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Lukka Wins Club Hipico Falabella, Earns BC Mile Berth

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2023-05-28 22:33
Splitting horses in a furious stretch drive, Agricola Haras Jockey’s 3-year-old Lukka nipped stablemate Mi Elegido by a nose to win the May 28 Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1) at Club Hipico de Santiago.

Fast Buck Earns Merit for Daehling Ranch's Gallant Son

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2023-05-28 22:33
Not only did Fast Buck's dogged win in the May 27 Daytona Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park hand his trainer Cesar De Alba his first win in graded company, but it was the first graded win for the gelding's sire Gallant Son as well.

Tastiera Holds Off Sol Oriens to Win Japanese Derby

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2023-05-28 22:33
Tastiera held on in a wild, four-horse blanket finish to win the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby-G1) over Japanese Guineas winner Sol Oriens, ensuring no Triple Crown winner this season in Japan.

Dr. Schivel Targets True North After Comeback Win

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2023-05-28 22:33
After a sharp comeback win off a 14-month layoff, California-based sprinter Dr. Schivel will take his talents to New York for the June 10 $250,000 True North Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park.

Dettori Set to Ride Onesto in Prix d'Ispahan

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2023-05-28 22:33
Last year's Grand Prix de Paris (G1) winner must concede the advantage of a prep run to all six rivals, in a year when first-time-up winners of group 1s have been something of an endangered species.

Yasuhara Secures HBA Training Sale Topper at ¥24.2M

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2023-05-28 22:33
The Shimokobe Farm bred/consigned colt (Hip 49) by Leontes claimed top honors during the HBA Training Sale of 2-Year-Olds getting ¥24,200,000 May 23 at Sapporo Racecourse.

Tahiyra Rebounds in Irish One Thousand Guineas Tally

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2023-05-28 22:33
Tahiyra went one better than last month's second in the One Thousand Guineas (G1) when landing the Irish equivalent May 28 at the Curragh.

Russian Emperor Denies Romantic Warrior at Sha Tin

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2023-05-28 22:33
Russian Emperor scored his second straight victory in the Standard Chartered Champions and Chater Cup in Hong Kong May 28, denying the favorite, Romantic Warrior, in the final strides.

Luxembourg Bests Bay Bridge in Tattersalls Gold Cup

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2023-05-28 22:33
Luxembourg got back to winning ways under Ryan Moore as he saw off the challenge of Bay Bridge to win the May 28 Tattersalls Gold Cup (G1) at the Curragh.

Two Phil's Bypasses Belmont, Headed to Ohio Derby

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2023-05-28 22:33
Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Two Phil's will skip the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) in favor of the Ohio Derby (G3) June 24 at Thistledown according to trainer Larry Rivelli. 

Big Apple Showcase Special

New York Thoroughbred Breeders - Sun, 2023-05-28 09:46

New York-bred champion City Man is one of the stars on Monday’s Big Apple Showcase Day card at Belmont Park. Janet Garaguso/NYRA Photo.

By Tom Law and Sean Clancy

The Memorial Day weekend comes to a close Monday but not before a spectacular day of racing at Belmont Park with the annual Big Apple Showcase Day card for New York-breds.

One of three special programs of the year for state-breds – the others are set for the summer at Saratoga and this fall at Belmont – the Big Apple Showcase features six stakes for big purses and four complimentary events that pack a punch. The team at The Saratoga Special is again privileged to preview all of the action, and more, with a special edition of The Big Apple Showcase Special.

The Showcase Special offers the perfect primer for anyone heading to Belmont for the day’s action, or those watching from home. And we’ve thrown in some of the popular features you see every summer in The Saratoga Special.

Here’s the primer for Monday May 29. Safe journeys and good luck.

By the Numbers

96: Horses entered for Monday’s Big Apple Showcase Day program.

6: Stakes on the Showcase Day card.

8: Entries on Showcase Day for Linda Rice, the most of any trainer. Mike Maker and David Donk have six entrants apiece.

10: Mounts for Irad Ortiz Jr. on the day.

1,220,000 Dollars in purses offered on Showcase Day, including $900,000 in stakes purses.

Names of the Day

Race 1. Miracle. We’re suckers for one-word names and this is a good one. The 3-year-old filly is by Mendelssohn and out of Good Omen.

Race 3. Timeless Journey. The 6-year-old mare is by Verrazano and out of Matchmadeinheaven.

Race 9. Whittington Park. The 4-year-old colt is out of See The Forest. When you’re in Hot Springs, make sure you enjoy the shade of Whittington Park.

Race 10. Utamaro. We always like horses named after artists.

Worth Repeating

“Big Apple Showcase Day is not only a celebration of the New York-bred program but also a culmination of the achievements of New York breeders who continue to raise the bar in the quality of racehorses foaled in New York State each year. We are thankful for our longstanding partnership with NYRA in highlighting each of our three annual Showcase Days throughout the year for all participants in the New York-bred program with lucrative purses and competitive fields for handicappers to wager on as a marquee event for racing fans on the Memorial holiday.”
New York Thoroughbred Breeders Executive Director Najja Thompson

“These smaller guys are the backbone of the game. The first five races a day are filled by the little guys, and without them, the game wouldn’t survive. We need small owners and syndicates to keep us going.”
Trainer Bobby Ribaudo

“He’s been training well and I’m very happy with him. He’s so consistent and he’s just so exciting. It’s been a positive experience with him and he makes you feel good.”
Toby Sheets, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen, on Commentator contender Bankit

As for the races …

Race 1. Bouwerie Stakes. $125,000, fillies, 3-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Post time 1:00 p.m. ET. Miracle scratched out of last weekend’s Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico for this spot. She’s deserving off chance coming off back-to-back graded stakes tries. Daughter of Mendelssohn meets old rival Les Bon Temps, who beat her by a length in last year’s Maid of the Mist on Empire Showcase Day. Downtown Mischief, the 7-5 favorite, exits runner-up in off-the-turf open stakes after winning three straight to start her career.

Race 2. Allowance-optional claiming, $85,000, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, 6 furlongs, turf. Post time 1:30 p.m. Plenty of stakes competitors in the field, including Moonage Daydream, Howdyoumakeurmoney and Fleetfooted.

Race 3. Critical Eye Stakes. $200,000, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles. Post time 2:03 p.m. Strong field of six led by Classy Edition, Venti Valetine and Sterling Silver for co-featured event. Classy Edition makes first start in state-bred ranks since winning back-to-back stakes at end of her 2-year-old season in 2021. Don’t discount Let Her Inspire U, either, as she walloped foes in last year’s Empire Distaff and sports a strong record against fellow New York-breds.

Race 4. Mike Lee Stakes. $125,000, 3-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Post time 2:32 p.m. Fairly evenly matched group of seven, including Maker’s Candy, NYSS winner Lifetime of Chance and Damon Runyon winner Looms Boldly. Maker’s Candy crossed the finish first in the Gander Stakes in late February but was disqualified. He then finished fifth in the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby. Looms Boldly comes in off back-to-back wins.

Race 5. Allowance. $80,000, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles, turf. Post time 3:03 p.m. Smokie Eyes didn’t care for the dirt last time in her return but should be plenty tough on the grass for Christophe Clement, who also sends out Waterville.

Race 6. Mount Vernon Stakes. $125,000, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, 1 mile, turf. Post time 3:34 p.m. First of two turf stakes on the card and a good one. Marvelous Maude makes her first start since last fall, when she ended the season in the Grade 2 Flower Bowl (sixth), John Hettinger (second) and Ticonderoga (fourth). Daughter of Slumber is 2-for-5 on the course and meets top challenger in Runaway Rumour, who makes her first start for trainer Horacio De Paz.

Race 7. Allowance. $80,000, 3-year-olds and up, 6 furlongs. Post time 4:06 p.m. Pineapple Man, second in similar spot last time out in his return, takes on nine others including Pete N Billy, Zeebear, Daufuskie Island and East Coast Girl.

Race 8. Kingston Stakes. $125,000, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles, turf. Post time 4:40 p.m. City Man, crowned champion turf male for 2022, returns to the state-bred ranks after three straight starts in graded company. He’s won his last two against New York-breds, in the Mohawk and Ashley T. Cole last fall during the Belmont at the Big A meeting. No layup here though, with the likes of multiple New York-bred champ and graded stakes winner Somelikeithotbrown, Dakota Gold and Jerry the Nipper in the field.

Race 9. Commentator Stakes. $200,000, 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles. Post time 5:12 p.m. Dr Ardito saw his six-race win streak come to an end last time in the Grade 3 Westchester. He looks to get back on track here against veteran stakes winner and $1,296,405-earner Bankit, multiple stakes winner Barese, the improving Ouster and nine others in strong renewal of the co-feature.

Race 10. Maiden special weight. $75,000, 3-year-olds and up, 7 furlongs, turf. 5:44 p.m. Perfect way to close the card and with plenty of time to make it to the late afternoon cookout. Launch Control returns to the grass for Todd Pletcher, while Kreesa does the same for David Donk. Barry Schwartz’s homebred Cairo Prince gelding Utamaro makes his debut for Linda Rice. He’s out of Mindy Gold, and a half-brother to stakes winner Sharp Starr and stakes-placed Papa Shot.

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Spirit of Makena Overpowers Rivals in Triple Bend

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
Spirit of Makena made plenty of people in Hawaii happy when he scored May 27 in the $201,000 Triple Bend Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park.

Trainer De Alba Lands First Stakes Win With Fast Buck

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
Former leading Quarter Horse jockey Cesar De Alba notched his first Thoroughbred stakes win as a trainer when Fast Buck held on for a neck victory May 27 in the $101,000 Daytona Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.

Churchill Seeks Answers on High Number of Fatalities

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
"We are troubled by this recent string of fatalities. It is extremely inconsistent with the outcomes we have experienced over the years, with the reputation we have developed over the decades and with the expectations we set for ourselves."

Miss Yearwood's Stamina Evident in Keertana Victory

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
Miss Yearwood improved to 2-for-4 in three-turn grass marathons in taking the $225,000 Keertana Stakes at Churchill Downs May 27, rallying from the back of the pack and catching Lovely Princess. 

Kovalica Gives Waller Third Queensland Derby Triumph

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
Kovalica announced himself as a potential star stayer of the future with an emphatic win in the May 27 Queensland Derby (G1) at Eagle Farm, and in the process became the fourth elite-level winner for the often underrated stallion Ocean Park.

Queen Picasso a Work of Art in Soaring Softly

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
In only her second start, 3-year-old filly Queen Picasso proved a maestro on the turf in catching graded winner American Apple May 27 at Belmont Park in the $175,000 Soaring Softy Stakes (G3T).

Vadeni, Bay Bridge Match Up in Tattersalls Gold Cup

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
The late inclusion of Vadeni at a supplementary cost of €45,000 adds an extra bit of spice to a dish that was already tasty with Bay Bridge and Luxembourg set to clash. Now the May 28 Tattersalls Gold Cup (G1) is a race to savor.

Award Wanted Outlasts Morning Matcha in Obeah

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
The longest shot on the board at 18-1, Award Wanted defeated the overwhelming 1-2 favorite, Morning Matcha, in a surprising upset in the May 27 $150,000 Obeah Stakes May 27 at Delaware Park.

High-Rated Tahiyra Favored in Irish 1,000 Guineas

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
One Thousand Guineas (G1) runner-up Tahiyra tackles Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) winner Meditate in the Irish One Thousand Guineas (G1) May 28 at The Curragh.


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