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.
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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Keeneland Barn Notes—Thursday, April 23, 2009
FRANKEL SEES CHALLENGES FOR CHAMPS ELYSEES IN CLOSING-DAY FIFTH THIRD ELKHORN
Racing fans lamenting the early retirement of the stars of Thoroughbred racing are in for a real treat on Friday, closing day of Keeneland’s spring season. The ninth race is the $200,000 Fifth Third Elkhorn (G2), a 1½-mile turf stakes that brings together a collection of older runners with a long list of accomplishments. Among them is Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Champs Elysees (GB), a two-time Grade 1 winner on turf who is the 2-1 morning line favorite.
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HENRY CLARK STAKES TOPS SATURDAY CARD
BALTIMORE, 04-23-09----The $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes has attracted a competitive band of eleven older runners who will race a mile on the turf on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
The morning line choice is Independent George (9-5), who has won four times on the grass and raced several times against Grade I company. Trained by Graham Motion, the son of Cozzene last appeared in August at Woodbine and finished a battling fifth in the Grade II Nijinsky. Kendrick Carmouche picks up the mount.
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MANTECA LOOKS FOR RETURN TO FORM IN KINGS POINT
When Anstu’s Stables Manteca returned from a seven-month layoff for then-trainer Charlton Baker in December, the Aptitude colt picked up right where he left off the previous spring – with a win.
Now, after a short winter break in Florida and starting for new trainer Todd Pletcher, Manteca will try for his second stakes win in Sunday’s $65,000-added Kings Point Handicap for New York-breds three-years-old and up going a mile and eighth. The Kings Point, Sunday’s featured seventh race, will be the last stakes contested at Aqueduct this season. Live racing shifts to Belmont Park for the 64-day Spring/Summer meet beginning Wednesday, April 29.
TRIUMPHANT FLIGHT AIMS FOR RICHEST VICTORY IN SNOW CHIEF STAKES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 23, 2009) — Triumphant Flight, who has won three of five starts while not finishing worse than second, heads a field of 11 in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes on Saturday as the tenth annual California Gold Rush will be held at Hollywood Park.
The card for California-breds offers ten races with purses of $1.3 million. The program has a special early post time of 12:30 p.m. and also features a $500,000 Guaranteed Pick Six and a ball cap and t-shirt giveaway.
BELMONT PARK FACT SHEET
Wednesday, April 29 – Sunday, July 26
WHEN: Dark Mondays and Tuesdays, except open on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) and dark on Wednesday, May 27 and Sunday, June 7.
WHERE: Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, N.Y. The track is located at the intersection of the Cross Island Parkway and Hempstead Turnpike on the border of Queens County and Nassau County on Long Island. On racing days after 10:45 a.m., Exit 26D off the Cross Island is best for both North and South traffic. For non-racing days or before 10:45 a.m. use Exit 26B,, except on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6.
GET UP, GET OUT AND GET BACK TO BIG-TIME RACING AT BELMONT
A potent stakes schedule run at one of Thoroughbred racing’s grandest facilities awaits fans when Belmont Park begins its 64-day Spring/Summer Meet on Wednesday, April 29.
With its historic paddock, spacious backyard, playground, picnic facilities and tree-shaded paths, Belmont Park allows its fans to enjoy a day outside and get close to the horses as they savor a day of quality Thoroughbred racing.
NTRA Advantage Partner Hallway Feeds Donates Feed for Neglected Horses
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety and Integrity Alliance today announced that longtime NTRA Advantage Partner and Official Supplier Hallway Feeds has donated 6,000 pounds of top quality feed to aid the 170 horses suffering from malnourishment at Center Brook Farm in Climax, N.Y.
The feed donation by the Lexington, Ky., based company, as well as a recent donation of equine health care products from Alliance partner Pfizer Animal Health, came following emergency requests from the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, which is currently caring for the horses.
Casey’s On Call ready to respond in Woodstock
TORONTO, April 23 – Casey’s On Call, a bay son of Gimmeawink, makes his Woodbine debut in Sunday’s six furlong, $150,000 Woodstock Stakes.
Owned by Terry Hamilton and trained by Alec Fehr, Casey’s On Call comes into the Woodstock off three consecutive starts at Gulfstream Park, including an authoritative 4 ½-length score at six panels on February 19.
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Alternate State Steward Basil Bardakjy Passes Away
Basil Bardakjy, alternate state steward at Gulfstream Park, passed away after a long illness Wednesday evening. He was 80.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, from 4-7 p.m., at the Vista Funeral Home, 14200 NW 57th Ave., in Miami Lakes.
Survivors are his daughter, Suzanne Hicks, and his son, Michael Bardakjy; four grandchildren, Ian, Dean, Collin and Sydney; and two great grandchildren, Blane and Elle. He was predeceased by his wife, Beverly.
Wednesday, April 22 2009
Silver City Heads Field of Eight for Churchill Downs’ Openint Day Grade III Derby Trial
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 22, 2009) – Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade III $100,000-added Derby Trial, the featured race on the opening day of the April 25-July 5 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, will have a distinct Kentucky Derby flavor as several of the eight 3-year-olds entered in the race hail from barns that will seek success in 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) a week later.
The Derby Trial will go as the 10th race with a 5:17 p.m. post time (all times EDT). First post time for the 11-race program is 12:45 p.m. and admission gates open at 11 a..m.