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Julio Canani was delighted with Blackdoun’s seven-furlong turf
work Monday at Santa Anita. “It was unbelievable,” Canani
said of his 3-year-old NetJets Preakness
Stakes Mile contender who stopped the clock in 1:28 1/5. “He’s
not a very good work horse, but this was unbelievable. And he did
it with a 160-pound gallop boy!” Canani also reported that fellow
Mile contender Special Ring would work Tuesday or Wednesday
forecasts for Breeders’ Cup Week on The Weather Channel’s
weather.com call for highs in the mid-70s, lows in the mid-50s, partly
cloudy skies and a very low chance of precipitation.
Known Arrival Dates
TUESDAY, OCT. 19 (NEW YORK/KENTUCKY) – Afleet Alex (Juvenile),
Dynever (Classic), Indy Groove (Distaff), Kitten’s Joy (Turf), Roses
in May (Classic) and Wonder Again (Filly & Mare Turf).
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20 (NEW YORK/KENTUCKY) – Domestic Dispute (Mile/Sprint)
and Needwood Blade (Mile)
SATURDAY, OCT. 23 (PRIVATE CHARTER FROM ALBANY, NEW YORK) – Birdstone
(Classic), In the Gold (Juvenile Fillies) and Sun King (Juvenile)
SUNDAY, OCT. 24 (NEW YORK/KENTUCKY) – Artie Schiller (Mile), Bellamy
Road (Juvenile), Bowman’s Band (Classic), Dance Away Capote (Graham
Motion), Higher World (Juvenile Fillies), In the Gold (Juvenile Fillies),
Mr O’Brien (Mile), Runway Model (Juvenile Fillies), Society Selection
(Distaff) and Storm Flag Flying (Distaff)
MONDAY, OCT. 25 (CALIFORNIA) – Blackdoun (Mile), Kela (Sprint),
Moscow Burning (Filly & Mare Turf), Our New Recruit (Sprint), Personal
Rush (Classic), Pleasantly Perfect (Classic), Sharp Lisa (Juvenile Fillies),
Singletary (Mile), Special Ring (Mile), Star Over the Bay (Turf) and Sweet
Catomine (Juvenile Fillies)
MONDAY, OCT. 25 (ENGLAND/IRELAND/FRANCE) – Nebraska Tornado (Filly
& Mare Turf or Distaff); Ouija Board (Turf or Filly & Mare Turf);
Six Perfections (Mile); and other European contenders to be announced.
TUESDAY, OCT. 26 (NEW YORK/KENTUCKY) – Azeri (Distaff or Classic),
Bare Necessities (Distaff), Better Talk Now (Turf), Champali (Sprint);
Clock Stopper (Sprint), Consolidator (Juvenile), Cuvee (Sprint), Film
Maker (Filly & Mare Turf), Freefourinternet (Classic), Honor and War
(Mile), Perfect Drift (Classic), Runway Model (Juvenile Fillies), Silver
Tree (Mile), Soaring Free (Mile), Stellar Jayne (Distaff) and Tamweel
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27 (NEW YORK) – Ashado (Distaff), Balletto (Juvenile
Fillies), Balto Star (Turf/Classic), Cajun Beat (Sprint); Funny Cide (Classic);
Ghostzapper (Classic); Midas Eyes (Sprint), Millennium Dragon (Mile),
Mustanfar (Turf), Newfoundland (Classic), Nothing to Lose (Mile), Proud
Accolade (Juvenile), Ready’s Gal (Juvenile Fillies), Speightstown
(Sprint) and Super Brand (Filly & Mare Turf)
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27 (CALIFORNIA) – Culture Clash (Juvenile Fillies),
Elloluv (Distaff), Island Fashion (Distaff), Kela (Sprint), Light Jig
(Filly & Mare Turf), Pt’s Grey Eagle (Sprint), Roman Ruler (Juvenile),
Sarafan (Turf) and Star Over the Bay (Turf).
