Wednesday, May 12 2010


SEATTLE SMOOTH RETURNS IN SHUVEE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Grade 1 heroine Seattle Smooth, currently riding a five-race winning streak, is set to make her 5-year-old debut and defend her title in the Grade 2, $150,000 Shuvee Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park.

In addition to the Shuvee and nine other live races, those in attendance at Belmont on Saturday will be able to watch and wager on the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Grade 1 Preakness from Pimlico.





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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Wednesday, May 12, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – The speedy Eightyfiveinafifty had his first work Saturday since a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3, one-mile Derby Trial in the mud at Churchill Downs on April 24, covering a half-mile in 47.06 over the main track at Aqueduct. The move was the fastest of nine at the distance.

“It was super,” said Gary Contessa, who trains the colt for Harold Lerner, John Moirano, and Team Stallion Racing. “He always works well, but he was a little tired after the Derby Trial. I’m seriously considering the Woody Stephens for him, but it’s not etched in stone. If I see he’s moving along like his old self, he’ll go, but I want to make sure of that before I commit.”





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Monday, May 10 2010


VELASQUEZ WINS FOUR ON MOTHER’S DAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – Cornelio Velasquez finds himself in a three-way tie atop the riding standings at Belmont Park after winning four races from six mounts on Mother’s Day.

Velasquez, who has won nine races since the meet started on April 30, swept the early Daily Double with Chick in Slacks ($8.00) and Temecula Creek ($6.90). After missing by just a head in the fifth race, he guided Money’s Sweet ($7.90) and Worthy Wager ($9.30) to victory in races six and seven. He finished fifth in race nine to complete the day. His mounts in races eight and 10 were scratched.





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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, May 9, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Tom Albertrani is sitting on a trio of talented 3-year-old colts and the prospect of an exciting summer ahead.

Leading that group is Padua Stables’ lightly raced Odysseus, among the top 2010 Triple Crown prospects before going to the sidelines with a left knee injury after finishing last in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 10.





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Saturday, May 08 2010


FLY DOWN SOARS TO WINDY DWYER VICTORY; BELMONT NEXT?


ELMONT, N.Y. – Fly Down’s last-to-first victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer on a blustery Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park may have earned the colt a shot at the Belmont Stakes.

The 3-year-old son of Mineshaft barreled into the lead rounding the far turn and pulled clear to a six-length win over 3-5 favorite Drosselmeyer in the Dwyer, which in its new spot on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) calendar serves as a steppingstone to the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 5.





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Friday, May 07 2010


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, May 7, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – The newest member of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s barn is Belmont Stakes hopeful Uptowncharlybrown, most recently third in the Grade 2 Lexington at Keeneland on April 17.

“He’s a really nice horse and we are happy to have him,” said McLaughlin. “We’ll work him tomorrow, and hopefully every Saturday up to the Belmont Stakes. We think he has a big chance in the Belmont.”





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Thursday, May 06 2010


PHIPPS HOMEBRED KEEPS WINNING ‘STREAK’ INTACT


ELMONT, N.Y. – Streaker, a well-bred 3-year-old filly from the barn of Shug McGaughey, easily defeated older opponents in today’s featured race at Belmont Park to remain unbeaten in three starts.

Carrying the colors of her breeder, Phipps Stable, Streaker used her tactical speed to stalk the pace in second after breaking from post position 1. She skimmed the rail as she engaged the pacesetter with a half mile left, and needed only light urging down the stretch to report home a 2 ¼-length winner under Javier Castellano, who rode the sophomore for the first time.





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DWYER BROTHERS’ SPORTING LEGACY LIVES ON IN NAMESAKE RACE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Before it was the Dwyer, it was the Brooklyn Derby, a race inaugurated in 1887 at Gravesend Race Track and won that year by an undefeated 3-year-old named Hanover who had overpowered one opponent in the Belmont Stakes just five days earlier.

Of course, those were different times.





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Wednesday, May 05 2010


ICE BOX TO SKIP PREAKNESS; DECISION ON JACKSON BEND MONDAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito announced Wednesday afternoon that Robert V. LaPenta’s Ice Box, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, will skip the May 15 Preakness and await a possible start in the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 5.

“After talking to Mr. LaPenta, we concurred Ice Box’s race was tremendous, but we also knew that it was a tough race,” Zito said in a statement regarding the Grade 1 Florida Derby winner. “We feel we are better suited to wait and pass the Preakness and possibly go on to the Belmont, and hopefully things work out.”





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SOPHS HOPING TO USE DWYER AS SPRINGBOARD


ELMONT, N.Y. – When the horses enter the gate for the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 5, the WinStar Farm connections of Super Saver are hoping its Kentucky Derby winner will be vying to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.

In the meantime, one of WinStar’s other top 3-year-olds is readying for Saturday’s 93rd running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer, which in its new spot on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) calendar will serve a major steppingstone to the 1 ½-mile Belmont.





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TODD PLETCHER PODCAST


ELMONT, N.Y. - For a podcast recorded this morning with Todd Pletcher from his barn at Belmont Park, please visit the following link: http://www.nyra.com/belmont/stories/Podcast_Todd_Pletcher.shtml

In the podcast, Pletcher discusses his first Kentucky Derby victory with Super Saver, including his thoughts on Calvin Borel and the quick two-week turnaround to the Preakness. In addition, he discusses the possibility of Devil May Care going to the Belmont Stakes and the status of Quality Road, one of the top contenders for the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at Belmont Park.





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Sunday, May 02 2010


TERRANOVA DUO SWEEPS NYSS PARK AVENUE, TIMES SQUARE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer John Terranova swept both ends of the New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont Park Sunday afternoon with a pair of favorites, sending out Franny Freud to win the $100,000 Park Avenue Division and coming back with General Maximus in the $100,000 Times Square Division.

Franny Freud, winner of the Grade 2 Beaumont in her last start, made quick work of her five opponents in the race for 3-year-old daughters of New York stallions. With Garrett Gomez aboard, the Freud filly tracked So N So through an opening quarter in 22.55, then took over on the turn before opening up to hit the wire 7 ¾ lengths in front.





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