Chamberlain Bridge

Keeneland: Chamberlain Bridge retired

Barbara D. Livingston
The 9-year-old Chamberlain Bridge won 19 of 53 starts and $1.9 million.

Chamberlain Bridge, winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, has been retired from racing, trainer Bret Calhoun said Friday.

Bred in Kentucky by Eugene Melnyk and owned by the Carl R. Moore Management Co., Chamberlain Bridge specialized in turf sprints, winning 19 of 53 starts for earnings of $1,953,016. The 9-year-old gelding finished eighth in the Sept. 2 Turf Monster at Parx Racing in his final career start.

Arlington Sprint: Saint Leon, Chamberlain Bridge defy aging process

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Saint Leon is back to defend his title in the Arlington Sprint as an 8-year-old turf sprinter.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Thoroughbreds 8 and 9 years old are like humans in their early to mid-30’s. It’s an age well past peak-performance level, and horses that old still on the racetrack usually are stable ponies or blue-collar claimers. This is even truer of sprinters: Speed often is the first thing to go.

Penn National: Pennsylvania Governor's Cup draws past winners Kyma, Ben's Cat, Chamberlain Bridge

Tom Keyser
Ben's Cat won the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup at Penn National in 2011 and will try to win the race again Saturday.

The last three winners of the race – Kyma, Ben’s Cat, and Chamberlain Bridge – head a lineup of 11 talented turf sprinters in the 41st running of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup Handicap, Penn National’s oldest stakes.

The $150,000 Governor’s Cup, scheduled for five furlongs on grass, goes Saturday as race 2 on a 10-race card that features seven stakes, including the inaugural running of the $500,000 Penn Mile for 3-year-olds.

Fair Grounds: Icon Ike wins Colonel Power; Extravaganza takes Happy Ticket

Lou Hodges Jr.
Icon Ike won the $73,500 Colonel Power Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths Saturday.

Icon Ike loves the Fair Grounds turf course, and he won his fourth race from six starts over the local lawn Saturday, capturing the $73,500 Colonel Power Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths.

The win was impressive and, coupled with the general arc of Icon Ike’s form, left the sense that the 4-year-old Icon Ike could take his New Orleans turf-sprint act to bigger stages later this year.

Fair Grounds: Sum of the Parts has tough task in Colonel Power

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Sum of the Parts will make his first start Saturday since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint in November.

Apparently, it’s not enough for trainer Tom Amoss to have won all three of the older-horse dirt-sprint stakes at the meet with Delaunay. On Saturday in the $75,000 Colonel Power Stakes, Amoss has a chance to make his mark in the older-horse turf-sprint division when he sends out Sum of the Parts for his seasonal debut.

Fair Grounds: Daisy Devine finds herself in position of favorite for Blushing K.D.

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Daisy Devine, winning the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley in the spring at Keeneland, is the class of the Blushing K.D.

Daisy Devine has thrived as the underdog. Owner James Miller purchased her for a mere $5,500 as a yearling, one of the great bargains of recent seasons. Daisy Devine has gone on to win eight races and more than $900,000 in her 15-start career. In only two of those starts has she been favored, and the only time Daisy Devine was overwhelmingly expected to win, when she was 1-2 in the 2011 Iowa Oaks, she finished a distant fifth.

Keeneland: Woodford has tough bunch assembled

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Chamberlain Bridge (right) wins the Bonapaw Stakes.

Though Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Woodford is a rare Keeneland stakes race not designated as a Win and You’re In Breeders’ Cup prep, it doesn’t show in the quality of horses entered in the 5 1/2-furlong turf race.

Five of the seven entries are stakes winners, led by Chamberlain Bridge, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner, and Bridgetown, a multiple stakes winner who ran second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2009.

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint: Chamberlain Bridge doesn't appear to be good fit for Santa Anita's course

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Chamberlain Bridge may pass over the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint due to the configuration of the course.

This weekend, Chamberlain Bridge will run in Keeneland’s Woodford Stakes, a race that, for some, will serve as a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. For Chamberlain Bridge, however, a trip to Santa Anita may not be in the cards, regardless of his effort on Saturday.

Parx Racing: Chamberlain Bridge back for another Turf Monster run

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Chamberlain Bridge, with Paco Lopez riding, wins the My Frenchman at Monmouth Park.

Trainer Bret Calhoun returns Chamberlain Bridge to the Grade 3, $350,000 Turf Monster on Monday at Parx Racing with renewed confidence.

After a disappointing stretch in which Chamberlain Bridge appeared to have lost a step, the 8-year-old gelding snapped back with a pair of strong efforts. He was a sharp closing second in the Arlington Sprint before rallying to win the My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Monmouth Park: Small Town Talk sets sights on Iselin Stakes

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Chamberlain Bridge is being pointed to the Grade 3, $350,000 Turf Monster at Parx Racing.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – The early portion of Small Town Talk’s career was a series of stops and starts, with some encouraging efforts sprinkled among the gaps.

The 4-year-old colt finally settled into a productive, consistent groove this season with a transfer to the Chuck Simon barn at Monmouth Park.

His first start here was a close third after a layoff of more than three months. A pair of allowance wins then propelled him into the Majestic Light Stakes on the Haskell Day undercard, where he responded with a very solid third.

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