Friday, May 01 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Notes (Friday, May 1, 2009)


ADVICE/DUNKIRK/JOIN IN THE DANCE – The trio of Todd Pletcher horses was out and done with their leg stretching prior to 7 a.m. (all times EDT) Friday, each galloping approximately a mile and three eighths around the “sloppy” Churchill Downs oval that had been pelted with some fairly serious overnight rains.

Advice, the last of the barn’s Derby contenders came off the strip just prior to 7 with Pletcher looking on near the six-furlong gap.

“If it is ‘fast’ or ‘sloppy’ tomorrow for the race, I think we’ll be fine,” Pletcher said. “Dunkirk went over this ‘slop’ a little earlier and he handled it well. He was good with it. But I don’t think we’ll want to see a ‘good’ or ‘muddy’ track. That won’t help my horses. We’ll hope we don’t have to deal with that.”





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CHAMBERLAIN BRIDGE RALLIES TO WIN AEGON TURF SPRINT


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 1, 2009) – Carl Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge collared Smart Enough in deep stretch and then held off a late charge from Cannonball by a neck to win the 15th running of the $112,800 AEGON Turf Sprint (Grade III) for 3-year-olds and up over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs on Friday afternoon.

The AEGON Turf was the first of six stakes, five of them graded, on the Kentucky Oaks card that featured 12 races.





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CORAGIL CAT REPEATS IN TIMELESS NATIVE STAKES


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 1, 2009) – Jim Tafel LLC’s Coragil Cat continues to show an affinity for Arlington Park’s all-weather Polytrack surface with his third stakes victory over the surface as the son of Forest Wildcat captured the $53,400 Timeless Native Stakes for the second straight year on Friday, opening day at the suburban Chicago racecourse.

Ridden by Diego Sanchez, the 5-year-old horse overcame a slow break, began to make up ground on the turn before angling out in the stretch to overtake favored Lissa’s Star inside the furlong marker to gain the 1 ¾-length victory, covering the mile in 1:34.83.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: Friday, May 1


SATURDAY’S $100,000 ILLINOIS OWNERS STAKES HONORS RICHARD RADKE

Saturday’s fourth running of the $100,000 Illinois Owners Stakes, partially renamed each year in recognition of a specified Illinois-based Thoroughbred owner, will honor Dr. Richard Radke, 81, who remains focused on improving his own Illinois-bred band although he has retired from the medical profession.

“I’m really proud of the Illinois program and have been an avid supporter of it for more than 40 years,” said Radke, speaking over the phone Friday. Radke’s horses have been trained by Arlington’s all-time leading conditioner Richard Hazelton throughout those four decades.





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Suffolk Downs Opens Tomorrow, Kentucky Derby Day


EAST BOSTON, MA - Opening Day of the 2009 live racing season at Suffolk Downs is tomorrow, Kentucky Derby Day. Gates open at 10 a.m. First post time for the nine-race program is 1:15 p.m.

In addition to live racing, the track will simulcast the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.





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Mullins Beach looks to unleash her ‘Fury’ on Sunday


TORONTO, May 1 - Mullins Beach, a bay daughter of Speightstown, goes after her second consecutive score in Sunday’s $150,000 Fury Stakes.

Owned by Eugene Melnyk and trained by Malcolm Pierce, Mullins Beach heads into the seven-furlong Fury off a 3 ¾-length triumph in the five-furlong La Voyageuse Stakes on April 4 at Woodbine.





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ROSARIO RIDES FIVE WINNERS TO TIE BEJARANO ATOP STANDINGS


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 1, 2009) — Favorite Maui Mark, fourth at the head of the stretch, easily caught pacesetter Slam Slew with a furlong to run and drew away for a 3 1/4-length victory as Joel Rosario notched his fourth of five wins in Friday’s $48,000 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.

The five-win afternoon gave Rosario 14 as he moved into a tie atop the Hollywood Park jockeys’ standings with Rafael Bejarano, who is in Kentucky where he will ride Chocolate Candy in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.





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KENTUCKY DERBY DAY FESTIVITIES AT GGF WILL INCLUDE HAT CONTEST


ALBANY -- All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 7:15 a.m. Saturday for a huge racing program that will feature the simulcast of the entire Kentucky Derby Day card from Churchill Downs and 10 local races.

Post time for the first race on Churchill Downs' 13-race card is 7:30 a.m. The Kentucky Derby is the 11th race on the program and will be run at approximately 3:24 p.m. Post time for the first Golden Gate Fields race is 11:45 a.m.





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Baltimore Native Wins Her First Race


BALTIMORE, MD. 5-1-09---Apprentice Jennifer Jennings notched her first lifetime win in today’s sixth race at Pimlico when her mount led from start to finish.

PTK LLC’s Plagiarize outkicked $5,000 claimers straight from the gate and Jennings spent most of her winning ride looking back for competition. The Allen’s Prospect offspring won by 7-1/2 lengths and paid $9.20.





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TVG TO OFFER WAGERING ON KENTUCKY DERBY 135


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 30, 2009) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) has announced that advance-deposit wagering (“ADW”) company TVG will offer wagering on the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands from Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The deal, which is through TrackNet Media, extends through Oct. 31, 2009, and covers the complete 2009 spring meet at Churchill Downs, the complete 2009 racing meet at Arlington Park, and the Calder Race Course 2009 meet through Oct. 31.

“We are pleased to announce this agreement with TVG, which will allow even more customers to enjoy the ease and convenience of wagering on our products,” said Kevin Flanery, senior vice president of CDI. “We look forward to bringing the excellent racing of Churchill Downs Incorporated into their homes courtesy of TVG.”





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Eight Set To Go In Federico Tesio Stakes


BALTIMORE, MD. 4-30-09---The $75,000 Federico Tesio Stakes highlights Saturday’s Kentucky Derby day celebration at Pimlico. The Tesio, often used as a prep for the Preakness Stakes, has attracted eight 3-year-olds who will race nine furlongs on the main track.

Saturday’s eleven race card has a special first post of 12:45 p.m. The Kentucky Derby will be simulcast to Pimlico at 6:24 p.m.





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JOCKEY GONZALEZ SIDELINED INDEFINITELY WITH FRACTURES OF C-2 VERTEBRAE, LEFT ANKLE


ALBANY -- Veteran jockey Roberto Gonzalez, 54, will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking the C-2 vertebrae in his neck and his left ankle in a spill at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday.

The accident occurred in the sixth race, a two-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies, when Gonzalez' mount, Free Runnin, lost the action in her hind legs passing the furlong pole and ducked into the path of Devil Singletary and jockey Alfredo Miranda.





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