Saturday, October 08 2016

Belmont Park’s G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup is the land of Hoppertunity

ELMONT, N.Y. - Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is insanity, so instead of having Hoppertunity chase the mighty California Chrome yet again, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert gave the hard-knocking veteran a change of scenery, and he responded with a determined effort to beat favored Effinex in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup.

In winning the Gold Cup - the zenith of a seven-stakes program on Super Saturday at the fall meet, Hoppertunity earned $600,000 for an ownership group headed by Mike Pegram, as well as an all-fees-paid berth in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He joined River Keen (1999) as Baffert's second Gold Cup winner. Hoppertunity is now 6-6-4 from 22 starts, with earnings of over $3.5 million.

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Practical Joke picks off Syndergaard to win G1 Champagne

ELMONT, N.Y. - Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Practical Joke was all business as rain began to fall Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, getting his nose down at the wire to upset 9-5 favorite Syndergaard with a neck victory in the 145th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne for 2-year-olds

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Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational

Pure Sensation nothing but one in Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational

ELMONT, N.Y. - Pure Sensation tracked Power Alert through blistering early fractions and caught the pacesetter right at the wire to win the inaugural running of the $150,000 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.

Hugging the rail under Kendrick Carmouche as Power Alert zipped through an opening quarter-mile in 21.86 seconds and a half in 44.49, Pure Sensation took aim on the front-runner once straightened for home. Digging in gamely, Power Alert refused to give way but Pure Sensation p
revailed after a stretch-long battle to win by a head.

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G1 Flower Bowl - Lady Eli

Second time the charm for Lady Eli as she returns to winner's circle in G1 Flower Bowl

ELMONT, N.Y. - Making her second start after more than a year away from the races, Lady Eli returned to the winner's circle in the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.

The 4-year-old filly, who is owned by Sheep Pond Partners, was greeted with hearty applause following her three-quarter-length win over pacesetter Sentiero Italia in the 1 1/4-mile turf race. It was Lady Eli's first victory since capturing the Belmont Oaks Invitational in July 2015 at Belmont Park.

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Anchor Down cuts loose in G2 Kelso ‘Cap

ELMONT, N.Y. - Alto Racing's Anchor Down took the lead a few short strides out of the gate and never looked back as he rolled to a two-length victory over Tamarkuz in the Grade 2, $350,000 Kelso Handicap, the second of six graded stakes on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.

With Tamarkuz on his flank, leading a closely bunched field of rivals, Anchor Down strode through an opening quarter-mile in 23.30 seconds, then picked up the pace under jockey Javier Castellano, getting the half in 45.74. Launching a bid rounding the turn, Tamarkuz confronted Anchor Down at the quarter-pole but the 5-year-old gray son of Tapit shrugged off that challenge and pulled clear to hit the wire in 1:32.90 for the mile.

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Frizette:Yellow Agate punches ticket to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

ELMONT, N.Y. - Yellow Agate overtook Libby's Tail in deep stretch, rallying to capture the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette, a "Win and You're in" Breeders' Cup challenge, in the first of six graded stakes on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.

China Horse Club's Yellow Agate won by a head in her stakes debut to earn an all-fees-paid trip to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in November at Santa Anita Park. Trained by Christophe Clement, she improved to 2-for-2 in her career.

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Thursday, October 06 2016

Racing Cancelled at Gulfstream Park West Wednesday through Friday

Watches and Warnings Posted for Hurricane Matthew
Racing to Resume Saturday, Oct. 8
Gulfstream Open for Simulcast Wagering Wednesday

– Gulfstream Park announced today that racing at Gulfstream Park West has been cancelled Wednesday through Friday due to Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane watches and warnings were posted for parts of South Florida Tuesday morning and Florida was placed under a state of emergency.

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Media Advisory - Gulfstream to Close Tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 5) at 10 P.M.

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Due to Hurricane Matthew, Gulfstream Park will close its casino, poker room and simulcast center Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Gulfstream's casino and poker room will not reopen until Friday at 4 p.m.

Gulfstream's simulcast facility will be closed Thursday and Friday and will reopen Saturday morning.

Gulfstream will resume live racing with Opening Day at Gulfstream Park West Saturday at 1:15 p.m. Fans are encouraged to watch and wager on Saturday's races from Gulfstream Park West at Gulfstream Park.

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Hoppertunity knocks in G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup

ELMONT, N.Y. - After chasing Horse of the Year front-runner California Chrome from southern California to Dubai and back again this season, Mike Pegram's hard-knocking Hoppertunity makes his New York debut and will vie for favoritism with the equally durable Effinex and Woodward runner-up Mubtaahij in the 98th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.

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Monday, October 03 2016

Racing Moves Wednesday to Gulfstream West for 40 Day Turf Festival

Fans Being Asked to Watch and Wager at Gulfstream Park
Limited Mutuel Machines and Amenities at GP West
$1.125 Million Stakes Schedule
My Charmer (G3) and Tropical Turf (G2) Nov. 26

MIAMI SPRINGS, FL - Racing in South Florida moves to Gulfstream Park West beginning Wednesday for the start of the 40-day Fall Turf Festival.

While the racing will take place at Gulfstream Park West, fans will be asked to spend their afternoons at Gulfstream Park to watch and wager on the races due to ongoing construction and a lack of amenities at Gulfstream Park West, formerly known as Calder Race Course.

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Saturday, October 01 2016




ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2016)—In what shaped up as the rubber match in a best out of three series, 4-year-old filly Stellar Wind got the nod Saturday at Santa Anita, taking the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes by a neck while getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.80. With Victor Espinoza garnering his third Grade I stakes victory on the day, trainer John Sadler has the likely favorite in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.

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Undefeated Three Rules Pulls off Sweep of Florida Sire Stakes

Pinchin Trainee Wins $500,000 In Reality by 10 Lengths
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Likely Next Start for Son of Gone Astray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Shade Tree Thoroughbreds’ Three Rules cruised to a 10-length triumph in Saturday’s $500,000 In Reality at Gulfstream Park, sweeping the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) series and likely earning a trip to Santa Anita for a start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Nov. 5.

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