Thursday, June 16 2016
Gleaves Sends Out Two in Saturday’s $75,000 Forty Niner
Casse, Maker & Zerpa Enter for Turf Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It would seem fitting if Phil Gleaves saddled the winner of Saturday’s $75,000 Forty Niner Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After all, the race is named after the 1988 Fountain of Youth (G1) and Travers (G1) winner trained by Woody Stephens, who Gleaves worked alongside as assistant trainer and exercise rider.
So Gleaves will have two shots to claim the 1 1/16 mile turf event in Keith Long’s Megeve and Vegso Racing Stable’s Fast Fire. The two will meet eight other 3-year-olds including John Oxley’s Tizzarunner, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Keystoneforvictory, Gelfenstein Farm LLC’s undefeated Forced Motion, Telling Tony, Fleming and Titanium Heart.
Saturday, June 11 2016
Frosted sizzles in dominant win in the G1 Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap
ELMONT, N.Y. - Frosted, the runner-up to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes one year ago, returned to Belmont Park Saturday with a triumphant performance to capture the 123rd edition of the Grade 1, $1.25 Million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap with absolute authority.
With Joel Rosario aboard, Godolphin's homebred Frosted took command at the head of the stretch and drew off from the rest of the top flight field of 10 horses aged 3 and older while Rosario sat chilly in the irons. Frosted left his competition completely out in the cold as he powered through the lane while Rosario had the 4-year-old son of Tapit under wraps.
The 148th Belmont Stakes (G1) Quotes
Steve Asmussen, winning trainer of Creator (No. 13): "It's the best feeling right now. The great thing about racing; you can have a bad day, a bad week, a bad month. They don't put you behind the gates, they line you up even and give you a chance to prove yourself. Obviously want to say thanks for the opportunity with a horse like him that can prove he's good enough to win the Belmont Stakes."
"Curlin didn't ever do anything but make us happy. Being a victor in the Belmont Stakes will look good on that plaque."
Woodford Reserve Manhattan (G1) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Flintshire (No. 10):
"He ran to his works. Like I said all month, he was sent to me in outstanding condition. We're just trying to get him into our program, make sure he adapts okay and he doesn't change for the worse, which he hasn't."
"He showed the ability to cut back to a mile and a quarter with a good turn of foot today."
The Longines Just a Game (G1) Quotes
Bill Mott, winning trainer of Celestine (No. 8) along with fourth-place Lady Lara (No. 13) and 13th-place My Miss Sophia (No. 5): "This was a very impressive. She's [Celestine] gotten better as time goes on. She just drew away from a very good field. She's pretty fast. She tracked that filly today. She's rating well. She was very comfortable where she was in the race. I thought my other filly, My Miss Sophia, was in good shape and Lady Lara (in foal to Uncle Mo) was a little wide up on the outside and was fourth where she finished."
The Woody Stephens (G2) Quotes
Dallas Stewart, winning trainer of Tom's Ready (No. 9): "That was a great ride, wasn't it? The way he [ jockey Joel Rosario] rode this horse, was like an [Angel] Cordero ride. He came running. I took a shot taking the blinkers off because he looks around. I took them off for his work and he worked good. It's like Wayne Lukas always taught us; don't be afraid to take a shot. Make a change sometimes and see what happens."
The Ogden Phipps (G1) Quotes
Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Cavorting (No. 4): "Her pedigree indicated that she wanted to go further. Being by Bernardini, her third start we tried the Frizette, but it was a funny racetrack that day a little wet. The jockey did a great job. One turn is great and we're real happy to win the Phipps two years in a row. Sorry Dinny [Phipps] isn't here with us but it was a great win."
The Easy Goer Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Economic Model (No. 5): "We've always liked this horse a lot. His race at Tampa was just so disappointing, but it is becoming clear now it was just the track over there. I've never lost confidence in this horse stretching out as well. He's always acted like a horse who wants to run further. We'll stretch him out from here."
Friday, June 10 2016
Da Big Hoss breaks seven figures with Belmont Gold Cup victory
ELMONT, N.Y. - Picked up at the claims box for a bargain tag of $50,000 less than a year ago by Skaychai Racing and trainer Mike Maker, Da Big Hoss became thoroughbred racing's newest millionaire Friday at Belmont Park with a 1 1/2-length victory on the Widener turf course in the $300,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational.
Chad Brown does New York his way as Dacita leada 1-2-3 finish
ELMONT, N.Y. - Dacita spearheaded a sweep of the top three positions in the $500,000 New York Stakes for Chad Brown, rallying from off the pace to edge stablemates Sea Calisi and Guapaza in the Grade 2 turf race at Belmont Park on Friday.
Dacita, the last horse to beat champion mare Tepin, returned to top form to take the 73rd running of the New York under new rider Irad Ortiz Jr., prevailing by three-quarters of a length over odds-on favorite Sea Calisi, who trailed for the first mile and was stymied along the inside with Jose Ortiz in the stretch.
The True North Quotes
Charlton Baker, winning owner and trainer of Joking (No. 2):
"I'm very impressed. He's doing great, but today was [a] step up. I didn't know how he'd handle it. I know he's doing super and then again the track was fast all day. It seemed like speed was dominating."
On his thinking down the stretch:
"I was hoping he'd get there. He gives you that kick. He's got that killer instinct now that he wants to get there."
Belmont Park Notes 6/10
• Favorite's role suits Team Exaggerator in G1 Belmont Stakes
• Stewart right at home with pair of Belmont Stakes contenders
• Belmont newcomer Geroux has eye on Saratoga
• Irish Rookie ready for her close-up
• Trojan Nation connections hope third time is a charm
• Lani's connections hoping for fast track for G1 Belmont
• Cassidy makes New York return with G1 Just a Game pair
- From a statistical standpoint, favorites have fared well in the Belmont Stakes. Sixty-two of its first 147 runnings were won by the bettors' choice, a 42 percent success rate.
Last year, Triple Crown champion American Pharoah became the 13th of 34 odds-on favorites to win the Belmont (38 percent) since mutuels came to New York in 1940.