Thursday, October 08 2015

Mr Speaker and Legendary square off again in G3 Knickerbocker

ELMONT, N.Y. - Drawing a talented field of 11 runners headlined by defending champion Legendary and multiple graded stakes winner Mr Speaker, Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf at Belmont Park will look to establish some order in the older turf horse division on the East coast.

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Saturday, October 03 2015

Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) Quotes

Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Tonalist (No. 6): "We're back here, we won this race a year ago and it's great. I thought that even when he got beat this year, he never ran a bad race. He's a top class horse. We're back on top. I'm delighted for Mr. Evans. Obviously, he believed in us all along. And mostly I'm delighted for the horse, I've never lost my faith in the horse. I never thought he was disappointing, he was a bit unlucky for the year, but the way he won today was very impressive. I was very happy with the way Tonalist was travelling. He always looked very comfortable. I thought that at any stage of the race, he could've taken them on. He's back to what I always believed. He's a top class horse. It's a wonderful race, it's great to win it two years in a row. Every start this year, I wouldn't have traded my position with anyone else, even when we got beat. People forget about him, but I never forgot about him."

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Champagne (G1) Quotes

Dominick Schettino, winning trainer of Greenpointcrusader (No. 2): "He was training good up to the race. His first two races, even though he won, he had tight trips down inside. We talked about the track, being inside, I basically left it up to Joe. He got a little shuffled back at the break and the rest was up to Joe."

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Frizette (G1) Quotes

Steve Asmussen, winning trainer of Nickname (No. 5): "Alex Solis and Jason Litt purchased this filly as a yearling. I met with them this winter in Ocala during the sales about the possibility of getting to train for [Larry, Nancy and Jamie Roth]. We went out and looked at the 2-year-olds that they had. When this filly walked out of the barn, it was hard to believe she was one of the 2-year-olds. She just had that look and that feel about her from that moment. For things to come together so nice for our stable, the Roths, Alex and Jason - from thinking and looking at her and hoping to being in the position we are today, a Grade 1 winner of a race of the caliber of the Frizette, is wonderful. In the paddock, she looked like she ran.[Assistant] Toby [Sheets] has done a wonderful job with her. She's a beautiful mare who just ran a very good race. For her to go from three-quarters [to a mile] I definitely was concerned about the off going, mainly because of how big she is. That's a lot of weight to get through the mud. She looked so good coming into the stretch; very professional. I'm extremely proud of her."

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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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