Friday, October 02 2009


DOMINGUEZ GETS 300th NYRA WIN


ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockey Ramon Dominguez became just the fifth rider to reach the 300-win plateau in a single year on The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s circuit, guiding Bon Marie to victory in the fifth race Friday afternoon at Belmont Park.

Four riders have scored more than 300 wins in a single year at Aqueduct Race Track, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, two of them twice. Steve Cauthen holds the record at 433 victories in 1977.





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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, October 2, 2009


ELMONT, N.Y. – Undefeated 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Maram worked a visually impressive five furlongs on the Belmont Park turf Friday morning, getting the distance with the dogs up in 1:02.44.

Owned by Karen N. Woods and trained by Chad Brown, Maram worked in company with stablemate Silver Timber, who won the Grade 3 Jaipur in July at Belmont.





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Thursday, October 01 2009


DYNAFORCE, PURE CLAN SQUARE OFF AGAIN IN FLOWER BOWL


ELMONT, N.Y. – For the fourth time in less than a year, top turf stars Dynaforce and Pure Clan will meet again Saturday in the 32nd running of the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park.

The 1¼-mile turf race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up is one of five marquee events on the “Super Saturday” card of Belmont’s Fall Championship Meet.





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MUSIC NOTE LOOKS SHARP FOR BELDAME


ELMONT, N.Y. – If there was any question whether Music Note was the same powerhouse that reeled off three Grade 1 victories last year after she returned to the races in June with a dull fifth in the Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park, they were dispelled at Saratoga when the 4-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy turned in a tour de force in winning the Grade 1 Ballerina by 5¼ lengths.

Not only did the Godolphin Racing-owned Music Note win the Ballerina, she did it by crushing champion Indian Blessing as well as Informed Decision, a multiple Grade 1 winner, who had won five straight races.





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GIO PONTI GOES FOR FIVE IN JOE HIRSCH TURF CLASSIC


ELMONT, N.Y. – While Saturday marks the 33rd running of the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, it will also mark the first running of the race since its namesake, influential turf writer Joe Hirsch, died in January 2009.

It is fitting that one of New York’s top turf races should honor one of the sport’s top turf writers – the race was renamed for Hirsch following his 2003 retirement – and equally fitting that the 2009 edition has drawn a diverse field of nine talented runners.





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FABULOUS STRIKE BACK FOR ANOTHER VOSBURGH


ELMONT, N.Y. – When the field loads into the gate for Saturday’s 70th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh at Belmont Park, Fabulous Strike will be back in familiar territory.

Now 6, the son of Smart Strike scored the first Grade 1 victory of his career in the 2007 Vosburgh, drawing off to win by nearly six lengths over Talent Search and favored Discreet Cat, then came back the following year to finish second by a head after running the entire six furlongs with a sprung shoe.





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HISTORY ON THE LINE IN JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP


ELMONT, N.Y. – Back in May, a handsome chestnut son of 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone arrived at Belmont Park with a little-known trainer, no jockey, and just one victory from four races on his resume.

Four months later, that same chestnut colt – a little bigger, a little stronger, and whole lot richer – has a chance to do what no 3-year-old has in 20 years: win the Belmont Stakes, Shadwell Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup in the same year.





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Wednesday, September 30 2009


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Wednesday, September 30, 2009


ELMONT, N.Y. – After standing in the gate, Belmont Stakes and Shadwell Travers winner Summer Bird opened up through the stretch during his gallop at Belmont Park this morning, and schooled between races in the afternoon as trainer Tim Ice put the finishing touches on the colt’s preparations for Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

The 1¼-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup, the centerpiece of “Super Saturday” will be the chestnut colt’s first meeting with older horses, among them Whitney and Woodward runner-up Macho Again and Suburban Handicap winner Dry Martini.





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NYRA OFFERS $500,000 GUARANTEED PICK 4 ON JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP DAY


ELMONT, N.Y. -- The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced that it will offer a $500,000 Guaranteed All Grade 1 Pick 4 on Jockey Club Gold Cup Day, Saturday, October 3 at Belmont Park. All four races will be televised during the MSG Plus and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) broadcast from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. that day.

The $500,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 will include the following races, subject to change until entries are drawn:





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Sunday, September 27 2009


MINERALOGIST STRIKES GOLD IN GIMMA; MAKE NOTE TAKES BONGARD


ELMONT, N.Y. – Chester and Mary Broman’s heavily-favored Mineralogist and Richlyn Farms’ longshot Make Note both scored their first stakes victories at Belmont Park Sunday afternoon, with Mineralogist drawing clear in the $108,500 Joseph A. Gimma and Make Note taking over in the final yards of the $107,000 Bertram F. Bongard.

With Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux up, Mineralogist grabbed the lead at the head of the stretch and went on to a 3¾ victory over Sugar Trade in the Joseph A. Gimma, a race restricted to 2-year-old New York-bred fillies. Trained by John Kimmel, Mineralogist extended her record to 2-1-0 from four starts and returned $2.80 as part of an entry with Screen Saviour.





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INDIAN BLESSING GALLANT IN DEFENDING ‘BLOOM’ TITLE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Indian Blessing rewarded her connections’ confidence Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, dueling with Sara Louise down to the wire to win the 16th running of the Grade 2, $156,500 Gallant Bloom. Notching her first victory of the year, the 4-year-old filly also earned an automatic berth in the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on November 6 at Santa Anita through the “Win and You’re In” challenge series.

After breaking a half-step slowly, the two-time Eclipse-award winning daughter of Indian Charlie recovered quickly and raced behind early leaders Any Limit and Thunders Dove before splitting horses to take the lead at the five-sixteenths pole. Challenged by 3-year-old Sara Louise in the stretch, Indian Blessing fought back relentlessly and prevailed by a head at the wire to win the Gallant Bloom for the second straight year.





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Saturday, September 26 2009


CONTENDERS PREPARE FOR SUPER SATURDAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – A trio of contenders for Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup had their final tune-ups for the 1¼-mile race on a busy morning at Belmont Park.

Belmont Stakes and Shadwell Travers winner Summer Bird, with Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard, went five furlongs in 1:02.40, while Quality Road, third in the Travers, covered the same distance in 1:01.60. Asiatic Boy, most recently fourth to Rachel Alexandra in the Woodward, went a half-mile in a bullet 47.55, fastest of 38 at the distance.





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