Keyword: Gary Contessa

  • Trainer Gary Contessa calls Tu Brutus "a horse that has no bottom"

    Tu Brutus Brings Hype Into Brooklyn

    There is usually not a ton of buzz that comes out of 1 3/8-mile black-type stakes on the dirt. It is far from the norm, however, for such outings to yield the kind of result Tu Brutus (CHI) put up in his second North American start.

  • Bitumen wins Sanford Stakes.

    Bitumen, Runaway Lute Top Hopeful

    Sanford Stakes (gr. III) winner Bitumen and New York-bred Runaway Lute appear to be the top colts in Saratoga's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). The traditional curtain closer on the meet has a field of seven.

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    Contessa Pleased With Return of Uncle Sigh

    Though Uncle Sigh didn't win at Saratoga Aug. 16, trainer Gary Contessa was satisfied with the effort put forth by the 4-year-old colt who last raced in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I).

  • Plenty of Questions at Saratoga Meet Preview

    Two days before the opening of a Saratoga meet that will see a number of changes, a near-capacity crowd at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame had plenty of questions for NYRA president Chris Kay.

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    Uncle Sigh's Breeze Thrills Trainer Contessa

    Twice grade III-placed Uncle Sigh breezed four furlongs in :49.54 on the Oklahoma training track Tuesday, July 21, at Saratoga Race Course as the son of Indian Charlie prepares for his first start in more than a year.

  • Combat Diver (outside, #1) finished second in the Miracle Wood at Laurel on Feb. 16.

    Private Terms Could be Combat Diver's Launch

    Trainer Gary Contessa is very optimistic about the future of Combat Diver and is looking at the March 21 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park as a launching pad for the son of Line of David's Triple Crown hopes.

  • Firespike won the male division of the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-xv3pPKL">Order This Photo</a>

    Flashy Performances at OBS Day of Champions

    A large and energetic crowd packed the grandstand for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 26th annual Day of Champions races at Ocala Training Center in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 27, and the festive day of racing did not disappoint.

  • Jim Gallagher, the executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association

    Panel: Backstretch Wage Compliance Increases

    Panelists at the Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law Aug. 12 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. painted a picture of increased compliance in the wake of a 2008 investigation into wage practices by the state of New York.

  • Day 2 of the Welfare & Safety of the Race Horse Summit.

    Panel: Change in Culture Needed in Racing

    Based on comments from panelists who discussed prioritizing safety of the racehorse among owners, trainers, and veterinarians July 9, adoption of various common-sense practices hinges on a change of culture in racing.

  • Trainer Gary Contessa said "I like the opportunity to bring the public closer to the horses."

    'Breakfast at Belmont' Gets 'Chrome' Boost

    The weekend breakfast program Belmont Park is a mainstay of the spring meet. It got a supercharged boost May 31 when a few hundred guests showed up to watch California Chrome work in advance of the Belmont Stakes.

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    Uncle Sigh to Face New York-Breds in Mike Lee

    After coming up short in the first jewel of the Triple Crown, Uncle Sigh will try his luck against nine other New York-bred 3-year-olds when he starts in the first leg of the Big Apple Triple Saturday at Belmont Park.

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    Samraat, Uncle Sigh Work at Belmont

    The battling New York-breds Samraat and Uncle Sigh both turned in solid works at Belmont Park April 18, and will have one more work there before shipping to Churchill Downs.

  • Uncle Sigh in the Withers Stakes.

    Uncle Sigh Carries High Hopes, Purple Heart

    "This horse has got the mind for a Derby horse," Gary Contessa remarked. "He'll walk into that stadium and there'll be 150,000 people there...and he'll be like 'Yeah, this is cool...whatever.' "

  • Samraat is undefeated in three starts.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2977365148&k=LFw9p6M">Order This Photo</a>

    Impressive New York-breds Head Withers

    Two highly regarded New York-breds lead a field of six 3-year-olds entered for the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack on Feb. 1, both coming off impressive performances to tackle open company.

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    Trainer David Jacobson Sets NYRA Wins Record

    David Jacobson broke the New York record for training victories in a year Dec. 27 at Aqueduct. Jacobson has 160 wins for the season at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga, passing the mark set by Gary Contessa in 2007.

  • New Owners Luncheon Set for Aug. 18

    Trainers Gary Contessa and Linda Rice will be among the industry speakers participating in the New York Racing Association's next "New Owners Luncheon" at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 18.

  • Rydilluc wins the Palm Beach Stakes.

    Contessa Mulls Options After Rydilluc Cruises

    Watching his Rydilluc dominate a group of 3-year-old turf runners in his stakes debut in the $150,000 Palm Beach (gr. IIIT) March 3 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Gary Contessa may have come to a conclusion.

  • NYRA Schedules 'Spirit of Giving' Weekend

    The New York Racing Association, Inc.'s annual "Spirit of Giving" weekend is scheduled for Dec. 4-5 at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign and the "Stocking Stuffer" promotion.

  • Grand Rapport surges late to win the Kent Stakes.

    Grand Rapport Just Super in Kent Stakes Win

    Favored Grand Rapport charged home on the outside for jockey Ramon Dominguez to collar Workin for Hops in the final few strides, registering his first stakes victory in the $250,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 25.

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    Whatsthescript Runs Big in Return Race

    Grade II winner Whatsthescript, who stood the first part of the year at Tom and Debi Stull's Tommy Town Thoroughbreds near Santa Ynez, Calif., finished third in the July 10 Battlefield Stakes at Monmouth Park.

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    Eightyfiveinafifty Mending Well

    Eightyfiveinafifty should be able to return to training in a week after receiving 14 stitches to repair a cut suffered during his premature departure from the racetrack during the running of the Feb. 6 Whirlaway