Wednesday, April 22 2009
Barn Notes 4-22-2009
Pletcher & Lezcano Seal 2009 Gulfstream Meet Titles
Trainer Todd Pletcher will win a sixth straight Gulfstream Park meet championship after sending out one winner on Sunday to take the lead by one in the standings over Ken McPeek with two days to go before closing on Thursday.
McPeek led the standings for much of the season until recent weeks while Pletcher’s powerful stable picked up momentum. The number of starters were decidedly in Pletcher’s favor in the final days and he went into Wednesday’s card leading 34-33.
Keeneland Barn Notes—Wednesday, April 22, 2009
HOLD ME BACK AMONG HORSES SET TO LEAVE FOR CHURCHILL DOWNS
WinStar Farm LLC’s Hold Me Back, second in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on April 11, is scheduled to leave Keeneland on Wednesday for Churchill Downs and prepare for his next start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). In the morning, the Giant’s Causeway colt galloped over Keeneland’s main track with trainer Bill Mott’s assistant Leana Willaford aboard.
Elliott Walden, WinStar’s vice president and racing manager, said Hold Me Back would work at Churchill either on Sunday or Monday. That is the same schedule for WinStar’s Coolmore Lexington (G2) winner, Advice, a son of Chapel Royal who is trained by Todd Pletcher. Advice also is set to leave Keeneland for Churchill on Tuesday for a possible run in the Derby.
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Kentucky Derb and Oaks 135 Notes (4.22.09)
ADVICE/JOIN IN THE DANCE/DUNKIRK – Mike McCarthy, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said that Advice, winner of last Saturday’s Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Grade II) and Join in the Dance, fifth-place finisher in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Grade I), would ship to Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Wednesday and would be on the track to train Thursday morning.
Advice is owned by WinStar Farm and tentatively scheduled to work on April 27. Join in the Dance, stands 21st on the list of graded-stakes money won and would need a defection from the prospective field to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.
MJC ANNOUNCES 2009 ALIBI BREAKFAST AWARD WINNERS
BALTIMORE, 04-22-09--The Maryland Jockey Club today announced the winners of this year’s Preakness media awards. Honorees will be recognized and awards presented at the May 14 Alibi Breakfast in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course. The ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. two days prior to the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I).
USA Today’s Tom Pedulla is the recipient of the David F. Woods Award for his emotional feature on the family of Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux. The Woods Award honors the best Preakness story for the previous year. Judging was done by Preakness notes team members Ed Gray, Mike Kane and Matt Graves, all award winning turf writers.
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BREEN, RYAN BRING TOUCH OF MONMOUTH TO KENTUCKY DERBY WITH WEST SIDE BERNIE
OCEANPORT, N.J. – Two trainers who will be stabled at Monmouth for the 2009 meeting that opens on May 9, will be very busy on the Saturday before when they saddle starters in the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Kelly Breen, who sends out West Side Bernie, and Derek Ryan, who trains Musket Man, have been Monmouth regulars for many years, and will be participating in their first Derby.
Youbet.com to Carry Signal for the 2009 Calder Race Course Meet
Burbank, CA, April 22, 2009 – Youbet.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: UBET) announced today that it will be carrying the signal from Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida beginning Friday, April 24.
“We are very pleased to offer the full Calder Race Course content to our customers for the first time in over a year; it is another example of how Youbet.com continues to work to provide the broadest product offering to our customers,” said Youbet.com Chief Executive Officer Michael Brodsky. “The agreement between us and Churchill Downs is another step in the continued cooperation between our companies, and we are looking forward to providing additional content from Churchill Downs and others over the near and long-term. For racing to prosper in the future, it is critical that signals be made available through as many channels as possible and providing the Calder meet to the ADW community is a step in the right direction. Our belief is that content should be ubiquitous, and then it is Youbet.com’s job to provide the best customer experience in the industry.”
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Rollers tops Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes
April 22, 2009, Wilmington, DE—Lael Stables Rollers tops the Delaware Park opening day feature, the $75,000 Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial, this Saturday. A field of ten has been entered in the six furlong affair for 3-year-olds and upward.
Most recently, the 4-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic ran third in a six furlong $62,000 allowance at Keeneland on April 4. The New York-bred trained by Barclay Tagg ran second in the six furlong $100,000 Grade III Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 17. Last year, he notched three wins, including a victory $250,000 Gallant Bob Stakes at Philadelphia Park, and two seconds from six starts. His career record is four wins, four seconds and a third from 11 starts with earnings of $342,214. Anna Napravnik will ride.
Tuesday, April 21 2009
Six Elected to National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainers Bob Baffert and Janet Elliot, jockey Eddie Maple and the horses Ben Nevis II, Silverbulletday and Tiznow have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2009 will be inducted on Friday, August 14 in Saratoga Springs in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion.
Kentucky Derby 135 Notes (4.21.09)
CHOCOLATE CANDY – The Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Chocolate Candy tuned up for his engagement in Kentucky Derby 135 by working a mile over a track rated as “fast” in 1:42 with jockey Mike Smith up.
Churchill Downs clockers caught the Candy Ride colt in fractions of :12.60, :24.80, :37.20, :49.80, 1:02.20, seven-eighths in 1:28.60 and galloping out the mile and one-eighth in 1:57.
SIREN LURE, BOLD CHIEFTAIN LOOKING TO GAIN MILLIONAIRE STATUS IN $300,000 SF MILE
ALBANY -- The hard-hitting veterans Siren Lure and Bold Chieftain will be looking to gain millionaire status Saturday when they compete in the $300,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields.
A Grade 2 event run on the Lakeside Turf Course, the San Francisco Mile is Northern California's richest and highest-rated race. Heading the list of recent winners of the SF Mile is Singletary, who captured the feature in 2004 and went on to win the Grade 1 $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Mile at Lone Star Park.
JOSE VELEZ NAMED HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 21, 2009) Currently in his second year in the Tampa Bay Downs jockey colony, Jose Velez is having a banner season at the Oldsmar oval. Velez is currently the fourteenth leading rider here with 20 wins to his credit through April 21; in the week of April 14 – 19 Velez has booted home three winners and one second place finisher from 8 starters at average odds of 5.86-1.
Jose Velez was born on March 23, 1963 in San Turce, Puerto Rico. He gained an interest in horses through his father, who was also a jockey. Velez began riding in 1980 at Atlantic City Race Course, and in that year rode his first winner at New Jersey’s Meadowlands. In 1982, Velez was named as the leading apprentice at Hialeah Park and was also the leading rider at Gulfstream Park in that year.
Keeneland Barn Notes—Tuesday, April 21, 2009
CHAMPS ELYSEES AMONG NOTABLES IN CLOSING-DAY FIFTH THIRD ELKHORN
Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Champs Elysees (GB), who is coming off a second-place finish to Einstein (BRZ) in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) on March 7, will make his Keeneland debut in the 24th running of the Fifth Third Elkhorn (G2) on Friday, closing day of the spring meeting. The 6-year-old, who will be ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr. for trainer Bobby Frankel, is the 124-pound highweight and will break from post 11 for the 1½ mile-turf race worth $200,000.
By Danehill, Champs Elysees is a full brother to champions Intercontinental (GB) and Banks Hill (GB) – just two of the accomplished members of his family. During her career, Intercontinental captured three Keeneland stakes: the Jenny Wiley (G3) in 2004 and 2005 and the WinStar Galaxy (G2) in 2005.
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