Monday, June 24 2013


Brooklyn Resident Wins Belmont Park Handicapping Challenge


ELMONT, N.Y. – Kevin Cox, 42, of Brooklyn, won the 2013 Belmont Park Handicapping Challenge, earning a $40,000 cash prize and a seat at the 2014 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in January in Las Vegas.





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Belmont Park Notes


• Close Hatches has Mott smiling after G1 Mother Goose victory; Starformer preps for G2 New York
• Dreaming of Julia emerges from Mother Goose in good order; Kauai Katie, Fusaichiswonderful target G3 Victory Ride
• Dream Peace set for G2 New York following Sunday breeze
• Rydilluc breezes on turf; trainer Contessa looks ahead with talented 3yo turfer





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Saturday, June 22 2013


Live Racing Resumes at Gulfstream with Full Eight-Race Program


HALLANDALE, FL – Live Thoroughbred racing will resume at Gulfstream Park Tuesday, June 25, with an eight-race program of full fields.

A total of 84 horses were entered Friday for the program that will mark the conclusion of the 2012-2013 racing season at the Hallandale Beach racetrack. The 2013 summer season of live racing will be kicked off with programs on Monday, July 1 and Thursday, July 4 before a regular Saturday-Sunday weekly schedule gets underway.





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FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD FACES OPEN-COMPANY IN DEBUTANTE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 21, 2013) – Fiftyshadesofgold, a 10-length winner against Texas-breds in her debut at Lone Star Park, will face open-company for the first time in Saturday’s $100,000-added Debutante and could give the Scharbauer family their first stakes win beneath the Twin Spires since Alysheba’s memorable victory over Seeking the Gold in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I).





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Thursday, June 20 2013


Gulfstream News & Notes


Gulfstream Racing Surface Gets High Marks
Orseno Looks to Future in Florida
Mandatory payouts for Rainbow 6, Pick 5 and Super Hi 5





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TEARDROP TOPS FIELD OF 11 FOR SATURDAY’S 113TH DEBUTANTE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 19, 2013) – Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s homebred Teardrop, an impressive debut winner on May 23, heads a competitive field of 11 2-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 113th running of the $100,000-added Debutante at Churchill Downs.





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Wednesday, June 19 2013


Christopher Kay Named New President and CEO of NYRA


ELMONT, N.Y. – Christopher Kay was named President and CEO of The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) following unanimous approval by its Board of Directors at a meeting on Tuesday, June 18. The appointment is effective as of July 1.





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TALENTED 2-YEAR-OLDS TO MAKE STAKES DEBUTS


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 18, 2013) – Multiple 2-year-olds who broke their maidens in their first career races look to earn their first career stakes victories in the $100,000 J J’s Dream Stakes and the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes, to be held on Saturday, June 22, at Calder Casino & Race Course.





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Friday, June 14 2013


Infinite Magic Slight Favorite in Wide-Open Hill Prince


ELMONT, N.Y. – Following a disappointing start on the dirt, Infinite Magic will return to the grass when he competes as the slight morning-line favorite in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Hill Prince at Belmont Park.





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Barn Notes:  Friday, June 14, 2013


NYE, THE DOLL OF VOODOOMON STABLE, SPREADS HER MAGIC

No matter one’s spiritual, religious or otherwise transcendent beliefs, there is often something to be said for the intangible and seemingly divine power of perspective. For Voodoomon Stable owner Vanessa Nye, her experience as part of the racing industry has given her the kind of bittersweet-glazed smile and outlook one can only gain through facing the extremes of high and low within such a passion-filled field.





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Churchill Downs Race Day Notes


‘NO EXCUSES’ FOR TAKE CHARGE INDY IN SATURDAY’S STEPHEN FOSTER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 13, 2013) – Trainer Pat Byrne will saddle Alysheba (Grade II) winner Take Charge Indy for the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) and he said he has no excuses going into Saturday’s race.





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GENERAL ELECTION ON TARGET FOR AMERICAN DERBY, SECRETARIAT


WinStar Farm’s Grade III $150,000 Arlington Classic winner General Election is on target to take a stab at becoming only the second winner of the Mid-America Triple in its current all-turf configuration. The only other horse to win all three – Grade III Arlington Classic, Grade III American Derby and Grade I Secretariat Stakes – was Honor Glide in 1997. That Bonnie Heath homebred won his first stakes in the Arlington Classic and would go on to win graded stakes through his 7-year-old season – including two Grade Is.





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