Saturday, June 05 2010


DROSSELMEYER WINS BELMONT STAKES; MOTT EARNS FIRST CLASSIC WIN


ELMONT, N.Y. – Drosselmeyer grabbed the lead in the middle of the stretch and went onto a three-quarter-length victory over a fast-closing Fly Down on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park to take the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes in a 13-1 upset.

The win gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith their first victories in the 1½-mile “Test of the Champion,” while owner WinStar Farm now owns two Triple Crown wins this year, having taken the Kentucky Derby in May with Super Saver.





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BELMONT STAKES DAY CROWD OF 45,243 WAGERS $8,229,318 ON TRACK


ELMONT, N.Y. - A crowd of 45,243 wagered $7,598,840 on Belmont Stakes Day races, a 15.6 percent decrease over $8,998,630 in 2009.

An additional $630,479 was wagered at Belmont on incoming simulcasts, bringing the total on-track handle to $8,229,318 compared to $9,632,241 in 2009, the record Belmont Stakes Day on-track handle for a non-Triple Crown year.





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Friday, June 04 2010


BROOKLYN/BELMONT DAILY DOUBLE WILL PAYS


ELMONT, N.Y. – The following are the $2 Brooklyn/Belmont Daily Double payouts for Brooklyn Handicap winner Alcomo (No. 8) with:





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BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, June 4, 2010


ELMONT, N.Y. – After Belmont Stakes morning-line favorite Ice Box and stablemate Fly Down schooled in the gate and galloped this morning, Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito was asked if his late closers would be closer to the pace in Saturday’s 1½-mile race.

“It depends,” said Zito. “Obviously, Ice Box has a great kick. I don’t want to do anything to compromise his style of running. I’ve seen that before, changing styles, and it never works. Never, never, never. I hope he gets in position where he can run his race; that’s all we can hope for. And, basically, he and Fly Down are the same type of horse.





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Thursday, June 03 2010


TRANSCRIPT WITH TRAINERS NICK ZITO, DALE ROMANS, AND KIARAN MCLAUGHLIN AT BELMONT PARK


Full transcript of Thursday's press conference with Nick Zito, trainer of Kentucky Derby runner-up and Belmont Stakes favorite Ice Box and Dwyer winner Fly Down, Dale Romans, trainer of Preakness runner-up First Dude and Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of Uptowncharlybrown. Transcript provided by ASAP Sports.

NICK ZITO

THE MODERATOR: Thank you for coming. Obviously thank Nick Zito, trainer of the morning line favorite Ice Box and impressive Dwyer winner, Fly Down; Dale Romans, trainer with First Dude, incredible race in the Preakness, 7 and 2 morning line and Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of Uptowncharlybrown. So basically, it's going to be fairly informal.

Q. Nick, being from New York, how important is the Belmont Stakes?





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Wednesday, June 02 2010


BELMONT STAKES FAVORITE ICE BOX AND FLY DOWN ARRIVE


ELMONT, N.Y. – Ice Box, the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, and stablemate Fly Down, the third choice at 9-2, arrived at Belmont Park Wednesday afternoon after an uneventful van ride from Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The pair stepped off the van shortly after 3 p.m. and were given a thumbs-up by Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito.





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ZITO-TRAINED ICE BOX IS SOLID 3-1 FAVORITE OVER 11 IN BELMONT STAKES


ELMONT, N.Y. – Saturday’s 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, which marks the finish line for the 2010 Triple Crown, could be the starting point for racing’s next star.

Last year, Summer Bird, an unknown who had finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby, ran off with an upset victory in the 1½-mile Belmont and with subsequent wins in the Travers and the Jockey Club Gold Cup went onto divisional honors as the nation’s top 3-Year-Old colt.





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Tuesday, June 01 2010


“Wing Off” Spices Up Garden City for Annual Belmont Festival


GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – As part of the celebration of the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont stakes, the Belmont Festival at Garden City will be a flavorful affair with the return of the ever popular “Wing Off” chicken wing competition on Friday, June 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

During the Wing Off, local restaurants will compete to be named the venue that serves up Garden City’s best chicken wing. Judges will be plucked from the general public as any passerby can get in on the action for $8, which includes a plate of wings and a ballot. The winner of the Wing Off will be crowned Garden City’s chicken wing champion at 9:30 p.m.





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BELMONT STAKES FLASH NOTES: Monday, May 31, 2010


Working just after the break in preparation for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, Drosselmeyer went five furlongs in 59.65 over the main track for Hall of Famer Bill Mott.

“The fact that it was that fast, I’m not disappointed,” said Mott. “He’s supposedly a good horse and I was looking for a decent work. I put some company with him, and I thought he would work a bit faster, which he did. He finished up well, and galloped out well seven furlongs in 1:26 and change. When you get in that range, you’re talking about racehorse times.”





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PLETCHER-TRAINED INTERACTIF JOINS BELMONT FIELD


ELMONT, N.Y. – Interactif will compete in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, trainer Todd Pletcher announced Monday morning. With the presence of Interactif, the Belmont is now expected to feature a field of 12.

Pletcher and owner Alain Wertheimer had originally planned to send Interactif to Friday’s Grade 3 Hill Prince on the turf, but began to consider the Belmont following a promising workout on May 22 when the son of Broken Vow covered six furlongs on the main track in 1:14.29.





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Monday, May 31 2010


BELMONT STAKES FLASH NOTES; Sunday, May 30, 2010


* Belmont Stakes contender Stay Put worked five furlongs in 50.62 Sunday morning over the main track in preparation for Saturday’s 142nd running of the “Test of the Champion.” Exercise rider Loren Diego was aboard for the move, which took place promptly after the renovation break at 9 a.m.

* At Saratoga, Hall of Famer Nick Zito put the finishing touches on the second of his two Belmont contenders as Grade 2 Dwyer winner Fly Down went a half-mile in a brisk 47.50, galloping out five furlongs in 1:01.15.





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Friday, May 28 2010


NYRA TO OFFER $1 MIL GUARANTEED P4 AND P6 ON BELMONT STAKES DAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) is offering a $1 Million Guaranteed All Graded Stakes Pick 4 and a $1 Million Guaranteed All Graded Stakes Pick 6 on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 5, along with a two-day Daily Double on Friday, June 4, linking the Brooklyn Handicap with the Belmont Stakes.

The $1 Million Guaranteed Pick 6 will begin with race 6 at 2:34 p.m. EDT, comprising the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, the Grade 1 Betfair TVG Acorn, the Grade 1 Just a Game, the Grade 2 Woody Stephens, presented by Emirates Airline, and the Grade 2 True North Handicap.





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