Monday, April 27 2009


Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sunday, April 26, 2009


STRAIGHT SHOOTING ‘BUG’ RIDER JOINS ARLINGTON COLONY

In 2008, a pair of apprentice riders – Brandon Meier and Inez Karlsson – provided much of the story line in the Arlington Park jockey race with their battle for leading bug rider going down to the meet’s final days with Karlsson edging out Meier, who left for California a few days before the end of the local season.

Perhaps looking at the success shared by that tandem, apprentice jockey Michael Straight has decided to move his tack from Florida to Chicago for the upcoming season at the suburban Chicago oval that begins Friday, May 1.





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Bearcatt performs sensationally in Woodstock


TORONTO, April 26 - Bearcatt rallied strongly to capture Sunday's $150,000 Woodstock Stakes at Woodbine.

The six-furlong contest was the first stakes score for the rapidly developing three-year-old, who has two wins and one second from three career starts.

Bearcatt seized command in mid-stretch and drew off to a convincing 3 1/4-length tally over Congor Bay. Heart of a King was third.





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Sunday, April 26 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Notes (4.25.09)


ADVICE/DUNKIRK/JOIN IN THE DANCE – Trainer Todd Pletcher sent his chief Derby threat Dunkirk through a five-panel drill in company at the training center at Palm Meadows in Florida on Saturday morning – and he was tickled with the outcome.

Clockers gave the Unbridled’s Song colt a final time of 1:01.05 for the drill, while his workmate – the 3-year-old stakes-placed Munnings – was given a time of 1:01.25.





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Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.25.09)


BE FAIR/TWEETER – Thomas Van Meter and Charles Kidder's Be Fair galloped an unspecified distance Saturday morning at Churchill Downs according to trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Lukas said the filly will work “possibly tomorrow” in her final major move leading up to Oaks 135.

Marylou Whitney Stables' Tweeter also galloped Saturday morning and Lukas said Tweeter will work Monday or Tuesday for a possible Oaks run.





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April 25, 2009 CONFERENCE CALL WITH TRAINER JIMMY JERKENS


Opening Statement from Jimmy Jerkens, trainer of Quality Road:

“It was decided just to give him a jog today because he hadn’t had much time for the crack to dry out. So, instead of galloping him, which probably would have put a little too much stress on him, we just jogged him a couple of miles and he handled that very well and jogging obviously is a lot easier on the horse in all ways, respiration wise and on the legs than galloping. It’s not quite as good a conditioner…but it’s all we could do to be on the safe side and he came back, the crack looked dry and there was no blood seeping from it, so we’re planning on patching him at 7-o-clock tomorrow morning and galloping him at about 9:20 after the second harrow break.”





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Unbeaten Hull Wins Derby Trial As Churchill Downs Opens 52-Day Spring Meet


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 25, 2009) – Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and Team Valor International and Gary Barber’s undefeated Hull ran his winning streak to three with a four-length victory over Kensei in the 85th running of the $112,000 Derby Trial (Grade III) on opening day of the 52-day Churchill Downs Spring Meet.

Trained by Dale Romans, who posted his 20th career stakes victory at Churchill Downs, Hull swept past dueling leaders Silver City and Checklist at the head of the lane and then repulsed a late bid by Kensei, who was ridden by Robby Albarado.





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LIGHTLY-RACED COMPARI CLICKS UNDER GOMEZ IN $250,000 SNOW CHIEF


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 25, 2009) — Compari posted a mild upset under Garrett Gomez in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes, but Rafael Bejarano stole the spotlight with a five-win afternoon Saturday on the tenth annual California Gold Rush program at Hollywood Park.

Gomez, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey the last two years who returned to town from Kentucky a half-million dollars ahead of Bejarano as the country’s leading jockey, was in jeopardy of losing the top spot as the field headed to the starting gate for the 16th running of the Snow Chief.





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MR. FANTASY REBOUNDS FOR WITHERS VICTORY


By Francis La Belle Jr.

Mr. Fantasy, thwarted in the Gotham by the overpowering performance of Kentucky Derby-bound I Want Revenge, turned back to a mile Saturday afternoon and got help from hard-to-handle Supreme Summit as he rode the rail to a 1 ¾-length victory over favored This Ones for Phil in the 130th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Withers for three-year-olds.

The Withers was the final graded stakes race of Aqueduct’s spring meet. The Big A will close after Sunday’s races, and live racing will move to Belmont Park for the 64-day Spring/Summer Meet on Wednesday, April 29.





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BELMONT PARK OPENS WITH OVER 50 FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS


Belmont Park will open its Spring/Summer Meet on Wednesday, April 29 with more than 50 improvements to the facilities, including upgrades to the spacious main building, the beautiful backyard, the vibrant backstretch area, and the legendary racetrack surfaces.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our facilities,” said Charles Hayward, President and CEO of The New York Racing Association, Inc. “With the multitude of upgrades in place, our fans, horsemen, jockeys, backstretch workers, employees and horses will be treated to a safer, more efficient, and aesthetically pleasing Belmont Park.”





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CENTENO RIDES THREE WINNERS, RICE TRAINS TWO TO VICTORY


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 25, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s leading rider Daniel Centeno added three more wins to his tally today, giving the journeyman 998 career victories. Centeno, who will win the jockey title for the third straight season at the Oldsmar oval, has captured 131 victories in 90 days of racing at Tampa Bay Downs.

Centeno got his first trip to the Winner’s Circle today aboard Omega Cat; the three-year-old Omega Code filly was bred in Florida by owner Charles Patton and was conditioned to victory by trainer Thomas Proctor. Centeno struck again with What a Trouper, this time for trainer Christophe Clement and owner Silver Springs Stud Farm. Centeno rounded out his hat trick aboard Tahoe Warrior, a six-year-old son of Carson City saddled by Linda Rice for owner New Suffolk Racing.





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BRICKELL UPSETS THE FIELD IN HENRY CLARK STAKES


BALTIMORE, 04-25-09---Harry Kassap LLC’s Brickell scored a 50-1 upset in today’s feature, the $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes contested over the good turf at Pimlico Race Course. The 8-year-old was the longest shot on the board in the 11 horse field for older horses.

The son of Deputy Minister, making his 52nd lifetime start, tracked the pacesetters from third in his position along the hedge, then edged to the fore as the field straightened for home. Under jockey Harry Vega, Brickell completed the one mile distance in 1:39.80, beating late closing Independent George by 1-1/4 lengths. Midwatch, the pacesetter, finished third.





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MR NAPPER TANDY WINS $300,000 SAN FRANCISCO MILE BY A NOSE


ALBANY -- Mr Napper Tandy charged down the middle of the Lakeside Turf Course and got up in the final jump to nail pacesetter Yacht Spotter on the wire and win the $300,000 San Francisco Mile Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Ridden by Julio Garcia, Mr Napper Tandy defeated Yacht Spotter and jockey Alex Bisono by a nose in the Grade 2 SF Mile, Northern California's richest and highest-rated race. Bold Chieftain finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Yacht Spotter.





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