Workouts at Lone Star Park
Saturday, Oct. 23 – Kitten’s Joy (Turf); Roses In May (Classic);
and Sense of Style (Juvenile Fillies).
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DID YOU KNOW?
Training hours at Lone Star Park are 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day except
Breeders’ Cup Day, when the track will close at 8 a.m. There is
a renovation break from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
The turf course will be open for workouts by horses nominated to turf
stakes during Breeders’ Cup Week from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Horses
wishing to work on the turf earlier than Sunday, such as Kitten’s
Joy on Saturday, can do so by special permission after the main track
closes at 10 a.m.
Beginning Thursday, the public is invited to view morning workouts at
the free “Daybreak at Lone Star” program during training hours
every day until Friday, Oct. 29.
Horse Racing TIPS
Horse racing in Kentucky is rich in history, dating back to 1789 when
the first race course was laid out in Lexington. However, it was almost
100 years later, in 1875, that Churchill
Downs officially opened and began its tradition as "Home of the
In 1787, The Commons, a park-like block near Lexington's Race Street
was used by horsemen for racing. By 1789, complaints by "safety minded"
citizens led to the formal development of a race meet at The Commons.
The men who organized this race meet, including Kentucky Statesman Henry
Clay, also formed the Commonwealth's first Jockey Club. The organization
later was named the Kentucky Jockey Club in 1809.
Racing in Louisville dates back to 1783 when local sources reported that
races were held on Market Street in the downtown area. To alleviate the
problems associated with horse
racing tips racing on the busy city thoroughfare, a course was developed
at the now abandoned Shippingport Island in 1805. Racing was conducted
on the island in the Ohio River at what was called the Elm Tree Gardens.
By 1827, a new track, known as the Hope Distillery Course, was laid out
on what is presently Main and 16th Streets. Racing was also held on a
number of private tracks located on farms throughout the local area. One
of the more prominent of these was Peter Funk's Beargrass Track which
was located in an area now bordered by Hurstbourne Lane and Taylorsville
The Oakland Race Course was opened in the fall of 1833 and brought racing
back to a formal site with the track, complete with clubhouse, located
at what is now Seventh and Magnolia Streets in "Old Louisville".
This was followed in 1858 by the opening of the Woodlawn Course on the
Louisville and Lexington railroad lines just outside of today's St. Matthews,
east of Louisville. The site closed in 1870, but the Woodlawn Vase, the
track's premier trophy, has been used in the presentation to the winner
of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico since 1917.
Harness racing was also a significant part of Louisville's early racing
history with a number of tracks in existence. One of the most prominent
was Greeneland, a racecourse for trotters was built just east of Churchill
Downs in 1868.
The Founding of Churchill Downs
While traveling in England and France in 1872-1873, 26-year-old Col. M.
Lewis Clark, devised the idea of a Louisville Jockey Club for conducting
race meets. Clark toured and visited with a number of prominent racing
leaders, including England's Admiral Rous and France's Vicompte Darn,
vice president of the French Jockey Club.
Upon his return from Europe, Clark began development of his racetrack
which would serve to showcase the Kentucky breeding industry. The track
would eventually become known as "Churchill Downs." The first
reference of the name Churchill Downs came in an 1883 Kentucky
Derby article reported by the former Louisville Commercial.
"The crowd in the grand stand sent out a volume of voice, and the
crowd in the field took it up and carried it from boundary to boundary
The track was incorporated as Churchill
Downs in 1937.
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The first public notice of establishment of the track was reported in
the May 27, 1874 edition of the Courier-Journal. The notice was met with
some objections because another track had already been proposed by the
Falls City Racing Association for a site near the river just east of downtown
Louisville. Clark and a group of prominent Louisville gentlemen met at
the Galt House on June 18, 1874 to prepare articles of incorporation with
the actual filing for the Louisville Jockey Club and Driving Park Association
taking place on June 20.
To fund the construction of the track, Clark raised $32,000 by selling
320 membership subscriptions to the track at $100 each. Eighty acres of
land, approximately three miles south of downtown were leased from Clark's
uncles, John and Henry Churchill. A clubhouse, grandstand, porter's lodge
and six stables were all eventually constructed on the site for the opening
of the track.
