Monday, June 28 2010
GUTFREUND RALLIES TO WIN BELMONT HANDICAPPING CHALLENGE
ELMONT, N.Y. – Dave Gutfreund of Chicago got up in the shadow of the wire to win the $40,000 grand prize in Belmont Park’s 2010 Summer Handicapping Challenge and become the first person to capture two tournaments held at New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) racetracks.
Along with the second and third place finishers, Gutfreund will be on the three-member Belmont Park team for the 2011 NTRA/Daily Racing Form National Handicapping Championship (NHC), to be held this coming January at the Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa in Las Vegas. The NHC is giving out a grand total of $1 million in prize money with the first-place winner receiving $500,000 and earning NTRA Handicapper of the Year honors at the 2011 Eclipse Awards.
BELMONT PARK NOTES - Sunday, June 27 2010
ELMONT, N.Y. – Devil May Care had a good morning following her victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Mother Goose, trainer Todd Pletcher reported.
“She came out of the race in excellent shape,” said Pletcher, who has the Grade 1 Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, July 24, scheduled for her next start, to be followed by the Grade 1 Betfair TVG Alabama on Saturday, August 21.
Saturday, June 26 2010
DEVIL MAY CARE GIVES PLETCHER GRADE 1 GIFT IN MOTHER GOOSE
ELMONT, N.Y. – Making her first start since finishing 10th in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, Devil May Care stalked the pace and held sway in the stretch to take the 54th running of the Grade 1, $250,000 Mother Goose for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Belmont Park. Her win gave trainer Todd Pletcher the perfect gift on his 43rd birthday.
Heroine of the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont as a 2-year-old, Devil May Care rebounded from a fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday at the Fair Grounds in her sophomore debut to draw off to a 2¾-length victory in the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss at Gulfstream Park in her final start prior to the Derby.
Friday, June 25 2010
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, June 25, 2010
ELMONT, N.Y. – Godolphin Stable’s Regal Ransom is scheduled to have his final serious move tomorrow morning for next Saturday’s Grade 2 Suburban Handicap, with assistant trainer Rick Mettee penciling in a five-furlong breeze for the son of Distorted Humor.
“He’s doing really well,” said Mettee of the 4-year-old Regal Ransom, who will be making his first start since finishing eighth in last November’s Breeders’ Cup Classic over an artificial surface. “He went to Dubai and didn’t train well over the Tapeta. When he came here, he got back into full swing.
Thursday, June 24 2010
PLETCHER ENTERS THREE IN MOTHER GOOSE
ELMONT, N.Y. - A trio of fillies from Todd Pletcher’s barn headline a well-matched group of 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturday’s 54th running of the Grade 1, $250,000 Mother Goose at Belmont Park.
Five fillies were entered in the 1 1/16th-mile event, including Pletcher’s Grade 1 Frizette and Grade 2 Bonnie Miss heroine Devil May Care, Grade 3 Tempted and Dogwood winner Ailalea, and Katy Now, who has won her last three starts.
Monday, June 21 2010
FRIEND OR FOE THE HERO OF THE MIKE LEE
ELMONT, N.Y. – Friend Or Foe remains unbeaten in three starts after wearing down the early pacesetter and asserting command late to take the 31st running of the $100,000 Mike Lee by 2½ lengths on Father’s Day at Belmont Park.
Entering the Mike Lee off a March 6 maiden victory at Gulfstream Park and a May 15 triumph over statebreds in an allowance at Belmont, Friend Or Foe shadowed a free-running General Maximus through fractions of 22.80 and 45.17. After drawing to the throatlatch of General Maximus as the field turned for home, Friend Or Foe gradually edged clear after the pacesetter capitulated at the furlong marker.
