Fabulous Strike, winner of the 2007 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I), has been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Georgetown, Ky.
Congaree remained perfect from three starts at Aqueduct -- all graded stakes -- winning Saturday's $350,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) by 3 1/2 lengths over Aldebaran. The win in the seven-furlong race also marks his first in a sprint.
Affirmed Success will try and become just the fifth horse to ever win consecutive running of the 103-year-old Carter Handicap (gr. I) on Saturday against Congaree and 2000 Carter winner Peeping Tom.
Albert Fried Jr.'s Affirmed Success, who figures to be a major player in Saturday's $350,000 Carter (gr. I) at seven furlongs, breezed five furlongs over Belmont's training track this morning in :59 4/5.
The Toboggan won't be run at Affirmed Success' favorite distance of seven furlongs, but the gelding is still an early favorite for Saturday's sprint.
Captain Red won the $54,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct on Wednesday in a record six-furlong time of 1:07 4/5 for the inner track, breaking the previous mark by 3/5 of a second.
Post positions were redrawn for for the grade II Barbara Fritchie and General George handicaps, the seven-furlong sprints that were postponed because of last weekend's snow storms.
Grade I winners Affirmed Success and D'wildcat headline a field of 12 for Monday's $200,000 General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel.
Albert Fried's Affirmed Success, returning from a six-month layoff, began his 9-year-old season at Aqueduct on Friday afternoon with a one-length victory in the featured $54,000 allowance race at six furlongs.
Affirmed Success, the 8-year-old gelding who has earned more than $2 million, has been turned out to owner Albert Fried Jr.'s 190-acre farm in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
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Trainer Bobby Frankel said Travers (gr.I) winner Medaglia d'Oro's injured left foot is healing well.
Michael Tabor's Left Bank posted his 13th victory in 23 starts when he set a Belmont Park seven-furlong track record of 1:20 en route to an impressive 6 1/4-length triumph in the Tom Fool Handicap on the July 4 holiday card.
Eight-year-old millionaire Affirmed Success and beaten Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) favorite Left Bank are scheduled to square off in the July 4 Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II) at seven furlongs for 3-year-olds and up at Belmont Park.
Macho Uno, Evening Attire, and Seeking Daylight, three of the leading contenders for the July 6 Suburban Handicap all were on the work tab at Belmont Park Saturday morning.
Left Bank and Affirmed Success, the two highweights for Monday's Memorial Day feature, the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) for 3-year-olds and up, put in their works this morning at Belmont Park.
With the countdown on for War Emblem's possible date with history in the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the New York Racing Association has set up a strong stakes schedule that will keep everyone happy with a parade of top-quality racing until the big day arrives. In all, 13 stakes will be run between Saturday and the Belmont Stakes.
Three horses under consideration for the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) were on track at Belmont Park Wednesday morning in preparation for the prestigious one-turn mile race. Affirmed Success, Aldebaran, and Burning Roma each put in works, with Affirmed Success running his seven furlongs on the training track.
Eight-year-old gelding Affirmed Success earned his third career grade I win in Saturday's Carter Handicap at Aqueduct.
Affirmed Success, an 8-year-old gelding ridden by Richard Migliore, came from off the pace Saturday to win the $108,200 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct by two lengths. This was the first victory in three starts this year for Affirmed Success, the oldest horse to ever win the Toboggan.
When Affirmed Success and Wrangler hook up in Saturday's $100,000 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct, it will be under equal conditions. As likely co-favorites, the pair will carry 119 pounds over the seven-furlong distance.
Stronach Stable's Wrangler moved on the outside as the field left the turn and headed into the stretch and went on to an easy victory in the General George Stakes (gr. II) that highlighted Monday's President's Day card at Laurel Park.
A field of eighth will go to the post for Monday's $200,000 General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park. The likely favorite for the President's Day feature is Affirmed Success, the winner of the race in 2000
Susan and John Moore's Iron Deputy opened up a six-length lead in the stretch en route to winning Saturday's $83,300 Count Fleet Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths at Aqueduct. One race earlier, Migliore and odds-on favorite Affirmed Success finished a half-length behind Boston Party in an allowance race at the Count Fleet distance after leading by three in the stretch.
