Sunday, May 01 2011


KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Saturday, April 30, 2011


ANIMAL KINGDOM/TOBY’S CORNER – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom answered any questions about his readiness for the Derby Saturday morning with a sharp six-furlong work in 1:13 at Churchill Downs.

The impressive breeze came a week after the Leroidesanimaux colt had a slower-than-expected time in a work at Keeneland that didn’t develop as planned. With jockey Robby Albarado aboard and working in company with stablemate Meistersinger on Saturday, the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (GIII) winner turned in fractions of :12.40, :24.80, :37.20 and :49.20. His gallop-out time for seven furlongs was 1:26.40. Animal Kingdom broke off about three lengths behind Meistersinger, pulled even and traveled with him for a while, then drew off in the stretch.





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KENTUCKY OAKS 137 BARN NOTES Saturday, April 30, 2011


ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s lightly raced Arienza walked the shedrow at Barn 37 Saturday morning, a day after working a bullet five furlongs in :59.40.

“She came out of the work real good and ate up, which is good to see when she worked as fast as she did,” trainer Dan Peitz said.





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Friday, April 29 2011


KENTUCKY OAKS 137 BARN NOTES Friday, April 29, 2011


ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Fantasy (GII) runner-up Arienza worked five furlongs in :59.40 over a track labeled as “fast” matching Kentucky Derby hopeful Archarcharch for the fastest time of 58 at the distance Friday morning at Churchill Downs.

With retired jockey Larry Melancon up, Arienza clicked off fractions of :11.80, :23.20 and :34.40.





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Kentucky Derby 137 Barn Notes (Friday, April 29)


ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom galloped a mile and a half at 7:15 Friday morning, a little more than an hour earlier than the time reserved for Derby and Oaks horses.

Trainer Graham Motion said he couldn’t get Animal Kingdom and Team Valor International’s Kentucky Oaks candidate Summer Soiree out at the same time during the Derby-Oaks break so the Leroidesanimaux colt went out during the busier period.





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Thursday, April 28 2011


JORDIN SPARKS TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT KENTUCKY DERBY 137


LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, April 28, 2011) – Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling recording artist Jordin Sparks will sing the national anthem prior to the 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.

Sparks, a 21-year-old native of Phoenix, Ariz., will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” around 5:10 p.m. ET following the running of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI). The performance will be carried live on NBC Sports’ coverage of Kentucky Derby 137 which airs 4-7 p.m. ET.





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Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 137 Barn Notes for Thursday, April 28


ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Thursday afternoon.

Animal Kingdom will stabled in Barn 22 and is scheduled to work Saturday for trainer Graham Motion.

Motion also trains Wood Memorial (GI) winner Toby’s Corner, who is scheduled to work Sunday at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland and ship to Churchill Downs on Monday.





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Wednesday, April 27 2011


SWALE WINNER TRAVELIN MAN HEADS FIELD OF NINE FOR $200,000 THE CLIFF’S EDGE DERBY TRIAL


LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, April 27, 2011) – E. Paul Robsham Stables’ Travelin Man, winner of the Swale Stakes (GII) in his most recent start, tops a field of nine 3-year-olds entered for the 87th running of the one-mile $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) on Saturday’s “Opening Night” program of Churchill Downs’ 137th Spring Meet.

First post time for Saturday night’s 11-race program that kicks off the 39-day Spring Meet is 6 p.m. (all times EDT), with the Derby Trial going as the eighth race on the card with a 9:39 p.m. post time. The Derby Trial will be televised live on Louisville’s WAVE-3 TV from 9-10 p.m.





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KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Wednesday, April 27, 2011


ANIMAL KINGDOM – Barry Irwin, chief executive officer of Team Valor International, notified Churchill Downs officials that Animal Kingdom, the 2 ¾-length winner of the Vinery Racing Spiral (GIII) at Turfway Park on March 26, would train at Keeneland on Thursday morning and then van to Churchill Downs that afternoon.

Trained by Graham Motion and to be ridden by Robby Albarado, Animal Kingdom is scheduled to breeze six furlongs on Saturday in company with Meistersinger according to Irwin.





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SPECIAL KENTUCKY OAKS ONLY TICKETS PUT ON SALE


LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, April 27, 2011) – Thanks to a special partnership among three groups associated with the “Ladies First” theme of Kentucky Oaks Day, a select number of one-day only tickets for Friday, May 6 in Section 125 were put on sale for $74 on Wednesday afternoon. The tickets are available exclusively online on a first-come, first-serve basis at http://www.churchilldowns.com/oaksonly.

There is a purchase limit of six seats per person while supplies last. Minimal ticket processing charges will apply.





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Kentucky Derby and Oaks 137 Barn Notes for Tuesday, April 26 2011


ANTHONY’S CROSS – With Tuesday’s defections of The Factor and J P’s Gusto from Kentucky Derby 137, trainer Eoin Harty booked a flight from California to Louisville on Tuesday, May 3 for A D K Racing’s Anthony’s Cross in hopes that his colt might find a way into the field for Kentucky Derby 137.

The son of Indian Charlie, fifth in the Santa Anita Derby (GI) and the winner of the Robert B. Lewis (GII) at Santa Anita, now ranks 21st on the list of graded stakes earnings that determines the ultimate field for the big race on the first Saturday in May. Anthony’s Cross has $183,000 in graded earnings and two victories in seven career starts.





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Tuesday, April 26 2011


KENTUCKY DERBY 137 FLASH NOTES (Tues., April 26)


THE FACTOR – Trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday morning that he was “leaning against” running George Bolton and Fog City Stable’s The Factor the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). But Bolton made it official in late morning: The Factor will not run in Derby 137.

“It’s too much too quick,” Botlon said via telephone. “We don’t want to run a horse that isn’t right. He’s basically miler pedigree that is good enough to go further.





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Sunday, April 24 2011


Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 137 Barn Notes for Sunday, April 24


ARCHARCHARCH – Robert Yagos’ Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Archarcharch walked the shedrow at Barn 40 under tack on a rainy Sunday morning.

Archarcharch, who made his racing debut here last fall with a troubled second-place finish going seven furlongs, is trained by Jinks Fires and will be ridden in Kentucky Derby 137 by regular pilot Jon Court. It will mark the first Kentucky Derby start for Fires and Court.





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