Friday, May 08 2009


BELMONT PARK NOTES; Friday, May 8, 20009


ELMONT, N.Y. -- Barry Irwin of Team Valor International said that Gitano Hernando (GB) will make his American debut in the 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6. The 1½-mile Belmont Stakes for three-year-olds, “The Test of the Champion,” is the oldest and longest of the Triple Crown races.

The son of Hernando, runner-up in today’s Group 3 Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes at Chester Race Course in England, has never run on dirt but is scheduled to breeze several times over sand before shipping to New York.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes 5.09.09


BOREL TO CONTINUE TO RIDE KENTUCKY OAKS WINNER RACHEL ALEXANDRA – Jockey Calvin Borel has reached an agreement with the new owners of Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra to ride the 3-year-old filly through the “current racing season.”

Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables, majority owner of Rachel Alexandra, and partner Harold McCormick announced in a press release issued Friday that Borel would continue to ride the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who was purchased for an undisclosed price in a private transaction earlier this week. Rachel Alexandra is unbeaten in five races under Borel, a string that started in November in the Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs and continued in her record 20 ¼-length victory in the Oaks under the track’s historic Twin Spires on May 1.





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 8, 2009


BAIRD OFF TO FLYING START AT ARLINGTON PARK

Veteran Chicago-born reinsman E. T. Baird is currently perched atop the leader board in Arlington’s jockey standings following a riding triple Thursday – fifth racing day of the young Arlington season.

After winning Thursday’s fifth aboard Frank Calabrese’s Sarahthetiger for trainer Danny Miller, the eighth on Richard Ravin and Larry Rivelli’s First Movement and the 10th on George Ditola and Larry Rivelli’s Big Bold Place – both conditioned by Rivelli – Baird has a 50 percent win ratio with seven wins from 14 mounts, while his nearest pursuer is jockey Junior Alvarado with five trips to the winner’s circle.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, May 8, 2009


TALKIN ABOUT LOVE MAKES 2009 DEBUT VS. 5 IN RED CROSS STAKES

Is this the year the real Talkin About Love shows up in Monmouth stakes races? Owner-trainer-breeder Kevin Sleeter sure hopes so.

Sleeter has the 5-year-old mare entered in Sunday’s $70,000 Red Cross Stakes at six furlongs, and has already made plans to run her back in the Open Mind Handicap for state-breds on May 31.





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Fournier duo hope for hot pace in New Providence


TORONTO, May 8 - Legal Move and Yummy With Butter look to utilize their late-running tactics to good effect in Saturday’s $125,000 New Providence Stakes, at Woodbine.

Owned by Bruno Schickedanz and trained by Mark Fournier, Legal Move and Yummy With Butter bring a combined 14 career wins and over $1-million in purse earnings to the New Providence, a six-furlong race over the Toronto oval’s Polytrack.





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Saskawea returns in Hendrie


TORONTO, May 8 - Saskawea will make her five-year-old debut in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine.

The 6 1/2-furlong event for fillies and mares, four-years-old and older, has attracted nine entrants, four of which have recorded $500,000 or more in career earnings.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.7.09)


RACHEL ALEXANDRA MOVES TO NEW BARN – Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick’s new purchase Rachel Alexandra began her new life in the care of trainer Steve Asmussen on Thursday morning by galloping once around a sloppy Churchill Downs main track under exercise rider Dominic Terry.

The dominating, 20 ¼-length winner of last Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), Rachel Alexandra was sold by the L and M Partners of Dolphus Morrison and Michael Lauffer on Wednesday. Rachel Alexandra was transferred from trainer Hal Wiggins’ barn to Asmussen’s at 5:15 (EDT) Thursday morning.





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OCULUNA NOSES NORTHERN BELLE TO WIN CHURCHILL DOWNS FEATURE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 7, 2009) – Silverton Hill’s Oculuna outgamed Northern Belle through a stretch-long duel to win Thursday’s $51,785 featured allowance at Churchill Downs by a nose.

Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Oculuna ranged alongside Northern Belle at the top of the stretch after Northern Belle had put away the pace-setting Gibsonsfasttrick. The two raced as team to wire with Oculuna winning the head-bob and completing the five furlongs on a “sloppy” track in :57.88.





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THE PREAKNESS FIELD CONTINUES TO TAKE SHAPE NINE DAYS BEFORE THE MIDDLE JEWEL


BALTIMORE, 05-07-09---The story continues to develop as the field for the 134th Preakness® Stakes continues to take shape. The $1 million classic is the headline event of a 13-race card at historic Pimlico Race Course next Saturday, May 16.

Trainer Larry Jones said he will ship Friesan Fire, the Kentucky Derby favorite, to Pimlico Monday, May 11 with plans to work the Louisiana Derby (Grade II) winner five-furlongs at Old Hilltop on Tuesday morning then decide if the son of A.P. Indy will run in the Preakness. The colt suffered cuts in his left front foot while getting bumped shortly after the start of the “Run for the Roses”.





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PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST FEATURES THREE ROCK N ROLL PERFORMANCES


BALTIMORE, 05-07-09—The Maryland Jockey Club announced today the final roll call of events for Preakness InfieldFEST, presented by Bud Light, at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

Plans for the Bud Light InfieldFEST were unveiled February 5. The day will feature a main stage concert with three rock performances, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top, Grammy-nominated Buckcherry and Maryland’s #1 Rock Band, Charm City Devils, along with The Toyota Pro Beach East Women’s Volleyball Tournament and an interactive competition including virtual NASCAR racing, where fans can win over $10,000 in prize money .





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COCO BELLE PREVAILS UNDER SMITH IN FEATURE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 7, 2009) — Coco Belle seized the lead from the start and led all the way under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith to snap a six-race losing streak in Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.

The chestnut mare covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.33 while hanging on in the stretch for a one-length victory over She’s Cheeky. Ashley’s Kitty finished third in the field of six fillies and mares, followed by even-money favorite Foxy Danseur.





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SCHVANEVELDT, MARTIN TEAM UP FOR PAIR OF VICTORIES AT GGF


ALBANY -- Jockey Chad Schvaneveldt and trainer John F. Martin teamed up to win a pair of races at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

Schvaneveldt and Martin captured the third race with heavy favorite Avondelay ($2.80) and the seventh with Gloria Jeanne ($8.80). Schvaneveldt ranks fifth in the jockey standings with 45 victories while Martin is tied for eighth in the trainer standings with Lloyd Mason with 22 wins.





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