Sunday, May 10 2009


BALL FOUR TURNS BACK RAIL TRIP IN STRETCH TO WIN MERVYN LEROY


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 9, 2009) — Unbeaten Rail Trip seemed poised to extend his winning streak to six when he pulled alongside gritty veteran Ball Four at the quarter pole, but the pacesetter left the favorite in his wake in the stretch to post a 16-1 upset under jockey Joe Talamo in Saturday’s $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Ball Four, winner of the Fayette at Keeneland and third here in the Native Diver Handicap last fall, bounced back from a ninth-place finish in the San Pasqual in January, leading every step of the way while covering 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:41.58 to win the 30th running of the Grade II event.





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JOCKEY VERNON BUSH SCORES VICTORY #3,000


Jockey Vernon Bush started his day working with students from Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship and later in the day reached an impressive milestone in racing as he recorded his 3,000th lifetime victory. The 47-year-old reinsman piloted Loadthewagon to a wire-to-wire win in the eighth race. "Maybe those kids brought me luck, I rode the hair off that horse," said Bush after posing for a group photo with the rest of the jockey colony. "The closer you get to a career plateau like this, the harder it seems to get. The monkeys off my back now."

"I made my reputation in the Northeast, but this (River Downs) will always be home. It's where I won my first race when I was 16-years-old," stated Vernon who captured six riding titles at Suffolk Downs and four at Rockingham Park. "I was actually born in Methuen, Massachusetts, but that was because my dad was riding at Rockingham Park. I grew up in Alexandria, Kentucky with my brother George and sister Ruth Ann. I really wanted to reach the 3,000 milestone here where my father won so many races and it would be so special if I could win it on a horse trained by my brother." Bush's father was a top rider at the Cincinnati oval in the 50's."







 

LONGSHOT SNAPPHOK TAKES CHESTER HOUSE STAKES


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 9, 2009) – Al Moorhouse’s Snapphok burst on the scene inside the furlong pole and drew off to win the $53,900 Chester House Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths on Saturday at Arlington Park. Inez Karlsson rode the son of Unreal Zeal, who covered the mile and a sixteenth over soft turf in 1:51.12.

Winless since capturing an allowance race over Arlington’s Polytrack main track last September, Snapphok, who has shown an affinity for soft turf, was largely ignored by the wagering public but the upset victory was not a complete surprise to his trainer Jim Gulick.





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HORSE RACES, TUNES, DOLLAR SPECIALS AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SUNDAY


ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will offer nine races, live musical entertainment and dollar specials Sunday when the track launches its Spring Concert Series.

Post time Sunday is 1:15 p.m. and fans attending the track 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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Stuck in Traffic flows to New Providence score


TORONTO, May 9 – Stuck in Traffic, known for his early speed, took a decidedly different route to win Saturday's $125,000 New Providence Stakes at Woodbine.

Eurico Rosa da Silva, who partnered Main Executive to victory in last year’s New Providence, rated the son of Kiridashi outside of pacesetter Drunken Love in the early going.





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Saturday, May 09 2009


ANTONGEORGI HAS RIDING HAT TRICK


ALBANY -- William Antongeorgi III, the third-leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields, rode three winners at the East Bay track Friday.

Antongeorgi won with his first mount of the day, Topper's Smiling ($4.60), who scored a hard-fought victory in the second race. Antongeorgi finished last aboard 6-to-5 favorite Meetyouatyogi's in the third race before bouncing back to score an easy five-length victory with Feel Free to Flee ($7.00) in the fourth.





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AFTER 19 YEARS, JAN RUSHTON LEAVES NYRA


ELMONT, N.Y.-- Jan Rushton, the New York Racing Association’s paddock analyst and popular television host, has resigned her position. Rushton has been away since the end of January to tend to her family in South Carolina. Earlier this year, her brother, Doug, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“I would like to thank all the fans, horsemen and fellow NYRA workers for all the support through my years in racing but I have to resign my position to be caretaker for my brother, who has a serious illness,” said Rushton, who began working for NYRA in May, 1995. “This has been a hard decision, but I feel that family must come first. I will miss all of you and thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.”





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Friday, May 08 2009


DECISION ON RACHEL ALEXANDRA’S PREAKNESS STATUS EXPECTED AFTER THE SUPERSTAR FILLY WORKS…..


BALTIMORE, 05-08-09---A decision as to whether Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra will be supplemented into the field for the 134th Preakness® Stakes could be made Sunday or Monday after the filly works for her new trainer, Steve Asmussen. The $1 million Preakness will be held on Saturday, May 16 at historic Pimlico Race Course.

The Preakness field currently has nine confirmed starters: Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, Musket Man, Papa Clem, General Quarters, Flying Private, Big Drama, Take the Points, Terrain and Hull.







 

36TH ANNUAL PREAKNESS PARADE AND OTHER DOWNTOWN EVENTS SPICE UP PREAKNESS WEEK CELEBRATION


BALTIMORE, 05-08-09---The 2009 Preakness Parade of Lights will be held on Friday, May 15, at 8:30 p.m. This year the parade will feature illuminated floats, bands, giant balloons, equestrian units and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The 2009 Grand Marshal is Baltimore’s own Stacy Keibler, who the next day at Pimlico Race Course will be the celebrity host of the InfieldFEST, presented by Bud Light, at the 134th Preakness® Stakes.

The Preakness parade steps-off on Pratt Street and Eutaw Street and continues east on Pratt Street to Market Place. Spectators can catch the best views of the parade near the reviewing stand located on the northwest corner of Pratt and Light streets.





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BELMONT PARK NOTES; Friday, May 8, 20009


ELMONT, N.Y. -- Barry Irwin of Team Valor International said that Gitano Hernando (GB) will make his American debut in the 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6. The 1½-mile Belmont Stakes for three-year-olds, “The Test of the Champion,” is the oldest and longest of the Triple Crown races.

The son of Hernando, runner-up in today’s Group 3 Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes at Chester Race Course in England, has never run on dirt but is scheduled to breeze several times over sand before shipping to New York.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes 5.09.09


BOREL TO CONTINUE TO RIDE KENTUCKY OAKS WINNER RACHEL ALEXANDRA – Jockey Calvin Borel has reached an agreement with the new owners of Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra to ride the 3-year-old filly through the “current racing season.”

Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables, majority owner of Rachel Alexandra, and partner Harold McCormick announced in a press release issued Friday that Borel would continue to ride the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who was purchased for an undisclosed price in a private transaction earlier this week. Rachel Alexandra is unbeaten in five races under Borel, a string that started in November in the Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs and continued in her record 20 ¼-length victory in the Oaks under the track’s historic Twin Spires on May 1.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 8, 2009


BAIRD OFF TO FLYING START AT ARLINGTON PARK

Veteran Chicago-born reinsman E. T. Baird is currently perched atop the leader board in Arlington’s jockey standings following a riding triple Thursday – fifth racing day of the young Arlington season.

After winning Thursday’s fifth aboard Frank Calabrese’s Sarahthetiger for trainer Danny Miller, the eighth on Richard Ravin and Larry Rivelli’s First Movement and the 10th on George Ditola and Larry Rivelli’s Big Bold Place – both conditioned by Rivelli – Baird has a 50 percent win ratio with seven wins from 14 mounts, while his nearest pursuer is jockey Junior Alvarado with five trips to the winner’s circle.





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