Thursday, June 19 2014
Linda Rice has platoon of runners for NYSS races
ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Linda Rice will send out three runners apiece in the New York Stallion Series Spectacular Bid and the New York Stallion Series Cupecoy's Joy on Sunday at Belmont Park.
The Cupecoy's Joy, for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at seven furlongs, will feature the Rice-trained trio of Miss Narcissist, Champagne Ruby, and Bella the Bandit, none of whom have made a start over turf.
Monday, June 16 2014
USTA to Fund Cobalt Testing
The USTA announces program with Dr. George Maylin to develop cobalt testing
June 16, 2014 – from USTA Communications Department
Columbus, OH --- The United States Trotting Association (USTA) announced today that it will fund and work in partnership with Dr. George Maylin from the New York Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College to develop regulatory controls for the use of cobalt in race horses.
Saturday, June 14 2014
Stephen Foster Handicap Quick Quotes
CALVIN BOREL, jockey of MOONSHINE MULLIN (winner) – “Randy (Morse) has been doing so well with him. The first morning I was out on him working him after the Alysheba, he didn’t really work like I thought he should have. But boy its funny, when a horse peaks, they peak. When I came back and worked him again about five days ago he was a totally different horse, like he had gotten his seat back under him. I rode him with a lot of confidence today. We were stepping up today, I know we beat some of these same horses a few weeks back and early on I was afraid it may have taken too much out of him, but as we got closer, Randy had him ready to go. He’s a nice, nice horse.”
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Fashion Alert (No. 6): "I thought she did everything we hoped she would do. She got away pretty alertly and put herself in good position. It was an advantage to have the outside post, which we were happy about when the draw came out. She's a very talented filly that ran to her training. I think timing-wise, this sets her up very well for the [Grade 3] Schuylerville [July 18, 6 furlongs, Saratoga]."
Friday, June 13 2014
Stephen Foster Handicap Notes: Friday, June 13
NO SPEED NO PROBLEM FOR FOSTER FAVORITE REVOLUTIONARY
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, June 13, 2014) – Fresh off a most impressive win in the Pimlico Special (Grade III), WinStar Farm LLC’s Revolutionary is seeking his first Grade I victory in Saturday night’s $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) and has been made the 2-1 favorite in a talented field of nine older horses.
Thursday, June 12 2014
Stephen Foster Night Notes
McPEEK DREAMING OF ‘ALL STAKES PICK 4’ AT ‘DOWNS AFTER DARK’
LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, June 12, 2014) – The exhilarating Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka night racing program features four graded stakes for Thoroughbreds, highlighted by the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I), and Churchill Downs-based trainer Kenny McPeek is shooting for the “All-Stakes Pick 4” with a starter in each graded event.
Wednesday, June 11 2014
Churchill Downs Stakes Advance
CHAMPION WILL TAKE CHARGE, REVOLUTIONARY, DEPARTING HEAD SATURDAY’S
GRADE I $500,000 STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP UNDER ‘DOWNS AFTER DARK’ LIGHTS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 11, 2014) – A talented and accomplished field of nine older horses headed by Will Take Charge, winner of Churchill Downs’ Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) and the champion 3-year-old of 2013, and multiple graded stakes-winners Revolutionary and Departing has been entered to compete in Saturday’s 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI), the featured event on a spectacular “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka” night racing program at Churchill Downs on Saturday, June 14.
Stephen Foster Handicap Notes: Tuesday, June 10
LONG RIVER TO ARRIVE WEDNESDAY FOR FOSTER, SEEKING FIRST GRADED VICTORY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, June 10, 2014) – Seeking his first graded stakes victory, Godolphin Racing LLC’s Long River is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning for the Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI), according to his New York-based trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Sunday, June 08 2014
Belmont Park Notes: Sunday, June 8
• Trainer Clement, Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist enjoying the moment
• Sherman: Beaten Triple Crown contender California Chrome will be ready for fall campaign
• 2014 Belmont Stakes television rating second highest in race's history
• Led by G1 Met Mile winner Palace Malice, Pletcher has lucrative Belmont Stakes Day
• Trainer Gyarmati, G1 TVG Acorn winner Sweet Reason relishing her success
• Ride On Curlin will get summer off after being eased in Belmont
• G1 Ogden Phipps winner Close Hatches in fine fettle; Seek Again, Matuszak emerge from their efforts in good order
• McLaughlin thrilled with Antipathy's performance in G1 Phipps
2014 Belmont Stakes Day Records
2014 Belmont Stakes Day sets NYRA on-track, total handle record; attendance third highest in Belmont Stakes history
ELMONT, N.Y. - With a Triple Crown bid on the line and 10 outstanding stakes races on the card, this year's Belmont Stakes Day proved to be a smashing hit, with the on-track handle of $19,105,877 and all-sources handle of $150,249,399 easily setting all-time NYRA records.
Interview with Joel Rosario and Christophe Clement
THE MODERATOR: We are fortunate to have Joel Rosario in the film theater here. Joel, if you would, take us through the Belmont trip.
JOEL ROSARIO: First of all, hello, everybody. I was on the outside the whole way and, you know, big horse and, you know, helping him go the mile-and-a-half.
Interview with Victor Espinoza and Alan Sherman
Q. Sorry you didn't get the result you were looking for. Tell us how you feel right now.
VICTOR ESPINOZA: Well, I think like everybody else. It's not easy, but it's just crazy. I'm always ready for the work, for the best and the worst and today, today I feel like we don't have enough to be able to win this race.