Thursday, September 30 2010
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.
BLAME TOPS CONTENTIOUS FIELD FOR JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP
ELMONT, N.Y. – Since it was first run in 1919, Belmont Park’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational has not only brought together history’s finest thoroughbreds but served as a major steppingstone to year-end honors for many.
Over the last decade alone, 2009 3-year-old champion Summer Bird, 2007-08 Horse of the Year Curlin, 2006 3-year-old champion Bernardini and 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft have counted the Jockey Club Gold Cup as among the most prestigious of their accomplishments, and the connections of morning-line favorite Blame are hoping a victory in Saturday’s 1 ¼ mile race will grace their colt’s resume as well.
Wednesday, September 29 2010
RACHEL ALEXANDRA SIMPLY GREAT IN NEW YORK
ELMONT, N.Y. – Rachel Alexandra won thirteen races during her brilliant career, which included 2009 Horse of the Year honors, and two of those victories came in unforgettable fashion on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit.
Yesterday, Jess Jackson, principal of Stonestreet Stables, the majority owner of Rachel Alexandra, announced that the 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro would be retired and bred to two-time Horse of the Year Curlin.
$500,000 GUARANTEED ALL GRADE 1 PICK 4 ON SUPER SATURDAY
ELMONT, N.Y. – On Saturday, October 2, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will offer a special $500,000 Guaranteed All Grade 1 Pick 4.
The 93rd running of the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational highlights the wager and is expected to include 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.
Sunday, September 26 2010
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, September 26, 2010
ELMONT, N.Y. – The Bob Baffert-trained Mythical Power, runner-up to Quality Road in the Grade 1 Woodward, worked five furlongs in 1:02.43 this morning in preparation for a possible start in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational.
“Everything is good,” reported John Terranova, who with his wife, Tonja, oversees the Hall of Fame trainer’s horses while in New York.
EXCLUSIVE SCHEME TAKES HER SECOND STAKES IN JOHN HETTINGER
ELMONT, N.Y. – Exclusive Scheme earned her second New York-bred stakes victory of the year in the second running of the $100,000 John Hettinger Stakes Sunday afternoon at Belmont Park.
The 4-year-old Saarland filly sat a stalking trip in the 1 1/8-mile event behind longshot Luna Charm, who ran modest opening fractions of :24.50 and :49.79. Nearing the three-eighths pole, jockey Ramon Dominguez gave Exclusive Scheme her cue and the pair took command, holding off late charges from Frivolous Buck, Akilina, and You Go West Girl to win by a length.
Saturday, September 25 2010
It’s Ribo Bobo in the Foolish Pleasure!
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2010) – Rapputi Stables’ homebred 2-year-old gelding Ribo Bobo relished his first start going a route of ground, winning the one mile and seventy yards Foolish Pleasure Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday. Ridden by jockey Eduardo Nunez for trainer Manuel Azpurua, Ribo Bobo defeated Swift Warrior by 1 3/4 lengths and it was another 3 1/4 lengths back to Rough’n Royal in third.
Ribo Bobo tracked the early pace set by Machisa and made his move on the turn for home. He covered the distance in 1:46.63.