Saturday, April 04 2009
Keeneland Barn Notes—Saturday, April 4, 2009
TERRAIN WORKS TOWARD TOYOTA BLUE GRASS
Adele Dilschneider’s Terrain put in his final major move for next Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) by working five furlongs in 1:01 at Keeneland Saturday morning with exercise rider Keith Harris up.
Working in company with Grade 2 stakes winner Sky Mom, who had jockey Jamie Theriot up, Terrain broke off about two lengths behind his workmate. Terrain drew even at the head of the stretch and finished on even terms with Sky Mom.
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RECORDS BROKEN IN SEVENTH FLORIDA CUP DAY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 5, 2008) The seventh running of Florida Cup Day was comprised of six $85,000 stakes races for Florida-breds of all ages at a variety of distances on both turf and dirt. A crowd of 6,577 contributed to a record co-mingled Florida Cup Day handle of $7,034,856 besting the old record by $709,214.
The Kinsman Farm Turf Classic –1 1/8 miles: Stakes winner Fearless Eagle notched his sixth career victory with his win in the seventh edition of the Kinsman Farm Turf Classic. The five-year-old son of Invisible Ink was bred in Florida by owner Isaac Muhtar, is conditioned by Edward Plesa and was ridden to victory by Elvis Trujillo. Marquet Cat was second by a neck and Ruff and Ready rounded out the trifecta, which yielded $390.00 for a $2 wager.
Husbands and Sutherland shine on Woodbine’s Opening Day card
TORONTO, April 4 – Jockeys Patrick Husbands and Chantal Sutherland got out of the gates in strong fashion on Opening Day at Woodbine, winning three and two races, respectively, on Saturday at the Toronto oval.
Husbands, who took the Woodbine riding title and netted his sixth Sovereign Award as Canada’s top rider in 2008, won the second race with Talk Fast, the day’s featured race, the $100,000 La Voyageuse Stakes, aboard Mullins Beach, and the ninth with True Vindication.
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THE PAMPLEMOUSSE SCRATCHED FROM SANTA ANITA DERBY
The Pamplemousse, 9-5 morning line favorite for today’s Santa Anita Derby, was declared a stakes scratch shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday.
“Dr. (Jill) Bailey (D.V.M. representing the Los Angeles Turf Club), during her pre-race examination, identified an issue that she brought to the attention of (trainer) Julio (Canani),” explained Dr. Rick Arthur, Equine Medical Director for the California Horse Racing Board in a telephone press conference in Santa Anita’s press box around 11 a.m.
QUALITY ROAD FAVORED AT MIDPOINT OF FINAL KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE POOL
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 3, 2009) – Edward P. Evans’ Quality Road, winner of the Florida Derby (Grade I) for his third victory in four career races, remained a solid favorite to win the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on May 2 as the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) reached its midway point on Friday evening.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens’ homebred son of Elusive Quality remained the 5-1 choice among 24 wagering interests in KDFW Pool 2. Vinery LLC and Fox Hill Farm’s Friesan Fire, whose three-race winning streak includes a victory in the Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds, was the 9-1 second choice at the end of Friday’s betting. The mutuel field, which respresents all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the pool’s 23 individual horses, also stood at 9-1, but slightly more money had been wagered on Friesan Fire. “All others” was favored in both of this year’s previous KDFW pools.
Friday, April 03 2009
AGGIE ENGINEER, SOLIS RUN OFF WITH FRIDAY FEATURE AT 7-1 ODDS
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2009) – Running around two turns for the first time in his sixth career start, 7-1 longshot Aggie Engineer and jockey Alex Solis ran off with Friday’s $56,800 optional claiming allowance feature to defeat Aitcho by 1 ¼ lengths while negotiating one mile over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface in 1:36.44
Solis sent the gelded 4-year-old son of E Dubai to the front soon after the break, settled him into a cruising posture through moderate early fractions, and they comfortably resisted the late bid by third-choice Aitcho, who rallied from last in the field of seven.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD, 2009
HORSEMEN FANCY ‘BIG THREE’ IN SANTA ANITA DERBY
The Pamplemousse, Pioneerof the Nile and Chocolate Candy—the three morning line choices—dominated selections made by local horsemen in an informal backstretch poll on Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, which drew a field of 10 going a mile and an eighth.
Retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, now an analyst for HRTV and NBC-TV, who won the Santa Anita Derby a record nine times: “It’s a good race. Some people think The Pamplemousse has a bad post (No. 10). I think he’s got a great draw on the outside. With the speed horse, Z Day, on the inside (No. 2), The Pamplemousse can sit off him. If Z Day goes crazy, The Pamplemousse can kind of control the race. I think he’s ratable.
AQUEDUCT NOTES; Friday, April 3, 2009
A reminder that Aqueduct Racetrack will be closed on Palm Sunday, April 5, for both live racing and simulcasting.
The Big A will be open for simulcasting only on Monday and Tuesday, April 6-7. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. There is no admission or parking charge.
Live racing resumes at Aqueduct on Wednesday, April 8, with first race post at 1 p.m.
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Rick Pitino Takes Time for Horse Hobby at Gulfstream
With the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s college basketball fans stirred into a frenzy after the elimination of top-seeded University of Louisville from the NCAA men’s tournament and the hiring of a new coach at the University of Kentucky, Louisville’s coach Rick Pitino escaped the storm for a few hours indulging his passion for horse racing Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
The 56-year-old coach is one of the principle partners in Ol Memorial Stable. He was at the track to see his 3-year-old filly In Debt Joanne go for her second career win in a 5 ½-furlong claiming race.
Stormalory Rallies From Last To Win Central Bank Transylvania
Lexington, Ky. (April 3, 2009)—Stormalory rallied from next to last with a quarter mile remaining to score a narrow victory in the $150,000, Grade 3 Central Bank Transylvania Stakes as Keeneland began its 15-day spring meeting Friday.
The son of Storm Cat caught Florentino (JPN) inside the sixteenth pole and then held off Smart Bid to win the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds. He gave trainer Bill Mott his 30th career stakes victory at Keeneland.
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Keeneland Barn Notes—Friday, April 3, 2009
DUTROW OPTIMISTIC ABOUT STARDOM BOUND’S ASHLAND CHANCES
Trainer Rick Dutrow was quietly confident Friday morning about Stardom Bound’s chances in Saturday’s 72nd running of the $400,000 Ashland Stakes (G1).
“I know that she likes it here and is doing good,” Dutrow said. “She has already beaten most of the horses in there, so I feel very good about our chances.”
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IRISH-BRED FERNELEY POSTS SMART WIN ON GGF TURF
ALBANY -- Irish-bred Ferneley, displaying a powerful stretch kick, posted an impressive victory in the $40,704 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday.
The one-mile allowance race, a prep for the Grade 2 $300,000 San Francisco Mile on April 25, featured a solid field of six that was headed by multiple stakes-winners Bold Chieftain and El Gato Malo.
Ferneley, a 5-year-old horse trained by Ben Cecil, earned his first U.S. stakes victory when he blew by pacesetter Yacht Spotter in midstretch and scored by 3 1/4 lengths. Yacht Spotter took second by 1 1/4 lengths over Bold Chieftain, the even-money favorite.