Thursday, May 02 2013
050213-Barn Notes: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
All you have to do is take a gander at the pictures on the grandstand walls to see that champions converge at Arlington International Racecourse. Elite equines, remarkable riders and talented trainers have consistently made their presence known on the first-rate main track and world-renowned turf course for decades, and this will no doubt occur in perpetuity when the season commences in less than 48 hours.
Fort Marcy, Beaugay Top Derby Day Card at Belmont Park
ELMONT, N.Y. – Multiple New York-bred champion Hessonite makes her 2013 debut and tries for her first graded stakes win Saturday when she faces seven other turf fillies and mares in the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay at Belmont Park, one of two graded turf stakes on the Kentucky Derby day card.
Wednesday, May 01 2013
GIANT FINISH LATE DERBY ADDITION LEAPFROGGING FEAR THE KITTEN
Carving Also Under Consideration
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 30, 2013) – Sunrise Stable and partners’ Giant Finish, who in his most recent start finished third in the Spiral Stakes (Grade III) at Turfway Park on March 23 earning 10 points toward Kentucky Derby eligibility, will be entered in Saturday’s 139th Kentucky Derby at the wishes of his ownership group.
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.