Friday, April 17 2009
Register With Churchill Downs for a Chance to Win the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party Pack
LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 20, 2009) – The Kentucky Derby is often referred to as an event you “gotta see to believe,” but not everyone can attend the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports every year. That doesn’t mean you can’t bring the Derby home! This year, Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the annual “Run for the Roses,” is hosting the “Bring the Derby Home” sweepstakes, where one lucky fan will win the ultimate Kentucky Derby Party.
By registering on KentuckyDerbyParty.com or through the Facebook fan site, Derby fans can be entered for a chance to win a fully catered Kentucky Derby party for 20 guests, including a Toshiba flat screen TV and other prizes worth more than $3500 (no purchase necessary; see http://www.kentuckyderbyparty.com
for a complete list of prizes and rules). Sweepstakes ends Friday, April 24th.
COMEBACKING GLOBETROTTER LIFTS SADLER INTO TRAINING TIE, FREE FRIDAY CROWD REACHES 9,040
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2009) – Comebacking Globetrotter gained his first victory since taking the 2007 running of Canada’s Group III Grey Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Woodbine on Friday when he captured Santa Anita’s $56,400 allowance feature at 1 1/8 miles on turf, before a meet-high “Free Fridays” crowd of 9,040.
Joel Rosario, who had missed the previous two days of racing due to illness, guided the 2-1 favorite between horses in the stretch to emerge with a one-length win over Lease of Life and give trainer John Sadler his second victory of the afternoon.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, APRIL 17TH, 2009
MITCHELL SEEKS THREE-PEAT AND TRAINING FIRST IN MARATHON SAN JUAN
In more than 30 years as a trainer, Mike Mitchell has never won the same stakes race three years in a row. That void on his resume could be fulfilled Sunday if the 60-year-old Bakersfield native wins Santa Anita’s traditional closing-day feature, the Grade II, $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at about 1 ¾ miles on turf.
Mitchell sends out last year’s winner, Big Booster, and Church Service, in a compact field of six. Mitchell won the 2007 San Juan with former claiming horse On the Acorn.
Barn Notes 4-17-2009
McPeek Leads Pletcher by One as Title Chase Goes to Wire
Durham Racing and partners’ 3-year-old filly The Best Day Ever was all out to win Thursday’s last race at Gulfstream Park by a nose in a photo finish for trainer Ken McPeek to take a lead of one over Todd Pletcher (32-31) with five days to go before closing on Thursday.
Both powerful stables left divisions in South Florida to compete in the final weeks after shipping the majority of their horses north to Kentucky and/or New York. McPeek continues to close in on a personal career milestone of 1,000 victories as The Best Ever Day’s victory marked No. 994.
QUALITY ROAD BREEZES THREE-QUARTERS AT BELMONT PARK
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said all systems are “go” for Kentucky Derby hopeful Quality Road, who Friday morning breezed three-quarters of a mile on Belmont Park’s fast training track in 1:12.03.
Daily Racing Form clockers caught the strapping bay son of Elusive Quality and exercise rider Juan Moreno galloping out in 1:25.55.
Indescribable, Desormeaux Team To Win Doubledogdare
Lexington, Ky. (April 17, 2009)—Indescribable returned from a five-month layoff to win the $100,000, Grade 3 Doubledogdare Stakes Friday at Keeneland.
The 5-year-old daughter of Pleasant Tap took the lead from pacesetter Awesome Ashey with a quarter of a mile remaining and gradually pulled away to a 2 ¼-length victory.
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Keeneland Barn Notes—Friday, April 17, 2009
JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE WHISTLES THROUGH FIVE-EIGHTHS WORK
West Point Thoroughbreds’ Justwhistledixie tuned up for an expected run in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1) by working five furlongs in 1:00 in company with stablemate Fitz Just Right on Friday morning at Keeneland.
“She was doing so good that we gave her an easy half-mile in :50 last week,” said Neal McLaughlin, assistant to his brother, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “Today we gave her company and she did it in hand. I just didn’t want her to do anything crazy like :45 (for a half).”
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HOLLYWOOD PARK 2009 SPRING/SUMMER MEET FACTS
* 65 days, Wednesday, April 22, through Sunday, July 19.
· First live post time is 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays. Post time on Fridays is 7:05 p.m. with the exception of a 1 p.m. post time on Friday, May 1 — Kentucky Oaks Day and eve of the Kentucky Derby. There is a special 12:30 p.m. post time on Saturday, April 25 (California Gold Rush Day). Post time will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 (Kentucky Derby Day), Saturday, May 16 (Preakness Day) and Saturday, June 6 (Belmont Day).
POINT OF REFERENCE FAVORED IN GOLDEN POPPY STAKES
ALBANY -- Point of Reference, who came within a nose of winning the $100,000 California Oaks, is an 8-to-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Golden Gate Poppy is for 3-year-old fillies and will be run at 1 1/16-miles on the Lakeside Turf Course. The feature is the eighth event on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.
Pioneerof the Nile, Chocolate Candy Jog; Busy Weekend of Derby Works Looms
LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 17, 2009) – After spending the winter on synthetic surfaces in California, Zayat Stables Pioneerof the Nile and the Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Chocolate Candy got a feel for the traditional dirt track at Churchill Downs on Friday as they began their first full day at the home of the Kentucky Derby.
The Bob Baffert-trained Pioneerof the Nile, whose win in the Santa Anita Derby (GI) marked his fourth straight stakes victory, and Chocolate Candy, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby, both jogged over a “fast” surface after the mid-session break for track maintenance on Friday.
Chris Bosh named drawmaster for Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budwesier
TORONTO, April 17 - Toronto Raptors’ all-star forward Chris Bosh has been announced as the drawmaster for the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, which will be contested on Sunday, June 7, at Woodbine.
Bosh, one of the National Basketball Association's headliners, will take part in the post position draw ceremonies on June 4.
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SAVE YOUR BUCKS AT BELMONT PARK; $1 OFF SPECIAL ANNOUNCED
In order to make a day at the races more affordable, The New York Racing Association has announced the Save Your Bucks deal for the opening month of the 2009 Belmont Park Spring/Summer Meet. Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from April 29 through May 29, fans will receive $1 off general parking, admission, beer, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.
“NYRA has the best fans in the world, and the Save Your Bucks deal is our way of thanking them for their support,” said Charles Hayward, NYRA President & CEO. “By discounting parking, admission, food, and drinks, individuals and families alike will be able to save money on almost all of the amenities offered at Belmont Park.”
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