Thursday, June 12 2014
Stephen Foster Night Notes
McPEEK DREAMING OF ‘ALL STAKES PICK 4’ AT ‘DOWNS AFTER DARK’
LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, June 12, 2014) – The exhilarating Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka night racing program features four graded stakes for Thoroughbreds, highlighted by the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I), and Churchill Downs-based trainer Kenny McPeek is shooting for the “All-Stakes Pick 4” with a starter in each graded event.
Wednesday, June 11 2014
Churchill Downs Stakes Advance
CHAMPION WILL TAKE CHARGE, REVOLUTIONARY, DEPARTING HEAD SATURDAY’S
GRADE I $500,000 STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP UNDER ‘DOWNS AFTER DARK’ LIGHTS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 11, 2014) – A talented and accomplished field of nine older horses headed by Will Take Charge, winner of Churchill Downs’ Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) and the champion 3-year-old of 2013, and multiple graded stakes-winners Revolutionary and Departing has been entered to compete in Saturday’s 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI), the featured event on a spectacular “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka” night racing program at Churchill Downs on Saturday, June 14.
Stephen Foster Handicap Notes: Tuesday, June 10
LONG RIVER TO ARRIVE WEDNESDAY FOR FOSTER, SEEKING FIRST GRADED VICTORY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, June 10, 2014) – Seeking his first graded stakes victory, Godolphin Racing LLC’s Long River is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning for the Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI), according to his New York-based trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Sunday, June 08 2014
Belmont Park Notes: Sunday, June 8
• Trainer Clement, Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist enjoying the moment
• Sherman: Beaten Triple Crown contender California Chrome will be ready for fall campaign
• 2014 Belmont Stakes television rating second highest in race's history
• Led by G1 Met Mile winner Palace Malice, Pletcher has lucrative Belmont Stakes Day
• Trainer Gyarmati, G1 TVG Acorn winner Sweet Reason relishing her success
• Ride On Curlin will get summer off after being eased in Belmont
• G1 Ogden Phipps winner Close Hatches in fine fettle; Seek Again, Matuszak emerge from their efforts in good order
• McLaughlin thrilled with Antipathy's performance in G1 Phipps
2014 Belmont Stakes Day Records
2014 Belmont Stakes Day sets NYRA on-track, total handle record; attendance third highest in Belmont Stakes history
ELMONT, N.Y. - With a Triple Crown bid on the line and 10 outstanding stakes races on the card, this year's Belmont Stakes Day proved to be a smashing hit, with the on-track handle of $19,105,877 and all-sources handle of $150,249,399 easily setting all-time NYRA records.
Interview with Joel Rosario and Christophe Clement
THE MODERATOR: We are fortunate to have Joel Rosario in the film theater here. Joel, if you would, take us through the Belmont trip.
JOEL ROSARIO: First of all, hello, everybody. I was on the outside the whole way and, you know, big horse and, you know, helping him go the mile-and-a-half.
Interview with Victor Espinoza and Alan Sherman
Q. Sorry you didn't get the result you were looking for. Tell us how you feel right now.
VICTOR ESPINOZA: Well, I think like everybody else. It's not easy, but it's just crazy. I'm always ready for the work, for the best and the worst and today, today I feel like we don't have enough to be able to win this race.
Saturday, June 07 2014
Robert Evans post-Belmont interview
THE MODERATOR: All right, everyone, we're joined now by the owner of the winner of the 146th Belmont, Tonalist. That owner is Robert Evans thank you for joining us down here. Congratulations. Maybe to start, we should just ask you your impressions of the race and how you saw it unfold.
ROBERT EVANS: We were a little bit nervous about having the outside post, how he would react to the crowd and he was perfect, he didn't it didn't bother him a bit and he broke well, got a good position and he rode him beautifully.
Belmont Stakes (G1) compiled jockey/trainer quotes
Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Tonalist (No. 11): "It's a great win, it's great for the team, for the staff, for the owner, Mr. Evans, who believed in us. I'm absolutely thrilled. It's wonderful."
"He trained great, he looked great before the race. I'm absolutely delighted that he won."
"I wasn't sure he won. We actually thought he finished second, but we got lucky, he won. It was great."
Did you ever think you'd win the Belmont Stakes when you were growing up in France? "I'm not sure, but I was hoping to win some big races."
Knob Creek Manhattan (G1) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Real Solution (No. 8):
"It's fair because he had to go by a horse in the lane. He might have a little bit of hang in him, but ... circumstances might have made him tired in certain races. I might have been running him too far. He might have got a wide trip. All those things may contribute to a horse hanging. They're tired. When Javier got off after the Man 'o War, he said, "This horse is a cinch in the Manhattan.' I said, 'Why?' He said, 'I screwed up leaving the gate.' He said, 'I told him [Real Solution] to follow Amira's Prince. I was trying to ride what you said and he missed the break, and I outbroke him. Then I took him behind him and he stopped right in front of me.' He said, 'If I just left out of there and didn't care who I was following, I would have won. Put me back on in the Manhattan and he'll win.'"
Metropolitan Handicap (G1) Quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Palace Malice (No. 1): "It's pretty extraordinary to have a horse win the Belmont a year ago and come back and win the Met Mile from the No. 1 post carrying 124 pounds and beating last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner [Goldencents]. In the process, it's an unbelievable accomplishment."
Longines Just a Game (G1) Quotes
Brian Lynch, winning trainer of Coffee Clique (No. 5): "A Grade 1 absolutely is the pinnacle for her. She's a homebred, which makes that family so valuable, and she's just such a courageous filly. Just thrilled to see her dog it out like she did."
"It's a world title match to be here today, to compete against this competition. But as I've always said, winning form is good form. She had won two in a row, she fit here today, and she ran like she belonged. God bless her."