Sunday, October 21 2012
SHOWCASE DAY QUOTES:
MCMAHON OF SARATOGA MOHAWK (NYB) QUOTES
JOSEPH A. GIMMA (NYB) QUOTES
TICONDEROGA (NYB) QUOTES
BERTRAM F. BONGARD (NYB) QUOTES
HUDSON (NYB) QUOTES
IROQUOIS (NYB) QUOTES
MULTIPLE GRADE 1 WINNER IT’S TRICKY RETIRED
ELMONT, N.Y. – Godolphin Racing’s multiple Grade 1 winner It’s Tricky has been retired with an injury to her right hind ankle, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin announced Saturday afternoon.
The 4-year-old Mineshaft filly sustained the beginnings of a condylar fracture to the ankle during a bullet five-furlong breeze Thursday morning as she prepared for the Breeders’ Cup next month at Santa Anita, said the trainer.
LUNAR VICTORY EDGES SARATOGA SNACKS TO WIN EMPIRE CLASSIC
ELMONT, N.Y. – Odds-on favorite Lunar Victory outkicked a game Saratoga Snacks in a dramatic stretch duel and hit the wire 1 ¼ lengths in front to take Saturday’s $250,000 Empire Classic, the centerpiece of New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park.
Carrying the colors of Juddmonte Farms – which earlier in the day at Ascot Racecourse saw its homebred Frankel close out his career with a perfect 14-for-14 record – Lunar Victory raced in midpack as Saratoga Snacks carried the field of eight New York-breds through an opening half mile in 46.61 seconds. The 5-year-old son of Speightstown drew alongside the pacesetter on the turn and the two straightened for home in tandem, with Lunar Victory prevailing after a spirited tussle to the final sixteenth.
Saturday, October 20 2012
BELMONT PARK’S NEW YORK SHOWCASE DAY
MSG+ TO FEATURE STATE’S TOP THOROUGHBREDS AT BELMONT PARK’S NEW YORK SHOWCASE DAY
Saturday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m.
Two Hours of Live Stakes Races Featuring New York-Bred Horses
New York, NY (October 18, 2012) - MSG Networks and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will present Belmont Park’s annual New York Showcase Day on Saturday, October 20 starting at 4:00 p.m. on MSG+. The live, two-hour telecast, part of The New York Racing Series, will feature four of the seven stakes races on the day’s card.
BELMONT PARK NOTES - Friday, October 19, 2012
• Jacobson gives Fiddlers Afleet spot in the spotlight in Empire Classic
• NYRA Rewards members can bet on UK, Irish racing beginning tomorrow
• Caixa Eletronica heads Pletcher trio for closing weekend stakes
• Spring to the Sky returns to dirt for G3 Bold Ruler
• Fields coming together for final weekend stakes
• Nihei mulling options for sharp 2-year-old turf winner Draw Two
• Live New York Showcase Day broadcast on Sirius Radio from 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, October 18 2012
STATE-BREDS TAKE CENTER STAGE ON NEW YORK SHOWCASE DAY
ELMONT, N.Y. – More than 70 top New York-breds will gather Saturday for the seven stakes highlighting Belmont Park’s annual New York Showcase Day, celebrating the best of the Empire State.
The centerpiece of the card, which features 10 races restricted to horses bred in New York and will be telecast on MSG+ from 4-6 p.m., is the 36th running of the $250,000 Empire Classic for 3-year-olds and up. A field of nine, including the 3-year-old filly Haldane, will contest the 1 1/8-mile race, in which 5-year-old Lunar Victory is the 8-5 favorite to pick up his fifth win in six 2012 starts for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.
Sunday, October 14 2012
BELMONT PARK NOTES - October 14, 2012
• Hessonite on track for Ticonderoga following eventful Flower Bowl
• Bush has Unbridled Command, Beautiful But Blue, and Wholelottashakin for NY Showcase Day Stakes
• Risky Rachel has Coronel aglow in lead up to Iroquois
• Lubash, Miss Valentine to carry the torch for Clement on Showcase Day
• New York Showcase Day fields taking shape
ELMONT, N.Y. – Hessonite, a troubled fifth in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational on September 29, remains on target for a title defense in the $175,000 Ticonderoga on October 20, New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park.
QUOTES FOR KNICKERBOCKER & ATHENIA
KNICKERBOCKER (G3) QUOTES
Buzz Tenney, assistant to winning trainer Shug McGaughey, of Boisterous (No. 3): “He runs good over this course. He’s been third in two Grade 1s here, and this is four races he’s won over this course. [Jose Lezcano] got him in a good position early in the race, and I think that’s the key with him. I think he likes to get in position early, be patient, and find a hole to finish through.”
KNICKERBOCKER / ATHENIA
BOISTEROUS REPEATS IN KNICKERBOCKER; LA CLOCHE RINGS TRUE IN ATHENIA
By Jon Forbes
ELMONT, N.Y. – A pair of homebreds swept Saturday’s turf stakes at Belmont Park, with Phipps Stable’s Boisterous repeating in the Grade 3, $150,000 Knickerbocker and the Phillips Racing Partnership’s La Cloche posting a breakthrough win in the Grade 3, $150,000 Athenia for fillies and mares.
Saturday, October 13 2012
NEW YORK SHOWCASE DAY KICKS OFF FALL FESTIVAL
ELMONT, N.Y. – Belmont Park will host a fall festival featuring a farmers’ market with local, autumn produce, hayrides, and a pumpkin patch on the final two weekends of the fall meet, Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21 and October 27-28.
The fun kicks off on October 20, New York Showcase Day, which features seven stakes races for New York-breds worth more than $1 million. The farmers’ market will be located in the backyard festival tent offering apples and pears from local farms for sale, along with chestnuts, pumpkins, assorted squash, cider, caramel apples and other items. In addition to the market, New York crafters and food purveyors will sell locally made products in the grandstand.
Belmont Park Notes: Friday, October 12, 2012
BELMONT PARK NOTES
• Saratoga Snacks to step up, stretch out for Empire Classic
• Jacobson pondering Showcase Day options for Saginaw, Fiddlers Afleet, Great Gracie Dane; Gee Linz confirmed for Joseph A. Gimma
• Sailmate breezes in 1:00.66 for Empire Classic; Agilion (Gimma) and Kibosh (Ticonderoga) also to represent Kimmel barn
• Compliance Officer to be joined by Strong Impact in Mohawk; Meet the Mets on target for Bongard
Friday, October 12 2012
MULTIPLE GRADE 1 WINNER JACKSON BEND RETIRED
ELMONT, N.Y. – Jackson Bend, winner of the 2011 Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga Race Course and the 2012 Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, has been retired from racing, breeder and co-owner Fred Brei said today.
The diminutive son of Hear No Evil has been turned out since early September at Brei’s farm in Reddick, Fla., where he was sent following a last-place finish in this year’s Forego. Three weeks before the race, Jackson Bend was involved in a collision with another horse on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga, and although physically unharmed, Brei felt the 5-year-old was slow to recuperate mentally from the incident.