News and Notes
The big news of the day is that Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro) has been sold to Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables and Harold T. McCormick. Reports indicate that she will be transferred to Steve Asmussen's barn, but nothing official on that yet. No word yet either whether this will change her race plans. Jess Jackson has said that he plans to breed her to Curlin after she is retired. Read more about the sale here.
Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird (Birdstone) continues to gallop at Churchill Downs, and is scheduled to ship to Pimlico on May 12. Among those mentioned as Preakness opponents is Tone It Down (Medaglia d'Oro), who most recently finished third in the Tesio Stakes on May 2 at Pimlico.
Al Khali (Medaglia d'Oro) has been entered in the grade II Peter Pan Stakes on May 9. We'll talk more about that race on Friday.
A Great Runaway Over Sweet Kitten
The track was sloppy at Camarero (is there anywhere where it isn't raining). Runaway Great
broke a little outwardly, but soon surged to the lead and was never challenged. There was a big battle between Pool Bash
and Carson Vision
for second, with the former horse prevailing. Sweet Kitten
(Kitten's Joy) was off a little slowly and blocked early, but came running late to finish 5th. You can watch a replay of the race here
Note that the post positions are not the same as the program numbers. Sweet Kitten is number 4.
Result: May 6, 2009
Camarero Race 2
Maiden Special Weight
Other Results for May 6
Doo Woppa Do (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Doo Wop by Dynaformer) didn't run much in her off the turf Maiden Special Weight at Churchill Downs, running 6th (last) the whole way round. Maybe, she should have stayed in the barn and waited for turf.
Sweetie Bird (filly; Birdstone - Kacie's Favor by Distinctive Pro) also finished 6th (last) in her Maiden Special Weight at Indiana Downs, although she was involved early.
Entries May 7
Dark Starlet (filly; Speightstown - Flowers and Vines by Blushing John), who won her one and only start on April 11 at Gulfstream Park, runs in a mile Allowance race at Belmont Park. Carded as race 3, this one has a post time of 2:04 PM ET. Dark Starlet will break from the 4 hole.
Life's Precious (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Precious Clare by Red Ransom) and Crema d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Courageous Maiden by Broad Brush) face each other in a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight contest on the Belmont turf. Life's Precious starts from the rail and Crema d'Oro from the 5 hole in this 4th race, with a post time of 2:36 PM ET. Life's Precious, who sold for $25,000 as a 2-year old, is making her debut. She is out of the winning mare Precious Clare, who has produced 2 winners. Crema d'Oro has run 4 times, recording a second in her last start, on the Aqueduct dirt on April 17. This will be her first start on the turf.
Ride a Wave (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Breakwater by Boundary) is third on the AE list for race 5 at Calder, a Maiden Special Weight for 3, 4, and 5-year olds scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 2:44 PM ET. Ride a Wave has run twice, finishing 6th on March 22 at Gulfstream, and 5th on April 11 at Tampa Bay. Both of those races were on the dirt.
Min d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Min Elreeh by Danzig) will make her turf debut, going 5 furlongs in an Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at Calder, race 8. Post time is 4:16 PM ET. Min d'Oro has run 5 times, recording a victory and a third-place finish. In her only other start in 2009, she was 8th in an Allowance race at Gulfstream Park on March 26.
R Luckyghost (colt; Ghostzapper - Downtown Blues by Seattle Song) worked 3 furlongs in :37.47 at Prairie Meadows. R Luckyghost sold for $19,000 at the Keeneland 2009 Horses of All Ages Sale. He is out of the winning mare Downtown Blues. Downtown Blues has produced 6 winners, including grade II winner Night Patrol.
Quick Kid (colt; Ghostzapper - Perfect Sting by Red Ransom) went 2 furlongs at Adena Springs, recording a time of :25.10.