Monday, April 06 2009
Kentucky Oaks 135 update (4.6.09)
SOUTH/RACHEL ALEXANDRA ROMPS IN FANTASY
L & M Racing’s Rachel Alexandra may have earned the role of favorite in the 135th Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) on May 1 at Churchill Downjs when she romped to an effortless 8 ½-length romp in the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park.
The Hal Wiggins-trained daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, the 1-9 favorite in a field of five 3-year-old fillies, never had an anxious moment as she galloped to victory under jockey Calvin Borel. She covered the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:43.36. It was the fourth consecutive victory for Rachel Alexandra, a streak that began with a victory in the Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs last fall.
INJURY KNOCKS THE PAMPLEMOUSSE OFF THE DERBY TRAIL
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 5, 2009) – A leg injury has knocked Sham Stakes (GIII) winner The Pamplemousse out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby and wagering on the colt in Pool 3 of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager was suspended Sunday afternoon.
The Pamplemousse was scratched from the Santa Anita Derby shortly before Saturday’s race because of concern over the condition of a tendon, but his connections said the Kentucky Derby remained an option. But co-owner Alex Solis II announced on Sunday that The Pamplemousse was definitely out of the Kentucky Derby picture and would undergo tests to determine what treatment would be required for the injury.
WOOD MEMORIAL DAY FOLLOW-UP NOTES
Despite his troubled trip in Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade 1, nine-furlong Wood Memorial, IEAH Stables and David J. Lanzman’s I Want Revenge was feeling no ill-effects on Sunday morning.
“He came out the race real well,” said trainer Jeff Mullins, sipping a Red Bull outside of trainer Tony Dutrow’s barn at Aqueduct Racetrack. “We had him out this morning, went over him from head to toe, and everything looks good.”
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SWEET AUGUST MOON UPSETS IN LAS FLORES; HIGH RESOLVE THIRD
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2009) – While gaining her third straight victory, Sweet August Moon ran down odds-on win machine High Resolve who would fade to third in Sunday’s 57th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Handicap for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface.
The victorious 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon thus validated her recent 9-1 upset win in Santa Anita’s $100,000 Honest Lady Stakes as she rallied from third under Aaron Gryder to defeat Foxy Danseur by 1 ¼ lengths while clocked in 1:15.21.
STABLE NOTES, APRIL 5TH, 2009
BAFFERT EYES ROSES FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY KING PIONEEROF THE NILE
Overcoming the challenge of another paceless race, Pioneerof the Nile Saturday enhanced his status as a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby on May 2 with a one-length victory in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby,
It’s on to Churchill Downs for the son of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker and Bob Baffert, who has won the Run for the Roses three times, but who has not had a participant in the mile and a quarter classic the past two years.
Barn Notes 4-5-2009
Confident ‘Vixen’ Ready to Tackle South Beach
Trainer Joe Orseno has been patiently waiting for Reata Thoroughbred Racing Farm’s Reata’s Vixen to come around. Apparently the 4-year-old filly simply needed a confidence boost and now she’s poised for a strong effort in the $50,000 South Beach Stakes at 7½ furlongs on turf Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The daughter of Sligo Bay won a $35,000 claiming race on turf on Feb. 26 to snap a 10-race losing streak. She built off that effort to be third in an allowance race on Mar. 22, and Orseno says it is all part of a plan.
WOOD MEMORIAL WINNER I WANT REVENGE FAVORED IN FINAL 2009 KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE POOL
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 5, 2009) – David Lanzman and IEAH Stable’s I Want Revenge, who overcame a poor start and significant traffic concerns to win Saturday’s Wood Memorial (GI) at Aqueduct, emerged a solid favorite to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) as the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) completed its four-day run on Sunday, April 5.
The Jeff Mullins-trained son of Stephen Got Even, now unbeaten in two races over traditional dirt, left a strong impression on bettors after clearing several obstacles to win the 1 1/8-mile Wood, was the 9-2 fans’ choice when KDFW Pool 3 betting concluded at 6 p.m. (EDT) at racetracks and satellite wagering centers across North America. Edward P. Evans’ Quality Road, winner of the Florida Derby (GI) and the favorite through the first two days of Pool 3 betting, closed as the 6-1 second choice. Vinery LLC and Fox Hill Farm’s Friesan Fire, the Louisiana Derby (GII) winner, was the 8-1 third choice, and Santa Anita Derby (GI) winner Pioneerof the Nile was next at 9-1. Florida Derby runner-up Dunkirk was next at 11-1 and Old Fashioned, who figures to be among the favorites for next week’s Arkansas Derby (GII) closed at 12-1.
AVERILL SETS RECORD FOR OWNER’S WINS IN A TAMPA SEASON
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 5, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s leading owner Richard Averill has set a new single season record for number of wins, besting Balkrisna Sukharan’s 19 wins last meet. Averill currently has 22 victories to his credit, the most in Tampa Bay Downs’s recorded history.
Finish Lines… Trainer Jamie Ness escorted two of his charges to the Winner’s Circle today, giving him 56 victories for the meet; Ness set a new track record last year when he haltered 68 wins in a single meet. Ness scored his first victory with Master Speak.
Keeneland Barn Notes—Sunday, April 5, 2009
CHARITABLE MAN TUNES UP FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WITH SHARP FIVE-FURLONG WORK
Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s undefeated Charitable Man completed his major work for Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) by working five furlongs in :59.60 under exercise rider Pat Correa.
The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee picked up some unexpected company at the head of the lane with another worker and finished his final quarter mile in :23.60, according to Keeneland clockers, who had Charitable Man galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.40.
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ANTONGEORGI HAS HAT TRICK IN FRONT OF 11,462 FANS AT GGF
ALBANY -- Jockey William Antongeorgi III, perhaps energized by an on-track crowd of 11,462, rode three winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
The attendance was the largest at Golden Gate Fields since Feb. 20, 1995, when 11,087 fans turned out for a Presidents' Day racing program.
Fans at Golden Gate Fields Sunday were treated to $1 specials (general parking, general admission, programs, hot dogs, beers and sodas were all just a buck) and the first annual GGF Dachshund Derby.
Sunday, April 05 2009
PIONEEROF THE NILE POWERS TO VICTORY IN GR. I SANTA ANITA DERBY
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Pioneerof the Nile is still learning how to run, and it showed halfway down the backstretch of the Santa Anita Derby.
That's where the colt tugged his way to the lead, gave it up and then went to the front in the stretch, holding on for a 1-length victory Saturday.
Now, it's on to the Kentucky Derby for trainer Bob Baffert, a three-time Derby winner who hasn't had a starter since 2006.
Wood Memoiral Winner I Want Revenge Is New Choice Heading Into Final Day of Derby Future Bet
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 4, 2009) – A Saturday that featured three major prep races for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) ended with a new favorite in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) as a dazzling win in Aqueduct’s Wood Memorial propelled I Want Revenge into the pool’s top spot.
David Lanzman and IEAH Stables’ 3-year-old son of Stephen Got Even overcame a slow start and major traffic problems to score a dramatic victory under Joe Talamo in the 1 1/8-mile Wood and saw his KDFW Pool 3 odds drop to 9-2 by the end of the day’s betting. He had opened the day at 10-1. Florida Derby (GI) winner Quality Road, the favorite through the first two days of the four-day pool, was the second choice at 6-1 and Louisiana Derby (GII) winner Friesan Fire was a close third choice at 7-1.