Thursday, May 14 2009


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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Tuesday, May 12 2009


Preakness Tidbits


Tuesday at Pimlico

· Papa Clem will work at 7 am

· Friesan Fire scheduled for 8 am work. Trainer Larry Jones to decide on Preakness after breeze

· Big Drama has been here since last Tuesday. He has been going to the track at 6:30 am





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GRADE II BLACK-EYED SUSAN TOPS STAKES LADEN FRIDAY CARD


"BALTIMORE, 05-11-09---Trainer James Jerkens has never had much success in the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, but he is hopeful that this year will be different. The $150,000 test for three-year-old fillies highlights a 13-race card that features seven stakes races.

"I've never had a lot of luck in this race," Jerkens said from his New York base. "Fe Fi Fo Fum was in a couple years ago and ran horribly. This is probably the best chance I've had."





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Preakness News-May 11 2009


MINE THAT BIRD – Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley altered Mine That Bird’s training schedule at Churchill Downs Monday morning, when he sent his Kentucky Derby winner to the track for an impromptu half-mile workout in preparation for a start in Saturday’s 134th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

“The horse looked good. I hadn’t planned to work him, but he was getting pretty high. He bounced back from the Derby a little quicker than I thought he would,” Woolley said. “He was getting a little rattled, he was feeling so good. We just wanted to let him stretch his legs.”





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Monday, May 11 2009


Preakness News-May 10 2009


‘RACHEL’ WORKS SHARPLY IN KENTUCKY FOR MIDDLE JEWEL; TWO NEW SHOOTERS COULD EXCLUDE FILLY FROM FIELD

BALTIMORE, 05-10-09---Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra turned in a strong workout Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, but a full field of 14 Triple Crown-nominated horses could stymie plans to enter the standout filly in Saturday’s 134th running of the Preakness.

Pimlico officials had been expecting a field of 13 runners – including Rachel Alexandra – to be entered in the Preakness, but late Sunday afternoon it appeared that the filly who captured the Oaks by more than 20 lengths might be excluded from the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by the prospect of two new shooters being entered.





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Indy Express out of Preakness


Mark Allen, owner of the 135th Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, will not enter Indy Express in the 2009 Preakness Stakes.

Early this morning Allen was delivered a message to contact another owner “Our conversation consisted of congratulating me on our win in the Derby and talking about a rematch, wanting a chance to hook us on a fast surface. We laughed and joked about what a race that would be,” said Allen.





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