Friday, April 24 2009


No Longer Just “Making Do”


The Permanently Disable Jockey Fund Helping Sixty Injured Riders

Stickney, IL--At Sportsman’s Park, on April 25, 1964, exactly 45 years ago, Dennis Keehan’s brief career as a thoroughbred jockey came to an abrupt halt. That was the day Keehan was thrown from his mount, “a gutsy, hard-trying type” named Red Streamer. Those were the words Keehan used to describe the horse that clipped heels on the far turn that fateful day, and left the young athlete a paraplegic.

Sadly, but realistically, Keehan’s story does not stand alone in the annals of horse racing. For all that is exciting about the game, danger lurks at every turn, and through its long history, scores of jockeys have either died, or been left permanently disabled as a result of injuries suffered on the job.





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Dream Payday Nearing the Finish Line


Stickney, IL.—The dream is alive for six players, who signed up for Hawthorne’s free online Survivor Contest in early March, hoping they could win the grand prize of $100,000. All they needed to do was pick a horse to finish in the money for the final 34 racing days in the meet, and with only five days left, these six can smell the finish line.

“We’re thrilled with the results.,” said Jim Miller, Assistant General Manager of Hawthorne Race Course. “The contest drew a lot of attention to our spring meet, and on the eve of our finale weekend we’re looking to finish the meet up in handle. That’s a win-win in my book.”





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PLACE PICK 9; MULTI-TRACK Z-BET (HIGH-5) WAGER


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 22, 2009) – Arlington Park has a new wager and enhancements on existing wagers on tap for its 2009 season, which begins on Friday, May 1, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 27.

For the first time in its history, Arlington Park will offer a Place Pick 9 wager that will usually begin with each afternoon’s first race. The $1 minimum wager requires a bettor to correctly select either the first-place or second-place finisher in nine consecutive races. In the event there is no ticket sold which designates the nine official first- or second-place finishers of the Place Pick 9 races, 25% of the net pool will be distributed to the holders of the tickets that correctly pick the most races correctly, and 75% of the net Place Pick 9 pool will be carried over to the next day.





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NTRA Offering “Summer Dream Getaway Sweepstakes”


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) will give away to one lucky racing fan and a guest a three-day, two-night trip to a major summer racing event of the winner’s choosing in the “NTRA Summer Dream Getaway Sweepstakes”.

A single Grand Prize winner will be selected at random from all valid entries received, and he or she will have the choice of visiting Del Mar during its opening weekend (July 24-25); Arlington Park during Arlington Million weekend (August 7-8); or Saratoga Race Course for Travers weekend (August 28-29). The winner will receive air transportation and hotel accommodations as well as a $500 betting voucher.







 

Significant Across-the-Board Gains at Gulfstream Park


From the racetrack to the casino to the dining room, Gulfstream Park recorded across-the-board revenue increases in all facets of its operations at the 2009 meeting.

Its 67th meeting concluded Thursday.

“Our thanks go to the horsemen and the jockeys, and mostly to our guests and our employees for a sensational meeting,” said Gulfstream Park President and General Manager Bill Murphy. “We were lucky with the weather, no doubt about that, but you have the strong sense that our longtime guests have regained their familiarity and comfort level with the property.”





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FULL FIELD APPEARS LIKELY FOR WIDE–OPEN KENTUCKY DERBY


In a remarkable seven-year span, newly minted Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won three Kentucky Derbys and missed by the tiniest nose in another. And now it’s been seven years since he’s been to the winner’s circle on the first Saturday in May.

That could change this year for the silver-haired quipster as he heads into the 135th “Run for the Roses.” His Pioneerof the Nile will be one of the favorites for the Grade I, $2-million classic at Churchill Downs on May 2. A fourth victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands would tie Baffert with H.J. “Dick” Thompson and Baffert contemporary D. Wayne Lukas for second-place among Derby-winning trainers.





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TALAMO ’WOWS ’EM IN HOLLYWOOD PARK FEATURE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 23, 2009) — The appropriately-named Allicansayis Wow and 19-year-old jockey Joe Talamo made a miraculous recovery to score a dramatic come-from-behind win in Thursday’s $50,000 feature at Hollywood Park after clipping heels and almost going down early in the stretch run.

Allicansayis Wow, last in the field of five at the top of the stretch, clipped the heels of Lullabytime, stumbled, but regained his stride under the cool handling of Talamo and struck late to win by a neck.







 

Last to First, Winter View Wins Grey Goose Bewitch


Lexington, Ky. (April 23, 2009)—Winter View, who was still last with a quarter of a mile to go, closed with a flourish under jockey Julien Leparoux to win the $150,000, Grade 3 Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes Thursday at Keeneland.

The 5-year-old daughter of Thunder Gulch caught the leaders with a sixteenth of a mile remaining in the 1 ½-mile turf race and finished two lengths in front of Communique.





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SUFFOLK DOWNS ANNOUNCES RACING SCHEDULE, SPECIAL EVENTS


EAST BOSTON, MA - The 2009 live racing season at Suffolk Downs will consist of 101 racing days, the track announced today as it introduced its complete racing schedule, several special events and its “Commitment to Community” program for the upcoming meet, which begins Saturday, May 2.

The “Commitment to Community” program, which commences on Opening Day, will feature a series of Saturdays celebrating individuals and organizations that make a positive difference in eight surrounding communities: East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Saugus and Salem.





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FERNELEY 5-TO-2 FAVORITE ON MORNING LINE FOR $300,000 SF MILE


ALBANY -- Irish-bred Ferneley has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Grade 2 $300,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Golden Gate Fields price maker Richard Somers made Ferneley a 5-to-2 choice on the morning line for the SF Mile, Northern California's richest and highest-rated race. The SF Mile is run on the Lakeside Turf Course.





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Thursday, April 23 2009


Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.23.09)


ADVICE/DUNKIRK/JOIN IN THE DANCE – WinStar Farm’s Advice, winner of the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Grade II) last Saturday, had his first trip over the Churchill Downs track Thursday morning, galloping under exercise rider Kevin Willey.

Advice had arrived at Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Wednesday, along with Join in the Dance, owned by Jake Ballis, Rashard Lewis, et al. Join in the Dance, fifth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Grade I), galloped with Willey up.





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Curlin and Zenyatta Among Seven Keeneland Sale Graduates Named 2008 Kentucky-Bred Champions


Lexington, KY (April 23, 2009) – Two-time North American Horse of the Year Curlin and champion older female Zenyatta are among seven Keeneland sale alumni named 2008 Kentucky-bred champions by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.

Curlin was retired in 2008 following a career that encompassed 11 wins in 16 starts, including seven Grade 1 stakes, and North America record earnings of more than $10.5 million. He earned honors as Kentucky-bred Horse of the Year and champion handicap horse. Zenyatta, winner of last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1), was named Kentucky-bred champion handicap mare.





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