Monday, May 17 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – It was a banner day at Belmont Park for Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, who brought home four winners from five mounts Sunday afternoon.

Prado guided Sounds Familiar ($5.30) to win the third race, Endless Circle ($4.70) in the fourth, Pocket Cowboys ($11.80) in the eighth and Giant Moon ($10) in the ninth. He finished fifth aboard Kittylicious in Race 6, his only non-winner of the day.

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ELMONT, N.Y. – The Triple Crown trail comes to an end at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 5, with the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, which is expected to draw several contenders from the Kentucky Derby and Preakness as well as a number of 3-year-olds just rounding into top form.

First Dude, runner-up to Lookin At Lucky in Saturday’s Grade 1 Preakness, is among the horses who will target the 1 ½-mile Belmont, trainer Dale Romans said Sunday morning.

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Saturday, May 15 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Funny Moon shrugged off a challenge from the heavy favorite Seattle Smooth to win the Grade 2, $147,000 Shuvee Handicap for fillies and mares today at Belmont Park.

Winner of last year’s Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, Funny Moon patiently stalked longshot pacesetter Solo Piano in second through a half in 48.19 as the field raced into a headwind. With Seattle Smooth making a three-wide challenge on the far turn, Funny Moon claimed a narrow advantage approaching the quarter pole and kicked clear in the stretch when put to a drive to score by 2 ¾ lengths over the 3-5 favorite, who was making her first start since winning the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap last June.

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Friday, May 14 2010

BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, May 14, 2010

ELMONT, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey is keeping his options open for the Phipps Stable’s Protesting, who rallied from eighth Thursday afternoon to win an optional claimer by a neck in her first start on the turf .

It was the first victory of the year for the 3-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy, who had finished fourth to Evening Jewel in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland in her previous start.

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Wednesday, May 12 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Grade 1 heroine Seattle Smooth, currently riding a five-race winning streak, is set to make her 5-year-old debut and defend her title in the Grade 2, $150,000 Shuvee Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park.

In addition to the Shuvee and nine other live races, those in attendance at Belmont on Saturday will be able to watch and wager on the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Grade 1 Preakness from Pimlico.

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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ELMONT, N.Y. – The speedy Eightyfiveinafifty had his first work Saturday since a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3, one-mile Derby Trial in the mud at Churchill Downs on April 24, covering a half-mile in 47.06 over the main track at Aqueduct. The move was the fastest of nine at the distance.

“It was super,” said Gary Contessa, who trains the colt for Harold Lerner, John Moirano, and Team Stallion Racing. “He always works well, but he was a little tired after the Derby Trial. I’m seriously considering the Woody Stephens for him, but it’s not etched in stone. If I see he’s moving along like his old self, he’ll go, but I want to make sure of that before I commit.”

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Monday, May 10 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Cornelio Velasquez finds himself in a three-way tie atop the riding standings at Belmont Park after winning four races from six mounts on Mother’s Day.

Velasquez, who has won nine races since the meet started on April 30, swept the early Daily Double with Chick in Slacks ($8.00) and Temecula Creek ($6.90). After missing by just a head in the fifth race, he guided Money’s Sweet ($7.90) and Worthy Wager ($9.30) to victory in races six and seven. He finished fifth in race nine to complete the day. His mounts in races eight and 10 were scratched.

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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, May 9, 2010

ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Tom Albertrani is sitting on a trio of talented 3-year-old colts and the prospect of an exciting summer ahead.

Leading that group is Padua Stables’ lightly raced Odysseus, among the top 2010 Triple Crown prospects before going to the sidelines with a left knee injury after finishing last in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 10.

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Saturday, May 08 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Fly Down’s last-to-first victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer on a blustery Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park may have earned the colt a shot at the Belmont Stakes.

The 3-year-old son of Mineshaft barreled into the lead rounding the far turn and pulled clear to a six-length win over 3-5 favorite Drosselmeyer in the Dwyer, which in its new spot on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) calendar serves as a steppingstone to the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 5.

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Friday, May 07 2010

BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, May 7, 2010

ELMONT, N.Y. – The newest member of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s barn is Belmont Stakes hopeful Uptowncharlybrown, most recently third in the Grade 2 Lexington at Keeneland on April 17.

“He’s a really nice horse and we are happy to have him,” said McLaughlin. “We’ll work him tomorrow, and hopefully every Saturday up to the Belmont Stakes. We think he has a big chance in the Belmont.”

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Thursday, May 06 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Streaker, a well-bred 3-year-old filly from the barn of Shug McGaughey, easily defeated older opponents in today’s featured race at Belmont Park to remain unbeaten in three starts.

Carrying the colors of her breeder, Phipps Stable, Streaker used her tactical speed to stalk the pace in second after breaking from post position 1. She skimmed the rail as she engaged the pacesetter with a half mile left, and needed only light urging down the stretch to report home a 2 ¼-length winner under Javier Castellano, who rode the sophomore for the first time.

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ELMONT, N.Y. – Before it was the Dwyer, it was the Brooklyn Derby, a race inaugurated in 1887 at Gravesend Race Track and won that year by an undefeated 3-year-old named Hanover who had overpowered one opponent in the Belmont Stakes just five days earlier.

Of course, those were different times.

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