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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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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