Thursday, September 21 2017

Laurel Park News & Notes

Multiple Stakes Winner Phlash Phelps Out for the Year with Bone Bruising
Shimmering Aspen Entered in Saturday’s Charles Town Oaks (G3)
Impressive Maiden Winner Theodosia Exciting Prospect for Team Lynch
Lucky in Malibu Likely Stakes-Bound Again After Allowance Win
Miracle Wood Winner O Dionysus Nearing Return to Training
Late Pick 5, Super Hi-5 Carryovers for Return of Live Racing Friday

LAUREL, MD – Hillwood Stable’s multiple stakes winner Phlash Phelps will miss the rest of the year with bruising of the cannon bones, denying the 6-year-old gelding the chance at a rare third consecutive victory in the Jim McKay Maryland Million next month.

Phlash Phelps, a bay son of leading Maryland sire Great Notion, has raced only one this year, rallying from far back to win the six-furlong Mister Diz by a neck as the favorite June 24 at Laurel Park. Among the horses that finished behind him that day were stakes winners Talk Show Man, Blu Moon Ace, Sonny Inspired and Ben’s Cat, the late champion’s final start.

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Double Pick 6 carryover of $63k Friday at Belmont Park

ELMONT, N.Y. - Horseplayers will be greeted with a two-day Pick 6 carryover of $63,018 for Friday's live racing program at Belmont Park. The multi-race wager begins in Race 4 with an approximate post time of 3:04 p.m.

Thursday's Pick 6 sequence kicked off in race 5 with Classic Covey ($9.80) followed by: Very Very Stella ($16.40), Lady Bergen ($16.60), Hoboe ($7), Hey Jabber Jaw ($17.00) and Jergos Fire ($9) taking the day's finale.

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Churchill Downs Barn Notes: Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017)
– Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott currently has a one-win advantage (701-700 wins) over Dale Romans in the all-time leading trainer standings at Churchill Downs but the veteran horseman hopes to increase his margin in Saturday’s $100,000 Dogwood Stakes Presented by GE Appliances (Listed) with impressive Saratoga maiden-winner Covenant.

“Well, Dale hasn’t caught us yet,” assistant trainer Kenny McCarthy joked. “We have some live horses this week and Covenant has a big chance on Saturday night in the Dogwood.”

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Sunday, September 17 2017


"Whether as the owner of Secretariat, the brilliant Triple Crown Champion she campaigned nearly a half-century ago, or as a leader and ambassador for the sport she loved, Penny Chenery led an extraordinary life that touched Thoroughbred racing fans and others in a unique and personal way. Thankfully, her legacy will live on for many generations to come."
-- Alex Waldrop, President and CEO, National Thoroughbred Racing Association

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Chublicious Makes the Grade in $250,000 De Francis Dash (G3)

Sprint Tops Seven Stakes Worth $900,000 on Fall Festival of Racing Program
LAUREL, MD – David Gruskos’ multiple stakes winner Chublicious, dismissed as the longest shot in the four-horse field, collared stubborn front-runner Blue Moon Ace in mid-stretch and emerged from their duel to the wire with a neck victory in the $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Saturday at Laurel Park.

The 26th running of the six-furlong De Francis for sprinters 3 and up was the highlight of a 12-race Fall Festival of Racing program that featured seven stakes, six stakes over Laurel’s world-class turf course, worth $900,000 in purses.

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Friday, September 15 2017

Gulfstream News & Notes: Fri 9/15/2017

Surprise Wedding Favored for Turf Debut in Miss Gracie
Mama Joyce Seeks Repeat in $50,000 Sea of Grass Handicap
Saturday’s 11-Races Draw 113 Horses
Gaffalione Road Show Makes Stop at Laurel Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A half-sister to the Sept. 3 $200,000 Susan’s Girl winner Starship Bonita, Surprise Wedding has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $100,000 Miss Gracie Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

The Miss Gracie is carded as the 11th race on a 13-race program, (12:15 p.m.) as live racing resumes at Gulfstream Park following a Hurricane Irma-imposed hiatus. Gulfstream will welcome back patrons with food and drink specials in the Breezeway, Tiki and Ten Palms Restaurant.

