Friday, October 23 2009


OPERATION RED DAWN ENDS DROUGHT IN KNICKERBOCKER


ELMONT, N.Y. – In the week leading up to the Grade 3, $106,500 Knickerbocker, trainer Christophe Clement lamented that his ultra-consistent but hard-luck 7-year-old gelding Operation Red Dawn should win more races.

On Thursday, in the 53rd running of the 1 1/8-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up, Operation Red Dawn rewarded the faith of his trainer, swooping down on runaway leader Lemon Cream Pie in the final 70 yards to win by 2½ lengths under jockey Rajiv Maragh.





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MOHAWK, TICONDEROGA STAKES MOVED TO SUNDAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – The $150,000 Mohawk and the $150,000 Ticonderoga for fillies and mares, two nine-furlong turf stakes originally scheduled for Saturday’s New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park, have been moved back to Sunday because of weather.

An inch or more of rain is forecast for the New York metropolitan area, beginning Friday evening.





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$250,000 EMPIRE CLASSIC TOPS RICH NEW YORK SHOWCASE DAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – Future Prospect and Haynesfield have the star power, and Naughty New Yorker is the sentimental favorite, but contention will run deep Saturday when 11 colts and geldings and one filly line up for the $250,000 Empire Classic at Belmont Park.

The 1 1/8-mile dirt race for 3-year-olds and up is the featured event of the annual New York Showcase Day program, which this year offers seven stakes races exclusively for New York-breds worth a total of $1 million.





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$250,000 EMPIRE CLASSIC TOPS RICH NEW YORK SHOWCASE DAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – Future Prospect and Haynesfield have the star power, and Naughty New Yorker is the sentimental favorite, but contention will run deep Saturday when 11 colts and geldings and one filly line up for the $250,000 Empire Classic at Belmont Park.

The 1 1/8-mile dirt race for 3-year-olds and up is the featured event of the annual New York Showcase Day program, which this year offers seven stakes races exclusively for New York-breds worth a total of $1 million.





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Thursday, October 22 2009


BELLE ALLURE MORE THAN JUST GOOD LOOKING IN ATHENIA WIN


ELMONT, N.Y. – Proving that she’s got talent to match her looks, Belle Allure (IRE) gutted out her first U.S. stakes win Wednesday afternoon in the delayed 33rd running of the Grade 3, $106,500 Athenia Stakes going 1 1/16 miles over Belmont Park’s inner turf course.

After tucking in along the rail through moderate early fractions of 24.38 and 48.29 set by longshot Miss Lombardi, jockey Ramon Dominguez found himself trapped inside leaving the turn. Forced to angle Belle Allure out in upper stretch, he was able to split rivals and the filly closed steadily to get up for the win in the final strides, prevailing over Kristi With a K by a head.





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BELMONT RUNNERS TAKE ON TRACK RECORDS


ELMONT, N.Y. – One track record was tied and another broken on a beautiful fall day of racing Wednesday at Belmont Park.

In the first race, Repole Stable’s Super Shape took charge from the start and then shook off a challenge in the stretch from Todd Got Even to draw off by 2¾ lengths and equal the Belmont Park 6½-furlong main track record of 1:14.46.





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Monday, October 19 2009


PROUDINSKY RETURNS IN GRADE 3 KNICKERBOCKER


ELMONT, N.Y. – After four months on the sidelines but not out of training, Johanna Louise Glen-Teven’s millionaire, Proudinsky, returns to the grass wars Thursday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Knickerbocker, a 1⅛-mile race for 3-year-olds and up on the inner turf course at Belmont Park. Originally carded for Sunday, October 18, the race was moved when inclement weather forced racing off the grass in New York this weekend.

The 6-year-old German-bred son of Silvano, who has proven capable in top company on firm or giving ground, opens as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel in the field of eight plus two main-track-only entries.





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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, October 18, 2009


ELMONT, N.Y. – Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 mark the final days of racing at Belmont Park for The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s 2009 Fall Championship Meet. The meet’s final highlight is Saturday’s annual New York Showcase Day program, featuring seven state-bred stakes races worth a total of $1 million.

In addition to Saturday’s stakes action, Belmont Park also will host the very best of the Empire State from food to entertainment with activities ranging from a New York State wine tasting featuring offerings from Long Island’s Raphael Winery and the Finger Lakes region’s Heron Hill Winery; equestrian art for exhibition and sale; Jeff Lubin’s “Downtown” band playing in the paddock tent, an autumn carnival in the backyard with hayrides and pumpkin patch and much more.





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Saturday, October 17 2009


BELLE ALLURE LOOKS FOR FIRST U.S. STAKES WIN IN ATHENIA


ELMONT, N.Y. – Ronchalon Stable’s Belle Allure (IRE) looks for her first U.S. stakes win Wednesday in the 33rd running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Athenia going 1 1/16 miles over the Belmont Park turf course. Originally carded for Saturday, October 17, the race was moved when inclement weather forced racing off the grass in New York this weekend.

Belle Allure, a 4-year-old daughter of Numerous, won her first start after being transferred to the barn of trainer Christophe Clement in an allowance race here on May 21 at the Athenia distance. She made her next start in the 1¼-mile Donor Stakes on July 22, finishing third. In her most recent start, the Voodoo Dancer Stakes at Saratoga on September 4, she got up late for second behind Leamington.





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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, October 16, 2009


ELMONT, N.Y. – Regrouping after a third-place finish behind Informed Decision in the Grade 3 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes, Godolphin Racing’s Flashing zipped a bullet five furlongs in 59.72 on Thursday at Belmont Park.

The 3-year-old chestnut daughter of A.P. Indy won the Grade 2 Nassau County Stakes in May at Belmont and the Grade 1 Test in August at Saratoga.





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Thursday, October 15 2009


NYRA SATURDAY FEATURE SHIFTED TO WEDNESDAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – Due to heavy rain forecast for the New York area during the latter half of the week and weekend, The New York Racing Association, Inc., has moved Saturday’s scheduled feature race, the Grade 3, $100,000-added Athenia for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up going 1 1/16 miles on the Belmont Park turf course, to Wednesday, October 21.





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Tuesday, October 13 2009


MISS CATALYST ROCKS PEBBLES


ELMONT, N.Y. – Gulf Coast Farms’ and Arianne De Kwiatkowski’s Miss Catalyst scored her first stakes victory Monday afternoon at Belmont Park, winning the 17th running of the $110,000 Pebbles Stakes by a neck.

Breaking from the far outside in the field of nine, Miss Catalyst sat three-wide, pressing the moderate pace set by longshot Blushing Dixie through early fractions of 23.38 and 47.26. Opening up a clear advantage in midstretch, she was able to hold off late-charging Pull Dancer and Maram to prevail at the wire.





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