Headlines for Sunday, April 26, 2009

  • Former jockey Gary Boulanger with his first starter as a trainer at Calder on April 26.

    Gary Boulanger Makes Training Debut at Calder

    Former jockey Gary Boulanger saddled his first horse as a trainer at Calder Race Course April 26, a 6-year-old mare named Tinkerbuck that finished second in the 11th race.

  • Tale of Ekati will add blinkers for the Westchester Stakes.

    Tale of Ekati Adds Blinkers in Belmont Opener

    After a pair of important grade I wins in New York as a sophomore last year, trainer Barclay Tagg had high expectations for Tale of Ekati in 2009, but so far things have not not panned out. Tagg will try blinkers on the son of Tale of the Cat as Belmont Park opens its 64-day spring/summer meet with the $100,000 Westchester Stakes (gr. III).

  • Six Debut Winners Clash in Kentucky Juvenile

    Six debut winners at Keeneland, a record-setting filly from Maryland and a West Coast invader highlight a field of nine 2-year-olds entered for the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs April 30.

  • Monarchos

    Past Kentucky Derby Winners: Monarchos

    The 2001 Kentucky Derby winner is the only horse besides the great Secretariat to win the race in under two minutes. Esther Marr visits with Charlie Nuckols, owner of Nuckols Farm, where Monarchos now resides.

  • Presvis' Late Rally Wins Hong Kong's QEII Cup

    Presvis, given a confident ride by Great Britain's champion jockey Ryan Moore, raced to an authoritative win in the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) on yielding turf at Sha Tin Race Course April 26.

  • Statue of Liberty Colt Shines in Australia

    A Statue of Liberty -- Saloon Bar Girl colt brought Aust$54,000 (approximately $39,031 in U.S. funds) to top the opening session of the William Inglis & Son Melbourne autumn yearling sale April 26 in Australia. Mark Young Racing purchased the colt from Tetrarch Park Stud.

  • Sight Winner Shocks in HK's Champions Mile

    Sight Winner became the first horse to qualify for this year's Breeders Cup Mile (gr. IT) following his shocking victory over Egyptian Ra in the HK$12 million Champions Mile (HK-I) at soggy Sha Tin Race Course April 26.

  • Cash Refund Creates Buzz in Churchill Opener

    Churchill Downs opened the 2009 spring meet April 25 with a cast of talented Derby Trial (gr. III) 3-year-olds lined up with the promise of spotlighting a potential star. And while Hull's victory was impressive, it was Richard, Bertram, and Elaine Klein's Cash Refund that drew raves 60 minutes earlier with a resounding seven-length triumph in a non-winners of two allowance race.

  • Intimidator's First Winner

    Intimidator was represented by his first winner when his daughter Ms Golden West won April 25 at Lone Star Park in her first start.

  • Quality Road gallops at Belmont Park on April 26. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS659324%2Fphoto%2F8042223%2F%3Fo%3D4">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Update: Some Blood After Gallop

    Quality Road, a contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned from a mile and three-quarter gallop on the Belmont Park training track April 26 with a tinge of blood from a newly-patched quarter crack, but his connections remain optimistic he will make the May 2 "Run for the Roses."

  • Pioneerof the Nile, a leading Kentucky Derby contender.

    Pioneerof the Nile's Full Sister Born

    A full sister to Pioneerof the Nile, one of the leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was foaled April 23.

  • Mr. Hot Stuff broke his maiden just this past Feb. 1 at Santa Anita.

    Mr. Hot Stuff Preps for Kentucky Derby

    WinStar Farm's Mr. Hot Stuff, third in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), had a West Coast tuneup for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when he worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at Santa Anita April 26.

  • The bronze of Barbaro was unveiled at Churchill Downs April 26.

    Churchill Downs Unveils Barbaro Statue

    Fans entering Gate 1 at Churchill Downs may have their breath taken away when they arrive for the races Kentucky Derby week following the unveiling of life-sized statue of Barbaro April 26. The event drew a "Friends of Barbaro" crowd of about 500 who cheered with approval when the tarp was pulled off the sculpture.

  • Square Eddie had his final pre-Kentucky Derby workout at Churchill Downs on April 26. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS629035%2Fphoto%2F8042222%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Square Eddie Drills a Half-Mile in :50 1/5

    Square Eddie, a top 2-year-old last year who has been playing catch up for most of his early sophomore campaign, worked a half-mile April 26 at Churchill Downs in :50 1/5. Third last time out in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II), Square Eddie got in his final workout prior to the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Kruytbosch's Memory Lives On at Churchill

    On Friday, the day before the opening of Churchill Downs' Spring-Summer meet, Bobbie Jo Porter received a gift. It was a remembrance she didn't expect, but one she cherishes. And it was the simplest of gifts.

  • Hold Me Back

    Hold Me Back Shines in KY Derby Workout

    As the sun rose over Churchill Downs April 26, WinStar Farm's Hold Me Back posted a solid workout as he continues to prepare for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Kentucky Derby News Minute - 04/26/09

    Evan Hammonds reports on the workouts of Square Eddie and Hold Me Back, both at Churchill Downs, as well as on the condition of Quality Road, who galloped at Belmont Park Sunday Morning.  Hammonds also covers the unveiling of the bronze statue of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.Stay tuned throughout the week for the latest from Churchill Downs.