Wednesday, September 21 2016

Mrs McDougal looks for another graded stakes win in G2 Noble Damsel

ELMONT, N.Y. - Mrs McDougal will look to add a second graded stakes victory to her ledger as she headlines a field of eight fillies and mares 3-years-old and up in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel at Belmont Park.

A 4-year-old, Mrs McDougal will gain class relief after back-to-back Grade 1 starts for trainer Chad Brown. The Medaglia d'Oro bay filly came in third in her last Belmont start, finishing 4 ¾-lengths behind winner Celestine and a length behind Recepta in the Longines Just a Game on June 11.

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Saturday, September 17 2016

Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Rises to $41,185 for Sunday’s Card

Super Hi-5 Carryover of $5,383 for First Race
Trainer David Braddy Notches Win No. 999
Tyler Gaffalione Rides Four Winners

– The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the sixth straight racing program Saturday at Gulfstream Park, producing a $41,185.45 carryover jackpot for Sunday’s 11-race program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $3,195.30.

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A family affair: On Leave makes the grade in G2 Sands Point

ELMONT, N.Y. - Stuart Janney III's homebred On Leave kept her 2016 record intact with a 2 ¾-length front-running victory against 3-year-old fillies on the turf in Saturday's featured race, the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point at Belmont Park.

On Leave broke alertly under jockey Jose Ortiz and led the field of seven through a tepid pace, covering the opening quarter-mile in 24.94 seconds and the half in 49.86. Pursued closest by Elysea's World and Diamond Fields, the gray daughter of War Front held her rivals at bay as the field turned for home, cutting the corner and drawing off in the stretch to complete the 1 1/8-mile route on the firm inner turf in 1:47.82.

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Not This Time Dominates Iroquois


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016)
– Albaugh Family Stable’s homebred Not This Time, a half-brother to last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map, is the early points leader on the 2017 “Road to the Kentucky Derby” following a jaw-dropping 8 ¾-length demolition job under jockey Robby Albarado in the 35th running of the $150,000 Iroquois Presented by (Grade III) for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

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Friday, September 16 2016

Strong 2-Year-old Program Makes Gulfstream a Track for All Seasons

Three Rules, Cajun Delta Dawn, Gunnevera Lead Class of ‘16

– A sensational day of racing on the Sept. 3 Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) program contributed significantly to the growing realization within the Thoroughbred industry that Gulfstream Park no longer has an offseason.

Tour de force performances by undefeated Three Rules in the $300,000 Affirmed and Cajun Delta Dawn in the $300,000 Susan’s Girl graced a program of six stakes that generated a handle of $8.101 million – an increase of more than 46 percent over betting on the second leg of FSS program in 2015.

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Kentucky Downs up 34 percent in overall wagering

Total wagering up nearly 34%, on-track 48% as Kentucky Downs closes record 2016 meet

Races averages 10.96 horses, as bettors’ group boss says,
‘Horseplayers buy value; Kentucky Downs had it in spades’

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016)
— Spurred by unprecedented purses for horsemen and a Horseplayers’ Racetrack mantra that resonated with bettors, Kentucky Downs closed its five-date boutique meet Thursday with total wagering up nearly 34 percent.

Betting on the closing-day card of $3,660,588 brought all-sources handle to $22,540,761.22 for an average of $4,508,152 a day. Already a record after Sunday’s card, the final numbers reflect an increase of 33.92 over last year’s previous record total of $16,831,333.

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On Leave looks to go four in a row in G2 Sands Point

ELMONT, N.Y. - Stuart Janney III's homebred On Leave will look to extend her win streak to four when she makes her graded stakes debut in the 22nd running of the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point on Saturday at Belmont Park.

A 3-year-old half-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Ironicus, On Leave has been perfect in three starts this year for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey since returning from an eight-month layoff this spring. The gray daughter of War Front broke her maiden by two lengths in her sophomore debut at Belmont in June and returned to post a three-quarter-length victory against optional claimers the following month.

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Monday, September 12 2016

New Era at Rosecroft Begins Tuesday

New High-Definition Infield Television, New Gate
New Pick 5 with Low 12-Percent Takeout
Superfectas on Every Race, New Tote System
First Race Post Set for 6:40 p.m.

– Rosecroft, which has hosted the biggest stars in harness racing during its 67-year history, begins a new era Tuesday evening when it opens its fall meet under the new ownership of The Stronach Group, parent company of the Maryland Jockey Club.

The track that has hosted champions such as Forrest Skipper, Mack Lobell, Camtastic and Cam’s Card Shark, along with the sport’s most accomplished horsemen, opens with a 12-race program beginning at 6:40 p.m.

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Conquest Enforcer vanquishes field in Allied Forces

ELMONT, N.Y. - Conquest Enforcer took the lead coming out of the turn and put in a strong finish to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths in Sunday's $100,000 Allied Forces for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.

Trained by Mark Casse, Conquest Enforcer left from the outside as the 3-5 favorite and stayed just off Too Discreet's fractions of 23:00 and 46.13 seconds before taking the lead once straightened for home.

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Recap of Dueling Grounds Derby and Oaks

Maker staking claim to fame
Wins 3rd, 4th stakes of meet — all former claimers -
Oscar Nominated rolls in Dueling Grounds Derby,
Try Your Luck Dueling also romps in Grounds Oaks

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2016)
— Trainer Mike Maker won his third and fourth stakes at this Kentucky Downs meet Sunday, and all four came with horses that he’d claimed.

The latest were Try Your Luck taking the $200,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks by 7 1/2 lengths over Taralena. Thirty-three minutes later, Oscar Nominated won the $350,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Oaks by 6 1/4 lengths over Path of David. They followed Saturday’s big haul when the Maker-trained Watchyourownbobber took the $400,000 More Than Ready and Da Big Hoss the $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup.

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Laurel’s Opening Weekend a Success

Elusive Joni Sneaks Up Rail to Capture Laurel’s Sunday Feature
Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 Carryovers for Friday’s Nine-Race Program

– The opening weekend of Laurel Park’s fall meet was a success with a 50-percent increase over last year’s opening weekend while racing an additional day.

Total handle on Laurel’s three-day opening weekend was $7 million, compared to last year’s two-day opening of $3.5 million. Laurel’s Saturday program included six stakes and $525,000 in stakes purses.

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Sunday, September 11 2016

Seattle Slew Quotes

Byron Hughes, assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher, of Comfort (No. 1): "It was very close. [The ] track's been a little quick today. Johnny did a great job of saving ground, swung him wide, and the horse got up just in time. I knew our horse would come running; he's been very consistent. He's run well on every track he's run on, is 3-for-3 here too. The Jockey Club Gold Cup [Grade 1, October 8] would seem to be very high on the radar. We'll see how he comes back and go from there."

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