Saturday, June 01 2013
Saez Wins 5, Pair of Dead-Heat Victories, on Friday at Belmont Park
ELMONT, N,Y. – Jockey Luis Saez, a recent addition to the New York riding colony, brought home five winners, including back-to-back dead heat victories, on Friday afternoon at Belmont Park.
Saez, 20, of Panama, began the day by piloting Copper Forest ($4.30) to dead-heat with Anaphylaxis in race 3, a one-mile optional claimer, and came right back to guide late-running Smash ($5.20) to hit the wire in tandem with Leave of Absence in race 4, a six-furlong optional claimer, both on the main track.
Belmont Park Notes
• Oxbow, Will Take Charge will van to Belmont Park on Monday
• Irad Ortiz, Jr. to ride Incognito in Belmont
• Vyjack to remain at Belmont Park after Friday gallop, Belmont Stakes possible
• Bombaguia takes step up in Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan
• Shirreffs confirms Mr. Commons for G3 Jaipur
• Fields taking shape for Belmont Day stakes
• Brooklyn, Jaipur probables
GULFSTREAM RELEASES SUMMER CONDITION BOOK
Construction of 500 Stalls Approved
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park has released the first condition book for its historic summer race meet that is set to begin Monday, July 1.
The book, which runs through July 28, also includes the races for June 25, which will serve as the 91st and final day of Gulfstream's 2012-2013 season.
OXBOW, GOLDEN SOUL EXIT THURSDAY WORKS IN GOOD ORDER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 31, 2013) – A trio of Belmont Stakes (Grade I) contenders breezed at Churchill Downs on Thursday, including Preakness (GI) winner Oxbow, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) runner-up Golden Soul and Will Take Charge, and all exited their workouts in good order.
Friday, May 31 2013
CERRO IS FAVORED IN SATURDAY’S CANONERO II STAKES
BALTIMORE, 05-30-13---Team Valor International’s Cerro (IRE) is named the overwhelming favorite to win Pimlico Race Course’s final stakes race of the spring meeting, the $100,000 Canonero II for 3-year olds, on Saturday afternoon.
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BAFFERT LOOKS FOR FOURTH AFFIRMED VICTORY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 30, 2013)—Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will seek a record fourth win in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap when he sends out Den’s Legacy and Manando Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade III for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Affirmed is the eighth of nine races. Post time Sunday is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
ROTHKO BACK TO DEFEND TITLE IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 ARISTIDES
Six of Seven Horses Entered in $65,000 Opening Verse Are Graded Stakes Winners
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 30, 2013) – Defending champ Rothko has been made the 9-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 25th running of the $100,000-added Aristides (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Wednesday, May 29 2013
PURPLE VIOLET, SPRINGFIELD STAKES TOP SATURDAY CARD
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 28, 2013) – State-bred sophomores of both sexes will be featured Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse with the running of the $100,000 Purple Violet Stakes for fillies and its open counterpart the $100,000 Springfield Stakes. Each race will be run at one mile over Polytrack.
Tuesday, May 28 2013
Metropolitan Handicap (G1) Quotes
Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Sahara Sky (No. 7): “My partner [co-owner Kim Lloyd] and I talked it over, and one of our goals was to win the Metropolitan Mile. I’d never won it, and I wanted a chance to win it, and Kim did, also. We had a little added confidence because we thought our horse ran good in New York over at Aqueduct [when second in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap], and with a little bit better trip we might have even won that race.
Acorn (G1) Quotes
Jim Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert, winning trainer of Midnight Lucky (No. 5): “I was expecting maybe the 1 [Kauai Katie] to be on the lead, not the 2 [Momentary Magic], but other than that it shaped up as I expected. I wanted to be sitting anywhere from 2 to 2 ½ lengths off the pace, which we were. They were moving right along, and at no point did it look like she was struggling with the racetrack. She’s just a really nice filly and we’re so happy to train her. The plan right now is day by day. We’ll go back to Churchill and go from there.”
Rosie Napravnik, winning jockey aboard Midnight Lucky (No. 5): “We had a great trip. I really liked the post position and we were able to sit off the speed. Kauai Katie actually kind of had to sit back, so it was good for us, too. This filly just did it very easily and she’s a very, very nice filly.”
LEATHERBURY TAKES EARLY DOUBLE WITH A PAIR OF PHOTO FINISHES
BALTIMORE, 05-27-13---Legendary trainer King Leatherbury, who ranks fifth on the all-time wins list, captured the first two races on Monday’s 10-race program at Pimlico Race Course, both in photo finishes.
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The Gamely Stakes
The Gamely Stakes
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
GARY STEVENS, MARKETING MIX, Winner: "I was fortunate to work her three-quarters of a mile at Keeneland (April 18) and she was super strong. Both (Julien Leparoux) and I were both trying to make the winning move coming into the stretch. About the sixteenth pole we were getting them cranked up and his mare actually had a little better turn of foot than mine did, but we managed to get up in time. I thought I beat him, but he was so far out - when I stood up it looked like he might have been in front - Julien asked me, ‘What do you think’ and I said, ‘I have no idea.’ Two good performances by two very good mares.’’