Sunday, May 17 2009

Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.16.09)

WHILE STARS OF CROP BATTLE AT PREAKNESS, OTHERS WAIT IN WINGS AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – The current stars of the 3-year-old crop – headed by Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird, Kentucky Oaks (GI) filly Rachel Alexandra and Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile – are among 13 three-year-olds doing battle in the 134th running of the Preakness (GI) at Pimlico.

While several of those horses figure to be major players in the crop of Kentucky Derby-aged horses through the rest of the year, others that could be significant factors in the division are in the wings at Churchill Downs and awaiting their chance.

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Monmouth Park Recap for Saturday, May 16, 2009

OCEANPORT, N.J. * Brereton C. Jones’ On the Menu wore down a stubborn Bold Union in deep stretch and went on to score a neck victory before a crowd of 10,889 in the $65,000 Just Smashing Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

The 3-year-old filly trained by J. Larry Jones gave jockey Eddie Castro his fourth winner of the afternoon and returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.40 across the board as the favorite in the field of six 3-year-old fillies. Brereton Jones, former Governor of Kentucky, was on hand to accept the trophy for winning the Just Smashing with his homebred filly.

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 16, 2009) – The move of the $57,300 Reluctant Guest Stakes from turf to Polytrack following several days of rain did not phase Clyde Peterson’s Mizzcan’tbewrong, who led every step of the way in the one mile and one-sixteenth race at Arlington Park on Saturday. The daughter of Mizzen Mast was ridden by Eusebio Razo Jr. and covered the distance in 1:42.66.

“There was no speed with me, so I was able to set a comfortable pace,” Razo said. “It was my first time aboard this filly, and it really worked out well. I thought we might have someone challenge us down the lane, but nobody did.”

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 16, 2009) — Australian-bred Red Arrow gained the lead shortly after the break, opened a two-length advantage on the turn for home and held off a late charge by Paul’s Hope in the stretch to score an upset victory under jockey Joe Talamo in Saturday’s $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park.

The 6-year-old prevailed by three-quarters of a length while covering six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:08.92 to register his first stakes win in the Grade III event.

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Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 16, 2009


Golden Mexico is an undefeated Irish-bred 3-year-old colt who broke his maiden in Italy, is owned by Team Valor International and former South African resident Gary Barber, is trained by French-born Christophe Clement and was most recently ridden by Peruvian-born Alan Garcia.

Now, the son of Daggars Drawn is under consideration for the 75th running of the Arlington Classic May 23 as the first leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple. The Triple continues with the Grade II American Derby July 11 and concludes with the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day on Aug. 8.

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ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will offer horse racing and tunes Sunday when the track presents a nine-race program and live music by the popular Bay Area band Tainted Love.

Post time is 1:15 p.m. and fans attending the Dollar Day program will be treated to $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 racing programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers and $1 sodas.

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Friday, May 15 2009

Payton d’Oro Posts Front-Running Win In Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

BALTIMORE, 05-15-09 – Payton d’Oro went right to the front of the field of eight fillies and never looked back to capture the 85th running of the $150,000 Black-Eyed Susan Friday at Pimlico Race Course. A crowd of 23,892 enjoyed the 13-race card that featured seven stakes races and the inaugural Jockey Challenge with former Maryland star Kent Desormeaux taking top honors.

Trained by Larry Jones, who will saddle Friesan Fire for Saturday’s 134th running of the $1.1 million Preakness Stakes, Payton d’Oro defeated Bon Jovi Girl by 1 ¼ lengths the Grade 2 stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The 5-2 second choice of 23,892 ran 1 1/8 miles in a solid 1:49.75 for owners John Ferris and Mike Pressley.

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Blind Date Carries The Day In Hilltop Stakes

BALTIMORE, 05-15-09---William M. Backer’s Blind Date carried jockey Jeremy Rose to a handy score in the 37th running of the $50,000 Hilltop Stakes Friday at Pimlico.

Sent to post as the 3-1 second choice 1 1/16-mile test over the firm turf, Blind Date was first away from the gate but allowed Listentothewindblo grab the lead going into the first turn. The daughter of Not For Love remained close to the leader all the way to the far turn, then swept past her around the bend and pulled away to win by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:42.89. Rena, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Garrett Gomez, launched a furious rally, but her effort stalled in the lane and she had to settle for second. Glamorous Girl finished a length back in third.

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BALTIMORE, 05-15-09. – Kent Desormeaux, one of Maryland’s all-time leading riders and a two-time winner of the Preakness, took home the $14,000 first prize in the inaugural Jockey Challenge Friday at Pimlico. Desormeaux’s winning formula was achieved with a win in the fifth race and thirds in the third and 10th races.

The Hall of Fame jockey, who won the Preakness aboard Big Brown last May and Real Quiet in 1998, finished third in the last of four races among eight of the nation’s leading riders, but he earned four points in the race that pushed his total to 22 points, enough to edge Javier Castellano (20). Garrett Gomez finished with 18 points.

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All Giving Scores In Skipat Stakes

BALTIMORE , 05-15-09---A winner on Black-Eyed Susan Day last year, Concepts Unlimited Stable & Catherine J. Smith’s All Giving repeated her winning ways with a very popular score in the 17th running of the Skipat Stakes Friday at Pimlico.

Last year, All Giving captured The Very One Stakes on the day before the Preakness. In the Skipat, she carried Jonathan Joyce to a narrow victory over Fancy Diamond and What Time It Is in 1:10.7 for six furlongs over the fast main track. Her winning margin over Fancy Diamond was just a length. What Time It Is finished a head back in third.

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Heart Ashley Holds On To Win Adena Stallions’ Miss Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE , 05-15-09---Zayat Stables LLC’s Heart Ashley set a rapid early pace and narrowly held on to take the 24th running of the $100,000 Adena Stallions’ Miss Preakness Stakes (Grade 3) this afternoon at Pimlico.

Garrett Gomez rode the daughter of Lion Heart for trainer Steve Asmussen in the six-furlong Grade 3 stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Heart Ashley raced to the lead and extended her advantage under a hand ride but came under extreme pressure at the finish as Cinderella’s Wish closed belatedly to just miss by a head. Heart Ashley completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.79 and won by a head. Trophy Collector finished third, another 4 ½ lengths behind the top pair.

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Mr. Nightlinger Triumphs In Jim McKay Turf Sprint

BALTIMORE, 05-15-09 – Martin Racing Stable and Carl Moore Management LLC’s Mr. Nightlinger broke on top and fended off rivals the rest of the way to prevail by 1 ½ lengths to capture the 4th running of the Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes Friday at Pimlico.

Sent to post as the 2-1 second choice in the five-furlong sprint over a firm turf, the 5-year-old son of Indian Charlie carried jockey Jamie Theriot to victory in 56.29 seconds. Blue Sailor finished second, a heck ahead of hard-charging Rouse the Cat. Heros Reward, the 9-5 favorite, finished fifth.

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