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Sunday, May 27 2012


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, May 26, 2012


ELMONT, N.Y. – Under bright and sunny skies, Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another had a second energetic gallop over Belmont Park’s main track this morning as he continues preparations for the June 9 Belmont Stakes.

As he did on Friday, the chestnut colt went to the track accompanied by his stable pony, Lava Man, and galloped just under a mile with exercise rider Humberto Gomez in the irons. As he passed by the grandstand, I’ll Have Another received a big round of applause from the “Breakfast at Belmont” fans lined up along the rail.





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Saturday, May 26 2012


I’LL HAVE ANOTHER GALLOPS, FIELD TAKING SHAPE FOR BELMONT


ELMONT, N.Y. – I’ll Have Another galloped one mile under exercise rider Humberto Gomez this morning at Belmont Park, where on June 9 he will attempt to add the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes to his victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.

It was the first gallop over Belmont’s 1 ½-mile track for I’ll Have Another, who jogged the previous two days after arriving in New York Sunday. The Flower Alley colt, who is bidding to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, was accompanied by his stable pony, Lava Man, as he made his way to the track shortly after the renovation break. As a steady rain began to fall, Gomez kept I’ll Have Another well off the rail toward the center of the track and the colt had his ears pricked forward as he rolled through the stretch before being pulled up on the clubhouse turn.





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Thursday, May 24 2012


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Thursday, May 24, 2012


ELMONT, N.Y. – I’ll Have Another, who on June 9 will attempt to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, had a second tour of Belmont Park’s main track Thursday morning, jogging 1 ½ miles in company with a pony.

“It looks like he gets over the track fantastic,” said trainer Doug O’Neill’s assistant, Jack Sisterson. “He looked super, his energy level is high and he’s doing everything we want to see him doing.





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Wednesday, May 23 2012


BELMONT PARK NOTES: May 22, 2012


ELMONT, N.Y. – Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another was a “very happy horse” Tuesday morning as he continued to settle nicely into his new digs at Belmont Park, where on June 9 he will attempt to become the 12th horse to add the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

“He walked again this morning,” said Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, of I’ll Have Another, who arrived Sunday from Pimlico. “He looks great, fantastic. He’s a very happy horse. The main thing with this horse is, we can ship him around, and he settles right in. He just takes everything into stride.”





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Tuesday, May 22 2012


I’LL HAVE ANOTHER CONTENT AT BELMONT, COULD SOON RESUME TRAINING


ELMONT, N.Y. – Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another was reported to be doing well the morning after he arrived at Belmont Park by van and will soon begin training on the Belmont main track, according to Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill.

“He looks fantastic this morning,” said Sisterson. “He ate everything up last night and is a very happy horse. He walked the shedrow this morning. I have to speak with Doug, but it’s likely he will go to the main track at some point this week.”





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Friday, May 11 2012


Donegal Confirms Dullahan Will Run Next in Belmont Stakes


DES MOINES, Iowa (May 11, 2012) — Jerry Crawford, managing partner of Donegal Racing, announced today that Dullahan, the two-time Grade I winner and third place finisher in this year’s Kentucky Derby, will race next in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

“Dale Romans loves the way Dullahan came out of the Kentucky Derby and believes we could win the Preakness,” Crawford said. “But we believe we have a three-year-old ‘Horse of the Year’ candidate and that his future is best served by not asking him to race for the third time in just five weeks in the Preakness.”





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Thursday, April 26 2012


BELMONT PARK NOTES: Thursday, April 26, 2012


ELMONT, N.Y. – Last year’s Grade 1 Garden City winner Winter Memories was said to be “great” as she prepares for her 4-year-old bow in the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay on May 5 at Belmont Park.

“I don’t know if you had a chance to look at her, close up, but she really filled out and developed over the winter,” said James Toner, who trains the El Prado filly for Phillips Racing Partnership. “She looks great, she’s doing super, and we’re ready to go.”





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Monday, June 13 2011


BELMONT PARK NOTES June 12th 2011


ELMONT, N.Y. – It was back to business Sunday morning for New Jersey-based trainer Kelly Breen, who shocked the Belmont Stakes with 24-1 long shot Ruler On Ice on Saturday, his first career Grade 1 victory.

Breen, 42, had four horses entered on Sunday’s Monmouth Park card, and was also dealing with an injury to one of his exercise riders during training hours.





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Saturday, June 11 2011


RULER ON ICE, OTHER UPSETS TRIGGER MASSIVE PICK 6 CARRYOVER INTO WEDNESDAY


ELMONT, N.Y. – Ruler On Ice’s 24-1 upset in the Belmont Stakes concluded a Pick 6 sequence which featured multiple longshot winners, creating a $1,130,718.52 carryover into Wednesday’s card.

In addition to Ruler On Ice’s $51.50 triumph in the Belmont Stakes, other upsets in the sequence included It’s Tricky ($22.00) turning back odds-on favorite Turbulent Descent in the Grade 1 TVG Acorn, C. S. Silk ($27.20) wiring the field in the Grade 1 Foxwoods Just a Game, and Mission Approved ($44.00) using front-running tactics to capture the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap.





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BELMONT STAKES (G1) RECAP; Saturday, June 11, 2011


ELMONT, N.Y. – Ruler On Ice, dismissed at 24-1, sat a perfect trip under a patient Jose Valdivia, Jr., taking the lead at the top of the stretch and holding off another longshot, Stay Thirsty, to win Saturday’s 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, the 5-2 favorite, fell back to last shortly after the start when he clipped heels with Mucho Macho Man, who was bumped by Isn’t He Perfect. Under jockey John Velazquez, who lost his left stirrup and didn’t regain it until the first turn, Animal Kingdom made a gallant run to gain third on the far turn, but couldn’t sustain his bid and finished sixth in the third and final leg of racing’s Triple Crown.





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BELMONT STAKES DAY CROWD OF 55,779 WAGERS $10,098,573 ON TRACK


ELMONT, N.Y. – A crowd of 55,779 wagered $10,098,573 on Belmont Stakes Day races, a 32.9 percent increase over $7,598,840 in 2010.

An additional $1,465,484 was wagered on incoming simulcasts, bringing the total on-track handle to $11,564,057 compared to $8,229,318 in 2010, a 40.5 percent increase.





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MISSION APPROVED WINS SHOCKER IN MANHATTAN


ELMONT, N.Y. – Eleven months after nearly knocking off champion Gio Ponti in the Grade 1 Man o’ War, 7-year-old Mission Approved returned to turn the trick Saturday, wiring the field at odds of 21-1 to take the Grade 1, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park.

Claimed by trainer Naipaul Chatterpaul one year ago to the day for $35,000, the bay son of With Approval became one of the most improbable winners of the Manhattan in its 110-year history.





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