Thursday, June 11 2009


BELMONT PARK TO HOST NEW YORK BASEBALL “RIVALRY DAYS”


ELMONT, N.Y. – If you can’t make it to the “Battle of the (new) Ballparks” this weekend for the three-game, all New York baseball series, join The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) at beautiful Belmont Park to catch all the local baseball and live racing action.

In honor of New York’s cross-town rivals, NYRA will host “rivalry days” Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, with free admission for fans wearing apparel bearing the logo of their favorite New York Major League baseball team.





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IT’S TIME TO “PARTY AT THE PARK” ONCE AGAIN


ELMONT, N.Y. – Racing fans and music lovers can start their weekends early Fridays as the biggest party on Long Island returns to Belmont Park!

Beginning June 12, Friday afternoons and evenings at Belmont Park will be filled with the best in live racing, food, drinks and music. "Party at the Park" is back with a special post time of 3 p.m., food and drink specials and a great live concert series that kicks off in the Festival tent after the conclusion of live racing.





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TOP FILLIES TAKE UP GRADE 1 QUEST IN OGDEN PHIPPS


ELMONT, N.Y. –The Belmont Stakes, won last Saturday by Summer Bird, represents the end of the Triple Crown trail and the three-year-olds’ stranglehold on media attention. Horses in other division are just now getting started on their campaigns, and Saturday afternoon, Belmont Park fans will be treated to a star-studded field when seven fillies and mares go to post in the 41st running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap at a mile and a sixteenth.





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Sunday, June 07 2009


Belmont Follow-up Notes: Sunday, June 7, 2009


ELMONT, N.Y. – Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird obviously loves New York – so much so, that he could return this summer to run at Saratoga Race Course in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes and the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes.

“We’ve discussed the Jim Dandy and the Travers with the owners (Drs. Kalarikkal and Vilasini Jayaraman),” said winning trainer Tim Ice, his voice still hoarse Sunday morning from cheering Summer Bird home in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million race. “If we go, like we did for the Belmont, we’ll go ahead of time, ship up a month before the (August 1) Jim Dandy.





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Thursday, May 14 2009


SEATTLE SMOOTH SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT IN SHUVEE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Mercedes Stables LLC’s Seattle Smooth will try for her fourth straight stakes victory in Saturday’s 34th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Shuvee Handicap for fillies and mares going a mile on Belmont Park’s main track. Last August, the Quiet American filly won the Go for Wand at Delaware Park; the following month she scored in the Grade 2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Philadelphia Park, and last month she ran away with the Grade 2 Bed O’ Roses Handicap, winning by more than five lengths at Aqueduct.

The only question remaining for trainer Tony Dutrow is whether she’ll tackle the course at Belmont with the same zeal.





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Monday, May 11 2009


BANROCK DELIVERS IN ’09 HOMECOMING


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Tom Bush has made no secret of how to handle Nyala Farm’s six-year-old Banrock: space the gelding’s races, keep him happy and hope for soft turf. He’ll do the rest.

Sunday afternoon, before a Mother’s Day crowd of 7,835 at Belmont Park, all the elements came together and favored Banrock strutted away to a 4¾-length victory over front-running longshot Mission Approved to win the 31st running of the $108,500 Kingston Stakes for New York-breds. Originally scheduled for the inner turf course, the race was run at a mile and a sixteenth on the soft Widener (outer) turf course.





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BELMONT PARK NOTES, Sunday, May 10, 2009


ELMONT, N.Y. -- Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said this morning that Charitable Man came out of his victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes in fine form and that he and owner William K. Warren Jr. would decide on the colt’s next start shortly.

“He came out of the race great,” said McLaughlin of Charitable Man, who covered the nine furlongs in 1:47.13. “The main decision is, `Where do we go next? What do we do?’ I will be corresponding with Mr. Warren today and tomorrow, and we are looking at the Belmont Stakes (Grade 1, $1 million, 3-year-olds, 1½ miles, June 6) or the Dwyer (Grade 2, $200,000, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16th miles, July 4) with heading to the Shadwell Travers (Grade 1, $1 million, 1 ¼ miles, Aug. 29, Saratoga) as the main objective.





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Sunday, May 10 2009


PETER PAN QUOTES


Winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin of favored Charitable Man (No. 3) “(After the Blue Grass) he cooled out in five minutes. He disliked the Polytrack. We figured that, and Mr. (William) Warren [owner] was very kind enough and patient enough not to wheel him right back in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness. He settled well. (Jockey) Alan Garcia deserves a lot of credit. He did everything right and rode a great race. We’ll talk with Mr. Warren about the possibility of the Belmont. We’ll take a look and see how the Preakness goes. But he is definitely bred to get a mile and a half and he likes this track and he did it the right way today, so we’ll look at it.”



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PETER PAN QUOTES


Winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin of favored Charitable Man (No. 3) “(After the Blue Grass) he cooled out in five minutes. He disliked the Polytrack. We figured that, and Mr. (William) Warren [owner] was very kind enough and patient enough not to wheel him right back in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness. He settled well. (Jockey) Alan Garcia deserves a lot of credit. He did everything right and rode a great race. We’ll talk with Mr. Warren about the possibility of the Belmont. We’ll take a look and see how the Preakness goes. But he is definitely bred to get a mile and a half and he likes this track and he did it the right way today, so we’ll look at it.”





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Saturday, May 09 2009


AFTER 19 YEARS, JAN RUSHTON LEAVES NYRA


ELMONT, N.Y.-- Jan Rushton, the New York Racing Association’s paddock analyst and popular television host, has resigned her position. Rushton has been away since the end of January to tend to her family in South Carolina. Earlier this year, her brother, Doug, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“I would like to thank all the fans, horsemen and fellow NYRA workers for all the support through my years in racing but I have to resign my position to be caretaker for my brother, who has a serious illness,” said Rushton, who began working for NYRA in May, 1995. “This has been a hard decision, but I feel that family must come first. I will miss all of you and thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.”





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Friday, May 08 2009


BELMONT PARK NOTES; Friday, May 8, 20009


ELMONT, N.Y. -- Barry Irwin of Team Valor International said that Gitano Hernando (GB) will make his American debut in the 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6. The 1½-mile Belmont Stakes for three-year-olds, “The Test of the Champion,” is the oldest and longest of the Triple Crown races.

The son of Hernando, runner-up in today’s Group 3 Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes at Chester Race Course in England, has never run on dirt but is scheduled to breeze several times over sand before shipping to New York.





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Thursday, May 07 2009


FAN FAVORITES SQUARE OFF IN KINGSTON


ELMONT, N.Y. -- When Banrock stuck his head out to win Belmont Park’s 2008 Kingston Stakes over Dave, it signaled the start of a big season for the gelded son of 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin. By year’s end, Banrock had won four of eight starts with two third-place finishes as well as the admiration of New York’s fans.

Sunday afternoon, the 6-year-old Banrock will return for the 31st running of the $100,000-added Kingston Stakes for New York-breds at a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf course, where he will face some others that have earned admiration for their class and courage. With plenty of rain during the week, the footing should favor Banrock, who won the Kingston over yielding ground last year.





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