Thursday, April 23 2009


64 Days

Wednesday, April 29 – Sunday, July 26

WHEN: Dark Mondays and Tuesdays, except open on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) and dark on Wednesday, May 27 and Sunday, June 7.

WHERE: Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, N.Y. The track is located at the intersection of the Cross Island Parkway and Hempstead Turnpike on the border of Queens County and Nassau County on Long Island. On racing days after 10:45 a.m., Exit 26D off the Cross Island is best for both North and South traffic. For non-racing days or before 10:45 a.m. use Exit 26B,, except on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6.

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A potent stakes schedule run at one of Thoroughbred racing’s grandest facilities awaits fans when Belmont Park begins its 64-day Spring/Summer Meet on Wednesday, April 29.

With its historic paddock, spacious backyard, playground, picnic facilities and tree-shaded paths, Belmont Park allows its fans to enjoy a day outside and get close to the horses as they savor a day of quality Thoroughbred racing.

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NTRA Advantage Partner Hallway Feeds Donates Feed for Neglected Horses

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety and Integrity Alliance today announced that longtime NTRA Advantage Partner and Official Supplier Hallway Feeds has donated 6,000 pounds of top quality feed to aid the 170 horses suffering from malnourishment at Center Brook Farm in Climax, N.Y.

The feed donation by the Lexington, Ky., based company, as well as a recent donation of equine health care products from Alliance partner Pfizer Animal Health, came following emergency requests from the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, which is currently caring for the horses.


Casey’s On Call ready to respond in Woodstock

TORONTO, April 23 – Casey’s On Call, a bay son of Gimmeawink, makes his Woodbine debut in Sunday’s six furlong, $150,000 Woodstock Stakes.

Owned by Terry Hamilton and trained by Alec Fehr, Casey’s On Call comes into the Woodstock off three consecutive starts at Gulfstream Park, including an authoritative 4 ½-length score at six panels on February 19.

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Alternate State Steward Basil Bardakjy Passes Away

Basil Bardakjy, alternate state steward at Gulfstream Park, passed away after a long illness Wednesday evening. He was 80.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, from 4-7 p.m., at the Vista Funeral Home, 14200 NW 57th Ave., in Miami Lakes.

Survivors are his daughter, Suzanne Hicks, and his son, Michael Bardakjy; four grandchildren, Ian, Dean, Collin and Sydney; and two great grandchildren, Blane and Elle. He was predeceased by his wife, Beverly.

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Wednesday, April 22 2009

Silver City Heads Field of Eight for Churchill Downs’ Openint Day Grade III Derby Trial

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 22, 2009) – Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade III $100,000-added Derby Trial, the featured race on the opening day of the April 25-July 5 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, will have a distinct Kentucky Derby flavor as several of the eight 3-year-olds entered in the race hail from barns that will seek success in 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) a week later.

The Derby Trial will go as the 10th race with a 5:17 p.m. post time (all times EDT). First post time for the 11-race program is 12:45 p.m. and admission gates open at 11 a..m.

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Trainer Barry Abrams will send out four leading contenders in the $1.3-million California Gold Rush program at Hollywood Park Saturday, but no matter where they finish, the day will be a good one for the 55-year-old conditioner.

Abrams learned last week he is cancer-free after a four-year battle with the disease. “Basically, all the scans showed that I’m cancer-free,” said Abrams from the stable kitchen porch overlooking the backstretch Wednesday.

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Explore the chances of Timely Advice in the Jacques Cartier

TORONTO, April 25 - Timely Advice will venture into the stakes ranks on Saturday in the $150,000 Jacques Cartier at Woodbine.

The four-year-old Kentucky-bred is one of eight sprinters competing in the six-furlong dash, which is one of two stakes on the 10-race programme.

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The horse grabbing most of the headlines in Doug O’Neill’s barn these days is Square Eddie, who made an improbable comeback from a shin injury suffered earlier this year to earn a berth in next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

But there’s no mistaking the enthusiasm in O’Neill’s voice when he starts talking about another 3-year-old colt in his stable, the lightly-raced Supreme Summit, who will be putting his 2-0 record on the line in the 130th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday.

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Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay said that the quarter crack he treated on Quality Road is a “done deal,” and the colt is on schedule for his next appearance, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill downs on Saturday, May 2.

Considered one of the favorites for the “Run for the Roses,” Quality Road developed a crack on his right-hind quarter during his track record-setting victory over Dunkirk in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28.

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ALBANY -- The Grade 2 $300,000 San Francisco Mile, Northern California's richest and highest-rated race, attracted a full field of 12 when entries were taken Wednesday morning.

The San Francisco Mile will be run Saturday at Golden Gate Fields on the track's Lakeside Turf Course. Post time for the feature, the seventh race on a 10-race program, is 3:45 p.m. First post is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the races will receive a free GGF sports bag.

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Barn Notes 4-22-2009

Pletcher & Lezcano Seal 2009 Gulfstream Meet Titles

Trainer Todd Pletcher will win a sixth straight Gulfstream Park meet championship after sending out one winner on Sunday to take the lead by one in the standings over Ken McPeek with two days to go before closing on Thursday.

McPeek led the standings for much of the season until recent weeks while Pletcher’s powerful stable picked up momentum. The number of starters were decidedly in Pletcher’s favor in the final days and he went into Wednesday’s card leading 34-33.

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