Friday, June 26 2009


Belmont Park Notes - Friday, June 26


ELMONT, N.Y. -- Preakness and Kentucky Oaks champion Rachel Alexandra galloped about a mile and a quarter on Belmont’s fast main track early this morning, well in advance of a 9:30 a.m. downpour.

On Saturday, racing’s hottest star will be a heavy favorite against four rivals in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes. Admission is free for all women and pink bracelets with Rachel Alexandra’s name will be given away to the first 10,000 customers in support of owner Jess Jackson’s decision to donate a percentage of the filly’s future earnings to the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” for breast cancer.





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Rachel Alexandra Continues Mother Goose Preparations


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Steve Asmussen continued to put the finishing touches on Rachel Alexandra’s preparations for Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park, as the filly went to the gate in the morning and schooled in the paddock in the afternoon.

The 3-year-old filly, the first of her sex to win the Preakness Stakes in 85 years, stood in the starting gate for a few moments at about 6:30 a.m., then galloped a mile on Belmont’s training track with exercise rider Dominic Terry aboard.





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CAROLYN’S CAT IN FINE FORM FOR FIRST FLIGHT


ELMONT, N.Y. -- With a wire-to-wire victory in last month's Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap, Carolyn's Cat found her winning touch again and is coming into Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 First Flight Handicap at Belmont Park in top form.

“She ran great her last time out and she's in great shape coming in,” said Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains the filly for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Jr.





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Thursday, June 25 2009


IT’S TIME FOR THE RACHEL ALEXANDRA SHOW!


ELMONT, N.Y. – She walks like a supermodel and runs like an Olympic champion, and Saturday afternoon, Rachel Alexandra will make her New York debut when she puts her six-race winning streak on the line in the 53rd running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.

The leggy bay daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who will be making her first start since beating the boys in the May 16 Preakness Stakes, arrived at Belmont Tuesday afternoon to the snapping of camera shutters, and was bedded down at trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn in stall No. 5, the same one occupied by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin.





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RACHEL ALEXANDRA WEBSITE LAUNCHES AT NYRA.COM


ELMONT, N.Y. – Fans of Rachel Alexandra can connect with the star 3-year-old filly on her own website, “Rachel’s Sandbox” (http://www.nyra.com/rachel), set up by The New York Racing Association, Inc., as she prepares for a summer campaign beginning with Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.

The multimedia site gives fans an interactive experience and allows them to keep up with the latest news and information on Rachel Alexandra as she makes her first start since her historic victory over the boys in the May 16 Preakness Stakes.





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Tuesday, June 23 2009


RACHEL ALEXANDRA ARRIVES AT BELMONT PARK


ELMONT, N.Y. – Following an uneventful flight from Louisville, Ky., Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra arrived safely at Belmont Park late Tuesday afternoon for her next start, Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Accompanied by assistant trainer Scott Blasi, exercise rider Dominic Terry, the Stonestreet Stables security team, and four other thoroughbreds, Rachel Alexandra departed Churchill Downs at noon (EDT) for the 90-minute flight to Farmingdale, N.Y., and arrived at trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn on the Belmont Park backstretch by van at about 4:30 p.m.





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RACHEL ALEXANDRA TO ARRIVE AT BELMONT PARK TUESDAY AFTERNOON


When: Tuesday, June 23, approximately between 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

* Where: Belmont Park stable area, barn 58. Belmont Park is located at 2150 Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, NY 11003





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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Monday, June 22, 2009


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said West Point Thoroughbreds’ multiple graded-stakes winner Justwhistledixie, second in the Grade 1 Acorn in her last start, would not be running against Rachel Alexandra in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.

“We’re going to point her toward the Test (Grade 1, seven furlongs, Saturday, Aug. 8, Saratoga) instead,” he said. “We just decided it’s back a little quick for us.”





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Monday, June 22 2009


LEGAL CONSENT SCORES THIRD STRAIGHT WIN IN MIKE LEE STAKES


ELMONT, N.Y. – Lansdon B. Robbins III’s Legal Consent scored his third straight victory Sunday afternoon at Belmont Park, holding off a late rally from Slevin to take the 30th running of the $105,500 Mike Lee Stakes for New York-breds.

Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, the three-year-old son of Officer tracked Lookin at Her and That’s Rich through an opening quarter-mile in 23.31, then moved up to challenge on the turn. After taking the lead at the top of the lane, Legal Consent hung on to win by a half-length as he covered the seven furlongs over the muddy, sealed track in 1:24.72.





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Saturday, June 20 2009


ICON PROJECT PULLS UPSET IN THE MUDDY NEW YORK STAKES


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Marty Wolfson had always wanted to try Star Crown Stable’s Icon Project on the dirt, and Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, he got his chance.

With the $250,000 New York Stakes moved off the turf because of continued wet weather, the 4-year-old bay daughter of Empire Maker rolled to an impressive 13¼-length victory over favored Criticism in the race, shortened to nine furlongs and downgraded to Grade 3 status with the switch to the muddy main track.





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Friday, June 19 2009


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, June 19, 2009


ELMONT, N.Y. – Rachel Alexandra will make her first start since her historic Preakness victory next Saturday at Belmont Park, but her presence in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose isn’t scaring everyone away.

Trainer Mark Hennig has the Mother Goose under serious consideration for Alan Brodsky’s Don’t Forget Gil, while Kiaran McLaughlin is also mulling a start in the nine-furlong race for West Point Thoroughbreds’ Justwhistledixie. Of the other 22 nominated to the race, Godolphin Stable’s Flashing and Edward P. Evans’ Malibu Prayer are considered probable.





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Thursday, June 18 2009


JOCKEY STUDART INJURED


ELMONT, N.Y. -- Jockey Maylan Studart underwent surgery this afternoon at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. to help mend a broken left leg that was the result of an accident at Belmont Park at approximately 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

According to her agent, Jose Henriquez, Studart was injured while at the barn of trainer Rodrigo Ubillo.





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