Managing the sloppy conditions expected for five graded stakes Oct. 1 at Belmont Park.
Flintshire will try for his fourth straight graded stakes win and third grade I win this season in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.
The fields are shaping up for Belmont Park's first of two "Super Saturdays" cards Oct. 1, leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park.
The homebred son of Kitten's Joy ran first for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, then was acquired by Calumet Farm at the end of his championship year and made three starts for that outfit in 2016. He will stand at Calumet.
Wake Forest, Big Blue Kitten, and The Pizza Man all have to prove they can regain past form when they square off against solid runners Danish Dynaformer and World Approval in 12-furlong turf test at Woodbine
A total of 42 stakes worth a combined $10.6 million and two Super Saturday cards among highlights for Belmont Park's 38-day fall meet, which starts Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 30.
Juddmonte Farms' Flintshire got the most patient of rides from jockey Javier Castellano, shot through on the rail at the top of the stretch, and easily held off a late drive from Money Multiplier to dominate once again on U.S. soil.
Grade I-placed multiple times, Tourist finally got his breakthrough win at the highest level Aug. 20 in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer David Donk is hoping that the third time is the charm when he sends out Gerald and Susan Kresa's New York-bred multiple stakes winner King Kreesa in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 13.
Trainer Chad Brown said 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten has developed a foot abscess and will miss the Aug. 13 Arlington Million (gr. IT), a race in which he ran second last year.
Juddmonte Farms homebred Flintshire had plenty of excuses not to win the $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes (gr. IIT) but didn't need to use any of them as he overcame a slow pace and trouble in the final turn.
Spanish Steps gelding arrived July 29.
They have 10 group or graded wins between them. Flintshire has won at that level this year, and Twilight Eclipse is hoping to regain that form in Saturday's race.
Runaway Lute stays unbeaten; King Kreesa wins second straight Forbidden Apple.
Gentlmens Agrement won for the fourth time in six starts July 10 to spoil the anticipated return of 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Little Mike after a more than two-year layoff at Gulfstream Park.
With an ongoing horse neglect case involving trainer Maria Borell and her father grabbing headlines, Carlo Vaccarezza hopes the return of his turf star Little Mike after a two-year hiatus sends a different message—that most racehorse owners care.
Three of the six entrants for Belmont's June 18 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at a mile are grade I winners. Red-hot trainer Chad Brown trains two of the others.
- By Frank Angst
Already enjoying success at distance races on the turf, Da Big Hoss found two miles also to his liking as he launched a big rally in the fourth turn on his way to a clear victory in the $300,000 Belmont Gold Cup Stakes June 10 at Belmont Park.
After finishing one-two last year, the Chad Brown-trained duo of Slumber and Big Blue Kitten will aim for more success in those familiar conditions June 11 in the $1 million Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes (gr. IT) on the inner turf at Belmont.
Divisidero edged ahead of World Approval late to win the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (gr. IT) by neck. The son of Kitten's Joy got the nine furlongs in 1:47.37.
Big Blue Kitten, the champion older turf male of 2015, headlines a field of 13 for the 29th running of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
The Mike Venezia Memorial Award is presented each year to a jockey who demonstrates the extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship that defined its namesake, who won over 2,300 races.
Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT) winner looks to carry on recent success April 23 at Keeneland.
After registering his biggest career win in his previous start, Grand Tito will try for a second straight grade II score when he stretches out to 1 1/2 miles for the first time in the Pan American Stakes.
Rating comfortably in second throughout, Grupo 7C Racing Stable's Grand Tito bounded to the lead off the turn and won the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) by 1 1/4 lengths March 5 at Gulfstream Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Big Blue Kitten||Chad C. Brown||
|Boisterous||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Imagining||Claude R. McGaughey III||
|Joes Blazing Aaron||Peter R. Walder||
|King Kreesa||David G. Donk||
|Little Mike||Carlo Vaccarezza||
|Nutello||H. Graham Motion||
|Real Solution||Chad C. Brown||
|Slumber (GB)||Chad C. Brown||
|Twilight Eclipse||Thomas Albertrani||
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