For his inaugural race meet, Clark designed his three major stakes races,
the Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Oaks
and Clark Handicap, after the three premier races in England, the Epsom
Derby, Epsom Oaks and St. Leger Stakes, respectively. These events have
each been held continuosly at Churchill since their debut in 1875. However,
in 1953, the Clark was moved from the spring to the fall meet. The Falls
City was also offered during the inaugural meet and after four interruptions,
the race continues to be held.
The track formally opened May 17, 1875 with four races scheduled. The
winner of the first race was Bonaventure, however the winner of the day's
featured race, the Kentucky
Derby tips, was a three-year-old chestnut colt, Aristides. Owned by
H.P. McGrath, Aristides was trained by and ridden by two African-Americans,
Ansel Williamson and Oliver Lewis, respectively.
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The Preakness Stakes is a stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred
horses, staged yearly in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday
in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky
Derby Festival. The race currently covers one and one-quarter
miles (2.012 km) at Churchill Downs; colts and geldings carry 126
pounds (57 kg), fillies 121.
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In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions have played
a large role in the Derby atmosphere. The Mint Julep, a iced drink
consisting of bourbon, mint and sugar, is the traditional beverage
of the race. Elegant women appear in long dresses, big hats, and
carrying fancy umbrellas. As the horses are paraded before the grandstands,
"My Old Kentucky Home" is played by the University of
Louisville marching band while the crowd stands and sings along.
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The Derby is frequently referred to as "The Run for the Roses,"
because a garland of red roses is awarded to the Preakness Stakes
winner each year. The tradition is as a result of New York socialite
E. Berry Wall presenting roses to ladies at a post-Derby party in
1883 that was attended by Churchill Downs president, Col. M. Lewis
Clark. This gesture is believed to have eventually led Clark to
the idea of making the rose the race's official flower. However,
it wasn’t until 1896 that any recorded account referred to
roses being draped on the Derby winner.Preakness Stakes tips
Organized horse racing in the State of Kentucky dates as far back
as the late 1700s when several different race courses were built
in and around the city of Louisville. In 1872, Col. M. Lewis Clark,
traveled to England, visiting the Epsom Derby, a famous race that
had been running annually since 1780. From there, Clark went on
to Paris, France, where in 1863 a group of racing enthusiasts had
formed the French Jockey Club and had o
thoroughbred handicapping rganized the Grand Prix de Paris,
which eventually became the famous Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Returning home to Kentucky, Clark organized the Louisville Jockey
Club for the purpose of raising money to build quality racing facilities
just outside of the city. The track would soon become known as Churchill
Downs, named for Lewis Clark's relatives, John and Henry Churchill,
who had provided the land for the racetrack. Officially, the racetrack
was incorporated as Churchill Downs in 1937.
The Preakness Stakes was first run at 1½ miles, the same
distance as the Epsom Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris. In 1896
the distance was changed to its current 1¼ miles. On May
17, 1875, in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people, a field
of 15 three-year-old horses contested the first Derby. Under African-American
jockey Oliver Lewis, a colt named Aristides who was trained by future
Hall of Famer, Ansel Williamson, won the inaugural Kentucky
Derby. Later that year, Lewis rode Aristides to a second-place
finish in the Belmont Stakes.
Although the first race meet proved a success, the track ran into
financial difficulties and in 1894 the New Louisville Jockey Club
was incorporated with new capitalization and improved facilities.
Despite this, the business floundered until 1902 when Col. Matt
Winn of Louisville put together a syndicate of businessmen to acquire
the facility. Under Winn, Churchill Downs prospered and the Kentucky
Derby became the preeminent thoroughbred horse race in America.churchill
Between 1875 and 1902, African-American jockeys won 15 of the 28
runnings of the Preakness Stakes. On May 11, 1892, African-American
jockey Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton, age 15, became the youngest
rider to win the Derby. The 1904 race was won by Elwood, the first
Derby starter and winner to be owned by a woman, Laska Durnell.
