Wednesday, March 18 2009
Presious Passion Bids for Pan American Repeat Saturday
Patricia Generazio’s 6-year-old gelding Presious Passion has emerged among America’s premier long-distance turf stakes performers over the last two years, and will bid to become the fourth horse in history to win the $150,000 Pan American Stakes (G3) twice Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo will be back aboard Presious Passion, who was 20-1 when he won the 12-furlong Pan American last year. He will attract considerably more support in this edition, facing six rivals after a game half-length victory in the 11-furlong Mac Diarmida Stakes (G3) over the course on Feb. 21.
Post positions, morning line set for Lane’s End Stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 18, 2009 . . . Bittel Road at 5-2 and West Side Bernie at 3-1 are the top two morning line choices for the Grade II Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia set the line for the 12-horse field at the annual Call to the Post Luncheon and Post Position Draw on Wednesday.
The field in post position order with trainers, jockeys, and morning line odds:
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Barn Notes 3-18
Presious Passion Ready for Pan Am Defense
Patricia Generazio’s Presious Passion needed three starts at Gulfstream Park to warm up and score one of his biggest career victories in last year’s Pan American Handicap (G3), but he’s needed less time to reach his peak this year as he enters Saturday’s renewal of the $150,000, 1½-mile turf contest ready to defend his crown.
The 6-year-old gelded son of Royal Anthem exits a determined front-running victory in the 11-furlong Mac Diarmida (G2) on Feb. 21 after he built a seven-length lead and held on for a half-length win.
STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH, 2009
MIKE SMITH ON ‘SHARP’ MARE FOR SUNDAY’S SANTA ANA HANDICAP
Mike Smith hasn’t ridden Sharp Susan competitively, but the Hall of Fame rider still has considerable respect for the 5-year-old mare based on his one workout aboard her prior to Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ana Handicap for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
“I worked her Saturday at Hollywood Park,” Smith said of the daughter of 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold, owned by Paul Flemming and trained by Neil Drysdale. Sharp Susan went six furlongs on Cushion Track in a bullet 1:11.20, fastest of 20 drills at the distance.
AQUEDUCT NOTES; March 18, 2009
While Aqueduct Racetrack has been used by many up-and-coming jockeys to launch their careers, this spring, veteran Javier Castellano will be using the Big A to springboard his business in New York.
Castellano, who will ride Capt. Candy Man Can here on Saturday, April 4 in the Grade 3, $200,000 Bay Shore for three-year-olds at seven furlongs, will remain in New York through the rest of the spring, according to his agent, Mike Kelly.
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NTRA RACING TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEUDLE KICKS OFF SATURDAY
WHAT: Live coverage of the Lane’s End Stakes, a Grade II, $500,000 test for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles over the Polytrack racing surface at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., will take center stage on the first of four “NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby” programs on the ESPN family of networks. (See full schedule below.) The $100,000 Rushaway Stakes, another stakes event at Turfway for three-year-olds, will also air live on the program. The four “NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby” telecasts will spotlight many of the top contenders bidding for a start in the May 3 Run for the Roses. In 2007, the Lane’s End winner, Hard Spun, went on to finish second in both the Kentucky Derby and that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
ARLINGTON PARK TEAMS UP WITH CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FOR “GLENN HALL HERITAGE NIGHT”
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 18, 2009) – Two mainstays of the Chicagoland sports scene since the Roaring Twenties are teaming up to honor a hockey legend on Wednesday, April 1. Arlington Park, Chicagoland’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack since 1927, has signed on with the Chicago Blackhawks, an “Original Six” National Hockey League club whose charter dates back to 1926, to be presenting sponsor for “Glenn Hall Heritage Night” at the United Center when the Blackhawks faceoff against division rival St. Louis Blues.
The first 10,000 fans in attendance at the United Center for “Glenn Hall Heritage Night” will receive a Glenn Hall collectible pin courtesy of Arlington Park and the Chicago Blackhawks. In addition, Arlington Park will have a significant presence during that game on the United Center’s eight-sided scoreboard as well as on the 360-degree LED displays that ring the arena.
AUSTRALIAN HORSE RED ARROW TO RUN IN GGF SPRINT SATURDAY
ALBANY -- Red Arrow, who has won two of three races since arriving in the U.S. from his native Australia last fall, will make his Northern California debut Saturday in the $75,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint.
The Golden Gate Fields Sprint is for 4-year-olds and up and trainer John Sadler has named Hall of Famer Russell Baze to ride Red Arrow in the six-furlong feature.
Ball family already part of Lane’s End history
Although most of the Lane’s End field will have journeyed to Turfway Park from all parts of the country, Saturday’s race is a veritable home game for Parade Clown. The son of Distorted Humor made his last four starts in Florence, never finishing worse than second, including a fine runner-up finish in the February 28 John Battaglia Memorial, the traditional local prep for the Lane’s End.
“In the Battaglia, he was aggressive, ended up five-wide around the first turn, and still got beat just a length,” said Parade Clown’s trainer Katherine (K. K.) Ball. “That was frustrating, but he still was finishing at the end.”
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Hospitality for 2009 Dubai World Cup
The 2009 Dubai World Cup, the final racemeeting to be staged at Nad Al Sheba, is set to take place on Saturday March 28.
Interest in this year’s event has been exceptional, with the most popular venue, Apron Views now completely sold out. Taking over from the International Village, Apron Views will play host to the Style Arena, Bubble Lounge, Irish Village and Wine Room, and is the best spot to experience all aspects of the electric atmosphere of a Dubai World Cup racemeeting.
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TOP FINISHERS PREVIEW DAY TO GET ENTRY, STARTING FEES WAIVED FOR FESTIVAL
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 17, 2009) – Arlington Park officials announced that the top three finishers in each of the three graded stakes races on Million Preview Day, Saturday, July 11, will have their entry and starting fees waived for the corresponding International Festival of Racing event on Saturday, Aug. 8.
“By offering this incentive, we hope to encourage the connections of those horses which turn in strong efforts on Million Preview Day to participate in our International Festival of Racing,” explained Kevin Greely, Arlington’s Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary.
Tuesday, March 17 2009
14 ENTERED FOR WEDNESDAY’S KENTUCKY DERBY CHALLENGE STAKES
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A full field of 14 three-year-olds has been entered for Wednesday’s inaugural running of the $115,000 Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at Kempton Park near London. In an unprecedented reward, the winner of Europe’s clockwise 1 1/8-mile race over Polytrack will earn an automatic spot in the starting gate for the 135th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 2 and a $100,000 bonus should the horse compete in America’s greatest race.
“I am thrilled by the quantity and quality of the horses that have been declared for the race, which has taken two years of planning,” said Brian “Barney” Clifford, director of racing at Kempton Park. “The race is unique and is the first step between establishing a long term link between Europe and American racing and I am very much looking forward to Wednesday.”