Monday, May 11 2009


Monmouth Park Recap for Sunday, May 10, 2009


Oceanport, N.J. * Sondra D. Bender’s Access Fee set a pressured pace early on before holding off the late charge of D’wild Ride to win the $70,000 Red Cross Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday before a crowd of 11,095.

Ridden by Luis Garcia, Access Fee covered the six furlongs in 1:09.90 and returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.10 as the odds-on choice in the field of five fillies and mares. D’wild Ride tried to get by the winner for most of the stretch, but finished a head behind and paid $6, $2.60. The exacta returned $26.40. By the Light was another three quarters of a length back in third, good for a $2.20 show mutuel.





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Smart Surprise makes the grade in the Hendrie


TORONTO, May 10 - Favorite Smart Surprise was no surprise in Sunday's $158,600 Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine.

The Grade 3 event was the five-year-old mare's third stakes score in her past five starts. More importantly, for such a well-bred filly, the contest was her first graded stakes tally.





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With Start of Calder Comes a New Season of “The Apprentice”


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 10, 2009) – The jockeys’ room at Calder Race Course annually includes a contingent of apprentice riders, young athletes getting their start in a sport that has often led to successful competition at racetracks around the country and even Eclipse Awards. The current condition book lists ten apprentice jockeys at Calder, including five “three-star” bug riders, meaning they enjoy a ten-pound weight allowance.

Among those riders is 22-year-old Jose Angel Garcia, who won his first race on the United States mainland at Calder on Saturday when he guided the 5-year-old gelding Deisel Power to a 7 ½ length victory and a $24.60 win payout in the seventh race.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 10, 2009


GIANT OAK GETS SUNDAY BREEZE FOR ARLINGTON CLASSIC

Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak, runner-up in the Grade II Illinois Derby at last asking April 4 and a troubled fourth in the Grade II Louisiana Derby before that, breezed five furlongs in :59.80 Sunday morning at Arlington Park in preparation for the 75th running of the Arlington Classic May 23.

“It went well,” said Giant Oak’s trainer Chris Block of the morning move by the son of Giant’s Causeway. “We’ll probably breeze him again an easy half-mile Sunday or Monday and that will be it before the Classic.”





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Sunday, May 10 2009


Preakness News-May 9-2009


BALTIMORE, 05-09-09---The prospective field for next Saturday’s 134th Preakness® Stakes received a boost in star power when assistant trainer Scott Blasi informed Maryland Jockey Club director of horsemen’s relations Phoebe Hayes that Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to fly into Baltimore next Wednesday for next Saturday’s $1 million classic. A decision on whether she actually gets on the Tex Sutton plane in four days will not be made until the filly works.

The Maryland Jockey Club expects a field of 13 for the 1 3/16th mile, $1 million classic at Pimlico Race Course after Laurel Park-based trainer William Komlo announced today that Tone It Down will run, while Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey told the Maryland Jockey Club that Conservative will not.





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Trusty Temper Wins 505 Dayton Girls Dash at Churchill Downs


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 9, 2009) – Mark Stanley’s Trusty Temper made a successful return to the races Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, scoring a wire-to-wire, four-length victory in the featured 505 Dayton Girls Dash for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

In giving trainer Ronny Werner his second victory of the day and jockey Jamie Theriot his third triumph, Trusty Temper covered the five furlongs on a “fast” track in :57.73. The race originally was scheduled for the Matt Winn Turf Course.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.9.09)


BOREL TO BE NAMED ON MINE THAT BIRD – The “$64,000 question” for trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley is who will ride Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird in next Saturday’s Preakness (GI) at Pimlico.

“Calvin Borel will be on the (entry) card,” Woolley said Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. “I do have a backup, but I am not ready to release it.”





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Monmouth Park Recap for Saturday, May 9, 2009


OCEANPORT, N.J. * Monmouth Park roared out of the starting gate Saturday with solid gains in attendance and mutuel handle for the first day of a 94-day meeting.

A crowd of 10,292 was on hand to see Acting Zippy win the opening day feature, the $70,000 Decathlon Stakes, and on-track wagering topped $664,930.





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PETER PAN QUOTES


Winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin of favored Charitable Man (No. 3) “(After the Blue Grass) he cooled out in five minutes. He disliked the Polytrack. We figured that, and Mr. (William) Warren [owner] was very kind enough and patient enough not to wheel him right back in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness. He settled well. (Jockey) Alan Garcia deserves a lot of credit. He did everything right and rode a great race. We’ll talk with Mr. Warren about the possibility of the Belmont. We’ll take a look and see how the Preakness goes. But he is definitely bred to get a mile and a half and he likes this track and he did it the right way today, so we’ll look at it.”



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PETER PAN QUOTES


Winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin of favored Charitable Man (No. 3) “(After the Blue Grass) he cooled out in five minutes. He disliked the Polytrack. We figured that, and Mr. (William) Warren [owner] was very kind enough and patient enough not to wheel him right back in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness. He settled well. (Jockey) Alan Garcia deserves a lot of credit. He did everything right and rode a great race. We’ll talk with Mr. Warren about the possibility of the Belmont. We’ll take a look and see how the Preakness goes. But he is definitely bred to get a mile and a half and he likes this track and he did it the right way today, so we’ll look at it.”





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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."







 

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