Friday, June 14 2013
Barn Notes: Friday, June 14, 2013
NYE, THE DOLL OF VOODOOMON STABLE, SPREADS HER MAGIC
No matter one’s spiritual, religious or otherwise transcendent beliefs, there is often something to be said for the intangible and seemingly divine power of perspective. For Voodoomon Stable owner Vanessa Nye, her experience as part of the racing industry has given her the kind of bittersweet-glazed smile and outlook one can only gain through facing the extremes of high and low within such a passion-filled field.
Churchill Downs Race Day Notes
‘NO EXCUSES’ FOR TAKE CHARGE INDY IN SATURDAY’S STEPHEN FOSTER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 13, 2013) – Trainer Pat Byrne will saddle Alysheba (Grade II) winner Take Charge Indy for the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) and he said he has no excuses going into Saturday’s race.
GENERAL ELECTION ON TARGET FOR AMERICAN DERBY, SECRETARIAT
WinStar Farm’s Grade III $150,000 Arlington Classic winner General Election is on target to take a stab at becoming only the second winner of the Mid-America Triple in its current all-turf configuration. The only other horse to win all three – Grade III Arlington Classic, Grade III American Derby and Grade I Secretariat Stakes – was Honor Glide in 1997. That Bonnie Heath homebred won his first stakes in the Arlington Classic and would go on to win graded stakes through his 7-year-old season – including two Grade Is.
TEDDY’S PROMISE SEEKS SIXTH CUSHION TRACK WIN SUNDAY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 13, 2013)—Trainer Ron Ellis will send out multiple graded stakes winners Teddy’s Promise and Include Me Out against seven opponents in the $70,000 Desert Stormer Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Thursday, June 13 2013
NYRA Statement on Ramon Dominguez announcement
The following statement is issued on behalf of NYRA by Vice President and Director of Racing P.J. Campo:
“All of us at NYRA are saddened to learn that Ramon Dominguez has been forced to end his riding career. Ramon distinguished himself immediately upon moving his tack to New York in 2009. Already a wintertime regular at Aqueduct, Ramon made a seamless transition to riding full-time on the NYRA circuit. He won numerous meet riding titles and many of our top races, en route to becoming New York’s leading rider for each of the past four years.
Statement from Ramon Dominguez
The following is a statement from Ramon Dominguez:
“Riding thoroughbreds has always been my passion and my calling. When I was 13 and watched my first horse race in Venezuela, I knew that I would become a jockey, and my riding career has brought happiness and success beyond what I ever expected.
SUCCESSFUL DAN MADE 2-1 FAVORITE FOR SATURDAY’S STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 12, 2013) – Mort Fink’s talented but injury-plagued homebred Successful Dan, the older brother to reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in a competitive field of six older horses entered for Saturday’s 32nd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) at Churchill Downs.
Sunday, June 09 2013
Belmont Park Notes
• Belmont Stakes hero Palace Malice in fine fettle after victory; Pletcher looks ahead
• Belmont runner-up Oxbow departs for Kentucky
• Third-place finisher Orb to rest; could return at Saratoga
• Woodford Reserve Manhattan winner Point of Entry to undergo surgery for non-displaced condylar fracture
• Saratoga next stop for Incognito (4th), Freedom Child (13th)
• Belmont trainers give kudos to Kozak for track condition after heavy rain
Saturday, June 08 2013
UPDATED: Belmont Stakes (G1) Top Four Finishers Quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Palace Malice (No. 12): “It was an emotional win for me because of 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.”
“To be honest, I need to see the replay [for the other horses]. I only got to see the race once. I got to talk briefly with [Garrett] Gomez about Midnight Taboo, and Johnny [Velazquez] briefly about Overanalyze, and I haven’t had a chance to talk to Javier [Castellano] about Revolutionary or Rosie [Napravnik] on Unlimited Budget.”
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.”
Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (G1) Quotes
Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Point of Entry (No. 1): “I thought he got into a good stride. I was a little surprised at the early fractions, I thought maybe Kimmel’s horse [Bombaguia] would be the speed, then the 6 horse [Plainview] went and whoever it was. He got him into a good spot; Johnny said that’s where he wanted him to be. For a horse who’s only run one time since last November, carrying 124 pounds, I think it was probably starting to tell on him a little bit the last eighth, the last sixteenth of a mile. As I told Johnny today, ‘It’s going to be a grind for this horse today.’ Soft turf, 124 pounds, hadn’t run but one time last November, we missed a race … I’m very, very proud of what I saw today. I saw [Real Solution] coming, and I knew we were probably getting a little bit leg-weary, but I knew he’d go on and finish; it was just a matter of whether he’d finish fast enough. He’s a very, very good horse.”
Longines Just a Game (G1) Quotes
Wayne Catalano, winning trainer of Stephanie’s Kitten (No. 2): “They moved the rail in and [the course there] hadn’t been touched all year. So, the two path was the path to be in. We were in the No. 2 hole and when the hole opened up, and Johnny stuck her head in there, I was happy with it, I really was. When it’s a horse race like that – it looked like it was going to be a bob of a head – I was worried about that. When she sprinted away I was happy.”