Saturday, October 22 2016

Mohawk (NYB) Quotes

Thomas Morley, winning trainer of Brother O'Connell (No. 5): "I had a feeling he could handle it, but I didn't think I could beat Ralph Nicks' horse [Tapitation, No. 8]. Johnny [Velazquez] gave him an absolute peach of a ride. He never let them get a breather in next to him. On the backside, he gave the horse half a moment just to catch his breath. As soon as Tapitation came to him, I didn't think he'd get by. It's a testament to our horse. He's come a long way this year."

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Friday, October 21 2016

Laurel Jockeys Boyce, Glaser Bring Harness Wins into Maryland Million

Journeymen Riders Capture Sulky-Cycle Challenge Events Thursday
Post Time 12:15 P.M. for Saturday’s 31st Jim McKay Maryland Million Program
Return of Marylandia Highlights ‘Maryland’s Day at the Races’ Festivities

LAUREL, MD – Laurel Park-based jockeys Forest Boyce and Lauralea Glaser tuned up for a busy Maryland Million weekend by winning exhibition harness races in the Sulky-Cycle Challenge as part of Trotoberfest at Rosecroft Raceway.

Boyce and Glaser, along with fellow Laurel jockeys Kevin Gomez and Jevian Toledo, joined harness drivers Russell Foster, Brian Burton, Mark Gray and Jason Thompson in sulky and bicycle events between races during Thursday night’s program.

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Undefeated Three Rules ‘Perfect’ in Work for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Undefeated Three Rules breezed five furlongs in 1:00.10 Friday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a scheduled start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 5.

Exercise rider Patrick Harris was aboard for the 2-year-old son of Gone Astray’s first timed workout since pulling off a sweep of the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) at Gulfstream Oct. 1.

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Empire Showcase Day & Taste NY celebrate New York State at Belmont Park

ELMONT, N.Y. - The spotlight will again shine on the Empire State this Saturday, with eight stakes races worth $1.75 million in purses exclusively for New York-breds, along with a host of fall-themed activities and a special giveaway for Empire Showcase Day.

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Thursday, October 20 2016

Quotes from the $100,000 Sycamore (G3)

Angel Cruz (winning rider of Renown [GB])
On scoring his second graded stakes victory of Keeneland’s Fall Meet following the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Oct. 7 on Dancing Rags
“I love Keeneland. It’s amazing. It’s beautiful.”

On his victory aboard Renown
“I had a perfect trip. The horse broke a little slow, and I just left him right there and took position. In the far turn, I had so much horse that I went wide and just circled the field.”

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New York-breds shine on Empire Showcase Day

ELMONT, N.Y. - New York-breds will take center stage on Saturday as Belmont Park hosts its annual Empire Showcase Day, featuring a unique 11-race all-state-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses and anchored by the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap.

In addition to the New York-bred racing action, Empire Showcase Day celebrates all things New York, offering an array of Taste NY food and crafts as well as a wide variety of activities that the entire family can enjoy. Gates will open at 10:30 am, with the first race scheduled for 12:25 pm.


Belmont Park Notes 10/20

• G1 Met Mile, Whitney hero Frosted confirmed for BC Classic
• Shaman Ghost stretches his legs for BC Classic, Prat to ride Effinex
• Hot City Girl looks to pick up family mantle on Empire Showcase Day

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed Thursday morning that Godolphin Racing's multiple Grade 1 winner Frosted will run in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 5 at Santa Anita Park.


Renovated and Reinvigorated Laurel Park Welcomes Maryland Million

More than $20 million in Frontside and Backside Improvements
New Technology, Lounge, Bars and Dining Rooms
Video Tour of Facility

LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club and Laurel Park await the 31st running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Saturday, showcasing more than $20 million in improvements to its clubhouse and grandstand, barn area, and world-class turf course.

What was an aging facility two years ago is now an exciting sports and events venue with new technology, dining, bars, lounges and a world-class turf course that has boosted field size and handle.

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Tuesday, October 18 2016

Maryland Million Draw

Maryland Million Draw to be Live Streamed Wednesday on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Lucky Viewer Can Win Apple Watch
Event Begins at 4:30 p.m. from Laurel Park
31st Maryland Million Saturday, Oct. 22

LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club will live stream Wednesday’s Maryland Million Happy Hour Draw beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Maryland Jockey Club hosts and racing analysts Gabby Gaudet, Stan Salter and track announcer Dave Rodman will go over the post-position draw, handicap the races, and talk to owners, trainers and jockeys participating in the Maryland Million. To stream the event go to:

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Monday, October 17 2016

Laurel Park Gearing Up for Maryland Million Celebration

185 Nominees to Nine Stakes on Saturday, Oct. 22
Position Draw 4 P.M. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at TIPS Restaurant
Maryland Club in Baltimore Hosting Gala Friday, Oct. 21
Return of Marylandia Highlights Million Day Festivities
New Second Floor Lounge, Box Suites, Ruffian Room and Bar

– Full fields and large crowds are expected when Maryland celebrates more than two and a half centuries of thoroughbred breeding and racing with the 31st annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Saturday, Oct. 22 at Laurel Park.

Nine stakes, led by the $150,000 Classic for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, are among 11 races that comprise the Maryland Million Day program, four of which will be contested over Laurel’s world-class turf course.

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Saturday, October 15 2016

Theory in practice with G3 Futurity victory

ELMONT, N.Y. - WinStar Farm and China Horse Club's Theory proved he was back in full force Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, posting a 3 ½-length victory in the 126th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Futurity for 2-year-olds at six furlongs.

Settling in second early under Javier Castellano, Theory tracked an early pace set by Moves Like Ali, who led the field of five through an opening quarter-mile in 22.62 seconds and the half in 45.35. The Todd Pletcher-trained Theory drew alongside the leader in the middle of the turn and shook clear at the eighth pole to secure his first stakes victory.

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Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

Time and Motion Prevails in Three-Horse Photo to Win
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 15, 2016)
– The Phillips Racing Partnership of John Phillips’ Time and Motion collared Hawksmoor (IRE) in deep stretch and held off a furious late bid from Harmonize by a head to win the 33rd running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 29,319. The attendance marked the second-largest crowd during a Keeneland Fall Meet and came 80 years to the date after Keeneland opened its inaugural season of racing.

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