Wednesday, September 29 2010


$500,000 GUARANTEED ALL GRADE 1 PICK 4 ON SUPER SATURDAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – On Saturday, October 2, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will offer a special $500,000 Guaranteed All Grade 1 Pick 4.

The 93rd running of the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational highlights the wager and is expected to include Blame, winner of five straight graded races including the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in his most recent start, Rail Trip, a multiple graded winner trying conventional dirt for the first time, and Fly Down, runner-up in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and the Grade 1 Travers for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito.





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Sunday, September 26 2010


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, September 26, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – The Bob Baffert-trained Mythical Power, runner-up to Quality Road in the Grade 1 Woodward, worked five furlongs in 1:02.43 this morning in preparation for a possible start in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational.

“Everything is good,” reported John Terranova, who with his wife, Tonja, oversees the Hall of Fame trainer’s horses while in New York.





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EXCLUSIVE SCHEME TAKES HER SECOND STAKES IN JOHN HETTINGER


ELMONT, N.Y. – Exclusive Scheme earned her second New York-bred stakes victory of the year in the second running of the $100,000 John Hettinger Stakes Sunday afternoon at Belmont Park.

The 4-year-old Saarland filly sat a stalking trip in the 1 1/8-mile event behind longshot Luna Charm, who ran modest opening fractions of :24.50 and :49.79. Nearing the three-eighths pole, jockey Ramon Dominguez gave Exclusive Scheme her cue and the pair took command, holding off late charges from Frivolous Buck, Akilina, and You Go West Girl to win by a length.





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Saturday, September 25 2010


It’s Ribo Bobo in the Foolish Pleasure!


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2010) – Rapputi Stables’ homebred 2-year-old gelding Ribo Bobo relished his first start going a route of ground, winning the one mile and seventy yards Foolish Pleasure Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday. Ridden by jockey Eduardo Nunez for trainer Manuel Azpurua, Ribo Bobo defeated Swift Warrior by 1 3/4 lengths and it was another 3 1/4 lengths back to Rough’n Royal in third.

Ribo Bobo tracked the early pace set by Machisa and made his move on the turn for home. He covered the distance in 1:46.63.





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MY JEN GAME IN GALLANT BLOOM VICTORY


ELMONT, N.Y. – My Jen rallied through the stretch to edge Moontune Missy in the final strides and gain her first graded stakes victory in the 17th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Gallant Bloom Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park.

Under jockey Julien Leparoux, My Jen settled in mid-pack as favored Rapport led through fractions of 22.85 and 46.16. Moving up approaching the quarter-pole, the 3-year-old daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus was asked for run once clear and took off as they straightened for home, steadily gaining on the front runners and getting up to win by a head.





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Friday, September 24 2010


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, September 24, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Life At Ten and Devil May Care, both possible for the Grade 1 Beldame on Super Saturday, October 2, will breeze tomorrow, with trainer Todd Pletcher to later decide whether he will send either contender to the 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares.

“We’ll see how they come out of it,” said Pletcher. “We may end up entering both.”





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Thursday, September 23 2010


YOU GO WEST GIRL LOOKS FOR REPEAT IN JOHN HETTINGER


ELMONT, N.Y. – Sunday’s $100,000 John Hettinger Stakes brings together a small but highly competitive group of New York-bred fillies and mares headed by You Go West Girl, who will be returning to defend her title in the 1 1/8-mile race on Belmont Park’s inner turf.

Beaten a combined half-length at Saratoga in a pair of state-bred stakes, the William B. Fasig and Yaddo, You Go West Girl has been a consistent performer at Belmont Park, compiling a mark of 3-1-1 from six starts including victories in the 2008 Hey Baba Lulu and the 2009 Ticonderoga.





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NYRA TO OFFER ADVANCE WAGERING ON ARC DE TRIOMPHE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Advance wagering on the 2010 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and selected races on the undercard at Longchamp will be offered at Belmont Park on Super Saturday, October 2.

Beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, self-service machines and mutuel tellers will be open for advance wagering on the Arc de Triomphe (post time 10:05 a.m. Sunday, October 3), along with the Group 1 Prix de la Foret (9:20 a.m. Sunday), the Group 1 Prix de L’Abbayede (11:35 a.m. Sunday), and the Prix de Dona Handicap (12:05 p.m. Sunday).





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CHAVEZ RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL, CLEARED TO RIDE THURSDAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – X-rays were negative on jockey Jorge Chavez, a winner of 18 New York riding titles, after a spill that occurred Wednesday, September 22 at Belmont Park. He has been released from North Shore Hospital in Manhasset and is cleared to ride Thursday.

The 48-year-old Peruvian jockey was riding Pea Stone for trainer Faustino Ramos when the 2-1 favorite fell going around the far turn in Belmont’s fifth race, a $25,000 turf claiming event on the Widener Turf Course.





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CHAVEZ’S X-RAYS NEGATIVE AFTER SPILL AT BELMONT PARK


ELMONT, N.Y. – X-rays were negative on jockey Jorge Chavez, a winner of 18 New York riding titles, after a spill that occurred Wednesday, September 22 at Belmont Park.

The 48-year-old Peruvian jockey was riding Pea Stone for trainer Faustino Ramos when the 2-1 favorite fell going around the far turn in Belmont’s fifth race, a $25,000 turf claiming event on the Widener Turf Course.





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Wednesday, September 22 2010


SARA LOUISE MAKES 2010 DEBUT IN GALLANT BLOOM


ELMONT, N.Y. – Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Gallant Bloom is the first Breeders’ Cup Challenge race of Belmont Park’s fall championship meet, featuring Sara Louise in her 2010 debut as she heads a field of nine fillies and mares vying for an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

Second by a head in last year’s Gallant Bloom to Indian Blessing, the daughter of Malibu Moon went on to finish fourth in the 2009 Filly & Mare Sprint, and was last seen winning the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in November. A series of minor issues delayed her return to the races as a 4-year-old, but she has been training steadily through the summer, most recently turning in a bullet half-mile move of 47.55 on Tuesday.





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BELMONT PARK FALL MEET PURSES TO INCREASE 13 PERCENT


ELMONT, N.Y. – Starting with the card on Saturday, September 25, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will increase purses at Belmont Park’s fall championship meet by approximately 13 percent.

Average daily purses for the Belmont meet will be $480,000, up from the initial projected figure of $425,000.




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