Friday, October 11 2013


Belmont Park Notes Friday, October 11


• Palace entering Hudson in top form; Hear the Footsteps, Miss Narcissist to also represent Rice barn on Showcase Day
• 2012 Hudson winner Mine Over Matter to be joined by stablemate B Shanny in title defense attempt
• Kimmel hoping fortunes change for Lady's Lunar Luck in Ticonderoga





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Sunday, October 06 2013


Miss Grillo (G3) Quotes


Chad Brown, winning trainer of Testa Rossi (No. 8) and fourth-place finisher Granny Mc's Kitten (No. 9): "You never know until you run them. Her works were good - they weren't great - but you know what? She's a good- looking horse, she's got good form and every week she seems to be improving. The idea was to go ahead and enter her, knowing she's on the improve. I wasn't concerned about the extra distance. I have a bunch of these fillies and I picked the two I thought would give me the best chance to win, and she was one of them."





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Pilgrim (G3) Quotes


Chad Brown, winning trainer of Bobby's Kitten (No. 5) and of runner-up Shadow Banking (No. 4): "Second time out, we learned [Bobby's Kitten] was capable of leaving early and finishing. He has speed and can carry it, which makes him dangerous. Javier [Castellano] came out and worked him the other day and really liked the horse and accepted the mount on him. He said, 'I want to go out. I'm not going to worry what anybody else is doing. I'm going to ride my race. I'm real confident.' He rode that way."





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Foxwoods Champagne (G1) quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Havana (No. 3): "Anytime you go from 5 ½ [furlongs] to a mile and do it against the type of horses he was in with today, it's always a concern. We did a similar thing with Uncle Mo, the difference being that was six [furlongs] to a mile. I think it takes a pretty special horse to do it. I'm proud of his efforts today. We knew we were asking him a lot, but we were doing it because we liked him a lot."





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Frizette (G1) quotes


Mike Hushion, winning trainer of Artemis Agrotera (No. 2): "I said [to jockey Jose Lezcano], 'Be careful she just doesn't run off the first part of it.' If he tapped her once on the shoulder, she'd be gone, and he didn't."





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Friday, October 04 2013


Belmont Park Notes Friday, October 4


• Admiral Kitten tries to continue strong year for 'The Franchise' in G1 Jamaica
• Coronel hoping 'Marvin' continues progress in G3 Pilgrim
• Donk shooting for the moon with Selenite in G3 Miss Grillo
• Bush counting on Morethanawarning to fire best shot in Miss Grillo
• Teen Pauline to remain on the turf for the Pebbles
• Boisterous aiming for third straight G3 Knickerbocker victory; Samitar looks to remain unbeaten at Belmont in G3 Athenia; 3-year-old fillies to compete in Pebbles





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Brown well-represented in Sunday’s G3 Pilgrim and Miss Grillo


ELMONT, N.Y. - A stakes winner, a European import with a three-race win streak and a pair of promising colts comprise a strong hand for trainer Chad Brown, who saddles the favorites in Sunday's duo of 1 1/16-mile turf races for juveniles at Belmont Park, the Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim and the Grade 3, $200,000 Miss Grillo for fillies.





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Thursday, October 03 2013


Admiral Kitten tries to keep large Jamaica field at bay


ELMONT, N.Y. - Admiral Kitten will take on familiar foes Stormy Len, Jack Milton, and War Dancer when he aims for his second Grade 1 win in the $500,000 Jamaica Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park.





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Wednesday, October 02 2013


Sweet Reason seeks another Grade 1 in Frizette


ELMONT, N.Y. - Sweet Reason, a dominant winner of Saratoga Race Course's Spinaway, will attempt to land another Grade 1 when she faces a competitive field of 2-year-old fillies in the $500,000 Frizette on Saturday at Belmont Park.

The one-mile Frizette is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race in the Juvenile Fillies Division and is one of three Grade 1 races on Saturday's card.





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Pletcher, Hall of Famers square off in G1 Foxwoods Champagne


ELMONT, N.Y. - With four victories in the past nine editions of the Grade 1, $500,000 Foxwoods Champagne, including two of the last three, trainer Todd Pletcher has been a dominant force in the most prestigious race for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park.





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Wednesday, September 25 2013


Flat Out seeks to make history in G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational


ELMONT, N.Y. - On October 20, 1962, Kelso became the first - and so far only - horse in history to win three straight editions of the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational. On Saturday at Belmont Park, the 7-year-old Flat Out will try to join Kelso as he goes for a third consecutive Gold Cup against one of the most formidable fields ever assembled for the Grade 1, $1 million race.





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Royal Delta faces Princess of Sylmar in Grade 1 Beldame


ELMONT, N.Y. - The two leading female stars of racing, both streaking toward divisional championships, will collide Saturday when Royal Delta takes on Princess of Sylmar in the 74th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Invitational at Belmont Park.





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