Tuesday, July 02 2013


Calder Barn Notes


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 1, 2013) – Summit of Speed contenders lit up the official workout tab at Calder Casino & Race Course over the weekend in their final preparations for the top stakes action to be held at Calder on Saturday, July 6.





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‘NOT A SCRATCH’ ON WISE DAN AFTER GUTSY FIRECRACKER WIN


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 30, 2013) – It wasn’t the easiest race for reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, but the Mort Fink-homebred trimmed the hedge of the Matt Winn Turf Course and found a way to win the Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) under the lights at Churchill Downs. Trainer Charlie LoPresti reported the 6-year-old was in good order Sunday morning at Keeneland.





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Sunday, June 30 2013


Victory Ride (G3) Quotes


Pat Reynolds, winning trainer of Baby J (No. 4): “She came off the bench, had about six months off, and ran in the slop pretty good. We caught an older horse in her last race, and [Baby J] ran a flat third. [Owner Paul Pompa, Jr.] called me [about the Victory Ride], and asked ‘Can we do it?’ So I played around with her, and the angles paid off. She’s very game. She’s a free-running type of filly, and it worked out. We’re going to kick around [running in the Grade 1 Test on August 24 at Saratoga]. She’ll probably need a little time off, but she’ll be tough on a speed track up there wherever we elect to go with her.”

Joel Rosario, winning jockey aboard Baby J (No. 4): “She came back [after Bridgehampton passed her in the stretch]. In my head, I thought she would maybe come back, so I kept her busy and rode her. The other day [when third in an optional claimer on June 14] we took her back and it looked like she was not as game. But today, after that horse came over a little on me, I put her on the outside and she came back again. It was impressive.”





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New York (G2) Quotes


Leana Willaford, assistant to winning trainer Bill Mott, of Starformer (No. 6): “She ran great. I think the ground was a little too soft for her the other day, so we were pretty confident going into this race. She had a beautiful work last weekend and she certainly fits with these horses. Edgar [Prado] rode her perfect; he always does. He knows her well and he’s a very smart jockey.”

Edgar Prado, winning jockey aboard Starformer (No. 6): “Well, you know, the last time she had an excuse; the ground was very soft and I don’t think she was very happy. Today was firm ground, she broke running out of there and I was able to sit behind the leaders most of the first part of the race. When I called on her, she fought hard and kicked in strong.”




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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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