Saturday, October 01 2016


Joking all business in winning G1 Vosburgh


ELMONT, N.Y. - Joking captured the $350,000 Vosburgh on Saturday at Belmont Park to record his first Grade 1 victory and in the process earned an all-fees-paid trip to the Breeders' Cup Sprint as part of the "Win and You're In" challenge series.

Owned and trained by Charlton Baker, the 7-year-old bay gelding won for the fourth consecutive time.





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Ectot upsets Flintshire in G1 Joe Hirsch


ELMONT, N.Y. - Over a turf course listed as yielding, Ectot earned his first victory in North America and an automatic berth to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita by upsetting 1-5 favorite Flintshire in the Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Breaking from the rail with Jose Ortiz aboard, Ectot went straight to the lead and set modest fractions of 49.85 seconds for the opening half-mile with three-quarters in 1:15.03. The 5-year-old British-bred son of Hurricane Run continued to lead as heavily favored Flintshire trailed early.





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Friday, September 30 2016


Juvenile New York-bred stakes on tap Sunday at Belmont


ELMONT, N.Y. - A pair of juvenile stakes for New York-breds are on tap Sunday at Belmont Park with $150,000 Bertram Bongard and $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma for fillies, at seven furlongs on the dirt.

Entering the Bongard from the barn of trainer Chad Brown is impressive maiden winner Mirai. Owned by Robert LaPenta and Madaket Stables, the Trappe Shot colt won his won his debut by 3 ½ lengths going six furlongs on August 18 at Saratoga Race Course.





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Thursday, September 29 2016


Flintshire faces few foes in G1 Joe Hirsch


ELMONT, N.Y. - Undefeated since being transferred to the care of trainer Chad Brown, Juddmonte Farms' multiple graded stakes winning turf specialist Flintshire will face three rivals as he goes in search of his fourth consecutive victory headlining Saturday's $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park.

The Joe Hirsch will be run as race 6 on a star-studded card that includes four additional stakes - the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame, the Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh, the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim. The Joe Hirsch serves as a "Win and You're In" race with an all-fees paid entry to next month's Breeders' Cup Turf Division at Santa Anita Park.





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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

ELMONT, N.Y.
- 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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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."





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