Wednesday, April 01 2009


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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AVERILL WINS TWO; ZIADIE NOTCHES THREE VICTORIES


OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 31, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s leading owner Richard Averill teamed up with second-leading trainer Kirk Ziadie for two wins on the afternoon’s ten race program; those wins were two of three total for the conditioner today. Averill now has 20 wins for the 2008-2009 Tampa race meeting and Ziadie has 40 victories to his credit.

Averill and Ziadie got their first trip to the Winner’s Circle with Summer Party Girl; the four-year-old gelded son of Snuck In was bred in Florida by Reginald D. Methner and was booted home by Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Ziadie and Averill struck again with Fortunate Trail, this time with apprentice jockey Mike Straight in the irons. Fortunate Trail is an eight-year-old Fortunate Prospect gelding out of the Skip Trial mare Silver Trail and was bred in Florida by Becky Winemiller.





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New season draws several new trainers to Woodbine


TORONTO, March 31 - The entry box for the first program of the 2009 Thoroughbred season will close in less than 24 hours and Woodbine racing secretary Steve Lym is excited to see the curtain rise on the new year.

If the strength of this past weekend's workout tabs is any indication, racing fans will have plenty from which to choose on Saturday's expected 10-race card.

Lym said a greater number of horses have been on the Woodbine backstretch for a longer time this Spring, perhaps explaining the frequency of morning time trials.





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ARLINGTON PARK TO OFFER PURSE ENHANCEMENT TO OVERNIGHT RACES WITH 10 OR MORE WAGERING INTERESTS


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 31, 2009) – In a continued effort to provide the wagering public the best racing product possible, Arlington Park management announced that they have reached an agreement with the Illinois Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association (ITHA) to offer a bonus of up to five percent of the base purse of overnight races contingent upon the number of distinct wagering interests in the starting field.

The base purse of overnight races that leave the starting gate with 10 or 11 separate wagering interests will be increased by 2.5% while the base purse of overnight races that start with 12 wagering interests will receive a 5% boost. For example, should a maiden special weight race with a base purse of $28,000 leave the gate with 10 or 11 wagering interests, that purse will be increased to $28,700 and increased again to $29,400 should a full field of 12 betting interests start.





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GGF TO OFFER SANTA ANITA DERBY SIMULCAST AND YERBA BUENA STAKES SATURDAY


ALBANY -- A big Saturday racing program at Golden Gate Field will feature the simulcast of the West Coast's top Kentucky Derby prep, the Santa Anita Derby, and an interesting local feature, the Yerba Buena Stakes.

There are special early post times in California for Santa Anita Derby Day - noon at Santa Anita and 12:15 p.m. at Golden Gate Fields.





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Tuesday, March 31 2009


52nd Illinois Derby Draws Eleven


Stickney, IL---While only one graded-stakes winner is entered for Saturday’s Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby, that doesn’t mean a superstar won’t emerge, either this Saturday or the first Saturday in May.

Musket Man, mild upset winner of the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby, will face ten challengers, including the highly touted Illinois-bred Giant Oak, as eleven 3-year-olds try to punch their ticket to the Kentucky Derby.





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Monday, March 30 2009


Riders Up! For a Good Cause at Keeneland


Lexington, KY (March 30, 2009) – “American Idol” watch out.

On April 17, several Keeneland jockeys and retired riding legends will perform in Riders Up!, a karaoke-style talent competition presented by Keeneland and the Jockeys’ Guild to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Lexington’s own Tony-nominated actress Laura Bell Bundy will host the show.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Monday, March 30, 2009


HOOH WHY WORKS HALF-MILE FOR ASHLAND

Derby Daze Farms and Mark Hoffman’s consistent Hooh Why put in her final major work for a probable start in Saturday’s $400,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) on Monday morning. She went a half-mile in :49.60 with a five-furlong out time of 1:02 with Miguel Mena up.

Hooh Why arrived at Keeneland on Thursday night after spending the past two months at Santa Anita in the care of trainer Carla Gaines. Donna Dupuy, who was the trainer of record when Hooh Why broke her maiden at first asking last July at Arlington Park, will saddle Hooh Why at Keeneland.





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Kentucky Derby 135 Update (3.30.09)


SOUTHEAST/QUALITY ROAD TURNS BACK DUNKIRK, SETS RECORD IN FLORIDA DERBY

The showdown everyone expected in Saturday’s Florida Derby (Grade I) materialized, but Quality Road ended the suspense in a flash as he turned back previously unbeaten Dunkirk in track record time at Gulfstream Park to take South Florida’s major prep for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).

Edward P. Evans’ son of Elusive Quality turned back a strong rally by $3.7-million yearling purchase Dunkirk to win by 1 3/4 lengths in a track record 1:47.72 for 1 1/8-miles. Jockey John Velazquez was aboard the winner, who had to survive a claim of foul by three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard third-place finisher Theregoesjojo.





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