Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday Monday

Canadian jockey Kelsi Kelso Purcell, born in Kamloops BC and riding at Sunland Park, was seriously hurt in Saturday's first race after her mount Stone Cat All Lit Up clipped heels in the 87oyd quarterhorse race.

Purcell is in hospital recovering from shattered vertebrae. While various posters on message boards and Facebook indicate there is no paralysis, full details of Purcell's condition have yet to be reported in any official manner.

A Facebook group is being organized to help raise funds for Purcell. When details are made clear, I'll set up a link to the page for those that wish to donate.

You can read an archived interview with Purcell at FemaleJockeys.Com.

Chiefswood Stable's Lomaki was an impressive winner of the Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday sneaking in from the list of also-eligibles. The Eric Coatrieux-trained mare stalked Cure for Sale from fifth position and then swooped during the stretch run to win going away by some two lengths.


As reported here on Friday, Sam-Son Farms Derby hopeful Hotep worked a bullet 5F in 1:00 at Fair Grounds. Hotep is being pointed towards the G2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb 20th at Fair Grounds.

The overnights for the Risen Star are as follows:

10th Race. (C9) Post 4:43PM STAKES
The 37th Running of
Purse $300,000 Guaranteed 1 1/16 Miles
1 BRAVO WHISKEY (B) R52 Howard, N Bourque, C C 116
2 TEMPTED TO TAPIT (B) Klesaris, S Cohen, D 116
3 MOUNTAIN JUSTICE (B) R31 McKeever, A Sellers, S 116
4 DISCREETLY MINE (B) Pletcher, T Castellano, J 116
5 RANDOM MOVE (B) R6 Lovell, M Mena, M 116
6 DROSSELMEYER (B) Mott, W Desormeaux, K 116
7 NORTHERN GIANT (B) Lukas, D Jacinto, J 116
8 WORLDLY (B) R35 McGee, P Valenzuela, P 116
9 STAY PUT (B) R35 Margolis, S Theriot, J 116
10 LETSGETITONMON (B) R35 Asmussen, S Bridgmohan, S 116
11 RON THE GREEK (B) R7 Amoss, T Graham, J 120
12 HOTEP (B) R52 Frostad, M Albarado, R 116

Another Sam-Son Farms Plate hopeful - Giant's Tomb - tries a tough field of turfers this afternoon at Fair Grounds.

You can catch up on all of the latest entries/results of Woodbine-based trainers by clicking on the SnowBirds tab at the top of this page.

Queen's Plate hopeful Forever Awesome worked 4F on the Palm Meadows turf this morning in :50 flat. This follows a string of recent works by other Plate hopefuls:

* Big Red Mike worked 3F in 38.60 on the dirt at Palm Meadows Training Centre Feb 12th.

* Dixie Trouper worked 3F in 36.60 over Santa Anita Pro-Ride on Feb 9th.

* Forever Awesome worked 4F in 47.40 on the Palm Meadows turf on Feb 8th. This was a bullet work, best of 31 on the day.

* Vicar Street worked 3F in 36:40 at Ocala Training centre Feb 13th on the all weather track


As the First Saturday In May approaches, each weekend provides a new Derby Contender. On Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, RULE proved to be a solid contender when leading throughout in the G1 Sam F. Davis Stakes putting away the popular Uptowncharlybrown.

The Roman Ruler colt previously ruled the G3 Delta Jackpot and is potentially headed to the G1 Florida Derby for a final Derby prep.

Rule rules the field in the Sam F. Davis with Uptowncharlybrown third

Caracortado knocked off a pair of Derby contenders - Tiz Chrome and American Lion - to win the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Antia. The California bred gelding stalked the above pair throughout from an inside position before tipping out turning into the stretch to overtake the duo for a comfortable win. Dave in Dixie closed well late for the place over American Lion.

Caracortado captures the Robert B. Lewis

Today's 9th race at Oaklawn Park, the G3 Southwest Stakes, features a field of Derby contenders including Conveyance, Mission Impazzible, Dublin and Dryfly. The latter won the Smarty Jones Stakes and has Calvin Borel in the irons.

Later today, Santa Anita offers the San Vicente Stakes featuring Sidney's Candy and Quiet Invader.

Check out Calvin Carter's Classic Champion Thoroughbreds blog for a thorough preview of both races.

Fans of Barbaro will be watching the eighth race at Gulfstream on Wednesday, February 17 as LENTENOR, full brother to Kentucky Derby winner BARBARO makes another turf start.

BrisNet is offering free past performances of all the Kentucky Derby contenders. To view the contenders, please click here.

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