Friday, April 03 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Update (4.3.09)


WEST/SHOWDOWN AT SANTA ANITA BETWEEN PIONEEROF THE NILE, THE PAMPLEMOUSSE

Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby (Grade) figures to confirm which 3-year-old is California’s leading hope for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 1.

The 1 1/8-mile race over Santa Anita’s synthetic Pro-Ride surface attracted a field of 10 3-year-olds, but three of those horses figure to contend for the unofficial title of “Best of the West.” That group includes Sham Stakes (GIII) winner The Pamplemousse, the 9-5 morning line favorite for veteran trainer Julio Canani; CashCall Futurity (GI) winner Pioneer of the Nile, victorious in three consecutive stakes races for three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert; and Chocolate Candy, the top 3-year-old in Northern California who bids to build his credentials for the famed “Run for the Roses.”





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Kentucky Oaks 135 Update (4.3.09)


MIDWEST/CHAMPION STARDOM BOUND BIDS TO EXTEND GRADE I WIN STREAK IN KEENELAND’S ASHLAND

Champion Stardom Bound bids for a sixth consecutive Grade I stakes victory as she preps for the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (GI) by facing eight rivals over the synthetic Polytrack surface in the $400,000 Ashland Stakes (GI) at 1 1/16-miles on Saturday at Keeneland.

The gray daughter of Tapit, who is coming off a nose victory in the Santa Anita Oaks, is American racing’s reigning 2-year-old filly champion. She is the favorite in the Ashland and will be saddled by trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. after Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel had overseen her training over the winter in Southern California. Regular jockey Mike Smith will ride Stardom Bound.





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Quality Road Is Fan’s Choice On Opening Day Of Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 2, 2009) – Florida Derby (Grade I) winner Quality Road justified his status as the morning line choice for the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) when racing fans across North America made the Jimmy Jerkens-trained colt a tepid 5-1 favorite on Thursday’s opening day of betting in the four-day pool.

Edward P. Evans’ homebred son of Elusive Quality, a winner of three of four career races, was the narrow people’s choice on the Pool 3 betting roster that includes 23 individual horses and a mutuel field that consists of all other 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. Close behind in Thursday’s wagering at odds of 8-1 were Vinery LLC and Fox Hill Farm’s Louisiana Derby (GII) winner Friesan Fire and Sham Stakes (GIII) winner The Pamplemousse, one of the favorites for Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby (GI).





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JOCKEY MAWING HAS ‘SUCCESSFUL’ SURGERY


Jockey Leslie Mawing, who sustained compound fractures of both the tibia and fibula in his left leg in a spill Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields, had emergency surgery on the leg Wednesday night at Highland Hospital in Oakland.

"The surgery was to repair the tibia fracture and stabilize the fibula fracture and it was successful," said Dr. David Seftel, track physician at Golden Gate Fields. "A metal rod was put in the tibia."





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ANABAA’S CREATION LIVES UP TO PROMISE IN U.S. DEBUT FOR CANANI


ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2009) – In making not only making her first start in the United States but her first over a synthetic surface, Anabaa’s Creation, an Irish-bred import from France, demonstrated her class Thursday with a decisive victory in Santa Anita’s $62,576 allowance feature for fillies and mares at one mile.

With jockey Tyler Baze gaining his third win of the afternoon, Anabaa’s Creation was rated behind the two early leaders, took control while racing wide around the final turn, and drew off to a 2 ¾-length triumph over fast-closing, but non-threatening Hot n’ Dusty.





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Thursday, April 02 2009


WOOD MEMORIAL COINFERENCE CALL


Trainer Jeff Mullins on Gotham Stakes winner, I Want Revenge:

What was behind the decision to ship I Want Revenge home to California after initially announcing the decision to keep him in training here in New York?

We figured we had plenty of time, we had 4 weeks, and he’d probably be happier at home, and the weather is a lot nicer at home. I know I’m always happier in my own bed, so we just decided to go ahead and take him home.





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HIGH RESOLVE IS CLEARLY THE ONE TO CATCH IN SUNDAY’S LAS FLORES


ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2009) – High Resolve clearly will be the one to catch Sunday among seven fillies and mares entered in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs, as evidenced by the fact trainer Greg Gilchrist’s gray filly has been overhauled but three times in a 10-race career.

But Foxy Danseur, who ran down the Northern California-based speedster in Oak Tree’s $110,000 Cascapedia Stakes last October at Santa Anita, is in the lineup, and she may be accorded favoritism.





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STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND, 2009


‘NILE’ SET FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY SHOWDOWN WITH PAMPLEMOUSSE

Despite victories in his last three races, all graded stakes, Pioneerof the Nile’s stock in some quarters has tumbled like a stone in a landslide. Understandably, Team Baffert isn’t buying.

Bob Baffert, who trains Pioneerof the Nile, and Garrett Gomez, who is unbeaten in three rides on the son of Empire Maker, shrug off criticism that Pioneerof the Nile did not win the Grade I CashCall Futurity, the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes and the Grade II San Felipe Stakes in eye-catching fashion.







 

Songandaprayer Colt Breezes an Eighth in :9.4 During Keeneland April Sale Preview Show


Lexington, KY (April 2, 2009) – A colt by Songandaprayer breezed an eighth of a mile in :9.4 over the Polytrack during today’s Preview Show works, conducted prior to Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The April Sale will be held Monday – Tuesday evenings, April 6-7. Sessions begin at 7 p.m. ET each night.

The colt, Hip #23, is out of the Storm Bird mare Beach Bunny, and from the family of Canadian champion Regal Intention. He is consigned by Wavertree Stables Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), agent.





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SATURDAY’S PRIMONETTA STAKES HAS IT ALL


LAUREL, MD. 04-02-09---Pure speed, stalkers and closers meet in Saturday’s six furlong, $50,000 Primonetta Stakes at Laurel Park. Nine fillies and mares are expected to face the starter, including five stakes winners.

Access Fee, the 2-1 morning line favorite, belongs in the speed camp. A winner of four of five starts at Laurel including the What A Summer Stakes on January 10, Access Fee dueled for the lead before finishing sixth in the Grade II Barbara Fritchie six weeks ago. She’s had time to regroup for trainer Larry Murray, with three morning drills including two bullet works. Luis Garcia, who will ride her for the first time, was aboard the March 20 drill when the pair went a half-mile in 46 seconds.





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An Illinois Story-Local Connections in Rarified Air


Stickney, IL--Virginia and Rudy Tarra certainly hope so. It’s not often that an Illinois-owned 3-year-old is mentioned among the elite sophomores in the game. It’s far rarer when that runner was foaled in Illinois. Why this might be is a matter of conjecture but, needless to say, four leaf clovers are abundant in comparison.

Rudy Tarra was kind enough to talk about Giant Oak, the Virginia H Tarra Trust, and the state of racing in Illinois. I get a chance to run in a prestigious race like the Illinois Derby, you have to be excited. I consider him to be the best horse that we have ever had. I just hope we can do well Saturday.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Thursday, April 2, 2009


TERRAIN TO WORK SATURDAY FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

Adele Dilschneider’s Terrain, runner-up in last fall’s Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (G1), is scheduled for a five-furlong work on Saturday according to trainer Al Stall Jr.

“That’s the plan right now and he’ll work in company,” Stall said of Terrain, who had worked a half-mile in :48 in company last Sunday.





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