Trainer David Donk is hoping that the third time is the charm when he sends out Gerald and Susan Kresa's New York-bred multiple stakes winner King Kreesa in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 13.
The Aug. 28 card at Saratoga Race Course, on the eve of Travers Stakes (gr. I) Day, will feature six New York-bred stakes worth $1.15 million, highlighted by a showdown of older turf runners in the $150,000 West Point.
Gerald and Susan Kreesa's King Kreesa stole away on the front end June 13 to take the $300,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park, becoming just the third two-time winner of a race he also won in 2013.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Admiral Kitten closed with a strong late run in the Aug. 17 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park, then opened to a 1 1/4-length victory to win his first grade I.
One year after finishing a close second to fellow New York-bred Gitchee Goomie in the Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap (gr. III), Hessonite is back at Parx for this year's edition of the 1 1/16-mile turf race.
Finally finding room outside, Hessonite accelerated late to win the Beaugay Stakes (gr. III) by three-quarters of a length May 4 at Belmont Park.
Hessonite registered a 5 1/4-length romp in the $150,000 John Hettinger Stakes and Lubash outlasted favored Compliance Officer in the $150,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes, both for New York-breds, Sept. 9 at Belmont Park.
Zultanite, coming off a pair of strong graded stakes turf efforts, should start a strong favorite in the $150,000 Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Colonial Downs July 21.
Millionaire and four-time grade I winner Awad died July 23 at Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky. The 21-year-old horse was discovered early in the morning in his paddock, dead from an apparent heart attack.
The work tab at Belmont Park will be busy the weekend of June 4 as some contenders for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) will be putting in their final workouts.
Strike the Bell surprised favored Quiet Meadow when she rallied from last to first to win the $100,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT) for her first added-money score Sept. 19 on Belmont Park's Widener turf course.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) announced the results of its election of owner and trainer directors to its Board Dec. 5. Richard A. Violette, Jr., president, ran unopposed and was re-elected president of NYTHA.
Pays to Dream continued a big weekend for New York-bred horses in Maryland May 17 when he rallied from well off the pace and blew away the competition in the grade II Dixie Stakes on the turf at Pimlico Race Course.
Adept at running on soft turf, Fishy Advice proved a handy winner of the $112,900 Knickerbocker Handicap (gr. IIIT) when he collared Thorn Song near the wire for a one-length victory at Aqueduct Oct. 28.
Crown Point, runner-up in last year's Pegasus (gr. III), will return to the Meadowlands for the $150,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Friday, opening night of the 2006 Thoroughbred meet.
Fishy Advice dictated the pace under Mario Pino and held his rivals safe through the stretch for a 3 1/4-length win in the $201,500 Caesar Rodney Stakes on a good Delaware Park turf.
The New York Racing Association is "100 percent committed" to race day security barns, but has taken immediate action to address concerns expressed by horsemen at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA president Charles E. Hayward said July 29.
The battle-toughened Rey de Café, a colt who has ascended to the upper echelon of the 3-year-old turf division this spring, returns to Belmont Park as the horse to beat in Friday's grade III, $100,000- added Hill Prince.
Aqueduct has attracted full fields for a pair of juvenile turf stakes Sunday, the Pilgrim for colts and the Miss Grillo for fillies, both contested at nine furlongs.
Richard Bomze has been re-elected president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association
A three-year-old drug-positive case against trainers David Donk, Todd Pletcher, and Mark Hennig has been dropped by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
The racing career of William Bloom's Sharp Performance, who suffered severe soft tissue damage to both front legs in Saturday's Fort Marcy (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct, is over. The four-year-old son of Kris S. is stabilized and resting in Donk's Belmont Park barn.
Sharp Performance will make his belated debut as a four-year-old in Saturday's Fort Marcy (gr. III) at a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf.
Delaware Park will have many new faces on the backstretch when it opens for its 65th season April 27. Trainers new to the Stanton, Del., racetrack include Leo Azpura, David Donk, Scott Lake, Barclay Tagg, and Jeff Trosclair.
Sharp Performance took the lead with a mile to go in Belmont's 1 1/2 -mile Lawrence Realization Saturday and held it the rest of the way to win by 4 1/4 lengths.
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