Wednesday, October 13 2010


MARY’S FOLLIES RETURNS IN ATHENIA


ELMONT, N.Y. – Mary’s Follies, off for the past 11 months, will return to the races Saturday at Belmont Park in the Grade 3, $100,000 Athenia for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Purchased by Paul Pompa, Jr. and transferred to the barn of Rick Dutrow, Jr. off a victory in the 2009 Grade 3 Boiling Springs at Monmouth Park, Mary’s Follies finished second in an off-the-turf running of the Grade 3 Lake George at Saratoga and sixth on the dirt in the Grade 2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Philadelphia Park in her first two starts for her new connections. Back on grass for the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs in November, the bay daughter of More Than Ready kicked away to a 1 ½-length victory before being sent to the sidelines.





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Tuesday, October 12 2010


ARUNA EARNS FIRST STAKES WIN IN PEBBLES


ELMONT, N.Y. – Aruna ran her American record to 2-for-2 and earned her first stakes victory Monday afternoon at Belmont Park, rallying through the stretch en route to a three-length win over Bet On the Blue in the $100,000 Pebbles for 3-year-old fillies.

Racing ahead of just one filly as Ultimate Class led the field of eight through an opening half-mile in 47.07, the dark bay daughter of Mr. Greeley began moving up steadily on the turn after being guided to the outside by jockey Ramon Dominguez. Tipped four-wide at the head of the lane, she launched her bid down the middle of the course and took over in the final 200 yards, completing the mile in 1:35.03 over the firm turf course.





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Sunday, October 10 2010


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, October 10, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – It was a happy Sunday in Todd Pletcher’s Belmont Park barn following Uncle Mo’s impressive 4 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Champagne Stakes and the trainer reported that Repole Stable’s juvenile star emerged from the race in good shape.

“He came out of it well, looked good this morning and the plan is to go to the Breeders’ Cup assuming that he trains the way we expect him to between now and then,” Pletcher said.





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Saturday, October 09 2010


PRINCE WILL I AM FEELING IT IN JAMAICA


ELMONT, N.Y. – Prince Will I Am picked up the first stakes victory of his career Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, edging clear after a dramatic last-to-first run in the Grade 1, $250,000 Jamaica Handicap.

Trailing as Citrus Kid led the field of 11 through mild opening fractions of 24.93 and 50.40, Prince Will I Am was carried six wide into the stretch before chiming in with a powerful late run to seize the lead at the sixteenth pole and finish 1 ¼ lengths clear of the pacesetter.





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UNCLE MO KEEPS MOMENTUM GOING IN CHAMPAGNE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Heavily favored Uncle Mo lived up to expectations Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park with a 4 ¾-length victory in the Grade 1, $300,000 Champagne Stakes that was as swift as it was authoritative.

Sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six, the 2-year-old son of Indian Charlie dueled for the early lead with longshot I’m Steppin’ It Up through opening fractions of 22.41 and 45.92, and began edging clear after going three-quarters in 1:10.47. Kept to task through the stretch by jockey John Velazquez, Uncle Mo easily opened up on his five rivals, hitting the wire in 1:34.51 for the mile, which tied with Seattle Slew for the second-fastest Champagne at the distance, just a fifth of a second slower than Devil’s Bag’s 1983 stakes record of 1:34 1/5.





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UNCLE MO KEEPS MOMENTUM GOING IN CHAMPAGNE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Heavily favored Uncle Mo lived up to expectations Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park with a 4 ¾-length victory in the Grade 1, $300,000 Champagne Stakes that was as swift as it was authoritative.

Sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six, the 2-year-old son of Indian Charlie dueled for the early lead with longshot I’m Steppin’ It Up through opening fractions of 22.41 and 45.92, and began edging clear after going three-quarters in 1:10.47. Kept to task through the stretch by jockey John Velazquez, Uncle Mo easily opened up on his five rivals, hitting the wire in 1:34.51 for the mile, which tied with Seattle Slew for the second-fastest Champagne at the distance, just a fifth of a second slower than Devil’s Bag’s 1983 stakes record of 1:34 1/5.





