Charlton Baker was still smiling Oct. 2, a day after Joking punched his ticket to next month's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with his win in the Vosburgh (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
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Charles Fipke’s Forever Unbridled, the 3-5 favorite, swept to the lead turning for home and won Belmont Park’s Beldame Stakes (gr. I) by open lengths. Tiger Ride was second.
The scratch of sprint division leader A. P. Indian and the muddy track conditions Oct. 1 at Belmont Park left the door wide open in the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) and 7-year-old Joking came right on through for his first top-level triumph.
Stuart Janney III's homebred On Leave dominated in a gate-to-wire romp in the $500,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old turf fillies in her graded stakes debut Sept. 17 at Belmont Park.
Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's Obviously (IRE) returned from a four-month break between races and led gate to wire to win the $300,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Belmont Park.
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.
Trainer Chad Brown has a strong pair in Sea Calisi and Guapaza for the May 7 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park. The 1 3/8-mile race drew six older fillies and mares.
Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Shagaf and Jerome Stakes (gr. III) winner Flexibility will both start in the $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 9 Aqueduct Racetrack, trainer Chad Brown said April 2.
"Of the horses I'm familiar with," trainer "Buddy" Delp said in a 2001 interview with the Los Angeles Times, "only Citation and Secretariat would have run with the Bid."
A career launched with modest expectations led to almost surreal accomplishments for Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux.
Trainer Christophe Clement was in good spirits Nov. 22 when discussing Tonalist and Red Vine, his dual threat for the $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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Pacesetter America turned back a mild challenge entering the stretch and scooted clear to win the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap, snapping a five-race winless streak, Oct. 30 at Belmont Park.
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Trainer Chad Brown continued his Breeders' Cup preparations the morning of Oct. 18 at Belmont Park, working a slew of potential starters over the inner turf course, including Stephanie's Kitten and Dacita.
Trainer Bob Baffert's West Coast shipper Pretty N Cool scored a front-running one-length victory as the favorite in the $200,000 Matron Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies Oct. 18 at Belmont Park.
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