Wednesday, May 01 2013
Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
BLACK ONYX (No. 11) – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx galloped 1 ¾ miles under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez during the Derby and Oaks training session.
“It was a little bit longer gallop, a little bit stronger at the end,” trainer Kelly Breen said. “He came out of it looking dynamite.”
DREAMING OF JULIA, CHAMPION BEHOLDER HEADLINE KENTUCKY OAKS
DREAMING OF JULIA, CHAMPION BEHOLDER HEADLINE STAR-STUDDED FIELD OF 11 FOR FRIDAY’S LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 30, 2013) – The top 3-year-old fillies from all corners of the country, headed by Dreaming of Julia, the 21 ¾-length winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII), and Eclipse Award winner Beholder passed the entry box Tuesday morning for Friday’s 139th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I).
Barn Notes: Tuesday April 30, 2013
THIRD CHANCE A CHARM IN THE BREEDING SHED
Illinois racing loves to keep its champions as much as it loves to crown them. In the case of local star mare Third Chance, the second best thing to keeping her on the track racing for the fans is to have her at an Illinois farm producing future stars.
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.
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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.