Monday, July 08 2013
Sanchez Off to Fast Start at Gulfstream Park Summer Meet
Apprentice Jockey Sweeps First Four Races on Sunday’s Card
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Apprentice jockey Hugo Sanchez is making a strong impact during the fledgling summer meeting at Gulfstream Park, where he assumed the top spot in the rider’s standings Sunday by riding the first four winners on the eight-race program.
Barn Notes: Sunday July 7, 2013
SAINT LEON EXITS ARLINGTON SPRINT IN DIVINE FORM
Saint Leon has long been considered one of the best sprinters on the grounds at Arlington International Racecourse, but after Saturday’s gutsy victory in the Listed $100,000 Arlington Sprint, the 8-year-old speed demon could be mentioned as one of the best in the country. Sprinting wire-to-wire in a race turned inside-out by a bad break, the son of Stravinsky dueled the length of the stretch with Hogy, eventually turning back the highly regarded graded stakes winner to win by a head under E. T. Baird.
Le Cle Stakes
JULIEN LEPAROUX, NEED YOU NOW, Winner: "I worked her in the morning and Mike (Mitchell) asked me if he should take the blinkers off. I told him it really doesn't matter because of her style. She put me right in the race today. She doesn't have that kick, but she just keeps going. Last time she ran OK (fourth in the Grade III Senorita May 11), but kind of even. I had a clear trip and didn't have to come between horses or anything and that's why she kept going."
MIKE MITCHELL, NEED YOU NOW, Winner: "She was on the bit and that was a good in a way because (Wednesday) would have been out there by herself. We just didn't want her rank and running off and with the blinkers she was kind of like that. This worked out real well. There are a lot of 3-year-old filly races on the grass at Del Mar, so the timing of this worked out perfect. She can run all day. In fact, I’d prefer a mile and one-eighth."
Wednesday, July 03 2013
Bad Debt Yields Good Returns for Connections of Gulfstream Favorite
Successful Claim Set for Thursday’s $100,000 Stakes for Florida-Breds
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Back on May 23, 2010, Michael Trombetta was on the lookout for a horse that could outrun its claiming price when Bad Debt got his attention while finishing third at Belmont Park.
Tuesday, July 02 2013
New York Stallion Stakes Quotes
NYSS Cupecoy’s Joy Division
Dominick Schettino, winning trainer of Frosty Bay (No. 8): “She’s really found a home on the grass. Her mother was strictly a turf horse too—Baymont. She was training very well leading up to this race. She really dug in at the end to hold the others off. We’ll she how she comes out of this race before deciding on a next start.”
Shy Groom Overnight Stakes Quotes
Gary Sciacca, winning trainer of Saratoga Snacks (No. 5): “I was a little worried at the quarter pole. I thought they were going to run by him. They ran three-quarters in [1:10], but they came home. He was running—he did good. We’ll sit down and see where we go from here. Joel worked him last week and said ‘He’s ready to go.’”
New York Stallion Stakes Quotes
NYSS Spectacular Bid Division
John Terranova, winning trainer of West Hills Giant (No. 5): “He hasn’t been as quick from the gate the last couple of starts, but he had run a route of ground the times before that. They helped today with a quick half-mile, so I’m kind of glad he was sitting back there taking his time so he could get a clear shot and an outside run. It was a nice, smooth race for him. He did everything well. He’s versatile. He absolutely can do both turf and dirt. Which one he’ll be better on, we’ll have to see, but there are a lot of opportunities for New York breds on both surfaces. We’ll try to take advantage of that.”
Calder Barn Notes
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 1, 2013) – Summit of Speed contenders lit up the official workout tab at Calder Casino & Race Course over the weekend in their final preparations for the top stakes action to be held at Calder on Saturday, July 6.
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‘NOT A SCRATCH’ ON WISE DAN AFTER GUTSY FIRECRACKER WIN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 30, 2013) – It wasn’t the easiest race for reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, but the Mort Fink-homebred trimmed the hedge of the Matt Winn Turf Course and found a way to win the Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) under the lights at Churchill Downs. Trainer Charlie LoPresti reported the 6-year-old was in good order Sunday morning at Keeneland.
Sunday, June 30 2013
Victory Ride (G3) Quotes
Pat Reynolds, winning trainer of Baby J (No. 4): “She came off the bench, had about six months off, and ran in the slop pretty good. We caught an older horse in her last race, and [Baby J] ran a flat third. [Owner Paul Pompa, Jr.] called me [about the Victory Ride], and asked ‘Can we do it?’ So I played around with her, and the angles paid off. She’s very game. She’s a free-running type of filly, and it worked out. We’re going to kick around [running in the Grade 1 Test on August 24 at Saratoga]. She’ll probably need a little time off, but she’ll be tough on a speed track up there wherever we elect to go with her.”
Joel Rosario, winning jockey aboard Baby J (No. 4): “She came back [after Bridgehampton passed her in the stretch]. In my head, I thought she would maybe come back, so I kept her busy and rode her. The other day [when third in an optional claimer on June 14] we took her back and it looked like she was not as game. But today, after that horse came over a little on me, I put her on the outside and she came back again. It was impressive.”
New York (G2) Quotes
Leana Willaford, assistant to winning trainer Bill Mott, of Starformer (No. 6): “She ran great. I think the ground was a little too soft for her the other day, so we were pretty confident going into this race. She had a beautiful work last weekend and she certainly fits with these horses. Edgar [Prado] rode her perfect; he always does. He knows her well and he’s a very smart jockey.”
Edgar Prado, winning jockey aboard Starformer (No. 6): “Well, you know, the last time she had an excuse; the ground was very soft and I don’t think she was very happy. Today was firm ground, she broke running out of there and I was able to sit behind the leaders most of the first part of the race. When I called on her, she fought hard and kicked in strong.”
July 4th Program to Feature $100,000 Armed Forces Stakes
Alley Oop Oop, Bad Debt Among 11 Entered for Holiday Turf Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park will observe the first live Fourth of July Thoroughbred program in its 74-year history Thursday with the running of the $100,000 Armed Forces Stakes.