Monday, May 27 2013
Great Lady M. Stakes Quotes
JOE TALAMO, SCHIAPARELLI, Winner: "I saw that other filly (Purim's Dancer) break in front but we really weren't going all that fast. I just let mine run her race. We were real fortunate to draw outside. We could just have easily laid second. I really think adding the (ear muffs) on her with the blinkers made a big difference. She's a different animal right now. She was just cruising with a real good rhythm. Down the lane I kind of stayed after her because I didn't want her to see anything like she did last time. She's definitely getting better with age and with every race she runs. The thing is to get her to relax because in the post parade she's pretty high strung. In the race she's totally different and very professional."
Sunday, May 26 2013
Discreet Marq Slight Favorite in G2 Sands Point
ELMONT, N.Y. – A closely matched field of 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 2, $200,000 Sands Point launches the Memorial Day stakes action at Belmont Park, with Discreet Marq narrowly favored in the 1 1/16-mile turf race.
Sheepshead Bay (G2) Quotes
Alan Goldberg, winning trainer of Tannery (No. 3), by telephone: “We have a turf course at [Colts Neck Farm], but we’ve had such a wet spring and we weren’t able to train her over it and had to work her on the dirt. We try to have our horses fit, but with her first start of the year being a mile and a quarter, I didn’t expect her to be completely ready. She came out of the race great, and I thought she’d handle the conditions today.”
American Handicap Quotes
1 Mile (Turf)
JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, Winner: "He just did it so easy. Besides California Flag sprinting, I've never ridden a horse like this going long. He just lopes along like that. With him going (46.09 seconds for the first half mile) today, I almost made the sign of the cross. That's like 47 4/5 for any other horse. The main hope is to try to get him back to the Breeders' Cup. At the three-eighths pole I just kind of gave him his head and hopefully tried to steal the race from there. He's a jockey's dream. You just sit on him and he does the rest. He's just a tremendous horse."
Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Saturday, May 25, 2013
GOLDEN SOUL WORK POSTPONED, LIKELY TO WORK MIDWEEK
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 25, 2013) – Golden Soul, runner-up to Orb in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), was scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning, but trainer Dallas Stewart called an audible and delayed serious training for another few days.
GENERAL ELECTION GETS THE VOTE IN THE ARLINGTON CLASSIC
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 25, 2013) – WinStar Farm’s General Election survived an eventful stretch drive and a claim of foul to prevail by a length in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Classic for trainer Kellyn Gorder and jockey Joe Rocco, Jr. in 1:45.48 for the mile and a sixteenth on turf.
Saturday, May 25 2013
A Flat Mile for Flat Out in the Metropolitan Handicap
ELMONT, N.Y. – Flat Out will attempt to continue his reign over Belmont Park when he faces eight competitors, including seven graded stakes winners, on Monday in the 121st running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.
Kauai Katie Looks to Extend Streak to Four Straight in G1 Acorn
ELMONT, N.Y. – Kauai Katie is even money to keep her perfect record in 2013 intact Monday when she faces five other 3-year-old fillies in the 83rd running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Acorn at Belmont Park.
JUDY THE BEAUTY HEADLINES COMPETITIVE EDITION OF THE WINNING COLORS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 24, 2013) – Wesley Ward’s Judy the Beauty, runner-up in last year’s Prioress (Grade I) and an easy winner this spring at Keeneland, tops a competitive field of seven fillies and mares entered for the 10th running of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (GIII) on Memorial Day at Churchill Downs.
Arlington International Racecourse Barn Notes
Barn Notes: Friday, May 24, 2013
In Today’s Notes:
• Block and Janks Dominate Purple Violet Nominees
BLOCK AND JANKS DOMINATE PURPLE VIOLET NOMINEES
Next weekend’s Purple Violet Stakes has drawn a healthy amount of nominees from local trainers, including three each from Chris Block and Christine Janks. Veterans to Illinois racing, both Block and Janks have previously proven victorious in the eight-furlong main track event for Illinois-restricted 3-year-old fillies – Block in 2003 and 2009, and Janks in 1997.
Thursday, May 23 2013
Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Thursday, May 23, 2013
LUKAS STILL SMILING AFTER ‘GRATIFYING’ VICTORY BY OXBOW
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 23, 2013) – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas was still in high spirits at his barn at Churchill Downs on Thursday, five days after Oxbow’s 1 ¾-length victory in the Preakness (Grade I) at odds of more than 15-1.
Arlington Classic, Arlington Matron, Hanshin Cup
GRADED RACE TRIPLEHEADER KICKS OFF LUCRATIVE 2013 ARLINGTON STAKES SLATE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 22, 2013) – A trio of Grade III stakes races on Saturday will not only kick off the Memorial Day holiday weekend at Arlington International Racecourse, but will also serve as the curtain raisers on the track’s 25-event $5.5 million stakes slate. Two of Saturday’s main events will be run over the Polytrack while the third will be contested over Arlington’s grass course.