Tuesday, May 07 2013
DEPARTING LOOMS AS DANGEROUS ‘NEW SHOOTER’ FOR 138TH PREAKNESS STAKES
Derby Winner Orb ‘Bright;’ Normandy Invasion, Vyjack Enter Picture
BALTIMORE, 05-06-13 –Although several other horses that prepped at Fair Grounds ran well in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Al Stall has no regrets about having Departing skip the race to run fresh in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 18.
Graduates of the Risen Star and the Louisiana Derby at Stall’s hometown track in New Orleans finished in the five spots behind Orb in the Derby, run over a sloppy sealed track at Churchill Downs.
Sunday, May 05 2013
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013
ORB (First) – Trainer Shug McGaughey reflected on his Hall of Fame career Sunday morning at Churchill Downs after checking on Kentucky Derby winner Orb at Barn 43. Pleased with the energy level displayed by the 2 ½-length victor of Saturday’s classic, the Kentucky native thought of all the people along the way who had helped him find his way to the Churchill Downs winner’s circle.
Belmont Park Notes: Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Arrives
• Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Arrives at Belmont Park
• Hessonite, Lubash in good order following G3 Victories on Saturday at Belmont
ELMONT, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby winner Orb, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario returned to Belmont Park Sunday, prepared to gear up for the next leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness, on Saturday, May 18. The series concludes June 8 with the 145th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes.
Saturday, May 04 2013
REIGNING HORSE OF THE YEAR WISE DAN ROMPS IN TURF CLASSIC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) –– Morton Fink’s homebred star Wise Dan overwhelmed six rivals to win the 27th running of the $546,400 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I), by 4 ¾ lengths over Optimizer at Churchill Downs.
ORB WINS 139TH KENTUCKY DERBY BEFORE 151,616 AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) – Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb rallied from far off the pace to take command in mid-stretch en route to a 2 ½-length victory over longshot Golden Soul to win the 139th running of the $2,174,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) before a crowd of 151,616 on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
DELAUNAY ROMPS TO VICTORY IN CHURCHILL DOWNS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) – Maggi Moss’ Delaunay swept past Trinniberg at the head of the stretch and drew off to a four-length victory in the 79th running of the $443,600 Churchill Downs presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
STEPHANIE’S KITTEN RETURNS IN STYLE TO WIN CHURCHILL DISTAFF TURF MILE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Stephanie’s Kitten, making her first start in more than six months, outgamed defending champion Hungry Island by a neck to win the 28th running of the $288,750 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile presented by Longines (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
AUBBY K REVELS IN THE SLOP TO WIN HUMANA DISTAFF
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) – James Spence’s homebred Aubby K disposed of pacesetting Jamaican Smoke in the upper stretch en route to a 1 1/2-length victory in the 27th running of the $345,600 Humana Distaff (Grade I), the first of three Grade I races on the Kentucky Derby Day program at Churchill Downs.
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.
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.
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.
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.