Saturday, September 18 2010
CHECK THE LABEL MAKES IT FOUR STRAIGHT IN GARDEN CITY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Check the Label found racing room coming out of the turn and held off the fast-closing Snow Top Mountain in the final yards Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park to win the 32nd running of the $250,000 Garden City Stakes, her fourth straight victory and first in a Grade 1 race.
The dark bay daughter of Stormin Fever, the even-money favorite in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies, stayed well behind Queen of the Creek as she led through fractions of 23.39, 47.80 and 1:13.11. Caught behind horses on the turn, Check the Label got herself to the outside approaching the quarter-pole and accelerated through the stretch to take command with a furlong to go, hitting the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Snow Top Mountain.
Friday, September 17 2010
LUBASH LEADS THE WAY IN FIFTH MARINE
ELMONT, N.Y. – Lubash earned his first open stakes victory with a 35-1 upset in the $60,000 Fifth Marine for 3-year-olds on the turf on Friday at Belmont Park.
Entering today’s race off a 1 ¼-length triumph in the restricted New York Stallion Stakes Cab Calloway Division, Lubash quickly grabbed the lead and was shadowed by favored Nordic Truce through fractions of 24.87 and 49.93. The long shot opened on his rivals nearing the top of the stretch and maintained a safe advantage in the lane as runner-up Lighthouse Sound gave vain chase to finish second, 1 ¾ lengths behind the winner.
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, September 17, 2010
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Albert Stall, Jr. said Friday that Grade 1 Whitney winner Blame would arrive at Belmont Park on Thursday, September 30, in advance of his expected next start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, one of five Grade 1 Races scheduled for Super Saturday, October 2.
“He’ll breeze twice more at Keeneland – this Sunday [September 19] and on the 26th,” said Stall, who trains the 4-year-old son of Arch for Adele B. Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm. “The plane leaves Kentucky for New York on Thursday morning and he’ll go into John Terranova’s barn.”
QUIET MEADOW SEEKS REDEMPTION IN NOBLE DAMSEL
ELMONT, N.Y. – If Quiet Meadow can pull off a win in Sunday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Noble Damsel at Belmont Park, it would do much to ease the sting her connections felt after the mare’s nose defeat to Rutherienne in the one-mile turf race last year.
“That was a tough beat,” recalled Chad Brown, who trains Quiet Meadow for Hidden Brook Farm. “I’ve never been in a photo that close in my life where there wasn’t a dead heat.”
COLLEGE DAY RETURNS TO BELMONT PARK ON OCTOBER 9
ELMONT, N.Y. – College Day, sponsored by the Dime Savings Bank (Dime), returns to Belmont Park on Saturday, October 9 and offers college students free admission and the chance to win more than $10,000 in scholarships in addition to great giveaways and prizes.
All college students with a valid student ID will receive free grandstand admission on October 9 and the first 250 to register will receive a free commemorative t-shirt. The Belmont Park gates open that day at 11:00 a.m. and registration for prize eligibility will begin immediately thereafter in the Paddock Tent.
Wednesday, September 15 2010
GARDEN CITY KICKS OFF GRADE 1 ACTION AT BELMONT PARK
ELMONT, N.Y. – The first Grade 1 event of Belmont Park’s fall championship season takes place Saturday afternoon with Check the Label going for her fourth straight win as she faces seven other 3-year-old turf fillies in the 33rd running of the $250,000 Garden City.
Although precocious as a 2-year-old, Check the Label didn’t start putting things together until this spring, said H. Graham Motion, who trains the filly for Lael Stables. Having come close in her first three starts of 2010 in Florida, the daughter of Stormin Fever broke through for her first graded stakes win in the Grade 3 Appalachian at Keeneland, and followed that with a good-looking pair of victories in the Grade 2 Sands Point at Belmont and the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs in July.
Monday, September 13 2010
UNCLE T SEVEN WINS ASHLEY T. COLE
ELMONT, N.Y. – Patiently ridden by Julien Leparoux, Uncle T Seven kicked clear in the stretch to win Sunday’s 35th running of the $100,000 Ashley T. Cole for New York-breds at Belmont Park.
Settled in fifth behind pacesetter Spa City Fever, who was closely tracked by Writingonthewall through early fractions of 24.69 and 49.18, Uncle T Seven moved off the rail at the three-sixteenths pole and charged up to take the lead. Edging clear in the stretch, he crossed the wire 1 ½ lengths in front of Pocket Cowboys and favored Gimme Credit.
Saturday, September 11 2010
AL KHALI STRIKES LATE IN BOWLING GREEN
ELMONT, N.Y. – After providing his connections with a few anxious moments, Al Khali closed with a rush in the waning strides of the 52nd running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap to prevail on opening day of the Fall Championship Meet at Belmont Park.
Al Khali raced in fifth behind cover as pacesetter Strike a Deal ran a half in 49.31 and continued to bide his time while saving ground on the far turn through six furlongs in 1:14.84. Angled off the rail midway on the bend, Al Khali was initially stymied by traffic, but unleashed a strong kick after finding room inside the final furlong to collar odds-on favorite Winchester in the shadow of the wire and score by a neck in a three-horse photo. Simmard was third.
Friday, September 10 2010
ACES MARK RUNS SATURDAY AT BELMONT TO HONOR SEPTEMBER 11 VICTIMS
ELMONT, N.Y. – Aces Mark will be running for more than purse money when he steps into the starting gate for Belmont Park’s eighth race on Saturday, September 11.
The 6-year-old gelding will be running to honor the memory of his namesakes, Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis, two National Hockey League (NHL) representatives who were aboard United Airlines flight 175 when it crashed into the World Trade Center in 2001.
GIMME CREDIT, UNCLE T SEVEN HEADLINE ASHLEY T. COLE
ELMONT, N.Y. – When trainer Chad Brown claimed Gimme Credit in March for $50,000, the 7-year-old gelding hadn’t won a race in nearly three years, but Brown saw promise.
“We thought he was a classy horse,” said Brown, who claimed the son of Artax for Michael Dubb. “He’d run some good races at different times in his career, and we just decided to try our hand with him to see if we could get him to run back to some of those races.”
Thursday, September 09 2010
AL KHALI SEEKS RIGHT TRIP IN BOWLING GREEN
ELMONT, N.Y. – Al Khali may find himself at the perfect distance when he competes in the Grade 2, $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on the Inner Turf Course on Saturday, September 11, opening day for the 2010 Fall Championship Meet at Belmont Park.
After taking the 2009 Grade 3 Saranac, Al Khali was off the board in his next four starts before he returned to the winner’s circle two starts back with a gate-to-wire triumph in a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer at Belmont on July 8. Trying 1 ½ miles in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga on August 14, the 4-year-old led in the stretch but was outkicked and finished third.
Tuesday, September 07 2010
ROAD TO BREEDERS’ CUP GLORY RUNS THROUGH BELMONT PARK
ELMONT, N.Y. – Offering 19 graded stakes in virtually every division, Belmont Park will be the proving grounds for Breeders’ Cup hopefuls when it opens for its 37-day Fall Championship Meet on Saturday, September 11.
General admission will be free on opening weekend, with a great lineup of races featuring Saturday’s Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on the turf and Sunday’s 1 1/8-mile Ashley T. Cole for New York-bred turfers.