Thursday, July 07 2016
Catch a Glimpse looks to extend streak in Saturday’s G1 Belmont Oaks
ELMONT, N.Y. - Catch a Glimpse will put her seven-race winning streak on the line as the 2015 Sovereign Award Horse of the Year highlights a talented 13-entry field in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational on Saturday as part of the Stars & Stripes Festival at Belmont Park.
The Oaks, held over 1 1/4 miles on the inner turf, is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" qualifier to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf in November at Santa Anita Park.
Second season for sophomores starts in Saturday’s $500K Dwyer
ELMONT, N.Y. - Eight 3-year-olds will step into the starting gate on Saturday at Belmont Park hoping to kick-start the second half of the season with a standout performance in the Grade 3, $500,000 Dwyer on Stars & Stripes Day.
The one-mile Dwyer is one of six graded stakes on the card, which is highlighted by the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational for 3-year-old turf horses and the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational for 3-year-old turf fillies, both at 1 ¼ miles. Also Saturday are the 130th running of the venerable Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap and a pair of Grade 3 races: the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship for 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs and the $150,000 Victory Ride for 3-year-old fillies going 6 ½ furlongs.
Sunday, July 03 2016
Off the Tracks prevails in G1 Mother Goose
My Sweet Girl upsets Perfect Sting
ELMONT, N.Y. - Newton Anner Stud and J Stable's Off the Tracks proved right on target Saturday afternoon, drawing clear by 3 ½ lengths to score the first Grade 1 of her career in the $300,000 Mother Goose for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
With Mom's On Strike to her outside, Off the Tracks set a sharp early pace with Jose Ortiz aboard as the pair swept through an opening quarter-mile in 22.79 seconds, a half in 45.53 and three-quarters in 1:09.62. As the field entered the stretch, the Curlin filly denied a bid from Lewis Bay, who saved ground after bumping with 9-5 favorite Rachel's Valentina soon after the break, to complete the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.01. Lightstream launched a late rally to finish third, a length behind Lewis Bay.
The Mother Goose (G1) Quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Off the Tracks (No. 2) and fifth-place finisher and beaten favorite Rachel's Valentina (No. 6): "[We're] just trying to figure out how we thought the race would unfold. We weren't positive what a couple horses would do but we felt that if she [Off the Tracks] got a clean break there was a decent chance that she would be on the lead, so that was plan A with her. Even though the fractions were very fast, the track seems to be playing pretty fast today, so I was a little concerned going as fast as they were, but she seemed to be doing it comfortably and in good rhythm. I was happy to see her have something left to finish."
Thursday, June 23 2016
Belmont Park Notes 6/23
• Multiple G2 winner Mohaymen returns to worktab Thursday
• Swipe back in action in Sunday allowance; Exaggerator 'back on the muscle'
• Donk enjoying good run
• Fields set for pair of Sunday's NYSS races
ELMONT, N.Y. - Shadwell Stable's multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen returned to the worktab Thursday morning with a three-furlong breeze at the Greentree Training Facility adjacent to Saratoga Race Course.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the 3-year-old Tapit colt was caught in 36.40 seconds over the all-weather surface in his first timed breeze since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby May 7.
Saturday, June 11 2016
Frosted sizzles in dominant win in the G1 Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap
ELMONT, N.Y. - Frosted, the runner-up to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes one year ago, returned to Belmont Park Saturday with a triumphant performance to capture the 123rd edition of the Grade 1, $1.25 Million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap with absolute authority.
With Joel Rosario aboard, Godolphin's homebred Frosted took command at the head of the stretch and drew off from the rest of the top flight field of 10 horses aged 3 and older while Rosario sat chilly in the irons. Frosted left his competition completely out in the cold as he powered through the lane while Rosario had the 4-year-old son of Tapit under wraps.
Woodford Reserve Manhattan (G1) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Flintshire (No. 10):
"He ran to his works. Like I said all month, he was sent to me in outstanding condition. We're just trying to get him into our program, make sure he adapts okay and he doesn't change for the worse, which he hasn't."
"He showed the ability to cut back to a mile and a quarter with a good turn of foot today."
The Longines Just a Game (G1) Quotes
Bill Mott, winning trainer of Celestine (No. 8) along with fourth-place Lady Lara (No. 13) and 13th-place My Miss Sophia (No. 5): "This was a very impressive. She's [Celestine] gotten better as time goes on. She just drew away from a very good field. She's pretty fast. She tracked that filly today. She's rating well. She was very comfortable where she was in the race. I thought my other filly, My Miss Sophia, was in good shape and Lady Lara (in foal to Uncle Mo) was a little wide up on the outside and was fourth where she finished."
The Woody Stephens (G2) Quotes
Dallas Stewart, winning trainer of Tom's Ready (No. 9): "That was a great ride, wasn't it? The way he [ jockey Joel Rosario] rode this horse, was like an [Angel] Cordero ride. He came running. I took a shot taking the blinkers off because he looks around. I took them off for his work and he worked good. It's like Wayne Lukas always taught us; don't be afraid to take a shot. Make a change sometimes and see what happens."
The Ogden Phipps (G1) Quotes
Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Cavorting (No. 4): "Her pedigree indicated that she wanted to go further. Being by Bernardini, her third start we tried the Frizette, but it was a funny racetrack that day a little wet. The jockey did a great job. One turn is great and we're real happy to win the Phipps two years in a row. Sorry Dinny [Phipps] isn't here with us but it was a great win."
The Easy Goer Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Economic Model (No. 5): "We've always liked this horse a lot. His race at Tampa was just so disappointing, but it is becoming clear now it was just the track over there. I've never lost confidence in this horse stretching out as well. He's always acted like a horse who wants to run further. We'll stretch him out from here."
Friday, June 10 2016
Da Big Hoss breaks seven figures with Belmont Gold Cup victory
ELMONT, N.Y. - Picked up at the claims box for a bargain tag of $50,000 less than a year ago by Skaychai Racing and trainer Mike Maker, Da Big Hoss became thoroughbred racing's newest millionaire Friday at Belmont Park with a 1 1/2-length victory on the Widener turf course in the $300,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational.