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.
Friday, May 20 2016
Black-Eyed Susan News & Notes
Black-Eyed Susan (G2) Could Mark Turning Point for Dothraki Queen
Hall of Fame Baffert Looking to Win Skipat in ‘Style’
Matured Ahh Chocolate Back in Allaire Dupont (G3)
Graham-Trained Pair Adds Local Flavor to Friday Stakes
Fond Memories for Team Romans at Pimlico
– High hopes followed Magdalena Racing’s Dothraki Queen after a juvenile season that saw her become a Grade 2 winner in her second start and place in two subsequent Grade 1 events before the year was over.
Following a difficult winter, her connections remain high on the Pure Prize filly that will make her next start in Friday’s 92nd running of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2).
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Thursday, May 19 2016
Nyquist 3-5 Morning-Line Favorite for Saturday’s Preakness
Undefeated Kentucky Derby Hero Draws No. 3 Post
Derby Runner-Up Exaggerator Rated Second at 3-1
Preakness Card Features 6 Guaranteed Pools Totaling $4.15 Million
– Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist was installed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite following Wednesday’s post position draw for Saturday’s 141st running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.
The undefeated Kentucky Derby (G1) hero is scheduled to meet 10 rivals in the $1.5 million Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, breaking from the No. 3 post position under jockey Mario Gutierrez. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the son of Uncle Mo captured the May 7 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs by a comfortable 1 ¼ lengths, maintaining his unblemished record with his eighth career victory and fifth Grade 1 stakes success.
Sunday, May 15 2016
Unified stays unbeaten with G2 Peter Pan victory
ELMONT, N.Y. - Centennial Farms' Unified surged to the lead heading into the stretch and then held off a late challenge from Governor Malibu to win Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.
The victory was the third in as many starts and second in a graded stake for the bay son of Candy Ride, who won the Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct Racetrack in April in front-running fashion.
Wake Forest valiant in G1 Man o’ War
ELMONT, N.Y. - European import Wake Forest unleashed a tenacious rally from the back of the pack in his Belmont Park debut to grab his first North American win and top a Chad Brown-trained exacta with a one-length victory over stablemate Money Multiplier in the Grade 1, $400,000 Man o' War on Saturday.
Off a step slow at the break, German-bred Wake Forest saved ground at the back of the nine-horse field, trailing an early pace set by Go Around who led the group through an opening quarter-mile in 24.24 seconds. Tracked closely by Money Multiplier, the leader covered the half-mile in 49.24 and six furlongs in 1:13.83.