Thursday, April 25 2013
Flat Out, Seeking First Win Since Gold Cup, Returns to Belmont for Westchester
ELMONT, N.Y. – In three starts at Belmont Park, Flat Out has won three graded stakes: the 2011 Grade 2 Suburban Handicap and the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
On Saturday, Flat Out will attempt to improve his Belmont record to 4-for-4 when he carries the Preston Stables colors in the Grade 3, $150,000 Westchester for 3-year-olds and up.
PLETCHER DUO TOP FIELD OF NINE FOR SATURDAY NIGHT’S DERBY TRIAL
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 24, 2013) – The Todd Pletcher-trained duo of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Capo Bastone and Perretti Racing Stable’s Forty Tales top a field of nine horses entered today for Saturday night’s 89th running of the $175,000-added Derby Trial (GIII).
BRAVE DAVE RETURNS FOR $55,000 BIG DRAMA STAKES
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (April 24, 2013) – David Melin and Laurie Plesa’s Brave Dave, a two-time stakes winner at Calder Casino & Race Course last year that also prevailed in the Grade 3 Sapling at Monmouth Park, headlines a field of 10 sprinting sophomores that will gather for Saturday’s $55,000 Big Drama Stakes.
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EIGHT FAIR GROUNDS HORSES POINTING TO KENTUCKY DERBY
• Trainers Include New Orleans Natives Amoss, Stewart
• Napravnik, Talamo, Borel, Hernandez Among Possible Jockeys
• Unlimited Budget Aims to Continue Fair Ground Oaks-Kentucky Oaks Trend
TIZ A MINISTER, OMEGA STAR HEADLINERS IN SNOW CHIEF;
TEDDY’S PROMISE SURFACES IN B. THOUGHTFUL STAKES;
LARGE FIELDS ABOUND IN 14TH CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 24, 2013)—After chasing Flashback and Goldencents in his final two starts of Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring meet, Tiz a Minister will drop in class for the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Tuesday, April 23 2013
SUPER NINETY NINE, DEN’S LEGACY DECLARED FROM KENTUCKY DERBY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 23, 2013) – Trainer Bob Baffert told the Churchill Downs communications team Tuesday afternoon that Super Ninety Nine (No. 18) and Den’s Legacy (No. 20) were no longer under consideration for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4.
Keeneland Barn Notes
• VETERANS SET TO CONTEST CLOSING-DAY ELKHORN
• PRINCE WILL I AM RETURNS TO KEENELAND
• MAKER EQUALS SPRING WIN MARK ON SUNDAY
• GALLOPING OUT
• CLOSING WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS
• KEENELAND SPRING MEET LEADERS
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Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013
BLACK ONYX – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx (No. 12) jogged after the morning renovation break during the time reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders. Aurelio Gomez was aboard Black Onyx, who comes into Derby 139 off a victory in the Spiral (Grade III) in his stakes debut.
Sunday, April 21 2013
Orb Impresses Trainer With Kentucky Derby Tune-Up
Florida Derby Hero Breezes Strong 5 Furlongs at Payson Park
INDIANTOWN, FL – Florida Derby victor Orb impressed trainer Shug McGaughey Sunday morning at Payson Park while breezing five furlongs during a key workout for a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 4.
$150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3) Quotes
Charlie LoPresti (winning trainer of Successful Dan)
“He has tremendous heart. He’s got a lot of talent, and his injuries here lately haven’t been very bad. At Saratoga, he had some filling in his pastern. Probably I could have run him, but you want them to be 100 percent with a horse of this caliber. It wasn’t that hard to get him back to this race. (Jockey) Julien (Leparoux) has breezed him these past two times, and he’s told me he was as good as ever. And Dr. Larry Bramlage checked him and gave him a clean bill of health.”
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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO HANDICAP QUOTES
JOE TALAMO, INTERACTION, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip. The whole way around I was able to save a lot of ground. Turning for home I took him out and he gave me a huge effort the last eighth of a mile. The horse that ran second (All Squared Away), you can’t take anything away from him, he was pretty hard to get by. My horse just showed a lot of heart and effort, he showed a lot of class today.”
The Road Princess Overnight Stakes Quotes
Michael McCarthy, assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher, of Kauai Katie (No. 4): “I’d say that was pretty much textbook right there. The plan was to go ahead and let her run away from there and finish up nicely. It seemed she controlled the race from the start, set some nice fractions, didn’t overdo it, got the job done. I’d have to think this will [set her up for the Acorn] (Grade 1, one mile, Belmont Park, May 27). That’s been the plan all along.”
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