Friday, April 17 2009

Barn Notes 4-17-2009

McPeek Leads Pletcher by One as Title Chase Goes to Wire

Durham Racing and partners’ 3-year-old filly The Best Day Ever was all out to win Thursday’s last race at Gulfstream Park by a nose in a photo finish for trainer Ken McPeek to take a lead of one over Todd Pletcher (32-31) with five days to go before closing on Thursday.

Both powerful stables left divisions in South Florida to compete in the final weeks after shipping the majority of their horses north to Kentucky and/or New York. McPeek continues to close in on a personal career milestone of 1,000 victories as The Best Ever Day’s victory marked No. 994.

Read more articles in the Gulfstream category.



Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said all systems are “go” for Kentucky Derby hopeful Quality Road, who Friday morning breezed three-quarters of a mile on Belmont Park’s fast training track in 1:12.03.

Daily Racing Form clockers caught the strapping bay son of Elusive Quality and exercise rider Juan Moreno galloping out in 1:25.55.

Read more articles in the Belmont Park category.


Indescribable, Desormeaux Team To Win Doubledogdare

Lexington, Ky. (April 17, 2009)—Indescribable returned from a five-month layoff to win the $100,000, Grade 3 Doubledogdare Stakes Friday at Keeneland.

The 5-year-old daughter of Pleasant Tap took the lead from pacesetter Awesome Ashey with a quarter of a mile remaining and gradually pulled away to a 2 ¼-length victory.

Read more articles in the Keeneland category.


Keeneland Barn Notes—Friday, April 17, 2009


West Point Thoroughbreds’ Justwhistledixie tuned up for an expected run in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1) by working five furlongs in 1:00 in company with stablemate Fitz Just Right on Friday morning at Keeneland.

“She was doing so good that we gave her an easy half-mile in :50 last week,” said Neal McLaughlin, assistant to his brother, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “Today we gave her company and she did it in hand. I just didn’t want her to do anything crazy like :45 (for a half).”

Read more articles in the Keeneland category.



* 65 days, Wednesday, April 22, through Sunday, July 19.

· First live post time is 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays. Post time on Fridays is 7:05 p.m. with the exception of a 1 p.m. post time on Friday, May 1 — Kentucky Oaks Day and eve of the Kentucky Derby. There is a special 12:30 p.m. post time on Saturday, April 25 (California Gold Rush Day). Post time will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 (Kentucky Derby Day), Saturday, May 16 (Preakness Day) and Saturday, June 6 (Belmont Day).

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ALBANY -- Point of Reference, who came within a nose of winning the $100,000 California Oaks, is an 8-to-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

The Golden Gate Poppy is for 3-year-old fillies and will be run at 1 1/16-miles on the Lakeside Turf Course. The feature is the eighth event on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.

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Pioneerof the Nile, Chocolate Candy Jog; Busy Weekend of Derby Works Looms

LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 17, 2009) – After spending the winter on synthetic surfaces in California, Zayat Stables Pioneerof the Nile and the Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Chocolate Candy got a feel for the traditional dirt track at Churchill Downs on Friday as they began their first full day at the home of the Kentucky Derby.

The Bob Baffert-trained Pioneerof the Nile, whose win in the Santa Anita Derby (GI) marked his fourth straight stakes victory, and Chocolate Candy, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby, both jogged over a “fast” surface after the mid-session break for track maintenance on Friday.

Read more articles in the Churchill Downs category.


Chris Bosh named drawmaster for Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budwesier

TORONTO, April 17 - Toronto Raptors’ all-star forward Chris Bosh has been announced as the drawmaster for the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, which will be contested on Sunday, June 7, at Woodbine.

Bosh, one of the National Basketball Association's headliners, will take part in the post position draw ceremonies on June 4.

Read more articles in the Woodbine category.



In order to make a day at the races more affordable, The New York Racing Association has announced the Save Your Bucks deal for the opening month of the 2009 Belmont Park Spring/Summer Meet. Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from April 29 through May 29, fans will receive $1 off general parking, admission, beer, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.

“NYRA has the best fans in the world, and the Save Your Bucks deal is our way of thanking them for their support,” said Charles Hayward, NYRA President & CEO. “By discounting parking, admission, food, and drinks, individuals and families alike will be able to save money on almost all of the amenities offered at Belmont Park.”

Read more articles in the Aqueduct category.



It takes a lot of work to put on the greatest Thoroughbred racing meet in the world, and Saratoga Race Course is eager to get help established for its 2009, 36-day meet that runs from Wednesday, July 29-Labor Day, Monday, September 7.

To meet its demand for help at Saratoga, the New York Racing Association will conduct a series of Open Houses to interview candidates for different positions. These include turf work, general labor, greenhouse work/planting, betting clerks, security, ushers, parking attendants, customer service and group sales representatives and admission cashiers.

Read more articles in the Aqueduct category.


Keeneland Receives Accreditation Following Review by NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Inspection

At a press conference today at Keeneland, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that the Lexington, Ky., racetrack has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility. Keeneland is the second track to be so designated by the Alliance. Churchill Downs was accredited last week.

The accreditation of Keeneland was the culmination of a lengthy certification process that began with the track’s completion of a 48-page written application. Keeneland then hosted several meetings with Alliance officials and met twice with the Alliance’s independent monitor, former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Tommy Thompson. The on-site review included inspections of all facets of the racing facility, and interviews with track executives, racetrack personnel, jockeys, owners, trainers, stewards, regulators and customers. It was led by Ronald Jensen, DVM; racing regulator Frank Lamb; and Mike Ziegler, Executive Director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. Portions of the review were also observed by Thompson.

Read more articles in the Keeneland category.


Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory Being Launched with Broad Industry Support

The following news release is being distributed on behalf of the new Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory.

A Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory designed to enhance surface safety for horses and riders is being launched with the financial support of a broad industry coalition, it was announced today by the laboratory’s coordinators Dr. Mick Peterson and Dr. Wayne McIlwraith.

The laboratory will provide science-based testing focused on the unique demands of horse racing. Such testing has long been sought after by track superintendents and will be provided for dirt and synthetic racetrack surfaces in collaboration with industry stakeholders.


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