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Porte Bonheur takes Flight in First Flight Handicap
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Her name translates into “Lucky Charm,” and Sunday afternoon at Belmont Park, Porte Bonheur made her own luck as she ran down Spritely in the final strides to take the 32nd running of the Grade 2, $150,000 First Flight Handicap for fillies and mares.Ridden by Belmont Park’s top jockey, Ramon Dominguez, the four-year-old daughter of Hennessy enjoyed a ground-saving trip through opening fractions of 22.74 and 45.13 set by Carolyn’s ... Read the full article

Carolyn's Cat in fine form for First Flight
ELMONT, N.Y. -- With a wire-to-wire victory in last month's Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap, Carolyn's Cat found her winning touch again and is coming into Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 First Flight Handicap at Belmont Park in top form.“She ran great her last time out and she's in great shape coming in,” said Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains the filly for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Jr.Her 3¼-length victory over Porte Bonheur in the May 24 Vagrancy ended ... Read the full article

Carolyn's Cat wires field in Vagrancy
ELMONT, N.Y. - Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.'s Carolyn's Cat continued to reward her owners' patience at Belmont Park on Sunday, leading all the way to post a mild upset in the 59th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap for fillies and mares.Ridden by Alan Garcia, the four-year-old daughter of Forestry popped out on top in the field of five and rolled through fractions of 22.52 and 45.85 before drawing clear to hit the wire thre ... Read the full article

Hilda's Passion Scorches Foes in Vagrancy
ELMONT, N.Y. – Quickly recovering from a slight stumble at the start, heavy favorite Hilda’s Passion shot to the lead and never looked back as she swept to a 5 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s 61st running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap at BelmontPark. Toting regular rider Javier Castellano and high weight of 123 pounds, Hilda’s Passion rolled through fractions of 22.34, 44.91 and 1:08.54 before widening ... Read the full article

Hilda's Passion Headlines Vagrancy Handicap
ELMONT, N.Y. – Hilda’s Passion goes for her fifth stakes win Saturday as she heads a field of seven fillies and mares in the Grade 2, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap at BelmontPark. The 4-year-old Canadian Frontier filly, who will be making her first Belmont appearance in the 6 1/2-furlong Vagrancy, is 4-2-0 in seven starts since being moved to trainer Todd Pletcher’s barn last summer, including front-running victories in the Grade ... Read the full article

Pletcher Pair Face Tar Heel Mom
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out the comebacker Malibu Prayer and the rapidly improving Hour Glass in Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park in attempt to turn the tables on Tar Heel Mom. After winning the restricted Wheel Turns on Aqueduct’s inner track on March 21, Hour Glass finished second to Tar Heel Mom in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap in the mud over the Big ... Read the full article

Hilda's Passion Tops Bed O'Roses
ELMONT, N.Y. – After a scorching performance in Belmont’s Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap, Hilda’s Passion is back in Sunday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Bed o’Roses Handicap, heading a field of seven fillies and mares in the seven-furlong dash. Sent off at 2-5 in the June 4 Vagrancy, Hilda’s Passion proved a deserving favorite, leading at every call to win by 5 ¼ lengths despite stumbling at the break. The win was th ... Read the full article

Seven Furlongs may be just be right for Rightly so in Bed O' Roses
ELMONT, N.Y. – Rightly So will try to carry her speed seven furlongs when she faces seven other fillies and mares in Monday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Bed o’ Roses Handicap at Belmont Park. Entering Monday’s race off a runner-up effort in her first start against open company – the Grade 2, 6½-furlong Vagrancy Handicap here at Belmont on May 29 – the 4-year-old New York-bred will negotiate an additional sixteen ... Read the full article

Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap makes Saratoga Debut
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Unrivaled Belle and Malibu Prayer headline a talented group of six for Sunday’s 35th renewal of the Grade 1, $250,000 Ruffian Handicap, which makes its Saratoga Race Course debut. Previously run at BelmontPark, the 1 1/8th-mile Ruffian is a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. Unrivaled Belle, who carries the colors of Peter Vegso, exits a second-place ... Read the full article

