Friday, March 20 2009
VIC GILARDI OBIT
Vic Gilardi, one of the more successful jockey agents in history, died Thursday afternoon, March 19, at Long Island Jewish Hospital after a one-month stay. He was 78.
A native of Staten Island, N.Y. and a United States Marine Corps veteran who served during the Korean conflict, Gilardi sold insurance before starting out as an agent for his brother-in-law, jockey Tony Russo.
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GP Barn NOtes 3-20
Five Graded Stakes Set for Florida Derby Weekend
The $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) next Saturday will be the highlight of an outstanding weekend of racing at Gulfstream Park as the 58th edition of the historic Kentucky Derby (G1) preview leads a schedule of five graded stakes to be run over three days.
A field of seven or eight is taking shape for the 1 1/8 miles Florida Derby, led by several of the nation’s most highly-regarded Kentucky Derby prospects – Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Dunkirk; Edward P. Evans’ Quality Road, John Oxley’s Beethoven and Samotawka Stables and partners’ Theregoesjojo.
Nine-Time Winners Ken and Sarah Ramsey Joined by Newcomers Maker, Lebron as 2008 KTM Honorees
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 2009) – Perennial leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey will be joined by first-time honorees in trainer Mike Maker and jockey Victor Lebron when Kentucky Thoroughbred Media (“KTM”) honors the winners of its 19th annual leading owner, trainer and jockey awards presented annually to the statistical leaders on the Kentucky racing circuit.
The Ramseys will be honored for a ninth consecutive year as the leading owners in Kentucky racing, while Maker and Lebron will be presented with their first KTM awards during a special presentation at Turfway Park on Saturday, March 21 during festivities surrounding the $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes (Grade II).
2009 SPRING THOROUGHBRED RACING TELECASTS TO BE SUPPORTED BY “ON CALL” VETERINARIANS
Now in its 19th year, the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ “On Call” program will assist the spring season of live Thoroughbred racing on major television networks. The role of the “On Call” veterinarian is to deliver accurate veterinary information to broadcast and print journalists regarding the health of the equine athlete.
AAEP “On Call” veterinarians will assist the following spring racing telecasts as well as the Triple Crown:
Calder Race Course Announces 2009 Calder Meet Stakes Schedule
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (March 20, 2009) – Calder Race Course is pleased to announce its stakes schedule for the 2009 Calder Meet, a program that includes renewals of the Summit of Speed and Festival of the Sun and the 28th runnings of the Florida Stallion Stakes series.
The 2009 Calder Meet stakes schedule features 28 stakes races worth a total of $4,125,000. Nine of the stakes carry Graded status by the American Graded Stakes Committee, including the Grade I $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap to be run on the Summit of Speed program on July 11. Calder’s longtime cornerstone event, the Festival of the Sun, is scheduled for Oct. 17.
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AUSSIE RED ARROW FAVORED IN GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SPRINT
ALBANY -- Red Arrow, the Aussie horse who is 2-for-3 racing in the U.S., has been made a 7-to-5 favorite on the morning line to capture the $75,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint Saturday.
A six-furlong dash for 4-year-olds and up, the Golden Gate Fields Sprint is the main event on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. The Golden Gate Fields Sprint is the third race on the card and is scheduled to be run at 1:49 p.m.
Champion Stardom Bound at Keeneland to Prepare for Ashland
Lexington, KY (March 20, 2009) – Champion Stardom Bound arrived at Keeneland on Wednesday, March 18, and will have her first breeze over the Polytrack on Saturday as she prepares for her next scheduled start in the $400,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) on April 4.
“That's what we're here for,” said trainer Rick Dutrow about the Ashland. Stardom Bound will make her first start for Dutrow in the Keeneland stakes, after having raced for trainer Bobby Frankel in her two previous races of 2009.
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KAELIN WINS TWO, CRUZ BOOTS HOME THREE
OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 20, 2009) Trainer Forrest Kaelin escorted two of his charges to the Winner’s Circle today, and Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month Carlos M. Cruz rode three winners on the afternoon’s eleven race program. Kaelin got his first victory with Prince David, a three-year-old Crimson Classic gelding owned by Betty Kaelin and ridden to victory by Jesse Garcia. Kaelin teamed up with Carlos Cruz to notch his second win of the day; the duo scored with So Very Irish, a Stravinsky gelding carrying the colors of Davis V. Hall.
Day-before routines for Lane’s End contenders
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 20, 2009 . . . Bittel Road and West Side Bernie, one-two on the morning line for the Lane’s End Stakes Saturday, both were on the Polytrack at Turfway Park Friday morning.
Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, jogged Bittel Road once around the Turfway track and then galloped another circuit. “He went very easily,” Beckman said. “He’s loving the track. He’s just cruising over top of it.”
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Oasis 1 Stables dominates final Jebel Ali meeting
Friday’s tenth and final meeting of the 2008/09 season at Jebel Ali was dominated by trainer Musabah Al Muhairi and his stable jockey Wayne Smith who combined to win half of the six races.
The featured 1200m sprint handicap, however, was won by the Satish Seemar-trained Escape Route who was ridden by Robbie Burke in the absence of an unwell Kevin Shea.
Derby 135 Update (3.20.09)
EUROPE/GOSDEN’S MAFAAZ PUNCHES DERBY TICKET WITH NARROW KEMPTON WIN
For the first time in 135 years of Kentucky Derby (Grade I) history, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred has a guaranteed spot in the starting gate for the “Run for the Roses.” The history-making horse is Mafaaz, who punched his ticket to Kentucky Derby 135 when he held off the onrushing Spring of Fame to win Wednesday’s first running of the $112,304 Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at England’s Kempton Park.
The race offered its winner a guaranteed starting spot in America’s greatest race and a $100,000 bonus if Mafaaz shows up at Churchill Downs and starts in the 1 ¼-mile classic on Saturday, May 2. And trainer John Gosden, a strong supporter of the Kentucky Derby Challenge concept, intends to send the colt owned by Dubai’s Sheikh Hamdan to Kentucky for the race.
Kentucky Oaks 135 Update 3.20.09
SOUTH/RACHEL ALEXANDRA LIKELY TO POINT TO FANTASY
L & M Racing’s Rachel Alexandra, a romping winner in last week’s Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II), is likely to make the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park her final prep for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI).
Trainer Hal Wiggins sais his options for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro are to train Rachel Alexandra up to the 1 1/8-mile Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 1 or run in the race at Oaklawn Park on April 5.