Saturday, June 08 2013


Belmont Stakes (G1) Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Palace Malice (No. 12): “It was an emotional win for me because the Dogwood connection. They supported me from the very beginning and to win a big race for them is really gratifying. I kept saying I know there’s a big [race] there; I felt like he had a big one in him. I kept waiting for it to materialize in the afternoon. He got close a couple of times but didn’t quite get it done. It pretty much went in the early part the way we anticipated it would in terms of where we were positioned. He was able to get him in a nice comfortable rhythm and travel along, pretty quickly, considering the distance, but he looked like he was in a good comfortable rhythm and that was the main focus.”





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Friday, June 07 2013


Belmont Stakes Notes


• Orb ‘good to go’ after morning gallop; McGaughey reflects on past five weeks
• Lukas, aiming for fifth Belmont victory, reminisces about previous winners
• Pletcher alters training routine for his quintet, credits Lukas for learning the value of being organized
• Peter Pan winner Freedom Child has an easy day
• Déjà vu all over again for Stewart
• McLaughlin draws positives from Incognito’s Peter Pan
• Early morning for Vyjack
• McPeek expects Frac Daddy to show speed from inside
• ‘Giant’ finishes preparations for Belmont Stakes
• Kitchingman rolling the dice with Let Em Shine in G2 Woody Stephens
• NYRA creates monument marking Secretariat’s margin of victory in 1973 Belmont





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Thursday, June 06 2013


Belmont Stakes Notes - June 6, 2013


• Orb continues to instill confidence in McGaughey
• For Lukas, fortune favors the bold
• Pletcher’s five Belmont Stakes entrants have routine gallops
• Vyjack returns to track after breeze
• McLaughlin happy with Incognito
• G2 Peter Pan winner Freedom Child generating ‘buzz’
• Golden Soul has strong gallop
• McPeek gives Frac Daddy ‘Belmont gallop’
• Giant Finish “doing fine” after Tuesday breeze





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Round 3 for Orb, Oxbow in Crowded Belmont Stakes


ELMONT, N.Y. – When Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness winner Oxbow square off in Saturday’s 145th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, they’ll have plenty of company.





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Belmont Stakes Post Position Draw Quotes


ELMONT, N.Y. – Following are quotes from the post position draw for Saturday’s 145th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes:

Orb (3-1), post position 5
Trainer Shug McGaughey: “I just didn’t want to get down on the inside where maybe we might get stuck around the first turn, like we sort of did in the Preakness. I said middle, and that’s pretty much the middle.”





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Wednesday, June 05 2013


Always in a Tiz Out of Belmont Stakes; Connections Opt for Easy Goer


ELMONT, N.Y. – Always in a Tiz will not run in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 8 at Belmont Park and instead will compete in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes on the undercard, according to The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) racing office.





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Belmont Stakes Notes


• Derby winner Orb continues to flourish at home track
• Preakness winner Oxbow jogs after Monday evening arrival from Kentucky
• Repole confirms Midnight Taboo and Unlimited Budget; quiet morning for all five members of the “Todd Squad”
• Napravnik hopes to make history in Belmont
• Freedom Child has an uneventful morning
• Vyjack breezes five furlongs in 59.00
• Always in a Tiz remains on bubble for Belmont
• Giant Finish breezes a half in 49.04
• NYRA to match funds donated on Belmont Stakes Day for Oklahoma tornado victims





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Tuesday, June 04 2013


Belmont Stakes Notes


• Orb ‘fine’ morning after Sunday breeze; Pletcher awaiting final decision from owner Repole; Incognito set for Belmont Stakes following Sunday breeze; Always in a Tiz decision to come Tuesday; Oxbow and Will Take Charge scheduled to arrive this evening
• McPeek confirms Frac Daddy for Belmont Stakes
• Rain prompts Rodriguez to postpone Vyjack’s breeze to Tuesday
• NYRA to offer a Secretariat poster giveaway on Friday





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Saturday, June 01 2013


Belmont Stakes Notes


• Always in a Tiz works for possible start in Belmont; decision Monday on Frac Daddy
• Orb, “Todd Squad”and Incognito to breeze Sunday
• Giant Finish, Freedom Child to work Monday; Vyjack either Monday or Tuesday; Preakness winner Oxbow to arrive Monday





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Thursday, May 23 2013


Orb Returns to Track; McGaughey Pleased


ELMONT, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby winner Orb returned to the Belmont Park main track Thursday morning for the first time since his fourth-place finish in the Preakness, galloping a mile and leaving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey happy with what he saw.





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Wednesday, May 22 2013


NYRA Announces Modified Security Policies for 2013 Belmont Stakes


ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has revised its security policies and procedures for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 8.

The changes, a result of heightened public security concerns in recent weeks, were developed in concert with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, as well as racing and security officials in Kentucky and Maryland.





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Wednesday, April 17 2013


HELP WANTED FOR BELMONT STAKES DAY, SATURDAY, JUNE 8


ELMONT, N.Y. – Saturday, June 8, is Belmont Stakes Day and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will be hiring betting clerks, whitecaps, ushers, parking and cleaning staff to make it the most exciting and enjoyable day of racing in New York.





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