Saturday, March 28 2009
ZENSATIONAL FAILS DISTANCE TEST WON BY QUINDICI MAN AT 15-1
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2009) – Zayat Stables’ Zensational, sizzling winner of a maiden sprint race for 3-year-olds, tried to carry his speed one mile Friday in a $51,896 optional claimer at Santa Anita with Kentucky a considered destination, but he came up decidedly short.
Quindici Man, a $12,000 yearling purchase sent off at odds of 15-1, reeled in the 1-5 favorite to score by 1 ½ lengths over Zensational, who had begun to shorten stride after opening up a 10-length lead on the backstretch.
TRAFFIC ALTERED ON SANTA ANITA DERBY DAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 27, 2009)—In deference to its annual Santa Anita Derby 5K Walk and Run, Santa Anita Park and the city of Arcadia have announced that Baldwin Ave., from the 210 Freeway to Huntington Drive, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on April 4.
Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate Eight, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., will also be closed to vehicles during the same time period.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH, 2009
NAKATANI SEEKS RARE SANTA ANITA DERBY DOUBLE ON MR. HOT STUFF
Corey Nakatani has ridden Mr. Hot Stuff three times, and each time the imposing colt has made a late run, finishing third twice and winning once. His form will have to continue advancement in the Santa Anita Derby a week from Saturday if he hopes to upset the likes of The Pamplemousse, Pioneerof the Nile and Chocolate Candy in the Grade I race at 1 1/8 miles.
“He’s a big, strong horse by Tiznow that can run,” Nakatani said of Mr. Hot Stuff. “We know that he’s got ability and we know that he can run. We just have to see where he takes us.”
AQUEDUCT NOTES; Friday, March 27, 2009
Mr. Fantasy, third behind I Want Revenge in the Gotham Stakes, will skip the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 4 in favor of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers on April 25, Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, said Friday.
Finley said the decision to bypass New York’s final major prep for the May 2 Kentucky Derby was made after trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who had been in Florida, visited with the colt en route to Dubai.
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ALVARADO HAS RIDING TRIPLE AT GGF
ALBANY -- Frank Alvarado, the second-leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields, recorded a riding triple Friday.
Alvarado won races for three different trainers. He captured the fourth race with the Steve Specht-trained Flyin Kim ($3.80), the sixth with the Steve Sherman-conditioned Second Hand Lion ($2.80), and the seventh with William E. Morey-trained Tripp To Glory ($5.60).
Alvarado has won 59 races at the 2008-2009 winter/spring meeting.
FULL FIELD LINED UP FOR TAMPA TURF TEST
OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 27, 2009) Saturday’s twelve race card at Tampa Bay Downs is highlighted by the final leg of the Tampa Turf Test, a $27,000 1 3/8 miles race on the lawn for four-year-olds and upward. A full field of ten, with four alternate entries, has subscribed to the Turf Test, which is scheduled as the 9th race at 4:09 PM.
Highlighting the Turf Test field is Otis Ridge, a seven-year-old Florida-bred son of Quaker Ridge who captured February 14’s Tampa Turf Test for owner Richard Averill and trainer Kirk Ziadie. Otis Ridge has yet to finish out of the money on the Tampa lawn and will have the services of Tampa Bay Downs’s second leading rider Rosemary Homeister, Jr.
‘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.