News for June 2015
Middleburg earned his third straight graded stakes placing when he finished 2nd in the G3 Arlington Handicap. James Graham got the leg up on the horse, and they sat in third through swift fractions of 48.39, 1:13.34 before making their move. In the end the two finished ¾ of a length away from graded stakes glory, but Middleburg’s class was put on display once again. Congratulations to owners Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone on another successful outing for Middleburg.
Middleburg - Arlington Handicap
Indebted, a talented three year old colt by Malibu Moon cleared his first level allowance condition by winning nicely on July 11th at Belmont Park. Indebted teamed up with Joel Rosario, and the two covered 1 1/8th miles on the turf in 1:48.61. The two tracked the pacesetters throughout the race before gaining the lead in the final strides. Congratulations to owner Mr. Robert Evans on Indebted’s second victory of his young career.
Indebted - ALW Belmont
Four year old filly Walk Close won her first graded stake in the Grade III Modesty Handicap at Arlington. James Graham and Walk Close settled in towards the rear of the field before making a booming three wide bid to take the money. The final time for the 1 3/16ths was 1:57.08, earning the filly an impressive 94 Beyer. Walk Close is a well bred filly by Tapit, out of the In Excess (IRE) mare Spring Awakening. Congratulations to the winning owner Highland Yard LLC.
Walk Close - Modesty H. Arlington
Dreaming as Always cleared her allowance conditions impressively when she won at Belmont Park on July 17th. The four year old filly by Broken Vow settled in with Javier Castellano towards the read of the back before completing a convincing five wide move into the stretch. The two went on to win by over two lengths in 1:41.2 for the 1 1/16th miles. Congratulations to owner/breeder Gallagher’s Stud on the victory.
Dreaming as Always - AOC Belmont
Iron Power defeated a very formidable field of allowance competition on July 2nd at Belmont Park. The five year old teamed up with Jose Ortiz for the 1 3/8th miles and the extra distance suited him well. The two took the field gate to wire in 2:14.93, and earned an impressive 94 Beyer speed figure in the process. Congratulations to owner Mr. Barry Schwartz on the victory. Iron Power is by Mizzen Mast, out of the More Than Ready mare Iron Goddess.
Iron Power - AOC Belmont
Five year old gelding Point Roll made his way back to the winners circle after defeating a field of ten in an allowance race. Joel Rosario wasted no time with the gelding, and the two went to the lead early on in the one mile trip. Once they captured the lead there was no looking back, and Point Roll cruised in hand to an easy 3 ½ length victory. Congratulations to owners Mr. Henry Prieger and Mr. David Lester on the victory.
Point Roll - ALW Belmont
Ice Cutter, a four year old colt by Medaglia d’oro, broke his maiden impressively under Joel Rosario. The two set up shop towards the rear of the field before making a strong move to the lead to catch Indian Trail in the final strides. The maiden victory was good for an 86 Beyer after 1 1/16th in 1:44.89 on the dirt. Congratulations to Mr. John Kelly and Mrs. Sarah Kelly on this talented colt’s first victory.
Ice Cutter - MSW Belmont
Zindaya looked impressive when she won the $150,000 Intercontinental Stakes under Manny Franco. The duo pressed the pace throughout the seven furlong trip, stopping the clock at 1:22.17 over the good turf. That performance earned Zindaya a 95 Beyer, who also finished two lengths clear of talented stablemate Marbre Rose. We are delighted with the progress of both fillies, and look forward to seeing them continue their success in stakes company. Congratulations to Regis Racing on the victory.
Zindaya - Intercontinental Stakes
Discreet Marq proved once again that her talents are not limited to New York bred company. The classy gray provided a game effort in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes, finishing third over the mile on the turf. Discreet Marq and Irad Ortiz Jr. wasted no time and set fractions of 49.44, 1:12,57, and 1:35.65 before being nipped by the quality runner Tepin. Discreet Marq earned a 98 Beyer for her effort, which is a new career best. The five year old is doing well and has once again shown the world she belongs with the best turf mares in the US. Congratulations to owner Moyglare Stud Farm, as well as breeder Patricia Generazio.
Discreet Marq - Longines Just a Game
The barn’s big horse Tonalist ran an extremely game 2nd in the Grade 1 Met Mile. Tonalist and John Velasquez cruised midpack over the grueling fractions of 44.9, 1:08.7, before making their bid to the lead. The pacesetters eventually dropped out of contention, and rival Honor Code was able to capture victory after conserving energy early. Tonalist earned a 105 Beyer, which was his 4th straight over 100. Congratulations to Mr. Robert Evans on the continued success of his top colt.
