Monday, April 27 2009


RIBAUDO STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT BRIBON


When New York’s 2008 Grade 1 season came to an end last November in Aqueduct’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile, trainer Bobby Ribaudo was feeling pretty good.

Granted, Marc Keller’s French-bred Bribon ran third in that race, but he was beaten by two solid players in Tale of Ekati and Harlem Rocker. Tale of Ekati emerged the winner by disqualification, and it was only three-quarters of a length back to Bribon.





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QUALITY ROAD RECEIVES PATCH FOR SECOND QUARTER CRACK


Kentucky Derby hopeful Quality Road returned from a mile and three-quarter gallop on the Belmont Park training track with a tinge of blood from a newly-patched quarter crack, but his connections remain optimistic he will make the May 2 “Run for the Roses.”

A five-furlong breeze Monday morning will be the determining factor on whether the Elusive Quality colt makes the trip to Churchill Downs.





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HALL OF FAME JOCKEY SMITH COMPLETES HAT-TRICK ON MADEO


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 26, 2009) — Jockey Mike Smith, showcasing his Hall of Fame credentials, gave Madeo a perfectly-timed ride as the 4-year-old caught pacesetter Storm Military at the wire to win Sunday’s $100,000 Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park by a head.

The victory completed a hat-trick for the 43-year-old Smith, who has ridden 4,781 winners since breaking his maiden in 1982 at Sante Fe, New Mexico.





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Hollywood Park Stable Notes - 04/26/2009


CASHCALL FUTURITY STARS HOPE TO SHINE IN KENTUCKY

The CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park has long been a leading barometer for future stardom, including success in the Kentucky Derby.

But never has it played as major a role in morning-line favorites for the Derby, to be run at Churchill Downs and simulcast here Saturday, as this year. Pioneerof the Nile, I Want Revenge and Chocolate Candy, the 1-2-3 finishers respectively in the December Futurity, rank as three of the leading threats in the Run for the Roses.





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Trainer Boulanger Saddles First Horse, Finishes Second


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (April 26, 2009) – Former jockey Gary Boulanger saddled his first horse as a trainer at Calder Race Course on Sunday, a 6-year-old mare named Tinkerbuck in the 11th race, and she finished second.

Boulanger, the leading rider of the 1994 and 1995 Calder Meet and the 1994-95 Tropical Meet, was seriously injured in a 2005 spill at Gulfstream Park. He suffered a ruptured spleen, broken ribs, and a detached tendon in his left elbow from the spill. A blood clot was also removed from his brain and part of his skull had to be removed to prevent cranial pressure. He was lucky to be alive, but he would never ride in races again.





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BAZE COMPLETES BIG WEEKEND WITH RIDING DOUBLE AT GGF


ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze followed up a four-win Saturday with a riding double Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

Baze won the second race, a 5 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, with the William E. Morey-trained Effervescent Charm ($5.60). The Hall of Famer scored his second victory when he guided the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Silver and Blue ($5.80) to a one-length triumph in the sixth race, a five-furlong dash for 3-year-old fillies.





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LUIS GONZALEZ HALTERS THREE VICTORIES


OLDMSAR, Fla. (April 26, 2009) Jockey Luis Antonio Gonzalez booted home three winners on this Sunday afternoon’s program, giving him 46 victories for the current Tampa meet. Gonzalez got his first win on the program with Demagoguery, a seven-year-old Demaloot Demashoot gelding under the care of trainer Dale Bennett for owner Mary A. Mazur.

Gonzalez took his second trip to the Winner’s Circle aboard Bea Precise; the three-year-old daughter of Pure Precision was bred in Florida by Frank Hopewell, is owned by Rick Totora and was conditioned to victory by Monte R. Thomas. Luis Gonzalez rounded out his hat trick with Welcome Back in the evening’s nightcap, this time for owner/trainer Christos Gatis.





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Delaware Park, Pimlico to be Reviewed by NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Inspection Teams


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Delaware Park in Stanton, Del., and Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will be the next U.S. racetracks reviewed by an inspection team as part of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance accreditation process. The Delaware Park inspection will take place Monday and Tuesday, April 27-28. The review of Pimlico, home of the Preakness Stakes, will occur on Wednesday and Thursday, April 29-30. Earlier this month, Churchill Downs and Keeneland became the first North American racetracks to garner Alliance accreditation.

In preparation for their accreditation visits, Delaware Park and Pimlico each completed a 48-page written application that serves as the first step in the accreditation process. The tracks also hosted several meetings with Alliance officials. The on-site visits will include inspections of all facets of the racing facility, and interviews with track executives, racetrack personnel, jockeys, owners, trainers, stewards, regulators and customers.







 

Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sunday, April 26, 2009


STRAIGHT SHOOTING ‘BUG’ RIDER JOINS ARLINGTON COLONY

In 2008, a pair of apprentice riders – Brandon Meier and Inez Karlsson – provided much of the story line in the Arlington Park jockey race with their battle for leading bug rider going down to the meet’s final days with Karlsson edging out Meier, who left for California a few days before the end of the local season.

Perhaps looking at the success shared by that tandem, apprentice jockey Michael Straight has decided to move his tack from Florida to Chicago for the upcoming season at the suburban Chicago oval that begins Friday, May 1.





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Bearcatt performs sensationally in Woodstock


TORONTO, April 26 - Bearcatt rallied strongly to capture Sunday's $150,000 Woodstock Stakes at Woodbine.

The six-furlong contest was the first stakes score for the rapidly developing three-year-old, who has two wins and one second from three career starts.

Bearcatt seized command in mid-stretch and drew off to a convincing 3 1/4-length tally over Congor Bay. Heart of a King was third.





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Sunday, April 26 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Notes (4.25.09)


ADVICE/DUNKIRK/JOIN IN THE DANCE – Trainer Todd Pletcher sent his chief Derby threat Dunkirk through a five-panel drill in company at the training center at Palm Meadows in Florida on Saturday morning – and he was tickled with the outcome.

Clockers gave the Unbridled’s Song colt a final time of 1:01.05 for the drill, while his workmate – the 3-year-old stakes-placed Munnings – was given a time of 1:01.25.





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Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.25.09)


BE FAIR/TWEETER – Thomas Van Meter and Charles Kidder's Be Fair galloped an unspecified distance Saturday morning at Churchill Downs according to trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Lukas said the filly will work “possibly tomorrow” in her final major move leading up to Oaks 135.

Marylou Whitney Stables' Tweeter also galloped Saturday morning and Lukas said Tweeter will work Monday or Tuesday for a possible Oaks run.





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