Friday, May 22 2009


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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HOLLYWOOD PARK DARK THREE DAYS FOLLOWING MEMORIAL DAY


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 22, 2009) — Hollywood Park will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday following Monday’s special Memorial Day program. Live racing will resume Friday, May 29, with a 7:05 p.m. post time.

There will be no simulcast wagering on the dark days.





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GGF DROPPING THREE CARDS TO COINCIDE WITH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RACING SCHEDULE


ALBANY -- In order to coincide with the racing schedule in Southern California, Golden Gate Fields announced Friday that it is dropping the racing programs scheduled for Thursday, May 28; Wednesday, June 3; and Wednesday, June 10.

Hollywood Park, citing a lack of horses, received permission from the California Horse Racing Board on May 15 to adopt a four-day racing week that eliminated Wednesday racing programs as well as the card scheduled for Thursday, May 28.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: Friday, May 22, 2009


INEZ RIDES INTO ARLINGTON HISTORY WITH FIVE WINS THURSDAY

While riding with the advantageous apprentice allowance last summer, Swedish jockey Inez Karlsson became the first female jockey in history to win four races on a single program at Arlington Park. One month later – she did it again.

However, on Thursday’s 12th racing day of the 2009 Arlington season – while riding as a full-fledged journeyman jockey – Karlsson raised that bar by riding five winners on a single program. By reaching the winner’s circle after exactly half the afternoon’s races at the Chicago oval, she also became the first rider of either gender to enjoy a five-win day at the current session.





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ARLINGTON MILLION WINNER TO RECEIVE AUTOMATIC BERTH TO JAPAN CUP


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 22, 2009) – The winner of the 27th edition of the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 8 will receive an automatic invitation to participate in the Group I $5.6 million Japan Cup to be contested Nov. 29, 2009, at Tokyo Racecourse it was announced by the Japan Racing Association.

The Arlington Million is the only North American race to be selected for its winner to receive an automatic berth to the prestigious event and joins such international Group I fixtures as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Prix de’l Arc de Triomphe, Arlington Million, Grosser Preis von Baden, Irish Champion Stakes to be so honored.





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BAMAHA BREEZE RECORDS SIXTH CAREER WIN IN 2009 DEBUT


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 21, 2009) — Longshot Bamaha Breeze caught pacesetter Sea of Pleasure nearing the sixteenth pole and held off Euroglide by a neck to score an upset victory in Thursday’s $72,300 El Segundo Stakes under jockey Martin Garcia at Hollywood Park.

Bamaha Breeze, a winner of his first five starts before suffering defeats in his final two races a year ago, was overlooked at 12-1 while making his 2009 debut after a layoff of almost six months.





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BACKBACKBACKGONE WILL TRY TO STRETCH SPEED IN BARRERA


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 21, 2009) — Backbackbackgone will try to stretch his speed an extra furlong as he aims for his second straight victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Lazaro S. Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park.

The speedy son of Put It Back will shift back to Cushion Track from turf, where he drew off to win the six-furlong Harry Henson Stakes here in April.



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HP STABLE NOTES Thursday, May 21, 2009


THORN SONG TO SHIP FOR SHOEMAKER MILE

Thorn Song, one of the leading turf milers in the nation, will be shipped from Kentucky to California Friday for the $250,000-added Grade I Shoemaker Mile on the Hollywood Park turf Monday.

“It just kind of came up,” said trainer Dale Romans from Churchill Downs on Thursday. “Mr. Zayat (owner Ahmed Zayat) was looking over all the races he might run in and saw this as an opportunity for another Grade I. It looks like a tough group but a small field.





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