Wednesday, April 01 2009


Woodbine opener just days away


TORONTO, April 1 - The jockeys are ready to get a leg up and the trainers are set to saddle their horses, as the start of the 2009 Thoroughbred season at Woodbine draws ever closer.

The first step toward track announcer Dan Loiselle's first call of the campaign came on Wednesday when the track's Opening Day card, Saturday, April 4, was assembled with 88 horses scheduled to compete in 10 races.





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BUD LIGHT NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST


BALTIMORE, 04-01-09---The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that Bud Light has been named the official presenting sponsor of the Preakness InfieldFEST at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 16, 2009. The famed Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, is the largest single day sporting event in the State of Maryland with attendance figures topping six-figures in nine of the last 10 years, including a record 121,263 in 2007.

Plans for Preakness InfieldFEST were unveiled February 5. The day will feature a concert with three rock performances, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top, Grammy-nominated Buckcherry and Maryland’s #1 Rock Band, Charm City Devils, along with a pro beach volleyball tournament and an interactive experience, including virtual NASCAR racing, prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness.





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NETS STAR HARRIS AND BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS PROGRAM HORSE AROUND AT MEADOWLANDS


EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NETS star Devin Harris visited Meadowlands Racetrack with 30 children from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morris, Bergen and Passaic Counties on Tuesday, March 31.

Harris and the kids, who ranged in age from eight to 16, visited the barns of trainers Robbie Siegelman and John McDermott and the Meadowlands Equine Clinic, run by Dr. Brian MacNamara, to examine and learn about Standardbred racehorses as athletes.





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11 LATE TRIPLE CROWN NOMINATIONS SWELL FINAL NUMBER TO 412


Florida Derby winner QUALITY ROAD headlines a list of 11 late nominees to Thoroughbred racing’s 2009 Triple Crown. The deadline for late nominees, at a fee of $6,000, passed Saturday at midnight.

Four hundred one prospects were nominated during the early sign-up period that closed Jan. 24. The fee then was $600 per nominee.

Those joining QUALITY ROAD, who preceded his Florida Derby victory by winning the Fountain of Youth, include the other graded event winners: Rebel Stakes victor WIN WILLY, Tampa Bay Derby winner MUSKET MAN, Swale Stakes winner THIS ONES FOR PHIL and the multiple graded stakes winning filly JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE, who is on a five-race win streak.





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Churchill Downs to Shift Simulcasting to Trackside Louisville Wednesday


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 31, 2009) – Due to preparations for the upcoming Spring Meet and Kentucky Derby 135, Churchill Downs will move simulcast operations to its Trackside Louisville facility at 4520 Poplar Level Road from Wednesday, April 1, through Friday, April 24.

Churchill Downs officials will temporarily move simulcast operations to minimize inconvenience to customers in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, and opening day on Saturday, April 25.







 

Florida Derby Winner Quality Road Favored In Final Pool of 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 31, 2009) – Edward P. Evans’ homebred Quality Road, a sparkling winner of the Florida Derby (Grade I) and Fountain of Youth (GII), wears the mantle of morning line favorite among 24 betting interests for the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDWF”), which opens four days of betting at racetracks and satellite wagering outlets on Thursday, April 2.

Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager will be the second in the 11-year history of the wager to offer exacta wagering along with its traditional $2 minimum “win” wager. The first exacta pool offered during the Feb. 12-15 second pool of the 2009 Derby Future bet attracted $104,017 of a total of $380,420 wagered during the four-day betting. The Kentucky Derby Future Exacta also requires a minimum bet of $2.





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Turf Writers awards


Two-time Eclipse Horse of the Year Curlin and his connections have swept the top awards for 2008, as voted by the members of the New York Turf Writers Association. Curlin won the Secretariat Award as New York’s Horse of the Year for the second year in a row, while his owner, Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Stables, was voted the Joe Hirsch Award as the person who did most for racing and his trainer, Steve Asmussen, was honored with the C.V. Whitney Achievement Award.

Curlin, who won last year’s Secretariat Award after winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Jockey Club Gold Cup, had another banner year, repeating in the Gold Cup and also winning the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. He retired after finishing fourth in the 2008 Classic with a record $10.5 million in earnings.







 

Keeneland to Conduct April Sale Preview Show on Thursday; Sale Slated for April 6-7


Lexington, KY (March 31, 2009) – Keeneland has cataloged 216 juveniles for the 2009 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, which will span two evening sessions on Monday and Tuesday, April 6-7. Sessions begin at 7 p.m. ET each night. Prospective buyers will have an opportunity to see the juveniles perform under tack during a one-day Preview Show to be held Thursday, April 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Last year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) winner and champion three-year-old colt, Big Brown, is a graduate of the 2007 April Sale. The Boundary colt, an earner of more than $3.6 million in his career, was purchased for $190,000 by Hidden Brook, agent for Paul Pompa Jr. He was consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.





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Keeneland’s 2009 Spring Racing Season Opens Friday, April 3


Lexington, KY (March 31, 2009) – The 85th running of the Toyota Blue Grass (G1), one of the most prestigious races leading to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), will be run on April 11 during Keeneland's 2009 spring race meeting that opens on Friday, April 3. A 1 1/8-mile race that is worth $750,000, the Toyota Blue Grass has been the springboard for 19 horses that have gone on to win the Derby. The 183 horses that were nominated to this year's race represent the highest number of nominations for the race in more than two decades.

During Keeneland's 15-day spring season that runs through Friday, April 24, the track is offering $3.8 million in purses for 17 stakes races in one of the richest stakes programs in North America. Post time for the first race each day is 1:05 p.m. (ET). Keeneland will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and on Easter Sunday, April 12.





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Keeneland Overnight for Opening Day, Friday, April 3


Stakes Closing April 1

The Maker's Mark Mile is a Grade I race for 4yo & up going 1 mile over Keeneland's Turf course. Purse is $300,000; nom fee is $200

The Ft. Harrod Stakes is for 4yo & up going 1 5/8 miles over Keeneland's Polytrack. Purse is $100,000a; nom fee is $100

The Commonwealth Stakes is a Grade II race for horses 3yo & up going 7/8 miles over Keeneland's Polytrack. Purse is $250,000 (Includes $75,000 BCM); nom fee is $200.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Tuesday, March 31, 2009


DARLEY DUO HEADS FIELD OF EIGHT FOR FRIDAY’S CENTRAL BANK TRANSYLVANIA

Darley Stable will send out Stormalory and Florentino (JPN) against six rivals Friday in the 21st running of the $150,000 Central Bank Transylvania (G3) at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf for 3-year-olds.

The Transylvania serves as the centerpiece of the opening day of the 15-day spring meeting that runs through April 24. First post time for Friday’s 10-race card is 1:05 p.m. (EDT).





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Keeneland’s Spring Meet Now Available On All Major Wagering Platforms


Lexington, KY (March 31, 2009) – Keeneland officials announced today that, for the first time, wagering on the track’s upcoming spring race meeting will be available on all major North American betting platforms.

Customers will be able to wager on Keeneland’s spring meet, to be held April 3-24, via TVG, TwinSpires.com, XpressBet or YouBet. Racing will be streamed live on each website, as well as at Keeneland.com. Fans are encouraged to look for Keeneland-related special promotions.





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