Friday, October 18 2013
Belmont Park Notes - Friday, October 18
• Brown seeks top effort from Shakeira in Ticonderoga; Street Secret set for G3 Turnback the Alarm; plans undetermined for impressive debut winner Bakken
• Contessa hopes good trip will lead to Hudson victory for Night Maneuver; Carolinian remains on dirt for Bertram M. Bongard
• 'The Llama' gets the nod for Mohawk from Pletcher; Forty Tales eyes next Saturday's G3 Bold Ruler 'Cap, Royal Lahaina, Fantasy of Flight target G3 Turnback the Alarm H.
• So Lonesome, Wholelottashakin face differing challenges on Empire Showcase Day for Bush
Tuesday, October 15 2013
Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Discreet Marq (No. 8): "She's a very nice filly who belongs to great people. I'm delighted for them. I've always thought she was a top-class miler. We've been stretching her all year long but she's good, and she overcame me, which is wonderful. Irad [Ortiz] rode her great. He's a very good, talented young jockey."
Irad Ortiz, Jr., winning jockey aboard Discreet Marq (No. 8): "I raised my hands a little bit because she [fought] a little with the mouth [at first]. She relaxed very good for me today. I got a lot of filly, I got a lot of horse, so I went little by little [after No. 6]. I asked her a little bit, and she gave me what she had."
Monday, October 14 2013
Belmont Park Notes Sunday, October 13
• Velazquez breezes Point of Entry for McGaughey, Palace Malice for Pletcher; Graydar also breezes for Breeders' Cup
• Orb returns to worktab, Cigar Mile a possibility
• 'Snacks' breezes, Sciacca torn between Empire Classic and Hudson
• Jockey Rice keeping it all in the family
• Probables for all seven stakes on Empire Showcase Day presented by The Fund
Athenia (G3) Quotes
Cherie DeVaux, assistant to winning trainer Chad Brown of Pianist (No. 5) and third-place finisher and beaten favorite Samitar (No. 3): "This year, Pianist has been outstanding for us. I think she ran similarly to last time [second in the Grade 2 Ketel One Ballston Spa]. Jose [Ortiz] watched the replay of that race, and watched her sit off Laughing and she hung in there. He did the same thing today, and it worked out."
Knickerbocker (G3) Quotes
Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Za Approval (No. 7): "He got the firm turf. Great horse, nice horse. He's won three graded stakes this year. He's a fun horse. When I ran him in Grade 1s, he got beat by two of the best milers in the country. He's been getting better all of his life. He's been a great credit to the Live Oak team and Mrs. [Charlotte] Weber because they have been very patient with him, and it's wonderful when it works out."
Friday, October 11 2013
Discreet Marq tops talented field for Pebbles
ELMONT, N.Y. - A talented field of 3-year-old turf fillies, headed by Grade 1 winner Discreet Marq, will assemble on Monday for the $200,000 Pebbles, the Columbus Day feature at Belmont Park.
Belmont Park Notes Friday, October 11
• Palace entering Hudson in top form; Hear the Footsteps, Miss Narcissist to also represent Rice barn on Showcase Day
• 2012 Hudson winner Mine Over Matter to be joined by stablemate B Shanny in title defense attempt
• Kimmel hoping fortunes change for Lady's Lunar Luck in Ticonderoga
Sunday, October 06 2013
Miss Grillo (G3) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Testa Rossi (No. 8) and fourth-place finisher Granny Mc's Kitten (No. 9): "You never know until you run them. Her works were good - they weren't great - but you know what? She's a good- looking horse, she's got good form and every week she seems to be improving. The idea was to go ahead and enter her, knowing she's on the improve. I wasn't concerned about the extra distance. I have a bunch of these fillies and I picked the two I thought would give me the best chance to win, and she was one of them."
Pilgrim (G3) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Bobby's Kitten (No. 5) and of runner-up Shadow Banking (No. 4): "Second time out, we learned [Bobby's Kitten] was capable of leaving early and finishing. He has speed and can carry it, which makes him dangerous. Javier [Castellano] came out and worked him the other day and really liked the horse and accepted the mount on him. He said, 'I want to go out. I'm not going to worry what anybody else is doing. I'm going to ride my race. I'm real confident.' He rode that way."
Foxwoods Champagne (G1) quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Havana (No. 3): "Anytime you go from 5 ½ [furlongs] to a mile and do it against the type of horses he was in with today, it's always a concern. We did a similar thing with Uncle Mo, the difference being that was six [furlongs] to a mile. I think it takes a pretty special horse to do it. I'm proud of his efforts today. We knew we were asking him a lot, but we were doing it because we liked him a lot."
Frizette (G1) quotes
Mike Hushion, winning trainer of Artemis Agrotera (No. 2): "I said [to jockey Jose Lezcano], 'Be careful she just doesn't run off the first part of it.' If he tapped her once on the shoulder, she'd be gone, and he didn't."
Friday, October 04 2013
Belmont Park Notes Friday, October 4
• Admiral Kitten tries to continue strong year for 'The Franchise' in G1 Jamaica
• Coronel hoping 'Marvin' continues progress in G3 Pilgrim
• Donk shooting for the moon with Selenite in G3 Miss Grillo
• Bush counting on Morethanawarning to fire best shot in Miss Grillo
• Teen Pauline to remain on the turf for the Pebbles
• Boisterous aiming for third straight G3 Knickerbocker victory; Samitar looks to remain unbeaten at Belmont in G3 Athenia; 3-year-old fillies to compete in Pebbles