Thursday, May 21 2009


FEISTY SUANCES, MASSONE AMONG EIGHT ENTERED IN ALCATRAZ STAKES


ALBANY -- Feisty Suances, who shipped in from Southern California to win the Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 2, will be back at the East Bay track Saturday to contest the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes.

Eight 3-year-olds are entered in the Alcatraz, which will be run at 1 1/16-miles on the Lakeside Turf Course. The Alcatraz is the featured eighth race on a nine-race program that begins at 1:15 p.m.





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Wednesday, May 20 2009


Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Playful in Jog; Rachel Alexandra Set for Return To Track


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 19, 2009) – After two days off and a 9 ½-hour van ride from Baltimore, Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird returned to the track at Churchill Downs for a light jog on Tuesday.

Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s gelded son of Birdstone had regular exercise rider Charlie Figueroa in the saddle as he headed to the track around 7:15 a.m. (all times EDT). It was Mine That Bird’s first trip to the track since his runner-up finish to the Kentucky Oaks-winning filly Rachel Alexandra in Saturday’s Preakness.





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Churchill Downs Offers Simulcast Wagering, Free Admission on Wednesday, May 20 and Other Reduced Day


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 19, 2009) – Although there will be no live racing on Wednesday, May 20 at Churchill Downs, the historic track will offer wagering on tracks from around North America at its Trackside at Churchill simulcast center.. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. (all times EDT) and patrons will enjoy free admission throughout the day.

Post time for the first of the day’s simulcast signals is 12:30 p.m. for Freehold Raceway’s harness program and 12:40 p.m. for Thoroughbreds at Calder Race Course. Others on the simulcast menu include Belmont Park, Delaware Park and evening racing at Evangeline Downs. Evening simulcast wagering will continue through 9 p.m.





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ALCATRAZ, BERKELEY STAKES TOP MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT GGF


ALBANY -- The $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes and the Grade 3 $150,000 Berkeley Stakes will be the main events run at Golden Gate Fields during the Memorial Day weekend.

A six-day racing week begins Wednesday with an eight-race program and will conclude with Monday's holiday card. Post time is 1:15 p.m. each day.





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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Inductees Announced


TORONTO, May 19 - Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fame today announced that Harness racing sensation, Somebeachsomewhere, will lead an outstanding 2009 class of inductees into the hallowed shrine later this year.

Joining the world-record pacing colt will be Gustav Schickedanz, one of North America's leading Thoroughbred breeders the past 10 years, Canadian Thoroughbred Triple Crown winner Peteski and three champion runners, fillies Alywow, La Voyageuse and Maryfield.





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Tuesday, May 19 2009


KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD RETURNS TO CHURCHILL DOWNS TO PREPARE FOR BELMONT


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 18, 2009) – Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird, a gallant runner-up to the brilliant filly Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness (GI), is off of the road and back in his stall at Barn 42 at Churchill Downs following a road trip from Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s son of Birdstone will return to the track on Tuesday to begin his preparation for a run in the Belmont Stakes (GI), the third jewel of racing’s Triple Crown that will be run on June 6 at New York’s Belmont Park.

Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. rolled his truck and the trailer that carried the Derby winner to halt in front of the barn at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). The gelded son of Birdstone stepped off the van following the nine and a half hour and into the barn, where he took a few rounds to stretch his legs. Mine That Bird then relaxed by grazing in the lush grass behind the barn.





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Field Commission pulls of Vigil shocker


TORONTO, May 18 – Field Commission, a four-time winner in 2008, made his second start of the season a winning one, defeating some big-name rivals in Holiday Monday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Vigil Stakes.

Despite a third-place finish, just a half-length back of Disfunction in the Jacques Cartier Stakes on April 25 at Woodbine, Field Commission was considered a longshot, at least on the toteboard, in the 54th running of the Vigil.





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Monday, May 18 2009


Preakness News-May 17 2009


RACHEL ALEXANDRA – At 6 a.m. Sunday, just under 12 hours after her impressive victory in the Preakness, Rachel Alexandra left Pimlico for the return trip to trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Asmussen said the filly owned by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and Harold T. McCormick, would go back to the track on Wednesday and would probably have her first post-Preakness work on Monday, May 25. Since Jackson and McCormick purchased the filly about 10 days before the Preakness, Asmussen and his staff are still getting to know her. She had one workout between the purchase and the race, where she became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness.

"This time, we have something to measure it to, as far as how she feels and how she's acting,” Asmussen said. “It's our first comparison, so to speak. We're not going to tell her how she's feeling. She'll tell us how she's feeling."





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Multiple Stakes Winner Tizdejavu Remains Unbeaten At Churchill Downs With Victory in Sunday Feature


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 17, 2009) – Multiple stakes winner Tizdejavu remained unbeaten on the grass course at Churchill Downs when he returned from a nine-month absence from competition to win Sunday’s $57,780 featured allowance race at Churchill Downs.

Ridden by Julien Leparoux, the leading jockey of the Churchill Downs Spring Meet, the 4-year-old son of Tiznow rallied from just off the pace and then held off the late charge of Jazz in the Park to win by three-quarters of a length.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.17.09)


RACHEL ALEXANDRA BACK HOME AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – Stonestreet Stables and Herold McCormick’s Preakness Stakes (Grade I) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Rachel Alexandra returned to trainer Steve Asmussen’s Barn 38 at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning following a flight from Baltimore.

Scott Blasi, Asmussen’s chief assistant, accompanied the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro on the flight. Blasi led her off the van at 10:20 a.m. (all times EDT) and back to barn, where she was walked and bedded down in Stall 24.





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COCO BELLE PREVAILS UNDER SMITH IN FEATURE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 7, 2009) — Coco Belle seized the lead from the start and led all the way under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith to snap a six-race losing streak in Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.

The chestnut mare covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.33 while hanging on in the stretch for a one-length victory over She’s Cheeky. Ashley’s Kitty finished third in the field of six fillies and mares, followed by even-money favorite Foxy Danseur.





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KIZZY’S CHAOS CLEAR CUT WINNER UNDER GARCIA IN GALLANT MAN


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 17, 2009) — Martin Garcia followed trainer Vladimir Cerin’s instructions to perfection and Kizzy’s Chaos responded with an impressive front-running victory in Sunday’s second running of the $100,000 Gallant Man Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Kizzy’s Chaos gained command shortly after the start of the mile and five-eighths race, easily turned back a challenge from Isipingo nearing the far turn, and drew off in the stretch while winning at the seldom-run distance in Cushion Track record time of 2:43.48 under 112 pounds.





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