NEW YORK WATCH: GALLANT FIELDS
ELMONT, N.Y. – With talented 3-year-olds Ice Box, Fly Down, Jackson Bend, Miner’s Reserve, and Our Dark Knight in his barn, Nick Zito is poised to make some noise in the second half of 2010. And following today’s fourth race at Belmont Park, you can add Gallant Fields to the list of sharp Zito sophomores. The New York Watch page for Gallant Fields is available at http://www.nyra.com/nywatch/GallantFields.html
Making the second start of his career on a muggy day at Belmont Park, Gallant Fields pressed the pace in the two path through a half in a testing 45.37, then ran away from his rivals under a drive in the stretch to win by a widening 8¼ lengths with Jose Lezcano aboard.
Saturday, June 19 2010
MUCH ADO ABOUT LADY SHAKESPEARE IN NEW YORK VICTORY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Unleashing a powerful late run through the stretch, Lady Shakespeare came from last to first to win the 67th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 New York at Belmont Park Saturday afternoon.
Bringing up the rear as Daveron led through early fractions of 24.23 and 48.96, Lady Shakespeare remained last of four through a mile in 1:35.57. Asked to pick up the pace turning for home, she seized the lead leaving the sixteenth pole and drew clear to win by 2¾ lengths.
Monday, June 14 2010
CASTELLANO WINS FOUR SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT BELMONT
ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockey Javier Castellano rode four winners from six mounts Sunday afternoon at Belmont Park, his second quadruple score since the Belmont Park Spring/Summer Meet began on April 30.
Castellano’s banner day started off with a front-running victory in race 2 aboard favored Cougar Cruise ($6.90), setting tepid fractions and holding on to win by 1½ lengths. His next mount didn’t come until race 5, but he made it count, swinging the second betting choice Fashion Insider ($8.20) wide for the stretch run and getting up to win by a head over favored Remark.
The 32-year-old Venezuelan pilot made it 3-for-3 in race 7, overcoming a slow start with favored Storm Showers ($7.20) and surging in the final furlong to triumph by three-quarters of a length.
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, June 13, 2010
ELMONT, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, who returned to the work tab Saturday morning, came out of the four-furlong move in good order, reported Jonathan Thomas, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.
Eighth in the Preakness in his most recent start, the WinStar Farms colt covered a half-mile in 49.21.
Sunday, June 13 2010
LIFE AT TEN SCORES FIFTH STRAIGHT IN OGDEN PHIPPS
ELMONT, N.Y. – Life At Ten scored her fifth straight victory on Saturday afternoon, grabbing the lead coming out of the gate and running off to a 2¾-length victory over favored Unrivaled Belle in the 42nd running of the Grade 1, $250,000 Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park.
Under jockey John Velazquez, the 5-year-old Malibu Moon mare stumbled slightly at the break, then zipped to the front, setting fractions of 23.22, 45.55 and 1:08.40 while being shadowed by Unrivaled Belle. Rounding the turn, the favorite ranged up alongside to challenge at the quarter pole, but Life At Ten found another gear and pulled clear through the stretch to complete the 1 1/16th miles in 1:40.72.
Thursday, June 10 2010
NEW YORK WATCH: DEVON ROCK
ELMONT, N.Y. – Jimmy Jerkens knew he had a talented colt in Devon Rock, but wasn’t sure if the 3-year-old son of Rock Hard Ten would prove best on the dirt or the turf. The trainer received an empathetic answer on Saturday when Devon Rock kicked away to a 2 ¼-length victory in a one-mile turf event at Belmont Park. The New York Watch page for Devon Rock is located at http://www.nyra.com/nywatch/DevonRock.html
Devon Rock was purchased by Centennial Farms for $440,000 at the 2009 Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale (video of his pre-sale workout) and trained at Palm Meadows in Florida, where he posted 12 workouts, including a 1:00 five-furlong drill on the turf on March 14. Jerkens elected to have the sophomore debut in a one-mile over the Belmont main track on April 30, and the colt finished third, 7 ¼ lengths behind fellow New York Watch subject Christmas for Liam.