Sunday, March 02 2014
$200,000 Swale (G2) Quotes
Trainer Nick Zito (Spot): “First, I’ve got to thank the Lord. Second, I have to thank Mr. (Joseph) Moss. He’s an elderly gentleman who loves this sport. He’s just looking for horses like this. He’s been trying for a two years now. We’ve got to a couple sales and things haven’t worked out. I watched this horse run a month ago, and I know (owner/breeder) Mr. (Curtis) Green very well. I approached him, and he said, ‘Why not?’ Mr. Moss is getting up there in age and has so much guts, it’s amazing.
Zito ‘Spot’ On in Saturday’s $200,000 Swale Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Nick Zito has been on a mission for a couple of years, doing everything he can to acquire a horse for owner Joseph Moss that would be a force in major 3-year-old stakes.
The Hall of Fame trainer’s mission finally produced results Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where he saddled newly purchased Spot for a 2 ½-length upset victory over heavily favored No Nay Never in the $200,000 Swales Stakes (G3).
Gotham (G3) Quotes
Rick Violette, winning trainer of Samraat (No. 1A): "This is a real horse now. We knew he had a shot to be a real horse after the Withers; he proved he is a real horse today. This was a good field. It was a deep field of horses. The weight had me worried. We picked up five pounds from last time; that's a big shift. I'd be lying if I said we weren't already thinking [about the Kentucky Derby]. At this stage, we didn't want to do anything that would prevent us from going to the Derby. A couple of races before the Derby probably toughens him, but this was another stretch-long, hard duel, but Jose [Ortiz] never hit him. He's an honest racehorse and there might be a little left. Today, he graduated big time. His last race was a terrific race and this was a notch above that. He was pretty impressive today. He leaves for Florida tomorrow. The Wood [Memorial, Grade 1, $1 million, April 5] is a real possibility. That would be our best option as long as the horse cooperates and tells us that we should get on a plane and come up for it."
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SANTA YSABEL STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, AWESOME BABY, WINNER: “The game plan was to break and get a clear lead so we could give her a chance to take a breather.
“We weren’t sure that she would go long; she didn’t at two. We got the first quarter in twenty-three and it was all her after that. I told Bob that I don’t know if it was her turning three or the mud today, but I finished with something left. That was real impressive to me since I didn’t know if she was going to get the distance at all. And, not only did we get it, but she was well within herself at the wire and pulled up with a lot of energy. I was really impressed.
Thursday, February 27 2014
WHHC qualifiers rescheduled
USTA online WHHC qualifiers for Buffalo, Maywood and Balmoral rescheduled
Thursday, February 27, 2014 – from USTA Communications Department
This weekend’s USTA online qualifying contests at Maywood Park on Friday, Feb. 28 and Balmoral Park on Saturday, March 1, as well as last week’s qualifier at Buffalo Raceway, which was postponed when racing was canceled due to weather, have been rescheduled.
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Thu 2/27
Smart Cover Returns in Saturday's Palm Beach
Cabo Cat Tries Added Distance in Palm Beach
War Dancer Returns in Tough Turf Allowance on Saturday’s Swale Undercard
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Smart Cover, injured running second to stablemate Cleburne in the Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs last fall, returns to the races in Saturday’s $150,000 Palm Beach (G3) on the Gulfstream Park turf.
Aqueduct post time to switch to 1:20 p.m. beginning March 6
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Beginning March 6, Aqueduct Racetrack will have a first-race post time of 1:20 p.m. The post time will remain in effect for the remainder of the meet, which ends April 27.
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Gingras talks Singer Series
Yannick Gingras says it will be a challenge for Time To Quit to win the Charles Singer Memorial Series at Meadowlands Racetrack, but for now the Big M’s leading driver is focused on Thursday’s second round.
Time To Quit, who is unbeaten in four starts this season, races in the second of two $15,000 second-leg divisions of the restricted series for 3- and 4-year-old trotters. Trained by Ron Burke, the 4-year-old gelding is joined by entry mate Winbak Sullivan at 4-5 on the morning line.
Statements from Mohegan Sun
The following are statements from Mitchell Etess, CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, and Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, following today’s referendum vote in Revere.
Statement from Mitchell Etess, CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority
“Today marks an important milestone in our efforts to bring a spectacular destination resort to the city of Revere. Mohegan Sun is proud to have earned the strong support from Revere and our surrounding communities, and we are honored to call this city home.
Undefeated No Nay Never Set for 2014 Debut in Saturday’s Swale Stakes
Ward Trainee Ready for Showdown With Juvenile Runner-Up Havana
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – No Nay Never certainly looks the part.
“His physical make-up is striking. It’s like the ultimate specimen of a horse,” said trainer Wesley Ward Wednesday morning at Gulfstream Park. “He has a beautiful head, a beautiful shoulder. He has a beautiful hip on him. He’s pitch black, not a spot of bay on him. He’s just gorgeous.”
BAFFERT’S AWESOME BABY HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE III SANTA YSABEL
FIELD OF EIGHT 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES TO CONTEST 1 1/16 MILES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2014)—Awesome Baby, a gate to wire winner of the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 4, heads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel at 1 1/16 miles Saturday at Santa Anita.
Tuesday, February 25 2014
Florida Derby Rematch Possible for Wildcat Red And General A Rod
Holy Bull Winner Cairo Prince Prepares to Join Them in Besilu Stables Florida Derby
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Wildcat Red and General a Rod, the one-two finishers in yesterday's $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, will likely take their nascent rivalry to the next level in the $1-million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29. Awaiting them in that marquee event at a mile and an eighth will be Cairo Prince, who sat out the Fountain of Youth following his romp in the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream on January 25. General a Rod had edged Wildcat Red in the Gulfstream Park Derby on New Year's Day, but the latter colt turned the tables in their virtual match race in the Fountain of Youth.