The Meadowlands Racetrack turns into a Stake House on Saturday night, as the 13-race card features 11 stakes races, including the $738,550 Meadowlands Pace. Last year’s Dan Patch 2-year-old champion, Huntsville, is the even-money morning-line favorite for the track’s signature race for 3-year-old pacers. Trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Tim Tetrick, Huntsville easily...
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- This dominant young horse is the favorite in Meadowlands Pace
By Debbie Little - Friday Jul 14, 2017
- Notes on Northern California horse racing
By Larry Stumes - Thursday Jul 13, 2017
Thoroughbred stakes: $50,000-added California Governor’s Cup Handicap, July 22Nominations close Saturday for the Governor’s Cup — a six-furlong race for fillies and mares expected to be topped by Fast and Foxy, the queen of Golden Gate Fields.Trained by Holly Evans, who co-owns her with breeder Joe Daehling, Fast and Foxy has won her past five races (including two stakes) against females and finished second in her only previous start at the State Fair. …[...] on July 22 are the $5,500 Golden State Mule Challenge with Senorita seeking her ninth straight win and the $8,000 Jack Clifford Stakes for quarter horses. …Songbird has shipped from Santa Anita to the East Coast again and will be an overwhelming favorite in the Grade 1, $750,000 Delaware Handicap on Saturday at Delaware Park.The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained 4-year-old filly has 12 wins and a loss by a nose in 13 starts and began her 2017 campaign with a victory in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes on June 10 at Belmont Park.
- Arrogate eyes horse racing earnings mark
By Larry Stumes - Friday Jul 21, 2017
Arrogate finished third in his 6-furlong debut against fellow 3-year-olds on April 17, 2016, then beat older opponents in a maiden race and two allowance events going 11/16 miles.Arrogate then won the world’s three richest races, outbattling California Chrome — who was in top form — in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, dominating the inaugural $12 million Pegasus Cup Invitational in a Gulfstream Park track record of 1:46.83 for 11/8 miles, and overcoming a terrible start with a last-to-first rally in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.Arrogate is trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, the worldwide breeding and racing operation that paid $560,000 for him in 2014.Sircat Sally, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s undefeated 3-year-old filly, goes for her eighth victory when she runs in the Grade 2, $200,000 San Clemente Handicap on Sunday at Del Mar.Sircat Sally carries highweight of 125 pounds in the 1-mile grass race and is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the field of nine. …
- Unique Bella fades after a fast start in Filly & Mare Sprint horse race
By Larry Stumes - Saturday Nov 4, 2017
Heavy favorites disappointed in the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday at Del Mar, and Unique Bella couldn’t avoid that fate in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the gray 3-year-old filly set fast fractions in the 7-furlong race (21.84 seconds for the first quarter-mile, 44.35 for the half) but faded in the stretch to finish seventh. Bar of Gold, a 66-1 shot, rallied from next-to-last place in the field of 14 to edge 18-1 Ami’s Mesa by a nose in 1:22.63. Unique Bella lost by 7 lengths and even finished 3¼ lengths behind fifth-place Princess Karen, whom she beat by 3½ lengths in the LA Woman Stakes on Oct. 8 at Santa Anita.