Saturday, May 23 2009


Sutherland sends Sans Sousi to Lady Angela winner’s circle


TORONTO, May 23 - Jockey Chantal Sutherland teamed with Sans Sousi to take the 28th running of the $125,000 Lady Angela Stakes, Saturday at Woodbine.

Sent off as the 4-1 second choice in the seven-furlong feature, Sans Sousi, who has never finished lower than fourth in 11 career starts, rallied late to net her first added-money victory.





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VENTURA TACKLES MALES IN MONDAY’S 66TH SHOEMAKER MILE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 23, 2009) — Classy mare Ventura, beaten a nose when testing males two starts back in the Kilroe Mile, will attempt to become just the third female to win the Shoemaker Mile on Memorial Day at Hollywood Park.

Only Happy Issue in 1946 and Special Touch in 1951 managed to beat the boys in the prestigious Shoemaker — the track’s oldest race. Run as the Premiere Handicap through 1989, it was the feature on opening day of Hollywood Park’s inaugural meeting on June 10, 1938.





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GET SERIOUS SETS TURF RECORD IN WINNING ELKWOOD STAKES


OCEANPORT, N.J. * Get Serious set a new turf course record in winning the $70,000 Elkwood Stakes, and Joey P. turned in one of the most impressive victories of his career in the $60,000 John J. Reilly Handicap as a crowd of 10,350 got their money’s worth on the Saturday program at Monmouth Park.

Get Serious, trained by the team of John Forbes and Pat McBurney and ridden by Pablo Fragoso, blazed to the lead rounding the turn and roared off through the stretch to stop the teletimer in 1:32.78 for one mile on the firm turf course. He shattered the course record of 1:33.36 that was set in the 2006 Red Bank Stakes by Miesque’s Approval, who went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile that year.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, May 23, 2009


SANDI’S READY SET FOR TOP EFFORT IN LITTLE SILVER ON TURF

Sunday’s $65,000 Little Silver Stakes at one mile on the turf is the perfect proving grounds for 3-year-old fillies to show how their careers are progressing. It’s also a typical Monmouth stakes, in that it came up so tough even though it’s ungraded.

“It’s a good field for an ungraded stakes,” said trainer Cam Gambolati, who sends out a rapidly improving miss in Ol Memorial Stable & C.E. Glasscock’s Sandi’s Ready.





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AMIE’S LEGEND RALLIES TO WIN SHINE AGAIN STAKES


BALTIMORE, 05-23-09---Two Legends Farm, Richard Golden & David Wade’s Amie’s Legend was off slowly and remained unhurried early, but her last to first move was good enough to capture the closing day feature at Pimlico Race Course, the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes.

Sent to post as the 3-5 favorite against five other Maryland-bred fillies and mares, Amie’s Legend carried Luis Garcia to her second consecutive victory for trainer Graham Motion. The daughter of Not For Love rallied up the rail to win by 2-1/2 lengths over Five Diamonds. Eye finished third.





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CHEROKEE HEAVEN RALLIES UNDER BLANC IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 22, 2009) – Cherokee Heaven rallied from sixth at the top of the stretch under jockey Brice Blanc to score a two- length victory over Topper Shopper in Friday night's $56,320 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.

The Marty Jones-trained 5-year-old horse covered six furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:07.94 while making his first start in 11 months. Topper Shopper, who dueled on the front-end with Wine On the Porch most of the way, hung on gamely for second, while the latter finished in a dead heat for third with Noblety in the field of eight.





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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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Leparoux Rides Five Churchill Downs Winners, Takes Feature on Complicity


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 22, 2009) – Jockey Julien Leparoux rode five winners from eight mounts on Friday and capped his day at Churchill Downs by guiding Complicity to a 1 ¾-length victory over Hungry Tigress in the featured $52,270 Ever After Purse for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

Leparoux, who has won four riding titles at Churchill Downs in his brief career, ran his victory total to 32 after 19 days of racing and owns a 12-win lead over Miguel Mena in the race for leading rider.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.22.09)


BOREL BANDWAGON KEEPS ON ROLLING – Jockey Calvin Borel is not assured of having a mount in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (Grade I), but the leadup to the third jewel of the Triple Crown will have his fingerprints all over it.

Borel’s agent, Jerry Hissam, has a lot more on his plate these days than just lining up mounts for the popular rider.





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B.B. BEST NEVER HEADED, SCORES BY NECK IN MONMOUTH FEATURE


OCEANPORT, N.J. * B.B. Best took command at the start and never looked back en route to an upset victory in the $48,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Friday.

The winner, trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. and ridden by Joe Bravo, held on to score by a neck over Power Game, the 4-5 favorite in the field of five. At the Disco was two and a quarter lengths farther back in third.





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Canada’s turf champion returns in Connaught Cup


TORONTO, May 22 - Last year's Champion Male Turf Horse Rahy's Attorney makes his seasonal bow in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Connaught Cup Stakes at Woodbine.

Owned by Ellie Boje Farm, Read Peters and Jean and Jim MacLellan, the gelding captured last year's Connaught Cup and the $1 million Woodbine Mile, credentials which vaulted him to the top of the division.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, May 22, 2009


JOEY P., WHO’S THE COWBOY RENEW OLD RIVALRY IN REILLY ‘CAP

They’re baaaaack!

Those old favorites of the Jersey Shore - Joey P. and Who’s the Cowboy - hook up again Saturday in the $60,000 John J. Reilly Handicap for state-breds. There are some other hard-knocking J-Breds in there, of course, but none have caught the imagination of fans quite like Joey and the Cowboy.





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