Thursday, May 07 2009
Preakness News-May 6-2009
BALTIMORE, 05-06-09---The prospective field for next Saturday’s 134th Preakness® Stakes grew by three confirmed starters when the connections of Musket Man, General Quarters and Terrain committed to the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. The $1 million race now has nine definite starters with Big Drama the first to arrive at historic Pimlico Race Course.
Trainer Derek Ryan told Maryland Jockey Club officials that Musket Man, who finished third in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby would be Preakness bound. The Illinois Derby (Grade II) and Tampa Bay Derby (Grade III) winner has never finished off the board in seven lifetime starts.
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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.6.09)
MINE THAT BIRD GALLOPS TWICE AROUND – Longshot Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird galloped twice around the Churchill Downs through a light drizzle Wednesday morning with exercise rider Charlie Figueroa up.
“He looked super and switched leads perfectly,” trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr said. “I was happy with him yesterday (when Mine That Bird galloped a mile). He tried to run off a little bit and that surprised me. I will let him do a little bit more tomorrow.”
Churchill Downs Incorporated Reports 2009 First-Quarter Results
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 6, 2009) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“Company”) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.
Net revenues from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2009 totaled $73.7 million, an increase of 12 percent over net revenues from continuing operations of $65.7 million recorded during the first quarter of 2008. Net revenues from continuing operations for the quarter were positively affected by the continued strong first quarter performance of the Company’s gaming operations in Louisiana, which opened its permanent facility in November 2008, as well as the continued growth of its on-line businesses, including TwinSpires.com. Additionally, we benefited from the receipt of $4.3 million in one-time source market fees paid to Arlington Park, previously held in escrow by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (“NTRA”), during the first quarter of 2009.
TAP DANCING SPLASHES TO HOBERT SUMMERS MEMORIAL WIN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 6, 2009) – Elizabeth Alexander’s Tap Dancing held off a late bid from Silver Mountain by a length to win the featured $43,760 Hobert Summers Memorial over a “sloppy” track at Churchill Downs in a field reduced to four on Wednesday afternoon.
The winner covered the 1 ¼ miles in 2:08.50 for the allowance test that was taken off the Matt Winn Turf Course.
DEWEY’S SPECIAL SHARP FOLLOWING YEAR-LONG LAYOFF
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 6, 2009) — Dewey’s Special got the early jump on even-money favorite Nitro Active and scored a front-running victory under jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. while making his first start in a year in Wednesday’s $50,000 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.
Valdivia, able to set leisurely fractions of :24.41 for the quarter and :48.11 for the half, had plenty of horse left in the stretch as Dewey’s Special prevailed by three-quarters of a length while covering 1 1/16 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:42.20.
MANDELLA SEEKS RECORD FOURTH RAILBIRD WITH WITTY
Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella seeks a record fourth victory in the $100,000 Railbird Stakes for 3-year-old fillies with unbeaten Witty at Hollywood Park Sunday.
From everything he has seen so far, Mandella thinks Witty could be every bit as good as his three previous winners — She’s Tops in 1992, Supercilious in 1996 and Brulay in 1998 — in the Grade III test at seven furlongs on Cushion Track.
SPRING CONCERT SERIES BEGINS SUNDAY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- The high-energy band Pride & Joy will provide the tunes Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when the East Bay track kicks off its Spring Concert Series.
Every Sunday through the remainder of its spring meeting, which concludes June 14, Golden Gate Fields will offer horse racing fans live musical entertainment along with a full racing card.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 6, 2009
EINSTEIN BRILLIANT IN 1ST STEPPING STONE TO ARLINGTON MILLION XXVII
Midnight Cry Stable’s Einstein established himself as the early favorite for this summer’s 27th running of the Grade I Arlington Million – to be contested Aug. 8 – by driving to a hard-earned score in last weekend’s Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.
Perhaps fittingly, Einstein’s margin of margin of victory was by a head in last Saturday’s event over the Louisville lawn. The Woodford Reserve, run at nine furlongs, annually serves as the first step on the road to the 10-furlong Arlington Million – always the showcase race of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season.
102 Horses Entered for Saturday’s 11-Race Monmouth Opener
Monmouth Park opens this Saturday, May 9, with an 11-race program attracting a total of 102 entries. The 94-day meeting will run through Sept. 27.
Topping Saturday’s card is the $70,000 Decathlon Stakes for three year olds and upward, which attracted eight starters, including Gerry Sleeter’s Who’s the Cowboy, winner of stakes races at Monmouth in 2005, 2006 and 2008.
SPA OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY
It takes a lot of work to put on the greatest Thoroughbred racing meet in the world, and Saratoga Race Course is eager to get help established for its 2009, 36-day meet that runs from Wednesday, July 29-Labor Day, Monday, September 7.
To meet its demand for help at Saratoga, the New York Racing Association will conduct Open House interviews for different positions. These include turf work, general labor, greenhouse work/planting, betting clerks, security, ushers, parking attendants and admission cashiers,
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Wednesday, May 06 2009
Preakness News-May 5-2009
FIVE-TIME WINNER D. WAYNE LUKAS WILL RETURN WITH HIS 33RD PREAKNESS STARTER
BALTIMORE, 05-05-09---Only Robert Wyndham Walden, who trained seven Preakness winners, including five straight from 1878-1882 has hoisted the Woodlawn Vase more times than D. Wayne Lukas, who has won five middle jewels. The Hall of Famer will attempt for his sixth victory in the 134th Preakness® Stakes on May 16 with Flying Private.
Flying Private, who finished second in the Grade II Lane’s End Stakes in March, finished last in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The Equibase chart indicated the son of Fusaichi Pegasus was five wide into the first turn and within striking distance but faded after five furlongs.
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Huge Carryovers in Pick 6, Super Hi-5 Available As Racing Resumes Wednesday at Churchill Downs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 5, 2009) – Fans who are still recovering from the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the surprise victory by 50-1 shot Mine That Bird will have added motivation to return to the track when the Spring Meet resumes on Wednesday as huge carryover pools will be available in both the Pick 6 and Super HI-5 wagers.
The Pick 6, a $2 minimum wager that requires bettors to correctly select the winners of six consecutive races, has a carryover pool of $781,146 as Spring Meet racing resumes following a three-day post-Derby break. The Super HI-5, a $1 minimum wager that requires the bettor to correctly select the first five horses in the correct order-of-finish in a selected race, has a carryover pool of $251,856.