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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Saturday, October 22 2016

Empire Distaff (NYB) Quotes

John Kimmel, winning trainer of Bar of Gold (No. 1): "We always had a question about her distance capabilities. I got to thinking more and more about it; trying to get this filly off the pace and giving her a chance to settle was always what I've been targeting for her."

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Mohawk (NYB) Quotes

Thomas Morley, winning trainer of Brother O'Connell (No. 5): "I had a feeling he could handle it, but I didn't think I could beat Ralph Nicks' horse [Tapitation, No. 8]. Johnny [Velazquez] gave him an absolute peach of a ride. He never let them get a breather in next to him. On the backside, he gave the horse half a moment just to catch his breath. As soon as Tapitation came to him, I didn't think he'd get by. It's a testament to our horse. He's come a long way this year."

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Friday, October 21 2016

Empire Showcase Day & Taste NY celebrate New York State at Belmont Park

ELMONT, N.Y. - The spotlight will again shine on the Empire State this Saturday, with eight stakes races worth $1.75 million in purses exclusively for New York-breds, along with a host of fall-themed activities and a special giveaway for Empire Showcase Day.

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Saturday, October 15 2016

Theory in practice with G3 Futurity victory

ELMONT, N.Y. - WinStar Farm and China Horse Club's Theory proved he was back in full force Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, posting a 3 ½-length victory in the 126th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Futurity for 2-year-olds at six furlongs.

Settling in second early under Javier Castellano, Theory tracked an early pace set by Moves Like Ali, who led the field of five through an opening quarter-mile in 22.62 seconds and the half in 45.35. The Todd Pletcher-trained Theory drew alongside the leader in the middle of the turn and shook clear at the eighth pole to secure his first stakes victory.

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Thursday, October 13 2016

Cherry Lodge looks to move forward in G3 Matron

ELMONT, N.Y. - Gainesway Stables' Cherry Lodge will headline a field of five in the 110th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Matron for juvenile fillies at six furlongs on Sunday at Belmont Park.

A $450,000 yearling purchase in the 2015 Keeneland September sales, the daughter of Bernardini made her debut on August 7 at Saratoga in which she bested nine rivals and picked up a field-high 89 Beyer Speed Figure. As the odds-on favorite in the Grade 1 Spinaway on September 3, she encountered trouble at the break and raced to finish 5 ¾ lengths back in third.

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Saturday, October 08 2016

Belmont Park’s G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup is the land of Hoppertunity

ELMONT, N.Y. - Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is insanity, so instead of having Hoppertunity chase the mighty California Chrome yet again, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert gave the hard-knocking veteran a change of scenery, and he responded with a determined effort to beat favored Effinex in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup.

In winning the Gold Cup - the zenith of a seven-stakes program on Super Saturday at the fall meet, Hoppertunity earned $600,000 for an ownership group headed by Mike Pegram, as well as an all-fees-paid berth in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He joined River Keen (1999) as Baffert's second Gold Cup winner. Hoppertunity is now 6-6-4 from 22 starts, with earnings of over $3.5 million.

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Practical Joke picks off Syndergaard to win G1 Champagne

ELMONT, N.Y. - Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Practical Joke was all business as rain began to fall Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, getting his nose down at the wire to upset 9-5 favorite Syndergaard with a neck victory in the 145th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne for 2-year-olds

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Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational

Pure Sensation nothing but one in Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational

ELMONT, N.Y. - Pure Sensation tracked Power Alert through blistering early fractions and caught the pacesetter right at the wire to win the inaugural running of the $150,000 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.

Hugging the rail under Kendrick Carmouche as Power Alert zipped through an opening quarter-mile in 21.86 seconds and a half in 44.49, Pure Sensation took aim on the front-runner once straightened for home. Digging in gamely, Power Alert refused to give way but Pure Sensation p
revailed after a stretch-long battle to win by a head.

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G1 Flower Bowl - Lady Eli

Second time the charm for Lady Eli as she returns to winner's circle in G1 Flower Bowl

ELMONT, N.Y. - Making her second start after more than a year away from the races, Lady Eli returned to the winner's circle in the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.

The 4-year-old filly, who is owned by Sheep Pond Partners, was greeted with hearty applause following her three-quarter-length win over pacesetter Sentiero Italia in the 1 1/4-mile turf race. It was Lady Eli's first victory since capturing the Belmont Oaks Invitational in July 2015 at Belmont Park.

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