Friday, September 16 2016
Kentucky Downs up 34 percent in overall wagering
Total wagering up nearly 34%, on-track 48% as Kentucky Downs closes record 2016 meet
Races averages 10.96 horses, as bettors’ group boss says,
‘Horseplayers buy value; Kentucky Downs had it in spades’
FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016)
— Spurred by unprecedented purses for horsemen and a Horseplayers’ Racetrack mantra that resonated with bettors, Kentucky Downs closed its five-date boutique meet Thursday with total wagering up nearly 34 percent.
Betting on the closing-day card of $3,660,588 brought all-sources handle to $22,540,761.22 for an average of $4,508,152 a day. Already a record after Sunday’s card, the final numbers reflect an increase of 33.92 over last year’s previous record total of $16,831,333.
On Leave looks to go four in a row in G2 Sands Point
ELMONT, N.Y. - Stuart Janney III's homebred On Leave will look to extend her win streak to four when she makes her graded stakes debut in the 22nd running of the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point on Saturday at Belmont Park.
A 3-year-old half-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Ironicus, On Leave has been perfect in three starts this year for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey since returning from an eight-month layoff this spring. The gray daughter of War Front broke her maiden by two lengths in her sophomore debut at Belmont in June and returned to post a three-quarter-length victory against optional claimers the following month.
Monday, September 12 2016
New Era at Rosecroft Begins Tuesday
New High-Definition Infield Television, New Gate
New Pick 5 with Low 12-Percent Takeout
Superfectas on Every Race, New Tote System
First Race Post Set for 6:40 p.m.
FORT WASHINGTON, MD
– Rosecroft, which has hosted the biggest stars in harness racing during its 67-year history, begins a new era Tuesday evening when it opens its fall meet under the new ownership of The Stronach Group, parent company of the Maryland Jockey Club.
The track that has hosted champions such as Forrest Skipper, Mack Lobell, Camtastic and Cam’s Card Shark, along with the sport’s most accomplished horsemen, opens with a 12-race program beginning at 6:40 p.m.
Conquest Enforcer vanquishes field in Allied Forces
ELMONT, N.Y. - Conquest Enforcer took the lead coming out of the turn and put in a strong finish to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths in Sunday's $100,000 Allied Forces for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.
Trained by Mark Casse, Conquest Enforcer left from the outside as the 3-5 favorite and stayed just off Too Discreet's fractions of 23:00 and 46.13 seconds before taking the lead once straightened for home.
Recap of Dueling Grounds Derby and Oaks
Maker staking claim to fame
Wins 3rd, 4th stakes of meet — all former claimers -
Oscar Nominated rolls in Dueling Grounds Derby,
Try Your Luck Dueling also romps in Grounds Oaks
FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2016)
— Trainer Mike Maker won his third and fourth stakes at this Kentucky Downs meet Sunday, and all four came with horses that he’d claimed.
The latest were Try Your Luck taking the $200,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks by 7 1/2 lengths over Taralena. Thirty-three minutes later, Oscar Nominated won the $350,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Oaks by 6 1/4 lengths over Path of David. They followed Saturday’s big haul when the Maker-trained Watchyourownbobber took the $400,000 More Than Ready and Da Big Hoss the $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup.
Laurel’s Opening Weekend a Success
Elusive Joni Sneaks Up Rail to Capture Laurel’s Sunday Feature
Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 Carryovers for Friday’s Nine-Race Program
– The opening weekend of Laurel Park’s fall meet was a success with a 50-percent increase over last year’s opening weekend while racing an additional day.
Total handle on Laurel’s three-day opening weekend was $7 million, compared to last year’s two-day opening of $3.5 million. Laurel’s Saturday program included six stakes and $525,000 in stakes purses.
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Sunday, September 11 2016
Seattle Slew Quotes
Byron Hughes, assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher, of Comfort (No. 1): "It was very close. [The ] track's been a little quick today. Johnny did a great job of saving ground, swung him wide, and the horse got up just in time. I knew our horse would come running; he's been very consistent. He's run well on every track he's run on, is 3-for-3 here too. The Jockey Club Gold Cup [Grade 1, October 8] would seem to be very high on the radar. We'll see how he comes back and go from there."
It’s Da Big Hoss again
He rallies to take second Kentucky Turf Cup
‘All I can say is he’s second-best marathon horse in U.S.’
FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2016)
—With a convincing win going 12 furlongs in Saturday’s $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup – the meet’s richest race – Skychai Racing’s Da Big Hoss asserted himself as the top U.S.-bred marathoner in advance of the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), less than two months away. Under regular rider Florent Geroux, the odds-on favorite took command near the three-sixteenths pole and held off a stubborn Bullards Alley by 1 1/4-lengths.
“All I can say is he’s the second-best marathon horse in the United States,” said trainer Mike Maker, ceding the top position to five-time Group/Grade 1 winner Flintshire.
Onus Sets Course Record in $150,000 Lady Baltimore Win
Renown Strong as Favorite in $100,000 Turf Cup
– Stuart S. Janney III’s homebred Grade 3 winner Onus kept her perfect local record intact with a record-setting 1 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Lady Baltimore at Laurel Park.
The 45th running of the Lady Baltimore for fillies and mares 3 and up at 1 1/16 miles on the grass was the richest of six stakes worth $575,000 in purses on an 11-race Laurel Turf Festival program.
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Tuesday, September 06 2016
Practical Joke gets serious in G1 Hopeful
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Chad Brown and jockey Jose Ortiz put the finishing touches on their championship summers on closing day at Saratoga Race Course, teaming up to win the 112 th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful with the late-running Practical Joke.
Practical Joke's half-length win over Royal Copy gave Brown his record 40th victory of the meet and Ortiz his 65th winner during the 40-day span, with both having clinched their respective titles earlier.
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Ring Weekend sets course record in winning G2 Bernard Baruch
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Ring Weekend overtook Take the Stand in deep stretch en route to setting a course record in Monday's Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Saratoga Race Course.
Trained by Graham Motion, Ring Weekend hit the wire in 1:38.29 over 1 1/16 miles on the firm Mellon turf, breaking Ironicus' previous mark of 1:38.54 set in last year's edition of the Bernard Baruch.
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Del Mar’s 77th Summer Season Races to a Solid Finish
Highlighted by its most successful single day ever, by a sparkling parade of stakes races and by a continuing enhancement of its reputation as a sporting/entertainment venue without peer in the west, Del Mar raced to an uplifting finish to its 77th summer season Monday.
The quality rich stakes schedule concluded with Klimt smartly winning the Grade I Del Mar Futurity – the race that has produced the last three winners of the Kentucky Derby.
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