Wednesday, May 17 2017

Preakness: Post Position Draw Quotes

Trainer Todd Pletcher (Always Dreaming, PP No. 4; 4-5) – “Like I said before, I wasn’t overly concerned about where we drew. He was 4 in the Florida Derby, 5 in the Kentucky Derby. He’s generally a very alert horse away from the gate. He’s a good horse standing in the gate. I guess if you were hand selecting wherever you drew maybe you’d like to be outside of Conquest Mo Money. As we know, in a lot of races things change as soon as the gates open. We’ll just let him run his race.”
“I don’t think [Classic Empire being in Post 5] matters, as long as everybody breaks cleanly. I would imagine that Classic Empire is going to keep an eye on where we are. The first and second choices are side by side.”

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Monday, May 15 2017

Preakness News and Notes: 5.15.2017

Always Dreaming Shows His Pre-Derby Edge
Classic Empire Arrives, Settles In at Pimlico
Looking At Lee, Hence Breeze, Due to Arrive Tuesday

BALTIMORE – With a brief display of rambunctious behavior early Monday morning Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming showed trainer Todd Pletcher that he hasn’t lost the edge that helped propel him to victory on May 6 at Churchill Downs.

Pletcher shipped Always Dreaming to the quiet stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course three days after his 2 ¾-length Derby victory to give the colt time to settle in and relax in preparation for a scheduled start in the Saturday’s 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1). That worked well for six days, but on the seventh Always Dreaming released some energy moments after he stepped onto the track at 6 a.m. with exercise rider Nick Bush up.

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Monday, May 08 2017


ALWAYS DREAMING (1st)/TAPWRIT (6th)/PATCH (14th)– They were up and at ‘em early at the Todd Pletcher barn Sunday morning following the outfit’s smashing tally in Kentucky Derby 143 Saturday accomplished by the stable’s talented colt Always Dreaming.

“Dreaming” himself set the tone, full of life and all but bouncing out of his stall in Barn 40. He was acting like he wanting to go out and do it again. His groom, Eliasin Beltran, had his hands full, but was happy for it. The native of Mexico has worked for Pletcher for the past five years and knows how to handle a good horse. Among the stakes aces he has dealt with previously are Verrazano, Constitution and Stanford.

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Saturday, May 06 2017

Kentucky Oaks Trainer Quotes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 5, 2017):

Bob Baffert, trainer of Abel Tasman (1st) -- “It’s just exciting to win the Kentucky Oaks. We’d like to have a horse in the Derby but I’m so happy for the China Horse Club. They trusted me with the filly. And ‘Big Money’ Mike (Smith), what can you say? Incredible ride. We knew she was doing really well coming into this race. We got a nice, hot pace and it worked out. They were going pretty fast but I have a lot of respect for Paradise Woods and she was getting a lot of pressure. About the three-eighths pole he started moving and I thought we might have a shot. She’s a beautiful filly to train. She shipped beautifully and we knew we had a chance.”

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Abel Tasman Rallies to win 143rd Longines Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 5, 2017) – China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms’ Abel Tasman rallied from far back and then held off a late bid from Daddys Lil Darling by 1 ¼ lengths to win the 143rd running of the $1,000,000 Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 105,100 on a cold and rainy Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, Abel Tasman covered the 1 1/8 miles on a sloppy track in 1:51.62.

It was the third victory in the Oaks for Baffert, who previously won with Silverbulletday in 1999 and Plum Pretty in 2011. For Smith, it was second victory in the Oaks to go with Princess of Sylmar in 2013.

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Abel Tasman Wins the 143rd Longines Kentucky Oaks

105,100 Brave Coldest Oaks Day Since 1940
Just Shy of Setting the All-Time All-Sources Wagering Record

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 5, 2017) – Fans braved an all-day rain and the coldest Oaks Day since 1940 as Abel Tasman captured the 143rd running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs Racetrack. The dreary weather, which kept thousands of fans at home, still resulted in attendance of 105,100. The highest all-time attendance record for the Kentucky Oaks of 124,589 was set just last year under perfect weather.

