Sunday, May 17 2009


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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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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