Sunday, August 16 2015


Fourstardave Handicap (G2) Quotes


Brian Lynch, winning trainer of Grand Arch (No. 2): "He's a horse that we've sort of campaigned toward this time of year. He usually gets good and we were hoping he was going to bring his 'A' game today. We felt like he needed his last race there at Belmont but he certainly ran big in this race last year and he got the job done today."





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2015 ARLINGTON MILLION (GI) STAKES QUOTES


Florent Geroux (jockey, The Pizza Man, winner): “I’m always confident when I ride him, he loves to win and knows where the wire is. But I had no horse the whole way, it looked like he was struggling over the very soft track but when I put him outside he started to hold up and grabbed the bit again and I was thinking oh boy he’s going for a big one here! He is a local horse and even going to the track there was a lot of people cheering for us and I’d like to thank them.”





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STAKES RECAP: Grade I Arlington Million


A CHICAGO-STYLE MILLION FOR THE PIZZA MAN

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 15, 2015) – Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Illinois-bred turf phenom The Pizza Man stamped his ticket to the Grade I $3,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf with a saucy performance in the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Handicap Saturday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse. After breaking ninth of 13 from post seven, the son of the champion English Channel – fourth in the 2006 Million – accomplished what his sire could not when settling in ninth, advancing while racing four-wide and then circling rivals, rallying determinedly to win by a neck over Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s favored Big Blue Kitten. The victory was a popular one, producing a deafening roar from the crowd and taking a slice out of history, as The Pizza Man became the first Prairie State-bred to win the state’s most prestigious race.







 

STAKES RECAP: Grade I Beverly D.


WATSDACHANCES ADJUDGED A CERTAINTY IN BEVERLY D.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 15, 2015) – Qatar Racing and Newsells Park Stud’s Secret Gesture crossed the wire first in the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D., but the British-bred mare’s celebration was cut short when an objection was lodged by Irad Ortiz, Jr., who was aboard third-place finisher Stephanie’s Kitten, for interference. After a lengthy stewards’ deliberation, Michael Kisber, Bradley Thoroughbreds and Nelson McMakin’s Watsdachances was elevated into the win after Secret Gesture was demoted to third on Saturday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse. After breaking best of all in the field of nine, the daughter of Diamond Green closed resolutely over the rain-soaked yielding turf to finish 1¼ lengths short of Secret Gesture, nipping Chad Brown-trained stablemate Stephanie’s Kitten at the wire. The adjudged victory was the multiple graded stakes-winning mare’s first at the Grade I level and sixth of her 18-race career.





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STAKES RECAP: Grade I Secretariat Stakes


HIGHLAND REEL CASTS AWAY IN GATE-TO-WIRE
SECRETARIAT WIN

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 15, 2015) – Highland Reel went right to the front under Seamie Heffernan and never looked back to give trainer Aidan O’Brien his fourth victory in the Grade I $450,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse as part of the International Festival of Racing featuring the Arlington Million presented by Liftmaster.





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Friday, August 14 2015


International Festival of Racing Notes:  Friday, August 14, 2015


O’Brien Goes for Fourth Secretariat with Highland Reel
Wohler Back with Wake Forest in Million
Goldstream Team Confident in Secretariat Chances
War Dispatch Seeks Firm Turf in American Debut
Maid on a Mission to Set the Pace in Beverly D.
Calvados Scratched from American St. Leger





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Lake Placid (G2) Quotes


Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Sentiero Italia (No. 4): "You never know with a short field, but Joel [Rosario] rode her great. He saved a little ground the first turn and waited. We were angling out and I knew that we were going to finish strong. I had a lot of confidence in her; she was doing great. She's a very talented filly and has a big kick, so it worked out very well today."

"She had a rough trip last time and ran into Lady Eli, who's the best of this group by quite a ways. We were the only one that ran further than her that day. We were in the way outside post. Today worked out great. We'll go forward from here, maybe the Queen Elizabeth at Keeneland or something in between, but this is a big win and we'll soak this up for a little while before we find the next spot."







 

Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $350,000


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $350,000 Saturday at Gulfstream after the popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 16th consecutive racing day Friday.

The Rainbow 6 will span Races 6-11 on Saturday's program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $23,433.10 Friday.

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

The Rainbow 6 Jackpot was last cracked on July 16 for a $164,483 payoff.







 

Saratoga Race Course Notes - Friday, August 14


Frosted works toward G1 Travers
Tale of Verve pointed to G1 Travers, Unbridled Forever likely for G1 Ballerina
The Big Beast works toward the G1 Priority One Jets Forego
Uncle Sigh favored in comeback race Sunday, Paratrooper 'on hold' with fever
Ortiz tops Saratoga jockey standings
'Spectacular' claim paying dividends
Familiar foes set to face off in Saratoga Dew


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Grade 1 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial winner Frosted returned to the track Friday for his first serious work since finishing second in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on August 1 at Saratoga Race Course.





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Gulfstream News & Notes - August 14


Sheer Drama on Course for Start in Personal Ensign Invitational

Saturday’s Fourth Race a Tribute to Late Chartcaller Chuck Streva

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Harold Queen’s Sheer Drama is training forwardly at Gulfstream Park for a scheduled start in the $750,000 Personal Ensign Invitational (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

“She’s getting better and better all the time. Every time I run her, she comes out of the race as good as she went into it,” trainer David Fawkes said. “She’s not doing anything wrong. She’s eating good, training excellent. I can’t say enough about her.”





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Thursday, August 13 2015


NYSS Statue of Liberty Quotes


Eddie Kenneally, winning trainer of Freudie Anne (No. 3): "This is what she likes to do, long on the grass. This is what she's best at and it worked out today so well. She relaxed nicely on the front end, got a great ride from Jose [Ortiz]. He rode her with a lot of confidence. He had plenty of horse turning for home. She's good right now."





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Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud passes away at 102


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud, an influential figure in the thoroughbred racing industry, who for more than four decades trained a multitude of legendary stakes winners on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, passed this morning. He was 102.





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