Thursday, April 16 2009


UPSETTER CAT BY THE TALE TAKES LINDA EDER PURSE IN U.S. DEBUT


ARCADIA, Calif. (April 15, 2009) – A neck separated a pair of European imports making their United States debuts Wednesday when 11-1 longshot Cat by the Tale edged 9-2 Meydan Princess in Santa Anita’s featured $58,208 Linda Eder Purse, a second-condition allowance for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

After stalking the pace set by 5-2 second choice General Consensus, Cat by the Tale took charge 50 yards from the wire under jockey Rafael Bejarano and was able to withstand the swift closing bid of Meydan Princess with David Flores aboard. General Consensus, ridden by Alex Solis, held on for third, another neck behind the runner-up.





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TAX DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $94,872 INTO THURSDAY


ARCADIA, Calif. (April 15, 2009)—With the clock running and taxes due by midnight, no one correctly tabbed six winners in Santa Anita’s popular Pick Six wager on Wednesday, resulting in a carryover of $94,872 into Thursday and the likelihood of a total pool of more than $500,000.

The Pick Six began in race three, which was taken by Laser Point, returning $11.80 with Tyler Baze aboard. The 3-year-old California-bred gelding by Lasersport is trained by Jeff Mullins and is owned by Thane Marshall.





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PALACE MISTRESS TO INVADE FOR GOLDEN POPPY STAKES AT GGF


ALBANY -- Palace Mistress, who broke her maiden in a turf stakes at Turf Paradise, is among the nine 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Post time Saturday is 12:45 p.m. and the Golden Poppy is the featured eighth race on a nine-race program. The Golden Poppy will be contested at 1 1/16-miles on the Lakeside Turf Course.





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DALE BENNETT NAMED COURTSIDE GRILLE II TRAINER OF THE MONTH


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 15, 2009) The Courtside Grille II Trainer of the Month for April is Dale Bennett, who in the week of April 4 through April 11 has conditioned four winners and one third place finisher form ten starters at average odds of 4-1.

Dale Bennett, whose father is Tampa Bay Downs trainer Gerald Bennett, was born in Toronto in 1972 and grew up on a farm in Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. He was raised around horses, and began working with them at a very early age. As time went by, Bennett began to progress through the ranks of the backside, starting out hot-walking for his father, then as a groom and an exercise rider, all the while finding time to graduate from Geulph Collegiate in 1991. In 1998, Bennett earned his trainer’s license and began his career with three horses in his barn; one of whom, Spirit of Austin, gave him his first win at Detroit Race Course. Since then, Dale Bennett has excelled at any track where he keeps a stable.





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Wednesday, April 15 2009


My Magic Moment Returns in Boynton Beach Saturday


Lawrence Goichman’s 3-year-old homebred filly My Magic Moment was a neck short of perfect in three starts on turf last year in New York and will likely be the favorite making her 2009 season debut in the $50,000 Boynton Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Leading jockey Jose Lezcano rides My Magic Moment for trainer Tom Albertrani in the one-mile turf test, facing eight rival 3-year-old fillies in the final stakes of the Gulfstream meeting, which closes Thursday, April 23. Albertrani already has won six stakes at the session.





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STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH, 2009


PIONEEROF THE NILE IN ‘BEST WORK’ FOR DERBY; JOCKEY STILL OPEN

Santa Anita Derby winner Pioneerof the Nile had his final workout at Santa Anita Wednesday on a blustery but sun-drenched morning before departing for Churchill Downs Thursday where the son of Empire Maker will prepare for the 135th Kentucky Derby on May 2.

Under former jockey Joey Steiner, Pioneerof the Nile, winner of the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes and the Grade II San Felipe Stakes this meet in addition to the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, went four furlongs on Pro-Ride in a bullet :46.20, fastest of 39 drills at the distance.



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PIMLICO SPRING MEETING OPENS SATURDAY AFTERNOON


BALTIMORE, 04-15-09---Live racing shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course Saturday, April 18 for the spring meeting. The headline event of the six week stand is the 134th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, on May 16.

“You get a unique feeling driving down Winner Avenue and into the facility,” said Tom Chuckas, Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer. “This is a storied place with a deep tradition and is the second oldest racetrack in the country. The Pimlico meet has a festive atmosphere buoyed by one of the premier races in our industry.”





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Return of Coolers to Infield Included In Hospitality, Security Policies for 135th Derby, Oaks


LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 15, 2009) – For the first time since 2001, fans who enjoy Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Days in the infield at historic Churchill Downs will be allowed to bring coolers into the track for the 2009 renewals of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Kentucky Oaks.

Coolers will be allowed in the Churchill Downs infield only on Kentucky Oaks Day, May 1, and Kentucky Derby Day, May 2. Patrons may carry coolers into the track only through Gates 1 and 3, the traditional “infield gates,” and all coolers will be subject to search. Alcoholic beverages and glass containers of any kind will not be allowed in those coolers. Permitted contents include ice, non-alcoholic beverages in non-glass containers, and food packaged in clear plastic containers or bags. The maximum size of those clear containers and plastic bags remains at 18” x 18”.





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Leparoux To Ride Toyota Blue Grass Winner General Quarters in Kentucky Derby 135


LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 15, 2009) – Four-time Churchill Downs’ riding champion Julien Leparoux has been named to ride owner-trainer Tom McCarthy’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Grade I) winner General Quarters in the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on May 2 at Churchill Downs.

McCarthy said Wednesday that the 25-year-old native of Senlis, France would ride his gray son of Sky Mesa in the Derby. McCarthy named Leparoux to the mount after he became frustrated by a lack of a commitment or communication from jockey Eibar Coa, who rode the colt in the Toyota Blue Grass. Coa is also the regular jockey aboard Kentucky Derby contender Musket Man, the winner of the Illinois Derby (GII).





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Wednesday, April 15, 2009


SQUARE EDDIE HEADS FIELD OF 12 FOR SATURDAY’S COOLMORE LEXINGTON

J. Paul Reddam’s Square Eddie, winner of last fall’s Grade 1 Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity here, tops a field of 12 entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 28th running of the $300,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G2) at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track.

Trained by Doug O’Neill, Square Eddie will break from post position eight under Edgar Prado and share top weight of 123 pounds with El Crespo. Prado took the 2003 running of the Coolmore Lexington aboard Scrimshaw.





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Gordie Howe drawmaster for this year’s Queen’s Plate


TORONTO, April 15 - Canadian icon Gordie Howe has been announced as the drawmaster for this year’s 150th running of the Queen’s Plate, which will be contested on Sunday, June 21, at Woodbine.

Often referred to as Mr. Hockey, and widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, Howe will assist in draw ceremonies on June 18 at the Toronto oval.





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Barn Notes 4-15-2009


McPeek Back on Top with Two Wins Sunday at Gulfstream

The Gulfstream Park trainers’ title chase continued to be a day-by-day affair over the weekend as Todd Pletcher sent out two winners Saturday to lead by one and the Ken McPeek stable came right back with two on Sunday to regain the lead at 31-30 in competition that promises to continue through the final seven days of the meet, which closes Thursday, April 23.

McPeek broke on top early in the season in January, but Pletcher has steadily picked up momentum as he bids for a sixth consecutive Gulfstream championship. McPeek also is on a career milestone watch with 993 winners and closing in on 1,000.





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