Saturday, May 04 2013


TWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) – Stud Sampaio’s Berlino Di Tiger (BRZ) held off a late charge from 2009 race winner Chamberlain Bridge by a nose to win the 19th running of the $138,250 Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by RAM (Grade III), the first of six graded stakes on the Kentucky Derby Day program at Churchill Downs.





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KENTUCKY OAKS UPDATE – SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2013


PRINCESS OF SYLMAR / UNLIMITED BUDGET / DREAMING OF JULIA / SILSITA – The report on the four Kentucky Oaks (GI) fillies out of the Todd Pletcher barn was all positive Saturday morning following their major impact on the rich 3-year-old filly classic.





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LONGSHOT PRINCESS OF SYLMAR WINS KENTUCKY OAKS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 3, 2013) – King of Prussia Stable’s Princess of Sylmar, the second-longest shot on the board at 38-1, caught Beholder in deep stretch to win the 139th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length before the second-largest Oaks Day crowd in history, 113,820.

Friday’s attendance was surpassed only by the 116,046 that attended in 2010.





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FAVORED NOBLE TUNE CRUISES TO AMERICAN TURF VICTORY


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 3, 2013) – Martin Schwartz and Dell Ridge Farm’s Noble Tune, benefiting from a ground-saving trip under Javier Castellano, rocketed to the front in upper stretch and cruised to a 1 3/4-length victory over Admiral Kitten in the 22th running of the $234,200 American Turf presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade II) for 3-year-olds on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.





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MEGAMOVE SEEKS FIRST STAKES SCORE IN SUMTER


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 3, 2013) – Centaur Farms, Inc.’s Megamove, a rapidly developing 4-year-old that has won three of his last six starts, will step up to stakes company for the first time in his career when starting in the $55,000 Sumter Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday.





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Barn Notes


DESORMEAUX AT HAND AND HANDS-ON

When one has earned nearly every accolade in their respective craft, it is easy to assume they can take a moment to rest on their proverbial laurels. Such is not the case for Kent Desormeaux, a decorated jockey who joins an already solid rider colony for the 2013 Arlington International Racecourse meet.





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Belmont Park Notes


• G1 winner Dayatthespa makes 2013 bow Sunday
• English import Infinite Magic, now in Ribaudo’s barn, to make dirt debut in G2 Peter Pan
• McLaughlin has two for Peter Pan
• Field taking shape for Peter Pan
• Unbeaten Lovely Syn and Kilnockagain clash in Sunday’s NYSS Park Avenue
• NYRA offering bonus for 2-year-olds who break their maiden at Belmont and win graded stakes at a NYRA track in 2013





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Friday, May 03 2013


Kentucky Derby 139 Update - Friday, May 3, 2013


BLACK ONYX – At 11:30 a.m., Spiral (Grade III) winner Black Onyx was scratched from the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).
Stewards have decided that the No. 1 slot will be left open in the Kentucky Derby starting gate and the remaining 19 horses in the Derby field will start from the post positions they drew in Wednesday’s post draw.
Trainer Kelly Breen will address the media at an afternoon press conference in The Parlay Media Center.





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MILITARY VET COLVIN RIDES FIRST CAREER WINNER IN THURSDAY’S OPENER


BALTIMORE, 05-02-13---Samantha Colvin captured her first lifetime win this afternoon when Rocket Ninetyeight won today’s opener at Pimlico Race Course. The 26-year-old grew up in Williamsport, PA and spent nearly a decade in the United States Army in signals intelligence.

Rocket Ninetyeight stalked the pace, moved three-wide into the stretch, took command and drew away. The $16,000 claiming maiden won by 3-3/4 lengths for owner-trainer Calvin Barth and paid $18.80.

“I’m here to ride and to win,” said Colvin, who was victorious on her fifth career mount.





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Thursday, May 02 2013


Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update - Wednesday, May 1, 2013


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013

NOTE – Through various sources, the Churchill Downs Communications Team has confirmed the following 21 horses have entered the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (in order of preference): Orb, Verrazano, Goldencents, Java’s War, Overanalyze, Revolutionary, Lines of Battle, Vyjack, Will Take Charge, Itsmyluckyday, Black Onyx, Palace Malice, Normandy Invasion, Frac Daddy, Mylute, Oxbow, Falling Sky, Charming Kitten, Golden Soul, Giant Finish and Fear the Kitten.





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CHURCHILL DOWNS’ ‘DERBYME’ SOCIAL MEDIA APP


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 1, 2013) - The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is set for Saturday, May 4, but you won't have to be at Churchill Downs Racetrack to enjoy the unmatched, sizzle and excitement of the Derby celebration.





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KENTUCKY DERBY 139 POST POSITION DRAW QUOTES


BLACK ONYX (Post position 1, morning line 50-1) – Kelly Breen (trainer) – “Saturday we hope to make it the winningest post position in Kentucky Derby history. We know Oxbow isn’t the best of breakers; it’s not a bad horse to be next to. We’re going to make the best of what we can. We’re going to go back and look at all the different things, different scenarios, and we’ll put all those different things in to Joe’s head and he’s going to go out there and ride his race anyway.”
What did you think of the 50-1 morning line?
“I don’t want to say what I think about it on record but let’s just say I’m like Rodney Dangerfield – I get no respect, you know?”
Jockey Joe Bravo: “My whole life I’ve dreamed about being number one and I got number one today!”





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