Sunday, May 03 2009
MY PRINCESS JESS SAVES BEST FOR LAST (QUARTER) IN BEAUGAY
ELMONT, N.Y.-- Lael Stable’s My Princess Jess halted a three-race losing streak and began her 4-year-old campaign as a winner Saturday afternoon, rallying for a 1 ¾-length victory over favored Carribean Sunset (IRE) in the 32nd running of the $109,000 Beaugay for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf course at Belmont Park.
The Stormy Atlantic filly, whose previous victory was in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Lake George last July, came on strong in the middle of the “good” course under jockey Cornelio Velasquez after sitting well off a pace of 26.07, 50.57, 1:15.27 and 1:38.97. Are We Dreamin had been the early pacesetter, but was overtaken on the turn by Sunshine for Life, who wilted in midstretch.
FLASHING MAKES COMEBACK FOR FIRST BELMONT SCORE
BELMONT PARK, ELMONT, N.Y. -- Darley Stable’s Flashing, making her Belmont Park debut after winning three of four career starts at Aqueduct, came back in the lane to collar 6-5 favorite Saarlight and win Saturday’s 14th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Nassau County for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs by a length and a quarter.
Flashing, a daughter of 1992 Belmont Stakes winner and Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, took the lead from the rail on the muddy/sealed track and was quickly engaged by Saarlight. They opened a huge lead over their three rivals, setting a pace of 22.14, 44.63 and 1:09.73.
Bocachica, Thompson Star on Opening Day at Suffolk Downs
EAST BOSTON, MA – Jockeys Winston Thompson and Orlando Bocachica each won three races on the nine-race Opening Day card at Suffolk Downs before an enthusiastic Kentucky Derby Day crowd of 16,336.
Bocachica started off the day with an 11-¼ length score aboard Pop Rocket ($6.80) in the opener. He took the third race in front-running fashion with Red Magic ($5.40). In the sixth race, Bocachica finished in a dead heat for first aboard BL's Metropolitan ($2.80). All three victories came for the owner and trainer combination of Michael Gill and Marcus Vitali, who teamed up for a fourth win on the card with jockey Laurent Beaucamp and Touch a Prince ($6.20) in the day’s fifth race.
FEISTY SUANCES ROMPS IN SILKY SULLIVAN STAKES
ALBANY -- Feisty Suances, delivering the performance expected of a 2-to-5 favorite, romped to a four-length victory in the $75,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Jockey Kyle Kaenel, who recently moved his tack from the Bay Area to Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, gladly made a return visit to Golden Gate Fields to handle Feisty Suances in the Silky Sullivan.
ZITO TRAINED MINER’S ESCAPE GALLOPS IN TESIO STAKES
BALTIMORE, 05-02-09---Trainer Nick Zito has saddled 19 Preakness® Stakes runners during his Hall of Fame career, including 1996 winner Louis Quatorze, with at least one starter in Maryland’s signature race in 15 of the previous 18 years. This afternoon at Pimlico Race Course, the Zito trained Miner’s Escape came home an impressive winner in the $75,000 Federico Tesio Stakes.
The Tesio has been used as a springboard to the Preakness by standouts such as Deputed Testamony (1983), Oliver’s Twist (1995) and Magic Weisner (2002). The 134th running of the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown is set for Saturday, May 16.
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DINNER IN ODEM UP IN TIME FOR CHRIS THOMAS TURF CLASSIC
OLDSMAR, Fla. (May 2, 2009) A crowd of 10,144 fans turned out for the twelve race Tampa Bay Downs card and the simulcast of the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby. The featured race on the Tampa program was the tenth edition of the $75,000 Chris Thomas Turf Classic, which was captured today by Dinner in Odem, a five-year-old gelded son of Quaker Ridge owned by Sharyn and Peter Wasiluk, trained by Peter Wasiluk and ridden to victory by Phil Teator. Dinner in Odem broke alertly, settled off of the pace and emerged mid-stretch to capture the 1 1/8 miles turf test by a neck in a thrilling stretch battle with Sir Dave and Sporting Art, who finished second and third, respectively. The order of finish yielded a $2 trifecta payout of $673.20.
