Saturday October 12, 2019 Belmont Park Race: 7 (4:06 PM EST Post) Floral Park Stakes Goldwood submitted by
has rattled off five straight Stakes wins, all with strong speed figures and excellent final times. Five year old mare by Medaglia d’Oro is now 9 for 18 in her career and appears to tower over these……solid, albeit short priced, choice…………..Fire Key
just missed catching Goldwood last time out, is as consistent as the day is long and loves this surface as her 9-4-3-0 record over it would indicate…figures bang up here………..Mominou
was beaten fair and square by my top choice two back but absolutely whistled home in her last. Good looking daughter by Congrats set a scorching early pace but had plenty left late to win a $200,000 Stakes race at Saratoga July 21. I’m not worried about the 2 ½ months she’s had off recently as she seems to run well “fresh”……………Honorable Mentions
has won two of her first career starts but might be able to handle to class rise here. Race: 9 (5:13 PM EST Post) Sands Point Stakes
Although she set a snail’s pace over a turf labelled “good”, Romantic Pursuit
led to deep stretch of the Grade: 1 Jockey Club Oaks Invitational in her last. Another by Medaglia d’Oro, this filly is the recipient of one of more favorite angles as she drops in class and cuts back in distance, which in turn should make her harder to catch. I like the ascending speed figures through her last five races as well……tepid choice in a closely matched field…………………..New and Improved
is a stretch runner by up and coming sire Cairo Prince. This Chad Brown trainee won at first asking and, after registering a good :23.1 final quarter mile, she was charging hard, late and finished just 1 ¼ lengths behind the winner in a Restricted Stakes field. With further improvement, she is a serious threat here……………..Albeit Dyna Passer
is just 1 for 8 in her career, she is bred nine ways to Sunday for the turf and has hit the board in 5 of 6 tries over the “weeds”. She totally outran her odds (43-1) while finishing fifth in the Belmont Oaks in July and again in the aforementioned Jockey Club Oaks Invitational (23-1) and finished ahead of Romantic Pursuit in the process. Another who figures close………………………Honorable Mentions
: Feel Glorious
has only run one bad race in three countries and through 11 career starts with eight of those 11 coming in Stakes races. She handles any footing and the stretch out in distance should only help her…..could better this rating……………………..Olendon
is still another who shown little while being overmatched recently and drops into a more reasonable spot here.
Keeneland Race Course Race: 9 (5:30 PM EST Post) Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes Cambier Parc
is a well-traveled, $1,250,000 daughter of (you guessed it) Medaglia d’Oro who is 4 for 7 in her career with legitimate excuses in all three defeats. Nice looking filly was visually impressive uncorking a five wide move on the turn and winning her first Grade: 1 at Del Mar last time out…looks best in a very well matched field………………….Regal Glory
is almost impossible to leave off my tickets. Filly by Animal Kingdom sports a super impressive record of 7-5-2-0, including a pair of Graded Stakes win. The problem I’m seeing is her speed figures don’t stack up very well compared to some of the other in here. Past that, she commands respect in this spot………………………….I was very impressed with Magnetic Charm
’s North American debut. Bay filly by Exceed and Excel chased the talented Starship Jubilee at Woodbine last time out and finished a very good second. However, note the approximate 1:46.4 seconds it took her to get nine furlongs. Now note that was over a yielding turf course. That, readers, is a supersonic time under those conditions. …………………Honorable Mentions
: I hope I’m not underestimating Castle Lady
in this spot. This filly was 3 for 4 in her career overseas with her one defeat coming in the prestigious Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. She goes first time Lasix and this should be a drop in class for her. Looms a threat for sure…………………..I’m not sure if it was the “good” turf course or the fact she travelled across the country or both that led to Lady Prancealot
’s disappointing effort last time out because this stretch runner ran bang up races in all six prior starts. Although she is just 3 for 15 in her career, I do except her to be “coming” late………………..Varenka
finished in a dead heat with Regal Glory last time out. Obvious threat should she repeat that effort in this spot…………………….Cafe Americano
passed 10 horses in the final five furlongs, including getting the last furlong in a strong :11.3, to win a Stakes race at Arlington last time out. The Brisnet Speed Figure she recorded that day puts her among the vanguard in this field as well. Long-shot possibility?.....................Kelsey’s Cross
is 6 for 6 on the board in her career including finishing within shouting distance of my top pick and the mega talented, but now sidelined Concrete Rose, so you know she has some ability…may not be completely out of this race.
