Tuesday, May 26 2009
Churchill Downs Barn Notes (Monday, May 25)
RACHEL ALEXANDRA WORKS HALF-MILE IN :50.20, NO DECISION ON BELMONT – With majority owner Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Stables looking on, Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra worked a half-mile in :50.20 under exercise rider Dominic Terry over a sloppy track Monday morning at Churchill Downs.
Accompanied by a pony with assistant trainer Scott Blasi aboard, Rachel Alexandra came on the track shortly before 6:30 and walked around to the paddock runway. At 6:35, with rain starting to pelt down, Rachel Alexandra eased her way down the half-mile pole and reeled off fractions of :12.60, :25, :37.20 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:04.20. The :50.20 clocking was the 10th best of 38 at the distance.
Mine That Bird, Preakness Winner Rachel Alexandra Work; Filly’s Belmont Decision Pending
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 25, 2009) – The stars of the 2009 Triple Crown season ignored rainy weather at Churchill Downs on Monday as Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner and Preakness (GI) runner-up Mine That Bird and the Preakness-winning filly Rachel Alexandra turned in workouts over a “sloppy” track.
Mine That Bird had jockey Calvin Borel, his pilot in the “Run for the Roses”, in the saddle as he breezed four furlongs in :51 in his first serious training move since the Preakness. Rachel Alexandra cruised a half mile in :50.20 under exercise rider Dominic Terry, with a steady rain pelting the filly during much of her first work since her historic triumph in the second jewel of the Triple Crown on May 16 at Pimlico.
Monday, May 25 2009
Alphabet Magic Wins Danville Purse at Churchill Downs Under Red-Hot Borel
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 24, 2009) – Paul Hanifl’s Alphabet Magic led wire to wire under Calvin Borel to win Sunday’s $53,904 Danville Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs by a half-length over Dubious Miss.
In riding his third winner of the day and ninth from his past 17 mounts, Borel put Alphabet Magic on the lead out of the gate and withstood challenges in deep stretch from Dubious Miss and Mambo in Seattle, who finished three-quarters of a length back in third in the field of eight.
Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.24.09)
BRASS HAT EARNS REST, DELIVERS MILESTONE TO TRAINER IN POPULAR LOUISVILLE HANDICAP VICTORY – Fred Bradley’s homebred Brass Hat did not stick around Churchill Downs very long Saturday after his victory in the Louisville Handicap.
“After he cooled out, we took him back to the farm (in Frankfort),” trainer William “Buff” Bradley said. “I took him out to his paddock at 6:30 this morning. He is doing great and we will keep him here the next five to seven days.”
Saturday, May 23 2009
Veteran Brass Hat Rallies Under Borel To Win 72nd Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 23, 2009) – Fred Bradley’s veteran Brass Hat collared favored Spice Route (GB) in deep stretch and edged clear to win Saturday’s 72nd running of the $111,800 Louisville Handicap (Grade III) by a half-length at Churchill Downs.
In giving jockey two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel his fifth victory of the afternoon and third in the Louisville Handicap, the 8-year-old Brass Hat snapped a 10-race losing streak and covered the 1 ½ miles on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 2:28.44. William “Buff” Bradley, the owner’s son, trains Brass Hat, who posted his first victory in eight starts on grass and notched his first win since taking the Massachusetts Handicap on Sept. 22, 2007, at Suffolk Downs.
Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.23.09)
WESTROCK BABIES PUT LUKAS ON A ROLL – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas suffered through a miserable fall here last year, failing to win a race from 34 starters.
What a difference six months and a barn full of precocious 2-year-olds can make.
“We are coming around,” Lukas said Saturday morning, a day after Westrock Stables, LLC’s Soundman ran the fastest 4 ½ furlongs of the meet (:51.40) in breaking his maiden by 7 ¾ lengths. “That’s three in a row I have won for them.”
Friday, May 22 2009
Speedy Dubai Majesty Heads Winning Colors On Memorial Day Holiday Card at Churchill Downs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 22, 2009) – Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan’s Dubai Majesty, the pacesetter in the Humana Distaff (Grade I) on Kentucky Derby Day, headlines a field of seven fillies and mares ages 3-years-old and up entered for sixth running of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (Grade III), the featured event on a special Memorial Day holiday program at Churchill Downs.
The six-furlong Winning Colors will go as the 10th race on the 11-race Memorial Day card that kicks off with a 12:45 p.m. (EDT) post time.
Leparoux Rides Five Churchill Downs Winners, Takes Feature on Complicity
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 22, 2009) – Jockey Julien Leparoux rode five winners from eight mounts on Friday and capped his day at Churchill Downs by guiding Complicity to a 1 ¾-length victory over Hungry Tigress in the featured $52,270 Ever After Purse for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
Leparoux, who has won four riding titles at Churchill Downs in his brief career, ran his victory total to 32 after 19 days of racing and owns a 12-win lead over Miguel Mena in the race for leading rider.
Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.22.09)
BOREL BANDWAGON KEEPS ON ROLLING – Jockey Calvin Borel is not assured of having a mount in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (Grade I), but the leadup to the third jewel of the Triple Crown will have his fingerprints all over it.
Borel’s agent, Jerry Hissam, has a lot more on his plate these days than just lining up mounts for the popular rider.
GGF DROPPING THREE CARDS TO COINCIDE WITH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RACING SCHEDULE
ALBANY -- In order to coincide with the racing schedule in Southern California, Golden Gate Fields announced Friday that it is dropping the racing programs scheduled for Thursday, May 28; Wednesday, June 3; and Wednesday, June 10.
Hollywood Park, citing a lack of horses, received permission from the California Horse Racing Board on May 15 to adopt a four-day racing week that eliminated Wednesday racing programs as well as the card scheduled for Thursday, May 28.
NAMASTE’S WISH WINS THE PACKET PURSE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 21, 2009) – Live Oak Plantation’s Namaste’s Wish pulled away from Leamington in the final yards to win Thursday afternoon’s featured $52,700 The Packet Purse for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up by three-quarters of a length at Churchill Downs.
In giving jockey Julien Leparoux his third winner of the afternoon, Namaste’s Wish covered the 1 1/16 miles over a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:41.88. Bill Mott trains Namaste’s Wish.
Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.21.09)
BRASS HAT SEEKS ELUSIVE FIRST TURF WIN IN LOUISVILLE HANDICAP – When Fred Bradley’s homebred Brass Hat made his turf debut in 2004, four of his rivals in Saturday’s Louisville Handicap (Grade III) had not been foaled.
“Four of them? That’s pretty neat, I’ve got to tell my dad,” said trainer William “Buff” Bradley of the popular 8-year-old gelding who has yet to win in seven career turf tries.