Thursday, July 23 2009
FINAL GRADED STAKES OF BELMONT MEET DRAWS EIGHT FILLIES
ELMONT, N.Y. – Boasting a roster of past champions that reads like a who’s who of sophomore fillies, from Vagrancy and Top Flight to Shuvee and Ruffian, Davona Dale and Sky Beauty to My Flag and Ashado, the Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks will be run for the 93rd time on Saturday, the final graded stakes race at Belmont Park before racing moves upstate to Saratoga.
A field of eight 3-year-old fillies is set to go postward in the 1¼-mile race, headed by the multiple graded-stakes winning Hightap, from the barn of trainer Steve Asmussen. Owned by Ron Winchell, Hightap comes into the Coaching Club American Oaks off back-to-back victories in a pair of Grade 3 events, the Dogwood at Churchill Downs and the Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows.
NYRA NAMES ELLEN MCCLAIN AS SENIOR VP & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
ELMONT, N.Y. -- The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that Ellen McClain has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. In her position, McClain will oversee all NYRA financials, including accounting, budgeting, and forecasting. She will start with the company in mid-August.
From 2004 to 2009, she served as the vice president of finance for Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., a publicly traded group operator of 29 local television stations. In her role, she managed a team of professionals engaged in all aspects of corporate finance, including accounting, audit, internal and external reporting, budgeting, and forecasting and investor relations.
SARATOGA SIMULCAST AT BELMONT PARK
ELMONT, N.Y. – While The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) moves its base of operations from Belmont Park to Saratoga Race Course beginning July 29, fans and horse players can catch all the upstate action right here on Long Island through Labor Day.
For all race days during the duration of the Saratoga meet (Wednesday – Monday, July 29 – Sept. 7, 2009) the first and second floor of the Belmont Park Clubhouse, including the Belmont Café and the backyard, will be open for simulcast wagering. On Saturdays and Sundays only, the North Shore Terrace on the fourth floor of the Belmont Clubhouse will also be open. For credentialed NYRA Rewards members and guests only, the Players Club rooms located in the Paddock Dining Area on the second floor will be open, though guest maximums may apply on certain dates.
Tuesday, July 21 2009
RACHEL ALEXANDRA ‘ON TARGET’ FOR HASKELL
Stonestreet Stables’ and Harold McCormick’s Preakness and multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Rachel Alexandra put in her third workout over the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course Monday morning since winning the Mother Goose more than three weeks ago.
With regular exercise rider Dominic Terry up at 6 a.m., Rachel Alexandra breezed six furlongs in 1:13.88, the best of six workouts at that distance for the morning.
Sunday, July 19 2009
“BARGAIN” SILVER TIMBER TAKES JAIPUR
ELMONT, N.Y. – Silver Timber, already a successful claim for trainer Chad Brown and owner Michael Dubb, made it even more worthwhile Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park when he pulled clear of favored Heros Reward in the stretch and went on to a 1½-length victory in the 26th running of the Grade 3, $156,00 Jaipur Stakes.
Ridden by Eibar Coa, the 6-year-old gelded son of Prime Timber dueled saddlecloth-to-saddlecloth through fractions of 21.71 and 44.53 with the even-money choice, then edged away to hit the wire in 1:07.60 for the six furlongs over the firm turf to earn his first stakes victory.
Friday, July 17 2009
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, July 17, 2009
ELMONT, N.Y. – A field of six 3-year-old fillies appears likely for next Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks, the final stakes race at Belmont Park before racing moves up the Northway to Saratoga Race Course.
Edward P. Evans’ Casanova Move, Godolphin Stable’s Devotee, Alan Brodsky’s Don’t Forget Gil, Mrs. C. Wilson McNeely III’s Funny Moon, Ron Winchell’s Hightap and Puglisi Racing’s Livin Lovin are probable starters in the 1 1/4 mile race, which will be run for the 93rd time. Tri-Bone Stables’ What a Pear is questionable.
Thursday, July 16 2009
MEXICAN CONSUL GENERAL TO VISIT ANNA HOUSE
ELMONT, N.Y. – The Honorable Ruben Beltran, Mexico’s consul general in New York, will visit the Belmont Child Care Association’s (BCCA) Anna House on Wednesday, July 22, to thank the BCCA, The New York Racing Association, Inc., and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) for the work these organizations do to support the Mexican community in New York.
Ambassador Beltran will arrive at Anna House on the Belmont Park backstretch between 11 and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. After a tour of the facility and brief remarks, there will be a reception open to the Mexican community of both Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack. Following the reception, the Ambassador will spend the afternoon at Belmont Park, where a race will be named in honor of the Mexican Consulate.
Wednesday, July 15 2009
JERKENS SEEKS FIFTH JAIPUR WIN ON SATURDAY
ELMONT, N.Y. – No trainer has enjoyed as much success in Belmont Park’s Grade 3, $150,000 Jaipur as Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens, who has won the turf sprint four times in the past ten years.
Jerkens, who will saddle Judson L. Streicher’s Le Grand Cru in Saturday’s 26th running of the Jaipur, first won the race in 1999 with Jacobson and Harbor View’s Notoriety, again in 2003 with Joseph V. Shield’s Garnered, and in 2005 and 2007 with Joseph Allen’s Ecclesiastic.
Sunday, July 12 2009
GIO PONTI AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME IN MAN o’WAR
ELMONT, N.Y. – After a wide trip all the way around, Gio Ponti edged away through the final sixteenth to win the 51st running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Man o’War by 1 ¾-lengths under red-hot jockey Ramon Dominguez Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park.
In hand leaving the first turn, the four-year-old son of Tale of the Cat sat well off the rail through slow early fractions of 25.23 and 49.99 set by longshot Musketier (GER). After circling five-wide entering the stretch, Gio Ponti quickly closed the gap and took over the lead from pacesetting Musketier, who held on to finish second. The final time for the mile and three-eighths was 2:12.56 over a firm inner turf course.
Saturday, July 11 2009
NYRA TESTING PADDED RIDING CROPS
ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockeys at Belmont Park this week began testing padded crops designed to be gentler on horses, with the goal of fully implementing the new equipment by the start of The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s six-week Saratoga meeting on July 29.
Changes to the design of the crop include a new maximum length of 30 inches and maximum weight of eight ounces. The “popper” – the end of the crop that touches the horse – has been lengthened to seven inches and cushioned to absorb shock.
Thursday, July 09 2009
Industry Groups Announce Pledges to Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and many members of the Jockeys’ Guild who ride at its three racetracks, along with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and The Jockey Club, have jointly pledged more than $100,000 in financial support in 2009 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), which provides humane retirement options for Thoroughbreds at the end of their racing careers, it was announced today.
NYRA will contribute $50,000 while NYTHA and The Jockey Club will donate $25,000 each. All 29 of the regular NYRA-based riders have pledged to donate, through a voluntary checkoff program, $1 from each mount.
GIO PONTI STRETCHES OUT IN MAN o’WAR
ELMONT, N.Y. – Saturday’s 51st running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Man o’War has drawn able invaders from across the United States and Europe, but local turf talent is coming up strong in the 1 3/8-mile contest over Belmont Park’s inner turf course. Run as the day’s seventh race, the Man o’War is the opening leg of The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s $350,000 guaranteed late pick four on races 7-10.
Castleton Lyons Farm’s Gio Ponti enters the race off back-to-back Grade 1 scores for trainer Christophe Clement in the Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park on June 6 and the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap at Santa Anita in March.