Tuesday, May 26 2009


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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SHIPPER THORN SONG WINS THREE-HORSE DRIVE TO WIRE IN SHOEMAKER


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 25, 2009) — A late decision to ship west paid big as supplemental entry Thorn Song set the pace and held off Hyperbaric and Storm Military in a furious stretch drive to win Monday’s $314,500 Shoemaker Mile by a head under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith at Hollywood Park.

Thorn Song, shipped here by Zayat Stables from Kentucky on Friday, covered one mile on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:33.33 to snap a four-race winless streak in the 66th running of the Grade I Shoemaker.





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MAREN’S MEADOW GAME WINNER OF MONMOUTH BEACH STAKES


Oceanport, N.J. * Maren’s Meadow returned to Monmouth Park to win the $70,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes in front-running fashion and Sleepless Knight made a big move around the turn to capture the $65,000 Lamplighter Stakes before a crowd of 11,565 at Monmouth Park on Memorial Day.

Ridden by Justin Shepherd, Maren’s Meadow returned $7.40, $4.60, and $3.20 and topped a $35.40 exacta. All Night Labor, who tried the winner in the lane, settled for second, a head behind, and paid $4.80 and $2.80. You Asked rallied for third, a length and half back, and returned $5 to show.





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Lopez, Karlsson Appear to Have Escaped Serious Injury in 7th Race Incident


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 25, 2009) – Jockeys Uriel Lopez and Inez Karlsson both appeared to escape serious injury Monday following a seventh race miscue involving two horses.

Parade Summer, ridden by Karlsson, fell near the top of the stretch unseating Karlsson while Lopez fell when his mount, Courtwright, tried to jump the fallen horse.





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FRIESAN FIRE POINTING FOR HASKELL INVITATIONAL ON AUGUST 2


Trainer Larry Jones, who has been winning Monmouth stakes on a regular basis the past two years, said Sunday that the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) on Aug. 2 is the main objective this summer for Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm’s Friesan Fire.

“That’s the number one target, the Haskell,” said Jones, who saddled Hard Spun to a runner-up performance in the 2007 Haskell. “You’ll be seeing a lot of us at Monmouth this summer.”





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: Monday, May 25


EUROPEAN UPDATES FOR ARLINGTON MILLION AUG. 8

Significant updates concerning the upcoming Arlington Million XXVII on Aug. 8 occurred in Ireland Sunday when the Irish-bred Casual Conquest bested his British-bred stablemate Famous Name in the Group I Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh.

The Tattersalls Gold Cup has often served as an early barometer for Arlington Million in past seasons, and Casual Conquest, owned by Moyglare Stud, and Famous Name, a Juddmonte Farms color bearer, are original nominees to this summer’s Million. In fact, the Juddmonte silks have been previously posed in the winner’s circle aboard Chester House in 2000 and Beat Hollow in 2002 following Arlington’s showcase race.





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AUTISM AWARENESS DOES IT AGAIN —SCORES SHOCKER IN $150,000 STAKES


ALBANY -- The California-bred colt Autism Awareness scored another shocker Monday when he won the Grade 3 $150,000 Berkeley Stakes at Golden Gate Fields at odds of 30-to-1.

Autism Awareness made national headlines in March 2008 when he captured the Grade 3 $150,000 El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows at odds of 62-to-1. Autism Awareness paid $126.00 in the El Camino Real Derby.





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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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CHARLIE’S MOMENT THE BOSS IN BARRERA STAKES


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 24, 2009) — Charlie’s Moment seized the lead from expected pacesetter Backbackbackgone shortly after the start and went on to score an authoritative two-length victory under jockey Alex Solis in Sunday’s $100,000 Lazaro S. Barrera Stakes at Hollywood Park.

The Walther Solis-trained gelding nonchalantly turned back a challenge from previously unbeaten Canonize nearing the eighth pole and easily held late-running Bet On Victor at bay in the final sixteenth.





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