Friday, September 20 2013
POOL PLAY, AGENT DI NOZZO WORK TOWARD RUNS IN HOMECOMING CLASSIC
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, Sept. 20, 2013) – Two horses that have enjoyed some of their finest moments over the main track at Churchill Downs worked at the track Friday in preparation for their respective bids for next week’s first running of the $175,000-added Homecoming Classic, the last of eight stakes races conducted during the September meet.
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Shanghai Bobby (No. 3): "It was the first time [John Velazquez] has ridden him. I cautioned him before the race that [Shanghai Bobby] kind of has a tendency to wait when he makes the lead. He was trying to time it and not get there too soon, and not cut it too close, either. He ran really well off the layoff. I thought he ran well enough today to put us in the mix for the Breeders' Cup Sprint or the Dirt Mile, but we'll see how he bounces out of it."
Gulfstream Park News & Notes
Wildcat Lily Sticking Close to Home for $100,000 Musical Romance
Jockey Hugo Sanchez Back Galloping Horses to Prepare for Return
Thursday, September 19 2013
TRACK RECORD ESTABLISHED ON OPENING DAY OF FALL MEET
LAUREL, MD. 09-19-13---After a 14-week break, live racing returned to the major Maryland tracks with the opening of the Laurel Park fall meeting.
“It is good to be back home,” said Laurel Park-based trainer John Salzman, Sr. “It is a whole lot easier and much more relaxed racing here instead of shipping out of town.”
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Lonesome Glory Steeplechase (G1) Quotes
Leslie Young, winning trainer of Gustavian (No. 4): "Last year we opted to skip Saratoga. Not that he can't run over firm ground, but it gets a little firmer over the summer. We opted for the same plan [this year]. We freshened him up, happy and healthy coming into Belmont, a big, galloping track. He liked it last year, so we thought, 'Why not for a big Grade 1 like this?'"
Starship Truffles a Grade 1 Favorite for $100,000 Musical Romance
Wildcat Lily Set to Take on Elders in Gulfstream Park Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Starship Truffles certainly showed herself to be a talented filly during the winter meeting at Gulfstream Park while winning three races, including a four-length victory in the $100,000 Claiming Crown Glass Slipper.
139th CLARK HANDICAP HEADS CHURCHILL’S FALL STAKES SCHEDULE
LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013) – The 140th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), a race that shares a rich history with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), is the premier event on a roster of nine stakes races with total purses of $1.625 million scheduled to be run during Churchill Downs’ Oct. 27-Nov. 30 Fall Meet.
Wednesday, September 18 2013
Dance to Bristol enters Gallant Bloom sharp as a pistol
ELMONT, N.Y. - Dance to Bristol, a winner of seven straight, heads a talented group of fillies and mare sprinters entered in the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap, the featured race on Saturday at Belmont Park.
NINE SPRINTERS ENTERED IN SATURDAY’S DE FRANCIS DASH
LAUREL, MD. 09-18-13---Nine sprinters have been entered in Saturday’s 22nd running of the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park, including local star Ben’s Cat. Post time for the 11-race card will be 1:10 p.m. Eastern.
Introduced in 1990, the De Francis Dash is one of the elite six-furlong sprints in the country with four of the 21 winners-Housebuster (1991), Cherokee Run (1994), Smoke Glacken (1997) and Thor’s Echo (2006)-earning Eclipse Award honors for champion sprinter.
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Sunday, September 15 2013
Belmont Park Notes
• Alterite emerges from G1 Garden City win in good shape; Big Blue Kitten, Real Solution breeze in company; Brown considering impressive maiden winner Shadow Banking for G3 Pilgrim
• Orb, Point of Entry turn in Saturday breezes
• Debut winner Noble Moon continues strong run for Gyarmati
• Whitney Viewing Stand remains open on Saturdays and Sundays
Ashley T. Cole (NYB) Quotes
Timothy Hills, winning trainer of Kharafa (No. 1): "I had been watching the races and it seemed like pace wasn't holding up. I started to tell that to Javier [Castellano], but I didn't think it was possible for him to take him back [off the lead]. He said, 'You know, this is a good post to just go.' And I said, 'You know something? He's a good horse. You ride him the way it comes up.' As strong as the horse is, there is no way he'd be able to get him off the pace."
John Hettinger (NYB) Quotes
Rick Violette, winning trainer of Effie Trinket (No. 8): "We were very, very patient today. Watching the Garden City yesterday, it almost didn't matter how slow you went up front; they were going to quicken and you weren't going to win."