As part of gaining income, horse thoroughbred
handicapping owners began sending their successful Derby horses
to compete a few weeks later in the Preakness Stakes at the Pimlico
Race Course, in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by the Belmont Stakes
in Elmont, New York. The three races offered the largest purse and
in 1919 Sir Barton became the first horse to win all three races.
However, the term Triple Crown didn't come into use until for another
eleven years. In 1930, when Gallant Fox became the second horse
to win all three races, sportswriter Charles Hatton brought the
phrase into American usage. Fueled by the media, public interest
in the possibility of a "superhorse" that could win the
Triple Crown began in the weeks leading up to the Derby. Two years
after the term was coined, the race, which had been run in mid-May
since inception, was changed to the first Saturday in May to allow
for a specific schedule for the Triple Crown races. Preakness
Stakes tips have become a popular endeavor.
On May 3, 1952, the first national television coverage of the Kentucky
Derby took place. In 1954, the purse exceeded $100,000 for the first
time. Set by the great Secretariat in 1973, the fastest time ever
run in the Kentucky
Derby (at its present distance) is 1 minute 59 2/5 seconds.
The 2004 Derby marked the first time that jockeys, as a result
of a court order, were allowed to wear corporate advertising logos
on their clothing.
The trio of Kentucky
Derby contenders, along with three horses pointing to other closing
weekend stakes, checked into the Lone Star Park stable area at 10:30
winner of the Grade I Man o’ War at Belmont Park, and Sense
of Style, winner of Belmont’s Grade I Matron, are conditioned
by Patrick Biancone. The French trainer also sent Keeneland maiden
winner Spanish Chestnut and Belmont turf allowance winner Ball Four
for undercard stakes.
“They all traveled
well,” said Biancone’s assistant Cyril Desplanques.
“They’re used to being on planes.”
Magistretti and Sense of
Style will take to the track for light jogs Tuesday at about 6:30
a.m., according to Desplanques.
Culinary, undefeated winner
of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, was dropped off at
trainer Michael Stidham’s Barn C3. Stidham is tied for sixth
in the local trainer standings with four wins at the month-long
Fall Breeders’ Cup Meeting.
Rico Rosas, reported that Culinary shipped in good order and would
go to the track Tuesday after the renovation break at 8:30 a.m.
TUESDAY’S FLIGHT WILL INCLUDE L.S. DERBY HERO DYNEVER
Dynever, winner of the 2003 Lone Star Derby and third in last year’s
$4 million Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge,
is among the seven Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
participants flying into Dallas on Tuesday at about noon CT.
Dynever (pointing for another Classic attempt) will be aboard for
the first leg of the flight, originating in New York, with Afleet
Alex ($1.5 million Bessemer Trust Juvenile) and Wonder Again ($1
million Filly & Mare Turf).
The H.E. Tex Sutton Forwarding plane will stop in Kentucky to pick
up probable $2 million John Deere Turf favorite Kitten’s Joy
and Horse of the Year candidate Roses in May (undefeated this year
entering the Classic), as well as Royal Regalia ($1.5 million NetJets
Mile) and Indy Groove ($2 million Distaff – Presented by Nextel).
OUIJA BOARD CONFIRMED FOR CUP
Lord Derby and his trainer Ed Dunlop confirmed Monday that English
and Irish Oaks winner Ouija Board would head to Texas for the 21st
Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Saturday,
Oct. 30. The third place finisher in the prestigious Prix de l’Arc
de Triomphe will either faces males in the $2 million John Deere
Breeders’ Cup Turf at 1 ½ miles or her own sex in the
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at 1 3/8 miles.
“She definitely runs in America,” Lord Derby’s
racing manager Peter Stanley told The Racing Post on Monday. “She's
in good form and we are very pleased with her. We won't make a final
decision on which race she will go for until nearer the time as
we want to keep our options open for both races.
