Tuesday, June 07 2016
Belmont Park Notes 6/6
• Gettysburg joins G1 Belmont field
• Creator works 'nice and steady' for Belmont
• Belmont-bound Suddenbreakingnews stretches his legs ahead of trip
• Desormeaux watches Exaggerator's Monday gallop for G1 Belmont
• Gunther family eyes Belmont with homebred Stradivari
• Europeans clear quarantine; Sloane Avenue on target for G1 Met Mile
• Belmont contenders Brody's Cause, Cherry Wine return to track Monday
• Lani team watching weather, could breeze Tuesday
- Early Monday afternoon, trainer Steve Asmussen informed New York Racing Association officials that Gettysburg, a horse he recently received from WinStar Farm LLC to train, will be entered in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes June 11.
Sunday, June 05 2016
Belmont Park Notes 6/5
• Team McLaughlin takes aim at Belmont Racing Festival Stakes
• Stewart happy with G1 Belmont contenders Forever d'Oro, Seeking the Soul
• Sheer Drama arrives Sunday for Saturday's G1 Ogden Phipps
• Clement weighs G3 Jaipur options, Belmont hopeful Governor Malibu exits work in good order
• Fields coming together for Belmont Stakes Day
• Under the wire: Belmont contenders Destin, Stradivari walk Sunday
- While multiple graded stakes-winning 3-year-old Mohaymen gets some time off before launching a summer campaign, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will be busy with several stakes runners during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.
Friday, June 03 2016
Belmont Park Notes 6/3
• Destin, Stradivari wrap up G1 Belmont preparations
• Belmont-bound Cherry Wine, Brody's Cause gallop ahead of Saturday breezes
• Governor Malibu turns in 'strong work' for Belmont
• Exaggerator gallops on Big Sandy
• Ironicus, Carrumba to represent McGaughey in Manhattan, Ogden Phipps
• Maiden Trojan Nation confirmed for Belmont
• Twilight Eclipse, Ready for Eye ready for Belmont Stakes Racing Festival spots
• Strike Charmer primed for G1 Just A Game
• Upstart works for G1 Met Mile
- Beating the light rain that began to fall at Belmont Park Friday morning, Todd Pletcher worked both his Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes hopefuls, Destin and Stradivari, at 7:45 a.m. on the training track.
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $300,000
First Post for Summit of Speed Preview Card: 12:45 p.m.
Stonestreet’s Perfect Kay Scoots to Impressive Debut Victory
Velasquez Returns to Gulfstream Winner’s Circle with Fawkes-Trained Filly
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $300,000 at Gulfstream Park.
The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 17th consecutive racing day Friday, when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $173.36 .
Wednesday, June 01 2016
Belmont Park Notes 6/1
• Lani breezes for G1 Belmont
• Creator, Romans duo arrive at Belmont Park
• Exaggerator jogs over Belmont training track
• Wild About Deb under consideration for Belmont
- Koji Maeda's Japanese import Lani turned in a characteristically lengthy breeze early Wednesday morning, his penultimate work for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 11.
After walking a lap around the 1 ½-mile oval, the Kentucky-bred colt galloped into the far turn and picked up speed before the seven-eighths pole. Under exercise rider Eishu Maruucha, Lani gained momentum nearing the five-eighths pole, breezing fractions of :12 3/5 seconds, :25 and :37 for the opening three furlongs, according to NYRA clockers. The gray son of Tapit earned an official time of 1:02.09 for five furlongs and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15 4/5.
Thursday, May 26 2016
Mighty Mo headlines Paradise Creek
ELMONT, N.Y. - Woodhaven runner-up Mighty Mo is set to take on a field of up-and-coming grass sprinters in Saturday's featured race at Belmont Park, the $100,000 Paradise Creek for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs on the Widener turf course.
Mighty Mo, owned by Jake Ballis and Rashard Lewis, has been near-perfect since joining Hall of Famer Bill Mott's barn after his Saratoga Race Course debut last summer. Making his first start in more than five months in March at Gulfstream Park, the Uncle Mo colt raced near the pace and held off a late challenge to break his maiden by a length.
Wednesday, May 25 2016
Exaggerator Enjoys Another Morning at Pimlico; Nyquist Improving
BALTIMORE – Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator jogged two miles over the main track at historic Pimlico Race Course Wednesday morning, his second straight day on the track since his 3 ½-length victory in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown May 21.
Trainer Keith Desormeaux continues to get all the right signs from the Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up who turned the tables on previously undefeated Nyquist in the 141st Preakness.
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Tuesday, May 24 2016
Exaggerator Returns to Track, Nyquist’s Temperature Normal
BALTIMORE – Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator was playful and happy Tuesday morning as he returned to the track at Pimlico Race Course.
“We’re really pleased with him,” said assistant trainer Julie Clark. “I was just talking to the groom and even after two races back-to-back it still doesn’t look like he’s lost any weight…He’s doing great. It would be nice to have a little bit of a break from him sometimes because he’s always on his toes and squealing around, but it’s good to see.”
Monday, May 23 2016
Exaggerator Takes a Walk, Back to Track Tuesday
BALTIMORE, MD – Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator took a walk around the shedrow Monday morning at Pimlico Race Course two days after winning the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by 3 ½ lengths.
Trainer Keith Desormeaux said Exaggerator, runner-up to Preakness favorite Nyquist May 7 in the Kentucky Derby (G1), was doing well and could be back on the track Tuesday.
Where’s the Widget puts on a Steady Growth show
TORONTO, May 23 – Where’s the Widget, owned by Mary Biamonte and trained by Ralph Biamonte, romped to an emphatic eight-length score in the $125,000 Steady Growth Stakes, the Victoria Day Holiday Monday feature at Woodbine.
The Giant Gizmo gelding, bred in Ontario by Pamela Edel, arrived in the 1 1/16-mile Tapeta event in top form having won three consecutive races.
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Sunday, May 22 2016
Exaggerator Gives Thrilling Homecoming to Desormeauxs in Preakness
Winner of Middle Jewel of Triple Crown Turns Tables on Nyquist
Handle and Attendance Records Set
– Exaggerator turned the tables on previously undefeated Nyquist Saturday at Pimlico, providing a thrilling homecoming for brothers Kent and Keith Desormeaux with a commanding 3 ½-length triumph in Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.
The Keith Desormeaux-trained 3-year-old, who finished second behind Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby (G1) two weeks ago at Churchill Downs, was the recipient of a ground-saving ride from jockey Kent Desormeaux to prevail over 10 rivals in the $1.5 million Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
Post-Race Preakness interview
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Q. Keith, you talked all week about the young three year olds, who can mature from week to week, race to race and you said that might be the difference between winning today and not. And it looked like that was a good read on your part when Kent's bringing him home to the wire, what's going through your mind?
KEITH DESORMEAUX: What you said, that's part of the equation. But the most important thing is this horse is I've repeated this for two weeks is his ability to recover from his efforts. And he recovered from the Derby quickly. Even today, first comment, when he pulled up here at the winner's circle was, Keith, he cooled out already.
And the horse has his heart rate was down again. His respiratory rate was almost to normal and you could see a real calm look in his eyes.
Most horses when they run that huge effort, they're bug eyed and rattled and sweated up even. He was totally calm. So it's partly due because he gets over this track in like a duck to water for lack of a better cliche.
But that's the main reason, his ability to recover.