Thursday, May 28 2009


PIMLICO ANNOUNCES FINAL SPRING MEET HANDLE FIGURES


BALTIMORE, 05-27-09---The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course last weekend, posting average wagering figures which were 8.9% higher than comparable dates from 2008. The spring meet featured just 20 live racing dates, 11 less than a year ago. When comparing the 41 days of the stand (20 live and 21 simulcast) to 2008, the average daily handle rose from $6.293 million to $6.854 million.

Increased wagering for the May 16 card headlined by Preakness® Stakes was the reason for the higher totals. Wagering on the 13-race card finished at more than $86.6 million, the fifth largest in the 134-year history of the event, up 18% from a year ago. Nearly $60 million was bet on the Preakness itself as superstar filly Rachel Alexandra defeated 12 colts and geldings in one of the most anticipated runnings of the Preakness in decades.





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Saturday, May 23 2009


AMIE’S LEGEND RALLIES TO WIN SHINE AGAIN STAKES


BALTIMORE, 05-23-09---Two Legends Farm, Richard Golden & David Wade’s Amie’s Legend was off slowly and remained unhurried early, but her last to first move was good enough to capture the closing day feature at Pimlico Race Course, the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes.

Sent to post as the 3-5 favorite against five other Maryland-bred fillies and mares, Amie’s Legend carried Luis Garcia to her second consecutive victory for trainer Graham Motion. The daughter of Not For Love rallied up the rail to win by 2-1/2 lengths over Five Diamonds. Eye finished third.





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Friday, May 22 2009


SHINE AGAIN STAKES TOPS FAN APPRECIATION DAY CARD


BALTIMORE, 05-21-09---Pimlico Race Course closes out its’ 20-day spring meeting on Saturday with free admission, a free live program, a BBQ on the homestretch apron and ten live races including the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes.

Seven Maryland-bred fillies and mares will do battle in the feature, a 1-1/16th mile test on the main track. Two-time winner Amie’s Legend, a Not For Love filly trained by Graham Motion at Fair Hill, is the 8-5 morning line favorite. She won her first start by eight lengths and comes into the Shine Again off an allowance score at Delaware Park two weeks ago. Luis Garcia will ride the four-year-old filly, who has yet to finish out of the money in four dirt tries, for the first time.





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Thursday, May 21 2009


MARION CORNWELL BENEFIT SET FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON


BALTIMORE, 05-20-09---The Maryland racing community will have a benefit Sunday afternoon at Laurel Park for apprentice jockey Marion Cornwell, who was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor attached to his pancreas earlier this month.

A longtime exercise rider at Franklin Smith’s Elloree Training Center in South Carolina, Cornwell came north about five years ago and galloped horses for Eddie Gaudet and Steve Casey at the Bowie Training Center while picking up an occasional mount.





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Monday, May 18 2009


Preakness News-May 17 2009


RACHEL ALEXANDRA – At 6 a.m. Sunday, just under 12 hours after her impressive victory in the Preakness, Rachel Alexandra left Pimlico for the return trip to trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Asmussen said the filly owned by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and Harold T. McCormick, would go back to the track on Wednesday and would probably have her first post-Preakness work on Monday, May 25. Since Jackson and McCormick purchased the filly about 10 days before the Preakness, Asmussen and his staff are still getting to know her. She had one workout between the purchase and the race, where she became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness.

"This time, we have something to measure it to, as far as how she feels and how she's acting,” Asmussen said. “It's our first comparison, so to speak. We're not going to tell her how she's feeling. She'll tell us how she's feeling."





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Sunday, May 17 2009


Rachel Alexandra Struts Her Stuff In Preakness Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09 – A sprinkling of late afternoon rain could not dampen the sparkling performance of Stonestreet Stables LLC & Harold McCormick’s Rachel Alexandra, who took it to the boys and won the 134th running of the Grade 1, $1,100,000 Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Before a crowd of 77,850 who contributed to the $86,684,470 which was wagered on the 13-race program, the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro broke alertly from her far outside post and promptly engaged speedy Big Drama as the field raced toward the clubhouse turn in the 1 3/16-mile classic. She is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924.





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Parading Marches In Dixie Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-16-09 --Phipps Stable’s Parading launched a strong stretch drive over the Pimlico turf to capture the108th running of the $150,000 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico.

The historic Dixie, a Grade 2 fixture at Old Hilltop, attracted 11 older runners for a nine-furlong test over the firm going. Parading left the starting gate as the 2-1 favorite under jockey Kent Desormeaux for trainer Shug McGaughey. The 6-year-old son of Pulpit was never further back than fourth before launching a three-wide bid for the lead around the far turn. He reached the front with an eighth of a mile remaining and drove to the finish under a hand ride to win by a half-length over Just As Well. A rallying Wesley, who got off to a poor start, recovered to finish third, another1 ¼ lengths back..





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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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