Friday, March 20 2009


AUSSIE RED ARROW FAVORED IN GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SPRINT


ALBANY -- Red Arrow, the Aussie horse who is 2-for-3 racing in the U.S., has been made a 7-to-5 favorite on the morning line to capture the $75,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint Saturday.

A six-furlong dash for 4-year-olds and up, the Golden Gate Fields Sprint is the main event on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. The Golden Gate Fields Sprint is the third race on the card and is scheduled to be run at 1:49 p.m.





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Champion Stardom Bound at Keeneland to Prepare for Ashland


Lexington, KY (March 20, 2009) – Champion Stardom Bound arrived at Keeneland on Wednesday, March 18, and will have her first breeze over the Polytrack on Saturday as she prepares for her next scheduled start in the $400,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) on April 4.

“That's what we're here for,” said trainer Rick Dutrow about the Ashland. Stardom Bound will make her first start for Dutrow in the Keeneland stakes, after having raced for trainer Bobby Frankel in her two previous races of 2009.





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KAELIN WINS TWO, CRUZ BOOTS HOME THREE


OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 20, 2009) Trainer Forrest Kaelin escorted two of his charges to the Winner’s Circle today, and Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month Carlos M. Cruz rode three winners on the afternoon’s eleven race program. Kaelin got his first victory with Prince David, a three-year-old Crimson Classic gelding owned by Betty Kaelin and ridden to victory by Jesse Garcia. Kaelin teamed up with Carlos Cruz to notch his second win of the day; the duo scored with So Very Irish, a Stravinsky gelding carrying the colors of Davis V. Hall.





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Day-before routines for Lane’s End contenders


FLORENCE, KY . . . March 20, 2009 . . . Bittel Road and West Side Bernie, one-two on the morning line for the Lane’s End Stakes Saturday, both were on the Polytrack at Turfway Park Friday morning.

Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, jogged Bittel Road once around the Turfway track and then galloped another circuit. “He went very easily,” Beckman said. “He’s loving the track. He’s just cruising over top of it.”





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Oasis 1 Stables dominates final Jebel Ali meeting


Friday’s tenth and final meeting of the 2008/09 season at Jebel Ali was dominated by trainer Musabah Al Muhairi and his stable jockey Wayne Smith who combined to win half of the six races.

The featured 1200m sprint handicap, however, was won by the Satish Seemar-trained Escape Route who was ridden by Robbie Burke in the absence of an unwell Kevin Shea.





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Derby 135 Update (3.20.09)


EUROPE/GOSDEN’S MAFAAZ PUNCHES DERBY TICKET WITH NARROW KEMPTON WIN

For the first time in 135 years of Kentucky Derby (Grade I) history, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred has a guaranteed spot in the starting gate for the “Run for the Roses.” The history-making horse is Mafaaz, who punched his ticket to Kentucky Derby 135 when he held off the onrushing Spring of Fame to win Wednesday’s first running of the $112,304 Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at England’s Kempton Park.

The race offered its winner a guaranteed starting spot in America’s greatest race and a $100,000 bonus if Mafaaz shows up at Churchill Downs and starts in the 1 ¼-mile classic on Saturday, May 2. And trainer John Gosden, a strong supporter of the Kentucky Derby Challenge concept, intends to send the colt owned by Dubai’s Sheikh Hamdan to Kentucky for the race.





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Kentucky Oaks 135 Update 3.20.09


SOUTH/RACHEL ALEXANDRA LIKELY TO POINT TO FANTASY

L & M Racing’s Rachel Alexandra, a romping winner in last week’s Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II), is likely to make the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park her final prep for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI).

Trainer Hal Wiggins sais his options for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro are to train Rachel Alexandra up to the 1 1/8-mile Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 1 or run in the race at Oaklawn Park on April 5.





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PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $93,717 INTO FRIDAY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 19, 2009)—With an average field size of 9.5 horses per race and upsets on both turf and ProRide synthetic, no one correctly tabbed six winners in Santa Anita’s popular Pick Six wager, resulting in a carryover into Friday of $93,717, and the possibility of a total Pick Six pool in excess of $750,000. Thursday’s carryover is the 25th from 61 days of racing dating back to Dec. 26.

The Pick Six got off to a quiet start in race three, as 3-1 second choice Life Goes On prevailed and paid $8.00 to win. Ridden by Tyler Baze and trained by Bob Baffert, Life Goes On is a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Vindication who is owned by Fog City Stable and Hill ’n Dale Equine Holdings.





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Thursday, March 19 2009


FAVORED SUGAR MINT MAKES SHORT WORK OF WHITE DOVE PURSE


ARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2009) – After being considered for Sunday’s Grade II Santa Ana Handicap, Sugar Mint instead took part in Thursday’s $57,200 White Dove Purse, and the 7-10 favorite dominated her opposition in the one-mile turf event for fillies and mares at Santa Anita.

Sugar Mint tracked pace-setter Heathersdaddysbaby, disposed of her on the turn, and she crossed the wire 2¼ lengths ahead of General Consensus while under a hand ride by Rafael Bejarano. The victorious 4-year-old Irish-bred filly was timed in 1:34.46.





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VISIT EXPECTED TO ADD TO FRANKEL’S DOMINATION OF SANTA ANA


ARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2009) – Bobby Frankel, who has saddled eight of the last 17 winners of Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ana Handicap including the last two, is expected to expand his domination with British-bred Vista in Sunday’s 42nd running of the mile-and-one-eighth turf event for older fillies and mares.

Visit will carry high weight of 118 pounds among nine entrants while attempting to provide Juddmonte Farms with its fourth Santa Ana victory and propel jockey Garrett Gomez to within one win of Santa Anita’s seasonal record of 19 stakes victories shared by Laffit Pincay Jr. (1982-83) and Corey Nakatani (1996-97).





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Triple Crown Productions Press Release


WEST SIDE BERNIE, BITTEL ROAD IN LINE FOR SOLID TEST IN WIDE OPEN LANE’S END STAKES AT TURFWAY PARK

WEST SIDE BERNIE, last seen finishing third in Gulfstream Park’s Holy Bull Stakes, and BITTEL ROAD, fourth in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita, appear likely to vie for the role of favorite in Saturday’s running of the Grade II, $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes at 1 1/8 miles at Turfway Park.

The race is rated as the Northern Kentucky track’s premier prep for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. It falls at a time when a winner could look ahead to another prep in three weeks or just train up to the May 2 Derby, seven weeks hence. Much has to do with the amount of graded earnings a horse would need to get into the gate for the Churchill Downs classic.





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TRAINER VALLEJO SADDLES EARLY DAILY DOUBLE AT GGF


ALBANY -- Trainer Genaro Vallejo saddled the winners of the early Daily Double Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

Vallejo, who entered the day with seven wins from 56 starters at the winter/spring meeting, won the first race with C. T. Zee ($4.80) and the second with Rule the Storm ($5.00). The Vallejo Daily Double paid $11.20.





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