@Sullivan - Sounds like Daredevil is one to keep an eye on. Thanks for the info. @geldedridgling - Hope Frosted earns his diploma at Belmont Saturday.
The all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands Thoroughbred meet kicked off Thursday night with RJG Racing Management LLC’s Saintly Feelings going gate-to-wire to win the season opener by a length and a quarter. With Jordano Tunon in the irons, Saintly Feelings broke on top and never looked back, stepping the five furlongs over firm turf in :57 3/5 and returning $5.80, $3 and $2.60 as the second choice in the field of six geldings. It’s Time to Laugh, the post-time favorite, completed the $15 exacta and paid $2.60 and $2.40. It was another neck back to Two More Jacs, who paid $2.20 to show. Thursday’s opener marked the first Thoroughbred race ever run at the new Meadowlands, which opened to great fanfare last fall.The 2014 Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will see 14 live cards, with racing on Thursdays and Fridays in September.October racing will be conducted on Fridays and Saturdays.First post nightly will be 7:00 p.m., with the exception of Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, when post time will be 1 p.m. and noon, respectively.
Hopefully Competitive Edge will be able to resume training in 60 days.
California Chrome is scheduled to go to the track Friday, September 19, at 8:30 am,
ET, a time slot reserved exclusively for starters in the Pennsylvania Derby and
the Cotillion Stakes. California Chrome will first walk over to the gate for schooling and then gallop once around the track. Trainer Art Sherman, will brief the media at 10:00am, ET, Friday in the paddock area.
Michael Wrona, the talented track announcer at Golden Gate Fields, will take over for Frank Mirahmadi the final three days of the Fall meet at Los Alamitos. A native of Australia, Wrona, who has also called races at Hollywood Park, Lone Star Park, Arlington Park, and Churchill Downs, among others, will begin his duties Friday and continue through Sunday, closing day of the inaugural Fall season.Mirahmadi, who will be back to call the Winter meet that begins Thursday, Dec. 4 at Los Alamitos, is the regular track announcer at the San Joaquin Fair, which begins its six-day meet Friday in Stockton.
@zatt - Hashtag Bourbon probably wins
the Iroquois with a better trip. @Mary Z -
Startup Nation has looked great on turf.
@AnneShaw - Wake Up Nick has done nothing
wrong. I am sure they will give him a distance test soon.
@geldedridgling - We always start the Derby video
and blog series in Sept. It is fun to follow these promising juveniles
and track their progress. Some will mature and others will disappoint. I
had Stay Thirsty and Alpha on top in Sept 2010-11. They were also-rans
in the Derby but both ended up winning the Travers. Fortitude and Purple
Sky topped the early list in 2012-13 and neither amounted to much.
Thanks, triple_double. Next stop is Los Al on Friday.
Trainer Doug O’Neill said that both Wake Up Nick and She’s Complete came
out of their Monday stakes victories in good shape and are headed to
Santa Anita for stakes starts late this month or in October. Dan
Landers, assistant to Ron McAnally, said the same is true for Yellow
Ribbon Handicap winner Miss Serendipity.
Stormy Lucy is the 5-1 fifth choice on the morning line for Monday’s $200,000 Grade II Yellow Ribbon. But that number could go down considering red-hot Rafael Bejarano, aboard for two straight victories before he was injured last spring, will be back in the irons.“We’re feeling great about having him back, as anybody would the way he’s riding now,” said Mike Boag, aide to trainer Ed Moger, Jr., Sunday morning. “Rafael knows her, he knows when to move with her.”
Live action returns on Friday at Laurel Park
with nine races that includes free admission, free programs and drawings for
tickets to OktoberFest and the Brew & Bourbon Classic on the Laurel Park
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