Tuesday, June 01 2010


CHECK THE LABEL FINDS ROOM IN SANDS POINT


ELMONT, N.Y. – Check the Label rewarded jockey Ramon Dominguez’s patience in the Grade 2, $150,000 Sands Point for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park on Memorial Day, splitting horses after finding room to draw clear to a handy score.

Winner of the Grade 3 Appalachian at Keeneland the last time she went postward, Check the Label settled in midpack along the rail and raced behind a wall of horses as the field turned for home. Forced to check slightly at the head of the lane, the Brereton C. Jones homebred found a seam with a furlong to go and needed only minimal urging to kick clear to a 1 ½-length victory over Crescenda.





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QUALITY ROAD DAZZLES IN MET MILE TRIUMPH


ELMONT, N.Y. – In a brilliant display of speed and talent, Quality Road staked his claim as the top horse in the country as he rocketed to a 1 ½-length victory over Musket Man Monday afternoon in the 117th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park.

Under John Velazquez and top weight of 124 pounds, the 4-year-old Elusive Quality colt dueled with longshot Le Grand Cru through fractions of 22.55 and 45.19, and then shook off a challenge from Warrior’s Reward nearing the quarter-pole to open up by two lengths at the top of the stretch. Rounding the turn, Musket Man picked off five rivals as he barreled into second but through the stretch could not gain on Quality Road, who flashed under the wire in 1:33.11 for the mile.





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Monday, May 31 2010


MINNIE PUNT LAST TO FIRST IN KINGSTON; CHESTORIA BOUNCES BACK IN MOUNT VERNON


ELMONT, N.Y. – Minnie Punt came from well off the pace to win the Kingston, while Chestoria edged clear in the Mount Vernon to settle Sunday’s duo of $100,000 statebred turf stakes.

Sitting last of eight through swift early fractions of 23.69 and 46.42 set by Writingonthewall, Minnie Punt was forced to swing six-wide at the quarter pole to find running room in the Kingston. Displaying a strong closing kick, the gelded son of Gold Fever got up in the final yards to win by a half-length.





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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, May 30, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito put the finishing touches on the second of his two Belmont Stakes candidates Sunday morning, sending Grade 2 Dwyer winner Fly Down out for a bullet half-mile work over the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course.

Under exercise rider Maxine Correa and working in company with 3-year-old maiden Kerouac, Fly Down covered the four furlongs in 47.50, galloping out in 1:01.15 in preparation for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes. The move was the fastest of 25 at the distance.





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Saturday, May 29 2010


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Saturday, May 29, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – First Dude tuned up for the 142nd running of next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes this morning with a solid five-furlong work under exercise rider Tammy Fox.

After stopping numerous times on his way to the track and on the track to pose for photographers and videographers, the 17-hands-tall colt got down to business shortly after the renovation break on the main track, with NYRA clockers catching him in 1:01.12.





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BELMONT PARK FLASH NOTES: Saturday, May 29, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – First Dude tuned up for the 142nd running of next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes this morning with a solid five-furlong work under exercise rider Tammy Fox.

After stopping numerous times on his way to the track and on the track to pose for photographers and videographers, the 17-hands-tall colt got down to business shortly after the renovation break on the main track, with NYRA clockers catching him in 1:01.12.





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Friday, May 28 2010


NEGLIGEE FACES SEVEN IN SANDS POINT


ELMONT, N.Y. – Grade 1 winner Negligee makes her second start on the turf Monday afternoon at Belmont Park as she faces seven other 3-year-old fillies in the 14th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Sands Point.

Owned by Sovereign Stable, the daughter of Northern Afleet was a closing second in her turf debut on April 29 in an overnight stakes at Churchill Downs. That race was her second start of the year; beaten less than two lengths in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, she came off a five-month layoff to run seventh in the Grade 1 Ashland after going wide, both over artificial surfaces.





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QUALITY ROAD POISED FOR MEMORABLE RUN IN MET MILE


ELMONT, N.Y. – In his first two starts as a 4-year-old, Quality Road quickly established himself as a powerhouse in the older male division, cruising to an easy win in the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope at Gulfstream Park and coming back to crush the competition by nearly 13 lengths in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap.

So dominating was his performance in February’s Donn that it earned Quality Road a 121 Beyer Speed figure, by far the best earned by any horse in any race at any distance so far this year.





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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, May 28, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Belmont hopeful Stately Victor arrived at Belmont Park a few hours behind schedule Thursday, but no worse for the trip.

“Everything went smoothly, but the plane was a little late,” trainer Mike Maker said at his Belmont barn Friday morning. “I think they had some mechanical issues. We got here at about 7:45 last night.”





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Thursday, May 27 2010


PLETCHER PAIR FACE TAR HEEL MOM


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out the comebacker Malibu Prayer and the rapidly improving Hour Glass in Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park in attempt to turn the tables on Tar Heel Mom.

After winning the restricted Wheel Turns on Aqueduct’s inner track on March 21, Hour Glass finished second to Tar Heel Mom in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap in the mud over the Big A’s main track on April 17 last time out.





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FRANNY FREUD DOMINANT OVER MALES IN NYSS


ELMONT, N.Y. – Franny Freud, the lone filly entered in today’s New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park, lived up to expectations as the odds-on favorite, setting all the fractions and widening the margin in the stretch to score an impressive victory.

It was the third straight triumph and first on the turf for Franny Freud, who entered this spot off victories over fellow 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 2 Beaumont on Polytrack at Keeneland and the NYSS Park Avenue on the dirt here at Belmont.





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Wednesday, May 26 2010


STATEMENT BY NYRA CHAIRMAN C. STEVEN DUNCKER ON $25 MILLION LOAN TO NYRA


ELMONT, N.Y. – The following is a statement from NYRA Chairman C. Steven Duncker on the $25 million loan to NYRA:

The Board of Directors of the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) along with its management and dedicated employees are grateful for the State legislature’s approval last evening of a $25 million loan which guarantees world class thoroughbred racing at Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack.





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