Friday, June 07 2019

Belmont Park Notes 6/7

• Pletcher's first Belmont victory remains special
• Rushing Fall stands out in a crowd of Grade 1 winners
• Juddmonte's world-class legacy on display for Belmont Stakes Racing Festival
• Mitole puts streak on the line in G1 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap
• If the shoe fits...Tax training well into G1 Belmont Stakes
• Hennig has trio ready for BSRF action
• Intrepid Heart blossoming into a top-level contender
• Sisterson hoping for big day on Belmont undercard in Manhattan, Woody Stephens
• Triple Crown jockey autograph signing on Saturday

ELMONT, N.Y. - A dozen years, more than 2,700 victories and some $233.6 million in purses earned have passed since the filly Rags to Riches won the 2007 Belmont Stakes, but even after all that time trainer Todd Pletcher can't help but smile when recalling his first victory in a Triple Crown race.

"One of the amazing things about it, especially in the year afterward, is how people would come up to me and recall where they were and what they were doing when she won," said Pletcher, who will be seeking his fourth victory in the 1 ½-mile "Test of the Champion" on Saturday at Belmont Park with Intrepid Heart and Spinoff. "It really was a special moment for a lot of people."

The now seven-time Eclipse Award-winning conditioner did not make a final decision on whether to start Michael Tabor's chestnut filly until the week of the race, not long after it was announced that Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense would not be running. The field remained a tough one by any standards, including, among others, Preakness winner Curlin, Derby runner-up Hard Spun and Santa Anita Derby winner Tiago.

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Tuesday, June 04 2019

G1 Runhappy Metropolitan

Thunder Snow, McKinzie lead millionaire melee in G1 Runhappy Metropolitan

ELMONT, N.Y. - Annually one of the country's most highly anticipated races, Saturday's Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap offers a rousing renewal in 2019.

The 'Win and You're In' for the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile has attracted an epic field of nine including five Grade/Group 1 winners, six millionaires and the world's richest horse.

The Runhappy Metropolitan is one of an unprecedented eight Grade 1 races on the card for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets at Belmont Park.

The winner will join elite company, including Kelso, Native Dancer, Buckpasser, Forego, Holy Bull and Ghostzapper, as well as the most memorable performer this decade, Frosted, whose 2016 razing of his rivals by 14¼ lengths in 1:32.73 was one for the record books on both accounts.

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Nine 3-year-old fillies converge on Belmont Park for Grade 1 Acorn

ELMONT, NY - A wide-ranging field of nine 3-year-old fillies, led by Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks heroine and millionaire Serengeti Empress, will be making their first-ever appearances at Belmont Park Saturday in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes, one of seven Grade 1 races on the undercard for the 151st running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets.

First race post time for the 13-race card is 11:35 a.m., with gates opening at 9 a.m.

Serengeti Empress, a dark bay daughter of Alternation, is 2-for-3 this year, taking the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra to kick off her sophomore season before faltering in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks, in which she bled and was vanned off.

"After the race at the Fair Grounds, we took her back to the barn, sat down and mapped out a game plan - not for racing - but for her to show us she was she was recovering," said trainer Tom Amoss. "She got to Churchill at start of April, and we had devised a plan where she was scoped constantly and watched all the time. That's when she showed up again.

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Friday, May 03 2019

050319-Come Dancing and Pacific Wind square off in Sunday’s G2 Ruffian

ELMONT, N.Y - Blue Devil Racing Stable's Come Dancing will seek a second graded stakes victory, headlining a talented field of five fillies and mares in Sunday's Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian going one mile over the Belmont Park main track.

Trained by third generation conditioner Carlos Martin, the 5-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon won the Grade 3 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct in her most recent start where she went right to the front under jockey Manny Franco and drew off to win by 7 ¾ lengths while recording a 114 Beyer speed figure. The win gave Martin his first triumph in a graded stakes race since Roar Emotion won Pimlico's Grade 2 Black Eyed Susan in 2003.

Come Dancing's victory in the Distaff came off of a four-month layoff. Her prior start was a close second behind five-time graded stakes winner Marley's Freedom in the Grade 3 Go for Wand last December at Aqueduct.

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Saturday, October 21 2017

Brown, Castellano team up with pair of victories on EmpireShowcase Day

$38K Pick 6 carryover on tap Sunday

ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Chad Brown and Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano teamed up Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park for back-to-back wins on Empire Showcase Day, a unique 11-race all-New York-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses.

Peter Brant's Fifty Five got the duo off to a sharp start in the $200,000 Ticonderoga, plying her usual off-the-pace style to win by a length and cover 1 1/16 miles over the inner turf in 1:41.65.

The Get Stormy filly was rated eighth down the backside while the pace was set by Barrel of Dreams who set an opening quarter-mile in 25.17 seconds, and a half in 49.42. Fifty Five was sent along to close along the outside, and after three-quarters was run in 1:12.66, a strong outside charge allowed Fifty Five to take command in the stretch and clear of runner-up Flipcup and third-place finisher Ancient Secret.

