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.

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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.

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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.

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Sunday, June 22 2014

Stars & Stripes Day to feature strong international presence

ELMONT, N.Y. - A robust 28 invitations have been extended to a sensational group of colts and fillies for the inaugural runnings of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby and Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks, to be run on Stars & Stripes Day, July 5 at Belmont Park.

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New York Stallion Series Cupecoy’s Joy quotes

Linda Rice, winning trainer of Mark My Way (No. 1A): "I was happy with [his performance]. Cornelio [Velasquez] just told me that he slipped coming out of the gate, but I kind of expected that he'd be off the pace, coming from 1 1/8 miles to seven furlongs. That really worked out fine because my other two horses were pressing the pace, so I was happy to have somebody closing. I thought he ran really professional for a horse who has only had four starts."

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Thursday, June 19 2014

Linda Rice has platoon of runners for NYSS races

ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Linda Rice will send out three runners apiece in the New York Stallion Series Spectacular Bid and the New York Stallion Series Cupecoy's Joy on Sunday at Belmont Park.

The Cupecoy's Joy, for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at seven furlongs, will feature the Rice-trained trio of Miss Narcissist, Champagne Ruby, and Bella the Bandit, none of whom have made a start over turf.

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Saturday, June 14 2014

Astoria Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Fashion Alert (No. 6): "I thought she did everything we hoped she would do. She got away pretty alertly and put herself in good position. It was an advantage to have the outside post, which we were happy about when the draw came out. She's a very talented filly that ran to her training. I think timing-wise, this sets her up very well for the [Grade 3] Schuylerville [July 18, 6 furlongs, Saratoga]."

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Sunday, June 08 2014

Belmont Park Notes: Sunday, June 8

• Trainer Clement, Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist enjoying the moment
• Sherman: Beaten Triple Crown contender California Chrome will be ready for fall campaign
• 2014 Belmont Stakes television rating second highest in race's history
• Led by G1 Met Mile winner Palace Malice, Pletcher has lucrative Belmont Stakes Day
• Trainer Gyarmati, G1 TVG Acorn winner Sweet Reason relishing her success
• Ride On Curlin will get summer off after being eased in Belmont
• G1 Ogden Phipps winner Close Hatches in fine fettle; Seek Again, Matuszak emerge from their efforts in good order
• McLaughlin thrilled with Antipathy's performance in G1 Phipps

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Saturday, June 07 2014

Knob Creek Manhattan (G1) Quotes

Chad Brown, winning trainer of Real Solution (No. 8):
"It's fair because he had to go by a horse in the lane. He might have a little bit of hang in him, but ... circumstances might have made him tired in certain races. I might have been running him too far. He might have got a wide trip. All those things may contribute to a horse hanging. They're tired. When Javier got off after the Man 'o War, he said, "This horse is a cinch in the Manhattan.' I said, 'Why?' He said, 'I screwed up leaving the gate.' He said, 'I told him [Real Solution] to follow Amira's Prince. I was trying to ride what you said and he missed the break, and I outbroke him. Then I took him behind him and he stopped right in front of me.' He said, 'If I just left out of there and didn't care who I was following, I would have won. Put me back on in the Manhattan and he'll win.'"

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Metropolitan Handicap (G1) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Palace Malice (No. 1): "It's pretty extraordinary to have a horse win the Belmont a year ago and come back and win the Met Mile from the No. 1 post carrying 124 pounds and beating last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner [Goldencents]. In the process, it's an unbelievable accomplishment."

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Longines Just a Game (G1) Quotes

Brian Lynch, winning trainer of Coffee Clique (No. 5): "A Grade 1 absolutely is the pinnacle for her. She's a homebred, which makes that family so valuable, and she's just such a courageous filly. Just thrilled to see her dog it out like she did."
"It's a world title match to be here today, to compete against this competition. But as I've always said, winning form is good form. She had won two in a row, she fit here today, and she ran like she belonged. God bless her."

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Ogden Phipps (G1) Quotes

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Close Hatches (No. 1): "She had shown that dimension before. The last two times she was on the lead, but it's no surprise she was able to do that. We figured that Classic Point figured to go to the lead."

"I think when they advertised that this race would be held on this particular day, I think everybody started pointing to it. There was a lot of build up to it, at least for us. We were aware that Beholder was planning on coming in, that Princess of Sylmar was coming, and that anybody else who had a horse who was in good form and thought they had a chance in the race would show up for it. There has been a lot of anticipation. We've been pointing to the race since early spring, and its just one of those cases where things worked out, where you make a plan and it comes to fruition."

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