Michael Dub, Bethlehem Stables, and Gary Aisquith's Royal Posse continued to make hay in the New York-bred ranks Oct. 22 at Belmont Park with a sloppy score in the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap.
Graham Motion-trained Kitten's Point is the most accomplished turf runner in the upgraded Waya Stakes (gr. IIIT) but will have to deal with three runners from top turf trainer Chad Brown's shedrow.
Multiple graded stakes winner Riposte is back to defend her title in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park May 2.
Storied Lady will try for her second stakes win of the current meet when she starts from the outside in an expected field of six fillies and mares in the $100,000 Cat Cay Stakes Saturday, March 7, at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Top New York-bred turf runners will have the Belmont Park stage Sept. 14 in the $125,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes and the $125,000 John Hettinger Stakes.
West Point Thoroughbreds' aptly named Empire Dreams looks to break through July 12 in the $150,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes, coming off back-to-back seconds for trainer Tom Albertrani in restricted company.
Wired Bryan turned in a front-running tour-de-force in the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes on Empire Showcase Day; Miss Narcissist employed similar tactics to take the $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma for fillies.
Grade II winner Wired Bryan will try for a second straight stakes win against other New York-bred juveniles when he starts in the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes Oct. 19 at Belmont Park.
Somewhere in the 12-horse field of the $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT) one would think there is a budding turf star who will have a major impact on the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bella the Bandit||Daniel J. Poliziani||
|Champagne Ruby||Linda Rice||
|Funky Munky Fever||David G. Donk||
|Gu Gu Beans||Anthony T. Quartarolo||
|Henry's Gal||Rudy R. Rodriguez||
|Hey Kiddo||Ramon Preciado||
|Lady Kreesa||David G. Donk||
|Miss Narcissist||Linda Rice||
|Missy Bay||Dominick Schettino||
|Old Harbor||Russell J. Cash||
|Selenite||Brad H. Cox||
|Storied Lady||John O. Hertler||
|Traipse in Utopia||Mark A. Hennig||
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