Friday, May 01 2009


KENTUCKY DERBY DAY FESTIVITIES AT GGF WILL INCLUDE HAT CONTEST


ALBANY -- All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 7:15 a.m. Saturday for a huge racing program that will feature the simulcast of the entire Kentucky Derby Day card from Churchill Downs and 10 local races.

Post time for the first race on Churchill Downs' 13-race card is 7:30 a.m. The Kentucky Derby is the 11th race on the program and will be run at approximately 3:24 p.m. Post time for the first Golden Gate Fields race is 11:45 a.m.





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Baltimore Native Wins Her First Race


BALTIMORE, MD. 5-1-09---Apprentice Jennifer Jennings notched her first lifetime win in today’s sixth race at Pimlico when her mount led from start to finish.

PTK LLC’s Plagiarize outkicked $5,000 claimers straight from the gate and Jennings spent most of her winning ride looking back for competition. The Allen’s Prospect offspring won by 7-1/2 lengths and paid $9.20.





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TVG TO OFFER WAGERING ON KENTUCKY DERBY 135


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 30, 2009) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) has announced that advance-deposit wagering (“ADW”) company TVG will offer wagering on the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands from Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The deal, which is through TrackNet Media, extends through Oct. 31, 2009, and covers the complete 2009 spring meet at Churchill Downs, the complete 2009 racing meet at Arlington Park, and the Calder Race Course 2009 meet through Oct. 31.

“We are pleased to announce this agreement with TVG, which will allow even more customers to enjoy the ease and convenience of wagering on our products,” said Kevin Flanery, senior vice president of CDI. “We look forward to bringing the excellent racing of Churchill Downs Incorporated into their homes courtesy of TVG.”





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Eight Set To Go In Federico Tesio Stakes


BALTIMORE, MD. 4-30-09---The $75,000 Federico Tesio Stakes highlights Saturday’s Kentucky Derby day celebration at Pimlico. The Tesio, often used as a prep for the Preakness Stakes, has attracted eight 3-year-olds who will race nine furlongs on the main track.

Saturday’s eleven race card has a special first post of 12:45 p.m. The Kentucky Derby will be simulcast to Pimlico at 6:24 p.m.





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JOCKEY GONZALEZ SIDELINED INDEFINITELY WITH FRACTURES OF C-2 VERTEBRAE, LEFT ANKLE


ALBANY -- Veteran jockey Roberto Gonzalez, 54, will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking the C-2 vertebrae in his neck and his left ankle in a spill at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday.

The accident occurred in the sixth race, a two-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies, when Gonzalez' mount, Free Runnin, lost the action in her hind legs passing the furlong pole and ducked into the path of Devil Singletary and jockey Alfredo Miranda.





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Thursday, April 30 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Notes (Thursday 4.30.09)


ADVICE/DUNKIRK/JOIN IN THE DANCE – The Todd Pletcher Derby trio of Advice, Dunkirk and Join in the Dance were out early, exercised and back in Barn 38 before 7 a.m. Thursday, missing the rains that splashed down on Louisville a bit later in the morning.

Kevin Willey handled both Advice and Join in the Dance in their gallops, while Patti Barry was up for Dunkirk’s exercise.

“They all went about a mile and three eighths,” Pletcher said. “It’s all good.”





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Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.30.09)


BE FAIR/STONE LEGACY/TWEETER – Trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent his three Kentucky Oaks entrants to the track for morning gallops before the renovation break at Churchill Downs on Thursday. The Hall of Fame trainer later acknowledged that “It’s a bad year to be in the Oaks” because of the presence of Rachel Alexandra, the odds-on morning-line favorite.

“We’re realistic. Rachel Alexandra is a super good filly. Since Winning Colors, she’s the best to come along,” said Lukas, who notched his first of four Kentucky Derby successes when Winning Colors beat the boys in 1988.





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FIVE FILLIES TRY BELMONT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NASSAU COUNTY


It’s the first graded race for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park and, fittingly, all five starters will try the track for the very first time in the 14th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Nassau County Saturday at seven furlongs over the dirt.

Darley Stable’s New York-based Flashing will try for her first black-type win for trainer Tom Albertrani. Coming off back-to-back wins in allowance company going longer, the daughter of A.P. Indy will sprint for the first time since she broke her maiden at Aqueduct in November.





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NYRA SUPPORTS BILL TO ELIMINATE WITHHOLDING TAX


Elmont, NY – The New York Racing Association, Inc. supports a bill that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 28 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 bill, titled the “Pari-Mutuel Conformity and Equality Act” (PACE Act – H.R. 2140) was introduced by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) with Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R-LA) as the co-sponsor.





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Active Duty and El Brujo square off in the Queenston


TORONTO, April 30 - Woodford Racing's Active Duty will make his first local start of 2009 in Saturday's $150,000 Queenston Stakes at Woodbine.

The seven-furlong contest for Ontario-foaled three-year-olds is a major stop on the road to the $1 million Queen's Plate on June 21.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thursday, April 30, 2009


INEZ PREPARES FOR NEW ROLE AS QUEEN OF ARLINGTON

Jockey Inez Karlsson bulled her way to Arlington’s leading apprentice honors last year with a determined closing drive during the waning days of September. Then she continued that rally on the south of town to capture Hawthorne’s leading rider honors last winter.

But could she keep that pace going after losing the benefit of the weight allowance? Turned out not to be a problem at all. The newly-turned 26-year-old Swedish native battled veteran journeyman Tim Thornton for leading jockey honors at the recently-completed Hawthorne spring session before being narrowly bested on the last day of the season.





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EARLY POST TIMES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 30, 2009) — Post times at Hollywood Park for Friday and Saturday will be at 1 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, for the simulcast of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby programs.

Track gates will open at 7 a.m. both days with the first import from Churchill Downs at 7:30 a.m.

Besides the Kentucky Oaks, the imports on Friday will include the 2009 debut of unbeaten champion Zenyatta in the $350,000 Louisville Distaff Breeders’ Cup, which has an 11:10 a.m. post time. The $500,000 Kentucky Oaks will run between the fourth and fifth Hollywood Park races at 2:45 p.m.





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