05/08/2009 1:57PM

Calvin's choice, Peter Pan

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Stonestreet Stables sent out a press release to the media this afternoon.  Here are some noteworthy tidbits:

"Stonestreet Stables, majority owner of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, and partern Harold T. McCormick announced today that Calvin Borel has agreed to ride Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra for the current racing season."

"It came down to the facts that he knows and loves this horse, that he knows how to get the most from her and he knows how to win," said Jess Jackson..."They were an amazing team at the Kentucky Oaks - winning by over 20 lengths.  We think this is a perfect match of rider and horse. 

"If she continues to be in perfect condition, our intention will be to run her in the Preakness," Jackson said, adding that the final decision would be made next week.

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Congratulations to FIJIKING for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling contest.  Next week's exercise will be the Preakness Stakes. 

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Jay Hovdey wrote an article today calling for more outrage over Paragallo's actions.  Could you either send me his email so I can ask him who I can write or ask him to write a follow up that gives this type of info for anyone who might be inclined to write.  This whole thing really bugs me and I am willing to take acton on it.  I am intrigued to find out whether one of my names was chosen for the little colt who was rescued by Old Friends.  Thanks.  Cruelty really bugs me!
turnbackthealarm

Your best bet may be to e-mail your questions and comments to editor@drf.com.  For more information on Old Friends, head on over to www.oldfriendsequine.org


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I have much more respect for MM than Da Tara, but given the apparent likelihood that Regal Ransom will run, I'd say that he's the one that could be dangerous if a slow pace develops.
tinky

It looks as though Regal Ransom is off the trail for the time being with his short-term goals the Woody Stephens and/or Dwyer.  I'm sure a speed candidate will emerge from the pack in the next few weeks.

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Burt - MTB is a gelding, the Sheiks would have no use for him
Ryan

I'm not so sure about that.  Remember that Godolphin privately purchased both Jose Adan and City Style over the winter with eyes on the American classics (geldings aren't eligible in the European classics).  City Style won both of his starts on grass in Dubai this winter, and is scheduled to run in a listed stake at seven furlongs on Saturday at Haydock Park in England. 
Jose Adan finished eighth in the UAE Derby behind stablemates Regal Ransom and Desert Party.
While it's highly uncommon, and sometimes fiscally irresponsible, to privately purchase geldings with no breeding value, Godolphin will pay top dollar for what they perceive to be top horses.  I don't see them flying this Bird anytime soon, however.

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The Peter Pan looks like one of the more interesting races on the horizon this weekend.  There are three "big" names in the field, and I think they all have question marks. 
HELLO BROADWAY is adding blinkers because he bore out badly during the backstretch run of his recent entry-level allowance win at 2-5 odds over the Keeneland polytrack.  His good early speed is an asset, but can we trust him not to bolt into the parking lot? 
CHARITABLE MAN probably didn't care for the polytrack nor the nine furlong distance in his first start off the long layoff when ambitiously spotted in the Blue Grass.  He should appreciate returning to one-turn racing while switching to dirt, but are we sure that this is the same horse that won both of his starts so impressively as a two-year-old?  Remember that he had a screw inserted into his left shin after suffering a saucer fracture following his Futurity score. 
IMPERIAL COUNCIL is talented, but he's his own worst enemy.  He's a handful in the paddock, and actually flipped over prior to his disappointing performance in the Wood Memorial.  Can we be sure that he'll be on his best behavior on Saturday?
Because of these question marks, I'll take a shot with a nutty longshot.  STATELY CHARACTER finished 47 lengths behind Dunkirk three starts back at Gulfstream, but he can be excused for that race as he reportedly bled through his Lasix.  He did better in his two subsequent outings, and he attempted to rally from last over a speed-favoring track in the Florida Derby.  Although no match for the top three runners that day, he tried all the way to the wire.  He'll need some pace up front to help him, but is worth a try at big odds.

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Enjoy the weekend.

Take care,

Dan