Sunday, May 17 2009


Affirmatif Triumphs In Woodlawn Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09 – Todd Pletcher-trained Affirmatif lived up to his 2-to-5 favoritism with a dominating victory in the 44th running of the $50,000 Woodlawn Stakes Saturday at Pimlico..

Owned by Wertheimer Farm LLC & Frere, the 3-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song stalked the early leaders under jockey John Velazquez before sweeping to the lead entering the homestretch and drew away to victory by 2 ¼ lengths. Affirmatif ran the one-mile distance over a firm turf course in 1:35.70 to win his second race in three career starts.





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Lonely Whistle, a 34-1 long shot ridden by Craig Gibbs, rallied to finish second in his mount’s tu


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09---Lindy M. Redding’s Ravalo narrowly prevailed after a furious battle to the finish line in the 23rd running of the $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap Saturday at Pimlico.

Sent to post for the Grade 3 sprint as the 8-5 favorite in a field of seven, Ravalo stumbled out of the starting gate before reaching a stalking position outside the leaders along the backstretch. Urged by jockey John Velazquez, Ravalo swept to the lead at the top of the lane and battled with Silver Edition to the wire before claiming victory by a head.





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Everyday Heroes Extends His Unbeaten Streak In Hirsch Jacobs Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09 – Cash Counter Stables’ Everyday Heroes pushed his record to four-for-four with a speedy, somewhat erratic victory in the 34th running of the $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes at Pimlico Saturday.

A field of nine 3-year-olds battled six furlongs over the main track in the Grade 3 stakes. Everyday Heroes, a son of Awesome Again trained by Tim Ritchey and ridden by Jose Caraballo, pressed the pace before taking the lead at the top of the stretch.





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Social Queen Gets Up In Time In Gallorette Handicap


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09---Richard Santulli’s Social Queen caught All Is Vanity in the very last jump to win the 58th running of the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday at Pimlico.

The Grade 3 grass race for fillies and mares attracted seven starters, including Dynaforce, the 4-5 favorite. Social Queen, trained by Alan Goldberg, came flying late on the far outside under Rafael Bejarano to win by a head. The daughter of Dynaformer ran 1 1/16 miles over a firm turf in 1:41.84 to edge All Is Vanity by a head. Tejida finished another 2 ¼ lengths back in third. The Bill Mott-trained Dynaforce attended the pace but faded in the drive and finished fifth.





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Sumacha’hot Romps In Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09– Butch Cave’s Sumacha’hot circled his rivals and stormed away to victory in the 2nd running of the $35,000 Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap Saturday at Pimlico.

Trained by his owner, the gelded son of Mojave Moon was away slowly in the 1 1/16-mile test on the main track, settling near the back of the pack as the field raced into the far turn. The 4-year-old gelding came off the rail coming into the stretch and rallied widest of all to power to a 7 ¼-length triumph. Although not able to withstand the stretch surge of the winner, Out To Please, a 17-1 long shot, held second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of Norjac.





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No Advantage Springs Upset In William Donald Schaefer Stakes


BALTIMORE , 05-16-09—No Advantage, owned by Suarez Racing, Inc., Joseph Besecker & Kirk Wycoff’, stalked the early pacesetters before launching a strong stretch drive on his way to an upset victory in the 15th running of the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Stakes.

The Grade 3 test attracted seven older runners. No Advantage, sent to post at 12-1 under Juan Acosta, pressed pacesetters Real Merchant and Crimson Comic to the far turn, before charging past that duo on the outside to gain command and drawing away to win by 2 ¾ lengths. The 4-year-old son of Posse ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.79 over the fast main track. Real Merchant and favored Ea finished in a dead-heat for second.





