Sunday, May 03 2009
Mine That Bird Flies Home to Kentucky Derby Upset
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird, the longest shot on the board at 50-1, exploded along the rail down the stretch under Calvin Borel to win the 135th running of the $2,177,200 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).
Mine That Bird rallied from last in a field of 19 Thoroughbreds to win by 6 3/4 lengths before a crowd of 153,563, seventh-largest in race history.
Crowd of 153,563 Witnesses History as Longshot Mine That Bird Wins Kentucky Derby 135
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – A crowd of 153,563 witnessed Kentucky Derby history on Saturday as Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird scored a stunning upset at odds of 50-1 and captured the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands by 6 3/4 lengths in a field of 19.
The attendance figure marks the ninth time that Kentucky Derby Day attendance has topped 150,000. Combined attendance for the 2009 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks was 258,430, exceeding the combined attendance of both events from one year prior.
Derby 135 Stakes/Einstein Repeats in Woodford Reserve Turf Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Matthew Garretson’s Einstein (BRZ), ridden by Julien Leparoux, outdueled Cowboy Cal by a head to become the first repeat winner of the $557,600 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Helen Pitts-Blasi, Einstein added Saturday’s Grade I victory over the Matt Winn Turf Course to a triumph in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on Pro-Ride on March 7. Last year, Einstein won the Grade II Clark Handicap on dirt at Churchill Downs and ran second in the Grade I Stephen Foster on dirt to Horse of the Year Curlin.
Derby Day Stakes: Informed Decision Strikes Late, Wins Chuchill’s Grade I Humana Distaff
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Augustin Stable’s Informed Decision caught pacesetting Dubai Majesty in deep stretch and then held off 32-1 shot Temple Street by three-quarters of a length to win the 23rd running of the $335,400 Humana Distaff (Grade I) for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Jonathan Sheppard, Informed Decision ran the seven furlongs on a “sloppy” main track in 1:23.69.
Four Gifts Rallies to Nip Just Jenda In Eight Belles
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Four Gifts overhauled favored Just Jenda to win the $113,300 Eight Belles (Grade III) for 3-year-old fillies by three lengths on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
The race was formerly known as the La Troienne but changed this year to honor Eight Belles, the ill-fated runner-up to Big Brown in the 2008 Kentucky Derby who suffered a fatal injury a quarter-mile past the finish of that race.
MUD-LOVING ACCREDIT TAKES THE CHURCHILL DOWNS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Accredit remained perfect on wet tracks as he scored a front-running 1 ¾-length victory under Julien Leparoux to take the 75th running of the $280,500 Churchill Downs Presented by Carewise Health (Grade II) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
The Churchill Downs, for 4-year-olds and up, was the first of six graded stakes on the Kentucky Derby 135 card.
COSMONAUT LANDS VICTORIOUS IN FORT MARCY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Flying Zee Stable’s Cosmonaut rebounded from an ankle fracture that had kept him out of action since last July and overcame Tam Lin (GB) to win Saturday’s 33rd running of the Grade 3 $106,500 Fort Marcy Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth on Belmont Park’s Widener Turf Course.
The Fort Marcy, previously run at Aqueduct Racetrack, was the eighth victory of Cosmonaut’s 33-race career. The 7-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right front ankle last summer, shortly after he ran second to Stream Cat in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap on July 12.
MY PRINCESS JESS SAVES BEST FOR LAST (QUARTER) IN BEAUGAY
ELMONT, N.Y.-- Lael Stable’s My Princess Jess halted a three-race losing streak and began her 4-year-old campaign as a winner Saturday afternoon, rallying for a 1 ¾-length victory over favored Carribean Sunset (IRE) in the 32nd running of the $109,000 Beaugay for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf course at Belmont Park.
The Stormy Atlantic filly, whose previous victory was in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Lake George last July, came on strong in the middle of the “good” course under jockey Cornelio Velasquez after sitting well off a pace of 26.07, 50.57, 1:15.27 and 1:38.97. Are We Dreamin had been the early pacesetter, but was overtaken on the turn by Sunshine for Life, who wilted in midstretch.
FLASHING MAKES COMEBACK FOR FIRST BELMONT SCORE
BELMONT PARK, ELMONT, N.Y. -- Darley Stable’s Flashing, making her Belmont Park debut after winning three of four career starts at Aqueduct, came back in the lane to collar 6-5 favorite Saarlight and win Saturday’s 14th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Nassau County for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs by a length and a quarter.
Flashing, a daughter of 1992 Belmont Stakes winner and Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, took the lead from the rail on the muddy/sealed track and was quickly engaged by Saarlight. They opened a huge lead over their three rivals, setting a pace of 22.14, 44.63 and 1:09.73.
Bocachica, Thompson Star on Opening Day at Suffolk Downs
EAST BOSTON, MA – Jockeys Winston Thompson and Orlando Bocachica each won three races on the nine-race Opening Day card at Suffolk Downs before an enthusiastic Kentucky Derby Day crowd of 16,336.
Bocachica started off the day with an 11-¼ length score aboard Pop Rocket ($6.80) in the opener. He took the third race in front-running fashion with Red Magic ($5.40). In the sixth race, Bocachica finished in a dead heat for first aboard BL's Metropolitan ($2.80). All three victories came for the owner and trainer combination of Michael Gill and Marcus Vitali, who teamed up for a fourth win on the card with jockey Laurent Beaucamp and Touch a Prince ($6.20) in the day’s fifth race.
FEISTY SUANCES ROMPS IN SILKY SULLIVAN STAKES
ALBANY -- Feisty Suances, delivering the performance expected of a 2-to-5 favorite, romped to a four-length victory in the $75,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Jockey Kyle Kaenel, who recently moved his tack from the Bay Area to Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, gladly made a return visit to Golden Gate Fields to handle Feisty Suances in the Silky Sullivan.
ZITO TRAINED MINER’S ESCAPE GALLOPS IN TESIO STAKES
BALTIMORE, 05-02-09---Trainer Nick Zito has saddled 19 Preakness® Stakes runners during his Hall of Fame career, including 1996 winner Louis Quatorze, with at least one starter in Maryland’s signature race in 15 of the previous 18 years. This afternoon at Pimlico Race Course, the Zito trained Miner’s Escape came home an impressive winner in the $75,000 Federico Tesio Stakes.
The Tesio has been used as a springboard to the Preakness by standouts such as Deputed Testamony (1983), Oliver’s Twist (1995) and Magic Weisner (2002). The 134th running of the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown is set for Saturday, May 16.
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