Headlines for Sunday, May 10, 2009

  • Witty (left) outfinished Carlsbad in a duel between undefeated fillies in the Railbird Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F69713%2Fphoto%2F8087956%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Witty Still Perfect After Game Railbird Win

    Undefeated Witty, a half-sister to Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Well Armed, scored her third lifetime win when she ran down favored Carlsbad in the $100,000 Railbird Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park May 10.

  • Silver Frost Burns Rivals in French Guineas

    Silver Frost came roaring down the center of the course to easily capture the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-I, French Two Thousand Guineas) by two lengths at Longchamp May 10. One race later, Elusive Wave won the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I, French One Thousand Guineas).

  • Jockey Vernon Bush Registers 3,000th Win

    Veteran jockey Vernon Bush, who learned the art of race riding watching his father, Vernon Sr., who was one of New England's top riders in the 1940s and 1950s, won the 3,000th race of his career when he guided Loadthewagon to a front-running win in the eighth race at River Downs May 9.

  • Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson

    Whitney Will Not Exclude Rachel Alexandra

    John Hendrickson, husband and racing and breeding manager for Marylou Whitney, said neither he nor Marylou have ever spoken to Ahmed Zayat, and although they plan on running Luv Gov in the Preakness (gr. I) at the request of trainer D. Wayne Lukas, they would withdraw him if it meant excluding Rachel Alexandra.

  • Smart Surprise Rallies to Take Hendrie

    Smart Surprise rallied from off the pace, took over in mid-stretch and held off a late bid from Proud Heiress to win the $158,600 Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) for older fillies and mares May 10 at Woodbine.

  • Lone Star Park

    Lone Star to Cut Overnight, Stakes Purses

    Lone Star Park announced May 10 that it will cut overnight purses by 6% effective May 22, not run one stakes and cut the purse for three other stakes.

  • Ahmed Zayat, owner of Pioneerof the Nile

    Zayat Reconsiders; Won't Keep Rachel Out

    After being besieged with unfavorable comments regarding his earlier decision to enter enough horses to prevent Rachel Alexandra from running in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Ahmed Zayat, owner of Pioneerof the Nile, said on TVG that he has decided to reconsider and will not enter any other horses.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra is still being considered for the May 16 Preakness. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS672162%2Fphoto%2F8062329%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    'Rachel' Works Sharply, No Decision Yet

    Possible Preakness (gr. I) candidate Rachel Alexandra, a record-smashing 20 1/4-length winner of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), tuned up for a possible bid in the second leg of the Triple Crown with an easy four-furlong work on May 10 at Churchill Downs.