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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Monday, October 12, 2009
ELMONT, N.Y. – IEAH Stables President Mike Iavarone woke up Monday morning with a flu bug, but nothing could bring him down following the tremendous performance of his horses this past weekend.
Recent IEAH purchase Diamondrella won the Grade 1, $400,000 First Lady Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, turf star Court Vision returned to the races a ridgling and took the Grade 1, $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes, and Burley’s Gold put in a big run to finish second to Girolamo in the Grade 2, $150,000 Jerome at Belmont Park.
Monday, October 12 2009
GIROLAMO DOMINANT IN GRADE 2 JEROME
ELMONT, N.Y. – Girolamo’s reputation preceded him, but on Sunday at Belmont Park he blew right by the hype in the stretch and showed he is one serious racehorse.
Traveling wide the entire way, Girolamo sat patiently behind multiple graded stakes winner Kensei, moved to the front on the far turn and pulled away in the stretch to win the 140th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Jerome by 1¼ lengths.
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, October 11, 2009
ELMONT, N.Y. – After joining in a boisterous celebration Saturday in the Belmont Park winner’s circle, trainer Richard Dutrow, Jr. suddenly appeared to be in a hurry. His fast and poised 2-year-old Homeboykris had just come from off the pace to win the 138th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Champagne, and after the track photographer had snapped all his pictures, Dutrow said he had to get down to the Belmont film room.
He had good reason to want to get in front of a monitor. A little more than 700 miles away in Lexington, Ky., Dutrow’s turf star Court Vision was about to revive his fortunes after five straight losses and win the Grade 1, $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.
Sunday, October 11 2009
HOMEBOYKRIS PROVES A SHARP BUY, WINS CHAMPAGNE
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. has had plenty of success working with the eagle eye of bloodstock agent Nick Sallusto in the past, and the two teamed up again with another big find in Homeboykris.
Sallusto helped Dutrow acquire champions Benny the Bull and Stardom Bound, as well as top turf miler Kip Deville and Sunshine Millions and Swale Stakes winner This Ones for Phil. Sallusto helped Dutrow pick out Homeboykris after a maiden win at Calder in July, and owner Louis Lazzinnaro purchased the horse privately.