From Churchill: "Happy birthday to trainer Charlie LoPresti, who celebrated No. 57 on Sunday."
From Churchill: "Body soreness caused jockey Francisco Torresto take off of all mounts on Sunday’s Churchill Downs card due to an incident that occurred Saturday at Indiana Grand."
From Churchill: "Ken and Sarah Ramsey tied Maggi Moss in the race for leading owner when their Thank You Marylou took the $100,000-added Dogwood (GIII) Saturday. Both owners have tallied five wins with four days remaining in the September meet."
From Churchill: "Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing worked a half-mile in :48.80 Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, his final workout ahead of Saturday’s$125,000-added Homecoming Classic."
From Churchill Downs: "After suffering a broken right hand in the final race at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, jockey Jon Court is awaiting medical clearance Tuesday and hopes to return to race riding as early as Friday.
“The hand’s been feeling a lot better,” Court said. “I’ve been galloping a few horses and it’s been just a little sore, but hopefully I can get back on some mounts next weekend.”
Court, 53, said he is taking calls for next weekend, although he still is awaiting clearance from a medical examiner on Tuesday.
“I have to take calls since next weekend is the last one here,” Court said. “I talked to my doctor (Saturday) and asked him if I’d be good to go; he answered ‘I’ll see youTuesday.’”
Court is the 15th-ranked jockey in career wins at Churchill Downs with 448."
From Santa Anita: "Trainer Neil French is in Arcadia Methodist Hospital after suffering a serious injury to his left leg in a fall at his barn early this week.
“I saw him two days ago, just a day after surgery,” said trainer Richard Mandella, “and he was pretty comfortable and doing well that evening, but he said he was in intensive care the day before.”
French stable foreman Tomas Nunez said Friday morning that he had visited his 62-year-old boss yesterday and he was talking and in good spirits."
From Santa Anita: "Corey Nakatani would like nothing better than a repeat victory aboard Unbridled’s Note in the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes, opening day feature next Friday at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
Nakatani hopes to capture the race named for the retired Hall of Fame jockey, arguably the most popular rider ever to compete in Southern California.
“First and foremost, he’s a class act,” Nakatani said of Delahoussaye, who recently moved back to his home state of Louisiana. “He’s a great ambassador for the sport. Even though he’s retired, he’s got a love for the sport . . . He’s a great guy all the way around.
“What more can you say? He’s a Hall of Famer. I won the Eddie D. last year and it was an honor because to me he’s one of the all-time greats.”
Delahoussaye will be at Santa Anita next Friday to present the Eddie D. trophy to the winning connections."
From Gulfstream: "Atreides, a 3-year-old son of Medaglia d'Oro and half-brother to Dreaming of Julia, who won the 2013 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) by 21 3/4 lengths, left quite an impression Saturday when breaking his maiden at first asking.
'To be honest, that's one of the best horses I've ever ridden," said jockey Edgard Zayas, who was carried to a 5 1/4 length victory by Atreides in 1:08.69. "That's a really classy horse.'
Owned by Stonestreet Stable and trained by Marty Wolfson, Atreides, won for fun after going by the pacesetter and runner-up Back to Seattle entering the stretch. Atreides is out of Dream Rush, who won the Prioress (G1), Test (G1), and was second in the Acorn (G1)."
Jockey Meet-and-Greet Saturday:
"This Saturday racing fans can come to Monmouth Park to meet their favorite jockeys for Monmouth’s commemorative jockey poster signing and giveaway. Members of the Monmouth Park jockey colony will be in the paddock from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to meet and greet their fans and sign the 2014 commemorative jockey colony poster, which fans will receive for free with the price of admission.
Gates open at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, with first post set for 12:50 p.m."
Haskell Classic Car Show Sunday at Monmouth: "Over 100 classic rides are set to roll into Monmouth Park this Sunday for the Haskell Classic Car Show as the mania around the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational officially begins. The show will start as the gates open at 11:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.
Automotive aficionados can also enjoy great music and meet New Jersey’s biggest disc jockey as Big Joe Henry broadcasts his Jersey’s Favorite Hits Show live until 3 p.m. for 101.5 FM.
As always, fans can also enjoy a full card of live racing at Monmouth Park, with post time set for 12:50 p.m.
The Grade 1 Haskell is set for Sunday, July 27. Tickets can be purchased by calling 732-571-5563, or by visiting the reserved seat booth (2nd floor of the Grandstand) on any live racing day. In addition, fans can pre-purchase Haskell seats directly through monmouthpark.com."
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