Thursday, June 18 2009
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.”
TEAM VALOR INTERNATIONAL RELEASE ON THE DEATH OF SAILOR’S CAP
Sailor’s Cap, who upset Sunday’s Grade 3 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park, collapsed and died in his stall in trainer J. J. Toner’s barn at 4:30 a. m. on Wednesday.
Cause of death is unknown and an autopsy will be performed at the New Bolton Research Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
REBA IS TOPS, QUEEN OFTHE CATSLE MEET AGAIN IN GREAT LADY M.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 17, 2009) — Reba Is Tops and Queen Ofthe Catsle, one-two finishers, respectively, in the Lawndale here in May, will meet again in Friday night’s $70,000-added Great Lady M. Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Reba Is Tops took command in the stretch and held off Queen Ofthe Catsle by one length in the five-furlong Lawndale. The pair will travel six furlongs over the Lakeside Turf Course in the Great Lady M, which will line up as follows from the rail out:
Wednesday, June 17 2009
Belmont Park Notes: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
ELMONT, N.Y. – Edward P. Evans’ Quality Road had his first gallop Tuesday morning since being transferred to trainer Todd Pletcher from the barn of Jimmy Jerkens on Monday.
The three-year-old son of Elusive Quality galloped a mile and a quarter under exercise rider Hector Ramos.
Monday, June 15 2009
ALL IN! SAILOR’S CAP DEALS POKER UPSET TO KIP DEVILLE
ELMONT, N.Y. – All was well to the turn. Then, Kip Deville turned into a flop.
The former Breeders’ Cup Mile champion saw his chance to come back a winner in his first start in New York this season go down the river as Team Valor International’s Sailor’s Cap swept by him in the lane for an eventual 1¼-length victory Sunday afternoon in the 25th running of the Grade 3, $105,500 Poker Stakes for three-year-olds and up on Belmont Park’s soft Widener Turf Course.
Sunday, June 14 2009
SEATTLE SMOOTH’S FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN BRINGS A GRADE 1
ELMONT, N.Y. – Mercedes Stable’s Seattle Smooth sat in a perfect spot Saturday afternoon, then powered by Seventh Street for a one-length victory in the 41st running of the $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth.
It was the fifth straight victory for the Quiet American filly and her first Grade 1 score. She will likely try for another in Saratoga Race Course’s Grade 1, $300,000 Go for Wand at nine furlongs on Sunday, August 2.
Friday, June 12 2009
COMMENTATOR COMES BACK BIG; EYES THIRD WHITNEY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Tracy Farmer’s 8-year-old Commentator put himself back on schedule to pursue his third Whitney victory as he dusted four fellow New York-breds in the $66,250 Kashatreya for state-breds at a mile on Belmont Park’s first “Party At The Park” Friday afternoon card of the season.
The Distorted Humor gelding popped out on the lead under jockey John Velazquez and set fractions of 24.75, 48.94 and 1:12.17 on the muddy track. Briefly challenged by Naughty New Yorker at the half-mile pole, Commentator drew off from his rivals to be a seven-length winner in1:35.65. Runner-up for the third straight time since his victory in the Empire Classic here last fall was Stud Muffin. Joe Corrigan, Naughty New Yorker and Commissioner Chris trailed.
McGAUGHEY, PLETCHER JOIN `ON THE RECORD’ VIDEO LIBRARY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey and trainer Todd Pletcher have been added to “On The Record,” which is posted on The New York Racing Association’s YouTube site.
McGaughey, whose extensive resume includes training the undefeated filly Personal Ensign, as well as champions Easy Goer, Heavenly Prize, Inside Information, Queena, Rhythm, Smuggler, Storm Flag Flying and Vandlandingham, won an unprecedented five graded stakes races at Belmont Park in one day – October 16, 1993 – with Miner’s Mark (Jockey Club Gold Cup); Kelso (Lure); Frizette (Heavenly Prize); the Beldame (Dispute) and the Lawrence Realization (Strolling Along).
NYRA STATEMENT ON NASSAU OTB LAWSUIT
ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) President and CEO Charles Hayward has issued the following statement regarding the Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation (Nassau OTB).
“Nassau OTB, which lost the privilege of showing the NYRA signal in the homes of Nassau County residents because it illegally pirated the NYRA signal over the internet and has continuously failed to fully acknowledge its wrongdoing, tried today to get a state supreme court judge to order NYRA to restore the signal into Nassau County homes. The judge has refused Nassau OTB’s request.
KIP DEVILLE SEEKS REPEAT IN GRADE 3 POKER
ELMONT, N.Y. – He began his career at a small track in Oklahoma back in 2005, but since then, IEAH Stables’ Kip Deville has become very much the world traveler. With stops in Canada, California, Hong Kong, Florida, and Dubai, among others, he’s racked up lots of frequent flyer miles along the way as well as four Grade 1 victories, most recently January’s Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.
Sunday, the now six-year-old son of Kipling returns to the site of one of his most commanding performances as he defends his title in the 25th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Poker against five others, including the second and third finishers from last year’s one-mile race on Belmont Park’s turf.
Thursday, June 11 2009
COMMENTATOR’S BELMONT RETURN KICKS OFF PARTY AT THE PARK
ELMONT, N.Y. – He’s New York-bred, New York tough and he’s the darling of New York racing fans.
Friday afternoon, Tracy Farmer’s 8-year-old Commentator will face four other state-bred rivals at a mile in the $65,000 Kashatreya (race 3, 4 p.m. EDT) -- the feature of Belmont Park’s first Party at the Park racing card of the season. Every Friday from June 12 through July 24 – with the exception of July 3 – Belmont Park will host Party at the Park, featuring a full live race card that begins at 3 p.m. Food and drink specials will be offered from 4 – 8 p.m. in the Festival Tent in the backyard, and this Friday, the popular Long Island band, Pink Noise, will provide live entertainment after the races at approximately 7 pm.