Thursday, May 14 2009


HP Stable Notes: May 13th 2009


BAFFERT GUNS FOR BI-COASTAL STAKES DOUBLE

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be in the national spotlight with Pioneerof the Nile in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Saturday but he will also send out Guns On the Table in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park the same afternoon.

The Grade III test at six furlongs on Cushion Track highlights a program that begins at 11 a.m. in conjunction with a Preakness Day simulcast from Baltimore.





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Nicanor scores first career victory


WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, May 13, 2009 – Nicanor, the brother of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, notched his first career victory at Delaware Park today. With Anna (Rosie) Napravnik astride, the Kentucky-bred trained by Michael Matz notched a 15 1/4-length score and completed the mile and a sixteenth on the turf in 1:46.31 in his first career race on the grass.





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Wednesday, May 13 2009


Preakness News-May 12 Late


DERBY HERO MINE THAT BIRD ARRIVES AT PIMLICO

BALTIMORE, 05-12-09 – Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird arrived at Pimlico ahead of schedule Tuesday with a Baltimore City Police escort at 6:44 p.m. after leaving Churchill Downs at 9:06.a.m.

“I called a friend on the way and said it’s the first time I’ve had the police leading me instead of chasing me,” quipped Woolley, who drove all the way in the Ford F-450 Lariat that towed the gleaming white van carrying his Kentucky Derby winner.





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PIMLICO JOCKEY CHALLENGE ADDS PUNCH TO FRIDAY RACE CARD


BALTIMORE, 05-12-09---The top four riders in the country based on earnings, two Hall of Fame jockeys with Preakness victories, another who has won the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, Maryland's all-time winningest rider and Eclipse Award winners Kent Desormeaux and Garrett Gomez, will do battle in the first Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course which will be contested during Friday's Black-Eyed Susan program.

Riders will accumulate points for finishing first (12), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race with the winner of the series receiving $14,000. Other prize money includes $10,000 for finishing second, $8,000 for third and $3,500 for fourth through eighth.





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Preakness News-May 12 2009


FRIESAN FIRE SIGNALS HIS READINESS WITH 5F. BULLET; MINE THAT BIRD, 3 OTHERS, HIT THE ROAD TO PIMLICO

MINE THAT BIRD – Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley got behind the wheel of his Ford F-450 Lariat and drove through Gate 6 at Churchill Downs Tuesday shortly after 9 a.m. with a van carrying his Kentucky Derby winner in tow.

“I think he is ready,” Woolley said. “If we make the trip up there good and he eats good, I couldn’t ask for anything better.”





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PICK SIX CARROVER WEDNESDAY AT GGF; PREAKNESS STAKES SIMULCAST SATURDAY


ALBANY -- The racing week at Golden Gate Fields begins Wednesday with an eight-race program that features a Pick Six carryover of $16,913.

Post time Wednesday through Sunday is 1:15 p.m. with the exception of Saturday, Preakness Stakes Day, when first post is 12:15 p.m.





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Tuesday, May 12 2009


Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.12.09)


KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD HEADS TO PIMLICO – A few minutes after 9 o’clock Tuesday morning, Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird rolled out of the Churchill Downs barn area headed for Baltimore and the second leg of racing’s Triple Crown.

With trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley behind the wheel of the Ford F-450 Lariat and exercise rider Charlie Figueroa riding shotgun, the Kentucky Derby-winning team left Barn 42 with Mine That Bird comfortably ensconced in the trailer behind the truck.





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Preakness Tidbits


Tuesday at Pimlico

· Papa Clem will work at 7 am

· Friesan Fire scheduled for 8 am work. Trainer Larry Jones to decide on Preakness after breeze

· Big Drama has been here since last Tuesday. He has been going to the track at 6:30 am





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GRADE II BLACK-EYED SUSAN TOPS STAKES LADEN FRIDAY CARD


"BALTIMORE, 05-11-09---Trainer James Jerkens has never had much success in the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, but he is hopeful that this year will be different. The $150,000 test for three-year-old fillies highlights a 13-race card that features seven stakes races.

"I've never had a lot of luck in this race," Jerkens said from his New York base. "Fe Fi Fo Fum was in a couple years ago and ran horribly. This is probably the best chance I've had."





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Preakness News-May 11 2009


MINE THAT BIRD – Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley altered Mine That Bird’s training schedule at Churchill Downs Monday morning, when he sent his Kentucky Derby winner to the track for an impromptu half-mile workout in preparation for a start in Saturday’s 134th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

“The horse looked good. I hadn’t planned to work him, but he was getting pretty high. He bounced back from the Derby a little quicker than I thought he would,” Woolley said. “He was getting a little rattled, he was feeling so good. We just wanted to let him stretch his legs.”





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Churchill Downs to Request Reduced Racing Dates, Stakes Purses for 2009 Spring Meet


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 11, 2009) – Due to a reduced number of entries and a decline in purse money earned from all wagering sources during its ongoing 2009 Spring Meet, Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill”) will request permission from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) to eliminate seven race days from its 2009 Spring Meet, which had been scheduled for 52 racing days between Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, July 5. The request, which will be made at the KHRC’s regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 12, comes on the heels of four consecutive race days in which at least one race was canceled due to small field sizes.

“With this announcement, we are now clearly seeing the impact of competing with Thoroughbred racetracks that supplement their purses with revenue from additional gaming options, such as slots and video lottery terminals,” said Bill Carstanjen, chief operating officer of Churchill Downs Incorporated. “Our analysis shows that tracks with these enhanced purses are attracting more horses to their races. Meanwhile, Kentucky, the cradle of our industry, is seeing a decline in field size. Until we address this inequity, Kentucky’s horse industry will continue to suffer.”





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.11.09)


KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD WORKS SURPRISE FOUR FURLONGS WITH BOREL IN SADDLE – Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. waited until after the renovation break to send Kentucky Derby 135 winner Mine That Bird to the track Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

That signaled the trip was not business as usual – no two-mile gallop under exercise rider Charlie Figueroa.

“Are you working?” Woolley was asked upon arrival at a viewing stand.





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