Saturday, May 07 2011
2010 KENTUCKY OAKS WINNER BLIND LUCK RUNS DOWN BREEDER’ CUP LADIES’ CLASSIC WINNER UNRIVALED BEL
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 6, 2011) – Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Blind Luck returned to the scene of her victory in last year’s Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and collared Unrivaled Belle in the final 50 yards to win the 26th running of the $333,900 La Troienne Presented by Blackberry/RIM (GII) for fillies and mares by a half-length on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Blind Luck turned the tables on Unrivaled Belle who had beaten her in last November’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (GI) under the Twin Spires. Blind Luck covered the mile and a sixteenth on a fast main track in 1:42.93.
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Friday, May 6, 2011
ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (GIII) winner Animal Kingdom will be ridden by John Velazquez in Kentucky Derby 137. Velazquez was named to replace Robby Albarado, who suffered facial injuries in a paddock accident on Wednesday.
“We decided last night that if Robby rode today, we would stick with him,” said Barry Irwin, chief executive officer of Team Valor International. “But if he was not able to ride today, we didn't feel comfortable riding him on Saturday. We made the decision this morning, before the betting opened, so the 'punters' would have full knowledge of what the deal was."
Friday, May 06 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Thursday, May 5, 2011
ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom stood in the starting gate and galloped a mile and three quarters Thursday morning over a fast track at Churchill Downs.
“It was pretty uneventful,” trainer Graham Motion said with a smile.
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 BARN NOTES Thursday, May 5, 2011
BOUQUET BOOTH/STREET STORM – Right Time Racing’s two-pronged Kentucky Oaks (GI) entry of Street Storm and Bouquet Booth went to the track early and late, respectively, on a bright, clear Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.
Street Storm, who will be ridden Friday by Shaun Bridgmohan, jogged before the renovation break alongside a pony with exercise rider Williams Cano up. Street Storm will break from post position 10 in the Oaks.
Wednesday, May 04 2011
Dialed In Made 4-1 Favorite for Saturday’s 137th Running of the $2,196,800 Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, May 4, 2011) – Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In, the winner of three of four career starts including the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) in his most recent start, was made the 4-1 morning line favorite Wednesday night for Saturday’s 137th running of the $2,196,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at historic Churchill Downs.
If all 20 horses entered in the 1 ¼-mile classic start, the race will be worth $2,196,800 with the winner receiving $1,436,800. Post time for the Kentucky Derby, which will be the 11th race on the 13-race program is scheduled for 6:24 p.m. (all times Eastern). First post time is 10:30 a.m.
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Wednesday, May 4, 2011
ANIMAL KINGDOM/TOBY’S CORNER – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom galloped a mile and a half shortly after 7 a.m.
The Derby will be Animal Kingdom’s first start on dirt and trainer Graham Motion said he is confident that the colt will handle the surface switch.
Star-Studded La Troienne, Alysheba Highlight Five Stakes On Kentucky Oaks Day Undercard
LOUISVILLE, KY (Tuesday, May 3, 2011) – The return of 2010 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Blind Luck in a rematch with Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (GI) winner and 2010 Clark Handicap (GI) winner Giant Oak highlight a top class roster of runners entered Tuesday for five stakes races on the 12-race Kentucky Oaks Day racing card on Friday, May 6.
The five stakes, four of them graded, begin at 1:26 p.m. (all times Eastern) and lead up to the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks. First post time Friday is 10:30 a.m. with the Oaks at 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, May 03 2011
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 BARN NOTES Tuesday, May 3, 2011
BOUQUET BOOTH/STREET STORM – While Street Storm walked the shedrow at trainer Steve Margolis’ barn on a cool and wet Tuesday morning, her immediate racing future was being hashed out by Dann Glick, head of the partnership of Right Time Racing that owns the filly.
Would it be the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI) at a mile and an eighth on the main track on Friday for Street Storm, or would she go a few races earlier on the card in the $100,000 Edgewood Presented by Kentucky National Insurance at 1 1/16 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course?
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Monday, May 2, 2011
ANIMAL KINGDOM/TOBY’S CORNER – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom returned to the track Monday morning and jogged a mile over a sloppy course.
Dan Rock, assistant to trainer Graham Motion, sent the colt out a little after 7 a.m. during a short break in the rain.
Kentucky Oaks 137 Barn Notes for Monday, May 2
BOUQUET BOOTH/STREET STORM – Right Time Racing’s Bouquet Booth galloped a mile and half under Alex Castanon over a sloppy track after the renovation break, as did stablemate Street Storm under Williams Cano.
Watching the activity were Dan Glick and Steve Gowers, two of the partners in Right Time Racing, who are considering a Kentucky Oaks (GI) run with Street Storm, who is also under consideration for the $100,000 Edgewood Presented by Kentucky National Insurance at 1 1/6 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course on Friday.
Monday, May 02 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Sunday, May 1, 2011
ANIMAL KINGDOM/TOBY’S CORNER – Dianne D. Cotter’s homebred Toby’s Corner, winner of the Wood Memorial (GI), breezed six furlongs in 1:15 Sunday morning over the Tapeta surface at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md.
“It was very non-eventful. It went exactly how I hoped it would,” trainer Graham Motion said. “Basically, it is exactly what we did with him before the Wood Memorial.”
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 BARN NOTES Sunday, May 1, 2011
ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Arienza is no longer under consideration for Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and will most likely run in Friday’s $100,000 Eight Belles (GIII) Presented by ACS, trainer Danny Peitz said Sunday morning , before adding, “unless (Todd) Pletcher’s filly (R Heat Lightning) and (Larry) Jones’ filly (Joyful Victory) and the rest of them get sick or hurt before Tuesday.”
Peitz believes that at this moment Arienza is best suited for shorter distances, based on how keen she was in the early stages of her two-turn races.