Friday, May 29 2009

Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.28.09)

FROM FINAL DESTROYER TO OLD MAN BUCK, McPEEK HAS ENJOYED FUN RIDE – Trainer Ken McPeek was all smiles Tuesday morning as he accepted congratulations on getting his 1,000th victory during the Memorial Day holiday card at Churchill Downs.

“That’s a nice milestone; I’ve had a lot of fun,” said McPeek, who hit the mark in the eighth race with a win by Lawrence E. Carroll’s Old Man Buck. “I’ve been training 24 years now.”

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Thursday, May 28 2009

Semaphore Man Tops Aristides, Slides Choice Heads Dogwood As Churchill Offers Two Saturday Stakes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 27, 2009) – Veteran sprint star Semaphore Man heads the 21st running of the Aristides (GIII) and Ohio invader Slides Choice could emerge as the favorite in the 35th running of the Dogwood (GIII) as Churchill Downs offers a pair of major stakes events on its racing menu for Saturday, May 30. .

The $100,000-added Dogwood, which drew a field of nine 3-year-old fillies, will go as the eighth race on the 11-race card. The $100,000-added Artistides, which drew a field of 11 older sprinters, is scheduled as the as the day’s 10th event. First post time for the Saturday card is 12:45 p.m. EDT."

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Tuesday, May 26 2009

Former Claimer Dubai Majesty Takes First Graded Stakes Victory in Churchill Downs’ Winning Colors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 25, 2009) – Martin Racing Stable, LLC and Dan Morgan’s Dubai Majesty, who ran for a $25,000 claiming tag just over a year ago, re-rallied in deep stretch after being passed by Lady Chace to collect her first graded stakes victory in Monday’s sixth running of the $108,900 Winning Colors (Grade III) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

Ridden by Jamie Theriot and trained by Bret Calhoun, Dubai Majesty and Lady Chace dueled through early fractions of :21.78 and :45.11 in the six-furlong stake. The two raced as a team to the eighth pole where Lady Chace, ridden by Miguel Mena, gained a brief advantage.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 25, 2009) – Trainer Ken McPeek posted his 1,000th career victory on Monday when Lawrence Carroll’s Old Man Buck won the eighth race at Churchill Downs under Calvin Borel.

McPeek, a 46-year-old native of Fort Chaffee, Ark., got his first win on Oct. 27, 1985 at River Downs with Final Destroyer.

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Third 50-Cent Pick 4 Added to Churchill Downs Wagering Menu

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 25, 2009) – Churchill Downs will add a third Pick 4 to its Spring Meet wagering menu, effective Friday, May 29.

The multi-race wager, offered for the bargain minimum of 50 cents, requires bettors to select the winner of four consecutive races.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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