Thursday, October 13 2016

La Coronel Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 12, 2016) – John Oxley’s La Coronel swept past Lull at midstretch and drew off to a 4¼-length victory in the 26th running of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies before a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 11,130.

Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Florent Geroux, La Coronel covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:43.37 and earned a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.

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Saturday, October 08 2016

Fall Turf Festival Gets Under Way at Gulfstream Park West

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – The Fall Turf Festival at Gulfstream Park West got under way Saturday under blue skies following a three-day postponement prompted by the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

Unaffected by the Category 4 storm that stayed offshore, Gulfstream Park offered a 10-race card highlighted by a five-furlong turf allowance won by Arborville. The Rasharn Creque-trained 7-year-old fired fresh from a four-month layoff, chasing a sharp pace set by Zeus Odin into deep stretch before drawing clear by a half length. Sent to post as the 7-2 second choice in the featured eighth race, Arborville ran the distance in 57.38 seconds. Zeus Odin, a 45-1 outsider ridden by Samy Camacho, finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Final Encore, the 9-5 favorite who made a belated bid under Tyler Gaffalione.

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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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