Tuesday, April 21 2009
SIREN LURE, BOLD CHIEFTAIN LOOKING TO GAIN MILLIONAIRE STATUS IN $300,000 SF MILE
ALBANY -- The hard-hitting veterans Siren Lure and Bold Chieftain will be looking to gain millionaire status Saturday when they compete in the $300,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields.
A Grade 2 event run on the Lakeside Turf Course, the San Francisco Mile is Northern California's richest and highest-rated race. Heading the list of recent winners of the SF Mile is Singletary, who captured the feature in 2004 and went on to win the Grade 1 $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Mile at Lone Star Park.
JOSE VELEZ NAMED HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 21, 2009) Currently in his second year in the Tampa Bay Downs jockey colony, Jose Velez is having a banner season at the Oldsmar oval. Velez is currently the fourteenth leading rider here with 20 wins to his credit through April 21; in the week of April 14 – 19 Velez has booted home three winners and one second place finisher from 8 starters at average odds of 5.86-1.
Jose Velez was born on March 23, 1963 in San Turce, Puerto Rico. He gained an interest in horses through his father, who was also a jockey. Velez began riding in 1980 at Atlantic City Race Course, and in that year rode his first winner at New Jersey’s Meadowlands. In 1982, Velez was named as the leading apprentice at Hialeah Park and was also the leading rider at Gulfstream Park in that year.
Keeneland Barn Notes—Tuesday, April 21, 2009
CHAMPS ELYSEES AMONG NOTABLES IN CLOSING-DAY FIFTH THIRD ELKHORN
Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Champs Elysees (GB), who is coming off a second-place finish to Einstein (BRZ) in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) on March 7, will make his Keeneland debut in the 24th running of the Fifth Third Elkhorn (G2) on Friday, closing day of the spring meeting. The 6-year-old, who will be ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr. for trainer Bobby Frankel, is the 124-pound highweight and will break from post 11 for the 1½ mile-turf race worth $200,000.
By Danehill, Champs Elysees is a full brother to champions Intercontinental (GB) and Banks Hill (GB) – just two of the accomplished members of his family. During her career, Intercontinental captured three Keeneland stakes: the Jenny Wiley (G3) in 2004 and 2005 and the WinStar Galaxy (G2) in 2005.
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PIMLICO LAUNCHES NEW AND IMPROVED PREAKNESS WEBSITE
BALTIMORE, 04-21-09---Pimlico Race Course today launched a new and improved website for the 2009 Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. The redesigned http://www.preakness.com
site will feature unparalleled coverage of the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes at the historic Baltimore track on Saturday, May 16, 2009.
“The people spoke and we listened,” said Kerry Carlson, Vice President of Marketing for Magna Entertainment Corp (MEC)., Pimlico’s parent company. “Over the last few months we’ve been working hard to bring a whole new Preakness experience to the web. Overall, our updates have focused on providing fans with more functionality and more information and organizing it all in an easily digestible manner.”
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Live racing opens for the 72nd season at Delaware Park this Saturday
Wilmington, Del., April 21, 2009 — The 72nd season of live thoroughbred racing at Delaware Park is set to open this Saturday, April 25. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m. and the first 5,000 fans entering the park after 11 a.m. will receive a Delaware Park cap.
Opening Day activities officially begin at 9 a.m. with Breakfast in the Park, which features a sumptuous breakfast buffet for $7.95 and an informative handicapping seminar conducted by Joe DeVivo of the Daily Racing Form. Guests attending Breakfast in the Park, which will be held in the New Castle Room on the third floor of Delaware Park’s clubhouse, will also receive a free racing program and special gift.
Churchill Downs Offers Purse Incentives Designed to Boost Derby Week, Spring Meet Field Size
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 20, 2009) – Churchill Downs has reconfigured its purse distribution for stakes events and overnight races during Kentucky Derby Week and the track’s April 25-July 5 Spring Meet to encourage participation by as many horses as possible during the meet’s races.
