Saturday, October 08 2016

Quotes from the $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)

Graham Motion (winning trainer of Miss Temple City)
“She’s the best filly I’ve ever trained. She’s spectacular. My frustration was over the summer when it seemed we got a little lost with her. She had some tough trips. I’m glad the crew talked me into running her here today. I think I would have chosen to go the other way (and run her in the Grade 1 First Lady two races earlier). But this was the right thing to do; we took a shot. She’s a very special filly. I think she’s been on form all summer. It’s just been frustrating that she hasn’t been able to show it on the race track.”

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Quotes from the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

Norman Casse (assistant to his father, Mark Casse, winning trainer of Classic Empire)
“This is a very, very talented horse. The day after the Hopeful (G1) (when he wheeled at the start and lost his rider), we got right to work on him. We put blinkers on him; we breezed him out of the gate several times. It paid dividends today. We’ll more forward from here. You’ve got to think this horse has plenty of room to improve.”

Julien Leparoux (winning rider)
“Today he broke sharp and was all business. He ran a big race. I was a bit surprised to be where I was, but he did it easy and he was happy where he was. He got a little bit tired at the end, but he hasn’t been running for a while, so we expected that.”

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Quotes from the $400,000 First Lady (G1)

Ginny DePasquale (assistant to Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Photo Call [IRE])
“That was very amazing. We owe it all to Kent (Desormeaux), actually. He did an amazing ride. We’ve obviously very pleased with the outcome. I think the mile (distance of the race) really did it.”

Kent Desormeaux (winning rider of Photo Call [IRE])
“She was really full of herself. She was a pleasure to ride. I just drew on the confidence that Mr. Todd Pletcher asked me to ride her. He doesn’t call often, but when he calls, he’s solid.”

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Quotes from the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)

Will Farish (winning co-owner of Irish Jasper)
“She’d won two Grade 3s, but this race was a big thing for us. A big thing to have it here at home. Julien (Leparoux) rode a hell of a race, particularly from the eighth pole where he had to make that move. Going that fast, it’s pretty tough.”

On whether Irish Jasper’s connections will take advantage of the “Win and You’re In” berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1)
“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

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Quotes from the $150,000 Woodford (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select

Enebish Ganbat (winning trainer of Mongolian Saturday)
“He loves Keeneland. Lexington is his home town. This summer, we were in England and a doctor found (he had) a big ulcer. It took two months (for the horse to fully recover) but it seems everything is all right. We’re going to take him to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.”

Carlos Montalvo (winning rider)
“Oh my god, what a wonderful trip. When he drew that hole, the 12 hole, he (trainer Ganbat) was very happy. He said, ‘Don’t mess it up. The horse knows what to do, just don’t mess it up.’

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Belmont Park’s G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup is the land of Hoppertunity

ELMONT, N.Y. - Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is insanity, so instead of having Hoppertunity chase the mighty California Chrome yet again, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert gave the hard-knocking veteran a change of scenery, and he responded with a determined effort to beat favored Effinex in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup.

In winning the Gold Cup - the zenith of a seven-stakes program on Super Saturday at the fall meet, Hoppertunity earned $600,000 for an ownership group headed by Mike Pegram, as well as an all-fees-paid berth in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He joined River Keen (1999) as Baffert's second Gold Cup winner. Hoppertunity is now 6-6-4 from 22 starts, with earnings of over $3.5 million.

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Practical Joke picks off Syndergaard to win G1 Champagne

ELMONT, N.Y. - Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Practical Joke was all business as rain began to fall Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, getting his nose down at the wire to upset 9-5 favorite Syndergaard with a neck victory in the 145th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne for 2-year-olds

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Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational

Pure Sensation nothing but one in Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational

ELMONT, N.Y. - Pure Sensation tracked Power Alert through blistering early fractions and caught the pacesetter right at the wire to win the inaugural running of the $150,000 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.

Hugging the rail under Kendrick Carmouche as Power Alert zipped through an opening quarter-mile in 21.86 seconds and a half in 44.49, Pure Sensation took aim on the front-runner once straightened for home. Digging in gamely, Power Alert refused to give way but Pure Sensation p
revailed after a stretch-long battle to win by a head.

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G1 Flower Bowl - Lady Eli

Second time the charm for Lady Eli as she returns to winner's circle in G1 Flower Bowl

ELMONT, N.Y. - Making her second start after more than a year away from the races, Lady Eli returned to the winner's circle in the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.

The 4-year-old filly, who is owned by Sheep Pond Partners, was greeted with hearty applause following her three-quarter-length win over pacesetter Sentiero Italia in the 1 1/4-mile turf race. It was Lady Eli's first victory since capturing the Belmont Oaks Invitational in July 2015 at Belmont Park.

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Anchor Down cuts loose in G2 Kelso ‘Cap

ELMONT, N.Y. - Alto Racing's Anchor Down took the lead a few short strides out of the gate and never looked back as he rolled to a two-length victory over Tamarkuz in the Grade 2, $350,000 Kelso Handicap, the second of six graded stakes on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.

With Tamarkuz on his flank, leading a closely bunched field of rivals, Anchor Down strode through an opening quarter-mile in 23.30 seconds, then picked up the pace under jockey Javier Castellano, getting the half in 45.74. Launching a bid rounding the turn, Tamarkuz confronted Anchor Down at the quarter-pole but the 5-year-old gray son of Tapit shrugged off that challenge and pulled clear to hit the wire in 1:32.90 for the mile.

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Frizette:Yellow Agate punches ticket to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

ELMONT, N.Y. - Yellow Agate overtook Libby's Tail in deep stretch, rallying to capture the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette, a "Win and You're in" Breeders' Cup challenge, in the first of six graded stakes on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.

China Horse Club's Yellow Agate won by a head in her stakes debut to earn an all-fees-paid trip to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in November at Santa Anita Park. Trained by Christophe Clement, she improved to 2-for-2 in her career.

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Thursday, October 06 2016

Racing Cancelled at Gulfstream Park West Wednesday through Friday

Watches and Warnings Posted for Hurricane Matthew
Racing to Resume Saturday, Oct. 8
Gulfstream Open for Simulcast Wagering Wednesday

– Gulfstream Park announced today that racing at Gulfstream Park West has been cancelled Wednesday through Friday due to Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane watches and warnings were posted for parts of South Florida Tuesday morning and Florida was placed under a state of emergency.

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