Sunday, May 02 2010


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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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, April 30, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Tim Ice will take over the training of 11 horses owned by Fantasy Lane Stable, including the talented 3-year-old Uptowncharlybrown, who will be pointed to the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 5, Ice said Friday.

The late Alan Seewald, who died unexpectedly on April 12, previously trained for Fantasy Lane.





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Thursday, April 29 2010


HARD TO GET PAST TERRANOVA DUO IN SUNDAY’S NYSS


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer John Terranova has a strong hand in both ends of Sunday’s New York Stallion Stakes (NYSS) at Belmont Park, with Grade 2 Beaumont winner Franny Freud topping a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Park Avenue and General Maximus facing nine 3-year-old colts in the $100,000 Times Square.

Franny Freud, a bay daughter of Freud owned by Paul Pompa, Jr. and Stephen Yarbrough, has been competing exclusively in stakes company ever since her seven-length maiden score at Belmont Park just under a year ago. Winner of the Ontario Deb at Woodbine, the Lady Finger at Finger Lakes and the NYSS Fifth Avenue at Aqueduct, the well-traveled filly then wintered in California, where she finished a solid second in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez in January prior to her nearly five-length score in the Beaumont at Keeneland.





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Wednesday, April 28 2010


GRIZZLED WARRIORS MEET IN FORT MARCY


ELMONT, N.Y. – Grand Couturier and Interpatation, winners of the last two renewals of the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, will cut back in distance and face a contentious field when they commence their 2010 campaigns in the Grade 3, $100,000 Fort Marcy at Belmont Park on Saturday.

The Fort Marcy, the ninth race on the card with a post time of 5:17 p.m., is one of two graded stakes on tap on Belmont Park on Saturday, with My Princess Jess heading a field of eight in the Grade 3, $100,000 Beaugay for fillies and mares. In addition, Belmont Park will also offer simulcast wagering on the 136th running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.





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Tuesday, April 27 2010


BRIBON TO DEFEND TITLE IN GRADE 3 WESTCHESTER


ELMONT, N.Y. – His connections may be different, but Bribon will attempt the same goal Friday as he did at this time last year: win the Grade 3, $100,000 Westchester on opening day at Belmont Park.

In 2009, the French-bred gelding made three winter starts at Gulfstream Park, and then used a victory in the one-mile Westchester as a stepping stone to the first Grade 1 triumph of his career, in Belmont’s Metropolitan Handicap last May. From there, he took a turf allowance in Saratoga, ran fifth in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, also on grass, and yielded late to Champion Sprinter Kodiak Kowboy in the Grade 1 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Racetrack in November, beaten less than a length in his final start of the year.





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Monday, April 26 2010


BELMONT PARK OFFERS SATURDAY 300K GUARANTEED LATE PICK 4


ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced that it will offer a $300,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 Saturdays at Belmont Park during the 2010 Spring/Summer Meet. The first $300,000 Pick 4 will be on Saturday, May 8.

Although NYRA offers daily Pick 4’s on races 2 - 5 and the final four races of the day, the $300,000 guarantee applies only to the Late Pick 4 on Saturdays. The Late Pick 4 is a $1 minimum wager in which the bettor must correctly pick the winners of the last four races on the card, usually beginning with race seven. By guaranteeing the wager for $300,000, NYRA will supplement the difference if the total wagering pool for the Saturday Late Pick 4 is less than $300,000.





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Thursday, April 22 2010


$1 MILLION BELMONT STAKES HIGHLIGHTS BELMONT PARK MEET


ELMONT, N.Y. – When the historic iron gates swing open for Belmont Park’s 2010 spring/summer meet on Friday, April 30, the finish line for the Triple Crown will be awaiting its next champion.

It will have been 32 years since Affirmed swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the lengthiest drought in the history of racing’s most coveted and elusive prize, although not for lack of contenders. Seven times in the past 13 years, the Derby and Preakness winner has entered the starting gate for the 1 ½ mile Belmont Stakes, the oldest and longest race in the series, only to come up short. Big Brown, Smarty Jones, Funny Cide, War Emblem, Charismatic, Real Quiet and Silver Charm all stood on the verge of racing immortality, only to be denied, one after another.





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Saturday, January 16 2010


NYRA DONATES $5,000 TO AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that it will contribute $5,000 to the American Red Cross toward the Haitian Relief effort.

“NYRA is proud to support the Haitian Relief effort and offer its assistance during this time of crisis,” NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward said. “We encourage people to join us in sending donations to help those affected by this catastrophe.”





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Friday, December 11 2009


BACKSTRETCH CHILDREN GET TIME TO SHOP – FOR FREE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – This Saturday, December 12, the Anna House child care center on the Belmont Park backstretch will transform into a shopping mall filled with hundreds of donated items including clothing, toys, games and more.

It’s all set up to help the sons and daughters of backstretch workers at Belmont Park pick out Christmas gifts for their families and for themselves.





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NYRA ANNOUNCES ANTI-SLAUGHTER POLICY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced an anti-slaughter policy that introduces harsh penalties to offending horsemen while encouraging them to support horse rescue and adoption initiatives.

The newly created policy is as follows:

Any owner or trainer stabled at a New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) track found to have directly or indirectly sold a horse for slaughter will have his or her stalls permanently revoked from all NYRA tracks. NYRA requires its horsemen to conduct due diligence on those buying horses and encourages them to support rescue and adoption efforts and to find humane ways of dealing with horses unable to continue racing.





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