Tonalist - Met Mile
Three year old filly Viva Malala won her second straight when she crossed the wire first in a state bred allowance optional claiming event. Viva Malala was paired up with Manny Franco and stopped the clock at 1:44.24 over the 1 1/16th on the firm turf. She is a very talented New York bred, and was extremely well bred by her owner, Gallagher’s Stud. Viva Malala is by Malibu Moon, out of the Rahy mare Adorahy. Congratulations to the connections on the victory.
Viva Malala - AOC Belmont
Middleburg has not looked back since entering graded stakes company. The five year old horse by Lemon Drop Kid finished second by a nose in the Grade II Monmouth Stakes. Joe Bravo got the leg up on Middleburg, and the two made a valiant three wide bid before finishing a nose short. Middleburg earned a 99 Beyer for his effort and has emerged as a top runner for the barn. He has now hit the board an amazing eleven straight times. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Firestone on the continued success of Middleburg.
Middleburg - Monmouth Stakes
Four year old gelding Blacktype (FR) is one step closer to earning US blacktype after winning an allowance optional claiming event at Belmont Park. After trailing the field through an opening quarter of 25, and a half of 49.34, Blacktype (FR) and Irad Ortiz Jr. confidently glided to the lead and scored by a convincing 1 ¼ lengths. Blacktype (FR) earned a 90 Beyer in his victory and looks primed for an appearance in North American stakes company soon. Congratulations to Jump Sucker Stable on the victory.
Blacktype (FR) - AOC Belmont
Aptly named Graceful Grit (IRE) won an allowance event at Belmont Park, her first stateside win since shipping in from France. The four year old filly teamed up with Irad Ortiz Jr., and crossed the wire in 1:42 flat over 1 1/16th miles on the firm turf. Graceful Grit is very well bred, out of the Top Ville mare Liu (IRE) and by Holy Roman Emperor. Congratulations to Gainesway Stables on the quick dividends provided by this talented import.
Graceful Grit - ALW Belmont
Brother O’Connell broke his maiden under Rajiv Maragh for the top notch syndicate Donegal Racing. Sent off by the betting public as the odds on favorite, Brother O’Connell looked deserving of his odds as he inched away at the frontrunner to win in hand. The two were forwardly placed throughout the race, and they rattled off a respectable time of 1:51.8 in 1 1/8th miles over the good turf course. Congratulations to the partners of Donegal Racing on Brother O’Connell’s maiden breaking score.
Brother O'Connell - MSW Belmont
Trophee, a royally bred sister of the world class Treve, has had enough of the maiden ranks. The four year old scored convincingly going 1 1/8th over the turf at Belmont Park. Junior Alvarado and Trophee were sent out at even money, and their backers never had an anxious moment. Despite a wide trip the duo won stylishly, and Trophee was geared down in the final strides. The victory earned Trophee an 83 Beyer, and she surely looks ready to take on allowance company. Congratulations to Head Ghislaine on the win. Trophee is certainly a special filly to have in our barn.
Trophee - MSW Belmont
Full Tap emerged from a one year layoff to break her maiden in style in a turf sprint. The public had her tabbed as an overwhelming favorite, and victory was never in doubt when Irad Ortiz Jr. asked her during a three wide move. Full Tap is one of the best bred filly’s foaled in New York, by top stallion Tapit out of a More Than Ready mare, Miss Challenge. The maiden score earned Full Tap a 71 Beyer, and she’s shown signs that she will continue to improve throughout her three year old campaign. Congratulations to owners Gainesway Stable and Cobra Farm Inc.
Full Tap - MSW Belmont
Stable veteran Lubash made easy work of a three horse field in an allowance race on June 26th. The eight year old horse by Freud covered the seven furlongs in a blazing 1:20.32. This was Lubash’s second straight victory and he followed up his 98 Beyer in the Kingston with a 97 in this allowance. The veteran clearly has no plans of slowing down anytime soon, and he has now hit the board 13 straight times. Congratulations to Aliyu Ben J Stables on their award winning horse’s success.
Lubash - ALW Belmont
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Graceful grit with Lauren Kasnet
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CC training at Belmont Park
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