Sunday, May 17 2009

Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 16, 2009


Golden Mexico is an undefeated Irish-bred 3-year-old colt who broke his maiden in Italy, is owned by Team Valor International and former South African resident Gary Barber, is trained by French-born Christophe Clement and was most recently ridden by Peruvian-born Alan Garcia.

Now, the son of Daggars Drawn is under consideration for the 75th running of the Arlington Classic May 23 as the first leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple. The Triple continues with the Grade II American Derby July 11 and concludes with the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day on Aug. 8.

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ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will offer horse racing and tunes Sunday when the track presents a nine-race program and live music by the popular Bay Area band Tainted Love.

Post time is 1:15 p.m. and fans attending the Dollar Day program will be treated to $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 racing programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers and $1 sodas.

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Friday, May 15 2009

Payton d’Oro Posts Front-Running Win In Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

BALTIMORE, 05-15-09 – Payton d’Oro went right to the front of the field of eight fillies and never looked back to capture the 85th running of the $150,000 Black-Eyed Susan Friday at Pimlico Race Course. A crowd of 23,892 enjoyed the 13-race card that featured seven stakes races and the inaugural Jockey Challenge with former Maryland star Kent Desormeaux taking top honors.

Trained by Larry Jones, who will saddle Friesan Fire for Saturday’s 134th running of the $1.1 million Preakness Stakes, Payton d’Oro defeated Bon Jovi Girl by 1 ¼ lengths the Grade 2 stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The 5-2 second choice of 23,892 ran 1 1/8 miles in a solid 1:49.75 for owners John Ferris and Mike Pressley.

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Blind Date Carries The Day In Hilltop Stakes

BALTIMORE, 05-15-09---William M. Backer’s Blind Date carried jockey Jeremy Rose to a handy score in the 37th running of the $50,000 Hilltop Stakes Friday at Pimlico.

Sent to post as the 3-1 second choice 1 1/16-mile test over the firm turf, Blind Date was first away from the gate but allowed Listentothewindblo grab the lead going into the first turn. The daughter of Not For Love remained close to the leader all the way to the far turn, then swept past her around the bend and pulled away to win by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:42.89. Rena, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Garrett Gomez, launched a furious rally, but her effort stalled in the lane and she had to settle for second. Glamorous Girl finished a length back in third.

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BALTIMORE, 05-15-09. – Kent Desormeaux, one of Maryland’s all-time leading riders and a two-time winner of the Preakness, took home the $14,000 first prize in the inaugural Jockey Challenge Friday at Pimlico. Desormeaux’s winning formula was achieved with a win in the fifth race and thirds in the third and 10th races.

The Hall of Fame jockey, who won the Preakness aboard Big Brown last May and Real Quiet in 1998, finished third in the last of four races among eight of the nation’s leading riders, but he earned four points in the race that pushed his total to 22 points, enough to edge Javier Castellano (20). Garrett Gomez finished with 18 points.

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All Giving Scores In Skipat Stakes

BALTIMORE , 05-15-09---A winner on Black-Eyed Susan Day last year, Concepts Unlimited Stable & Catherine J. Smith’s All Giving repeated her winning ways with a very popular score in the 17th running of the Skipat Stakes Friday at Pimlico.

Last year, All Giving captured The Very One Stakes on the day before the Preakness. In the Skipat, she carried Jonathan Joyce to a narrow victory over Fancy Diamond and What Time It Is in 1:10.7 for six furlongs over the fast main track. Her winning margin over Fancy Diamond was just a length. What Time It Is finished a head back in third.

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Heart Ashley Holds On To Win Adena Stallions’ Miss Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE , 05-15-09---Zayat Stables LLC’s Heart Ashley set a rapid early pace and narrowly held on to take the 24th running of the $100,000 Adena Stallions’ Miss Preakness Stakes (Grade 3) this afternoon at Pimlico.

Garrett Gomez rode the daughter of Lion Heart for trainer Steve Asmussen in the six-furlong Grade 3 stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Heart Ashley raced to the lead and extended her advantage under a hand ride but came under extreme pressure at the finish as Cinderella’s Wish closed belatedly to just miss by a head. Heart Ashley completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.79 and won by a head. Trophy Collector finished third, another 4 ½ lengths behind the top pair.

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Mr. Nightlinger Triumphs In Jim McKay Turf Sprint

BALTIMORE, 05-15-09 – Martin Racing Stable and Carl Moore Management LLC’s Mr. Nightlinger broke on top and fended off rivals the rest of the way to prevail by 1 ½ lengths to capture the 4th running of the Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes Friday at Pimlico.

Sent to post as the 2-1 second choice in the five-furlong sprint over a firm turf, the 5-year-old son of Indian Charlie carried jockey Jamie Theriot to victory in 56.29 seconds. Blue Sailor finished second, a heck ahead of hard-charging Rouse the Cat. Heros Reward, the 9-5 favorite, finished fifth.

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Smart And Fancy Wins The Very One Stakes

BALTIMORE, 05-15-09---Park Avenue Racing Stable’s Smart And Fancy won a four-horse photo to capture the 10th running of The Very One Stakes at Pimlico Friday.

Third in last year’s edition of the five-furlong turf race, Smart And Fancy and jockey Ramon Dominguez stalked the early leaders much of the way as Sentebale set the pace, pressured by Canadian Ballet and Ahvee’s Destiny. Canadian Ballet got the lead in deep stretch, while Ahvee’s Destiny launched a fierce rally along the rail, but Smart And Fancy surged on the outside to get to the finish line first.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 15, 2009) – Distinctive Dixie, ridden by Jesus Castanon, didn’t disappoint as the odds-on 3-5 favorite in Friday’s $51,840 allowance feature at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old filly trained by Wally Dollase led every step of the way and turned back a late charge from Ms. Margaret H. to win the one-mile test for fillies and mares by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:35.75.

A Kentucky-bred daughter of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, Distinctive Dixie paid $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10. Ms. Margaret H. paid $2.60 and $2.20. Nursery Rhyme finished third, another 4 ¼ lengths behind the runner-up, and returned $2.40. Extra Innings and Wisconsin Girl completed the order of finish. Quick Notice and She’s Due were late scratches.

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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.15.09)


As trainer Tom Amoss stood in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs following his 300th victory under the historic Twin Spires of the home of the Kentucky Derby, he recalled his first journey to the Louisville track.

The 47-year-old New Orleans native picked a good day for that first visit.

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 15, 2009) — Hollywood Park has been granted approval by the California Horse Racing Board to adopt a four-day racing week through Sunday, June 14.

As a result, the following changes have been made to the schedule:

There will be simulcast wagering only on Wednesday, May 20; Thursday, May 28; Wednesday, June 3, and Wednesday, June 10. Wednesday, May 27 was originally a dark day and remains a dark day.

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