Sunday, May 17 2009


Rachel Alexandra Struts Her Stuff In Preakness Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09 – A sprinkling of late afternoon rain could not dampen the sparkling performance of Stonestreet Stables LLC & Harold McCormick’s Rachel Alexandra, who took it to the boys and won the 134th running of the Grade 1, $1,100,000 Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Before a crowd of 77,850 who contributed to the $86,684,470 which was wagered on the 13-race program, the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro broke alertly from her far outside post and promptly engaged speedy Big Drama as the field raced toward the clubhouse turn in the 1 3/16-mile classic. She is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924.





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Parading Marches In Dixie Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09 --Phipps Stable’s Parading launched a strong stretch drive over the Pimlico turf to capture the108th running of the $150,000 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico.

The historic Dixie, a Grade 2 fixture at Old Hilltop, attracted 11 older runners for a nine-furlong test over the firm going. Parading left the starting gate as the 2-1 favorite under jockey Kent Desormeaux for trainer Shug McGaughey. The 6-year-old son of Pulpit was never further back than fourth before launching a three-wide bid for the lead around the far turn. He reached the front with an eighth of a mile remaining and drove to the finish under a hand ride to win by a half-length over Just As Well. A rallying Wesley, who got off to a poor start, recovered to finish third, another1 ¼ lengths back..





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Affirmatif Triumphs In Woodlawn Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09 – Todd Pletcher-trained Affirmatif lived up to his 2-to-5 favoritism with a dominating victory in the 44th running of the $50,000 Woodlawn Stakes Saturday at Pimlico..

Owned by Wertheimer Farm LLC & Frere, the 3-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song stalked the early leaders under jockey John Velazquez before sweeping to the lead entering the homestretch and drew away to victory by 2 ¼ lengths. Affirmatif ran the one-mile distance over a firm turf course in 1:35.70 to win his second race in three career starts.





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Lonely Whistle, a 34-1 long shot ridden by Craig Gibbs, rallied to finish second in his mount’s tu


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09---Lindy M. Redding’s Ravalo narrowly prevailed after a furious battle to the finish line in the 23rd running of the $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap Saturday at Pimlico.

Sent to post for the Grade 3 sprint as the 8-5 favorite in a field of seven, Ravalo stumbled out of the starting gate before reaching a stalking position outside the leaders along the backstretch. Urged by jockey John Velazquez, Ravalo swept to the lead at the top of the lane and battled with Silver Edition to the wire before claiming victory by a head.





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Everyday Heroes Extends His Unbeaten Streak In Hirsch Jacobs Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09 – Cash Counter Stables’ Everyday Heroes pushed his record to four-for-four with a speedy, somewhat erratic victory in the 34th running of the $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes at Pimlico Saturday.

A field of nine 3-year-olds battled six furlongs over the main track in the Grade 3 stakes. Everyday Heroes, a son of Awesome Again trained by Tim Ritchey and ridden by Jose Caraballo, pressed the pace before taking the lead at the top of the stretch.





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Social Queen Gets Up In Time In Gallorette Handicap


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09---Richard Santulli’s Social Queen caught All Is Vanity in the very last jump to win the 58th running of the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday at Pimlico.

The Grade 3 grass race for fillies and mares attracted seven starters, including Dynaforce, the 4-5 favorite. Social Queen, trained by Alan Goldberg, came flying late on the far outside under Rafael Bejarano to win by a head. The daughter of Dynaformer ran 1 1/16 miles over a firm turf in 1:41.84 to edge All Is Vanity by a head. Tejida finished another 2 ¼ lengths back in third. The Bill Mott-trained Dynaforce attended the pace but faded in the drive and finished fifth.





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Sumacha’hot Romps In Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09– Butch Cave’s Sumacha’hot circled his rivals and stormed away to victory in the 2nd running of the $35,000 Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap Saturday at Pimlico.

Trained by his owner, the gelded son of Mojave Moon was away slowly in the 1 1/16-mile test on the main track, settling near the back of the pack as the field raced into the far turn. The 4-year-old gelding came off the rail coming into the stretch and rallied widest of all to power to a 7 ¼-length triumph. Although not able to withstand the stretch surge of the winner, Out To Please, a 17-1 long shot, held second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of Norjac.





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No Advantage Springs Upset In William Donald Schaefer Stakes


BALTIMORE , 05-16-09—No Advantage, owned by Suarez Racing, Inc., Joseph Besecker & Kirk Wycoff’, stalked the early pacesetters before launching a strong stretch drive on his way to an upset victory in the 15th running of the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Stakes.

The Grade 3 test attracted seven older runners. No Advantage, sent to post at 12-1 under Juan Acosta, pressed pacesetters Real Merchant and Crimson Comic to the far turn, before charging past that duo on the outside to gain command and drawing away to win by 2 ¾ lengths. The 4-year-old son of Posse ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.79 over the fast main track. Real Merchant and favored Ea finished in a dead-heat for second.





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Skylighter Flies In Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09---Darley Stable’s Skylighter took command right after the start, then galloped to an easy score in the 18th running of the $150,000 Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes, the first of nine added-money races Saturday at Pimlico. Jockey Julien Leparoux was at the controls aboard the 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa for trainer Bobby Frankel. The bay filly was able to circle the main track at a pedestrian pace before crossing the finish line in 4 ¼ lengths ahead of Unforgotten in the Grade 2 stakes for fillies and mares. Skylighter ran the 1 1/16 miles over the main track in 1:44.34 for the 1-1/16th mile distance. Unforgotten edged All Smiles by a nose to take second.





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CAPT. CANDYMAN CAN WINS MATT WINN AT CHURCHILL DOWNS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 16, 2009) – Capt. Candyman Can collected the fourth stakes win of his career when he out-kicked 4-5 favorite Cash Refund by three-quarters of a length in Saturday’s eighth running of the $106,900 Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs.

Capt. Candyman Can, ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Ian Wilkes, ran seven furlongs in 1:22.89 and paid $4, $2.10 and $2.10 as the even-money second choice in the field of five 3-year-olds. Cash Refund returned $2.20 and $2.10 as the betting choice after back-to-back eye-catching performances against maidens and allowance company. Conchacer finished third, another 5 ½ lengths behind the runner-up, and paid $2.20. Zigaree and Dance Caller completed the order of finish.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.16.09)


WHILE STARS OF CROP BATTLE AT PREAKNESS, OTHERS WAIT IN WINGS AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – The current stars of the 3-year-old crop – headed by Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird, Kentucky Oaks (GI) filly Rachel Alexandra and Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile – are among 13 three-year-olds doing battle in the 134th running of the Preakness (GI) at Pimlico.

While several of those horses figure to be major players in the crop of Kentucky Derby-aged horses through the rest of the year, others that could be significant factors in the division are in the wings at Churchill Downs and awaiting their chance.





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Monmouth Park Recap for Saturday, May 16, 2009


OCEANPORT, N.J. * Brereton C. Jones’ On the Menu wore down a stubborn Bold Union in deep stretch and went on to score a neck victory before a crowd of 10,889 in the $65,000 Just Smashing Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

The 3-year-old filly trained by J. Larry Jones gave jockey Eddie Castro his fourth winner of the afternoon and returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.40 across the board as the favorite in the field of six 3-year-old fillies. Brereton Jones, former Governor of Kentucky, was on hand to accept the trophy for winning the Just Smashing with his homebred filly.





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