Monday, October 14 2013
Knickerbocker (G3) Quotes
Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Za Approval (No. 7): "He got the firm turf. Great horse, nice horse. He's won three graded stakes this year. He's a fun horse. When I ran him in Grade 1s, he got beat by two of the best milers in the country. He's been getting better all of his life. He's been a great credit to the Live Oak team and Mrs. [Charlotte] Weber because they have been very patient with him, and it's wonderful when it works out."
Friday, October 11 2013
Discreet Marq tops talented field for Pebbles
ELMONT, N.Y. - A talented field of 3-year-old turf fillies, headed by Grade 1 winner Discreet Marq, will assemble on Monday for the $200,000 Pebbles, the Columbus Day feature at Belmont Park.
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
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."
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."
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."
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.