Monday, March 30 2009


STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH, 2009


PAMPLEMOUSSE, ‘PIONEER’ SET FOR EPIC MATCH IN SANTA ANITA DERBY

Ali-Frazier, Celtics-Lakers, Yankees-Red Sox, The Pamplemousse-Pioneerof the Nile. With all due respect to the other participants in next Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, The Pamplemousse and Pioneerof the Nile have captured the fancy of racing fans. The two 3-year-olds are the heavyweights the racing world will focus on with keen intensity as they take what they hope will be their final step towards the Kentucky Derby on May 2.

Each horse has a similar record, but contrasting running styles. The Pamplemousse’s forte is speed. He is unbeaten in his last three starts since stretching out, numbering the Grade III San Rafael Stakes and the Grade III Sham Stakes among his victories. The son of Kafwain trained by Julio Canani has three wins and a third in five starts, with earnings of $209,280.





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DOMINGUEZ SWEEPS NY STALLION STAKES EN ROUTE TO FOUR WINS


Jockey Ramon Dominguez rode four winners Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, including both $100,000 divisions of the New York Stallions Stakes, to put an exclamation point on his brilliant record-setting Big A inner dirt track championship.

Dominguez, a 32-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela, had already locked up his second consecutive inner track title, entering Sunday’s card with 120 victories, while his nearest rival was C.C Lopez with 59 winners. His four wins on Sunday gave him 124 for the inner track season, which began on December 3, 2008.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES, Sunday, March 29, 2009


The New York Racing Association will offer a live 11-race card on Wood Memorial Day, Saturday, April 4, beginning with a first race post of 1 p.m.

Four graded stakes, headed by the 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs, will make a up a guaranteed $400,000 late Pick 4, beginning in race 7.





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BAZE, KAENEL, LANDEROS DOUBLE AT GGF


ALBANY -- Jockeys Russell Baze, Kyle Kaenel and Adan Landeros each rode two winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

Baze, the leading jockey at the meeting with 106 victories, won the third race with One More Week ($4.20) and the seventh with Desert Siren ($4.40).

Kaenel, Baze's son-in-law, took the first race with Refinery ($5.80) and the sixth with Dustin the Track ($7.00). Landeros captured the fifth race with Meant for You ($27.40) and the eighth with Skimmy ($6.40).





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Sunday, March 29 2009


Well Armed to get well deserved break


After his smashing victory, record-breaking Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed came out of his sensational win in “fantastic” condition, according to assistant trainer Oliver Costello.

“He had about 20 minutes of walking this morning and then about ten minutes of picking at grass and everything was good,” Costello said on a rainy Sunday in Dubai, echoing the emotions of everyone connected with the six-year-old gelding when he added: “It was just such an amazing night.”





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Saturday, March 28 2009


Quality Road Sets Track Record Winning Florida Derby


Edward P. Evans 3-year-old Virginia homebred Quality Road turned back challengers at the head of the stretch in Saturday’s $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park and drew off to win by 1 ¾ lengths over Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s even-money favorite Dunkirk in the historic South Florida Kentucky Derby (G1) preview.

Ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, Quality Road was a strong second choice after winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) last out on Feb. 28 and punched his ticket to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2 as he paid $4.40 to win in his first start around two turns. The Virginia-bred son of Elusive Quality set a track record for the 1 1/8 miles on a fast track.





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‘Phil’ Wins Swale After Big Drama Disqualification


After a stretch-long battle in Saturday’s $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, Harold Queen’s homebred 3-year-old Big Drama prevailed by a half-length over Paul Pompa Jr.’s This Ones for Phil in track-record time, but was disqualified and placed second after a stewards’ inquiry.

Big Drama was away alertly early in the seven-furlong test in his first start since winning the Delta Jackpot (G3) in early December and fought back bravely when challenged by This Ones for Phil in the stretch. Homewrecker Stable’s Custom for Carlos finished third in the field six, 4½ lengths behind the runner-up.





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Nicanor Second Again in Third Start at Gulfstream


Lael Stable’s 3-year-old Nicanor, full-brother to ill-fated 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Barbaro, made his third career start Saturday at Gulfstream Park, and finished second as he did last out on Mar. 7, this time a half-length behind Brenda Stewart’s Glittermans Cartel in a one-mile maiden race.

Trained by Michael Matz and ridden by jockey Jose Lezcano, Nicanor was the 7-10 favorite in the field of eight 3-year-olds and loomed boldly into the stretch, but failed to make up ground in the final yards. Glittermans Cartel was timed in 1:36:08 over the fast track and paid $10.20 for $2. Jockey Kent Desormeaux rode the winner for trainer Ken McPeek.





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STREAM CAT UPSETS BIG BOOSTER FOR BIANCONE IN TOKYO CITY CUP


ARCADIA, Calif. (March 28, 2009) – A former leading trainer in the United States who returned late last year from a one-year suspension for a medication violation, Patrick Biancone on Saturday realized his second victory since his reinstatement when Stream Cat captured Santa Anita’s 53rd running of the Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at 1 ½ miles.

After a ground saving ride along the rail, jockey Joseph Talamo sent Stream Cat to the lead in midstretch and they had enough in reserve to stave off the fast-closing bid of favored Big Booster by a neck with Medjool another two lengths back in third.





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STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH, 2009


GALLANT SON SET FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY; ESPINOZA ON FEISTY SUANCES

Frank Lucarelli said Saturday morning that Gallant Son was “99 percent sure” to run in the Santa Anita Derby a week from Saturday. The trainer had been considering the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course the same day for the son of Malabar Gold, who won the restricted Pasadena Stakes at one mile on turf at Santa Anita on March 15.

“He’s doing good in California, so we’re 99 percent sure to run in the Santa Anita Derby,” Lucarelli said. “He’s never really shipped that far, so going to the Midwest isn’t something I’d want to consider right now.”





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BULLSBAY REBOUNDS TO WIN HARRISON JOHNSON MEMORIAL HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 03-28-09---Mitchell Ranch LLC, Frank Lewkowitz & Joe Rice’s Bullsbay made amends for a disappointing stakes appearance at Laurel Park with a daring, rail skimming victory in the $50,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap.

A near-miss second in the John B. Campbell Handicap over President’s day weekend, Bullsbay took the short way home in this nine furlong test over the sloppy main track. Tucked in along the fence under Jeremy Rose for much of the race, Rose steered the Graham Motion trainee around the tiring pacesetter, dove back to the rail and in a furious drive, pushed by Senior and Brady Baby to secure the win.





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STUMBLING BLOCK STRIDES TO VICTORY IN FINAL LEG OF TAMPA TURF TEST


OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 28, 2009) Stumbling Block captured the final leg of the Tampa Turf Test today, besting nine other horses in the 1 3/8 miles contest over the lawn. Stumbling Block is trained by Tampa Bay Downs’s leading trainer Jamie Ness, is owned by Web’s Gem Stable and was ridden to victory by top Tampa jockey Daniel Centeno.

Stumbling Block, a six-year-old Illinois-bred son of Out of Place, settled behind early leaders to edge out second-place finisher Special Tiger by a neck; Onotheregoestokyo rounded out the trifecta, which yielded $1,881.20 for a $2 wager.





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