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Skylighter Flies In Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09---Darley Stable’s Skylighter took command right after the start, then galloped to an easy score in the 18th running of the $150,000 Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes, the first of nine added-money races Saturday at Pimlico. Jockey Julien Leparoux was at the controls aboard the 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa for trainer Bobby Frankel. The bay filly was able to circle the main track at a pedestrian pace before crossing the finish line in 4 ¼ lengths ahead of Unforgotten in the Grade 2 stakes for fillies and mares. Skylighter ran the 1 1/16 miles over the main track in 1:44.34 for the 1-1/16th mile distance. Unforgotten edged All Smiles by a nose to take second.





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Friday, May 15 2009


Payton d’Oro Posts Front-Running Win In Black-Eyed Susan Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-15-09 – Payton d’Oro went right to the front of the field of eight fillies and never looked back to capture the 85th running of the $150,000 Black-Eyed Susan Friday at Pimlico Race Course. A crowd of 23,892 enjoyed the 13-race card that featured seven stakes races and the inaugural Jockey Challenge with former Maryland star Kent Desormeaux taking top honors.

Trained by Larry Jones, who will saddle Friesan Fire for Saturday’s 134th running of the $1.1 million Preakness Stakes, Payton d’Oro defeated Bon Jovi Girl by 1 ¼ lengths the Grade 2 stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The 5-2 second choice of 23,892 ran 1 1/8 miles in a solid 1:49.75 for owners John Ferris and Mike Pressley.





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Blind Date Carries The Day In Hilltop Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-15-09---William M. Backer’s Blind Date carried jockey Jeremy Rose to a handy score in the 37th running of the $50,000 Hilltop Stakes Friday at Pimlico.

Sent to post as the 3-1 second choice 1 1/16-mile test over the firm turf, Blind Date was first away from the gate but allowed Listentothewindblo grab the lead going into the first turn. The daughter of Not For Love remained close to the leader all the way to the far turn, then swept past her around the bend and pulled away to win by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:42.89. Rena, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Garrett Gomez, launched a furious rally, but her effort stalled in the lane and she had to settle for second. Glamorous Girl finished a length back in third.





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KENT DESORMEAUX IS KING OF THE JOCKEYS AT PIMILICO


BALTIMORE, 05-15-09. – Kent Desormeaux, one of Maryland’s all-time leading riders and a two-time winner of the Preakness, took home the $14,000 first prize in the inaugural Jockey Challenge Friday at Pimlico. Desormeaux’s winning formula was achieved with a win in the fifth race and thirds in the third and 10th races.

The Hall of Fame jockey, who won the Preakness aboard Big Brown last May and Real Quiet in 1998, finished third in the last of four races among eight of the nation’s leading riders, but he earned four points in the race that pushed his total to 22 points, enough to edge Javier Castellano (20). Garrett Gomez finished with 18 points.





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All Giving Scores In Skipat Stakes


BALTIMORE , 05-15-09---A winner on Black-Eyed Susan Day last year, Concepts Unlimited Stable & Catherine J. Smith’s All Giving repeated her winning ways with a very popular score in the 17th running of the Skipat Stakes Friday at Pimlico.

Last year, All Giving captured The Very One Stakes on the day before the Preakness. In the Skipat, she carried Jonathan Joyce to a narrow victory over Fancy Diamond and What Time It Is in 1:10.7 for six furlongs over the fast main track. Her winning margin over Fancy Diamond was just a length. What Time It Is finished a head back in third.





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Heart Ashley Holds On To Win Adena Stallions’ Miss Preakness Stakes


BALTIMORE , 05-15-09---Zayat Stables LLC’s Heart Ashley set a rapid early pace and narrowly held on to take the 24th running of the $100,000 Adena Stallions’ Miss Preakness Stakes (Grade 3) this afternoon at Pimlico.

Garrett Gomez rode the daughter of Lion Heart for trainer Steve Asmussen in the six-furlong Grade 3 stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Heart Ashley raced to the lead and extended her advantage under a hand ride but came under extreme pressure at the finish as Cinderella’s Wish closed belatedly to just miss by a head. Heart Ashley completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.79 and won by a head. Trophy Collector finished third, another 4 ½ lengths behind the top pair.





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