Videos tagged with "backst"

John Shirreffs at Pimlico [01:29]
John Shirreffs talks about Zenyatta and Giacomo on the Pimlico Race Course backstretch one day before the 2011 Preakness Stakes.
Tags: John, Shirreffs;, horse, racing;, Pimlico;, Zenyatta;, Giacomo;, Preakness

2011 Cicada (G3) - Quantum Miss [01:24]
Quantum Miss showed sharp early speed and held off a late charge from Coax Liberty to post a half-length success in the 19th running of the Grade 3, $100000 Cicada for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Looking to rebound off a fifth as the favorite in the Grade 3 Old Hat at Gulfstream Park on January 5, Quantum Miss dueled with Roman Treasure through an opening quarter of 22.49, began to sneak away from that rival nearing the quarter-pole, and resisted a late bid from slow-starting Coax Liberty. "She went a little fast the first part of the race," said winning jockey Cornelio Velasquez. "I tried to relax her, but she fought it too much. I had enough horse at the end." Quantum Miss, the 9-5 favorite in the field of seven, returned $5.80 for a $2 win wager and completed six furlongs on the inner track in 1:11.99. "I was very impressed," said Tony Dutrow, who trains Quantum Miss for owner/breeder Daniel M. Ryan. "She broke right on top, took the worst of it along the backstretch, and held off what looked like a very good field." The Cicada was the second stakes victory for Quantum Miss, victorious in the Mountain Stakes for Pennsylvania-breds at Penn National on November 24. Overall, the daughter of Smoke Glacken is 3-0-1 from 5 starts with $150750 in earnings, including the $60000 winner's share of the Cicada purse. Dutrow said Quantum Miss will likely remain in sprints, with the Grade 1, six-furlong Prioress at Belmont Park on Monday, July 4 serving as ...
Tags: nyra, horse, racing, aqueduct, cicada, quantum, miss

People's Horse Backstretch Tour at Portland Meadows [09:37]
We take a tour of the Portland Meadows Backstretch and visit the People's Horse, Taylor Jones!
Tags: Portland, Meadows, Horse, Racing, People's, Oregon

2011 Fred "Cappy" Capossela - Sensational Slam [01:26]
Sensational Slam, returning from a six-month layoff and competing over conventional dirt for the first time, made an inexorable charge to win the $65000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela for owner Bobby Flay on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. A two-time stakes winner against Ontario-breds over Woodbine's artificial surface last summer, Sensational Slam trailed in fifth up the backstretch, came under a drive with three furlongs to go, and gradually reeled in the pacesetters to prevail by three-parts of a length under Ramon Dominguez. "Todd said to me, 'Ramon, there should be some speed in here, but you're going to have to ride him and you're going to have to help him,'" said Dominguez. "Sure enough, that's exactly the way he was. Pretty much every step of the way I had to encourage him a little bit, but when it was time to pick it up, he was there for me." The Capossela was the fourth start overall for Sensational Slam, who was exiting a ninth-place finish in the Grade 3 With Anticipation on turf at Saratoga Race Course on September 3. Prior to that effort, the son of Grand Slam was a narrow winner of the Vandal and Clarendon at Woodbine in July. "The horse was training well so we were optimistic, but it was the first time we had run him on the [dirt]," said winning trainer Todd Pletcher. "This looked like a good place to give it a try. The race unfolded like we thought it would. We thought there'd be plenty of pace, and he's not a real ambitious horse, especially early on. I just ...
Tags: Sensational, Slam, aqueduct, nyra, horse, racing, Capossela, bobby, flay

Ballads of the Turf Book Video [02:01]
If ever there was a racing book that totally reflects the romantic era of life on the backstretches of North America's racetracks, it is Thoroughbred horse racing's Ballads of the Turf by author William Galvin. Now in its third printing, Ballads of the Turf has captured in its witty, poetic verse, delightful, rollicking ballads that rhyme with an engaging rhythm, galloping along as they tell of the real life escapades of Damon Runyonesque-type characters... those of a horse-racing brotherhood seduced by dreams of racing glory, and kept forever in its grip by the magic and appeal of the backstretch. Widely acclaimed by a Who's Who of the horse racing world, and with kudos from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this treasury of tales from an another era of horse racing is revived in magnificent detail by the author, who lived among the unforgettable, colorful characters who populate his ballads.
Tags: Book, Horse, Race, Poetry, Thoroughbred, Racing, Turf

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