By: Gerard Apadula
Director of Equine Operations and Development
Knights of the Round Stable Thoroughbred Racing Team
2019- Record: 72-206 = 35%
2018- Record: 107-261= 41%
2017- Record: 92-235 = 39%
2016- Record: 91-229 = 40%
2015- Record: 67-180 = 37%
2014- Record: 29-73 = 40%
2013- Record: 20-59= 34%
2012 -Record: 24-73= 33%
2011 –Record: N/A
2010- Record: 24-74= 33%
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**** Magnum Moon
, winner of the 2018 Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby, was euthanized last Friday at the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists hospital in Elmont, N.Y. after over a year-long battle with laminitis, according to a news release from Jacob West, the racing manager for owners Robert and Lawana Low.
The gorgeous bay colt, sidelined since sustaining a career-ending injury during a morning workout in June 2018 at Belmont Park, initially received treatment for multiple fractures before his condition deteriorated.
"He was a special colt that was obviously talented on the racetrack but also very smart and courageous during his treatment," the Lows said in the release. "Magnum Moon was all class until the very end. We cherished him dearly and thank him for all the joy, great times, and for the inspiration he brought to our lives."
**** Multiple Grade 1 winner World of Trouble
has been retired and will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms for the 2020 breeding season. He will stand for a fee of $15,000.
A leader in the sprint division on both dirt and turf, the son of Kantharos captured both the Grade: 1 Carter Handicap on dirt at Aqueduct Racetrack and the Grade: 1 Jaipur Invitational Stakes on the Belmont Park turf this year.
He retires with a record of 9-2-1 from 13 starts with earnings of $1,263,300 for owners Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables.
"He's the fastest horse I ever owned," said Dubb. "My jaw dropped every time he raced. He was such an easy horse, as he could run on anything. He won grade 1 races on both dirt and turf in New York this season, something that probably will not happen for me ever again. Since we couldn't make the Breeders' Cup due to a foot bruise, we decided it's best for him to start making babies."
**** Grade:1 winner Preservationist
has also been retired from racing and will stand stud at Mr. and Mrs. Brereton C. Jones’s Airdrie Stud for the 2020 breeding season. Preservationist
was one of this year’s top-rated older horses following wins in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga and Belmont Park’s Suburban Handicap. Trained throughout his career by Jimmy Jerkens, Preservationist retires with a record of 11-6-1-2 and earnings of $1,084,550.
“Preservationist was one of the most gifted and generous horses I’ve ever trained,” said Jerkens. “I’ve said multiple times that the two best training horses I’ve ever had were Preservationist and Quality Road. I’m convinced he would’ve stamped himself as a top miler had he not so excelled at the longer distances.”
Preservationist will stand his first season at Airdrie for a stud fee of $10,000.
**** Bill Mott has ruled Tacitus
out of this year's Breeders' Cup Classic.
“We're going to give him some time, let him grow,” Mott said of Tacitus, a Tapit son out of champion and five time Grade; 1 winner Close Hatches.
Mott added that Yoshida
, most recently third in the Woodward, and Elate
, are still under consideration for the Classic.
Mott's preference for Elate is the Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles, rather than the Distaff at 1 1/8 miles. The mare will be cross-entered in the Distaff and the Classic, but Mott is “leaning towards the Classic”.
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