Tuesday, April 28 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Barn Notes 4.27.09


ADVICE/DUNKIRK/JOIN IN THE DANCE/TAKE THE POINTS – A trio of Todd Pletcher-trained Kentucky Derby “possibles” went through their final serious drills for the Saturday spectacular on Monday morning, putting a “put me in coach” spin on activities Pletcher’s Barn 38.

Pletcher took up a post in the grandstand and oversaw the activities, which began shortly after the renovation break ended at 8:30 a.m. (all times EDT) when Hall of Fame jockey-turned-jockey-agent-and-sometimes-exercise-rider Angel Cordero Jr. guided the Sky Mesa colt Join in the Dance through a five-furlong workout timed in 1:00.20.





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Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes 4.27.09


BE FAIR/TWEETER – Westrock Stables' Be Fair walked the shedrow at Barn 44 a day after working five furlongs in 1:00.20 in her final major drill for Friday’s 135th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I). Exercise rider Omar Golon was aboard for the work on Sunday.

Rafael Bejarano has the riding assignment Friday in Kentucky Oaks 135.

“She's doing excellent,” trainer D. Wayne Lukas said.





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Keeneland Spring Meeting Attendance Third-Highest in Track History


Lexington, KY (April 27, 2009) – Keeneland concluded its 2009 spring race meeting, held April 3-24, with total attendance of 240,755, the third-highest in track history, and an increase in average daily on-track wagering.

Despite one less day of racing, total attendance for the 15-day meet was off just 1.2 percent from last year’s total of 243,606 for the 16-day meeting. The Keeneland record of 244,145 was set during the 2006 spring meeting.





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HRTV, ESPN360.COM TO BROADCAST PREAKNESS WEEK EVENTS


BALTIMORE, 04-27-09---Horse Racing Television (HRTV) and ESPN will team up to provide 10 and half hours shoulder programming on-air and online during Preakness week. The headline event of the week is the 134th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, on May 16, but the week also features the Preakness post position draw and 15 other stakes races.

HRTV, a cable and satellite channel dedicated to horse racing with access to over 70 tracks, will simulcast the events on ESPN360.com for exclusive live online coverage in the US. ESPN360.com is ESPN's broadband sports network that gives fans a 24/7 online destination delivering more than 3,500 live global sports events annually. It is available at no cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection from an affiliated service provider.





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SUFFOLK DOWNS ANNOUNCES RACING SCHEDULE, SPECIAL EVENTS


EAST BOSTON, MA – The 2009 live racing season at Suffolk Downs will consist of 101 racing days, the track announced today as it introduced its complete racing schedule, several special events and its “Commitment to Community” program for the upcoming meet, which begins Saturday, May 2.

The “Commitment to Community” program, which commences on Opening Day, will feature a series of Saturdays celebrating individuals and organizations that make a positive difference in eight surrounding communities: East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Saugus and Salem.





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Dubai runners excel


The win of the Luca Cumani-trained Presvis in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup at Hong Kong’s Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday franked the form of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Five of the 10 runners in the Group One 2000 metres contest had previously run in Dubai, three of them on Dubai World Cup night at Nad Al Sheba last month.





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Jockey Inez Karlsson to Donate Final Day Earnings to Charities


Stickney, IL—As Hawthorne bids adieu to its spring thoroughbred meet, jockey Inez Karlsson will donate all of her mount’s earnings to charities, on Monday, the final day of racing. Proceeds from her earnings will be divided between the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and The Bridge, an organization for youth and family services.

Karlsson chose what may be a particularly lucrative day for the recipients, as she has mounts in all ten of today’s races, and is chasing a riding title, in which she is three behind leader Tim Thornton.





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Monday, April 27 2009


Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.26.09)


BE FAIR/TWEETER – Thomas Van Meter and Charles Kidder’s Be Fair worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 under exercise rider Omar Golon. The move, taking place shortly after the track opened, was the fourth-fastest of 24 at the distance over a track rated as “fast.”

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks, said, “She went just perfect.” Lukas added, “Have you ever heard a trainer not like a horse’s work?”





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Kentucky Derby 135 Notes (4.26.09)


ADVICE/DUNKIRK/JOIN IN THE DANCE – At Churchill Downs, assistant trainer Mike McCarthy had two of trainer Todd Pletcher’s candidates for the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) out for exercise early on a beautiful morning beneath the Twin Spires.

With the first set, shortly after the track opened at 6 a.m., Join in the Dance and exercise rider Kevin Willey took a mile and three-eighths tour of oval, galloping along in the dark with only a few other Thoroughbreds joining them on the mile oval.





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UNBEATEN ZENYATTA BOUND FOR LOUISVILLE DISTAFF


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 27, 2009) – Unbeaten Eclipse Award champion Zenyatta, a finalist for ‘Horse of the Year’ honors in 2008, is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday, April 27 to run in the $350,000-added Louisville Distaff (Grade II) on Friday’s Kentucky Oaks Day program at Churchill Downs.

Trainer John Shirreffs confirmed Zenyatta’s participation via telephone Sunday afternoon and Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss’ 5-year-old daughter of Street Cry is scheduled to board a Louisville-bound plane after leaving Shirreffs’ barn at Santa Anita on Monday.





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WISE RIVER TAKES CHURCHILL DOWNS TURF FEATURE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 26, 2009) – Don Benge’s Wise River survived an early pace duel with Dubious Miss and then fended off a challenge from favored Inca King to win Sunday’s $56,640 allowance feature at Churchill Downs by 3 ¼ lengths.

In giving jockey Jamie Theriot his fourth victory of the afternoon, Wise River covered the 1 1/16 miles on a “firm” Matt Winn Turf Course in a course-record time of 1:39.83. The previous record was 1:40.70 set by Quite a Bride on June 6, 2007.





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Kentucky Juvenile Lures Precocious Field of Nine


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 26, 2009) – Six debut winners at Keeneland, a record-setting filly from Maryland and a West Coast invader highlight a field of nine 2-year-olds entered Sunday for Thursday’s 21st running of the $100,000-added Kentucky Juvenile (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.

The five-furlong event, which has been won seven times by fillies, serves as the first graded stakes of 2009 for 2-year-olds. Five fillies have been entered for Thursday’s race, including Jealous Again and Gator Prowl.





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