Sunday, June 07 2015

Belmont Park Notes 6/7

• Triple Crown winner American Pharoah emerges from Belmont in fine fettle
• McGaughey talks Honor Code, Triple Crown
• Belmont runner-up McLaughlin praises American Pharoah
• Pletcher runners come back in good shape
• Fifth with Frammento, Zito admires feat of American Pharoah, Baffert
• Brown reflects on stable's performance, Belmont Stakes Day

ELMONT, N.Y. - On the morning after American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought by winning the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes to become only the 12th Triple Crown winner, the Zayat Stables homebred was perfectly healthy and happy as his connections were still soaking in all of the emotions related to the significance of the achievement that has been termed "the most difficult in all of sports to accomplish."

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Saturday, June 06 2015

Belmont Stakes (G1) Press Conference Initial Quotes

Bob Baffert, winning trainer of American Pharoah (No. 5): "Before we came up here from the barn, someone asked Bode if he was nervous and he said he was 10 times more nervous in the Derby. When they asked him why he said, 'Because the race is really, really far.'"

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Belmont Stakes Quotes

Bob Baffert, winning trainer of American Pharoah (No. 5): "It's very emotional. I'm thinking about my parents, I wish they were alive to see this. I was hoping it would happen. I didn't know how good it was going to feel. Now I know. They [my parents] were with me today. I was talking to them the whole race.

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Metropolitan Mile (G1) Quotes

Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Honor Code (No. 9): "I was a little concerned with how far back we were, but he kicked today and the speed came back to him. I saw the fractions, but I was also watching Tonalist because I knew if he kicks that [the speed] will come back to him, too. We just kicked harder today.

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Acorn (G1) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Curalina (No. 6): "She's a filly we'd had high hopes for for a long time. We felt like she was one of our best 2-year-old fillies last year, unfortunately she had some baby stuff that she needed some time off for. She came back and ran impressively in both starts, [and] we came here with the Acorn in mind and then she made it an easy decision by how well she trained.

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Friday, June 05 2015

Tremont Quotes

Larry Rivelli, winning trainer of Cocked and Loaded (No. 1):
"We bought this horse out of his last race [at Keeneland]. He had been training great and I had a lot of confidence in him, which is why we brought him here from Chicago. We did a little gate work with him. I told the kid to sit behind horses and he rode him great. I couldn't have been happier. He broke so sharp today and was in front, and the kid [Ortiz] rode a great race because nine times out of ten they probably would have wanted to keep him on the lead. Going five-and-a-half the rider would normally think he'd want to hold his position. But he buried him back there and then made his move."

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Jersey Girl Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Cavorting (No. 5): "She's another one that's taken a little bit of work because she ran poorly here in the slop and then at Gulfstream. Luckily, we have patient owners that allowed us to figure her out. She broke sharp and then [jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.] settled her back because they were going so fast. She went a little wide, but it worked out well. She's a nice filly; it's nice to get her back in the winner's circle."

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Pimlico’s Mandatory Rainbow 6 Payout Saturday

$275,321 Carryover
Pool Could Climb to $1 Million on Belmont Stakes Day

BALTIMORE - The Preakness Meet at Pimlico Race Course ends Saturday afternoon with a bonus – a mandatory payout of its 10-cent Rainbow 6 with a carryover of $275,321.

Saturday’s closing day at Pimlico will also include a Belmont Stakes watch party as Preakness winner American Pharoah attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. There will be drink and food specials as well as American Pharoah and Triple Crown merchandise at Pimlico as well as Laurel Park.

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Belmont Stakes Notes 6/5

• Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah finalizes preparations for G1 Belmont
• Pletcher reflects on past Belmont winners
• McLaughlin brings Frosted to Belmont in midst of hot streak
• Belmont contender Tale of Verve goes for last gallop over track
• Frammento will be Zito's modern-day record 25th Belmont starter

ELMONT, N.Y. - After the final screws were tightened on Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah on Friday morning, the colt's connections were eagerly anticipating Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes while trying to keep their emotions in check.

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Thursday, June 04 2015

Belmont Stakes Notes 6/4

• Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah is 'all systems go' for G1 Belmont Stakes
• Pletcher duo well-suited to Belmont, according to trainer
• Anticipation builds for McLaughlin, Frosted
• Stewart pleased with rider change on Tale of Verve for Belmont
• Mubtaahij receives final blowout for Belmont
• Keen Ice gets familiar with 'Big Sandy'
• Frammento gives Zito third chance to upset Triple Crown

ELMONT, N.Y. - All systems go.

That was the pronouncement by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert after he watched Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah gallop on the main track Thursday morning in preparation for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the elusive Triple Crown to be contested as part of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival presented by DraftKings.

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Wednesday, June 03 2015

Shook Up slight favorite in tough G1 Acorn

ELMONT, N.Y. - Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks runner-up Shook Up has been installed as a mild 7-2 favorite in a competitive field of 12 for the 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Acorn Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on Saturday at Belmont Park.

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Tonalist takes Belmont win streak into loaded G1 Metropolitan Handicap

ELMONT, N.Y. - One year after his upset victory over California Chrome in the 146th Belmont Stakes, Tonalist returns to Belmont Park as the horse to beat in a star-studded renewal of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap.

The 122nd running of the Met Mile is one of six Grade 1 races, nine graded stakes and 10 overall stakes on Saturday's 13-race Belmont Stakes Day program, capped by the $1.5 million 'Test of the Champion,' where American Pharoah seeks to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since 1978.

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