Monday, April 13 2009
GOTTA HAVE HER DENIES GOMEZ RECORD TYING BID IN LAS CIENEGAS
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 12, 2009) – Garrett Gomez’s bid to tie Santa Anita’s record of 19 stakes races during a single season was denied on Sunday when 7-10 favorite Tuscan Evening faded to third behind victorious Gotta Have Her in the Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course.
Tyler Baze stole the day’s thunder from the nation’s leading jockey in purse earnings the last three years when he rallied 5-1 shot Gotta Have Her on the far outside to nip Reba Is Tops by a nose. Pace-setter Tuscan Evening wound up another three-quarters-of-a-length behind after having yielded to the latter’s pressure through a swift early pace. The winning time was 1:11.92.
JOCKEYS BAZE, ANTONGEORGI III ENJOY EASTER SUNDAY TRIPLES
ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze capped a huge week at Golden Gate Fields by riding three winners Sunday.
Baze's Easter Sunday hat trick was preceded by two-win afternoons on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and a four-victory Saturday. The Hall of Famer tops the Golden Gate Fields jockey standings with 124 wins.
Sunday, April 12 2009
Barn Notes 4-12-2009
Trujillo Triple Saturday Leaves One to Go for 1,000
Jockey Elvis Trujillo won three of the first four races on Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park to bring his career total to 999 victories, but finished second on three other mounts thereafter, leaving his drive to 1,000 to Sunday at least when he is named to ride in seven races.
Jose Lezcano, who reached the 1,000-win milestone Feb. 13 at Gulfstream Park, won one race Saturday to bring his total to 58, 10 more than Kent Desormeaux, second with 48. John R. Velazquez is third at 47, Julien Leparoux fourth with 45 and Trujillo fifth.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH, 2009
‘CANDY’ IN SWEET DRILL AS CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ FOR DERBY GROWS
Chocolate Candy, runner-up in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby and one of four major Kentucky Derby contenders based in Southern California, worked five furlongs under new rider Mike Smith on Pro-Ride Sunday in :59.20. The son of Candy Ride is scheduled to leave Tuesday for Louisville to prepare for the 135th Kentucky Derby on May 2.
“I was happy with the work,” said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “Mike was able to familiarize himself with the horse, and he’s going to work the horse two times at Churchill Downs.”
Raw Silk Sets Course Record Winning South Beach
Darley Stable’s 4-year-old filly Raw Silk returned from a four-month layoff to post a wire-to-wire victory under jockey Paco Lopez in the $50,000 South Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday, setting a course record of 1:27:28 for 7 ½ furlongs on ‘firm’ turf and giving trainer Tom Albertrani a sixth stakes victory at the meet.
A daughter of Malibu Moon, Raw Silk was making her first start since finishing eighth in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 8, broke on top from the inside post and set fast fractions, but had plenty left to turn back a challenge in the stretch by Farnsworth Farm’s 5-year-old mare Flibberjibbit, the 9-5 favorite, by 1¾ lengths.
Barn Notes 4-11-2009
Ameribelle & My Magic Moment Prominent on Boynton Beach Roster
Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Florida homebred Ameribelle has finished second in three stakes, most recently in the $200,000 Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs on Mar. 14, and is among the most accomplished of 30 3-year-old fillies nominated for the $50,000 Boynton Beach Stakes next Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The Boynton Beach will be run at one mile on turf and it’s the final stakes offering of the Gulfstream meeting, which runs through Thursday, Apr. 23.
General Quarters Pulls Upset In Toyota Blue Grass
Lexington, Ky. (April 11, 2009)—General Quarters, claimed for $20,000 less than a year ago by a 75-year-old retired high school principal, thrust himself into the Kentucky Derby (G1) picture Saturday at Keeneland with an upset victory in the $750,000, Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.
Kept close to the early leaders by jockey Eibar Coa throughout the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, the son of Sky Mesa took command in midstretch and defeated Hold Me Back, the 2-1 favorite, by 1 ½ lengths. Massone finished another 1 ¼ lengths back in third.
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Keeneland Barn Notes—Saturday, April 11
TOYOTA BLUE GRASS NOTES
A field of 11 horses will go postward today in the 85th running of the Toyota Blue Grass (G1). Biographical information on the connections of each entrant in the $750,000 race, as well as past performances, charts dating back to the first running of the race at Keeneland in 1937 and historical statistics on the race are available in the Toyota Blue Grass Media Guide.
Additional material, including videos of past races, is available at http://www.toyotabluegrassstakes.com
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BATTLE OF HASTINGS GAINS SECOND STRAIGHT STAKES WIN IN LA PUENTE
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 11, 2009) – British-bred Battle of Hastings, -- whose “light bulb went on” in his last race, according to jockey Tyler Baze – scorched his competition Saturday in Santa Anita’s $100,000 La Puente Stakes for 3-year-olds when rallying to a 1 ½-length victory over Smokey Lonesome in the one-mile turf event executed in 1:34.38.
It was the second straight stakes win for the Jeff Mullins-trained import who took last month’s Grade III Baldwin Stakes at odds of 7-1 after Baze described him as “lost” during a dull United States debut in Hollywood Park’s Grade III Generous Stakes last November.
DREAM PLAY TAKES LEAD AND RINGS UP COMELY
Stewart L. Armstrong’s Dream Play, making her first start on Aqueduct’s main track, put away Grade 1 winner Laragh on Saturday afternoon, then splashed home to a 5½-length victory in the 60th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Comely for three-year-old fillies at a mile.
Ridden by jockey Eddie Castro for his third victory of the afternoon, Dream Play took the lead early and tried to put Laragh tight on the rail through an opening quarter of 23.77. Jockey Ramon Dominguez, aboard Laragh, the Hollywood Starlet winner, got the message and moved his mount outside to stalk the leader after a half of 48.16.
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Surviving For Big Dollars
Stickney, IL---When Hawthorne began another round of its popular Survivor Contest, 3,557 players were hoping for a chance at a grand prize of $100,000. Realistically, the smaller winning prize of $2,500 seemed like a more likely outcome. Maybe not anymore.
As of Saturday, April 11, there were still 38 contestants all vying for a chance at a life-altering payday, and with only 13 days of racing in the spring meet, hope springs eternal for the remaining players.
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ALL SMILES SPLASHES HOME FIRST IN DAHLIA STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 04-11-09---Cynthia McGinnes’ All Smiles closed with a rush to win the $50,000 Dahlia Stakes contested over the sloppy main track this afternoon at Laurel Park. The race had been carded for the turf but it was switched to the dirt after steady rain, which resulted in six late scratches.
Under jockey Jeremy Rose, All Smiles dropped back to last and was still last starting for home when she split horses and angled to the far outside for the run to the finish line. British Event was the leader at the furlong marker, but First Ascent was rallying quickly along the rail and All Smiles was winging on the far outside. All Smiles finished fastest of all and won by a length.
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