Sunday, April 12 2009
Keeneland Barn Notes—Saturday, April 11
TOYOTA BLUE GRASS NOTES
A field of 11 horses will go postward today in the 85th running of the Toyota Blue Grass (G1). Biographical information on the connections of each entrant in the $750,000 race, as well as past performances, charts dating back to the first running of the race at Keeneland in 1937 and historical statistics on the race are available in the Toyota Blue Grass Media Guide.
Additional material, including videos of past races, is available at http://www.toyotabluegrassstakes.com
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BATTLE OF HASTINGS GAINS SECOND STRAIGHT STAKES WIN IN LA PUENTE
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 11, 2009) – British-bred Battle of Hastings, -- whose “light bulb went on” in his last race, according to jockey Tyler Baze – scorched his competition Saturday in Santa Anita’s $100,000 La Puente Stakes for 3-year-olds when rallying to a 1 ½-length victory over Smokey Lonesome in the one-mile turf event executed in 1:34.38.
It was the second straight stakes win for the Jeff Mullins-trained import who took last month’s Grade III Baldwin Stakes at odds of 7-1 after Baze described him as “lost” during a dull United States debut in Hollywood Park’s Grade III Generous Stakes last November.
DREAM PLAY TAKES LEAD AND RINGS UP COMELY
Stewart L. Armstrong’s Dream Play, making her first start on Aqueduct’s main track, put away Grade 1 winner Laragh on Saturday afternoon, then splashed home to a 5½-length victory in the 60th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Comely for three-year-old fillies at a mile.
Ridden by jockey Eddie Castro for his third victory of the afternoon, Dream Play took the lead early and tried to put Laragh tight on the rail through an opening quarter of 23.77. Jockey Ramon Dominguez, aboard Laragh, the Hollywood Starlet winner, got the message and moved his mount outside to stalk the leader after a half of 48.16.
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Surviving For Big Dollars
Stickney, IL---When Hawthorne began another round of its popular Survivor Contest, 3,557 players were hoping for a chance at a grand prize of $100,000. Realistically, the smaller winning prize of $2,500 seemed like a more likely outcome. Maybe not anymore.
As of Saturday, April 11, there were still 38 contestants all vying for a chance at a life-altering payday, and with only 13 days of racing in the spring meet, hope springs eternal for the remaining players.
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ALL SMILES SPLASHES HOME FIRST IN DAHLIA STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 04-11-09---Cynthia McGinnes’ All Smiles closed with a rush to win the $50,000 Dahlia Stakes contested over the sloppy main track this afternoon at Laurel Park. The race had been carded for the turf but it was switched to the dirt after steady rain, which resulted in six late scratches.
Under jockey Jeremy Rose, All Smiles dropped back to last and was still last starting for home when she split horses and angled to the far outside for the run to the finish line. British Event was the leader at the furlong marker, but First Ascent was rallying quickly along the rail and All Smiles was winging on the far outside. All Smiles finished fastest of all and won by a length.
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HILTON GARDEN INN JOCKEY OF THE MONTH MIKE STRAIGHT BOOTS HOME THREE WINNERS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 11, 2009) Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month Mike Straight escorted three of his mounts to the Winner’s Circle today; the apprentice rider got his first career victory here in his first attempt on March 6, 2009.
Straight took home his first victory of the afternoon aboard R True Lady, a Florida-bred daughter of Yes It’s True under the care of trainer Kirk Ziadie for Tampa’s leading owner Richard Averill. Straight scored again with My Friend Rossario, this time for conditioner Arlene Edelkraut and owners Siesta Sun Stable, Laura Trabulsi and Nacca Racing Stable. Straight rounded out his hat trick aboard Taxicab, a five-year-old Mutakddim gelding owned by Robert Fridley and Tom Schafer and trained by Brenda McCarthy.
El Brujo bewitching in Achievement Stakes
El Brujo, a three-year-old son of Candy Ride, won his first added-money event and third career race, taking the $150,000 Achievement Stakes in authoritative fashion, Saturday at Woodbine.
With Patrick Husbands in the irons, El Brujo, in his seventh lifetime start, dueled between several rivals through opening fractions of :22.01 and :44.73.
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BAZE WINS FOUR RACES AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze continued his sizzling week at Golden Gate Fields by riding four winners Saturday.
The four-bagger followed two-win afternoons on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday by the Hall of Famer.
Baze scored Saturday with Rocket Kitty ($5.80) in the second race, Awesome Jared ($6.00) in the third, Blue Suede Hooves ($10.80) in the fifth and Effervescent Charm ($4.40) in the seventh.
Saturday, April 11 2009
TelluRide, DJ Vice Headline Crown Royal ‘Festival in the Infield Club’ at Churchill Downs on April
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 10, 2009) – Churchill Downs has announced the featured entertainment for the Crown Royal “Festival in the Infield Club,” which will take place in the new Infield Club when it opens to race fans on Thursday, April 30. The event will be headlined by Nashville-based contemporary country music artists TelluRide and the popular DJ Vice. This year marks the 12th consecutive year Crown Royal® Canadian Whisky has sponsored music programming at Churchill Downs on Thursday of Derby Week.
Widely regarded as the next big breakout artist in the contemporary country music genre, TelluRide plays an average of 150 road dates a year and has performed at numerous Major League Baseball parks and at NASCAR Sprint Cup tracks.
Friday, April 10 2009
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH, 2009
SQUARE EDDIE TO USE LEXINGTON STAKES AS KENTUCKY DERBY PREP
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Square Eddie, who had been expected to train up to the Kentucky Derby on May 2, instead will first run in next Saturday’s Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, if all goes well following a scheduled six furlong workout at Hollywood Park tomorrow.
“That’s the tentative game plan,” trainer Doug O’Neill said Friday morning from his Hollywood headquarters, where Square Eddie has been training forwardly after recovering from shin problems that sidelined him since early February.
CITY OF ARCADIA NAMES A DAY FOR LATE EDDIE LOGAN
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 10, 2009)—The City of Arcadia has proclaimed Sunday, April 19 as “Eddie Logan Day” in honor of Santa Anita’s iconic shoeshine attendant who passed away on Jan. 31 at the age of 98. Logan, a self-proclaimed “Footman,” ran his Santa Anita shoeshine stand from opening day, Dec. 25, 1934, until the morning of Jan. 3, when he suffered a seizure and stroke from which he never recovered. Born in 1910, he would have been 99 on May 20.
Santa Anita will also unveil a beautiful oversized bronze relief plaque in Logan’s image on April 19, with an inscription that captures the essence of what he meant to The Great Race Place over a span of eight decades. The plaque will be unveiled in a winner’s circle ceremony and will be installed for permanent display in the area overlooking his long-time work area adjacent to the racing office.
AFTER 1 ½ MILES ON TURF, THREE-HORSE PHOTO GOES TO ISIPINGO
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 10, 2009) – After traversing the seldom run marathon distance of 1 ½ miles on turf, it took a photo Friday to separate the first three finishers in Santa Anita’s $55,520 optional claiming feature with the nod going to favored Isipingo.
Winless the last two years but able to call on past graded stakes experience, the 6-year-old gelding nosed out second-choice Unusual Smoke with fastest-finishing Romp another head back in third.