Sunshine for Life, sent off as the longest shot in a field of seven fillies and mares, took advantage of a soft pace and uncontested lead, going gate-to-wire while pulling off a shocking upset in the $110,300 Athenia Handicap (gr. IIIT) Oct. 11 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Richard Schosberg, who has been preparing his New York-bred Giant Moon for the March 8 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, is anxious to see if the colt will continue to show an affinity for long distances as he looks toward the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Richard Schosberg's Derby dreams didn't come to fruition with Maria's Mon, the champion 2-year-old male of 1995, after an injury kept the colt on the sidelines for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Thirteen years later, however, Schosberg can start dreaming again with the undefeated Giant Moon.
The undefeated Giant Moon will try to keep his winning streak alive when he makes his open stakes debut in the $75,000 Count Fleet at Aqueduct Jan. 5.
Heavily backed Attila's Storm, carrying high weight of 120 pounds, ended a six-race losing streak when he put away speedy Kelp and outlasted Wild Jam for a 1 1/4-length victory in the $105,100 Toboggan Handicap (gr. III).
Attila's Storm, winless in seven starts since taking the 2005 Fall Highweight Handicap, can wake up when he faces five rivals in Saturday's $100,000-added Toboggan Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Trainer Richard Schosberg's Attila's Storm begins the long and arduous path to the 2006 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Churchill Downs with Monday's seven-furlong Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Attila's Storm, rebounding from a fourth-place finish in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), held off Voodoo and Super Fuse to win Thursday's $112,500, six-furlong Fall Highweight Handicap, Aqueduct's traditional Thanksgiving Day feature before a crowd of 3,117.
- By Ron Mitchell
Attila's Storm rebounded from a fourth-place finish in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) held off Voodoo and Super Fuse to win Thursday's $112,500, six-furlong Fall Highweight Handicap, Aqueduct's traditional Thanksgiving Day feature before a crowd of 3,117.
Trainer Tim Tullock's decision to run Sensibly Chic in another stakes race at Laurel Park Saturday allows Attila's Storm to draw into the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) the same day.
Two fillies, Mandy's Gold and Literary Light, are on the fence for Saturday's Floral Park Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park, according to their respective trainers.
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.
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.
Shopping for Love and Eventail, winners of their respective divisions of the Mount Vernon Handicap, meet for the first time in Friday's $75,000-added Yaddo Handicap for New York-Bred fillies and mares racing at nine furlongs over the grass at Saratoga Race Course.
In three short years, Richard Englander has carved his name alongside Thoroughbred racing's elite list of owners. He has done it not by purchasing blue-blood stock for seven figures at public auction, but by setting up racing stables from coast to coast and employing nine different trainers in as many states, and claiming his way to the top.
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.
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