Sunday, October 03 2010
AVE UP IN TIME IN WILD FLOWER BOWL FINISH
ELMONT, N.Y. – Ave charged between favored Red Desire and Changing Skies in the shadow of the wire Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park to take a thrilling edition of the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational by a head.
Settled towards the back as Gozzip Girl towed the field of seven fillies and mares through dawdling fractions of 26.05, 53.54 and 1:19.19 over a yielding turf course, Ave was moved into contention by jockey Javier Castellano as the field fanned seven-wide straightening for home. With the Japanese filly, Red Desire, and Changing Skies emerging from the fray to battle for the lead through the final hundred yards, Ave hit her best stride in deep stretch and split the first two in the last jump to earn her first American victory.
GIROLAMO GAINS GRADE 1 GLORY IN VOSBURGH INVITATIONAL
ELMONT, N.Y. – Girolamo earned his first career Grade 1 victory in just his second start of the year, pulling clear through the stretch to take the 71st running of Saturday’s $350,000 Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont Park by 2 ½ lengths over Riley Tucker.
The 4-year-old A.P. Indy colt, sent off as the 2-1 favorite, broke alertly, and after checking briefly moved up to race between Snapshot and Wall Street Wonder as the latter led the field of nine through an opening quarter-mile in 22.56. Poking his nose in front as the half went in 45.26, Girolamo turned back a late challenge from Riley Tucker to emerge with a clear lead in midstretch and edged clear to hit the wire in 1:09.41.
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Saturday, October 2, 2010
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Todd Pletcher, who won last year’s Grade 1 Frizette with Devil May Care, looks to repeat next Saturday when he sends out a quartet of fillies for the $300,000 race, one of three Grade 1’s on the card along with the Champagne and the Jamaica Handicap.
Heading the group is E. Paul Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning, already a Grade 1 winner with her four-length victory in the Spinaway at Saratoga Race Course on September 5. The Trippi filly will be making her fourth start in the one-mile Frizette, having broken her maiden in July at Delaware Park and finishing second in the Colleen at Monmouth Park in August.
Friday, October 01 2010
NO LIVE RACING AT BELMONT PARK ON FRIDAY; SIMULCASTING, TELEBET AND INTERNET WAGERING AVAILABLE
ELMONT, N.Y. – Due to heavy rainfall, flooding, and winds, there will be no live racing at Belmont Park on Friday, October 1. However, the track will be open for simulcasting and NYRA Rewards telebet and internet wagering will be available. Admission and parking will be free for customers coming to Belmont for the simulcast card.
Belmont will have live racing on Saturday, October 2, including five Grade 1 stakes. The Saturday card features the 93rd running of the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational. Among others, the race includes 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.
FANCY POINT SEEKS SECOND STAKES SCORE IN MISS GRILLO
ELMONT, N.Y. – A large cast of 2-year-old fillies, led by Fancy Point, will vie for an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf when they compete in Sunday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Miss Grillo at Belmont Park.
Fancy Point is one of three stakes winners entered in the Miss Grillo at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, having broken her maiden over the same distance in the P. G. Johnson over the Saratoga grass on September 1. Prior to that, the daughter of Point Given was fourth in a six-furlong maiden event on the dirt at the Spa on August 18.
Thursday, September 30 2010
SOLDAT HEADS TALENTED PILGRIM FIELD
ELMONT, N.Y. – Soldat, who broke his maiden in the Grade 3 With Anticipation at Saratoga Race Course last time out, heads a talented field of juveniles in Sunday’s 32nd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Pilgrim at Belmont Park.
It will be just the second start on turf for the son of War Front, who stalked pacesetter Typhoon Slew in the 1 1/16-mile With Anticipation on September 3 before drawing clear to a three-length victory in his first start around two turns. Soldat was a two-time runner up in dirt maiden races earlier in the summer.
REGAL RANSOM BACK FOR MORE IN KELSO
ELMONT, N.Y. – Regal Ransom, who scored an impressive front-running victory at Saratoga Race Course on September 1, heads a field of eight middle-distance specialists entered in Sunday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park, which will be contested for the first time as a scheduled dirt race.
The 4-year-old Distorted Humor colt is seeking his first stakes win since the 2009 Super Derby, in which he became the last horse to defeat Blame, carrier of a five-race win streak into Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational at Belmont. Subsequently eighth over the artificial surface in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Regal Ransom came back to finish fourth behind Haynesfield in Belmont’s Grade 2 Suburban Handicap in July.
GRAND COUTURIER, THREE-TIME NEW YORK GRADE 1 WINNER, RETIRED
ELMONT, N.Y. – Grand Couturier, winner of three Grade 1 races on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, and earner of nearly $1.5 million, was retired today, according to trainer Bobby Ribaudo.
“We were getting ready to go to Canada a few weeks ago, and his ankle flared up,” Ribaudo said. “Although the tests are now fine, we didn’t think it would be worth the risk of continuing to race him.”
NO LIVE RACING OR SIMULCASTING AT BELMONT PARK ON THURSDAY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Due to heavy rainfall and high winds, there will be no live racing or simulcasting at Belmont Park on Thursday, September 30. NYRA Rewards telebet and internet wagering will be available.
Belmont features five prestigious Grade 1 races on Saturday, October 2, highlighted by the 93rd running of the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational. Among others, the race includes 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.
DOMINGUEZ SWEEPS EARLY PICK 3 EN ROUTE TO 4-WIN DAY AT BELMONT
ELMONT, N.Y. – Ramon Dominguez, currently the leading rider on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, swept the early Pick 3 at Belmont Park Wednesday afternoon and finished the day with four victories to widen his lead in the jockey standings to nine.
In Race 1, Dominguez guided favored Pretty B ($5.80) to a 3 ¼-length victory in an off-the-turf claiming contest to start the afternoon, then completed his sweep of the early Pick 3 aboard second choices Keechi Bullet ($7.50) and Wishful Tomcat ($7.20) in Races 2 and 3.
UNRIVALED BELLE AND LIFE AT TEN TOP BELDAME
ELMONT, N.Y. – Unrivaled Belle, who has been first or second in all but one of her 10 starts, and the equally consistent Life At Ten headline a group of six fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade 1, $350,000 Beldame Invitational at Belmont Park.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Unrivaled Belle is seeking her first Grade 1 victory in the 1 1/8-mile Beldame, having finished second as the favorite in her two most recent starts, the Grade 1 Ruffian at Saratoga Race Course on August 1 and the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont on June 12.
RED DESIRE SET FOR FIRST NORTH AMERICAN START IN FLOWER BOWL
ELMONT, N.Y. – Red Desire, a Group 1 winner in Japan, will make her first start in North America when she faces seven fillies and mares in the 33rd running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.
In 2009, Red Desire won the Group 1 Shuka Sho, was runner-up in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) and Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks), and finished third in the Grade 1 Japan Cup.