Archive for April 2009

Favorite “Smooth Air” Scratches from Todays $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park

Smooth Air, the probable favorite for the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park today, has been scratched from the race after a bout with colic on Thursday night, said his trainer, Bennie Stutts Jr. The scratch was made Friday.

Smooth Air to Run in Texas Mile

Smooth Air and Jonesboro will each take their shot at becoming a millionaire April 25 when they square off in the $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park.

Mount Joy Stables’ Florida homebred Smooth Air will be the probable post time favorite based on his last out victory in the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) March 14, which gave him the third grade II score of his career. In 2008, the son of Smooth Jazz—Air France, by French Deputy won the Hutcheson and Ohio Derby during his successful sophomore campaign.

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Paco Lopez to Ride “Smooth Air” Texas Mile Lone Star Park

Smooth Air Paco Lopez

Raw Silk Sets Gulfstream Turf Record

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Trainer Tom Albertrani won his sixth stakes of the meet and set a track record in the process when he sent out Raw Silk to an impressive 1 3/4-length triumph over 9-5 favorite Flibberjibit in Saturday’s $50,000 South Beach at Gulfstream Park.

Raw Silk ($8.80), ridden by Paco Lopez, set lightning fast fractions of 23.29 seconds, 45.43, and 1:08.99 for the opening six furlongs of the 7 1/2- furlong South Beach but still had plenty left in the tank to withstand challenges from Flibberjibit and All Is Vanity through the stretch. The outing was the first for Raw Silk, a 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, since she finished off the board in the Grade 2 Mrs Revere at Churchill Downs on Nov. 8.

Flibberjibit outlasted All Is Vanity by a neck to finish second in a field of 11 older filly and mare turf specialists.

Raw Silk’s final time of 1:27.28 shaved .44 of a second off the old track standard of 1:27.72 set by Paula Smith in January 2005.

“I’m sure the turf course is plenty firm. That’s what you need to run that kind of time,” said Albertrani, who trains Raw Silk for the Darley Stable. “But no matter, she ran huge coming off the layoff. The distance was also perfect, 7 1/2 furlongs to a mile is perfect for her. If she continues to train like she trained for this race I might throw her in the deep end again in the Just a Game this June at Belmont.”

Jockey Paco Lopez Wins “South Beach Stakes” on “Raw Silk”

Jockey Paco Lopez wins The “South Beach Stakes” at Gulfstream Park on Darley Stables “Raw Silk” for trainer Thomas Albertrani setting a new track record!

Raw Silk Paco Lopez

Paco Lopez Rides G2 Illinois Derby

Paco Lopez rides the $500,000. G2 ILLINOIS DERBY for trainer Nick Zito.

Illinois Derby 2009

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