Friday, May 15 2009


Mr. Nightlinger Triumphs In Jim McKay Turf Sprint


BALTIMORE, 05-15-09 – Martin Racing Stable and Carl Moore Management LLC’s Mr. Nightlinger broke on top and fended off rivals the rest of the way to prevail by 1 ½ lengths to capture the 4th running of the Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes Friday at Pimlico.

Sent to post as the 2-1 second choice in the five-furlong sprint over a firm turf, the 5-year-old son of Indian Charlie carried jockey Jamie Theriot to victory in 56.29 seconds. Blue Sailor finished second, a heck ahead of hard-charging Rouse the Cat. Heros Reward, the 9-5 favorite, finished fifth.





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Smart And Fancy Wins The Very One Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-15-09---Park Avenue Racing Stable’s Smart And Fancy won a four-horse photo to capture the 10th running of The Very One Stakes at Pimlico Friday.

Third in last year’s edition of the five-furlong turf race, Smart And Fancy and jockey Ramon Dominguez stalked the early leaders much of the way as Sentebale set the pace, pressured by Canadian Ballet and Ahvee’s Destiny. Canadian Ballet got the lead in deep stretch, while Ahvee’s Destiny launched a fierce rally along the rail, but Smart And Fancy surged on the outside to get to the finish line first.





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Preakness News-May 15 2009


MINE THAT BIRD – Jockey Mike Smith dropped in on Mine That Bird at the Preakness Stakes Barn Friday morning, thrilled to be tabbed by the Kentucky Derby winner’s connections to replace Calvin Borel for Saturday’s 134th running of the Preakness Stakes.

When Borel, who masterminded a rail-hugging, last-to-first victory aboard Mine That Bird at Churchill Downs nearly two weeks ago, opted to ride Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, Smith won the assignment to ride the Derby winner.





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Eye Scores In Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap


BALTIMORE, 05-15-09 – The Jim Stable’s Eye rallied from off a slow pace to win in the second running of the Kattegat 's Pride Starter Handicap, the first of seven added money events on Black-Eyed Susan day at Pimlico.

Ridden by Jeremy Rose and trained by King Leatherbury, Eye settled in fifth in a field of six fillies and mares going down the backstretch in the 1 1/16-mile test on the main track. She rallied on the far turn before splitting horses at the top of the stretch, crossing the finish line first in 1:47.52.





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Thursday, May 14 2009


EIGHT STAKES RACES HIGHLIGHT PREAKNESS UNDERCARD


BALTIMORE, 05-14-09---Saturday’s thirteen race card at Pimlico Race Course is fully loaded with nine stakes races, including seven graded events, topped off by the 134th Preakness Stakes, which is race twelve on the program. Saturday’s first post is 10:15 a.m. with the $1.1 million Preakness set for 6:15 p.m. on NBC.

The undercard has a flurry of added-money events. Race eleven is the historic GR II Dixie Stakes, to be run over the turf at 1-1/8th miles. The entry of Proudinsky and Musketier is listed as the program favorite. Both are German-breds; the former is the stronger half of the entry and is trained by Bobby Frankel, the latter is conditioned by Roger Attfield. Proudinsky is a two time winner of the Mervin Munez Handicap on the turf at the Fair Grounds.





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Preakness News-May 14 2009 News


MINE THAT BIRD GETS HIS FEET WET DURING GALLOP; ‘RACHEL’ JUST WALKS ON FIRST MORNING AT PIMLICO

MINE THAT BIRD – Early morning rains did nothing to alter training plans for Mine That Bird, who galloped his customary two miles under exercise rider Charlie Figueroa Thursday at Pimlico in preparation for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

“The track looks super to me,” trainer Chip Woolley said. “It looks like it could be a little laboring, but overall, it looks good to me. It looks like a little moisture is just the ticket for it.”





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Preakness News-May 14 2009 News


MINE THAT BIRD GETS HIS FEET WET DURING GALLOP; ‘RACHEL’ JUST WALKS ON FIRST MORNING AT PIMLICO

MINE THAT BIRD – Early morning rains did nothing to alter training plans for Mine That Bird, who galloped his customary two miles under exercise rider Charlie Figueroa Thursday at Pimlico in preparation for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

“The track looks super to me,” trainer Chip Woolley said. “It looks like it could be a little laboring, but overall, it looks good to me. It looks like a little moisture is just the ticket for it.”





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RACHEL ALEXANDRA THE 8-5 MORNING LINE FAVORITE IN SATURDAY’S $1.1 MILLION PREAKNESS STAKES


BALTIMORE, 05-13-09– Rachel Alexandra, the lone filly in the 13-horse field entered Wednesday in the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes, is rated as the 8-5 favorite in the morning line for Saturday’s Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course.

The Steve Asmussen-trained filly, who was purchased privately by Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick following her 20 ¼-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 1, drew the No. 13 at Wednesday’s post position draw. No horse has won from that post in 11 tries since 1909.





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MINE THAT BIRD TOPS 13-HORSE FIELD FOR PREAKNESS 134


BALTIMORE , 05-13-09– The first four finishers in the Kentucky Derby, including 50-1 upset winner Mine That Bird, and super filly Rachel Alexandra were among the 13 horses entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 134th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Mine That Bird closed from last to score by 6 ¾ lengths at Churchill Downs on May 2, followed by Pioneerof the Nile, Musket Man and Papa Clem, all of whom will contest the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. Beaten Derby favorite Friesan Fire will also seek redemption in the 1 3/16-mile classic.





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Wednesday, May 13 2009


Preakness News-May 12 Late


DERBY HERO MINE THAT BIRD ARRIVES AT PIMLICO

BALTIMORE, 05-12-09 – Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird arrived at Pimlico ahead of schedule Tuesday with a Baltimore City Police escort at 6:44 p.m. after leaving Churchill Downs at 9:06.a.m.

“I called a friend on the way and said it’s the first time I’ve had the police leading me instead of chasing me,” quipped Woolley, who drove all the way in the Ford F-450 Lariat that towed the gleaming white van carrying his Kentucky Derby winner.





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PIMLICO JOCKEY CHALLENGE ADDS PUNCH TO FRIDAY RACE CARD


BALTIMORE, 05-12-09---The top four riders in the country based on earnings, two Hall of Fame jockeys with Preakness victories, another who has won the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, Maryland's all-time winningest rider and Eclipse Award winners Kent Desormeaux and Garrett Gomez, will do battle in the first Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course which will be contested during Friday's Black-Eyed Susan program.

Riders will accumulate points for finishing first (12), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race with the winner of the series receiving $14,000. Other prize money includes $10,000 for finishing second, $8,000 for third and $3,500 for fourth through eighth.





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Preakness News-May 12 2009


FRIESAN FIRE SIGNALS HIS READINESS WITH 5F. BULLET; MINE THAT BIRD, 3 OTHERS, HIT THE ROAD TO PIMLICO

MINE THAT BIRD – Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley got behind the wheel of his Ford F-450 Lariat and drove through Gate 6 at Churchill Downs Tuesday shortly after 9 a.m. with a van carrying his Kentucky Derby winner in tow.

“I think he is ready,” Woolley said. “If we make the trip up there good and he eats good, I couldn’t ask for anything better.”





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