Saturday, June 29 2013


Belmont Park Notes


• Saratoga Snacks set for comeback in Sunday’s Shy Groom
• West Hills Giant, Wellspring Legacy head Sunday’s NYSS
• Alpha training for start in G2 Suburban Handicap
• Fields coming together for holiday week stakes





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Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Friday, June 28, 2013


HUFFMAN DISCUSSES WEIGHT ASSIGNMENT FOR WISE DAN

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 28, 2013) – It isn’t easy for a racing secretary to hang 128 pounds on a star horse in a handicap race such as Saturday night’s $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II), but Churchill Downs’ Director of Racing Ben Huffman relishes the opportunity.





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Barn Notes:  Friday, June 28, 2013


• Channing Hill Set for Saturday Return
• Chris Block’s Stakes Squad Primed for July






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Friday, June 28 2013


Pletcher Triples Up in G3 Victory Ride


ELMONT, N.Y. – A trio of talented 3-year-old fillies from Todd Pletcher, including multiple graded stakes winner Kauai Katie, heads Saturday’s 10th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Ride at Belmont Park.





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Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: June 27, 2013


LEA SET TO TAKE ON WISE DAN IN SATURDAY’S FIRECRACKER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 27, 2013) – Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s homebred Lea, winner of last year’s Commonwealth Turf (Grade III), will take on Horse of the Year Wise Dan and six other rivals in Saturday’s 23rd running of the $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) at Churchill Downs.





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STABLE NOTES June 27, 2013


JAVA’S WAR HEADS PROBABLES FOR JULY 4 SWAPS STAKES

Charles Fipke’s Java’s War, winner of the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes April 13 and a troubled 13th in the Kentucky Derby, heads a field of five or six likely starters in the Grade II, $150,000 Swaps Stakes.





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Monday, June 24 2013


Brooklyn Resident Wins Belmont Park Handicapping Challenge


ELMONT, N.Y. – Kevin Cox, 42, of Brooklyn, won the 2013 Belmont Park Handicapping Challenge, earning a $40,000 cash prize and a seat at the 2014 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in January in Las Vegas.





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Belmont Park Notes


• Close Hatches has Mott smiling after G1 Mother Goose victory; Starformer preps for G2 New York
• Dreaming of Julia emerges from Mother Goose in good order; Kauai Katie, Fusaichiswonderful target G3 Victory Ride
• Dream Peace set for G2 New York following Sunday breeze
• Rydilluc breezes on turf; trainer Contessa looks ahead with talented 3yo turfer





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Saturday, June 22 2013


Live Racing Resumes at Gulfstream with Full Eight-Race Program


HALLANDALE, FL – Live Thoroughbred racing will resume at Gulfstream Park Tuesday, June 25, with an eight-race program of full fields.

A total of 84 horses were entered Friday for the program that will mark the conclusion of the 2012-2013 racing season at the Hallandale Beach racetrack. The 2013 summer season of live racing will be kicked off with programs on Monday, July 1 and Thursday, July 4 before a regular Saturday-Sunday weekly schedule gets underway.





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FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD FACES OPEN-COMPANY IN DEBUTANTE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 21, 2013) – Fiftyshadesofgold, a 10-length winner against Texas-breds in her debut at Lone Star Park, will face open-company for the first time in Saturday’s $100,000-added Debutante and could give the Scharbauer family their first stakes win beneath the Twin Spires since Alysheba’s memorable victory over Seeking the Gold in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I).





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Thursday, June 20 2013


Gulfstream News & Notes


Gulfstream Racing Surface Gets High Marks
Orseno Looks to Future in Florida
Mandatory payouts for Rainbow 6, Pick 5 and Super Hi 5





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TEARDROP TOPS FIELD OF 11 FOR SATURDAY’S 113TH DEBUTANTE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 19, 2013) – Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s homebred Teardrop, an impressive debut winner on May 23, heads a competitive field of 11 2-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 113th running of the $100,000-added Debutante at Churchill Downs.





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