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BARN NOTES (5.31.09) - Derby Winner's Owners Stop In For Quick Check/Bold Start Relaxes After Aristides Win/Reyes Still Rolling

OWNERS DROP IN TO CHECK OUT MINE THAT BIRD – Mine That Bird’s entourage grew a bit Sunday morning as Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach, the New Mexico-based co-owners of the Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner, made a quick stop in Louisville en route to New York for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (GI).

Big Day for Albarado As He Earns 4,000th Career Win, Then Guides Bold Start to Aristides Victory

A landmark day for jockey Robby Albarado got even better when he guided Lawrence Carroll’s Bold Start to a 2 ¾-length victory over Semaphore Man in Saturday’s 21st running of the $112,600 Aristides (Grade III) for sprinters at Churchill Downs.

Robby Albarado Gets 4,000th Career Victory

Veteran rider Robby Albarado became the 56th North American rider to reach the 4,000-victory milestone Saturday when he rode Barbara Hunter’s Keertana ($5.20) to victory in the ninth race at Churchill Downs.

Hightap Turns Back Heavily Favored Luster to Win Dogwood

Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC and Gainesway Thoroughbreds, Ltd.’s Hightap ran down heavily favored Luster in mid-stretch and drew away to an impressive 3 ¼-length win in Saturday’s 35th running of the Grade III $111,500 Dogwood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

BARN NOTES (5.30.09) Whiting Celebrates Milestone Win/Mine That Bird Camp Focuses on Belmont/One Caroline To Miss Fleur De Lis

WIN BY ACTION SEEKER PUTS WHITING IN SELECT COMPANY – Veteran trainer Lynn Whiting was all smiles Saturday as he accepted congratulations for his 300th Churchill Downs win, a milestone achieved by JoAnn and Alex Lieblong’s Action Seeker in the eighth race.

Borel, Woolley Look Toward Belmont After Rachel Alexandra Passes Belmont

With firm knowledge that the Preakness (Grade I)-winning filly Rachel Alexandra would pass on a possible run in the third jewel of the Triple Crown, trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. and jockey Calvin Borel are both enthusiastically looking forward to the Belmont Stakes and a bid to take two-thirds of the crown with Kentucky Derby (GI) winner and Preakness runner-up Mine That Bird.

Trainer Lynn Whiting Gets 300th Churchill Downs Victory

Lynn Whiting, who saddled Lil E Tee to victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, on Friday became the 10th trainer to win 300 races at Churchill Downs when Action Seeker rallied to win the eighth race.

Rachel in Vogue/Mine That Bird Gallops/Semaphore Man Set for Downs Debut/Pretty Prolific Returns

BUSY MORNING FOR CLASSIC WINNERS: RACHEL ALEXANDRA POSES FOR VOGUE; MINE THAT BIRD GALLOPS – The whole morning Friday was decidedly not business as usual for Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and Preakness (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra at Churchill Downs.

BARN NOTES (5.28.09) - McPeek Celebrates 1,000th Win/Spinters Lead Way for Sizzling Calhoun/Mint Julep Nominations Out

FROM FINAL DESTROYER TO OLD MAN BUCK, McPEEK HAS ENJOYED FUN RIDE – Trainer Ken McPeek was all smiles Tuesday morning as he accepted congratulations on getting his 1,000th victory during the Memorial Day holiday card at Churchill Downs.

Semaphore Man Tops Aristides, Slides Choice Heads Dogwood As Churchill Downs Offers Pair of Saturday Grade III Stakes

Veteran sprint star Semaphore Man heads the  21st running of the Aristides (GIII) and Ohio invader Slides Choice could emerge as the favorite in the 35th running of the Dogwood (GIII) as Churchill Downs offers a pair of major stakes events on its racing menu for Saturday, May 30.  .