Wagering from all-sources on the full Kentucky Oaks Day race card of $48.9 million was down only slightly to 2016’s record-setting total of $49.0 million and represents the second highest all-sources wagering on Oaks Day. All-sources wagering on the Kentucky Oaks race of $14.9 million was also down slightly compared to 2016’s $15.0 million.

On-track wagering on the Kentucky Oaks Day race card of $9.3 million was down 22% compared to 2016. On-track wagering on the Kentucky Oaks race of $2.4 million was down 21% compared to 2016’s $3.0 million.

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Wednesday, May 03 2017

Kentucky Derby Update with Post Position Draw Quotes 5/3


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 3, 2017)
– John Oxley’s Classic Empire was made the 4-1 morning-line favorite for Kentucky Derby 143 when post positions were drawn Wednesday morning in the Aristides Lounge at Churchill Downs.

Prior to the draw during morning training, Louisiana Derby (Grade II) winner Girvin galloped a mile at 6:30 in his first activity at Churchill Downs since arriving at the track Tuesday afternoon.

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Tuesday, May 02 2017

Kentucky Derby Update: Tuesday, May 2, 2017


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 2, 2017)
– Godolphin Racing’s Thunder Snow (IRE) exited quarantine Tuesday morning and made his first visit to the main track at Churchill Downs. Going out during the special training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses at 8:30, Thunder Snow jogged a mile and cantered a mile.

Also making their initial appearances on the track were Monday arrivals Irish War Cry, Gormley and Royal Mo for the Derby and Oaks hopefuls Mopotism and Paradise Woods.

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Monday, May 01 2017

Kentucky Derby Update: Monday, May 1, 2017


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 1, 2017)
– Trainer Steve Asmussen’s three Kentucky Derby hopefuls turned in half-mile works Monday morning at Churchill Downs as did Sonneteer for trainer Keith Desormeaux.

The first Asmussen runner to work was Untrapped, who covered the four furlongs in :50.40. Next up for the Hall of Fame trainer was Lookin At Lee, who worked in :50.20. Both of those works were over a track labeled as “sloppy” following overnight rain.

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Royal Squeeze Returns a Winner in Jeblar

Carryovers Wednesday in Rainbow 6, Super Hi 5

HALLANDALE BEACH – Newtown Anner Stud’s Royal Squeeze, making his first start since September and first for trainer Ralph Nicks, drove down the stretch under jockey Tyler Gaffalione to win Sunday’s $75,000 Jeblar at Gulfstream Park.

A 5-year-old son of Wildcat Heir who finished second in the 2014 In Reality Division of the Florida Sire Stakes, Wildcat Heir covered the Jeblar’s seven furlongs in 1:22.10.

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Thursday, April 20 2017

Classic Rock Ready to Roll in Friday’s Roar Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Fully recovered from a virus that prevented him from running in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Feb. 12, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Classic Rock is ready to roll in Friday’s $75,000 Roar Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

The 3-year-old son of Maclean’s Music, who shipped to Santa Anita after winning back-to-back starts during the Championship Meet at Gulfstream, was expected to vie for favoritism in the seven-furlong San Vicente before coming down with a virus a week before the race.

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Friday, April 14 2017

Gulfstream Sets Record Championship Meet Handle of $867 Million

Highlights Include Arrogate Winning Inaugural Pegasus World Cup (G1)
Always Dreaming Wins 66th Florida Derby (G1)
Sano Saddles Gunnevera to Win Fountain of Youth
Claiming Crown Handles Record $11.115 Million
Eclipse Awards Return, California Chrome Crowned Horse of the Year
ACM Song of the Year Winner Thomas Rhett Performs at Pegasus
Pegasus Guests Include Usher, Vanessa Hudgens, Aaron Paul and More

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It was a winter to remember at Gulfstream Park.

Bringing together the top horses and horsemen for a winter program of world-class racing highlighted by the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and the $1 million Florida Derby, Gulfstream’s total handle for the 87-day meet was a record $867 million.

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