Friday, September 15 2017

Laurel Park News & Notes

G3 Winner Mr. Jordan ‘50-50’ for $250,000 De Francis Dash (G3)
Karamanos Replaces Injured Carrasco on Chublicious for De Francis
Gaffalione Road Show Makes Stop at Laurel Park Saturday

– David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s multiple stakes winner Mr. Jordan is ‘50-50’ to run in Saturday’s $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3), trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said Friday.

The 26th running of the six-furlong De Francis for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs highlights a spectacular 12-race Fall Festival of Racing program that features seven stakes, six over Laurel’s world-class turf course, worth $900,000 in purses.

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Laurel: Fall Festival of Racing

Fall Festival of Racing an Exciting Time for Laurel Park and Bettors

Graded Races, Full Turf Fields, Events Every Weekend

LAUREL, MD - Saturday’s Fall Festival of Racing, featuring the $250,000 De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) and six other stakes, is just the start of what will be a thrilling several months of racing in Maryland.

“This is an exciting time in Maryland racing,” said Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. “Bettors have been pleased with the renovations to our building and horsemen throughout the Northeast have supported our racing program and welcomed the new barns and renovations to the backside. Our turf course, one of the finest in the world, continues to draw full and quality fields.

“We welcome the opportunity these next few months to show off our building and our racing and stakes program.”

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Thursday, September 14 2017

Gulfstream Park Taking 2017-2018 Championship Meet to New Level

$16 Million Pegasus World Cup (G1) Tops $28.6 Million Stakes Schedule
Top Classic Prep $1 Million Florida Derby to be Run Saturday, March 31
Meet Opens Saturday, Dec. 2 with $1.1 Million Claiming Crown
Clasico del Caribe Makes North American Debut Saturday, Dec. 9
$350,000 Holy Bull (G2) Feb. 3, $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) March 3
$200,000 Forward Gal (G2) Feb. 3, $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) March 3
$300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) Feb. 10
$200,000 Royal Delta (G2) Feb. 19, $200,000 Inside Information (G2) March 17
$600,000 Sunshine Millions Saturday, Jan. 20

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The second running of the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) – the world’s richest race – and the 67th running of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) highlight a 2017-2018 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park with a stakes purse total of $28.6 million.

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be contested Saturday, Jan. 27. The inaugural running of the world’s most innovative and unique race was won last year by Longines World’s Best Racehorse Arrogate and featured many of the country’s top older horses, including two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome. Celebrities attending the race included Usher and Vanessa Hudgens, and the entertainment was provided by Thomas Rhett and Trombone Shorty.

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Laurel: Successful Stablemates Set to Clash in $100,000 Laurel Dash

Ginger N Rye Looks to Extend Streak in $100,000 Sensible Lady Turf Dash
Two of Six Grass Stakes on Tap for Saturday’s Fall Festival of Racing

LAUREL, MD – Stablemates Amelia’s Wild Ride and Class and Cash, with 21 wins and nearly $850,000 in purse earnings between them, will become opponents for the first time when they meet up in a field of 10 for Saturday’s $100,000 Fidelity First and Blackwell Real Estate Laurel Dash at Laurel Park.

The 19th running of the Laurel Dash for 3-year-olds and up and the inaugural $100,000 Sensible Lady Turf Dash for fillies and mares 3 and older, both at six furlongs, are among six stakes over Laurel’s world-class turf course that complement the 26th running of the $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) on a 12-race Fall Festival of Racing program.

First race post time is 1:10 p.m.

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NYRA announces Belmont-Woodbine Pick 5 for Saturday

Belmont Park Live to cover Grade 2 Sands Point from Belmont Park, G1 Northern Dancer and G2 Canadian from Woodbine

ELMONT, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. announced today a Belmont-Woodbine Pick 5 wager for Woodbine Mile Day this Saturday, September 16.

The multi-race wager will include four graded stakes overall, including the Grade 1, $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, the Grade 2 Canadian and the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf - at Woodbine - as well as the Grade 2, $400,000 Sands Points at Belmont Park.

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Wednesday, September 13 2017


South Louisville native Dale Romans, who is on the verge of surpassing Hall of Famer Bill Mott as the all-time leading trainer in races won at Churchill Downs, will meet with members of the media at his Barn on Thursday. Friday is Opening Day of Churchill Downs’ 11-day September Meet, and Romans trails Mott, 701 wins to 699.

The 50-year-old has three horses entered Friday and nine on Saturday, including top contender Hollywood Star in the $150,000 Iroquois (Grade II), which launches the “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” Mott has two entries Saturday.

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Saturday, Sunday Cards Drawn for Return of Live Racing at Gulfstream

Back in Action with Full Fields: 134 Entries Saturday, 105 Entries Sunday
Saturday Post Time: 12:15 p.m.; Sunday Post Time: 12:45 p.m.
$100,000 Miss Gracie Stakes Headlines Saturday’s 13-Race Program
$50,000 Tamiami, $50,000 Perfect Season Highlight Sunday’s 12-Race Card

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Programs for Saturday and Sunday were drawn Wednesday in advance of the scheduled return of racing at Gulfstream Park. Saturday’s 13-race program attracted 134 entries, while Sunday’s 12-race card drew 105 entries.

First-race post time is set for 12:15 p.m. Saturday, while Sunday’s first race is scheduled for a 12:45 p.m. start. Fans will be welcomed back with $2 craft draft beer specials in the Breezeway and North Tiki and $3 slices of pizza. There will also be a specially-priced $35 buffet Saturday in Ten Palms.

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Tuesday, September 12 2017

Gulfstream’s Properties Back on Track

Horses Return to Training, Facility Prepares for Saturday Racing, Wednesday Simulcasting
Poker, Casino Open; Shops Opening in Village

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Just two days after Hurricane Irma left her mark on South Florida, Gulfstream Park, The Village at Gulfstream Park, Palm Meadows and Gulfstream Park West began returning to normalcy.

Horses trained over Gulfstream, Palm Meadows and Gulfstream Park West Tuesday morning shortly after 6 a.m.

“I stood out here at 7 a.m. and, honestly, if you hadn’t known there was a hurricane two days earlier you never would have known what had gone on,” said trainer Chuck Simon, stabled at Palm Meadows. “We trained everyone. The track was perfect. Everyone showed up, the track was in great shape….like a normal day.”

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Monday, September 11 2017

Gulfstream to Resume Live Racing Saturday

Facility Open for Simulcasting Wednesday
Horses, People All Safe in Wake of Hurricane Irma

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park announced Monday it would resume live racing Saturday, Sept. 16, and that its facility would be open for simulcasting Wednesday.

Training will resume at Gulfstream, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows Tuesday morning.

Assessing the facility Monday morning in the wake of Hurricane Irma, P.J. Campo, Gulfstream’s General Manager and Vice President of Racing, said Gulfstream fared “very well” during the pounding South Florida took the past two days.

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Wednesday, September 06 2017

Belmont Park opens Friday with $100K Christiecat

38-day fall championship meet to feature six Breeders' Cup qualifiers

ELMONT, N.Y. - Belmont Park's Fall Championship Meet will feature six Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" qualifiers held over two outstanding weekends of thoroughbred racing. In all, 42 stakes worth more than $10.1 million and fan-friendly activities are among the highlights as live racing returns to downstate New York for Belmont's 38-day meet, which runs from Friday, September 8 through Sunday, October 29.
On Opening Day, Rubilinda headlines a field of 10 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs on the turf on Friday, September 8, for the $100,000 Christiecat, the first of three stakes scheduled for opening weekend.

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Monday, September 04 2017

Hopeful (G1) Quotes

D. Wayne Lukas, winning trainer of Sporting Chance (No. 6): "Well, this surprised me more than it did the horse. I thought he was comfortable in front and he was moving well. I think he was best in the last 50 yards where he accelerated that's his style. Unfortunately, he saw something [at the finish], I guess Luis [Saez] explained that he ducked from the whip I'm not sure. I have a tendency to think it might have been something else you never know. These are 2-year-olds and he's just in his third race so you can see things happen like that everyday in 2-year-old races. I thought the fractions were realistic. I wasn't so worries about the fractions posted. I thought Luis was well within himself clocking the speed. That's the thing I was comfortable with. Somebody said twenty-two [seconds] in our box and I said at this point they're all there. Everyone was in contention in the first quarter. Even at the half-mile they weren't spreading out, there were horses all bunched there. So I was more comfortable with what Luis was doing. He was in comfortable position, he was on the outside of one of the obvious speed horses and I felt comfortable that we'd finish.

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Sunday, September 03 2017

Voodoo Song gets rare fourth win of meet in G3 Saranac

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Barry K. Schwartz' Voodoo Song became the first four-time winner in a single Saratoga Race Course meet since 1952 with a gate-to-wire victory in the Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on the turf on Saturday.

Voodoo Song quickly assumed the lead under jockey Jose Lezcano and, keen through the early going, drew off by as much as 5 ½ lengths on the backside to lead the field of eight. The chestnut English Channel colt relaxed through the final turn, maintaining a half-length advantage as the field turned for home. Voodoo Song rebuffed a brief challenge from Bricks and Mortar at the top of the stretch and held off a late-charging Yoshida to win by a neck under the wire.

Sent off at 6-1, Voodoo Song returned $14.40 for a $2 win wager to complete the route in a hand-timed 1:46.18 over the firm Mellon course.

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