Thursday, July 10 2014
Social Inclusion Breezes at Gulfstream Park for Haskell
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Rontos Racing Stable’s Social Inclusion breezed a half-mile out of the Gulfstream Park starting gate in 47 2/5 seconds Thursday morning in preparation for a planned start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27.
The 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile breezed three furlongs over a sloppy track in 35 3/5 seconds on his way to his recorded half-mile clocking and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01 3/5.
Monday, July 07 2014
DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - LOCAL HORSE COMES HOME POINTS FOR DELCAP
Princess of Sylmar coming home to run at Delaware Park in Delaware Handicap
Wilmington, Del., July 6, 2014 — She was born less than 30 miles from Delaware Park. An approximate 45 minute drive, first on route 7 (Limestone Road) and then route 41 (Lancaster Pike), into Pennsylvania pass Avondale and a little further west until you get Christiana, Pennsylvania. That is where Princess of Sylmar, a winner of nearly $2 million and four grade one victories was born. On the farm she has been named after – Ron and Betsy Houghton’s Sylmar Farm.
Lynbrook (NYB) Quotes
Leah Gyarmati, winning trainer of Wonder Gal (No. 6): "There haven't been many maiden races for New York-bred fillies. We hope she lives up to our expectations. She's young, still. She's big, but she's still young. You have to keep that in mind. There are bound to be some bumps along the way."
Sunday, July 06 2014
Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Minorette (No. 9): "[Jockey] Joel [Rosario] got to know her a bit. She was really training big coming into this race. We were pretty confident she'd give a good showing of herself in here."
Suburban Handicap (G2) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Zivo (No. 3) and ninth place finisher Last Gunfighter (No. 5): "Jose rode [Zivo] perfectly. We've always put him in races we think fit him. This horse has really come around well and it was time to step out of New York-bred company and try him in an open company race with a big purse. Tom Coleman, the owner, who bred the horse, we work as a team. He said, 'Let's just enter and look.' All the way until this morning, he wasn't really committed to coming in from the Hamptons. He said, 'You want me to come?' I said, 'Let's try it. The horse is training well enough and he loves Belmont, let's try it.' Once I saw the strong pace, I knew he'd come running. That last eighth was definitely as strong as I've seen from him. But then again, he's a horse that's only gotten better."
Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) Quotes
Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Mr Speaker (No. 9): "He definitely redeemed himself; his last race was very disappointing. He trained well coming up to today and we changed our game plan; I wanted him back. Jose [Lezcano] rode a great race on him. We're tickled that Martin [Panza] carded this race and we're tickled to death that we won it."
Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) Quotes
Brian Lynch, winning trainer of Clearly Now (No. 3): "When he broke a little slow I thought, 'Oh boy, here we go again,' but when he cruised up on the inside near the 4 ½ pole I could tell Jose [Lezcano] had a lot of horse. He had a legitimate pace in front of him, so it was just about finding a hole, and when it came, he went by them."
"We'll look at some spots at Saratoga, and ultimately, the Breeders' Cup would be in play."
Dwyer (G3) Quotes
Linda Rice, winning trainer of Kid Cruz (No. 1): "I was a little nervous about whether they were going to go fast enough today. Irad [Ortiz] made a strong effort from the gate to make sure he got engaged earlier, so we just didn't hand it over to a slow pace. He did a beautiful job. The horse seems to be getting better all the time - perfecting his trade.
Wednesday, July 02 2014
Toast of New York appropriately headlines inaugural Belmont Derby
ELMONT, N.Y. - Toast of New York will look to become just that when he attempts to win the first running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The 1 ¼-mile Belmont Derby is the centerpiece of the newly fashioned Stars & Stripes Day, which also features the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks, as well as the Grade 2 Suburban, Grade 3 Belmont Sprint Championship, and Grade 3 Dwyer.
Flying Jib part of tough European contingent in G1 Belmont Oaks; Room Service one of several carrying American flag
ELMONT, N.Y. - The inaugural running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational attracted a diverse cast of 3-year-old fillies who will be traveling 1 ¼ miles over Belmont Park's turf course on Saturday.
Calder Statement Regarding The Stronach Group Agreement
Calder President and General Manager Maureen Adams:
“We would like to thank the horsemen, the breeders, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, and The Stronach Group for their cooperation in finalizing an agreement which is in the best interest of South Florida Racing. Today, we received regulatory approval which allows The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park to operate racing in South Florida. Live racing will return to Calder in October under the operation of The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park.
Read more articles in the Calder
STATEMENT FROM GULFSTREAM PRESIDENT TIM RITVO ON CALDER AGREEMENT
"Gulfstream Park started a journey more than two years ago to create a more vibrant Thoroughbred industry in Florida. Having enjoyed year-over-year growth the past three years, we wanted to continue the momentum Gulfstream's Champions Meet generated rather than try to rebuild that momentum and fan base every December.