Saturday, October 03 2015

Kelso Handicap (G2) Quotes

Peter Miller, winning trainer of Appealing Tale, via telephone (No. 1): "He broke slow, and kind of had to rush up. It wasn't what I was hoping for but once he established himself on the lead he really just ran a great race. Really a super ride from Joe [Talamo] and this win is a credit to our whole team. Stephanie Quarter, my assistant over there, did a great job deputizing. We are all elated. [It's] on to the Breeders' Cup next. We'll cross enter in the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Breeders' Cup [Dirt] Mile but we'll probably lean more on entering in the [Dirt] Mile."

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Thursday, October 01 2015

Hopeful winner Ralis returns, looks for G1 repeat in Champagne

ELMONT. N.Y. - With his first cross-country trip having turned out so well, Hopeful winner Ralis has returned to New York in hopes of a Grade 1 repeat when he faces a field of eight other 2-year-olds in the $500,000 Champagne on "Super Saturday" at Belmont Park.

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She’s All Ready set for big test in G1 Frizette

ELMONT, N.Y. - New York-bred She's All Ready will look to keep her perfect record intact and punch her ticket to the Breeders' Cup when she contests the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette on Saturday at Belmont Park.

The Frizette, run at a mile on the main track for 2-year-old fillies, is a 'Win and You're In' qualifier to the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and shares the spotlight on Saturday with five other graded stakes worth a total of $3 million.

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Honor Code cuts back, hopes to move forward in G2 Kelso

ELMONT, N.Y. - With sensational back-to-back Grade 1 victories on the NYRA circuit in the Metropolitan Handicap and Whitney, Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's multiple graded stakes winner Honor Code will headline a field of seven in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on Saturday at Belmont Park.

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Saturday, September 26 2015

Joe HirschTurf Classic (G1) Quotes

Chad Brown, winning trainer of Big Blue Kitten (No. 3), runner-up Slumber (No. 5) and fifth-place finisher Shining Copper (No. 7): "I thought they both [Big Blue Kitten and Slumber] ran terrific. Today, Big Blue Kitten got the better of Slumber at a mile and a half. I'm proud of both horses. The race pretty much went the way I expected. Shining Copper has run admirably all summer as the pacemaker for us; nearly won a couple of Grade 1s. I didn't want to deter from our plan of him being the pacemaker, and we stuck with that plan. He did his job and set up the race for Big Blue Kitten and his stablemate. Maybe with 70 yards to go, I was a little concerned, but he had enough. Very impressive effort today."

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Vosburgh (G1) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Rock Fall (No. 7): "He's blessed with a lot of natural talent but to go along with that he's got a lot of fight, which is great. There are a lot of similarities between him and his sire [Speightstown] and the way they train. You wouldn't necessarily know they're as good as they are. Watching in the mornings, he can be a little idle, but you just have confidence that come game time he'll show up. He takes care of himself well. I was a little worried, I didn't quite overdo it with training coming into this race. I wanted to get this one and still have something for the Breeders' Cup, so I was hoping I didn't cut it too close and he pulled it out. It's a fine line between running well in the prep and hoping you have something left for the Breeders' Cup. He's been winning races since March and seven in row so we just want to continue ticking over."

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‘Surprises’ abound in talented Bongard, Gimma fields

ELMONT, N.Y. - New York-bred 2-year-olds will take the stage at Belmont Park in a pair of stakes races on Sunday, the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard and $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma for fillies, supporting the day's feature race, the Grade 3, $200,000 Miss Grillo, and demonstrating that there is no shortage of homegrown talent in this year's crop of juveniles from the Empire State.

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Pilgrim (G3) Quotes

Matthew Schera, winning owner of Isotherm (No. 5): "We bought him in the Keeneland September sale last year. We all loved him. Everyone can see he's one of the prettier horses around. I kept telling everyone that he trains better than he ran last time, but he still won so we kind of expected something more today and it looks like he came out and he did it. We even think he likes the dirt too, so we'll see down the road for that. As long as he comes out good and he's healthy, we'll go to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf."

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Gallant Bloom Handicap (G2) Quotes

Linda Rice, winning trainer of La Verdad (No. 2): "I think she needed the race. She's been carrying a little extra weight with having had that issue at Saratoga. We missed a little training. I thought she broke just a tip flat-footed today. She's usually much quicker away from there, but she hadn't run in a while. I've had to work hard to get her here and we lost some time, but I think this race will do her a lot of good. She'll move forward and will be harder to beat next time."

Jose Ortiz, winning jockey aboard La Verdad (No. 2): "She broke well. She took the lead easy. I had a little pressure from the outside, but after that she settled down and she was fine."

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Beldame (G1) Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Wedding Toast (No. 2): "[The layoff was] not much of a concern if you saw her worktab. Last week, she worked three-quarters [of a mile] in 12, so she's been fit. She just had a little foot issue and we had to skip the [Grade 1] Personal Ensign [at Saratoga] and then, thinking about it, we thought this was a better spot anyway because she loves the one turn. As good form as she's in, she'll be able to handle two turns [in the Breeders' Cup Distaff]. She's won at two turns. But this race was here and it's a Grade 1, so it worked out well. I don't say it very often, but I asked him [Jose Lezcano] not to give her a hard race if he didn't have to because she looked that good on paper. We have a big race in five weeks. Couldn't have asked for better, it really went perfect."

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Thursday, September 24 2015

Belmont Park Notes - Thursday, September 24

• Enduring Twilight Eclipse targets G1 Turf Classic
• McLaughlin fires with a pair of first-out winners
• Perfect Title seeks graded stakes score in Turf Classic
• Bob Le Beau wins G1 Lonesome Glory 'Chase, Overwhelming takes Entenmann

ELMONT, N.Y. - Since the summer of his 2-year-old year, West Point Thoroughbreds' Twilight Eclipse has been the enduring star of trainer Tom Albertrani's barn. Now 6, the Purim gelding will make his 28th career start in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.

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Wedding Toast returns in G1 Beldame

ELMONT, N.Y. - Godolphin Racing's Wedding Toast, a dominating winner of the Grade 2 Ruffian and the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps this spring, will find herself back amid comfortable surroundings this Saturday at Belmont Park, taking on five rivals for her racing return in the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame.

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