In addition, horsemen whose stables are located at training centers or other tracks that bring their horses to Churchill Downs to compete will find significant capital improvements and refurbishments in the track’s two receiving barns, along with the availability of concierge services during their day at the historic track.
Monday, April 20 2009
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes
– The Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Chocolate Candy visited the paddock and then galloped a mile and a half over a muddy Churchill Downs track Monday morning with exercise rider Lindsey Molina up.
Galen May, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, said Chocolate Candy would work Tuesday morning, most likely after the break.
Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure ‘Pink Out’ Kentucky Oaks 135
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 20, 2009) – Churchill Downs Racetrack, host of the Kentucky Derby® and the Kentucky Oaks®, wants you to help support the fight against breast cancer by purchasing tickets to Kentucky Oaks 135 at http://www.KentuckyOaks.com/Komen!
The Kentucky Oaks is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2009, one day before the famed “Run for the Roses.”
To help raise money and awareness for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Churchill Downs has planned an exciting day of events for race-goers. There will be a “First Lady of Fashion” contest, Survivors Parade and even the first-ever Kentucky Oaks winner’s circle formed by breast cancer survivors. Churchill Downs will also create special areas in the infield where Komen for the Cure supporters can gather and enjoy Oaks Day. Komen survivors and supporters will also have a chance to meet Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, who will be honored as the inaugural First Lady of Oaks.
Arlington Park News Release: Party in the Park returns May 22
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 20, 2009) – Once again this summer, Arlington Park will be “the place to be” to kick off your weekends with the Miller Lite Party in the Park on Friday afternoons. The popular promotion returns May 22, the Friday before Memorial Day, and runs through Sept. 4, the Friday before Labor Day. Post time Friday throughout the season will be at 2:30 p.m. (except July 3 at 4 p.m. and two post Labor Day Fridays Sept. 18 & 25 when post time will be 2 p.m.)
The Miller Lite Party in the Park features a combination of live music from top local bands or DJs, the excitement of live Thoroughbred racing plus food and beverage specials. In addition to the music element, Arlington will usher in new activities for 2009 including Baggo and other interactive games, plus guests will be able to have their pictures taken by an on-site photographer who will make the photos available to them online for free downloading.
Kentucky Derby 135 and Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes (4.19.09)
ARKANSAS DERBY WINNER PAPA CLEM HAS EASY WORK
LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 19, 2009) – Bo Hirsch’s homebred Papa Clem, winner of the Arkansas Derby (Grade II), breezed an easy five furlongs in the rain on Sunday in the Kentucky Derby (GI) contender’s first serious training move over the track at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Miguel Mena was in the saddle for the move, which was planned for seven furlongs, but received an official five-furlong clocking of 1:04.60. A steady rain was falling as the colt work over a “good” track and was timed in fractions of :12.40 and :38.60. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:19.
FAVORED MIDSHIPS VIRTUALLY WALKS OFF WITH SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2009) – Finding a paceless field in North America’s longest graded stakes race, Midships took full advantage with a wire-to-wire victory by three-quarters of a length over Spring House in Sunday’s 70th running of the Grade II, $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at 1 ¾ miles over Santa Anita’s Camino Real turf course on the meet’s closing day.
Jockey Victory Espinoza, slowing the pace to a virtual crawl, therefore provided Juddmonte Farms and Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel with their first win in the historic race since 1996 when their Raintrap just happened to be the event’s last wire-to-wire winner.
ON-TRACK BUSINESS AT SANTA ANITA UP, FREE FRIDAYS, SANTA ANITA DERBY LEAD WAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2009)—Santa Anita Park concluded its 84-day winter/spring meeting in robust fashion on Sunday, posting the first gain in on-track attendance at any major California racetrack since the summer of 2007 at Del Mar.
Leading the way was Santa Anita’s “Free Fridays” promotion, which offered fans free on-track General Admission, free box seating and one dollar concessions, along with a robust Santa Anita Derby Day crowd on April 4 of 50,915, which helped Santa Anita to post a one percent gain in on-track attendance, reversing a trend of steep declines at racetracks nationwide.