Wednesday, April 22 2009
BREEN, RYAN BRING TOUCH OF MONMOUTH TO KENTUCKY DERBY WITH WEST SIDE BERNIE
OCEANPORT, N.J. – Two trainers who will be stabled at Monmouth for the 2009 meeting that opens on May 9, will be very busy on the Saturday before when they saddle starters in the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Kelly Breen, who sends out West Side Bernie, and Derek Ryan, who trains Musket Man, have been Monmouth regulars for many years, and will be participating in their first Derby.
Youbet.com to Carry Signal for the 2009 Calder Race Course Meet
Burbank, CA, April 22, 2009 – Youbet.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: UBET) announced today that it will be carrying the signal from Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida beginning Friday, April 24.
“We are very pleased to offer the full Calder Race Course content to our customers for the first time in over a year; it is another example of how Youbet.com continues to work to provide the broadest product offering to our customers,” said Youbet.com Chief Executive Officer Michael Brodsky. “The agreement between us and Churchill Downs is another step in the continued cooperation between our companies, and we are looking forward to providing additional content from Churchill Downs and others over the near and long-term. For racing to prosper in the future, it is critical that signals be made available through as many channels as possible and providing the Calder meet to the ADW community is a step in the right direction. Our belief is that content should be ubiquitous, and then it is Youbet.com’s job to provide the best customer experience in the industry.”
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Rollers tops Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes
April 22, 2009, Wilmington, DE—Lael Stables Rollers tops the Delaware Park opening day feature, the $75,000 Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial, this Saturday. A field of ten has been entered in the six furlong affair for 3-year-olds and upward.
Most recently, the 4-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic ran third in a six furlong $62,000 allowance at Keeneland on April 4. The New York-bred trained by Barclay Tagg ran second in the six furlong $100,000 Grade III Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 17. Last year, he notched three wins, including a victory $250,000 Gallant Bob Stakes at Philadelphia Park, and two seconds from six starts. His career record is four wins, four seconds and a third from 11 starts with earnings of $342,214. Anna Napravnik will ride.
Tuesday, April 21 2009
Six Elected to National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainers Bob Baffert and Janet Elliot, jockey Eddie Maple and the horses Ben Nevis II, Silverbulletday and Tiznow have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2009 will be inducted on Friday, August 14 in Saratoga Springs in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion.
Kentucky Derby 135 Notes (4.21.09)
CHOCOLATE CANDY – The Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Chocolate Candy tuned up for his engagement in Kentucky Derby 135 by working a mile over a track rated as “fast” in 1:42 with jockey Mike Smith up.
Churchill Downs clockers caught the Candy Ride colt in fractions of :12.60, :24.80, :37.20, :49.80, 1:02.20, seven-eighths in 1:28.60 and galloping out the mile and one-eighth in 1:57.
SIREN LURE, BOLD CHIEFTAIN LOOKING TO GAIN MILLIONAIRE STATUS IN $300,000 SF MILE
ALBANY -- The hard-hitting veterans Siren Lure and Bold Chieftain will be looking to gain millionaire status Saturday when they compete in the $300,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields.
A Grade 2 event run on the Lakeside Turf Course, the San Francisco Mile is Northern California's richest and highest-rated race. Heading the list of recent winners of the SF Mile is Singletary, who captured the feature in 2004 and went on to win the Grade 1 $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Mile at Lone Star Park.
JOSE VELEZ NAMED HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 21, 2009) Currently in his second year in the Tampa Bay Downs jockey colony, Jose Velez is having a banner season at the Oldsmar oval. Velez is currently the fourteenth leading rider here with 20 wins to his credit through April 21; in the week of April 14 – 19 Velez has booted home three winners and one second place finisher from 8 starters at average odds of 5.86-1.
Jose Velez was born on March 23, 1963 in San Turce, Puerto Rico. He gained an interest in horses through his father, who was also a jockey. Velez began riding in 1980 at Atlantic City Race Course, and in that year rode his first winner at New Jersey’s Meadowlands. In 1982, Velez was named as the leading apprentice at Hialeah Park and was also the leading rider at Gulfstream Park in that year.
Keeneland Barn Notes—Tuesday, April 21, 2009
CHAMPS ELYSEES AMONG NOTABLES IN CLOSING-DAY FIFTH THIRD ELKHORN
Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Champs Elysees (GB), who is coming off a second-place finish to Einstein (BRZ) in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) on March 7, will make his Keeneland debut in the 24th running of the Fifth Third Elkhorn (G2) on Friday, closing day of the spring meeting. The 6-year-old, who will be ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr. for trainer Bobby Frankel, is the 124-pound highweight and will break from post 11 for the 1½ mile-turf race worth $200,000.
By Danehill, Champs Elysees is a full brother to champions Intercontinental (GB) and Banks Hill (GB) – just two of the accomplished members of his family. During her career, Intercontinental captured three Keeneland stakes: the Jenny Wiley (G3) in 2004 and 2005 and the WinStar Galaxy (G2) in 2005.
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PIMLICO LAUNCHES NEW AND IMPROVED PREAKNESS WEBSITE
BALTIMORE, 04-21-09---Pimlico Race Course today launched a new and improved website for the 2009 Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. The redesigned http://www.preakness.com
site will feature unparalleled coverage of the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes at the historic Baltimore track on Saturday, May 16, 2009.
“The people spoke and we listened,” said Kerry Carlson, Vice President of Marketing for Magna Entertainment Corp (MEC)., Pimlico’s parent company. “Over the last few months we’ve been working hard to bring a whole new Preakness experience to the web. Overall, our updates have focused on providing fans with more functionality and more information and organizing it all in an easily digestible manner.”
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Live racing opens for the 72nd season at Delaware Park this Saturday
Wilmington, Del., April 21, 2009 — The 72nd season of live thoroughbred racing at Delaware Park is set to open this Saturday, April 25. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m. and the first 5,000 fans entering the park after 11 a.m. will receive a Delaware Park cap.
Opening Day activities officially begin at 9 a.m. with Breakfast in the Park, which features a sumptuous breakfast buffet for $7.95 and an informative handicapping seminar conducted by Joe DeVivo of the Daily Racing Form. Guests attending Breakfast in the Park, which will be held in the New Castle Room on the third floor of Delaware Park’s clubhouse, will also receive a free racing program and special gift.
Churchill Downs Offers Purse Incentives Designed to Boost Derby Week, Spring Meet Field Size
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 20, 2009) – Churchill Downs has reconfigured its purse distribution for stakes events and overnight races during Kentucky Derby Week and the track’s April 25-July 5 Spring Meet to encourage participation by as many horses as possible during the meet’s races.
In addition, horsemen whose stables are located at training centers or other tracks that bring their horses to Churchill Downs to compete will find significant capital improvements and refurbishments in the track’s two receiving barns, along with the availability of concierge services during their day at the historic track.
Monday, April 20 2009
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes
– The Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Chocolate Candy visited the paddock and then galloped a mile and a half over a muddy Churchill Downs track Monday morning with exercise rider Lindsey Molina up.
Galen May, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, said Chocolate Candy would work Tuesday morning, most likely after the break.