Saturday, June 08 2013


Belmont Stakes (G1) Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Palace Malice (No. 12): “It was an emotional win for me because the Dogwood connection. They supported me from the very beginning and to win a big race for them is really gratifying. I kept saying I know there’s a big [race] there; I felt like he had a big one in him. I kept waiting for it to materialize in the afternoon. He got close a couple of times but didn’t quite get it done. It pretty much went in the early part the way we anticipated it would in terms of where we were positioned. He was able to get him in a nice comfortable rhythm and travel along, pretty quickly, considering the distance, but he looked like he was in a good comfortable rhythm and that was the main focus.”





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Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (G1) Quotes


Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Point of Entry (No. 1): “I thought he got into a good stride. I was a little surprised at the early fractions, I thought maybe Kimmel’s horse [Bombaguia] would be the speed, then the 6 horse [Plainview] went and whoever it was. He got him into a good spot; Johnny said that’s where he wanted him to be. For a horse who’s only run one time since last November, carrying 124 pounds, I think it was probably starting to tell on him a little bit the last eighth, the last sixteenth of a mile. As I told Johnny today, ‘It’s going to be a grind for this horse today.’ Soft turf, 124 pounds, hadn’t run but one time last November, we missed a race … I’m very, very proud of what I saw today. I saw [Real Solution] coming, and I knew we were probably getting a little bit leg-weary, but I knew he’d go on and finish; it was just a matter of whether he’d finish fast enough. He’s a very, very good horse.”





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Longines Just a Game (G1) Quotes


Wayne Catalano, winning trainer of Stephanie’s Kitten (No. 2): “They moved the rail in and [the course there] hadn’t been touched all year. So, the two path was the path to be in. We were in the No. 2 hole and when the hole opened up, and Johnny stuck her head in there, I was happy with it, I really was. When it’s a horse race like that – it looked like it was going to be a bob of a head – I was worried about that. When she sprinted away I was happy.”





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Easy Goer Stakes Quotes


John Terranova, assistant to Bob Baffert, winning trainer of Power Broker (No. 2): “He came in a few days ago in great shape. His [allowance victory] at Churchill was impressive and it looked like it was a great effort today and everything went smooth. Obviously he was the best horse in the race. Rosie gave him a great ride and kept him out of trouble.”





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Friday, June 07 2013


Belmont Stakes Notes


• Orb ‘good to go’ after morning gallop; McGaughey reflects on past five weeks
• Lukas, aiming for fifth Belmont victory, reminisces about previous winners
• Pletcher alters training routine for his quintet, credits Lukas for learning the value of being organized
• Peter Pan winner Freedom Child has an easy day
• Déjà vu all over again for Stewart
• McLaughlin draws positives from Incognito’s Peter Pan
• Early morning for Vyjack
• McPeek expects Frac Daddy to show speed from inside
• ‘Giant’ finishes preparations for Belmont Stakes
• Kitchingman rolling the dice with Let Em Shine in G2 Woody Stephens
• NYRA creates monument marking Secretariat’s margin of victory in 1973 Belmont





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Thursday, June 06 2013


UNUSUAL HOTTIE VERSUS 11 IN REDONDO BEACH


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 6, 2013)—Unusual Hottie will aim for her second stakes win of the Spring/Summer meet in the $70,000 Redondo Beach Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.





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Nipissing tops a field of eight for Sunday’s Woodbine Oaks


Spring in the Air, Nipissing tops a field of eight for Sunday’s Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser; Plate Trial also on Sunday at Woodbine

TORONTO, June 6 - John Oxley’s Spring in the Air, last year’s Sovereign Award winner as Canada’s top juvenile filly, heads a field of eight Canadian-bred three-year-old fillies for Sunday’s $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser.





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Belmont Stakes Notes - June 6, 2013


• Orb continues to instill confidence in McGaughey
• For Lukas, fortune favors the bold
• Pletcher’s five Belmont Stakes entrants have routine gallops
• Vyjack returns to track after breeze
• McLaughlin happy with Incognito
• G2 Peter Pan winner Freedom Child generating ‘buzz’
• Golden Soul has strong gallop
• McPeek gives Frac Daddy ‘Belmont gallop’
• Giant Finish “doing fine” after Tuesday breeze





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Barn Notes:  Thursday, June 6, 2013


STIDHAM’S TREND ANYTHING BUT A FAD

The only thing passing about Trend in Wednesday’s featured eighth race was his whereabouts in relation to the field and the wire. Stone Farm’s strapping homebred son of Grade I winner Sligo Bay dismantled a group of impressive stakes-performing allowance horses en route to a facile 2 ¼-length victory.





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Busy Pletcher Aims Trio at Belmont Day Sprint Stakes


ELMONT, N.Y. – Before saddling a record five horses in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, trainer Todd Pletcher will send out top contenders in each of the supporting sprint stakes on Saturday’s Belmont undercard.





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Mizdirection Comes East, Stretches Out for Just a Game


ELMONT, N.Y. – Mizdirection, winner of eight stakes, including six sprints, will stretch out to one mile and take on a deep cast of competitors in Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Just a Game for fillies and mares on the turf.





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Point of Entry Poised to Take Manhattan


ELMONT, N.Y. – If any of the opposition has it in mind to upset the imposing Point of Entry on Saturday in the 141st running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, they had better be ready to run a career-best race.





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