Sunday, June 30 2013


July 4th Program to Feature $100,000 Armed Forces Stakes


Alley Oop Oop, Bad Debt Among 11 Entered for Holiday Turf Stakes


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park will observe the first live Fourth of July Thoroughbred program in its 74-year history Thursday with the running of the $100,000 Armed Forces Stakes.





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WISE DAN OVERCOMES OBSTACLES TO WIN GRADE II FIRECRACKER HANDICAP


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 29, 2013) – Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcame a driving rainstorm, a yielding turf course, a brush of the inside hedge, a bobble in deep stretch and a lofty 128-pound impost to win the 23rd running of the $168,450 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.





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Shoemaker Mile Quotes


$300,000
Shoemaker Mile
Grade I
70th Running
1 Mile (Turf)

Jockey Quotes

JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, Winner: "He is just an unbelievable horse. He did everything today pretty much the way we planned. We were cruising early and he kicked away nicely. He gave me the same feeling as he always does, he got up there, started to relax and then he gets in that big high cruising speed. He is the ultimate professional. He knows his job and knows very well what he has to do. There’;s nothing sweeter than for (Mitchell) to get his 900th win (at Betfair Hollywood Park) in a Grade I.’’





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Triple Bend Handicap


$250,750
Triple Bend Handicap
Grade I
62nd Running
7 Furlongs

Jockey Quotes

VICTOR ESPINOZA, CENTRALINTELIGENCE, Winner: "He was ready today. He was ready to go. The race set up very well, the way I wanted it. I just saved his energy for the end and let him run when it was time. Last time I rode him he broke a little bit slow, so I came and worked him out of the gate the other day prior to this race. He performed to our expectations.





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Saturday, June 29 2013


Belmont Park Notes


• Saratoga Snacks set for comeback in Sunday’s Shy Groom
• West Hills Giant, Wellspring Legacy head Sunday’s NYSS
• Alpha training for start in G2 Suburban Handicap
• Fields coming together for holiday week stakes





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Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Friday, June 28, 2013


HUFFMAN DISCUSSES WEIGHT ASSIGNMENT FOR WISE DAN

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 28, 2013) – It isn’t easy for a racing secretary to hang 128 pounds on a star horse in a handicap race such as Saturday night’s $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II), but Churchill Downs’ Director of Racing Ben Huffman relishes the opportunity.





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Barn Notes:  Friday, June 28, 2013


• Channing Hill Set for Saturday Return
• Chris Block’s Stakes Squad Primed for July






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Friday, June 28 2013


Pletcher Triples Up in G3 Victory Ride


ELMONT, N.Y. – A trio of talented 3-year-old fillies from Todd Pletcher, including multiple graded stakes winner Kauai Katie, heads Saturday’s 10th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Ride at Belmont Park.





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Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: June 27, 2013


LEA SET TO TAKE ON WISE DAN IN SATURDAY’S FIRECRACKER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 27, 2013) – Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s homebred Lea, winner of last year’s Commonwealth Turf (Grade III), will take on Horse of the Year Wise Dan and six other rivals in Saturday’s 23rd running of the $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) at Churchill Downs.





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STABLE NOTES June 27, 2013


JAVA’S WAR HEADS PROBABLES FOR JULY 4 SWAPS STAKES

Charles Fipke’s Java’s War, winner of the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes April 13 and a troubled 13th in the Kentucky Derby, heads a field of five or six likely starters in the Grade II, $150,000 Swaps Stakes.





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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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