Saturday, June 05 2010


D’ FUNNYBONE TAKES WOODY STEPHENS IN A LAUGHER


ELMONT, N.Y. – D’ Funnybone and a patient Edgar Prado took advantage of blistering early fractions in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Woody Stephens presented by Emirates Airline to rally from off the pace and pull clear to a 3¼-length victory over Discreetly Mine.

When the gates opened, Eightyfiveinafifty and Discreetly Mine rocketed to the front, dueling through an opening quarter in 22.28 and a half in 44.82 as Prado kept the 6-5 favorite more than eight lengths back in third. Rounding the turn, D’ Funnybone took aim at the pacesetters and swept three-wide into the lead with a furlong to go, hitting the wire in 1:22.64 for the seven furlongs over Belmont Park’s fast main track.





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Friday, June 04 2010


ALCOMO PREVAILS IN BROOKLYN HANDICAP PHOTO FINISH


ELMONT, N.Y. – Alcomo used every bit of Belmont Park’s 1,097-foot stretch to nip a resilient Gabriel’s Hill in a thrilling 122nd edition of the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap on Friday.

Bred in Brazil, Alcomo picked up a lucrative victory in last year’s Greenwood Cup at Philadelphia Park, but was well beaten in three starts in Dubai over Meydan’s synthetic surface this past winter. With a return to conventional dirt in the 1½-mile Brooklyn, the 7-year-old was able to return to top form.





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KRYPTON DASHES HOME TO VICTORY IN HILL PRINCE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Krypton made a brisk move on the far turn and out-sprinted the odds-on favorite to post a mild upset in the Grade 3, $100,000 Hill Prince presented by RAM on Friday at Belmont Park.

Returning to the turf off a ninth in the Grade 2 Lexington over Keeneland’s synthetic surface, Krypton settled behind the 3-5 favorite Nordic Truce as the pacesetter ran the opening quarter in a sleepy 24.97. Jockey Rajiv Maragh angled Krypton outside to turn up the pressure on Nordic Truce as the field entered the upper turn, and the two leaders sprinted to the wire while racing in close quarters, with Krypton prevailing by a neck.





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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Thursday, June 3, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito sent out his Belmont Stakes-bound duo of Ice Box and Fly Down for a short jog around the training track shortly after 7 a.m. this morning.

Afterward, Zito, who has two winners from 22 Belmont starters, talked about what it takes to win the 1½-mile race.





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Wednesday, June 02 2010


EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY SEEKS REBOUND IN WOODY STEPHENS PRESENTED BY EMIRATES AIRLINE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Eightyfiveinafifty, electrifying winner of the Bay Shore on April 3 at Aqueduct, will seek to flash his abundant speed and run away from a select field Saturday in the 25th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Woody Stephens presented by Emirates Airline on Saturday at Belmont Park.

The seven-furlong dirt sprint for 3-year-olds is one of five graded stakes on the undercard of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, the final jewel in racing’s Triple Crown.





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BRIBON SEEKS RETURN TO FORM IN TRUE NORTH


ELMONT, N.Y. – One year after his sensational back-to-back triumphs in the Grade 3 Westchester and Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, Derrick Smith’s 7-year-old gelding Bribon seeks to recapture old glory Saturday in the 32nd running of the Grade 2, $250,000 True North Handicap at Belmont Park.

The six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up attracted a field of 10 and is one of five rich graded stakes races on the undercard of the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes.





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EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY SEEKS REBOUND IN WOODY STEPHENS


ELMONT, N.Y. – Eightyfiveinafifty, electrifying winner of the Bay Shore on April 3 at Aqueduct, will seek to flash his abundant speed and run away from a select field Saturday in the 25th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Woody Stephens on Saturday at Belmont Park.

The seven-furlong dirt sprint for 3-year-olds is one of five graded stakes on the undercard of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, the final jewel in racing’s Triple Crown.





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PROVISO POISED FOR JUST A GAME


ELMONT, N.Y. – Proviso, already a Grade 1 stakes winner against males, will face five talented fillies and mares in the 17th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Just a Game presented by VisitNassauCounty.com, which is part of the undercard for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

Proviso began her career in Europe, winning the Group 3 Prix du Pin and finishing third to the two-time Breeders’ Cup Mile heroine Goldikova in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild in France. Sent to the United States to join the barn of the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, the Juddmonte homebred was first under the wire in Keeneland’s Grade 1 Spinster but disqualified and placed second for interference. She was fourth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic in her final start for Frankel, who passed away in November.





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TIDAL POOL TOPS 12 IN BETFAIR TVG ACORN


ELMONT, N.Y. – Saturday’s 80th running of the $300,000 Betfair TVG Acorn has drawn a full field of 13 sophomore fillies, all seeking Grade 1 glory in the mile-long first jewel of the Betfair TVG Triple Tiara, which also includes the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Alabama, both run at Saratoga Race Course later in the summer.

Heading the field in the Acorn is Westrock Stables’ Tidal Pool, third in both the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 14 and the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on April 30.






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GIO PONTI SEEKS TO POUR ANOTHER MANHATTAN


ELMONT, N.Y. – With four Grade 1 victories on his resume, Gio Ponti captured dual Eclipse Awards as the top turf male and leading older horse in the country.

After going winless in his first two starts this year, Gio Ponti will seek to reassert his dominance Saturday and defend his title against 10 others in the 109th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park.





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MIGLIORE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER 30-YEAR CAREER


ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockey Richard Migliore, a fixture on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit for three decades, today announced his retirement after doctors told him he could no longer ride.

Migliore, 46, initially injured his neck in a spill at Aqueduct Racetrack on January 23, and last month underwent surgery to fuse several vertebrae in his neck and spine. Although he had hoped to make a comeback, Migliore said he was informed last week he would never be able to ride safely again.





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Tuesday, June 01 2010


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Tuesday, June 1, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – With his 3-year-olds Ice Box and Fly Down facing 1 1/2-mile runs Saturday in the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito saw no reason to deviate from the race preparation to which the two colts have grown accustomed.

So last Thursday, Robert LaPenta's Ice Box buzzed through four furlongs in 46.65 seconds, best work at the distance at Saratoga, and Richard Pell's Fly Down followed with a bullet 47.50 on Sunday on the main track at the Spa.





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