Saturday, May 09 2015

Man o’ War (G1) Quotes

Tom Albertrani, winning trainer of Twilight Eclipse (No. 4): "It's been very satisfying for everybody that's involved and for his connections to [finally] get that Grade 1. I know we've been beaten in a couple of spots but he shows up every time. I think [in previous races], the horses were just that good; you know you have horses like Main Sequence. Without a horse like [that] in the race, this horse looks like a champion himself, but to his credit he did train really well coming into this race. I thought we would have had a little bit of a harder time, especially with the slow fractions, but he was able to get there."

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Ruffian Handicap (G2) Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Wedding Toast (No. 1a): "The last couple times [jockey Jose Lezcano] was down on the inside and had to ask her early in the race, and they were going fast at seven furlongs. Today, I liked the race shape today and the way he rode her. She's a pretty talented filly.

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Peter Pan (G2) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Madefromlucky (No. 2) and third-place finisher and beaten favorite Two Weeks Off (No. 4): "The Belmont Stakes is something we'd talked about a while back. We felt [Madefromlucky] would keep going and going and going. We wanted to find out where he fit and the Peter Pan has historically been a good prep for the Belmont. He earned his way in if he comes out of this well and trains accordingly."

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Friday, May 08 2015

Palace Malice returns to face stiff competition in Diablo

ELMONT, N.Y. - Having missed last Saturday's Grade 3 Westchester due to a bruised foot, 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice will now make his 2015 debut facing an accomplished field of opponents in Sunday's $100,000 Diablo stakes at Belmont Park.

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Sunday, May 03 2015

Belmont Park Notes: Sunday, May 3

• Tonalist earns career-best 111 Beyer for G3 Westchester win; on target for G1 Met Mile
• Frosted exits Derby fourth-place finish in fine fettle Belmont could be next
• Fields taking shape for Saturday stakes

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Friday, April 24 2015

Belmont Park opens Wednesday, April 29

$10 million Belmont Stakes Racing Festival set for June 4-6

ELMONT, N.Y. - Highlighted by the inaugural Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, encompassing three days of world-class stakes racing including the 147th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park opens on Wednesday, April 29 for its 59-day spring/summer meet with exciting thoroughbred action and a wide-ranging array of special events designed to enhance the guest experience.

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Saturday, October 25 2014

Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) Quotes

David Jacobson, winning trainer of Salutos Amigos (No. 4): "His performance was spectacular; I think we made the right move staying home. Now we're going to make some phone calls and see if we can go to the Breeders' Cup [Sprint]. I don't know if it's still an option, but if it is, we're going to be on a plane Monday to go to California. I was just waiting for a spectacular performance, and we got it."

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Sunday, October 19 2014

Empire Classic Handicap (NYB) Quotes

Jimmy Jerkens, winning trainer of Effinex (No. 5): "Today he ran with [ Wood Memorial winner] Wicked Strong's blinkers, the same little black ones [Punkin Pie winner] Classic Point wore. Since I've gotten him, he's gotten stronger. He ran very well in Saratoga. We didn't have a lot of time to get him ready. We threw a lot of work at him and he handled it and ran very well [second in the Albany]. His last race [third, optional claimer, September 28] was a little bit of a disappointment. I think it had more to do with the track, when you couldn't gain on anyone and horses got discouraged coming from behind. But he's done everything right since then and we figured we'd take a shot. We figured the extra eighth of a mile wouldn't hurt, either."

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Empire Distaff (NYB) Quotes

Mike Hushion, winning trainer of Princess Violet (No. 5): "It was sweet. She relaxed better than ever and when [jockey Jose Ortiz] stepped on the gas, she came on. It was perfect; pretty simple. We didn't really want her on the lead because we were afraid someone would take premature runs at her, so we were glad to have targets. [Ortiz] said she felt better than ever. After today, [two turns] are certainly not out of the question."

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Saturday, October 11 2014

Knickerbocker (G3) Quotes

Niall Saville, winning trainer of Legendary (No. 6): "This is my first graded stakes; this horse won my first stake a month ago [Japan Racing Association Stakes at Parx Racing]. I'm very, very pleased. I was a little nervous with the long stretch here, but they weren't catching him. It's a huge honor to train for Walter Swinburn, and for them to send me a horse like this it's just been great. I'd won at Saratoga Race Course and at Aqueduct Racetrack, but until this year I hadn't gotten it done at Belmont. This race had been the goal."

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Thursday, October 09 2014

Clement to send out three in Athenia

ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Christophe Clement, who has two horses entered in the Grade 3 Knickerbocker on Saturday, will up the ante on Sunday, when he will saddle three horses in a contentious edition of the Grade 3, $200,000 Athenia at Belmont Park.

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‘Belmont/Santa Anita Cross-Country Double’

ARCADIA, Calif.- Santa Anita Park and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) have announced an all-new two dollar wager called the "Belmont/Santa Anita Cross-Country Double," which will link Belmont Park's final race each day to a selected race at Santa Anita and will be available beginning Thursday, Oct. 9.

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