The rail was dead earlier on the July 9 card at Belmont Park, but that didn't stop jockey Joe Bravo from taking the inside path to victory aboard A. P. Indian in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III).
The Stars and Stripes Festival, part of the July 9 Belmont Park card, features two grade I turf races and three other graded stakes races, and is expected to feature Effinex and Catch a Glimpse.
Private Zone, scratched from the June 10 True North Stakes (gr. II) in New York due to trainer Brian Lynch's positive drug test for marijuana, will get the chance to make his season debut in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III).
Joking, a 9-1 shot who returned $21.80 while giving owner/trainer Charlton Baker his first graded stakes victory, dashed across the line to upset by a neck.
With trainer Brian Lynch facing a positive marijuana test affecting his good standing, multiple grade I winner Private Zone will be scratched from the $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II) June 10 at Belmont Park.
The $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II), to be run June 11 as part of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) program, has quietly become one of the nation's premier stakes sprints with a rich history of speedy, talented, and memorable winners.
Multiple graded stakes winner Private Zone breezed six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 May 20, marking his second workout at Belmont Park this month as he prepares for the June 11 True North Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont.
Trainer Alfredo Velazquez, best known for saddling Private Zone to a pair of grade I victories in 2014, secured the 1,000th North American training win of his career March 15.
Good Friends Stable's multiple grade I winner Private Zone will get some rest and relaxation before commencing a 2016 campaign, co-owner and racing manager Rene Douglas said Dec. 1.
Tonalist came flying with a big late run Nov. 28 to win the $670,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack, edging out Red Vine in a photo finish after tracking far back under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez.
Blinkers will go back on Tonalist, who comes off a fifth in the 1 1/4-mile Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), as he takes on defending Cigar Mile winner Private Zone after that rival's second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Two competitors from the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and another who was nominated but opted for a New York-bred stakes are among 27 nominees for the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park Nov. 14.
Runhappy lived up to the hype and galloped home strong in the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), running down veteran grade I winner Private Zone in the final furlong Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
As strange as it might seem, when many of the fastest horses in the world meet every year in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), the quickest horses out of the gate mostly don't win.
Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contenders Private Zone and Limousine Liberal get in their final works Oct. 24 over a wet track at Keeneland.
Trainer Jorge Navarro got exactly what he wanted from Private Zone, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) hopeful who worked a solid five furlongs in :59 on a fast track at Keeneland Oct. 18.
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Although Private Zone's dominating victory in the Priority One Jets Forego Stakes (gr. I) guaranteed him a spot in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), trainer Jorge Navarro is already considering an alternative.
Private Zone went out to the lead unchallenged in the seven-furlong Forego Stakes (gr. I) and remained there throughout to win by open lengths Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
The Big Beast won't have to contend with Rock Fall, who beat him by a nose last time out in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I). But the seven-furlong Forego came up a tough race nonetheless, with a slew of new sprinters.
Multiple grade 1 winner Private Zone hit the main Saratoga track after the renovation break Saturday morning Aug. 22, working four furlongs in :45 4/5 to record a bullet for all horses at the distance.
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Private Zone aced the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park, sprinting gate to wire in an easy 3 1/4-length triumph.
Grade I winners The Big Beast and Private Zone will face off in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
Honor Code turned on the afterburners and flew home June 6 in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, with last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist getting up for second.
The Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) is on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard for the second year in a row. With the 2014 edition won by the previous year's Belmont winner, Christophe Clement hopes Tonalist can also win.
Private Zone won the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, May 2 at the Louisville oval, holding off a stretch challenge from Nates Mineshaft. Bayern struggled in his 2015 debut.
Kaleem Shah's Bayern, last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, will make his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undercard May 2.
Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code, in his first start of 2015, mowed down the front-runners with a strong rally to capture the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) March 7.
Good Friends' Stable's Private Zone, who closed last season with his third grade I stakes win in New York, is scheduled to make his 6-year-old debut Saturday, March 7, in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II).
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Private Zone, runner-up to Flat Out in the 2013 edition of the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I), returned Nov. 29 to claim victory going wire to wire in the $753,750 event at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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A solid field will line up Nov. 29 for the $500,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack, as grade I winners Secret Circle and Itsmyluckyday face off amongst a cast that includes Private Zone, Vyjack, and Bourbon Courage.
Fields are taking shape for the Nov. 29 Cigar Mile (gr. I) stakes program at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring four graded events worth a combined $1.7 million.
Monday, Oct. 27, was another busy work day at Santa Anita Park for horses pointing toward the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Meanwhile, the connections of horses entered were awaiting the post position draw later Monday.
With 21 pre-entries, the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) is oversubscribed and has attracted an international field. Hong Kong has its first-ever Breeders' Cup entry in Rich Tapestry.
The countdown to the upcoming 31st Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park intensified Oct. 18 with a bevy of workers out at the Southern California track on a pleasant, sun-kissed morning.
Embattled trainer Doug O'Neill has been handed an additional 45-day suspension in California for violating terms of an earlier agreement with the state's racing board.
Breeders' Cup said Oct. 3 it will not permit trainer Doug O'Neill to enter horses for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships "due to recent administrative action" in New York.
Good Friend Stable's Private Zone, in his second start of the year, ran strongly to just pass Dads Cap at the wire to take the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.
Having already won the Forego (gr. I) and the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I) this year, Palace could cement his status as the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with a victory in the Sept. 27 Vosburgh (gr. I).
Private Zone, who had been ticketed for the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Feb. 9, has been turned out in Bradbury, Calif. Meanwhile, grade III winner Romansh will open his 2014 campaign in the Gulfstream Park event.
Preston Stables' hard-knocking Flat Out took the overland route to victory Nov. 30 in the Cigar Mile (gr. I), a race worth $753,000 due to the winner's previous grade I-winning status.
Top female sprinter Groupie Doll nearly won the Cigar Mile (gr. I) a year ago. Now she's back with a new slate of rivals to contend with, including grade I winners Goldencents and Verrazano.
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner Goldencents has been assigned 120 pounds and is the high weight among the nine expected starters for the Nov. 30 $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
In the often wild Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), trainer Steve Asmussen believes experience could prove a valuable commodity for his talented starter Justin Phillip Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
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