Sunday, May 22 2011
Ventana Prevails in AMResorts Maryland Sprint
BALTIMORE –05-21-11 – Karl Watson, Michael E. Pegram & Paul Weitman’s Ventana prevailed over Immortal Eyes following a hotly contested stretch duel to win the $100,000 AMResorts Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3) this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.
Jockey Travis Dunkelberger, aboard Immortal Eyes, claimed foul against Martin Garcia, the rider of Ventana, claiming interference during the late stages of the stretch run, but the stewards did not rule in his favor.
Chinglish Takes James W. Murphy Stakes
BALTIMORE –05-21-11—Jerry & Ronald Frankel’s Chinglish ran down the pacesetters through the stretch to win the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.
Covering the mile distance across the turf in 1:40.05 under John Velazquez, Chinglish beat Humble and Hungry by 2 ¾ lengths. Master Dunker rallied from far back to take third. Early pacesetter Joes Blazing Aaron, the 7-5 favorite ridden by Julien Leparoux, faded to fourth.
Vengeful Wildcat Strikes In Chick Lang Stakes
BALTIMORE – 05-21-11 – New Farm’s Vengeful Wildcat pressed pacesetter Chipshot before wresting the lead in mid-stretch on his way to victory in the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes, a sprint for 3-year-olds Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
Breaking alertly under jockey Carlos Marquez Jr., the son of Vindication prevailed by a neck and completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.54. A winner of three races in five starts, including the Tyro Stakes at Monmouth last summer, Vengeful Wildcat is trained by Ben Perkins, Jr.
Super Espresso Perks Up In Allaire duPont Distaff
BALTIMORE –05-21-11 – Bobby Flay’s Super Espresso, who had a distinct dislike for turf in her previous start, demonstrated a fondness for Pimlico’s main track Saturday with a rallying score in the $100,000 Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes (G3).
Next to last down the backstretch under jockey Ramon Dominguez, Super Espresso swept wide around horses entering the stretch before out-battling Payton d’Oro nearing the wire to win by three-quarters of a length.
No Brakes Rallies To Win Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap
BALTIMORE –05-21-11---Katherine Sancuk’s No Brakes rallied from next to last to win the $25,000 Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap, the first of nine stakes on Preakness Day.
Xavier Perez rode the Parker’s Storm Cat offspring for owner-trainer Sancuk, who was also working as an outrider on the 13-race program. The 6-year-old gelding, who finished fifth in this race last year and who was claimed for $5,000 by his present connections in March, came four wide into the stretch to score a narrow victory over Money For Love, with Say Now finishing third.
Saturday, May 21 2011
ANIMAL KINGDOM ARRIVES AT PREAKNESS STAKES BARN
BALTIMORE, 05-21-11---Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom completed his journey to the Preakness Stakes at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, just under 12 hours before he will compete in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at historic Pimlico Race Course.
Post time for the 136th running of the Preakness is 6:20 p.m.
Royal Delta Rolls to Victory in The Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
BALTIMORE –05-20-11---Royal Delta got the jump on the competition with a decisive move in the second turn and rolled to a 2½ -length victory in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at Pimlico Race Course. The Empire Maker filly trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49 3/5 over a fast track to earn the winner’s share of $150,000 in the Grade 2 stake for 3-year-old fillies. Buster’s Ready was second, 5 ¼ lengths ahead of Hot Summer.
The 87th Black-Eyed Susan was the featured race of the 13 on The People’s Pink Party program that benefited the Susan G. Komen for the Cure held on a sun-drenched afternoon at historic Pimlico. The on-track crowd of 27,966 watched the $30,000 Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge won by Canadian standout Emma-Jayne Wilson, and the $20,000 Legends for the Cure II Race in which eight retired female riders returned to the saddle.
Excited Bounds To Victory In Hilltop Stakes
BALTIMORE 05-20-11 –Michael B. Tabor’s Excited worked her way out of traffic and galloped to victory in the $75,000 Hilltop Stakes, the nightcap on Pimlico’s Preakness Eve 13-race program.
Sent to post as the 9-5 favorite under John Velazquez, Excited was in close striking position before moving outside of horses for the drive to the finish. She prevailed by 3 ¾ lengths over Pink Pallet and third-place finisher Blushandbashful. Excited was timed in 1:49.48 for 1 1/16 miles over the yielding turf.
CANADIAN SHIPPER CLAIMS JOCKEY CHALLENGE TITLE
BALTIMORE, 05-20-11 --- Emma-Jayne Wilson finished first or second in three of four races to edge Forest Boyce and win the inaugural $30,000 Female Jockey Challenge on Friday at Pimlico Race Course.
A native of Brampton, Ontario, Wilson finished with 28 points, four more than the Maryland-based Boyce. Hayley Turner, who flew in from England to take part in the competition, was third with 21 points.
Silver Partner Threads Needle To Win Kattegat’s Pride Starter
BALTIMORE –05-20-11---Owner-trainer John E. Salzman Jr.’s Silver Partner slipped through a narrow gap between horses at the top of the stretch and drove to victory in the $25,000 Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap.
Under jockey Ramon Dominguez, the daughter of Partner’s Hero reached the finish line two lengths ahead of Universal Language, with long shot Lady Outflanker finishing third. Silver Partner completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.84 and paid $6.20.
Suzzona Takes The Very One Stakes
BALTIMORE, 05-20-11 – Sandy Valley Farms’ Suzzona won her third of four starts on the Pimlico turf course Friday afternoon while prevailing over a field of fillies and mares in the $75,000 The Very One Stakes.
Julian Pimentel was aboard the 7-year-old chestnut mare who is trained by Benny Feliciano.
WILEY-WAGNER WINS LADY LEGENDS FOR THE CURE II
BALTIMORE, 05-20-11 --- Eighteen months after finishing her final chemotherapy treatment, Mary Wiley-Wagner had another reason to celebrate.
With Wiley-Wagner in the irons, Mass Destruction came roaring down the stretch ahead of the field and hit the wire 6 ½ lengths in front to win the $31,000 Lady Legends for the Cure Race II on Friday at Pimlico Race Course.