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.
Tigertail Ranch's homebred Mobile Bay got the bob and won the Zia Park Derby by a nose, while International Star checked in fourth in his first race since his victory in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in March.
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.
Dortmund, fourth in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in his last start in May, returned to racing Oct. 24 to capture the Big Bear stakes and improve his record at Santa Anita Park to 5-for-5.
Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contenders Private Zone and Limousine Liberal get in their final works Oct. 24 over a wet track at Keeneland.
Kaleem Shah's two-time grade I winner Dortmund is scheduled to make his first start since his Triple Crown bid in the $70,000 Big Bear Stakes Oct. 24 at Santa Anita Park.
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.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Explain||Ted H. West||
|Master Rick||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Motown Men||Ted H. West||
|Private Zone||Brian A. Lynch||
|Proud Spanky||Justin R. Evans||
|Whining||Bart G. Hone||
|Yankee Dan||Justin R. Evans||