Thursday, July 07 2016
Camelot Kitten leads U.S. contenders in G1 Belmont Derby
ELMONT, N.Y. - Now in its third edition, the Stars & Stripes Festival will once again be anchored by the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational on Saturday at Belmont Park. Slated as the eighth race on the 11-race card, the 1 ¼-mile inner turf route has drawn a highly competitive, international field of 13 sophomore colts.
The American contingent will be led by a talented trio from trainer Chad Brown, who will send Beach Patrol, Call Provision and Grade 3 Pennine Ridge winner Camelot Kitten. Owned and bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Camelot Kitten has gone two-for-two in graded stakes since adding blinkers, winning the Grade 2 American Turf by a head over Beach Patrol on May 7 at Churchill Downs before turning in a neck victory in the Pennine Ridge June 4 at Belmont.
G1 Coaching Club American Oaks
G1 Coaching Club American Oaks purse will increase to $500,000, contingent on Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Champion Songbird starting in race
- The New York Racing Association announced today the total purse for the 99th running of the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 24 at Saratoga Race Course will be increased to $500,000 from $300,000 contingent upon 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird starting in the race.
Should the undefeated and reigning Champion 2-year-old Filly run in the 1 1/8-mile Coaching Club American Oaks, the winner's award would be raised to $300,000 from the current guarantee of $180,000. The sliding scale of awards would increase for the remainder of the field, with $100,000 awarded for second place, $50,000 to third, $25,000 to fourth, $15,000 to fifth place and $10,000 divided equally among the remaining finishers.
Effinex looks to repeat in G2 Suburban
ELMONT, N.Y - Following a disappointing sixth-place finish last out in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 18 at Churchill Downs, Tri-Bone Stables Effinex will look to rebound and defend his title in the Grade 2, $500,000 Surburban Handicap for 4-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on Stars & Stripes Saturday at Belmont Park.
A 5-year-old son of Mineshaft, Effinex used his victory in last year's Suburban to launch a fall campaign that included a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland and a victory in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs last November. In three starts this year, he was third in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and followed with an impressive win in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap on April 16 before the Stephen Foster.
Catch a Glimpse looks to extend streak in Saturday’s G1 Belmont Oaks
ELMONT, N.Y. - Catch a Glimpse will put her seven-race winning streak on the line as the 2015 Sovereign Award Horse of the Year highlights a talented 13-entry field in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational on Saturday as part of the Stars & Stripes Festival at Belmont Park.
The Oaks, held over 1 1/4 miles on the inner turf, is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" qualifier to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf in November at Santa Anita Park.
Second season for sophomores starts in Saturday’s $500K Dwyer
ELMONT, N.Y. - Eight 3-year-olds will step into the starting gate on Saturday at Belmont Park hoping to kick-start the second half of the season with a standout performance in the Grade 3, $500,000 Dwyer on Stars & Stripes Day.
The one-mile Dwyer is one of six graded stakes on the card, which is highlighted by the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational for 3-year-old turf horses and the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational for 3-year-old turf fillies, both at 1 ¼ miles. Also Saturday are the 130th running of the venerable Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap and a pair of Grade 3 races: the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship for 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs and the $150,000 Victory Ride for 3-year-old fillies going 6 ½ furlongs.
Sunday, July 03 2016
Off the Tracks prevails in G1 Mother Goose
My Sweet Girl upsets Perfect Sting
ELMONT, N.Y. - Newton Anner Stud and J Stable's Off the Tracks proved right on target Saturday afternoon, drawing clear by 3 ½ lengths to score the first Grade 1 of her career in the $300,000 Mother Goose for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
With Mom's On Strike to her outside, Off the Tracks set a sharp early pace with Jose Ortiz aboard as the pair swept through an opening quarter-mile in 22.79 seconds, a half in 45.53 and three-quarters in 1:09.62. As the field entered the stretch, the Curlin filly denied a bid from Lewis Bay, who saved ground after bumping with 9-5 favorite Rachel's Valentina soon after the break, to complete the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.01. Lightstream launched a late rally to finish third, a length behind Lewis Bay.
The Mother Goose (G1) Quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Off the Tracks (No. 2) and fifth-place finisher and beaten favorite Rachel's Valentina (No. 6): "[We're] just trying to figure out how we thought the race would unfold. We weren't positive what a couple horses would do but we felt that if she [Off the Tracks] got a clean break there was a decent chance that she would be on the lead, so that was plan A with her. Even though the fractions were very fast, the track seems to be playing pretty fast today, so I was a little concerned going as fast as they were, but she seemed to be doing it comfortably and in good rhythm. I was happy to see her have something left to finish."
Friday, July 01 2016
Gulfstream News & Notes: Fri 7/1/2016
Cali Star Racing for Two in Saturday’s Princess Rooney
Lady Serena Brings Serious Bloodlines into Sunday’s Barely Even
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– WinStar Farm and Larry Taylor’s Cali Star will be racing for two in Saturday’s $250,000 Princess Rooney (G3) on the $1.125 million Summit of Speed card at Gulfstream Park.
The graded stakes-winning 5-year-old mare is in foal to WinStar’s Pioneerof the Nile, sire of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah.
Tuesday, June 28 2016
Gulfstream Ready for Saturday’s Star-Filled Summit of Speed
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The late racing secretary Bobby Umphrey was once asked what his reaction was in the late 1990s when Calder management told him they wanted to run an afternoon of sprint stakes in the middle of the summer worth more than $1 million.
"I thought they had three heads," he responded with a wry smile.
Sixteen years later, that afternoon of sprint stakes called the Summit of Speed has become one of Florida's biggest days of summer racing. After being cancelled by Calder management in 2014, Gulfstream has spent the past two years resurrecting the event into a premier day of racing, one that takes place Saturday, July 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Thursday, June 23 2016
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES - Thu 6/23
• HOPPERTUNITY RETURNS IN ‘FORMIDABLE’ GOLD CUP
• KOBE’S BACK AND SO IS STEVENS FOR TRIPLE BEND
• NYQUIST WORKS BEFORE SATURDAY’S FIRST RACE
• TWO RIVALS HELPED SAVE HORSES AMID WILDFIRES
GOLD CUP DISTANCE SHOULD SUIT HOPPERTUNITY
Bob Baffert, who was on the fence at best last week about running Hoppertunity in Saturday’s Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita, decided to enter after the five-year-old by Any Given Saturday after the horse worked six furlongs last Saturday in 1:12.20.
Rainbow 6 Carryover Stands at $61,172 for Friday’s Card
Lirica Registers Impressive Juvenile Maiden Score
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot rose to $61,172.60 for Friday’s nine-race program at Gulfstream Park when the popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 10th consecutive racing day Thursday
Multiple tickets with all six winners for Races 4-9 Thursday were each worth $3,313.10.
Belmont Park Notes 6/23
• Multiple G2 winner Mohaymen returns to worktab Thursday
• Swipe back in action in Sunday allowance; Exaggerator 'back on the muscle'
• Donk enjoying good run
• Fields set for pair of Sunday's NYSS races
ELMONT, N.Y. - Shadwell Stable's multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen returned to the worktab Thursday morning with a three-furlong breeze at the Greentree Training Facility adjacent to Saratoga Race Course.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the 3-year-old Tapit colt was caught in 36.40 seconds over the all-weather surface in his first timed breeze since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby May 7.