Saturday, October 13 2012
NEW YORK SHOWCASE DAY KICKS OFF FALL FESTIVAL
ELMONT, N.Y. – Belmont Park will host a fall festival featuring a farmers’ market with local, autumn produce, hayrides, and a pumpkin patch on the final two weekends of the fall meet, Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21 and October 27-28.
The fun kicks off on October 20, New York Showcase Day, which features seven stakes races for New York-breds worth more than $1 million. The farmers’ market will be located in the backyard festival tent offering apples and pears from local farms for sale, along with chestnuts, pumpkins, assorted squash, cider, caramel apples and other items. In addition to the market, New York crafters and food purveyors will sell locally made products in the grandstand.
Belmont Park Notes: Friday, October 12, 2012
BELMONT PARK NOTES
• Saratoga Snacks to step up, stretch out for Empire Classic
• Jacobson pondering Showcase Day options for Saginaw, Fiddlers Afleet, Great Gracie Dane; Gee Linz confirmed for Joseph A. Gimma
• Sailmate breezes in 1:00.66 for Empire Classic; Agilion (Gimma) and Kibosh (Ticonderoga) also to represent Kimmel barn
• Compliance Officer to be joined by Strong Impact in Mohawk; Meet the Mets on target for Bongard
Friday, October 12 2012
MULTIPLE GRADE 1 WINNER JACKSON BEND RETIRED
ELMONT, N.Y. – Jackson Bend, winner of the 2011 Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga Race Course and the 2012 Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, has been retired from racing, breeder and co-owner Fred Brei said today.
The diminutive son of Hear No Evil has been turned out since early September at Brei’s farm in Reddick, Fla., where he was sent following a last-place finish in this year’s Forego. Three weeks before the race, Jackson Bend was involved in a collision with another horse on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga, and although physically unharmed, Brei felt the 5-year-old was slow to recuperate mentally from the incident.
BOISTEROUS SEEKS 2ND KNICKERBOCKER; FILLIES TAKE TO TURF
BOISTEROUS SEEKS A PAIR OF KNICKERBOCKERS; FILLIES TAKE TO TURF FOR ATHENIA
ELMONT, N.Y. – Boisterous will attempt to earn his fourth stakes win over the Belmont Park turf when he heads postward on Saturday as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Grade 3, $150,000 Knickerbocker at 1 1/8 miles.
Tuesday, October 09 2012
Shanghai Bobby Will Travel to Breeders’ Cup
Undefeated 2-Year-Old Shanghai Bobby Will Travel to
Breeders’ Cup World Championships
October 8, 2012 – Louisville, Ky. – Starlight Racing's undefeated 2-year-old Shanghai Bobby will travel to California to compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park, it was announced Oct. 8.
BROWN BREEDERS’ CUP BOUND WITH PILGRIM & MISS GRILLO WINNERS
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Chad Brown continued his strong run with 2-year-old turf runners, sweeping the Grade 3, $150,000 Pilgrim with Noble Tune and the Grade 3, $150,000 Miss Grillo for fillies with Watsdachances on Monday at Belmont Park.
The Pilgrim and the Miss Grillo respectively are Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races for the Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf, and Brown said both Noble Tune and Watsdachances will now target those races in early November at Santa Anita.
Monday, October 08 2012
BELMONT PARK NOTES
•Todd’s 2-year-olds emerge from Saturday wins in good order; “Julia” to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, plans for “Bobby” uncertain, maiden winner Darwin evolving
•Romans hoping for firm going in Breeders’ Cup for beaten Jamaica favorite Dullahan
•Multiple stakes-winning Ontario-bred Stormy Lord under serious consideration for G3 Knickerbocker
•Ruthenia, Barocci give Clement barn turf condition hedge for Athenia and Knickerbocker
Sunday, October 07 2012
PLETCHER WINS CHAMPAGNE WITH ‘BOBBY,’ FRIZETTE WITH ‘JULIA’
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Todd Pletcher continued his domination of the 2-year-old division in New York, sweeping the 141st Grade 1, $400,000 Foxwoods Champagne with Shanghai Bobby and the 65th Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette for fillies with Dreaming of Julia on Saturday at Belmont Park.
28-1 KING DAVID RULES IN JAMAICA
ELMONT, N.Y. – Three weeks after being claimed for $35,000, 28-1 shot King David joined the elite ranks of Grade 1 winners, rallying through the stretch under jockey Rosie Napravnik to upset Saturday’s 63rd running of the $400,000 Jamaica Handicap on the turf at Belmont Park.
Saturday, October 06 2012
BROWN UNLEASHES TURF TALENT IN PILGRIM, MISS GRILLO
ELMONT, N.Y. – Chad Brown has already won four graded stakes at NYRA tracks on the grass in 2012, and if the entries for Monday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Pilgrim and Grade 3, $150,000 Miss Grillo are any indication, the trainer will be stocked with turf talent well into the future
BELMONT PARK NOTES - Friday, October 5, 2012
• Jamaica entrant Cogito looks to give English trainer Meehan his third Grade 1 win at Belmont; Dettori to ride Cogito and two others on Saturday
• Howe Great looking for first Grade 1 win in Jamaica
• Eight turf fillies to vie in Monday’s Pebbles
• Munnings Sister will try to emulate older full brother by winning Saturday stakes
• Fields forming for G3 Knickerbocker, G3 Athenia
• It’s Tricky to remain at Belmont to prepare for Breeders’ Cup
• G3 Pilgrim, G3 Miss Grillo rescheduled for Monday
Thursday, October 04 2012
DULLAHAN ODDS-ON FAVORITE IN G1 JAMAICA ‘CAP
ELMONT, N.Y. – A three-time Grade 1 winner over synthetic tracks, Donegal Racing’s Dullahan is the 4-5 morning-line favorite to add a Grade 1 turf score to his resume when he faces seven other 3-year-olds in Saturday’s 64th running of the $400,000 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park.
Although winless in three starts on grass, the chestnut son of Even the Score is graded stakes-placed over the surface, having finished second in his 2012 debut to fellow Jamaica entrant Howe Great in the Grade 3 Palm Beach at Gulfstream Park and third in the Grade 2 With Anticipation last summer at Saratoga Race Course.