Thursday, June 13 2013
Statement from Ramon Dominguez
The following is a statement from Ramon Dominguez:
“Riding thoroughbreds has always been my passion and my calling. When I was 13 and watched my first horse race in Venezuela, I knew that I would become a jockey, and my riding career has brought happiness and success beyond what I ever expected.
Sunday, June 09 2013
Belmont Park Notes
• Belmont Stakes hero Palace Malice in fine fettle after victory; Pletcher looks ahead
• Belmont runner-up Oxbow departs for Kentucky
• Third-place finisher Orb to rest; could return at Saratoga
• Woodford Reserve Manhattan winner Point of Entry to undergo surgery for non-displaced condylar fracture
• Saratoga next stop for Incognito (4th), Freedom Child (13th)
• Belmont trainers give kudos to Kozak for track condition after heavy rain
Saturday, June 08 2013
Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (G1) Quotes
Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Point of Entry (No. 1): “I thought he got into a good stride. I was a little surprised at the early fractions, I thought maybe Kimmel’s horse [Bombaguia] would be the speed, then the 6 horse [Plainview] went and whoever it was. He got him into a good spot; Johnny said that’s where he wanted him to be. For a horse who’s only run one time since last November, carrying 124 pounds, I think it was probably starting to tell on him a little bit the last eighth, the last sixteenth of a mile. As I told Johnny today, ‘It’s going to be a grind for this horse today.’ Soft turf, 124 pounds, hadn’t run but one time last November, we missed a race … I’m very, very proud of what I saw today. I saw [Real Solution] coming, and I knew we were probably getting a little bit leg-weary, but I knew he’d go on and finish; it was just a matter of whether he’d finish fast enough. He’s a very, very good horse.”
Longines Just a Game (G1) Quotes
Wayne Catalano, winning trainer of Stephanie’s Kitten (No. 2): “They moved the rail in and [the course there] hadn’t been touched all year. So, the two path was the path to be in. We were in the No. 2 hole and when the hole opened up, and Johnny stuck her head in there, I was happy with it, I really was. When it’s a horse race like that – it looked like it was going to be a bob of a head – I was worried about that. When she sprinted away I was happy.”
Easy Goer Stakes Quotes
John Terranova, assistant to Bob Baffert, winning trainer of Power Broker (No. 2): “He came in a few days ago in great shape. His [allowance victory] at Churchill was impressive and it looked like it was a great effort today and everything went smooth. Obviously he was the best horse in the race. Rosie gave him a great ride and kept him out of trouble.”
Thursday, June 06 2013
Busy Pletcher Aims Trio at Belmont Day Sprint Stakes
ELMONT, N.Y. – Before saddling a record five horses in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, trainer Todd Pletcher will send out top contenders in each of the supporting sprint stakes on Saturday’s Belmont undercard.
Mizdirection Comes East, Stretches Out for Just a Game
ELMONT, N.Y. – Mizdirection, winner of eight stakes, including six sprints, will stretch out to one mile and take on a deep cast of competitors in Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Just a Game for fillies and mares on the turf.
Point of Entry Poised to Take Manhattan
ELMONT, N.Y. – If any of the opposition has it in mind to upset the imposing Point of Entry on Saturday in the 141st running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, they had better be ready to run a career-best race.
Wednesday, June 05 2013
$200,000 Brooklyn Handicap; $150,000 Jaipur
Quick Casablanca, Calidoscopio Give Brooklyn South American Flair; Mr. Commons Cuts Back in Jaipur
ELMONT, N.Y. – South American imports Quick Casablanca and Calidoscopio headline the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap at 1 ½ miles on the main track, one of two graded stakes on Friday, the day before the Belmont Stakes.
Saturday, June 01 2013
Saez Wins 5, Pair of Dead-Heat Victories, on Friday at Belmont Park
ELMONT, N,Y. – Jockey Luis Saez, a recent addition to the New York riding colony, brought home five winners, including back-to-back dead heat victories, on Friday afternoon at Belmont Park.
Saez, 20, of Panama, began the day by piloting Copper Forest ($4.30) to dead-heat with Anaphylaxis in race 3, a one-mile optional claimer, and came right back to guide late-running Smash ($5.20) to hit the wire in tandem with Leave of Absence in race 4, a six-furlong optional claimer, both on the main track.
Belmont Park Notes
• Oxbow, Will Take Charge will van to Belmont Park on Monday
• Irad Ortiz, Jr. to ride Incognito in Belmont
• Vyjack to remain at Belmont Park after Friday gallop, Belmont Stakes possible
• Bombaguia takes step up in Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan
• Shirreffs confirms Mr. Commons for G3 Jaipur
• Fields taking shape for Belmont Day stakes
• Brooklyn, Jaipur probables
Tuesday, May 28 2013
Metropolitan Handicap (G1) Quotes
Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Sahara Sky (No. 7): “My partner [co-owner Kim Lloyd] and I talked it over, and one of our goals was to win the Metropolitan Mile. I’d never won it, and I wanted a chance to win it, and Kim did, also. We had a little added confidence because we thought our horse ran good in New York over at Aqueduct [when second in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap], and with a little bit better trip we might have even won that race.