Tuesday, May 03 2011


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.





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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.





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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.”





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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.





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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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