Sunday, April 19 2009

Barn Notes 4-18-2009

Dunkirk Drills at Palm Meadows Saturday Morning

Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s 3-year-old Dunkirk, runner-up in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Mar. 28, worked a solid five furlongs in 59:90 Saturday morning at Palm Meadows as he continues his preparation for the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs on Sat., May 2.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the roan/gray son of Unbridled’s Song appears almost certain to be assured a berth in the Kentucky Derby field limited to 20 based on graded-stakes earnings with $150,000 after several defections announced this week.

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Miss Blakely Rallies to Boynton Beach Upset

Capital Hill Thoroughbreds’ 3-year-old filly Miss Blakely came a long way from breaking her maiden for a $25,000 claiming price in December to the winners’ circle at Gulfstream Park Saturday after rallying in the stretch to upset the $50,000 Boynton Beach Stakes by 2½ lengths over Three Diamonds Farm’s 27-1 longshot Seminole Lass.

Jeffrey Sanchez rode Miss Blakely to victory for trainer Joe Orseno in the one mile turf test, the final stakes on the Gulfstream schedule before closing day on Thursday. The daughter of Smart Strike paid $25 for $2 to win and was timed in 1:34:94 over ‘firm’ ground. Chester Bishop and partners’ pace-setter Oilgonewile finished third, a half-length before the runner-up in the field of nine 3-year-old fillies.

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Mercedes Stable’s Seattle Smooth might not have been fully cranked for Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Bed O’Roses, but it turned out she didn’t have to be.

As luck would have it, she caught an easy spot to make her 2009 seasonal debut and waltzed away to 5 ¾-length victory in this 53rd renewal of the seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares on Aqueduct’s fast main track.



Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.’s bid at the late Oscar Barrera’s New York Racing Association record of saddling eight straight winners was halted Saturday afternoon when Austin Laviva Baby ran fifth in the sixth race at Aqueduct.

Dutrow’s streak began on Thursday when Angel Aly ($6.40) won the sixth race and Argentine-bred Super Shape ($7.40) won the eighth. All three of his horses on Friday – Eclectic ($5.40) in the fifth, Confirmondi ($3) in the seventh and Boowoogeemolia ($4.70) in the eighth – were winners.

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AQUEDUCT NOTES, Saturday, April 18, 2009

Kentucky Derby hopeful Quality Road was in fine form Saturday morning, one day after turning in a bullet six-furlong work on Belmont Park’s training track.

“He’s fine, everything is good,” said trainer Jimmy Jerkens, adding that the Grade 1 Florida Derby winner will have one more work, either Saturday or Sunday, before departing next Tuesday for his engagement in the May 2 Kentucky Derby.

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Advice Enters Derby Picture with Coolmore Lexington Win

Lexington, Ky. (April 18, 2009)—Advice put himself in the Kentucky Derby (G1) picture Saturday at Keeneland with a come-from-behind victory in the $300,000, Grade 2 Lexington Stakes, the last major steppingstone to the Run for the Roses.

Still last with a half-mile remaining in the 1 1/16-mile race, he rallied between horses on the turn under Garrett Gomez and caught heavily favored Square Eddie in the final sixteenth for the one-length win. The final time on the fast Polytrack was 1:43.33.

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Keeneland Saturday Crowd Second-Largest in Track History

Lexington, KY (April 18, 2009) – A crowd of 33,680 – the second-largest in Keeneland history – turned out Saturday, April 18, for Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G2) Day.

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Keeneland Barn Notes—Saturday, April 18, 2009


Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm’s Friesan Fire is scheduled to work a mile at Keeneland on Sunday with jockey Gabriel Saez aboard.

“This will kind of be like his scrimmage for the Derby,” trainer Larry Jones said of the work that is scheduled for 7 a.m.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (April 18, 2009) – After a wait that seemed endless on Saturday, Black Mamba realized a fate all too similar to the one that had befallen her one year before when beaten by the shortest of noses in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Barbara Handicap, but this time it was Magical Fantasy who took her measure.

A 4-year-old filly ridden by Alex Solis, Magical Fantasy barely rebuffed the circuitous charge from last by Black Mamba in the 61st running of the mile-and-one-quarter turf event for fillies and mares raced in 1:59.83. If was of small consolation to Black Mamba, who was ridden by Joel Rosario, that she avenged last year’s narrow nose loss to Foxysox. The latter wound up a well-beaten fifth this time.

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Still basking in the glow of the biggest win of his career, trainer Gary Stute was en route to Churchill Downs Saturday to prepare Papa Clem for the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 2.

Papa Clem won the $1 million Arkansas Derby last Saturday, upsetting odds-on favorite Old Fashioned by a half-length and earning $600,000 for owner Bo Hirsch. “No question it was my biggest win ever,” said the 52-year-old Stute, son of 81-year-old trainer Mel Stute. “Before that, running second with Papa Clem in the $600,000 Louisiana Derby was my best pay day.”


Dancing Allstar has all the right moves in Whimsical

TORONTO, April 18 – Bob Cheema’s Dancing Allstar returned to the winner’s circle in style, taking Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,800 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine by 1 ¾ lengths.

The six-furlong Polytrack event was the ninth career triumph from 14 races for the Millennium Allstar filly, who now has two wins and two seconds in five Woodbine starts.



OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 18, 2009) Reinsman Louis Gonzalez booted home three winners on today’s twelve race program, two of which came for trainer Gary Caple. Gonzalez took home his first victory of the day aboard Bello Pappa, a five-year-old gelded son of Snow Ridge bred in Florida by Kathie Haines and Wendy Christ, owned by Jean Griffin and trained by Donald Pittman. Gonzalez got his second victory with Maxime, this time for conditioner Gary Caple and owner/breeder Bonnie Heath Farm. Gonzalez and Caple teamed up again to capture the evening’s nightcap with Real Fortunate, a five-year-old Real Quiet mare bred in Florida by Martin Stables and owned by Billy Johnson and Josue Medina.

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