Friday, June 19 2015


Possessed and Freudie Anne top pair of NYSS stakes


ELMONT, N.Y. - Highlighting Sunday's Father's Day card at Belmont Park are a pair of New York Stallion Series stakes at seven furlongs on the turf, the $100,000 Spectacular Bid for 3-year-olds and $100,000 Cupecoy's Joy for 3-year-old fillies.

Headlining the Spectacular Bid division is Possessed, a son of Posse owned by Daniel Hayden in partnership with trainer Charlton Baker. Making his ninth lifetime start and first on the turf, Possessed last out finished sixth in the $125,000 Mike Lee for New York-breds on May 25. Previous to that race he won the Times Square New York Stallion Series by a length going 6 ½ furlongs at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 26, picking up a field-high Beyer Speed Figure of 82.





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


Six-race Sequence Includes $60,000 King Cugat Handicap

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Saturday’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $350,000 at Gulfstream Park.

The popular multi-race wager went unsolved Friday for the 18th consecutive program since May 22, when a mandatory payout was held.





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Saturday, June 13 2015


STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP QUOTES


NORMAN CASSE, assistant trainer of NOBLE BIRD (winner): “I’ve been around a lot of good horses and he’s been working about as good as I have seen a horse train – just week after week. He just ran in the Alysheba and ran a really big race in that, and he’s just gotten better from there and he rewarded our confidence. Last summer we had him here before we went out to Del Mar and I told Dad (trainer Mark Casse) back then that I thought that he was a very talented dirt horse. Things just didn’t happen that way and then he went to Oaklawn and he had to run on the dirt obviously. I just think that’s a testament to how gutsy this horse is. He’s trained extremely well and he wanted to win just as bad as we did. We’d probably have to look at the older horse races at Saratoga. I think he deserves to be in that discussion.





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King Kreesa reigns again in G3 Poker


ELMONT, N.Y. - Rounding back into the form that earned him New York-bred Champion Older Male honors in 2013, King Kreesa led an exceptional group of older turf runners gate-to-wire to win the Grade 3, $300,000 Poker on Saturday at Belmont Park.






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Poker (G3) Quotes


Gerald Kresa, winning owner of King Kreesa (No. 3): "He did great. They gave him the lead. Once he can relax, he has all kinds of energy at the end and he can open up on them. He held everyone off with no problem. We're very pleased with him. We could look at the Forbidden Apple maybe and if he comes out of that one good, we might consider the Fourstardave after that."





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Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah Resume Galloping


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 13, 2015) - Zayat Stables' champion American Pharoah took his training up a notch Saturday when the Triple Crown winner galloped 1 ¼ miles on the Churchill Downs main track at 8:30 a.m. ET after the renovation break. Exercise rider George Alvarez was in the irons for the homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile's first gallop since his 5 ½-length triumph in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (GI) where he became the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.





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Friday, June 12 2015


Gulfstream: Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Guaranteed at $300,000


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – There will be a guaranteed jackpot pool in the Rainbow 6 in the amount of $300,000 for Saturday’s 10-race card at Gulfstream Park, the result of the 20-cent wager going unsolved for the 14th consecutive program.





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Thursday, June 11 2015


Gulfstream News & Notes - June 11


Eminencia to Make United States Debut in Miss Patty
Gulfstream To Offer Two Lasix-Free Races
Speechify Sidelined For Summer

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A Grade 3 winner in Panama, Eminencia will look to prove herself on American soil in Saturday’s $60,000 Miss Patty Handicap at Gulfstream Park.





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Stephen Foster Undercard Stakes Advances


SHEER DRAMA, GRADE I WINNER MY SWEET ADDICTION FAVORED OVER LOCAL STARS
UNDER THE LIGHTS IN BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ FLEUR DE LIS HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 3, 2015) – Florida invader Sheer Drama and California-based Grade I winner My Sweet Addiction will find a strong group of Churchill Downs-based stars awaiting them in the starting gate Saturday evening for the 40th running of the $200,000 Fleur De Lis Handicap Presented by Thorntons (Grade II), part of the “Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In Distaff Division” Challenge and one of four stakes events offered during the “Downs After Dark” celebration highlighted by the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap and an on-track appearance by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.





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Churchill Downs Stakes Advance


CLARK WINNER HOPPERTUNITY, GRADE I WINNER LEA, 2014 BELMONT RUNNER-UP COMMISSIONER HEAD BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ FOSTER; SHARE SPOTLIGHT WITH APPEARANCE BY TRIPLE CROWN WINNER AMERICAN PHAROAH

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 10, 2015) – Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) winner Hoppertunity; Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s globe-trotting Lea, third to Prince Bishop in his most recent start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (Grade I), and WinStar Farm LLC’s Commissioner, runner-up to Tonalist in the 2014 Belmont Stakes (GI) and winner of the recent Pimlico Special (GIII), head a field of seven 3-year-olds and up entered to compete in Saturday’s 34th running of the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by GE (GI), the racing highlight of a special “Downs After Dark” program that also features a public appearance by Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.





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Sunday, June 07 2015


Belmont Park Notes 6/7


• Triple Crown winner American Pharoah emerges from Belmont in fine fettle
• McGaughey talks Honor Code, Triple Crown
• Belmont runner-up McLaughlin praises American Pharoah
• Pletcher runners come back in good shape
• Fifth with Frammento, Zito admires feat of American Pharoah, Baffert
• Brown reflects on stable's performance, Belmont Stakes Day

ELMONT, N.Y. - On the morning after American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought by winning the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes to become only the 12th Triple Crown winner, the Zayat Stables homebred was perfectly healthy and happy as his connections were still soaking in all of the emotions related to the significance of the achievement that has been termed "the most difficult in all of sports to accomplish."





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Saturday, June 06 2015


Belmont Stakes (G1) Press Conference Initial Quotes


Bob Baffert, winning trainer of American Pharoah (No. 5): "Before we came up here from the barn, someone asked Bode if he was nervous and he said he was 10 times more nervous in the Derby. When they asked him why he said, 'Because the race is really, really far.'"





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