New York to the Breeders' Cup: Rightly So
ELMONT, N.Y. – Rightly So just loves to go. Go in the morning. Go from the gate. And most importantly, go to the winner’s circle. In her 11-race career, Rightly So has gone there seven times, most recently in the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga Race Course, a victory that earned her a start in the Breeder’s Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on November 5. “She has always been a consistent and very intense and determined filly,&rd ... Read the full article

Unbridled Humor Finds Cozy Spot in Noble Damsel
ELMONT, N.Y. – Unbridled Humor will attempt to start a new winning streak when she competes on Sunday in Belmont Park’s Grade 3, $100,000 Noble Damsel for fillies and mares on the turf. A Live Oak Plantation homebred, Unbridled Humor opened her career with four victories, including a nose decision in the Memories of Silver overnight stakes last November at Aqueduct Racetrack and an 8 ½-length score in a DelawarePark allowance ... Read the full article

Rightly So Digs in for Bed O' Roses Victory
ELMONT, N.Y. – Rightly So rushed up to seize the early lead and called upon all of her courage in the final sixteenth of a mile to narrowly win the Grade 3, $150,000 Bed o’ Roses Handicap Monday at Belmont Park. Seeking her first graded stakes victory, Rightly So grabbed the lead a furlong into the race as the favorite Qualia was maneuvered off the rail to track in second. Rightly So was joined to the outside by Qualia following a ha ... Read the full article

Maryland Author Publishes Collection of Horse Stories
Sykesville, Maryland – September 15, 2006 – Fred Glueckstein, a resident of Maryland, has published a collection of stories titled Of Men, Women and Horses about one of history’s most enduring relationships; those of men, women and, the most noble of animals, horses. “Horses are magnificent creatures,” said Fred Glueckstein, “They have played an important role throughout history and in the lives of people from all walks of life. These stories are ... Read the full article

Warbling looks to Deliver On-Key Performance in Honorable Miss
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Warbling headlines a select group of fillies and mares entered in the 19th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Honorable Miss Handicap, one of two graded stakes for sprinters set to be held at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday. After finishing second in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl and third by two lengths in the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie, Warbling earned a breakthrough victory when she drew clear to take the Grade 2 Inside In ... Read the full article

Seven Distaffers Vie for Garland of Roses
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Saturday’s $65,000 Garland of Roses Handicap, the first of seven stakes scheduled for the Big A’s inner track this year, has drawn a contentious field of seven fillies and mares headed by graded stakes winner Tar Heel Mom. The 5-year-old mare, winner of the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in April, comes into the six-furlong race off a lengthy layoff to recuperate from a leg injury suffered dur ... Read the full article

NYRA announces Belmont Spring/Summer and Saratoga Stakes Schedules
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced the stakes schedules for the 2010 Belmont Park Spring/Summer Meet and the Saratoga Race Course Meet. The Saratoga Meet, which kicks off for the 142nd time on Friday, July 23, is punctuated by 17 Grade 1 races beginning with the $250,000 Coaching Club American Oaks on opening weekend, and includes at least one Grade 1 race every Saturday during its expanded 40-day ... Read the full article

Ballerina A Big Dance for Informed Decision
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Informed Decision, the reigning female sprint champion, heads a field of eight in Saturday’s 32nd renewal of the Grade 1, $250,000 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. In a sloppy edition of the race last year, Informed Decision was third, behind 5 ¼-length winner Music Note and 2008 champion filly sprinter Indian Blessing.   As if to prove she simply did not care for the wet going that day ... Read the full article

Sassy Image en Pointe for Ballerina
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With two Grade 1 wins under her belt so far this year and a pair of sharp works at Saratoga Race Course, Sassy Image looks like the horse to beat in Saturday’s Grade 1, $250,000 Ballerina.  The seven-furlong Ballerina – the 10th of 13 races on the Travers card – is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, with the winning horse earning a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint o ... Read the full article




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