Sunday, April 05 2009
PIONEEROF THE NILE POWERS TO VICTORY IN GR. I SANTA ANITA DERBY
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Pioneerof the Nile is still learning how to run, and it showed halfway down the backstretch of the Santa Anita Derby.
That's where the colt tugged his way to the lead, gave it up and then went to the front in the stretch, holding on for a 1-length victory Saturday.
Now, it's on to the Kentucky Derby for trainer Bob Baffert, a three-time Derby winner who hasn't had a starter since 2006.
Wood Memoiral Winner I Want Revenge Is New Choice Heading Into Final Day of Derby Future Bet
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 4, 2009) – A Saturday that featured three major prep races for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) ended with a new favorite in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) as a dazzling win in Aqueduct’s Wood Memorial propelled I Want Revenge into the pool’s top spot.
David Lanzman and IEAH Stables’ 3-year-old son of Stephen Got Even overcame a slow start and major traffic problems to score a dramatic victory under Joe Talamo in the 1 1/8-mile Wood and saw his KDFW Pool 3 odds drop to 9-2 by the end of the day’s betting. He had opened the day at 10-1. Florida Derby (GI) winner Quality Road, the favorite through the first two days of the four-day pool, was the second choice at 6-1 and Louisiana Derby (GII) winner Friesan Fire was a close third choice at 7-1.
RESTLESS SOUL CHARGES TO VICTORY IN YERBA BUENA
ALBANY -- Restless Soul, a British-bred distance specialist, ran down pacesetter You Lift Me Up in the final yards to win the $75,000 Yerba Buena Stakes by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Restless Soul was ridden by Chad Schvaneveldt and is trained by Southern California-based Ben Cecil, who won Friday's one-mile turf feature at Golden Gate Fields with Irish-bred Ferneley.
Saturday, April 04 2009
KODIAK KOWBOY CONTINUES NY LOVE AFFAIR WITH CARTER WIN
One thing is for sure -- Kodiak Kowboy loves New York.
Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, the 4-year-old son of Posse added the $300,000 Carter Handicap to his local resume, rallying through the stretch to post a head victory over Fabulous Strike for his first Grade 1 win.
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AFTER ALL THAT, I WANT REVENGE NAILS WOOD
I Want Revenge overcame a horrible start, traffic problems and seven other three-year-olds Saturday afternoon to win the 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Rracetrack by a length and a half over West Side Bernie.
In what is certain to be rated as one of the top races of the year, the Stephen Got Even colt thrilled the crowd of 7,209, which had made him the overwhelming favorite, with a demonstration of courage and ability not often seen in horses making their eighth career start.
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GIANT MOON COMES FULL CIRCLE IN EXCELSIOR
Albert Fried Jr.’s Giant Moon, allowed to dawdle with Cool Coal Man through pedestrian early fractions, out-dueled that rival through the lane to post a half-length victory Saturday afternoon in Aqueduct’s 97th running of the Grade 3, $199,334 Excelsior for three-year-olds and up at nine furlongs on the main track.
Giant Moon, a 4-year-old, New York-bred Giants Causeway colt hooked Cool Coal Man from the start on the fast track, but they were allowed to get away with a pace of 25.45, 50.69, 1:14.76 and 1:38.62. When they finally set down to do business in the lane, Giant Moon had the leader targeted and moved away to win in 1:50.90.
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Musket Man Fires Away in Illinois Derby Victory
Stickney, IL--Coming into the 52nd running of the Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby, Eric Fein and Vic Carlson’s Musket Man was the lone entrant with a graded victory. When the 1 1/8 miles race for 3-year-olds had concluded, Musket Man was the only multiple graded stakes winner by virtue of a two-length victory over Giant Oak, stopping the clock in 1:49.91.
It was five lengths back to longshot His Greatness who was well clear for third.
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Barn Notes 4-4-2009
Gulfstream Park Handicap Winner Smooth Air Texas-Bound
Mount Joy Stable’s 4-year-old Florida homebred Smooth Air, winner of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) last out on Mar. 14, will likely make his next start in the $300,000 Texas Mile (G3) at Lone Star Park on Apr. 25, according to trainer Ben Stutts Jr.
“We considered the race at Charles Town (Classic, 1 1/8 miles on Apr. 18), which (as Smooth air is a Grade 2 winner) would have been worth $750,000 if he won it,” said Stutts Saturday morning, “but with all things considered and the major goals ahead, we decided on the Texas race at one mile around two turns.
Finallymadeit Has His Day in Skip Away Saturday
Making his sixth start of the Gulfstream Park meet, all in stakes, Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing’s 5-year-old broke through to the winners’ circle after a dominating wire-to-wire performance winning the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) by 8¼ lengths under regular rider Eduardo Nunez.
Trained by Javier Negrete, the Florida homebred chestnut by Concerto has earned the nickname ‘Iron Horse’ the last few seasons in South Florida and ran very well to finish second in the Donn Handicap (G1) early in the meet and second again in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) three weeks ago, but remained without a victory this year.
General Quarters Zips Five Furlongs at Churchill Downs in Prep for Toyota Blue Grass
LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 4, 2009) – Owner-trainer Thomas McCarthy’s General Quarters, winner of the Sam F. Davis (Grade III) at Tampa Bay Downs, turned in a sizzling five-furlong workout on Saturday at Churchill Downs in preparation for a run in next week’s Toyota Blue Grass (GI) at Keeneland.
Exercise rider Julie Sheets was in the saddle as the gray son of Sky Mesa zipped five furlongs in :58.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 over a “fast” track. The work by General Quarters was easily the fastest of 17 moves at the distance.
ACCESS FEE AND CAMMY’S CHOICE FINISH IN DEAD HEAT IN PRIMONETTA
LAUREL, MD. 04-04-09---Charles Murray’s Cammy’s Choice and Sondra Bender’s Access Fee completed the six furlong, $50,000 Primonetta Stakes in a dead heat this afternoon at Laurel Park.
Under the finish line in 1:09.70, with Cammy’s Choice fully extended along the fence and Access Fee surging down the middle of the racetrack, the decision had to be determined by the photo finish camera.
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Hooh Why Upsets Stardom Bound In Ashland
Lexington, Ky. (April 4, 2009)—Hooh Why, the widely traveled filly with an unglamorous pedigree and a substitute jockey, upset heavily favored Stardom Bound Saturday at Keeneland to win the $400,000, Grade 1 Ashland Stakes.
Jockey Corey Lanerie was named to replace Rene Douglas in late afternoon and then guided the daughter of little-known Cloud Hopping to a narrow victory in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.
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