Friday, March 27 2009

Kentucky Derby 135 Update (3.27.09)


Last year’s running of the $750,000 Florida Derby (Grade I) at Gulfstream Park saw the emergence of a major star when unbeaten Big Brown romped to an easy victory and became the favorite for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). Big Brown would later score an emphatic Kentucky Derby win.

The favorite for this year’s “Run for the Roses” on May 2 could again be determined by the results of the Florida Derby, which will be run Saturday at the Hallandale, Fla. track. The morning line choices for this year’s renewal are the unbeaten Dunkirk, a $3.7 million yearling purchase, and Quality Road, the impressive winner of in Gulfstream Park’s Fountain of Youth (GII).

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Kentucky Oaks 135 Update (3.27.09)


Streaking Justwhistledixie, the surprising favorite over reigning 2-year-old filly champion Stardom Bound and Silverbulletday (GII) and Golden Rod (GII) winner Rachel Alexandra in Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, will look to strengthen her credentials for the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) when she takes on five rivals in Friday’s $200,000 Bonnie Miss (GII) at Gulfstream Park.

The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Justwhistledixie has a four-race winning streak, with her latest victory being an impressive 3 ¾-length romp in the one-mile Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream. Her previous wins came in New York. She will attempt a two-turn distance for the first time in the Bonnie Miss, which is run at 1 1/8-miles – the same distance as the Kentucky Oaks.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 26, 2009) – The infield at historic Churchill Downs will be filled Friday through Sunday, March 27-29, with images of colorful tents, the scent of campfires, and the sounds of special activities and competitions as thousands of Boy Scouts of all ages and levels of experience gather to participate in the 52nd annually celebration of Scout-O-Rama.

As many as 7,000 scouts, family members and friends are expected to visit the home of the Kentucky Derby during the three-day Scout-O-Rama celebration. The 2009 renewal will be mark the 24th consecutive year that Scout-O-Rama has been hosted by Churchill Downs. The event, formerly held at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds (now the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center) was first conducted in the Churchill Downs infield in 1986.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2009) – Fiery Trippi, a 5-year-old gelding with but a single victory in 13 previous starts, proved best Thursday in Santa Anita’s $52,800 Rising Market Purse with a

1 ¾ length victory over favored Cause in the mile-and-one-eighth first-level allowance event.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2009) – Medzendeekron strives for his third straight win as the 119-pound high weight in Sunday’s $125,000 Sensational Star Handicap at Santa Anita while Beltene will attempt to ignite another winning streak in the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Paula Stakes.

The only commonality between the co-features is the 6 ½-furlong distance and that the likely favorites were both sired by California stallion-sensation, Unusual Heat.

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Gulfstream Park’s Barbaro Foundation Names Its Three Winners for 2009

Gulfstream Park, in conjunction with the University of Florida, has named Erica Rosen and Megan Murphy Lamb winners of its annual Florida Derby Scholarship and Astrid Groshe winner of the Barbaro Scholarship.

Ms Rosen and Ms. Lamb will each receive $12,500 as winners of their scholarship, and Ms. Grosche will receive $5,000 for her award.

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One Caroline & Ginger Brew Clash in Rampart Sunday

G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s undefeated 4-year-old filly One Caroline will be favored to keep her record perfect in Sunday’s $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, but will face her sternest test yet with Stronach Stable’s Canadian champion filly Ginger Brew among six rival fillies and mares.

Jockey Edgar Prado rides One Caroline for trainer Rusty Arnold in the 1 1/8 miles Rampart as the roan/gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song bids for her third straight victory of the meet and fifth overall all after winning her first two starts at Churchill Downs last spring at 1 1/16 miles.

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ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will offer advance wagering Friday on the $6 million Dubai World Cup, which will be run Saturday at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.

The world's richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup is a 1 1/4-mile contest for 4-year-olds and up. Fourteen horses, including Donn Handicap winner Albertus Maximus, are entered in the Grade I World Cup.

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Nad Al Sheba finale to have Maximus star power

A record field of 14 will face the starter for the 2009 Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline and the final renewal of the US$6million world’s richest race to be staged at Nad Al Sheba.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Albertus Maximus looks certain to start favourite and, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, represents the same owner/trainer combination as 2007 winner Invasor. McLaughlin is looking forward to it: “The horse has really settled in well and is a very nice horse and one who has to have a big chance. His stamina has been questioned but we think he will stay.”

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Rod Simpson has Two Live Chances

Dubai’s Golden Shaheen contender, Balthazaar’s Gift, is untested on dirt, but his trainer, Rod Simpson is confident his charge can handle the surface.

Simpson, who also saddles purebred Arabian, Fryvolous, in the Dubai Kahayla Classic, believes he has two live chances Saturday night.

It’s a relief for Simpson to get Balthazaar’s Gift to the track. Three weeks ago the sprinter bruised himself after getting cast and his regular jockey, Daragh O’Donohoe, injured his knee during a race.

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Former steeplechase jockey guides Albertus Maximus

What does it feel like to sit on the back of Dubai World Cup favourite Albertus Maximus?

The man who knows the horse as well as anyone from that perspective is exercise rider Rob Massey, who has faced the formidable challenge of trying to contain the explosive energy of the muscled bay powerhouse for the past week.

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Family legacy continues in Dubai

When Marsh Side runs in Saturday’s $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic he will represent the legacy of a family whose roots are deeply entrenched in American racing.

Marsh Side is a homebred owned by Robert S. Evans whose late father, Thomas, bred and owned 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Pleasant Colony. Marsh Side’s dam, Colonial Play, is a daughter of Pleasant Colony and was bred and raced by Robert’s father.

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