As so often is the case as summer turns to fall, Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has a stable of Thoroughbreds moving in the right direction.
Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum's Nahrain, second in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), edges Zagora and Dream Peace to win the $400,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) Sept. 29 at Belmont Park.
English-bred Ave split horses in deep stretch and got up just before the wire to post a 10-1 upset in the $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 2 at Belmont Park.
Communique will not run in the $2-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Oct. 24 due to a foot abscess in her right front leg.
Dynaforce repelled a challenge from heavily favored Mauralakana at the top of the stretch to power away to a four-length victory in the $588,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 27.
Mauralakana, the leading filly and mare turf runner in the country, looks to add to her already dazzling resume in the $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 27.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
Gayego's victory in the grade II Arkansas Derby proved he deserves a chance in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). With a pedigree rich in eight to nine furlong influences, the question remains whether the Derby distance of 10 furlongs is a bit too far.
Saturday's Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes at Belmont drew nine fillies and mares, almost all of which have a good chance to win the race.
A few horses making their final Breeders' Cup preps this weekend have landed in rather soft fields. That cannot be said for the nine fillies and mares entered in the $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 29, as an all-star cast has been assembled for the 10-furlong test on the turf.
Following a non-effort in the March 31 Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I), Glencrest Farm's Honey Ryder returns to America looking to repeat last year's win in the $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park Saturday afternoon.
After being represented by Fleet Indian in the winner's circle of the Beldame, trainer Todd Pletcher got his second grade I win on Saturday's Belmont Park card when Glencrest Farm's Honey Ryder posted a facile nose victory over Film Maker in the Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT).
- By Ron Mitchell
After being represented by Fleet Indian in the winner's circle of the Beldame, trainer Todd Pletcher got his second grade I win on Saturday's Belmont Park cardwhen Glencrest Farm's Honey Ryder posted a facile nose victory over Film Maker in the Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT).
The $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT), to be contested over 10 furlongs Oct. 7 at Belmont Park, looks to be a clash between the consistent Honey Ryder and the ever-improving Angara.
A little more than a year after breaking her maiden first out at Belmont, Melhor Ainda will start as the favorite in Saturday's $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. I) at 11 furlongs on the turf at the New York track.
Fox Ridge Farm's Riskaverse, winless in seven previous starts at 10 furlongs, made a bold move in the stretch to win the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) on a yielding turf at Belmont Park Saturday.
Following the retirements of Sarava and Peace Rules Tuesday, there were four probable starters and two questionable runners for Saturday's $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
The NTRA National Pick 4 wager, offered in conjunction with the "NTRA Super Saturday" telecasts airing on ABC and ESPN, makes its fifth and final appearance of the year Saturday. Three grade I stakes from Belmont Park: the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, and the Vosburgh Stakes; along with the Yellow Ribbon Stakes from Oak Tree at Santa Anita make up the wager.
Wonder Again, winner of yesterday's Grade 1 Diana, will be getting a break from afternoon racing according to trainer Jimmy Toner.
After a frustrating summer, trainer Pat Kelly hopes Riskaverse can gain revenge against the country's top distaff turf horses in the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational.
Banks Hill, the winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), will prep for this year's running in Saturday's $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont.
Like many trainers, Bobby Frankel is watching out for Tropical Storm Isidore, which is dumping rain on Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That system is forecast to bring wet weather into the New York area Thursday through Saturday morning.
Travers (gr. I) winner Medaglia d'Oro breezed five furlongs very easily Friday morning in 1:01 2/5 with jockey Rudy Rodriguez aboard.
Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum's Lailani remained perfect on the year following a three-quarter length victory over England's Legend in the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.
Centennial Farm's King Cugat will go after his first grade I victory Saturday after drawing post 5 for the $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park. The Turf Classic is part of "Champions on Turf" Day at Belmont that also includes the running of the Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles and the 6 1/2-furlong Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II), also for fillies and mares.
Age proved no impediment to 9-year-old gelding John's Call, who led all the way Saturday in the $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park. Jean-Luc Samyn was the winning rider in both of the day's premier turf events, taking both the Turf Classic and the co-featured Flower Bowl Handicap (gr. IT).
Snow Polina and Happyanunoit, the first- and second-place finishers, respectively, from the Beverly D Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington International in August will face each other again in the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday at Belmont Park.
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