Track Notes

Alvarado to have shoulder surgery

Barbara D. Livingston
Junior Alvarado injured his shoulder on Aqueduct's closing day.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Junior Alvarado will undergo surgery to repair his left shoulder and be out of action about two months, according to his agent, Mike Sellitto.

Alvarado was injured in a spill at Aqueduct on Sunday’s closing-day card. Though X-rays revealed no fractures, an MRI taken on Tuesday did show some minor damage to the shoulder. Alvarado had surgery on that same shoulder last December to repair a tear in his rotator cuff.

Are You Kidding Me tunes up for Eclipse Stakes

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Are You Kidding Me tunes up for Eclipse Stakes

Two-time Canadian champion older male Are You Kidding Me will make his first start since finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap last November in Saturday’s Woodbine feature, an allowance over 1 1/16 miles on Tapeta that serves as the local prep for the Grade 2, $175,000 Eclipse Stakes on May 20.

By the Moon targets Vagrancy

ELMONT, N.Y. – Grade 1 winner By the Moon will start in next Friday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park, trainer Michelle Nevin said Thursday.

Five nominated for Venezia Award

ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association announced the five nominees for the Mike Venezia Award, given to the jockey who displays extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship, and named after the rider who died from injuries suffered in a spill here in 1988.

The nominees are Joe Bravo, Kendrick Carmouche, Javier Castellano, Rajiv Maragh, and Cornelio Velasquez.

Online voting at nyra.com/venezia was to begin Friday and will close at midnight on May 16. The winner will be announced May 17.

Pimlico Special next for Shaman Ghost

ELMONT, N.Y. – Shaman Ghost, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in March, will make his next start in the $300,000 Pimlico Special on May 19, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Thursday.

Mind Your Biscuits returning to New York

ELMONT, N.Y. – While a dozen or so New York-bred sprinters were set to do battle in Friday’s $100,000 Affirmed Success Stakes at Belmont Park, the top statebred sprinter will soon be returning to training.

Santa Barbara's distance extended to 1 1/2 miles

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Santa Barbara's distance extended to 1 1/2 miles

ARCADIA, Calif.– The Grade 3 Santa Barbara Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita will be run for the first time in two years on Sunday and at a new distance.

Songbird under consideration for Adoration Stakes

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Songbird under consideration for Adoration Stakes

Songbird is coming around quickly, and though the two-time champion is not expected to make her first start of the year until June 3 at Santa Anita in the Grade 1 Beholder Mile, her first option is much sooner.

Kruljac debates whether to run Finest City in La Troienne or Humana Distaff

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Kruljac debates whether to run Finest City in La Troienne or Humana Distaff

ARCADIA, Calif. – Finest City and trainer Ian Kruljac will race at Churchill Downs for the first time in their careers next week. The question is which race?

Southern Ring changes tactics to win Whimsical Stakes

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Southern Ring changes tactics to win Whimsical

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Southern Ring captured Woodbine’s first graded stakes race of the season last Sunday, holding off Canadian champion female sprinter River Maid to win the $147,250 Whimsical Stakes. It was Southern Ring’s second Grade 3 stakes victory, following her win in the Ontario Fashion Stakes last season.

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