Friday, August 07 2015

Hall of Fame (G2) Quotes

Chad Brown, winning trainer of Takeover Target (No. 2): "It just wasn't quite his trip in the [Grade 1] Belmont Derby going a mile and quarter. We got a nice cutback in distance today and a little class relief back into a Grade 2, and it did the trick for this horse. He only had one start as a two-year-old and now he finally seems to be maturing, and Irad [Ortiz,Jr.] knows the horse well. He's the only rider that's ridden him and he gave him a great ride today. I'll see if he can get a mile and an eighth in the [Grade 3] Saranac [September 5]. It's a big purse at the end of the meet. I'll have to evaluate it. I think an extra sixteenth [of a mile] would be O.K., but we'll have to just evaluate it."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes - Friday, August 7

Casse looking for elusive Spa stakes win with Noble Bird in G1 Whitney
New millionaire Wildcat Red targeting G1 Forego
Jess's Dream could be nearing Spa debut
Former Spa riding champion Antley inducted in Racing Hall of Fame
Seven New York-breds line up for Cab Calloway

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Tuesday, August 04 2015

Champion Ninfa Del Cielo to Make North American Debut

Venezuelan Champ to run Friday at Gulfstream Park

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – On Friday afternoon, the Gulfstream Park grandstand might just be transformed into a Venezuelan party. After capturing the prestigious Clasico Internacional del Caribe (G1) and sweeping the Venezuelan Triple Crown for fillies, champion Ninfa del Cielo, the pride of Venezuelan racing, is set to make her first start in North America at Gulfstream in a mile allowance race.

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Quotes from the post position draw - Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney

Todd Pletcher, trainer of Coach Inge (No. 8, 15-1) and Liam's Map (No. 4, 6-1): "I thought the post positions were both good. I believe Liam's Map will be forwardly placed. Coach Inge probably went a little too fast in the Suburban, but I thought he ran gamely despite that. To me, tactically, it looks like a real jockeys' race. Interesting strategies here, and I'm sure Mr. Guillot will probably take back and make on run and not tell anyone about it [laughs].

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Whitney likely to bring clarity to contentious older male division

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A monstrously talented field has lined up for the co-richest race of the 147th Saratoga Race Course meet - the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney - including seven Grade 1 winners and a pair of up-and-comers from the barn of the Spa's leading trainer, Todd Pletcher.

The 88th edition of the 1 1/8-mile Whitney for 3-year-olds and up is part of an action-packed Saturday at Saratoga that also includes the Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test, the Grade 2, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya, the $100,000 Lure and the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose.

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Sunday, August 02 2015

Rock Fall tames The Big Beast in G1 Vanderbilt

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Stonestreet Stables' Rock Fall solidified his standing as one of the top sprinters in the country with a thrilling nose victory over The Big Beast in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga Race Course.

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Jim Dandy (G2) Quotes

Julie Clark, assistant to winning trainer Keith Desormeaux, of Texas Red (No. 3): "He's been doing really well [at Saratoga]. We got a lot out of that bullet work last weekend. He has been training really well. Kent basically said the ride he gave him was the trip he was planning, so we went with him. We trust him. I'm sure proud of him [Texas Red]."

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Friday, July 10 2015

Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Guaranteed at $150,000

Late Pick 4 and Pick 5 Pools Guaranteed at $50,000

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $150,000 Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

The popular multi-race wager went unsolved Friday, when multiple bettors holding tickets with the 1-6-3-7-6-7 combination each cashed for $4,877.28.

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Gulfstream To Raise Purses 10 Percent Beginning July 23

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park announced today it will raise purses an average of 10 percent beginning with the next condition book on Thursday, July 23.

Gulfstream's third summer of live racing continues to show increases over the first two. On July 5, Gulfstream played host for the first time to the Summit of Speed and handled $8,071 million compared to the $4,678 handled at Calder in 2013, the last time it was run.

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A Lot leads field of six in Manila

ELMONT, N.Y. - Amerman Racing LLC's A Lot will look to repeat his Paradise Creek success when he takes on five rival sophomores going a mile on the Widener turf in the $100,000 Manila Stakes on Sunday at Belmont Park. The graded stakes-placed son of Tapit picked up his first black type score in the seven-furlong Paradise Creek on May 23 last time out, romping to 5 ¾-length victory under Johnny Velazquez.

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Friday, July 03 2015

Gulfstream Summit of Speed Notes: Fri 7/3

Wildcat Red Set for Return to Sprinting in Smile
Patrick Dupuy Sets Sights on Azalea (G3) with I’m a Looker
Tea Time Shipping in for Princess Rooney (G2)
Gold 2-year-olds Ready for Stakes Test

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Jose Garoffalo successfully stretched out Wildcat Red around two turns in 2014 to capture the Fountain of Youth (G2) and miss winning the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) by a neck, earning a berth in the Kentucky Derby (G1).

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Texas Red returns in G3 Dwyer

ELMONT, N.Y. - The Grade 3, $500,000 Dwyer - to be run on the second annual Stars & Stripes Day at Belmont Park - will feature the return of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, who has not raced since finishing second in the Grade 2 San Vicente on February 1 at Santa Anita Park.

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