Thursday, April 23 2009
Casey’s On Call ready to respond in Woodstock
TORONTO, April 23 – Casey’s On Call, a bay son of Gimmeawink, makes his Woodbine debut in Sunday’s six furlong, $150,000 Woodstock Stakes.
Owned by Terry Hamilton and trained by Alec Fehr, Casey’s On Call comes into the Woodstock off three consecutive starts at Gulfstream Park, including an authoritative 4 ½-length score at six panels on February 19.
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Alternate State Steward Basil Bardakjy Passes Away
Basil Bardakjy, alternate state steward at Gulfstream Park, passed away after a long illness Wednesday evening. He was 80.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, from 4-7 p.m., at the Vista Funeral Home, 14200 NW 57th Ave., in Miami Lakes.
Survivors are his daughter, Suzanne Hicks, and his son, Michael Bardakjy; four grandchildren, Ian, Dean, Collin and Sydney; and two great grandchildren, Blane and Elle. He was predeceased by his wife, Beverly.
Wednesday, April 22 2009
Silver City Heads Field of Eight for Churchill Downs’ Openint Day Grade III Derby Trial
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 22, 2009) – Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade III $100,000-added Derby Trial, the featured race on the opening day of the April 25-July 5 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, will have a distinct Kentucky Derby flavor as several of the eight 3-year-olds entered in the race hail from barns that will seek success in 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) a week later.
The Derby Trial will go as the 10th race with a 5:17 p.m. post time (all times EDT). First post time for the 11-race program is 12:45 p.m. and admission gates open at 11 a..m.
ABRAMS OUTLOOK IS GOOD AS GOLD
Trainer Barry Abrams will send out four leading contenders in the $1.3-million California Gold Rush program at Hollywood Park Saturday, but no matter where they finish, the day will be a good one for the 55-year-old conditioner.
Abrams learned last week he is cancer-free after a four-year battle with the disease. “Basically, all the scans showed that I’m cancer-free,” said Abrams from the stable kitchen porch overlooking the backstretch Wednesday.
Explore the chances of Timely Advice in the Jacques Cartier
TORONTO, April 25 - Timely Advice will venture into the stakes ranks on Saturday in the $150,000 Jacques Cartier at Woodbine.
The four-year-old Kentucky-bred is one of eight sprinters competing in the six-furlong dash, which is one of two stakes on the 10-race programme.
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G3 WITHERS A MAJOR TEST FOR UP-AND-COMING 3-YEAR-OLDS
The horse grabbing most of the headlines in Doug O’Neill’s barn these days is Square Eddie, who made an improbable comeback from a shin injury suffered earlier this year to earn a berth in next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
But there’s no mistaking the enthusiasm in O’Neill’s voice when he starts talking about another 3-year-old colt in his stable, the lightly-raced Supreme Summit, who will be putting his 2-0 record on the line in the 130th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday.
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AQUEDUCT NOTES, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009
Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay said that the quarter crack he treated on Quality Road is a “done deal,” and the colt is on schedule for his next appearance, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill downs on Saturday, May 2.
Considered one of the favorites for the “Run for the Roses,” Quality Road developed a crack on his right-hind quarter during his track record-setting victory over Dunkirk in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28.
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FULL FIELD OF 12 ENTERED IN $300,000 SAN FRANCISCO MILE
ALBANY -- The Grade 2 $300,000 San Francisco Mile, Northern California's richest and highest-rated race, attracted a full field of 12 when entries were taken Wednesday morning.
The San Francisco Mile will be run Saturday at Golden Gate Fields on the track's Lakeside Turf Course. Post time for the feature, the seventh race on a 10-race program, is 3:45 p.m. First post is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the races will receive a free GGF sports bag.
Barn Notes 4-22-2009
Pletcher & Lezcano Seal 2009 Gulfstream Meet Titles
Trainer Todd Pletcher will win a sixth straight Gulfstream Park meet championship after sending out one winner on Sunday to take the lead by one in the standings over Ken McPeek with two days to go before closing on Thursday.
McPeek led the standings for much of the season until recent weeks while Pletcher’s powerful stable picked up momentum. The number of starters were decidedly in Pletcher’s favor in the final days and he went into Wednesday’s card leading 34-33.
Keeneland Barn Notes—Wednesday, April 22, 2009
HOLD ME BACK AMONG HORSES SET TO LEAVE FOR CHURCHILL DOWNS
WinStar Farm LLC’s Hold Me Back, second in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on April 11, is scheduled to leave Keeneland on Wednesday for Churchill Downs and prepare for his next start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). In the morning, the Giant’s Causeway colt galloped over Keeneland’s main track with trainer Bill Mott’s assistant Leana Willaford aboard.
Elliott Walden, WinStar’s vice president and racing manager, said Hold Me Back would work at Churchill either on Sunday or Monday. That is the same schedule for WinStar’s Coolmore Lexington (G2) winner, Advice, a son of Chapel Royal who is trained by Todd Pletcher. Advice also is set to leave Keeneland for Churchill on Tuesday for a possible run in the Derby.
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Kentucky Derb and Oaks 135 Notes (4.22.09)
ADVICE/JOIN IN THE DANCE/DUNKIRK – Mike McCarthy, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said that Advice, winner of last Saturday’s Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Grade II) and Join in the Dance, fifth-place finisher in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Grade I), would ship to Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Wednesday and would be on the track to train Thursday morning.
Advice is owned by WinStar Farm and tentatively scheduled to work on April 27. Join in the Dance, stands 21st on the list of graded-stakes money won and would need a defection from the prospective field to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.
MJC ANNOUNCES 2009 ALIBI BREAKFAST AWARD WINNERS
BALTIMORE, 04-22-09--The Maryland Jockey Club today announced the winners of this year’s Preakness media awards. Honorees will be recognized and awards presented at the May 14 Alibi Breakfast in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course. The ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. two days prior to the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I).
USA Today’s Tom Pedulla is the recipient of the David F. Woods Award for his emotional feature on the family of Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux. The Woods Award honors the best Preakness story for the previous year. Judging was done by Preakness notes team members Ed Gray, Mike Kane and Matt Graves, all award winning turf writers.
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