Monday, April 27 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.25.09)
– 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.
April 25, 2009 CONFERENCE CALL WITH TRAINER JIMMY JERKENS
Opening Statement from Jimmy Jerkens, trainer of Quality Road:
“It was decided just to give him a jog today because he hadn’t had much time for the crack to dry out. So, instead of galloping him, which probably would have put a little too much stress on him, we just jogged him a couple of miles and he handled that very well and jogging obviously is a lot easier on the horse in all ways, respiration wise and on the legs than galloping. It’s not quite as good a conditioner…but it’s all we could do to be on the safe side and he came back, the crack looked dry and there was no blood seeping from it, so we’re planning on patching him at 7-o-clock tomorrow morning and galloping him at about 9:20 after the second harrow break.”
Unbeaten Hull Wins Derby Trial As Churchill Downs Opens 52-Day Spring Meet
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 25, 2009) – Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and Team Valor International and Gary Barber’s undefeated Hull ran his winning streak to three with a four-length victory over Kensei in the 85th running of the $112,000 Derby Trial (Grade III) on opening day of the 52-day Churchill Downs Spring Meet.
Trained by Dale Romans, who posted his 20th career stakes victory at Churchill Downs, Hull swept past dueling leaders Silver City and Checklist at the head of the lane and then repulsed a late bid by Kensei, who was ridden by Robby Albarado.
LIGHTLY-RACED COMPARI CLICKS UNDER GOMEZ IN $250,000 SNOW CHIEF
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 25, 2009) — Compari posted a mild upset under Garrett Gomez in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes, but Rafael Bejarano stole the spotlight with a five-win afternoon Saturday on the tenth annual California Gold Rush program at Hollywood Park.
Gomez, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey the last two years who returned to town from Kentucky a half-million dollars ahead of Bejarano as the country’s leading jockey, was in jeopardy of losing the top spot as the field headed to the starting gate for the 16th running of the Snow Chief.
MR. FANTASY REBOUNDS FOR WITHERS VICTORY
By Francis La Belle Jr.
Mr. Fantasy, thwarted in the Gotham by the overpowering performance of Kentucky Derby-bound I Want Revenge, turned back to a mile Saturday afternoon and got help from hard-to-handle Supreme Summit as he rode the rail to a 1 ¾-length victory over favored This Ones for Phil in the 130th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Withers for three-year-olds.
The Withers was the final graded stakes race of Aqueduct’s spring meet. The Big A will close after Sunday’s races, and live racing will move to Belmont Park for the 64-day Spring/Summer Meet on Wednesday, April 29.