Sunday, May 03 2009
Derby 135 Stakes/Einstein Repeats in Woodford Reserve Turf Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Matthew Garretson’s Einstein (BRZ), ridden by Julien Leparoux, outdueled Cowboy Cal by a head to become the first repeat winner of the $557,600 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Helen Pitts-Blasi, Einstein added Saturday’s Grade I victory over the Matt Winn Turf Course to a triumph in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on Pro-Ride on March 7. Last year, Einstein won the Grade II Clark Handicap on dirt at Churchill Downs and ran second in the Grade I Stephen Foster on dirt to Horse of the Year Curlin.
Derby Day Stakes: Informed Decision Strikes Late, Wins Chuchill’s Grade I Humana Distaff
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Augustin Stable’s Informed Decision caught pacesetting Dubai Majesty in deep stretch and then held off 32-1 shot Temple Street by three-quarters of a length to win the 23rd running of the $335,400 Humana Distaff (Grade I) for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Jonathan Sheppard, Informed Decision ran the seven furlongs on a “sloppy” main track in 1:23.69.
Four Gifts Rallies to Nip Just Jenda In Eight Belles
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Four Gifts overhauled favored Just Jenda to win the $113,300 Eight Belles (Grade III) for 3-year-old fillies by three lengths on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
The race was formerly known as the La Troienne but changed this year to honor Eight Belles, the ill-fated runner-up to Big Brown in the 2008 Kentucky Derby who suffered a fatal injury a quarter-mile past the finish of that race.
MUD-LOVING ACCREDIT TAKES THE CHURCHILL DOWNS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Accredit remained perfect on wet tracks as he scored a front-running 1 ¾-length victory under Julien Leparoux to take the 75th running of the $280,500 Churchill Downs Presented by Carewise Health (Grade II) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
The Churchill Downs, for 4-year-olds and up, was the first of six graded stakes on the Kentucky Derby 135 card.
Saturday, May 02 2009
Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (5.2.2009)
RACHEL ALEXANDRA – It was easy to figure out where the winner of Friday’s 135th running of the Kentucky Oaks was … just follow the lilies.
The garland of lilies was draped over the wall in front of Stall 17 at Barn 30 where Rachel Alexandra was taking it easy after her jaw-dropping, 20 1/4-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks.
“She is good this morning,” trainer Hal Wiggins said. “She maybe left one or two bits of feed and this morning she was dragging the groom around the barn.”
Rachel Alexandra began her five-race win streak with a score in the Golden Rod (Grade II) here last fall. After that, Wiggins mapped out a plan to get to Friday’s Oaks.
OWNERS INTEND TO SCRATCH I WANT REVENGE FROM KENTUCKY DERBY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – The connections of I Want Revenge will hold a news conference at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday in the Auxiliary Media Center. The owners intend to scratch morning line favorite I Want Revenge. No other information was available at this time.
Scheduled to appear at the news conference will be co-owner David Lanzman, trainer Jeff Mullins, Dr. Foster Northrop and Dr. Larry Bramlege.
Friday, May 01 2009
Miss Isella Outduels Favored One Carolina To Win Louisville Distaff; Champion Zenyatta Scratched
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – Domino Stud of Lexington’s Miss Isella squeezed through a narrow opening along the rail in defeating 1-2 favorite One Caroline by three-quarters of a length to win the 24th running of the $379,700 Louisville Distaff (Grade II) on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Ian Wilkes, Miss Isella gave Borel his fifth victory in the Louisville Distaff.
CHAMBERLAIN BRIDGE RALLIES TO WIN AEGON TURF SPRINT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – Carl Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge collared Smart Enough in deep stretch and then held off a late charge from Cannonball by a neck to win the 15th running of the $112,800 AEGON Turf Sprint (Grade III) for 3-year-olds and up over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs on Friday afternoon.
The AEGON Turf was the first of six stakes, five of them graded, on the Kentucky Oaks card that featured 12 races.
ORTHODOX PULLS $93.20 SHOCKER IN AMERICAN TURF
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – Kim and John Glenney’s Orthodox held off a late charge by Battle of Hastings (GB) by three-quarters of a length to spring a $93.20 upset in the 18th running of the $170,400 American Turf Presented by HRTV (Grade III) for 3-year-olds over Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.
Ridden by Jon Court, Orthodox chased pacesetter Turfiste through early fractions of :24.23 and :48.86 on the “yielding” course. Orthodox drew even with Turfiste at the head of the stretch and the duo was joined at the eighth pole by Battle of Hastings.
LARAGH WIRES FIELD IN CHURCHILL’S EDGEWOOD
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – IEAH Stables, Gary Tolchin and Pegasus Holding Group Stables’ Laragh took the lead shortly out of the gate and never looked back to win the 25th running of the $115,300 Edgewood for 3-year-old fillies over the Matt Winn Turf Course by 1 ¼ lengths over Magical Affair.
Ridden by Edgar Prado, Laragh carved out fractions of :23.57, :48.43 and 1:13.04 while racing on an uncontested lead. Favored Magical Affair, under Julien Leparoux, closed ground late to salvage second with Banker’s Choice finishing another 3 ¼ lengths back in third under Calvin Borel.
Rachel Alexandra Dominates In Record 20 3/4 Length Victory in 135th Kentucky Oaks
LOUISVILLE, KY (May 1, 2009) – L & M Partners LLC’s Rachel Alexandra delivered a tour de force under Calvin Borel in crushing six rivals to win the 135th running of the $554,500 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) by a record 20 ¼ lengths on Friday before a crowd of 104,867 at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Hal Wiggins for the partnership of breeder Dolphus Morrison and Michael Lauffer, Rachel Alexandra stalked early pacesetter Gabby’s Golden Gal until Borel began to inch up midway on the final turn of the mile and one-eighth race.
Foot Ailment Forces Scratch of Justwhistledixie from 135th Kentucky Oaks
LOUISVILLE, KY (May 1, 2009) – West Point Thoroughbreds, Lakland Farm and R.D. Hubbard’s Justwhistledixie, a winner of five consecutive races including the Bonnie Miss (Grade II) and Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park, has been scratched from the 135th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) because of a foot ailment.
The 3-year-old daughter of Dixie Union was the 5-2 second choice in the morning line odds for the field of eight in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, but was scratched less than two hours before the race. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said the filly was suffering from an abscess in her left front foot that was discovered as his brother and assistant trainer Neal McLaughlin prepared Justwhistledixie for the race.