"We wouldn't be worried about taking on the colts again in
the Turf. She's been up there with the very best of the colts this
year as she proved in the Arc. She wouldn't look out of place in
that race but there's obviously the other race to consider too."
Oujia Board has won four of seven starts and $938,568. In June’s
Vodafone Oaks at Epson, the English-bred daughter of Cape Cross
crushed her six rivals by seven lengths. Next out, she was victorious
by a length in the Darley Irish Oaks at The Curragh.
Ouija Board, to be ridden by Kieren Fallon, is scheduled to arrive
at Lone Star Park on Monday with other European contenders.
TAYLOR IMPRESSED WITH GOLD STORM’S FINAL B.C. WORKOUT
Locally based $1 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint hopeful Gold
Storm breezed five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Monday over a fast main
track at Lone Star Park, site of the Oct. 30 Breeders’ Cup
World Thoroughbred Championships.
Gold Storm headed to the track with regular jockey Larry Taylor
aboard following the renovation break at 8:30 a.m. The Arlington
Breeders’ Cup Sprint Handicap winner broke off in company
with Rumbleinthejungle, a minor stakes winner in Texas with good
early speed. Under a hard hold outside his stablemate, Gold Storm
eased past Rumbleinthejungle around the turn and blew away from
him in the stretch. Gold Storm left Rumbleinthejungle in his wake
about 10 lengths behind at the wire.
“He worked like a dream,” Taylor said. “It was
beautiful, man. It’s like every time I get on him he’s
better. I never even smooched at him. I just let him have a little
bit of the rein, kind of shook them at him, and he just opened up.
That other horse, he’s quick and he couldn’t even get
away from me the first part while I was just sitting there relaxed.”
Gold Storm galloped out aggressively the length of the backstretch.
“This horse is really good right now,” Taylor enthused.
“I’ve ridden some pretty nice sprint horses, like Fat
Wally, but he was no comparison to this horse. He galloped out strong,
too. I don’t care if he’s 99-1, believe me, he’s
CASCIO SAID GOLD STORM’S DRILL SHOWED HE CAN RELAX
Trainer C.W. “Bubba” Cascio said the purpose of $1
million Breeders’ Cup Sprint hopeful Gold Storm’s latest
workout, a five-furlong breeze in 1:00 3/5 Monday at Lone Star Park,
was to show jockey Larry Taylor how tractable the 4-year-old Seeking
the Gold colt can be.
“I just wanted to show him how this horse can relax,”
Cascio said. “Every time he’s ridden the horse we’ve
had the one-hole (Post Position No. 1). Up there [in Keeneland’s
Grade III Phoenix Breeders’ Cup Stakes] the other day, we
couldn’t get a breather. If you take back up there, you’ve
had it. I thought [the workout] went real good. I let this other
horse go off in front of him and we didn’t try to work him
too hard except down the lane. This horse doesn’t have to
get out on the front end, but both trips up there [to Keeneland
and Arlington Park] we had so much pressure on us.”
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One issue for Gold Storm is his inability to change leads at Taylor’s
asking. Cascio feels that it would be beneficial if the horse would
switch leads willingly, but to force him at this stage could be
“I think you lose something, a half-length maybe, when you’re
pulling a horse right and left and moving up and down on the body
and he’s losing that motion,” Cascio said. “He
didn’t ever change leads this morning but he still took off.
I’ve seen him run 1:08 and change here and he never switched
leads. Every race I’ve ever had him he’s gone twenty-one
and one [for the opening quarter-mile] and a half [-mile] in forty-four,
so they’re going to have to run to get him.”
Monday’s workout will be the last serious breeze for Gold
Storm before the Sprint, although Cascio said he could decide on
a two-minute lick four days out “just to open his lungs a
If more than 14 are pre-entered in the Sprint, Gold Storm’s
admission to the field becomes a matter for the Racing Secretaries/Directors
panel. Seven horses are awarded automatic berths based on American
graded stakes points in 2004, while seven more will be ranked by
The Panel in order of preference.
“If we’re lucky enough to get in I think he’ll
give us a good effort,” Cascio said.
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