Friday, June 08 2012
DULLAHAN TAKES FAVORITE’S ROLE FOR BELMONT STAKES
ELMONT, N.Y. – Dullahan, most recently third in the Kentucky Derby, was installed as the new 9-5 morning-line favorite over 10 rivals for Saturday’s 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes.
The 1 ½-mile “Test of the Champion” is the 11th of 13 races Saturday at Belmont Park, which also features the Grade 1, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, the Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Just a Game, the Grade 2, $400,000 Woody Stephens, presented by VisitNassauCounty.com, and the Grade 2, $400,000 True North Handicap.
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER OUT OF BELMONT STAKES, RETIRED
ELMONT, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another was withdrawn from Saturday’s 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes and retired, a little more than 24 hours before his attempt to become the first horse in 34 years to win the Triple Crown.
In a ceremonial tribute, jockey Mario Gutierrez will be aboard I’ll Have Another as he leads the post parade for the Belmont Stakes (post time 6:40 p.m., NBC 4:30-7 p.m.).
TRANSCRIPT OF PAUL REDDAM, DOUG O’NEILL PRESS CONFERENCE FOLLOWING THE SCRATCH OF I’LL HAVE ANOTHER
DOUG O'NEILL: Yeah, this is extremely tough for all of us. Though it's far from tragic, no one died or anything like that, but it's extremely disappointing and I feel so sorry for the whole team. We have had such an amazing run, you know, for me, taking three buses to go to Santa Anita at age ten to be here and try to make history.
Got to thank Paul and Zillah for making this possible. I've got to thank the team, too. A lot of them are back at the mansion, going to let them enjoy; I think they aren't enjoying the pool and tennis court today.
BELMONT STAKES DAY BACKYARD ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP
ELMONT, N.Y. – Below is the backyard entertainment lineup for Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 9:
Heineken Open Your World Stage in the Backyard at Belmont Park
BELMONT PARK NOTES; Thursday, June 7, 2012
ELMONT, N.Y. – Owner J. Paul Reddam and jockey Mario Gutierrez were on hand at Belmont Park Thursday morning as Triple Crown candidate I’ll Have Another galloped around the 1 ½-mile oval, with the only difference in his routine being that he departed the Belmont Stakes barn for the first time.
All the contenders for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, in which I’ll Have Another is attempting to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, spent the night in the special barn, where they will be housed until the 1 ½-mile race.
TRANSCRIPT OF THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE WITH DALE ROMANS, DOUG O’NEILL AND MARIO GUTIERREZ
THE MODERATOR: Right now we have with us left‑to‑right, jockey Mario Gutierrez and trainer Doug O'Neill. Doug will be here for about 20 minutes or so. We are joined by trainer Dale Romans who will send out Dullahan against I'll Have Another.
I guess I'll start with the man in the middle, Mario Gutierrez. You had some richly‑deserved time away up in Canada last week, but now you're in the heart of all the action. How has it been being in New York and being thrust into all of this media attention?
Thursday, June 07 2012
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER TRIES FOR TRIPLE CROWN IN BELMONT STAKES (G1)
ELMONT, N.Y. – I’ll Have Another will go one more round Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park as he attempts to add the 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes to his dramatic victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and end a record 34-year Triple Crown drought.
A victory in the 1 ½-mile “Test of the Champion” (post time 6:40 p.m., NBC 4:30- 7 p.m.) would make I’ll Have Another racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed outfinished Alydar back in 1978. Since then, 11 horses have stepped into the starting gate for the Belmont with a chance to sweep the series, and all have come up short, most recently Big Brown in 2008.
OWNER SEEKS SPRINT SWEEP ON BELMONT STAKES UNDERCARD
ELMONT, N.Y. – Just a matter of hours before I’ll Have Another looks to become the first horse in 34 years to win Saturday’s Belmont Stakes and be called a Triple Crown champion, owner Shivananda Parbhoo is poised for a sweep of his own.
The 43-year-old native of Trinidad & Tobago has leading contenders in each of the Grade 2, $400,000 sprint stakes that help comprise the Belmont undercard: Trinniberg in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens presented by VisitNassauCounty.com, and Giant Ryan in the six-furlong True North Handicap.
Wednesday, June 06 2012
UNION RAGS ARRIVES FOR BELMONT STAKES; ALL 12 CONTENDERS BEDDED DOWN IN STAKES BARN
ELMONT, N.Y. – Union Rags, the 6-1 third choice on the morning line behind Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another (4-5) and Dullahan (5-1) for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, arrived at Belmont Park shortly after 11 a.m. and was quickly settled into to the stakes barn.
All the Belmont Stakes contenders were required to be in the special stakes barn by mid day on Wednesday.
QUOTES AND DRAW SHEET FROM THE POST POSITION DRAW FOR THE 144th BELMONT STAKES
ELMONT, N.Y. – Following are quotes from the connections of the 12 horses entered in Saturday’s 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park:
I’ll Have Another (post position 11, 4-5 odds)
Trainer Doug O’Neill: “It’s been an unbelievable ride, and I think we’ve just stayed focused on the whole journey because of the great I’ll Have Another. I have obviously got caught up in some other issues on the side and got cleared of any wrongdoing, still kind of goofy a little bit. But everything’s going good and we every day give thanks to be part of the I’ll Have Another team.”
MY ADONIS EXPECTED TO JOIN BELMONT STAKES FIELD
ELMONT, N. Y. – I'll Have Another will have an additional rival in Saturday's 144th running of the Belmont Stakes as he tries to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.
George and Lori Hall, the connections of 2011 Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice, said Tuesday that My Adonis, most recently third in the Canonero II Stakes at Pimlico on Preakness day, May 19, would be lining up for the 1 ½-mile Belmont, the final leg of the Triple Crown. Ramon Dominguez is expected to ride.
LUKAS TAKEN TO AREA HOSPITAL AFTER BEING KICKED AT BARN
ELMONT, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who will saddle Optimizer in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, was taken to Winthrop University Hospital in nearby Mineola Tuesday afternoon after one of his horses reared up and struck him on top of his head.
“I don’t need this on Belmont week, but I guess these things happen,” Lukas said from the hospital. “I will be fine, it’s just a matter of getting it cleaned up. I fully expect to be at the track tomorrow.”