Wednesday, April 08 2009

Smart Strike Colt Brings $475,000 on Tuesday at Keeneland

Lexington, KY (April 7, 2008) – A colt by Smart Strike brought a final bid of $475,000 from trainer Bob Baffert to top the second and final session of Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

Baffert said he purchased the colt, out of the Belong to Me mare Private Feeling, for Mike Pegram, Paul Weitman and Karl Watson. He was consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.

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Keeneland Barn Notes—Tuesday, April 7, 2009


When Charitable Man goes postward in Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1), he will be making his first start since winning the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont Park on Sept. 13.

Neal McLaughlin, brother of and assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, said the road to the Toyota Blue Grass had to come with no bumps and so far that has been the case.

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Keeneland Overnight for Friday, April 10

Stakes Closing April 8

The Appalachian Stakes is a grade III race for 3yo fillies going 1 mile over the turf. The purse is $100,000; the nom fee is $100

The Doubledogdare Stakes is a Grade III for fillies and mares 4yo & up going 1 1/16 miles over Keeneland's Polytrack. Purse is $100,000; nom fee is $100

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 7, 2009) — Patrons attending California Gold Rush Day X on Saturday, April 25, will receive a free Hollywood Park Fan-tastic T-Shirt and Ball Cap while supplies last.

The opening weekend giveaway is the first two-item premium in track history.

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BALTIMORE, 04-07-09---The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) have reached comprehensive account wagering agreements with Youbet, XpressBet and TwinSpires. Specific details of the agreements will not be released, but they cover all wagers placed on live races conducted by the Maryland Jockey Club, as well as wagers placed by Maryland residents on out-of-state races.

“I am delighted with these new agreements,” said MTHA President Richard J. Hoffberger. "They are fair, address our joint concerns about the economics of racing and will benefit all parties. We have developed a joint sense of commitment and trust that will enable us to work together positively in the future. I am particularly pleased that these agreements will enhance the distribution of our product."

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Keeneland To Be Reviewed By NTRA Safety And Integrity Alliance Inspection Team April 9-10

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., will be the next U.S. racetrack reviewed by an inspection team as part of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance accreditation process. The Keeneland inspection visit will take place Thursday and Friday, April 9-10. A review of Churchill Downs was held Monday.

In preparation for the accreditation visit, Keeneland completed a 48-page written application that serves as the first step in the accreditation process. The track also hosted several meetings with Alliance officials and met with the Alliance’s independent monitor, former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Tommy Thompson. The on-site visit will include inspections of all facets of the racing facility, and interviews with track executives, racetrack personnel, jockeys, owners, trainers, stewards, regulators and customers.


Tuesday, April 07 2009

I Want Revenge Arrives at Churchill Downs For Kentucky Derby 135

LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 7, 2009) – David Lanzman and IEAH Stable’s I Want Revenge, winner of the Wood Memorial (Grade I) and one of the early favorites for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday, April 7 to continue his preparation for the May 2 “Run for the Roses.”

The Jeff Mullins-trained son of Stephen Got Even arrived at Churchill Downs around 5:45 a.m. following a van ride from New York. I Want Revenge is stabled in Barn 24.

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Keeneland April Sale Records Highest Price Paid for Juvenile At Public Auction in 2009

Lexington, KY (April 6, 2009) – Trainer Bob Baffert signed the ticket for $1.9 million for Vallenzeri on opening night of Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. It is the highest price paid for a juvenile at public auction in 2009.

Baffert bought the colt – by Horse of the Year A.P. Indy out of Horse of the Year Azeri – on behalf of client Kaleem Shah. Vallenzeri breezed an eighth of a mile in :10.1 during the sale’s Preview Day show on April 2. He was consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.

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Monday, April 06 2009


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 6, 2008) — Hollywood Park will move post time ahead 20 minutes to 1 p.m. during the 65-day Spring/Summer Meet, which opens Wednesday, April 22.

Regular post time will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with the traditional 7:05 p.m. start on Friday nights. The lone exception in the Friday night schedule will be a 1 p.m. post time on May 1 — Kentucky Oaks Day and eve of the Kentucky Derby.

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“Show me the money” is pretty much the cry as a slew of Kentucky Derby hopefuls get set to make their final assaults on purse earnings Saturday when Keeneland presents its Grade I, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes and Oaklawn Park trots out its Grade II, $1-million Arkansas Derby.

The two make up two-thirds of the final push for money that can make or break the dreams of running in Churchill Downs’ $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 2. As the prospective field of 20 3-year-olds is taking shape, it appears that it could take $200,000 in graded stakes earnings to put a horse in the gate on Derby Day.

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Oceanport, N.J. * Heavy rains were no deterrent for the return of Thoroughbreds to Monmouth Park as the Shore racetrack opened its stable area on Monday in preparation for the 2009 season, set to get underway on May 9.

Among the first to arrive were horses for trainers Russell Cash, Frank Costa and Pat Marrotta.

“As always the stable area will meet its maximum capacity of 1,600 horses,” said Bob Kulina, vice president of racing and general manager of Monmouth Park. “We’ll have a great mix of familiar faces and newcomers in the trainer ranks, which should ensure great competitive racing, at all levels, throughout the meet.”

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Pfizer Animal Health Makes $50,000 Leadership Contribution to NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance has received a contribution of $50,000 from Pfizer Animal Health.

“Pfizer Animal Health is proud to support the work of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance in its efforts towards improved health and wellness for the equine athletes,” said Kristin Ruff, Equine Sr. Marketing Manager at Pfizer Animal Health. “We salute the NTRA for its work over the years on behalf of all equines.”


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