Monday, July 15 2013
GARY STEVENS, MARKETING MIX, Winner: "(Trainer) Tom (Proctor) told me in the paddock to just take the race to them. He said this mare can gallop faster than the rest of them. I didn't know what the Brazilian horse (Hawk's Eyes) was going to do and (his rider) Victor (Espinoza) was intent on getting the lead. I couldn't have paid to have a better rabbit out in front of me. I just let my mare gallop. I had it in my head to two-minute lick her to the three-eighths pole and set her down and work her three eighths of a mile. I don't know if (Proctor) was necessarily using this as a tune up for the (Grade I, $750,000) Beverly D (Aug. 17 at Arlington Park), but it sure worked out. She was very, very happy."
Friday, July 12 2013
Belmont Park Notes
• Shirreffs eyeing G3 Shuvee or Saratoga optional claimer for Eblouissante
• Albertrani-trained True Blue Nation, Souper Speedy target opening day at Saratoga; fields take shape for Friday’s stakes
• Fields coming together for Saratoga opening Saturday & Sunday stakes
I Know It All to Be Put to the Test in Cellars Shiraz
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – I Know It All’s solid past performance lines clearly indicate that she can run with the top 3-year-olds turf fillies in South Florida. Trainer David Braddy would like to see the daughter of Montbrook run away from them for once, starting Saturday in the $75,000 Cellars Shiraz Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
MOTT HOPEFUL TURF WILL SUIT EMOLLIENT
Handicappers trying to decipher Emollient’s form in Saturday’s Grade I, $350,000 American Oaks can take comfort in knowing they’re in the same boat as Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.
Tuesday, July 09 2013
Gulfstream News & Notes
Starship Truffles May Enter Ring Sooner than Expected
Gleaves Settles Back In At Gulfstream Park
Nicks Points Aubby K Toward Saratoga's Ballerina
Emotional Kitten, E B Ryder Lead Nominations for $75,000 Cellars Shiraz
Monday, July 08 2013
Belmont Park Notes
• Flat Out to return to Spa following second Suburban score; Royal Delta turns in bullet work
• Guillot considering many options for Dwyer winner Moreno
• Shirreffs biding his time with impressive maiden winner Mentor Cane
Sanchez Off to Fast Start at Gulfstream Park Summer Meet
Apprentice Jockey Sweeps First Four Races on Sunday’s Card
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Apprentice jockey Hugo Sanchez is making a strong impact during the fledgling summer meeting at Gulfstream Park, where he assumed the top spot in the rider’s standings Sunday by riding the first four winners on the eight-race program.
Barn Notes: Sunday July 7, 2013
SAINT LEON EXITS ARLINGTON SPRINT IN DIVINE FORM
Saint Leon has long been considered one of the best sprinters on the grounds at Arlington International Racecourse, but after Saturday’s gutsy victory in the Listed $100,000 Arlington Sprint, the 8-year-old speed demon could be mentioned as one of the best in the country. Sprinting wire-to-wire in a race turned inside-out by a bad break, the son of Stravinsky dueled the length of the stretch with Hogy, eventually turning back the highly regarded graded stakes winner to win by a head under E. T. Baird.
Le Cle Stakes
JULIEN LEPAROUX, NEED YOU NOW, Winner: "I worked her in the morning and Mike (Mitchell) asked me if he should take the blinkers off. I told him it really doesn't matter because of her style. She put me right in the race today. She doesn't have that kick, but she just keeps going. Last time she ran OK (fourth in the Grade III Senorita May 11), but kind of even. I had a clear trip and didn't have to come between horses or anything and that's why she kept going."
MIKE MITCHELL, NEED YOU NOW, Winner: "She was on the bit and that was a good in a way because (Wednesday) would have been out there by herself. We just didn't want her rank and running off and with the blinkers she was kind of like that. This worked out real well. There are a lot of 3-year-old filly races on the grass at Del Mar, so the timing of this worked out perfect. She can run all day. In fact, I’d prefer a mile and one-eighth."
Wednesday, July 03 2013
Bad Debt Yields Good Returns for Connections of Gulfstream Favorite
Successful Claim Set for Thursday’s $100,000 Stakes for Florida-Breds
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Back on May 23, 2010, Michael Trombetta was on the lookout for a horse that could outrun its claiming price when Bad Debt got his attention while finishing third at Belmont Park.
Tuesday, July 02 2013
New York Stallion Stakes Quotes
NYSS Cupecoy’s Joy Division
Dominick Schettino, winning trainer of Frosty Bay (No. 8): “She’s really found a home on the grass. Her mother was strictly a turf horse too—Baymont. She was training very well leading up to this race. She really dug in at the end to hold the others off. We’ll she how she comes out of this race before deciding on a next start.”
Shy Groom Overnight Stakes Quotes
Gary Sciacca, winning trainer of Saratoga Snacks (No. 5): “I was a little worried at the quarter pole. I thought they were going to run by him. They ran three-quarters in [1:10], but they came home. He was running—he did good. We’ll sit down and see where we go from here. Joel worked him last week and said ‘He’s ready to go.’”