Friday, April 17 2009
CALIFORNIA STARS PIONEEROF THE NILE, CHOCOLATE CANDY ARRIVE FOR KENTUCKY DERBY 135
LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 16, 2009) – Two more contenders for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) joined the scene at Churchill Downs Thursday afternoon when the 1-2 finishers in the Santa Anita Derby (GI) – Pioneerof the Nile and Chocolate Candy – arrived at Churchill Downs
Zayat Stables, LLC’s Pioneerof the Nile and the Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Chocolate Candy arrived in Louisville following a flight from Southern California. The two horses made the short journey form Louisville International Airport to Churchill Downs in separate vans and arrived at the home of the Kentucky Derby at approximately 12:30 p.m. (EDT).
Likely Kentucky Oaks Favorite Rachel Alexandra Zips
LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 16, 2009) – Trainer Hal Wiggins was looking for an easy work on Thursday for L & M Racing’s Rachel Alexandra, the likely favorite for the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs on May. But ‘easy’ is a relative term when it comes to describing the training activity of the star of Wiggins’ stable.
Rachel Alexandra zipped five furlongs in :59.40 over a “fast” track with jockey Calvin Borel in the irons. The move, which came just after the break for track maintenance, tied as the fastest of 21 at the distance.
Barn notes 4-16-2009
Another Albertrani ‘Magic Moment’ Possible in Boynton Beach
Trainer Tom Albertrani has had a strong season at Gulfstream Park with six of his 10 wins at the meet coming in stakes races, and he could head back to New York with another big victory after sending out Lawrence Goichman’s 3-year-old homebred filly My Magic Moment, the likely favorite, in Saturday’s $50,000 Boynton Beach Stakes.
“We’ll be looking to ship to New York in the next day or two, and you just hope they can all stay healthy” said Albertrani Wednesday afternoon. “Different horses come around at different times and you just hope they can come together at the right time, and that’s been what we’ve been lucky enough to have happen this year.”
Afternoon Stroll Puts Nose In Front To Win Appalachian
Lexington, Ky. (April 16, 2009)—Afternoon Stroll stuck her nose in front at the finish Thursday at Keeneland to win the $100,000, Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
The daughter of Stroll had the lead in midstretch, gave it up to Hot Cha Cha and then fought back to win in the final stride under Jamie Theriot. Time for the one mile on the turf was 1:37.67.
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Keeneland Barn Notes—Thursday, April 16, 2009
TWO TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WINNERS HEADLINE BEN ALI CAST OF SEVEN
For the first time in the 79 runnings of the Ben Ali (G3), two winners of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) will line up in the same starting gate.
This happens Sunday when Silverton Hill LLC’s Dominican, the 2007 Toyota Blue Grass winner, and Starlight Stable LLC, Donald Lucarelli and Paul Saylor’s Monba, the 2008 winner, face five other rivals in the 1 1/8-mile main-track event worth $150,000.
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MITCHELL SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO SCORE WITH DUO
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2009) – Mike Mitchell, aiming to underscore a second successive Santa Anita training title on the meet’s closing day, will send out defending champion Big Booster and stablemate Church Service in Sunday’s 70th running of the historic San Juan Capistrano Handicap while seeking his third straight victory in the Grade II, $200,000 marathon at 1 ¾ miles on turf.
The 60-year-old trainer, who has built a reputation for crafty claims, acquired both entrants through the claim box, and they will start as the two high weights among just six runners in North America’s longest graded stakes race.
SILENT STALK WINS SECOND IN ROW OVER HILLSIDE TURF COURSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2009) – Silent Stalk, who has blossomed with the addition of blinkers to her racing equipment, gained her second successive victory over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Thursday when fighting off several late challenges to gamely capture Santa Anita’s seventh race, a $51,860 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies.
After setting the early pace under Tyler Baze in the 6 ½-furlong event, the bay daughter of Petionville prevailed by a nose over Gold Goddess with 2-1 favored Starlarks another length back in the field of seven.
STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH, 2009
ESPINOZA COMFORTABLE WITH SPEEDY MIDSHIPS IN MARATHON SAN JUAN
Victor Espinoza is not concerned with potentially quick fractions in Sunday’s closing day feature, the Grade II, $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at about 1 ¾ miles on turf. Comfort is the key, says the 36-year-old jockey, who rides probable pacesetter Midships for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel.
Frankel currently leads all trainers this meet in stakes wins with eight, and is second in career stakes wins with 145, behind Charlie Whittingham, who leads with 204.
Deeveetee returns for Star Shoot
TORONTO, April 16 - Deeveetee goes for her first stakes 'W' in Sunday's $150,000 Star Shoot Stakes at Woodbine.
The six-furlong contest is an open event for three-year-old fillies. This year's edition has attracted five Ontario-breds, four of whom are eligible for the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser (http://www.woodbineoaks.com
), on June 7.
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A PAIR OF STATE-BRED STAKES RACES HEADLINE OPENING DAY CARD
BALTIMORE, 04-16-09---The spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course gets off to a fast start on Saturday with 10 races, including a pair of stakes races for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. First post is 1:10 p.m.
The $50,000 Hookedonthefeelin has attracted nine three-year-old fillies set to race five furlongs on the turf. Not one of the entrants has ever raced on the grass. Haley’s Lolipop is the lukewarm 7-2 favorite. The Steve Klesaris trainee has stakes experience and will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik. She posted a win and a third in the Wide Country Stakes in two starts at Laurel this winter.
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Aqueduct Notes 4.16.09
Jockey Anna Rose Napravnik will bring her first season riding in New York to a close this weekend. Napravnik, who moved her tack to New York in late November, enjoyed success over Aqueduct’s inner track, finishing 5th in the standings with 39 victories, just two behind 4th place rider Eddie Castro.
“It was a real introduction period when we first got here,” Napravnik said of her arrival in New York. “Then, more and more people started to support us, business picked up and we finished out well. A lot of appreciation goes toward [those trainers] who started riding me in the beginning because I was out there on their horses showing everyone I could ride.”
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BED O’ROSES OFFERS LOOK AT BUDDING TALENT
This time of year, as horses return north from their winter quarters, it is not uncommon for trainers, looking for just the right spot, to cross-enter runners. Sometimes, it is merely feeling out the competition to see what’s out there. At other times, it may be a chance to pick up some black type.
Maryland-based trainer Michael Trombetta is weighing his options this weekend with Jeff Singer’s Cowgirls Don’t Cry, and it may be a last-minute decision as to where she runs.
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