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French import Ball Dancing, making her United States debut, surged late from between horses to edge stablemate Xcellence in the $500,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) Sept. 13 at rainy Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Sands Points Stakes (gr. IIT) which will be run on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Belmont Park. Watch Video
Martin Schwartz has enjoyed great success buying European fillies and bringing them over to enjoy graded stakes success in the U.S., a move he seeks to repeat with Xcellence, who makes her third U.S. start in the Sands Point
Monmouth Park's Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies, slated for Aug. 30, will be re-drawn for the Jersey Shore track's Sept. 1 program.
Patricia Generazio's homebred Discreet Marq, in her first start for trainer Christophe Clement, took the early lead and kept on going in the $200,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park May 27.
Two-time stakes Watsdachances hopes to get back on track when she makes her second start of the year in the $200,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park May 27.
Hit It Rich, who last year won her first graded stakes in the Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT), attempts to conclude her career with another victory in the race at Aqueduct Nov. 10.
Trainer Shug McGaughey says Point of Entry, his Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) winner Sept. 29, should be a prime contender for Horse of the Year if he can win the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Multiple graded stakes winner Zagora heads the $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 29, while European invaders I'm a Dreamer and Nahrain are poised to challenge.
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Hit It Rich struck gold with her impressive, gate-to-wire performance under Javier Castellano in the Sept. 3 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga for owner/breeder Stuart Janney and trainer Shug McGaughey.
Stuart S. Janney III's Hit It Rich is the 7-5 morning-line favorite over five other fillies and mares in the $150,000 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Sept. 3, closing day at Saratoga Race Course.
Mystical Star got sweet revenge in the $200,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) June 30 at Belmont, experiencing no difficulties at the start to keep her from victory as she did in the May 26 Sheepshead Bay (gr. IIT) last time out.
Flaxman Holdings homebred Aruna took charge at the five-sixteenths pole and held off Hit It Rich to win the Sheepshead Bay, a race that was impacted by a troubled start for Mystical Star and Magical Cat.
Grade III winner Somali Lemonade seeks to get back on the winning track when she heads the eight-horse field entered in the May 28 Sands Point (gr. IIT) on the Memorial Day card at Belmont Park.
No factor in her only start this year, Aruna looks to get back on the beam for trainer Graham Motion in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIT), scheduled for the inner turf course at Belmont Park May 26.
Winter Memories will attempt to win her fourth graded stakes at Belmont Park when she makes her 2012 debut in the $150,000 Beaugay (gr. IIIT) on May 5.
It was close, but Hit It Rich prevailed in the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 31 at South Florida's Gulfstream Park. The 5-year-old daughter of Smart Strike got up late to defeat Aqsaam by a half-length.
Five-time graded stakes winner Keertana was a close second in her most recent start and will likely be favored to break through this time when she leads a field of nine fillies and mares in the $150,000 Orchid (gr. III).
After being graded stakes placed four times in her career, Barbara Hunter's homebred mare Snow Top Mountain finally notched her first graded stakes in the Suwannee River (gr. IIIT) Feb. 11 at Gulfstream Park.
Heavenly Landing, a 19-1 upsetter in last month's Marshua's River (gr. IIIT), will try to keep her perfect turf record intact Feb. 11 when she goes in the $150,000 Suwannee River (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park.
Stuart Janney III's homebred Hit It Rich shadowed front-running Unbridled Essence for more than a mile, then took over in the lane and pulled away to win the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf Nov. 12.
Barbara Hunter's homebred Snow Top Mountain, first or second in 10 of 12 starts thus far, will seek her first stakes victory in the $100,000 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs June 11.
Phillips Racing Partnership's homebred Winter Memories, a multiple grade III winner on turf, is the 123-pound high weight for the $150,000 Sands Point (gr. II) on the Memorial Day card at Belmont Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Check the Label||Christophe Clement||
|Crescenda||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Hit It Rich||Claude R. McGaughey III||
|Khancord Kid||John C. Kimmel||
|More Is Better||Lisa L. Lewis||
|Negligee||John P. Terranova, II||
|Strike It Rich||Christophe Clement||
|Ultimate Class||Michael A. Tomlinson||
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