Sunday, July 06 2014
Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Minorette (No. 9): "[Jockey] Joel [Rosario] got to know her a bit. She was really training big coming into this race. We were pretty confident she'd give a good showing of herself in here."
Suburban Handicap (G2) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Zivo (No. 3) and ninth place finisher Last Gunfighter (No. 5): "Jose rode [Zivo] perfectly. We've always put him in races we think fit him. This horse has really come around well and it was time to step out of New York-bred company and try him in an open company race with a big purse. Tom Coleman, the owner, who bred the horse, we work as a team. He said, 'Let's just enter and look.' All the way until this morning, he wasn't really committed to coming in from the Hamptons. He said, 'You want me to come?' I said, 'Let's try it. The horse is training well enough and he loves Belmont, let's try it.' Once I saw the strong pace, I knew he'd come running. That last eighth was definitely as strong as I've seen from him. But then again, he's a horse that's only gotten better."
Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) Quotes
Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Mr Speaker (No. 9): "He definitely redeemed himself; his last race was very disappointing. He trained well coming up to today and we changed our game plan; I wanted him back. Jose [Lezcano] rode a great race on him. We're tickled that Martin [Panza] carded this race and we're tickled to death that we won it."
Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) Quotes
Brian Lynch, winning trainer of Clearly Now (No. 3): "When he broke a little slow I thought, 'Oh boy, here we go again,' but when he cruised up on the inside near the 4 ½ pole I could tell Jose [Lezcano] had a lot of horse. He had a legitimate pace in front of him, so it was just about finding a hole, and when it came, he went by them."
"We'll look at some spots at Saratoga, and ultimately, the Breeders' Cup would be in play."
Dwyer (G3) Quotes
Linda Rice, winning trainer of Kid Cruz (No. 1): "I was a little nervous about whether they were going to go fast enough today. Irad [Ortiz] made a strong effort from the gate to make sure he got engaged earlier, so we just didn't hand it over to a slow pace. He did a beautiful job. The horse seems to be getting better all the time - perfecting his trade.
Wednesday, July 02 2014
Toast of New York appropriately headlines inaugural Belmont Derby
ELMONT, N.Y. - Toast of New York will look to become just that when he attempts to win the first running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The 1 ¼-mile Belmont Derby is the centerpiece of the newly fashioned Stars & Stripes Day, which also features the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks, as well as the Grade 2 Suburban, Grade 3 Belmont Sprint Championship, and Grade 3 Dwyer.
Flying Jib part of tough European contingent in G1 Belmont Oaks; Room Service one of several carrying American flag
ELMONT, N.Y. - The inaugural running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational attracted a diverse cast of 3-year-old fillies who will be traveling 1 ¼ miles over Belmont Park's turf course on Saturday.
Sunday, June 29 2014
Mother Goose (G1) Quotes
Steve Asmussen, winning trainer of Untapable (No. 2): "I'm very pleased with her race today. I loved how quiet she was pre-race and in the paddock. She turned off right after a little trouble at the start and was pretty relaxed. She picked it up when she needed to and appeared to be looking around quite a bit in the stretch, but it was her first time [at Belmont]. All of her previous victories had been where she was training, so I think that this was a pretty good step. I think she's a very special filly."
New York (G2) Quotes
Bill Mott, winning trainer of Riposte (No. 2): "I think the longer distances have probably helped her. She broke a little slow, so she was fourth instead of second or third, but she was still within range of the leaders. She rated very nicely and kicked very well. She punched pretty good off a slow pace."
"We have nothing planned for her right now. It's too close to run her back in the Diana, so she won't do that."
Friday, June 27 2014
Red Velvet looks to take the cake in G3 Victory Ride
ELMONT, N.Y. - Red Velvet will go in search of her third consecutive victory on Sunday at Belmont Park when she contests the Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Ride for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.
Thursday, June 26 2014
Untapable heavily favored in G1 Mother Goose
ELMONT, N.Y. - Untapable, the easy winner of the Kentucky Oaks, will make her first start in New York when she competes in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The 1 1/16-mile Mother Goose was carded as race 4. There will be no show wagering on the Mother Goose. Later on Saturday, the $100,000 Manila will be contested as race 8 and the Grade 2, $200,000 New York will be contested as race 9.
Wednesday, June 25 2014
Jockey Irad Ortiz released from hospital
ELMONT, N.Y. - Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. was released from North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset on Wednesday evening after tests revealed no fractures, according to sources at the hospital.
Ortiz was taken to the hospital after he was involved in a spill in the eighth race on Wednesday at Belmont Park.