Thursday, May 14 2009


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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“Free & Easy Wednesdays” a Winner at Del Mar This Summer


With a "long" weekend (two days instead of one) on the agenda at Del Mar this summer, as well as the realization that everyone now is looking for ways to make their dollars go further, track officials wanted to come up with a way to welcome back their fans following the Monday-Tuesday break while providing them with what amounts to the best bargain in town. Thus was born "Free & Easy Wednesday."

And just as it sounds, the new promotion will offer racegoers big-gain-no-pain access to a day's fun at the seaside palace just north of San Diego, starting with free admission and a free reserved seat, along with half-price drinks and food for those welcoming back those thundering Thoroughbreds following their break.





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RACHEL ALEXANDRA THE 8-5 MORNING LINE FAVORITE IN SATURDAY’S $1.1 MILLION PREAKNESS STAKES


BALTIMORE, 05-13-09– Rachel Alexandra, the lone filly in the 13-horse field entered Wednesday in the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes, is rated as the 8-5 favorite in the morning line for Saturday’s Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course.

The Steve Asmussen-trained filly, who was purchased privately by Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick following her 20 ¼-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 1, drew the No. 13 at Wednesday’s post position draw. No horse has won from that post in 11 tries since 1909.





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MINE THAT BIRD TOPS 13-HORSE FIELD FOR PREAKNESS 134


BALTIMORE , 05-13-09– The first four finishers in the Kentucky Derby, including 50-1 upset winner Mine That Bird, and super filly Rachel Alexandra were among the 13 horses entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 134th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Mine That Bird closed from last to score by 6 ¾ lengths at Churchill Downs on May 2, followed by Pioneerof the Nile, Musket Man and Papa Clem, all of whom will contest the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. Beaten Derby favorite Friesan Fire will also seek redemption in the 1 3/16-mile classic.





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Stakes Veteran Capt. Candyman Can Faces Unbeaten Newcomer Cash Refund In Matt Winn


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 13, 2009) – Three-time graded stakes winner Capt. Candyman Can looms as the betting favorite in Saturday’s 8th running of the $100,000-added Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs, but that proven veteran could face a major challenge from unbeaten newcomer Cash Refund.

Owned by Joseph Rauch and David Zell, Capt. Candyman Can comes into the seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds off an impressive victory in the $200,000 Bay Shore (GIII) at New York’s Aqueduct. But the intriguing Cash Refund, owned by the Louisville-based stable of Richard, Elaine and Bert Klein, has yet to be tested as while winning his two career starts by a combined margin of 13 ¾ lengths.





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JOCKEY LEPAROUX WINS HIS 1,000TH CAREER RACE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 13, 2009) – Jockey Julien Leparoux won the 1,000th race of his brief career on Wednesday when he guided My Little Connor ($6.20) to a 1 ¾-length victory for trainer Dave Vance in the third race at Churchill Downs.

“It feels good,” Leparoux said. “I’ll feel even better when I get 1,001. Each victory feels a little bit better. There are so many people that have helped me along the way, including [trainer Patrick] Biancone, who helped me from the start to my agent Steve Bass, trainers like Mike Maker and great owners such as Ken and Sarah Ramsey. There are too many good people to mention, but I’d like to thank all of the owners and trainers who gave me the opportunity to ride their horses.”





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes 5.13.09


CONTENDERS RACHEL ALEXANDRA, PIONEEROF THE NILE DEPART CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR BALTIMORE – The exodus of Churchill Downs-based contenders for Saturday’s 134th running of the $1 million Preakness (Grade I) was completed on Wednesday when major contenders Rachel Alexandra and Pioneerof the Nile stepped onto separate vans around 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday for the short trip to Louisville International Airport for their flight to Baltimore.

Those major players figure to be the top two betting choices in Saturday’s second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. Post positions for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness will be drawn this afternoon at Pimlico.





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SEATTLE SMOOTH SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT IN SHUVEE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Mercedes Stables LLC’s Seattle Smooth will try for her fourth straight stakes victory in Saturday’s 34th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Shuvee Handicap for fillies and mares going a mile on Belmont Park’s main track. Last August, the Quiet American filly won the Go for Wand at Delaware Park; the following month she scored in the Grade 2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Philadelphia Park, and last month she ran away with the Grade 2 Bed O’ Roses Handicap, winning by more than five lengths at Aqueduct.

The only question remaining for trainer Tony Dutrow is whether she’ll tackle the course at Belmont with the same zeal.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: Wednesday, May 13, 2009


JANKS JUMPS TO TOP OF ARLINGTON TRAINER STANDINGS

After saddling two winners on Sunday’s program, Illinois-based conditioner Christine Janks jumped to a narrow lead in Arlington’s trainer standings entering Thursday’s racing program. Was she aware of it?

“Actually, my husband Barry (who keeps detailed statistics on his wife’s career) let me know about it even before we had coffee this morning,” said Janks Monday morning. “I guess we might as well enjoy it while it lasts.





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