Friday, August 14 2015

Gulfstream News & Notes - August 14

Sheer Drama on Course for Start in Personal Ensign Invitational

Saturday’s Fourth Race a Tribute to Late Chartcaller Chuck Streva

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Harold Queen’s Sheer Drama is training forwardly at Gulfstream Park for a scheduled start in the $750,000 Personal Ensign Invitational (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

“She’s getting better and better all the time. Every time I run her, she comes out of the race as good as she went into it,” trainer David Fawkes said. “She’s not doing anything wrong. She’s eating good, training excellent. I can’t say enough about her.”

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Thursday, August 13 2015

NYSS Statue of Liberty Quotes

Eddie Kenneally, winning trainer of Freudie Anne (No. 3): "This is what she likes to do, long on the grass. This is what she's best at and it worked out today so well. She relaxed nicely on the front end, got a great ride from Jose [Ortiz]. He rode her with a lot of confidence. He had plenty of horse turning for home. She's good right now."

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Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud passes away at 102

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud, an influential figure in the thoroughbred racing industry, who for more than four decades trained a multitude of legendary stakes winners on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, passed this morning. He was 102.

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Successful Native Set to Stake Claim in Saturday’s Bonita Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Marco Thoroughbred Corp.’s Successful Native was entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Bonita Stakes at Gulfstream Park for an opportunity to stake claim to being the top turf sprinter on the grounds.

Trained by Aubrey Maragh, the 4-year-old son of Successful Appeal is set to seek back-to-back stakes successes and three wins in a row at the five-furlong distance of the Bonita

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Sunday, August 09 2015

Alydar Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Bay of Plenty (No. 1): "Excellent effort. He got wiped out in his last race, so it was nice to see him have a nice, clean trip, and he ran a big race. He hopefully has a bright future back in graded stakes."
"He went to the lead and opened up and kept going. It was a fast time and he was impressive today. He wants a clean face, so one way or the other we were going to be forwardly placed. We'll have to see where we go from here, but hopefully graded stakes. It's a tough spot, but we would consider [the Woodward]. Obviously timing-wise we'd be o.k. and he won on this track, but it's a tough, tough race."

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Saturday, August 08 2015

Whitney (G1) Quotes

Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Honor Code (No. 1): "I thought with the early fractions they might back up a little bit. But I misjudged it and [at the sixteenth pole], I looked up and said, 'Oh, man.' It was a spectacular race. A spectacular horse. People have always held him in high regard, but wondered if he could run around two turns. He's got some quirks about him, could he overcome them? I guess he answered all that today. I'm glad it's over with and I'm glad we won, so I don't have to worry about that part of it.


Longines Test (G1) Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Cavorting (No. 2): "I thought it would be a faster pace early, but it worked out well. I knew she was running and was hoping she would get space to run. She normally doesn't like a lot of dirt in her face but she was covered in dirt today. Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] rode a great race and she ran huge. She deserves a Grade 1 win and she got it. She's a very nice filly."

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Friday, August 07 2015

Palace Malice set to make return in Alydar

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Set to make his first start since May, multiple Grade 1 winner Palace Malice will headline the $100,000 Alydar at 1 1/8 miles for older horses on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by Todd Pletcher for Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm, the 5-year-old son of Curlin makes his return to the races after finishing third in the Diablo Stakes on May 10 at Belmont Park. He was scheduled to enter the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile Handicap on June 10 before being sidelined with a bone bruise to his left hind cannon bone.

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Hall of Fame (G2) Quotes

Chad Brown, winning trainer of Takeover Target (No. 2): "It just wasn't quite his trip in the [Grade 1] Belmont Derby going a mile and quarter. We got a nice cutback in distance today and a little class relief back into a Grade 2, and it did the trick for this horse. He only had one start as a two-year-old and now he finally seems to be maturing, and Irad [Ortiz,Jr.] knows the horse well. He's the only rider that's ridden him and he gave him a great ride today. I'll see if he can get a mile and an eighth in the [Grade 3] Saranac [September 5]. It's a big purse at the end of the meet. I'll have to evaluate it. I think an extra sixteenth [of a mile] would be O.K., but we'll have to just evaluate it."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes - Friday, August 7

Casse looking for elusive Spa stakes win with Noble Bird in G1 Whitney
New millionaire Wildcat Red targeting G1 Forego
Jess's Dream could be nearing Spa debut
Former Spa riding champion Antley inducted in Racing Hall of Fame
Seven New York-breds line up for Cab Calloway

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Tuesday, August 04 2015

Champion Ninfa Del Cielo to Make North American Debut

Venezuelan Champ to run Friday at Gulfstream Park

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – On Friday afternoon, the Gulfstream Park grandstand might just be transformed into a Venezuelan party. After capturing the prestigious Clasico Internacional del Caribe (G1) and sweeping the Venezuelan Triple Crown for fillies, champion Ninfa del Cielo, the pride of Venezuelan racing, is set to make her first start in North America at Gulfstream in a mile allowance race.

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Quotes from the post position draw - Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney

Todd Pletcher, trainer of Coach Inge (No. 8, 15-1) and Liam's Map (No. 4, 6-1): "I thought the post positions were both good. I believe Liam's Map will be forwardly placed. Coach Inge probably went a little too fast in the Suburban, but I thought he ran gamely despite that. To me, tactically, it looks like a real jockeys' race. Interesting strategies here, and I'm sure Mr. Guillot will probably take back and make on run and not tell anyone about it [laughs].

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