Thursday, June 23 2016
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES - Thu 6/23
• HOPPERTUNITY RETURNS IN ‘FORMIDABLE’ GOLD CUP
• KOBE’S BACK AND SO IS STEVENS FOR TRIPLE BEND
• NYQUIST WORKS BEFORE SATURDAY’S FIRST RACE
• TWO RIVALS HELPED SAVE HORSES AMID WILDFIRES
GOLD CUP DISTANCE SHOULD SUIT HOPPERTUNITY
Bob Baffert, who was on the fence at best last week about running Hoppertunity in Saturday’s Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita, decided to enter after the five-year-old by Any Given Saturday after the horse worked six furlongs last Saturday in 1:12.20.
Rainbow 6 Carryover Stands at $61,172 for Friday’s Card
Lirica Registers Impressive Juvenile Maiden Score
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot rose to $61,172.60 for Friday’s nine-race program at Gulfstream Park when the popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 10th consecutive racing day Thursday
Multiple tickets with all six winners for Races 4-9 Thursday were each worth $3,313.10.
Belmont Park Notes 6/23
• Multiple G2 winner Mohaymen returns to worktab Thursday
• Swipe back in action in Sunday allowance; Exaggerator 'back on the muscle'
• Donk enjoying good run
• Fields set for pair of Sunday's NYSS races
ELMONT, N.Y. - Shadwell Stable's multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen returned to the worktab Thursday morning with a three-furlong breeze at the Greentree Training Facility adjacent to Saratoga Race Course.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the 3-year-old Tapit colt was caught in 36.40 seconds over the all-weather surface in his first timed breeze since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby May 7.
Wednesday, June 22 2016
$1.125 Million Summit of Speed Card Draws 139 noms
G2 Princess Rooney, G2 Smile ‘Win & You’re In’ Stakes
G3 Carry Back Also Set for July 2 Nine-Stakes Program
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A total of 139 nominations were received for the nine stakes slated for the $1.125 million Summit of Speed card July 2 at Gulfstream Park, highlighted by the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) and the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G2), a pair of Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ events.
The Princess Rooney and Smile Sprint winners will earn fees-paid berths in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), respectively, at Santa Anita Nov. 5.
Saturday, June 18 2016
Churchill Downs Stakes Recap & Quotes: Grade II, $200,000 Wise Dan
PLEUVEN VICTORIOUS IN GRADE II, $200,000 WISE DAN AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
(Saturday, June 18, 2016) – Nelson McMakin’s Pleuven (FR) tracked pacesetter Kasaqui (ARG), drew even with that rival with an eighth of mile to run and inched clear late to post a three-quarter length victory in Saturday night’s 27th running of the $200,000 Wise Dan (Grade II) at Churchill Downs. Thatcher Street was third and favored The Pizza Man was fourth.
UNDEFEATED SONGBIRD SENSATIONAL IN GRADE II, $200,000 SUMMERTIME OAKS
ROMPS BY 6 ½ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH;
SUPERSTAR HOLLENDORFER FILLY GETS 1 1/16 MILES GEARED DOWN IN 1:42.63
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 18, 2016)—How good is she? Although that question wasn’t answered completely, it would appear the sky continues to be the limit for superstar filly Songbird as she remained undefeated with yet another sensational performance, winning Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks by 6 ½ lengths under Mike Smith while covering a mile and a sixteenth geared down in 1:42.63. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., the Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, idle since winning the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 9, ran her unbeaten skein to eight on Saturday and will likely ship east for her next engagement.
Trio of Carryovers Saturday at Gulfstream
Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 and Super Hi 5
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - There will be three carryovers when racing resumes Saturday at Gulfstream Park with a 1:15 p.m. first race post.
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $28,072.30 after there was no single, unique ticket Friday. There was one live ticket going into the ninth and final race, but Templer Glory finished fifth. Multiple winning tickets returned $436.08.
Thursday, June 16 2016
Gleaves Sends Out Two in Saturday’s $75,000 Forty Niner
Casse, Maker & Zerpa Enter for Turf Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It would seem fitting if Phil Gleaves saddled the winner of Saturday’s $75,000 Forty Niner Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After all, the race is named after the 1988 Fountain of Youth (G1) and Travers (G1) winner trained by Woody Stephens, who Gleaves worked alongside as assistant trainer and exercise rider.
So Gleaves will have two shots to claim the 1 1/16 mile turf event in Keith Long’s Megeve and Vegso Racing Stable’s Fast Fire. The two will meet eight other 3-year-olds including John Oxley’s Tizzarunner, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Keystoneforvictory, Gelfenstein Farm LLC’s undefeated Forced Motion, Telling Tony, Fleming and Titanium Heart.
Saturday, June 11 2016
Frosted sizzles in dominant win in the G1 Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap
ELMONT, N.Y. - Frosted, the runner-up to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes one year ago, returned to Belmont Park Saturday with a triumphant performance to capture the 123rd edition of the Grade 1, $1.25 Million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap with absolute authority.
With Joel Rosario aboard, Godolphin's homebred Frosted took command at the head of the stretch and drew off from the rest of the top flight field of 10 horses aged 3 and older while Rosario sat chilly in the irons. Frosted left his competition completely out in the cold as he powered through the lane while Rosario had the 4-year-old son of Tapit under wraps.
The 148th Belmont Stakes (G1) Quotes
Steve Asmussen, winning trainer of Creator (No. 13): "It's the best feeling right now. The great thing about racing; you can have a bad day, a bad week, a bad month. They don't put you behind the gates, they line you up even and give you a chance to prove yourself. Obviously want to say thanks for the opportunity with a horse like him that can prove he's good enough to win the Belmont Stakes."
"Curlin didn't ever do anything but make us happy. Being a victor in the Belmont Stakes will look good on that plaque."
Woodford Reserve Manhattan (G1) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Flintshire (No. 10):
"He ran to his works. Like I said all month, he was sent to me in outstanding condition. We're just trying to get him into our program, make sure he adapts okay and he doesn't change for the worse, which he hasn't."
"He showed the ability to cut back to a mile and a quarter with a good turn of foot today."
The Longines Just a Game (G1) Quotes
Bill Mott, winning trainer of Celestine (No. 8) along with fourth-place Lady Lara (No. 13) and 13th-place My Miss Sophia (No. 5): "This was a very impressive. She's [Celestine] gotten better as time goes on. She just drew away from a very good field. She's pretty fast. She tracked that filly today. She's rating well. She was very comfortable where she was in the race. I thought my other filly, My Miss Sophia, was in good shape and Lady Lara (in foal to Uncle Mo) was a little wide up on the outside and was fourth where she finished."