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EASY AS A-B-C FOR A Z WARRIOR IN FRIZETTE


ELMONT, N.Y. – A Z Warrior took to conventional dirt in style, contesting the pace and drawing clear in the stretch to win the Grade 1, $300,000 Frizette by 1 ¾ lengths on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Seeking an automatic berth in the November 5 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, A Z Warrior led briefly before ceding the front end to longshot Coax Liberty, who set brisk fractions of 22.87 and 46.25. A Z Warrior took over when the pacesetter gave way midway on the turn, then opened on her rivals nearing the eighth pole, with R Heat Lightning giving vain chase to finish second following a troubled trip.





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Friday, October 08 2010


DOMINGUEZ RIDES FOUR WINNERS FRIDAY AT BELMONT


ELMONT, N.Y. – Ramon Dominguez, currently the leading rider on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, brought home four winners at Belmont Park Friday afternoon, widening his lead in the jockey standings to 12 over John Velazquez.

Dominguez began the day by guiding favored Bindle Stick ($3.90) to a 2 ½-length victory in the first race, a one-mile claiming event on the main track. After finishing out of the money in the second race, he then put together consecutive wins with last-to-first Cave’s Valley ($12.60) in the third race, a seven-furlong claimer, and Spoleto ($3.30) in the fourth, a six-furlong, off-the-turf maiden claimer.





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NEON LIGHT LOOKS TO SHINE IN PEBBLES


ELMONT, N.Y. – Neon Light tops a field of 10 evenly matched 3-year-old fillies coming together for Monday’s $100,000 Pebbles Stakes, the Columbus Day feature at Belmont Park.

After posting a 2-0-1 record from three starts in Germany, Neon Light was acquired by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin for Sheila Rosenblum following her seventh-place finish in her United States debut, the Grade 2 Lake George at Saratoga Race Course on July 28.





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NEW YORK WATCH: ECONOMIC SUMMIT


ELMONT, N.Y. – Looking to improve your finances? Instead of hosting an economic summit, you would have been better off wagering on Economic Summit when he broke his maiden by a comfortable length yesterday at Belmont Park. With the victory, Economic Summit joins the New York watch, which profiles up-and-comers that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga. His page is located at http://www.nyra.com/nywatch/EconomicSummit.html.

Making his second start, Economic Summit tracked the pacesetter in second through a quarter in 23.59, forged to the front with five-sixteenths left to travel, and was chased home in the stretch by Adios Charlie, who finished 7 ¼ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Redeemed. The final time for seven furlongs was 1:23.91.





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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, October 8, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer David Donk said Friday that Noble Damsel heroine Strike the Bell would run back in next Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Athenia and would turn in her final work for the race this weekend.

“She breezed a little bit last Sunday [October 3, Belmont training track, 3f in 38.49] so she’ll come back and probably breeze Sunday again and we’ll go for [the Athenia],” Donk said. “She’s doing well and obviously she runs well here. The mile and a sixteenth here is still a semi one-turn race and some pace would obviously help. She’ll run on any kind of course and she’s done well out of her last race.”





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UNCLE MO SCHOOLS FOR CHAMPAGNE; DISCREETLY MINE TO MISS BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT


ELMONT, N.Y. – Uncle Mo, the 1-4 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Grade 1 Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds, had his final schooling session in Belmont Park’s paddock Thursday morning under the supervision of trainer Todd Pletcher.

Joining the bay son of Indian Charlie in the paddock were stablemates R Heat Lightning and Valiant Passion, two of the four Pletcher fillies, along with Tap for Luck and Maple Forest, entered in Saturday’s Grade 1 Frizette. Also on Saturday’s Belmont card is the Grade 1 Jamaica Handicap for 3-year-old colts on the turf.





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