Archive for May, 2009

posted by Kalina on May 28

Jockey Rene Douglas was injured in a racing accident at  Arlington Park in the May 23rd Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III). He went into surgery at 2:30 AM May 24th, and came out around 9:30 AM. Even after a seven hour surgery at Northwestern Hospital, he came out without feeling in his lower extremeties. His agent, Dennis Cooper reported that doctors say the 42 year old rider may not walk again.

“They said he might not walk again, it didn’t look like,” Cooper said. “He’ll probably have use of his upper body, but they gave it to me straight that he’s not likely to walk. They won’t be a million percent sure until after the swelling goes down in about 10 to 14 days, but it doesn’t look good.”

Douglas will remain in ICU for two weeks, until he moves to rehab. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Kalina on May 18

Calvin Borel and Rachel Alexandra made history, winning the Preakness Stakes. Rachel Alexandra was the first filly to win it in 85 years, since Nellie Morse in 1924, and only the fifth filly to win overall.

Once they had broken from the gate, Musket man took the lead at first, with Freisian Fire showing early speed, and Rachel Alexandra coming up on the far outside. Coming into the first turn, Rachel Alexandra took the lead. She kept it up during the entire race. Mine That Bird was in a similar position as in the running of the Derby, all the way in the back. Papa Clem was in fourth, with Freisian Fire in third, and Big Drama in second to Rachel Alexandra. Pioneerof The Nile was running in fifth. With three furlongs to go, however, Mine That Bird shot around the outside and started moving up. With only one furlong left, Musket Man moved up in second with Mine That Bird third on the outside and Rachel Alexandra still holding a convincing lead. Under the wire, Rachel Alexandra was ahead by a length with Mine That Bird in second and Musket Man in third. The final time was 1:55 flat.

posted by Kalina on May 13

Calvin Borel, who rode Mine That Bird to an upset victory in the Kentucky Derby, has decided that he will ride the filly Rachel Alexandra in the upcoming Preakness Stakes. Mine That Bird is also headed for the Preakness and has arrived in Baltimore.

“It came down to the facts that he (Borel) knows and loves this horse, that he knows how to get the most from her, and he knows how to win,’’ said Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Stables and proprietor of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates. “They were an amazing team at the Kentucky Oaks—winning by over 20 lengths. We think this is a perfect match of rider and horse.’’

Rachel Alexandra will continue her workout schedule under trainer Steve Asmussen.

“If she continues to be in perfect condition, our intention will be to run her in the Preakness,” Jackson said, adding that the final decision would be made next week.

posted by Kalina on May 5

Calvin Borel and Mine That Bird win the Kentucky Derby, 2009

Calvin Borel and Mine That Bird win the Kentucky Derby, 2009

Saturday, May 2nd, was a huge upset for everyone. Mine That Bird, a horse purchased for $9,500, beat the rest of the field by lengths. With Pioneerof  The Nile in second, Musket Man in third, and Papa Clem in fourth, the race was strong and fast the whole way. Join In The Dance led for most of the way, but finished in seventh. The favorite, Friesian Fire, was back in eighteenth place.

posted by Kalina on May 2

I Want Revenge, the favorite betting choice for the race, was scratched the day of the running, because of a hot spot found on the horse’s left front ankle. Trainer Jeff Mullins found a hot spot on his left front ankle in the morning.

The X-ray and ultrasound showed nothing, but a flex test showed tenderness. With the track promising to be sloppy (as it was through the Eight Belles) Mullins and owner David Lanzman did not want to chance the colt’s wellbeing.

“When the word came out that running could hurt the horse, I looked at both doctors and said, ‘Then this is no debate,”’ Lanzman said. “‘What are we talking about? We’ll fight another day.”’ Read the rest of this entry »

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