Saturday, September 27 2014
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) Quotes
H. Graham Motion, winning trainer of Main Sequence (No. 5): "What a cool horse. Ironically, I thought he ran his most professional race today and then you had the bump right before the wire."
Flower Bowl (G1) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Stephanie's Kitten (No. 9): "She got a beautiful trip, and I'm really proud of this filly; she deserved to get a good, clean trip. That's the third race in a row for us that I felt she ran terrific. She was a little unlucky in the Beverly D. and Diana, and this time [jockey] Johnny [Velazquez] got away from the gate really well and gave her a beautiful trip. The filly did the rest."
Beldame (G1) Quotes
Rudy Rodriguez, winning trainer of Belle Gallantey (No. 7): "It's very, very special. We're working very hard with these kinds of horses and thank God they did it. I don't know what to tell you. I'm speechless."
Kelso Handicap (G2) Quotes
Rudy Rodriguez, winning trainer of Vyjack (No. 3): "Today, the key was coming out of the gate. Today, he broke good. I was very pleased with the way he was working in the morning, and I was happy to see him win because he'd been training very, very well in the mornings. Going a mile, he doesn't have to break as sharp [as he needs to] going shorter. Today, he broke well, put himself in a very good position and the pace was good for us. He did what we wanted him to do all along; he's a nice horse. To see him get beat was kind of hard, but he was running against some nice horses. To see him show up today was very, very special. Our main goal had been the Cigar Mile [Grade 1, Aqueduct Racetrack, November 29], but now I have to talk to the owner and see what his plans are now."
Churchill Downs Stakes Recap
CIGAR STREET SMOKES 'EM IN $135,500 HOMECOMING CLASSIC AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014) - Cigar Street, owned by Jake Ballis and NBA star Rashard Lewis, was eager to run early but waited until midway around the far turn before taking command and turning back a late charge by 6-5 favorite Departing to impressively win Saturday's second running of the $135,500 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs by 1 ¾ lengths.
AWESOME AGAIN STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, SHARED BELIEF, WINNER: “They tried to use some tactics on me which made the win today even sweeter. They just kept taking me wide, taking me wide, and I believe if you want to press the pace or take me out a little bit, OK. But doing it at all costs just to get me beat isn’t the way it should be done. It was to the extreme, I thought it was ridiculous. You just don’t do that.”
Thursday, September 25 2014
Main Sequence aims for third straight G1 in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
ELMONT, N.Y. - Since arriving in the United States earlier this year, all Main Sequence has done is win Grade 1 races. On Saturday, the English-bred gelding will be favored to make it three in a row in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic for 3-year-olds and up at Belmont Park.
GULFSTREAM TODAY 9.25
Friday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Pool Guaranteed at $50,000
Zimmerman Enjoys Working Holiday in Trinidad and Tobago
Apprentice Fontanez Makes Three Visits to Winner's Circle
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the sixth straight program at Gulfstream Park Thursday. The carryover pool for the popular multi-race wager for Friday’s program will be guaranteed at $50,000.
Churchill Downs Barn Notes: Thursday, Sept. 25
DEPARTING SEEKING A RETURN TO TOP FORM IN HOMECOMING CLASSIC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014) – Coming off an eighth-place finish in the $1.5 million Whitney (Grade I) at Saratoga on Aug. 2, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing is seeking a return to top form in Saturday’s $125,000-added Homecoming Classic under the Twin Spires for trainer Al Stall Jr.
Churchill Downs Stakes Advance
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014) – Michael Langdon’s improving Carve has won four races and nearly $500,000 in a “career year” in 2014, and is the early favorite to add another significant win to his finest racing season when he takes on five rivals in the second running of the $125,000-added Homecoming Classic on Saturday (Sept. 27) at Churchill Downs.
Stopchargingmaria to face elders in G1 Beldame
ELMONT, N.Y. - Sitting on a three-race streak, Stopchargingmaria is familiar with finding her way to the winner's circle. In order to make it four in a row, however, the 3-year-old filly will have to conquer a new challenge.
Itsmyluckyday favored at 4-5 in Kelso Handicap
ELMONT, N.Y. - Since 1984, only three horses have used a one-mile race as a springboard to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic. On TVG Super Saturday at Belmont Park, trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. is counting on the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap to propel Grade 1 Woodward winner Itsmyluckyday into any one of three races, among them the 1 ¼-mile Classic at Santa Anita Park on November 1.