Wednesday, April 01 2009
AVERILL WINS TWO; ZIADIE NOTCHES THREE VICTORIES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 31, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s leading owner Richard Averill teamed up with second-leading trainer Kirk Ziadie for two wins on the afternoon’s ten race program; those wins were two of three total for the conditioner today. Averill now has 20 wins for the 2008-2009 Tampa race meeting and Ziadie has 40 victories to his credit.
Averill and Ziadie got their first trip to the Winner’s Circle with Summer Party Girl; the four-year-old gelded son of Snuck In was bred in Florida by Reginald D. Methner and was booted home by Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Ziadie and Averill struck again with Fortunate Trail, this time with apprentice jockey Mike Straight in the irons. Fortunate Trail is an eight-year-old Fortunate Prospect gelding out of the Skip Trial mare Silver Trail and was bred in Florida by Becky Winemiller.
New season draws several new trainers to Woodbine
TORONTO, March 31 - The entry box for the first program of the 2009 Thoroughbred season will close in less than 24 hours and Woodbine racing secretary Steve Lym is excited to see the curtain rise on the new year.
If the strength of this past weekend's workout tabs is any indication, racing fans will have plenty from which to choose on Saturday's expected 10-race card.
Lym said a greater number of horses have been on the Woodbine backstretch for a longer time this Spring, perhaps explaining the frequency of morning time trials.
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ARLINGTON PARK TO OFFER PURSE ENHANCEMENT TO OVERNIGHT RACES WITH 10 OR MORE WAGERING INTERESTS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 31, 2009) – In a continued effort to provide the wagering public the best racing product possible, Arlington Park management announced that they have reached an agreement with the Illinois Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association (ITHA) to offer a bonus of up to five percent of the base purse of overnight races contingent upon the number of distinct wagering interests in the starting field.
The base purse of overnight races that leave the starting gate with 10 or 11 separate wagering interests will be increased by 2.5% while the base purse of overnight races that start with 12 wagering interests will receive a 5% boost. For example, should a maiden special weight race with a base purse of $28,000 leave the gate with 10 or 11 wagering interests, that purse will be increased to $28,700 and increased again to $29,400 should a full field of 12 betting interests start.
GGF TO OFFER SANTA ANITA DERBY SIMULCAST AND YERBA BUENA STAKES SATURDAY
ALBANY -- A big Saturday racing program at Golden Gate Field will feature the simulcast of the West Coast's top Kentucky Derby prep, the Santa Anita Derby, and an interesting local feature, the Yerba Buena Stakes.
There are special early post times in California for Santa Anita Derby Day - noon at Santa Anita and 12:15 p.m. at Golden Gate Fields.
Tuesday, March 31 2009
52nd Illinois Derby Draws Eleven
Stickney, IL---While only one graded-stakes winner is entered for Saturday’s Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby, that doesn’t mean a superstar won’t emerge, either this Saturday or the first Saturday in May.
Musket Man, mild upset winner of the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby, will face ten challengers, including the highly touted Illinois-bred Giant Oak, as eleven 3-year-olds try to punch their ticket to the Kentucky Derby.
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Monday, March 30 2009
Riders Up! For a Good Cause at Keeneland
Lexington, KY (March 30, 2009) – “American Idol” watch out.
On April 17, several Keeneland jockeys and retired riding legends will perform in Riders Up!, a karaoke-style talent competition presented by Keeneland and the Jockeys’ Guild to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Lexington’s own Tony-nominated actress Laura Bell Bundy will host the show.
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Keeneland Barn Notes—Monday, March 30, 2009
HOOH WHY WORKS HALF-MILE FOR ASHLAND
Derby Daze Farms and Mark Hoffman’s consistent Hooh Why put in her final major work for a probable start in Saturday’s $400,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) on Monday morning. She went a half-mile in :49.60 with a five-furlong out time of 1:02 with Miguel Mena up.
Hooh Why arrived at Keeneland on Thursday night after spending the past two months at Santa Anita in the care of trainer Carla Gaines. Donna Dupuy, who was the trainer of record when Hooh Why broke her maiden at first asking last July at Arlington Park, will saddle Hooh Why at Keeneland.
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Kentucky Derby 135 Update (3.30.09)
SOUTHEAST/QUALITY ROAD TURNS BACK DUNKIRK, SETS RECORD IN FLORIDA DERBY
The showdown everyone expected in Saturday’s Florida Derby (Grade I) materialized, but Quality Road ended the suspense in a flash as he turned back previously unbeaten Dunkirk in track record time at Gulfstream Park to take South Florida’s major prep for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).
Edward P. Evans’ son of Elusive Quality turned back a strong rally by $3.7-million yearling purchase Dunkirk to win by 1 3/4 lengths in a track record 1:47.72 for 1 1/8-miles. Jockey John Velazquez was aboard the winner, who had to survive a claim of foul by three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard third-place finisher Theregoesjojo.
Kentucky Oaks 135 Update (3.30.09)
SOUTHEAST/JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE EXTENDS WINNING STREAK TO FIVE IN BONNIE MISS
Sizzling Justwhistledixie rolled to her fifth consecutive victory and enhanced her status as a major contender for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) on May 1 at Churchill Downs when she rallied to win Friday’s $200,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park.
The surprising favorite over reigning 2-year-old filly champion Stardom Bound and Fair Grounds Oaks (G(() winner Rachel Alexandra in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, Justwhistledixie rallied four-wide under jockey Julien Leparoux to defeat Casanova Move by 1 ¾ lengths. The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained daughter of Dixie Union covered the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:49.25 over a “fast” track.
One Caroline Remains Perfect After Rampart Romp Sunday
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s brilliant 4-year-old filly One Caroline ran her undefeated career record to five-for-five Sunday at Gulfstream Park after a dominating wire-to-wire victory in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G2), coasting home 6½ lengths ahead of Darley Stable’s 22-1 longshot Sea Chanter.
Jockey Edgar Prado had One Caroline in front shortly after a somewhat awkward break in the 1 1/8 miles test, and had plenty left when challengers got close nearing the stretch, drawing clear effortlessly. The roan/gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song won both of her starts last year at Churchill Downs and all three at this meet for trainer Rusty Arnold, most recently the Sabin Stakes (G3) on Feb. 20.
Barn Notes 3/29
Reviriego’s South American Operation Making Florida Home
Trainer Juan Reviriego is a colorful character, wearing an ascot and weathered sport coat most mornings around the barn. It’s hard to believe the native of Argentina could quietly slip into anyplace, but his former California string of South American-bred horses has been transplanted to Gulfstream Park in the last month.
Among his small band of runners is the Dama Group’s 5-year-old mare Lady Sprinter, who has been working steadily since getting here in February with hopes of duplicating her Argentine Group 1 stakes success here in the U.S.
UNBEATEN CARLSBAD TRANSFERS FORM TO BIG LEAGUES IN SANTA PAULA
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 29, 2009) – Carlsbad, an unbeaten sensation in Arizona’s “Cactus League,” transferred her form to the big leagues Saturday when running away from her opposition in Santa Anita’s 24th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Paula Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs.
After winning her first four starts at Turf Paradise in Phoenix by a combined 50 ¾ lengths, Carlsbad scored by 3 ¾ lengths over runner-up Ultra Blend while covering the distance in 1:14.65, just four-hundredths of a second off the stakes record.