Tuesday, May 28 2013
Acorn (G1) Quotes
Jim Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert, winning trainer of Midnight Lucky (No. 5): “I was expecting maybe the 1 [Kauai Katie] to be on the lead, not the 2 [Momentary Magic], but other than that it shaped up as I expected. I wanted to be sitting anywhere from 2 to 2 ½ lengths off the pace, which we were. They were moving right along, and at no point did it look like she was struggling with the racetrack. She’s just a really nice filly and we’re so happy to train her. The plan right now is day by day. We’ll go back to Churchill and go from there.”
Rosie Napravnik, winning jockey aboard Midnight Lucky (No. 5): “We had a great trip. I really liked the post position and we were able to sit off the speed. Kauai Katie actually kind of had to sit back, so it was good for us, too. This filly just did it very easily and she’s a very, very nice filly.”
Sunday, May 26 2013
Discreet Marq Slight Favorite in G2 Sands Point
ELMONT, N.Y. – A closely matched field of 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 2, $200,000 Sands Point launches the Memorial Day stakes action at Belmont Park, with Discreet Marq narrowly favored in the 1 1/16-mile turf race.
Sheepshead Bay (G2) Quotes
Alan Goldberg, winning trainer of Tannery (No. 3), by telephone: “We have a turf course at [Colts Neck Farm], but we’ve had such a wet spring and we weren’t able to train her over it and had to work her on the dirt. We try to have our horses fit, but with her first start of the year being a mile and a quarter, I didn’t expect her to be completely ready. She came out of the race great, and I thought she’d handle the conditions today.”
Saturday, May 25 2013
A Flat Mile for Flat Out in the Metropolitan Handicap
ELMONT, N.Y. – Flat Out will attempt to continue his reign over Belmont Park when he faces eight competitors, including seven graded stakes winners, on Monday in the 121st running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.
Kauai Katie Looks to Extend Streak to Four Straight in G1 Acorn
ELMONT, N.Y. – Kauai Katie is even money to keep her perfect record in 2013 intact Monday when she faces five other 3-year-old fillies in the 83rd running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Acorn at Belmont Park.
Wednesday, May 22 2013
“Homegrown” Hessonite Facing International Field in Sheepshead Bay
ELMONT, N.Y. – New York-bred Hessonite, who became a graded stakes winner last time out, takes on an internationally flavored field of seven other turf fillies and mares for Saturday’s 55th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Sheepshead Bay at Belmont Park.
“New Owners Luncheon” Set for June 2 at Belmont Park
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Bruce Levine and Jena Antonucci will be among the industry speakers participating in The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s (NYRA) next “New Owners Luncheon” at Belmont Park on Sunday, June 2.
Tuesday, May 21 2013
Former NYRA Chairman, CEO Kenny Noe, Jr. Dies at 84
ELMONT, N.Y. – Kenneth “Kenny” Noe, Jr., former president, chief executive officer and chairman of The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) board died Sunday at the age of 84.
Sunday, May 19 2013
Belmont Park Notes
• Orb returns to Belmont Park following Preakness loss; Preakness winner Oxbow ships to Churchill, is expected for G1 Belmont Stakes
• After skipping Preakness, Pletcher has deep lineup for Belmont Stakes, Memorial Day stakes
• Clement to run Mystical Star in G2 Sheepshead Bay, either Bella Castani or Discreet Marq in G2 Sands Point
• California invaders Fed Biz, Jimmy Creed, and Sahara Sky slated to face Pletcher’s duo and others in G1 Met Mile; Fields coming together for additional Memorial Day weekend stakes
• Jockey Luzzi to miss 12-18 weeks with shoulder injury
Monday, May 13 2013
Belmont Park Notes
• Derby winner Orb set for Monday breeze at Belmont
• Up-and-comer Glorious View among probables for next Saturday’s G2 Vagrancy Handicap
Wednesday, May 08 2013
Abraham, Declan’s Warrior, Nine Others Look to Take Flight in Peter Pan
ELMONT, N.Y. – Eleven 3-year-olds, some with their eye on the June 8 Belmont Stakes and others looking beyond, will assemble at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon for the 59th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan.
Sunday, May 05 2013
Belmont Park Notes: Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Arrives
• Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Arrives at Belmont Park
• Hessonite, Lubash in good order following G3 Victories on Saturday at Belmont
ELMONT, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby winner Orb, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario returned to Belmont Park Sunday, prepared to gear up for the next leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness, on Saturday, May 18. The series concludes June 8 with the 145th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes.