Belmont at Aqueduct

Victory Ride Highlights Holiday Action Thursday

Stonestreet Stable's Emery (More Than Ready), whose lone career loss to date came when fourth in the GI Frizette Stakes at Aqueduct last October, returns to the New York oval as the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the GIII Victory Ride Stakes Thursday. The 6 1/2-furlong race with a field of five is the lone graded event on tap for the holiday. Trained by Brad Cox, Emery was a first-out winner at Saratoga last August before finishing some five lengths adrift of champion Just F Y I (Justify) in the Frizette....

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Thursday's Insights: Pricey Juvenile Italian Soiree Debuts

1st-BAQ, $90K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:05 p.m. ET Hit the Bid Racing Stable and Morplay Racing's ITALIAN SOIREE (Uncle Mo), a $600,000 purchase following a :10 flat work at the OBS March sale, makes her racetrack debut for trainer John Terranova in this holiday card opener in New York. The filly, bred by Repole Stable, is a full-sister to stakes winner Be Better and out of a half-sister to graded winner Old Time Hockey (Smarty Jones). The Repole Stable colors will be carried by debuting Yellow (Bernardini), a...

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Cairo Prince's Unmatched Wisdom Backs Up Big-Figure Debut, Earns 'Rising Star' Nod at Big A

Unmatched Wisdom (c, 3, Cairo Prince--Glide On By, by Pure Prize), the recipient of a 98 Beyer Speed Figure in a sharp 6 1/4-length victory over the mud going a one-turn mile at the Big A on debut May 10, backed up that effort with a 'TDN Rising Star' performance Saturday. Stretching out to 1 1/8 miles for trainer Chad Brown versus four overmatched rivals in a first-level allowance in South Ozone Park, the 1-5 favorite tracked the early leader from second through an opening quarter in :23.72 and a...

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Making Waves: Legends In Action

   In this series, the TDN takes a look at notable successes of European-based sires in North America. This column is highlighted by the victory of Legend Of Time at Aqueduct during the Belmont at the Big A meeting.   Legend Has It... Godolphin's Legend Of Time (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) captured the GII Pennine Ridge S. during the Belmont at the Big A meeting for Charlie Appleby on May 25 (video). The 150,000gns Tattersalls October yearling made his first five starts at Meydan, winning four of them, including...

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Monday Insights: Memorial Day Racing Strong On Both Coasts

8th-SA, $54K, Msw, 3-5yo, 6f, 7:30 p.m. In a race that also features the debut of Flightline's half-brother Eagles Flight (Curlin), breaking just to that runner's outside is VISCERAL (Violence) for the partnership of MyRacehorse and Edge Racing. Bought for $400,000 out of OBS March last year after working in :10, the grey or roan colt is the second foal out of a half to GSW San Pablo (Jump Start) and MGSP Slider (Prenup). Working out of trainer Mark Glatt's barn, Visceral has fired bullets in two of his last...

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Peter Pan Headlines Saturday's Stacked Belmont at Aqueduct Card

Last year's champion 3-year-old colt Arcangelo (Arrogate) captured the GIII Peter Pan S. before adding top-level victories in the GI Belmont S. and the GI Travers S. A scratched-down field of six is expected to line up for Saturday's renewal of the Peter Pan at Aqueduct, which serves as the local prep for the final leg of the Triple Crown, which will be held at Saratoga and run at 1 1/4 miles June 8. 'TDN Rising Star' Deterministic (Liam's Map), a fantastic winner of the one-turn mile GIII Gotham S....

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Stakes Schedule for Belmont at the Big A Spring/Summer Meet Set

The stakes schedule for the 2024 Belmont at the Big A spring/summer meet, which will open Thursday, May 2, will include 32 stakes worth more than $6.6 million in total purses, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced Tuesday. As announced in December, the ongoing construction of a new and re-imagined Belmont Park will require significant adjustments to the customary NYRA schedule. Most notably, the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will be held at Saratoga Race Course from June 6-9. In addition, the spring/summer and fall meets traditionally held...

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Into Mischief's Timberlake Puts Shows Out in Champagne

Siena Farm and WinStar Farm's 'TDN Rising Star' Timberlake (c, 2, Into Mischief--Pin Up {Ire}, by Lookin At Lucky), a bit of an unlucky second as the favorite in the GI Hopeful S. at Saratoga Sept. 4, got back, ahem, in sync with a stylish score in Saturday's 'Win and You're In' GI Champagne S. at the Big A. "He ran good," winning trainer Brad Cox said. "I was very proud of him. He got a good, clean trip today. [Jockey] Florent [Geroux] did a great job. He got away...

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'Just' on Fire: Just F Y I Rolls in Sloppy Frizette for Red-Hot Justify

Just F Y I (f, 2, Justify--Star Act, by Street Cry {Ire}), up in time by a head sprinting on debut at a well-backed 7-2 at the Spa Aug. 26, provided a rolling Grade I double for owner George Krikorian and Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott with a powerful performance in Saturday's 'Win and You're In' GI Frizette S. at a rainy Aqueduct Racetrack. "[The track] was the big question and we didn't know," Mott said after saddling his first Frizette winner since Confessional in 1998. "You don't know...

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Justify's Hard to Justify Punches Breeders' Cup Ticket in Miss Grillo

"She really engaged and switched gears. From there, I thought she got the job done," understated journeyman Flavien Prat about his mount, 7-1 Hard to Justify (f, 2, Justify-Instant Reflex, by Quality Road), in Wednesday's rescheduled 'Win and You're In' GII Miss Grillo S. at Belmont's Big A meet. The win, her second from two starts, gives Hard to Justify a fees-paid berth into the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf next month at Santa Anita. A big, hearty-looking filly, Hard to Justify broke powerfully and cleanly from the inside...

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Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Moved to Next Saturday

Following New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) approval, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has moved the GI Joe Hirsch Turf Classic from Sunday to next Saturday, Oct. 7, at Aqueduct Racetrack. Friday's 11-race Aqueduct card was cancelled due to a powerful coastal storm causing widespread flooding and hazardous conditions throughout New York City and Long Island. In addition to Friday's cancellation, NYRA moved Saturday's 11-race card to Sunday and pushed Sunday's 10-race program to Wednesday. The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic will be re-drawn with entries to be taken...

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Saturday's Card at Aqueduct, Led by GI Turf Classic, Moved to Sunday Due to Torrential Rain

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has moved Saturday's 11-race card at Aqueduct, featuring a quartet of graded stakes races, to Sunday and pushed Sunday's 10-race program to Wednesday due to torrential rainfall causing widespread flooding and hazardous conditions in the New York metropolitan area. Friday's 11-race card, featuring the GIII Noble Damsel and Ashley T. Cole, was canceled with more than five inches of rain expected and Ozone Park under a flash flood warning and flood watch on Friday. Heavy rainfall will continue throughout Friday and into Saturday....

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