Friday, May 22 2009

HP STABLE NOTES Thursday, May 21, 2009


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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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 21, 2009) – Live Oak Plantation’s Namaste’s Wish pulled away from Leamington in the final yards to win Thursday afternoon’s featured $52,700 The Packet Purse for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up by three-quarters of a length at Churchill Downs.

In giving jockey Julien Leparoux his third winner of the afternoon, Namaste’s Wish covered the 1 1/16 miles over a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:41.88. Bill Mott trains Namaste’s Wish.

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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.21.09)

BRASS HAT SEEKS ELUSIVE FIRST TURF WIN IN LOUISVILLE HANDICAP – When Fred Bradley’s homebred Brass Hat made his turf debut in 2004, four of his rivals in Saturday’s Louisville Handicap (Grade III) had not been foaled.

“Four of them? That’s pretty neat, I’ve got to tell my dad,” said trainer William “Buff” Bradley of the popular 8-year-old gelding who has yet to win in seven career turf tries.

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Arlington Park News Release: Five-Bagger for Karlsson

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 21, 2009) – Jockey Inez Karlsson became the first rider this season to bring home five winners on one program, completing the feat when Judy Dorris’s Oughta Be Mine ($9.20) earned a hard fought victory in Thursday afternoon’s ninth race.

Earlier in the card, the Swedish-born jockey tallied with Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Itchy Toes ($3.40) in the second race; Eagle Valley Farm’s The Elevator ($11.80) in the third; Midwest Thoroughbreds’ What About It Brud ($6.20) in a dead-heat in the fifth; and Iron County Farms Inc.’s Snapped ($21.80) in the eighth.

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Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thurs., May 21


It’s going to be a particularly festive weekend at Arlington Park – beginning Friday with the first Miller Lite Party in the Park featuring the U2 tribute band Elevation – and concluding on Memorial Day with the first of only two Monday racing programs conducted at Arlington this season.

More important to Thoroughbred racing fans, however, is the fact that Arlington will offer four of its traditionally highlighted stakes packaged together Saturday as the American 1000 Guineas Festival. A Family Day on Sunday will feature two other stakes races.

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ALBANY -- A memorial service for Golden Gate Fields starter Gary "Chief" Stensgar will be held in the Bay View Lounge of the track's Turf Club Saturday after the races. Stensgar, 37, died last Sunday of head injuries sustained in an off-the-track accident on May 11.

Stensgar, a native of Colville, Washington, began working at the racetrack at age 16 when he took a job on the starting gate at Playfair (Spokane, Wash.). He served as an assistant starter on the Washington and Oregon racing circuits before coming to Northern California in 2000.

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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, May 21, 2009


The turf course opens at Monmouth on Saturday, with three races scheduled on the 10-race card, including the $70,000 Elkwood Stakes at one mile.

“Everybody is happy to see turf racing back,” said trainer Pat McBurney, who as part of the Forbes-McBurney Team sends out Get Serious in the Elkwood. “The racing office, the fans, the horsemen all like the grass races because of the full fields. Although, to tell the truth,” McBurney said with a smile, “I wish this one was a three-horse field.”

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BALTIMORE, 05-21-09---Pimlico Race Course closes out its’ 20-day spring meeting on Saturday with free admission, a free live program, a BBQ on the homestretch apron and ten live races including the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes.

Seven Maryland-bred fillies and mares will do battle in the feature, a 1-1/16th mile test on the main track. Two-time winner Amie’s Legend, a Not For Love filly trained by Graham Motion at Fair Hill, is the 8-5 morning line favorite. She won her first start by eight lengths and comes into the Shine Again off an allowance score at Delaware Park two weeks ago. Luis Garcia will ride the four-year-old filly, who has yet to finish out of the money in four dirt tries, for the first time.

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Ted Bassett Autobiography Goes to a Second Printing

Lexington, KY (May 20, 2009) – Keeneland’s Ted Bassett: My Life, the autobiography of longtime Keeneland executive James E. “Ted” Bassett III, is going to a second printing. Having been released only seven weeks ago, the first printing of the book has almost entirely sold out.

“Ted’s book has been a tremendous critical and commercial success,” said Stephen M. Wrinn, director of the University Press of Kentucky, publisher of the autobiography. “It’s one of our best selling titles this year, and we believe it’s destined to have a long life in the marketplace.”

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Thursday, May 21 2009

Top-Weighted Spice Route Faces Eight Rivals in 72nd Running of Louisville Handicap

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 20, 2009) – Spice Route (GB), stylish winner of the Elkhorn (Grade II) in his most recent start at Keeneland on April 24, headlines a field of nine entered for Saturday’s 72nd running of the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (Grade III) to be run at a mile and a half over the Matt Winn Turf Course.

The Louisville Handicap goes as the 10th race on Saturday’s 11-race card that has a first post time of 12:45 p.m. ET.

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Rachel Alexandra Back on Track for a Gallop; Mine That Bird Gallop’s

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 20, 2009) – It was a day for racing royalty at Churchill Downs on Wednesday as Preakness (Grade I) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Rachel Alexandra returned to track for a gallop and Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and a fast-closing runner-up in the Preakness, continued to show his spirit during his first gallop since Saturday’s race.

Rachel Alexandra, the first filly in 84 years to win the Preakness and the second Kentucky Oaks winner in three years to defeat males in a Triple Crown race in her next start, galloped a mile over a “fast” track for trainer Steve Asmussen. It was her first trip from the track since her dazzling victory in Saturday’s Preakness at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course and her return to Churchill Downs on Sunday.

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 20, 2009) – Three-year-old grass specialists are in the spotlight at Arlington Park Saturday in a pair of six-figure races for the sophomore turfers – the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas for fillies at one mile and the 75th edition of the $150,000 Arlington Classic for the boys at a mile and a sixteenth.

The two turf events are half of a quartet of stakes races that comprise the American 1000 Guineas Festival that also includes the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Matron for fillies and mares on the main track and the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup for older horses also on the synthetic main course. The four stakes races will make up a $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 that will cover races eight through 11 on the 11-race card that starts at 1 p.m. Central time.

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