Wednesday, April 01 2009
SANTA ANITA DERBY ADVANCE
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2009) – Saturday’s anxiously anticipated Santa Anita Derby showdown unfolded with perceived underdog The Pamplemousse being installed as a narrow choice over high flying Pioneerof the Nile among 10 entrants in the 72nd running of Santa Anita’s Grade I, $750,000 event for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles.
Even though Zayat Stables at the last minute entered a potential rabbit, speedy maiden winner Z Day, to press front-running The Pamplemousse, Santa Anita oddsmaker Jeff Tufts was unfazed. He established The Pamplemousse as the 9-5 favorite. His more accomplished opponent, Zayat Stables’ Pioneerof the Nile, was listed at 2-1.
STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST, 2009
THE PAMPLEMOUSSE, PIONEEROF THE NILE FAVORED IN SANTA ANITA DERBY
On a picturesque Southern California Wednesday morning replete with blue skies, sunshine and balmy temperatures, The Pamplemousse and Pioneerof the Nile were installed close first and second choices for Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, a race that has all the earmarks of a heavyweight championship match.
The Pamplemousse was made the 9-5 favorite by oddsmaker Jeff Tufts, who listed Pioneerof the Nile at 2-1 in a field of 10 sophomores that hope to use the West Coast’s marquee race for 3-year-olds as a steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 2.
TRAINER RICHARD MATLOW DEAD AT 66
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2009)—Long-time California based trainer Richard Matlow succumbed to the effects of Amytrophic Lateral Schlerosis (ALS) late Monday at his home in Monrovia at the age of 66. Best known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after the Hall of Fame New York Yankee slugger who contracted the disease and retired as a result of it in 1939, ALS is a neurodegenerative disease which attacks the body’s central nervous system.
Matlow, who was diagnosed with ALS in February of 2008, and who announced his retirement as a result of the disease on Jan. 29, sent out his final starter on that same day at Santa Anita.
MAWING SUFFERS COMPOUND FRACTURES OF LEFT LEG IN SPILL
ALBANY -- Jockey Leslie Mawing sustained compound fractures of both the tibia and fibula in his left leg when his mount, Pasta Time, crashed through the inner rail during the stretch run of the seventh race at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday.
Mawing was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland and was expected to have emergency surgery on the leg, according to Dr. David Seftel, track physician at Golden Gate Fields.
Keeneland Barn Notes—Wednesday, April 1, 2009
CHAMPION STARDOM BOUND FACES EIGHT IN SATURDAY’S ASHLAND
Stardom Bound, the 2008 Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s top 2-year-old filly, will face eight rivals Saturday when she shoots for her sixth consecutive Grade 1 victory in the 72nd running of the $400,000 Ashland Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going a mile and a sixteenth on the main track at Keeneland.
Mike Smith, who has ridden the daughter of Tapit in all seven of her starts, will have the call Saturday and break from post position seven. Stardom Bound is trained by Rick Dutrow.
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Keeneland Overnight for Opening Day, Saturday, April 4
Stakes Closing April 1
The Maker's Mark Mile is a Grade I race for 4yo & up going 1 mile over Keeneland's Turf course. Purse is $300,000; nom fee is $200
The Ft. Harrod Stakes is for 4yo & up going 1 5/8 miles over Keeneland's Polytrack. Purse is $100,000a; nom fee is $100
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FLORIDA CUP DAY DRAWS 61 ENTRIES TO 6 STAKES RACES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 1, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s 7th annual Florida Cup Day, to be held April 4, 2009, has attracted entries from 61 top Florida-breds battling in six stakes races on the afternoon’s twelve race program. Florida Cup Day is comprised of six $85,000 stakes races restricted to Florida-breds, including the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Sophomore for three-year-olds running 7/8 of a mile over the main track; the Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies for three-year-old females running seven furlongs on the dirt; the Dayton Andrews Dodge Sophomore Turf, an about 1 1/16 miles test over the lawn for three-year-olds; the Hilton Garden Inn Sprint for four-year-olds and upward racing six furlongs over the main track; the L & D Farm Turf Distaff for fillies and mares four years old and upward travelling about 1 1/16 miles on the turf; and the Kinsman Farm Turf Classic, an about 1 1/8 miles turf test for four-year-olds and upward.
Woodbine opener just days away
TORONTO, April 1 - The jockeys are ready to get a leg up and the trainers are set to saddle their horses, as the start of the 2009 Thoroughbred season at Woodbine draws ever closer.
The first step toward track announcer Dan Loiselle's first call of the campaign came on Wednesday when the track's Opening Day card, Saturday, April 4, was assembled with 88 horses scheduled to compete in 10 races.
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BUD LIGHT NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST
BALTIMORE, 04-01-09---The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that Bud Light has been named the official presenting sponsor of the Preakness InfieldFEST at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 16, 2009. The famed Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, is the largest single day sporting event in the State of Maryland with attendance figures topping six-figures in nine of the last 10 years, including a record 121,263 in 2007.
Plans for Preakness InfieldFEST were unveiled February 5. The day will feature a concert with three rock performances, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top, Grammy-nominated Buckcherry and Maryland’s #1 Rock Band, Charm City Devils, along with a pro beach volleyball tournament and an interactive experience, including virtual NASCAR racing, prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness.
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NETS STAR HARRIS AND BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS PROGRAM HORSE AROUND AT MEADOWLANDS
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NETS star Devin Harris visited Meadowlands Racetrack with 30 children from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morris, Bergen and Passaic Counties on Tuesday, March 31.
Harris and the kids, who ranged in age from eight to 16, visited the barns of trainers Robbie Siegelman and John McDermott and the Meadowlands Equine Clinic, run by Dr. Brian MacNamara, to examine and learn about Standardbred racehorses as athletes.
11 LATE TRIPLE CROWN NOMINATIONS SWELL FINAL NUMBER TO 412
Florida Derby winner QUALITY ROAD headlines a list of 11 late nominees to Thoroughbred racing’s 2009 Triple Crown. The deadline for late nominees, at a fee of $6,000, passed Saturday at midnight.
Four hundred one prospects were nominated during the early sign-up period that closed Jan. 24. The fee then was $600 per nominee.
Those joining QUALITY ROAD, who preceded his Florida Derby victory by winning the Fountain of Youth, include the other graded event winners: Rebel Stakes victor WIN WILLY, Tampa Bay Derby winner MUSKET MAN, Swale Stakes winner THIS ONES FOR PHIL and the multiple graded stakes winning filly JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE, who is on a five-race win streak.
Churchill Downs to Shift Simulcasting to Trackside Louisville Wednesday
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 31, 2009) – Due to preparations for the upcoming Spring Meet and Kentucky Derby 135, Churchill Downs will move simulcast operations to its Trackside Louisville facility at 4520 Poplar Level Road from Wednesday, April 1, through Friday, April 24.
Churchill Downs officials will temporarily move simulcast operations to minimize inconvenience to customers in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, and opening day on Saturday, April 25.