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Laurel Park News & Notes

G3 Winner Mr. Jordan ‘50-50’ for $250,000 De Francis Dash (G3)
Karamanos Replaces Injured Carrasco on Chublicious for De Francis
Gaffalione Road Show Makes Stop at Laurel Park Saturday

– David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s multiple stakes winner Mr. Jordan is ‘50-50’ to run in Saturday’s $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3), trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said Friday.

The 26th running of the six-furlong De Francis for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs highlights a spectacular 12-race Fall Festival of Racing program that features seven stakes, six over Laurel’s world-class turf course, worth $900,000 in purses.

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Laurel: Fall Festival of Racing

Fall Festival of Racing an Exciting Time for Laurel Park and Bettors

Graded Races, Full Turf Fields, Events Every Weekend

LAUREL, MD - Saturday’s Fall Festival of Racing, featuring the $250,000 De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) and six other stakes, is just the start of what will be a thrilling several months of racing in Maryland.

“This is an exciting time in Maryland racing,” said Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. “Bettors have been pleased with the renovations to our building and horsemen throughout the Northeast have supported our racing program and welcomed the new barns and renovations to the backside. Our turf course, one of the finest in the world, continues to draw full and quality fields.

“We welcome the opportunity these next few months to show off our building and our racing and stakes program.”

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Thursday, September 14 2017

Gulfstream Park Taking 2017-2018 Championship Meet to New Level

$16 Million Pegasus World Cup (G1) Tops $28.6 Million Stakes Schedule
Top Classic Prep $1 Million Florida Derby to be Run Saturday, March 31
Meet Opens Saturday, Dec. 2 with $1.1 Million Claiming Crown
Clasico del Caribe Makes North American Debut Saturday, Dec. 9
$350,000 Holy Bull (G2) Feb. 3, $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) March 3
$200,000 Forward Gal (G2) Feb. 3, $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) March 3
$300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) Feb. 10
$200,000 Royal Delta (G2) Feb. 19, $200,000 Inside Information (G2) March 17
$600,000 Sunshine Millions Saturday, Jan. 20

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The second running of the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) – the world’s richest race – and the 67th running of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) highlight a 2017-2018 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park with a stakes purse total of $28.6 million.

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be contested Saturday, Jan. 27. The inaugural running of the world’s most innovative and unique race was won last year by Longines World’s Best Racehorse Arrogate and featured many of the country’s top older horses, including two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome. Celebrities attending the race included Usher and Vanessa Hudgens, and the entertainment was provided by Thomas Rhett and Trombone Shorty.

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Laurel: Successful Stablemates Set to Clash in $100,000 Laurel Dash

Ginger N Rye Looks to Extend Streak in $100,000 Sensible Lady Turf Dash
Two of Six Grass Stakes on Tap for Saturday’s Fall Festival of Racing

LAUREL, MD – Stablemates Amelia’s Wild Ride and Class and Cash, with 21 wins and nearly $850,000 in purse earnings between them, will become opponents for the first time when they meet up in a field of 10 for Saturday’s $100,000 Fidelity First and Blackwell Real Estate Laurel Dash at Laurel Park.

The 19th running of the Laurel Dash for 3-year-olds and up and the inaugural $100,000 Sensible Lady Turf Dash for fillies and mares 3 and older, both at six furlongs, are among six stakes over Laurel’s world-class turf course that complement the 26th running of the $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) on a 12-race Fall Festival of Racing program.

First race post time is 1:10 p.m.

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NYRA announces Belmont-Woodbine Pick 5 for Saturday

Belmont Park Live to cover Grade 2 Sands Point from Belmont Park, G1 Northern Dancer and G2 Canadian from Woodbine

ELMONT, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. announced today a Belmont-Woodbine Pick 5 wager for Woodbine Mile Day this Saturday, September 16.

The multi-race wager will include four graded stakes overall, including the Grade 1, $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, the Grade 2 Canadian and the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf - at Woodbine - as well as the Grade 2, $400,000 Sands Points at Belmont Park.

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Wednesday, September 13 2017


South Louisville native Dale Romans, who is on the verge of surpassing Hall of Famer Bill Mott as the all-time leading trainer in races won at Churchill Downs, will meet with members of the media at his Barn on Thursday. Friday is Opening Day of Churchill Downs’ 11-day September Meet, and Romans trails Mott, 701 wins to 699.

The 50-year-old has three horses entered Friday and nine on Saturday, including top contender Hollywood Star in the $150,000 Iroquois (Grade II), which launches the “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” Mott has two entries Saturday.

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