Monday, May 25 2009


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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CLEMENT TO SHIP RUTHERIENNE FOR GAMELY


Rutherienne, third-place finisher in the Gamely Stakes last year, will be shipped west from New York to California Tuesday for another shot at the $250,000-added race at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

Trainer Christophe Clement announced the decision from Belmont Park Sunday after nominating both Rutherienne and Carribean Sunset to the Grade I test for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.





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SOLAR FLARE CAPTURES FRISK ME NOW STAKES AT MONMOUTH


OCEANPORT, N.J. * Fox Hill Farms’ Solar Flare romped to a nine-length victory in the $70,000 Frisk Me Now Stakes, and Donald and Mary Zuckerman’s Platinum Girl pulled off a 20-1 upset in the Little Silver Stakes on turf before a crowd of 11,452 at Monmouth Park on Sunday.

In the Frisk Me Now Stakes, Solar Flare went off the longest price in the field of four and had the biggest stretch kick as he stopped the timer in 1:41 flat for a mile and a sixteenth on the fast main track.





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Jockey Cruz Notches 2,000th North American Career Victory


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 24, 2009) – Jockey Manoel Cruz, 39, rode his 2,000th North American career winner on Sunday at Calder Race Course when he guided J C Stable’s 4-year-old gelding Catch Rikki to victory in the seventh race for trainer Larry Pilotti. It was a dramatic day for Cruz, who rode four second-place finishers on the card before getting the milestone 2,000th win.

“They told me yesterday (Saturday) that I was getting close,” said Cruz, who rode four winners at Calder on Saturday to get him to win 1,999. He finished first in the last race on Saturday, which would have been victory number 2,000, but was disqualified for interference in the stretch and subsequently placed second.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Sunday, May 24, 2009


DOES MAREN LOVE MONMOUTH? TUNE IN MONDAY TO FIND OUT

Monmouth’s distaff stakes always come up competitive affairs, and Monday’s $70,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes fits the traditional pattern. A field of eight fillies and mares was named for the one mile and 70-yard event, and it’s guaranteed the winner will have to do some running.

Trainer Larry Jones is bringing back Maren’s Meadow, a 4-year-old daughter of Meadowlake who wowed the crowd here last August with a brilliant front-running victory in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks.





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Stakes Re-Caps for Your Ladyship and Zen Stakes


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 24, 2009) – Homewrecker Racing Stable’s Wildeydsouthernboy came from just off the pace to draw clear late for a 2 3/4-length score and justify his role as the odds-on choice in Sunday’s $53,600 Zen Stakes at Arlington Park.

The Zen often serves as the preview of the $100,000 White Oak Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day, to be contested this year on June 20.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes - Sunday, May 24, 2009


GIANT OAK TAKES GIANT STEP TOWARD MID-AMERICA TRIPLE

On Saturday afternoon Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak made a successful return to the grassy surface over which he broke his maiden last summer with a dramatic one-length win in the 75th running of the $150,000 Arlington Classic.

On Sunday morning trainer Chris Block reported that Giant Oak came out of the race well and would be pointed toward the next leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple – the Grade II American Derby on July 11.





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SIERRA SUNSET MAKES RETURN IN $150,000 BERKELEY STAKES AT GGF


ALBANY -- Sierra Sunset, idle since winning the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in 2008, will make his return to the races Monday at Golden Gate Fields in the $150,000 Berkeley Stakes.

The Berkeley is the main event on a special Memorial Day program that will feature nine races and many "Family Day" activities for kids, including free pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and face painters. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the track will receive a free Golden Gate Fields picnic blanket.





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Sterwins and Husbands up in time in Connaught Cup


TORONTO, May 24 - Sterwins rallied late to defeat reigning turf champion Rahy's Attorney in Sunday's Grade 3, $173,300 Connaught Cup at Woodbine.

The Melnyk Racing Stables homebred completed the 1 1/16-mile E.P. Taylor Turf event in 1:38.99, breaking a 14-year-old course record by about one-fifth of a second (Jet Freighter, 1:39 1/5, June 4, 1995).





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Sterwins and Husbands up in time in Connaught Cup


TORONTO, May 24 - Sterwins rallied late to defeat reigning turf champion Rahy's Attorney in Sunday's Grade 3, $173,300 Connaught Cup at Woodbine.

The Melnyk Racing Stables homebred completed the 1 1/16-mile E.P. Taylor Turf event in 1:38.99, breaking a 14-year-old course record by about one-fifth of a second (Jet Freighter, 1:39 1/5, June 4, 1995).





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Sunday, May 24 2009


Gladiatorus on top of the world


Gladiatorus, the dominant winner of the 2009 Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free was just announced as the world’s top rated horse, according to The World Thoroughbred Rankings.

His terrific performance at Nad Al Sheba in March ensured his top-billing on the prestigious list with a rating of 127.





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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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