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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Wednesday, July 05 2017

Strong field takes shape for G1 Belmont Derby Invitational

ELMONT, N.Y. - A field of 11 will go to the gate for a strongly competitive edition of the Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational at 1¼ miles on the inner turf as the main event on Saturday's Stars & Stripes Racing Festival program at Belmont Park.

Amerman Racing's Oscar Performance will look for his second straight victory after a 1 ½-length win in the 1 1/8-mile Grade 3 Pennine Ridge on June 3. The Kitten's Joy ridgling worked 59.95 seconds over the firm Widener turf course on Sunday morning in his final preparation for Saturday's Derby. Trainer Brian Lynch said he's confident his speedy colt will give a good display of his talent this Saturday.

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Friday, November 18 2016

Double Pick 6 carryover of $33K Saturday at the Big A

ELMONT, N.Y. - Horseplayers will be greeted with a two-day Pick 6 carryover of $33,779 into Aqueduct Racetrack's live racing program on Saturday.

Buckwellspent (No. 7, $6.40) kicked off the day's Pick 6 as the lone winning favorite in the sequence in Race 4, and was promptly followed by a trio of longshot victors: My Good Venezuela (Race 5; No. 5, $22.60), Catcher in the Sky (Race 6; No. 3, $21.80), and ##### Willow (Race 7; No. 10, $28.80).

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Wednesday, October 26 2016

Economic Model looks to find winning formula in Saturday’s G3 Bold Ruler

ELMONT, N.Y. - Economic Model will look for his first graded stakes win after a pair of runner-up finishes, headlining a 13-horse field in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler for 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs on Belmont Park's main track.

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