Wednesday, April 22 2009

Kentucky Derb and Oaks 135 Notes (4.22.09)

ADVICE/JOIN IN THE DANCE/DUNKIRK – Mike McCarthy, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said that Advice, winner of last Saturday’s Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Grade II) and Join in the Dance, fifth-place finisher in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Grade I), would ship to Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Wednesday and would be on the track to train Thursday morning.

Advice is owned by WinStar Farm and tentatively scheduled to work on April 27. Join in the Dance, stands 21st on the list of graded-stakes money won and would need a defection from the prospective field to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.

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Tuesday, April 21 2009

Kentucky Derby 135 Notes (4.21.09)

CHOCOLATE CANDY – The Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Chocolate Candy tuned up for his engagement in Kentucky Derby 135 by working a mile over a track rated as “fast” in 1:42 with jockey Mike Smith up.

Churchill Downs clockers caught the Candy Ride colt in fractions of :12.60, :24.80, :37.20, :49.80, 1:02.20, seven-eighths in 1:28.60 and galloping out the mile and one-eighth in 1:57.

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Churchill Downs Offers Purse Incentives Designed to Boost Derby Week, Spring Meet Field Size

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 20, 2009) – Churchill Downs has reconfigured its purse distribution for stakes events and overnight races during Kentucky Derby Week and the track’s April 25-July 5 Spring Meet to encourage participation by as many horses as possible during the meet’s races.

In addition, horsemen whose stables are located at training centers or other tracks that bring their horses to Churchill Downs to compete will find significant capital improvements and refurbishments in the track’s two receiving barns, along with the availability of concierge services during their day at the historic track.

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Monday, April 20 2009

Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes

CHOCOLATE CANDY – The Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Chocolate Candy visited the paddock and then galloped a mile and a half over a muddy Churchill Downs track Monday morning with exercise rider Lindsey Molina up.

Galen May, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, said Chocolate Candy would work Tuesday morning, most likely after the break.

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Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure ‘Pink Out’ Kentucky Oaks 135

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 20, 2009) – Churchill Downs Racetrack, host of the Kentucky Derby® and the Kentucky Oaks®, wants you to help support the fight against breast cancer by purchasing tickets to Kentucky Oaks 135 at! The Kentucky Oaks is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2009, one day before the famed “Run for the Roses.”

To help raise money and awareness for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Churchill Downs has planned an exciting day of events for race-goers. There will be a “First Lady of Fashion” contest, Survivors Parade and even the first-ever Kentucky Oaks winner’s circle formed by breast cancer survivors. Churchill Downs will also create special areas in the infield where Komen for the Cure supporters can gather and enjoy Oaks Day. Komen survivors and supporters will also have a chance to meet Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, who will be honored as the inaugural First Lady of Oaks.

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Kentucky Derby 135 and Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.19.09)


LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 19, 2009) – Bo Hirsch’s homebred Papa Clem, winner of the Arkansas Derby (Grade II), breezed an easy five furlongs in the rain on Sunday in the Kentucky Derby (GI) contender’s first serious training move over the track at Churchill Downs.

Jockey Miguel Mena was in the saddle for the move, which was planned for seven furlongs, but received an official five-furlong clocking of 1:04.60. A steady rain was falling as the colt work over a “good” track and was timed in fractions of :12.40 and :38.60. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:19.

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Sunday, April 19 2009

Dubai-based Regal Ransom, Desert Party and Illinois Derby Winner Musket Man Sharp In Saturday Works

LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 18, 2009) – Godolphin’s pair of contenders for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) – Desert Party and Regal Ransom – turned in sharp works Saturday in their first serious training at Churchill Downs, while Illinois Derby (GII) winner Musket Man worked a strong six furlongs under Derby jockey Eibar Coa.

UAE Derby (GII) winner Regal Ransom turned in one of the best works of the day as he zipped five furlongs over a “fast” track in :59.80 under exercise rider Bob Chapman. The son of Distorted Humor worked shortly after the track opened for training on the perfect spring morning and carved out fractions of :12/60, :24.20, :35.80 and :48 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.

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Friday, April 17 2009

‘TwinSpires.Com Day at Keeneland’ Draws Estimated 750 Players, Guests to Historic Lexington Track

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ca. (April 17, 2009) – An estimated 750 people – including 450 account players who are account holders of – enjoyed a spectacular day of live racing at Keeneland on Thursday, April 16 at the invitation of, the official advance deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN), and the historic Lexington, Ky. track.

“ Day at Keeneland” offered advance deposit wagering fans throughout the Blue Grass region an invitation to enjoy the day of live racing as guests of Keeneland and Invitations were extended to online players who lived within 75 miles of Keeneland and had made a wager during the past year.

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Register With Churchill Downs for a Chance to Win the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party Pack

LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 20, 2009) – The Kentucky Derby is often referred to as an event you “gotta see to believe,” but not everyone can attend the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports every year. That doesn’t mean you can’t bring the Derby home! This year, Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the annual “Run for the Roses,” is hosting the “Bring the Derby Home” sweepstakes, where one lucky fan will win the ultimate Kentucky Derby Party.

By registering on or through the Facebook fan site, Derby fans can be entered for a chance to win a fully catered Kentucky Derby party for 20 guests, including a Toshiba flat screen TV and other prizes worth more than $3500 (no purchase necessary; see for a complete list of prizes and rules). Sweepstakes ends Friday, April 24th.

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Pioneerof the Nile, Chocolate Candy Jog; Busy Weekend of Derby Works Looms

LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 17, 2009) – After spending the winter on synthetic surfaces in California, Zayat Stables Pioneerof the Nile and the Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Chocolate Candy got a feel for the traditional dirt track at Churchill Downs on Friday as they began their first full day at the home of the Kentucky Derby.

The Bob Baffert-trained Pioneerof the Nile, whose win in the Santa Anita Derby (GI) marked his fourth straight stakes victory, and Chocolate Candy, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby, both jogged over a “fast” surface after the mid-session break for track maintenance on Friday.

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Kentucky Derby 135 Update (4.17.09)


J. Paul Reddam’s Square Eddie, who started the year near the top of almost anyone’s list of contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), makes a late return to the road to Churchill Downs when he faces 10 rivals in Keeneland’s $300,000 Coolmore Lexington (GII).

The 1 1/16-mile race on the synthetic Polytrack surface will be the first start for Square Eddie since January. Twelve 3-year-olds were entered in the Coolmore Lexington, but Team Valor’s Barry Irwin was unhappy with the outside post draw by Hull and said that colt would scratch and run in next week’s Derby Trial (GIII) at Churchill Downs.

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Kentucky Oaks 135 Update (4.17.09)


L & M Racing’s Rachel Alexandra did nothing to diminish her status as the possible favorite for the 135th running of the Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) when what was planned as an easy work on Thursday at Churchill Downs became another sizzling display of her considerable talent.

The 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro had regular jockey Calvin Borel in the saddle as she zipped five furlongs on a “fast” track in :59.40 – which tied as the fastest of 21 works at the distance. Borel was motionless in the irons as Rachel Alexandra covered the distance in fractions of :12.60, :24.40, :36 and :47.60. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.60 and seven-eighth of a mile s in 1:24.20.

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