You gotta Be-Leaf! –Game 7 tonight!
Norm Files photo of Consolidator Joe last fall
OH, IT’S SO JOE!! CONSOLIDATOR JOE ….SETS TRACK RECORD!!
Woodbine is on a break until Friday and the chillin weather really made things faster on the weekend – yesterday the previous 6 1/2 furlong track record set by HORSE OF THE YEAR (Fatal Bullet) was beaten by sturdy high claimer CONSOLIDATOR JOE who is owned by the On the Run Stable.
Joe, bred by RMC Stables, sizzled the distance in 1:14.40, bettering the mark of 1:14.54. The 5yo dark bay is a winning machine and he got away with a slow pace yesterday of 23.00 44 4/5 (wind assisted) and and then kicked away.
Hemlock Channel was a belated 2nd as the favourite.
Ross Armata trains Joe and Luis Contreras rode the May-born gelding in the $60,00 claiming/optional claiming race.
ALPHA BETTOR GOOD TO THE LETTER
Thanks to a beautiful trip under Justin Stein, ALPHA BETTOR posted a huge upset off the layoff in the Grade 2 Eclipse worth $200,000 at Woodbine on Sunday. The 5yo horse by Alphabet Soup is owned by Bulldog Stable and trained by Dan Vella. He was able to sneak up the rail in the stretch and outduel Delegation, who won the prep with a 104 Beyer but bounced yesterday as the race earned a 92.
The time of 1:42.60 just missed the 1:42.22 track record.
More from SUNDAY
The QUEEN’S PLATE got another contender when HIS RACE TO WIN was the very predictable winner of the 1st race, a maiden allowance, The bay colt by Stormy Atlantic – Fleet of Foot by Gone West was an easy winner with a 70 Beyer.
The READE BAKER barn won its first race of the meeting when BIG BROWN BROOKSKI rallied from far back to win a maiden allowance for Jim and Susan Hill, sizzling 7 furlongs in 1:22.46. The Beyer was 78. She is a Canadian-bred by Big Brown.
Christine Hayden bred the filly who was a $50,000 Keeneland Sept. yearling.
The barns with the winners included PAT PARENTE (on a roll with 3 wins in 3 days) who sent out Winview Racing’s PARK PLACE (THE TORONTO STAR LONGSHOT PICK OF THE DAY) to win race 7 from well off the pace under 10 pound apprentice SHEENA RYAN.
Mike Doyle and Dura Racing won the year’s closest photo when ROCKET COLLEEN edged KARATS FOR ME in race 4, a maiden $25,000 claiming race. The winner, by Tomahawk, was ridden by Davy Moran. Rocket Collen was number 8 and Karats for Me, 9:
ORB on Monday morning – “BREATHTAKING”
TWEETING NOW.. Trainer Shug McGuaghey to DRF on ORB’S work this morning:
“I thought it was freaky. It didn’t look like he got out of a high gallop. It gave me chills.”
BALTIMORE SUN FOR MONDAY MAY 13 BEFORE PREAKNESS STAKES:
by Kevin Cowherd
You take your good news where you get it and here’s mine: the Preakness sent Kegasus packing.
You remember Kegasus. Sleaze-ball centaur with the biker haircut and beer gut? Budweiser-swilling centerpiece of the Infield Fest ad campaign the past two years?
Gone. Got the proverbial pink-slip. You won’t see him Saturday for the 138th Preakness Stakes
PREAKNESS PREVIEW FROM OCALA.COM
Smart Preakness money goes with Derby-winning Orb
By Bill Giauque
Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 6:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 12:22 a.m.
Horse racing’s traveling circus picked up and left Churchill Downs, Louisville and the Kentucky Derby for Baltimore, Pimlico and the Preakness Stakes, second jewel of America’s Triple Crown. Along the way, the traveling festival shed 12 runners from the Derby and picked up three new starters for the Preakness.
Racing fans will not learn until Wednesday which horses actually enter the Preakness and what post positions the runners will have, important information when trying to select the race winner.
At this time, I cannot foresee a different winner in the Preakness. Although Orb came from far back in the field…
NEW WYOMING LEGISLATION ALLOWING FOR BETTING ON HORSE RACING RERUNS..
By KYLE ROERINK Star-Tribune staff writer
Wyoming Horse Racing LLC placed a big bet on the future of equine gaming in the state.
The horse track operator is doubling the number of race days at Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs from four to eight this summer after state lawmakers passed legislation in February in hopes of giving the industry a boost.
“If it weren’t for the new law, they wouldn’t have doubled the number of races,” said Charlie Moore, executive director of the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission, the state’s horse racing