Thursday, April 02 2009
HIGH RESOLVE IS CLEARLY THE ONE TO CATCH IN SUNDAY’S LAS FLORES
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2009) – High Resolve clearly will be the one to catch Sunday among seven fillies and mares entered in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs, as evidenced by the fact trainer Greg Gilchrist’s gray filly has been overhauled but three times in a 10-race career.
But Foxy Danseur, who ran down the Northern California-based speedster in Oak Tree’s $110,000 Cascapedia Stakes last October at Santa Anita, is in the lineup, and she may be accorded favoritism.
STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND, 2009
‘NILE’ SET FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY SHOWDOWN WITH PAMPLEMOUSSE
Despite victories in his last three races, all graded stakes, Pioneerof the Nile’s stock in some quarters has tumbled like a stone in a landslide. Understandably, Team Baffert isn’t buying.
Bob Baffert, who trains Pioneerof the Nile, and Garrett Gomez, who is unbeaten in three rides on the son of Empire Maker, shrug off criticism that Pioneerof the Nile did not win the Grade I CashCall Futurity, the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes and the Grade II San Felipe Stakes in eye-catching fashion.
Songandaprayer Colt Breezes an Eighth in :9.4 During Keeneland April Sale Preview Show
Lexington, KY (April 2, 2009) – A colt by Songandaprayer breezed an eighth of a mile in :9.4 over the Polytrack during today’s Preview Show works, conducted prior to Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The April Sale will be held Monday – Tuesday evenings, April 6-7. Sessions begin at 7 p.m. ET each night.
The colt, Hip #23, is out of the Storm Bird mare Beach Bunny, and from the family of Canadian champion Regal Intention. He is consigned by Wavertree Stables Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), agent.
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SATURDAY’S PRIMONETTA STAKES HAS IT ALL
LAUREL, MD. 04-02-09---Pure speed, stalkers and closers meet in Saturday’s six furlong, $50,000 Primonetta Stakes at Laurel Park. Nine fillies and mares are expected to face the starter, including five stakes winners.
Access Fee, the 2-1 morning line favorite, belongs in the speed camp. A winner of four of five starts at Laurel including the What A Summer Stakes on January 10, Access Fee dueled for the lead before finishing sixth in the Grade II Barbara Fritchie six weeks ago. She’s had time to regroup for trainer Larry Murray, with three morning drills including two bullet works. Luis Garcia, who will ride her for the first time, was aboard the March 20 drill when the pair went a half-mile in 46 seconds.
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An Illinois Story-Local Connections in Rarified Air
Stickney, IL--Virginia and Rudy Tarra certainly hope so. It’s not often that an Illinois-owned 3-year-old is mentioned among the elite sophomores in the game. It’s far rarer when that runner was foaled in Illinois. Why this might be is a matter of conjecture but, needless to say, four leaf clovers are abundant in comparison.
Rudy Tarra was kind enough to talk about Giant Oak, the Virginia H Tarra Trust, and the state of racing in Illinois. I get a chance to run in a prestigious race like the Illinois Derby, you have to be excited. I consider him to be the best horse that we have ever had. I just hope we can do well Saturday.
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Keeneland Barn Notes—Thursday, April 2, 2009
TERRAIN TO WORK SATURDAY FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS
Adele Dilschneider’s Terrain, runner-up in last fall’s Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (G1), is scheduled for a five-furlong work on Saturday according to trainer Al Stall Jr.
“That’s the plan right now and he’ll work in company,” Stall said of Terrain, who had worked a half-mile in :48 in company last Sunday.
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Churchill Downs and Mattel Team Up to Create Kentucky Derby® Barbie® Doll
LOUISVILLE, KY (April 2, 2009) – With Kentucky Derby® 135 on May 2, 2009, quickly approaching, Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the annual “Run for the Roses®,” and Mattel are pleased to announce that they have teamed up to create the Kentucky Derby® Barbie® doll.
From the celebrities and socialites who attend to the awe-inspiring hats, the Kentucky Derby is more than just a horse race – it is a famed fashion event. This year, Barbie®, the ultimate fashion icon, showcases legendary Derby fashion with the launch of the Kentucky Derby® Barbie® doll, dressed in a playful floral sun dress, faux pearl necklace and sassy spring sandals. True to Kentucky Derby fashion, Barbie doll’s look is topped off with a stylish, oversized white hat with blossoming flower accents.
Barn Notes 4-2-2009
Cool Gator Could Heat Up April for Orseno
With a five-win day last year Joe Orseno earned the distinction of being the leading trainer in the month of April at Gulfstream Park. This year the focus will be slightly different and he hopes Garland Williamson’s Cool Gator can start the month in a big way in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) Saturday.
“Instead of winning five in one day, we’re going to try and win as many stakes as we can,” said Orseno as he mapped out plans for two or three of his best horses.
Special Events Offered from Start to Finish
Lexington, KY (April 2, 2009) – Keeneland will present world-class Thoroughbred racing during its 2009 spring season from April 3-24 and will offer fans a variety of events, from handicapping contests to an appearance by the famous Budweiser Clydesdales to fundraisers for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund to a day welcoming members of the military.
Opening day on Friday is College Scholarship Day, which is expected to draw thousands of students who attend colleges and universities in the area. Admission is free for students who present a valid college ID and enter through the East Gate. Full-time students also may register at the green and white tent located directly under the large TV screen in the paddock area to win one of ten $1,000 college scholarships to be given away after each race. One scholarship will be earmarked especially for students who have an affiliation with the horse industry.
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NYRA & DRF Partner on Saratoga Seminars
DAILY RACING FORM ANNOUNCES HARVEY PACK’S RETIREMENT AS HOST AND NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH NYRA FOR SARATOGA HANDICAPPING SEMINARS
NEW YORK, NY, April 2, 2009 -- Daily Racing Form today announced that Harvey Pack is retiring as the longtime host of DRF’s popular daily Saratoga handicapping seminars, which is ending its 17-year run at Siro’s restaurant, and that DRF has entered into a strategic partnership with the New York Racing Association to sponsor and provide analysts for an expanded and reformatted “Talking Horses” for the Saratoga race meet.
“Talking Horses, Presented by Daily Racing Form” will be conducted in a live audience format in 2009. The popular longstanding daily television show will be extended to 45 minutes, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. every racing day and broadcast live in the Carousel Restaurant facing the grandstand backyard. Scratches and changes have been moved to 11:40 am to allow the live program to be broadcast uninterrupted on all on-track monitors.
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Safety first in new (old) starting gate
TORONTO, April 2 - Woodbine Entertainment Group has always believed that safety of horse and rider is paramount in the sport of Thoroughbred racing.
In 2007, the company installed Polytrack, a partially synthetic, all-weather surface at Woodbine. It was an important step in saluting that mandate.
The track's starting gate is also well-regarded by horsepeople across the continent for its high quality, durability and safety features for human and equine athletes.
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Wednesday, April 01 2009
WOOD MEMORIAL NOTES, Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Paraneck Stable’s Cellar Dweller breezed five furlongs in 1:01.21 on the main track at Aqueduct Racetrack this morning and later was entered in Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs.
The Rahy colt is out of Oriole Way, whose sire, Cahill Road, won the 1991 Wood Memorial. Paraneck Stable, headed by Ernie Paragallo, is a two-time Wood Memorial winner with Unbridled’s Song (1996) and Adonis (1999).
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