Saturday, March 28 2009
‘Giant’ Question Mark
Will he or won’t he?
That’s the question circulating around the Chicago racing community regarding Giant Oak, the Illinois-bred chestnut colt, who might make his next start in the $500,000 Grade 2 Illinois Derby, on Saturday April 4. Might? What gives?
“We’re gonna enter him on Monday,” said Chris Block, Giant Oak’s locally-based trainer. “After that, several factors will determine whether to run him here or in the Bluegrass.”
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Friday, March 27 2009
Barn Notes 3-27
So Glitzy Stepping Up for the Rampart
Mr. and Mrs. Leverett Miller’s So Glitzy has been tracking some of the leading females at Gulfstream Park this winter with mild success, and will try to put her name among the distaff division’s elite in Sunday’s $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G2).
Trained by Hall of Famer Allen Jerkens, the 5-year-old Florida homebred daughter of Gilded Time has lost her last eight races, but is going around two turns and traveling 1 1/8 miles in the Rampart – just like she did in her last victory last July at Saratoga.
NYRA & MSG PLUS ANNOUNCE EXCITING LINEUP OF LIVE HORSE RACING TELECASTS
New York, NY, March 27, 2009 – MSG Plus, in partnership with New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), announced today a strong slate of live horse racing programming for this summer. MSG Plus will kick things off with the important Kentucky Derby prep race, the Wood Memorial, on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Then starting on Saturday, August 1, the network will telecast five “Saturdays at Saratoga,” going live from the historic Saratoga Race Course for eight championship caliber stakes. Jason Blewitt, Eric Donovan and Andy Serling will provide commentary for the telecasts.
“Last year tri-state area fans showed enormous interest in the Woodward Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup, and we are excited to offer even more top notch events live on MSG Plus,” said Lydia Murphy-Stephans, executive vice president of programming and production, MSG Media. “This new collection of exciting races for the summer enhances our premier lineup of horse racing programming, and reinforces our commitment to offer area fans a variety of first-rate sporting events.”
Belmont Bash to Benefit Equine Research and N.Y. Division of RTCA
The Belmont Bash, hosted by the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and The Jockey Club, will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2009, at The Clubhouse at Meadowbrook Pointe in Westbury, N.Y.
Tickets are $250 per person and proceeds will benefit Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA), New York Division.
Kentucky Derby 135 Update (3.27.09)
SOUTHEAST/UNBEATEN DUNKIRK, QUALITY ROAD HEAD FLORIDA DERBY
Last year’s running of the $750,000 Florida Derby (Grade I) at Gulfstream Park saw the emergence of a major star when unbeaten Big Brown romped to an easy victory and became the favorite for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). Big Brown would later score an emphatic Kentucky Derby win.
The favorite for this year’s “Run for the Roses” on May 2 could again be determined by the results of the Florida Derby, which will be run Saturday at the Hallandale, Fla. track. The morning line choices for this year’s renewal are the unbeaten Dunkirk, a $3.7 million yearling purchase, and Quality Road, the impressive winner of in Gulfstream Park’s Fountain of Youth (GII).
Kentucky Oaks 135 Update (3.27.09)
SOUTHEAST/JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE FAVORED TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK IN BONNIE MISS
Streaking Justwhistledixie, the surprising favorite over reigning 2-year-old filly champion Stardom Bound and Silverbulletday (GII) and Golden Rod (GII) winner Rachel Alexandra in Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, will look to strengthen her credentials for the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) when she takes on five rivals in Friday’s $200,000 Bonnie Miss (GII) at Gulfstream Park.
The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Justwhistledixie has a four-race winning streak, with her latest victory being an impressive 3 ¾-length romp in the one-mile Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream. Her previous wins came in New York. She will attempt a two-turn distance for the first time in the Bonnie Miss, which is run at 1 1/8-miles – the same distance as the Kentucky Oaks.
CHURCHILL DOWNS OPENS INFIELD TO WELCOME 52ND ANNUAL SCOUT-O-RAMA CELEBRATION
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 26, 2009) – The infield at historic Churchill Downs will be filled Friday through Sunday, March 27-29, with images of colorful tents, the scent of campfires, and the sounds of special activities and competitions as thousands of Boy Scouts of all ages and levels of experience gather to participate in the 52nd annually celebration of Scout-O-Rama.
As many as 7,000 scouts, family members and friends are expected to visit the home of the Kentucky Derby during the three-day Scout-O-Rama celebration. The 2009 renewal will be mark the 24th consecutive year that Scout-O-Rama has been hosted by Churchill Downs. The event, formerly held at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds (now the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center) was first conducted in the Churchill Downs infield in 1986.
FIERY TRIPPI’S FORTUNES RISE IN RISING MARKET PURSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2009) – Fiery Trippi, a 5-year-old gelding with but a single victory in 13 previous starts, proved best Thursday in Santa Anita’s $52,800 Rising Market Purse with a
1 ¾ length victory over favored Cause in the mile-and-one-eighth first-level allowance event.
UNUSUAL HEAT PROGENY HOLD HOT HANDS IN SUNDAY CO-FEATURES
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2009) – Medzendeekron strives for his third straight win as the 119-pound high weight in Sunday’s $125,000 Sensational Star Handicap at Santa Anita while Beltene will attempt to ignite another winning streak in the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Paula Stakes.
The only commonality between the co-features is the 6 ½-furlong distance and that the likely favorites were both sired by California stallion-sensation, Unusual Heat.
Gulfstream Park’s Barbaro Foundation Names Its Three Winners for 2009
Gulfstream Park, in conjunction with the University of Florida, has named Erica Rosen and Megan Murphy Lamb winners of its annual Florida Derby Scholarship and Astrid Groshe winner of the Barbaro Scholarship.
Ms Rosen and Ms. Lamb will each receive $12,500 as winners of their scholarship, and Ms. Grosche will receive $5,000 for her award.
One Caroline & Ginger Brew Clash in Rampart Sunday
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s undefeated 4-year-old filly One Caroline will be favored to keep her record perfect in Sunday’s $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, but will face her sternest test yet with Stronach Stable’s Canadian champion filly Ginger Brew among six rival fillies and mares.
Jockey Edgar Prado rides One Caroline for trainer Rusty Arnold in the 1 1/8 miles Rampart as the roan/gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song bids for her third straight victory of the meet and fifth overall all after winning her first two starts at Churchill Downs last spring at 1 1/16 miles.
GGF TO OFFER ADVANCE WAGERING FRIDAY ON SATURDAY’S $6 MILLION DUBAI WORLD CUP
ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will offer advance wagering Friday on the $6 million Dubai World Cup, which will be run Saturday at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.
The world's richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup is a 1 1/4-mile contest for 4-year-olds and up. Fourteen horses, including Donn Handicap winner Albertus Maximus, are entered in the Grade I World Cup.