Monday, June 15 2009
ALL IN! SAILOR’S CAP DEALS POKER UPSET TO KIP DEVILLE
ELMONT, N.Y. – All was well to the turn. Then, Kip Deville turned into a flop.
The former Breeders’ Cup Mile champion saw his chance to come back a winner in his first start in New York this season go down the river as Team Valor International’s Sailor’s Cap swept by him in the lane for an eventual 1¼-length victory Sunday afternoon in the 25th running of the Grade 3, $105,500 Poker Stakes for three-year-olds and up on Belmont Park’s soft Widener Turf Course.
Sunday, June 14 2009
SEATTLE SMOOTH’S FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN BRINGS A GRADE 1
ELMONT, N.Y. – Mercedes Stable’s Seattle Smooth sat in a perfect spot Saturday afternoon, then powered by Seventh Street for a one-length victory in the 41st running of the $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth.
It was the fifth straight victory for the Quiet American filly and her first Grade 1 score. She will likely try for another in Saratoga Race Course’s Grade 1, $300,000 Go for Wand at nine furlongs on Sunday, August 2.
Friday, June 12 2009
COMMENTATOR COMES BACK BIG; EYES THIRD WHITNEY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Tracy Farmer’s 8-year-old Commentator put himself back on schedule to pursue his third Whitney victory as he dusted four fellow New York-breds in the $66,250 Kashatreya for state-breds at a mile on Belmont Park’s first “Party At The Park” Friday afternoon card of the season.
The Distorted Humor gelding popped out on the lead under jockey John Velazquez and set fractions of 24.75, 48.94 and 1:12.17 on the muddy track. Briefly challenged by Naughty New Yorker at the half-mile pole, Commentator drew off from his rivals to be a seven-length winner in1:35.65. Runner-up for the third straight time since his victory in the Empire Classic here last fall was Stud Muffin. Joe Corrigan, Naughty New Yorker and Commissioner Chris trailed.
McGAUGHEY, PLETCHER JOIN `ON THE RECORD’ VIDEO LIBRARY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey and trainer Todd Pletcher have been added to “On The Record,” which is posted on The New York Racing Association’s YouTube site.
McGaughey, whose extensive resume includes training the undefeated filly Personal Ensign, as well as champions Easy Goer, Heavenly Prize, Inside Information, Queena, Rhythm, Smuggler, Storm Flag Flying and Vandlandingham, won an unprecedented five graded stakes races at Belmont Park in one day – October 16, 1993 – with Miner’s Mark (Jockey Club Gold Cup); Kelso (Lure); Frizette (Heavenly Prize); the Beldame (Dispute) and the Lawrence Realization (Strolling Along).
NYRA STATEMENT ON NASSAU OTB LAWSUIT
ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) President and CEO Charles Hayward has issued the following statement regarding the Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation (Nassau OTB).
“Nassau OTB, which lost the privilege of showing the NYRA signal in the homes of Nassau County residents because it illegally pirated the NYRA signal over the internet and has continuously failed to fully acknowledge its wrongdoing, tried today to get a state supreme court judge to order NYRA to restore the signal into Nassau County homes. The judge has refused Nassau OTB’s request.
KIP DEVILLE SEEKS REPEAT IN GRADE 3 POKER
ELMONT, N.Y. – He began his career at a small track in Oklahoma back in 2005, but since then, IEAH Stables’ Kip Deville has become very much the world traveler. With stops in Canada, California, Hong Kong, Florida, and Dubai, among others, he’s racked up lots of frequent flyer miles along the way as well as four Grade 1 victories, most recently January’s Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.
Sunday, the now six-year-old son of Kipling returns to the site of one of his most commanding performances as he defends his title in the 25th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Poker against five others, including the second and third finishers from last year’s one-mile race on Belmont Park’s turf.
Thursday, June 11 2009
COMMENTATOR’S BELMONT RETURN KICKS OFF PARTY AT THE PARK
ELMONT, N.Y. – He’s New York-bred, New York tough and he’s the darling of New York racing fans.
Friday afternoon, Tracy Farmer’s 8-year-old Commentator will face four other state-bred rivals at a mile in the $65,000 Kashatreya (race 3, 4 p.m. EDT) -- the feature of Belmont Park’s first Party at the Park racing card of the season. Every Friday from June 12 through July 24 – with the exception of July 3 – Belmont Park will host Party at the Park, featuring a full live race card that begins at 3 p.m. Food and drink specials will be offered from 4 – 8 p.m. in the Festival Tent in the backyard, and this Friday, the popular Long Island band, Pink Noise, will provide live entertainment after the races at approximately 7 pm.
BELMONT PARK TO HOST NEW YORK BASEBALL “RIVALRY DAYS”
ELMONT, N.Y. – If you can’t make it to the “Battle of the (new) Ballparks” this weekend for the three-game, all New York baseball series, join The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) at beautiful Belmont Park to catch all the local baseball and live racing action.
In honor of New York’s cross-town rivals, NYRA will host “rivalry days” Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, with free admission for fans wearing apparel bearing the logo of their favorite New York Major League baseball team.
IT’S TIME TO “PARTY AT THE PARK” ONCE AGAIN
ELMONT, N.Y. – Racing fans and music lovers can start their weekends early Fridays as the biggest party on Long Island returns to Belmont Park!
Beginning June 12, Friday afternoons and evenings at Belmont Park will be filled with the best in live racing, food, drinks and music. "Party at the Park" is back with a special post time of 3 p.m., food and drink specials and a great live concert series that kicks off in the Festival tent after the conclusion of live racing.
TOP FILLIES TAKE UP GRADE 1 QUEST IN OGDEN PHIPPS
ELMONT, N.Y. –The Belmont Stakes, won last Saturday by Summer Bird, represents the end of the Triple Crown trail and the three-year-olds’ stranglehold on media attention. Horses in other division are just now getting started on their campaigns, and Saturday afternoon, Belmont Park fans will be treated to a star-studded field when seven fillies and mares go to post in the 41st running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap at a mile and a sixteenth.
Sunday, June 07 2009
Belmont Follow-up Notes: Sunday, June 7, 2009
ELMONT, N.Y. – Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird obviously loves New York – so much so, that he could return this summer to run at Saratoga Race Course in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes and the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes.
“We’ve discussed the Jim Dandy and the Travers with the owners (Drs. Kalarikkal and Vilasini Jayaraman),” said winning trainer Tim Ice, his voice still hoarse Sunday morning from cheering Summer Bird home in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million race. “If we go, like we did for the Belmont, we’ll go ahead of time, ship up a month before the (August 1) Jim Dandy.
Thursday, May 14 2009
SEATTLE SMOOTH SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT IN SHUVEE
ELMONT, N.Y. – Mercedes Stables LLC’s Seattle Smooth will try for her fourth straight stakes victory in Saturday’s 34th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Shuvee Handicap for fillies and mares going a mile on Belmont Park’s main track. Last August, the Quiet American filly won the Go for Wand at Delaware Park; the following month she scored in the Grade 2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Philadelphia Park, and last month she ran away with the Grade 2 Bed O’ Roses Handicap, winning by more than five lengths at Aqueduct.
The only question remaining for trainer Tony Dutrow is whether she’ll tackle the course at Belmont with the same zeal.