Retired jockey Ramon Dominguez was honored with a 2013 "El Award" Nov. 15, a recognition given annually by El Diario La Prensa to the most outstanding Latino men in the community.
Making his second start in the U.S., Desert Blanc won a stretch duel with Papaw Bodie to win the Woodford Reserve Manhattan (gr. IT), the turf marathon on the June 9 Belmont Stakes card.
Multiple Eclipse Award winner and $5.3 million earner Gio Ponti heads the field of 10 turf specialists that have been entered for the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the June 8 Belmont Stakes card.
Gio Ponti, winner of last year's Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park on his way to two Eclipse Awards, gets top weight of 122 pounds in this year's renewel.
Son of Tale of the Cat dominated the turf division in a season that lacked a main track standout; finished second to Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic
Castleton Lyons' homebred won four consecutive grade I turf races, ran second in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT) and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Belmont track announcer Tom Durkin made note of Gio Ponti being at the back of the pack as the field turned down the backside in the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan (gr. IT), but the colt came from last to first to win the race in dramatic fashion.
Juddmonte Farms' Cacique, who just missed by a half-length in his last start in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT), held off a hard-charging Relaxed Gesture to earn a head-bobbing victory in the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday at Belmont Park.
English Channel leads a stellar cast in the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the Belmont Park turf Saturday, the race that precedes the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Good Reward got a great trip and made the most of it, coming through on the rail to take the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday at Belmont Park.
Reserved early, Meteor Storm and Jose Valdivia Jr. came flying down the outside of the course to win the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday on the Belmont Park turf.
Bobby Frankel ran one-two in the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park, with Denon holding off Requete in the 10-furlong turf race. Frankel sends out Empire Maker in the following race, the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Four graded stakes will play the supporting role to the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park Saturday. Post time for the True North, the first graded stakes race on the day, is 3:52 p.m (EDT).
Churchill Downs-based trainer Walter Bindner will decide in the next couple of days whether to ship Lakeside Farm's rapidly-improving Colonial Colony to New York for Saturday's Manhattan (gr. IT) at Belmont or stay home for the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 14.
The Belmont Stakes Day undercard and preceding days' stakes were characterized by dominating victories and strong-willed performances.
Permitting herself a respite from the heavy air of anticipation on Belmont Stakes eve, Donna Ward flashed a broad smile as she skipped gracefully across the winner's circle and onto the main track at Belmont Park.
Corey Nakatani stole the 100th running of the $400,000 Manhattan (gr. IT) on the Belmont Park turf course Saturday, giving 7-1 outsider Forbidden Apple a textbook ride on the front end and defeating favored King Cugat by a diminishing three-parts of a length. Stablemates Tijiyr and Sumitas finished third and fourth, respectively, while last year's Eclipse Award-winning turf female, Perfect Sting, wound up sixth.
Multiple grade I winner Yagli has been retired.
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