Friday, October 08 2010
DOMINGUEZ RIDES FOUR WINNERS FRIDAY AT BELMONT
ELMONT, N.Y. – Ramon Dominguez, currently the leading rider on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, brought home four winners at Belmont Park Friday afternoon, widening his lead in the jockey standings to 12 over John Velazquez.
Dominguez began the day by guiding favored Bindle Stick ($3.90) to a 2 ½-length victory in the first race, a one-mile claiming event on the main track. After finishing out of the money in the second race, he then put together consecutive wins with last-to-first Cave’s Valley ($12.60) in the third race, a seven-furlong claimer, and Spoleto ($3.30) in the fourth, a six-furlong, off-the-turf maiden claimer.
NEON LIGHT LOOKS TO SHINE IN PEBBLES
ELMONT, N.Y. – Neon Light tops a field of 10 evenly matched 3-year-old fillies coming together for Monday’s $100,000 Pebbles Stakes, the Columbus Day feature at Belmont Park.
After posting a 2-0-1 record from three starts in Germany, Neon Light was acquired by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin for Sheila Rosenblum following her seventh-place finish in her United States debut, the Grade 2 Lake George at Saratoga Race Course on July 28.
NEW YORK WATCH: ECONOMIC SUMMIT
ELMONT, N.Y. – Looking to improve your finances? Instead of hosting an economic summit, you would have been better off wagering on Economic Summit when he broke his maiden by a comfortable length yesterday at Belmont Park. With the victory, Economic Summit joins the New York watch, which profiles up-and-comers that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga. His page is located at http://www.nyra.com/nywatch/EconomicSummit.html
Making his second start, Economic Summit tracked the pacesetter in second through a quarter in 23.59, forged to the front with five-sixteenths left to travel, and was chased home in the stretch by Adios Charlie, who finished 7 ¼ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Redeemed. The final time for seven furlongs was 1:23.91.
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, October 8, 2010
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer David Donk said Friday that Noble Damsel heroine Strike the Bell would run back in next Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Athenia and would turn in her final work for the race this weekend.
“She breezed a little bit last Sunday [October 3, Belmont training track, 3f in 38.49] so she’ll come back and probably breeze Sunday again and we’ll go for [the Athenia],” Donk said. “She’s doing well and obviously she runs well here. The mile and a sixteenth here is still a semi one-turn race and some pace would obviously help. She’ll run on any kind of course and she’s done well out of her last race.”
UNCLE MO SCHOOLS FOR CHAMPAGNE; DISCREETLY MINE TO MISS BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT
ELMONT, N.Y. – Uncle Mo, the 1-4 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Grade 1 Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds, had his final schooling session in Belmont Park’s paddock Thursday morning under the supervision of trainer Todd Pletcher.
Joining the bay son of Indian Charlie in the paddock were stablemates R Heat Lightning and Valiant Passion, two of the four Pletcher fillies, along with Tap for Luck and Maple Forest, entered in Saturday’s Grade 1 Frizette. Also on Saturday’s Belmont card is the Grade 1 Jamaica Handicap for 3-year-old colts on the turf.
Thursday, October 07 2010
‘TODD QUAD’ COULD GIVE PLETCHER SECOND STRAIGHT FRIZETTE
ELMONT, N.Y. – Todd Pletcher, who won last year’s Grade 1 Frizette with Devil May Care, will have four capable starters on Saturday in this year’s edition of the one-mile, $300,000 race for 2-year-old fillies.
The Frizette, which will be contested for the 63rd time, is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, with the winner to receive a guaranteed berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 5 at Churchill Downs.
KRYPTON IN HIS ELEMENT FOR JAMAICA
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin looks to have a strong hand in Saturday’s 61st running of the Grade 1, $250,000 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park as he sends out a pair of Grade 3 winners to head a wide-open field of 11 sophomore colts and geldings going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.
Krypton seeks his first win since taking the Grade 3 Hill Prince at Belmont Park on June 4, having followed that victory with third-place efforts in both the Grade 2 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs in July and the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga on August 13. All three of the Rock Hard Ten colt’s career wins have come at a mile or less.
UNCLE MO LOOKS TO KEEP MOMENTUM GOING IN CHAMPAGNE
ELMONT, N.Y. – Although Mike Repole is currently the leading owner in New York in 2010, he’ll be the first to tell you there is something missing on his resume –
in 26 tries, he has yet to win a graded stakes race.
Saturday, he’s hoping that will change when his aptly-named Uncle Mo steps onto Belmont Park’s main track for the 140th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Champagne Stakes. The one-mile race is not only one of the most prestigious races for 2-year-olds in the nation, but will give the winner an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on November 6 as part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
Monday, October 04 2010
NEW YORK WATCH: TO HONOR AND SERVE
ELMONT, N.Y. – I suppose you can say the extra distance served him well.
To Honor and Serve, stretching out from seven furlongs to 1 1/16 miles, rolled to a 8 ¾ length score yesterday in his second start to become the first horse of the 2010 fall championship meet at Belmont Park to be featured in the New York Watch Series, which profiles up-and-comers that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.
TIZWAY DOES IT HIS WAY IN KELSO
ELMONT, N.Y. – Tizway earned his first graded stakes victory and a trip to the Breeders’ Cup Sunday afternoon at Belmont Park, coming on through the stretch to take the 30th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Kelso Handicap by five lengths over Cool Coal Man.
Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Tizway broke alertly and settled in second, next to heavily favored Regal Ransom, as longshot Jersey Town led through an opening half-mile in 46.03. Moving up willingly on the turn as the favorite began to fade, Tizway collared the pacesetter at the top of the stretch and began edging away inside the final furlong, hitting the wire in 1:34.42 for the mile.
WINTER MEMORIES GALLOPS AWAY IN MISS GRILLO
ELMONT, N.Y. – Winter Memories remained unbeaten in two starts and is Breeders’ Cup-bound following a dominant victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Miss Grillo on Sunday at Belmont Park.
Sent off as the crowd’s 7-5 choice in the Miss Grillo, which offered the winner a guaranteed berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs on November 5, Winter Memories rated in ninth through a half in 49.47 before she began to tug at jockey Jose Lezcano on the far turn. Kept under restraint as she circled the field, the gray unleashed a powerful kick when given her cue in upper stretch, driving clear to score by 5 ¼ lengths over Arch Support, with Fancy Point a nose behind in third.
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, October 3, 2010
ELMONT, N.Y. – Resting in his stall in Steve Asmussen’s Belmont Park barn Sunday morning, Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational victor Haynesfield received high praise from assistant trainer Toby Sheets, who has overseen the 4-year-old New York-bred’s training for his entire career. From a maiden victory at Belmont in September 2008, to his early stakes victories at Aqueduct the following winter, to last year’s Empire Classic win and this year’s Grade 2 Suburban triumph, Haynesfield put all the pieces together in his gate-to-wire stunner Saturday afternoon at Belmont.
“It’s taken lots of time,” Sheets said of Haynesfield’s steady progression to his first Grade 1 win. “It’s nice to have an owner like Mr. Weinstein [of Turtle Bird Stable] who’s not in a rush and gives them time to develop.”