Sunday, June 21 2009


Churchill Downs Barn Notes (6.21.09)


THREE-WIN DAY BOLSTERS HERNANDEZ’S SPIRITS – It has been a frustrating meet so far for jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., but things started to turn around a bit on Saturday when he enjoyed his first three-day win of the meet.

“You hope to have more days like yesterday,” said Hernandez, a 23-year-old native of Lafayette, La.

Hernandez took the Saturday opener on Cat Island and followed with scores on Gather All in the second and Darboy in the fourth. The three wins gave him 14 for the meet to go with 27 runner-up finishes.





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Saturday, June 20 2009


Cosmic Wins Dark Star Purse Under Lights At Churchill Downs


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 19, 2009) – Mary Grum’s Cosmic, receiving a patented, rail-skimming ride from Calvin Borel, romped to a 4 1/4-length victory over Godolphin Gray before a crowd of 28,011 to win Friday’s $52,270 Dark Star Purse, the featured attraction on the first program of night racing in the 135-year history of Churchill Downs.

There are two more “Downs After Dark” programs scheduled during the Spring Meet, next Friday, June 26, and Thursday, July 2.





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VICTORY NOTION WINS LE COU COU PURSE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 20, 2009) – Texas Toyco, LLC’s Victory Notion collared Holy Anthem in deep stretch to win Saturday’s featured $49,995 Le Cou Cou Purse for 3-year-olds and up by a head at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Jeff Talley and ridden by Jon Court, Victory Notion trailed the field of eight through much of the 1 1/16-mile allowance test. Court began to pick off horses approaching the far turn with a five-wide move and had clear sailing in the stretch to eventually wear down Holy Anthem.





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Friday, June 19 2009


Churchill Downs Barn Notes 6.19.09


OWNERS TURN DOWN OFFER FOR MINE THAT BIRD – Trainer Chip Woolley said Friday morning that an offer to purchase Mine That Bird, winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), has been turned down by owners Mark Allen of Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach of Buena Suerte Equine.

“After considerable thought, Mark and Doc made the decision not to sell,” Woolley said. “I’m happy. I spent 25 years looking for this horse and I sure didn’t want to lose him.”





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WAR EAGLE LADY WINS ROXELANA PURSE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS


LOUISVILLE, Ky., (Thursday, June 18, 2009) – Patton’s Creek Farm’s War Eagle Lady remained undefeated on the main track at Churchill Downs as she won Thursday’s featured $52,485 Roxelana Purse for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

In becoming the first three-time winner of the Spring Meet and improving her record to four-for-four on the main track, War Eagle Lady swept past pace-setter Mein Fraulein at the three-sixteenths pole and then fended off a brief challenge from Morakami to draw off to a three-length triumph.





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Thursday, June 18 2009


Debut of Churchill Downs’ Historic “Downs After Dark” Night Racing Set for Friday Premiere at 6 p.m.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 17, 2009) – Let there be lights.

Following the testing of temporary track lighting fixtures during early morning training hours on Monday and Tuesday, Churchill Downs officials declared the home of the Kentucky Derby ready for the first of three special dates of night racing billed as “Downs After Dark.”

Friday night’s premiere of “Downs After Dark” will mark the first time in the 135-year history of the racetrack that racing will be presented at night under the lights. Other “Downs After Dark” programs are scheduled for Friday, June 26 and Thursday, July 2.





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Tuesday, June 16 2009


SECRETARIAT CAMP APPLAUDS CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 15, 2009) – The Hollywood news magazine Variety reported last week that actress Diane Lane will play Penny Chenery in Disney’s upcoming Secretariat, a feature film about the relationship between Chenery and the legendary 1973 Triple Crown winner.

As the official online source for information about the Thoroughbred icon, http://www.Secretariat.com will feature an entire new section dedicated to the latest news and information about the production and release of the film.



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CHURCHILL DOWNS BARN NOTES - Monday, June 15, 2009


LIGHTS … CAMERAS … ACTION, SORT OF – The temporary lights were aglow and the television cameras were ready to roll when the gates Churchill Downs’ historic one-mile main track were opened for the first-ever session of training under the lights at the home of the Kentucky Derby on Monday at 4:57 a.m. (all times EDT).

Four minutes later, a set of three horses from the Bret Calhoun barn came on the track at the five-eighths gap led by Country Living. A little after that, the first worker of the day, Sok Sok from the Steve Asmussen barn, put in a five-furlong breeze in 1:04.60.





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Monday, June 15 2009


GANDOLPH FINCH TAKES THE MORLUC PURSE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 14, 2009) – Team Kentucky’s Gandolph Finch, ridden by Leandro Goncalves, took the lead leaving the backstretch and cruised to a 1 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s featured $49,280 Morluc Purse at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Garry Simms, Gandolph Finch covered the five furlongs on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in :57.74 to record his fourth victory in 19 starts.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (6.14.09)


STEWART BEAMING AFTER MACHO AGAIN’S FOSTER TRIUMPH – Trainer Dallas Stewart was all smiles Sunday morning as he accepted congratulations on the victory by West Point Thoroughbreds’ Macho Again in Saturday’s $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I).

“He just wanted to win yesterday,” Stewart said of Macho Again, who provided the trainer with his second Grade I victory at Churchill Downs to go with Lemons Forever’s triumph in the 2006 Kentucky Oaks (GI). “He is a well-accomplished horse. He has won on fast and wet tracks and won at Saratoga, Fair Grounds and here. This ought to close a lot of talk about him being an in and out horse.”





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Sunday, June 14 2009


KEERTANA CAPS ALBARADO’S BIG DAY IN WINNING REGRET


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 13, 2009) – Barbara Hunter’s Keertana held off a late bid by The Best Day Ever by a neck to win Saturday’s 40th running of the $174,600 Regret (Grade III) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs and top off a five-victory day for jockey Robby Albarado.

Trained by Tom Proctor, Keertana had given Albarado his 4,000th career victory on May 30. On Saturday, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Johar out of the Storm Cat mare Motokiks gave Albarado a second stakes victory to go with his score aboard Macho Again in the Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I).



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Churchill Downs Presents $100,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 13, 2009) – Two organizations dedicated to raising funds for the ongoing search for a cure for breast cancer shared the spotlight Saturday at Churchill Downs as the historic home of the Kentucky Derby presented donations totaling $130,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure©, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and Kentucky-based Horses and Hope.

The track presented a check for $100,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure as part of the first-ever partnership between the worldwide breast cancer organization and the Kentucky Oaks, the historic race for 3-year-old fillies witnessed by 104,867 at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 1.





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