Monday, April 29 2013
Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update - Monday, April 29, 2013
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013
BLACK ONYX (No. 11) – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx jogged one mile under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez during the Derby and Oaks session. The Rock Hard Ten colt is officially dark bay or brown but appears black. His coat and overall striking appearance has made him a favorite with fans, especially photographers, who gather to admire the Spiral Stakes (Grade III) winner as he grazes behind Barn 41 each morning.
Barn Notes: Monday April 29, 2013
BLOCK STACKED AND READY TO BUILD ON SOLID 2012
Chris Block, one of the most decorated and respected trainers in Illinois, is rallying his equine troops for his annual assault on Arlington International Racecourse. A Prairie State native and 2012’s runner-up in the trainer standings, Block is poised to commence what could be an exceptionally rewarding meet.
UNEVENTFUL TRIP FOR GOLDENCENTS, DERBY HOPEFUL JOGS AT CHURCHILL
Trainer Doug O’Neill, in quest of a second consecutive Kentucky Derby victory, reported that Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents arrived in Louisville without incident.
Saturday, April 27 2013
FORTY TALES HOLDS OFF CAPO BASTONE TO WIN OPENING-NIGHT DERBY TRIAL
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, April 27, 2013) - Perretti Racing Stable's Forty Tales held off Capo Bastone by a diminishing neck to win the 89th running of the $201,425 Derby Trial before a crowd of 21,038 on "Opening Night" Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Forty Tales was the fourth of five winners on the night for jockey Joel Rosario.
$245,000 Melair Stakes
RAFAEL BEJARANO, DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, Winner: “I had a good trip. They went a little slow the first part and I was hoping they would pick it up down the backstretch. Nobody was really making a move by the half mile so I decided to make a little move to put some pressure on. I really thought (Sweet Marini) should have beaten me because she was going so slow. But my filly is a real professional. I’m just glad I moved when I did.’’
$300,000 Snow Chief Stakes
RAFAEL BEJARANO, SURFCUP, Winner: “He had never run on this track and I just tried to get him comfortable in the race. He was real relaxed in the beginning and when (Fighting Hussar) came running at the end, my horse gave me a big kick.
CITY OF WESTON RUNS DOWN BRAVE DAVE TO WIN BIG DRAMA STAKES
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (April 27, 2013) – After prevailing just once in the first 13 starts of his career, Cloud Nine Lumoni’s City of Weston continued a trend of recent success when visiting the winner’s circle for the third straight time after running down favored Brave Dave in the final yards of the $55,000 Big Drama Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday.
Westchester (G3) Quotes
Leana Willaford, assistant to Bill Mott, winning trainer of Flat Out (No 3): “He does have an affinity for this racetrack, and he showed it today. He had won going a mile before. Sometimes when you shorten them up, they finish a little stronger. [Junior Alvarado] did a great job. He was aware [Cross Traffic] was the lone speed and didn’t let him get too far away.”
Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013
BLACK ONYX (No. 12) – Trainer Kelly Breen supervised the half-mile work by Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx at 7:30 Saturday morning then headed back to New York to saddle a horse in a stakes at Belmont Park later in the day.
Friday, April 26 2013
Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013
BLACK ONYX (No. 12) – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx had an uneventful morning on the track, galloping 1 ½ miles after the Friday morning renovation break under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez.
Gomez said trainer Kelly Breen was traveling to Louisville on Friday and is scheduled to supervise a breeze planned for Saturday morning.
Black Onyx has won both of his starts -- including the Spiral (GIII) -- since being moved into Breen’s care this year.
ITSMYLUCKDAY DEPARTS FOR CHURCHILL DOWNS
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (April 26, 2013) – Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday, winner of the Foolish Pleasure Stakes and the Fasig-Tipton Dash at Calder Casino & Race Course in 2012 and a leading contender for this year’s Kentucky Derby off his second-place finish in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, cleared the Calder stable gate at approximately 5 p.m. Friday aboard a Brook Ledge van bound for Louisville where he will start in this year’s ‘Run for the Roses’ on May 4.
Barn Notes: Friday April 26, 2013
FRESH MEET: ARLINGTON WELCOMES UPSTART APPRENTICE ESQUIVAL
Throughout the history of American turf, Arlington International Racecourse has been a heralded hotbed for rising jockey stardom. Laffit Pincay, Jr., started his U.S. career at Arlington in 1966 (winning the title in 1967), while the budding Hall of Fame careers of Pat Day, Jerry Bailey and Randy Romero laid their respective foundations here. Needless to say, when a fledgling jockey starts making local waves, the Windy City takes notice of the tide.