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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Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thursday, April 29, 2009


Arlington Park’s defending champion jockey Rene Douglas has now tied Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires with six riding titles at Chicago’s premier Thoroughbred oval and also remains the only jockey in Arlington Park history to win four successive riding crowns.

However, Douglas preferred to talk about how he might improve when encountered on the apron during training hours Wednesday morning – two days before the opening of Arlington’s 98-day 2009 session.

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Suffolk Downs Opens This Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day

EAST BOSTON, MA - Opening Day of the 2009 live racing season at Suffolk Downs is this Saturday, May 2, 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. Wagering on the Kentucky Derby will be available both Friday and Saturday.

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Federal Bill Introduced that Would Eliminate Automatic 25% Withholding on Pari-Mutuel Winnings of $5

A bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last night that would eliminate the automatic 25 percent federal withholding on pari-mutuel winnings of $5,000 or more for bets that carry odds of 300-1 or higher. The “Pari-Mutuel Conformity and Equality Act” (PACE Act) was introduced by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY). Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R-LA) is the lead co-sponsor.

Unlike any of its competitors in other gaming industries, the pari-mutuel industry is burdened by an inequitable tax law that requires waging facilities to withhold federal taxes on winnings over $5,000 if the odds are at least 300 times the amount wagered. The PACE Act (H.R. 2140) would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, whose withholding threshold has remained unchanged for 17 years and was last increased in 1992, from $1,000 to $5,000.


Keeneland September Yearling Sale Yields 13 Kentucky Derby Entrants

Lexington, KY (April 29, 2009) – The 2007 Keeneland September Yearling Sale has yielded 13 of the 20 horses entered today in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

The group includes co-second choices on the morning line, Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Pioneerof the Nile and Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Dunkirk, who was sold for the sale-topping price of $3.7 million; Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Friesan Fire; Toyota Blue Grass (G1) winner General Quarters and runner-up Hold Me Back; and UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) winner Desert Party.

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 29, 2009) Don’t miss all of the Kentucky Derby excitement at Tampa Bay Downs! The 135th edition of the Run for the Roses will be shown at the Oldsmar oval on Saturday, May 2; gates open at 10 AM, mutuel lines will open at 10:15 AM and post time for the first race at Churchill Downs will be at 10:30 AM! Tampa Bay Dows will be running a 12-race live card with a special post time of approximately 12:15. Parking is always free, valet parking is $5, Grandstand admission is $2 and Clubhouse admission is $3. Mint juleps will be on sale throughout the facility all day in the official commemorative glass of the Kentucky Derby.

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Eclipse Champion Zenyatta Makes Kentucky Debut In Louisville Distaff to Highlight Oaks Undercard

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 28, 2009) – Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss’ Zenyatta, the undefeated 5-year-old who earned a 2008 Eclipse Award as the nation’s top older filly or mare was one of three finalists for “Horse of the Year” honors, will face seven challengers Friday in the 24th running of the $350,000-added Louisville Distaff (Grade II) on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.

The 12-race card Friday, highlighted by the 135th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), will begin with a 10:30 a.m. ET post time. Five other stakes will be on the card, four of them graded.

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ALBANY -- The $75,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes and the simulcast of the 135th Kentucky Derby will highlight a big racing program at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

All gates open at 7:15 a.m. Saturday as Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire Kentucky Derby Day card from Churchill Downs. Post time for the first race at Golden Gate Fields race is 11:45 a.m.

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Derby 135 Notes (4.29)

ATOMIC RAIN – A late addition to the field for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Atomic Rain arrived at Churchill Downs at 2 a.m. Wednesday after a 13-hour van ride from Monmouth Park in New Jersey.

Trainer Kelly Breen was aboard when the Smart Strike colt went out for a one-mile jog this morning at 7 o’clock. Atomic Rain returned from the exercise bucking and snorting.

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Tuesday, April 28 2009

Kentucky Derby 135 Notes (4.28.09)

ADVICE/DUNKIRK/JOIN IN THE DANCE – It now appears trainer Todd Pletcher will start three horses in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby 135 – Advice, Dunkirk and Join in the Dance.

After consulting with the various owners of his four potential Derby starters, the five-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer decided to go with three and drop one – that horse being Take the Points, who is owned by the Starlight Partners stable of Jack and Laurie Wolf.

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Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.28.09)

BE FAIR/STONE LEGACY/TWEETER – Marylou Whitney Stables' Stone Legacy was entered for Kentucky Oaks 135 by trainer D. Wayne Lukas on Tuesday morning. The decision gave Lukas three fillies in the Oaks, a race he has won four times.

Stone Legacy, who galloped Tuesday morning, will be ridden for the first time by Kent Desormeaux and break from post position three.

Westrock Stables' Be Fair galloped on her first day back on the track after working five furlongs on Sunday in 1:00.20 under exercise rider Omar Golon.

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