the Kentucky Oaks card was $19,545,525, a 2.3-percent decrease over the 2008 figure of $20,014,235.


Miss Isella Outduels Favored One Carolina To Win Louisville Distaff; Champion Zenyatta Scratched

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – Domino Stud of Lexington’s Miss Isella squeezed through a narrow opening along the rail in defeating 1-2 favorite One Caroline by three-quarters of a length to win the 24th running of the $379,700 Louisville Distaff (Grade II) on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Ian Wilkes, Miss Isella gave Borel his fifth victory in the Louisville Distaff.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – Carl Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge collared Smart Enough in deep stretch and then held off a late charge from Cannonball by a neck to win the 15th running of the $112,800 AEGON Turf Sprint (Grade III) for 3-year-olds and up over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs on Friday afternoon.

The AEGON Turf was the first of six stakes, five of them graded, on the Kentucky Oaks card that featured 12 races.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – Kim and John Glenney’s Orthodox held off a late charge by Battle of Hastings (GB) by three-quarters of a length to spring a $93.20 upset in the 18th running of the $170,400 American Turf Presented by HRTV (Grade III) for 3-year-olds over Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.

Ridden by Jon Court, Orthodox chased pacesetter Turfiste through early fractions of :24.23 and :48.86 on the “yielding” course. Orthodox drew even with Turfiste at the head of the stretch and the duo was joined at the eighth pole by Battle of Hastings.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – IEAH Stables, Gary Tolchin and Pegasus Holding Group Stables’ Laragh took the lead shortly out of the gate and never looked back to win the 25th running of the $115,300 Edgewood for 3-year-old fillies over the Matt Winn Turf Course by 1 ¼ lengths over Magical Affair.

Ridden by Edgar Prado, Laragh carved out fractions of :23.57, :48.43 and 1:13.04 while racing on an uncontested lead. Favored Magical Affair, under Julien Leparoux, closed ground late to salvage second with Banker’s Choice finishing another 3 ¼ lengths back in third under Calvin Borel.

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Rachel Alexandra Dominates In Record 20 3/4 Length Victory in 135th Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE, KY (May 1, 2009) – L & M Partners LLC’s Rachel Alexandra delivered a tour de force under Calvin Borel in crushing six rivals to win the 135th running of the $554,500 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) by a record 20 ¼ lengths on Friday before a crowd of 104,867 at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Hal Wiggins for the partnership of breeder Dolphus Morrison and Michael Lauffer, Rachel Alexandra stalked early pacesetter Gabby’s Golden Gal until Borel began to inch up midway on the final turn of the mile and one-eighth race.

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Foot Ailment Forces Scratch of Justwhistledixie from 135th Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE, KY (May 1, 2009) – West Point Thoroughbreds, Lakland Farm and R.D. Hubbard’s Justwhistledixie, a winner of five consecutive races including the Bonnie Miss (Grade II) and Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park, has been scratched from the 135th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) because of a foot ailment.

The 3-year-old daughter of Dixie Union was the 5-2 second choice in the morning line odds for the field of eight in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, but was scratched less than two hours before the race. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said the filly was suffering from an abscess in her left front foot that was discovered as his brother and assistant trainer Neal McLaughlin prepared Justwhistledixie for the race.

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Kentucky Derby 135 Notes (Friday, May 1, 2009)

ADVICE/DUNKIRK/JOIN IN THE DANCE – The trio of Todd Pletcher horses was out and done with their leg stretching prior to 7 a.m. (all times EDT) Friday, each galloping approximately a mile and three eighths around the “sloppy” Churchill Downs oval that had been pelted with some fairly serious overnight rains.

Advice, the last of the barn’s Derby contenders came off the strip just prior to 7 with Pletcher looking on near the six-furlong gap.

“If it is ‘fast’ or ‘sloppy’ tomorrow for the race, I think we’ll be fine,” Pletcher said. “Dunkirk went over this ‘slop’ a little earlier and he handled it well. He was good with it. But I don’t think we’ll want to see a ‘good’ or ‘muddy’ track. That won’t help my horses. We’ll hope we don’t have to deal with that.”

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