Wednesday, April 13 2016

Additional Arkansas Derby and Oaklawn Handicap Updates


Lightly raced American Pioneer drew post 5 for his scheduled stakes debut in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn.
American Pioneer, an 8-1 shot in the program, was an eye-catching maiden winner in his last start, March 19 at Oaklawn. It was just his second race overall.
“We’re doing good, we’re happy,” trainer Wayne Catalano said. “He went two miles this morning. He went the last mile in a two-minute clip. I’m happy with the way he’s been doing.”
Rafael Bejarano is scheduled to ride American Pioneer in the Arkansas Derby.
American Pioneer, a son of Awesome Again, races for Gary and Mary West, who won the 1993 Arkansas Derby with 108-1 shot Rockamundo.
Catalano saddled Crypto Star to win the 1997 Arkansas Derby.

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Oaklawn Barn Notes: April 13

Cupid Arrives for Arkansas Derby, Installed as 2-1 Favorite

Accompanied by the rest of the contingent of California horses jetting in to contest Oaklawn Park's Racing Festival of the South, Cupid settled in nicely on Wednesday afternoon as he readies for the biggest test of his young career.

The 2-1 morning line favorite in the field of 12 for the 80th running of the $1 million (G1) Arkansas Derby on Saturday has already proven an affinity for Oaklawn's racing strip. Cupid, who is owned by the international racing and breeding conglomerate Coolmore and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, was an impressive winner of the $900,000 (G2) Rebel Stakes here last time out.

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Monday, April 11 2016

Rainbow 6 Carryover Reaches $434,747 for Wednesday

Super Hi-5 Carryover of $6,301.22 for First Race
Tyler Gaffalione Rides Three Winners Sunday

– There will be a 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover of $434,747.25 greeting bettors when live racing resumes Wednesday at Gulfstream Park.

Post time for Wednesday’s eight-race card is 12:55 p.m.

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Sunday, April 10 2016

Quotes for the $1 Million Toyota Blue Grass

Dale Romans (winning trainer of Brody’s Cause and third-place finisher Cherry Wine)

“(Brody’s Cause) started off his three-year-old season really slow. To run so bad in the Tampa Bay Derby, when I thought we were leading over a winner, it was discouraging. But if you look at his first race, he ran terrible that day, and I had thought he would win. I think he’s just a horse that needed a race.

“We’re going into the Kentucky Derby (G1) in perfect form. He’s already won on the track, which you know is important at Churchill Downs, and the farther the better.”

On his other trainee Cherry Wine, who ran third
“He ran a huge race, too. We’ll take him too and take a one-two punch in the Kentucky Derby.”

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Quotes for the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland

Rusty Arnold (winning trainer of Weep No More)

“I thought she’d be that far back, and I told her (my wife, Sarah) about the half-mile pole, ‘I think she can get up for third from here.’ She just kept going, and they backed up a little bit. It was nice for the (owner) Bromagens, and we’ve been pointing for this race for two months.”

On her keys to big improvement
“Two turns, and she just came around. Each race she’s been better and better. Did we expect this? Not quite, but she’s a step ahead of us.

“We’ve got the mile and eighth in the (Kentucky) Oaks (G1) coming up. Jack Bohannan did all the work with her. She was under quarantine at Payson, and he trained her two months. Great job.”

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Saturday, April 09 2016

Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Sunday $393,000

Noble Quality Returns a Winner

– With no unique winner of Saturday’s 20-cent Rainbow 6, Gulfstream Park will have a carryover Sunday of $393,115.22 for its nine-race program.

First race post time Sunday is 12:55 p.m.

Multiple tickets were sold with all six winners on Saturday, each worth $3,108.30. There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover in Sunday’s first race of $2,249.63.

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MIKE SMITH, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “She’s just incredible. I feel so blessed and I keep pinching myself, having to remind myself that I’m the one that gets to keep the weight on her. That’s really all I do. She’s so professional, so good at everything.

“She was spinning her wheels a little bit going into the first turn but once we got to the backside, she found her rhythm and she got comfortable and it was all her again.

“It’s pretty slick. It’s safe, it’s got a bottom, but it’s a little slick on top. She ran with normal shoes and was spinning just a little bit leaving the gate but once she was moving forward she was fine.”

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KENT DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Well, if he shows up the first Saturday in May like he did today . . . he was ultra-confident today. He’s so mature and he walked to the gate like an old pony. He left there quiet and comfortable and I think that’s the difference, when a horse lets you drive and they’re not man-handling themselves. He reminded me of Texas Red.

“He’s that caliber of horse and it’s extra special to be with Keith, and we don’t even talk too much, it’s all quite understood. All he said in the paddock was, ‘Kent, I’m telling you that I’ve never seen this horse so confident.’ When I galloped off once I was on the track, he took to the track like a duck to water. He never missed a beat and he showed it winning today.

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Friday, April 08 2016

Wood Memorial Notes 4/8

• Miller: G1 Carter good 'fit' for Calculator
• Maiden looks for G1 Wood Memorial glory
• Collmus back in action at Aqueduct
• Rivelli has a couple of rooting interests in G3 Bay Shore
• Effinex headed out of town
• Phipps homebred Carrumba leads rescheduled G3 Top Flight
• Takeover Target hones in on Danger's Hour

- No stranger to New York stakes success, West Coast-based trainer Peter Miller, who won the 2013 Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap with Comma to the Top and last year's Grade 2 Kelso Handicap with Appealing Tale, is back in the Big Apple this weekend with another stakes contender.

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Thursday, April 07 2016

Lewis Bay tops G2 Gazelle at Big A

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Lewis Bay, one of two hopefuls in the field from the barn of trainer Chad Brown, looks for her second graded stakes victory at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday when she takes on six other promising 3-year-old fillies in the 121st running of the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle Stakes.

The Gazelle is also a significant stop on the road to the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks with 170 total qualifying points at stake (100 for first, 40 for second, 20 for third and 10 for fourth), and Lewis Bay, currently sitting in 12th place on the leader board with 30 points, has the opportunity to solidify one of 14 spots in the Oaks starting gate May 6.

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From maiden winner to stakes favorite, Unified heads Bay Shore field

OZONE PARK, N. Y. - Following an eye-catching and buzz-worthy maiden win at Gulfstream Park in February, Unified takes a big step Saturday when he makes his second career start in the Grade 3, $300,000 Bay Shore at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Centennial Farms' Unified, a son of Candy Ride, has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the field of eight set to travel seven furlongs in the Bay Shore.

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Wednesday, April 06 2016

Shagaf favored in G1 Wood Memorial

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Shadwell Stable's undefeated Gotham winner Shagaf has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite over seven rivals in the 92nd edition of the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

As part of the official Road to the Kentucky Derby prep series, the 1 1/8-mile Wood is the final stop in New York en route to the "Run for the Roses," worth 100 qualifying points to the winner, 40 points to second, 20 to third and 10 to fourth - virtually guaranteeing the top two finishers spots in the starting gate in the Grade 1, $2 million Kentucky Derby May 7 at Churchill Downs.

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