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Sunday, May 05 2013


Belmont Park Notes: Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Arrives


• Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Arrives at Belmont Park
• Hessonite, Lubash in good order following G3 Victories on Saturday at Belmont
ELMONT, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby winner Orb, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario returned to Belmont Park Sunday, prepared to gear up for the next leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness, on Saturday, May 18. The series concludes June 8 with the 145th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes.





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Saturday, May 04 2013


REIGNING HORSE OF THE YEAR WISE DAN ROMPS IN TURF CLASSIC


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) –– Morton Fink’s homebred star Wise Dan overwhelmed six rivals to win the 27th running of the $546,400 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I), by 4 ¾ lengths over Optimizer at Churchill Downs.





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ORB WINS 139TH KENTUCKY DERBY BEFORE 151,616 AT CHURCHILL DOWNS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) – Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb rallied from far off the pace to take command in mid-stretch en route to a 2 ½-length victory over longshot Golden Soul to win the 139th running of the $2,174,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) before a crowd of 151,616 on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.





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DELAUNAY ROMPS TO VICTORY IN CHURCHILL DOWNS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) – Maggi Moss’ Delaunay swept past Trinniberg at the head of the stretch and drew off to a four-length victory in the 79th running of the $443,600 Churchill Downs presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.





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STEPHANIE’S KITTEN RETURNS IN STYLE TO WIN CHURCHILL DISTAFF TURF MILE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Stephanie’s Kitten, making her first start in more than six months, outgamed defending champion Hungry Island by a neck to win the 28th running of the $288,750 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile presented by Longines (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.





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AUBBY K REVELS IN THE SLOP TO WIN HUMANA DISTAFF


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) – James Spence’s homebred Aubby K disposed of pacesetting Jamaican Smoke in the upper stretch en route to a 1 1/2-length victory in the 27th running of the $345,600 Humana Distaff (Grade I), the first of three Grade I races on the Kentucky Derby Day program at Churchill Downs.





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TWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) – Stud Sampaio’s Berlino Di Tiger (BRZ) held off a late charge from 2009 race winner Chamberlain Bridge by a nose to win the 19th running of the $138,250 Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by RAM (Grade III), the first of six graded stakes on the Kentucky Derby Day program at Churchill Downs.





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KENTUCKY OAKS UPDATE – SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2013


PRINCESS OF SYLMAR / UNLIMITED BUDGET / DREAMING OF JULIA / SILSITA – The report on the four Kentucky Oaks (GI) fillies out of the Todd Pletcher barn was all positive Saturday morning following their major impact on the rich 3-year-old filly classic.





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LONGSHOT PRINCESS OF SYLMAR WINS KENTUCKY OAKS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 3, 2013) – King of Prussia Stable’s Princess of Sylmar, the second-longest shot on the board at 38-1, caught Beholder in deep stretch to win the 139th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length before the second-largest Oaks Day crowd in history, 113,820.

Friday’s attendance was surpassed only by the 116,046 that attended in 2010.





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FAVORED NOBLE TUNE CRUISES TO AMERICAN TURF VICTORY


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 3, 2013) – Martin Schwartz and Dell Ridge Farm’s Noble Tune, benefiting from a ground-saving trip under Javier Castellano, rocketed to the front in upper stretch and cruised to a 1 3/4-length victory over Admiral Kitten in the 22th running of the $234,200 American Turf presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade II) for 3-year-olds on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.





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MEGAMOVE SEEKS FIRST STAKES SCORE IN SUMTER


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 3, 2013) – Centaur Farms, Inc.’s Megamove, a rapidly developing 4-year-old that has won three of his last six starts, will step up to stakes company for the first time in his career when starting in the $55,000 Sumter Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday.





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Barn Notes


DESORMEAUX AT HAND AND HANDS-ON

When one has earned nearly every accolade in their respective craft, it is easy to assume they can take a moment to rest on their proverbial laurels. Such is not the case for Kent Desormeaux, a decorated jockey who joins an already solid rider colony for the 2013 Arlington International Racecourse meet.





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