Friday, February 27 2009
Champion Stardom Bound Leads 120 Ashland Stakes (G1) Nominations
Lexington, KY (February 27, 2009) – Stardom Bound, winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and reigning two-year-old filly champion, headlines 120 nominees to Keeneland’s $400,000 Ashland Stakes (G1), scheduled for Saturday, April 4.
Run at 1 1/16 miles, the Ashland is a premier prep for the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Since 1936, 31 fillies have used the Ashland as a steppingstone to victory in the Oaks. Last year, Proud Spell rebounded to win the Oaks off a third-place finish in the Ashland. Ashland winner, Little Belle, ran second by ¾ of a length in the Oaks.
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MID-ATLANTIC INVADERS TARGET BROADWAY
Trainer Steve Klesaris has always done things his own way, and these days, he has the great satisfaction of seeing that his way has proven to be the way to success.
The 49-year-old Boston native followed his father, Peter, and older brother, Bob, into the racing game. He saddled his first winner when he was 18, worked as a jockey agent in the early to mid 1990s and returned to training to win stakes races with horses like Yourmissinthepoint, Ave’s Flag, Mani Bhavan, Miraculous Miss, Master of Disaster and Roman Emperor
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“NTRA RACING TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY”
“NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby” will air on the ESPN networks beginning Saturday, March 21, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today. The series provides comprehensive coverage of several key Triple Crown prep races, including the $750,000 Florida Derby from Gulfstream Park, the $1 million Arkansas Derby from Oaklawn Park, and the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland.
Beginning with live coverage of the Lane’s End Stakes from Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., “NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby” will offer seven important races from four different race tracks. All races will air live with the exception of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, which will be shown via same-day tape during the Arkansas Derby telecast.
Treble for Buick and Selvaratnam at Jebel Ali
"The Jebel Ali sprint prep, over 1000m and kindly sponsored by the Kingwood Stables base of trainer Marcus Tregoning, owned by his main patron His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was won by Alo Pura, trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam for his main patron Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
William Buick was in the saddle on the five-year-old mare who was the highlight of a treble for himself, trainer and owner which leaves Buick disputing the jockeys’ championship with Fernando Jara.
YOU GOT ME ROCKING STEALS YOSEMITE PURSE IN 7-1 UPSET
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2009) – A 7-1 shot owned by Jane and Burt Bacharach, You Got Me Rocking took command at once and gradually widened to a 4 ¼-length upset Thursday in Santa Anita’s $56,800 Yosemite Purse as 3-5 favorite Midships finished off the board in the mile-and-one-eighth turf competition.
With Tyler Baze in the saddle, You Got Me Rocking completed the distance in 1:46.12 after dictating moderate fractions that included the first half-mile in 47.85 and six furlongs in 1:11.35.
Kentucky Derby 135 Update (2.27.09)
SOUTHEAST/REPUTATIONS ON LINE AS MAJOR PLAYERS MEET RISING STARS IN FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
As Gulfstream Park’s major prep for the Florida Derby (Grade I), the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (GII) has long been an indicator of future success in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and the Triple Crown. Eleven winners of the “Run for the Roses” have included a stop in the Gulfstream Park race on their road to the hallowed ground of the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle at Churchill Downs.
But no Fountain of Youth participant has won America’s greatest race since Thunder Gulch swept both races in 1995. Eleven 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will attempt to snap that winless streak on Saturday when they enter the starting gate for the race that will be run at its new distance of one-mile.
BROTHER KEITH FINDS COZY SPOT IN SUNDAY’S BALDWIN STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2009) – Brother Keith, who has chased leading 3-year-olds Pioneerof the Nile and The Pamplemousse while routing in his last two starts, moves into more comfortable surroundings when facing seven other sophomores in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Baldwin Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.
The Johar colt, trained by Bobby Frankel for Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, had broken his maiden by 2 ¼ lengths while going 6 ½ furlongs over Churchill Downs main track in his debut last November. He subsequently ran fourth behind The Pamplemousse in Santa Anita’s Grade III San Rafael Stakes at one mile and seventh after setting the pace in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes won by Pioneerof the Nile at 1 1/16 miles.
STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2009
COLONEL JOHN ON TRACK FOR MARCH 7 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
A full field with ample speed is in prospect for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, and that’s encouraging news for Eoin Harty, who trains stretch runner Colonel John.
Winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Derby and the Grade I Travers Stakes as a 3-year-old last year, Colonel John worked seven furlongs on Pro-Ride Wednesday in 1:25.40.
Frolic’s Dream Likely Choice in Davona Dale Sunday
Sunday’s $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park drew a field of nine 3-year-old fillies to go one mile, and Frolic’s Dream will likely be favored to add to her growing resume as she makes her first start since being purchased privately by Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stable and transferred to trainer Barclay Tagg two weeks ago.
Jockey John R. Velazquez will get aboard Frolic’s Dream for the first time after Jermaine Bridgmohan was in the saddle for all five of her previous career starts for owner-breeder Dare To Dream Stable and trainer Marty Wolfson, winning four times and just missing in a photo in the other.
First 32 Tenants Announced for Village at Gulfstream Park
Eager shoppers, local businessmen and politicos, tourists, residents and curious horse-racing aficionados learned Thursday the identities of the first 32 tenants to take space in the $244.7 million Village at Gulfstream Park.
The announcement came at a well-attended press conference conducted in the walking ring/paddock area of the cornerstone of the new development, Gulfstream Park Race Track.
RON ALLEN, JR. NAMED HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDMSAR, Fla. (February 26, 2009) On Valentine’s Day, 2008 jockey Ron Allen, Jr. rode in a race for the first time in four years. The 42-year-old was mounted on his father’s trainee Tricks of Glory, and the two swept the lead to win the third race by three lengths. "It was a great feeling," said Allen, a three-time leading rider at Tampa Bay Downs who in his career has won over 2,100 races and amassed mount earnings of more than $15 million. "There's just no feeling like riding in a race. I really missed it." He continued, “This is where I love to be, with the excitement and action.”
MANTECA, ON A ROLL, ROLLS INTO STYMIE
Trainer Charlton Baker knew from the start that Anstu Stable’s Manteca was a serious racehorse.
“The way he trained, the way he carried himself, I thought he could be a special horse,” Baker said. “He ran second in his first race, but he has done everything right since then, so he’s doing what I thought he could do.”
Since that first lost last April, Manteca has won four consecutive races and his smallest margin of victory came in his last start, when he defeated the dangerous Giant Moon by two and a half lengths.
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