Monday, May 10 2010


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


FLY DOWN SOARS TO WINDY DWYER VICTORY; BELMONT NEXT?


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


PHIPPS HOMEBRED KEEPS WINNING ‘STREAK’ INTACT


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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DWYER BROTHERS’ SPORTING LEGACY LIVES ON IN NAMESAKE RACE


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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Wednesday, May 05 2010


ICE BOX TO SKIP PREAKNESS; DECISION ON JACKSON BEND MONDAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito announced Wednesday afternoon that Robert V. LaPenta’s Ice Box, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, will skip the May 15 Preakness and await a possible start in the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 5.

“After talking to Mr. LaPenta, we concurred Ice Box’s race was tremendous, but we also knew that it was a tough race,” Zito said in a statement regarding the Grade 1 Florida Derby winner. “We feel we are better suited to wait and pass the Preakness and possibly go on to the Belmont, and hopefully things work out.”





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SOPHS HOPING TO USE DWYER AS SPRINGBOARD


ELMONT, N.Y. – When the horses enter the gate for the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 5, the WinStar Farm connections of Super Saver are hoping its Kentucky Derby winner will be vying to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.

In the meantime, one of WinStar’s other top 3-year-olds is readying for Saturday’s 93rd running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer, which in its new spot on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) calendar will serve a major steppingstone to the 1 ½-mile Belmont.





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TODD PLETCHER PODCAST


ELMONT, N.Y. - For a podcast recorded this morning with Todd Pletcher from his barn at Belmont Park, please visit the following link: http://www.nyra.com/belmont/stories/Podcast_Todd_Pletcher.shtml

In the podcast, Pletcher discusses his first Kentucky Derby victory with Super Saver, including his thoughts on Calvin Borel and the quick two-week turnaround to the Preakness. In addition, he discusses the possibility of Devil May Care going to the Belmont Stakes and the status of Quality Road, one of the top contenders for the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at Belmont Park.





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Sunday, May 02 2010


TERRANOVA DUO SWEEPS NYSS PARK AVENUE, TIMES SQUARE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer John Terranova swept both ends of the New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont Park Sunday afternoon with a pair of favorites, sending out Franny Freud to win the $100,000 Park Avenue Division and coming back with General Maximus in the $100,000 Times Square Division.

Franny Freud, winner of the Grade 2 Beaumont in her last start, made quick work of her five opponents in the race for 3-year-old daughters of New York stallions. With Garrett Gomez aboard, the Freud filly tracked So N So through an opening quarter in 22.55, then took over on the turn before opening up to hit the wire 7 ¾ lengths in front.





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IN WAKE OF DERBY, SEVERAL LOOK TO JUNE 5 BELMONT STAKES


ELMONT, N.Y. – Winning Kentucky Derby trainer Todd Pletcher, whose Super Saver is headed to Baltimore for the second leg of the Triple Crown, did not rule out the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 5, as the next start for the filly Devil May Care, who was 10th in the 20-horse Derby field.

“We’re not sure yet,” said Pletcher, who saddled his first Classic winner in the 2007 Belmont Stakes with Rags to Riches, the first filly in 102 years to win the race. “Anything is possible.”





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BALETTI RALLIES TO CAPTURE FORT MARCY


ELMONT, N.Y. – Baletti rebounded from a disappointing effort in New Orleans to take the 34th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Fort Marcy, while Dynaslew set all of the fractions to score in the Grade 3, $100,000 Beaugay for fillies and mares in front of a crowd of 9,405 on Opening Saturday at Belmont Park.

Owned by Castletop Stable, Baletti entered the Grade 2 Mervin Muniz, Jr. Memorial Handicap at the Fair Grounds having won four of his last six starts, but beat just two home to finish eighth. Looking to get back on track in the Fort Marcy, the 6-year-old gelded son of Gulch received a well-timed ride from Cornelio Velasquez to collar Dynamoor in the final sixteenth and earn a half-length victory.





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Friday, April 30 2010


SURPRISE! JERKENS UPSETS WESTCHESTER ON BELMONT OPENING DAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – H. Allen Jerkens has pulled off an upset or two in his Hall of Fame career, and Friday’s Opening Day at Belmont Park was no exception as he sent out 27-1 Le Grand Cru to capture the 82nd running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Westchester, the trainer’s sixth victory in the race.

Jerkens, whose first victory in the Westchester came in 1975 with Step Nicely, also saddled Fabulous Find (1982), Singh Tu (1983), Virginia Rapids (1994) and Wagon Limit (1998) to win the one-mile race.





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