Friday, May 15 2009


BACK-TO-BACK CHURCHILL DOWNS MILESTONES


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 14, 2009) – Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel became only the fourth rider to win 900 races in the 135-year history of Churchill Downs when Patton’s Creek Farm’s War Eagle Lady romped to a 14 ¾-length victory in Wednesday’s sixth race.

One race earlier, Tom Amoss became the ninth trainer in track history to saddle 300 local winners when Maggi Moss’ McGlamery Road prevailed in the fifth.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.14.09)


KLEIN FAMILY’S CASH REFUND READY TO STEP UP IN SATURDAY’S MATT WINN – Louisville-based owners and breeders Richard, Elaine and Bert Klein have raced some very talented horses at Churchill Downs through the years, but few have attracted the early attention generated by their 3-year-old gelding Cash Refund.

The talk surrounding the unbeaten son of Petionville figures to intensify if he notches a third consecutive victory when he makes his stakes debut in Saturday’s eighth running of the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds. The Steve Margolis-trained Cash Refund won his two prior starts by a combined margin of 13 ¾ lengths, has been so impressive that Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia made him the close 8-5 second choice in the field of five in the Matt Winn.





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LADY LUMBERJACK FLEXES MUSCLES IN THE STRETCH


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 14, 2009) — Lady Lumberjack overtook pacesetter Pinkerbelle at the sixteenth pole and drew off to score a three-length victory in the $48,000 feature as jockey Rafael Bejarano capped a three-win afternoon Thursday at Hollywood Park.

Lady Lumberjack, a 3-year-old daughter of Forestry owned by Roger Licht and David Milch, covered 6 ½ furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:15.59 while registering her second win in six starts.





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SIREN LURE HAS SIGHTS SET ON SECOND L.A. ‘CAP WIN


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 14, 2009) — Siren Lure has a chance to join exclusive company with a victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park.

He would join Native Diver and Kona Gold as the only 8-year-olds to win the six-furlong sprint and match The Diver as a two-time winner.





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Another ‘Awesome’ effort in the Marine?


TORONTO, May 14 - Wando Stakes winner Awesome Rhythm will attempt a curtain call in Saturday’s $150,000 Marine Stakes at Woodbine.

The son of Toccet is one of six three-year-olds competing in the 54th edition of the 1 1/16-mile event, which is the Toronto oval’s second two-turn stakes prep for the June 21 Queen’s Plate.

The only Marine entrant that is eligible for the $1 million Canadian classic is Parabola, who was seventh in the Queenston.





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First turf race set for Saturday


TORONTO, May 14 - A contentious field, including David Bell trainee, Galipette, has been assembled for the first grass event of the Woodbine meet, slated for May 16.

The seven furlong event, an allowance optional claiming race worth $76,800 for fillies and mares, three-year-olds and upward, is the fourth race on Saturday’s 10-race program.

The eight-horse field (Knocker is listed as Main Track Only) on the world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course includes past stakes winner Palace Pier.





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‘THE DORF’ SADDLES THREE WINNERS; PREAKNESS BETTING BEGINS FRIDAY


ALBANY -- Leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer saddled three of the first four winners on Thursday's racing card at Golden Gate Fields.

"The Dorf" won the first race with Ruud Boy ($10.40), the second with Smart Sugar ($4.00) and the fourth with Warren's Dreaming ($6.00). Hollendorfer didn't have a starter in the third race.

Hollendorfer has won 78 races at the winter/spring meeting. Steve Sherman is second in the trainer standings with 57 victories and William E. Morey is third with 44.





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Thursday, May 14 2009


EIGHT STAKES RACES HIGHLIGHT PREAKNESS UNDERCARD


BALTIMORE, 05-14-09---Saturday’s thirteen race card at Pimlico Race Course is fully loaded with nine stakes races, including seven graded events, topped off by the 134th Preakness Stakes, which is race twelve on the program. Saturday’s first post is 10:15 a.m. with the $1.1 million Preakness set for 6:15 p.m. on NBC.

The undercard has a flurry of added-money events. Race eleven is the historic GR II Dixie Stakes, to be run over the turf at 1-1/8th miles. The entry of Proudinsky and Musketier is listed as the program favorite. Both are German-breds; the former is the stronger half of the entry and is trained by Bobby Frankel, the latter is conditioned by Roger Attfield. Proudinsky is a two time winner of the Mervin Munez Handicap on the turf at the Fair Grounds.





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Preakness News-May 14 2009 News


MINE THAT BIRD GETS HIS FEET WET DURING GALLOP; ‘RACHEL’ JUST WALKS ON FIRST MORNING AT PIMLICO

MINE THAT BIRD – Early morning rains did nothing to alter training plans for Mine That Bird, who galloped his customary two miles under exercise rider Charlie Figueroa Thursday at Pimlico in preparation for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

“The track looks super to me,” trainer Chip Woolley said. “It looks like it could be a little laboring, but overall, it looks good to me. It looks like a little moisture is just the ticket for it.”





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Preakness News-May 14 2009 News


MINE THAT BIRD GETS HIS FEET WET DURING GALLOP; ‘RACHEL’ JUST WALKS ON FIRST MORNING AT PIMLICO

MINE THAT BIRD – Early morning rains did nothing to alter training plans for Mine That Bird, who galloped his customary two miles under exercise rider Charlie Figueroa Thursday at Pimlico in preparation for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

“The track looks super to me,” trainer Chip Woolley said. “It looks like it could be a little laboring, but overall, it looks good to me. It looks like a little moisture is just the ticket for it.”





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, May 14, 2009


MUSKET MAN GALLOPS AT MONMOUTH; SHIPS TO MD. SATURDAY

Eric Fein and Vic Carlson’s Musket Man, who is aiming to improve on his third place Kentucky Derby finish when he runs in Saturday’s $1.1 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico, galloped a mile and a half around the fast main track at Monmouth Thursday morning.

“He’s doing fine,” said trainer Derek Ryan, who brought the Yonaguska colt to his Monmouth home base immediately after the Run for the Roses. Musket Man had his final breeze for the Preakness at Monmouth on Tuesday morning when he zipped a half-mile in a bullet :46.60. At the Preakness draw on Wednesday, Musket Man drew Post 3 in the field of 13.





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Arlington Parm Barn Notes: Thur. May 14 2009


AMERICAN TURF HERO ORTHODOX NOW LIKELY FOR ARLINGTON CLASSIC

John and Kim Glenney’s Orthodox, hero of Churchill’s Grade III American Turf Stakes on Kentucky Oaks Day May 1, breezed a half-mile in :48 over Keeneland’s Polytrack course Monday and is now likely for the 75th running of the Arlington Classic May 23 as the first leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple.

Orthodox joins Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak, second by a neck in last fall’s Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, and Kalarikkal and Vilasini’s Summer Bird, sixth in the Grade I Kentucky Derby earlier this month, as a third headline attraction slated for the Classic, restricted to grass-favoring sophomores with international potential.





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