Thursday, September 25 2014
Main Sequence aims for third straight G1 in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
ELMONT, N.Y. - Since arriving in the United States earlier this year, all Main Sequence has done is win Grade 1 races. On Saturday, the English-bred gelding will be favored to make it three in a row in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic for 3-year-olds and up at Belmont Park.
Stopchargingmaria to face elders in G1 Beldame
ELMONT, N.Y. - Sitting on a three-race streak, Stopchargingmaria is familiar with finding her way to the winner's circle. In order to make it four in a row, however, the 3-year-old filly will have to conquer a new challenge.
Itsmyluckyday favored at 4-5 in Kelso Handicap
ELMONT, N.Y. - Since 1984, only three horses have used a one-mile race as a springboard to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic. On TVG Super Saturday at Belmont Park, trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. is counting on the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap to propel Grade 1 Woodward winner Itsmyluckyday into any one of three races, among them the 1 ¼-mile Classic at Santa Anita Park on November 1.
Travers top 3 take on elders in G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup
ELMONT, N.Y. - The top three finishers of the Grade 1 Travers will face older horses, including Grade 1 Whitney winner Moreno, on Saturday in the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
Saturday, September 20 2014
Dramatic run propels Artemis Agrotera to victory in Gallant Bloom
ELMONT, N.Y. - In her four previous wins, Artemis Agrotera had never raced more than 1 ½ lengths off the pace. On Saturday at Belmont Park, the 3-year-old made up a 9 ½-length deficit to win the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap for fillies and mares by a head over La Verdad.
Belmont Park Notes: September 20
• Zivo, Last Gunfighter, Real Solution, Stephanie's Kitten, and Alterite turn in final TVG Super Saturday breezes for Brown
• Wicked Strong solid in six-furlong work for G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup
• Moreno breezes five furlongs in 1:03.31 in final work before Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup
• Itsmyluckyday tunes up for G2 Kelso with four-furlong work
• Palace breezes in preparation for G1 Vosburgh
• Clement breezes pair of turf mares, Irish Mission and Aigue Marine, in advance of G1 Flower Bowl
Friday, September 19 2014
Pair of New York-bred juvenile stakes highlight Sunday card
ELMONT, N.Y. - Sunday's card at Belmont Park will be highlighted by a pair of New York-bred juvenile stakes races - the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard and $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma - which will both be contested at seven furlongs on the main track, and serve as a prelude for the Sleepy Hollow and Maid of the Mist, to be run on October 18, Empire Showcase Day.
Artemis Agrotera hunting for more in G2 Gallant Bloom
ELMONT, N.Y. - Artemis Agrotera, a dominant winner against Grade 1 competition in her most recent start, heads a group of six filly and mare sprinters in the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Sunday, September 14 2014
Ashley T. Cole (NYB) Quotes
Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Lubash (No. 3): "He's a sound horse and he tries very hard. Junior [Alvarado] has a good relationship with the horse; he knows him inside out. This is fun. This is a very good group of New York-bred turf horses. King Kreesa and Kharafa are always tough."
Saturday, September 13 2014
Sands Point (G2) Quotes
Cherie DeVaux, assistant to Chad Brown, trainer of winner Ball Dancing (No. 10) and Xcellence (No. 1): "I thought [Ball Dancing] ran great. She settled nicely and made one run. When Joe [Bravo] asked her to run, she quickened. She handled everything perfectly in the race and in the gate."
V. E. Day, Wicked Strong work for Jockey Club Gold Cup
ELMONT, N.Y. - With an eye on the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup in two weeks, trainer Jimmy Jerkens had V. E. Day and Wicked Strong breeze over the Belmont Park training track on Saturday.
Noble Damsel (G3) Quotes
Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Annecdote (No. 6): "It really was no surprise because she had been training so well in the morning. She always showed a great turn of foot. She had been training with a friend of mine in England. It's easy when people find you with that kind of horse."