Tuesday, June 23 2009
RACHEL ALEXANDRA ARRIVES AT BELMONT PARK
ELMONT, N.Y. – Following an uneventful flight from Louisville, Ky., Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra arrived safely at Belmont Park late Tuesday afternoon for her next start, Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
Accompanied by assistant trainer Scott Blasi, exercise rider Dominic Terry, the Stonestreet Stables security team, and four other thoroughbreds, Rachel Alexandra departed Churchill Downs at noon (EDT) for the 90-minute flight to Farmingdale, N.Y., and arrived at trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn on the Belmont Park backstretch by van at about 4:30 p.m.
RACHEL ALEXANDRA TO ARRIVE AT BELMONT PARK TUESDAY AFTERNOON
When: Tuesday, June 23, approximately between 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
* Where: Belmont Park stable area, barn 58. Belmont Park is located at 2150 Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, NY 11003
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Monday, June 22, 2009
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said West Point Thoroughbreds’ multiple graded-stakes winner Justwhistledixie, second in the Grade 1 Acorn in her last start, would not be running against Rachel Alexandra in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.
“We’re going to point her toward the Test (Grade 1, seven furlongs, Saturday, Aug. 8, Saratoga) instead,” he said. “We just decided it’s back a little quick for us.”
Monday, June 22 2009
LEGAL CONSENT SCORES THIRD STRAIGHT WIN IN MIKE LEE STAKES
ELMONT, N.Y. – Lansdon B. Robbins III’s Legal Consent scored his third straight victory Sunday afternoon at Belmont Park, holding off a late rally from Slevin to take the 30th running of the $105,500 Mike Lee Stakes for New York-breds.
Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, the three-year-old son of Officer tracked Lookin at Her and That’s Rich through an opening quarter-mile in 23.31, then moved up to challenge on the turn. After taking the lead at the top of the lane, Legal Consent hung on to win by a half-length as he covered the seven furlongs over the muddy, sealed track in 1:24.72.
Saturday, June 20 2009
ICON PROJECT PULLS UPSET IN THE MUDDY NEW YORK STAKES
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Marty Wolfson had always wanted to try Star Crown Stable’s Icon Project on the dirt, and Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, he got his chance.
With the $250,000 New York Stakes moved off the turf because of continued wet weather, the 4-year-old bay daughter of Empire Maker rolled to an impressive 13¼-length victory over favored Criticism in the race, shortened to nine furlongs and downgraded to Grade 3 status with the switch to the muddy main track.
Friday, June 19 2009
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, June 19, 2009
ELMONT, N.Y. – Rachel Alexandra will make her first start since her historic Preakness victory next Saturday at Belmont Park, but her presence in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose isn’t scaring everyone away.
Trainer Mark Hennig has the Mother Goose under serious consideration for Alan Brodsky’s Don’t Forget Gil, while Kiaran McLaughlin is also mulling a start in the nine-furlong race for West Point Thoroughbreds’ Justwhistledixie. Of the other 22 nominated to the race, Godolphin Stable’s Flashing and Edward P. Evans’ Malibu Prayer are considered probable.
Thursday, June 18 2009
JOCKEY STUDART INJURED
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Jockey Maylan Studart underwent surgery this afternoon at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. to help mend a broken left leg that was the result of an accident at Belmont Park at approximately 9:45 a.m. Thursday.
According to her agent, Jose Henriquez, Studart was injured while at the barn of trainer Rodrigo Ubillo.
HAVING WEATHERED THE WINTER, LEGAL CONSENT LOOKS AHEAD
ELMONT, N.Y. – It could be a fun summer for trainer Carlos Martin.
Throughout the winter at Aqueduct Racetrack, Legal Consent kept battling. Making one start a month since December, he kept plugging against the likes of Mr. Fantasy, who emerged later to win the Grade 3 Withers at the Big A, and Haynesfield, winner of the Whirlaway.
FLORAL PARK HAS ITS OWN FAMILY FUN DAY AT BELMONT PARK
ELMONT, N.Y. – Belmont Park’s neighboring community of Floral Park celebrates its own special day Sunday at the historic racetrack, with an afternoon of festivities, contests, and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Floral Park’s Family Fun Day kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with rides and games for children of all ages near the Marquee Tent in Belmont Park’s bucolic backyard. With free parking and admission, available at the Floral Park and Stewart Manor Village Halls, the Floral Park Library, and the Floral Park Recreation Building, residents can thrill to an afternoon of exciting Thoroughbred racing in one of the country’s finest sporting venues.
SILVER CHEST CAPTURES MONMOUTH FEATURE IN SLOP
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Silver Chest collared the front-running Cat Mistress in deep stretch to score a half-length victory in the $42,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Thursday.
The winner, trained by Vicki Oliver and ridden by Chuck C. Lopez, stopped the timer in 1:45 4/5 for the mile and a sixteenth over a sloppy main track. Silver Chest, who was coupled with the Oliver-trained Full of Ideas, the third-place finisher, paid $9 to win and $2.40 to place.
SUPER FILLY RACHEL ALEXANDRA TO RUN IN MOTHER GOOSE
LEXINGTON, KY—Rachel Alexandra, will race in the 1 1/8 -mile Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 27. She is expected to arrive at Belmont Park on Tuesday, June 23. The race will mark the first competition for the super filly since defeating the colts in the Preakness Stakes. Her last race against fillies was her 20-length romp at the Kentucky Oaks last month.
“Rachel is rested, healthy and ready to run,” said co-owner Jess Jackson. “On Monday, she turned in a very strong six furlong work galloping out seven furlongs around the clubhouse turn in 1:24.80.”
NEW YORK DRAWS INTERNATIONAL CLASS
ELMONT, N.Y. – Over the course of her racing career, Darley Stable’s five-year-old Criticism (GB) has proven herself to be not only versatile, but remarkably consistent. Having finished in the money in 16-of-18 lifetime starts both in the United States and abroad, the Machiavellian mare will try for her third straight stakes win in Saturday’s 66th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 New York for fillies and mares going a mile and a quarter on the inner turf at Belmont Park. The New York will be the third leg of a $350,000-guaranteed late Pick 4 on races 7-10.
“She’s been on a nice schedule,” said trainer Tom Albertrani. “She’s been running about once a month, so the timing was right and she’s training well. She had a nice breeze on Sunday (5f, 1:02.52) and she’s doing as good as she was before.”