Sunday, May 03 2009
Four Gifts Rallies to Nip Just Jenda In Eight Belles
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Four Gifts overhauled favored Just Jenda to win the $113,300 Eight Belles (Grade III) for 3-year-old fillies by three lengths on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
The race was formerly known as the La Troienne but changed this year to honor Eight Belles, the ill-fated runner-up to Big Brown in the 2008 Kentucky Derby who suffered a fatal injury a quarter-mile past the finish of that race.
MUD-LOVING ACCREDIT TAKES THE CHURCHILL DOWNS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Accredit remained perfect on wet tracks as he scored a front-running 1 ¾-length victory under Julien Leparoux to take the 75th running of the $280,500 Churchill Downs Presented by Carewise Health (Grade II) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
The Churchill Downs, for 4-year-olds and up, was the first of six graded stakes on the Kentucky Derby 135 card.
COSMONAUT LANDS VICTORIOUS IN FORT MARCY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Flying Zee Stable’s Cosmonaut rebounded from an ankle fracture that had kept him out of action since last July and overcame Tam Lin (GB) to win Saturday’s 33rd running of the Grade 3 $106,500 Fort Marcy Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth on Belmont Park’s Widener Turf Course.
The Fort Marcy, previously run at Aqueduct Racetrack, was the eighth victory of Cosmonaut’s 33-race career. The 7-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right front ankle last summer, shortly after he ran second to Stream Cat in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap on July 12.
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.