Saturday, September 20 2014


Dramatic run propels Artemis Agrotera to victory in Gallant Bloom


ELMONT, N.Y. - In her four previous wins, Artemis Agrotera had never raced more than 1 ½ lengths off the pace. On Saturday at Belmont Park, the 3-year-old made up a 9 ½-length deficit to win the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap for fillies and mares by a head over La Verdad.





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Belmont Park Notes: September 20


• Zivo, Last Gunfighter, Real Solution, Stephanie's Kitten, and Alterite turn in final TVG Super Saturday breezes for Brown
• Wicked Strong solid in six-furlong work for G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup
• Moreno breezes five furlongs in 1:03.31 in final work before Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup
• Itsmyluckyday tunes up for G2 Kelso with four-furlong work
• Palace breezes in preparation for G1 Vosburgh
• Clement breezes pair of turf mares, Irish Mission and Aigue Marine, in advance of G1 Flower Bowl





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Friday, September 19 2014


Pair of New York-bred juvenile stakes highlight Sunday card


ELMONT, N.Y. - Sunday's card at Belmont Park will be highlighted by a pair of New York-bred juvenile stakes races - the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard and $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma - which will both be contested at seven furlongs on the main track, and serve as a prelude for the Sleepy Hollow and Maid of the Mist, to be run on October 18, Empire Showcase Day.





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Artemis Agrotera hunting for more in G2 Gallant Bloom


ELMONT, N.Y. - Artemis Agrotera, a dominant winner against Grade 1 competition in her most recent start, heads a group of six filly and mare sprinters in the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park.





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Sunday, September 14 2014


Ashley T. Cole (NYB) Quotes


Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Lubash (No. 3): "He's a sound horse and he tries very hard. Junior [Alvarado] has a good relationship with the horse; he knows him inside out. This is fun. This is a very good group of New York-bred turf horses. King Kreesa and Kharafa are always tough."





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Saturday, September 13 2014


Sands Point (G2) Quotes


Cherie DeVaux, assistant to Chad Brown, trainer of winner Ball Dancing (No. 10) and Xcellence (No. 1): "I thought [Ball Dancing] ran great. She settled nicely and made one run. When Joe [Bravo] asked her to run, she quickened. She handled everything perfectly in the race and in the gate."





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V. E. Day, Wicked Strong work for Jockey Club Gold Cup


ELMONT, N.Y. - With an eye on the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup in two weeks, trainer Jimmy Jerkens had V. E. Day and Wicked Strong breeze over the Belmont Park training track on Saturday.





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Noble Damsel (G3) Quotes


Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Annecdote (No. 6): "It really was no surprise because she had been training so well in the morning. She always showed a great turn of foot. She had been training with a friend of mine in England. It's easy when people find you with that kind of horse."





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Thursday, September 11 2014


Daring Dancer, back in top form, returns to Belmont for G2 Sands Point


ELMONT, N.Y. - Daring Dancer, whose lone loss in five starts came at Belmont Park in May, will attempt to pick up her third graded stakes victory when she returns to Belmont for the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point on Saturday.





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Monday, September 08 2014


Real Courage Quotes


Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Za Approval (No. 4): "He had a great race in the [2013] Breeders' Cup Mile, and then came back and had a pretty good race in the Grade 1 [Kilroe Mile]. He was a bit disappointing after that, and I'm not really sure why. I don't think he likes the heat. Today was a bit of a cooler day, and I think he enjoyed that."





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Sky Beauty Quotes


Tom Albertrani, winning trainer of Toasting (No. 4): "I think she prefers the one-turn races. We've been experimenting with her; she won both her races at seven-eighths in the past year, but she can go longer. The plan was to take her back off the speed and I think she does better that way. She does well with this group, but hopefully we can knock one out in a graded stakes with her."





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Sunday, September 07 2014


090714-Yankee Affair Quotes


Byron Hughes, assistant to Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Red Rifle (No. 6): "I think Todd wanted to stretch him out and see if a mile and a half would be best for him, and it all paid off. This race came up just right for him."





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