Michael Tabor's Left Bank is the 5-2 favorite in the nine-horse field that will contest Saturday's Cigar Mile (gr. I), the last grade I race of the year in New York.
A dozen of the game's top sprinters and middle distance runners have one more dance penciled in on their 2001 calendar - Saturday's $350,000 Cigar Mile, the last grade I race in New York this year.
Striking Song, a son of Unbridled's Song training for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has been declared out of Saturday's race after sustaining a chip to his left hind ankle. The Robert Hess Jr.-trained colt has won one of four career starts, breaking his maiden at one mile in last outing.
Affirmed Success, likely for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), worked five furlongs in 1:00 Thursday on the "good" inner turf course at Belmont Park.
Albert Fried Jr.'s Affirmed Success worked five-eighths of a mile in :59.02 over the Oklahoma grass training track at Saratoga on Monday in preparation for Sunday's CAN$1-million Atto Mile at Woodbine.
Sent off at 6-1 odds, Padua Stable's Exchange Rate rallied in the stretch to catch Say Florida Sandy for a narrow victory in the grade II Tom Fool Handicap that was part of the holiday card at Belmont Park.
Say Florida Sandy, a 7-year-old sprint star, is one of six horses in the grade II Tom Fool Handicap on the July 4 Independence Day card at Belmont Park.
Weather wreaked havoc on the lone graded turf sprint on the New York racing calendar, as the $100,900 Jaipur Handicap was forced off the turf and run on the muddy main track on Sunday at Belmont Park. Under Jerry Bailey, Affirmed Success completed the seven furlongs in 1:21.69 to earn the hard-fought victory in the scratch-plagued race.
Bob Baffert-trained El Corredor overcomes a quarter crack to win Aqueduct's Cigar Mile. El Corredor's victory capped off a sensational year for the 3-year-olds, who defeated their elders in the Cigar Mile, Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Jockey Club Gold Cup, Goodwood Handicap (gr. II), Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II), and Del Mar Breeders' Cup (gr. II). They also were one-two in the Cigar Mile and Goodwood, and one-two-three-four in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Defending champion Affirmed Success and 3-year-old El Corredor drew posts 10 and 11, respectively, for the $350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I), Saturday at Aqueduct. Affirmed Success, who won last year's renewal of the race and finished second in the 1998 running, will go to post under highweight of 120 pounds.
Peter Callahan's Bevo worked five furlongs around "dogs" at Belmont Park Thursday morning in 1:00 2/5, the fastest work of the day at the distance. The 3-year-old is entered in both the $100,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. II, Aqueduct, Nov. 23) and the $350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I, Aqueduct, Nov. 25), but trainer Bill Badgett said the Prospector's Gamble colt is more likely for the Cigar Mile.
The fields for several Thanksgiving weekend stakes races are beginning to shape up, as many horses from Breeders' Cup races will return to the races.
The connections of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) fifth-place finisher More Than Ready and Golden Missile, who finished last in the Classic (gr. I), have indicated their horses will be pointed to the $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct later this month. Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) fourth-place finisher Affirmed Success, who won the 1999 Cigar Mile after having finished second in the 1998 renewal, will also contest the Nov. 25 race.
Arthur I. Appleton's homebred Forbidden Apple collared pacesetter Affirmed Success in the stretch en route to winning the $250,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. IIT) by a neck Sunday at Belmont Park.
Jerome Handicap (gr. II) winner Fusaichi Pegasus breezed over a fast Belmont Park strip Monday, covering the distance in :49.82. The Neil Drysdale trainee will likely make his next start in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic. Also working at Belmont Monday were Affirmed Success, Albert the Great, and Bevo.
Riviera took a short lead in the stretch and held off the late charge of Arkadian Hero to win the $1-million Atto Mile (Can-IT) by a nose Sunday at Woodbine. With John Velazquez in the irons, the 6-year-old Bobby Frankel trainee completed the mile in 1:33.18 over a firm turf course.
Godolphin Racing's Muhtathir turned in a sharp five-furlong drill on Woodbine's inner turf course Thursday morning and then drew post position 11 for the track's $1-million Atto Mile (gr. IT) on Sunday.
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Affirmed Success, racing on turf for the first time Tuesday in anticipation of a possible start in the Breeders' Cup Mile, drew off through the stretch run to win the $113,800 Poker Handicap.
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