Saturday, June 20 2009


ICON PROJECT PULLS UPSET IN THE MUDDY NEW YORK STAKES


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Marty Wolfson had always wanted to try Star Crown Stable’s Icon Project on the dirt, and Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, he got his chance.

With the $250,000 New York Stakes moved off the turf because of continued wet weather, the 4-year-old bay daughter of Empire Maker rolled to an impressive 13¼-length victory over favored Criticism in the race, shortened to nine furlongs and downgraded to Grade 3 status with the switch to the muddy main track.





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Friday, June 19 2009


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, June 19, 2009


ELMONT, N.Y. – Rachel Alexandra will make her first start since her historic Preakness victory next Saturday at Belmont Park, but her presence in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose isn’t scaring everyone away.

Trainer Mark Hennig has the Mother Goose under serious consideration for Alan Brodsky’s Don’t Forget Gil, while Kiaran McLaughlin is also mulling a start in the nine-furlong race for West Point Thoroughbreds’ Justwhistledixie. Of the other 22 nominated to the race, Godolphin Stable’s Flashing and Edward P. Evans’ Malibu Prayer are considered probable.





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Thursday, June 18 2009


JOCKEY STUDART INJURED


ELMONT, N.Y. -- Jockey Maylan Studart underwent surgery this afternoon at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. to help mend a broken left leg that was the result of an accident at Belmont Park at approximately 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

According to her agent, Jose Henriquez, Studart was injured while at the barn of trainer Rodrigo Ubillo.





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HAVING WEATHERED THE WINTER, LEGAL CONSENT LOOKS AHEAD


ELMONT, N.Y. – It could be a fun summer for trainer Carlos Martin.

Throughout the winter at Aqueduct Racetrack, Legal Consent kept battling. Making one start a month since December, he kept plugging against the likes of Mr. Fantasy, who emerged later to win the Grade 3 Withers at the Big A, and Haynesfield, winner of the Whirlaway.





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FLORAL PARK HAS ITS OWN FAMILY FUN DAY AT BELMONT PARK


ELMONT, N.Y. – Belmont Park’s neighboring community of Floral Park celebrates its own special day Sunday at the historic racetrack, with an afternoon of festivities, contests, and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Floral Park’s Family Fun Day kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with rides and games for children of all ages near the Marquee Tent in Belmont Park’s bucolic backyard. With free parking and admission, available at the Floral Park and Stewart Manor Village Halls, the Floral Park Library, and the Floral Park Recreation Building, residents can thrill to an afternoon of exciting Thoroughbred racing in one of the country’s finest sporting venues.





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SILVER CHEST CAPTURES MONMOUTH FEATURE IN SLOP


OCEANPORT, N.J. * Silver Chest collared the front-running Cat Mistress in deep stretch to score a half-length victory in the $42,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Thursday.

The winner, trained by Vicki Oliver and ridden by Chuck C. Lopez, stopped the timer in 1:45 4/5 for the mile and a sixteenth over a sloppy main track. Silver Chest, who was coupled with the Oliver-trained Full of Ideas, the third-place finisher, paid $9 to win and $2.40 to place.





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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.”





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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.”





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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.





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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:





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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.





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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.





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