Sunday, September 25 2016
Belmont Park Notes, Sunday, September 25
• Brown's fleet preps for "super" Saturdays; Connect in good form following upset victory in Pennsylvania Derby
• Pletcher readying Ectot, J.S. Choice, Off the Tracks, Theory, Nonna Mela, Cherry Lodge, Syndergaard, et al for upcoming stakes engagements
• Effinex and Shaman Ghost on schedule for G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup
• Clement readies pair for G3 Pilgrim
- Less than 12 hours after Mrs McDougal and Zindaya finished 1-2 in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel and Connect upset the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing, trainer Chad Brown was back supervising his fleet of contenders for two upcoming "Super" Saturdays at Belmont Park, led by Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational heavyweight Flintshire and Grade 1 Flower Bowl invitee Lady Eli.
Mrs McDougal goes gate-to-wire to win G3 Noble Damsel
ELMONT, N.Y. - Mrs McDougal started strong and held off all challengers in the seven-horse field for a gate-to-wire victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Breaking from post 5 under Irad Ortiz, Jr., the Chad Brown-trained daughter of Medaglia d'Oro set fractions of 24.42, 48.64 and 1:12.27 before holding off stablemate Zindaya in the stretch to win by two lengths. She completed the mile on the Widener turf in 1:34.99 for her second career stakes win and first since the 2015 Grade 2 Lake George.
Thursday, September 22 2016
Double Pick 6 carryover of $106K on tap Friday at Belmont Park
ELMONT, N.Y. - The Pick 6 eluded bettors for the second consecutive day on Thursday at Belmont, triggering a two-day carryover of $106,527 into Friday's card.
Thursday's Pick-6 began with Sweetrayofshine's ($5.90) win in Race 5, followed by 43-1 longshot American Mink ($89.50) upsetting race 6. Bonita Bianca ($23.80) won race 7, Danilovna ($13.80) was victorious in Race 8, Diversify ($7.50) captured race 9 and Twisted Tom's victory in Race 9 closed out the day.
A consolation prize to bettors with five of six winners returned $4,052.
Wednesday, September 21 2016
Mrs McDougal looks for another graded stakes win in G2 Noble Damsel
ELMONT, N.Y. - Mrs McDougal will look to add a second graded stakes victory to her ledger as she headlines a field of eight fillies and mares 3-years-old and up in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel at Belmont Park.
A 4-year-old, Mrs McDougal will gain class relief after back-to-back Grade 1 starts for trainer Chad Brown. The Medaglia d'Oro bay filly came in third in her last Belmont start, finishing 4 ¾-lengths behind winner Celestine and a length behind Recepta in the Longines Just a Game on June 11.
Saturday, September 17 2016
A family affair: On Leave makes the grade in G2 Sands Point
ELMONT, N.Y. - Stuart Janney III's homebred On Leave kept her 2016 record intact with a 2 ¾-length front-running victory against 3-year-old fillies on the turf in Saturday's featured race, the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point at Belmont Park.
On Leave broke alertly under jockey Jose Ortiz and led the field of seven through a tepid pace, covering the opening quarter-mile in 24.94 seconds and the half in 49.86. Pursued closest by Elysea's World and Diamond Fields, the gray daughter of War Front held her rivals at bay as the field turned for home, cutting the corner and drawing off in the stretch to complete the 1 1/8-mile route on the firm inner turf in 1:47.82.
Friday, September 16 2016
On Leave looks to go four in a row in G2 Sands Point
ELMONT, N.Y. - Stuart Janney III's homebred On Leave will look to extend her win streak to four when she makes her graded stakes debut in the 22nd running of the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point on Saturday at Belmont Park.
A 3-year-old half-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Ironicus, On Leave has been perfect in three starts this year for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey since returning from an eight-month layoff this spring. The gray daughter of War Front broke her maiden by two lengths in her sophomore debut at Belmont in June and returned to post a three-quarter-length victory against optional claimers the following month.
Monday, September 12 2016
Conquest Enforcer vanquishes field in Allied Forces
ELMONT, N.Y. - Conquest Enforcer took the lead coming out of the turn and put in a strong finish to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths in Sunday's $100,000 Allied Forces for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.
Trained by Mark Casse, Conquest Enforcer left from the outside as the 3-5 favorite and stayed just off Too Discreet's fractions of 23:00 and 46.13 seconds before taking the lead once straightened for home.
Sunday, September 11 2016
Seattle Slew Quotes
Byron Hughes, assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher, of Comfort (No. 1): "It was very close. [The ] track's been a little quick today. Johnny did a great job of saving ground, swung him wide, and the horse got up just in time. I knew our horse would come running; he's been very consistent. He's run well on every track he's run on, is 3-for-3 here too. The Jockey Club Gold Cup [Grade 1, October 8] would seem to be very high on the radar. We'll see how he comes back and go from there."
Saturday, July 09 2016
Belmont Park Notes 7/8
Belmont Park Notes
• Songbird confirmed for G1 Coaching Club American Oaks
• Strike Charmer set to work Sunday in preparation for G1 Diana
• 'Outside chance' Tepin could make Spa appearance
• G2 Jim Dandy-bound Mohaymen breezes over Saratoga main track
ELMONT, N.Y. - Fox Hill Farm's Songbird will soon be heading to Saratoga Race Course, now that the undefeated star filly has been confirmed to target the Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday, July 24.
Thursday, July 07 2016
Camelot Kitten leads U.S. contenders in G1 Belmont Derby
ELMONT, N.Y. - Now in its third edition, the Stars & Stripes Festival will once again be anchored by the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational on Saturday at Belmont Park. Slated as the eighth race on the 11-race card, the 1 ¼-mile inner turf route has drawn a highly competitive, international field of 13 sophomore colts.
The American contingent will be led by a talented trio from trainer Chad Brown, who will send Beach Patrol, Call Provision and Grade 3 Pennine Ridge winner Camelot Kitten. Owned and bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Camelot Kitten has gone two-for-two in graded stakes since adding blinkers, winning the Grade 2 American Turf by a head over Beach Patrol on May 7 at Churchill Downs before turning in a neck victory in the Pennine Ridge June 4 at Belmont.
G1 Coaching Club American Oaks
G1 Coaching Club American Oaks purse will increase to $500,000, contingent on Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Champion Songbird starting in race
- The New York Racing Association announced today the total purse for the 99th running of the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 24 at Saratoga Race Course will be increased to $500,000 from $300,000 contingent upon 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird starting in the race.
Should the undefeated and reigning Champion 2-year-old Filly run in the 1 1/8-mile Coaching Club American Oaks, the winner's award would be raised to $300,000 from the current guarantee of $180,000. The sliding scale of awards would increase for the remainder of the field, with $100,000 awarded for second place, $50,000 to third, $25,000 to fourth, $15,000 to fifth place and $10,000 divided equally among the remaining finishers.
Effinex looks to repeat in G2 Suburban
ELMONT, N.Y - Following a disappointing sixth-place finish last out in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 18 at Churchill Downs, Tri-Bone Stables Effinex will look to rebound and defend his title in the Grade 2, $500,000 Surburban Handicap for 4-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on Stars & Stripes Saturday at Belmont Park.
A 5-year-old son of Mineshaft, Effinex used his victory in last year's Suburban to launch a fall campaign that included a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland and a victory in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs last November. In three starts this year, he was third in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and followed with an impressive win in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap on April 16 before the Stephen Foster.