Friday, April 03 2009
KATHLEEN O’CONNELL NAMED COURTSIDE GRILLE II TRAINER OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 3, 2009) April’s Courtside Grille II Trainer of the Month is Kathleen O’Connell, who in the week of March 24 – March 29 has saddled 7 winners, 1 second and 2 third-place finishers from 19 starters. Additionally, O’Connell is as of April 1st the fifth leading trainer for the current Tampa meet with 24 wins.
Kathleen O’Connell is the daughter of a retired Detroit policeman. She rode show horses as a youth but had no racetrack experience when she took a howalker's job in 1970 at age 19 at the now-defunct Detroit Racecourse. A National Honor Society member in high school, O'Connell began working at the track "until I decided what I wanted to do with my life," she said. After having been turned down for veterinary school, O'Connell began her training career in her native Michigan, but has been competing in Florida since 1985. She established herself as one of the hardest working conditioners on the backstretch, and won the training title here in the 1998-1999 season.
Turfway sees double-digit declines
FLORENCE, KY . . . April 3, 2009 . . . Turfway Park ended its 2009 Winter/Spring Meet with double-digit declines in handle and purses paid and a significant drop in field size compared to the same period in 2008. The 2009 meet began January 1 and ended April 2.
On-track wagering on Turfway races fell 11.2 percent to $7,020,016 for the meet. All-sources wagering on Turfway races dropped 24.6 percent to $113,649,793, driven by a 26.1 percent decline in wagering by out-of-state players.
Average daily purses dropped from $145,614 to $125,017.
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Champion filly Van Lear Rose out for the year
TORONTO, April 3 – Van Lear Rose, Canada’s champion two-year-old filly in 2008, will be sidelined for the year due to a suspensory injury.
Trained by Catherine Day Phillips and bred and owned by her brother, Richard Day (Kingview Farms), the three-year-old daughter of Stroll suffered the injury while breezing at Gulfstream Park (in Florida) two weeks ago.
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Kentucky Derby 135 Update (4.3.09)
WEST/SHOWDOWN AT SANTA ANITA BETWEEN PIONEEROF THE NILE, THE PAMPLEMOUSSE
Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby (Grade) figures to confirm which 3-year-old is California’s leading hope for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 1.
The 1 1/8-mile race over Santa Anita’s synthetic Pro-Ride surface attracted a field of 10 3-year-olds, but three of those horses figure to contend for the unofficial title of “Best of the West.” That group includes Sham Stakes (GIII) winner The Pamplemousse, the 9-5 morning line favorite for veteran trainer Julio Canani; CashCall Futurity (GI) winner Pioneer of the Nile, victorious in three consecutive stakes races for three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert; and Chocolate Candy, the top 3-year-old in Northern California who bids to build his credentials for the famed “Run for the Roses.”
Kentucky Oaks 135 Update (4.3.09)
MIDWEST/CHAMPION STARDOM BOUND BIDS TO EXTEND GRADE I WIN STREAK IN KEENELAND’S ASHLAND
Champion Stardom Bound bids for a sixth consecutive Grade I stakes victory as she preps for the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (GI) by facing eight rivals over the synthetic Polytrack surface in the $400,000 Ashland Stakes (GI) at 1 1/16-miles on Saturday at Keeneland.
The gray daughter of Tapit, who is coming off a nose victory in the Santa Anita Oaks, is American racing’s reigning 2-year-old filly champion. She is the favorite in the Ashland and will be saddled by trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. after Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel had overseen her training over the winter in Southern California. Regular jockey Mike Smith will ride Stardom Bound.
Quality Road Is Fan’s Choice On Opening Day Of Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 2, 2009) – Florida Derby (Grade I) winner Quality Road justified his status as the morning line choice for the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) when racing fans across North America made the Jimmy Jerkens-trained colt a tepid 5-1 favorite on Thursday’s opening day of betting in the four-day pool.
Edward P. Evans’ homebred son of Elusive Quality, a winner of three of four career races, was the narrow people’s choice on the Pool 3 betting roster that includes 23 individual horses and a mutuel field that consists of all other 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. Close behind in Thursday’s wagering at odds of 8-1 were Vinery LLC and Fox Hill Farm’s Louisiana Derby (GII) winner Friesan Fire and Sham Stakes (GIII) winner The Pamplemousse, one of the favorites for Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby (GI).
JOCKEY MAWING HAS ‘SUCCESSFUL’ SURGERY
Jockey Leslie Mawing, who sustained compound fractures of both the tibia and fibula in his left leg in a spill Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields, had emergency surgery on the leg Wednesday night at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
"The surgery was to repair the tibia fracture and stabilize the fibula fracture and it was successful," said Dr. David Seftel, track physician at Golden Gate Fields. "A metal rod was put in the tibia."
ANABAA’S CREATION LIVES UP TO PROMISE IN U.S. DEBUT FOR CANANI
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2009) – In making not only making her first start in the United States but her first over a synthetic surface, Anabaa’s Creation, an Irish-bred import from France, demonstrated her class Thursday with a decisive victory in Santa Anita’s $62,576 allowance feature for fillies and mares at one mile.
With jockey Tyler Baze gaining his third win of the afternoon, Anabaa’s Creation was rated behind the two early leaders, took control while racing wide around the final turn, and drew off to a 2 ¾-length triumph over fast-closing, but non-threatening Hot n’ Dusty.
Thursday, April 02 2009
WOOD MEMORIAL COINFERENCE CALL
Trainer Jeff Mullins on Gotham Stakes winner, I Want Revenge:
What was behind the decision to ship I Want Revenge home to California after initially announcing the decision to keep him in training here in New York?
We figured we had plenty of time, we had 4 weeks, and he’d probably be happier at home, and the weather is a lot nicer at home. I know I’m always happier in my own bed, so we just decided to go ahead and take him home.
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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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