Wednesday, April 08 2009


LARAGH MAKES 2009 DEBUT IN GRADE 2 COMELY


If she kicks off her 2009 campaign the way she finished up 2008, it could be quite a year for Laragh.

The lanky gray daughter of Tapit, who closed out her 2-year-old season with a front-running victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet on December 13, makes her sophomore and main track debut at Aqueduct Racetrack Saturday, heading a field of six in the 60th renewal of the Grade 2, $150,000 Comely for three-year-old fillies at a mile.





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Keeneland Overnight for Saturday, April 11


Stakes Closing April 8

The Appalachian Stakes is a grade III race for 3yo fillies going 1 mile over the turf. The purse is $100,000; the nom fee is $100

The Doubledogdare Stakes is a Grade III for fillies and mares 4yo & up going 1 1/16 miles over Keeneland's Polytrack. Purse is $100,000; nom fee is $100.





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Barn Notes 4-7-2009


Gulfstream Outrider to Accompany Quality Road to Post for Kentucky Derby

When Edward P. Evans’s Florida Derby (G1) hero Quality Road takes to the track for the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs in three weeks it will fulfill a dream for his connections as well as the rider on the pony guiding the 3-year-old beneath the Twin Spires.

Gulfstream Park’s outrider Lisa Wintermote and her 9-year-old Quarter Horse pony Hollywood will have the honor of leading Quality Road to and from the barn that week and will march alongside in the post parade to the strains of “My Old Kentucky Home.”





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Field of 11 for Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1)


Hold Me Back, Undefeated Charitable Man and English Invader Mafaaz Headline Field of 11 for Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

Lexington, KY (April 8, 2009) – WinStar Farm LLC’s Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane’s End (G2), Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s undefeated Charitable Man and Hamdan al Maktoum’s Mafaaz (GB), winner of the Kentucky Derby Challenge at Kempton Park in England last month, headline a field of 11 horses entered for Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES; Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Quality Road did trainer Jimmy Jerkens a solid Wednesday morning, galloping a mile and three-eighths on the fast training track at Belmont Park and showing no ill-effects of a quarter crack on his right-hind hoof.

Jerkens, whose charge is considered among the top choices for the May 2 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, originally discovered the quarter crack in the winners’ circle following the Elusive Quality colt’s track-record performance in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28, when he covered nine furlongs in 1:47.72 in a 1 ¾-length victory over even-money favorite Dunkirk.





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Phipps: The Jockey Club Will Take Action Against Those Who Mistreat Thoroughbreds


The Jockey Club Board of Stewards held a regularly scheduled meeting today and unanimously endorsed the following statement from Ogden Mills (Dinny) Phipps, the chairman of The Jockey Club. It is being issued in the wake of recent, widespread news reports detailing an animal cruelty situation involving Thoroughbreds.

Phipps said, “The Jockey Club fully supports and assists law enforcement agencies, the courts and racing regulatory authorities in the investigation of matters involving animal cruelty.







 

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Approves Churchill Requests for Night Racing


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 7, 2009) – Churchill Downs has been granted permission by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) to conduct three historic sessions of night racing during its April 25-July 5 Spring Meet. The regulatory panel has also granted approval to the track’s request to offer two new wagers during the meet.

The approval for the first night racing sessions in the 135-year history of Churchill Downs was granted by the KHRC during its regular meeting in Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday, April 7. The regulatory panel also approved a new 50-cent Pick 4 wager that will be offered at the track each day – including Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Days – along with a new multi-day $1 Pick 3 wager that links three Grade I races conducted on Derby Weekend: the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, the Kentucky Oaks and the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.





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Smart Strike Colt Brings $475,000 on Tuesday at Keeneland


Lexington, KY (April 7, 2008) – A colt by Smart Strike brought a final bid of $475,000 from trainer Bob Baffert to top the second and final session of Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

Baffert said he purchased the colt, out of the Belong to Me mare Private Feeling, for Mike Pegram, Paul Weitman and Karl Watson. He was consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Tuesday, April 7, 2009


CHARITABLE MAN ON TRACK FOR RETURN TO THE RACES

When Charitable Man goes postward in Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1), he will be making his first start since winning the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont Park on Sept. 13.

Neal McLaughlin, brother of and assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, said the road to the Toyota Blue Grass had to come with no bumps and so far that has been the case.





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Keeneland Overnight for Friday, April 10


Stakes Closing April 8

The Appalachian Stakes is a grade III race for 3yo fillies going 1 mile over the turf. The purse is $100,000; the nom fee is $100

The Doubledogdare Stakes is a Grade III for fillies and mares 4yo & up going 1 1/16 miles over Keeneland's Polytrack. Purse is $100,000; nom fee is $100





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FREE HOLLYWOOD PARK T-SHIRT AND CAP ON GOLD RUSH DAY X


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 7, 2009) — Patrons attending California Gold Rush Day X on Saturday, April 25, will receive a free Hollywood Park Fan-tastic T-Shirt and Ball Cap while supplies last.

The opening weekend giveaway is the first two-item premium in track history.





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MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB, MTHA REACH ADW AGREEMENT


BALTIMORE, 04-07-09---The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) have reached comprehensive account wagering agreements with Youbet, XpressBet and TwinSpires. Specific details of the agreements will not be released, but they cover all wagers placed on live races conducted by the Maryland Jockey Club, as well as wagers placed by Maryland residents on out-of-state races.

“I am delighted with these new agreements,” said MTHA President Richard J. Hoffberger. "They are fair, address our joint concerns about the economics of racing and will benefit all parties. We have developed a joint sense of commitment and trust that will enable us to work together positively in the future. I am particularly pleased that these agreements will enhance the distribution of our product."





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