Saturday, June 30 2012
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Friday, June 29, 2012
ELMONT, N.Y. - Baby J debuted a half-length winner on Thursday at Belmont Park for retired jockey Juvenal Diaz, but if all goes according to plan the filly will soon carrying somebody else’s colors, the former rider said on Friday.
“I never keep them,” said Diaz. “If I do keep one, it’s because I can’t sell them!”
Sunday, June 10 2012
TRANSCRIPT OF 144TH BELMONT STAKES POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE
THE MODERATOR: Okay. We are now joined live in the interview room by the winning jockey and trainer of Union Rags on the left, jockey John Velazquez, his second the Belmont Stakes victory, having captured the Stakes with Rags to Riches. Michael, his second Triple Crown race victory. Of course, he won in the Kentucky Derby in 2006 with Barbaro. Mrs. Phyllis Wyeth, by the way, preferred that just John and Michael handle this session. So we'll just have the winning rider and trainer.
Congratulations, gentlemen. Fine performance and, Michael, my first question for you: As great a career as Union Rags has had to date, there's been some disappointment here and there mixed in. Tough trip loss in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. And in a Kentucky Derby in where which he didn't have the opportunity to make his best run. Does this kind of make up for the mishaps of the past?
TRINNIBERG TURNS BACK CURRENCY SWAP TO TAKE WOODY STEPHENS PRESENTED BY VISITNASSAUCOUNTY.COM
ELMONT, N.Y. – A resolute Trinniberg, dogged through the early going by Currency Swap, put away his rival in the Belmont Park stretch and went on to a 1 3/4-length victory in Saturday’s 28th running of the Grade 2, $400,000 Woody Stephens presented by VisitNassauCounty.com.
Sent right to the front by jockey Willie Martinez, Trinniberg zipped through an opening quarter-mile in 22.30 seconds and a half in 44.73 with 9-1 shot Currency Swap right off his flank. Shaking off his challenger’s bid as they straightened for home, Trinniberg quickly put two lengths between himself and Currency Swap and was never threatened as he crossed the wire in 1:22.26 for the seven furlongs.
BELMONT CROWD OF 85,811 BREAKS NON-TRIPLE CROWN DAY RECORD; SIXTH LARGEST EVER AT BELMONT PARK
ELMONT, N.Y. – A crowd of 85,811 wagered $13,777,920 on Belmont Stakes Day races today, the second largest Belmont Stakes Day on-track handle ever, trailing only the $14,461,402 wagered in 2004 when Birdstone broke the Triple Crown bid of Smarty Jones.
The on-track handle was also the third largest ever at Belmont Park, behind only the $14,742,521 wagered on Breeders’ Cup Day 2005 and the 2004 Belmont Stakes Day handle. It easily eclipsed the previous non-Triple Crown Day record of $10,581,093 set in 2001 by 30.2 percent and was up 36.4 percent over $10,098,573 in 2011.
DOMINGUEZ SWASHBUCKLING ABOARD DESERT BLANC
ELMONT, N.Y. – With a masterful display of derring-do, jockey Ramon Dominguez charged Desert Blanc down the stretch of the Belmont Park inner turf course and right between his front-running rivals Saturday to win the 111th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan for 3-year-olds and up.
The reigning, two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey, in his first ride aboard Desert Blanc, kept a snug hold on his mount while tracking favorite Hudson Steele through a half-mile in 49.42 seconds and six furlongs in 1:13.61 in the 1 ¼-mile race. As Papaw Bodie, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, engaged the leader turning for home, Dominguez turned Desert Blanc loose.
TAPITSFLY EARNS GRADE 1 IN LONGINES JUST A GAME
ELMONT, N.Y. – The 5-year-old Tapitsfly, who earned her first graded stakes victory in March, scored at racing’s highest level Saturday at Belmont Park with a front-running, stakes-record victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Just a Game for turf fillies and mares.
Ramon Dominguez prompted Tapitsfly, a Frank L. Jones, Jr. homebred, to take a clear lead from the rail, and the gray daughter of Tapit set honest fractions of 23.47, 46.44, and 1:09.48 as Wallis tracked in second. After Wallis capitulated at the top of the stretch, Tapitsfly extended her advantage, then turned back the stretch run of even-money favorite Winter Memories to prevail by 2 ¼ lengths. Hungry Island finished an additional 1 ¾ lengths behind in third.
CAIXA ELETRONICA ELECTRIFIES IN TRUE NORTH VICTORY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Caixa Eletronica came flying down the middle of the stretch Saturday afternoon to collar Justin Phillip in the final yards and win the 34th running of the Grade 2, $400,000 True North Handicap at Belmont Park.
Last of eight as Pacific Ocean led through a sizzling opening quarter-mile in 21.80 seconds, Caixa Eletronica was still almost 12 lengths behind Justin Phillip when he took command at the top of the stretch. Asked for run by jockey Javier Castellano in midstretch, the 7-year-old son of Arromanches responded with a powerful late kick that carried him under the wire in 1:09.52 for the six furlongs, three-quarters of a length ahead of Justin Phillip.
CEREMONIAL RETIREMENT FOR I’LL HAVE ANOTHER BEFORE BELMONT STAKES
ELMONT, N.Y. – Before today’s 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, the 31st horse to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness will have a ceremonial retirement in the Belmont Park winner’s circle.
On Friday, owner J. Paul Reddam announced that I’ll Have Another would be retired with a tendon injury one day before he would have attempted to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.
Saturday, June 09 2012
BROOKLYN/BELMONT DOUBLE WILL PAYS
ELMONT, N.Y. – The following are the $2 Brooklyn/Belmont Double payouts for Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap winner Redeemed (No. 10) with:
No. 1 – Street Life, $99.50
No. 2 – Unstoppable U, $312
Friday, June 08 2012
UPDATED BELMONT STAKES WAGERING AND HOSPITALITY INFORMATION
ELMONT, N.Y. – All advance wagers on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes involving I’ll Have Another are available for cancellation immediately at any Belmont Park mutuel window with a live teller. Once the Belmont Stakes is declared official on Saturday, most tickets that were not cancelled in advance will become refundable.
Advance wagers on Saturday’s Pick 6 and Pick 4 in which I’ll Have Another was used in the Belmont Stakes must be cancelled in advance to avoid the automatic assignment of the post time favorite in place of I’ll Have Another in the race.
STATEMENT FROM NYRA CHAIRMAN C. STEVEN DUNCKER
“Our hearts go out to the connections of I’ll Have Another. We are disappointed for them, the fans, and for the sport of thoroughbred racing, but the most important concern is always the health and well being of the horses. Although there will not be a Triple Crown coronation, we are still looking forward to what will be a terrific day of racing at Belmont Park.”
REACTION QUOTES TO I’LL HAVE ANOTHER’S SCRATCH FROM SATURDAY’s GRADE 1, $1 MILLION BELMONT STA
Dale Romans, trainer of Dullahan, now the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the Belmont: “It’s devastating. I really wanted him to compete. This was going to be a special race, one of the biggest races of our time. It’s just devastating.”
“We’re going to inherit the role as favorite, but I’d rather have him in there. I think we could have competed with him and it would have been a great race and great for the sport. It would have been something special to beat him.”