Sunday, July 06 2014


Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) Quotes


Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Mr Speaker (No. 9): "He definitely redeemed himself; his last race was very disappointing. He trained well coming up to today and we changed our game plan; I wanted him back. Jose [Lezcano] rode a great race on him. We're tickled that Martin [Panza] carded this race and we're tickled to death that we won it."





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Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) Quotes


Brian Lynch, winning trainer of Clearly Now (No. 3): "When he broke a little slow I thought, 'Oh boy, here we go again,' but when he cruised up on the inside near the 4 ½ pole I could tell Jose [Lezcano] had a lot of horse. He had a legitimate pace in front of him, so it was just about finding a hole, and when it came, he went by them."

"We'll look at some spots at Saratoga, and ultimately, the Breeders' Cup would be in play."





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Dwyer (G3) Quotes


Linda Rice, winning trainer of Kid Cruz (No. 1): "I was a little nervous about whether they were going to go fast enough today. Irad [Ortiz] made a strong effort from the gate to make sure he got engaged earlier, so we just didn't hand it over to a slow pace. He did a beautiful job. The horse seems to be getting better all the time - perfecting his trade.





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Wednesday, July 02 2014


Toast of New York appropriately headlines inaugural Belmont Derby


ELMONT, N.Y. - Toast of New York will look to become just that when he attempts to win the first running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby on Saturday at Belmont Park.

The 1 ¼-mile Belmont Derby is the centerpiece of the newly fashioned Stars & Stripes Day, which also features the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks, as well as the Grade 2 Suburban, Grade 3 Belmont Sprint Championship, and Grade 3 Dwyer.





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Belmont Oaks


Flying Jib part of tough European contingent in G1 Belmont Oaks; Room Service one of several carrying American flag

ELMONT, N.Y. - The inaugural running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational attracted a diverse cast of 3-year-old fillies who will be traveling 1 ¼ miles over Belmont Park's turf course on Saturday.





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Calder Statement Regarding The Stronach Group Agreement


Calder President and General Manager Maureen Adams:

“We would like to thank the horsemen, the breeders, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, and The Stronach Group for their cooperation in finalizing an agreement which is in the best interest of South Florida Racing. Today, we received regulatory approval which allows The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park to operate racing in South Florida. Live racing will return to Calder in October under the operation of The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park.





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STATEMENT FROM GULFSTREAM PRESIDENT TIM RITVO ON CALDER AGREEMENT


"Gulfstream Park started a journey more than two years ago to create a more vibrant Thoroughbred industry in Florida. Having enjoyed year-over-year growth the past three years, we wanted to continue the momentum Gulfstream's Champions Meet generated rather than try to rebuild that momentum and fan base every December.





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Sunday is Miller’s time, with induction into Hall of Fame


When harness racing driver David Miller headed from Ohio to the East Coast more than a decade ago, he thought it would be temporary.

He was wrong. And it resulted in a permanent place among the sport’s all-time greats.

On Sunday, the 49-year-old Miller will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y.





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Tuesday, July 01 2014


Queen Bee to meet Royalty in Hambletonian Maturity


Bee A Magician will try to return to her winning ways when she faces 13 male rivals – including last year’s Hambletonian Stakes winner Royalty For Life – in Saturday’s $484,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack.

Last year, Bee A Magician won all 17 of her starts and was named Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada. This season, the mare is winless in three races and coming off a ninth-place finish in the Armbro Flight Stakes on June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack.





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Monday, June 30 2014


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, BIG KICK, WINNER: “I wanted to let him run out of there. I didn’t want to rate him too much. I wanted to let him do it and he was doing it comfortably. I wanted to open up two or three lengths and it was so easy so I let him stretch his legs even more. We got to the three-eighths and it was time to open it up as much as I could. I thought that if I could open up from there they were all going to have a hard time catching me. It worked out. I was too far in front to be worried about (Quick Casablanca and Joe Talamo) and he still had plenty left and enough energy to get it done.





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Sunday, June 29 2014


Mother Goose (G1) Quotes


Steve Asmussen, winning trainer of Untapable (No. 2): "I'm very pleased with her race today. I loved how quiet she was pre-race and in the paddock. She turned off right after a little trouble at the start and was pretty relaxed. She picked it up when she needed to and appeared to be looking around quite a bit in the stretch, but it was her first time [at Belmont]. All of her previous victories had been where she was training, so I think that this was a pretty good step. I think she's a very special filly."





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New York (G2) Quotes


Bill Mott, winning trainer of Riposte (No. 2): "I think the longer distances have probably helped her. She broke a little slow, so she was fourth instead of second or third, but she was still within range of the leaders. She rated very nicely and kicked very well. She punched pretty good off a slow pace."

"We have nothing planned for her right now. It's too close to run her back in the Diana, so she won't do that."





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