Friday, May 01 2009


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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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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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 1, 2009) – Jim Tafel LLC’s Coragil Cat continues to show an affinity for Arlington Park’s all-weather Polytrack surface with his third stakes victory over the surface as the son of Forest Wildcat captured the $53,400 Timeless Native Stakes for the second straight year on Friday, opening day at the suburban Chicago racecourse.

Ridden by Diego Sanchez, the 5-year-old horse overcame a slow break, began to make up ground on the turn before angling out in the stretch to overtake favored Lissa’s Star inside the furlong marker to gain the 1 ¾-length victory, covering the mile in 1:34.83.

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Arlington Park Barn Notes: Friday, May 1


Saturday’s fourth running of the $100,000 Illinois Owners Stakes, partially renamed each year in recognition of a specified Illinois-based Thoroughbred owner, will honor Dr. Richard Radke, 81, who remains focused on improving his own Illinois-bred band although he has retired from the medical profession.

“I’m really proud of the Illinois program and have been an avid supporter of it for more than 40 years,” said Radke, speaking over the phone Friday. Radke’s horses have been trained by Arlington’s all-time leading conditioner Richard Hazelton throughout those four decades.

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Suffolk Downs Opens Tomorrow, Kentucky Derby Day

EAST BOSTON, MA - Opening Day of the 2009 live racing season at Suffolk Downs is tomorrow, 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.

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Mullins Beach looks to unleash her ‘Fury’ on Sunday

TORONTO, May 1 - Mullins Beach, a bay daughter of Speightstown, goes after her second consecutive score in Sunday’s $150,000 Fury Stakes.

Owned by Eugene Melnyk and trained by Malcolm Pierce, Mullins Beach heads into the seven-furlong Fury off a 3 ¾-length triumph in the five-furlong La Voyageuse Stakes on April 4 at Woodbine.

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 1, 2009) — Favorite Maui Mark, fourth at the head of the stretch, easily caught pacesetter Slam Slew with a furlong to run and drew away for a 3 1/4-length victory as Joel Rosario notched his fourth of five wins in Friday’s $48,000 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.

The five-win afternoon gave Rosario 14 as he moved into a tie atop the Hollywood Park jockeys’ standings with Rafael Bejarano, who is in Kentucky where he will ride Chocolate Candy in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

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ALBANY -- All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 7:15 a.m. Saturday for a huge racing program that will feature the simulcast of the entire Kentucky Derby Day card from Churchill Downs and 10 local races.

Post time for the first race on Churchill Downs' 13-race card is 7:30 a.m. The Kentucky Derby is the 11th race on the program and will be run at approximately 3:24 p.m. Post time for the first Golden Gate Fields race is 11:45 a.m.

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