El Brujo king of the Queenston
Toronto, May 2 - El Brujo remained unbeaten in 2009 and solidified himself as a legitimate Queen's Plate contender, courtesy of a score in Saturday's $150,000 Queenston Stakes at Woodbine.
El Brujo, who launched his three-year-old campaign with a decisive 8 ¾-length win in the Achievement Stakes on April 11, was sent off as the prohibitive favourite in the seven-furlong Queenston.
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Saturday, May 02 2009
Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (5.2.2009)
RACHEL ALEXANDRA – It was easy to figure out where the winner of Friday’s 135th running of the Kentucky Oaks was … just follow the lilies.
The garland of lilies was draped over the wall in front of Stall 17 at Barn 30 where Rachel Alexandra was taking it easy after her jaw-dropping, 20 1/4-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks.
“She is good this morning,” trainer Hal Wiggins said. “She maybe left one or two bits of feed and this morning she was dragging the groom around the barn.”
Rachel Alexandra began her five-race win streak with a score in the Golden Rod (Grade II) here last fall. After that, Wiggins mapped out a plan to get to Friday’s Oaks.
Barn Notes: Saturday, May 02, 2009
‘SHORTY’ PEREZ PILOTS LONGEST PRICE ON ARLINGTON’S OPENING DAY
Friday’s opening day program of Arlington Park’s 2009 Thoroughbred racing season began with a bang when jockey Eduardo “Shorty” Perez guided Charles Sigrist and Del Sol Farm’s Sam Owen to a front-running neck tally in the first race of the afternoon.
Sam Owen, trained by part owner Moises Yanez, lit up the tote board with a win payoff of $68.60 – easily the longest-priced winner of the 10-race program. Combined with the $22.60 win payoff registered by William Logue’ Littlebutlively in the second race of the day, Friday’s opening day Daily Double returned $693.20.
OWNERS INTEND TO SCRATCH I WANT REVENGE FROM KENTUCKY DERBY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – The connections of I Want Revenge will hold a news conference at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday in the Auxiliary Media Center. The owners intend to scratch morning line favorite I Want Revenge. No other information was available at this time.
Scheduled to appear at the news conference will be co-owner David Lanzman, trainer Jeff Mullins, Dr. Foster Northrop and Dr. Larry Bramlege.
Friday, May 01 2009
Rachel Alexandra Dominates Kentucky Oaks 135
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – A crowd of 104,867, up 4.8 percent over the 2008 crowd of 100,046, witnessed a sublime performance in Kentucky Oaks 135, as favored Rachel Alexandra cruised to a record 20 ¼-length victory in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. Kentucky Oaks 135 also featured a day of events to raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, including a “pink out” among race fans and a special one-hour program on NBC’s sister cable network, Bravo, focusing on the food, fashion, and celebrity experience associated with Kentucky Oaks Day.
All sources wagering on the 12-race Kentucky Oaks 135 card was $30,020,877, a 3.9-percent decrease from the 2008 total of $31,231,991. On-track wagering for the entire Kentucky Oaks card was $10,475,352, a decrease of 6.6 percent from the $11,217,756 wagered by patrons at Churchill Downs during the previous year. Off-track wagering on the Kentucky Oaks card was $19,545,525, a 2.3-percent decrease over the 2008 figure of $20,014,235.
Miss Isella Outduels Favored One Carolina To Win Louisville Distaff; Champion Zenyatta Scratched
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – Domino Stud of Lexington’s Miss Isella squeezed through a narrow opening along the rail in defeating 1-2 favorite One Caroline by three-quarters of a length to win the 24th running of the $379,700 Louisville Distaff (Grade II) on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Ian Wilkes, Miss Isella gave Borel his fifth victory in the Louisville Distaff.