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Thursday, October 19 2017

Empire Showcase Day

Empire Showcase Day features return of the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5 and Belmont Park Live

ELMONT, N.Y. - In addition to eight stakes races worth $1.75 million, anchored by the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap, Empire Showcase Day marks the return of both the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5 and Belmont Park Live.

Featuring a mandatory payout on Saturday, the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5 covers the last 5 races of the Empire Showcase Day Card and is exclusively available to NYRA Bets members across the country and to bettors in New York wagering on track or through a simulcast facility. The popular multi race wager begins with Race 7 and the full sequence includes:
• Race 7, $62,000 NY-Bred Allowance for 3 year-olds and up (3:40)
• Race 8, $150,000 Hudson (4:13)
• Race 9, $200,000 Mohawk (4:46)
• Race 10, $250,000 Empire Distaff (5:19)
• Race 11, $60,000 NY-Bred Maiden for fillies and mares (5:52)

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Friday, October 13 2017

New York, New York Pick 4 offered Saturday

ELMONT, N.Y. - Racing fans will have the opportunity to wager on a special thoroughbred/standardbred pick 4 on Saturday, October 14, when the New York Racing Association and Yonkers Raceway join to offer the New York, New York Pick 4.

The Pick 4 wager, hosted by NYRA, is comprised of the $1 Million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino featuring the premier international Standardbred horses in the world along with the Harry Harvey Invitational. Both races will feature 10 horses at the mile-and-a-quarter distance.

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Friday, September 29 2017

Belmont Park Notes 9/29

Maiden runner Presumptuous 'taking a shot' in G1 Beldame
• Oscar Performance paddock schools ahead of G1 Joe Hirsch
• Verve's Tale hoping for two-turn success in Beldame
• Desert Stone set for stakes debut in G3 Pilgrim
• Money'soncharlotte looks to stay perfect this year in Beldame
• NYRA successfully in compliance with updated IRS regulations
• JCGC Day to feature Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

ELMONT, N.Y. - William Clifton's filly Presumptuous, a maiden through 14 starts, will make a significant jump in class in Saturday's Grade 1 $400,000 Beldame. Although the 4-year-old filly by Midnight Lute hasn't visited the winner's circle yet in her career, her affinity for Belmont, and her ability to hit the board with six second place finishes and three thirds gives her and her trainer H. James Bond a chance to prove herself amongst the best.

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Thursday, September 21 2017

Double Pick 6 carryover of $63k Friday at Belmont Park

ELMONT, N.Y. - Horseplayers will be greeted with a two-day Pick 6 carryover of $63,018 for Friday's live racing program at Belmont Park. The multi-race wager begins in Race 4 with an approximate post time of 3:04 p.m.

Thursday's Pick 6 sequence kicked off in race 5 with Classic Covey ($9.80) followed by: Very Very Stella ($16.40), Lady Bergen ($16.60), Hoboe ($7), Hey Jabber Jaw ($17.00) and Jergos Fire ($9) taking the day's finale.

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Thursday, September 14 2017

NYRA announces Belmont-Woodbine Pick 5 for Saturday

Belmont Park Live to cover Grade 2 Sands Point from Belmont Park, G1 Northern Dancer and G2 Canadian from Woodbine

ELMONT, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. announced today a Belmont-Woodbine Pick 5 wager for Woodbine Mile Day this Saturday, September 16.

The multi-race wager will include four graded stakes overall, including the Grade 1, $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, the Grade 2 Canadian and the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf - at Woodbine - as well as the Grade 2, $400,000 Sands Points at Belmont Park.

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Wednesday, September 06 2017

Belmont Park opens Friday with $100K Christiecat

38-day fall championship meet to feature six Breeders' Cup qualifiers

ELMONT, N.Y. - Belmont Park's Fall Championship Meet will feature six Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" qualifiers held over two outstanding weekends of thoroughbred racing. In all, 42 stakes worth more than $10.1 million and fan-friendly activities are among the highlights as live racing returns to downstate New York for Belmont's 38-day meet, which runs from Friday, September 8 through Sunday, October 29.
On Opening Day, Rubilinda headlines a field of 10 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs on the turf on Friday, September 8, for the $100,000 Christiecat, the first of three stakes scheduled for opening weekend.

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Friday, July 07 2017

Belmont Park Notes 7/7

Maturing Seymourdini eyes G1 Forego at the Spa; Matt King Coal ready for Saturday's G2 Suburban
• Unified, Shaman Ghost all set for Stars & Stripes assignments
• Versatile Called To The Bar fully stocked for G1 Belmont Derby
• Apple Betty, Summersault square off in River Memories
• Tumbler giveaway for Stars & Stripes Day

ELMONT, N.Y. - Iris Smith's Seymourdini is doing well after his impressive victory in Monday's State Dinner at Belmont Park, trainer Linda Rice said.

The son of Bernardini, who was purchased at auction as a 2-year-old for $900,000, won by an impressive 10 ½ lengths to improve to 3-for-3 in his 4-year-old campaign, including back-to-back wins against allowance company at Laurel Park.

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