Monday, June 29 2009


AMITYVILLE RESIDENT WINS BELMONT HANDICAPPING CHALLENGE


ELMONT, N.Y. – William Garb, a 52-year-old former computer operator from Amityville, N.Y., claimed the $40,000 grand prize in Belmont Park’s 2009 Summer Handicapping Challenge, defeating 229 other contestants en route to victory.

Along with the second and third place finishers, Garb will be on the three-member Belmont Park team for the 2010 NTRA/Daily Racing Form National Handicapping Championship (NHC), to be held this coming January at the Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa in Las Vegas. The NHC is giving out a grand total of $1 million in prize money with the first-place winner receiving $500,000 and earning NTRA Handicapper of the Year honors at the 2010 Eclipse Awards.





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Sunday, June 28 2009


“RACHEL” TAKES UP SUMMER RESIDENCE IN SARATOGA SPRINGS


ELMONT, N.Y. – Scarcely 12 hours after her record-setting victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose at Belmont Park, Rachel Alexandra stepped onto a van that carried her up the Northway to Saratoga Race Course, which will be the base for her summer campaign.

“She ran a big race,” said trainer Steve Asmussen of the three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who set a stakes record of 1:46.33 for the nine furlongs, along with establishing the largest margin of victory (19¼ lengths) in the 53-year history of the race. “I think (jockey) Calvin (Borel) said it best – she’s not normal.”





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NO FAIRY TALE - RACHEL ALEXANDRA BEST IN MOTHER GOOSE


ELMONT, N.Y. – For a brief second, it looked like Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra might be in for a tough race, but on the far turn jockey Calvin Borel asked his filly for run and with an explosive move she quickly opened up for an authoritative 19 1/4-length win in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose.

The Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Medaglia d’Oro shattered two Mother Goose records – the margin of victory and final time, 1:46.33. The previous record for time was held by Lakeway (1994, 1:46.40) and the margin belonged to the great Ruffian (13 ½ lengths, 1975).





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Saturday, June 27 2009


RACHEL TO FACE TWO IN MOTHER GOOSE FOLLOWING SCRATCHES


ELMONT, N.Y. – The field for today’s 53rd edition of the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes was reduced to three Saturday morning with the scratches of Don’t Forget Gil and Hopeful Image, leaving Preakness heroine Rachel Alexandra to face only Flashing and Malibu Prayer.

Alan Brodsky’s Don’t Forget Gil was scratched due to an elevated temperature, according to trainer Mark Hennig, while Hopeful Image had not recuperated sufficiently from a mild case of colic she suffered Wednesday evening, said trainer Gerald Procino.





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Friday, June 26 2009


Belmont Park Notes - Friday, June 26


ELMONT, N.Y. -- Preakness and Kentucky Oaks champion Rachel Alexandra galloped about a mile and a quarter on Belmont’s fast main track early this morning, well in advance of a 9:30 a.m. downpour.

On Saturday, racing’s hottest star will be a heavy favorite against four rivals in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes. Admission is free for all women and pink bracelets with Rachel Alexandra’s name will be given away to the first 10,000 customers in support of owner Jess Jackson’s decision to donate a percentage of the filly’s future earnings to the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” for breast cancer.





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Rachel Alexandra Continues Mother Goose Preparations


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Steve Asmussen continued to put the finishing touches on Rachel Alexandra’s preparations for Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park, as the filly went to the gate in the morning and schooled in the paddock in the afternoon.

The 3-year-old filly, the first of her sex to win the Preakness Stakes in 85 years, stood in the starting gate for a few moments at about 6:30 a.m., then galloped a mile on Belmont’s training track with exercise rider Dominic Terry aboard.





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CAROLYN’S CAT IN FINE FORM FOR FIRST FLIGHT


ELMONT, N.Y. -- With a wire-to-wire victory in last month's Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap, Carolyn's Cat found her winning touch again and is coming into Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 First Flight Handicap at Belmont Park in top form.

“She ran great her last time out and she's in great shape coming in,” said Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains the filly for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Jr.





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Thursday, June 25 2009


IT’S TIME FOR THE RACHEL ALEXANDRA SHOW!


ELMONT, N.Y. – She walks like a supermodel and runs like an Olympic champion, and Saturday afternoon, Rachel Alexandra will make her New York debut when she puts her six-race winning streak on the line in the 53rd running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.

The leggy bay daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who will be making her first start since beating the boys in the May 16 Preakness Stakes, arrived at Belmont Tuesday afternoon to the snapping of camera shutters, and was bedded down at trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn in stall No. 5, the same one occupied by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin.





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RACHEL ALEXANDRA WEBSITE LAUNCHES AT NYRA.COM


ELMONT, N.Y. – Fans of Rachel Alexandra can connect with the star 3-year-old filly on her own website, “Rachel’s Sandbox” (http://www.nyra.com/rachel), set up by The New York Racing Association, Inc., as she prepares for a summer campaign beginning with Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.

The multimedia site gives fans an interactive experience and allows them to keep up with the latest news and information on Rachel Alexandra as she makes her first start since her historic victory over the boys in the May 16 Preakness Stakes.





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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.





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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





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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.”





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