Tuesday, March 17 2009
14 ENTERED FOR WEDNESDAY’S KENTUCKY DERBY CHALLENGE STAKES
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A full field of 14 three-year-olds has been entered for Wednesday’s inaugural running of the $115,000 Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at Kempton Park near London. In an unprecedented reward, the winner of Europe’s clockwise 1 1/8-mile race over Polytrack will earn an automatic spot in the starting gate for the 135th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 2 and a $100,000 bonus should the horse compete in America’s greatest race.
“I am thrilled by the quantity and quality of the horses that have been declared for the race, which has taken two years of planning,” said Brian “Barney” Clifford, director of racing at Kempton Park. “The race is unique and is the first step between establishing a long term link between Europe and American racing and I am very much looking forward to Wednesday.”
PIMLICO SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE WORTH MORE THAN $2.6 MILLION
BALTIMORE, 03-17-09---The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2009 Pimlico spring stakes schedule after reaching agreement with both the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The schedule was approval by the Maryland Racing Commission earlier this afternoon at its monthly meeting.
The headline event of the six-week stand that begins Saturday, April 18 is the 134th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the famed Triple Crown, on May 16. The 20-day meeting at the historic Baltimore track will conclude Saturday, May 23.
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2009 Dubai World Cup Likely Fields
A top class, well balanced field of a record-breaking 15 runners looks set to promise an intriguing contest on Saturday March 28, when the US$6million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, will be staged, led by US-trained raider Albertus Maximus and local hero Asiatic Boy.
The Dubai Racing Club today reveals the likely fields for the seven races at the US$21.25million race meeting, the world’s richest race day of racing, which could see horses prepared by trainers from as many as 12 countries. The final fields will be declared on Monday, March 23, and then released at the Post Position Draw ceremony on Wednesday, March 25.
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Lane’s End field taking shape
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 16, 2009 . . . The list of 3-year-olds probable for the Lane’s End Stakes (G2) at Turfway Park Saturday has taken shape, reports Stakes Coordinator Tia Borgemenke. Entries will be drawn Wednesday during the annual Call to the Post Luncheon.
Looking likely for the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Derby prep are:
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General Admission, Reserved Seats On Sale Apr. 1
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 16, 2009) – General admission and reserved seats for individual days during the upcoming Arlington Park season as well as reservations for the Terrace Café will go on sale on April 1 at http://www.arlingtonpark.com
or by calling the Arlington Park reservations line 847-385-7410 while Million Room reservations can be made by telephone only beginning on April 1.
This is a departure from past policy which placed inventory for individual dates other than Arlington Million Day on sale 30 days before the date in question. In addition, for the first time guests can purchase reserved seats as well as general admission for Million Day online.
Monday, March 16 2009
Kentucky Derby 135 Update (3.16.09)
SOUTH/FRIESAN FIRE SIZZLES IN LOUISIANA SLOP
Kentucky-born trainer Larry Jones has been in an enviable spot throughout the winter while caring for a pair of stars in early Kentucky Derby (Grade I) favorite Old Fashioned and up-and-coming Friesan Fire in his barn, but the pecking order in the Jones stable could have changed in the space of just over an hour on Saturday afternoon
Shortly before Old Fashioned suffered his first loss in the Rebel Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park, Friesen Fire turned in the strongest effort of his career with a 7 ¼-length victory in the 96th running of the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (GII) over a “sloppy” track at Fair Grounds.
Kentucky Oaks 135 Update (3.16.09)
SOUTH/RACHEL ALEXANDRA ROMPS FAIR GROUNDS OAKS, BUT CONNECTIONS CONTINUE FOCUS ON KENTUCKY OAKS
L & M Racing’s Rachel Alexandra scored another dazzling win in Saturday’s $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), but her connections said the focus of the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro would remain on the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (GI) on May 1 at Churchill Downs – not on a meeting with males one day later in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).
Rachel Alexandra’s victory margin over runner-up Flying Spur was only 1 ¼ lengths, but jockey Calvin Borel had trainer Hal Wiggins filly geared down to a gallop in the final furlong.
Hectic Weekend of Preps Ends With ‘All Others’ Favored, Friesan Fire Moving in Derby Future Pool 2
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 15, 2009) – A weekend of upsets in important prep races for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) convinced many racing fans to turn to the “all others” option as the mutuel field ended up as the lukewarm 9-2 favorite in the second of three pools in Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).
The mutuel field, which included all 3-year-olds other than the 22 individual horses listed on KDFW Pool 2’s roster of betting interests, stood as the 9-2 fan’s choice when betting on the four-day pool closed on Sunday at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern). “All others” had been a strong 9-5 favorite in Pool 1, which ran from Feb. 12-15.
Justwhistledixie Edges Rachel Alexandra, Stardom Bound for Top Spot in Kentucky Oaks Futures
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 15, 2009) – The powerhouse duo of champion Stardom Bound and Rachel Alexandra figured to be the top stories in the only pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”) of 2009, but it was rising star Justwhistledixie who stole the show and ended up as the favorite over that powerhouse duo as four days of Oaks Future betting drew to a close Sunday evening.
Justwhistledixie held on to the favorite’s spot in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager despite an impressive victory by Rachel Alexandra in Saturday’s $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks and last week’s win by reigning 2-year-old filly champion Stardom Bound in the Santa Anita Oaks (GI). But neither of that star duo could overhaul Justwhistedixie for the favorite’s spot in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool.
Gozzip Girl Rallies in Stretch to Capture Herecomesthebride
Jockey Elvis Trujillo brought Farnsworth Stables’ 3-year-old filly Gozzip Girl up the rail in the stretch of Sunday’s $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park for a half-length victory over Andrew Farm and Frank O’Connor’s Obsequious.
The victory was the second in a stakes at the meet for Gozzip Girl and the fifth of the season here for trainer Tom Albertrani. Dell Ridge Farm’s Bluegrass Prince finished third in the field of eight 3-year-old fillies, three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up. Livin the Dream Stable’s Dream Empress, the 9-5 favorite, was never a threat, finishing seventh.
Game Face Rolls to Inside Information Victory
Zabeel Racing International’s 4-year-old filly Game Face won the rubber match of a graded-stakes trilogy at Gulfstream Park Sunday, beating Joseph V. Shields Jr.’s 6-year-old mare Any Limit by 2½ lengths in the $150,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2).
Any Limit, who won the Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) with Game Face second when they met in mid-February, set the pace in the seven-furlong Inside Information while dueling with Gary and Mary West’s 4-year-old filly Keep the Peace to mid-stretch until Game Face rolled down the outside to victory under jockey John R. Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Barn Notes 3-15
Stately Character Facing Florida Derby Decision
With a stakes win under his belt and an encouraging performance over the track, New Life Stable and Equus Racing Stable’s Stately Character could join the field in the $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) on Sat. Mar. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
The 3-year-old homebred son of Pleasant Tap won the Foolish Pleasure Stakes last September at Calder Race Course before going on the shelf until early this season at Gulfstream.